Part two of this series will explore all the activities you can do in the Midlands for free!

  1. PARKS – use the 1364 hours of sunshine we get in the area to get outside!
    -Lickey Hills Country Park (Rednal, B45 8ER)
    -Sutton Park (Sutton Coldfield, B74 3EW)
    -Cannon Hill Park (Moseley, B13 8RD)
    -Memorial Park (Coventry, CV3 6PT)
  2. MUSEUMS – and for the rest of the year stay dry and take in some culture!
    – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Bham City Centre BCC), B3 3DH)
    -Transport Museum Coventry (Coventry City Centre)
    -Lapworth Museum of Geology (Edgbaston, B15 2TT )
    -Ikon Gallery (Brindleyplace (BCC), B1 2HS)
    -Bantock House Museum & Park (Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ)
    -Coventry Cathedral (Coventry City Centre)
    -Stratford upon Avon
    -St Nicholas Park (Warwick)
    -Birmingham Canals
    -Malvern Hills

There are so many cute wonderful places on your doorstep it would be a crime to not explore at least some of them over the three years you are studying and as these are all free you literally have no excuses not too!

Have I missed any local treasures? What do you like to do for free in the Midlands area?


My Mom

Never in my life have I met anyone as patient as you
Bringing up four crazy kids OR five including dad
Everyday a hetic one with no chance to breathe
Still theres a 0.000001 chance of us ever seeing you mad

Never in my life have I met anyone as talented as you
From hairdressing, to nails and amazing special cakes
Christmas dinners, ginerbread creations and beautiful eggs
She never ceases to amaze me with all the things she makes

Never in my life have I met anyone as selfless as you
You sacrife your own happiness in the blink of an eye
Theres nothing you wouldn’t do to help someone else out
As a mother, friend and wife – you have raised the bar high

Never in my life have I met anyone as spirited as you
From climbing up mountains or hiking around a lake
To taking on projects completely out your comfort zone
Attacking them with grit and strength, refusing to ever break

Never in my life have I met anyone as determined as you
In every decision, every action and every word you say
You glorify God, and actively follow his plan for your life
For all this and so much more, you truely deserve a Happy Mothers Day.

A celebration of women

Give her a boy and she’ll create a King
Someone who is repected and loved
A man capable of overcoming anything

Give her a house and she’ll design a home
She will use any space no matter how small
Somewhere safe and warm to call your own

Give her ingrediants and she’ll make a meal
With a sprinkle of  kindness and a splash of joy
She leave you full of whatever you need to feel

Give her love and she’ll use it to lift you
To show you that your capable of
Achieving things you never knew

Give her a task and she’ll give you more than you need
Leaving you with ABC as well as XY and Z
You’ll be in awe of the places it will lead

Give her a girl and she’ll create a Monarch
Together they will fight to save the world
Shining so brightly, sharing their beautiful inspiring spark


This post has been inspired for students studying in the Midlands who want to know the places worth visiting! As there are soo many great places to visit I have decided to spilt the posts into price/location catogories.

DAY TRIPS £10-£20:
Prices listed are approximates for individuals with a student discount card.

Sea Life Centre Birmingham (City Centre, B1 2HL: £10)

Now this is my personal fave as I am Queen of Penguins, make sure you get your 40% student discount online or 2-4-1 ticket when travelling by train. It isn’t as big as the one in London and should only take between 20-60 minutes depending how fast you walk!

Thinktank Birmingham (City Centre, B4 7XG: £10)

If you like Museums/Science – you’ll LOVE this place and its a good excuse to explore the city centre also.

Cadbury World (Bournville, B30 1JR: £12)

Its a cardinal sin to live in the Midlands and not go to place where the story of REAL Chocolate began! You get to learn loads about the beautiful history of the place AND get a load of free chocolate.

West Midlands Safari Park (Bewdley, DY12 1LF: £15)

Again – PENGUINS but also loads of other cool animals/rides and genuine fun day out. You will need a friend with a car though! I would avoid weekends as it gets really busy + you get a nice discount if you go mid-week.

National Space Centre  (Leichester, LE4 5NS: £11)

For a truely out of this world expierience, visit the Space Centre! (Especially fun on those typical English rainy days as its all indoors)

Warwick Castle (Warwick, CV34 4QU: £13-16)

Warwick is a lovely area, full of history and a typical quaint english town. If you want to visit the castle, book online to avoid overpriced tickets. Also don’t forget to explore the highstreet and St Nicholas’ park whilst you are there.

Kenilworth Castle (Kenilworth, CV8 1NG: £10)

Another quaint town well worth exploring and learning about the history.

Black Country Museum (Dudley, DY1 4SQ: £15)

Definitely a “Sunny Day” activity – but there is loads to do! Visit ol’ England, explore a coal mine, visit a traditional Fish and Chip Shop and become part of history for a day.

Whats your favourite Day Trip in the Midlands? Share in the comments below.
Don’t forget to check back for free activities and weekend break ideas!


Ashamedly the last six months has been the longest period of time of my teenage/adult life that I’ve been single.

As such, its been a somewhat challenging adjustment period. I have learnt a lot about myself and have slowly come to realise that actually I don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy. IN FACT; its probably the reason why some (not all) of my previous relationships have ended.

SO what now? I’m going to do all of the things I wanted to do that I couldn’t do whilst in a relationship.

  1. DATE
    Dating can be fun! It doesn’t have to be about “finding the one” or looking specifically for someone to spend the rest of your life with. People have amazing stories. And hey if you don’t have fun; you’re just gaining perfect material for your next HOT date!  – I’d like to stress that for me this isn’t about finding a hook up or satisfying a physical need. ITS ABOUT HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING LIFE!
    So i’d like to be the type of person that spent as much time with their friends as they do with their significant others, but sadly I’m not. As a borderline introvert and 100% romantic; when I’m in a relationship I like to also be BFFs with them which doesn’t leave much time for anyone else. I’m going to spend more time with friends, try to rebuild bridges I have allowed to fall down and create new ones where-ever possible.
    This is kinda linked to no. 1 but there are a few things thngs i’d like to explore that I didn’t get chance to whilst in a reltionship… Who knows what might come of it?
    OK so I guess I did this whilst in a relationship but solo travel is a completely different expierience. Also it would mean that I wouldn’t have to stay in a fancy hotel or fly business class like some of my ex’s have wanted to do. DON’T GET ME WRONG – they were finnnnnnneeeee ass holidays but I am craving a true backpack expierience and to be fully emersed in all the different cultures the world has to offer.
    I don’t know about you guys but as a couple you don’t have a lot of free time; and any time you do have you feel like you need to be together watching netflix or doing date night etc. Whilst that has been fun; its time to invest in some new skills. In my case its a case of dusting off my piano and learning Spanish.
    Like going to the cinema, or taking a trip to a national trust house or exploring somewhere new. You don’t need a guy to take you on a date – TAKE YOURSELF!

At the end of the day; you need to love yourself before you are truely capable of loving someone else. Only you hold the key to your own happiness. It’s likely that you won’t be single forever so enjoy and embrace this period of you life and be the best God Damn version of you possible.

Be an independant wo-man who don’t need no-man.

And then sooner or later they’ll all come running and you’ll feel like none of them are worthy of your time because you have the best life without them so why would you give that up?


I like to shower at night
To wash off the events of the day
To let go of any frustration and
the lost words I couldn’t find to say

For what has happened is history
Theres no point dwelling in the past
Watch the water slowly drain away
Alongside burdens you have cast

I like to turn the heat up high
Until my limbs turn Russian Red
I let the warmth recharge my soul
and think towards whats ahead

I leave the shower a different girl
To the one who entered in
Because I have repented
And been forgiven of my sin


Sometimes its good to look back, to see how far you’ve come. But it is much more important to look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Re-finding God has been on my agenda for the last few years, but this year I had the break through I needed. My goal for this year is to continue to get closer with God and become more involved in the Church community.

Starting my Business Management degree was an unexpected addition to 2017, and will be a big part of the next three years. I will have finished my first year and will be moving onto my second year (where the real work will begin!). Obviously I would like a first to round off my first year, but I have decided that its not going to be my biggest priority as it doesnt actually count towards my final grade. In terms of uni, my biggest goals are; to have mastered the art of referencing and to have made a couple of close friends. I would like to be well enough (health wise) to be able to spend the first semester of the second year in Toulouse. But it’s not the end of the world if that doesnt happen.

Next summer I would love to travel around Europe exploring different cultures and embrace the “backpack” lifestyle. I would also love to be speaking enough Spanish to have a basic conversation with someone!

I guess to some extent this one is out of my hands. But I will continue to do all I can on my journey to good health including exercise and clean eating!

What are your plans for the new year? Send me links to your blogs in the comments below; i’d love to hear what you’re going to be up too! 



What a year.

One that I will look back on and know how strong I am because I made it through to see the other side.

I have lost a lot this year, some friends, my health, my childhood home, the closeness and unity of my family, my job and my long-term boyfriend. Lets face it, THIS YEAR SUCKED.

In June my mental health hit an all time low point, and I wanted to end my own life. I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Depression is terrfying. I’ve never been so happy of something that I failed at in my whole life.

I have also gained a lot from this year. There is something about hitting rock bottom that is strangely refreshing.  It makes you realise what is real, what is not, who is there for you and who jumps ship when the shit hits the fan. I realised that life is not worth living if you are living for your own purpose. It enabled me to wholley give my life to God with no reserves, no doubts, no hesitation.

For the last couple of years i’ve been searching for happiness. My focus has been on getting the promotion, planning the perfect holiday but nothing was ever good enough. Don’t get me wrong, there were moments of happiness, ups and downs. Nevertheless, I  I would never have found true joy outside of God.

For a long time I was angry because of all of the things “I had lost”. But how can you loose something that was never yours? I believe that everything I have, everything I am was given to me by God. So if he needed to take it all away to remind me that He is the only thing I need? I’m glad.

2017; it’s been a memorable one for sure.

2018? Bring. It. On.


Merry Christmas!

This is my first Christmas in the new house. In fact – my first Christmas spent outside of Birmingham! It is also the first Christmas in my adult life without a boyfriend.

For anyone who has lost anyone, or anthing important this year, this Christmas will not feel as “Merry” as it perhaps should. For those of you spending Christmas away from family, I feel you.

Naturally it’s not going to feel the same. But that doesn’t mean that it has to feel sad. Christmas is about celebrating the birthday of Jesus, and thats what it should be. A celebration of all of the good people Jesus has given us in our lives. Those people may not be able to celebrate with us this year, or may not even want to celebrate with us this year. But still we can still celebrate the lessons learnt and the victories because even a broken heart is heart that has once experienced love.  And I can’t think of a better thing to celebrate.

However this Christmas finds you, I hope you can put aside your sorrow for this one day and find joy in being alive and free.

Merry Christmas.



Happiness is when you remember you’re wearing your favourite underwear today

Happiness is when there’s just enough cereal to get you through till lunch

Happiness is when you’re just about to make a drink and someone offers one to you

Happiness is giving a gift to someone without expecting anything in return

Happiness is receiving a compliment you didn’t even have to earn

Happiness is knowing that someone is there for you without asking them to stay

Happiness is lying in bed knowing everything is going to be ok

Happiness can be found in the little thing, each and everyday