Valentines Dates

Valentines day isn’t usually a day I celebrate with my Fiancé. However, on the odd occasion after 6 1/2 years we have slightly celebrated it.

Here’s a few ideas of dates indoors and outdoors you may enjoy!

  • Romantic indoor picnic – Plenty of snacks, popcorn etc and maybe even a chocolate or cheese fondue!
  • Movie Night – if you have the props.. a cuddle fort may be fun! Lots of snacks and marathons of your favourite films.
  • Valentine’s Meal – pick a fancy restaurant or one you’ve never tried before.
  • Spa Day – A relaxing spa day together could be perfect if you both need to unwind.
  • Weekend Away – a luxury weekend away in a lodge with a hot tub, your favourite place or a new adventure for you both.
  • Activity Day – Bowling, Mini golf, Segway, Rock Climbing.

Manchester Ice Village

Over the Christmas period I bought tickets for the Manchester Ice Village.

It’s a little village where you can prebook for ice-skating and the ice village. They have some small stalls for Bratwurst and boozy hot chocolates, like a traditional Christmas Market.

The ice cavern which we had booked for, £9pp, was a tent with a temperature of -10! You really need that boozy hot chocolate when you come back out!

You can take your time walking through looking at all of the sculptures people had made. There were 12 different nods to Manchester within ice carvings for you to find throughout.

It’s one of the cutest places I’ve been to and would 100% recommend it to families and couples.

Stepping into 2019

January has been a slow one again.. too much snow and extremely long days!

I’m glad we’re going into Feb now so I just wanted to share what I’d been up to over the past couple of months.

October/November 2018

Lots of baking!

December 2018

90s Concert

Ice Village

Surprise 21st Birthday party for my sister-in-law. Made her a rose gold cake and cupcakes

Mums 50th Birthday – Great Gatsby

Celebrated Christmas with family

January 2019

Friends birthday night away

Such a busy few months, so the beginning of the year is going to be less mental!

NYC | Travel Blog

I never thought my little legs could carry me so far, the endless walking around New York is pretty knackering.

I spent a whole week wandering the streets of New York City, celebrating my sisters 21st birthday.

This was my first time in NYC and I have completed the list of attractions!

DAY ONE

Stopped off at a little café before heading out to explore. This grilled cheese was amazing!

Hopped on a bus tour, to see some sites. The weather was absolutely scorching!

We jumped off the bus and headed for the Highline. An elevated old rail road, now turned into a garden. The Highline is approximately 3.5km.

DAY TWO

“Happy 21st Birthday!”

We had a relaxing day on my sisters 21st and headed to a roof top bar for some cocktails. Beautiful view of the Empire State whilst in the sun.

DAY THREE

We headed out early to visit the Beautiful Grand Central Station. I have never seen anything quite like it before! So much detail and beauty.

We hopped on the bus to visit the Metropolitan Museum and Central Park. We later visited the Natural History Museum before heading back to our hotel for a few hours.

In the evening we attended a baseball game, a one in a lifetime experience! We absolutely loved it.

DAY FOUR

Roosevelt Island. It was very interesting to go over to the island. They had an old Mental Asylum, an overgrown small pox hospital and their own little town. The only way you can get on and off the island is the cable car or boat.

Later that evening, back in Manhattan, we headed to the Rockerfeller Centre to take a view of the city skyline.

Stunning!

DAY FIVE

We took a boat out to see the Statue Of Liberty. Unfortunately we couldn’t get off but the view was still so amazing!

In the afternoon we took the bus back round the city, towards the 9/11 memorial.

I’d highly recommend visiting the area of 9/11, you really don’t understand how big of an area it has affected. We walked around the block and learnt so much from a man who polishes the fight fighter tribute daily.

We will never forget all the men women and babies who lost their lives on that day.

DAY SIX

My sister booked a random treat called ‘Crystal Methadonuts’ if you know breaking bad you’ll understand!

We visited the Friends Apartment and then walked back on ourselves before taking a yellow cab over to Brooklyn, because who goes to NYC without taking a cab ride!

DUMBO – Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Later that evening I had booked a night out for us at the theatre, you just cannot go to Broadway if you’re in New York!

Anastasia is my favourite Disney film of all time and there’s nothing better than being able to see something that will not be in the UK for many years!

DAY SEVEN

Total chill day, $1 pizzas for lunch and then headed to the Airport to go home.

We had an amazing time! Have you ever been to NYC?!

Thanks for reading guys,

With Love, V x

Autumnal Baking

I absolutely LOVE autumn! So I thought I’d share my favourite things to bake during this cold colourful season!

1. Baked Apple – stuffed with raisins, topped with brown sugar and water and zap in the microwave for a few mins

2. Banana Bread

3. Warm Apple Turnovers with ice cream

4. Rhubarb or Apple Crumble- topped with oats for a nicer texture!

5. Cinnamon Swirls

Hen Do – 1st March 2018

Hey guys!

So I planned a hen do for my friend before she gets married soon! I’ve got to say event planning is so stressful yet I completely LOVE it!

We went out for a meal, so everyone could get to know each other without feeling under pressure and brought out the games etc later on when the pub was dying down a bit.

I set the table up with a ‘Bride to Be’ sign (amazon), which came with a sash and bought a personalised balloon with the date on from a local shop.

I created another personal touch that Imogen could keep. I used an empty prosecco bottle. Yes, I drank the whole thing first.

I stuck some gold text on it which I bought from Hobby Craft. And I wrote underneath the date. I added in some lights for an even better touch and everyone signed the bottle after.

I made some personalised cupcakes, another perfect gesture. These were given out to all the people who came.

Hen do selfie sticks (amazon) are also such a perfect idea to get everyone to mingle with each other.

We had plenty of games, which we all enjoyed! Had such a laugh and a great night!

Thanks for reading!

With Love, V x

SURPRISE 50TH

I decided to plan my work colleague a surprise birthday meal for her 50th birthday.

I spent the past 5 weeks planning and organising the night. This included planning a cake and running round getting decorations.

Keeping it a secret was such a hard task, especially when she was moaning about wanting cake on her actual birthday!

I provided a decoy on her birthday with these cupcakes, she didn’t moan!

I booked a table of 11 at a restaurant close to us, The Boatyard. Its a fairly new restaurant, but exceeded expectations.

Lovely homemade food!

Everyone was so excited to see the cake I had made. When they brought it out her face was a picture!

We all had a lovely night! And I’m so glad it went to plan!!

Hope you enjoyed the read! Thanks for reading!

With Love, V x

2018 New Year Wishes

Happy New Year!!

I’ve had the most perfect 2017 memories wise. It has definitely been my year!

I thought I’d share what my wishes and goals are for 2018. I’m not really sure I can top last year, but we will see!

  • I hope I can bake my first wedding cake ever.
  • Health and Happiness is strong in my family
  • Fingers crossed myself and Jay get one step further to getting our first home.
  • Try to drink more, I’ve always had a bad habit of not drinking enough (water)
  • Declutter my bedroom once a month.
  • I hope to travel to at least 1 different country

What are your goals for the year?

With Love,

V x

My Christmas Wishlist

Is everyone excited for christmas?!

I thought I’d share with you all my Christmas Wishlist for 2017.

* Co-ordinate print of where we got engaged in Mexico

* Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Pallette

* Kurt Geiger Maze 2 Trainers

* Any Nutella gifts (yes that makes me happy) haha

* Charlotte Tilbury 6 Shades of Love – Love Glow

* Tanya Burr’s – Tanya’s Christmas Book

* Pyjamas

What’s on everyone else’s Christmas List?

I hope everyone gets what they wish for & has a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

With Love, V x

Date Night – Engagement Celebration

A month after our engagement, we decided to try somewhere new for date night. We chose somewhere slightly more special than our average curry date, even if curries are the best!

We chose to go Cheshire Grill, Lach Dennis.

I thought it was so lovely of the staff to write us an engagement card and put a balloon on our table.

We received two free glasses of champagne with our meal, Jay actually liked it! But it was gorgeous.

I found the decor stunning, done up as a woodland theme with stag heads and pale tartan wallpaper. LOVE.

We both chose burgers for our main, well done with chunky beef dripped chips and a side of onion rings.

Absolutely gorgeous food!

Skipped the dessert entirely, but had a lovely evening with my now fiancé.

💗

With Love, V x