Food and Drink

Cakes, crafting and quizzes: Lydia’s, Hull

It’s a street known for its bars, charity shops and restaurants, but tucked up in a corner under the bridge on Newland Avenue sits Lydia’s, a cute and quaint cake café. With quirky, charming decor, a cosy atmosphere and an abundance of sweet treats and drinks, it’s the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends, especially on these cold, dark evenings. When Lydia invited me and some other Hull Bloggers to go along and sample her delicious cakes and join in with some crafting activities, how on earth could I refuse?! A night of cakes and crafting with…

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Eight things that happened at Icelolly Holidays’ #BlogAtTheBeach Event

Can you imagine a party in the middle of winter with a tropical theme, a strict dress code of Christmas cheesiness and an abundance of social media, blogging and travel chat? Complete with cocktails, mulled wine and food of course. No? Well, Icelolly Holidays threw their #BlogAtTheBeach event, and that’s exactly what happened. Being a travel barmy girl (what, like you didn’t notice?!) who is always wanting to up her blog and social media game and is partial to a drink or two, I couldn’t say no when the invitation landed in my inbox. So, are you wondering what went…

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Saying Goodbye to 2016 and Setting Goals for 2017

Ah, what a year 2016 was, eh? Certainly one that’s gonna go down in the history books, though sadly not for great reasons. I don’t need to recap the losses we’ve had and the bad decisions made, I’m sure. And now those that wished 2016 away have had their wish granted; welcome 2017! I’ll be honest – 2016 was actually a pretty cracking year on a personal level. Literally a life changer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had dark times and suffered loss and heartbreak through the year, but I can’t focus on that. Instead I need to think about…

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Seven Movies I’ll Be Watching on the Countdown to Christmas

Yes. Christmas is tomorrow. Where on earth has time gone?! And, of course, with Christmas Eve come Christmas movies. I’ve compiled a list of some of the films I think you guys should give a try tonight whilst you’re waiting for Santa to come. Sorry, but Home Alone isn’t there – I hate it. Elf, Fred Claus and Miracle on 34th Street aren’t there either because (I’m sorry!) I’ve never seen them… There are some classics on here that I am sure you will have seen, but there are also a few slightly corny hidden gems you might have not…

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42 Blogmas and Christmas Post Ideas

December is here and so the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started! This year I’ve decided to challenge myself by taking part in Blogmas (and I’m probably going to fail miserably because I haven’t prepared very well!). For those of you who aren’t so sure what Blogmas is, it’s something bloggers take part in from the 1st of December through to Christmas Day, and they post daily. Posts are usually Christmassy but that’s not a necessity. To start the month off, I’ve compiled a list of Blogmas post ideas for those of you that may want to take…

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Do bloggers really have to be relatable?

A spontaneous rambling post. That’s what today’s post is. A stupid post full of my thoughts and feelings and opinions and basically just me unloading onto a webpage because a tweet doesn’t contain enough characters and none of my Facebook friends care about this. Bloggers. I’ve seen so many tweets flying around these past few weeks putting down successful bloggers for no longer being relatable, and basically slating them for “changing”. If you don’t wanna read their blogs, that’s fine, but to put down and slag off people just because their stuff is no longer relatable to you, nuh uh…

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Dreaming of a Cosy Wooden Interior at Christmas with Falegnameria Bariza

The cold weather is creeping upon us more and more, and winter is just around the corner (as is Christmas!). I may be jetting off to Tenerife in just over a week to catch myself some winter sun, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a cosy night in knowing it’s cold outside. In fact, since coming across Falegnameria Bariza, woodworking specialists from Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy), I’ve been scrolling through their images and imagining spending a cold winter’s night tucked up a wooden house. Falgnameria Bariza have been woodworking art specialists for almost a century and through three family generations. …

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I Planned a Halloween Party Blogger Event! #BloggerHalloweenParty

Have you ever planned something and on the run up to it you think it’s gonna be a flop? You consider every bad scenario possible and what you’ll do if they actually happen? You maybe even consider cancelling it altogether, just to save yourself the humiliation. But then. BUT THEN. It turns out to be pretty much the best thing ever and you want to relive it again and again? Well, that’s what happened when Kirsty and I planned #BloggerHalloweenParty at the end of last month. We had tonnes of ignored emails, an abundance of stresshead moments, plenty of reservations,…

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Making Pom-Poms at the Hobbycraft Hull Blogger Event

In case you didn’t already know (and thus you haven’t lived!), Hobbycraft is a wonderful store full of all kinds of crafty goodness – rows upon rows of paints, pens and crayons, shimmering displays of fabrics, vibrant stacks of colouring books, sections dedicated to decorating cakes, and a huge selection of sparkly stickers (yes – I’m a massive sticker geek). Sounds like heaven on earth, right? So imagine how I jumped at the chance when I was invited to a Hobbycraft event in my own city of Hull. In fact, it was the first Hobbycraft blogger event ever. So yeah,…