Summer seems to go by far too quickly in the UK and here in Birmingham, with no trips abroad to help me escape the city, I have to get a little creative when it comes to enjoying the little sunshine that we do get. The husband and I went for a lazy summer picnic at the weekend as it was sunny, dry and warm. We don’t have a garden so can’t barbecue at home and picnics are a lovely way…

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I have visited Birmingham Hippodrome on a number of occasions over the past ten or so years. Usually for pantomime but also to see musicals and more recently, ballet. In all that time, I’ve been aware that the restaurant exists but I’ve never dined there when seeing a show. So it was with a lot of excitement that I was heading to see Miss Saigon on its UK tour and trying out the Miss Saigon inspired menu at the Circle Restaurant…

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It’s been a few years since my mum and I went on a mini break so when the chance came for us to spend 24 hours in Cheltenham with nothing to do other than eating, chatting and relaxing, we both got out our diaries to agree on a date. I can get to Cheltenham really easily and quickly by train from Birmingham New Street station and mum could drive from Devon on the M5. So although it’s not quite halfway between…

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Since wearing my hair in fashion colours, I have been looking into different brands and types of colouring that might suit my hair and get me the result I have been daydreaming about for years. Redken City Beats is the colourant that I discussed with Paula at Aesthetics Hair when I got my Great Lengths hair extensions applied in July (blog post here) and after doing some research of my own, I decided that it was worth a try. As…

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Chung Ying Garden in Birmingham’s China Town one of those regular haunts for me with my family. It is particularly good as it is accessible and they have a car park right outside. But as always the main reason to eat here is the food. I went along for a bloggers banquet to learn a bit about their dim sum menu. Although I have eaten at Chung Ying Garden many times, I have never been upstairs to the banquet room…

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