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21/06/2017

Tips On How To Make It Through A Bad Day

We all have bad days.  There's no escaping them, and sometimes they can be bad.  Really bad.  Some of us unfortunately suffer with our mental health.  For me personally this is a mixture of both anxiety and depression, so when the bad days are bad, they can be bordering on unbearable.

I've seen many blog posts with tips and advice on how to turn a bad day into a good day, but as somebody who is frequently battling with her mental health I know that some days, this just isn't possible.  Some days the bad days are so bad there isn't anything you or I can do to change that.  Believe me, if we could, we would.

I had a day like this just this Saturday gone.  I hadn't felt that down in a long time.  I'd had a week plagued with dreams of my Mum, which in theory, sounds lovely, but for me, as lovely as some of the dreams were, it was a very stark reminder that she wasn't really here anymore when I woke up.  This kept me awake a lot of nights last week, so I was lacking in the good night's rest department, I was obviously feeling especially sad about my Mum, and I got to a point where I didn't care about anything.  My voice was monotone.  I wasn't mean to Spencer, but there was clearly no care in my tone, which I imagine can sometimes be worse for him.  When I'm upset at least he knows I'm feeling something.  This day though, I just felt nothing.  Numb.

I know my mood wasn't going to improve.  I had little to no energy to put the effort in that was required to improve my day, so instead I took some steps to help me through the day instead, and manage my mood.  I suppose in a sense these steps did make my day a little better, but my mood didn't improve vastly until the next day.

I know that there are many people out there who suffer in this way sometimes too.  Life is tough sometimes, and eventually it catches up with us mentally, so here are a few things you can do to help you through those days...


Write it all down

I'm going to hazard a guess that many of you reading this are bloggers like myself, in which case you probably love writing as much as I do.  Use that passion to your advantage.

Many of us share a great deal of our lives online in hopes that our advice, tips, recommendations, stories and reviews will help our readers, but it's just not possible to share absolutely every part of our lives online.  Some things are just too personal, the inner workings of our minds being one of them.  Sometimes certain feelings and situations just shouldn't be shared for the entire world to see.  Writing things down really can help though.

I find when I'm in one of these awful moods, my head is a huge mess.  All my thoughts feel like they're tangled up in a spider's web, so I've taken to writing my thoughts down in a note book to help me make sense of them.  It's for my eyes only, so it's a place I feel like I can be absolutely truthful to myself with no fear of judgement from anybody around me.

This isn't something that has to cost you the world.  I picked up a really cute notebook for a couple of pounds in Primark a while back, and it's turned into a little safe haven for me to turn to when I need to make sense of the mess that is my head sometimes.

Take a break from the internet

I know this is an obvious one, but I really couldn't recommend it more.  Again, being a person who spends a great deal of her time online with her blog and her Etsy shop, the internet can be overwhelming sometimes.  Certainly in this day and age, where it seems to be full of negativity, trolls and far too much bullying.  Most days I can overlook the bad and find the happy, positive pockets of the internet, but on days where I feel like this it just brings me further down, so I avoid it at all costs.

Time away from the internet is great for your mental health.  It frees up time for you to concentrate on yourself more and practice some self care, then when you return to the internet you'll be in a better frame of mind and those creative juices will flow once more.


Invest in some mindfulness books

Mindfulness.  Some of us love it; some of us are sick of hearing about it.  I personally think it's a wonderful thing, especially for those of us battling with our mental health.  I bought myself a couple of mindfulness books when I was in that bad place on Saturday, and have been loving getting into them since.  These aren't just the kind of books you read from cover to cover.  They're full of activities to ensure you practice what the books preach.

I picked up 'Wake Up' by Chris Barez-Brown and Calm by Michael Acton Smith, and so far I have been loving working my way through them.  They really have been helping me be more mindful about life in general, and I'm really starting to notice when I'm slipping into autopilot, which as a result is helping me to focus more.


Read something that brings you comfort

If you love books as much as I do, then you'll no doubt have a book or a series of books that comforts you.  When I say comfort I mean that take make you feel safe, and take you back to a certain point in life.

Being part of the Hazza P generation, mine is obviously the Harry Potter collection.  This series of books has been a huge part of my life since I was 13 years old.  That's a long, long time.  When I read Harry Potter, not only am I transported to a world I adore time and time again; I'm also transported to a time where life was simpler, responsibilities were few and far between, and in general I felt a little happier than I do on these bad days.  When I read these books I feel like I'm sat in front of the fire in the Gryffindor common room watching the story play out in my mind.  It's a wonderful feeling, so whenever life is kicking my ass, I'll turn to these books to help me through the day.

For Christmas last year Spencer bought me the first two books in the illustrated editions, which are available on Amazon here and here.  I've been loving reading my copy of The Philosopher's Stone.  The illustrations just add a whole new level of magic to the story.

I think it's important to remember that when we experience one of these days, it's ok to feel whatever it is we're feeling.  I look at it as my minds way of releasing the negativity, so sometimes I have to have these horrible days, so I can have the good days.  Sometimes it's bearable, and sometimes it's not, but I will never, ever suppress those feelings.  I just make sure I look after myself a little more in those darker days.

Let me know if you try out any of my tips, or if you have any others to add to my list, leave them in the comments below.  You never know, it may just help somebody who really needs it today.
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19/06/2017

Taking Steps To Change Up My Style

Lately I've been feeling a bit of a change in myself.  Since I graduated I started working in much less active jobs, and I've really piled on the weight and become really self conscious with the shape my body has taken as a result.  I've felt like this for quite a few years now, and have spent those years hiding as much of my body away in the baggiest clothes I can find.

Although I still want to lose some weight and build my health up again, I've started to feel a little more comfortable in my own skin as of late.  I don't know what's brought it on, but I'm certainly not complaining.  Due to this change in me though, I've felt like I need to change my style up a bit.  This has resulted in me taking a few baby steps at the moment.  I've bought a few summery pieces for my wardrobe (After I realised my clothing range consisted of a variety of Harry Potter and Disney sweaters!), and I also decided to change something else up as well.  My glasses.





I've been wearing glasses for 20 years now, and have pretty much stuck with the same style time and time again.  Black, Ray Ban Wayfarer shaped glasses.  I've always been happy sticking to what I know suits me, but recently I've really felt like I'm due a change.

As if they were reading my mind, the lovely people at Glassesshop.com* got in contact with me to see if I wanted to review a pair of their prescription eye glasses.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out a completely new style to what I'm used to, so I jumped on their website and started browsing the options available to me.  Eventually I settled on a rounder pair of glasses frames with a tortoise shell finish.  The style on the website is called Wood Round, but don't be fooled by the name, because as you can tell from the photos they're actually made from a really durable plastic.

Being such a creature of habit when it came to my glasses for so long, I really wasn't sure how I felt about the frames when I first put them on.  I was so used to my trusty black square frames that I just felt so alien in these frames when I tried them on initially.




Since I'm currently out of work, over the past couple of weeks I've been taking my friends dog out for an afternoon walk with Spencer.  It takes a weight off of their mind, and it means we get some regular, daily exercise.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take my glasses on their first outing.

I suppose the most important part is their functionality, which I can confirm is perfect for me.  As an online glasses shop, I had to send all of my prescription details over to ensure I got the correct frames inserted into my frames, and me being the worrier I am, I worried for the entire time that I may have got a digit or a letter wrong somewhere and would end up with the wrong lenses.  These frames come all the way from China, so it's a long way for them to travel if you get your prescription wrong!  Luckily this wasn't the case though, and my prescription is spot on for my eyes.

I am especially impressed with the frames themselves.  I'm personally not one for designer glasses.  I just don't see the point in forking out £200-£300 on a pair of frames.  I always opt for the budget brands, but sometimes the issue with this is you can tell that the quality of the frames aren't up to scratch.  However, the plastic used for these frames is incredibly durable, and they're perfect for somebody as clumsy as me.  The plastic is really bendy, so will be able to take some bashes without causing damage to the frames.

Lastly, once I got over the initial shock of being in a totally different pair of glasses to what I'm used to, I completely fell in love with these frames!  Recently I've found myself really avoiding my glasses and opting to wear contact lenses on a daily basis instead.  Now I have a totally new pair of frames I'm happy to sport a pair of glasses again on the days I can't be bothered to faff around trying to get a pair of contact lenses in.

If you're on the look out for some new frames, I couldn't recommend Glassesshop.com enough.  There are hundreds of designs to choose from, you can get prescription sunglasses as well as normal glasses, they're extremely affordable, and because the people at Glassesshop.com or so lovely, they've even provided me with a code for all of my lovely readers!  If you enter the code GSHOT50 at the checkout, you will receive 50% off of your entire order!

It's little changes like this that are really helping to instil a little confidence back into me again.  Although something like this may seem like a whole lot of nothing to others, sometimes it's steps like this we need to take to help bring us out of our shells again, when we've spent years trying to hide in the background, and that's totally ok!  Also, for those of you wondering that cutie in the photos with me is Zara, and she's pretty much my best friend!

*Glassesshop.com gifted me a pair of prescription glasses for consideration of review - all opinions are my own
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16/06/2017

Overcoming Gym Fear

I've only been going to the gym for just over a year now, so I know full well that gym fear is real, and it stops many of us making that step to get to the gym and work our little butts off!

In fact, the whole reason I'd never stepped foot in a gym (Apart from the six week gym experience we got at school as an alternative to PE lessons!) before last year was because of this fear.  I suffer with Anxiety; as in, I'm diagnosed with it by the doctor.  My anxiety makes me jump to the worst case scenario in every situation I encounter prior to me actually encountering it.  Most of the time I can beat it because deep down I always know that no matter what my head is telling me, it will never be as bad as I envisage; however, sometimes it beats me, and the gym fear was one of the things that beat me, up until last year.

I realised I needed to make lifestyle changes, and one of the areas I knew I needed to work on was my health.  As much as I tried to work out at home, it's never something I've really succeeded at.  My home is my place to relax, so I just was never really cool with working out in my living room, so I knew my only other option was to finally face my fear and join the gym.

The joining the gym part was easy.  Getting to the gym was a whole other story!  It took me another week from joining before I actually stepped through the doors for the first time.  I knew that I would need an induction before getting stuck in, and that thought absolutely terrified me.  In my head the personal trainers would all be buff, beautiful people (Which in fairness, at my gym they actually are!), and I was convinced they were going to take one look at me and either a.) laugh, or b.) tell me I had no hope and refuse to show me around.  Of course, neither of those outcomes came into fruition, and instead they were incredibly supportive and really helpful.

So this experience doesn't have to be as scary as it seems at the moment.  Today I want to share some tips with you on how you can make this experience a little easier so you can take that big step and beat that gym fear...




Find a gym buddy

Luckily I had Spencer by my side who decided to sign up at the same time as me, and it made all the difference.  Although I feel much more comfortable going to the gym solo now, we still often go together, and it's much nicer having some moral support by your side.  

If it wasn't for Spencer being by my side that first day I probably would have never stepped through the door and would still be a gym virgin today.  I needed some real encouragement (And a bit of tough love!) to get me through those doors on that first day, but once I made that first step, I'd done the hardest part.  Every visit from that point became easier and easier, until it felt like second nature to me.

Even further down the line I think it's still good to have a gym buddy though.  You can be accountable for one another, and encourage one another to get your bum down to the gym when the other is being exceptionally lazy (Usually me!).  Having a gym buddy is amazing, so if you can find one, take advantage of the opportunity and pair up!

Do that induction

One of my fears about going to the gym was not knowing how to use any of the equipment and making a fool out of myself as a result.  As scary as it seems at the time (Trust me, I know how scary it is from experience!), get yourself booked on to an induction.  As intimidating as the PT's seem, they're there to help, support and encourage you to work towards a healthier you, and first and foremost their main concern is your safety.

As terrified as I was arriving on my first day and going for my induction, I actually finished my induction feeling the complete opposite to what I expected to feel.  I felt at ease; like I had a bit more of an idea of what the hell I was doing!

Once you've taken part in your induction (Which will probably only take a maximum of 30 minutes out of your day) you will have access to so many machines, which will mean you can really utilise the gym to it's full potential.




Wear something comfortable

The last thing you want to do when you head to the gym for the first time is wear something that you then feel the entire time feeling self-conscious in.  Whatever you do, please make sure you pick something you feel completely comfortable in!

JD Williams has a huge selection of women sports wear, including collections for plus size women too, which is perfect being a plus size woman myself.

I chose the Adidas Tri-Blend Leggings*, which are hands down the comfiest gym leggings I've ever owned, and the Ellesse Mistico Sweater*.  The sweater I don't have to wear too often to the gym, but on really cold days I will take it along with me.  The great thing about the sweater though is even at times when I'm not wearing it to the gym, I love it enough to wear day-to-day as well.

In this outfit I feel completely at ease to just get to the gym and get on with it, and on days where it's a little warmer (Like this time of year!), I'll just throw on a fairly loose fitting t-shirt instead.

Keep a look out on JD Williams throughout the year too, as at certain points they have really amazing discounts.  For example when I picked up the Ellesse sweater, it was on sale for £10.00!


In the end all it took for me was to just take that giant step through the doors of the gym for me to realise that actually, it's a pretty safe place for me to be, and nobody gives a damn about me or what I look like, because they're too focused on what they're doing and what they look like.  So take a deep breath, and beat that gym fear. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody can!

*The items from JD Williams were gifted to me for consideration of review.  All opinions are my own
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14/06/2017

Tips For Booking A Trip To Disneyland Paris

I may have only been a few times, but it is safe to say that Disneyland Paris is one of my all time favourite happy places.  I went for the first time 25 years ago with my Nan and Grandad when the park first opened, my most recent visit was for my 30th birthday last year, and the magic is still as strong for me now at 30 years old as it was at five years old.

Obviously going to DLP as an adult opposed to a child generally means you have to book your trip yourself, and as this is something I have now planned and executed myself (And no doubt will be doing again in the future!), I thought I would share my tips with you on how to book your perfect DLP trip.

As I have only booked myself a trip that involved staying on Disney property I'm only able to comment on this.  It will definitely be tips more directed at a more luxurious trip to Disney (Although with budget options.) opposed to a budget trip.  If a budget trip is what you're looking for do make sure you Google this as I know their are tonnes of amazing blog posts on this already that cover this, however, if a Disney trip with a little bit of luxe is what you're looking for, then keep on reading...

When to go and who to book with



One of the most important questions you first need to ask yourself is "When do I want to visit Disney?"  For me this was a no brainer.  I'd known I wanted to celebrate my 30th birthday at DLP for quite a while.  It would be during their Christmas celebrations, it would be off peak season, and of course, it would be my birthday!

However, I know there are plenty of other factors to take into consideration for some people.  Due to my area of work at the time and the lack of children, I had free reign to book whenever I wanted.  Some of you may have career commitments at certain times of the year, or children you can only take during the holidays.  Make sure you take into consideration all of your responsibilities and commitments, then decide on when you would like to take your trip from there.

Prices differ depending on what time of year you visit the parks, and obviously the price is bumped up during the holidays, however, there are still ways you can save yourself some money even if you do have to visit during the holidays.

Myself and everybody I know who books a holiday to any of the Disney Parks books them directly through the Walt Disney Travel Company.  They always have amazing offers on, whether it be to save yourself a bit of cash, add extra nights for free to your trip, or throwing in some added extras for free, you can always get a great deal through this site.

During my trip last year, because of the time I booked at I got two free nights added onto our trip, and a friend of mine who has booked a trip for August has managed to get all of her dining plans thrown in to her booking for free, saving her over £600.00 on her trip!

Your choice of DLP hotel can drastically change the cost of your holiday as well.  Disney have a number of themed hotels, ranging from budget to luxury, so make sure you pick an option that suits your budget.  On my last trip we stayed in Hotel Cheyenne, which was one of the budget options, and I absolutely loved it!  I mean, it's Disney so you really don't have to worry about them being any less fabulous just because it's a budget hotel!  The theming was incredible and the staff were amazing!

Your transport to and from Disney


Ok, so you've found who you're going to book with; now it's time to sort your travel out.

If you do decide to book through the Walt Disney Travel Company, you can by all means add flights/Eurostar onto your booking at the time and sort it all there and then, but more often than not you'll find that it's cheaper to book your travel separate to the hotel, park tickets, etc.

My advice would be to check the costs of flights and the Eurostar before finalising your booking online.  For flights I personally prefer to use Travel Supermarket for comparisons, as I find their site easy to navigate, and I always seem to get the best deals through this site opposed to the others, and for Eurostar I use their direct website.  If you find that in fact booking all travel through your chosen holiday site along with your holiday is the cheaper option then just add the flights to your booking, however, if you find they're cheaper independently save yourself some pennies and book separately.

Some points to consider when deciding on what would be a cheaper option for your travel all round.  When flying to one of the Paris airports you will then need to book your transfers to your chosen DLP hotel.  When I flew to Paris last year we then used the Magical Shuttle to take us to and from the airport.  This cost around €60.00 return for the both of us, and we were dropped of and picked up right outside our hotel.  In the end this worked out much cheaper along with the flights I managed to get for us than it was to go by Eurostar.  However, my friend who is going this time has managed to get incredibly cheap Eurostar tickets, and the great thing about travelling with Eurostar is you don't have to book any transfers when you get there, because the train station drops you right outside the Disney Village, where you can just use the free shuttle buses to your chosen hotel!

Again, the cost of your travel will be down to the time of year you're travelling, so just do your research, shop around, and bag yourself the best deal you can find.

The Disney Dining Plans



When booking your trip to DLP through the Walt Disney Travel Company, or an approved travel agent you will be offered the option to include a Disney Dining Plan to your booking.  If you're hoping to dine in the amazing themed Disney restaurants on property, then you need one of these dining plans!  You will not get food anywhere near as cheap if you pay independently at each restaurant.

There is a whole page about the Disney Dining plans on the DLP Guide here, which will explain it far better than I ever will be able to, but basically if you choose one of the half board or full board meal plans, you have four options to choose from, from hotel, standard, plus and premium.  Each one is priced differently and will give you different dining options. So hotel is obviously for hotel restaurants only, going all the way up to premium, which gives you free reign on any of the restaurants throughout the parks.

When I went I opted for the Plus half board meal plan, which left me with around 20 restaurant options, and entitled me to one three course table service meal or buffet meal per day, and also some afternoon snacks.  Along with my buffet breakfast every morning at the hotel this was more than enough food to fuel me throughout the day.

If there is a restaurant you would like to try that isn't covered on the meal plan you've selected then do not fear!  You can still exchange your voucher, and then just pay the difference.

The Disney Park restaurants are extremely popular, so I would highly recommend taking full advantage of being able to book your restaurants two months prior to your trip on +33 01 60 30 40 50.  You can book on arrival at a number of locations in your hotel and throughout the parks, however, you're less likely to get booked in to where you would like to dine.  I made this mistake when I visited last year, and I was there in off peak season too!  Although I got to dine in some of the restaurants I wanted to, I was unable to in some others, which left me feeling a little disappointed.  If you're going during holiday season then you absolutely need to take advantage of booking in advance.

Two notable restaurants that you must try if you visit is The Blue Lagoon and Bistrot Chez Remy.  Both incredible restaurants, with incredible food, and their theming is on point!

Also, if you're an adult make sure you treat yourself to some of the cocktails.  Disney know how to do cocktails!  Glowtini anybody?

What to do when you get there



This part is all down to personal preference really, but make sure you do your research beforehand.  I couldn't recommend utilising DLP Guide enough.  This site is updated on the regular and is completely dedicated to all things Disneyland Paris.

You'll be able to see what celebrations will be taking place whilst you're there, what parades will be happening, what shows you can go and see, and it's also great to use to find out about any hotel refurbishments or attraction closures as well.

I would highly recommend checking out the parades whilst you're there.  Especially if you're visiting this year during the 25th anniversary celebrations.  They're an absolute spectacle and you can have some great character interactions as the characters go by too (Prince Charming wished me a happy birthday when I was there, which basically means we're going to get married!).

Also, you have to go and see the illuminations against the castle at night.  O.M.G.  It's one of the most stunning light shows I have ever seen!  I waited for 90 minutes so I could be right at the front and although my little legs hated me at the end, it was totally worth it!

Just walk around and take in your environment!  You're going to be in Disney, and it really is a magical place!  Sometimes the crowds can be a little overwhelming, so in those moments take some time away from them.  Walk around the lake, enjoy a cocktail in one of the many restaurants or hotels, go exploring in Skull Rock, which seemed to be a pretty unpopular area when I was there, or get yourself a Mickey shaped snack, find a seat and just take it all in.

It truly is the most magical place on earth!

Have you been to Disneyland Paris, or do you have a trip on the horizon?  Do you have any extra tips to add to the above?  Let me know!

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12/06/2017

A Guide To Eating Out In Sheffield

Anybody who knows me knows that one of my favourite past times is eating out.  Nothing gives me more joy than being able to go out for a nice meal and being able to relax whilst somebody else cooks my food for me and does the dishes afterwards.  Give me a nice meal out over going out on the lash any day!

since finding a partner in crime who loves food just as much as I do, we've eaten out in our fair share of food establishments around Sheffield over the years, so I have been working hard to put together a guide for you of all of my favourite places to eat out.  It was tough narrowing down which places to include, but in the end I managed to get it down to a solid five.  You won't find any popular chain establishments in this post.  Oh No.  This one is dedicated to the lesser known places to eat.  Some off the beaten track and absolute gems that just don't get enough love in my opinion.

Let's start shall we?

Craft & Dough | Ecclesall Road



Craft & Dough* on Ecclesall Road is my favourite place to head to for brunch.  It has everything from your standard Full English, the favourite bloggers cliche brunch of Avocado on Toast, to breakfast with a twist!  When we last went Spencer had a bacon dish that came included with a sprinkling of Bacon Frazzles!

It's a great place to head to early on a Saturday morning.  There's not many people in at the time, so it's a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, with the students in the area slowly filtering in late morning as you're about to leave, and I would highly recommend having a wander around Ecclesall Road whilst you're in the area too.  It's a really student heavy area of Sheffield, which makes me feel all kinds of nostalgic as it is very reminiscent to me of Headingley, an area I lived in when I was a student in Leeds.  It has some lovely, quirky little independent shops and boutiques, which I've found to be perfect for finding gifts for loved ones with a bit of a difference.  

If you're planning on heading to Craft & Dough for some brunch followed by some window shopping, I would highly recommend going during the summer when it's even quieter as most of the students have gone home for the summer break.

Sakushi | Campo Lane



Sakushi is definitely up there as one of our most frequented restaurants.  Spencer is a huge fan of Japan and the Japanese culture, and with that he loves Japanese food.  I'd never gone to a Japanese restaurant until I met him.  Before then the only sushi I had ever tried came in a packet from Boots.

Sakushi is one of my all time favourite places to eat.  As it's such a hidden gem in Sheffield, it's never, ever busy when we go in, so again, we always know if we're in need of some great food and a chilled out evening, that we're pretty much guaranteed it at Sakushi.  The conveyer belt full of sushi is my favourite thing about the restaurant, but also the most lethal!  I can quite easily rack up a small fortune in sushi without even thinking about it!  Some other dishes to note if you ever visit as well are the Don Buri dishes and the Katsu Kare too.

And trust me, once you've had freshly made sushi from a restaurant like Sakushi, pre-made packet sushi will never taste anywhere near as good again!

The Old House | Division Street



If you're looking for some pub grub with a difference then you need to head to The Old House* on Division Street.  This is the most recent place I've eaten out, and the first time I had eaten in here.  I've frequented this bar on many a night out, but never thought of coming to eat here before until I was invited along to try the new menu to review.

Division Street is one of my all time favourite places to go in Sheffield.  I first discovered it when I was about 16 years old with my best friend Charlotte, and I've never looked back since.  Full of misfits, alternative types, and beautiful boutiques, this street suits me down to a T.

When Spencer and I headed along to The Old House, it was a beautiful, Wednesday evening.  There was a totally relaxed vibe to the bar; totally different to the bustling bar I was used to on a Saturday night, and the food was incredible.

I love that The Old House put a bit of a twist on your usual pub classics.  I opted for the Pulled Chicken Lasagne with a side of Fried Halloumi when I visited a few weeks back, and it was absolute perfection!

The Harley | Glossop Road



The Harley is home to the infamous Twisted Burger Co., which has become a firm favourite throughout Sheffield.  So much so that they now have a stall open in The Moor, and have recently opened an independent restaurant in Broomhill too.

These are burgers and fries that pack a punch!  My absolute favourite combo when I go to The Harley is the Everything Is Hallouminated Burger (with double halloumi patties!), along with the Buddha Fries.  Don't worry though, if you're a meat eater (Which I usually am!) there are plenty of options for you too.

Also, on a Sunday you have to try the Moist Maker!  It is essentially a Sunday Dinner in burger form.  A.MA.ZING.

This is another place we frequent often, mainly because it's somewhere Spencer can eat without too much worry.  He's Lactose Intolerant, and Twisted Burger provide a fair few vegan options, which is great to note is you have any similar allergens, or are a vegan/veggie yourself.

Steam Yard | Division Street



We're back on Division Street again, but this time to my favourite little coffee shop!  I discovered the Steam Yard last year, and they make some of the most amazing coffee and pastries!  Don't get me wrong, I love a Starbucks as much as the next person, but sometimes it's just nice to go somewhere a little less commercialised and support the little people, and the Steam Yard is a top quality coffee shop that I'm more than happy to give my support to.

Their coffees (And hot chocolates!) are delicious, and their pastries are incredible!  So far I have tried the s'mores donuts and their vegan brownie (Another great reason to go as it caters to Spencer again!), and I'm still trying to get my hands on one of their infamous kronuts.  I've heard they're incredible, and I'm dying to try one!  Just FYI, if you do go to the Steam Yard to try one of the kronuts, avoid going on Mondays as it's the only day they don't have them.  I made that mistake a few weeks back and was left feeling highly disappointed!

Their most recent addition to the pastry selection is cruffins too, which I also need to get my hands on.  Basically their pastry game is on form!

I hope you enjoyed this little guide of my favourite places to eat out in Sheffield.  Let me know if you've tried any of these places before, or if I've inspired you to go out and try any of the above.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on these in the comments below!

*My meals at The Old House and Craft & Dough were free of charge in exchange for a review.  all opinions on the above are my own
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