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Where I Want To Visit In York 2021*

*In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own

 Travel for many of us seems like a distant memory. Gone are the days of booking a last-minute getaway or a spontaneous adventure to a far-flung destination. While we can't travel right now, when lockdown is eventually lifted and the rules are changed – which fingers crossed will be from around spring – I have decided it is time to start thinking about Staycations.

One place I have always wanted to visit is York, famous for its cobbled streets, cute little tea rooms, independent shops and Medieval history. Today I thought I would share with you some places I cannot wait to visit once lockdown restrictions are lifted.



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York Castle Museum
Step back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian England. A family friendly interactive experience. You get to wander through the cobbled streets and narrow alleys. Browse old shops full to the brim of hidden treasures like old sweets and medicines. There are also opportunities to interact with actors as you explore the museum.

Tickets are £8.50 for Adults, children under 16 are free.

Tower St, York YO1 9RY



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The Shop That Must Not Be Named
This shop is a must for all Harry Potter fans of all ages as there is something for everyone inside for fans of the books and films. Selling everything from wands, books, collectibles and clothing. You will feel like you are shopping in Diagon Alley.

30-31 Shambles, York YO1 7LX



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Betty's Famous Tea Room
If you are looking for a classic british Afternoon tea experience, this is the place to go. They have been serving traditional afternoon tea since the 1920s and are famous across the world. You will need to book well in advance as this one of the most popular places to visit in York. If you do not want the whole experience, you can pop into their shop and have a look at all the yummy sweet and savory treats.

6-8 St. Helen's Square, York YO1 8QP

Where in the UK are you thinking of traveling? Let me know what you would include on your UK travel bucket list in the comments below.

Before travelling please check the rules that apply to your nation before you travel.

What Might Life Demand From You This Year?*

 

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As we all know, life has been a little crazy lately. Who would have thought a year ago that we’d all very much still be living in the same kind of atmosphere and environment as we were back then? But we are! A lockdown is still live and we’re all twiddling our thumbs a little bit. Life very much feels like it’s no pause but we’re all still trying to keep ourselves safe, keep the spirits up, and make the most of life as we can. And then, there’s also still a bit of hope.

 

There’s hope that things will start to change soon and that we’ll be able to see our loved ones again and make plans. And that’s exciting at least. To keep yourself sane and motivated, it can be nice to think about what the year might look like for you whenever you’re allowed to do anything. And what might that be?


Moving To A New House


Maybe a house move is on the cards? Have you outgrown where you are or do you want to move to a new area? Maybe it’s time to buy a house? Whatever your motivations here, you may be ready for a bit of a change and it could be that moving to a new house is what you’ll do this year.


A New Job


If you’ve been thinking about changing careers or shaking things up a little, you may find that you are interested in a new job this year? Sometimes this can be the thing that you’re excited about the most. So maybe you want to go out for a new job here?


Improving Your Relationships

 

It may even be the case that you want to be able to work on the relationships you have in your life a little too. This can be such a lovely and rewarding thing to do. Even if you feel stressed and like things aren’t working out, divorce solicitors may not be the best option. Instead, it might be better to work on things. This can be the same with your parents or friends. Maybe this year is the year of enjoying better, healthier relationships.


To Slow Down A Bit


It could be that you just want to slow down a bit. Maybe the last year has taught you that you don’t always have to be on the go and that can be okay. So maybe you just want to slow yourself down a little bit and enjoy some of the smaller moments.


A Complete Life Change

 

Sometimes, things happen in life that force us to see situations for what they really are. As tough as that can be, our friends and loved ones can be different. Our priorities can change. We can start to realise that things we thought were serving us just aren’t! And that can be a strange realisation to have but it can also be real. And so, sometimes you may find that you need to have a complete life change. If you feel like this could work for you, maybe it’s time?

5 Tips For Anyone Thinking Of Starting a Blog*

 

Before I started writing my own blog, I was a fan of reading blogs and watching vlogs. I always find it interesting know what people have to say. Back then I tended to be interested in things like plus size fashion especially bloggers who showed off different shop hauls and were honest about size and fit. It was like reading a review of the item from people just like me – great! Then when I was pregnant with Miss D, I decided that I wanted to start my own blog. It started as a way to document my pregnancy and then grew from there. I was nervous about starting my own blog, so I wanted to share some tips with you, in case you’re in a similar position. 

 

March To The Beat of Your Own Drum 

The blogging community is friendly but it can also feel competitive. I am sure we are all guilty of scrolling through social media newsfeeds and feeling that we haven’t quite lived up to someone else, or aren’t doing as well as everyone else. Blogging is no exception. However, remind yourself that everyone started out blogging and when they start, no one knows what they’re doing! We all have to start somewhere and doing anything creative like this is a massive learning curve. Don’t compare yourself to others, just do what makes you happy and learn as you go, in your own time. 

Don’t Be in It For The Freebies 

Lots of people are under the impression that bloggers and influencers are sent loads of freebies all the time. This means that people can be motivated to start a blog in order to be able to get sent gifts too! Let me tell you, if bloggers are meant to be sent lots of free things, my address must have gotten lost in the post somewhere! Of course, you’ll have seen on my blog and Instagram that I have been lucky enough to be sent a few things & Miss D and I have been invited to some lovely places. But, they certainly don’t happen overnight & then certainly don’t happen all the time. Do blogging because you love it and that way anything else is just a bonus. 

Design Doesn’t Have to Be Hard 

The biggest struggle for me was knowing where to start with designing my blog. Initially I went onto Etsy and there are different templates you can purchase and even have installed to get you going. Now I know a little more about blogging I know there are lots of websites such as Font Bundles that help make life easier. These websites have mini sections within them such as a graffiti font site that allow you to download different fonts to help make design easier. You don’t even have to use these for blogs; you can use them for business cards, party invites and so much more. They’re free so you don’t even have to worry about the financial implications. 

Join In With The Blogging Community 

No matter what niche of blog you decide to write, there will be an online community of bloggers with a similar passion. The best place I have found for this is Facebook groups but following hashtags on Twitter isn’t a bad place to look either. This allows you to find people with a similar interest to you and meet new people. I have attended a few blogging events too which can be a good way to make new friends. The great thing about this is that they know about blogging too, so you can ask them any questions when you get stuck with something, really handy. 

Enjoy Yourself 

However, the biggest tip I can give you is enjoy it! I’m not saying that it will always be easy or that it won’t have its struggles, but it does need to be something you enjoy otherwise what is the point? I definitely have times where I don’t feel like blogging and that is okay. I remind myself that I don’t have to keep up with everyone else and it is okay to take a break. Just come back to it when I feel ready rather than forcing myself to put out content I didn’t enjoy writing, as I think that really shows.  

Have a read of some blogs you like & put yourself in their shoes – could you write in the same way and share elements of your life with people? If so, go for it – what do you have to lose?