I am not a massively confident driver, so I never really drive any further than about 2 hours away. I love driving, just not places that I am not very familiar with.

My grandma lives in Stoke On Trent, which from my house, is about a 4 hour drive as I live down South. As I was driving, I wanted to make sure my car was fully prepared for the journey.

Mt first tip for preparing your car for a long journey is to check your tyres. I am lucky with my car that the computer built in will flash up on my screen telling me when my tyre pressure is low and to stop carefully and fill it up.
If this isn’t the case with your car, you should definitely check your tyres regularly. You can find your tyre pressure information either in your hand book, or on the inside of your door once you open it (This is where mine is!) It will then guide you which number you need to set the tyre pressure machine on to pump them up. You need to make sure this is 100% right otherwise you won’t fill them up enough, and may have to stop and add more on your journey, or if you fill them up to much – pop! No-one wants that.

That is probably my biggest tip with preparing for a long journey, your tyres are the main piece of your car which enable you to get from A to B.

Of course one of the most obvious tips is to make sure you have enough fuel. I personally hate stopping on the way for petrol, I like to fill up before hand and not fill up again unless I really have too.

And of course, for a long journey you can’t forget to stock up on drinks and sweets!

Whilst we were in Stoke, we didn’t drive around too much, just to the shops and back really so we didn’t over run the car, as we were only up for the weekend.

Of course you much make sure as the driver you get lots of rest, and never drive when you’re feeling over tired. If you start to feel sleepy, always pull over at a service stop, have a little break. After all- You’re better off late then dead on time.

My little mini did so well on it’s run up to Stoke. We stopped off once, but my car was fine, I didn’t need to check the tyres and I didn’t need to fill it up with fuel. Instead, me and my boyfriend decided we need filling up with a bite to eat. You have to make sure you are prepared yourself too for the journey.

We made it safe and sound to my grandmas, and we had a lovely weekend catching up and going out for a lovely meal. I don’t see my grandma too often as she lives quite far away, so I really cherish it when I go up to see her.

For the journey home, we of course did the same routine as before we left.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to check your tyres. You don’t want to be stuck on the motorway waiting for the AA to turn up!

You can purchase some really good quality and cheap tyres at Point S which I highly recommend. 

How do you prepare your car for a long journey?

Love always, G x

If you follow me on social media, I am sure that you know by now that we have a new little family member! And if you aren’t following me on social media – we have a new puppy!

Whilst it’s all very exciting – I didn’t realise how much time having a puppy would take up and how tiring it is. I’m not moaning one bit as I love our puppy and now I don’t know what I would do without her. But if you’ve never had a dog before, or a puppy, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind when thinking of getting one.

They are just a baby. Puppies are babies. I know you’re thinking, yeah I know, duh! But having a puppy is basically like having a little baby to look after. You have to remember they aren’t big or strong yet, so be gentle. They will make mistakes, be patient with them, they’re learning.

Chewing. Our little baby is teething at the moment, so she wants to chew everything. By everything, I mean even your hands, feet, hair, furniture, wires, shoes, clothing – basically everything but their own toys! But this is just a stage they go through, it won’t be forever. So make sure you tie your hair up and wear some old clothes you don’t mind getting a hole or two in.

Sleeping. As I said before, they are just a baby, so they get very warn out very quickly. A quick burst of energy for half an hour, then about an hour or more sleeping. You’ll find that while they are sleeping, this is when you can get most of your little jobs done.

Crying. If they don’t like something, if you leave them, if you say no – they will cry. And they will probably cry a lot. I know with my puppy I feel so awful leaving her to cry but you have to be mean to be nice. You’re teaching them that you will come back, that they can’t have everything they want. It’s a learning step. It feels horrible leave them, but you have too.

Toilet training. Ahh we all love toilet training don’t we? Don’t tell your puppy off for going to the toilet inside, just make sure if they have done it inside take them outside straight away. And when they do go to the toilet outside, you have to praise them a lot, let them know they’ve done a good job, then eventually they will learn that outside the toilet. 

Your voice. Puppies love the sound of their owners voice, so make sure you talk to them, praise them when needed and just have fun with them. Don’t be scared to make a fool out of yourself, they love you!

Have fun. One of the most important things you have to remember while their a puppy, is to have fun. They really won’t be that little for very long so you really have to make the most of it while you can. They will be your best companion. 

Do you have any pets?

Love always, G x

Who loves steak?! Me too. I had always heard of Miller and Carter but never actually ventured in for some reason, that all changed when myself and my boyfriend took a trip to Southend for the day, we literally had the best day ever just playing around and being big kids.

 

While we were there, we decided to head to Miller and Carter at Langdon Hills which wasn’t too far away. When we walked up to the front door, it felt so warm and cosy as there is a little outside area outside the front for with tables, umbrellas and even fairy lights in the trees. Fairy lights are a winner right?!
As soon as we headed inside, I was totally blown away. It looks really fancy, (it even had a dress code plaque when you enter!) Luckily we were dressed for the occasion. We were greeted very friendly, given a buzzer for our table and headed to the bar while we waited.

The bar was set out lovely, with quite  big seating area to wait in while you’re waiting for your table. As Ryan was driving, he had a raspberry lemonade, which he said was the best he has ever had! And I decided to go ahead and try one of their Mango Mimosa cocktails.

We only waited for a few minutes when our buzzer went off and we were taken to out table. We had a cute little table right next to the window. Perfect as I love to people watch! Our waiter, was incredible. I cannot tell you how lovely and helpful he was.

As soon as I saw nachos on the menu for starters, my life was made! Nachos are my favourite starter ever. And my goodness they were amazing.

I feel like nachos are normally doritos covered in melted cheese, but these were something else. They were homemade crisps, with a real cheese sauce, and of course all the toppings! It was really amazing and I am not ashamed to say I ate it all. 

Next up was the main course. I was really impressed to see as it was a steakhouse, on the bottom of the menu there was a diagram of a cow, and which part of the cow the different steaks came from. (Sorry non meat eaters!) My boyfriend found this really interesting as he loves steak but has never seen so many varieties of it.

There was also a menu for how well you’d like your steak, and the different causes you could have with it. who knew there was so much choice?!

Ryan went for this medium well sirloin steak. He honestly said it was the best steak he has ever eaten, and he has eaten a lot of steaks. It was definitely a winner for him!

I then decided to have their version of ‘hunters chicken’ basically a chicken breast, with melted cheese, BBQ sauce and pancetta sprinkled on the top. This was served with sweet potato fries and friend onion. I personally don’t like onion so I didn’t actually try that, but the meal itself was one of the best I have had also.

Then for dessert, oh my. I had what was called the chocolate orange. I had no idea what it really was, but it was the most expensive dessert on the menu so I just decided to go for it!

This was the chocolate orange. It is basically a big ball of chocolate, with a caramel & peanut butter goo in the middle, and orange sorbet. Oh my goodness, it was so sweet and rich I couldn’t finish it all, Ryan had some too and even he couldn’t eat all of what I left over! Saying that, it was super yummy, definitely for one with a massive sweet tooth.

Ryan decided to have the warm chocolate brownie, which is what he always goes for as a dessert. You can tell were chocolate lovers right?

I didn’t try the brownie, but he said it was absolutely delicious!

We really had such a lovely evening at Miller and Carter, and we will definitely be heading back. One had just recently opened where we live so we will be checking that out next!

If you love steak and a bit of fine dining, this is definitely your kind of place!

You can check out their website here: Miller and Carter Langdon Hills

Also their social media here: Facebook, Instagram.

Have you ever been to a Miller and Carter? What did you think?

Love always, G x

I have never done one of these update style type of posts, but I really love reading others as I really like to get to know the bloggers who I am reading everything about. A few exciting things have happened recently so I thought that I would share with you what has been going on, because if you’re anything like me, you’ll love to be nosey.

Okay, first things first, my job. I haven’t changed jobs, or got a promotion or anything like that but my job title has changed. My title was Vendor Support Co-Ordinator, and I am now a Vendor Support Administrator. Not much has changed really, but my jobs roles have changed and what I do on a day to day basis. It’s not my dream job but hey it’s getting me by until I move onto the next chapter in my career.

Next up has to be what happened this past week. One of my Youtube friends (who I had never actually met before) Naomi, really kindly invited me to a press event in Paris. It was to a launch party of the new Alcatel A5 LED mobile phone. It was totally amazing and such a good experience for me. I had never even got the train and tube in London before on my own, so I was really nervous, But we met the other girls in London and headed off on the Eurostar. The other girls who went were lovely, and I feel so honoured to have met them all. I got some great tips from them for my blogging and youtube life, and feel so much more motivated about it all. I just can’t believe little old me, from Essex went to Paris for a press event, and I really had the time of my life there. I just want to say thank you to Naomi again for inviting me there. I feel like my thoughts on blogging and youtube have changed completely and I feel so much more motivated to do well at it and hopefully make a career out of it. So Paris, was a massive confidence boost for me, and I think it may have changed my life!

 

Okay the last life changing moment that happened, was we went to pick a new puppy! I am so in love with this new puppy. She is a gorgeous little basset hound, in the red & white colouring. We have named her Wilma and she is absolutely gorgeous. As you may or may not know, we lost our Westie, Lilly last year due to old age, and our house is just not the same without a dog. We didn’t want another dog like her, we wanted something completely different, look wise and personality. A basset hound was the perfect fit for us. So we went and picked Wilma, I don’t know how we managed to choose really as I wanted them all! It’s really lovely as we can go and collect her at the end of May, but the people we are getting her from have a Facebook group and they are posting loads of updates of the puppies so we can see how she is getting on even though we don’t have her yet.
I am 100% a sucker for dogs, I love them. Small, big, cute or sad looking. I love them all. So now we just have to wait until the end of May until we can take her home, and of course I am going to make her, her own Instagram account so I will be sure to let you know what that is! She will also be featuring in in loads of my videos too, so look out for her!

 

I really enjoyed writing his update post, it will be great to look back on in the future too.

See you sometime in the future! Love always, G x

I think we all have a favourite month of the year, wether it’s because of a birthday, the season or just because you like the name of the month. My favourite month of the year is March and these are the reasons why I love March…

My Birthday. You guessed it. My birthday is 26th March, so I find myself looking forward to it for most of the month, I suppose that will change when I am getting older and older though ha. I love that when there is a birthday, your family get together, you see old friends you haven’t seen for a while, it’s just a nice time to get together with everyone who means something special to you.

Spring. March has the first day of Spring in, and it’s the first season after Winter when everyone is depressed and broke after Christmas, Spring is the first time of the year we actually get some sun and it slowly starts to get a little warmer. This makes everyone happy and excited for Summer.

Clocks go forward. Bad news is we get one less hour in bed for a night. Good news is we get lighter evenings, which for us bloggers is perfect for taking blog photos and filming too! Natural light is a big yes from us.

Flowers blooming. Spring is when all the flowers start blooming. Our gardens start to look pretty with a touch of colour and flowers are just everywhere looking pretty, making us super happy and cheerful!

Pastel colours. As it’s the start of Spring and the flowers are coming out, March is the perfect month to bring out the pastel colours and hide away your dark winter colours. In my case, I love pastel coloured nail polish, I think it looks so pretty and fresh! Also my room looks lighter with a touch of flowers here and there.

Pyjamas. You might be thinking, what, pyjamas? But yes, in March as it’s getting slightly warmer I hide away my long sleeve fluffy pyjamas and bring out the shorts and night shirts for bed. If you know me you know that my favourite type of pyjamas s a night shirt. I have quite a collection. 

Whats your favourite month of the year?

Happy Spring!

Love always, G x