Life lately - April highlights and what I'm looking forward to in May

How are we a third of the way through 2018 already? It feels like only yesterday that we were excitedly planning for our honeymoon and now here we are at the start of May! April was a bit of a mixed month for me - having just returned from our trip to Thailand and Singapore it started with the worst case of jet lag and post holiday blues but then ended on a lovely note with a trip to Somerset. Here are some of my other highlights:

The beautiful Blenheim Gardens in Minehead, Somerset


Blog branding workshop with Anna Hart and Currys/PC World
Like a lot of bloggers recently I've been feeling rather lost with Peonies and lilies so an invite to attend a workshop with influencer Anna Hart couldn't have come at a better time. Over prosecco and nibbles we learnt all about what it takes to be a pro blogger, from influencer marketing, the importance of personal branding, social media management and how to pitch for collaborations. Currys/PC World have written a post all about the event but let me know in the comments below if you'd like me to share the key lessons in a blog post.


Health and Fitness
Since my gym membership ran out I've been pushing myself to try new workouts, including Barry's Bootcamp and 1 Rebel, which I've really enjoyed. The Rebel reshape class in particular has been a real hit as it combines 2 of my favourites, namely cardio and weights. It's only 45 mins but the instructors really push you and I always leave feeling pumped and on a real post exercise high.


Discovering new restaurants and bars
Since coming back from our honeymoon we've been making more of an effort to discover hidden gems in London and the newly refurbished Battersea Power Station is full of trendy restaurants and bars. After dinner one night we popped into No 29 Power Station West and I loved the relaxed but trendy atmosphere and the yummy selection of cocktails. 


Also not a new discovery as such but we were introduced to a few new dishes at Tukdin. Located in Paddington the restaurant is small and intimate but has a real homely feel and all the dishes are so authentic. A must visit if you're ever in the area and on the lookout for good Malaysian food - I'd recommend the Beef Rendang, Ayam Masak Merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce) and Daging Bakar Asam (grilled beef with spicy tamarind dip).

Sunshine and our first BBQ of the year 
Call me stereotypical but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises I just want to be outdoors making the most of the weather. Luckily we were treated to a glorious few days of sunshine this April and it wasn't long before we were enjoying our first BBQ. There really is nothing better than dining al-fresco, especially if there's a stunning view too.


Visit to Somerset and The Bloggers Retreat
Ending the month on a real high I was able to spend a few days in Somerset for The Bloggers Retreat. It was so lovely to meet other inspiring bloggers and we all learnt so much from all the workshops. Plus we got to stay at the seriously dreamy Unique Home Stays Boheme property, ride on a traditional steam train and explore the beautiful town of Minehead. It was my first time in Somerset and it definitely won't be the last as I couldn't help but fall in love with the stunning coastal views, rolling hills and fresh countryside air. Look out for a full blog post and more photos soon!

What I'm looking forward to in May:
- Restarting my personal training sessions and getting back on track with my diet
- Hopefully warmer weather and more outdoor BBQs
- Planning for our next holiday to Los Angeles and Las Vegas
- Celebrating our 10 months wedding anniversary
- The Royal Wedding, anyone else excited to see the dress and wedding decor?
- A few exciting blogger events, friends birthdays and meetups

You can also follow me on Instagram for more highlights and behind the scenes photos.

Did you have a good April? What are you most looking forward to in May?

You may also be interested in:
Our honeymoon - highlights from an incredible trip to Thailand and Singapore
Life lately - my January highlights
Looking back on 2017 - my personal highlights and goals for the New Year
We got married - a quick catch up and life update

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