AskHerFriends: Spring and Easter Blogger Panel

It’s that time of the month again and the AskHerFriends bloggers panel is live! The theme this month is Easter and Spring,  so I chose to feature an outdoorsy set inspired by the countryside I’m surrounded by in Hebden Bridge.

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1. Chirp Gift Set by New House Textiles, 2. Run Rabbit Necklace by By Emily, 3. Teacup Bird Feeder by Flock Follies, 4. Crazy Pots Tea Towel by New House Textiles, 5. Floral Card by Nat Nav.

To be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend on goodies from AskHerFriends, simply vote for your favourite set and the winner will be picked at the end of the month. Good luck!

P.S Pick me! Pick me!

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Tote of the week: Carry On by West Elm

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Via West Elm

Hurrah, huzzah, and fiddle-dee-dee – the weekend has landed.

If the weather plays ball we’ll be heading out for a couple of local walks to capture all the bluebells that are popping up to say hello. A sunday roast here, chocolate scoffing there and lots of reading, writing and website building. I might do a spot of housework but probably not…meh!
Whatever you’re up to, wishing you a happy long weekend.

Happy Friday!

P.S On the hunt for a new tote bag? Take a look through my previous tote bags featured.

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Lately: Sheffield, Winter Gardens and Easter plans

Before we begin celebrating the Easter weekend (does a little dance) here’s what I got up to, with my partner in crime, last weekend.

We were invited by Mercure Hotels to have a weekend stay in their centrally located hotel in Sheffield. It was lovely to get away for a couple of days without having to travel far – good old Yorkshire is a big place!

For our first day, we decided to have a small potter around the city then make the most of our superior room, spa facilities, champagne bar and the hotel restaurant, The Yard. The room was lovely. We were on the top floor so had great views looking out towards the Winter Gardens, Sheffield Hallam University and Crucible Theatre. We were left complimentary drinks, robes and slippers and a pretty nifty nespresso machine (that actually didn’t work but we weren’t bothered anyhoo).

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uk lifestyle blogJust one of the views looking out on to Winter Gardens and Sheffield University

We spent an hour in the spa and swimming pool which was well worth using even if you are only there for the one night. There is a steam room, sauna, ice igloo and aroma room but I was more interested in the pool; it was really quiet so it was nice to take advantage of it before the entire hotel descended! Not much of a people person, am I?!

After a quick spruce up we headed to the champagne bar for pre-dinner cocktails then to The Yard, the hotel’s restaurant. This is where we had a few issues. I’m not sure whether the restaurant was having a bad night but unfortunately we didn’t have great service and wouldn’t recommend going there if you’re looking for a relaxing meal out. We spent most of our time looking over our shoulders for waiting staff asking for menus, drinks and our food – very disappointing. When we did eat though, we couldn’t fault the food at all, we ordered coq au vin followed by sticky toffee pudding and both were delicious.

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Breakfast in bed

We decided to have breakfast in bed because of the strangely stressful service the previous night – this ended up being the highlight of my weekend. I never stayed in hotels growing up, so having breakfast brought to a hotel room, and in bed, was a complete luxury, and delicious too.

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Great music and atmosphere at The Green Room

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Winter Gardens

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Millenium Gallery – Printing Sheffield Exhibition

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Recording Britain exhibition

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After leaving our bags with the concierge, we headed directly to the Winter Gardens and Millennium Gallery for a little culture. Other highlights included; Sunday sunshine at Devonshire Green, The Green Room, eating Lamingtons outside Forum Café Bar and watching the big match with my Mr.

Sheffield is awesome, the hotel was lovely and I came away with a big Cheshire Cat smile on my face – thank you Mercure.

Roll on the weekend!

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary stay from Mercure for the purpose of this review.

 

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52 Lists: List The Things That Kick-Start Your Soul

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  • Being by the sea
  • The opening credits to a great film
  • Sunshine on my face
  • Writing a good sentence/paragraph/article
  • Picnic food and good company
  • Hearing my niece and nephew laugh
  • This blog
  • Hearing my favourite music on the radio
  • Planning (and booking) holidays

What things kick-start your soul?

P.S See my previous lists here as part of the Made in Hunters 52 lists project

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Made! Easter Bunny Greeting Card DIY

uk lifestyle blogTo make an Easter Bunny Greeting Card you will need:

Washi tape
Card stock
Scissors
Marker Pen
Letter stamps and ink (I bought mine from Ebay)

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Instructions:

  • Cut out 5 pieces of washi tape using my template as a rough guide.
  • Place the small triangle (rabbit’s nose) just below centre of your card stock.
  • Draw a little mouth (‘w’ shape, whiskers and eyes with a black marker.
  • Ear time! Place two strips of your pre-cut washi tape (straight edge at a slant just above the eyes.
  • To create the floppy ear, place the angled pre-cut washi tape onto the other ear (as pictured).
  • Leave blank below or print an Easter message using letter stamps.

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See my previous easy papercraft DIY’s here.

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