1- I am enough– Sometimes i feel i am not enough as a whole person and constantly see simple errors in myself forgetting that i am enough and i can do anything. In the new year i need to appreciate myself.I am guilty of pushing myself when i should be appreciating myself instead
2- Self Love– LOVE WHO I AM and what i am more. Recently i have had doubts over my body/appearance in Florida i truly embraced my natural self. No makeup, No falseness and appreciating all the curves and shapes for what they are and loving them rather than wishing they were something else. Self love is so important and as i verge the age of 23 i am finally accepting all of me and i am loving it.
3- I will buy my first home- Being in a relationship for almost 5 years, living together at our parents and experiencing a raw perspective of life together along with finally having the funds and lifestyle we are hoping to have a house or be putting in offers over the coming year. Independence and adulating responsibilities are now paramount.
4- I will manage my Diabetes better- i am a type one diabetic which means i live with a never ending chronic illness. I have good days and bad days but i want to be better and manage my condition better. It is the hardest thing to live with but i will not allow my diabetes to define my quality of life and i will try my best to make the healthier and better choices.
5- make time for whats most important- Sometimes my needs are more important, sometimes its Alex’s and sometimes its something else. I must ensure that i make time for whats important when its important. Don’t worry about whats to come and what could be, live in the moment and live for now and if my needs, need to be met then so it shall be.
I have taken a long and thoughtful break from the blogging community to focus on my own self love and prioritising time with friends, family and my other half. (Along with adjusting to my new work regime).
I was left with very little time and that is hopefully something i will work on in the new year. Sometimes you need to step back and adjust. I feel my blogging content will always come thick and thin but my IG content will be more consistent as i just love Instagram and the simplicity of it all. BUT doing meaningful and passionate blog posts that i enjoy doing must become a priority and i hope you all understand that. I only want the best content on Macara’s space and the best images and sometimes it comes at a cost i.e time, money and oppertunitys that i truly enjoy so please bare with me.
I wish you all a more positive, meaningful and inspiring year as 2018 fast approaches and 2017 begins to leave us. 2017 has been a good year filled of memories but also grinding away. Saving for my house, buying home ware and wedding planning. I went on my dream trip to the states and saw Iron Maiden live in my home city. I adopted two gorgeous kittens who fill my life up with so much life and happiness. This year has not been a year that has had many downfalls but more eye openers sure i have had to commit to things that adulating has brought has presented many realisations that many 20 somethings experience or as my mam says the ‘reality check’ but within this realisation, i have found comfort in my goals, purpose and drive to where i want to be and that guidance and ‘reality check’ has changed me more as a person.
Meeting and spending time with blogging friends
Manditory Universal snap
2018 is already looking up, with a couple of lovely trips, a flight over to Rome to watch our good friends tie the knot, Download festival with my best chums, Iron Maiden for the second year and of course seeing the current reigning drag queen Sasha Velour is just some of the amazing plans ahead. 2018 looks like the year we will be buying our first home and experiencing being ‘first time buyers’ and owning our own slice of heaven together. 2018 is the year of Music, friendship, Travel and new chapters for us.
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– is 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.