A couple of months ago I went down to London with my family. My dad and brother had their own plans including the Science Museum but I wanted to treat my mom to some nice food and I’d also promised her a trip to the cat cafe.


It’s very unusual for me and my mom to go out and have something fancy, so I decided that this weekend in London we were going to go all out and treat ourselves to something special. After having a look at the CitizenMag website, we settled on Gail’s Bakery on Holland Street.

Neither of us had heard of Gail’s Bakery before, however there’s actually loads of cafes across London and they bake almost 30 different types of bread each day so this sounded right up our street! We were going to the Tate and it’s right next to it so it was really easy for us to get to.

We immediately noticed that the atmosphere in the bakery was very welcoming and the place had a lovely cosy feel to it. We took a seat and spent a while choosing what we were going to have – everything looked so nice! In the end we decided that we should have something savoury before trying one of the many cakes. I decided to have an iced coffee and my mom had a cappuccino – both were really nice, we both went for sandwiches which ended up being really filling! We still managed to find room for a cake though and we both went for our favourites which for me is a lemon drizzle cake and for my mom is a carrot cake. These did not dissapoint, the lemon drizzle cake was one of the most delicious, moist cakes I have ever tried.

Next time we’re in London, we will definitely be having a look for another Gail’s Bakery!

 

 

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The first two photos were taken from TripAdvisor as I lost my SD card in London!

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Cath Kidston hedgehog mugParma Violets Flamingo Candle Cath Kidston three wick candleCombination microwaveSpotty cushion

My brother is going to be moving in with his girlfriend in the next couple of weeks and it will be his first time moving out of our parents’ home. He’s slowly been collecting bits and pieces since he found out that they had the flat and his girlfriend will have a few things already as she has been living away from home at uni for the last few years, however I will be getting them both a moving in present as there will still be some things that they will need.

When you don’t have a lot of furniture, you can make the place look a lot more homely with cushions and rugs – this is what me and my boyfriend have done in our flat. I’ve bought a lot of our things from Flying Tiger, everything there is so quirky and colourful and the stock changes constantly so there’s always new things in to have a look at. One of my favourite things in our flat is a rainbow striped rug – it makes such a huge difference to the feel of the place.

One of the most important things to get for your kitchen is a combination microwave – you can make so many meals quickly with one which is ideal as my brother and his girlfriend will be working long hours (she’s a vet!) so won’t always want to cook something fancy when they get in from work.

To make a place feel more homely, I really love using scented candles or wax tart burners. I tend to buy a lot of mine from Yankee Candle when there’s a sale on (I’ve always got a huge stash of the winter scents which are half price after Christmas) or I go for Flamingo Candles. My favourite kind of scents are parma violet or anything with vanilla in.

Cath Kidston do a fantastic range of homeware – it is a bit pricy but if you can get to a store when there’s a sale on or one of the outlet stores, you can get yourself some right bargain. I particularly love their mugs and bedding.

switching to aEverything is digital nowadays – I can’t remember the last time I received a phone bill through the post and I like to keep track of my bank statements online too. Many things in the office are slowly being replaced by digital versions which is great for the environment. When I worked in an office we used the calendar on Outlook to keep track of things that we needed to get done and we set reminders rather than using pieces of paper or post it notes. We also made sure we didn’t print anything unless it was absolutely necessary.

There are several different ways to share documents online, we always used to use Google Drive which can be shared with a number of different people at once and they were all able to edit it – this was a lot better on the environment and was also a lot easier to share than printing out and sharing around. There’s also other options, such as an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN).

In my personal life, I use a physical diary and that’s something that I wouldn’t be able to give up. I heavily rely on my diary and if I don’t write something down in it, then I’ll forget it straight away! However, I’ve stopped using notebooks and instead I use the Notes app on my iPhone.

Smartphones, tablets and laptops mean that we now have ways to carry everything around with us and we are able to ditch notebooks, planners and diaries in favour of our digital versions. I like that I don’t have to fill my handbag up with all my documents and instead can just pop my iPad in there.

 

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A few weeks ago I was invited along to an event held by Talented Talkers and Monarch Airlines to celebrate the fact that there are now more flights available from Birmingham Airport to Spain. The event was held in the fancy tapas restaurant Amantia on Bennett’s Hill in Birmingham city centre and the theme for the night was all things Barcelona and Madrid.

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