Wagon in the woods...

I honestly don't know how to start this post, except by saying all what follows will in no way do the experience justice - it was an adventure of pure perfection, and I wholeheartedly suggest you follow suit...

A few months ago, in the midst of busy season at work, I did some 2am blog scrolling to distract myself from yet another spreadsheet, and came across this blog post by Katy. I knew instantly we had to go, regardless of where it was, and I fired off some texts to James, which were answered next morning saying he'd booked it for June.

Weirdly, without ever having heard of it, it turns out Medstead is actually in between Southampton and Basingstoke, so we ended up having an insanely packed weekend, going from home to River Cottage in Winchester for lunch, staying in the wagon overnight, and heading off to Basingstoke the next morning.

We arrived at the wagon around 2pm so had the whole day to enjoy our little escape. It's super easy to get to, but once you're there, you're hidden from view in your own little forest.

 ...which backs onto a field! We made lots of cow friends - I was a bit worried the fence wouldn't hold them and we'd be trampled!

I finally got to toast marshmallows on the fire - the owner/builder, Ralph, has thought of everything and even supplied us with marshmallows!

I was a bit too over zealous...

We spent the afternoon relaxing in the hot tub, drinking the wine we brought back from Italy. It was pure perfection. (You have to heat the hot tub yourself using a log fire - so much fun!)

Afro chicken...
(Ralph's mum Jean showed us the chicks on arrival - they are literally the cutest things ever!)

Everything is handmade!

After our hot tub session, we wandered through the fields to the Yew Tree, a pub a couple of miles away. We had a very scenic walk, and the food was lovely when we got there - I fully recommend the sticky toffee pudding.

The wagon literally had everything you need for a few days away to escape from it all.

After our adventures, we watched the sun sent in the bath under the floor, finishing off the wine....

I honestly couldn't recommend it enough - I had a beautiful time.

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Lush Cup O Coffee face mask

Lush Cup o Coffee

A quick rundown of Lush Cup o Coffee face mask...

Oh wow. I don't know where to start with this one!

You may or may not know my history with Lush - growing up, I was a HUGE Lush fan, and would go in a spend all my pocket money on a lump of soap (much to my mother's disdain...).

When I was 17 I got a job in the local Lush and all my teenage beauty product related dreams came true! It was a lovely place to work for the first few months, and I made some great friends like Noor, and the discount was amazingggg.

Around the time I left to go to uni, there were a lot of staff changes in my store and it started to become a bit cliquey...basically I ended up not going back as I had planned for the summers, and the whole thing ruined my perception of the company a bit. That, coupled with no discount, meant I only really used Lush stuff on special occasions, which is a shame as I LOVED it, but it was kinda tainted for me as a brand.

Anyway - why the story? WELL. I have been missing out for the past few years clearly! I only really used the products I was given as gifts, until I met up with Noor for coffee to discuss our engagements (EEEEEEEE!), and it turns out, despite our in-store experiences and lack of discount, she is still a die hard fan, She immediately recommended this mask to me - Noor has never been wrong with a recommendation so I had to check it out, and that was that.  True face masky-love. I am sure I would have discovered this earlier and fallen for it as hard if I'd have stuck with the brand, but oh well!

Lush Cup o Coffee

I've got quite dry, dull skin, with a bit of a clogged up nose area, so all round a bit icky. 

Let me tell you, for me, this has been a wonder product!

Heads up though, if you don't like coffee, this may not be for you, however I love the smell! (Is that bad?) I tried to get Becky to use it, but she hates the smell of coffee so refused :( 

Basically, you smooth a layer over your face and leave for 10-15 mins, then wash off, scrubbing as you go. 

My skin has never felt so soft!

In case you can't tell, I love it!

I got the little pot, and it's lasted me ages - it's not a 'fresh' one either, so it's got a fairly long life for Lush products - I don't remember it being too expensive, and would definitely get it again!

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