Sunday, 24 January 2016

THE BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN | SUTTON COLDFIELD

The other day as Tom and I drove into Sutton Coldfield to have a wonder around the shops and grab some lunch. As we were driving in we drove past The Brewhouse & Kitchen and I said to Tom how we needed to try this cool place soon. A week or so later and I get an email from them inviting us to come along for their launch event, cool huh?

It's really beautiful inside, very cosy and welcoming. After a cold walk from the car we obviously headed straight for the seats that were by the log fire.

As soon as you walk in you're surrounded and inspired by local and independent brewing, they even have their own micro brewery where they make their own beers and then name them after local surroundings and events.

We were given a free drink of our choice, I went for a cider (which I cannot remember the name of) and Tom went for the 004 Oaks, which he liked. As the evening went on they brought out samples of food which were accompanied by beers which compliments each dish. We had samples of fish goujons, onion rings, jerk chicken (best jerk chicken I've ever had) and brownies. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of beer but I must say, I was really enjoying the samples along with the food, they all went really well together.

The staff seemed to know their stuff, so if you do go don't be afraid to ask questions.The food on the menu was your classic 'beer' food, nothing adventurous but did sound delicious, reasonably priced as well. We were talking to a couple who had visited before and they said the portions were big so well worth the money.

Tom and I immediately said that we need to come back with or friends and try out the food. I'd highly recommend checking The Brewhouse & Kitchen out if you're around the Birmingham area.


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Thursday, 14 January 2016

PLACES WE VISITED IN 2015.

The other day Tom and I were talking about all the things we managed to do and see in 2015. Next month we will be celebrating one year of being together (n'aawww) and I feel like we've achieved so much in one year. We wanted to back to York for our anniversary but with the recent floods we're thinking of putting that on hold for the time being and head to Liverpool for the weekend instead.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, 2015 was such a great year for me and it's one that I'll look back on with great memories. We've already started planning some of the places we want to visit in 2016 and I thought I'd look back on some of the places we'd visited in 2015.

York
We spent 2 nights in York last year for Tom's birthday and we both fell in love with the beautiful city. 2 nights just wasn't long enough! On our way back we said that we'd have to return again soon and for a while now we've been saying we'll go for our anniversary. It was the first weekend away that we'd had together just the two of us (we'd been to Dublin in January with a large group of our friends - sadly I have no photos of that) so it holds quite a special place in our hearts.

Harry Potter Studios
Next up is the Harry Potter Studios (I wrote a blog post here). We went with my Mom and it was such a great day out. As we're all huge fans of the films we were geeking out the whole time!

Cambridge
We were lucky enough to stay in Cambridge for 2 nights courtesy of Travelodge. Although there were some beautiful sights, it was a little crowded as it was really sunny and I don't think we saw everything this city has to offer.

Stratford
One weekend in the summer, Tom absolutley amazed me by saying that he'd not been to Stratford or at least had not been the centre. I was shocked. Growing up my Dad would take us to Stratford every year in the summer, so it's somewhere I'm so familiar with. I absolutely love it there, I love the park, crazy golf, the butterfly farm, the activities, the pubs... the list goes on. So obvisouly, as soon as he said this we just had to go. We went for drinks by the canal, went for a boat ride and drank cider.

Egypt
Egypt was obviously our biggest adventure of 2015. The hotel we stayed in was beautiful and it was such a perfect "first holiday". I look back on this holiday with such fond memories, it was perfect.

Ludlow
Finally, we went camping with my family for a long weekend in Ludlow. I went camping every year when I was younger, it's one of my favourite things to do for a holiday. It's so fun, I love it so much! This was definitely one my highlights of 2015. My parents had the chance to get to know Tom a little better (it was so cute!), my Brother and Tom spent hours fishing together whilst us girls and my dad went around the shops. We went for a walk to the pub, walked around the river, spent the night under stars playing board games and getting merry. It was really nostalgic being away with my Dad and his wife camping and then to share and introduce that with Tom was just perfect.

We've also been to Dublin at the beginning of 2015 with a large number of our friends, we spent pretty much the whole time drunk in the bar of our hotel (we didn't even make it out) so I didn't get any pictures of that trip. We've been to other places around the West Midlands but don't have many pictures.

There are so many places we want to visit in 2016, we're currently looking at Spain for our summer holiday. I'd also like to Tom to Amsterdam as I loved it there when I went with my brother a few years ago. We have a list of places we're looking at going this year which is getting longer and longer by the day. First on our list is Liverpool. If you have any suggestions of where to visit, things to see, where to eat in Liverpool please let me know :)
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

GETTING ORGANISED | BLOGGING

One of the things I really need to improve on in 2016 is getting organised with my blog. I'm pretty okay with being organised in my everyday life, don't get me wrong there is still room for improvement. But whilst I'm living at my Mom's with things in boxes here, there and everywhere, it's a little hard to be organised at the moment. Wait untill I have my own house, EVERYTHING will have it's own place. Just me that's get excited about storage and organising drawers? Yep? okay, lets move on.

I've been looking for a blogger planner for a while now, there is this one that I've seen everywhere at the moment and I really like it.  I don't however want to spend that much money on it. I've wanted a planner that was specifically for blogging, although a diary is good, I wanted something that had everything in one and was tailored for a blog. 

I somehow managed to stumble across this blog post by Hayley the other day and I found really interesting. It was interesting to see how another blogger plans and organises themselves. There are so many "how to..." posts around these days at the moment and they are helpful however, what I liked about Hayley's was it wasn't "do this and do that and you'll be brilliant', it was her sharing what she does to help others.

Then... there was this post... which has some awesome printable planners and a downloadable spreadsheet! I love a good spreadsheet and the thought of putting a little folder together to plan and track my blog's progress just makes me all giddy with excitement - Some people like football, some people like doing yoga, me... I like spreadsheets and stationary!

I've started filling out the spreadsheet, putting it in different colours to make it more personalised to me and I'm really excited to get started on a planner folder. I'd recommend having a look at her printouts and the spreadsheets if you can, even just for ideas on what you can do to keep organised with your blog. 

This may sound like a sponsored post, but it isn't. I just genuinely thought Hayley's blog posts were interesting and wanted to share them with you.
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