Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2018 for her

The day of love is approaching ever closer and in the spirit of blogging, I decided to make a Valentine's Day gift guide. I wanted to do a gift guide last year when hubs had a milestone birthday and I bought him a LOT of small gifts. However, time and life got in the way of blogging and it didn't happen. Hubs and I actually made things Facebook official near Valentine's Day so it's a special time of year for us anyway...however, his gift buying skills are renowned for being quirky (at best!) so perhaps this can serve as a hint for him...

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dinner and Drinks in Knutsford

Sick of our home town, my gorgeous friends and I decided to go to Knutsford for dinner and drinks. We had a lovely time and really loved the places we visited! It's so worth a trip there is you're localish (we're about 30 minutes away by car) or if you're staying in the area and want somewhere nice to eat.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What I got for Christmas 2017

As always, I'm only intending to show my appreciation for the gifts I received in this post - this year, I received some gorgeous gifts (and a tin of Spam from Mr T...I think he was trying to be funny...) and I felt so incredible grateful to not only receive the gifts, but also to spend time with the people giving them to me.

My favourite part of Christmas prep is choosing and wrapping the perfect gift for someone - this year, my favourite gift I bought was a Cumbrian colouring book for my dad. It brought back all the memories for him and is a present I bought a long time ago. When you see the perfect gift, you just know don't you!

Anyway, onto my beautiful presents!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Cutting my hair and donating to Little Princess Trust

For a long long time now, I've had long hair. Long, thick, unruly hair. I've resisted and resisted having it cut and even when I did go for "the chop" I had MAYBE an inch taken off the bottom. It wasn't until my hairdryer broke at the beginning of November that I really realised how much hair I actually had. I'd already asked for a new hairdryer for Christmas and so was left with a travel hairdryer for SIX weeks. It was like using a toothbrush to mop an arena floor. Add to that, some severe hair envy on Jenna Coleman and suddenly, cutting it all off seemed like a great idea. In the end, I had eight inches cut off my hair and, while I was in the chair, my hairdresser suggest that I donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Years' Resolutions 2018

This year, my resolutions are a mixture. There's things I want to be and things I want to do. More of a to do list than a resolution perhaps? Nevertheless, this is my plan.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Where have I been?

I didn't intend to have a blog break. In fact, I was on quite the roll when all of a sudden, I just had severe writer's block and couldn't even think of a blog title, let alone string a sentence together. A week turned into a month, a month turned into two and time, life, blogging all passed me by.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

I was recently lucky enough to have an overnight stay at Armathwaite Hall - a luxury hotel in the Lake District. This hotel is owned by the Graves family and has stood on the shores of Bassenthwaite since the 11th century! It's got gorgeous rooms with stunning views, a luxurious spa, brasserie restaurant and formal restaurant as well as many many little nooks and crannies to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book! 

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa
The view over Bassenthwaite from our balcony, just before an October sunset.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Autumn Bucket List

Autumn or Fall Bucket List #lbloggers #fall #autumn #bucketlist

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

September Primark Haul

I got a little bit spendy in Primark...accidentally. It happens to us all, right??

September Primark Haul #lbloggers #haul #primark

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hare Hill - Macclesfield

I'm a member of the National Trust and love nothing more than escaping to a property at the weekend and having a good old nosy around. Big or small, I find something interesting about each location! Hare Hill is a woodland park with a walled garden at its centre. Small yet perfectly formed.

Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

Friday, 1 September 2017

Haigh Hall Courtyard

As regular readers know, I love exploring my local area to find new things to do, places to go and food to eat! Haigh Hall Courtyard is one of my favourite places to while away an afternoon, the perfect end to a pleasant walk!

Haigh Hall Courtyard #lbloggers

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Southport Flower Show 2017

I've just had the most amazing time at Southport Flower Show. It's the first time I've been to a flower show in my life and it was just incredible. From the beautiful flowers to the tasty food to the entertaining is the perfect day out for couples, families, young and old! The theme this year was "The Curious Garden" which led to whimsical creations all over the show!

Southport Flower Show 2017 #lbloggers #flowers

Friday, 11 August 2017

Moor Street Night Market - Ormskirk

I've been trying to find more local events to attend with the hubs and saw that Ormskirk had organised a night market. The description of local ales, artisan gins and, of course, street food won us over so off we went to the first Moor Street Night Market. It may be the first, but I hope it's not the last. I can see that this would be really successful!

Review of the first Moor Street Night Market in Ormskirk #foodbloggers #lbloggers

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Peek into Mister Miyagi in Ormskirk

Like pan-Asian cuisine? Like tapas? You'll love Mister Miyagi in Ormskirk. The third branch of this north-west restaurant opened near me in April 2017 and I finally managed to visit!

Like pan-Asian cuisine? Like tapas? You'll love Mister Miyagi in Ormskirk. #foodbloggers #lbloggers

Friday, 30 June 2017

Ten essentials for a Slimming World cupboard

I've followed Slimming World for years, on and off, and I know that when I stick to the plan and attend the meetings, I can lose and then maintain a healthy weight while still enjoying my food.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you ten essentials for a Slimming World cupboard (or fridge...or freezer!)

The ten essential items you need to never fall off plan on Slimming World #slimmingworld #healthyeating #food

Friday, 23 June 2017

Wine Tasting at Bents Garden Centre

Bents Garden Centre is one of my favourite places to visit - whether it's to browse the plants, eat delicious cake or even ogle their enormous Christmas displays - so when I heard about their wine tasting event in Reserve at Bents, I knew I had to get involved.

I attended an Old World vs New World wine tasting at Bents Garden Centre and discovered, to my surprise, that I preferred the Old World Wine! #Oldworldwine #winetasting #foodbloggers

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Pashley Poppy

Many years ago, a new love of my life entered my world. My big girl bike. Having not owned a bike for years, when Mr T first suggested buying one, I had some very specific colour requirements. Pink. Pink, pink, pink. With a basket. And streamers if at all possible.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

The KP Lodges - Pocklington

Mr T and I were recently treated by his family to a weekend away in a luxury lodge. It's a bit of a family tradition to spend a weekend in a lodge (with hot tub!) around this time of year but this year's lodge blew us away!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour Photo Diary London

You might have read my last post - The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter's London for free - if not, I recommend that you do to find out how to be a Potterhead for the day, free of charge!

The reason I was in London in the first place was to visit the WB Studio Tour - something my sister and I have LONGED to do since it first opened.

We had the most incredible day entering the world of Harry Potter and I would highly recommend doing this tour if you're a fan and it's possible for you to do it. It was AMAZING.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter in London - for FREE!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have recently seen a glut of Harry Potter related posts from my recent trip to London. Since the Studio Tour opened, my sister and I have planned to go and finally, finally we booked our tickets, deciding to make a couple of days out of it all.

However, post Christmas blues started to hit and we realised that while the studio tickets were already paid for (Christmas present) the rest of London could be an expensive trip. All hail the power of the internet. I was reading one of my favourite blogs - Emily Underworld when I noticed a post about a magical place to visit in London, perfect for Potter fans. I quickly started planning my entire trip around this find!

Where is this magical place I hear you ask? Read on...

The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter in London for free

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