Get Muddy at The Cleve Hotel, Somerset [Review]

The other weekend, we treated ourselves to a 'Get Muddy' spa day at The Cleve Country House Hotel & Spa in Somerset, with vouchers Josh received for his birthday. In all honesty, we had no idea what to expect from the mud treatment but couldn't wait for an afternoon of relaxation and some quality time together as a couple.

The Cleve Country House Hotel was very easy to find, just a stone's throw away from Wellington's historic town centre. The Victorian Country House looked impressive from the outside and with beautiful views of the Blackdown Hills and stunning Somerset countryside, it couldn't have been situated in a more picturesque place.
Inside, the hotel was equally as attractive. The staff were extremely welcoming and we felt completely at ease. After filling in a couple of forms, we were given a tour of the spa facilities and I could feel myself starting to relax. Unlike when we visited Thermae Bath Spa back in November, it was far less busy and for me, fewer people is always a winner! We went off to get changed into our swimwear and fluffy robes (who doesn't love a fluffy robe,) before heading back to the Spa Den to wait for our treatment. The lounging area had plenty of comfy chair and as part of the 'Get Muddy' spa package, we could help ourselves to complimentary drinks, including fruit water, fruit juices and various hot drinks from the machines.

Rasul Mud Treatment at The Cleve Hotel & Spa, Somerset

The Rasul Mud Treatment was a little different from the treatments you would usually expect at a spa, as it's DIY, so there isn't a therapist to do it for you. We were taken into the treatment room and talked through each of the products we'd be using, how and when to apply them and all the benefits we'd feel. Once we'd had the full run down, we were left to head into the steam chamber, armed with our tray of exfoliators and Rasul muds, ready for application!

I actually really liked the fact it was just me and Josh in the steam chamber. I was able to relax so much more and it was a fun treatment to do together as a couple. Both the exfoliating and Rasul mud products were very easy to apply and you could really feel them working on the skin. The heat and steam inside the chamber was quite intense at times but I really enjoyed it and knew it'd be opening up all my pores and helping the mud work it's magic. At the end of the 45 minute treatment, you simply had to shower off the mud. There were two showers conveniently located in the steam temple and the mud was so easy to wash off.

Did we feel the benefits?
Something else I really loved about the Rasul Mud treatment is that you could feel the benefits to your skin immediately. We both commented on how fresh we felt after stepping out of the treatment room and our skin was much, much softer.

The Rasul Mud is designed to detoxify the body, draw out impurities and get rid of dead skin cells. It leaves the skin feeling noticeable cleaner, plumped and super soft. My skin hasn't felt so good in ages and since having the treatment, I've been trying to make a conscious effort to keep exfoliating and moisturising, in order to prolong the benefits.

If your skin is in need of a little TLC, Rasul Mud is the perfect treatment to have. I'd also recommend it to new spa goers or those less keen on treatments like massages. As this is one you can do yourself, you're in full control. It's fun to do with a partner and a great way to relax while completely nourishing your body.

You can find more information about The Cleve Hotel's Rasul Mud treatment and it's benefits here.

A lovely lunch with bubbles!

After our 45 minute Rasul Mud treatment, we had a little time to relax in the Spa Den, before heading for our lunch platter and Prosecco, which is included in the price of the Get Muddy package. I really liked the fact the dining area was situated near the spa facilities, so you could eat in your robe and didn't have to bother getting dressed (it's the little things!)

We had the dining room completely to ourselves, which was lovely and the lunch platter (complete with a homemade soup) was absolutely delicious!

Spa Facilities at The Cleve Hotel, Somerset

Once lunch was over, we went for a lie down in the silent room. It was fairly peaceful in there (although not particularly silent with doors being constantly opened and closed) and the beds were very comfortable. The idea of going for a quick snooze may sound a bit weird but as a parent, it's something you never ever get to do, so it was really enjoyable!

We also visited the pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, all of which were clean and available to use as and when we wanted to. The spa facilities were great and although we didn't use the gym, it looked to be equipped with everything you'd need too.

Would I recommend The Cleve Country House Hotel & Spa?

I'd have no hesitation in recommending The Cleve Country House Hotel & Spa! I really enjoyed the Get Muddy spa day and at £75 each, including the 45 minute Rasul Mud treatment, lunch, prosecco, complimentary drinks and full use of the gym and spa facilities, I think it is good value for money. Whether you live in Somerset or are visiting for a weekend away, it's a lovely way to spend an afternoon with your partner or with friends.

Meg x
Images courtesy of The Cleve Country House Hotel & Spa.
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Hunkemöller Lingerie for Valentine's Day

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Let's start this post by saying, isn't that a beautiful looking bra? Hunkemöller kindly let me pick a piece from their Valentine's Day collection and I think I made the perfect choice with the Jaida Padded Push-Up bra. It's such a pretty colour and I love everything about it from the lace and crystal detailing to the long-line style and extra straps that give it a somewhat sexy feel. It's true to my usual size, fits like a dream and quite frankly, I feel great wearing it! 
One of the reasons I think it's important to treat yourself to new lingerie for Valentine's Day (or whenever you feel like it) is because it makes YOU feel good. I find that new lingerie always gives me a confidence boost. It makes me forget about some of my body 'hang ups' and my outfits always feel better on (even though it's tucked away underneath!) I really don't think it matters whether or not you have a partner or someone else who'll enjoy it too. It's all about how it makes you feel.
There are so many beautiful Valentine's Day lingerie collections but Hunkemöller stands out as a brand that caters for every taste. So whether you're after something super sexy or a pretty pyjama set, they've got you covered. Go treat yourself and have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Meg x
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Tasty Butternut Squash Side Dish [Easy Recipe]

Butternut squash is one of my favourite vegetables so I've been making more of a conscious effort to include it in my home cooked recipes. It's really versatile and can be used in all sorts of recipes from simple soups to tasty tarts and coconut-based curries! Today though, I wanted to share a very quick and easy butternut squash side dish that you can serve with anything from a traditional roast to a basic jacket potato!
Ingredients for 2 people:
Half a large butternut squash (chopped into small cubes)
6 x mushrooms
1 x small red onion
Olive oil for frying
Sage (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon of Very Lazy Chopped Garlic (or 1 clove of garlic if you're not lazy like me)
To make this tasty butternut squash side dish, add a dash of olive oil to a hot pan and start frying off your butternut squash to soften it a little. After a couple of minutes, throw in your mushrooms and onions, along with a teaspoon of Very Lazy Garlic (or your garlic clove.) Lightly fry your vegetables, before sprinkling over either fresh or dried sage. At this stage your butternut squash will still feel a little hard but that's absolutely fine!
This isn't an AD for Very Lazy Garlic by the way - I just love the stuff! It's so convenient.
Next, transfer your ingredients to an oven-proof dish and roast for around 20-30 minutes. You'll know it's ready when the butternut squash is completely cooked (your fork should go in without difficulty.)
And there you'll have a tasty vegan-friendly butternut squash side dish! See, I told you it was simple.

What I like about this recipe (aside from the delicious taste) is that you can do the frying part earlier on, leave it to cool and then warm it up / roast the vegetables in the oven later for dinner. Obviously roasting time will depend on your oven and the temperature but 20-30 mins should do it. I'd go for 180℃ on a fan oven. We have a Rayburn so it's often guess work but basically, we make sure it's on 'bake.'

Let me know if you try this simple butternut squash side dish and what you think!

Meg x
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Book Gifts for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day isn't everyone's cup of tea - some think it's over-commercialised, others think you should show your love and appreciation for those special to you every day. I agree with both of those sentiments but at the same time, I don't think there's anything wrong with celebrating on the 14th and if you want to buy a card or gift for your loved one then go for it!

Flowers and chocolates are popular gifts for Valentine's Day but if you're looking for something a little different (and something that'll last longer), why not treat your loved one to a book?

'It Had To Be You' is a journal that you can fill in as a couple, to document your very own love story. The beautifully designed book features prompts on each page, encouraging you to share special memories you've made, as well as the things you love most about each other. There's also the opportunity to write little love letters and poems, if that's your sort of thing. It's a really cute idea and would make a lovely keepsake for years to come.

It Had To Be You is available from Amazon.
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Another book I wanted to share as a potential Valentine's Day gift idea is 'Being Beautiful' by Helen Gordon. This anthology features a collection of poems, quotes and musings by famous philosophers, writers and celebrities, all on what it means to be beautiful. The writings are split into sections such as 'Finding Beauty,' 'Living Beautifully' and 'Inner Beauty,' with quirky, colouful drawings scattered amongst the text, adding to the beauty of the book itself.

What I like about 'Being Beautiful' is that it's a book you can pick up as and when you wish. I enjoy turning to a random page and having a little read. I've found some quotes have really struck a chord with me, 'I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that' (Lauren Bacall) being one and love being reunited with some of the poems I haven't read since school. The book itself is a thing of beauty and would make a unique gift for Valentine's Day.

Being Beautiful is available from Amazon.

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Do you have any books you'd recommend as Valentine's Gifts? Feel free to share them in the comments or tweet me @meganjane03.

Meg x
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