Weekending in the Yorkshire Dales

You know that point you get to in a week when you think "I just need a break!" well I hit that point last week and thankfully was saved by an impromptu trip to the Yorkshire Dales. I've never been to the Dales before but I knew I wanted a bit of seclusion and plenty of fresh air. Spoiler - Embsay delivered on both fronts.


RED January - Active Every Day

This January, I have signed up for RED January. A month long challenge to keep active every day and support the charity Mind at the same time.


Chatsworth at Christmas

This year, I had the pleasure of taking my family to the Chatsworth House Christmas Market. I had visited the house last year over the festive period, but attending the market this year made me realise how much I missed last time I visited!

The market is filled with festive stalls and sheltered areas are dotted around where you can sit and eat your lunch and where live bands/singer play Christmas songs throughout the day. This gave the market such a community feel with some folk stopping to join in with a sing song!


Holidaying in Kent!

Last Christmas, I was lucky enough to WIN a stay in a luxury lodge with Hoseasons. Yes people, those 'like/share' competitions on Facebook do work! And last week, we finally got around to getting away to our new home for a week...

Our Luxury Lodge was situated at a place called Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat, about 10mins from Canterbury and situated perfectly for a week of exploring throughout Kent. 6 of us squashed into a 7-seater car and set off on a 4hr car journey to get there where we we greeted with the loveliest accommodation that I've ever stayed in with my family! (We're more used to squishing into a tiny caravan or family room at a hotel...).


Chocolate Course at Studio Chocolate

A few weeks ago, me and my work colleagues attended a Chocolate Workshop hosted by the lovely Ellie from Studio Chocolate. Now, we work in a bakery all day long so working with chocolate made a lovely change for us all!


Em-Con 2018

2018 was the 3rd year running that I attended Em-Con in Nottingham - a geek filled con held at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.


Happy Dough Lucky - Review

I have heard nothing but great reviews about Happy Dough Lucky - a new pizza pop up located in the centre of Nottingham opposite Annie's Burger Shack.

As a follower of their page, I can see that they advise booking a table but we were in the area about 1pm on a Saturday afternoon so we decided to pop in and take our chances. Luckily we were the first customers of the day so we chose a nice big table for our group of 6. The restaurant has a lovely feel to it and the tables were nice and spacious which was a great start!


Cocktails in Nottingham

Cocktails have never really been my 'thing' when it comes to drinking. Don't get me wrong, I can fully appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making a great cocktail but they're usually waaaaay too strong for me - or so expensive that I rule them out due to budget constraints!

But recently I've had a flurry of nights out where cocktails have been the primary option and I'm slowly coming around to enjoying a well made cocktail. Which is lucky really as Nottingham has some of the best cocktail bars in the UK!