Sunday, 12 November 2017

Breakfast at Frankie & Benny's.

Last week was a busy week consisting of Halloween, gigs, nights out and finally Kee's birthday. It was a very exhausting but fun week. So when it came to the Sunday (Kee's birthday) we were intending on staying at home all day and just relaxing. However, we had been to Stoke the day before with his family to Frankie and Benny's and Kee noticed that they did breakfast food (his favourite food besides curry). 

Then come Sunday morning we woke up super hungry, fed up of toast and decided to just go for it. We usually go to whetherspoons for food as it is cheap and reliable, however, as a birthday treat we decided to go for the new Frankie and Benny's as it seemed it would be cheap enough! It was only £5.95 for the standard breakfasts so that was quite a bargain!

The atmosphere in the restaurant itself was so nice and relaxing. Although, we were sat on this couples table and the lamp on the side was rather bright and blinding! We went early enough in the morning so there were only several other people in the restaurant which made it easy to have conversations, not like when you usually go and you can barely hear yourself speak. 

Anyway, there was a lot to choose from on the Breakfast Menu, especially the vegetarian options which is always appreciated. I went for the Veggie Stacker which was really nice and obviously had avocado in it (because everything has avocado in it these days), don't get me wrong though this made it super tasty. It also had a potato rosti a.k.a a huge hash brown on the bottom which is my fav breakfast food so this made me happy.


Kee went for the Triple Stack Pancakes (let him off, it was his birthday) which he said was nice but could have done with some more maple syrup. But he ate it all anyway and it made a good start to the day. As you can see in the photo below it also made him very happy ready to indulge into the food that makes him the happiest. 


The restaurant also offers unlimited hot drinks which would have been awesome if we weren't too full from all the food we had just eaten... what a hard day indeed. The coffee was really nice, quite strong so just right and nice enough to finish the breakfast off with. 




It was definitely a different experience to what we are used to with whetherspoons food. It was nice to have a change for once and not worry too much about the cost of the food and to try something different. All in all the restaurant had a nice atmosphere, the service was super fast for the food (probably because it wasn't that busy), the food was nice and now we have 25% off to spend on our next meal out. You can also download the app for Frankie and Benny's and you can receive some awesome vouchers to save an extra bit of cash, pretty awesome huh? 


Next time you are wanting to go out for breakfast and struggling to decide on where to go, I recommend trying out Frankie and Benny's. It's cheap enough, a lot to choose from (even vegetarian options) and it is rather delicious. 

Where are your favourite places to go out and eat?

Peace out! 


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Winter is here, now to get through it.

It is that time of year where summer has long passed in the U.K and we are edging closer towards the end of Autumn and the start of Winter. Some of us out there welcome Winter with open arms, whereas the rest of us cross our arms to form a barrier and end up in denial that Winter exists.I am guilty of being in the group for the latter part. In my option, Winter sucks. I don't understand those who love the early darkness in the nights and enjoy freezing everywhere if you aren't layered up with 10 different types of clothes. I am one of those people who long for warmth, long bright days and shot nights. Of course that cannot happen in this country and sadly we can't always receive what we desire. 

Unfortunately, this time of year can be the worst time for many individual's mental health. After-all, this time of year is when SAD (seasonal affective disorder) likes to kick in for many individuals. SAD is a disorder that negatively affects individuals mental health at certain times of the year, in particular, Winter. It does get extremely hard for some individual's around this time of year, which is why it is important to take the time to take care of yourself. I thought I would share some things I do/ need to do when I don't feel quite right during this time of year.

Run a bubble bath ~ nothing is more relaxing that being in the warmth with the smell of the bubble bath/ bath bombs. To add that extra something to make it complete just add that candle that you love the smell of. Or be brave and start a fresh new candle that you've been wanting to use for ages, adding extra light to your room for some ambiance. So to quote Dumbledore: Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light'. Or in this case, light a candle. 





Cosy up ~ bring out everything fluffy you own; PJ's, sleeping socks, slippers, dressing gowns. Everything soft that you can wear to keep you warm and cosy.



Grab your coat love ~ put on your coat, gloves, hat, scarf and get outside. Make sure you do this during the day so you can experience some daylight (while it is still out). Now take a walk, don;t think about where, just go anywhere. You never know what you will find. 

Loose yourself ~ grab a blanket, make sure it is fluffy, or even a duvet and get on your sofa. Grab out a DVD or go on Netflix and relax in front of a film. I have been wanting to watch the Harry Potter films for ages (in case you couldn't tell) so I will need to watch these when I find the DVD's (they aren't on Netflix -.-). 

Get chatting ~ talk to someone who makes you feel happy. One of the worst things about SAD is that it can make you feel super lonely. So give that friend/ family member a phone call or text or even see if they are free to meet up with them. 


Do you take sugar with that? ~ grab a warm drink, whether that is a tea, coffee or hot chocolate, go get it. Either make it yourself at home or go and treat yourself to a drink you would usually try. Maybe even go for the new Costa or Starbucks Christmas menu's to get in that Winter spirit (I've heard it is supposed to be really good) ~ go give it a try.


I hope this has helped several of you with some ideas on different ways on how to help get through this time of year. Obviously this is a limited list as there are so many other things you can do, after-all it is down to personal preference and what works best for each individual. 

What sort of things do you do to help get through these times? If there is something you get up to that really helps then please let me know! I am open to more suggestions. 

Stay cosy, stay safe and keep up with taking care of yourself.

Peace out!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Music: What's making me move?

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? Hope you are all having a lovely week and enjoying the weather (which is about as indecisive as myself and Kee choosing between watching Stranger Things or The Good Place on Netflix)

I thought today I would talk about what music I'm really digging at the moment. I spend so long walking to and from work each week so I ended up getting Spotify Premium in order to enjoy music on the go. It is worth the £9.99 a month when you can download some of your favourite songs to your device. It is great to enjoy a bit of variety depending on what you feel like listening to and it is also great to share what you love. If you love something what is the point in keeping it to yourself when you can share this and allow others to enjoy what you love. Hence why I am going to share a few songs I absolutely love at the moment.

Katy Perry - Chained to the Rhythm

I will start off with someone spectacular, the all time babe that is Katy Perry and her song Chained to the Rhythm. When I first heard this song I was amazed. I love the story behind the song about how oblivious people are to real issues due to being surrounded by 'the bubble' and thinking they are in a perfect world. Not only has it got a good story, but it is super catchy. When I first heard this I wanted to learn the lyrics (especially Skip Marley's part) so I listened to it at least 100 times, yet I still want to listen to it more! Take a look at the video to get an understanding of the song, it is worth your time.

                    

My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words.

I never used to listen to MCR, then I met my fiance who was obsessed. When I say obsessed I am pretty sure he was in the crowd of those who cried when they broke up (he never got to see them live). Anyway, I was one of those people who, if you asked me do you like MCR, I would be like 'yeah I've listened to the Black Parade song'. Looking back I do not even know why I was such a music hermit and why I never listened to more songs by MCR. Then I met Kee who introduced MCR to me, more so, Famous Last Words. What a song! When I first heard it I had this on repeat, after all, it is extremely catchy. Whenever I listen to it I always get a sudden urge of motivation to crack on with things and attempt to get my life in order. Definitely worth giving a little listen to, especially if you are needing some motivation! 

Bring Me The Horizon - Follow You

This song is the song that my fiance played just before he proposed to me. This song will always be a song that means so much to me and it was also awesome seeing this played live in Birmingham last year. The lyrics behind this song are so true and every time I hear this song it genuinely makes me feel so happy. With this song as well you really need to watch the video (there are zombies in it - how cool?!) as it is produced so well, once you've seen it, you'll never want to stop.

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Avenged Sevenfold - So Far Away

Avenged Sevenfold have always been one of my favourite bands. I have now seen them live twice and both times it was so good being in that atmosphere listening to a band that I have loved for ages. You can read about my latest experience seeing Avenged Sevenfold here. So Far Away is such a beautiful song that brings you into the moment. It was only about two years ago when I found out the meaning behind the lyrics. See, this song was made in memory of one of the band members, The Rev, who sadly passed away. Even though the song is about something sad, it is a beautiful song. If you like this song take a moment to check out the video for it. If the song itself doesn't make you tear up, the video most certainly will. (I mean just thinking about the video and song is making me slightly emotional right now). I feel like in order for you to understand why I love this song so much you need to listen to it, my words do not give its beauty enough justice. 

Dua Lipa - New Rules

This song. This Artist. This is just everything I need in life. If you haven't head this song, please do now. It is so good and the meaning behind the lyrics are so true. Basically, it is teaching 3 simple rules on how to stay strong after a break up. I really wish this song was out several years ago where some of my friends were having difficulties with this sort of situation. I would have locked them in a room and played this song on repeat until they got the rues in their heads. Not only, but again, this is a super banging tune that you simply cannot stop listening to. I first heard this song on YouTube, yes before you ask, it was my fiance who showed me the video (gotta give him a lot of credit for some of the things I listen to). The video is fun to watch and if you are anything like me you will fall more and more in love with Dua Lipa. It got this far that I changed my background to this photo I stumbled across of Dua Lipa with the cute bunny (I love animals so it was a purrfect match). 

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Kesha - Woman

This song is from Rainbow which is Kesha's latest album and it is an awesome album. This song though is so catchy and up beat. It is my go to song if I am feeling down as it helps to encourage me to feel better about myself. Also, have a closer listen to the lyrics in this song and you will understand why I love it so much.

Avenged Sevenfold - Dear God

Every time I listen to this song I am taken back to day trips out with my Dad and brother, driving around the Welsh country side. This song is from the Self Titled album which is one of my favourite albums of all time. This song is extremely passionate and it is so hard not to get lost in the moment with this song.

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Here are a few more songs that I have been listening to and enjoying recently:

Thirty Seconds To Mars - This Is War

Katy Perry - Swish Swish

Taylor Swift - Bad Blood

Thirty Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday

Kesha - Praying

Katy Perry - Bon appetite

Thirty Seconds to Mars - Walk on Water

Clean Bandit (feat. Zara Larsson) - Symphony. 

I hope you enjoyed this post today and spend some time enjoying some new/old music. What songs are making you dance at the moment? 

Peace out! 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Creepy cookies

Hey guys, 

It is super close to Halloween now and I am extremely excited for it. I hope you all have big plans, whether that be a party, trick or treatin' or watching spooky films all night. No matter what you guys do I hope you all have an awesome time! 

This year myself and my fiance decided that we are going to be hosting a party (Kee has never been to a Halloween party so we thought it was necessary to have one). I absolutely adore having parties/ social gatherings (for anyone who always used to say that to their parents to make sure they knew you weren't drinking) and I love decorating the house and preparing goods (especially for Halloween)! 

Today I will be showing you how to (attempt to) make some creepy cookies. I apologise in advance for my baking skills, they aren't quite up to scratch yet. But then again if you don't try, you'll never know eh?


So first of all you'll be needing to gather your ingredients for the biscuit dough. I always follow a recipe without eggs because; one it is simple to do, and two I never seem to have eggs in. 


Biscuit dough:
Caster sugar: 2 oz
Butter: 4 oz
Plain flour: 6 oz 
Almond extract: several drops


Simple enough to get? I do usually use vanilla extract however this time I accidentally ordered almond extract I thought I would try something new. First of all pre heat your oven to gas mark 2/150°C.  After you have done this you can begin with the dough and start to mix the sugar and butter together until it has a sort of fluffy texture. Then add in the flavouring. You can also add in some food colouring at this point depending on what cookies you are making. Once this is all mixed in you can add a little bit of the flour and mix in, then repeat this until you are able to make a ball of dough without the mix falling apart.

Next step from here is to sprinkle a little flour over your work surface and then roll out the dough. Then you can start cutting the dough into spooky shapes like spiders, ghosts, pumpkins and gravestones. I wasn't able to find any around the shops so I drew them out and cut them up to work around. Once you have done this you will need to butter up your baking tray so the biscuits don't stick to the tray, that's the last think you want to happen! Then place in the oven for around 20/25 minutes depending on how thin the biscuits are. It is always better to start off with a lower time so you don't accidentally over cook the cookies!



   
                               

Once your cookies have baked to perfection and cooled down you can begin the fun part - decorating! I always always go for using icing sugar and making my own icing but somehow I always end up destroying any sort of dignity the poor biscuits had. So, this time I decided to go for ready to roll icing. It did work better than the icing sugar so that is a plus side! 




 Follow the instructions on the icing (depending on which sort you go for). For the ready to roll icing you can place the biscuit on top of the icing and use a knife to cut around. Use some water to stick the icing onto the biscuit and wrap the edges round.

For colouring you can roll out the icing and place into a bowl with some food colouring and then mix around so all the icing is covered. This seemed to work really well for the orange food dye to make the pumpkin shapes. However, it was slightly difficult to colour for the black icing (I would recommend getting the black ready to roll icing instead of using food colouring). Then you can add little details (such as eyes) with straws and using a knife dipped into the food dye, just to add a little extra to the cookies.






Once this has all set you are ready to serve them all up, or feel free to lock them away from everyone else! 





Super easy to do and really cheap as well. If you are trying these or have tried this out let me know how it goes for you! Tank you for reading today!

Peace out! 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Postboxed: A gift for everyone

Hey guys, 

I hope you're all doing well, even if it is beginning to get a bit chilly right now, so go do yourself a favour and grab a warm cup of tea (or coffee or whatever hot beverage you enjoy) before you sit down to read this post. 

It is fast approaching that time of year where the nights grow longer and the festive season is due to commence... and we all know what that means. Rushing around, late night shopping until we finally get gifts for everyone, but even then there is always that last minute item you have forgotten to get while you were out! 

Wouldn't it make it so much easier if there was a gift you could get without even leaving the house? What if I were to tell you there is a place you can do this, but you don't even have to stay at home to receive the parcel? That's right, there is an online ordering site where you can order gifts for family/friends to your house and they are small enough to fit through your post box. Or for those long distance friends/family you can get the gifts delivered to their address and surprise them on a special day. Postboxed gifts offers free gift-wrapping, gift cards and even a custom delivery date so you can order today and get this delivered for a certain date weeks from now. How cool?! 

I thought I would share a few of Postboxed's gifts with you guys today and share what I love from this site. 

So I was searching through the site and I did just have to share this gift with you, it is called Beer Box. This box includes a poster of the 50 greatest beers in the world, a tea towel, a bottle opener and a grow your own beer garden matchbox. Like you can grow your own beer garden, what? To be quite honest, this gift had me at 'Beer'....




It can sometimes be hard to find that perfect gift for someone so Postboxed has created the option for you to go ahead and order a mystery gift. Now don't worry, it isn't totally random, you can also choose the size of the gift and what occasion/who it is going to be for! They have even said that if you are struggling to choose what gift to go for this is the best option as it is worth more than what you pay, awesome sauce to that! 

Postboxed also do little gifts for those who are celebrating their life together in love. I came across this little package and thought it was quite adorable, Bride to be box. For those of you who have read some of my previous posts I am currently engaged so hint hint to anyone who knows me. In all seriousness though, check out this gift because it is awesome. 






So sit back and enjoy the ease of stress free, online ordering just in time for Christmas.

What do you guys think of this site and what gift would you order from here?

Peace out!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Colour Freedom: A review.

Hey guys, 

How you all doing today? For those of you who have seen some of my Instagram posts you will probably know that I can't hold the same colour hair for more than a month or so.I often go for Live Colour XXL and usually that works out alright but they didn't have the colour I wanted to go for the last few occasions. I went to dye my hair for Download and I used Crazy Colour which turned out awful on one side for the pink and then relatively OK on the other side for the turquoise. This time I wanted to try something different because my hair was looking dire and I couldn't quite decide what to go for. I have heard mixed reviews on different opinions on different hair dye and which one was the best to go for, which makes it so hard to decide!

Anyway, my friend told us about the hair dye she uses and it looked as though it actually worked for her hair and her boyfriends hair. All we knew at the time when trying to find the hair dye in super drug was that it was 2 for £9, so Kee got some for the both of us to try out (because he is the best). So we found the Colour Freedom collection by Knight & Wilson and took this home to try.




So let's talk about the hair dye Kee went for first. This was the Tropical Aqua colour which looks like a lovely colour to go for. In the box there was a tube of already mixed hair dye which made it easier for application, rather than the usual hassle of adding different tubes into one bottle.


Kee only really needed to use one quarter of the bottle as his hair is really short. Here is what his hair looked like before the application and then a picture of after application.

Before

After
As you can see this worked out rather well on his hair and there was still plenty left for further application.

I chose to go for something different this time and go for an orange ish colour, Coral Blush. I thought it looked like a nice colour to go for and my hair needed desperately sorting out.




I needed to use more hair dye than Kee because of the length of my hair so there wasn't much left in the bottle after the first application. I also went over my hair a few days later and used the rest of the bottle for the second application. Here is what my hair colour was like before and after the second application.

Before
After
As you can see,this didn't quite turn out as good as Kee's did, which was rather disappointing. So see now I have some mixed opinions on this hair dye brand from the different outcomes.

I think it would be a good brand to go for but avoid using it for the Coral Blush. It was a good deal to go for so not too much money wasted, but I think next time I will stick to the usual Live Colour XXL.

The turnout
What hair dye do you guys go for and what would you recommend is the best one to use? Feel free to leave comments in the section below and have a great day!

Peace out!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rocket League

Hey guys, 

I would like to talk about a game today and that game is Rocket League. So, my friends had been talking about this game for a while and how good they were at it and how we should get the game ourselves. I was a bit hesitant on what this game actually was about and whether it was any good. See usually the games these guys play isn't really up my alley as such. But then my fiance decided to get it and it looked really fun so he got it for me as well, how kind. 

The basis of the game is you play football (mostly), basket ball, ice hockey against other players. Twist, you play these games as vehicles (which you can customise to your perfect vehicle). That's right you can play sports as cars against other cars. Now I'm not usually one for sporting games in reality let alone on Xbox, but this game had a different vibe where it is more entertaining.



OK. So besides being able to play sports as vehicles, there is also a booster you can occasionally use to increase the speed you can drive at. This only usually lasts around seconds before it's back to normal speed *sigh*, but this isn't the only way. This leads me to the custom games you can make on this game where you can choose any sort of arena and you can choose to have the speed boost on constantly, yes that is exactly what I do in this. I mean, who wouldn't do this when you can basically fly across the court. It makes it incredibly difficult to play the game properly but it is super fun. 


I know you're all having a whale of a time just reading about these cool features this game has. You're probably sat there super eager to get the game and enjoy the experience, but the fun does not end here, I'll tell you that for sure. Every 10 seconds or so you get to enjoy a little super feature that helps you either get to the ball or absolutely destroy the other players. This could be anything from making another car go at an uncontrolled accelerated rate to gaining spikes to either pick up the ball or take down another player.


Whilst these features can be used in a normal match, they can't be used to their full capacity like they can in the private matches. The only real downside to this is that you need to have someone join your party or join someones party to play, you cannot create the match to play on your own. This probably makes me sound like a proper saddo right now, honestly I do have a life, I just like to custom the game to full speed and can only do this when Kee will accept. I mean, there is the freeplay training you can do which allows you to go full speed boost, but it's not a match. 

So anyway, it is a really good game and even better when you need to let off some steam by just driving round on full speed. It was quite cheap to purchase as well so I hope I have helped some of you gamers (or non gamers) find something that you can try out, it is definitely at least worth trying. 

Do any of guys like Rocket League at all? Also what sort of games do you like to play? Feel free to leave comments below. 

Peace out! 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Download Festival

Hey guys,

How are you all doing on this 'lovely' morning? For those of you who follow my Twitter and Instagram you will know that at the beginning of June I went to my first ever festival. That's right, I finally made it to Download festival and oh boy what a time I had.

I first found out I was going to be going in December last year as my fiance had bought tickets for a Christmas present. He bought the tickets for the 5 night camping so we could enjoy the whole experience. 

First things first (besides screaming in joy) was to get time off work and get everything we needed to take along with us. When I say first things first you would have thought we did this immediately, but that was not the case. We were still shopping for supplies and packing the day before we were leaving to go! Not very organised when it comes to situations like these... But don't worry, we had some of the booze ready a few days earlier!

So Day 1; getting there - What a journey. The journey consisted of one taxi, two trains, one bus, a long wait in line of a very short distance followed by what seemed like forever to get to the campsite to pitch. Now this doesn't seem so bad but imagine doing this carrying your own body weight in a rucksack, a tent, chairs and a trolley. The worst part of it was queuing for over an hour and a half in a short distance with that bag on my back, I ended up having to take it off and drag it 5 paces every 20 minutes. But my goodness the rest of the week made this journey so worth it, even with the back and shoulder ache!

It was exhausting and when we managed to find somewhere to pitch the tents the wind really didn't help at all. Also when we pitched the tent we purchased from Halfords it was an absolute disaster. They only went and sent us a tent without any pegs so we had to go and buy some pegs, which was an absolute nightmare. We managed to sort everything out by around 3pm so all in all in took us around 6 hours to get there and pitched up.

Finally pitched and there.

On the Thursday we met up with our friend Vicky and consumed some of the alcohol we carried with us and enjoyed going round the village and going on some of the rides.



The following few days consisted of playing some games, drinking and enjoying time in the sun. Then going into the arena later on in the day and listening to some awesome bands.

On the Friday I was super overwhelmed with the whole set of the festival, it was so huge and there was so much going on so I spent most of this day in awe. Decided to get a pint whilst in the arena as well, do not recommend unless you have a lot money! This day we saw (not in order) Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Five Finger Death Punch and headlining we saw System of a Down (these were just a few that I can remember) - so awesome though. We were aiming to go and see Motionless in White but sadly got there just after they finished the set list (Kee got the times wrong, sheesh). Such a good day though but super tiring - as expected!



Then comes the second day of being able to watch the bands - this was probably my favourite day of the week. We spent most of this day playing stupid drinking games and again enjoying the sun. Also decided to get some face paint which was the BEST idea but also turned out to be the worst idea for poor Vicky who had a bad reaction to it (sadly no photos). But this happened the day after so it seemed like a great idea at the time! Then this day we saw A Day to Remember, which was followed by Kee and Vicky absolutely terrifying themselves with going on one of the rides. Then we went to go and see Alestorm! I have no words on how awesome this was and how much fun everyone was having singing along to these. Then we saw the headliners Biffy Clyro - who were awesome. After listening to these for so long it was surreal seeing them perform live. 









So, the next day was quite something (that hangover, I mean, WOW....). It was a mix between wanting to eat everything whilst trying not to be sick but again, drinking. My poor body. Vicky did have a bit of a problem at this point regarding her poor little face. I won't go into much detail but glitter, sun and Vicky do not mix. Good job she had sunglasses, even if it was raining....

So anyway, we returned to the routine we had been religiously practicing for the past few days. Then later on in the day we returned to the arena to listen to some bands. This day we went to watch Steel Panther.... my goodness what a show. I think I've only ever listened to one of their songs before but listening to them and seeing them perform live it was amazing. Some of their songs, I mean, it's probably an acquired taste but definitely worth giving a try. Best part was when they got all the girls on stage, by far.

 Then to finish the end of the festival.... Aerosmith! I don't know whether it was the hangover, lack of sleep, tired legs or just the song but my eyes got emotional during 'I don't want to miss a thing' (the song still makes me weep now). What an awesome show and way to end the festival.





Sadly the next day was packing and travelling home.... But my, my what an experience. Shout out to my fiance for the best Christmas present ever! Anyone who likes this sort of weekend, I would definitely recommend you go to Download, you won't be disappointed. 

Until next year, Download!

Peace out!