I am big on my Halloween season and just like Christmas i go all out, watching horror films, doing scarefest at Alton towers and dressing up consecutively every year without fail. Halloween is a fun time and at times it provides me a reason to dress up and act like the big kid that i am
I recently saw and read a recent blog post by the fabulous www.newgirlintoon.co.uk also known as Chloe McGuirk and i realised i had to make a trip down to the Fat Hippo to sample this incredible burger and boy was i not disappointed.
The incredible Hail to the string burger is certainly worth the wait. The burger is loaded with a double patty, Pumpkin hash which reminded me of Florida and the iconic charcoal burger is certainly eye popping and a huge game charger compared to your standard classic burger. Me and Alex made a lunch date since we were both off and enjoyed a selection of starters including mac and cheese balls, sweet potato fries and tasty burgers. If your more subtle about the hallows eve why not get yourself down to the Fat Hippo and taste the delicious hail to the string burger.
The grind… A bazaar stage in your life when you seem to work full time, all the time and seem to get nowhere. Money just disappears, and you are usually in this specific grind due to adulating taking place.
It could be, you are renting, paying off a mortgage,current debts or just anything that requires a direct debit. All you feel you are doing is paying bits off, bit by bit but you seem stuck in square one.
To be honest saving up for my first home is driving me slightly bonkers. (WHY IS BUYING A HOME SO EXPENSIVE) and sometimes i really want to just give in and then i feel a desperate urge for my own independence. It is like a massive decision between the best of two evils and like an indecisive child I keep hesitating. I feel like my money rarely makes an appearance and all I see is receipts and not because I’m spending but because of the grind of day to day living costs. General living is so expensive just to have a coffee and cake will set you back a £5 at least. It feels like money burns quicker than how and when we earn it. I don’t know maybe everyone has these initial feelings when saving up for something so life changing or maybe I am just being silly and getting my knickers in a twist either or I just feel like, life is difficult and I thought begin a student was tricky then the real world bites you and reality becomes real. sometimes you do ponder…. their has got to be more to life than this. But the question that worries me more is maybe this is it, the point of qualification meets dedication.
The grind life that we all lead, becomes the star of the show. I have friends who rebel against this status quo and live their life day by day on the edge of their own existence. Each day different and totally unique but this frivolous lifestyle is hard for me to comprehend. I love routines, security, guarantees and comfort. I wish I was ruthless and lived life in the unexpected lane, but I know I would end up feeling that drained and mentally exhausted, I would just want to go back to my security. Could it be that watching my mother work full time, while raising a child plus keeping a household has moulded my expectations of my own life before I have even lived it ?
Possibly so ? Is it a bad thing, well yes and no I would say. I am the creator of my own life and I guess part of that is the grind. Nothing comes without hard work right ? Eventually the pay off will be monumental and the security and comfort from the end result will justify my tightened budget and lifestyle.
So to my fellow women keep pushing, keep proving the grind wrong, work hard and don’t give up because in the end life can lead us to many places but we decided the ultimate destination.
I got invited to the press release of scream factory’s newest attraction for 2017 their incredible extreme tour which was intense, hilarious and brilliantly executed to give you that horror vibe.
Scream factory is produced and created by a imaginative productions LTD a small family run event business who put on incredible walk through scare mazes and experiences. Scream factory is located in Teeside at redcar. Scream factory is the Newcastle’s only purpose built Halloween attraction and aren’t we lucky to have such an amazing Halloween experience in our beautiful north east.
Scream factory is located at the old nursery site behind Kirkleatham museum and has plenty of parking and sign posts to guide you there.
Although i wont reveal any spoilers all i can say is get your tickets now it is an awesome experience and i would do it again in a heart beat. For a spooky evening of fun get your tickets from scream factory’s website. www.screamfactory.co.uk
Thank you to Katy and her fabulous team for an amazing night
I got to attend a fashion based event with the wonderful team at Intu Metrocentre as based on how we as women empower ourselves through fashion, when our voices are over shadowed and ignored. Yes my little inner feminist is coming out, looking at our fashion history with Meridith Towne, Costume historian and dressmaker, was fascinating and i learned a few things that i never knew, such as;
-Women in the past who were in power had to dress as men, because they were not accepted to dress as a woman due to dominating powerful roles being run by men only.
-The house of commons has no dress code for women BUT men are restricted to a suit and tie, Many female politicians wear graphics tees to vocalise their political opinions
-The only place in the UK a woman could get a degree in the 19th century was in Durham! GO NORTH EAST
Along with looking at outfit’s over the decades, accessories and of course shoes!. Meridith lead a very informative talk filled with interesting facts, props and spoke so much about her passion about fashion and her political fashion insights through the pro feminist movement.
We were then served delicious appetisers and pizzas from the wonderful team at Zizzi’s which went down a treat. Along with the extensive talk from Meridith we got to make our own custom made makeup bags with Crafthood, which was so much fun. I got to use the stamps to print my own design, my bag was inspired by the Gucci 2017 campaign. Using the stamper i popped my initials down in a type writer style format and then found a fabulous bee stamper! I even got to learn how to make tassels, which are trickier than they may appear. But i was so proud of myself and happy with the over all outcome, i will certainly be using this on my travels. Thanks Crafthood.
Crafthood provide a range of activities for all occasions if you love craft then Crafthood is certainly for you. www.thecrafthood.co.uk.
I had a lovely evening learning about something new, creating some new and tasting something new, it was truly an evening of new experiences, which proves theirs is always more and more to the fashion world every season.
Thank you to Rachel and the team at Intu fort the invite and the wonderful goody bag. To Meridith for teaching me ways i can make myself powerful without using words but fashion and Crafthood for the wonderful experience of making something practical with a stamp of my individuality on it.
I love a good old Body shop event and when a fellow blogger Gianni from the G edit www.thegedituk.com
Decided to host one, well i could not say no. The event could not have been better time as the Vanilla pumpkin range has been released and the iconic Banana hair care range was on my radar.
Well the event was lovely seeing some old faces and some news ones, through the hustle and bustle of discussing beauty, animal testing and future products. I must admit the Body shop are certainly bringing out an array of interesting and new products that will excite the loyal costumers and intrigue some news ones.
The vanilla pumpkin range is certainly a winner. Combined with an iconic PSL in hand and this product you couldn’t get anymore pumpkin themed if you tried. The smell and consistency is so lovely and inviting it reminds me of cold autumnal days mixed with warm bubble baths and cosy duvet days. If anything this range is almost like a comfort for the soul during this harsh months.
Next is the Banana hair care range. This product smells more bananas than real bananas which is bizarre.. but i love it even more for that exact reason. I got the hair mask and it certainly worked wonders on my fine dry hair and it made a nourishing improvement which is a bonus.
I personally adore the spa collection and the new non gender fragrances which are not targeted at any specific gender but for anyone which is an interesting concept for fragrances and it will save me a lot of money if me and Alex both agree to the same one and we can share.
It was a lovely night of conversations, products and fellow NE bloggers which is always going to guarantee a mint time.
When you decide to travel to foreign lands, i don’t think anyone anticipates the worst and sometimes we forget that mother nature is bigger than all of us and we shouldn’t under estimate the possibilities. Of course we were aware of hurricane season and understand the chances but i guess we didn’t expect the magnitude and category of Irma. During my time in Florida i was not fully aware of how big this hurricane was, not until family and friends from the UK began sending me worrying messages as the BBC was broadcasting this over 4,000 miles away,
Alex was confident and sure of the situation, me on the other hand… i was the polar opposite. I was terrified, I personally don’t think the news helped at times as they would hype the hurricane up to the point i would get so anxious.
where we taking a big risk staying in the central belt of Orlando?
should we go up north, Get a car and stay in a hotel ?
Should we get a flight before the chaos?
I have never experienced a hurricane and i had flash backs to when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and crying at the TV screen, i was asked by my teacher to write my own news report of the hurricane and i remember saying to my mum i hope one day i am never in the same situation, but here i am at 22 years old, in the eye of a hurricane currently at category 5, with storm surge, Active tornado’s and flash flood warnings. I was a tourist in every sense of the word.
The hurricane was delayed as it was only hitting 9 miles an hour in speed so we were not hit until Sunday/Monday. When Irma hit. Alex incredibly slept through the whole ordeal i was up all night watching and keeping an eye on the internet/news for updates. The weather was wild and nothing like i had ever experienced. The wind was ruthless leaving nothing in its path and the rain was lashing down as if it was monsoon season. But the hurricane was not as bad as anticipated and was surely an interesting and incredible experience. We lost 2 and half days of our holiday but talking to other Floridians some of them lost much more and you could not help but feel blessed, one woman was only concerned that her family survived, their roof was destroyed and upstairs flooded but all she could say was “All i care about is my family, they are here and healthy i can always re buy the roof, but i cant re buy them..” Literally left me stunned at the resilience and positivity within the sunshine state. Many that were severely affected seemed to look on the brighter side of the hurricane. It is an experience i will never forget. It certainly is a story for the next generation to hear about, it sounds like a fantasy tale but really it could not have been more real.
Any advice i could give is take all the advice and information you are provided during a Hurricane don’t play the hero and ride it out, without precautions in place and if your travelling to a more tropical climate with potential severe weather conditions do some research before hand.
Although Irma was scary it did teach me how i assess and evaluate things in life, as life is so unpredictable you should live everyday like its your last and not allow negativity to consume your life, I would certainly go back to Florida in a heartbeat, Hurricane or No Hurricane Florida has a special place in my memories and I simply had the best time.
Florida is HUGE, with some many options, so much choice and not a clue where to go for decent grub then follow my eatery guide, I never had a bad meal or bad experience even in McDonald’s so follow my guide for where to go in Foodie Florida
An Italian Franchise that offers fast, friendly Family dinning. Similar to Frankie and Benny’s in the UK. The portions were really well sized with complimentary salad and bread on each table prior to serving. Olive Garden provide a refillable drink service which is great for getting re-hydrated and ready for the day or night. Two starters, Salad, Bread, Two mains and two drinks $70.
Blaze Pizza – Blaze pizza is a great place to go for a tasty pizza, with prices starting at $10 you can customise your own pizza as it is cooked to order, blaze do refillable drinks which provides some really tasty iced teas and lemonades. $20 Dollars for two mains and two drinks.
D- luxe Burgers – Is the best place for an amazing burger in Disney springs, Lush location with delicious food, we got the ultimate package which meant two deluxe burgers, two sides and two drinks for $35 which was at a set price. Really loved the style of the eatery and the value of food for the money.
Raglan road Irish Pub– Irish pub situated in Disney springs, we went for an evening for a few drinks they serve magners and other beers on draft, food is available but we never tried any. Drinks vary from $8-15
Flame Tree BBQ– Animal Kingdom Bean burgers with chips, really nice location surrounded by wildlife and nature, tasty food and great stop of point for lunch or dinner. $30 dollars.
Rain forest Cafe – Animal Kingdom steak and a platter of Caribbean meats. Highly recommend the rain forest cafe for ambience and a cool dinning experience. The one in Animal Kingdom is the largest rain forest cafe and it is certainly impressive. Two drinks and Two mains $60/70 Dollars.
Resterauntosaurus– id a fun dinosaur themed eatery in Animal Kingdom, we had x2 chilli dogs and chips and two drinks came to $30.
Sci-Fi Dine in theatre– Hollywood studios, this is another themed dinning experience that allows you to eat the comfort of your own 1940’s car at the dine in theatre. We had Traditional american burger and BBQ burger with a side of onion rings. $70 Dollars for one starter, two mains and two drinks.
Rosie’s all American Cafe– Found within Hollywood Studios 8 piece mcnuggets and chips was ideal for us to keep us going and you get plenty, as photographed below. $30 dollars for two mains and two drinks.
Coral Reef restaurant -Situated in Epcot this themed dinning experience lets you eat under the sea, we had Braised beef and Mahi Mahi fish was was splendid. We had a starter, two mains and a few alcoholic drinks, this was a fine dinning experience and cost over $100 dollars expensive but SO worth it.
Ihop- lake buena vista All american sampler breakfast was incredible photographed below, lots of sausages, bacon, Ham, Eggs and Hash brown. YUM all for $10 including three buttermilk pancakes. $30 dollars for two coffees, two orange juices and two mains.
Dennys– I recommend the all day breakfast plus unlimited coffee, Really enjoyed the blueberry pancakes and our hostess even gave us a coffee to take away, 10 points for ultimate customer service to a coffee addict. $30 dollars for two coffees, two orange juices and two mains.
Shoneys– Classic dinner offering breakfasts and all you can eat buffet options, I loved the chicken strips, gravy and mash certainly brought back a taste from home. $30 Dollars for two mains and two drinks.
Mcdoanlds– I recommend the Double bacon cheese burger and McNuggets with BBQ sauce. So many McDonald’s to choose from but also the biggest McDonald’s is situated in Florida, certainly worth a visit, plus slightly bigger portions. $15 dollars for two burgers, 10 Mcnuggets, fries and two drinks
Burger King- I recommend the BBQ bourbon burger chips, double whooper,cheese toots and pancakes with syrup. The breakfast and afternoon menu is very reasonable and tastes much better than the UK burger king, $20 dollars for two whopper meals.
Caseys– situated in the Magic Kingdom this eatery offers an ideal lunch menu of beef hot dogs, chips and corn dog nuggets. Perfect view of Cinderellas castle from and beautiful surroundings. $30 for two giant hot-dogs
Monster cafe– Universal studios we got chilli hotdogs and milkshakes, interior is based on Universal and Hammer films. Love the vintage twist on modern dinning. $30 for chilli dog and unlimited drink.
Hard rock cafe- Universal studios- Amazing rib eye steak and Texan burgers. I highly recommend the cocktails. $70 for a starter, two mains and two alcoholic beverages.
Joffrey’s coffee and tea co– Great place for a coffee or smoothie and they do speciality Minnie mouse Latte’s! certainly worth a visit $5-6
Subway– Foot-long Meatball Mariana had to be done even in the states. $15 for two foot long subs and a drink.
Seadog- Our local but a franchise pub, crafts beers and ales on site and offers an amazing happy hour deal. Really nice, modern pub style with an old fashioned twist. $5-15
Dominoes pizza– We had to get take out delivered to our hotel room, although dominoes is great the BBQ pizza’s are far more superior in the UK than US. $20 two large pizzas
Unos Pizza – Reasonably affordable with lots of deals to pick from, although i was not keen on my buffalo based pizza, i preferred their dough balls more. $20 dollars for two large pizzas and dough balls.
Universal has three main parks now, Universal studio’s, Islands of adventure and now their newest addition Volcano Bay. which i will share on its own dedicated post as their is lots to talk about there, now back to the movie magic of Universal studios and what a great time we had there, Hollywood rip, ride rockit was unbelievably epic and, i think possibly so far one of the best roller coasters i have experienced, with the option to pick your own music to accompany your fast trip journey along the tracks me and Alex rightfully chose Lim Bizkit Rollin which was an ace tune and suited the ride perfectly, I certainly had an adrenaline buzz afterwards.
The Incredible Hulk Roller coaster was awesome, simply from it being based on the Hulk. It certainly lived up to its name and the online hype. I loved exploring the wizarding world of harry potter and NGL.. i had tears in my eyes as i grew up with the franchise, owned every book and watched every film in the cinema (Tradition with the parents). The development of Diagon Alley, Hogwarts express and Hogsmeade was visually stunning and incredible.Of course i went to ollivanders and got my own WAND, unnecessary purchase to some people but very necessary to me !
Simpsons land was colourful and vibrant just like the cartoon series and the ride was pretty tripy, Americans love their motion and simulator rides A LOT, felt slightly dizzy and dazed coming out but it was truly interesting and fun experience, attached to the franchise. The little touches like Lard Lad doughnuts and their very own Moe’s tavern was fab and you could see how everyone interacting with it was truly in their element.
Another honourable mention is the return of the mummy which was an indoor built roller coaster ride filled with sharp twists and turns certainly one for the thrill seeker, filled with 4D stimulation’s, Pyrotechnics (Including an epic Fine Finale) and funny ending from Brendan Fraser Himself… well a pre-recorded message but still it added more fun and excitement to the ride.
we ate at two places within Universal, The monster cafe and Orlando’s hard rock cafe situated near the entrance of universal studios. I 100% recommend the hard rock cafe’s although they come off slightly pricey the experience, the food and the beverages are enough to make it all worth it, plus if your a bit of rock n roll fanatic like myself then you will always love the interior design and collectables placed around the cafe itself.
Over all first time Universal Studios attendee, and i am truly impressed and want to re-visit this park again and others. i think universal studios has a special little place in my theme park loving heart.
The most magical place on earth is certainly an understatement, Seeing the castle appearing within my view, the adrenaline kicking in as i see, hear and take everything in, this may sound corny but as a little girl, i dreamed of visiting Disney and seeing all their was to see but unfortunately my parents weren’t Disney dreamers like me and i enjoyed it through the movies, the music, the stores and stage performances. FINALLY being at the Cinderella’s castle was overwhelming and magical and i loved every second. I had my Minnie Mouse ears and i was ready to go and explore everything i could, I even made Alex go on prince charming’s carousel with me and we had enjoyed Mickey’s ice creams next to castle as i embraced the sunshine. We only ate once at Magic Kingdom and that was at Casey’s which is like a Victorian styled baseball themed cafe where you get the biggest Hot-dogs i think i have ever seen and the most perfect view of the castle as you dine, a really nice place for some lunch or for an afternoon snack. We enjoyed various rides such as space mountain and big thunder mountain. This park is very special and the amount of mini details are visible throughout, the magic is certainly there and the love for the classic park will certainly be eternal. Magic Kingdom never disappoints and i know i will be right back here real soon.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney”