Where to go for a weekend away in the UK

Tuesday, 14 August 2018
I've decided to compose a quick list of my favourite places to visit on a mini-break in the UK! I don't go on proper holidays often, instead I go away for long weekends. These are my favourite places to go that aren't too far away.

1. Cardiff. 

If you’ve read my blog before then it’ll be no surprise that the capital of Wales would be at the top of the list since I never stop going on about it. I’ve not been to every city down South (I’ve not been to Bath which is apparently stunning) but I have been to a large number and Cardiff comes out piles above the rest (other than Bournemouth which is fairly close behind). One of my favourite things about Cardiff is that it might be a city, but there are still places you can go where you completely forget that it’s a city because it’s so peaceful. When I go away there, I feel like I’m going home. I often hear people refer to it as a ‘small’ city but it isn’t small compared to what I’m used to. 

2. Swanage. 

I used to go on holiday to Swanage a lot when I was a teenager and I haven’t stopped loving it since, despite how long it has been since my last visit. It’s a small place, but if you stay by the beach then you have pretty much everything on your doorstep – perfect for a sunny, short weekend away. I have some amazing memories there. 

3. Pembrokeshire

My favourite seaside county in the UK (apart from Cornwall, but I'm more used to Pembrokeshire these days). I can't spend too long there else I do find myself getting a little bit bored, but it's absolutely perfect for a long weekend away. Especially if you don't live too far away. The beaches are stunning and you're never far away from ice cream. My parents run a camping and caravanning site there so if you're a member and like a small, quiet site then you should check them out!

4. London

There's no where in the UK that going to for a weekend feels quite as exciting as London. I absolutely hate the tube and the fact I can never find anything cheap to eat, but there's just a certain feeling I get when I go there that I love. St James' Park is my ultimate favourite place to visit, I adore being around all of the wildlife. I want to go back so much. It's not far from me at all it's just so pricey to stay over. I've not been since 2016 for the Soap Awards!

5. Cornwall

I can't even tell you how much I miss Cornish holidays!! Neither my boyfriend or I can drive and I don't fancy a ten hour coach trip so I've not been in so long. A week away would be needed more than a weekend, but I still had to add it to my list because it couldn't go forgotten. The best beaches in the UK are there. I always remember Bedruthan Steps being the best beach I've ever seen and Padstow has always been one of my favourite places.

6. Bournemouth

Another seaside town. I live so close to Bournemouth yet only got round to going there the other week. There are so many beaches and you'll never run out of things to do. I just found it so beautiful and the beach was gorgeous. I mentioned in my previous post how I can't resist a good beach.

7. Brighton

I went to Brighton for the first time this year and despite how much it rained the whole time, I really enjoyed it. It isn't somewhere I could spend too long. I like the classier cities with big, clear buildings that are a little quieter (I'm not sure how to explain it - I just prefer cities like Cardiff and Bournemouth) but Brighton has a lot to do. I will definitely go there again, there's a great atmosphere. The pier is a lot of fun - way better than the one at Bournemouth and there are some super quirky shops.

8.  Bristol & Somerset

I'm not sure why I've grouped them both together, because they're so different! But you'd be able to visit both in the same weekend if you really want to. Bristol is a nice city (not my favourite, but it's still very nice). I went when it was snowing in 2017 and it was freezing so I don't recommend going then since the shopping centres are outside! Somerset is just beautiful if you like beaches and the countryside - similar to Devon which can somehow be included in this group.

I have never really been up north (but special mention to Norfolk because I remember liking it there, but it was too long ago) so this list is very Southern! 

Maybe you could recommend some places up North that I should visit?

Where are your favourite places to go on a weekend away?

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A-Z of Me

Sunday, 12 August 2018

A is for Animals. 
I’ve already talked about how insanely obsessed with animals I am. I don’t think I reach my full capacity of happy unless I’m around an animal. If I'm around even more than one animal at one time then I might just burst with excitement. I’m not even very picky. I had some aqua dragons at recently (I missed out on water monkeys when I was younger so I thought it would be fun) and even they keep me happy...when they weren't trying to do certain things to each other...

B is for Beaches. 
I love the beach, I love dipping my toes into the sand and the water. As long as there aren’t massive jelly fish in the water, jelly fish are not cool. There were some the size of dustbin lids in Wales the other summer and I spotted a Portuguese Man O' War a couple of times. But jelly fish aside, I love being at the beach. I don’t know what it is about it, it just makes me really happy. There's no where quite as relaxing.

C is for Cardiff.
Where my heart is at the moment and pretty much all I ever think about. You can find out all about why I love it so much by visiting my blog post about it here
D is for Doctor Who. 
I’m not a geek, honest. It only happens to be one of my favourite shows ever. I don’t think my reasons for loving it would make sense to somebody that doesn’t watch, so I’m not going to try and explain why I find it so brilliant just yet. Donna Noble deserved better and that's all you need to know!

E is for Editing. 
I love to spend my time editing. Whether videos or photos. Part of me wants to say it’s relaxing, but it isn’t really – it can be quite stressful. But I enjoy it nonetheless. It's a fun hobby to fill time and I have my own Youtube channel editing fan videos (don't judge me).
F is for Fajitas. 
My favourite type of food EVER! I don’t even have a clue how I first started eating them. It wasn’t so long ago but now they’re basically on my mind a lot of the time. I’ve always been really fussy when it comes to veg, but I find myself craving peppers and onions all day long. Add some meat, some sauce and some spice. 
Hmm I could have just gone with food for this one. Oh well. 
G is for Gardening. 
I love gardening with all my heart, it’s one of my favourite hobbies and I find it the best way to relax. I love seeing them grow, I think it’s just the most wonderful thing about Spring/Summer. If you've never tried it but struggle with anxiety/stress, I have to recommend it as it really helps. Especially the initial planting.

H is for Home.
I don’t necessarily feel like I have the right home yet, I feel like I’ll get that eventually though. But I feel at home in my little flat with my boyfriend, I suppose - it's just a shame about the city
. Despite how much I go on about hating it though, we have been lucky enough to find somewhere in one of the nicer parts and the atmosphere is always lovely. My Favourite part is those Summer weekends where we can sit on the balcony and hear live music coming from the local bar. 
I is for Instagram. I’ve just recently re-done my Instagram and I’m quite pleased with how it looks. That’s what’s got me back into blogging. I used to be very into photography and studied it for a while so it’s nice to try and create creative images again. I only use my smart phone at the moment as it’s quick and easy so unfortunately the quality isn’t as good as I’d like. 
You can follow me here. You can also find my new instagram fro my graphics over at vickidoesgraphics. If you're a blogger or small website then I will follow back on both!

J is for Jokes.
I love comedy. I spend a lot of my life watching comedy shows on the TV (if you don’t watch Taskmaster, you’re missing out entirely). I love sitcoms, I love stand up. I’d love to see more comedians live, I’ve only seen Jimmy Carr so far, but he was so good. 
K is for Ketchup. I feel like the rest of the world would say kittens for this one but I hate any form of cat, they're evil. Instead I went with ketchup… hmm, yeah. I like spice, I like pepper, I like gravy and I like ketchup. If at least one of those things isn’t on my meal then something’s gone wrong with the world. 
L is for Lemons. I just really like lemons, is that really weird? I don't like lemon flavoured things at all but I love lemons themselves. I can pretty much eat them like oranges. I hate that I no longer drink Coke because lemon in Coke was just fantastic.
M is for Musicals.
I just loveeeeee musicals. I love the music in musicals, I love the power in the voices. I can't even really pinpoint it very well, what I love about them so much. My favourites are Joseph, Wicked, Hairspray & Lion King. I've seen them all at the West End, other than Wicked which I saw on tour. All were fantastic"
N is for Nans. I never got to meet my granddads, I wasn’t alive in time, but I met my Nan’s and they were both incredible and generous people. I felt like they deserve a mention.
O is for Olivia. Or Liv but L was taken by Lemons, sorry. The best friend I’ve ever had, and ‘sister’ and in Alex’s words ‘sort of our child’. I may disagree with her love choice and act like her mother but it’s only because I care about her more than anyone! 
P is for Photography.
Pasta, you just narrowly missed out to Photography! I have so little time to do it these days but I do have a huge passion for it when I can get some time alone with my camera.

Q is for QuietBecause I am quiet. I've tried to change it for other people but it's who I am. I don't have much to say, I don't feel the need to have much to say. I like time on my own now and then, loud people annoy me most of the time.
R is for Recruiter
Because it's my job at the moment and because the only other 'R' word I could think of was 'Rabbit' and this post is already too animal dominated. Oh... I just realised I could have gone with rats. I like rats - check my post out here to see why. You might be surprised!
S is for Sleep.
Sleep isn't just a necessity, it's a hobby okay! Is there anything better than sleep? Sleep is sooooo good! I love falling asleep naturally too, just drifting off. I want to sleep now that I'm talking about sleep.
T is for Takeaways.
Because sometimes (often) cooking is just too time consuming and takeaways really taste good. They're also stressful when they don't turn up correctly, but they're probably a bigger part of my life than they should be.
U is for Unicorns
Obviously. What else was it going to be for? Have you ever met a woman who isn't obsessed with unicorns? We need unicorn everything.
V is for Venice
I've never been to Venice but it's definitely near the top of my bucket list, it always looks so beautiful and colourful. Has anybody been?
W is for WalkingI just adore walking. I would walk and explore all day if I could. It is by far my favourite type of exercise and there are so many places to go (providing you don't live where I live). I think I might need a dog. Does anybody want to give me a dog?
X is for Xmas.Even though I hate calling Christmas that, I couldn't think of anything else okay!!!!! I don't so much care about Christmas day itself, I just love the lead up to the day and how joyful and happy everybody is. Those hot chocolates and all the singing. It's a lovely feeling. Not forgetting the Christmas Market as well!

Y is for YouthfulBecause I still look at act about sixteen, despite being almost a decade older than that.
Z is for Zoo.
If you take me to one then you'll literally have to drag me away. I've said it before but there is no place I'm happier. I would love to work in one (if I wasn't a little bit scared of being bitten by animals). I could just be a zoo's content creator - that would be the dream.

I hope you enjoyed my A-Z!
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My New Etsy Shop - Blog Headers

Saturday, 11 August 2018
Hi everybody!

Sorry I've not posted in so long. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you'll know that I've taken on a new venture. I've created an Etsy shop to (try and) sell some graphics! I'm starting off simple with some blogger/website headers. The ones that are currently on my Etsy you can see below. They are being sold for £3.99 each and come personalised to suit your blog.

I'm not currently making fully customised headers (EDIT: I am now!!) but if you have an idea that you'd like me to give a go then please feel free to shoot me a message or comment on this post, I'd love to hear from you.

Hopefully my designs will get better as I go along and I will be adding more and more to my Etsy (whilst trying my best to get them noticed). I hope you like them and if you have any questions or suggestions please let me know. I'll place my Etsy link at the bottom of this post"

Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/vickidoesgraphics
Instagram - www.instagram.com/vickidoesgraphics

If you could spread this around then I would be SO grateful. Thank you!


Sunday, 1 July 2018
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Summer Giveaway!

To celebrate being back on my blog with lots of ideas I am running another little giveaway!

What you'll win:

  • 3 bath bombs
  • 1 wax melt
  • Soap
  • Candle
  • Car air freshener 
and they're all from fab brands!

How to win:
For 1 entry - Follow my twitter here and retweet this tweet
For 1 entry - Follow my instagram here (please comment below this post to say you've done this)
For 5 entries - Follow this blog - there is a place to put in your email address on the right hand side of my blog - or at the bottom of the page if you are on mobile 
(please comment below this post to say you've done this)
  • Must be 18+ or have your parent's permission (or if we know each other already, that's fine too)
  • Must be willing to DM me your address on Twitter if you win
  • The giveaway is open worldwide
  • Winner will be chosen via a random number generator on or around 7th August (subject to change)
  • Winner will be contacted via Twitter and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  • Prize will be posted to the winner after the date of the announcement 

Good luck!

My Top 5 Most Difficult Things About Blogging

Sunday, 24 June 2018
I'm still new to this whole blogging thing, despite having started my blog back in October and I'm sure there are a lot of new bloggers or aspiring bloggers out there too! So here I've composed a short list of the things I find most difficult about blogging.

1. It’s time consuming. 
This is first because it’s what failed me. With a full time job and travelling to and from that full time job, it’s difficult for me to find the time and energy to do anything, let alone something as demanding on the brain as writing. Sometimes I don’t feel like I have the time to even write out a blog post and post it, let alone promote it on social media and interact with other bloggers – which we all know is so important. I always wish I'd have started this blog when I was a student with more time.

I think the easiest way to deal with this problem is to think about where you want to be, how far you want your blog to go. That's what is inspiring me to fight through my lack of energy and just get on with it right now.

2. Getting noticed. 
I’m not talking about getting noticed by brands – I am no where near at that stage of my blog yet, I'm sure. I mean getting noticed by anybody. When I started my blog I found that I was getting a good amount of views because I was promoting it so hard, but getting noticed on social media – particularly twitter for me – I find so difficult. Bloggers follow thousands of people and getting your tweets seen can feel impossible. 

3. Interacting with other bloggers
Not only do I not have the time to be talking to fellow bloggers 24/7 but I am totally awkward and have no idea how to start or even continue a conversation online. There are always people I'll click with, but it's that first step that's the most difficult part.

4. Making your blog look good
I find I can never get it to look good enough. Blogger is quite limited to things, but I have no idea how to get it migrated over to Wordpress. I can't afford to pay somebody to do it for me, so maybe I'll have to learn myself. I am feeling a little more content right now as I changed my theme just before writing this - but I'm still trying to get my mobile version to look good!

5. Finding a niche. 
I don’t think I’ll ever find a niche, meaning it’ll always be difficult to find an audience that will be interested in most of what I post. I don’t want to just write about one thing in particular because I would find that very boring. I like food, I like travelling (the UK – can’t afford to travel elsewhere yet), I like animals, I like all sorts of products, I like television… the list goes on. 

What are the things you find most difficult about blogging?

* please note, photo in the post does not belong to me

Oops, I got fat

Wednesday, 20 June 2018
I’m writing a more personal blog today -  it’s something I’d like to start doing more, but I just have this horrible feeling that I’ll be judged for it. Today I'm putting that at the back of my mind and going for it anyway!