Review: Lusty Beg Island

Lusty Beg Island

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to stay at Lusty Beg Island this week, and it was AMAZING!  The resort is set in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands and is a 75 acre exclusive paradise. We … Continue reading

Birthday Fun at The Beacon Hotel

My amazing husband surprised me with a stay at The Beacon Hotel in Dublin.  The package included shopping vouchers, free cocktails in the Crystal Bar, dinner at My Thai restaurants and delicious breakfast the next morning!

The way he told me about it, was possibly the best bit of all – he gave me breakfast in bed with “Hotel for 2” spelled out with bacon, haha!

So, here’s some snaps from our stay!

The Hotel

The Beacon Hotel

The Beacon describes itself as being a place “where boutique hotel style and design blend with outstanding service to create a new concept in luxury travel.”  The decor was just amazing – the photos above are taken in the lobby.  There’s a huge four poster bed which is actually a table and seating, a giant leaf table with stools and an amazing pool table – which people were actually using!

The bedroom was gorgeous, and to my delight there was a huge bright mirror at the desk – perfect for doing makeup haha!

The Beacon Hotel

Crystal Bar

Crystal Bar

The Crystal Bar was really nice and surprisingly relaxed!  It was super warm that day, so we went outside to the courtyard where there’s this amazing ‘day bed’ type seating for lounging on.  (Of course we LOUNGED, you can see us lying on one in the bottom right!)  The napkins were a pretty cool touch so I had to include them too!  My cocktail was delicious, super potent though haha – so “one and done” and off to dinner!

My Thai Restaurant

My Thai Restaurant

The ‘My Thai Restaurant’ was AMAZING!  One of the most enjoyable meals I’ve ever had!  The service was fantastic too, all of the staff were so nice!  The photos aren’t doing it justice!  If you are a regular reader you know how much I love this type of food, I was in heaven.  Finding Dim Sum in Ireland is pretty difficult so I was delighted with that.  So delicious – if you’re in Dublin looking for a great restaurant, definitely go here!

The next morning we had a huge breakfast and headed off home.  I have to admit, I was getting very weepy on the way home because I couldn’t wait to see Devin!  I know it was only one night, and we had such an amazing time – but I missed him!!  I’m really only completely happy when we’re all together!

Another GREAT birthday, thanks to my lovely hubby!

Thanks for reading! x

Healthy Eating: Low Carb Dinner Idea – Chicken Satay Skewers!

Low Carb Chicken Satay

This is a delicious summer meal, which goes really well with a salad and a side of Guacamole.  (Mix-and-match, I know!)  They also work really well on a BBQ! Ingredients: 3 Tablespoons of No Added Sugar Peanut Butter ½ Cup … Continue reading

Healthy Eating: Guacamole – A Low Carb Snack or Side

Guacamole Recipe

Avocado is full of healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium – so it makes you feel super satisfied after eating!  This is a great side if you’re on a low-carb diet or you’re just eating clean! I’m sharing this ‘family’ recipe … Continue reading

Food on Friday – Healthy Eating

So my food on Friday is a little late this week – sometimes the case when you have a baby!  Basically I’m talking about healthy eating this week, rather than talking about one particular meal.
“I really want to start eating more healthily” – sound familiar?  Yeah, me too!  Only now, as I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I’m nursing my son so I NEED to be healthy.
Now, for some of you “healthy eating” is about losing weight, following strict nutritional philosophies and depriving yourselves of yummy foods!  For me, Healthy Eating is about feeling good, having enough energy and balancing out your moods.  I never drink coffee anymore – if I run out of energy I know it’s to do with diet.
“I don’t have time for that!” – Or something along those lines?  Let me tell you, since having a baby I wonder what the hell I was doing when I thought I was ‘busy’ before!  If you commit to it – you can actually do it!
It’s IMPOSSIBLE to change how you eat overnight, so don’t try.  Just change one thing at a time.  There’s no way that 7 days a week I get my five-a-day and my 8 glasses of water etc, I still have frozen pizza in the freezer and tortellini in the fridge!
I do eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Something I never did before!  I’m going to give some examples of a healthy lunch here that you might like to try out yourself:
I buy Bagels and Panini bread in my weekly shop and keep them in the fridge, then just pop them in the toaster when I’m ready to eat them.
I think both of these are the same combination – Cheese, Green Peppers, Ham and Pesto.  It will fill you up until dinner too!
Try one of these in the canteen – make lunch for a few people at one time!  You should have a couple of peppers in the fridge, a pack of ham, a block of cheese, a jar of pesto and Paninis or Bagels.   Another great filling – mix up some tuna, low fat mayo and sweet corn and serve on lettuce!
Let me know if you try it out – how well did it work out for you?  Once we have lunch sorted I’ll talk to you about other ways to make your diet a little healthier!