#DiscoverOrigins with Em Sheldon

This week I had the absolute pleasure of being one of the lucky selected few to attend the #DiscoverOrigins event in the new York store hosted by the lovely Em Sheldon.

I will hold my hands up at this early stage and say that Origins was not a brand I had ever tried. I was familiar with them and had seen Em rave about their products but had never plucked up the courage to spend the pennies in case it didn’t work for me. If you’re familiar with York, then the store is located down Stonegate near Little Betty’s and occupies the most characterful building with impressive original beams and slightly wonky feeling. This is part of the charm of a lot of buildings located in York and is one of the many reasons I love living a stone’s throw outside the city.

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Great British Food Festival

Almost 2 weeks ago I was invited to the Great British Food Festival at Castle Howard just outside of York. I’ve never been to a food festival before so I was quite excited as Castle Howard is only a stone’s throw from where we live.

On the 29th and 30th of July, Castle Howard played host to the festival and despite the weather not looking overly fantastic, the day stayed clear and dry. I took Bobby as my plus one of course as he’d have been pretty miffed if I hadn’t taken him to anything food related.

We were invited by the lovely people at Tastecard and after arriving, were shown to a tent set up exclusively for a bloggers challenge. As more bloggers arrived with their +1’s and we were all seated and offered a glass of bubbly (don’t worry I didn’t drink), it was time to hear about the challenge.

On the tables in front of us were a plate of cookies and lots of different items for decorating them like sprinkles and icing. We were tasked with decorating our cookies into a form of our favourite foods. I chose to design some small round cookies into doughnuts given its firm fixture as a pregnancy craving of late. Bobby got a lot more creative and turned a gingerbread man into a Mexican with a poncho and created a whole beach scene on his plate complete with a taco shaped cookie in the man’s hand.

Why all the effort you ask?

Well up for grabs was first prize of a £50 Pizza Express voucher, second prize was a Kenwood Spiralizer and third was a lifetime membership to Tastecard.

There were lots of great designs and I am pleased to say Bobby won 1st prize and took away the gift card with a smile on his face. I didn’t know he was so creative.

After this we were available to roam the festival and check out all the great stalls, food and activities they had going on. The smells from some of the stalls were fantastic and it was hard not to want something from all of them. We ended up getting something each from different stalls; Bob got a pulled pork sandwich from a Jack Daniels smoker train and I purchased an amazing chicken Quesadilla. We were both too greedy though and forgot to take photos but it was a big thumbs up from us both.

The festival had so many things to see and do, whilst I could waffle on, here are my snaps so you can see yourself.

As you can see, lots to enjoy and as the day progressed, the festival got busier and busier.

A huge thank you to Tastecard for inviting us along and for the fantastic prize which we will hopefully enjoy before Baby’s arrival.

Laura x

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The Botanist York

A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to The Botanist York for the launch of some of their new cocktails. Now I bet you’re all thinking “Laura, you’re pregnant, you can’t drink!” and you are correct. Luckily for me, they were kind enough to make me an array of mocktails whilst I brought my mum along as my plus 1 so she could enjoy the cocktail goodness.

Having never been to the Botanist before, I was intrigued to find out more and being a lover of cocktails in general, I was excited to see some of the things, I had heard so much about.

For those of you that know York, The Botanist is located in Stonegate and is a fab corner building that you can’t miss and is more spacious than it first appears. When you go upstairs you find a corridor of many rooms that look like someone’s house.

Now let’s get to the important part; the drinks.

Things kicked off with 2 Strawberry and Elderflower Bellinis for mum

And a mocktail called All The Greens for me which tasted amazing.

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