Review: Steak and Honour

It’s been a little while since I wrote my last burger review, so i’m super excited to be sat down with my cuppa tea, ready to relive my latest expedition.

In case you didn’t know, at the end of last year I decided to set myself a little challenge to test out all the burger places in Cambridge.

And what a wonderful journey i’ve been on.

So far, i’ve tried Byron Burger and Honest Burger.

I’ve been inundated with recommendations when it comes to deciding where to eat next, as it seems I’m surrounded by a bunch of burger fanatics. Namely my lovely friend Laura, who genuinely could hold up the burger industry single handedly.

A name I kept hearing was Steak and Honour, so I decided to make it my next trip.

Steak and Honour original started out as a food van, but in January 2017 they opened up their first actual restaurant.

Since the beginning, their ethos has been “compact and personable, making the experience enjoyable and immediate” and I think combining the style of the restaurant with the simplicity of the food matches this perfectly.

The vibes are pretty casual, i’m talking a little more upmarket than your average macy d’s, but you’re still ok to pop in in your leggins and cosy jumper.

The decor is awesome and I think they’ve got it absolutely right creating a casual, cool atmosphere. (why do I find myself feeling old saying casual and cool?)

The branding is on point, and I think what’s fab is the fact they’ve stayed true to their style even after expanding.

Similarly, the menu is pretty limited, but they know what they’re doing and they know they do it well, so I guess don’t feel the need to fluff it out. And hats off to that, because we all know quality over quantity wins every time.

It’s slightly different to a table service restaurant, i’m guessing similar to Five Guys although I wouldn’t know as i’ve still never been…don’t worry it’s coming soon! You order at the counter, go find a seat, and they bring your food over.


I decided to go for The Cheese, as you may already know my views about cheese on burgers are it is essential. Not having cheese on a burger is like not having chocolate chips in your cookies, or not having ketchup with your fries. In my humble opinion it improves a burger by at least 57%.

Anyway the first thing I will say about Steak and Honour food is it is absolutely not the thing to eat if you’re wearing a crisp white shirt and you’ve had your nails done. They serve proper, juicy, huge burgers. No messing around.

My burger was absolutely delicious.

Yes it was a challenge to eat with sauce dripping down my hands, but a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed. They seriously are experts when it comes to cooking the burgers perfectly.

I think usually they do them quite rare, but mine was actually perfectly to suited to my taste.

Their ratio of salad, sauce, meat, cheese and bread was great and I managed to finish the entire meal, fries and all.

Now I don’t know what your views are about fries, but my favourite type are thin, greasy, and a little bit crispy and what you see below is just that. Perfect for dipping into their delicious burger sauce…


On a miserable, cold and rainy day, this was absolutely the best choice to warm us up. There’s nothing better than stuffing your face to make you feel cosy, and Steak and Honour burgers will absolutely do that.

It’s such an achievement that these guys have stayed true to their style, ethos, and taste after expanding and I would recommend all burger lovers make a trip their immediately.

But remember to take your bib…

Let me know if you have any recommendations!

Esther xo


3 small steps towards living a little healthier

So here we are, we’ve just come out of what can only be described as the UK’s first ever week long ice age.

Ok that might be a slight exaggeration, but we all know us Brits don’t cope well with the snow.

One thing I noticed whilst constantly shivering for a week, was the fact I literally wanted to eat anything in sight. For some reason, the cold weather hypes my appetite up about 12,948 levels.

It’s like there’s no end to my hunger, after 2 bags of mini eggs, a handful of crisps and some cheese on toast, my mind is still thinking…but what’s for dinner?

And i’ll be honest, I listened to my body, and didn’t hold back.

Now I’m not saying I regret any of my cave man survival style eating, but I do feel somewhat in need of a mini detox.

With Spring just around the corner (allegedly), I want to start feeling healthier and more comfortable so i’ve decided to make a couple of small swaps.

Swapping wine for water

Ok i’m just joking with the wine thing, i’m actually not a big alcohol drinker, just the occasional G&T at the weekend or a few cocktails on a night out. BUT, I do drink a lot of diet coke which I know I shouldn’t, so i’ve decided to try and cut down.

Every time I go for a diet coke, i’m going to get a glass of water. I know I don’t drink enough water as it is, so this should help my consumption levels as well as cutting down on the fizz.

Swapping chocolate for well…something healthy

Since December, we seem to have had a constant supply of chocolate in the house. Our Christmas supply lasted for absolutely ages (which amazes me as munched through it at some pace) and now Tesco are selling Easter eggs on buy two get two free, so its like a never ending trap.

Although I love my evening routine of an episode of Friends, a cup of tea and some chocolate, I fear it’s doing more harm than good when it comes to my skin and general health.

I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to my skin, but recently i’ve been getting a hell of a lot more spots, and I’ve heard that dairy is a bit of a no go when it comes to looking after your skin.

So, i’ll be stocking up the house with fruit, strawberry mouses, and popcorn so I have an alternative when reaching for my evening snack.

Swapping the sofa for the treadmill

Another thing this cold weather has done to me, is drop my motivation to exercise to an all time low.

The only thing I want to do in my spare time is curl up into a large duvet and make myself a huge hot chocolate. But unfortunately, I can’t spend my life like that.

Getting back into exercise can be an big uphill challenge, so i’m starting small. I’m setting myself weekly exercise goals in an effort to move more. I find it so much easier to exercise when the weather is nice, especially as i’m a huge fan of long walks.

My small goal for next week is just to go to the gym once. Its a small step but I know it will kick start my motivation and remind me how good it feels.

When you break it down like that, these are only really minor swaps to make, but I know from experience that it’s the little things combined that can have a huge difference on the way you feel.

How do you help yourself when it comes to motivation? Let me know!

Esther xo



The importance of kindness

So I know what you might be thinking, isn’t it obvious? We know kindness is important. But the thing is, I feel sometimes we get so caught up in our routines and ways of life, we forget to focus on little things like kindness.

Since entering into the blogging world, i’ve experienced kindness in multiple forms, and it’s something I absolutely love about this community. There is such a support network and people are constantly willing to boost others up, for the most part anyway!

And it is so important. In the blogging world, it’s so easy to be kind. A simple retweet, comment, or a message of support can really mean a lot to someone, and I know that from personal experience.

But what about when it comes to the real world? Do we really spread enough kindness?

For me the answer is no, and that’s not to say I think we’re all unkind, horrible people, but I just think there is so much more we can do. There is no limit to kindness, and as my favourite saying states; Kindness is free!


And it’s true! It costs absolutely nothing to be kind.

Before I go any further, I just want to let you know what the aim of this post is. I’m simply hoping to inspire, motivate, and reinforce how important small acts of kindness can be.

I want to share some acts of kindness i’ve experienced lately, which have inspired me to write this post.

Flowers for a friend

At the end of 2017, I was having a pretty tough time at work. I wasn’t enjoying it, and I wasn’t feeling myself. I was struggling with a few aspects, and it was really getting me down.

And the thing is with your job, is it can take over your life. If you work full time, you spend the majority of your day there, and when you’re not happy, it can effect your wellbeing SO much.

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I was working from home for a day as I wasn’t feeling very well, and I got a knock on the door. I answered and the post man handed me a package. I opened the package to find i’d been sent the most beautiful bunch of flowers. I was totally overwhelmed and surprised, and nearly shed a tear when reading the card. A good friend from work had sent me flowers because she knew I was feeling down.

It meant and unbelievable amount to me! I couldn’t believe that she had been so thoughtful, gone out of her way, and sent the flowers to cheer me up. It was such a beautiful act of kindness.

Support in all forms

I’ve recently been unbelievably proud of my best friend. Someone very close to her has been diagnosed with cancer, and from the moment she found out cancer was even a possibility, she has been there for her in every single way possible.

From driving her to appointments every day, to staying over at her house to comfort her, she has done everything possible to support her through this difficult time.

Without any shadow of a doubt, she stepped up to the mark. She’s constantly there to try and make things positive, and she even manages to make her laugh in the waiting rooms.

That level of support is kindness taken to a whole other level, and it has made me so proud.

Internet love

This is something more generic i’ve been noticing, which I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there is a lot of shit around on the internet, and it can be horrible place. But at the moment i’m focussing on the good i’ve seen.

I’ve been connecting with so many new people online recently, whether it’s through Instagram, blogging, Twitter, or whatever, and it’s been totally fabulous. It’s been so amazing to see how willing people are to offer support.

For instance if ever there’s a tweet and someone is mentioning they’re having a bad day or a hard time, guaranteed there will be at least three replies with people reaching out to offer some sort of support.

Even if it’s just sending a love heart, it is so lovely to see people taking time to show they are not alone.

Every single one of these kindness acts have inspired me to spread a little more. I think it’s important to look out for these things, and remember that actually, kindness does exist! Sometimes we just need to think more about it to notice it’s there, and there’s always more we can do.

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So my idea is this. Every single day, I want to make the conscious effort to be kind. Something a little extra than what i’d usually do.

Whether it’s giving to charity, or giving someone an extra long hug, i’m trying to make a little more effort.

Have you noticed any acts of kindness recently? I’d love to hear them!

Esther xo



The Sunshine Blogger award

So, can you believe it, i’ve been nominated for my first blogging award!

I have to say, one of the things that i’ve been wonderfully surprised by in the blogging world is the supportive community. In the three months i’ve been blogging, i’ve connected with so many like minded, beautiful bloggers, and it’s bloody fantastic to find so many people who share the same passion.

If I have a blogging question, or just want to ask everyone’s advice on whether I should put cheese on my pasta or not (the answer should always be yes) I know there’ll be someone to help me out.

I recently connected with a lovely blogging mumma, Ravv from Earthly Mama, you can find her blog here, and i’m so glad i’ve found her. On all platforms she brings positivity to my feed and I just love seeing snippets of her gorgeous little Canadian adventures.

Like seriously, can I just move there?

A message to An Earthly Mama: Thank you SO much for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger award, I am over the moon! Your kindness and support amazes me each day and you’re such a talented blogger. I can’t wait to see where you go next…


Sunshine Blogger award Q&A

1.Explain the story behind the name of your blog.

As you can see, the name of my blog is pretty self explanatory! If i’m honest the reason I decided to name my blog after me, is because I am unbelievably indecisive. It’s kinda why I won’t get a tattoo because I know the moment i’ve decided on something, i’ll get bored and probably want to change my mind.

At one point I was thinking of naming my blog Living Wyse, a clever little play on words my boyfriend thought of but in the end I decided to keep it simple.

2.What is your favourite memory of 2017?

I think my favourite memory from 2017 would be the amazing holiday I went on with my family to Kefalonia in Greece. Kefalonia is an absolutely stunning island, and I have fallen completely in love with Greece. We had ten whole days of sunny bliss in a beautiful villa, exploring, eating, drinking, laughing, it was so much fun.

A particular memory from the holiday that was actually kinda cute and something I’ll probably remember for a long time was on the first morning we spent there. As well as going with my family, my lovely boyfriend Chris and my brothers gorgeous girlfriend Izzy came along with us.

Chris and I woke up super early on our first day there, a mix between the time difference and our excitement to find a bar on the beach meant we were wide eyed at 5am. So we took our blankets outside on the balcony, and set up camp ready to watch the sunrise.

We had incredible views from our balcony and it was absolutely magical watching the sun come up over the mountains.

I also got excited because the sun was unbelievably hot. (that sounds absolutely perfect right now considering it’s basically a blizzard outside right now)

3. What are you most grateful for in your life?

This is a beautiful but difficult question, there are so many things i’m grateful for but to name a few right at the top it would be my incredible family, supportive friends, and my boyfriend who inspires me every day.

4. How do you find inspiration for your blog posts?

I have to say that most of the time, ideas just come to me. I usually have a bank in my mind of posts i’d like to write.

A lot of the time they’re inspired by what’s going on at the time for example I loved writing pancake day recipes, and i’ve just written a Mothers Day DIY gift guide. If I ever get stuck I like to think about what i’d like to read, or if i’ve seen any blogs from others who inspired me.

One of my best performing posts is inspired by some of my favourite bloggers: Mollie Clarke, Chloe Plumpstead, Beth Sandland and ultimately came from a negative experience I had online. (It’s here if you’d like to check it out!)

Most of all, I write from the heart. I write what I fancy and the rest just follows.

5. Do you prefer to live in the city or countryside?

The city, I like the excitement and I like to be around others. But for a little getaway i’m all about escaping to the country.

6. What is your favourite post you’ve written?

I absolutely loved writing about Instagram recently and had some really lovely feedback about this post: I doubled my Instagram followers in one month! Here’s how…

It’s my favourite platform and i’m so passionate about it, so I really enjoyed writing out my top tips and thought it might be a help to others.

7. Name 3 places you would love to travel to.

  1. The Philippines
  2. Iceland
  3. The Maldives

8. A blog post that you are most proud of.

My first ever blog post was about my weight loss journey, and it took me so long to publish, but its what got me started!

9. Where did you go on your first trip and how old were you?

I was lucky enough to go away with my family a lot when I was young, so I remember some cracking holidays to France. The first trip I properly did alone when I was 18 was a girls holiday to Aiya Napa, yes that’s right Aiya Napa.

And I will never forget it.

10. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

I went to live in Madrid for six weeks over the summer when I was at uni. I lived with a lovely family as an au pair for their three boys.

I had an incredible time and I miss them every day.


Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations

During the time I’ve been blogging, I have connected with so many incredible bloggers, so I feel like I could nominate about 100 here.

Here are a few who inspire me daily, support me constantly, and are all around fabulous bloggers.

  1. Abi Richards: Abi is an absolutely stunning lifestyle blogger who I discovered through Instagram. You can find her profile here. I’m obsessed with her fashion sense, and I recently read one of her posts that resonated so much with me, it actually brought me to tears.
  2. Luke Heywood: Luke is one of the most supportive, lovely bloggers you will come across. His content is absolutely fabulous, so check him out here.
  3. Mollie Clarke: My social media/ blogging guru. I have Mollie to thank for helping me find my passion in social media, and inspiring me to start my blog. Her knowledge and understand is incredible, and her content is absolutely gorgeous. Go and check out her blog, it’s so fab!
  4. Cozy Stylist: Lynsey is a new blogger from Pennsylvania who i’ve connected with recently, and she is also an incredibly supportive blogger. She’s so real, her words, her fashion, everything.
  5. Milli Berman: Milli is another lifestyle blogger living in Cambridge like me, she recently upgraded her blog and it’s looking fantastic, take a look here. I can’t wait to see more of her lovely posts.

There are so many bloggers I could nominate for this award, and it amazes me every day how many talented people there are out there, but these are some true gems. Make sure you go and check out their pages to find out just how wonderful they are.

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Answer the questions written by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate other bloggers and give them questions to answer.
Notify your nominees via a comment on their blog or social media.
List the “rules” and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post.

Questions for Nominees


  1. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
  2. If you could eat absolutely anything right now, what would it be?
  3. Which social platform do you enjoy the most?
  4. What’s one thing you’ve achieved in 2018 that you’re proud of?
  5. How do you like your eggs in the morning?
  6. Who’s the person that inspires you the most?
  7. If you could recommend I try one food, what would it be?
  8. What’s your favourite way to switch off?
  9. What are your top tips for managing your time well as bloggers?
  10. Do you have a favourite photo you’ve taken? Post it!


So 1500 words later, I hope you’ve learnt a little bit more about me, my blog, and the people who inspire me the most.

I cannot wait to read your answers! Thank you again to the lovely Ravv from An Earthly Mamma for nominating me, it’s been an absolute joy to get to know more about you and to write this post.

Want to know anything else about me? Just ask!

Esther xo


Mothers day DIY gift guide

As mothers day is just around the corner, I wanted to put together a little post in celebration, and to give some advice about the alternative gift ideas i’ve been thinking about recently.

As much as we’d all love to take our lovely mums on a ten day sunny holiday to the Maldives, our bank accounts just won’t allow it. Sorry mum!

This month, i’ve had my car insurance to pay, my MOT and service, all that boring stuff that I won’t carry on with, but its basically meant that this month, things are a little tight.

And i’m sure we all know how that feels.

As much as we’d love to shower everyone with glamorous gifts and getaways, sometimes it’s just not feasible, and that’s why i’ve been having a think about different ways to show our appreciation and celebrate the women who brought us into the world.

Bought gifts are lovely, yes, but isn’t there something special about a hand made or alternative gift that has had a lot of thought put into it? I think so.

Is anyone else thinking of that episode of friends where Monica and Chandler decide to do handmade valentines gifts and it ends up with the sock puppets and the mixed tape? Maybe we’ll stay away from sock puppets…

Here’s a few ideas i’ve thought of for when you want to do mothers day properly, on a budget.

Baked goods

I’m very easily pleased when it comes to gifts, give me some food and i’ll be happy. So the first thing I think about when I think of alternative gift ideas is baking. I absolutely love receiving baked goods, and I know so many mums will too.

Here are a few cakes i’ve baked for birthdays and celebrations which I think would work really well for mothers day. As we get closer to spring (it seems ridiculous to say that on a day I sat at my desk watching a baltic blizzard outside) I think these fruit topped cakes are perfect. Especially if you’re having a little celebration!

If you’d be interested in reading the full recipe for one of these cakes, or how I decorate, let me know and i’ll write it up!

Bath treats

Let’s be honest, all mums deserve a good relax, a pamper, and some absolute chill time. Recently I saw this gorgeous blog post about making lavender bath bombs.

This post tells you everything you need to know and exactly how to make your own bath bomb which honestly I think is a bloody lovely idea.

Just imagine sinking into a hot bath on a Sunday with a homemade bath bomb, the scent of lavender filling the room. Now that to me sounds like perfection, and I think is a lovely gift idea for a mum.

You could also package it up in a nice silk bag with some petals or sequins or something…i’m now imagining the scene in love actually where he buys the necklace and Mr Bean starts wrapping it in 23,485 layers topped with some yoghurt.

DIY Cookie Jars

I’ve wanted to try one of these for such a long time, but every time I need to buy a gift I leave it far too late.

This is such an adorable idea if you want to treat your mum with baked treats, but actually aren’t quite up to Mary Berry standard. Just provide her with all the ingredients in a cute little jar and book yourself in some mum/daughter baking time. Maybe even end the day with a rom com and some fresh, hot, cookies…and maybe a glass (*bottle) of wine? That sounds so perfect right now.


This photo is from a great little Jamie Oliver recipe which you can find here.

Have you got any ideas for mothers day yet? Let me know!

Esther xo


Cambridge hidden gems: Afternoon tea at Angela Reed

If you don’t know already, (and i’m sure you probably do because I talk about it 99% of the time), i’m a huge foodie.

Eating, cooking, talking about it, thinking about it, if it’s to do with food, i’m into it. I’m also a huge lover of eating out, and it’s something I wish I could do more but, ya know, my magic money tree hasn’t fully grown yet.

There’s nothing I love more than getting dressed up, meeting friends, and having a big catch up over drinks and food. The luxury of experiencing different cooking, and to be honest not having to do any of the work…gives the perfect chance to fully relax and enjoy good food.

Recently, i’ve really been enjoying brunch. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so special about going out for brunch and to be honest, I love the food. I mean lets face it, brunch gives the perfect opportunity to basically eat whatever you want, whether it’s a big stack of pancakes, a triple layer sandwich or a huge slab of cake, call it brunch and it’s acceptable.

I live in lovely Cambridge, and whilst there is no shortage when it comes to food choices, i’ve been on the hunt for some more unique, hidden gems to get my brunch fix.

And I think i’ve come across a very shiny gem…

I recently had a couple of blissful days off work, some time to recharge, spend some quality time with Chris, and to do a little bit of exploring, so we decided to take a little day trip to Saffron Walden, a beautiful old town just a short drive out of Cambridge. We explored the markets, went into the cute shops, and generally had a good mooch around.

Angela Reed – Furniture and Fine Things

Of course if you know me, you’ll know a day trip just wouldn’t be complete without a stop for food…and maybe a glass of prosecco or two!

Angela Reed is a beautiful boutique furniture store in the centre of Saffron Walden selling everything from scented candles to old oak desks. In amongst the hand picked furniture and furnishings, they have a cafe and bakery, and recently they very kindly invited me to come and try a selection of their food.

You can imagine my excitement when I arrived to see a counter covered in a huge selection of handmade, beautifully decorated cakes and bakes…and that was just the start!

The food

Of course i’ll start by talking about the food because ya know, it’s me, but also because it was spectacular. From the presentation to the taste, everything we ate was absolutely delicious and can only be described as a sort of indulgent feast of fanciness.

We were presented with a three tiered afternoon tea selection (yes, I did have to hold in a little squeal of excitement) covered in sandwiches, tarts, cakes and more, all beautifully selected and presented.

Some of the foodie bits included were:

  • Pastry tarts – goats cheese and tomato (YUM)
  • A selection of savoury sandwiches – a particular favourite of mine was a cream cheese, prawn, and cucumber open sandwich on granary bread. It was so beautifully presented as you can see in my photo, it even included edible flowers!
  • Scones – I can’t rave about their scones enough. Freshly baked, soft and absolutely huge they arrived with flavoured jam and clotted cream.
  • Sweet treats – spongey carrot cake, smooth chocolate mouse, and a beautiful fruit jelly.

Accompanied by their own brand coffee, its fair to say we polished off as much as we could, but were more than happy to take home the leftovers.

(see photo of me looking dreamily at the box of leftovers i’m holding, already thinking about when i’m going to scoff them)

The faces

What I loved about Angela Reed, is that it’s an independent, family run business, and you really do get the feel for that when you’re eating there. Everyone is so friendly, and it really does feel like a lovely atmosphere to be in. The cafe manager Paul was unbelievably welcoming and was more than happy to chat to us about the history and story of the shop.

Which FYI is seriously interesting so if you go, make sure you speak to him or one of the other lovely ladies about it.

It was great to hear about how it all started, and to pick his brains about some of the incredible cakes we spotted around the cafe. We were also fortunate enough to meet the chef, Andrew, and after seeing and tasting his incredible creations, it was brilliant to meet and thank him.

The atmosphere

One thing that’s really important to me when i’m eating out, and it may have something to do with the fact i’m a blogger and take photos of everything I eat (sorry not sorry), is light. What’s lovely at Angela Reed is the fact the cafe is right at the top of the shop, and is surrounded by natural light and big windows. They have a balcony with tables which i’m sure would be gorgeous in the sun and gives such a nice view over the rooftops of the town.

There’s a lovely feel of hustle and bustle in the cafe, and even when all the tables are full, there’s still a very relaxed, calm atmosphere.

I can’t recommend Angela Reed enough, if you’re a foodie like me, or are just looking for somewhere a little different, it’s the perfect place to go.

With such well presented, tasty food and lovely atmosphere this would be a great choice for a birthday spot or even a special mothers day treat. We had the prosecco afternoon tea which had some absolutely beautiful touches.

And really, you just can’t go wrong with a glass of prosecco…most of the time!

It’s one of my favourite things to find independent, unique places to try and that’s exactly what you get at Angela Reed, and i’m so glad i’ve found it.

Please let me know if you get the chance to go, i’d love to know your thoughts!

Esther xo


P.S Just for your information, the lovely people at Angela Reed invited me to enjoy this experience in exchange for a blog review, however everything you read on my blog comes from the heart, and I would never promote anything I didn’t truly recommend.


Why green tea is my ultimate ‘super drink’

We are a nation of hot drink lovers, there’s no doubt about it.

Whether it’s that cup of tea in bed, or that quick coffee on the commute, there’s no denying we’re all somewhat reliant on our favourite drink to help us power through the day.

As great as these things are, and salute to those who haven’t fallen into the trap, our favourite drinks can come with problems. High levels of caffeine can be addictive, and i’ve heard it can cause withdrawal headaches once it becomes severely embedded into a routine. And yes, I realise I sound like your grandma right now, but we all know she speaks the truth.

(I say have heard, because I’m not yet a certified coffee lover)

I often hear people talk about giving up coffee, or at least cutting down, so I wanted to share an alternative that might just help you out.

I’ve been drinking green tea for years. I first started drinking it when I was thinking about weight loss, i’d heard it was great for speeding up your metabolism, and was in general, a very healthy drink.

So I started giving it a go, and i’ll admit, at first I wasn’t sure, but now I’m an absolute convert and i’ll drink at least 4 cups a day.

I completely understand that green tea isn’t really the most appealing looking thing, yes it sometimes looks like rusty water … BUT I can honestly say it’s such a game changer when it comes to daily routine. If you’re not yet convinced, here are some of the benefits i’ve found.

It fills you up

This is something I learnt when losing weight. Any time I was hungry, i’d drink a mug of green tea and nine times out of ten, it would fill the hole. And this is something I still do. If you’re like me and work in an office, I know there can be a ridiculous amount of temptations around, so having a go-to drink can really help as an alternative to a huge slab of shortbread. It also takes time to drink, so by the time you’ve finished your tea, it’ll probably be lunch time. HOORAY FOOD.

It keeps your insides healthy

Green tea is filled with antioxidants, and whilst I may not know exactly what that is, I know it’s good. Green tea is absolutely crammed with healthy nutrients which are amazing for your insides, and also helps keep digestion regular. Sorry for TMI but ya know, it’s important stuff!

It makes you smarter

Ok obviously I can’t guarantee that by drinking green tea you’ll become an absolute genius (sadly it hasn’t worked for me yet …) but the benefit is it contains caffeine to boost you up, but not as much as coffee which can sometimes be addictive. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which combined with caffeine can improve brain function. So in a way, yes you’re getting smarter!

It warms you up

Now this is a real benefit for me because I seem to be the coldest person on the planet. Of course I know regular tea and coffee can also be a great winter warmer, but green tea is not diluted with milk, therefore it stays hot for longer. It’s the perfect accompaniment when i’m sat at my desk in my coat with my hot water bottle. Yep, I really am the coldest person alive.

It’s dairy free

As I just mentioned, green tea is simply the tea bag and water, nothing else needed. There may be a number of reasons why you don’t want to include dairy in your diet and at the moment i’m trying to cut down in case its affecting my skin, so green tea is the perfect alternative.

There are different flavours

If you’re unsure at first whether you like the taste of green tea, it can be great to try and infused version. If I want to mix it up a bit, i’ll buy green tea with lemon which is lovely, and one of my favourites is also green tea with jasmine. It’s a nice way to soften the taste and add something a little sweeter.

Tetley do an amazing boost range of tea which I often get, and they have flavours such as Green Tea Lemon & Honey, Green Tea Forest Fruits and Green Tea Berry Burst. They honestly taste so good and they load them with vitamins and nutrients.

They aim to benefit you in different ways for instance if i’ve got a cold or i’m feeling under the weather, i’ll choose the immune range which claims to support your immune system and overall health.

I can’t recommend including green tea in your daily routine enough, and although at first it might taste questionable, I promise you’ll warm to it. It’s become a huge part of my life, and is a real comforting beverage to help survive the day.

Have you tried any other flavours? There seem to be so many out there!

Esther xo


I doubled my Instagram followers in one month! Here’s how …

Oh Instagram, the mysterious, the wonderful, the irritating, the life consuming app we all love to hate.

I have to say i’ve always been an Instagram lover. Since the days of posting blurry, out of focus photos with some sort of ‘cool’ border, my heart has been set. It’s 100% my favourite social app.

I love seeing little insights into people’s days, or what outfit they’re wearing to go shopping, and of course most of all, what they’re eating. And that’s exactly what I love doing with my own account, talking to my followers about my day and showing them little snippets of my life.

There are so many Instagrammers I admire, I can look at their accounts and end up scrolling back to a cosy Thursday back in 2008. Because their feeds are so beautiful! They make life look gorgeous and of course their captions usually make me laugh. To name a few who inspire me; @imlaurabradshaw, @hannahfgale, @jesschamilton, @bethsandland. I could go on for a while longer … but i’ll get to the point.

Until January this year, i’ve never really taken Instagram ‘seriously’. I’ve always loved taking a great photo and sharing it, but that was the extent of it. It has never been with any other intention than to just post a photo I particularly like. And maybe i’d put an emoji as the caption because ya know, cute.

With my blog really getting started, I’ve decided to start putting a little more thought into my Instagram.

I should say before I go on, Instagram is a passion for me, and a passion I think some people just don’t get. (You can see in my recent post my full views on this as well as other thoughts about becoming a blogger.) So when I say i’m making more effort with my account, that’s something that excites me! I enjoy creating the content I love as well as finding new accounts to follow. It’s in no way shape or form a chore.

Since changing my Instagram ways in 2018, I have had an unbelievable response. It’s been so encouraging to see my follower count DOUBLED, and my daily interactions going up by like 23,000%. I’ve also found some stunning new accounts, and connected with so many like minded, lovely bloggers.

I know Instagram can be a real challenge sometimes, with the dreaded algorithm and ridiculous follow-unfollowers (EYE ROLL), so I thought it might be useful to share a few of the things i’ve been doing so far to improve my insta game, so here goes!

1. Create content you love

One thing that has become incredibly apparent, is that your followers want to see content that your passionate about. One of my favourite things to post is food photos, and my followers know it. I can talk for pages about the breakfast I just had, or the huge hot chocolate I downed, and it’s also what I love photographing. Your passion will be your best content, simply because you spend time doing what you love, therefore getting it just right.

2. Engage, Engage, Engage

I’ve never realised how much things could change until I started properly interacting with other users. There’s a few ways I engage on Instagram:

  • Comment as much as you can. If I see a photo I really like, i’ll make a conscious effort to let them know. This is great because one, it can really make someones day and two, hopefully they’ll see your name pop up and remember the support you’ve given.
  • Reply to stories. This is a really nice way of starting conversations and getting to know the people your connected with.
  • Do weekly shout outs. Take a screen shot of a few of your favourite accounts feeds and post them in your story. You’ll likely get a lovely message from the people you’ve tagged and it shows others you’re a supportive and a loyal follower.

3. Remember your followers

With the Instagram game, it can often be easy to focus on getting new followers all the time. What i’ve learnt is that actually focussing on the followers you have, can in the end lead you to gaining more.

If you’re frequently liking, commenting, engaging with your followers, they’re less likely to unfollow, and are more likely to show the support back. I’ve been doing this a lot lately and as a result have made some really great connections. I’ll often get shouted out on stories, and I’d say I get a pretty decent amount of interaction on my photos.

(I’m starting to feel like i’m bragging here, I promise i’m not!)

4. Use stories

This comes very naturally to me, the moment a plate of food appears in-front of me I get the irresistible urge to post to my stories. I’ve started talking more to my followers which means they get to know me more. It’s also great to use polls to ask your followers what content they particularly like, or even what snack they think you should have.

5. Think about your captions

I cannot begin to tell you how much this has changed the way I Instagram. When I post a photo, the caption will often tell a little story. Usually just about what i’ve done with my day, or very possibly what i’m going to make for dinner. More often than not, i’ll ask a question in my caption and usually I get quite a few lovely responses. By telling a story in your caption, people have the chance to properly get to know you as well as hearing about what you’ve been up to.

When people comment a response to your photo, it can really boost you page and feed so other users are more likely to come across it. More engagement, more views.

As i’m coming up to 1000 words here, I feel like I should probably stop, even though I really could go on … for now, i’ll leave it there.

If you’ve found this helpful, let me know and i’ll do a part two!

The last thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you to all the lovely new faces on my Instagram account, thank you for all the comments, and thank you for being so accepting of me.

If you’re dying to know what i’ve had for breakfast, or what movie i’m watching in the bath, here’s where you can find me – @estherwyse

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What are your top tips for Instagram?

Esther xo



How to make the ultimate Fluffy American pancakes

Hands up if you seriously considered taking a whole day off work for Pancake Day? (slow raises hand) If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me recently mention how I think Pancake Day should be a public holiday.

The whole point of Pancake Day is to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, right? And how are we supposed to do that whilst still holding onto our full time jobs!? I’m thinking of starting a petition, so let me know if you’d be on board.

After having some cracking stacks of pancakes recently, i’ve come to the conclusion we shouldn’t limit our pancake intake to once a year. They’re too delicious to waste and are the perfect addition to a rainy day or special birthday.

So in that vein, i’m writing this post to ensure we all up our pancake eating game, and i’m here to inspire you with a Fluffy American Pancakes recipe.

Before I share this recipe, i’d like to add in a quick disclaimer. Although the pancakes in these photos are mine, it was actually my lovely boyfriend who made them this time. BUT I was there to supervise the whole time and I added all the toppings!

So here’s how I (he) made them:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200ml milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 25g melted butter
  • All the toppings you fancy and more

Mix together your flour, baking powder, and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the eggs, melted butter, and milk. Whisk all ingredients together and pour into a jug.

Heat your butter and oil in a frying pan and wait to heat up. The butter will froth a little and that’s when you know it’s ready. Pour some batter from the jug into the pan until it forms a small circle. You don’t want to pour too much in, as it will make them harder to flip. You can do a few at a time, but just make sure each one has its own space as they expand when cooking.

Once the bottom is golden brown and holds it’s shape, you’re ready to flip. Cook the other side until a similar colour, and your pancake is ready! I like to eat mine as a stack so my top tip for this would be to pop your oven on a low heat, and keep the cooked pancakes warm until you’re finished cooking.


This recipe was originally meant to serve four, but we all know that with pancake recipes, it’s better to go double.

I topped mine with summer berries, blueberries, white and milk chocolate chips and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Another favourite of mine is the classic streaky bacon and maple syrup which is simply the dream. Honestly i’m thinking about it now and basically dribbling over my laptop.

If you’re slightly concerned about eating your days allowance of calories in one go but would still like to indulge in some pancake fun, I recently shared my favourite Banana Pancake recipe. Still very much a sweet treat, just without the added serving of naughtiness.

What are your favourite pancake toppings? I’d love to know!

Esther xo


Recipe: light and sweet Banana Pancakes

You may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, i’m becoming somewhat obsessed with pancakes.

I’ve been out for breakfast a few times in Cambridge recently, and it has become a bit of a mission of mine to find the best stack of pancakes.

As dreamy as this journey is, i’m sure you can imagine it’s not doing my muffin tops any favours. So i’ve been on the hunt for a healthier alternative and have rediscovered my love for banana pancakes.

If you haven’t tried banana pancakes before, you’re in for a treat. Of course it does help if you like bananas BUT, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like bananas but likes banana bread, this recipe is for you.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • Toppings (blueberries/ other fruit/ honey/ yoghurt)


And seriously, that’s it. That is honestly all you need. I know it sounds crazy, the first time I was told about banana pancakes I really couldn’t believe it would work. But I can vouch, it really, really does.

It helps if the bananas are pretty soft because you’ll need to mash them, so this is a great idea if you have some you need to use up. Mash the bananas until they become a thick liquid, and I would suggest leaving some lumps in as it helps it hold in the pan. Add your whisked eggs to the banana, mix up, and there you have your pancake mix.

Pour a little oil into a frying pan and wait for it to heat up. I find the next step easier to do with a ladle, as you need to get the right amount of mixture for each pancake. It’s really important not to use too much mixture, as you won’t be able to flip the pancakes. Pour a little mixture into the frying pan, and wait for the bottom to brown. Grab a spatula, and flip your pancake.

You may find that one side is brown and the other is still runny, but if you flip the pancake quick enough, it’ll keep its shape. Once both sides are nicely golden and the pancake holds it’s shape, you’re good to go. Top with fruit, honey, or why not chocolate if you want an extra treat.


What’s amazing about this recipe, is that although it’s minimal ingredients you actually end up with a pretty huge stack of pancakes. And what better way to start your weekend than a stack of pancakes in bed?

I’m still on the look out for alternative pancake recipes, so let me know if you have any!

Esther xo