Well hello again!
I feel like I have neglected you over the past two weeks, wth two back to back vacays and an indulgent fortnight of sun, sea, sand, selfies, surfing and ...er what's that other S word that crops up a lot where my holidays are concerned? Oh yes, Scarborough!
Now, I reckon I owe you one for sticking with me through LOTS of lame instagramming and not enough actual blogging sooooooo - drum roll please... I have decided to treat at least one of you to a weekend away at my (not so secret) seaside hideaway.
The Sands is where I escape to when I need to get away from it all. Tanya Burr has SoHo Farmhouse, Zoella has Miami. My House Candy has Scarborough. That's just how it is, but you know what? I wouldn't swap them. Not even for their 32 million followers and a lifetime's supply of own brand nail polish... I doubt.
Because THIS is the view you wake up to if you stay in a seafront apartment at The Sands.
And whether it's cracking t'flags with scorchio North Yorkshire sunshine like this...
Or bright and bracing with waves that can knock you into next week like this...
...the beautiful view of multi coloured beach huts, a crumbling castle ruin, Victorian holiday villas and a sea that makes me want to head over the water to Scandinavia aboard a longboat with a bearded, horny headed Viking ... have I gone too far?
You get the drift. It's a view (and a micro climate) that allows you to leave your troubles behind. And I want you to have a piece of the action.
All you have to do is like My House Candy Facebook page or share this post on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #housecandy. The competition will run until the end of August when I will pick a winner at random. The prize is a 2 night stay at my 2 bed, sea front holiday apartment* worth over £500.
The apartment is self catering with one double en-suite and one twin bedroom. Included in the prize is a luxury welcome hamper full of delicious local Yorkshire farm produce, towels, complimentary toileteries and even your own white waffle bathrobes. So if you want to stay in bed eating bacon butties and ogling some fit surf dudes for the entire weekend, well it's my pleasure ;)
For those of you who are slightly more adventurous or want to bring the kids, The Sands is just a stone's throw away from the brand new 14 million pound Alpamere water park boasting the biggest water slides in the UK and a tropical, heated infinity pool looking out to sea.
Peasholm Park with its crazy Chinese theme, complete with island pergoda and dragon boats is right on your doorstep. Depending on what time you go you could be treated to a war time military sea re-enactment, a mad old geezer in the middle of the lake singing songs and playing star wars theme tunes his organ or a quiet game of pitch and putt and a proper 99er (juice and sprinkles required).
If you're into cricket (or want to bring Grandad) Scarborough cricket ground is also a five minute's walk from the apartment and has got to be one of the prettiest grounds the sport has to offer.
There's also a mini railway to take you to the Sealife centre, an open air theatre that this week will play host to Noel Gallagher and of course the obligatory donkey rides on the beach.
Sorry but dId I just use the words Noel Gallagher and donkey rides in the same sentence? I mean, THAT's Scarborough for you and my advice is just roll with it.
So go on, get liking and sharing and hashtagging #housecandy and hopefully I will see you for a slap up fish supper in Scarbs.
*Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply