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My Spanish Vida is a personal lifestyle blog written by myself, 
Heather Townsend.

Anything that I do include in the blog is just my general outlook, thoughts and opinions. 

I do however accept collaborations posts, which are always stated as 'Collaboration' at the beginning of the post. I will only accept posts that I have enjoyed reading myself and think said post fits 'My Spanish Vida' and where I am in life at that moment in time. I have been paid a small fee for my time with these posts.

Some posts will contain affiliate links. I use Skimlinks (← yes, this is an affiliate link!) for my affiliate links. I will always state again at the beginning of a post if there are affiliate links within it. Also the link will be highlighted in bold. If you click on the link and decide to buy through it, the product or service will not cost you a penny more then if you say went direct yourself. All that happens is the company will pay me a very small amount of commission for sharing their link and promoting their business if you like. 

I do try to use my own photos where possible especially when I am chatting about a travel post, but sometimes I do use stock images from Pixabay. They state you don't need to credit the owner, but that is where I get some of my images from.

All gifted products again will be stated at the beginning of a post very clearly that a particular product has been gifted, as then the post I'm writing acts like an ad (I think!).

I try to be as transparent as possible and how I understand the new rules of blogging regarding gifts, paid posts and ads. If you believe I have missed something or am not doing something correctly please drop me an email on or dm me via Twitter or Instagram

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x Heather 


More on the blog...

Getting motivated to exercise

Getting motivated to exercise for me is probably one of the hardest things. I don't know why, as in my head I'd love to be one of these fitness girls you see all over Instagram all happy, bouncy and always raring to go. I always feel good after I've exercised so I really don't know why it takes me ages to get myself motivated. I'm 39 now and I know I need to lose weight. I'm not drastically overweight it's more of a personal thing. The usual story that my clothes are getting snugger, I'm out of breath a lot quicker after just doing the simplest tasks and I'm snoring a lot more at night, which my doctor did say could be because I've put on a few extra pounds. Over the last 9 years I've actually put on 20 lbs! That's crazy isn't it. The weight has literally been sneaking up on me and the fat has gradually been moving in a pound at a time. Crafty little thing really.  It has got to the stage where enough is enough and I need, probably fo

Choosing a name for your blog

  ~ this post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase through a link on the blog I will receive a tiny amount of commission, but it will NOT cost you anymore. Read more on my  Disclaimer/Contact  page ~ Since writing the post ' Blogging tips ~ Basic/Beginners'   I keep thinking about the part about choosing a name for your blog. If you've been here a while you'd know that this blog was originally called Suncream and Sparkles ~ which I have written about why I changed my blog name  here . Even though I do love my new blog name and I don't regret changing it I do wish I had taken more time and consideration in the very beginning when first starting my blog, or at least before buying the domain. You see blogging, even now for me who's been doing it for a fair few years, it really is a constant learning curve where you're always discovering new ways and new ideas to tweak and improve your blog. If you're debating on what name to choose for your

Restaurante Jardin, La Zenia, Spain

Last week after passing Restaurante Jardin for the last six years we actually got round to venturing in. And we are so pleased we did, the only regret is that it's taken us six years to do so! Located just off the Carretera de Villamartin roundabout near La Zenia's Mcdonalds and the Notary you'll find this gem of a restaurant. With a varied mix of Sushi, rice and noodles, teriyaki dishes, Bangkok style ribs, crispy beef, garlic prawns, to name just a few, they also have more simple items such as chicken balls (nuggets), fried cheese, mushrooms - which are very tasty and potato wedges. Even though Restaurante Jardin is an all you can eat buffet it is sit down table service, with a menu and your food is made to order. For €11.95 per person (€6.95 for children) we found it extremely good value for money. We had such a mix and didn't really have anything in any particular order. The dishes aren't huge, but still a decent size and I actually like them being