A Catch Up Over Chicken

Things have gotten really busy lately. Turning 32 last month kinda caused a little panic and I’ve ended up signing up to do my CIMA certificate (I only have one module to do to get the certificate, then I can start CIMA properly. Why did I wait so long to do this!), I’ve started going to the gym again (which I forgot that I really enjoy, and especially when I have a colleague come with me after work!), I’m seeing a personal trainer twice a week (which is actually awesome – when I went to the gym previously, I just went on the treadmill, cross trainer or bike – now I get to do weights!) oh, and there was a house purchase in the middle too. Blogging has taken a further back seat than before and meeting up with everyone is even further back!

TGI Fridays offered me some vouchers to head over to the Cabot Circus branch which seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Sophie and spend lots of time talking about, well, everything.

We had a great waitress (who didn’t mind tooooooo much that we spent more time gossiping than choosing our order…!) who brought over our first cocktails – a classic mojito for Sophie and a “skinny” blackberry margarita for me – apparently, with less than 100 calories, but this just meant it was a little less sweet than normal – still very easy to drink!

Neither of us had been to TGI’s very much in the past few years, so we both ended up going for fajitas – I went for the Jack Daniel’s crispy duck, and Soph went for blackened chicken. We also chose a portion of sweet potato fries which disappeared quickly (more places should have them as a side dish!), and the Texan Toothpicks which were…interesting. They were like thin pieces of onion and chilli that had been deep fried – they’d be great as a topping to a burger, but weren’t the best side dish.

Picture by @s_saint

The rest of the meal was delicious though! Probably the only time we stopped talking was to eat – my duck was much larger than expected (I expected a breast but it seemed like half a duck!) which came with a little pot of my favourite JD sauce (when I worked for a chain owned by the same company, I’d use my staff card to persuade the waiters to bring a jug of the sauce with my meal!) and came with cucumber and spring onions. Sophie’s blackened chicken looked just as delicious with a salsa on the side and the usual dips you’d expect with fajitas.

After dinner, I went for a royaltini which has raspberry vodka, blackberries, apple juice and a bit of fizz and Sophie went for another mojito while we carried on talking about literally everything in the world. I know that some people dislike chains but I think they have a place for meals where you need to cater for lots of different people and with the vouchers and deals that are around, they make an easy place to get together with friends.

Thank you TGI’s – I need to come back soon to tackle the Warrior again!

I was provided with vouchers to visit TGI Fridays Cabot Circus. This post has not been reviewed by the brand or PR company, and no links were requested as part of the review. All links provided are to make the post more useful!


You know those ads on Facebook that appear and tell you that you could get this product for 5% off? Ads are so easy to skip on mobile Facebook, so it was lucky that I spotted the Pawsomebox offer to try out the first box for free


Pawsomebox is a monthly subscription box with items tailored for your breed of dog. When I set this up, I did it for Fern (Cocker Spaniel), but it would be useful to have the ability to have a box for two dogs.

In the box, we received a squeaky furry squirrel, some bone shaped biscuits, some dental chews, some dental care spray (as soon as I pulled that one out of the box, Alex and I looked at each other and said “JILL” at the same time! That pup’s breath could kill a man), a spikey bone shaped chew toy and a storage box. There was also a little magazine in the box with a few tips and this cute graphic about how dogs bark in other languages!

The only thing that we didn’t give the dogs was the squirrel, and that was only because Jill is quite destructive. We’ve been pleased with how the blue bone has held up (still looks pretty good, a few months later) and the treats went down well (of course!).

Would I subscribe? Not really. Not because the box isn’t a good idea, but because I feel like if the dogs had this every month, then we’d be overrun with toys! Perhaps if there was an option to subscribe, but only receive boxes every other month, or every quarter, that would be much more suitable!

You can try a box from Pawsomebox for half price by heading to this page

This box wasn’t offered to me because of my blog, it was open to anyone. Fern and Jill’s opinions are not affected by products being given to them for free. Oh, and just because I haven’t posted a pic in ages of them…

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Spa Time!

Lush opened in Chester when I was still in school (so 15 years ago? GOOD LORD) and I hated it. It’s on the corner of two of the main streets and you had to walk past it on the other side of the road otherwise you might die from breathing in the smell.

Man, I’m really not good at selling something, am I?

So that’s why despite having a Lush nearby for most of my life, I’ve never really been a huge fan. Over the last year or so, I’ve been given random bits of Lush goodies (which Alex has promptly used before I could even run a bath) and I’ve even fallen for the hype of Snow Fairy (It smells so good! Why is it only available at Christmas? How many bottles can I buy this year?)

My closest Lush store in Broadmead is fine to supply these things when I need to pop in on my way home from work, but when the Bath Spa spa (spa spa spa) store opened recently, it was lovely to be able to wander around and not worry that I was going to knock something over (which happened in the Bristol store at Christmas when a man pushed me!). The store is beautifully big and airy upstairs, with the downstairs area being home to the spa treatment rooms




















We made up some of the fresh masks that would end up on display before heading downstairs to check out the various spa treatments on offer. I liked the look of Hard Days Night where you wear PJ’s and the therapist moves your body around to a Beatles soundtrack (which is what puts me off tbh), but the Comforter? looked (and smelt!) more tempting. Each treatment room is beautifully fitted out and the central point for them all is decorated like a farmhouse kitchen, where you can go and have a brew afterwards!

If you’re in need of a little pampering in the South West, head over to Bath for a little lushness!

Making face masks at @lushbathspa

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