Where to stay in Bucharest

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is one of the most beautiful cities you can visit in Romania. Also called “Little Paris”, Bucharest is best known for The Parliament which is the second largest building in the world, after the Penthagon, and for its many beautiful parks.

Bucharest is also a relatively cheap city in Europe, but when it comes to hotels, the prices can be quite high. That’s why I always recommend booking your stay in Bucharest through Airbnb.

I traveled to Bucharest last November and I had the pleasure to discover a great modern studio right in the Old Town! The studio is even big enough for a family with a child as we stayed there with our baby. It is, actually, a perfect place if you plan to go with your child & baby as it is sparkling clean and we all know that’s a very important criteria when we search for a hotel.

Situated right in the heart of Bucharest, the studio is close to everything so it will be very easy for you to explore the city in all its splendour.

It is newly renovated, newly furnished and it has a modern style. My favourite part of the studio, was the bathroom which is huge and I repeat, very clean.

As you most of you already know, me and my partner are both working online from our laptops and we always look for stays which provides at least a desk so that we can be able to work. Well, this studio has a long table with two chairs which was so great for us as we could both work at the same time, while our baby was watching cartoons on the TV.

If you don’t want to spend too much money in restaurants, then this place is great for you because it has a small kitchen and a fridge so you can cook at home, before or after going out.

Another amazing thing about this studio is its Parisian style terrace. I don’t know about you, but I always prefer to choose a place with a terrace to enjoy a beautiful view and this is exactly what this apartment provides.

A full video of the studio is in my instagram highlights: @discovertheelysium , the highlight is called “Hotel reviews”.

You can use this link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/miriami808?currency=GBP&ref_device_id=a9263503f4f793fb7de00d9819378109df75511c&user_id=301893459&s=42 to book your first stay through Airbnb and you will get 25£ off your home booking (it can be anywhere). You will also get 9£ to use toward an experience worth 36£ or more.

*little secret: if you already have an account, you can just open a new account using another email address* 🤫

By booking through this link, Airbnb will reward me with a small amount to use for my next trips, but at no additional cost for you.

You can find this studio here https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/17171621?source_impression_id=p3_1572831635_F04xQ8N784QNbXVU

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa: Luxury living in Lake District

This september I had the opportunity to visit Lake District, UK for a short retreat and stayed at the gorgeous Beech Hill Hotel & Spa. Lake District is a popular holiday destination in North West England which is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains and its associations with William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. The beautiful Beech Hill Hotel is situated on Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

The Rooms/Suites

Our favourite thing about staying at Beech Hill Hotel was our modern and spacious “Family room” with stunning lake view and patio doors leading onto a private balcony (my greatest weakness…). Whether you want to enjoy your room service on the balcony, or cozy up on the couch and watch a movie, or even do a bit of work on the laptop, this room has all our needs taken care of! Our room was extremely spacious (exactly what you need when travelling with a baby) and had a certain countryside charm to it. I loved admiring the lake view from our private balcony and when the rain started, I could continue to enjoy the stunning view and listen to the calming rain sound with Fabian from the two modern armchairs situated near the patio doors. I must add, Fabian was very pleased to see the workspace in the room where he could do his job while savouring a hot chocolate or an english tea.

The Hotel

The moment we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by friendly staff who helped us check in and get settled. I didn’t even have to ask because the receptionist told me everything I needed to know about the hotel. I particularly enjoyed the rural vibes from the main hall and the unique design of the fireplace.

While you are here, save some time for a decadent spa treatment at the hotel’s spa. The Hotel offers facial treatment, massage & body treatments and many more. They even have a pre natal massage for mums to be who are more than 12 weeks into their term. I wish I knew about this while I was pregnant 😬 You can also enjoy the interior pool, the Himalayan Sauna or you can chill out in the Steam.

Have you planned your next trip yet? If not, how about a retreat in Lake District at Beech Hill Hotel & Spa? I promise you won’t regret it!

Breastmilk soap: how and why to do it

There’s no question that breastmilk is incredibly healthy for our little ones and it provides the ideal nutrition for them, but do you know in how many more ways you can benefit from breastmilk? I am going to give just few examples: milk bath, coffee creamer, canker sores healer, puffy eyes healer, wrinkles and stretches marks smoother, but my favourite one is breastmilk for homemade SOAP.

Yes, you can actually use breastmilk to make soap. Maybe you are wondering why would you do such thing. Because it’s amazingly beneficial for babies. It helps with eczema, rush, dry skin etc. Besides, it is the perfect natural cleanser for your baby. I have been looking for some good products to use for baby bath ever since Karl was born, but I couldn’t find anything I trust to apply on his skin. I myself had no idea you can make breastmilk soap. I was scrolling through a breastfeeding page on Instagram and found a picture with loads of breastmilk soaps and the recipe in the caption. I had some bottles of breastmilk stored in the freeze so I immediately ordered from amazon everything needed and the next day I made my own breastmilk soaps.

How to make breastmilk soap at home

You will need:

• a soap base (This is the one I ordered from Amazon: https://rstyle.me/+663llt0J2_pe5eIaGCBWFA )

• soap mould ( I bought this silicone mould again from Amazon: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/driy5pcmyvf )

• breastmilk (I used 6 ounces of breastmilk)

1. Melt 1/3 lb soap base (they say to melt it in a microwave at high the first 30 seconds and then 5-10 seconds incremental until it’s melted, but I personally don’t use microwave so I melted it on the stove)

2. Mix in the breastmilk (room temperature)

3. Stir for few minutes until it’s well mixed and pour the liquid into the soap mould

4. Put the mould into your fridge and leave it for 24 hours

5. After 24 hours you can remove the soaps from the mould and start using them

*I also added crushed almond, oatmeal and honey, but it’s not necessary.

Hope you and your little one will enjoy your breastmilk soaps 🤗

My birth story: Karl David

My birth story: Karl David

Before I start, I just want to let you know this may be TMI for some people so don’t read it if you are not comfortable with natural birth and everything it requires.

First of all, I had a birth plan, but not the kind of birth plan when you literally make a whole scenario of how things will go and plan every move. No. My birth plan sounded like this :NO induction, NO c-section (caesarean), NO epidural, NO forceps, NO episiotomy. In one word, I wanted to have a birth as natural as possible. Unfortunately, it didn’t go the way I wanted, but if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change anything.

So everything started on Wednesday 3rd of July. I was 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant and I had an appointment with my midwife who recommended me to have a sweep in order to avoid being induced. Now I know a lot of you who read my posts are not familiar with every term regarding pregnancy&delivery so I will try to explain everything when needed. So when you are overdue (you didn’t give birth until your due date-at 40 weeks), you will get induced at 12 days after your due date (in some countries you can go a bit longer). An induction is when the doctors &/ the midwives will induce your labour (with a tablet or a gel). Honestly, I didn’t read much about induction because this was an absolutely NO for me. From all the things, this is what I really wanted to avoid. Ok so coming back, at my 40 weeks and 5 days appointment I had a sweep. The membrane sweep is a drug-free way of helping to bring on labour when you are going past your due date. This is a bit like an internal examination and doesn’t take long. The midwife or obstetrician puts a finger into the cervix and makes a circular or sweeping movement with their fingers. The point of it is to separate the sac surrounding your baby from the cervix. It is nothing artificial and it doesn’t always bring on labour! Doing a sweep helps to release natural hormones that stimulate contractions so it may get labour started. But, also, it may not get labour started. So after having the sweep, my midwife made an appointment for me for an induction at 41 weeks and 5 days, just in case. After leaving her office, I started having cramps. They felt like menstrual cramps, but much more painful. I wasn’t really able to walk properly because I was in too much pain, but I still went for a quick shopping with Fabian and my parents. Anyway, the day had passed and nothing happened.

The next day, on Thursday 4th of July I was feeling SO tired and I really couldn’t walk anymore or stand up. I remember we all went to Tesco to buy some food and on my way to the toilet, I had to take 4 breaks and sit down because I was exhausted (I just had to walk 15 meters). At the toilet, I noticed that I lost the mucus plug. The mucus plug is a “cork” barrier that seals your cervix, the opening to your uterus, during pregnancy. As the cervix begins to open wider in preparation for delivery,the mucus plug is discharged into the vagina. The time between losing the mucus plug and going into labour varies. Some women who pass a noticeable mucus plug go into labour within hours or days, while others may not go into labour for a few weeks so I didn’t made any hopes. And again, the day had passed and I didn’t have any contractions. I went to bed at 12-1 a.m. and I was waking up from 10 to 10 minutes to go to the toilet (had to wee). At 4 a.m. I woke up again to have a wee and when I came back to bed I realised I was having really bad cramps (or at least I thought they were cramps…). They were coming and going, only lasting few seconds. But yes, they hurt. I woke up Fabian telling him I’m having bad cramps and he said he thinks it’s labour. I downloaded an app to start monitoring the “cramps” and they were lasting like 30-40 seconds, 8-10 minutes apart. They were very irregular. Fabian called the hospital and told them all those details and they said to call back when they will start being regular: 40 seconds and 4 minutes apart. It was fine by me, my plan was to stay at home during labour for as much as I can anyway. Why? Because labour is really bad. I preferred being in a familiar environment, being able to take warm baths (it helps with the pain), get some air, have walks ( trust me, you won’t want to stay in bed during labour, it is 10 times more painful than walking around). Anyway, so I was finally in labour. Me and Fabian were so happy. It was finally time. I was very frustrated in the last weeks of pregnancy because ever since I got pregnant I was so sure I would give birth at 38 weeks (I don’t know why, I just had a “feeling”) and when I hit 40 weeks and there was still no baby, I started getting very frustrated. Last week of pregnancy is very hard, but to go overdue…it is a nightmare-ligaments pain, back pain, ribs pain, heartburn, not being able to sleep, going to the toilet a lot, difficulty to walk and many more.

Ok, so coming back, at 5 a.m., after one hour of having “cramps” (those cramps were contractions, I just didn’t feel them properly at that time), they became more intense, more painful, but still manageable. I was in huge pain for few seconds, but I was able to laugh and talk between having them. Well, in a very short time they became really bad. I dressed up and went to the hospital with Fabian and my mom. Being in labour in a car is the worst thing ever and the hospital was 30 minutes away from our home. However, I was still happy and grateful for being in labour and I was in so much pain that I was so sure I was going to deliver very soon. We arrived at the hospital and they did an internal examination to see how dilated I was. When I heard the midwife saying my dilation, I thought I m dreaming and this is a nightmare. This couldn’t be happening. I was only 2 cm dilated (you have to be 10 cm to deliver). At 2 cm you are in early labour phase. You have to be over 4 cm to be given a room in the hospital and pain relief. They said I could stay in the hospital-on the hallway or I could go home. Of course I chose to go home. I wasn’t happy anymore. I was angry. I was mad and in pain. We arrived home and went to bed to get some sleep (hahaha stupid me thinking I could sleep). I was so tired and I thought maybe if I am asleep I won’t feel the contractions anymore. I was so wrong. As soon as I was falling asleep, a contraction would start and I would wake up in so much pain (as I said before, being in bed makes the contractions feel much worse). For the next hours I tried everything to ease the pain. I tried all the positions possible, I tried taking walks, I tried warm baths, I tried using the TENS machine-nothing worked!

I was in labour for 10 hours and at this point I didn’t care anymore about my birth plan or about the risks of anything, I was begging for some pain relief (before labour, my plan was to not use epidural because it can cause permanent nerve damage-I know it happens very rarely, but it still does happen and I didn’t want to take the risk). I had to be 4 cm to be given an epidural and I was so sure I still wasn’t more than 2 cm. I stopped monitoring my contractions because I was in so much pain all the time that I wasn’t able to tell anymore when I am having one and when I am not having one. For me it was a incessant pain. You know how they say the contraction lasts for few seconds and then you have a couple of minutes to relax? Well for me it wasn’t that way. I was in pain all the time, I didn’t have any time to relax. Fabian called the hospital again and asked what kind of pain relief can I take if I m under 4 cm dilated and they said paracetamol. The hell with paracetamol!!!! It is not strong enough to ease the labour pains!! They said they’re very sorry, but can’t do anything about this situation and when Fabian asked how long should it take to go from 2 cm to 4 cm they said it can take up to 2 days. When I heard that… I went crazy. There was no way I could go through this for 2 days. During pregnancy, I mentally prepared myself for any pain possible. I was ready for anything, but not for a long labour. I never thought I will be in labour for more than 6 hours. To be honest, in my head, it was impregnated the idea of being in labour for only 3-4 hours and pushing for only few minutes. I started crying and screaming and I was begging Fabian to take me to another hospital to have a c-section (my hospital doesn’t do c-section if it is not needed). I know it sounds crazy, but I wasn’t thinking clear anymore. I went to take another bath and beg God, Buddha, Allah and the universe for some help. It was 4 p.m. now.

I was in labour for 12 hours so I decided to go to the hospital to have another internal examination although I was so sure I was still 2 cm dilated (I don’t know why, I just left the hospital with a very negative mindset after they told me I am only 2 cm). We arrived at the hospital and I think (JUST THINK) I frightened all the pregnant women out there (who weren’t in labour yet) with the way I was acting, screaming and crying 😂 Sure they were looking forward to go into labour after they saw me 😂👍🏼. Me and Fabian were asked to go into a private room to have the internal examination, my mom had to wait outside. The doctor made the examination and as she was taking her gloves off she said “Ok, you are 5 cm dilated now.” OMG, those words will always be stuck in my head along with her calm voice. Me and Fabian started crying immediately (yeah I was crying already, but now there were even more tears and these were happy tears. As soon as I heard the number “5”, I said “Thank God, I want an epidural, PLEASE!” She started to laugh and went after the anaesthetist. After she left the room, another doctor came in and transferred us in the delivery room. I was given gas&air to use until the anaesthetist would come. Fabian left to bring the hospital bag from the car and the anaesthetist came in and gave me a paper with all the side effects from the epidural. As I was reading the words “permanent nerve damage”, I was thinking, just for few seconds, of refusing it and keep going on like this, but then a contraction started so I handed the paper back saying that I don’t care about the side effects anymore, I just want to relax. In 5 minutes, the room became full of doctors. They helped me change into the delivery gown and put me in the right position for receiving the epidural. Fabian was holding my hand. While the anaesthetist is preparing you for the epidural, you have to stay still because he is putting needles in your back. Having to stay still while being in labour is not easy! After 5 minutes of seeing all those needles in my back and all the blood, Fabian almost fainted so he had to switch places with my mother. Funny enough, having that huge needle put in your back hurts less than taking blood for tests (at least for me).

Shortly after the epidural, my legs started to feel numb-and with that, I started having those terrible thoughts “What if I will never be able to walk again?” “What if the greatest joy of life will also bring me the worst nightmare?”. But in the same time, I was relieved knowing that soon I won’t feel those contractions anymore. Or at least that’s what I thought…I never stopped feeling the contractions. I know they don’t want to numb you completely so that you would still feel pressure and know when to push, but trust me-it wasn’t just pressure that I was feeling. Those were real and intense contractions. Not as bad as they were before the epidural, but they were still painful. Anyway, I was finally able to lay in bed, relax and have a proper conversation with people around me. I took my phone and posted on Instagram (because not even labour stops me from posting lol) a short video with me laying in bed at the hospital and let everyone know I’m in labour.

The next hours passed very quickly because doctors were constantly coming, presenting themselves and asking me and my midwife questions about my pregnancy, about me, about my contractions etc. I think I met at least 10 doctors in 2 hours. At 10 o’clock I was 8 cm dilated and my water still wasn’t broken! A doctor suggested my midwife to break my water so that we can move forward a bit faster. Of course I panicked and thought it will hurt like hell, but it didn’t. In fact, I didn’t feel anything. After she broke my water, I fell asleep and woke up when she did an internal examination again at 1 a.m. At this time I was finally 10 cm dilated but she said we will still wait 2 more hours before starting to push because it will be easier for me. So I went back to sleep and woke up at 3 a.m. I don’t remember much of how things started with the pushing because I was SO tired. I remember asking her if we can wait until tomorrow 😂😂😂. Fabian was at the side of my bed, holding my right hand, my mom was on the other side, holding my left hand and the midwife was between my legs, helping me to give birth (yes, that’s right, there was only one midwife in the delivery room with me-no other midwife, no doctors, no nurses-just her, Fabian and my mom). The contractions were very strong now and my back hurt a lot. I was exhausted and tired of being in pain so I got a bit angry and yelled at my midwife to change my position because I am in too much pain. Now I feel so sorry for yelling at her, but she was so understanding and calm and I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me. By the way, did I tell you she is only 23 years old? A fantastic and brave 23 years old woman helped me give birth to Karl.

Coming back, the midwife was telling me when to push and for how long and I recall crying and screaming “I can’t, I can’t anymore, please make it stop”. After half an hour of pushing, she paged another midwife (or a doctor? I m not sure what she was) to do an episiotomy. When I heard that, I was both terrified and relieved. Terrified because I knew she was going to literally cut me with scissors and relieved because the episiotomy would make more space for the baby to come out so it meant the pushing could end soon. My mom who was a nurse and who assisted so many births and who can put needles in your legs, arms, hands, back, butt (so she doesn’t have any problem with blood), she closed her eyes and turned around when the midwife (or doctor?!) did the episiotomy so I guess it’s not fun at all to watch that 😬 Shortly after the episiotomy, I birthed Karl at 3:50 a.m. and he weighed 3.600 kg.

They put Karl on my chest straight after birth and I had skin to skin contact for about one hour and then Fabian could have skin to skin contact with him. (Karl was cleaned with a towel while he was on my chest)

Bottom line, I was in labour for 24 hours and I pushed for almost one hour. I was so sure I was going to be in labour for only 6 hours maximum and push for few minutes without having an epidural or episiotomy so that’s why I gave all these details because I think you should to be prepared for anything and don’t despair if it doesn’t go as you planned.

Baby’s room

Decorating the baby’s room was one of my favourite activities during this pregnancy (besides shopping for baby clothes :D). I was amazed of how well, me and Fabian, cooperated in doing this room: we actually did not have any contradictory ideas/opinions, so it really was a pleasure to furnish baby’s room. I hope you will like it as much as we do! xx

Room Details

Bed https://rstyle.me/+tVrq2Al2IwDgZd0ipzo7Yg

Bed setting https://rstyle.me/+jRAppU6HrV8525EUENagXQ

Crib toy https://rstyle.me/+Uy0XpE6x-VOwxRPmv_shTQ

Baby monitor https://rstyle.me/+t5D-TiFHzaNBnQmAzcGTZg

Wall sticker (crib) https://rstyle.me/+ybfdCHz-xZzdDXHOcCQ-Gw

Hanging lamp https://rstyle.me/+EHkatCyw0XplQGQjrFtJCA

Armchair https://rstyle.me/+jzBhc8hSmiN_BCnuUizeEg

Star pillow https://rstyle.me/+pAgk-xqEJhp8XfxF3qfePg

Peter Rabbit art print https://rstyle.me/+t9tydriYYey6cb1w1RRdvw

Wardrobe https://rstyle.me/+rK-xZNt18Wx07TCWItREDA

Blue bear fitted sheets (from the wardrobe) https://rstyle.me/+VjLcCaAD3XOb1Ez93QbF0w

Big wall sticker https://rstyle.me/+_VHQzbTTM5LwtocRzKsy9g

White rug https://rstyle.me/+l4kfMJpMY9Uq5_9B8KYK1A

 

 

 

 

My hospital bag

So here I am 39 weeks pregnant and prepared to meet my baby. It can happen any time now AND ANYWHERE so we are ready with the hospital bag!!

When I first heard the words “hospital bag”, my reaction was “What? Why would I need to bring anything except my phone to the hospital when I give birth?” 😂 Of course, that was before I got pregnant. My mother never talked to me about pregnancy, labour and giving birth; we are not taught about those in school either (but it’s ok because we know all about photosynthesis and sexual reproduction in plants 👍🏼) so I was not educated at all about this subject. After getting pregnant and doing a lot of research, I understood that having only your phone with you at the hospital is not the best idea 😂. There is a lot of help out there on the internet and in books regarding the hospital bag so I started to inform myself. My midwife told me I should be ready with it by 37 weeks so that’s what I did.

I firstly checked the hospital bag list from the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pack-your-bag-for-birth/) and then the one from Emma’s Diary (https://www.emmasdiary.co.uk/pregnancy-and-birth/3rd-trimester-pregnancy/what-to-put-in-your-hospital-bag) and I combined the two lists and made one of my own 🙂

This is the bag I used to pack everything. It’s the one I received with the baby stroller and I thought it is just perfect for the hospital too. Here is a direct link to some similar hospital bags: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/TnKNc3zGsPA0JIkIfTSH8

So here is everything I packed for the moment my baby will decide is ready to meet us:

1. 5 maternity knickers-I bought them from Mothercare for only 10£ and they are so comfortable. Shop them from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/4sw7HmRyREO6vPso9L85GO

2. 5 disposable maternity briefs-again I got them from Mothercare

3. A packet of 24 maternity towels

4. A packet of nursing pads/breast pads-because I plan on breastfeeding and these are really necessary

5. A nipple cream-I chose the one from Lansinoh (Lanolin) because it was recommended to us by the midwife from the parenting classes

6. Facial cleansing wipes

7. A water spray-to cool me down during labour

8. A pain relief gel-because I have huge back pain and I imagine it will only be worse during labour

9. A cooling leg gel-I plan on moving a lot during labour instead of lying in bed because I read it makes the labour easier so I will definitely need something for my legs. You can use the discount code MIRIAM-R1E on any order from MamaMio to get 10£ for your first order.

10. A body oil-to be used by Fabian to massage my back and legs

11. Pregnacare for new moms-I don’t even have to say why I plan on taking them because it’s obvious😂

12. 2 hair ties-because I’m sure I won’t stand the hair on my face during labour

13. A lip balm-I have a very bad habit of biting my lips so I will definitely need this

14. A hair brush

15. A deodorant

16. A toothbrush-I chose one for sensitive gums because like most pregnant women I had gingivitis during pregnancy

17. A toothpaste-again for sensitive teeth

I put all my toiletries in a small bag so I would find them easier rather than just throwing them in a big bag with everything else

18. 2 nursing bras-Again, I bought them from Mothercare. Shop them from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/GPnksgu7UExnM97uSOtSG

19. 2 dressing gowns-I bought 2 front-opening gowns which are especially made for labour from Amazon. Shop them from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/5xs0ZkrRSHFUST2BF1NZyG

https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/7dnvBFUxDABB9O8j5qlsLo

20. A comfortable dress to wear when going home-I chose my Tiffany Rose dress because it’s the most comfortable one I have. Shop it from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/4AQ6pIPcNDQMbXCYKODxqa

21. A pair of slippers-because I am sure shoes won’t be the best idea during labour and after giving birth 😂

22. 2 towels-a medium one and a large one

23. A TENS machine-For those who don’t know already, a TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical curent. I don’t know how effective it is, many women say it didn’t help them at all, but since I plan on giving birth naturally without epidural or any other anesthesia, I thought why not try this pain relief for labour. I hired the TENS machine from Mothercare

24. A hand gel protect-I know there are a lot in the hospital, but I am obsessed with keeping the bacteria away from me and from the baby so I just want one to be in my hands all the time

25. A packet of 22 nappies for the baby

26. A packet of baby wipes

27. Baby powder

28. Bepanthen for the baby

29. 2 muslin squares for the baby

30. A baby blanket

Direct link to some similar baby blankets: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/5tcUqELSPrro1L4TJ9bYbg

31. A pair of scratch mittens-babies tend to scratch their face with the nails

32. 4 pairs of socks

Direct link for some cute baby socks: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/j5fKWhIqfhvDA4RaCt65Y

33. 3 hats

Direct link to shop them: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/2Yd6fABjht7l8wxJJrgYQG

34. 4 pairs of pants

Shop them from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/69GBoTlbTWUCKiRItBDaRc

35. 4 bodysuits-2 with short sleeve and 2 with long sleeve

Shop them from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/37u0T6IlDxt706ObRxEqvE

36. A cardigan– it may be the end of june, but summer did not arrive in Manchester yet

Direct link for this cute cardigan: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/6IMKaQGhA09chUi6yHneiS

37. A pair of shoes for the baby

Shop these Peter Rabbit shoes from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/1FaYzjgUJulfq3e7cDbMwG

38. A camera– I want to have plenty of memories so the camera is a MUST for me. I am using Canon EOS M50 (lenses Canon 50mm f1.8 + Canon 15-45mm)

Direct link for the camera with lens Canon 15-45mm: https://rstyle.me/~aSYw2

Direct link for the Canon lens 50mm f1.8: https://rstyle.me/~aSYwf

39. My birth plan and hospital notes

Even though my plan is to give birth naturally and not to spend the night there (if everything is fine, I am allowed to leave the hospital after 6 hours), you never know what may happen and how long you will have to stay there so that’s why I packed so many things. I just think it’s better to have more than less when it comes to the hospital bag.

Shop some of the items listed in this post from here: https://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/7wKye6MZBuAZPKhrc8KuMq

A Friends-themed café has opened in Manchester!

I am sure some of you have heard about the new café opened by Primark which is designed to look exactly like the Central Perk café from Friends, the famous comedy series. Funny enough, I am living in Manchester, but had no idea about this. I had to find out from other people who are not even living in UK! 😂 The café has opened on Wednesday 12th of June and in the same day, I started to receive messages from my friends from France and Romania letting me know about this event. Of course I was mega excited to find out these news and I had to go down there and visit this café. Now I m not saying I am the biggest fan of Friends, but I watched it 3 times in the past 10 months…

The café was so much prettier and more realistic than I expected. It is situated on the ground floor of Primark (on Market Street). Just outside the café, there is a photo opportunity with the iconic orange velvet sofa.

The café’s walls are decorated with friends-themed artworks. Let’s play a little game: I will share all the prints here and you will say in which way each of these artworks is connected to Friends.

Inside the Central Perk from Manchester there are large rugs on the floor, black and gold patterned seats and orange velvet banquettes – plus faux-exposed brick walls and a marble counter top.

I spent maybe one hour at the café and I heard the Friends theme song-I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts-more than 4 times. Each time, after the song ended, I was expecting to see Rachel or Joey coming into the café, but unfortunately that did not happen 😄

The menu is, of course, Central Perk-themed and it has a larger selection of drinks, food and desserts than you may think! There’s a range of coffees, teas, soft drinks, sandwiches, waffles, with toppings including double chocolate and banana and salted caramel, giant pretzels, a rainbow cake, muffins, pastries, cookies etc.

Just outside the café, there is a range of Friends-themed merchandise at very affordable prices and some items are really cute and funny.

If you are a Friends fan and have the opportunity to visit this café, don’t miss it!