A few weeks back I received a very exciting message on Instagram inviting me down to the relaunch of the King’s Head pub in Billericay.
The King’s Head is part of the Vintage Inn’s chain but they are one of the few select pubs to go through a makeover to give them a slighty different feel to the rest and a bit of a step up while still keeping the cosy, family vibe that they are known for.
I’ve never been to the pub before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but me and my mum headed down to see what work had been done and we were excited.
We were met with prosecco and informed that the night would showcase some of the updated menu, new cocktails and wines all while a DJ and sax man played – sounds like my kinda night. Sadly I was driving so the cocktails were off limits to me but the menu was very impressive and from what I saw, they looked amazing! There was also a Roku gin station so mum got a gin and ginger ale and it was so refreshing; definitely a drink for the summer.
The lovely waiters brought round canapes of a few options from the menu and I can honestly say there wasn’t anything that wasn’t delicious, I left so full and content! The whole atmosphere was so chilled and relaxed which I know is what they are aiming for and I felt so happy to be there celebrating with everyone. I’ve been to a few Vintage Inn’s before and I am so excited to go back to this one and experience it all again.
Thank you to SpottyDog Communications and The King’s Head for inviting me down to celebrate with you.
To celebrate the new year, my family and I headed to Finland for a few days to make some memories in the snow. We went about 19 years ago when I was 7 but I don’t remember too much so I was so excited to get back.
After a bit of a rocky flight and having to land in a different airport due to the snow; we made it to Finland and we’re taken to get our snow suits and boots (quite ugly but quite comfy)
Our hotel was so small and cosy and was just full of people doing the same excursions as us which was so nice as everyone was so friendly including the reps and hotel employees.
The excursions we booked were a husky ride, a snowmobile ride to see the Northern Lights and a reindeer sanctuary and I can’t even tell you how incredible they all were. The huskies were definitely my favourite, especially the dog cuddles at the end!
In between trips we were able to stay in the hotel but there wasn’t too much to do so we tried to get out and explore as much as possible. Our hotel was actually in Sweden but was right on the border so we often walked through to Finland, especially to get some gloggi which was hands down the best mulled wine I have ever tasted. Also pretty cool to say that the day we flew home we went to 3 countries in 24 hours.
I had the best holiday with my family and completely fell in love with Lapland and am so happy I have some new memories that I will actually remember. I am so gutted to be home and back to work but looking forward to so many more adventures. Not to give anything away but I think I should start brushing up on my Italian!
– Hannah X
Wow! The end of blogmas; it’s always such a bittersweet time but I loved every minute of it! I am currently sitting in my new Christmas PJs watching Elf thinking about how grateful I am to every single person who has read my blog and interacted with me in some way. I think you are all great and want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Lots of love,
I can’t believe there are 2 days left to go until Christmas Day, the whole of December has flown by! Today I’d thought I’d share my Wishlist which isn’t much of a list but here goes!
Foreo Luna 3 – I have seen these being promoted by a lot of influencers and bloggers and I am so intrigued to give it a go. I often feel like my make up never really removes and I do suffer from dry skin so this looks like it will do wonders for me
Kate Spade Pink Bag – I have been lusting over a Kate Spade bag for so long now and this is honestly the bag of dreams. I usually gravitate towards a black bag to go with everything but I want a few brighter colours to add a pop of colour. Look how dreamy it is
Pandora Ring – I love Pandora jewellery and have been eyeing up this ring for quite a while, I look it looks so dainty and girly
Where to begin; I guess all I can really say is thank you. Thank you for allowing me to travel and explore the world with some of my favourite people. I have made so many new memories that I will look back on with so much happiness; even the time I got food poisoning in Lisbon.
Thank you for highlighting how important my own happiness is and that I am/should be the only person that has control over that. This one we are still learning but we’re getting there. Thank you for all of the opportunities to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
Thank you for allowing me to follow my love for blogging and digital content. I have met and continue to meet so many people and it’s a world that I am so grateful to be a part of
Of course, there has been a few lows which I’m still struggling to deal with, especially the loss of my best friend in the world, my Grandad but I’ve ended the year surrounded by people I love and I’m about to spend the end of the year with my family in Lapland; somewhere that is so special to us! I am so excited for 2020 and all that it has in store. I’m determined to make it my roaring 20’s so stay tuned!
I love living in London, especially this time of year because the city is full of pretty fairy light and it’s just a great atmosphere. I also think there is so much to do like Winter Wonderland, ice skating and Christmas Markets.
Every year I make it my mission to walk around Covent Garden and see the big tree because it always makes me feel the most festive
Have you ever visited London at Christmas time?
I love hearing other people’s Christmas traditions, so I thought I’d share mine with you
1. New pyjamas
I thought I’d start off with my favourite one and that is getting my pyjamas Evey year to wear of Christmas Eve. My parents try and tell me and my sister that we are too old for it now but honestly, that is what I look forward too the most (aside from the food)
2. Beach walks on boxing day
This is something we used to do when we were kids and we recently bought it back last year. There is something so peaceful about a crisp walk along the sea front breathing in the salty air
3. Winter Wonderland
I can’t get through the festive period without going to winter wonderland at least once, it’s just such a good atmosphere and makes me feel so festive. Me and Jack have already planned a few visits
I love a date night and if I can make them Chrsitmassy I will (sorry Jack haha) Here’s a few of my favourite festive date night ideas
Cosy night in with Christmas films – I love a cosy date night, wrapped in blankets with snack and films so why not make the films Christmas themed! I mean that to me sounds like the perfect combination
Dinner – Dinners out are always fun and most restaurants have Christmas decorations to help get you in the festive mood. To make it extra Christmassy, go somewhere that offers a roast dinner/festive menu
Christmas Markets / Winter Wonderland – I love going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde park and try to go at least once a year. It can get pretty busy but I personally love walking around with a mulled wine listening to all of the Christmas songs and seeing what items people are selling on their stalls
I love thinking back to Christmas’ past, on all the love and good times and I wanted to share some of those with you today. Also, how are we already on day 16!
The Zoo – Every Christmas Eve; me, my parents and sister would go to the zoo for the day and I used to love it. It was always such an exciting day, leaving early and heading down to explore and see all of the animals and to see Santa! It’s something that I looked forward to every year and I do actually miss it. We would then go to mass at the local church which really bought on the festive spirit because it was usually a children’s nativity.
Grandad as Santa – Every Christmas morning I would go to my nan and grandads with all my aunts and cousins on my mums side of the family and I loved it. My grandad would always sit in a chair in the middle of the room and call out peoples names for presents, it was always such a big deal but it was so so special
I love being part of Blogmas and ready everyones posts. Here are a few of my favourites:
Rachael – I love seeing what she is getting up to with her kids and how they are all getting ready for Christmas. Her posts always make me feel so cosy
Charlotte – Another one of my favourites! I especially loved ready about her Christmassy weekend in London
Lisa Maria – I love Lisa Maria’s content, its so well written and the Christmas bucket list post has been my favourite so far!
What are some Blogmas posts you are loving this year?