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On our way to Siena we made an stop at Orvieto.  Not really sure what to expect we were blown away when we came across the Cathedral.  Not really knowing much about Orvieto we walked around taking in the sights and stopped for some much loved Italian Food.  I turned to the trusted oracle that is Google and found out that...
"The Piazza del Duomo in Orvieto, as it's easy to tell from the name, clearly owes its existence to the Duomo. In the town of Orvieto, all roads lead to this piazza, just as all visitors to the town naturally turn their footsteps along the Via del Duomo that flanks the square's west side, towards the majestic cathedral that towers over every house and palazzo on the square. In fact, much of the piazza was built around the Duomo while it was being completed over a period of more than three hundred years."
Every road and turn held something beautiful!  

Italy Road Trip 2016

Italy Road Trip Part one... Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, Rome Italy

 Yep this was our room for the week and let me just say it didn't look like this by the second day, it resembled more the Geordie Shore house! 
 I took these pics from their FB page as my pictures had loads of people in them and didn't do the hotel justice. 
 Oh this pool is where Ellissa and i spent most of our days! 

let the Dragon Boat Racing commence...
 The racing took place on Lake Lago dell'EUR in the Parco Centrale del Lago.
 Ellissa and i were lucky to find this little gem in the park, we had the whole floating dock to ourselves!

 Dragon boating is not my cup of tea however we come so support the Hubby who is in the Great British Team and i have to admit it's a fabulous event, the atmosphere is electric and i always come away thinking "yeah i could do that" until the plane lands back in the cold North of England! 

 After a gruelling (for the athletes) week it's time to PARTY! 

Toga Party in fitting! 
 Jenny starting the party with the Fizz.

 Me & my baby Girl. x
 Hodgson Family Selfie
 Thinking the Hubby likes this outfit! 
 Beer Pong! 

 Togo Party, Alcohol and Pool...Yep this is going to get a little messy! 

Pink Soda Sport

I'm somewhat of a gym clothes snob, not just because i like labels but because i have bought numerous items that are more fashion wear than gym wear.  Now i make sure i try everything on and do the jump, squat, bend & burpee test because otherwise i am yet again wasting my money. 

Take Adidas for example, i love Adidas and i wear mostly Adidas but they make two versions of sports wear, the fashion sports range and the gym sports range. Which is fine because there is a market for both but i wish they separated them when shopping online.

i now whenever i buy sports clothes i carry out my simple test to make sure the tops don't ride up when i'm doing a burpee or you don't see my knickers when i bend over or they don't fall down when i run/jumping jack. Yes you will feel like a tool doing this in the changing rooms but the alternative is wasting more money!    

So after my test in JD's changing rooms i decided on a black & white  Pink Soda Outfit. 

I have to say these leggings are amazing! I bought a size 10 and they have plenty of give, stayed up and you didn't get to see my knickers! (okay so i wore black knickers and you could see them through the white but the top covered that).
This top is already one of my favourites, it's light, comfy and didn't ride up when i was doing many burpees.  Last night i wore this outfit to do Les Mills Bodyattack & Bodycombat and i felt comfortable & stylish! 

Cue cheesy selfie! 

@SoapandGlory Visible crow's!

I hate it but it's true i am getting older and like most people the signs are beginning to show...yep i'm crying right now! 

So i noticed in the below recent picture that (i'm the blonde) i have visible crow's feet...cue more tears! and needed to do something about it and fast. 
 I read a few beauty bloggers reviews and tried a couple of different creams but i hate the feeling of a heavy cream on my skin, i hate it when they take ages to absorb into the skin or leave a greasy shine to my face.  I'm pretty much a fussy bugger! 
Anyway i found two products that i think are working, my lines are less noticeable and my puffy eyes are going...slowly but still they are going. Yippee!!!

What i found worked for me is the new range from Soap & Glory! 
Both these products have some professional spiel which i will add but the most important points i want to make are they smell amazing, absorb fast and leave my skin soft but not greasy! These products are perfect for me. :) 

 Astonishingly silky-light yet amazingly potent, our fabulous, fast-absorbing day fluid is a full-throttle attack on dry skin. Loaded with a souped-up mix of oxygenators, a super-hydrating watermelon extract, a wrinkle-smoothing marine plant and elasticity-promoting raspberry stem cells – it will leave your skin brighter, tighter, dewier and plumping for joy.

- Gives skin a miracle moisture makeover 
- Instantly plumps up moisture from within 
- Smoothes fine lines & wrinkles 
- Energises & refreshes skin 
- Locks in moisture for 24hrs 
- Gives skin a youthful dewy healthy glow

I bought mine from Boots £13.00 (much cheaper than other leading brands too) 

Loaded with anti-dark circle and anti-puff BOTANICAL PEPTIDES, detoxifying OXYGINSENG™ TECHNOLOGY, HYPER HYDRATORS and COOL-CUCUMBER-X™, Soap & Glory™ Puffy Eye Attack™ hydragel is a fast-acting, de-bloating, skin-firming, collagen-boosting GENIUS IN A JAR! 

• BOTANICAL SOY & RICE PEPTIDES & YEAST PROTEINS - Clinically proven to reduce dark circles and undereye puff/inflammation, and boost elasticity,microcirculation and collagen production
• OXYGINSENG™ TECHNOLOGY - an amazingly effective, organic, detoxifying ginseng-plus-caffeine complex that helps increase circulation and cell respiration (which then turns up blood supply and toxin removal), and also speeds oxygen and nutrient delivery to fight aging and re-energise skin
• PATENTED BIONYMPH PLANT PEPTIDES - to boost collagen production • PLUS-CAFFINE COMPLEX that increases circulation and cell respiration

Again i bought mine from Boots £12.50.

I'm not a beauty blogger by no means because i tend to stick to what i like but these two products are worth mentioning because they have worked for me. 

Edinburgh Day Trip

Ellissa and i decided a Mother/Daughter day was needed and decided on a day trip to Edinburgh.  Having never been to Edinburgh we were pretty much the blind leading the blind, which resulted in a whole load of laughs! 
Getting to Edinburgh was pretty easy we hopped on the Darlington - Edinburgh direct and it only took two hour. 
Arriving at Edinburgh Waverley we had everything pretty much on our door step. 
So pretty right? This beauty was right outside the train station and opposite the shops! 
Love the smell of leather...i wish this was a scratch and sniff!  
So many talented performers!  
Not my type of shop but it was too cute not to take a picture! 

We had amazing weather! made me laugh!  
More amazing street performers.
Time for cake!  
 OMG i wanted it all! 
Oh Apple! 

More cake! 
Ellissa was utterly guttered that we had already eaten because she really wanted to eat here...maybe next time! 

We were lucky enough to be in Edinburgh for the Ivy Park release and snapped up some items...i do wish i bought more now though because i can't get them for love nor money!  

More laughs! 
Goodies to take home...because we haven't eaten enough!  
Another reason why i love Scotland...GIANT TUNNOCK'S! 
Ellissa and i loved it so much we have already booked to go back for a weekend to celebrate her Birthday! 

See you soon Edinburgh!