I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas already! I feel like I’ve blinked and suddenly found myself on the 22nd of December.

It’s been a busy month to say the least. There’s been two Christmas party, trips to the Manchester Christmas Markets, meals out, family get togethers, and even a pantomime last night!

I broke up from work on Wednesday afternoon, and since then, it’s been lovely to finally take the time to do the things I like doing (mainly eating, reading and catching up on lots of box sets). I think that when you work full time, some of the things that you do for yourself, slip to the wayside in place of hard work and the general ins and outs of day-to-day life.

It’s also been great to spend time with both my family and Rich’s the past few days. With them both living quite a way from us, it makes the time that we do get to spend with them, even more special.

This Christmas is going to be a strange one for me. I’ve lost both my lovely gran and grandad this year, and it’s something that’s really been on my mind, especially with the festive season coming up. I keep thinking about how in the past, Christmasses were spent with them and even about silly things, like the fact that I obviously haven’t received a Christmas card from them or that I haven’t bought them any presents. It’s made me realise that even though Christmas is a time for spending with your family, for a lot of people, it’s also a time that makes them sad to think about the family they once had or who they can’t spend time with over the festive period anymore.

It’s also made me more aware of the people who don’t have friends or family to spend Christmas with, or even a house to spend Christmas in. Too many times in the last few weeks, I’ve seen homeless people spending the festive build up on the streets of Manchester, cold, lonely and struggling to make ends meet. It makes me realise how lucky I am to have my friends and the family that I have left.

For me, this year is all about making new traditions. I’m going to be spending Christmas day cooking dinner for me, Rich, his parents and my mum, brother and sister. A bit daunting when I’ve never even cooked a Sunday dinner – wish me luck! It’s going to be different but hopefully a good different. It’ll take my mind off the hard things that have happened this year, and will make me look forward to the new, good things that will hopefully happen in the new year.

How’re you spending your Christmas? Merry Christmas to all of you, and a Happy New Year – as always, thank you for taking the time to read what I’ve got to say.

Beth x


A city love affair


As many of you  know, I used to live in Chester. Chester is a beautiful city in the North West, and it’s the first place I lived entirely on my own without my family or any of the people that I grew up with all of my life. I lived in a tiny room in a old fashioned block of flats, and my friends lived directly across the road. Things like not being able to drive weren’t an issue as shops were a ten minute walk away, and as I lived on campus, it was literally a two minute walk to lectures. For that year, my friends became like a family to me. I think that because of that, Chester always feels like home to me in a way that I’m not always convinced Manchester does.

Although I class myself as living in Manchester, where I actually live is Sale, a small town in the suburbs which is technically in Cheshire. Where I live is very leafy and green, and it does feel more like home to me now than it did a year ago. It helps that Rich is here and that my family aren’t too far away, and I do feel as if I’m putting down more roots now that I have a part time job in the city. But then the other day, I caught the train down to Chester for a night out with some of my friends who live there. And I got that feeling as I were going home, as if I still lived there.

Although I’ve accepted that Manchester is my current home, and I’m happy with living there, I guess a part of me will always love Chester. It has beautiful sunsets, it’s where I met my boyfriend, and it’s somewhere that for a short while really made me happy. What I’ve got to remember is that life goes on, and that Manchester is somewhere that opens up a wealth of opportunities in a way that Chester didn’t. I have a lovely flat with Rich, I get to live the cosmopolitan city lifestyle, and I’m closer to my family and hometown.

I think I need to remember that whenever I do travel down to Chester for uni, which I currently do three times a week, although Chester is no longer my home, it’s still there for me when I want it. It was a stepping stone into my current life, and in the same way that my memories are always within reach, so is my favourite city.

Do any of you feel like this about a city? Let me know.

Beth xx

Rockprest Festival 03/07/16

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Last Sunday, me and Rich took my brother Gabe up to Preston for the Rockprest music festival. It’s rare that we get to see my brother on his own, and so it was great to do that for a change.


We had a bit a of a nightmare getting up to Preston due to terrible traffic, but when we eventually got there, we were glad we made the journey. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Rockprest is the UK’s largest free music festival and all of its acts are rock tribute bands. Entry to the festival itself was free but we paid a £2.50 booking fee which was extremely reasonable.


It was held over two days but we just went for the Sunday, and I’m glad we did as the weather was awful on Saturday but lovely and warm on Sunday. We had a really lovely chilled out day, we sat on the grass listened to the music, had an icecream, and just enjoyed the day.We watched a Fall Out Boy act, a Led Zeppelin act, a Stereophonics act and a Kings of Leon act. There were loads of other bands on including tributes to Queen, the Foo Fighters, and Depeche Mode, but seeing as we had work the next day, we left before these came on at about five. It was a nice change to go to a small festival as I went to Leeds festival a few years ago camping, and although I had a fab time whilst I was there, I’m not really in a hurry to repeat that experience anytime soon, whilst I would definitely go to Rockpress again!

Have any of you guys been to any festivals? What was your experience like?

How to have a productive weekend


When the weekend rolls round, it can be so easy to let yourself just sleep, but the problem with this is that before you know it, it’s Sunday night and you feel like you’ve achieved nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of a relax at the weekend, but I also think it’s nice to keep busy and to finally get round to doing all the things that you didn’t have time to do in the week. So here’s what to do to feel super productive this weekend. I promise that if you do at least one thing on this list then you’ll feel a tonne better when it’s back to the daily grind on Monday morning. 

Clear out the clutter: Try clearing out your wardrobe, taking out the recycling, sorting out those cupboards, anything that makes your home look a more tidy. I love it when the flat’s perfectly tidy and nothing’s out of place, and I can actually see where everything is. It’s really surprising with how much clutter appears during the week.

Do the shopping early: Get any food shopping done. There’s nothing worse than realising on a Saturday night that you’re really hungry and have nothing in to eat. Suddenly that night of watching a movie and having some chocolate goes down the drain as you find yourself wandering around the supermarket.

Make some time for your family: As I’m normally busy in the week, I don’t really get to see my family in Wigan apart from on the weekends. I try to go and visit them at least once a fortnight whether that’s for a Sunday lunch or just a coffee and catch up.

Enjoy time with your friends: All my friends are also at uni in other places in the North West, meaning that we don’t always have time to meet up because it’s hard when everyone has their own lives. When we can, we meet up on the weekend, because it’s so important to keep them in your life and the weekend’s normally the only time that we’re all free.

Exercise: Exercise is definitely something to try and include in your weekend if you’re aiming to be more productive. It keeps you fit and healthy and I always find it makes me feel better about myself. The last few weekends I’ve done loads of walking and have even attempted going for a run a few times. I have a gym membership that I probably need to use too.

Do that thing you’ve been putting off: Trust me, there’ll be something, whether that’s visiting that family member who lives miles and miles away, updating your CV, or even cleaning the bathroom. Get it done! It’ll be a great weight off your mind and you’ll be able to feel pleased with yourself for finally getting round to doing it.

Have some you time: Even if you are trying to be productive, try and squeeze a little bit of you time in there whether it’s reading a book, reading some new blogs, or catching up on the latest episode of your favourite TV series.

Do you try to be productive at the weekend? What do you do?