Sunday, 30 December 2018

Twenty Eighteen | The Yo-Yo Year


This year hasn't really gone particularly fast or slow, I have had highs and lows and a lot has happened. One of the constants in this year has been Lily and Scott, they are my rock and my family I don't know what I would do without them. I love my little family unit we have created, just need to expand it in a few years!

I feel this year has been quite successful in a way but I seriously haven't stopped, one thing I will be focusing more on next year is balance and learning to switch off. I will be working on quality over quantity but will be trying to be consistent in all areas of my life.
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Saturday, 22 December 2018

My New Spot | Esquires Coffee Coventry


Esquires in Coventry has sort of become one of my new spots to go when I meet friends or family and also where I hold my monthly meet ups for my Coventry Bloggers group. The friendly staff are always a delight and so lovely, I'd never had bad service or someone be blunt or rude. I would safely give the service 10 out of 10. Which is most likely why this place has lasted 10 years and has celebrated its 10th birthday this month. In style I might add.
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Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Good, The Bad & The Cocktails | The Botanist In Coventry


I have always seen pictures from The Botanist in other cities but I have never been to one. The beautiful and crazy drinks, the food always looks lush and I was so happy to see they were bringing it to Coventry. Myself and some of the bloggers from my Coventry Bloggers group were invited to the launch night and to go and try the food which was so exciting. We received a beautiful invite with a little bottle of Gin, perfect to pre-drink on the night of the party.
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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Delving Into The Photography World


 There is an element of photography in blogging but I only really know what I have taught myself so I jumped at the chance when I got invited to attend the Vikings Picture Perfect Photography Master Class. I had no idea what to expect, I really wanted to learn the art of Flat lays.
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Christmas Gift Guide | Babies

 These are the presents I am most excited about for Lily to get, they are ones she can use and enjoy straight away that will help her grow and learn. I'm sure she still won't quite get what Christmas is all about but I'm sure she will be super excited to see all her presents and play with her new toys.

These are my top 4 items she is having. Firstly we have the Peppa Pig My First Ride On which was £22.99. All kids have something like this and as she is super close to walking I think she will really enjoy it.  The seat open up so she can put her toys inside and there is a back rest so she won't fall off but us adults can use it to push them around until they get what it is for. I can't wait to see her playing with this.
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Monday, 17 December 2018

Cake Through The Letterbox


Birthdays, Weddings, Christmas and any occasion really, cake is there and enjoyed by all. Maybe even a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. From my previous posts you'll know how much I love personalised gifts especially when I can put my baby on it!

Bakerdays is an online cake shop where you can get personalised cakes and cup cakes. They kindly sent me a cake to review and a tasty review it was. The cake was really (I hate this word) moist. I know people hate that word as well but it was. I had a letterbox cake which is such an amazing idea. A cake that fits through the letter box, you don't have to worry about it being squashed or damaged as it is packed in a tin with bubble wrap around, it stays in a perfect condition.
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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Had A Long Day? Mcdonalds Is The Answer |AD


You've had a long day at work, you get home and you now need to cook a meal - BUT you really can't be bothered. You just want to sit on the sofa, get in your PJ's and put on a good film – sound familiar? Well luckily, McDonald’s now offer McDelivery - so you don't even have to leave the house to get your favourite food.

As a busy working woman in the 21st century who, like most others, has a side hustle, it can be a struggle to work, have a social life, run a blog, spend time with family plus do everything else. Being able to get food delivered on those days when you just don't have the time to cook is a life saver. UberEats delivering McDonald’s fits into my life perfectly and gives me a treat without having to put in much effort at all.


Luckily in Coventry there are five restaurants now offering McDelivery – at Cross Cheaping, Alvis, West Orchards, Canley and Gallagher Retail Park. So, if you were unlucky before and were just out of the area then if you are within 1.5 miles of any of these restaurants then it is now available to you! Hooray!

I put my order in on an evening after having a rough day at work and coming home and having to catch up on housework. I ordered my all-time favourite combination of Chicken McNuggets, Fries and Coke Zero along with the Cheese Melt Dippers which are a new favourite of mine from the brand-new Festive Menu


Scott went for the classic Quarter Pounder meal with Fries and Coca-Cola - he also added on a cheeky McFlurry because who doesn't need a treat after a long day?

You can still customise when you order online so, if you don't like gherkins like me then you can take them off or (if for some strange reason, like Scott) you love them, you can double them up!

My order came so quick, still nice and hot, no need for plates. We put on a film and were ready to enjoy – and another bonus, no washing up! 


What is your go-to meal with McDonalds? Let me know in the comments below.


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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide | For Her*


Probably the easiest and hardest part of Christmas is buying for your gal pals and fellow females in your family. It can be easy in a sense that there are basics, chocolate, perfume and bath stuff. However there is so much choice now, it is so hard to choose which is the best ones to get. Lucky for you I have a gift guide showing some of my favourite things I have picked up for people. Some of these items have been sent to be to review but I haven't accepted anything I wouldn't buy myself and as always will be honest in what I say.


Firstly you can't go wrong with bath and shower stuff and most people go to Lush which I do like but I've been loving The Body Shop a lot more lately. I picked up this cute gift box of White Musk. I like any Musky scents and kind of want it for myself. It was only £6 and you get a shower gel, body lotion and bath lily. Speaking of a Lush alternative this Little box of Love from Bomb Cosmetics which has 6 bath bombs in and is a lot cheaper than Lush for only £12.74. Another item for the bathroom which is even more amazing because it is Disney is the Marie Bath Milk Carton, not only is it in beautiful packaging with the cutest picture of Marie, bath milk makes them just so much more luxurious.
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide | Toddlers

We are officially in December now, so here come my gift guides! I'm starting with a toddler gift guide, there is a good mixture in here, some for Lily and some not. Lily is nearly one and a half and these toys start from 2+. The rest will be for my niece or I will be keeping back until Lily is older. Then if she is really good or achieves something, she can have it as a treat.

That being said, they would make amazing presents for your children or children in your family who are age appropriate. To start of, pretty much every child in the world's favourite pig, Peppa! This Count with me Peppa toy is great to help them learn and count. She will count and respond and then you can get them out of the purse in her tummy. It is a great way to let children know about saving as well and not just spending everything they have. This will be a life lesson I will be teaching Lily from a young age.
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Monday, 3 December 2018

Sleeping Beauty | Belgrade Theatre


 I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw a Pantomime, I was probably about 12 years old. I wanted to go last year but I just didn't find the time. I wasn't sure what to expect, seeing a show like this as an adult is extremely different to seeing it as a child. As a child you would just see the funny parts, the storyline we know so well and amazing singing.

As an adult you see it differently, you still see all those things but there are some cheeky jokes and references that you just wouldn't realise as a child. It would go over your head, but as an adult. They. Are. Hilarious.
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Esquires Is Christmas Ready | Coventry


Coffee shops are one of my favourite places to be. I just feel so calm when I'm there. The atmosphere is always amazing, the smell of freshly ground coffee and fresh pastries is my idea of heaven. I had organised with my Coventry Bloggers group for a few of us to go to Esquires Coffee in Coventry and try the new Christmas menu. It is never to early to start feeling festive!

There was a beautiful set up with such cute and festive trinkets and the most scrumptious looking Christmas treats and food to try. I of course went for the classic to start of with a Mince pie, this one was particularly tasty as well as being dairy and gluten free so no affecting my lactose intolerance, yay! It tasted so good as it was but would of been a full 10 out of 10 if it was slightly warmed up.
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Monday, 19 November 2018

Gaining Confidence This Year*


I really feel that this year I have come out of my shell a bit more. I do more things and keep myself busy. I try to say yes to more things and do things I normally wouldn't do. Some have turned out good and some have not. But we live and we learn, that is what life is all about.

2018 is not too far from being over, the next two months are just a festive whirlwind of mince pies, presents and spending time with those that mean the most to you. Before you know it you will be counting down to the new year and getting a kiss at midnight, whether thats from you husband, partner, mum or pet dog.

2018 has been a crazy year of different emotions, finding out things about myself which I never knew and making and breaking friendships. There have been some friendships that haven't lasted the year and I am okay with that, they were not meant to be and I can see how much happier and more content I am now that I have moved on from them. Late in 2017, I started a group called the Coventry Bloggers it had about 4 members and I wanted to create a potential meet up so we can make friends in the city and maybe see if we could do an event or two.
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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Get Personal For Christmas | Tesco Photo*


I have certainly discovered the more personal side to Christmas as I've got older and it is more about family than getting a huge pile of presents. Presents are a lovely part of Christmas and I would never stop giving presents as I love it. Especially since having Lily, personalising presents is my favourite thing to do. I love to be creative and give something different than the normal perfume, chocolate and gift sets. I feel that it just gives that something extra and shows you have really put some thought into your gift.
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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Ballxrs | Adult Ball Pit Bar | Coventry


I don't really drink that much so if I go to bar's or nightclubs they need to have an edge, something to draw me in. I don't find dancing and drinking and having my shoes stuck to the floor fun anymore while people constantly bump into you. So places like Ballxrs which is new to Coventry is the perfect destination for someone like me. 

Ballxrs is an adult ball pit bar, which just brings back amazing memories of me when I was younger in soft play and the ball pit was where it was at. I was expecting a small ball pit where people could sit and chill while having a drink but it was SO much better. The ball pit was huge and it was literally a sea of balls, you could dive in, jump backwards and just hide under all the balls and scare your friends. It was amazing, such a fun night. 
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Monday, 5 November 2018

The Cosy Club Christmas | Coventry


Christmas is only around the corner as we are into November and as cheesy as it is, it's the best time of year! There is nothing about Christmas that I don't like and one of everyones favourite things is Christmas food. The sprouts, the roast potatoes, the scrumptious gravy and everything else! I was over the moon when I was invited to Coventry's Cosy Club to try their Christmas menu. I took my wonderful friend Emma with me, but a lot of my fellow Coventry Bloggers were there as well. 
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

FarGo Village | Halloween Market


Halloween was yesterday and I spent my halloween as I normally due, snuggled up watching The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors. I also spent the weekend before Halloween at FarGo village for their Halloween market. There was so many independent stalls for handmade or unique things for sale. I really feel that supporting smaller brands and the one man show shops is really important for our economy so going to markets like this is really important and you get to see things you wouldn't normally in the big brand stores.
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Do You Need To Unfollow Someone For Your Happiness?



There is a lot of negativity online and unfortunately nearly everyone is online these days even the bullies, trolls and awful people you have encountered in real life. There are people online who's accounts you look at, compare yourself to and then feel generally shitty about yourself for the rest of the day. It's easy to say "don't compare yourself'' to them you are who you are but sometimes you just can't help it.  

Scrolling through your instagram and your brain is like "I should eat healthy like that", "Why don't I look like that?" or "That person used to bully me". It's hard as people get older they must realise some of their mistakes as children but when someone who made your school life horrid follows you, do you follow back? I did, I felt obliged too. I felt like I didn't have a choice. 
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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Las Iguanas Autumn/Winter | Coventry


Coventry has really upped it's game lately with restaurants. I remember a time when the most exciting place to go was McDonalds or the pub. Now we have a whole host of restaurants and one of the ones I was most excited to try was Las Iguanas. If you haven't heard of it, have you been living in the jungle? It's a well known and now a well loved firm favourite of mine.

Las iguanas focuses on celebrating the Latin American food and the amazing flavours they have to offer. Mexican food has always been one of my favourites. There is nothing quite like chilli and rice to warm you up on a cold day.

I was kindly invited to see their new menu and what they had to offer. I took two of my lovely blogger friends, Isobel from Fashionista Chic and Saffron from Pixie Bow UK. It was such a nice atmosphere from the moment we stepped in. The bartender instantly greeted us, then grabbed someone to seat us. The restaurant is very open with nearly all the walls being big windows so a lot of light can get in, every bloggers dream.
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Sunday, 21 October 2018

A Few Ways To Look After Yourself During The Time Of The Month*


//01 Light exercise

Although exercise is the last thing on your mind when you feel like your insides are being torn apart, a bit of light exercise can really make a massive different. A walk through your neighbourhood with your partner or bestie having a chat can get you out the house. If you feel up to it, speed up that walk and get your heart rate going.

My favourite thing to do is do some light yoga from Tara Stiles youtube channel, she has a lot of gentle relaxation yoga exercises. When you do light stretching and yoga it's like it massages your insides from the slow movements and poses. Then jump into the bath and I feel 100 times better.
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Monday, 15 October 2018

The Greatest Student Night | West Orchards


I miss the days of being a student and having extra discount off items. However I got to relive that life for one night as I went to the West Orchards greatest student night. There was so much going on and all the shops in the department store participated in giving discount. When myself and Isobel and Saffron arrived we were greeted by the lovely Natalie who helped arrange the magical night. Despite being circus themed I was pleased to say there wasn't any clowns there as I am terrified of them.
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Ewan The Dream Sheep | Parenting Tips

I've been quite lucky and I know a lot of fellow mums will be annoyed AF but Lily has slept through from about 3 weeks old. I used to have to wake her sometimes for a feed in the early days. I knew I wanted a Ewan the dream sheep because I thought they were adorable, which is true and I also knew babies slept better with white noise. I have other family members who used to keep the radio on static to help their little ones go to sleep. When you first see it you think wow nearly £30. But from my experience I would happily pay it and if anything happened I wouldn't hesitate to get another. I just want to point out this isn't a sponsored post. I have always recommend people to buy Ewan and felt over the last few weeks I needed to share my experience. I also wanted to start upping the amount of parenting posts I do.

From when Lily was really little she would go to sleep for a nap or to bed and have Ewan on with the heart beat and womb noise. I should point out each foot is a different sound, one is womb sounds, one is music, one is like a vacuum and the last is like rainfall. They all have a heart beat sound in the background. There is also a pink glow that comes through the tummy, I assume its to represent from being in the womb and it makes the babies feel more calm. 
I would play it about 3 times which is an hour as each sound plays for 20 minutes time and it would normally get her into a nice deep sleep. On the occasion she does wake up I would just put Ewan back on with the womb sounds and she would stare at it for a bit and drift off. Lily is nearly 14 months now and I had stopped using it for a while as the batteries ran out and I just thought 'oh she will be fine now'. 

She has been getting up a lot lately and been having trouble sleeping as she's been poorly for a while with catching different bugs one after another (nursery will do that to them) and then teething. I thought, one night I'll just put her in the cot and see if she will settle by herself and she didn't. I gave her Ewan and put on the music and she just laid with it stroking his ears and looking at the red light and fell asleep after about 5 minutes. I've been doing this again with the music when she's woken up, sometimes after having a bit of teething gel and again off she goes. She cuddles him and puts her arm over him, it's just the cutest thing. Get ready to see a cute picture of Lily when she was tiny! She's always adored Ewan.
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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Halloween & All The Trimmings

So close to October, crunchy leaves on the ground and the jumpers are out. I am in my element. It is my favourite time of the year. I love everything about it, the colder weather, being all snug, having comfort food like hot pot, bangers and mash and pasta bake. I mean tell me one bad thing about Autumn/Winter? You just can't.
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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Stila A/W | Vivid & Vibrant

I was so happy that I was invited to the launch for the Stila A/W new Vivid & Vibrant range. I was too poorly to attend the last one, so I'm really happy I'm feeling better in myself and able to start going to more of these events. I have quite a few lined up as well so watch this space!

Back to the wonderful Stila range, I was vlogging on the day of the event which you can see here. There are some clips of the products and the talk we had. It was held at Harvey Nichols at The Mailbox in Birmingham. The mailbox is gorgeous and I need to go back another time and have a good look around for sure. Throughout the month of September it is being referred to as Holly Nichols to promote women empowerment which I think is amazing!
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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Flashdance The Musical | Belgrade Theatre



I mentioned in my recent vlog that I was going to be attending Flashdance the musical. I was excited to see it as I've never seen the film, I know it's a classic like Dirty Dancing or Footloose but I just have never seen it and I have no idea why and now realise I have been missing out. I was blown away by the show, I've never seen a full on musical before and didn't expect them to be this good. IT certainly given me the show bug and I want to see more. 
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Peppa Pig Live | Lily's First Show

(All pictures courtesy of Belgrade Theatre)

 Lily and I were lucky enough to be invited to see the opening show of Peppa Pig Live, Lily is only just 1 and I wasn't sure how she would respond to being in the situation of the show and so many other children around her. She loves Peppa Pig anyway so we went and took my sister and her daughter. When we arrived we were surrounded by so many prams and children it was chaos but we found our tickets then went to find our seats. We had a really good view and Lily was just looking around, enjoying her crisps taking it all in. 
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Monday, 10 September 2018

Making Memories | Printiki*


People take photo's everyday now, photo's of themselves, their friends and their food. I do as well, I also have hundreds of photos of Lily. She is just so darn cute. All these photos are tend to be kept online, on the computer or your phone. It isn't a common thing now to go and get your photos printed and then put them in frames or put them in a photo album.

I think it's really sad, I mean don't get me wrong I love my compact DSLR but I used to look forward to the excitement of going to get a roll of photos printed and never knowing what they would look like until you print them out and laugh at all the silly ones. I still love printed photos and I will also get them printed and put them in frames around my house.
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Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Body Shop Go Bananas Event | Coventry

Remember when pick and mix was only like 1p each, remember those tasty foam bananas? Now imagine smelling like that all day. Perfection right? Bring on the new Body Shop Go Bananas range, I literally cannot get over how amazing it smells, I wish you could smell it through the screen. If you walk past The Body Shop, go and have a sniff but ideally after pay day because it's so hard to not buy it.

I have been in the process over the last few months of setting up meets and events for bloggers in Coventry. I was lucky enough to arrange this one with the local Body Shop and it was a huge success, the bloggers had an amazing time and the staff really enjoyed it too! I can't wait to arrange more. Blogging is my passion and not a lot was happening in Coventry so I decided I would make it happen and I'm so proud of myself and pleased with how it has gone. We have such a lovely group of bloggers who regularly attend events and I love seeing new faces.

The atmosphere was so excitable and blogger-esque everyone was chatting and getting those snaps. It was insta stories galore! Now onto the best bits, the products. So from the amazing sweet banana smelling range that you should use if you want to smell like a tropical princess. We have the classic, the body butter. Any body butter I use is from the body shop (normally coconut is my go-to) is amazing, it makes you skin feel super soft for the whole day and the smell doesn't fade instantly like some butters.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Not Myself



As you will of noticed I have been away for a bit. By away I mean not actively blogging or posting on social media. I have no excuse and I'm starting to realise I don't need one. Not really. Sometimes the pressure of feeling you need to do something can make it so much harder to do. There is a lot I'm going through at the moment and trying to juggle in life and it just seemed that it burned me out and I just needed to take a step back, take a deep breath and regain control of my life. I also do feel partly that things got a lot more all over the place during the Mercury retrograde.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Top 10 Desk Exercises To Do In The Office


There are a lot of reasons for the growing obesity epidemic across the Western world. But a big one is the increase of our sedentary lifestyle. To put it simply, between the commute, the office, and the internet, we sit too much! Along with that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, work related musculoskeletal problems make up 32% of work-related injuries and illnesses.
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New Homeowner’s Guide: Things You’ll Need In Your New Home*

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Auntie Anne's | Coventry West Orchards

To me, Pretzels are a very American thing, they have soft pretzel stands all over the place and they have always intrigued me. I love the crunchy little crisp like pretzels we have but I've never had one of the soft pretzels that when baked fresh just take over your mind by the smell. It's better than the smell of freshly baked bread let me tell you.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Your Kids Might Need Your Help At School!*

How do you think your kids are getting on at school at the minute? Some children really do flourish, and going to school is one of the best experiences for them. But for others, the story is nowhere near the same. For a variety of different reasons, your children might need help through the school process. From both the academic side, and the fun side they that should be able to love and enjoy. As they get to the stage of going into highschool, you might notice that things get a little more difficult, but it’s nothing that you won’t be able to help them through. To make sure they have the best experience, follow this guide as to how you can help your kids at school.


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