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It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we’re writing this blog post, there will never be a right time to post this…

Last week, on June 8th we welcomed to the world our beautiful baby lion cub, but her little roar wasn’t loud enough to see her through.

We’re empty, numb and overwhelmed with grief & sadness.

We met her, cuddled her, kissed her, slept next to her & said our long, hard goodbyes. The hardest thing we will ever have to do.

The love & happiness she has brought us in her short life is indescribable, that’s something we will never forget & will hold on too forever.

We will never forget you, our first born, our beautiful baby girl, loved so much from the very first moment.

Wherever I am, there’s you. ♡

We love you to the moon & back.

….Little Luna Swancott xxx

Luna’s Legacy. DONATE TO LUNA’S LEGACY

The one thing we feel really strongly about is making sure other families feel the love and support that we felt and to know that they’re not alone during such a heartbreaking time. Luna gave us so many happy memories that we never want to forget, from the moment we found out we were pregnant we were over the moon and started planning for her arrival straight away!

I can’t even begin to tell you the love she has given us in such a short space of time. She made our wedding day the most special day to remember. We were secretly 3 months pregnant, then we announced the pregnancy in our speeches! That was one of the best moments of our lives, the love and happiness filled the room, we will cherish that moment forever.

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Luna was born just 3 months after our wedding on Friday June 8th. We’ve never felt so many emotions all at one time. Heartbroken, scared, devastated, broken, sick but excited to meet our little girl and give her a big cuddle all at the same time. She was so beautiful, with the tinest little button nose. She had the longest legs & feet (like mine!) and the tiniest little ears, just like Quinns!

I knew in that moment, that we needed to make the most of the short time we had together as a family, we needed to try and cram a lifetime full of memories into just a few hours. We have never felt love like it, our hearts could of literally exploded! We wouldn’t of been able to have had those happy memories without the help of the hospital & the charities.

We’d like to try and help other families, as sadly this is a story so many parents can relate too.

Chosen Charities

4Louis.  They create memory boxes for anyone effected by stillbirth, miscarriage or the death of a baby. Leaving the hospital with empty arms, is possibly one of the most shattering feelings you will ever experience. 4Louis try and make that feeling a little easier, knowing you have memories of your little one to hold onto forever.

Remember my baby. They are a UK based registered charity who have professional photographers volunteering their photography services for the benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth.

Cherished Gowns UK. They make special teeny tiny baby clothes for sleeping babies. Their service is provided completely free of charge to anyone that is in the sad position of needing it.

Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Russell’s Hall midwife unit & Bereavement Centre. Especially such special thanks to Bev, Cleo, Tilly, Hannah & Ellisse, all of whom were amazing and made us feel so much more comfortable. These caring staff feel it too, we sometimes forget that they also feel our grief & pain & being a midwife isn’t all about the happy moments.

We want to celebrate & remember Luna’s life forever, she’s our daughter & has left such a big space in our hearts.

We want her to be remembered, talked about and loved, the same as any other baby would.

We want her to make a difference.

Luna’s Legacy. xx

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I’ve been so excited to head down to Dorset ever since reading all about the Jurassic Coast in a magazine a couple of years ago, it’s been on my wish list from that moment. I am so glad I found the perfect weekend for it, the English weather has been on my side for once!

Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove have been voted two of the most beautiful spots in the UK, I am sure you can see why! The beaches of Dorset really are beautiful.

“the ultimate playground for the lovers of the outdoors”

I am sure you all know that I love nothing more than researching the best place to stay. Well, after doing lots of research, I luckily found availability in my No1 choice, Durdle Door Holiday Park! The location is totally amazing, I mean, could I get any closer? (I was in the third row back, in Holiday Home F6!)

From the second I arrived, I immediately felt at home. It probably helped that I had my dressing gown, hot chocolate & slippers in tow of course! (…I’m all about the home comforts!)

I had the best little spot, although all the homes are in a good location, I liked being so close to the walking paths leading to Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove.  It was super peaceful & quiet yet just a 10 minute walk to Durdle Door & a 25 minute walk to Lulworth Cove.

Holiday Home Gallery

Holiday Home Gallery

The holiday homes really make it special! It is so nice to have your own space to relax in after a busy day walking along the coast. It makes such a difference having your home comforts, I even bought my own pillow with me, although I didn’t need it because the bed is comfier than a 5* hotel!

…It’s so lovely to be able to sit outside in the fresh air & have the BBQ going too.

I had a 2 bedroom (1 double, 1 twin) Holiday home, which looked brand new. They are so modern and chic, totally not what you expect for a typical ‘caravan’ holiday.  The place is spotless too, I have never seen a shower so clean!

There is a fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, en-suite in the main bedroom, living/dining area, central heating, electric fire, TV, DVD player, patio area & parking for 1 car.  You can even bring your dog with you, check it out online or call 01929 400200

Talking of dogs, I can’t believe how dog friendly everywhere is! You can take your dogs on the beach with you, plus you can stop at The Dolls House for a dog friendly ice-cream…How cute!

Cove Cottage (Sleeps 6)

You could also choose to stay in one of the many cottages, they’re lovely little cottages sleeping 2-14 people. You could also stay in a Camping Pod if you are feeling more adventurous!

What’s in the area?

Durdle Door: Is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It’s around a 10 minute walk from Durdle Door Holiday Park, with great views along the way! There are plenty of spots for a picnic & of course for a swim in the crystal clear waters.

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the pebble’s aren’t ideal on bare feet. (I wore sandals, after 2 minutes of walking on the pebbles in bare feet I was begging for a piggy back from Quinn!)

2. Make sure you have everything you need before you head down to the beach, as it is a steep walk back to the top if you have forgotten something!

3. Arrive early. We arrived at around 9am & the beach was really peaceful. From around 11am it was getting quite busy at the bottom of the beach stairs, if you keep walking you’ll be sure to find a quieter spot though, just make sure you have your shoes!

4. Stop for photos overlooking Man O’ War Beach, it is a great spot!

The path to Durdle Door

Overlooking Durdle Door

 

The lookout over Man O’ War Beach

Lulworth Cove: It has such a cute little village on the beachfront with gift shops, cafe’s, restaurants & of course, plenty of places for an ice-cream! You can reach Lulworth cove really easily from Durdle Door Holiday Park, it is a stunning 20 minute walk along a stunning Coastal path! We spent the morning at Durdle Door, then walked over to Lulworth Cove for the afternoon. You can drive if you don’t fancy the walk, its only 5 minutes away & the car park is right by the cove, so if you struggle to walk it is a great option. (That was me on day 2, pregnancy got me!)

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the ground is un-even in parts, it is much comfier in sturdy shoes.

 2. Make a stop for handmade fudge, afternoon tea or an Ice-cream at The Dolls House (They have so many amazing Ice-cream flavours! I had candy floss flavour…YUM!)

3. Try The Boat Shed, we had fresh fish & chips on the beach for dinner as the sun set, watching the boats go by…It doesn’t get better than that!

Overlooking Lulworth Cove

The path from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Castle: This really is a fairytale Castle! It was originally built in the 17th Century as a hunting lodge to entertain royalty, however it has recently been restored by the Weld Family to continue being a beautiful part of History! They hold weddings & special events here too, with the next big event being Camp Bestival, which is an amazing family festival 26-29th July.

We spent 3 nights at Durdle Door Holiday Park, 5 nights would of been ideal. There is so much more to see & do in the area!

Any Questions, let me know. Happy to help as always.

Hannah xo

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Casa La Concha is a beautiful boutique 10 room residence located minutes between Marbella & Puerto Banus.

The views are insane, behind Casa La Concha you’ll see the backdrop of the La Concha mountains, take a 15 minute stroll and you’ll find the beach. It’s in the ideal spot!

You can find a tour of the villa HERE

 

I often find whenever I stay in Villas, they’re totally tucked away in the middle of nowhere. The great thing about Casa La Concha is that when you’re inside you feel like you’re in the beautiful Spanish countryside, yet you’re minutes away from Marbella Old Town, Marbella & Puerto Banus. That’s perfect for me as I love to explore & experience the culture, but have the option to be able to relax in the afternoons & evenings. (Although I found myself relaxing there all day, it’s just the best. I seriously didn’t want to leave!)

There are so many cute, quiet areas to relax in too. Whether you want to lay by the pool, under the gazebo, or take part in the yoga classes…You’ll find the perfect spot!

The thing I love so much about Casa La Concha, is how chilled out and friendly it is. My flight was 2 hours delayed which meant I was due to arrive at 1am, it was absolutely no trouble for Alex, she stayed in contact the entire time & welcomed me with some snacks & a drink.

The villa is a beautifully restored Andalucian Finca, It blew me away as soon as I walked in! Straight away I felt the sense of being at home, I had everything I needed in the room. I didn’t even need to unpack as the toiletry selection had everything anyone would ever need! (Cleansing wipes, moisturiser, perfume, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cotton pads & soap)

The rooms are truly beautiful, they’ve all been decorated with a french-chic rustic theme, which feels really fresh & modern. I stayed in Michelle which had a double bed, his & her sinks & a huge private terrace with a dining table & sofa area! It was so quiet & private.

Continental breakfast is served in the main house, or out on the terrace. There’s a great selection of fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, bread, cheese & cold meats. It’s generally served between 9:15am – 12:00pm too, which is a great excuse for a nice lie in!

They offer really lovely lunches too, with a healthy, homemade twist!

Alex, Aidan, Helene & the team have a real passion for leading a healthy, relaxed lifestyle.

There was a yoga class the morning we arrived and they often host special pilates & yoga retreats. They have a beautiful massage pavilion hidden away at the bottom of the garden too!

 

Theres a self service bar outside by the pool, which has fresh water infused with fruit, plus there is tea & coffee. It’s a nice way to stay refreshed throughout the day.

 

The location is just perfect, we found some lovely little restaurants in Puerto Banus and of course lots of spots for an ice cream along the beach! There are plenty of things to keep you busy, if hiking is your thing, you can take a hike up La Concha Mountains. If you love golf, there are golf courses in walking distance. If you love shopping, you’re sorted! There’s so much to do in Marbella. You can do as much, or equally as little as possible.

 

I honestly wouldn’t change a single thing about Casa La Concha, it’s perfect! The best setting for a little weekend away. My only regret is not booking for longer! It’s in such a good location to explore the Costa Del Sol.

Ronda is a place I’d really love to visit when I come back, It’s only about an hour away from Marbella. It looks so charming! I would of taken the day if I had more time to explore, but this little break was definitely all about relaxing!

Casa La Concha has certainly left me wanting more, look at me already planning my next trip!

….With such cheap flights from the UK, I’m sure I’ll be back in no time at all!

You can contact Casa La Concha HERE

Hannah xo

 

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This year has been crazy so far, It’s been non-stop! From Birthdays, to Hen Do’s, to Weddings, to Babies….Life never seems to slow down! In fact, the older I get, the busier I seem to be!

We all need a little weekend to relax, I am not usually one to get excited about relaxing, but this weekend I can’t tell you how excited I am!

The Malvern– I am ready for you!

The Malvern is a 4-star boutique hotel in Worcestershire, set amongst the beautiful Malvern Hills. It’s such a pretty part of the world!

 I’m booked for 1 night based on a ‘Deluxe 1 Night Spa Break’  Including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & 1 Hour treatment.

…Who wouldn’t be excited for a little weekend away in the countryside, full of pampering, relaxation & great food?!

I arrived at The Malvern for a 3pm check-in, the staff were fantastic! Super friendly and gave me a quick tour…. I couldn’t get into my robe & slippers quick enough! I headed straight down to the Spa to start enjoying the pools & the treatment rooms.

They have so many different treatment rooms to choose from, from thermal rituals, to ice treatments, they have a great range of facilities to suit everyone! They feature a Crystal Steam Room, Salt Grotto, Herb Sauna, Kelo Sauna, Foot Spa, Ice Fountain & The Bucket Shower.

My absolute favourite thing was the indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, I spent most of my time swimming in and out, relaxing in the different bubble massage areas! It’s such a lovely atmosphere and the perfect place to chill out. The pool is heated to 35 degrees, the dream way to spend a weekend rejuvenating!

I chose to have a Facial too, which was incredible! It was the most relaxing Facial I have ever had, my skin felt totally amazing afterwards, so good I went for dinner with my face and hair still covered in oil…LOL! A lovely lady called Alexandra did my facial using Elemis products, she explained everything she used in detail & gave me some great advice on how to look after my skin in future too, as she noticed my skin was quite dry.

The great thing about the Malvern is you have everything you need in one place, which means roaming around in your robe and slippers is totally acceptable! (My favourite thing to wear!!)

After spending the afternoon relaxing, it’s time for dinner! The menus are incredible & really great value for money, I was so surprised by the standard of food! It really is a la carte dining.

I had Ham Hock to start, Cod for main & of course…. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert!

They have a lovely bar area too, where you can grab a drink and take it into the pool areas during the day, or relax with a G&T over dinner!

I had the best time at The Malvern and would return in a heartbeat! The outdoor pool really is amazing & they have so many unique features. I love that everything is in one place & the staff are just brilliant, nothing is too much trouble!

Can I come back this weekend please?!

Hannah xo

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One of the best decisions we ever made was hiring the amazing Wes, from ‘Wedding Memory’ for our wedding videography.

He has been totally brilliant from start to finish. We barely knew he was there throughout most of the day, yet he has captured all of our favourite memories!

Being able to re-live special moments over & over again is something we really love to look back on.

…In fact, since Wes has sent over our preview video….We literally can’t stop watching!

You can watch our special day HERE

Love, Hannah & Quinn <3

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