1. Strictly Come Dancing
Way back in December, my cousin asked if I wanted to go and see the live tour of Strictly Come Dancing in Liverpool as a Christmas present for my Mum and my Nan. Even though I’ve never watched the programme in my life I said yes because I love spending time with my family (especially when it’s all of the girls!) However, when Tuesday came around this week, I felt as though I really couldn’t be bothered going all the way to Liverpool to see the show and almost cancelled, but I knew I’d enjoy myself once I was there so we battled through rush hour traffic and made our way to the Echo Arena. I didn’t know what to expect from the show (except dancing of course) but I absolutely loved it. I can’t explain it properly (and the two glasses of wine I’d had might have helped slightly) but it was just amazing and my whole family had a really good time. There was a competition throughout the night and the contestants did their two favourite dances from the show, with Louise Redknapp winning the glitter disco ball (and my favourite Ed Balls coming runner up). It’s definitely encouraged me to watch the show when it’s back on TV later in the year and was a really great way to start the week.
You may or may not know this about me, but I am half scouse! My mum was born there and I still have a bit of family over that way. I hadn’t been to the city for a good couple of years (the last time was for a leaving do) and it had been even longer since I’d visited the docks. When we went on Tuesday evening for Strictly, although we only spent a few hours there, I realised how much I loved Liverpool as a city and how much it had changed over the years. We ate at Smuggler’s Cove on the docks which had a mixture of everything. I shared a deli board and some chips (and wine) with my cousin and the food was lovely and good value. I definitely want to go back to my second city and spend more time there this year.
3. Eat Kaizen
On Wednesday me and a few of my blogger friends went to the launch of Eat:Kaizen which is a healthy food place in Altrincham. I loved not having to go all the way into Manchester for a launch and have people come to my hometown! It’s a really good addition to the ever-changing face of Altrincham and I can’t wait to go back soon. The owners were really lovely, the staff were very attentive, and the food was really good too! I also got to catch up with some of my favourite health and fitness bloggers, which is always a plus.
4. Victoria Baths
On Friday evening, me and Hannah went to see ’10 Things I Hate About You’ as part of the pop-up cinema at Victoria Baths. I’d only ever seen pictures of this venue, but I’d always been intrigued to go; so when I saw that they were doing a valentine’s special, I thought it was a great opportunity. The venue was so cool, and the film has always been one of my favourites making it even better. Plus we had blankets, coats, scarves and enough food to feed a small army, so it was nice to be all wrapped up. Little tip – if you do find yourself here in winter, wrap up warm because it is freezing!
5. Things To Come
If you follow me on Twitter or Snapchat, you might have seen me hinting about things I have planned for this little blog. I’ve said from the start of the year that I want to put more effort into my space on the internet, and I hope to continue to do so. I’ve even got some external work planned which will see me writing something longer than a blog post but I’ve got to keep it quiet for now!
6. War Dogs
On Saturday night we decided to stay in and have a film night. I’m not a massive film buff, but I’d heard really good things about War Dogs, plus I really like Jonah Hill. When I couldn’t convince the other half to watch ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ we both agreed on this and I really enjoyed it. For some reason in my head I thought it was a comedy, and although there are funny bits, it’s more of a action-drama. If you haven’t seen it, give it a watch; plus, it’s based on a true story which I always think is pretty cool.
To go with the film on Saturday night, I decided to whip up something in the kitchen. If you know me, you’ll know that 1. I have the biggest sweet tooth ever, and 2. I love baking! I found this recipe online, but decided to use more honey and less oats so they would be really gooey. They only needed 10-12 minutes in the oven, which was perfect for me because I am pretty impatient when it comes to food! (Apologies for the awful picture!)
8. Katy Perry’s New Song
On my way home from work on Friday night, I heard Katy Perry’s new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’. I am a huge KP fan and have seen her in concert a couple of times, so I am pretty damn happy that she is back!