Latest Posts from Emma Banks

RECOMMENDATION | Wainhouse Tower, Halifax

If you live in Halifax you’ve probably driven past Wainhouse Tower and not realised that for a few quid you can pay a visit and climb its spiral staircase. It’s “just” 403 steps to the viewing gallery (great leg workout) and there you can take in the stunning sights over Halifax and beyond.

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RECIPE | Lemon Drizzle Cake

I’ve always loved cake. It was probably my first word as a sticky, chocolate covered baby and I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a flavour of it that I didn’t like. I first tried this lemon drizzle cake at Matt’s parents’ house when we first started seeing each other and I’m fairly sure that sealed the deal for me. I’m better at eating cake than baking it, but this Banks family recipe has been cautiously handed down to me and so far I’ve never managed to mess it up. It’s a simple, failsafe bake that’s easy enough to do with children and is guaranteed to go down a treat. 

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REVIEW | Louise Pollitt Family Photo Shoot in Yorkshire

There’s nothing I like better than digging out old family photo albums and sitting down flicking through; laughing at the crap outfits and bad haircuts and reminising about the time you pushed the car up the driveway in your birthday suit (aged 3 I should add!) I love having framed photos around the house and quite frankly, this “cloud” that we all trust to guard our treasured snapshots to scares me to death.

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REVIEW | Jewellery Making Course, Yorkshire

My love for making things started when I was about 9 years old and friendship bracelets were a big thing. Those ones with the brightly coloured thread that you knotted. I could bash out a good 10 an hour and would be dishing them out in the playground before you could sing “If wannabe my lover you gotta get with my friends”. 

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REVIEW | My Little Farm Spa, West Yorkshire

Nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, a mere 15 mins from my front door, is a hidden gem – My Little Farm Spa. Picture the scene: a crisp, bright morning; the winter sun shining its little hat off and me driving down a farm track surrounded by sheep mooching about in frost tipped fields. Glorious. 

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REVIEW | The Ivy, Leeds

Tuesday is apparently the most depressing day of the week. The previous weekend feels like it never happened and the upcoming one seems like a lifetime away. Well I love Tuesdays – especially when you get invited to dine at the newest kid on the Victoria Quarter block, The Ivy, Leeds.

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PARENTING | My Favourite Christmas Traditions

I love Christmas. Always have. I don’t know if it’s something to do with being a teacher and from early November being surrounded by shepherd costumes and glitter on a daily basis but I always get so excited for this time of year! Now I’ve got my own little angel I can channel all my festive ideas on to her and pass on my love of this season. Everyone’s got their own family traditions they set up and here’s a few of ours.

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