After a lovely relaxing and action – packed week in Cornwall with Al and his family, I thought I would share with you all, some of the best things to see, do and eat next time you are in the area. If you would like any further information on each place then all you have to do is either click on the picture or relevant link – Enjoy!

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Exploring the Mediterranean biome.

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At the top of my list has to be this lovely little restaurant situated in Mousehole. Whilst, the waiting times were rather long, the food was defiantly worth waiting for. Not only was the ambience incredibly relaxing , it also provided the perfect laid back vibe for a 30th Birthday celebratory meal during our stay. Of Course, the high standard of the food and the incredible flavours did entice me and may have resulted in me sampling a few more dishes less than 24 hours later.

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Pavlova with poached pear.

Eden Project

After visiting the tropical rainforests of eden just over two-year’s ago, I was incredibly excited to discover that my favourite attraction in Cornwall had also extended their sky walkway and despite being disappointed with the rainforest lookout being closed due to high levels of humidity, the wobbly bridge and steam clouds more than made up for this. I thoroughly enjoyed my last day in Cornwall at this stunning place and the pasta at their Med Terrace restaurant in the mediterranean biome was both reasonable in price and delicious. Of course, no trip to eden is complete without a Roskilly’s ice cream and a visit to the gift shop.

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The Eden Project.

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The rainforest biome is incredible.

Minack Theatre

After walking down to the gorgeous beach of Porthcurno and sampling a Cornish cream tea, I thought my day couldn’t get any better. But once I had reached the top, the views were absolutely breathtaking and the theatre visit was an educational experience that was surprisingly very enjoyable. This is defiantly a place worth exploring for the views alone and at £5 per adult this is a great day out if you are on a tight budget.

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A lovely place to enjoy a beach walk.

 

Porthcurno Beach.

Porthcurno Beach.

 

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Minnack Theatre offers breath-taking views out to sea.

 

St Michael’s Mount

The walk along the causeway was an experience in itself and once I Stepped onto St Michael’s mount it was as though I had been transported through time, I was greeted with cobbled lined streets, stunning gardens filled with an abundance of flowers, trees and plants and a 17th Century castle. Whilst, the prices to explore the castle are a very respectable £9.50 per adult, it is worth considering signing up to the national trust membership if you plan on visiting more of their attractions. Me and Al decided to sign up for as little as £9 a month for both of us and it meant that we can visit over 500 of the national trust sites as many times as we want throughout the year at no extra cost. It also includes free parking, a handbook to help us plan our trips as well as many other exclusive offers.

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More beautiful blooms.

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The stunning stained glass designs in the church.

 

St Ives

This picturesque fishing village and seaside town is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or simply explore the independent boutiques and shops. The St Ives Bay line also offers a scenic route from as little as £4 return during off – peak times.

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A train ride like no other.

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St Ives harbour.

Cornwall has always been a favourite place of mine since I was a child. However, Cornwall has not only captured my heart but it has also left me with lasting memories that are sure to stay with me in many years to come. Have you been to Cornwall? I would love to hear any recommendations that you may have, as me and Al are planning another visit later this year as we can’t wait to go back!

Love Emma

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This is not a sponsored post and all the views and opinions expressed are solely mine.

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As a blogger it might surprise you to discover that as much as I love the world of social media, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the negative effects that if may be having on our mental health.

I know what you are probably thinking – surely ‘Twitter’ is a great way for me to engage with my audience and share my views with like-minded people. Yes! ‘Twitter’ is great for taking part in blogger chats and even making new friends. Yes! ‘Instagram’ and ‘Snapchat’ can be fun in moderation.

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However, as we become more connected online and technology increases our ability to communicate on a global scale, it is also pushing us into an addicted spiral of tweets, snapchats, whatsapp messages, text messages, emails and consequently we are neglecting what is right in front of us – our loved ones!

Now I will put my hands up and confess I am obsessed with social media to the point I can’t eat my food at a fancy restaurant until I have taken at least one picture, I spend a good five minutes getting the perfect shot, angle, lighting just for a selfie and on a bad day I might even throw in a snap chat filter to look more blogger worthy.

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Even after perfecting my social profile I then find myself unconsciously comparing my social life and latest purchases to those I follow on Instagram. The trouble is there is a fine line between admiration and an unhealthy obsession with constantly using social platforms as a means of benchmarking your major life events such as engagements or even having a baby against your friends.

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Such addiction does make me wonder if this perhaps can contribute to a low self esteem that can often lead to poor mental health. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that many of you suffer with anxiety and/or depression. Here are some other interesting stats that I gathered on Twitter:

  • Out of 13 people 85% suffered with Anxiety and 15% with depression
  • 64% believe social media doesn’t have a positive influence on your mental wellbeing
  • 82% believe personality is what makes a person attractive followed by confidence at 18%
  • All of you either compare yourselves to other bloggers, friends or everyone on social media.

As much as I conducted these polls in an attempt to ascertain what the majority of you think, it has opened my eyes and made me realise that we are all our own tough critics and yet we don’t judge others by the standards we set ourselves.

Surely then we are setting ourselves up to fail right from the start? How can you possibly be taller, skinner, browner, more intelligent or like you best friend ‘Kate’ when you are the complete opposite! I for one am going to try harder to be my own best friend and live by my own standards and not anyone else’s. Live your life for you and be exactly who you want to be – not what society tells you to be or do.

On a more positive note, Blogging, technology and social media has also introduced me to all of you wonderful people and resulted in some fun Collabs. I wouldn’t change it for the world but I will change my unrealistic harsh views of myself and strive to connect with loved ones in the moment.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and remember …..

 

sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect.

 

Love Emma

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The dark side of social media.

 

  • You spend hours scrolling through your Twitter feed before bed at 22:50pm on a school night.
  • The first thing you do when you wake up is reach for your phone and check your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.
  • You spend ages taking photographs of a regular subject matter – flowers, a selfie just to achieve the right lighting or angle.
  • You spend ages perfecting your look – makeup, hairstyle just to get one decent selfie.
  • You have to tweet about your daily routine or latest purchase.
  • You have your very own blog and are a pro when it comes to using google analytics.
  • You purchase random items such as marble wallpaper that doubles up as a background for your flatlay.
  • Your friends and family often complain about your phone being constantly glued to you.
  • You find it impossible to switch off.
  • You are writing a list like this one at 22:58pm, when you should be getting your beauty sleep for work tomorrow.
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Lighter evenings, bunches of daffodils, tulips or  bluebells and countryside walks are just some of the many reasons why Spring recently has become my favourite time of the year.

Of course, a new season naturally requires a few new pieces for your wardrobe and these gorgeous blush suede mules from Oasis are guaranteed to put a Spring in your step.

There classic chic design makes them perfect for slipping into for strolls in the park or an evening spent sipping a Gin and Tonic in your local beer garden.

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Shop the Look

Stripe Tie Shoulder Top £29.00 Oasis

Skinny Jeans £35 Marks and Spencer

Mandy Mule £30 Oasis

Grey Bag €30 from a French Boutique

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and are enjoying the beautiful weather. Tomorrow me and Al have a very exciting day of food tasting for our wedding and naturally a visit to a beer garden so we can soak up some sunshine. What are your plans for Sunday?

Love Emma

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Superb food and brilliant customer service from the staff at your local ‘Ask’ Italian restaurant. Now when it comes to food you really can’t beat Italian cuisine, but with the world around us becoming increasingly stressful, we are constantly seeking new ways to escape our everyday stresses.

Moreover, recent statistics seem to suggest that rising noise levels in your local pub/restaurant are making it harder for us to interact with our loved ones and of course, social media can add a whole other layer to our increasingly lonely and isolated world.

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But what if you are hard of hearing? What if you already struggle to hear and already feel isolated? What do you do then?

As someone who has struggled with hearing loss since the age of approximately 18 months after losing some hearing due to numerous ear infections and a hearing aid user, I am pleased to say that my last few visits to ‘Ask’ have been both relaxed and enjoyable. After informing the waiter/waitress that I was hard of hearing they immediately asked what they could do to make my experience more enjoyable and accommodated my request to be sat away from the noisy area with other customers sat in front of me to help reduce background noise. Their friendly service immediately put me at ease and made the whole dinning experience one to remember for all the right reasons.

Unfortunately, today’s highly saturated market place means that those who are operating predominantly in the catering business are constantly having to reinvent themselves and ensure that their brand is one that a consumer can differentiate from their competitors. This can result in numerous outlets that are designed to be aesthetically pleasing as oppose to a peaceful haven where one can connect and switch off from the days stresses.

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Couple this with my recent findings from a Twitter Poll and it does appear that the majority of the population would be less inclined to return to an establishment with excessive noise levels. 68% out of 40 people stated that they wouldn’t return to a pub or restaurant with excessive noise levels.

Do you often struggle to socialise and interact with friends, family or colleagues in your local restaurant/pub? I would love to hear all about your own personal experiences.

For more information on how you can take action and help to address these issues, check out the latest Speak Easy campaign.

Love Emma

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