Alice Megan

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

7 Deliciously Chocolatey Recipe Ideas

Apparently it's chocolate chip day today - like I need any excuse to eat chocolate! But if I'm going down I'm taking you all with me, so here's 7 deliciously chocolatey recipes for you to make to celebrate what is definitely a holiday - definitely - maybe not but who cares it's chocolate?

Choc Chip Recipe Round Up

Choc Chip Cookies

Chocolate Muffins

Gooey Flapjack

Banana Chocolate Biscuits

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

What's your favourite chocolate chip recipes?

Sunday, 13 May 2018

5 reasons it's great to be from Yorkshire

Yorkshire. Gods own county in the simplest of terms. If you've ever met me or heard me speak you'll know I'm a proper Yorkshire lass, I drop my letters and say words you'll have never heard of unless you're from these parts and you know what? It's reet good. It even won awards from Lonely Planet once upon a time

I absolutely LOVE where I live, Sheffield specifically but Yorkshire as a whole is ridiculously amazing and here's why:

We eat and drink like kings and queens
Now I could go on here about all the Michelin starred restaurants in Yorkshire - more than anywhere else in Britain besides London! But posh nosh aside, people come to yorkshire for the down to earth food. I present you - a Yorkshire Pudding. If you've only ever had them made by southerners give me a bell and I'll make you a real one. We're innovative folk too, we made the yorkshire pudding which is a masterpiece already and then the folk at York Roast Co. saw that and bettered it and made the Yorkshire Pudding wrap, all the goodness of a sunday roast in a wrap.

Also if you're drinking anything other than Yorkshire Tea then it's absolute sacrilege - it's the only way forward, ask James Milner - some say it's the Yorkshire brew that's powering him forward in the Champions League 

Also - Hendersons relish is life that is all.

Alright cock. 
 We're a friendly bunch in Yorkshire, everyone is a friend waiting to happen, whether that's the crazy guy at the bus stop or the woman serving you in your local Morrisons ,  Now I try and not venture out of Yorkshire that often but on the occasions I have gone darrrn sarrf the people just don't seem as friendly, everyone's rushing, there's some unwritten eye contact rules for the tube that I didn't understand and a lost art of small talk.

If you call anyone out of Yorkshire a Cock or Duck or Love or Mi' old Mucka they're going to look at you with a rather confused face but here in Yorkshire these are ALL terms of endearment. I work a sales job on a weekend at my local football ground and I slip into my most Yorkshire of yorkshireness and every fan that buys a programme will hear a Thanks Luv or something similar. Because we're just nice. We pride ourselves on being friendly and you will never be alone in a pub. And if you don't want to make friends with strangers well you're just being a mardy arse

Have you SEEN it?

Like seriously? THIS is a real place. And there are hundreds of other breathtaking places too. With the boundaries of Yorkshire containing the vast majority of the peak district you will 100% find lots to explore. Away from the beautiful greenery there are also tons of historical sites and castles to take your fancy maybe take a trip to York Minster or Whitby Abbey - if you find yourself in Sheffield (my home city) then definitely make a trip to the Winter Gardens and Botanical Gardens 

We're hard as nails ups north
Yorkshire Grit is a real thing, we're tough as old boots up north we're determined people - look back at history and you'll find dogged fight from Yorkshire people the miners strike and Battle of Orgreave are testament to the fight. Away from that you only need to look at our sportspeople - in the 2012 Olympics Yorkshire would have come 12th all on their own! Riding high with Jessica Ennis Hill, The Brownlee Brothers and Lizzie Armitstead are just a few that proudly fly their Yorkshire flag and show that it ain't that grim up north

Soundtracks to life
While you're walking around in the peaks, chowing down on some proper Yorkshire grub being friendly to folk you will have an absolutely banging soundtrack ringing in your ears. Whether you're old school and listening to Joe Cocker, Pulp and Human League or maybe you're mellowing out the Arctic Monkeys new Tranquility Base album the dulcet tones of an indie revival that's seen the music scene in Yorkshire catapulted into the charts

Have you ever been to Yorkshire?
Where's your favourite place?


Monday, 7 May 2018

20 under £20 from Urban Outfitters

Have I told you that I love shopping?
Like a stupid amount love shopping. Don't get me wrong shopping centres on a weekend can be likened to hell on earth, but online shopping is my jam so I've decided to make my shopping obsession into a nice little blog series (this being the first instalment) apologies for being an enabler but you seriously need all of the things.

20 under £20 @ Urban Outfitters

Gold ditsy rose necklace

Cheap Monday Grey T-Shirt

CK Shoe Liner Socks

Rose gold sheet face mask

Kitten claw hair clip

Llama trinket dish

Cactus Dome Umbrella

Adidas Trefoil cap

Peaches Weekly Planner

Friends Central Perk Mug

Flamingo Mermaid Shack Candle

No regrets duvet set

Unicorn cookbook

Ban.Do Pizza Water Bottle

Minnie Mouse Flash Drive

Cat Print Notebook

Tinder nopes book

Aquarius Book

Millennial Problems Book

Catfulness book

What would you buy?

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Present Ideas for Foodies

Buying other people presents is both one of my favourite things to do and something I dread. Mainly because I really try to be thoughtful and find the perfect gift idea but sometimes it's tricky and I have to rack my brain for something new that they won't have had before. Across a year I find that a fair few of my friends and family lean towards foodie gifts so I've been doing a little bit of hunting around for some fab different present ideas so you don't have to

Present ideas for foodies

Prosecco O Clock Personalised Gummies - £15.49 - Personally Presented

Prosecco Gummies Jar

First up is a fab present from Personally Presented* these prosecco gummies taste delicious and really do have the taste of prosecco, they remind me of old fashioned beer bottles but much sweeter. The jar itself is jam packed with the gummies and the label can be completely personalised to the occasion and recipient which I think is a lovely idea. If that's not your thing then check out the site they have a whole host of gifts worth giving for any occasion with a vast amount of personalisation you're bound to find something suitable

Letterbox Cake - £14.99 - Bakerdays

Bakerdays Unicorn Emoji cake
I absolutely love this idea from Bakerdays* a personalised cake specifically made to fit through your letterbox. This is perfect for those people who you might not see too often but still want to be part of the birthday celebrations. With a huge range of potential designs and some scrummy flavours to boot it will certainly go down a treat. The cake itself arrives in a letterbox sized box with the cake in a secure tin to make sure it stays fresh and delicious and I highly approved!

Make your own chilli sauce - £29.99 - Firebox

Chilli sauce making kit ingredients picture

This is for the chef among your friends, or just the brave one! 
I adore hot sauces and chilli sauces so the idea of making my own and being able to make it as hot and spicy is possible is really appealing to me. With specialist recipes and all the ingredients needed to make 6 bottles you'll soon become a connoisseur of the chilli sauces

Body and Soul Collection - £20 - Adagio Teas 

3 different adagio teas

If you have a tea lover in your life then they'll love the collections on offer Adagio Tea* they have a huge range of artisan teas ranging from green teas, white teas, black teas and such a range of blends and gifts too. I've been trying out a few of their loose teas and the taste is amazing, completely unrivalled to any other teas I've tried. My particular favourite has been the Peach Bellini which just smells absolutely divine. With beatiful glass ware on offer too it's certainly a one stop shop for any of your tea needs (and many things you didn't think you needed but you definitely do!)

Slush Puppie Machine - £80 - Urban Outfitters

Slush Puppie Machine

This doesn't need an explanation does it? EVERYONE needs a slush puppie machine in their life.

What do you buy the foodies in your life?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Why are you so depressed?

What are you so depressed about?

Alright so this one is going to be a little ranty but hey I’m sure my followers would expect nothing less. I’m very vocal about depression, I’ve had it since I was 13 in various forms - sometimes bad days, mostly good but that’s the point really isn’t it? Every day is different and it’s something that will always live with me and every day is a personal fight and battle. I particularly suffer in winter so I'm slowly feeling a little bit more cheery but I digress

So I got chatting to a guy, a guy who i was dated but had let him know it wasn’t going to work, not looking for a relationship ya see being single highly suits me right now. During this chat before it went very sour (lol rejection hurt hun? Diddums) we got talking about how I hadn’t been feeling good and was having a really bad day to which he asked ‘what are you so depressed about your life’s going great’

Well shit. I’m so glad you pointed that out because I was oblivious. Yeh my life’s fucking brilliant at the minute everything seems to be falling into place and larger goals are coming together. But does that mean depression doesn’t rear its ugly head? Quite the opposite actually. Everybody’s journeys different and everybody triggers differently but I find that if I’m on a crazy high of happiness I feel I don’t deserve it and I slump straight back to low

Don’t get me wrong I don’t want sympathy, I don’t need it. I control my depression in many ways I’ve learnt over the years that work for me, because in all honesty one solution doesn’t suit everyone but like hell I'm going to let some random guy question me or my mental health without some serious putting him back in his place (I got blocked - I call that a solid win)

I’ve recently been reviewing an app called Thrive* that aims to help people with depression and anxiety become a little more mindful, provide calming techniques and daily goals to keep on track. In concept I think a lovely idea, and the app is super easy to use with some great ways to make you think about what’s triggered you etc.

It combines lots of different aspects such as breathing techniques, meditation techniques and daily goals that are personalised to you depending on what your triggers are. The app is really user friendly and super pretty.

Personally I didn’t get on with it very well, I found it quite prescriptive and laborious checking in each day for goals etc. But I do think it could work for someone who needs that routine and order and could be really useful

 Depression is an ugly little beast but one I have to embrace with open arms because it’s the only way me and the black dog can become friends and live together in harmony. I’m usually also very understanding of people’s ignorance but hey he must’ve caught me on a bad day whoops!.

How do you cope with your mental health?
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