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

Fast & Furious Live Show

14th April 2018 – Manchester Arena

I took Jay to see the Fast and Furious Live Show in Manchester for his late birthday present.

I’ve been so excited for this since booking it at the beginning of the year.

The show was amazing!

The stunts were all spot on and the atmosphere was surreal. It was a full action packed afternoon. From gun shots to crashes and explosions.

The audience were involved in lots of different activities through the show.

It was great to see parts from every film throughout, my only bother that they weren’t in order!

My most favourite thing about it is the drifting. If you were wondering if we were choking on the burnt rubber fumes – it really wasn’t that bad!

Fast Five is my favourite film out of the lot. I absolutely love Danza Kuduro, and the moment at the end of this scene live was amazing! The song started playing and I was dancing and there’s an explosion of $ dollar bills flying down on us!

It was such a fab afternoon, we both had such a good time.

BEST. DATE. EVER!

Brownie points to me of course.. ❤️

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

American Afternoon Tea

Recently I went to a local restaurant for afternoon tea with my friend. We were celebrating her 21st birthday so we thought we’d go for something a bit diffefent.

The Afternoon Tea included:

  • Dirty Fries
  • Mini Bbq Ribs
  • Fried Chicken
  • Cajun Corn on the Cob
  • Milkshake
  • Donuts
  • Waffles
  • Prosecco

This was £29.95 for the two of us. I was definitely stuffed, far too much meat for me to eat in one go.

I left the fries – thought it would be bacon and cheese, instead it was pulled pork and cheese. Pulled pork is a no go for me!

Im not one for eating off the bone, but the ribs were perfect! The meat just fell off the bone.

I had such a lovely saturday afternoon with my friend. She definitely had a great birthday!

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend so far!

With Love, V x

I Believe in Unicorns.. 🦄

Hey Everyone! 

I’ve been having a magical time making my favourite cake to date. Its the number one trend of 2016/17 and I’ve finally been able to make one. 

It was my sisters birthday last week, so on Saturday I had to have a cake ready for when family came round. 

I spent hours baking the cakes and letting them cool before stacking and filling them with Strawberry Buttercream and some Strawberry Jam. 

I used vanilla Buttercream on the outside to cover the cake and the Unicorn hair is also vanilla just coloured. I always use a gel or a paste, as the colours are much much brighter and I always reach the perfect shades. I also used my Violet paste to make the inside purple. I attempted an ombre and came out perfectly. 

It took me a couple of hours to create the horn and pipe the flowers for the Unicorn mane. I used a yellow icing for the horn, which I twisted to create the shape. I use yellow because my gold glitter spray comes out a lot nicer on top of yellow than white. I added edible glitter to the horn and stuck it into the cake using long cocktail sticks/kebab skewers. 

I also bought some little icing flowers from tesco which had shades of pinks, purple and blue. I didn’t use the purple as it was more maroon/burgundy which was too dark for the flowers I piped. 

I had so much fun doing this cake, as I’m not the best at Buttercream coated cakes and piping. I’m really proud of my result! And even more so that my ombre purple turned out spot on. 

Below, I bought my sister a few simple, low priced birthday gifts, as the cake cost me a lot. 

For a fun idea, I went on the website www.boomf.com and made a pop up gift. I chose photos of us from times we’ve spent together at concerts etc. You can add your own message to these too. The box jumps out and throws confetti everywhere. They do other gifts including marshmallows. This was £5.99, slightly expensive for a paper box what throws confetti everywhere but worth the reaction (which I never even saw!!) 

I bought the Unicorn Bath Bomb from www.bombcosmetics.co.uk which is called ‘I believe in unicorns’. This was £2.50. 

Oscars Coolers are available in most supermarkets but I actually bought this one in Aldi. I can’t remember how much for but as a gift it’s a cheap and awesome thing to give. Who doesn’t like alcohol? 

I also bought her some Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Tesco for £5 and she practically ate them in one sitting. 
Thanks for reading guys! Hope you enjoyed the read. 

Have a magical day! 
Love, V x

Bank Holiday – BBQ Birthday Celebrations

Hey Everyone! 

So I said there would be another post about a birthday celebration this weekend and here it is! 

As requested, I made Jay’s dad a black forest cake for his birthday. 

I layered 3 chocolate cakes (2 cakes cut in half and one half not used). The bottom layer filled with Chocolate Buttercream. The middle layer filled with black cherry and whipped cream. And the top of the cake was again, black cherry and whipped cream, sprinkles with Chocolate curls. 


We had a bbq for his dad yesterday, had so much fun running around with my niece and dancing to the music. 


On Saturday we bought him some fish for his pond. I fell in love with a beautiful butterfly carp which was grey and silver. 2 metallic carps one of them white and the other golden. And we also bought a grass carp which was dark grey. 

Just a little post but hope you like it! 
With Love, V x

Birthday Celebrations

Last weekend me and my family celebrated the birthday of my Grandma. She’s now 85! 

I had been planning a cake for her for a couple months to get it perfect. The flavoura I chose were cherry and almond. This was such a great combination of flavour in a cake. 

I bought a large white rose online as the topper. I’m not very confident in making them yet myself. So I made rose petals falling down the cake, then added pearls made out of icing. 

We went out for a meal on the Sunday to The Leigh Arms. Very nice food and wonderful staff. 

I bought a bottle of prosecco as I don’t drink very oftenand had about 4 glasses out of it, oops! 

For the main course I had the Chicken Sunday lunch and Jay had a cheeseburger. His did come with chips, on the side.


After, we headed back to my grandma’s for coffee and cake. I was so full from my dinner but managed to eat a couple pieces. You have to have a piece of every cake at her house! Haha 

She had a wonderful day, and as gifts she received some garden plants, a watch and a dinner tray. I don’t have pictures of the others! And the below is what my mum had sent me. 

Thanks for reading guys! I’ll be putting another post up this weekend about another birthday and my bank holiday antics. 

I hope you all have a fantastic day, fingers crossed the weather stays nice! 
Love, V x 

Happy 21st Birthday 

Birthday planning for me can take an awful long time to pull together so I started off 6 months in advance for my other halves 21st birthday. 

I started off with planning what to buy as a special gift. One that he would keep and treasure for a long long time. 

The watch I bought him is Hugo Boss and is the trendiest watch I’ve ever laid eyes on. He’s always wanted a watch and I couldn’t think of a more perfect 21St gift. 

I also bought him a watch stand so he keeps it away from being damaged. I found the stand on a personalised website, you can probably find one easily enough. 

We went out for his birthday meal to a lovely curry restaurant with his family. Jay absolutely hates public arrays and was so embarrassed when they sang happy birthday to him. 

After the meal we went back to his mums so he could cut the cake I made him. He demanded there would be donuts on it! 

The cake had 6 layers with a Chocolate Fudge filling. I added gold ’21’ sparklers when I got to his mums. 

I booked a surprise stay at the hilton in Manchester for us for a night and I also booked a surprise meal while we were in Manchester to make it extra special. I booked the table for us at the rosso restaurant. 

I can’t go anywhere without having a pornstar martini! 

We both had a lasagne for our main and shared a sorbet for dessert. The food here is absolutely gorgeous! All fresh and the waiters are very polite and attentive. 

I would highly recommend the rosso restaurant to anyone who hasn’t been. 

When we came back home I set up some coffee and cake for the afternoon so my auntie and nan could give Jay his presents. 

About a week later jay’s birthday continued as we went out for another meal as a present off my auntie. We went for Mexican food at chiquitos. 

This starter was amazing! Spicy chicken parcels. 

Obviously Jay had garlic bread! I even tried jalapeño poppers which weren’t even spicy/hot like at all! They were cream cheese stuffed jalapeños and coated in bread crumbs. 

TACO’S. Love them, just hate the onion part but I did eat them on it until the last two as they were cold. Yes, I can be fussy with food haha 

So after all the birthday celebrations, we’ve been waiting for his last present for the past month. I’ve booked for us to go Amsterdam!! Only a few days to go. 
Sorry for the very late post on this one guys! I’ve been exhaustingly busy again, I’ll be glad to get this break! 

Love, V x

Peppa Pig Fun 

Hey Everyone! 

Hope you’ve all had the best weekend possible! 

My week has been a very busy one in preparation of my neices 1St birthday yesterday! I have had the absolute joy and pleasure of making her 1St birthday cake. A Peppa Pig cake. 

I decided to spread making the cake over several days as the sooner I cover the cake the fresher it will stay. 

What a better way to start by making a chocolate cake! My sister-in-law requested the cake to be shaped as a 1. So I went an bought one last month from Hobby Craft which was £10. 

I baked the cake on Wednesday night ready to cover on Thursday. I find this a lot easier as when I put the icing over the top it has time to set in the perfect place. 

The only thing I found with the cake tin is that I made 2 of them and did it in 4 layers. If I had used just the one cake it wouldn’t have looked 3D enough for the size of the board I used. 

My sister-in-law had sent me a picture of a Peppa Pig cake she had found and I thought I’d use a dark pink for the icing to make the cake stand out more as the baby pink was washed out looking. 

I then added all the extra details to the cake. 

As you can tell I’m a very messy Baker! 

I also made Peppa Pig out of icing, which was a challenge! Especially the hands! 

It took me around 2 hours to get Peppa Pig how I wanted it. One of the highlights of being a perfectionist! 

I added my nieces name on to the cake in baby pink icing and sprayed with silver sparkle to make it stand out. 

I then added the last details to the cake with a few daisy’s around it on the cake board and then cleaned up the cake ready to take to her birthday party. 

I am so proud of my cake and I’m so glad my nieces loved eating it! Haha 

Incase you wondered what we bought for her birthday we got her a George pig weeble from sainsburys which was £4 and a Fisher price mood toy which you spin the face and it changes the mood and makes a sound.That was from tesco for roughly £15. We also paid halves on the cake with her nanna. 

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you liked the cake 🐷 

Love V x 

Busy Bakes

So I’ve promised I’d do more blogs and I’ve broken it already!! 

I have literally had no spare time in-between Christmas and new year. All of my time had been spent doing baking and spending time with family. 

So here’s a few Bakes I’ve done through these past few weeks. I have been experimenting with different flavours and I had a request of my friend to have malibu Cupcakes for her birthday! 

I was so keen to try this out so I made her some successful Cupcakes. She also wanted jammy dodger ones too. 

I’m not really into malibu myself and I never get the urge to eat cake when o bake for people, but, I tried these malibu ones and MY GOD!! They are so amazing! I cannot get enough. Any malibu lovers out there you won’t be able to stop! 

I then made some more for her as a birthday present to her Mother-in-law. I then added extra desicated coconut to the top of hers so they were slightly different. 

I have also had a last minute 21st birthday cake to do as well. This was just last week too. The girls mother had wanted a last minute 2 tier cake doing as her daughters friend was going to bake one but her oven broke. I stepped in and helped as I personally wouldn’t like to have no cake on my birthday. 

The cake isn’t perfect I know, but I absolutely HATE fondant icing!! I’m slowly getting better with bigger cakes now and I seriously love a challenge! 

The most important thing is that the customer said it was amazing and all her friends asked at the party who made it. 

I’ve also made dinosaur Cupcakes for my friends step daughter. This was a disaster and I can’t stress it enough! The worst colouring I have ever used is green! I despise the stuff now! 

The green colouring made my icing so runny, but it felt like it was pipeable. It struggled to stay in the shape I piped so I let it mould to a flat surface and stuck the dinosaur moulds of icing in. I woke up the next morning to the green icing pouring off the Cupcakes and into the box. Disaster! 

So, I’m never using it again! I managed to get a picture of them before the green ones were completely ruined. On the plus side my friends 14 year old step daughter absolutely loved them! 

I thought by January that all the cakes would die down but it’s managed to puck itself up again and I’ve been baking every week since the beginning of December. 

I’ve got a big order of 40 Cupcakes to do for a salons 1st anniversary in the beginning of February. All of these need a hairdressing theme. Eek!! 

Best get my bake on! 

Vicky x