Anyone who knows me well will know that there is little that excites me more than afternoon tea. Okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement, as there are many things that make me giddy, but the prospect of cute little cakes, miniature sandwiches and fancy china is just so adorable and colourful that it is definitely one of my favourite activities. When an offer popped up on Living Social to enjoy afternoon tea for a reduced price at the cutest little cupcake emporium in Harrogate, Mama Doreen’s, naturally I jumped at the chance.

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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

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Brrr… it’s cold outside! And it’s snowing in wonderful Harrogate today, oh joy! I am not a fan of the snow for practical reasons, but it does look very beautiful when you wake up to a fresh blanket outside your window. It just annoys me how everything comes to a stand-still, all because people aren’t prepared for the slightest sprinkling of snow! I say: get your wellies on, get the parka out, stick some gloves on and go brave it! I know driving in more remote areas can’t be easy, but there’s standstill traffic on perfectly clear roads because people decide now is the time to forget how to drive. Well, that’s my rant over, and now onto how I’m keeping warm and snuggly not just today, but for the whole of the winter :) View Full Post

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When I’m sat at a desk all day every day in an office that is sometimes on the uncomfortable side of chilly (we’re in the basement), the temptation to fill up on stodgy food and hot drinks to keep warm and stave off boredom is quite high. Because I work with a bunch of creative-types, they fully live up to the cliché and are obsessed with coffee, so the kettle gets put on at least 3 times a day. Fortunately, I’m not a caffeine person unless the flavour is masked by sugary syrup and so much milk that it’s barely even coffee (which comes at a hefty price from Starbucks or Costa), so I stick to fruit tea during the day to keep me warm and hydrated without the richness of normal tea (which I still love, just not as much and only I can make it how I like).

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