Mountains of Meat and Getting Dirty at Smoke BBQ Leeds

“Ashton – do you want to get dirty?” This was the subject of the e-mail that led me to Smoke BBQ in Leeds last month. After opening the e-mail and realising that it was an invite to a blogger event complete with free food and free beer, my answer was yes. Yes, I want to get dirty. Sign me up. After their Sheffield restaurant went down a storm and was a huge success, Smoke BBQ opened it’s next restaurant in Leeds late last year. They work hard to find the best meat that Yorkshire has to offer before adding a…

An Easter gift guide without the calories

Easter is drawing closer, and with Easter comes chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. We find ourselves surrounded by chocolate eggs, and chocolate bunnies, and chocolate everything. So what do we treat ourselves, or others, to when we inevitably get sick of eating chocolate? (Okay, I’m totally lying about getting sick of chocolate, but let’s pretend.) Here are eight cute gift ideas that work perfectly… 1. Bunny Cake Candle – Yankee Candle – £21.99 2. Bunny Ballerina Slippers – John Lewis – £16.00 3. NPW Easter Stamp Kit – John Lewis – £6.00 4. Flopsy the Bunny Cushion – Sass…

Cut Down the Smoking with Vape Shoreditch*

It may seem a little odd for me to be posting about a vape pen since I am not a smoker, nor have I ever been a smoker in my life. In fact, I’m one of those really annoying people that tells all of my friends that they should quit smoking constantly. But when Vape Shoreditch got in touch and offered me a vape pen* and three liquid flavours* for a friend or family member who smokes to try out, I immediately thought of my brother, and so I was sent a Shoreditch Two pen* to pass on. Naturally, I…

Let Me Tell You This #3

You may have seen at the end of January that I started a new feature called Let Me Tell You This; a post where I simply rounded up my week by telling you about fun things I’ve read, significant points in my life as well as any entertaining links I thought you guys might like. Well, useless old me only kept it up for two weeks (seriously, just twice), and now I wanna bring it back. Maybe not every week – I might have some pretty boring weeks where I can’t write anything – but as much as I can.…

Forget the eggs and have a Baker Days Easter cake

I know I’ve probably said this a million times, as has everybody else, but… where is 2016 going?! Easter is just a week away, and with Easter comes lots of chocolate in the shape of rabbits, chicks and, of course, a good old fashioned egg. But what if you fancy something different this year? What if you and your family have decided to mix it up for a change? Well then, Baker Days can definitely sort you out… I first came across Baker Days when I reviewed one of the cakes from their Christmas range (needless to say, it was…

A Lush Spring Goodie Bag and Haul

You may have seen that recently I was lucky enough to attend a blogger event at the York Lush store, where not only were we lucky enough to view the new Spring range in action with some fab demonstrations, but we also had the chance to win prizes. And as if that wasn’t enough, each blogger was lucky enough to take home a goodie bag with four spectacular products, so today I’m gonna talk you though everything I brought home with me that night, from my incredible freebies to my impulse buys. I’ll start by taking you through the wonderful…

Unicorns, Doughnuts and Sparkles: A Coconut Lane Wishlist

A company that responds with “Think unicorns, mermaids and Mean Girls, add a touch of marble, a sprinkle of glitter and a pineapple on top” when asked to describe what they sell is definitely a company that is set to go down a storm amongst bloggers, right? So imagine my delight when I stumbled across the company that did exactly that. Say bonjour, hola and hello to the wonderfully cute Coconut Lane! Pretty delightful, right? So then imagine my further delight when they offered to give me my very own discount code for my faaabulous followers and readers to use…

Stepping into Spring with the Lush York blogger event

Once again, Spring is upon us, and with Spring comes a new range of wonderfully colourful Lush products. The store in York took this as an opportunity to have their very first blogger event to which a few lucky bloggers were invited (yes, even little old me!). I had an incredible time at the Lush Hull event last year, so when Lush York contacted me to invite me to a fun-filled night of bath bombs, luscious scents and great company, how on earth could I refuse?! After catching the train to York, the evening didn’t get off to the smoothest…

15 Things I Lie About (Almost!) Daily

Day to day, we are faced with opportunities to either tell the truth, or to tell a fib. I have a confession to make: I’m a big fat liar. I tell a lie pretty much every single day, mostly to myself. And you probably tell a few porkies too. Don’t agree? Have a read of my little white lies and see if they change your mind! “Just five more minutes in bed.” Let’s face it. That’s just an outright lie. I’ll probably snooze my alarm another 5 times. “Wow, I’ve totally nailed the winged eyeliner today… sort of.” Well, I…