Yorkshire Blog Directory

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite Yorkshire blogs! – If you’re a Yorkshire blogger & you’d like to be added to the Yorkshire Blog Directory just let me know!

Thank you to The Yorkshire Press for featuring me in their 30 Yorkshire Bloggers You Should be Following article!

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Alphabetical Date Ideas – Yorkshire

Alphabetical dates are such a lovely idea, not only is it a great way to schedule time together, but it is also a great way to try out new things, get creative and break away from your usual routine.

How Do Alphabetical Dates Work?

Basically, you reserve a day or evening a week, or fortnight (or whenever is convenient for you), and on those days or nights, you do activities beginning with every letter of the alphabet. So 26 letters = 26 date nights! Here are some ideas of things to do at home and around Yorkshire with your loved one!

A

Go abseiling at How Stean Gorge
Try your hand at archery
Get in touch with nature at The Yorkshire Arboretum
Play at the arcade

The Yorkshire Arboretum

B

Take Ballroom dancing lessons at Yorkshire Dance
Rent a boat in York
Go to the beach
Go to a Build-a-Bear Workshop
Explore Brimham Rocks

C

Take cooking lessons
Make candles
Play Crash Bandicoot
Visit the National Coal Mining Museum
Drop into Ilkley’s Clip n Climb
Go to Ilkley Cinema
Eat cheese at The Courtyard Dairy 

D

Dine at your favourite restaurant
Play a game of dominoes
Go to The Deep Aquarium
Eat Domino’s Pizza

the deep

E

Learn all the lyrics to an Eminem song
Watch an educational documentary together

F

Have a film night
Make a duvet fort
Explore Fountains Abbey
Eat french fries
Watch funny films
Go to a football match together

G

Sip Slingsby Gin
Play your favourite board games
Walk around Gledhow Valley Woods
Go for a gamble at Grosvenor

slingsby gin

H

Go on a hike
Ride in a hot air balloon
Go horse riding
Plan a holiday

I

Eat Italian food
Make ice cream
Walk the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Go ice skating

J

Get healthy at a juice bar
Listen to Jazz at Leeds Jazz Club
Have jelly & ice cream
Play Jenga
Tell each other jokes

jenga

K

Walk around Kirkstall Abbey
Play laser tag at Kirkstall’s Cardigan Fields

L

Learn something new at the Science & Media Museum
Walk around Lake Semerwater.
Play with the Nidderdale Llamas

M

Play Monopoly
Listen to music
Take a stroll around Malham Tarn
Learn something new at a museum
Go mountain biking on Ilkley Moor

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N

Go for a night out in Harrogate
Snuggle up for a night in

O

Eat chocolate orange ?
Go orienteering

P

Play a game of pool
Go paintballing
See a play at The Grand
Go on a picnic

the grand

Q

Eat Quavers
Go quad-biking

R

Make rocky road
Go roller skating
Rock climbing

S

Enjoy sausage sandwiches
Go swimming
Try out scuba diving or snorkelling
Play snooker
Go strawberry picking

strawberry picking

T

Write ten things you love about each other
Go ten pin bowling
Relax at the Turkish Baths
Watch Tom Hardy films
Get a takeaway
Play tennis
Dine at the Trinity Kitchen

U

Play Uno
Kiss under a bridge
Explore underground caves
Make an upside down cake

V

Make Viennese Whirls
Make a vegetarian meal
Volunteer in your local community

lovely viennese whirls

W

Go for a walk
Skim stones across water
Go to Wetherspoons
White water rafting
Eat cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery

X

Share a kiss ? (x)
Dine at Pizza Express
Have fun at Xscape
Watch X-men

Y

Eat at Yo-Sushi
Explore Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Play with yo-yos
Admire the animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

yorkshire wildlife park

Z

Go zip-lining at Aerial Extreme

Hope you’ve found this list of date ideas in Yorkshire helpful! If you’ve got any suggestions of activities I should add, please let me know.

I’d like to thank my good friends Alan & Molly for allowing me to share some of their ideas with you.

8 Alternative Uses for Airport Security Bags

Most airports have a vast supply of those little plastic bags available before you go through security, and if you happen to accidentally take a couple of extra ones with you, do not throw them out!! Here are some great things that they are extremely useful for!

  1. Food Smuggling

    These bags are also very useful for carrying food around with you. If you’re staying half-board, you can make the most of the breakfast buffet by snaffling some pastries or making up some sandwiches. If you put one of these bags inside your handbag you can swipe as much as possible without your handbag getting filled with crumbs.

    pastries in bag

  2. Toothbrush/Razor Quarantine

    So you’re packing up your suitcase ready to head home. You brush your teeth, then realise that the wet toothbrush is going to have to go in to your sponge bag and get everything else wet (or if you don’t have a sponge bag it is just going to have to roll about in your suitcase). So the airport bag fits in a toothbrush perfectly. The same thing goes for your razor.

  3. Prep for Next Flight

    Make sure you take at least one bag back home with you for the next time you fly. Then you can completely avoid the worry that you’ll have too many liquids to fit in the bag, and you can pack it before you even leave home. Then you can just breeze through security and whip out your pre-packed bag and nothing will have to get thrown away! (Each liquid should be in a container of no more than 100ml, and the bag has to be able to seal). If you’re lucky enough to frequently go on mini-breaks, you could leave a pre-packed plastic airport bag in your holiday bag.

    airport liquids

  4. Kids Toys

    If you are with a child who likes to carry a lot of toys about, or likes to get them from the toy machines, then you stuff loads in your airport bag, and they can carry it themselves using the little handle!

  5.  Carrying Dog Treats

    When you are training your dog, you don’t want her to be distracted by the rustling of treat bags. You can buy expensive silent treat bags, however, I find the airport bags work just as well! They are big enough to hold a good variety of treats, you can see what’s in there, and you can easily carry it with you on your walk. Also – perfect if you don’t want to carry a slobbery tennis ball, you can just shove it in there too!

    dog treats

  6. Leaky Bottles

    If you’re packing something you don’t quite trust, just stick it in the airport bag, then if it leaks there is much less mess to sort out!

  7. Tiny Bits & Bobs

    Hair clips, hair bobbles, earrings, necklaces, rings… put all of your important little bits and bobs in here to keep them safe and stop them getting lost in your suitcase.

  8. Travel Documents

    This is so sensible, and I feel like it is the sort of organised thing a parent would do. When you are packing your hand luggage ready to set off on your travels, put your boarding passes, insurance docs, passports e.t.c into the plastic bag and seal it. This way, even if something leaks in your bag, your important docs will be safe! Not that anything should leak, because anything potentially leaky should already be bagged – see number 6!

    documents

So I suppose you can tell that I really love the little airport bags! Have you got any other uses for them? I’d love to know if there is anyone else out there who loves them as much as me! The main thing I want to share from this is do not throw away your plastic airport bags – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 

If this has got you feeling inspired to travel, why not check out this interview about what its like living in Queenstown!

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11 Things That Happen When You Become a Dog-Owner

Since adopting my little Romanian rescue dog, my life has changed greatly, and if you’re thinking of getting a dog, here’s a glimpse into what the future could hold for you! And if you are trying to decide between adopting or buying from a breeder, choose adoption!

  1. You quickly learn the name of every dog living in a 10-mile radius of you.Staffie on Ilkley Moor
  2. You’ll swap your handbag for a rucksack because you suddenly need to always have leads, harness, blanket, treats, poo bags, dog coat and human coat on you at all time!
    greyhound in coat
  3. When anyone suggests going anywhere your first thought is always ‘is it dog friendly?… can my dog come’?
    dog in blanket
  4. You stop buying yourself anything, and all the time you used to spend online shopping is now spent hanging out in Pets at Home or browsing online dog accessory shops.
    dog in passenger seat
  5. Whenever anyone asks what you want for your birthday or Christmas you instantly ask for things for the dog.
    christmas dog
  6. You stop meeting up with friends in bars and instead ask them to join you on a dog walk.
    dogs on leads
  7. When you’re not with them you wish you could text them to see how they are.
    cute sleeping dog
  8. You spend more time arranging play dates for them than you do arranging your own social calendar.
    dog friends
  9.  When you go on holiday without them you spend your whole time away asking whoever is looking after them how they are, and every time you pass a dog you have to stroke it and think about how much you wish your dog was there. If you can’t bear to leave your dog-child behind then you can find information about travelling with your dog here! 🙂
    suitcase dog
  10. If someone doesn’t like your dog then you know you’ll never be friends. But if someone is nice to your dog you’ll love them forever!
    sleeping like dog
  11. When your dog is happy, you are happy! ?❤️
    Fifi GIF

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list! If you want more cute dog pictures, check out my review of Otley’s wonderful dog-friendly cafe!

Favourite Adverts Roundup

There are so many rubbish adverts these days, so seeing a really great one, which managed to successfully promote the brand whilst being memorable is pretty special.

You can see my favourites below, a mixture of old and new 🙂

AA – Singing Baby

Three – Dancing Pony

Aldi – I like Gin

Specsavers – Sloth

Whats your favourite advert? Let me know in the comments below.

Kayla Itsines BBG

Have you heard of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide?  Of course you have! If you scroll through Instagram you’ll see plenty of motivated ladies sharing their journeys using #BBG.

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I downloaded the Sweat with Kayla app a couple of weeks ago, I love it! And I am not the only one. I’ve done plenty of home workouts before, but there seems to be something about this one. Here is why I think Kayla Itsines has become so popular;

  • The workouts are achievable, at only 30 mins long, it is hard to make excuses not to just do it.
  • Even if you are a novice, the app has 4 weeks worth of beginner training to ensure that you are fit enough to complete the BBG without injuring yourself.
  • You don’t really need much equipment, and most things you can substitute for household items.
  • The workouts really do make you sweat, so much so that a hairwashing shower is required, meaning that you feel like you’ve really achieved something.
  • The app even has a food diary to let you know what you should be eating, and it caters for different dietary options, even vegan!
  • Kayla actually seems like a lovely person, she started out as a personal trainer, sharing the success of her clients on her Instagram page, she is inspirational, and a reminder that you can do anything if you put your mind to it!
  • You are encouraged to go walking, running or cycling for 40 minutes a few times a week, which some people may not incorporate into a workout, but it is a good way to remind you to just do more exercise.
  • The main reason for Kayla’s success is surely the incredible community! I joined the BBG Support Group on Facebook, which has almost 40,000 members, and I was amazed.  The love and support these women give each other is overwhelming, and in this world, women supporting each other is so crucial.

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Home workouts are perfect for getting back into fitness when you’ve had one too many takeaways and feel like you can’t quite face going for a jog!

Why You Should Consider Buying Artificial Trees

– Post in collaboration with Commercial Silk

Landscaping trends are dynamic and tricky. You may get exceptional landscapes with minimal requirements or even may end up spending a lot doing nothing. So, you should think wisely about your landscaping investments and plan it properly. Using natural ingredients like plants, shrubs or other forms of greenery in landscaping is the coolest of landscaping trends and will stay in fashion, thanks to the extraordinary approach to landscaping décor and natural beauty in greenery which spreads peaceful and charming vibes in the landscape.

Natural greenery and its side effects

Natural greenery can be a primary landscaping item, but it has some serious drawbacks you don’t want to be facing.

  • Perishable nature- the perishable tendency of the real plants and flowers make them unsuitable at many places. After all, everyone wants the best return on their investment.
  • High maintenance- natural flowers need regular watering, pruning and hence, more investment which makes it unsuitable for many locations.
  • Requirements- the basic requirements of the natural greenery like sunlight, water, optimum conditions, etc. make them unsuitable for indoor and other locations.
  • Other drawbacks- many attractive natural plants and flowers attract insects which disturb the hygienic environment at corporate offices. Seasonal nature of many attractive plants also makes it unsuitable for landscaping.

Ideal landscaping décor

You will be surprised to know that you can easily overcome the side effects of natural greenery by using faux greenery and it will give better effects in landscaping at commercial locations. It can also prove to be ideal in any professional landscapes with its elegant natural vibes and loads of features exactly suitable for use in landscapes.

Artificial greenery defined

Artificial greenery comprises of real looking botanical products made of the finest materials with modern technology to give a lot of additional benefits like fire retardation by materials made using ThermaLeaf technology and long lasting colors by using PermaLeaf grade pigments. To make them real looking, real wood is used at some places, in some trees and they look amazingly real with the natural glaze and fresh look like any natural plants.

The main reason they are widely used as landscaping décor is the customizable nature as they come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s take a look at the advantages of the faux greenery in details.

Advantages of artificial greenery as commercial landscaping decor

  • Customizable- artificial greenery comes in all types and forms, allowing you to a vast range of choices. You can pick your favorite artificial plant item of the exact required size.
  • Finest quality- the material used in making the items are of finest quality and will give the exact appearance of a real plant. The colors and pigments used in manufacturing the items are also of top quality due to PermaLeaf technology, making them durable even in outdoor conditions (direct sun, UV exposure, rains or snow).
  • No regional barrier- regional plants can also be used outside their natural habitat by using faux greenery. It is impossible with the natural variants of those plants and trees.
  • Pure beauty- if there is anything the real looking fake greenery will add to your commercial landscapes, its pure beauty, and elegance which will go a long way in giving a classy look.
  • Premium landscaping- the premium standard landscaping makes the faux plants the latest trend in landscaping.

Suitable landscapes

The amazing artificial plants, trees, foliage, palm trees and other faux botanical items are perfect for any commercial landscape like casinos, hotels and resorts, bars and restaurants, amusement parks, hospitals, government offices, public buildings, shopping malls, corporate sector and much more. You can create a posh or themed landscape anywhere with the faux tropical plants and trees effortlessly.

Faux greenery

The small faux plants comprise of the flowering plants, bushes and shrubs, cactus, and a wide range of grasses. Etc. The foliage comprises of various artificial boxwood varieties which are available in hedges, rolls, and screen. Customizable topiaries also fall under the category. Then you have the wide range of big trees including the palms, pines, a variety of deciduous, tropical bamboo and evergreen trees to brighten any landscape. Small faux products like garlands, branches, and leaves help in filling the gaps in the artificial landscapes at commercial areas.

You can also pick various associated items like planters, plant bases, designer pots, etc. for setting up the designer plants in your landscape. Let’s go into some indoor and outdoor applications of the faux greenery.

Indoor landscaping décor

Interior landscaping is a great option to bring out the elegant beauty of the artificial plants. The bright and colorful flowering plants may be used at locations which get maximum visitors all through the day. Having a small sized faux tree inside the commercial buildings can be a great way to attract the attention and amaze the visitors with the innovative approach. Topiaries and small varieties of landscaping decor like the artificial shrubs, grasses, and buses can be set up on suitable baskets to bring in refreshing natural vibes within the dull commercial locations.

Boxwood mats are great for creating artificial screens and lifelike greenery on the walls at resorts, hotels or amusement parks. They are fully customized, giving you the ideal variety you want. You can put in your own ideas; just don’t forget to put them up at locations where they will be easily spotted by the visitors.

Outdoor landscaping décor

As the materials are designed using PermaLeaf technology, you need not worry about their durability after using in harsh weather conditions. You may use any bamboo or pine tree near the entrance or put up any customized topiary with the logo or any design to impress the visitors. Using colorful artificial bushes or shrubs or colorful flowering plants in more numbers will also amaze the visitors and attract their attention. You can feel free to try any new ideas or combinations as they are user-friendly and can be easily relocated. Use of furniture that goes with faux greenery is also advised.

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Words to Live By

Sometimes in life we get so caught up going from one thing to the next, we don’t give ourselves the time we need to reflect. I think it is important to have a few key ideas to live by. These may be film quotes, song lyrics, or even an inspirational quote with a meaningful background on Instagram.

Yes, it’s cheesy.. but I tend to find most things are better with a sprinkling of cheese!

This way, if you are ever unsure about what to do, you can look to these words for guidance.

These have helped me so far;

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If you are unhappy,  do something about it. If something isn’t right, then fix it! You only get one chance at life, so crack on! Don’t waste years being unhappy. Believe in yourself and get what you want. If you’re in a depressing job that you hate then quit, if you’re in a relationship that doesn’t fill you with joy then leave. It can seem scary, and maybe you’re worried about the consequences, but don’t worry, because things can only get better! Stand up for yourself, future you will thank you for it.

 

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We’re all so busy waiting for the next stage in our lives that its easy to forget to appreciate what we already have.

If you keep waiting for happiness it may never come. Live for the moment, and be grateful for what you do have.

 

 

 

 

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Dream Travel List

In my job I am often coming across amazing places, so I started compiling a list of awesome things I want to do and places I want to explore (and animals I want to see in their natural habitats). 

This list is growing all the time, and if you have any suggestions please do let me know! ?

1. Churchill (Manitoba, Canada)

Friendly Canadians and polar bears! You can’t go wrong!

churchill-manitoba-polar-bears

‘Gaiter and Earring’ by Emma

2. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lions.. who doesn’t like sea lions!

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‘IMG_1042’ by Boyd Dwyer

3. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

For ultimate tranquillity, and incredible waterfalls.

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‘Plitvice Lake’ by 29cm

4. The Maldives

Paradise!

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‘Kuramathi Island, Maldives’ by Mac Qin

 5. Bear Watching in Finland

More bears? Yes! ?

bear-watching-in-finland

‘Bear Watching Karhu-Kuusamo Finland’ by Gary Bembridge

6. Vancouver, Canada

Potentially meeting Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki

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‘Canada – Vancouver – False Creek, Burrard Bridge’ by Harshil Shah

7. Hawaii

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‘Hula silhouette’ by Brad Hagan

8. Warner Bros. Studio, California, USA

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‘Central Perk’ by William Warby

9. Seville

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10. Japan

cherry blossom