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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

  Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday and if you’ve left buying a gift until the last minute, I am here to help. Buying for Mother’s Day can be tricky, especially if you’re short on time with a busy schedule. All of the gifts can be purchased online, making them…

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5 Things To Do In Lincoln

Things To Do In Lincoln

 

This weekend, I went to Lincoln for the day. Known for it’s history and charm, there is so much on offer for tourists. I have rounded up 5 different ways to experience this historic city. There’s something for everyone and is well worth a visit.

Stick it on ya bucket list!

 

 

1.  Lincoln Cathedral 

Lincoln is historically known as a cathedral city, and this iconic landmark is a must-see. The third largest in Britain, the building also stood the tallest in the world for 238 years, up until 1549.

2. Lincoln Castle

A popular tourist attraction, the castle is open to the public as a museum. Regular events take place, along with various education and craft courses. The castle boasts two mottes, making it one of two of it’s kind in the whole of the UK. Explore and learn the castle’s history while experiencing stunning panoramic 360 degree views of the city.

3. Ghost Walks

Get spooked with an original way to take a tour of the city. Joining one of the award-winning tours, learn about Lincoln’s ghostly past while taking a stroll through the central streets. Tours run several times a week, departing from a city centre location generally around 7pm.

4. Steep Hill

Steep Hill was awarded “Britain’s Best Place” in 2011 and it sure does live up to the title. Starting from Lincoln Cathedral and leading to the high street, the hill is very popular with tourists. Featuring a selection of independent shops, tea rooms and pubs; there’s a lot on offer. True to it’s name, Steep Hill has a 14% gradient at it’s steepest point. Definitely a workout and a half.

5. Shopping  

Lincoln is a shopaholics paradise, featuring an impressive range of high street and independent stores. The Waterside Shopping Centre is convenient with the shops all under one roof. It’s perfect for those inevitable rainy days. Historic markets and specialist shops are just a couple of other options. There’s plenty to choose from to suit everyone’s needs, so a visit to Lincoln is sure to leave you shopped out!

See you in Tuesday’s post!

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What I’ve Learnt in 2016 So Far

 

It’s nearly the end of February and I still can’t wrap my head around it being 2016. Nothing particularly exciting has happened for me so far this year, but the last 2 months have been a real eye opener. I’ve learnt so much about myself and i’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

Learned in 2016 So Far

1. Stressing will make you feel 30000000% worse. Stop.

2. Cut ties from toxic people, you don’t need them.

3. Saying no to things you don’t want to do is important, as hard as it may be.

4. Similarly, say yes to things you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the courage.

5. Drinking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

6. Craving a salad is the best feeling in the world.

7. I am a fully-fledged Belieber.

8. Netflix is the best £5.99 a month you’ll ever spend.

9. A cup of tea solves just about everything.

10. Going to University at 25 and studying for a degree you’re passionate about is better than going half-heartedly at 18.

11. Getting a good night’s sleep is so so important.

12. Seeing your favourite band live is something you’ll never get tired of, no matter how old you get.

13. Reading a good book is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

14. As is writing your own story. Journal often.

15. Interior design is a thing you’ll become obsessed with.

16. And candles.

17. Laughter really is the best medicine.

18. Never stop learning.

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9 Things To Do As A Valentine’s Singleton

In the past, I’ve been on nights out with couples and ended up with people I’ve never met before shouting  “THIRD WHEELING!!” in my face.  I’m at that point in life when all your friends have been in relationships for 4584452 years and are starting to think about settling down. I try to not be bitter and miserable around this time of year, I really do.

I am the real life Bridget Jones. How To Be Single is probably going to be a movie that I relate to entirely and I can’t WAIT until it’s released in a couple of weeks. I went to Thornton’s the other day and considered buying myself a chocolate heart with a cute message.

So, for all my fellow single pringles out there, today’s post is 9 different things you can do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day!

 

You’re welcome.

 

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1. Throw an anti-valentine’s party.

2. Have a pamper day: Face masks, bubble baths, candles, chocolate covered strawberries. Go all out.

3. Dance the night away with an Anti-Valentine’s playlist and remember that cupid rhymes with stupid. Find my playlist here.

4. Spend the night watching your favourite chick flicks or every Zac Efron film ever. Both work.

5. Bake lots of broken heart cookies and anti love cupcakes.

6. Raid your change jar ready for discounted chocolate day on February 15th. Now THAT’S a day worth celebrating.

7. Ditch The Notebook and think more along the lines of Halloween. Horror movie marathon, anyone?

8. Find a local single’s night at a bar and gather your single squad for a night out Galentine’s style.

9. Write down 5 things you love about yourself. Remember the most important person in the world is yourself and your relationship status doesn’t define you as a person.

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14 Alternative Valentine’s Dates

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as I am a complete expert on love and relationships (NOT. Please note the extreme sarcasm in that sentence…) I have devised a list of 14 alternative ways you and your significant other can spend the day. I mean, a romantic candle lit dinner at your local Italian is a bit cliché don’t ya think!?

14 Alternative Valentine's Dates

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1. Drive-in cinema. If you are lucky enough to live near a drive-in cinema, there isn’t a time more perfect than Valentine’s Day to visit. Fellow Northerners, try Route 66 Drive-In.

2. Cook dinner together. Save money and avoid all the crowds of restaurants this Valentine’s and create your favourite meal at home. Fun, and more satisfying.

3. Watch the sunset. Drive/walk to your favourite spot and watch the sun go down with your bae. Romantic and memorable. Top marks if you live near the beach.

4. Look through old photos. Nostalgic, how cute.

5. Make heart-shaped pizza. I am pretty sure pizza is the number one way to anyone’s heart.

6. Lay under the stars. Sounds like something out of the movies. Weather depending, obvs. So basically no chance UK squad!

7. Play mini-golf. Mini golf is a lot of fun and pretty inexpensive. Get that competitive streak going.

8. Plan a getaway. You may want to celebrate V day on the cheap, but planning a getaway for you and your favourite human for in the future is exciting and you’ll have something to look forward to. A night away in a town an hour’s drive away or 2 weeks in the Caribbean, whatever you can afford.

9. Have a baking day. Heart shaped cookies, red velvet cake. Yum

10. Build a fort. ALL the blankets, cushions and fairy lights. You’ll feel like Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in the The Holiday.

11. Have your own cocktail masterclass. Shaken or stirred?

12. Go to a theme park. Go on all the rides and win a teddy on hook-a-duck, perfect day.

13. Recreate your first date. It’ll get you thinking about when you first met, how it was love at first sight and that moment when you just knew they were the one…

14. Netflix and chill. Oi oi.

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s weekend?

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