On dealing with S.A.D/Winter Blues

Something that I have been dealing with for the past few years is S.A.D (standing for Seasonal Affective Disorder), or the “Winter Blues”, everybody can feel it each year. Rather than moan about how crap you can feel, I want to share a couple of tips that help me get through it. A more “uplifting” post, if you will. Concentration on a topic like this flutters away so quickly, so it’s taken some time to write but now it’s a beautiful day after Storm Gertrude and I’m feeling fresh (See Post from Storm Frank). I wanted to post this in the earlier part of a new year, as when it gets lighter and slightly warmer earlier, it feels promising and everybody starts getting excited. Then, come October time, I can bring you back here and we’ll try and get through it together.

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Campsterdam: Postcards from 4 days in Amsterdam.

Thinking about where you’re going to head to this summer on a budget? It’s easy to ‘do’ Amsterdam in 4 days. Properly chilled out, a great place for friends and a fantastic place to visit. I went with a group of my close friends, we’re often up to no good so our trip was full of belly laughs. See how we did it.

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#BLOGSTAURANTWEEK SUNDAY: PITCHER & PIANO

As if this marks the end of #BlogstaurantWeek. 7 days of some of the best restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne, I now have to go back to cooking and doing the washing up. For the final day, we headed to The Quayside for food at Pitcher & Piano. Pitcher & Piano is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine or pint of lager on a sunny day. I’ve never actually been for food and I thought Restaurant Week would probably be the perfect time to check it out, as well as their ‘new’ refurb.

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#BLOGSTAURANTWEEK SATURDAY: BABUCHO

Babucho Newcastle is an old favourite for Restaurant Week, I think it’s often a “first choice” for me when it comes around, as it’s quite easy for picky eaters! Tonight, I was joined by my housemate (again, See Wednesday) and my old University Girls. This therefore included One vegetarian, Two not-very-hungry-vegans, then a very ravenous Lucy and Me. We had spent today in two huge teams, having a very competitive game of Laser Tag, we were in dire need of some good grub.

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#BLOGSTAURANTWEEK FRIDAY: THE GENTLEMAN

The Gentleman is one of the newer cocktail bars that have cropped up around Newcastle as of recent. This one seems to inject a little bit of class back into Bigg Market. Isn’t Bigg Market coming along nicely now?! The Gentleman is a Cocktail & Live Music Bar. We were lucky enough to be serenaded with music when we were there – lovely!

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