Weekend at Oulton Hall

Review: spa weekend at Oulton Hall hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire

My husband has never had any type of spa experience. He was even very uncomfortable having a massage from a physiotherapist after a back injury. When, in the past, I've said I thought he'd enjoy a spa day if he tried it his look told me I had a lot of persuading to do. But when I received an invitation to spend ...

Our 2016 travel plans

Travel. Planning a road trip in Italy. (800x536)

The days are getting longer and lighter, and I'm starting to remember what it's like to feel the sun on my back. Instinctively, my brain turns its attention to travel plans for 2016. I think - as I do most years - of road trips and campsites and the sea, of long, carefree days and watching the sunset. Then a little someone ...

10 reasons to visit Fodder, Harrogate

Fodder farm shop and cafe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Have you heard of Fodder? I was recently introduced to this Yorkshire farm shop and café, and it went straight on my 'visit soon' list. Having read what they're all about and had a browse of their website I vowed to pay a visit the next time I'm in the area. Fodder can be found at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North ...

Review: Keelham Farm Shop taste box

Keelham Farm Shop, Yorkshire

On Sunday morning I ate chocolate and marshmallows. And I did it for you, readers. I was reviewing a taste box from Keelham Farm Shop, one of the many farm shops that have flourished over the last few years, especially in Yorkshire. For many of us, it's becoming more and more important to know where our food comes from. We want a different shopping ...

Women in business: Haykin

Katy Barraclough, owner of Haykin

Yorkshire PR girl Katy Barraclough has opened Haykin, an online store devoted to colour and simplicity. I've been following Katy on Instagram for a while. I think I ended up there initially because she's friends with one of my favourite Yorkshire bloggers, Lisa of Matilde heart Manech. I was drawn in by her adorable spaniel and perfectly curated ...

Review: The Street Food Cook Book

Review The Street Food Cook Book

It's been great to watch the growth of street food in the last few years. Northern cities have definitely been at the forefront, and Yorkshire has embraced the trend with open arms. If you're a regular reader you'll know I'm a fan. The meals I've eaten from food vans have been amazing. Now a new book, The Street Food Cook Book, has pulled ...

Women in biz: Nathalie Bond Organics

Nathalie Bond Organics business background story and candle review

While I dislike the name 'mumpreneur' (what's wrong with just entrepreneur?) becoming pregnant or having a baby does seem to make many women reassess or change their careers. When she became pregnant with first son Alfie, Nathalie Bond decided to stop using beauty products made with synthetic chemicals. She began making soaps and candles in her ...

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Nest.co.uk: inside a Sheffield design store

Bloggers breakfast at Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk

One of the best things about writing this blog is that I get to discover brilliant businesses - right on the doorstep. Sheffield design store Nest.co.uk has to go down as one of the most interesting I have found in our region. A few days ago a small group of bloggers were invited to their HQ ...

Winter home style with Junction 32

Denby crockery Halo range. Home brands at Junction 32 outlet shopping village, Yorkshire

Because we're making over the whole house - and I'm always reading blogs, magazines or on Pinterest - my home is never going to feel completely finished. I'm often looking for ideas for the areas that are yet to be done, and - as I said last week - sometimes even for rooms that are (supposed to ...