Manchester Christmas Markets with Peugeot 108

I was lucky enough to be given the new Peugeot 108 to drive for a week recently and boy was it fun nipping around town in the small, but perfectly formed car!

I’ve never owned a Peugeot before, so was really intrigued to see how it drove and whether I’d like it. I’ve also never driven a small car like this, but have always seen the attraction for getting around the city and darting in and out of traffic.  Continue reading

Dorset Apple Cake Recipe with Travelodge Foodies

on November 18, 2015

I love cake! But baking, I’ve never been so good at. Recently Travelodge asked me, as part of their Travelodge Foodies campaign, to cook some regional cuisine from Bournemouth.

I scoured the internet for dishes native to Bournemouth and one of the things that came up was the Dorset Apple Cake. Cake. Decision made.

Like I said, I’m not very good at baking, but the recipe seemed pretty simple and wouldn’t take long to throw together, so I figured I was onto a winner. And I was! Continue reading

Wagamama Trafford Centre – VIP Preview Lunch

on November 15, 2015

Last month, hubby, the little one and I were lucky enough to get an exclusive VIP sneak preview of Wagamama’s largest restaurant, opening at the Trafford Centre. Wagamama is easily one of my favourite places to eat (I still remember my first ever visit to their restaurant in Kensington when they first opened), so I jumped at the chance.

When approaching the restaurant, it looks modern and chic and it’s only when you walk in, that you realise how big it is. It’s a tardis, with 295 seats across two floors, the trademark open kitchen spanning the length of the ground floor and a new feature…you can sit and eat at the kitchen and watch the chefs hard at work. Continue reading

The comfiest post pregnancy nightwear

So the wintery nights are definitely upon us and I’m finding that with it being dark outside at 5pm, chilly and with a young baby, I’m often in my pyjamas by 6pm!

Since having a baby, I’ve realised how important it is to feel comfortable and to make the most of those relaxing moments in front of the telly. So I like to indulge myself with a warm mug of hot chocolate, a good Netflix series and my Blackspade pyjamas.

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Burger and Lobster Manchester

on November 10, 2015

Having eaten at the Soho branch in London before, I was so excited when I heard that Burger and Lobster was opening a branch in Manchester and popped my name on their mailing list straight away.

Unfortunately we missed the soft launch (gutted), as I was 38 weeks’ pregnant, but we made it out on our 1st night-out without the bubba a couple of months later. And we weren’t disappointed.

The restaurant is huge – taking over a stunning old building on King Street in Manchester (right by Jamie’s Italian). I mean it’s seriously vast! We went on a Friday night and as expected, the place was packed with happy diners wearing bibs and happily tucking into their lobster.  Continue reading

An Ode to Pasta

on October 11, 2015

If you’ve read my blog, particularly my food and travel posts, you’ll know that I LOVE pasta! It is genuinely my favourite food in the world and I could happily eat it every day (and nearly do!).

I also a little bit love Jamie Oliver (just a little bit) and Jamie’s Italian is one of my go-to places for seriously good fresh pasta. The pasta is always made fresh on site and there’s an interesting variety, including some you definitely don’t see on your average supermarket shelf. You can check out my review of Jamie’s in Manchester for more thoughts on that. Continue reading

Is this the best burger in Manchester? Five Guys review

on September 21, 2015

Do you ever wake up and have an uncontrollable craving for a particular food? And you just won’t rest until you have said food? Well yesterday, I woke up with a desire for a seriously juicy burger.

This is not a regular craving of mine, but for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was a woman on a mission! Continue reading

Our Cloakroom Bathroom with Pebble Grey

As you might know from my other blog posts, we’ve been working on getting the house just the way we want it, over the last year. We’ve done quite a few major(ish) projects, to make the house work for us. One of the biggest projects was converting the basement into a bedroom/office with ensuite toilet.

This was the biggest project so far and we’ve finally started decorating and putting our personal touches on the basement conversion (more posts to come on that).  Continue reading

Nursery Sneak Peak with Graham and Brown

With the arrival of our first baby imminent, I thought I’d give you a nursery sneak peak, to see how we’ve transformed the spare bedroom in our Victorian terrace.

As soon as we got the joyful news, I started to imagine what the nursery could look like and scoured the internet for inspiration. As we haven’t found out the gender of our little one, I loved the neutral colours, whites and greys that seem to be on trend now. Luckily for us. I knew I’d want to do something along these lines, but also not too over-styled, as after all, it is a nursery! Continue reading

Baby Mori – A chic subscription box for your baby

Naturally, with our 1st baby on the way, I’ve indulged in a little shopping in the lead-up to the arrival of our bundle of joy. One of the first brands I came across and instantly fell in love with, was Baby Mori – a subscription box, that sends you bits for your bubba every 6 weeks.

Who doesn’t love receiving a subscription box through the mail, full of surprises? It’s like receiving a present every 6 weeks (you almost forget you pay for it!). And the good news is, you can sign-up before you’ve given birth, even if you don’t know the gender of your little one and receive things in preparation. This is what I did. Continue reading