Hello everybody!

This is my Tallinn, Estonia blog post from my Baltic Cruise this summer and it’s the one that I am most excited about. Tallinn was my absolute favourite place we visited, which was surprising as I was super excited to visit Russia and expected it to be my favourite by a long shot.

We got off the ship, after having breakfast, and had our normal checks at the port. It was surprisingly warm. Considering it was a Baltic Cruise, the weather was fantastic. I mentioned in my previous blog (on our stop in Warnemunde) that the weather really does make a difference- and Estonia was beautifully sunny. The dock itself looked pretty plain, but after twenty minute walk to the Old Town I could totally see why people love visiting Tallinn. It literally is the cultural hub of Estonia.

Tallinn was literally like walking through Disney. It was so pretty, with arched windows and doorways, cobbled paths and a little teal train that gave us a tour of the Old Town. The juxtaposition between the Old Town and the area surrounding it was pretty impressive. On the one hand Tallinn is an ancient city dating back 5,000 years of inhabitation, with gothic architecture and medieval elements sprinkled around. On the other hand it is also the birthplace of businesses such as Skype and is ranked in one of the ten digital cities in the world. As interesting as these aspects were, I was totally sold at face value- it was stunning.


We walked along the cobbled roads, music was playing and there was a smell of fresh smoke in the air. This may sound odd, but I have always liked the smell cigarette smoke. Obviously, I don’t enjoy having it blown in my face while I’m walking down a street, but I don’t dislike the smell of it in the air. I don’t know if this is because my Grandparents used to smoke, but it just reminds me of my childhood and I like it.


One of the things that made Warnemunde and Tallinn stand out most to me was the pretty homes that lined the streets. Sometimes I think we really do miss a trick by making all our houses look so similar in the UK. Every house was bursting with character. The colour of each one varied, the doors were different, the roofing, the shape and height of windows- it all just made it feel so magical and, like I said, Disney-like.

We walked past the Tallinn town Hall and St Olaf’s church, but weren’t able to go inside. But I did make the most of the pretty houses that surrounded it: the Raekoja plats.


We then climbed up Toompea, which is the limestone hill in the central part of the city, where we looked out at the city. It was so beautiful. Where we were stood right at the top you could see almost everything. We stood and took pictures and then a few of us braved it and climbed up some ridiculously narrow and steep stairs to a little coffee shop that ran along the walls and offered some amazing looking cakes. I think if I were remotely claustrophobic I would have hated the experience.


Exploring Tallinn made me want to explore the rest of Estonia even more. I will definitely return one day! After a day of exploring we (Jack and I) had a lovely evening playing cards at the back of the drink with Hollie and Ben.

It was honestly the most perfect day. Travelling with friends is the best and so much fun.

Hope you enjoyed reading this!

Bee xoxox



Hello everybody!

This is the second blog regarding my recent holiday on a cruise ship around the Baltics.

After watching Batman and having an early-ish night, we got up pretty early, had a standard continental breakfast at the hotel and boarded the ship by midday. It was pretty manic getting on, but we spent the first few hours exploring, playing mini golf… and eating food!! Pretty much the ideal day. That night we ate dinner and set sail. One thing that really did surprise me, however stupid it may sound, was how HUGE the ship was. No photos give it justice and I forever wonder how it floats. I’m pretty crap at science, but I just don’t get it. It’s MASSIVE.


Warnemunde was our first stop and was like a beautiful little German Balamory.  When we first hopped off of the cruise ship it looked like a standard port, quite similar to the ones in the UK. But a five minute walk into the little town and it was beautiful. There were different colour boats on the river, a market place, colourful houses and restaurants, traditional German folk music playing and the sun was shining. It’s one of the worlds busiest cruise ports and boy you could tell.


I think the weather makes a massive difference on trips like these. Having never been on a cruise before, it was really alien to me that we could only spend a few hours in each destination, despite the fact they all offered so much. So I have personally found that the places we stopped off that were sunnier stand out more in my memory. Warnemunde is one of them.

Walking down the river was like Instagram heaven. Every house was different, they were all unique in colour and style, the boats were dotted along the river and every ten meters there was another little dog dodging peoples feet. If I were to use one word for Warnemunde it would be ‘quirky’. A quirky little port full of quaint architecture and funky shops with bars, cafes and restaurants dotted everywhere.

Our first stop was at this cute little café, where I got a diet coke, as per usual and we sat chatting and soaking up the sun. We also visited a little restaurant later to grab a light lunch. As I try to avoid dairy (being lactose-intolerant!) I do sometimes find it hard to pick something from a menu that doesn’t have dairy in it. However, we ordered a pizza and I picked off the cheese- classy as hell, I know- and we (all 9 of us!) shared it.


One of my absolute favourite things about the cruise was dinner. I love any excuse to get dressed up and I bought several outfits for the cruise. Most nights we booked a table in Tropicana, the slightly more fancy- and free (!)- form of dining. It was quite easy to avoid dairy on the ship from the menu as there were just so many options for food. I can totally see why people say you can just eat the whole time. Everything is just SO yummy. Plus, the wine and beer package didn’t help with the calorie intake! Luckily I didn’t have to drink my prosecco alone, Hollie ( was my prosecco drinking partner in crime. The first night I had a pistachio tart and lordy it was insane. The presentation of the food was absolutely stunning.


If I’m honest, it was completely fantastic. I visited so many amazing places, in some countries I have never been to before.

Warnemunde was a score!

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Bee xoxox






Hello everybody!

This is my first blog for a little while and the first of my Holiday Blogs from my Baltic Cruise.

I am writing this now, sat on the Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg in the attempt to distract myself from the sicky feeling I’ve had all day. I’m not sure if it’s making it worse, but I’m gonna use these 3 hours to get these blogs done so they can upload asap! So far I’ve written 2 lifestyle blogs and watched Sing. Yes, I made sure I was sat near the TV so I can watch the Disney Films. I came on as a foot passenger on my own, which I actually found pretty nerve wracking, but I did it. It’s what I like to call “adulting” and it’s generally something I’m pretty crap at! I’m panicking a bit because I have no friggin idea where my luggage was taken but lol we will find that out later! Anyway- onto my first stop- Copenhagen!!

I have never cruised before, so it was a totally new experience to me and I loved it. We started by flying from Gatwick, London to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a decent flight and the hotel was beautiful! It had big spiral stair cases, lovely arm chairs, beautiful windows and was splat bang in the middle of the city. We dropped off our bags and headed out to a coffee shop.

I took as many pictures as I could without being run over my cyclists- because they were EVERYWHERE. It’s such an awesome system, and I noticed that in other parts of Europe bikes are far more incorporated in the road lay outs. Like our English cycle lanes are put to shame by these! A lot of people were going home from work when we sat in this coffee shop, and it just looked so normal. Guys in suits and a helmet riding bikes, children on the back and the odd bike with a dog in the basket- all on roads. It’s awesome and I think the UK should try a similar tactic. There were barely any cars.

It was a shame we got to Copenhagen later in the afternoon as it meant we had limited time to explore. As a History nerd I tried to reel in the urge to drag everyone to cathedrals, churches and places of historical significance- because I know it’s not everyone’s “thing”. So I didn’t get to see the Little Mermaid, but I guess that means it’s an excuse to go back!!

We went back to the hotel, got changed and went to a very nice (and scarily expensive) Steak House. I had a burger and it was delicious. And totally huge.


The whole day of travel meant that Jack ended up not feeling too well in the evening, so we did something I think started off our holiday perfectly. Other may disagree. We watched Batman in bed. I feel like sometimes exams, jobs and ultimately the pressure put upon students to earn lots in the summer meant that Jack and I were shattered. We had had no break between exams and summer work and Jack in particular was working crazy long hours. So that first night of good sleep and watching a film was perfect.

Day 1: mostly travelling, taking pictures, watching Batman and getting a good night sleep!

Hope you enjoyed reading- the rest of the holiday blogs will be uploaded soon!

We got a Puppy- Amber!!

We got a Puppy- Amber!!

Today was a super long day, but totally worth it! We got a puppy! Our family of five (including Jim, our 10 year old Border Terrier) grew to six with Amber.

As I write this I’m in bed, having listened to her bark for 51 minutes straight (and counting!). It’s honestly heart breaking. She was one of ten golden doodle puppies and naturally she’s missing her Mumma and sisters. My room is right above the kitchen and she is piercingly loud. For a little Afro ball she sure makes one hell of a racket!

So we have known about picking Amber up for some time now and we were SO EXCITED. And she certainly didn’t disappoint. We picked her up at 11 this morning, after leaving home at 7 am, and met 2 of her sisters who were super cute! If I could I’d have honestly taken all three home. The breeder did however have 5 of their own and just from looking at the size of them… having more than one would be a nightmare!! We then brought her home and introduced her to Jim.

*moment to celebrate… its been silent for a whole minute! Hopefully she’s fallen to sleep!! Eeek!*

Jim absolutely loved her. It was so interesting to watch as we really weren’t sure how Jim would react. Part of the reason we got Amber was to keep Jim company. Being 10 years old, going on 11, with my younger sister being 14 and everyone being out of the house more, we wanted him to have a companion. Golden doodles are meant to be brilliant companion dogs and are great with all ages- so, despite being considerably bigger than Jim, she was perfect.

Jim has (what we call) “Little Dog Syndrome” whereby he gets agitated by other dogs on walks, most of the time because he feels threatened.

Well today he was (just about!) the bigger dog, and she was totally aware of the pecking order. She copied everything he did, from eating grass (and greatly disliking it and ultimately spitting it out) to weeing up the washing line… a great habit inherited from Jim.

They did laps of the garden all afternoon and it was so interesting watching them interact. She has, what I think is, a bum that could give Kim Kardashian a run for her money and a strut sassier than Beyoncé. She sort of wiggles her bum, and often when she runs it looks as though it’s catching up with her- which is adorable!

Toys-wise: we bought several toys for her specifically, but she’s far more interested in Jim’s toys and vice versa. She is equally interested in people’s feet as she is a fluffy toy and has nibbled toes once or twice this evening.

Amber also appears to have some sort of infatuation with the herb plant pot outside the backdoor. In particular the Rosemary. Likewise she has taken on the Acer tree a couple of times.

She’s unbelievably clumsy, her feet seem too big for her body and for some reason she seems to walk into EVERYTHING. She is a typical clumsy puppy, with a little extra sass and a bundle of character.

She’s perfect!

*update: she’s wailing again and every now and then Jim gives a low grumble as if to say ‘send help’… it’s gonna be a long night!*

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

lactoLacto-Free Milk (Normal, Sachets and Chocolate!)

  • This is my all time favourite go-to milk. It’s the one I always have in my fridge and it tastes exactly the same as normal milk. Unlike quite a few dairy free milks, the lacto-free milk doesn’t congeal or separate.
  • It also comes in long life little sachets, so you can carry it with you wherever you go.
  • The chocolate milk is a perfect treat and I seem to consume far more when I have deadlines. What can’t chocolate fix?

Soya Milk 

  • Soya milk is sweeter than lacto-free milk and has a thicker consistency than soya milkalmond milk. Whenever I am out and about, and I fancy a drink from a coffee shop, I always order soya or almond milk.
  • Soya is fattier than almond milk, but more nutritious. If ever I have something chocolate based, such as a Frappe, I choose soya, as it’s the creamier alternative.
  • I don’t, however, enjoy having it on my cereal, and sometimes it has the tendency to separate in drinks- so I make sure to keep a spoon by my side if ever I use soya.

Almond Milk

  • This is the bees knees in a Frappaccino- almond is even sweeter than soya milk. I prefer having almond milk in warm drinks or on ice. Again, it can have the tendency to separate, but tastes delicious. Starbucks is the best.

Lacto-Free Cream Cheese 

  • Is the boss. It’s great for cheesecakes and with crackers. I have (over the last yecheese---soft-cheesear) got into chutneys, and lordy the cream cheese and chutneys go together brilliantly. This is a dairy free diet must-have.



Alpro Soya Cream 

  • It can be simply poured, put on deserts and in main meals. Sometimes it quite easy to rule certain meals out, whether they are cream, milk or cheese based. But these alternatives are so good.

Oatly Milk

  • This is my preferred milk (other than lacto-free milk) in cereal. Though, once again(!), it can separate- but for some reason it doesn’t in cereal!
  • This is my entire family’s favourite milk to use with our coffee machine- it froths so well and tastes just as good as any alternative milk.



Koko Yoghurt 

  • This with granola, as a snack or even to have with fresh fruit is so scrummy. It’s coconut based, really smooth and the berry yoghurts are my favourite.

Violife cream


  • This is a vegan alternative to cream cheese. I love the taste, but the consistency is a little bit jelly-like. That’s my only complaint.


  • Feta is so fresh and actually quite a strong flavour, so you don’t need much on top of pasta, or as part of a meal.
  • It also lasts a long time.
  • Plus, I prefer feta to goats cheese. I do eat goats cheese, and quite often, but feta is creamier! My all time favourite salad (of which I have uploaded the recipe on my blog) consists of feta, watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint. It’s the best combination.

Lacto-free custard


  • This is super yummy and super creamy, You can heat it in the microw
    ave or just have it cold. Some things I really missed when I first started a dairy free diet, things such as cream and custard on deserts were one of the big ones. This is so yummy and is by the same brand that creates the lacto free milk!


I think that when you have to rule out such a seemingly large part of your diet, it can sometimes seem rather limiting. But I think, especially in today’s food domain, having a  dairy free diet is actually pretty easy. If anything, you learn more about flavours, about nutrition and alternative food groups. Whether you are trying new foods, getting used to a dairy free diet, or simply want a healthier lifestyle, try some of these products. They are so yummy- trust me.

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