Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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I love Christmas because....
 
1. The dark, cold, wintery weather means nights in front of the crackling fire and lighting lots of candles
 
2. When the sun rises on a frosty morning it paints a beautiful canvas of pinks and purples across the early sky
 
3. The Christmas markets arrive in Manchester and the city centre if filled with the smell of hearty festive food and drink
 
4. We get to decorate the house from head to toe in twinkling lights without feeling over the top

5. Mulled wine & Christmas Films
 
6. You get to wrap up warm and go for walks. There is nothing better than the crunch of frost under your boots
 
7. You can sink into warm bubble baths every night
 
8. I get to dig out my hot water bottle!
 
9. I can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, tea and for supper
 
10. When I go back home my little village is always filled with Christmas carols and the tree on the green is covered in lights reminding me of when I was a little girl.
 
 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Meet Bella

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Every year when I was a little girl I would blow out the candles on my birthday cake and wish for a cat. My wish half came true when our next door neighbours cat adopted us as his second home but I still always wanted one of my own.
 
Fast forward many years later and I am now the proud *slightly obsessed* owner of a 5 month old semi long haired tabby called Bella.
 
On a rainy Saturday a few weeks back we randomly decided to visit our local cat rescue centre. We had been there a few times before but had always left empty handed, getting a cat wasn't something we were going to rush into and I wanted to make sure we got one that was right for us.
 
There was a real mixture of gorgeous mogs there that day and initially we had our eye on a fat ginger tabby called Rufus...that was until we spotted a cage with 3 tiny fluffballs piled up on top of each other. At first we were drawn to the grey boy who with his piercing green eyes melted my heart but he was a nervous little thing. The girl explained to us that the 3 of them had been feral from birth and were still very apprehensive of people. I then spotted Bella (She was named Minky at the time) and my heart melted even more. It didn't take much convincing!! An hour later we were home with our new addition.
 
The first few days she hid behind the sofa and wouldn't come out...not even to eat. I was worried that she would be like that all of the time but slowly she started to come out of her shell and is now ruling the roost!
 
She absolutely loves rolling on her back and having her fluffy belly tickled and at the same time every night she brings me her favourite toy mouse to play fetch with. She is super affectionate and when me and Tim are lying on the sofa watching tv she comes and squeezes in the middle of us. Bella is also your classic keyboard cat and she definitely wont think twice about sprawling her fluff over my keyboard when I am trying to blog (she is doing it now).
 
Cheeky personality aside.....I couldn't have asked for a better cat
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

NaaNaa Boyfriend Coat

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Shirt & Jeans- Topshop
Hat- Boohoo
Boots- c/o Ash
 
Being impatient is one of my worst habits. This amazing coat from NaaNaa arrived yesterday morning and as soon as it came out of the packaging I dragged Tim to take some pictures.....hence the creases! My mother wouldn't be very impressed!!
Creases aside I am sure you can still appreciate how gorgeous the coat is, how beautiful is the colouring in the fur?  
 
I feel as though I am showing the same clothes over and over on my blog now. So much so I have stopped putting where things are from...you know the drill! I just get too attached to the staples in my wardrobe. Sorry!
 
This weekend was spent eating an insane amount of carbs and chasing the kitten out from 6ft up the xmas tree. Now the baubles are on Christmas has definitely come early for her.
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Chiara Jacket

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Jacket- c/o Chiara Fashion
Jeans- Topshop
Boots- c/o Ash Footwear
Hat & Bag- Primark
 
I'm not too happy with how these pictures came out bit we were in a rush in between doing the usual boring Sunday grown up chores and putting up our new 7 FOOT Christmas tree.
This evening I made our living room all festive whilst listening to the Now that's what I call Disney album. Perfection!
 
 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Home Sweet Home Northern Quarter (Manchester)

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Even though I have lived in Manchester for 8 years now, I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to eating out. New restaurants keep popping up all around the city and old ones are begging to be tried. Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter has been on my list for some time now and after hearing good things from numerous different people, me and Tim decided to give it a go.
 
I wasn't sure what to expect but I certainly didn't anticipate what I was met with. On first appearances it looks like somewhere you would go to enjoy a slice of cake (I'll come on to that in a second) but in reality Home Sweet Home is quirky café meets American diner. The food comes in extremely generous portions and served typical yankee syle in classic red baskets. Pancakes and waffles adorn the breakfast menu and the milkshakes come in a range of devilish flavours.
 
Although I am by no means vegetarian, quite often my eyes drift to the veggie selection on a menu. On this occasion I was particularly drawn to the chilli bean burrito *served with cheese, lettuce, fries (inside), chipotle sour cream, guac mayo and pico de gallo*. I can tell you this little Mexican delight was delicious. Tim.....lover of all things meat actually had several bites, you know coz his giant chilli hot dog wasn't enough!!!!
 
To share we unnecessarily (but totally justifiable) ordered a side of jalapeno mac n cheese. Oh sweet creamy gooey cheesy jesus this was good. I loved the kick that the jalapenos gave it...perfect combination of flavours. And who doesn't love a side dish served in an aluminium cup!
 
Whilst I wrap this up I will leave you to drool over the amazing cake creations that are on offer for dessert (or to take out if your too full like us). Home Sweet Home are renowned for their incredibly bizarre cakes and take it from me....they taste as good as they look. And yes that is chocolate teeth you see in the picture above!
 
Have you been to Home Sweet Home?