SandCloud- Live to Give

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SandCloud has caught my interests. It started off as a page that I followed on Instagram but never really paid much attention to. Then the posts became more frequent and the products started becoming more appealing to me. So I decided to look into it.

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I guess you can call them a ‘Beach Lifestyle’ company. Their main product are beach towels but  they also sell related accessories such as; beach bags, clothing and necklaces. There’s isn’t a wide selection of products but different colours and patterns to choose from.

The most appealing aspect about buying from Sandcloud is that they say 10% of their net profit goes towards nonprofitable organisations that share their mission in saving and the preservations of marine life and environment. So every purchased made, goes towards a much needed cause.

Sandcloud started in 2014 and already by 2017 has over 10,000 ambassadors representing their brand. An effective way to spread the word on the company and organisations.

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Becoming an Ambassador is pretty easy. All you have to do is go onto their Sandcloud website. Enter your name, email and Instagram. If successful, you heard back within the next couple of days, which is pretty exciting.

And that, is exactly what I did and what happened to me. I am proud to say, I am a Sandcloud Ambassador. Spreading the word and the good work of this company. As you will probably know if you’ve read any of my other posts that I love to travel and I love the beach so I think it’s important that we do what we can when it comes to saving our ocean.

And here is a little something that I purchased from Sandcloud.

 

This beautiful delicate necklace really does portray my love for the ocean. It comes in a cute hessian bag along with stickers and wristband. There was a small handling fee as I live in Scotland and the product was shipped from America but it was worth it. Especially when there was a little discount involved which I am happy to share with you all! You can purchased your own Mermaid necklace using my link for 25% discount or use my code- Ratana25 at the checkout. Then, like me, you won’t feel so bad having to pay for postage!

 

The necklace is a great length and is adjustable so can go slightly shorter. It’s not too big or too small and sits nicely. It’s very light so I can’t really tell that I’m wearing it. It’s engraved with ‘save the fishies’ on the back which is a quirky touch.

There are many items on their website that you can purchased but this necklace for me was exactly what I’ve been looking for and now that I’ve experienced a sales from Sandcloud, I am definitely confident in making future purchases.

I’ve added the images to my Instagram post!

Bali- Ubud

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Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of spending every single day of my holiday relaxing on the beach, surfing and sipping coconuts but sometimes, all that heat and sand just becomes too much. And I’m itching for a change of scenery. After all, it was my birthday, so I was able to plan this part of the trip. So to Ubud we went.

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It’s a little hard to describe, you really need to experience the place first hand. It’s culture mixed with spiritual hipsters. Everything about this place appealed to me. There were nearby waterfalls, rice paddies and even a volcano to explore. We only set ourselves 3nights to spend in Ubud, which for me, really wasn’t long enough. At the time, I was also still recovering from being ill as I mentioned in my last blog, so that limited us.

I want to talk a little about food. When we first started our trip in Bali, it was difficult trying to figure out the local cuisine as so many restaurants and cafes were rather westernised. We had yummy fish tacos and amazing burgers, but that’s not local, not at all. I mean, we discovered the Nasi Goreng and the Mie Goreng, which were delicious but kind of got a little boring. This all changed when we made it to Ubud, the selection of Balinese dishes were incredible.

A couple of activities in which I enjoyed most during my time in Ubud were visiting the famous Monkey Temple and chasing waterfalls.

Monkeys are not for everyone, there’s a reason we created the term ‘monkey business’. Those creatures are so cheeky, naughty and un predictable. Extremely clever too as we know. I can not stress enough about how cautious everyone needs to be about being around them. I, myself, have been jumped on scratched and nipped by one. Neither the less, non of these experiences have put me off, but it has kept me on my toes when it comes to encounters with wild monkeys.

Not only were these mischievous creatures allowed to roam freely within the temple but were free to come and go as they pleased. When walking around the streets of Ubud, especially during the morning hours, you will definitely come across one of these along your path.

Upon entering the temple, you can buy banana’s to feed the monkeys. We had to hide them in our bags to avoid them being taken in one go. Any sign of banana’s and you’re all of a sudden the most popular person there to them.

Moving onto chasing waterfalls. There are a few waterfalls situated close to Ubud. Once again, our choice of transport was to hire out a mopped. But as I’ve mentioned in my previous blog, transport were never an issue as taxi services and uber were available everywhere. Uber is a great choice as it was one of the cheapest way of getting around. That was how we did most of our longer distant commutes when moving from one place to the other.

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As you can imagine, waterfalls are not always the easiest of places to get to. So be sure to be sensible and wear comfortable footwear and take plenty drinking water. It’s usually a long way down and a climb if you want to check out the top as well. It’s worth having your swimming stuff handy, it’s very likely that by the time you’ve climbed all that way down, the first thing you want to do is jump straight in.

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There were so many activities that we would have loved to have done and things to see. Some recommendations were the volcano trek during sunrise, Balinese fire dancing at the old palace and the Tagalalang rice terrace.

Lastly, make sure you get a full body balinese massage. A little strange to start with when your masseuse climbs onto the massage table and put their whole weight o your back but you sure come out feeling amazing!

First Blog Post

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‘You can use this space to post about why you are starting this blog’ So yes, I think that is exactly what I will do.

Just recently relocated from my hometown Hereford to Aberdeen (Again). It’s pretty far to come and a pretty big change even if I have made the attempt before. Same reason as the last, I followed my heart and made the move to join my other half.

It’s scary, having to start over. Currently unemployed and having very little friends. Those we have are his but that’s to be expected.

This Blog is for myself, I’ve never really done this kind of thing before but I’m excited. It’s nice to be able to just express yourself and share ideas. Heaven knows if anyone else would even be interested in what I have to say or ideas in which I have to share.

I’ve done some travelling and many more trips planned ahead, so I will be posting a fair deal about all of that. So far, most of my trips have been in Asia but by this winter, I’m looking to spice it up and visit a different region of the world.

My Fashion knowledge isn’t always on top form but I do have a textile degree, so I’m hoping this blog is going to get me back in touch with my creative side again and share with you some craft ideas.

There’s not a lot more to say at this moment. So I’ll be taking some time to think about how to get the ball rolling.

For now, Happy Thursday!

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