Table, flowers and tea strainer at Propertea Manchester

It would be an understatement to say that the quest for a ‘proper cuppa’ is a British institution. I absolutely love tea, which would make my 15 year-old self’s jaw hit the floor, as I never used to- I just didn’t see how something that was essentially a cup of hot water and milk could taste any good! Oh, how wrong I was. I am now obsessed with all things tea– green tea, fruit tea, and of course the classic English Breakfast tea. I am from the home of Yorkshire Tea, after all (the factory is a 5-minute walk from my house!)

When me and my mum visited Manchester last week to see Take That (I won’t go too far into it, or I’ll just start gushing about how amazing it was and how there was a flying bike and sea creatures and breathe, Emma), we stayed overnight so we could have a little shop the day after. It was a happy accident that when we went to see Olly Murs last month, we stumbled across the adorable Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral, and this time we had the chance to pay them a visit! View Full Post

Hello lovelies!

This is a very exciting day, as not only do I get to introduce you to an awesome new food product that I know you’ll love, but I am hosting my first ever giveaway- yay! I realised today that I have only been properly blogging for 4 months, but it feels like so much longer. I started EMMABYDESIGN in October, but only wrote a handful of posts until January, when I started posting regularly. This came to mind because so many of my other blogger friends are reaching their 6 month or year marks as bloggers, and I still feel like such a newbie!

Anyway, we’re talking about another kind of birthday today. It was my brother’s 28th birthday yesterday, and we all went out for a meal to the Yorkshire Meatball Co. in Harrogate- if you’re ever in the area you must visit for the best meatballs you’ve ever had! I was approached by Baker Days to review one of their letterbox cakes* and of course I jumped at the chance, but I was totally selfless and ordered it for my brother to have, rather than for me and George to scoff, aren’t I just a saint?

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MOTHERS-DAY-GUIDE

Hello my lovelies!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you my gift guide, for those of you who want something a bit different for your special mum, without breaking the bank! This is more of a fantasy gift guide, because my mum always knows exactly what she wants, which although very efficient sort of takes the fun out of finding the perfect gift for her! So these are the things I would love to get for my mum, if I hadn’t already bought her gift… View Full Post