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Plus Size Wedding Dress Shopping | YOUTUBE

Happy New Year to you!  
A new year brings new goals and adventures, I like to see the turning of the clock onto 1st January as a blank page upon which to start writing your new 365 page story.  This year won't come round again and I want to live it to the full!  So, I put my big girl pants on and put my anxiety about dressing rooms aside to head into a bridal shop to start my wedding dress journey... 
This week, I found the one.

Hit play on the embedded video below to come along with me and chat about the experience, or click here to be taken to my YouTube channel!


Christmas Help & Contacts | LIFESTYLE

Christmas is not a great time of year for everyone.  According to a Times article in November, depression, anxiety, family issues and bereavement are ranked as the most cited reasons for someone to self harm over the festive period.  I'm not going to pretend that I know how this feels, but I want you all to be safe during this time - if you're having a rough time, please use some of the below contacts to keep yourself from harm and if you feel in danger at any point.  

No one has to go through this alone.  Remember, you are important and you do matter - make yourself a priority.

0300 123 3393

 08457 90 90 90

Alcoholics Anonymous
0845 769 7555

National Alcohol Hotline
0800 917 8282

NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)
0800 358 3456

Info line 08000 50 20 20

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 
0207 837 7324

0845 767 8000

Preventing Young Suicide
0800 068 4141

0800 1111

Depression Alliance

0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association
0845 634 1414

0808 800 4444

NHS Direct
0845 4647 (Emergencies 999)

No Panic
0808 808 0545

Cruse Bereavement Care

Child Death Hepline
0800 282 986

Hearing Voices Network
 0114 271 8210

Age UK Advice Line
0800 169 6565

National Self Harm Network
0800 622 6000

Talk To Frank (Drug information & advice)
0800 77 66 00

Rape and Abuse Line
0808 8000 123 (Answered by Female Support Workers)
0808 8000 122 (Answered by Male Support Workers)

SupportLine Telephone Helpline
01708 765200


Mental Earth
(Online chat)

(Online chat)

A Veteran & Soldier's Mental Health Charity
Helpline 0800 138 1619

Vlogmas Day 22/23 | YOUTUBE

Oh hello there! Just stopping by quickly between eating mince pies and being buried underneath a mountain of wrapping paper, to let you know Vlogmas day 22 and 23 are now live online for your viewing pleasure.  Have a quick break from Christmas chaos and enjoy with a brew!

Link here or hit play on the video below!


Chi Kitchen Christmas Menu | FOOD

Blogging brings me many joys; new friends, many adventures and inspiration on every turn.  Something I've spent more time doing this year is reviewing restaurants, food is one of my favourite social activities and breaking bread with friends brings me an uncountable amount of happiness.  Especially when that bread is extremely tasty...
Now, I'm often lucky enough to be invited to review restaurants and as a result have found some of my favourite restaurants that I may not have found beforehand.  Chi Kitchen in Birmingham is one of those places.

Nestled in Debenhams within the Bull Ring, the eatery is easy to miss however I implore you to seek it out.  A festive pan asian fusion awaits you!
If you're like me you're getting a bit bored of the turkey and stuffing dinner at the Christmas parties and are aching for something completely different.  Chi Kitchen are offering their take on a festive menu and have cooked up some festive delights with a twist, being a sucker for oriental food I eagerly dove in chop stick first to fill my tummy.  
We started with deep fried chilli prawns served on a bed of spring onions, they were deliciously large and juicy.  The chilli lime sauce gave the prawns a beautiful kick!  We then devoured the turkey spring rolls, light and crispy, alongisde the sweet potato with mixed berry mayonnaise.  The latter was my personal favourite, the mayonnaise had a truffle taste and the sweet potato were fried to delicate perfection.

Onto the second course, we were presented three plates of food that had wonderful presentation.  Chi Kitchen do this really well, taking every effort to make each dish look as delicious as it tastes - often looking much more upmarket than the price you're paying for it.  
The egg fried rice was just as good as previous visits, packed with flavour and a good portion of egg, mixed with a fantastic salmon teriyaki that made the mouth water as it flaked with ease.  Next up was the turkey instal and a vegetable nyonya curry, which was warming and creamy.  Being a bit of a spice lightweight, I expected this to be far too spicy for me but it was just the right amount of heat (I'd suggest asking for a kick if you like it hot!).

Finally, onto the main course and the one my companion was most looking forward to, the dessert.  Apple gyoza with home made vanilla ice cream, and a walnut chocolate brownie with star anise custard.  The vanilla was creamy and fragrant, the gyoza was crisp and packed with apple.  I was not overly keen on the star anise custard accompanying the walnut brownie, being not a fan of spices within sweets (yes, I hate mulled wine!) but my companion enjoyed it. 

We sat back in our chairs with full bellies and a glass of fizz, watching out of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city.  Chi Kitchen had delivered again and we were really happy with the meal, when we spoke with the chef on the night we were told there was a sister restaurant in London with a dim sum bar so we're now planing on visiting when we next visit the capital!
Chi Kitchen's Christmas menu is on until 26th December and priced at £21.95 a head for a three course meal, great value for the food and ambience you get.  Also, these guys really take care of you!


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