Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Summer Blogger Challenge // Summer Days

Lifestyle blog // summer days
Holiday snaps :-)

As the saying goes 'all good things must come to an end' and today we have sadly reached the end of the summer blogger challenge *wipes tears away* A huge thank you to the ever so lovely Amy for organising this challenge. It has been so much fun and I hope you enjoyed it too. So for the last week the topic is .... Anything Summer related. I chose to do a lifestyle post for this topic as it's been quite a long time since a lifestyle post has seen the light of day here on clionahill.com and I wanted to share what I've been getting up to during these lovely Summer days.


I kicked off the summer by jetting off to sunny Portugal back in May, where I spent my days relaxing by the pool with a John Green book in my hands, wandering the cobbled streets of old town, Albufeira and consuming the best cakes EVER. I had the most amazing chocolate cake in a small restaurant in the old town and it was honestly the best thing I've ever tasted. Seriously, Portuguese chocolate cake is the bomb! Stunning beaches, a clear blue ocean, sunny weather, beautiful food and relaxation, what more could I ask for?! It was just perfect.

Lifestyle blog / Summer days
Pics from left to right: Making daisy chains with my Grandad | Baking summer cakes | Kisses from Elsie | 
Caramel cream frappuccino from Starbucks (yum!) | Reading whilst on a picnic | Blogging Bliss-fullness!
My love - Piper | Skerries beach (yes, you're eyes do not deceive you, that is a beach in Ireland, haha. It looks like it could be abroad - Amazing!) | More yummy drinks, this time it's a raspberry & white choc cream cooler from Costa

I didn't have the post holiday blues for very long as the weather in Ireland was gorgeous (it is the exact opposite now though. We're back to umbrellas and rain coats *Insert sad face*). We hit the beach a good few times, had barbecues (and actually ate it outside for once), went on picnics and made daisy chains in the garden. I'm loving spending time with my family, we always have a good laugh. Elsie (my niece) is flying along - she's now eating solids and nearly crawling! Time is just flying by, it only feels like yesterday that we were in the hospital meeting her for the first time.

I do apologise for the mouth wateriness in this post but you have to have some yummy treats in the summer, right? ;-) I always get obsessed with Starbucks during the summer as their cold drinks are THE best. And this summer my obsession is going nowhere, I've been loving their oh-so-famous cream frappuccino drinks (if you haven't tried these yet then get your backside to Starbucks and try them, they are so so good!) with the caramel one being my absolute favourite. Last summer I was all about the raspberry blackcurrant blended juice drink but this summer I've been craving something just that little bit sweeter, you can't get any sweeter than caramel! Or can you? ;-)

I've also been enjoying the sales, eh who wouldn't?! Ok, maybe my wallet disagrees but as they say 'if you can't beat them, join them.' With the abysmal weather we were having lately a few trips to the cinema were needed. I went to see the hilarious 22 Jump Street and the most anticipated movie of the year The fault in our stars. Both movies were brilliant - 22 Jump Street was so so funny, I couldn't stop laughing! And The Fault in our stars was amaaaazing - It was sad, funny, gripping and heart warming all rolled into one. Loved it!


What fun things have you been doing this Summer?


Love, 
Cliona xx



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  1. Absolutely loved your post, looks like you've had a great start to your summer! I can totally relate, my niece will be starting school soon, time definitely flies by! I hope your summer continues to be great for you!xx
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  2. I recently went to America, which was fun! now I'm just chilling in Ireland, hopefully the weather gets better though :) *optimisticeyes*

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    1. Oh fun! Whereabouts in America did you go to? I've been twice and I loved it! Apparently we're supposed to be having a heatwave, so fingers and toes crossed ;-) xx

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  3. How cute! Nice of you to share it with us! I saw The Fault in our Stars and I cried like a baby! Still thinking of fun things to do this summer since the weather has been kind of chilly here in California, glad you had fun!

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    1. It was so good! One of my all time favourite movies. I can't wait for it to come out on dvd! Thanks so much for reading xx

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