HEY Bloggers Christmas Party

For the past 5 months together with the other HEY blogger founders I have been helping to plan a Christmas event. We wanted to arrange something near Christmas to get us all feeling festive and include lots of local brands and promote them around this time of year. We had a nice evening at Violets house planning the event and then collectively we got to work, we secured an area at the newly opened Lexington bar which is part of the Double Tree Hilton, we started planning the logistics, speaking with local businesses and inviting lots of bloggers and creatives! 
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For Her Gift Guide | Christmas*

I have already written a post about things I would like to receive and my for him gift guide so now its time for my for her guide! This is one of my favourites as I find buying for the ladies in my life a lot easier. Basically, woman are far easier to please than a man in my opinion. 

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Gift Guide for Him | Christmas*

I love putting together Christmas gift guides, and this year is no different. I have already written a post about things I would like to receive and this one is all about the men in my life! Or your life if you are here for inspiration! To be honest looking over last years gift guide, not a lot has changed. I always buy chocolate, socks and gin because you just can not go wrong with that!
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Date Night at St Stephens Hull | #AliveAfter5*

If you know Hull you will know there is plenty to do aside from shopping in St Stephens shopping centre but did you know that the stores are open until 7pm on most week days & 8pm on a Thursday! I certainly didn't (despite living in Hull for most of my life!) I quite often forget that there are a variety of restaurants that you can visit along with a bowling alley, arcade, rock climbing and cinema that all stay open till late! We where recently invited by St Stephens to visit a restaurant and the Cinema! It is the perfect place for a date night and now Darren and I are married we want to take the date night opportunity as much as we can to beat the post wedding blues!
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My Christmas Wish List | Gift Guide*

OMG - its November so that means we are officially allowed to chat Christmas! I have already started my Christmas shopping as I am pretty busy over the next few weeks so I wanted to get a head start. Today I wanted to share a little post filled with items that I would love to receive this year. I think I have done this post for the past few years now so it only seems right to kick off the Christmas posts with this one!

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#giveyourselfsomesanctuary | Relaxation Tips*

Having time to unwind and chill out is a must for those of us with hectic lifestyles! Working full time, running a blog, cooking,cleaning and doing house work alongside having a social life can get pretty crazy at times so making sure there is room in the schedule for down time is a must. We usually have jam packed weekends of visiting family and friends or sorting the house out so whenever there is an opportunity to have no plans at all we relish in it. I love a pamper session just as much as the next gal so when I ha no plans last Sunday I took the opportunity to do just that!
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Owning my first home | Lifestyle*

This space of the internet that I call my blog has been with me for nearly 8 years now! Which as I have said so many times before was really not my intention! It has, grown, changed, flourished and even been abandoned once or twice but it always come on my life journey. We have spoken about University and life after, renting my first home, going on my travels, buying my first home and most recently my wedding. Each stage of my life I have hit my blog has been by my side and I am pretty lucky that one day I will look back and read through some horrendous amazing posts all about my life!
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Top 5 SEO Tips for Bloggers | Tips & Tricks*

Top 5 SEO tips

I have wanted to write this post for a while as SEO is something I really enjoy learning about and implementing. Its something that sounds a little daunting at first however it can be super easy and can help help build the credibility of your blog. I wish it was something I learnt a lot sooner in my blogging life as going back though old posts and up dating them is a mammoth task trust me! I wanted to share a few easy, quick win tips that you can start doing straight away.

SEO -Search Engine Optimisation - otherwise known as making your content desirable to Google! 
DA - Domain authority - How trustworthy your website is.
Meta Data - The bit that appears in the search results
Key Word - a word that relates to the subject of your content or the other all theme of the post

1. Name your images 
This is something i am guilty of as it is a bit more effort however, if you are naming each image that is uploaded to you blog with a relevant name that relates to the post this will start to make your blog appear in google image searches as well as becoming more of a credible website. For example if you have written a beauty product post make sure you name your images with the brand name, potentially your blog name and words like 'review' and 'impressions' as this is what a reader my type in to tehir search engine. 

2. Add Meta data
For those of you who use Wordpress or similar platforms you should really be adding meta data to every post to you write. Meta data is what appears on Google, so the title along with a short line that details what the post is. You have to be cautious of how you write here as Google may decide to cut this leaving you with something that does not make sense. If you download a plug in such as Yoast on Wordpress this will help you out in terms of character count. I would always recommend you title to include what the post is about and the name of your blog so for example for this this post I may write:
SEO Tips | Tips & Tricks | Champagne & Lemonade.ox 
I would also add a short meta description for example:
Read my top 5 tips for adding SEO to your blog posts to make them optimised for google ranking and to increase your domain authority. Check it out on Champagne&lemonadeox.co.uk
Always try to keep it relevant and think of key phrases that someone may search for. Something like 'my reaction to the best ever product' would really not work i your favour as a title as know one will ever find it on a search engine.

3. Internal & External Links
To improve your domain authority something you may want to start adding to your posts are internal and external links. This make your blog appear much more credible and also helps you either self promote or promote products you love. I always try and link to a previous post in my posts so that i am creating internal links and I try to promote at least one other site in my posts too. Something relevant for this post would be to link to another great article featuring more SEO tips such as this one from Click Consult who have a lot of great articles that can help improve your SEO. 

4.Key Words
Think about what subject you are writing about and see how else you can re-write and re-phrase that subject, think about how others might say it or describe it as this is what they may search for. Additionally, you may write a post about a certain beauty product, use that products name in the blog post title, the meta description & title, the URL, the image name and any tags you add to your post. That way the reader searching for that product will get to your post quicker.

5. Create great content and promote it!
I recently learnt that when your blog posts are shared by other this can increase your domain authority! So if you write interesting and unique content and share it so that others will find it then you have a better chance of it being shared. If you ahve put all the effort in to create the content you will really want to actually read it or else it would have been a waste of your time.

Do you have any SEO tips?

If you have any questions feel free to tweet me @lemonadelifeox

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Wedding details | Fuller Wedding 2018

After pretty much already planning out my wedding in my head (and on Pinterest) since I was about 14, I had a clear idea of exactly what I wanted for our big day. I knew the colours, I knew the theme, I knew who would be in my bridal party and so on.  Due to this the planning stages seemed fairly easy for us, we choose the right suppliers that suited our style. We chose the venue what would accommodate everything we wanted and the rest just came together nicely.
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UK Road trip Destinaions | Travel*

After living in Manchester for 4 years, it is possibly my favourite city in the UK! It has so much going on all the time, whatever time of year you will find events, shopping, restaurants, bars, markets, exhibitions and so on! For me it is less than a two-hour drive so we head there fairly often! My best friend has recently moved there too so it gives me even more of an excuse to visit! I think my favourite thing to do in Manchester is shopping in the day time followed by food in one of my favourite restaurants and cocktails and dancing in a few bars! Albert Schloss has to be up there with my favourite ever night out destinations.
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2019 Bucket list Destinations | Travel

In an ideal world I would book so many holidays for next year as I feel that I am craving another get away! However, with an credit card bill to pay off that will not be feasible. So here is my Bucket List for next year with a few potentials thrown in too. 

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SoHo Cinders | Theater Review*

Following the run-away success of last year’s sell out production of The Baker’s Wife, Hessle Theatre Company make their return to Hull Truck with the local premiere of Soho Cinders, a hilarious and heartwarming twist on the Cinderella Tale.

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the Hull Truck theatre to see the performance of Soho Cinders. As soon as I saw the poster for this show I was intrigued and thought it would be something I would enjoy so when the opportunity arise for the #HeyBloggers to get involved I jumped at the chance.

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Top 5 Restaurants in Miami | Travel

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Shredding for the Wedding | The Results.

A few months back I wrote a blog post all about how I was losing weight for my wedding. I bought my dress a size too small with the goal of losing at least a dress size. I would say I was a big size 14; I had at least a stone too loose. I had a year to do so however, I was not great at motivating myself. I joined the gym and ate healthy and a little weight did come off but I needed to get it shifted. 

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Last minute thoughts before the wedding!

Today I wanted to share a few thoughts before the wedding this weekend! I can not wait to share all the photos from the day and from our Honeymoon which I am VERY excited for! I feel like its been a very long time coming and now its finally here!

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8 Wedding Theme Ideas | Wedding

1. Mad Hatters Tea Party
This has been a popular one for the past few years now, scrapping the traditional sit-down meal for a more casual tea party alternative. A lot of venues actually offer this option now to making it easier to arrange your theme. You could have little drink me potions as your favours, names written on playing cards, old-fashioned keys as a decoration and teacups and saucers as your centrepiece. As always Pinterest is a fabulous source of inspiration, especially for this theme.

2. Around the World
This was a very close choice for me as I have seen the cutest travel themed stationary, plane tickets for invites how cute! Tables named after countries, a map as your table plan, you could even have a globe as your guestbook! I think you can make this very personal by choosing countries that you have travelled to together and use your own possessions that you have collected as a centrepiece. You could have magnets from different countries as your favours.. ahhh maybe I need to change my theme!

3. Festival Chic
This has been a massive trend this year! I have seen it at so many wedding fairs, people opting for tipis as their venue and having everyone camping instead of a posh hotel! I like this idea as you can make the tables nice and bright and you can include lots of pretty flowers too. The invites could be festival wristbands or even lanyards.

4. Luxury
A classic theme has to luxury, you want your special day to be the best it can be so why not go all out on lavish fabrics, colours and accessories. I recently saw beautifully decorated candelabra at a wedding fair that was covered in amazing flowers and jewels however it was £500 per tables and I do not have that kind of budget (although they were amazing). You could include lots of jewels and sparkly bits making the venue look a million dollars ;)

5. Disney / Marvel
This is something you see pretty often but can be interpreted in so many different ways. You can have subtle hints or just go all out! I quite like the idea of choosing a film theme for each table i.e name them after each price & princess such as beauty & the beast. I presume it will be a lot of hard work but it would look amazing! I have also seen a lot of people having a cake that on one side just looks like a regular wedding cake and once you turn it around each tier is Marvel themed! They look incredible but I'm sure they will be pretty expensive.

6. Music
How cool would it be to have a 'Gig style' wedding! You could have festival wristbands, name your tables after your favourite artists, have CD's as your favours and of course have different bands and singers on for your entertainment! Why didn't I think of this sooner, it would have been great!

7. Alcohol (Gin!!)
So this is the theme I have actually gone with! We had invites designed up to incorporate our favourite Gin's, we have gin themed tables which matches our table plan. We have a Pimp your prosecco/Gin station! And of course, lots of Gin on hand to drink! We have only added this as a subtle theme as our venue is so beautiful there is no need to decorate too much!

8. Woodland
Another very popular one, especially on Pinterest. If you are the outdoorsy type this would certainly suit you! You could even hold your ceremony in a forest or woodland area. I love the idea of bringing in wildflowers to your centrepieces and having log slices with names on for place settings, you can really go all out with this theme and make it look super pretty too!

I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration for your special day, I'm sure I could have gone on and on with different ideas but I suppose that is what Pinterest is for!!

Planning a Traditionally Modern Wedding

Photography by: Rebecca Robinson

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'Shredding for the Wedding' Loosing weight before your big day | Wedding

When choosing my wedding dress last year I decided that to feel more comfortable on the day I would like to loose some weight. I suppose this is a thought that goes through most 'Bride to be's' minds as of course you want to look your best on one of the best days of your life. Lots of people have actually asked me 'ooh are you having any thing done are you loosing weight etc' and I feel that it does add a sense of pressure. To add the extra pressure on myself I thought it would be a great idea to buy my dress in a smaller size! Which I am happy I have done but I am also worried as I now only have about 11 weeks to sort myself out! Last summer I joined my local gym and had been going semi-regularly.
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My top 6 tourist destinations in South East Asia | Travel*

I love exploring the popular tourist hot spots in the destinations I visit and of course my trip to South East Asia was filled with them. I know a lot of people complain that places are over touristy but I think if a lot of people are heading there then it must be a great place to visit! Why not visit this website and book your next trip filled with these amazing destinations. 

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Surprise Loved Ones With These Spontaneous Gifts! | Gift Guide*

Surprising loved ones can be done in a variety of ways, but when it comes down to the universal language of telling someone you care about them, a gift often goes the furthest! And after all, you don’t need to wait for Mother’s or Father’s day to buy someone you loved a nice present to remind them how much you love them. And hey, sometimes it just feels nice to be able to hand someone a neatly wrapped parcel!

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Just Chill! Relaxing Things to Do on Your Downtime During a Holiday | Travel*

Whether you only put aside a couple of hours in the morning or evening to relax and do nothing or have an entire “lazy day” in the midst of paradise, simply letting your hair down and chilling out around the hotel can be a great way of recharging your batteries for the next adventure.

Here are a few fun things you can do on your downtime during a holiday, whether you’re staying at the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, or a campsite in the Lake District.

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Bridal Party Gifts | Wedding*

With less than 100 days until my Wedding, I am starting to look at the finer details such as favours, decorations and of course gifts for my Bridal party. Typically the bride gives bridesmaids gifts to her bridesmaids and maid of honor, and the groom will give groomsmen gifts to his best man and groomsmen. We are keeping up with this tradition so today I am going to share with you some ideas that we have had so far. (By we I mean me as Darren doesn't really get why we should give them gifts *face palm*)

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The Kings Head Pub Beverley | Review*

Last night Darren and I were lucky enough to be invited to sample some delicious dishes from the new spring menu at The Kings Head pub in Beverley. I have been to the pub before however; I had not eaten there so I was excited to try it out. When I say pub you sort of visualise this outdated, miss-matched furniture and stained old carpet type of place but I can tell you The Kings Head is the exact opposite. 
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25 things you learn when you turn 25 | Lifestyle

1. You realise saying 'he was in my year' (as in school year) is becoming a little less unacceptable. 

2. You cringe at what your 18-year-old self used to get up too.

3. You start to enjoy a good Saturday night in with a film and a bottle of wine.

4. You learn what you actually enjoy drinking rather than just drinking as much as whatever you can to get as drunk as possible.

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Cosmopolitan Diva Fizz | Review*

A week or two ago a different form of blogger mail turned up in the form of bottles of fizz! I was lucky enough to receive a few bottles of Cosmopolitan Diva. I had not previously heard of this brand but I was intrigued to try them out and see if I could be converted from my usual tipple !!

Cosmopolitan Diva is a lower abv (5.5%) Low calorie fruit sparkling wine that is available in various flavours along with a non-alcoholic addition too. Each drop of sparkling wine has passed through an exclusive pure gold filtration system!

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Making Memories | Travel*

The reason I visit new places and try new things is to make amazing memories and have crazy stories that I can share with my future family. I have been very fortunate in life to have had so many amazing experiences and today I thought I would share some of my favourite memories from my travels. 
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ASOS Saved Basket | Fashion

Asos saved basket

This weather just makes me long for the summer and considering my next holiday is 4 months away now seems like the perfect time to start saving pieces to my ASOS basket! Yes it is freezing outside and we have just have a week in the snow but all I can think about is the sun and how I need to be in it. I havn't done a fashion wish list style post in a while so I thought why the hell not!

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Choosing the perfect Bridesmaids dress | Wedding

You may already know that I am getting married this year, I don't mention it that often (Only in like every other blog post!) With only 6 months to go I need to start working my way through my to-do list first up was choosing a Bridesmaid dress for my Maid of Honour. I only have one 'older' bridesmaid and my others are young so I said she could pretty much choose whatever she liked. 

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Would you #GoFaux ? | Interiors*

When we got the all-important phone call to say that our offer has gone through and we had officially bought a house, one of the first things we did was go sofa shopping! Our families had told us that there is a wait time for items like that so best order one as soon as you can so that you're not just sat the floor. So off we went to our local retail park and trekked around the stores to find what we were looking for. However, we didn't know what we were looking for! I like to think I am pretty good at choosing interiors as it is something I LOVE to shop for but when its a big item I just don't know where to start. 

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My 2018 Bucket List | Travel

The last time I wrote up a travel theme bucket list was in 2016 before I went traveling! I managed to tick off everything on that list while I was away which was so amazing. Today I thought I would put together my 2018 Bucket list with a few destinations and a few sights I would like to see. As we get married this year and have already planned our honeymoon we already have our travel plans fixed for this year, however, if we have any spare cash floating around (NOT going to happen) we would like to go away again at the end of the year! It is very much dependant on our spending over the summer so we shall have to just wait and see. Anyway, here are my plans/hopes for the next 12 months...
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Nando's hatches a new restaurant in Hull | Food Review*

Nandos, Kingswood Hull

Nando’s is hatched its third restaurant in Hull this January, which opened its doors on the 17th January at Kingswood Leisure Park. Darren and I were lucky enough to be invited over to check out the new place and try some delicious food. As we are huge Nandos fans already we were excited to go along and see the new restaurant. 

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Dry January with Fentimans | Review*

I had been eyeing up this beautiful copper penguin cocktail shaker in Sainsburrys for what felt like forever! I had seen it in store last Christmas and loved it and when they brought it back in 2017 it was the top of my Christmas wishlist! Lucky for me it was wrapped and under the tree waiting to be opened on Christmas day! Since then I have used it once to make a super strong gin cocktail, I had all great plans for our News Years Eve celebrations to make lots of delicious drinks but in reality we just played beer pong and drank whatever was easiest to make. After a fairly heavy week of drinking we decided that a 'dry January' is in order. We received quiet a lot of Gin for christmas (as everyone knows that we love it) but we have packed it away and vowed to not have any drinks at least for the first few weeks of January anyway!
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Reviewing my 2017 Goals | Lifestyle

Reviewing my 2017 Goals

Last year I wrote a post about my 2017 goals so I thought that I should review them and see how I got on! I couldn't actually remember what I wrote so looking back was actually rather interesting. 

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The Kingswood Beefeater, Hull Review | Food*

The Beef eater pub, kingswood Hull

A few weeks ago I was invited along to the newly refurbished Beefeater pub on Kingswood in North Hull. We head over to the Kingswood retail park now and again as they have a huge Next, T K Maxx, Matalan, to name a few as well as lots of nice restaurants, a cinema and a bowling alley. We have not, however, tried out the new Beefeater pub so when I was invited I could not say no! We thought we would head over on a Saturday lunchtime, we decided to call and book in advance and we are glad we did as it was super busy. 

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