Sunday, 19 June 2016

THINGS YOU NEED TO DO AT GLASTONBURY //

View across Glastonbury Festival 2015

I am ridiculously excited - as you've probably heard many a time before if you follow me on Twitter - that next weekend is Glastonbury Festival. We're heading there with Oxfam tomorrow (more about Oxfam Stewarding here), so what better time to let you know the things that you MUST try if you have the chance to go this year.

Stay up all night


Okay, so probably not EVERY night because after a couple of days you won't appreciate anything in your delirious state. At least once though, try to make it till the early hours. Go dancing, drink a lot, party hard and watch the sun rise whilst having a crumpet.

Visit the Permaculture Garden


Through the trees in the Green Fields, an often overlooked spot is the permaculture garden. Here is the epitome of the hippie stereotype but it's definitely an experience to be a part of. As a sustainable and self-sufficient area of the festival, all food and drink here is grown around you, fantastic quality and vegetarian. We had tea and cake whilst listening to fellow visitors playing the guitar and singing. Definitely a great time-out from the chaos of the festival elsewhere.

Make the most of the food


One of the main things we realised after our first festival here is that we needed to save that little bit more money to spend on the food. Not necessarily because of the expense (like most festivals it can be pricey but Glasto stall-holders offer many deals) but because when surrounded by such amazing food, a pot noodle just won't ever cut it. From halloumi wraps, to pies, to ostrich burgers, Glasto caters for everyone.

(We still miss you though, Pie Minister.)

Go to the Glastonbury sign


You can't go to Glastonbury without instagramming a picture of yourself with the huge, recognisable, birghtly coloured sign at the far end of the field.

Visit some of the bars and buy a drink


So although it's free reign with alcohol at Glasto and people can come and go as they please with their own beer, it's worth buying a pint or two and experiencing some of the bars around. Rock the Kasbah, Bread & Roses and the bars in Shangri-La are all worth a visit.


And if you're going this year? Let me know what you're most looking forward to!


leanne

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

MOD PIZZA // LEEDS


Freshly cooked pizza from MOD Leeds


Do you want a pizza with all your favourite toppings cooked fresh, accompanied by the mother of all milkshakes? Of course you do.


MOD Pizza is an American chain that has just opened it's first UK franchise is my home town of Leeds and to be honest, we're all a bit excited about it. It's a casual pizza dining experience with a great atmosphere and what's more, it's super affordable.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not at all a Five Guys fan as far as fast food is concerned. I've visited a couple of time (though never my choice) and found it far too pricey and to contain far too much grease. Although along similar style of restaurant, MOD Pizza gives a whole new meaning to customised food in a way that it's competitors never have.

Making a pizza at MOD Leeds

Garlic strips and a milkshake at MOD Pizza Leeds

Pizza and garlic bread at MOD Pizza Leeds

Everyone is amazingly friendly, in a lovely albeit over-the-top American way. I'm quite a fan of this celebratory style 'HEY YO' they express every time someone walks through their door. If you're struggling to decide on your custom pizza choice, ask a member of staff because they're sure to have a recommendation that could suit you.

We, on the other hand, had no such problem. I chose chicken, bacon and all the green veggies I could find whilst David opted for meat, meat more meat and garlic. Anywhere that offers asparagus on a pizza is fantastic in my opinion and it was by far by favourite of the two. It's easy to choose as much or as little as you'd like, go simple or go all out, choice is yours.

We were treated to garlic strips as a starter too, although I'd recommend thinking long and hard about whether you want these or save enough room for dessert instead. Although I didn't get chance to try them myself (SO. FULL.) they offer cinnamon strips to dip into a variety of sweet sauces and it sounds incredible. This will definitely be on the list to order next time we visit!

Close-up of meat pizza from MOD Pizza Leeds

Biting into a pizza

MOD isn't just a fab new pizza place but the company itself is very much about putting people first. Not just their great customer service but also really looking after their staff a.k.a. The Mod Squad (I kid you not) creating a positive workplace and apparently, the wages are pretty great too.

Not many companies are as great as putting people before profit but it sounds like the MOD chain could be the ones to encourage this.

Last but not least, as well as serving some favourite draft beers they serve a cracking milkshake. I've never really been a fan of milkshakes but the chocolate with salted caramel may have changed my mind on them for good!


I'm super happy to welcome MOD Pizza to Leeds' ever-growing and constantly changing food community. Take a trip outside of town next time you're after a cheap and great bite to eat.


What do you think? Will you be checking out MOD Pizza?



leanne

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This post features items I was given free of charge or with a discount. This has no effect on my opinions, they are, of course, my own and truthful. Try lying with a chunk of beautiful  pizza in your mouth.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

JUNE GOALS //

JUNE GOALS


Following last month's goals, I'm making June a bit more productive.
So productive in fact, that this post is 6 days late. Make of that what you will.



Appreciate my free time


With Glastonbury coming up and no aerial classes this time round, June is a time I want to relax and take some time for myself. Work has been hectic recently and a lot of my evenings have been preoccupied, so I'm going to make the most of having no plans for a change.

If the weather stays like this, I imagine a lot of beer gardens and outings will occur and it will be wonderful.


Listen to new music


Slam Dunk Festival has spurred me to listen to more new music. I'm trying to listen to lots of bands who are playing Glasto this year before I go but also making a conscious effort to take advantage of Spotify's 'discover' playlists, listening to new and forgotten songs.

Be thrifty


The credit card situation gets a bit dire towards the Summer season, so I'm doing my best to make a bit of extra dollar. I've sold bits on eBay, written more articles and even rocked up to a car boot sale with my mum this weekend just gone. Making money and making space in my apartment? Win.

What are your goals and aspirations this month?


leanne

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Friday, 3 June 2016

HALFORDS ULTIMATE CAMPING GUIDE //


As a huge fan of days out in the sunshine and music festivals, it made perfect sense to team up with Halfords and let you know about their 2016 camping guide (which you can find online here).

Whether you're into glamping, roughing it or an afternoon at a theme park, hopefully this guide and reading about my own experiences can help you prepare and make the most of your adventures!

Halfords ultimate camping guide - camping equipment


FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE


From singing Mardy Bum with the crowd after seeing the Arctic Monkeys to crying my eyes out at Dolly Parton after a bottle bag of wine, festival season has been a time of year that's always full of laughter and in turn, has become something that I look forward to every year.

Some of my favourite memories are from music festivals, however it has taken us a few years to truly get to grips with packing appropriately for them and cutting it down to 'the essentials'.

The camping guide has a handy checklist which I'll definitely be following come Glastonbury at the end of the month! Some of the smaller items (bin bags, sun cream, lighter etc.) are easily forgotten but believe me, they'll make your trip much easier. 

Friends at Glastonbury festival

It's so important to have all the right equipment with you if you can: tents, sleeping bags, camping kitchen equipment and everything weatherproof. A decent tent is a must for any camping experience and Halfords have a huge, affordable range on their website here.

We've sat through thunderstorms and torrential rain in the past and if there's anything I've learnt - a good festival tent is necessary and ideally, choose one with more than one skin. You really don't want to wake up floating in puddles because your tent is soaked through OR get locked inside with an angry, sun-seeking wasp. Both of which I've seen the results of and it's not particularly pleasant.

A little extra room helps too, so if you're sharing with one other person, go for a 3-4 person tent to fit you, your pal and all your luggage in comfortably!

Halfords ultimate camping guide - festival tips

Exhausted campers at Glastonbury festival

Oh and one more thing, make sure you have a good rucksack to get you to and from your car/bus/train. Otherwise, you'll find you end up a little bit worse for wear like the two in the picture!

Yorkshire Dales - walking Pen-Y-Ghent

YORKSHIRE TOURIST HOTSPOTS


The Halfords Guide features a variety of holiday and outdoors destinations from Scotland, to Devon, to Wales. As a local of the county, we visited the Yorkshire Dales recently to make the most of the Spring sunshine.

We walked to the top of Pen-Y-Ghent, one of the three peaks in the district and a great day out. Armed with snacks, lots of layers and again, a trusty rucksack - we walked the 6 mile trail and enjoyed a cold pint at the end of it. Perfect!


Whether you're looking for a stay-cation in the UK for the family or a day trip with good friends, check out the Ultimate Camping Guide and see the events that are happening near you.


Let me know if you're heading off for an outdoorsy adventure this Summer and your tips for camping!


leanne

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This post was written in collaboration with Halfords. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own and unbiased.