Victoria Quarter Leeds – Summer Bloggers Event

Victoria Quarter Leeds is one of my favourite places to shop in the city. I remember going to shop there with my parents as a child, gazing up at the stained glass in awe. Just as my children do now. There is just something special about all the current brands under the stained glass roof and each store front in beautiful gilded lettering on mahogany.  It’s a sight to see and an experience in itself.

There are around 70 designer brands in the Victoria Quarter Leeds currently and this time I want to talk about just a few of them.

Our first stop was Liz Earle, famous for its botanical skin care it was a brand I’d heard of and tried in the past but not one I knew a great deal about so I was glad to meet Sally who expertly talked me through the products and services on offer in the Victoria Quarter Leeds store. I was treated to a hand and arm massage on the first floor using a selection of Liz Earle products whilst Sally gave me her tips on creating a great skin care routine ( cleanse, tone and moisturise is the key and making it a routine that you follow twice a day.)

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I also got to take a peek at the 2nd floor treatment rooms where they offer a brilliant selection of treats nets and you genuinely wouldn’t know you were in a city centre location, the quality and tranquility of the rooms was high. I would definitely book in for a treatment there.

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They offer special in store events and I was amazed by the current special offers in store. You can have a free skin consultation and I’d highly recommend it so you can target concerns etc. I am currently using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish -Hot Cloth Cleanser, which is incredible, perfect for my troubled skin and part of the three step routine I mentioned before.

We moved on to Filmore and Union to hear more about their juices and smoothies. I tried a delicious Beetroot, carrot, ginger and apple Detox juice which was very refreshing. Made fresh on dire with only fresh ingredients they offer vitamin punches in loads of different mixes. Great if you are a health buff or just if you need a pick me up. They also have an amazing range of food options available that offer delicious but nutritious options.

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Our final stop on this visit was Sweaty Betty. I fell in love with the new range of sports gear, so much so that I brought my sister along for a visit over the weekend. We both wanted everything in sight, the green vest was my favourite and the jacket was such incredible quality. I don’t think I’d ever take it off! I had no idea that Sweaty Betty has a studio upstairs where they offer free or low cost exercise classes. I attended a free Pilates class. As a Pilates virgin I wasn’t sure if I was going to find the class too tough but I loved it. The instructor expertly instructed all participants on the different intensities you could use in each section. I really enjoyed the class and discovered a new love for Pilates. I will definitely be looking for a local class to join.

Victoria Quarter LeedsVictoria Quarter LeedsVictoria Quarter LeedsI really enjoyed finding out more about some of the Victoria Quarter Leeds shops and look forward to visiting more in the future! Thanks to Victoria Quarter Leeds, Liz Earle, Filmore and Union and Sweaty Betty for their kind hospitality and gifts, I’ll be back to see you soon!

Important Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Fun

Important Tips For Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Fun

During the summer, many people travel in the high heat and crazy traffic. It can do a number on your vehicle after all of the wear and tear from winter weather. Before hitting the road, make sure you perform some proper maintenance to get your vehicle ready for summertime. Here are some things you need to get checked out before the summer weather hits.

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Air Conditioning
There is nothing more miserable than turning on your air conditioning and realizing that it doesn’t work. Air conditioning unexpectedly stops working from time to time, and you want to make sure it’s cold and working properly before the weather heats up. Test out your air before the weather gets hot and have it inspected when you take your car in for maintenance.


The slippery roads and snow banks can do a number on your brakes. Make sure you stop into a Pittsburgh Toyota service center before your first summer adventure so you can have your brake pads changed.

Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers need to be changed right after winter is over. The ice and heavy snow put a lot of stress on your wipers and tears them up much more quickly. It’s dangerous to get caught in a downpour with torn up windshield wipers.

The freezing air from the winter weather causes the air pressure in your tires to decrease. It’s important to have the pressure checked when the weather warms up. If you have snow tires, you should have your tires changed out as well. Storing your snow tires for the rest of the year will allow them to last much longer. If you aren’t changing your tires, you should at least get them rotated if you haven’t in the past 5,000 miles.

Cooling System
Before summer, make sure you have proper levels of coolant in your vehicle. You might want to get a complete flush a re-fill. The summer heat makes it more difficult for your engine to stay cool, so this is a priority to ensure your car is running properly.

The summer is a time for fun and adventure. Make sure your car is up for the task. You need a proper inspection and maintenance done so it can stay running properly all summer long.


4 of Best SUV’s for Suburban Mums this Summer

4 of Best SUV’s for Suburban Mums this Summer
4 of Best SUV’s for Suburban Mums this Summer

SUV style cars are great for busy mums for many reasons. Not only are they powerful enough to bring all the family, luggage and any other essential equipment along for a ride but they’re also capable of cramming in more people much safely than your average car.


For suburban mum’s then, owning a SUV makes a lot of sense. This summer, with holiday plans, hobbies and the usual work-life commitments, you’ll likely need something that’s dependable, roomy and comfortable enough to take on both long and short trips alike.

With all that in mind, why not take a look at the following four SUV’s out there in the automobile market today? Their features and looks can definitely help you get out of (and look better) in any logistical jam.

Nissan Qashqai

The curiously named Nissan Qashqai might be difficult to pronounce but with features like its huge passenger compartment, fuel efficient engines and an overhauled interior design, you shouldn’t let that put you off.

Looking like a 4×4, the Qashqai is lighter than your average off-roader and is quieter too (good news for the kids). The new model’s brake function, that comes into action in the case of potholes or other unexpected obstacles, helps cancel out the pitch and makes for a smoother ride.

A safe and dependable choice.

Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee is loudly being touted as an SUV for every season (not just for summer). What that means for mum’s though is that you know exactly what you’re getting with this car, which is something that is going to deliver great performance no matter the weather (even those pesky summer downpours and unexpected floods).

Features like daytime running headlamps, heated mirrors, a luxury crafted interior and its smart ‘selec-terrain’ system all help make the Cherokee a fine buy. What’s more is the Cherokee has a 5 star Euro NCAP rating making it super safe.

Then there’s Jeep’s signature style and award-winning design touches like the wireless charging pack, steering wheel controls and touchscreen navigation; all things that could prove invaluable to busy multitasking mums trying to keep everybody in the car happy.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover has long been a brand associated with great looking and reliable cars that fulfill all the needs of hectic family life.

The Discovery Sport is no different. Featuring optional 5 + 2 seating, there’s plenty of capacity in this option should your family be getting bigger or should you be accustomed to taking your children’s friends out often.

A sleek, aerodynamic model that still keeps at the forefront Land Rover capability, the Discovery has been tested in all terrains in a while range of countries (making it perfect for summer and beyond).

Mazda CX-5

Last on this round up is Mazda’s CX-5 model, a very fuel-efficient and great value vehicle that is also worth a look.

With its nice dynamics and steering, mum’s can be sure the CX-5 is a safe ride but it’s also economical too, given the fact it has two engines, one petrol and one diesel.

And while the interior isn’t as lavish as say the Jeep Cherokee a 503-litre boot that expands to 1,620 litres comes in pretty handy.

An SUV for busy mum’s this summer might just help the whole family stay sane. Hopefully the models above have given some food for thought.

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