What Are You Thankful For?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I know, I know. I’m not American.

But come on! All the food and family and a day off work and showing appreciation for everything you love…

Hardly seems fair that they should have all the fun, right?

So I’m throwing myself into it and pretending I’m American for the day.

I might even go WILD and buy myself a turkey sandwich for lunch.

Turkey Head
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Blogging 101 | How To Start a Blog

In the past couple of months, I’ve had messages and requests from readers, followers and Real Life friends asking me for help with setting up their own blogs.

So, naturally, I started thinking of writing a quick post about HOW TO START A BLOG.

That was almost 2 months ago and it’s taken me this blooming long to write it. Why?

Stage fright.

I’m no expert at blogging.

I’ve only been doing it for 7 months now and I’m constantly torn between feeling like I’ve been doing it forever and have finally got the hang of things, to feeling like a newbie with no clue what I’m doing.

Pretty much everything I’ve learnt, I’ve learnt on the go, by trial and error, making big mistakes and asking an almost annoying amount of questions to people who know much more than I do.

I’ve also been very lucky to have had the time and resources to dedicate to this project, as well as the support of some really awesome bloggers who’ve helped give me a leg up in certain areas.

Now, I find that, when I’m starting a new project, I tend to overthink things a lot. I get so caught up in the research and the details and the pre-planning, that nothing ever gets done.

So I figured that, if I can make that first blogging step a little easier for someone, if I can help even one person discover how awesome the world of blogging is, then my work here is done and we can go back to talking about pizza and Christmas and what I got up to over the weekend.

Sound good?

Let’s get started then!

PS for those of you who already know your stuff (and I know there are plenty of you who do!): have a read anyway. I’ve stuck a load of insights into my own blogging routine and how I got started in there as well, which you might find interesting :)

How to Start A Blog
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My Top 5 | Christmas Films

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Laaa, la la, la laaa…

I’m feeling sick and sorry for myself today, so I figured the best way to get cured (after a massive 5h nap, of course) was to bundle myself up in a load of blankets and settle myself on the sofa with hot tea and a dose of Sky’s Christmas film collection.

Some of you told me last week that you missed My Top 5 list series. I know I’ve been a bit lax on that front, so here I am bringing it back :)

Now, there are plenty of Christmas Films that I really enjoy that haven’t made this list. I’m sure some of you are gonna be horrified that your favourites haven’t made the cut.

I love pretty much all of them to be honest (even the awful, super-cheesy ones), so narrowing them down was NOT easy!

But I did it. And here they are.

These are the ones I watch over and over, year after year. The ones that make me immediately feel Christmassy. The ones where, if I haven’t watched them yet, Christmas isn’t allowed to happen. It just isn’t.

My Top 5 Christmas Films!

EDIT: I actually somehow forgot Elf, which is one of my all-time favourites, so I swapped it with Home Alone 2!

I’m such a cotton-headed ninny muggins sometimes…

Miracle on 34th Street
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Happy Monday | 10 Good Things

Happy Monday folks!

How is everyone on this fine/freezing morning?

I’m (predictably) cold. But apart from that, it’s been a pretty great week for me.

I’m really enjoying doing these posts as it gets me thinking over all the good things that have happened since last Monday, and means I don’t end up harping on about the negatives.

At least not TOO much… (Warning: harp-on coming straight ahead!)

Friday night was a bit of a low moment for me. Four days out of five last week the District line was down because of signal failures, which means my already hour-long commute turned into a nightmare-ish two and a bit hours requiring several buses and the last of my patience.

Add to that that I’m up every morning at 5:45am to get ready for work, and by Friday I was so tired I quite literally burst into tears as soon as my housemate opened the front door for me.

Not good.

But hey ho! An early night, a good lie-in and eggs on toast on Saturday (kind of) made everything better and I’m feeling a lot more positive this week.

So let’s get our Monday off to a good start shall we? :)

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Restaurant | Señor Ceviche

Remember my Five Restaurant Tour in Victoria a couple of weeks ago?

I made friends there with Sandra and Jamil from MenuSpring, and last night we arranged to meet for drinks and nibbles at Señor Ceviche, a fab Peruvian-inspired restaurant in the heart of Soho.

Senor Ceviche London review

Senor Ceviche London review

Tucked away down a little side alley on Kingly Road you’ll find Kingly Court.

It’s a beautiful Christmas-fairy-light-covered courtyard, with fantastic restaurants spread over three floors.

(And when I say tucked away, I mean I walked past the entrance like 6 times before I finally clocked the HUGE neon sign covered in lights…)

Señor Ceviche started out as a pop-up restaurant a couple of years ago and has recently found a permanent base on the first floor of this fairy-grotto.

Look up as you enter the courtyard and OH HEY there’s a lime green wall shining at you.

Which is kind of super-appropriate because the food they serve is inspired by Peruvian cuisine.

(GEDDIT? Because Lima is the capital of Peru! Oh never mind…)

Inside, the decor is just as bright, with crazy neon posters, lots of colour and a fab buzzy atmosphere.

Senor Ceviche London review
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All I Want For Christmas

It’s that time of year again folks!

The time when everyone starts asking me what I want for Christmas and I DON’T HAVE A CLUE.

Does anyone else get that?

My mind just tends to go blank whenever anyone asks the bloomin’ question…

Fortunately (or not), blogging seems to have kept me a bit more on track this year. Seeing everyone’s Christmas gift guides has really helped me narrow down my choices and think up some new ones that I hadn’t considered.

I’ve drawn up a handy little Christmas List blog post to keep things simple and all in one place.

So Mum and Dad can find it easily (wink), and you guys can have a little nosy!

I don’t expect to get even half of what’s on this list, especially some of the more expensive items (*cough* Daniel Wellington *cough*).

But you gotta have a dream right? :)

Little Miss Katy Christmas List
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Baking with Betty Crocker

Little Miss Katy Betty Crocker Bakes blogger event

Little Miss Katy Betty Crocker Bakes blogger event

Little Miss Katy Betty Crocker Bakes blogger event

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a bloggers baking event with Betty Crocker.

I posted lots of photos of cake.

It was the day after the massive 5-restaurant food tour at Victoria, and I think y’all were getting hungry because several of you threatened to unfollow me on Instagram.

So I’m here to say I’m sorry.

Also that here are some more photos of cake for you.

(And cupcakes. And brownies. And cookies…)

#sorrynotsorry
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