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Traveller’s Award Part 2!


Hello lovely people! How are you?

It feels like it’s becoming very autumnal at the minute, I can’t wait to crack out the scarves and watch the leaves fall from the trees! Then it will be Halloween and bonfire night soon, I just love gathering around a huge fire and drinking hot chocolate πŸ™‚ Who else is with me on this?

Anyway, today I’m continuing on with part 2 of the Traveller’s Award! In case some of you didn’t read my earlier post, I have been nominated by the lovely award-maker Logan from Cross Country life blog. Please follow his blog if you haven’t already! You can also check out my previous answers here.

My answers continued:

8. What is the most disappointing holiday you have been on?

That’s so difficult because I don’t think any of my holidays have been disappointing at all! But if I have to choose I would pick the one to Lake Garda, Italy about a year and a few months ago. The location was very nice but it was overshadowed by the news on at the time. Brexit had been voted for by the rest of the UK and as a result the breakfast buffet that morning felt a tad uncomfortable. As we were the only English in the hotel, people kept throwing us funny looks, automatically assuming we voted to leave. Even the service of local restaurants felt slightly cold following the news.

9. What is the longest period of time you have been in the car for?

I’m actually a very impatient person, so I usually fly everywhere instead of driving. But maybe about 10 hours whilst travelling down to Northern France via the ferry.

10. If you could take two people with you on vacation who would you take?

My mum and either my best friend or the guy I am currently dating πŸ™‚

11. What is the best hotel you have stayed in?

I actually frequently stay at other people’s houses when I travel abroad, but there was this one fantastic place in Italy I have visited.  The hotel is called Atlantic Palace and is situated on the west coast of Italy in a town called Sorrento. They have everything all included, and yes that’s all the food and drink you can have in one sitting! The only thing not included in the price is lunch, but by that time most people are out exploring the local towns.

I loved this place so much when I visited; they even brought me cake and champagne to my bedroom on my birthday! And on top of that the had a super nice pool and set of jacuzzi’s too! It must sound like I’m trying to sell it to you, but it really was a lot of fun. Definitely visit if you ever fly to Italy.

12. Have you visited every country on your continent?

Nope, but they are all items on my bucket list that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

13. (Last but Not Least) What would your dream vacation include?

For me it’s more about the company than the location. As long as I am with a good friend or family member who makes me laugh, I am more than happy.

My nominees (remember travel blogs only):



The Blog of Travel

Untravelled Routes

My questions to you:

Bearing in mind the fact that this is a travel award and I can’t use the same questions as before, I am fairly limited in terms of topics, hence why I am only asking 5 questions.

  1. Tell me a funny anecdote about when you were last on holiday.
  2. What is the hottest country you have visited whilst on holiday?
  3. What is the coldest country you have visited whilst on holiday?
  4. How many countries have you visited?
  5. Where in the world is your ‘paradise’?

That’s all for the time being! and if you haven’t already, please make sure you check out my nominees blogs, they are all super talented!

Bye for now!














Traveller’s Award!

Hello lovely people! How are you doing?

I’ve had such a lovely weekend in York with my friends walking around the city and trying out some street food. I also admired the birds of prey display in the Museum gardens and tried out a new cocktail bar on the river called Missoula – a definite must try if you visit this beautiful city! The pornstar martini’s are delicious and you get a shot of prosecco in with the 2-for-1 price πŸ™‚ The birds are also super friendly and a good way of entertaining children for a short while (and adults too!), if you’re looking for that break away from everything.

The Award
Today I’m rewinding back to August when I received a new award created by the incredible Logan! As many of you my know, the majority of blogs post awards following a long line of people without ever knowing the creator of the award. Logan therefore created his own purely for travellers and its something I am super exited to receive! He has some amazing posts about his travels across America and has just reached the amazing achievement of 500 followers too – so congratulations Logan and thanks again for the nomination!

The Rules:

  1. Leave a link to your nominator’s home page
  2. Answer all of the following questions to receive the award
  3. Use the official blog emblem as your cover photo
  4. Only nominate travel blogs
  5. Create 13 new questions for your nominees

My Answers:

1. Where is the most amazing place you have ever been?

Still definitely St Pete’s beach, Florida. I had just finished my first year of university and went on this amazing holiday to an apartment on the beach. We got to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the balcony and I felt so relaxed considering I had just finished all of my exams.

2. How many continents have you been to?

Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania – the latter of which is technically not a continent, but I’ll include it for the sake of this question πŸ™‚

3. Have you ever lived in a country other than your current one?

Unfortunately not no, but this is definitely something I am hoping for in the future. At the moment I don’t have enough money or a job abroad so it would be very difficult. Plus I think one of the hardest things for me would be being separated from my friends and family. The thought of being thousands of miles away would make me feel very lonely and isn’t something I want to experience anytime soon.

4. What is the worst native food that you have ever tasted on vacation?

On my last trip to France I had this absolutely awful bowl of seafood pasta at a restaurant near Mont Saint Michel. As the menu didn’t specify the seafood, I thought I would try it and surprise myself with what came out…. little did I know. The mussels were incredibly salty and to top that off the pasta and fish had been flavoured with additional salt, so it felt like I had poured a tub of salt down my throat! I had about 5 bites and couldn’t take it anymore! I couldn’t stop drinking water for the rest of the day then!

5. What is the best native food that you have ever tasted on vacation?

Okay, so considering I live in England, a trip to Northern Ireland may not seem like a such a big deal to anyone reading, but I had the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life there. It was this beautiful little restaurant on Valentine’s Day in the centre of Belfast and all of the waiters were dressed in red with romantic candles placed around the room. It was a stunning three-course meal with chocolate shards and pudding for desert – just amazing! To this day I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but I’m making it my life-long mission to find out!

6. Where is the last place you vacationed?

Holland and Amsterdam just a few weeks ago. It was such a nice break away to see one of my friends and I loved every minute I spent there, even the 2 am trips to the beach πŸ™‚

7. What is the longest vacation you have ever been on?

I went on a 4 and a half week vacation to New Zealand when I was 14 years old. Some of the scenery and experiences I had were breathtaking and it was one of the last holidays I had with my granddad before he passed. I will never forget it ❀

Sadly this is all I have time for at the moment as I have to get ready for work tomorrow now. I hope you all had a brilliant weekend and I will be posting the rest of this award soon so stay tuned for more!

What is your dream vacation? Who would you take with you?

Much love



















Top 30 Movies to See Before You Die!

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Hello friends! How are you doing today?

I recently returned from a short trip to Amsterdam a few weeks ago and started my new job too, so I’ve been in a really good mood recently! Unfortunately it has meant I’ve had less time to dedicate to this blog, but I’m still trying my best to post as and when I find the time! I will definitely be blogging about my trip at some point, but for the time being I wanted to mention some of my all time favourite films you MUST see!

This topic of conversation actually came about last week when one of my colleagues asked me what my favourite film was to watch. I felt a little bit stumped and found it hard to pinpoint one movie I enjoyed more than the rest – hence why I came up with a list everyone has to see before they die! Unfortunately I haven’t watched all of the films out there, but hopefully this list will cover a vast majority of them! Enjoy!

The Top 30 List:

1. Shawshank Redemption

2. James Bond Films, e.g. Tomorrow Never Dies

3. Ocean’s Eleven & Twelve

4. Interstellar

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5. Sliding Doors

6. The Day After Tomorrow

7. Fight Club

8. Bourne Series, e.g. Bourne Identity

9. Forrest Gump

10. Indiana Jones series, e.g. Raiders of the Lost Ark

11. Pulp Fiction

12. Shutter Island

13. Die Hard

14. Schindler’s List

15. Bridget Jones’s Diary

16. The Silence of the Lambs

17. The Italian Job

18. Mr and Mrs Smith

19. Love Actually

20. Mrs Doubtfire

21. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

22. Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy

23. Lord of The Rings

24. Groundhog Day

25. Inception

26. Amelie

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27. WALL-E

28. The Godfather

29. Sixth Sense

30. Martian

P.s. This list isn’t in order of my favourite to least favourite films, it is simply a random selection! I also tried to include a variety of genres for everyone incase you prefer watching one type of movie over another πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy watching! What is your favourite film to watch? Or how many of these films have you seen?



8 Telltale Signs She’s Secretly in Love With You

I’m guessing this has happened to a lot of people… you start seeing someone for a month or two and begin to wonder… does this person have strong feelings for me? Maybe you even wonder if they love you?

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Your perfect match might be an old friend whom you’ve known for years, or you might just get lucky and bump into someone walking into your favourite music shop. You begin dating to see where things go… and then wonder how the other person really feels about you. These signs and emotions can sometimes very difficult to interpret, perhaps more so in women who are afraid of rejection from their partner, so here’s a list of indicators that she’s secretly in love with you.

Here are some clues (but definitely not a finite list):

1.Β She asks questions about your family

Being interested in your family shows that she is interested in the people close to you and has thought about a long term future with you. She will try her best to seek out their approval and may feel nervous about meeting them for the first time.

2.Β She learns a new skill just to spend more time with you

Picking up a skill such as a new language, musical instrument or sport comes so easy to her at the thought of being able to spend more time with you. Plus, it means you have more to talk about as a couple too.

3.Β The little details are important to her

Small things such as your favourite band or the way you take your coffee, she will make sure to remember. It brings the two of you closer and allows her to surprise you with personal gifts later on in the relationship.

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4.Β She hardly checks her phone when she’s with you

You can tell there is a real connection there when she doesn’t need to check her phone when she’s with you. Everyone must have experienced this at some point, when you’re on a first date with someone and they’re constantly messaging other people, am I right? Especially with all this modern day technology too? Well it’s a definite pass on them.

When a woman no longer needs to use her phone when you’re around, there is most likely a true connection between you both. You are the only person she needs to hear from and any other message can wait. You may have found the one for you!

5.Β Your friends are her friends

She takes an interest in all of your friends, whether male or female, and will happily meet up with them on a day out. She will even go out of her comfort zone to try new activities with them, if it ensures your happiness.

As before, she will hardly check her phone when she’s around them and will show a genuine interest by asking questions about their hobbies, favourite TV shows etc.

6.Β She would cancel plans if you needed her

Anytime you call her and want some company for a while, she will be there. Especially if you feel sad, she will happily cancel plans with friends to take care of you. Even if it means laying on the sofa on a Saturday night and eating ice cream over going out with her friends – she will be there.

7.Β She maintains more eye contact than usual

She stares into your eyes for long periods of time and may smile or blush more than usual. Sometimes you might catch her looking at you and she will quickly glance away out of embarrassment.

8. She tells you how much she misses you when you’re not around

This is one of the important ones because it shows how much she thinks about you when you’re not there. Particularly if there is a distance between you or you have little time to talk to one another. If she tells you she misses you regularly, there is a good possibility she’s secretly in love with you.


Hope you’ve all enjoyed my post and can perhaps decode those cryptic messages from that guy/girl you’ve been talking to!

Are there any other ways you can tell if someone secretly loves you? Or have you experienced someone who has led you on?

See you lovely people next time!






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Hey there amazing people!

It’s come to that time again when I really want to say thank you so much to all of my 100 new followers and you fantastic people out there who keep liking, commenting and following my posts! You all mean so much to me and reading your comments makes me want to keep posting even more πŸ™‚

I still feel slightly shocked that it’s even come to this considering the fact I set out to keep this blog as a personal one, but I still very much appreciate the support! I’m not entirely sure how to celebrate this either… so I’m open to any suggestions! I could even do a Q and A if anyone wants to know anything else about me!

Let me know in the comments below! and feel free to ask me any questions too, I’ll happily answer absolutely ANYTHING.

Catch you all soon!





The Ultimate Guide to Making Ratatouille

Hey friends! How are you doing?

I’ve just completed my first week of work with the NHS and so far it’s been pretty good. Despite some of the tasks being fairly simple at times, I’ve made lots of new friends and already feel settled in with the group! On top of that, I’m going to Amsterdam soon! I can’t wait! I’ll make sure I post about it all when I’m back for you lovely followers πŸ™‚

Anyway… seen as though so many of you enjoyed my Succulent prawn and pea risotto and Sizzling citrus salmon with fresh vegetables, I thought I would do another recipe on here. This one is perfect to have at a summer barbecue or get together with family too. It is based on a Delia recipe with a few alterations, but feel free to change it according to your own taste!

Ratatouille Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 and 1/2 medium courgettes
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • 1/2 level tablespoon of roughly torn fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed


  1. Gently wash the courgettes and begin by cutting them into 1 inch slices (2.5 cm), and again into half moon shapes.
  2. Next, deseed and core the peppers and chop up the onion. Skin the tomatoes by simply placing them into boiling hot water for a few minutes and gently pulling back the flesh. Remove the seeds of the tomato and quarter, then add to the mixture.
  3. Carefully fry the onion and garlic in a pan for 10 minutes on a low heat. Add the pepper and courgette to the saucepan.
  4. Finally, season the mixture with the salt, pepper and basil, and allow the covered mixture to simmer for 30 minutes. Then uncover, add the tomato flesh and let the mixture simmer on a low heat for another 15 minutes.

Et Voila! I really hope you enjoy this as it’s one of my favourite summer time must-haves! πŸ™‚ Let me know in the comments below what your favourite summer snacks are.








The Real Neat Blogger Award (part 2)


Hello lovelies! How are you doing today?

I was recently awarded the real neat blogger award by the lovelyΒ Julie! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, make sure you head on over there. You can also find the award rules and the other half of my answers rightΒ here.

My answers continued…

4. What do you do when you are not blogging?

Well as of tomorrow I will being starting my new job with the NHS as a pathologist so that will take up quite a bit of my time. But before that I spent a lot of time travelling or with my friends. Travelling seems to have become an addiction of mine now and I will shortly be travelling to the Netherlands to see one of my friends too πŸ™‚

5. Where are you from, and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/state/country?

I’m from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. The most common stereotype is definitely the amount of Yorkshire tea everyone drinks. Also, as the name suggests, homemade Yorkshire puddings are the only option for your Sunday roast dinner!

6. Name three, free things that bring you joy?

Can this include people? If yes, then definitely my mum and two of my closest friends – one of whom can’t make me stop smiling at the minute πŸ™‚

7. Would you rather live in a big city or the rural countryside forever?

That’s such a difficult question to answer! … but probably a big city. I lived in Newcastle for around three years whilst studying at university and going back to my home town after that period of time made me feel so lost. I loved being near my friends and being able to go on spontaneous trips out/nights on the town, so I would feel more at home in a city I guess.

My nominations go to…






My questions to the nominees are:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. How did you decide on your blog name?
  3. What is the most interesting food that you have ever tasted?
  4. What is your favourite sport?
  5. What is your favourite quote?
  6. If you had 24 hours left to live, how would you spend it?
  7. If you could time travel forwards or backwards in time, which year and date would you visit?


Bye for now! Hope all of my lovely followers are doing well… and wish me luck for tomorrow! (Eek!)