{VENICE TRAVEL DIARY}

It’s now been over six weeks since we got back from our beautiful four day trip to Venice, and I wish I could hop back on a plane and be sat back on the Grand Canal sipping on Aperol Spritz (THE best summer drink, and it tastes sooo much better in Italy.)

It’s no secret that my Husband and I love Italy. It is hands down my favourite country in the world. Its many regions differ so much from one another that each time we go; it’s a different holiday experience. We have been lucky enough to visit Naples, Milan, Turin, Sicily, both Lake Maggiore (you can read about that trip here) and Lake Garda, Verona, Sorrento and Amalfi in the last few years. All stunningly perfect places, but Venice is completely different, not just to other places in Italy, but to anywhere else in the world.

Its secret canals and arching bridges mean there is a photo opportunity at every turn. Annoying for my husband when I am obsessed with taking photos….

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{HOUSE} BATHROOM TRANSFORMATION

Almost two whole years after getting the keys to our house, we have finally done it… we have a brand spanking new, super shiny, bathroom of dreams!

We had to endure months and months of our awful 70’s bathroom suite and a hideous artex ceiling whilst we decorated other parts of the house and then saved up for the bathroom we really wanted but I can confirm it was more than worth the wait.

I wrote a post back in January detailing my hopes for our house in 2017 and it mainly focused on our bathroom. You can read that here.

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{LIVING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE}

When Craig and I were in New York earlier this month, we vowed to join the gym on our return and start to live healthier. It seemed a fair idea at the time –as I remember it was the day I ate 2 chocolate muffins for lunch. The best of days.

I half thought Craig would forget about our little pact once we got home and back to the daily grind of the working week. But nope! Literally on the first day back I found myself at the gym being shown around and before I knew if we were handed our new membership cards.

Now when it comes to exercise, I am not the greatest. My idea of a work out is prancing round the living room to my trusty Davina DVD, and usually getting bored half way through. I am unable to do any of the floor exercises as my cat thinks my pony tail is a new pet and goes into full on attack mode. A particular low point of mine last year was lying on my sofa just watching the Body Coach do multiple HIIT workouts on YouTube – I didn’t even attempt to get up and join in. It made me tired just watching (and lets be frank, he is quite nice to watch).

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{PLANS FOR 2017}

I had good intentions of sitting down with a cup of tea and some left over Christmas chocolate on January 1st and writing all about what exciting plans we have for our home in 2017. But this went out the window as life got busy and I really haven’t had a chance to just sit and type away like I so much enjoy!

Fast forward to tonight! A chilly Sunday evening, sat in bed in my PJs still working my way through that left over chocolate (my very clever way of justifying eating it every single day is the sooner its gone, the sooner I can get healthy. Simple) and I am finally getting the time to note down my ramblings.

In summary, 2017 has been busy so far in the Canavan household.

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{HOUSE} MASTER BEDROOM TRANSFORMATION

When we got the keys to our house, Craig and I both decided we would spend our time and money decorating the parts of our house that our friends and family would see when we entertained, then we’d do our bedroom. We jumped right in and within 3 months our lounge, dining room and main guest room were done. You can see the before and after here.

As we promised ourselves, we then started the think about decorating our room but our energy levels were low, as was our bank account after transforming practically half our house in 6 months! Juggling full times jobs and decorating most evenings and weekends meant we were stating to lack enthusiasm, after all it was just us that saw our room so it quickly moved further down our list of priorities until we said we’d pick it up in the New Year.

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{HOUSE} Project Garden

One of the major perks about buying our own house was the fact we would have our own garden. We were lucky that the flat we rented for 4 years had a small outdoor area, but this was in full view of all the neighbours and was also north facing so was in shade from early afternoon each day.

When we made our house wish list, a south facing garden was fairly high up. Luckily, our house had exactly that and the garden  was such a good size compared to other properties we had viewed, especially the new builds in the area.

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{TRAVEL} BEAUTIFUL ITALIA – LAKE MAGGIORE

Italy is my favourite travel destination. I could happily holiday there every year and still be as much in love with it as I already am. From the food (all the carbs) to the drink (Prosecco is SO cheap in Italy!) to the climate, for me, it has it all. The jewels of this beautiful country are the Lakes dotted around a number of regions.

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of all the great Lakes in Italy, and laps the shores of both Italy and Switzerland. When we visited we stayed in Baveno, a small town located on the south side of the Alps, in Italy’s Piedmonte region and it is truly stunning.

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