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GIRL ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

Vanessa

Hi, I’m Vanessa,

I’m 30 years old and loving. Every. Minute.  Wife to Woolly (I have literally never called him by his real name, seriously, one day someone asked me “how’s Dave” and I just starred at them blankly) and mother to Minnie (also known as the queen) she’s one year old and my absolute world. 

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My life has taken a huge turn in the past couple of years.  Once the career-driven singleton who dreamed of working their way to the top of the corporate ladder and turned her nose up at the idea that anyone would possibly want to marry and have children over their jobs.  I am now a mother who’s more than happy to turn off their work emails and turn on Peppa Pig.  I’ve swapped weekends in Ibiza for craft classes, making bread and thinking I’m a Yogi.  

Although my days generally consist of trying to work out how one successfully raises a toddler while attempting to maintain a successful career educating the youth as well as be a fabulous other half to my husband (I’m still working on that last one).

 

Girl About Birmingham

I swear way too much, spend way too much and eat way too much, I’m permanently on some sort of fad diet, so far I have managed to gain three stone, this new one will work though I’m sure of it.

Born and bred in the city of Birmingham I’ve lived here for my whole life, bar a short period of time in Wales where I came to the realisation that, as idealistic as it initially sounded, the quaint village near the sea was just not the life for me. So back I came to embrace city life and that oh so classy accent I spent so long trying to lose and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

I am so excited to share a side to England’s second city (and my first) that so many would not have known about. Oh and Dudley, I have not forgotten about you! Home to my place of work and so many of my favourite haunts prepared to be amazed by the hidden gems this underrated suburb has to offer.

 

10 random facts about me:

  • As well as Minnie I’m also mother to a cat baby who I rescued (he previously had 5 homes, nobody could look after him as he was so naughty).
  • I have a degree in Zoology, a HND in nutrition and a CMI in leadership and management. Oh and a PGCE.
  • I have three tattoos
  • I’m an only child….and its obvious
  • I tend to scare / intimidate everyone who meets me, I’m not that bad. I blame the huge line in between my brows, it does nothing for my resting bitch face.
  • I love animals more than people
  • I believe in reincarnation and as a result am absolutely TERRIFIED of dying. I get sweaty palms just thinking about it and will be the first in the queue when dishing out immortality pills.
  • I come across as a bit thick, I’m actually quite intelligent.
  • I rarely watch films. If I do I have to watch them in 2/3 parts as I cannot sit still for long.
  • I have a HUGE aversion to tea (the drink) I cannot bare to be in the same rooms as it, so if you come round mine expecting one you will be bitterly disappointed.

Vanessa X

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GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM | He’ll love this mystery foodie tour of Leeds if he loves his grub!

It was a great way to see parts of Leeds you might otherwise miss on your daily commute. We had some delicious and varied food choices accompanied by some nice drinks along the way. I’d genuinely be so happy to get this as a Christmas present. I always imagined food tours might be a bit pretentious and maybe not the kind of thing my other half would enjoy, but this wasn’t at all. The type of food offed, as well as the beers, sampled definitely kept him happy!

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GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM | He’ll love this immersive Crime Scene Investigation Experience in Yorkshire

Anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a sleuth. If you’re an armchair detective and work out “whodunnit” before Poirot even twiddled his moustache or love watching real crime documentaries then this CSI Experience in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is for you. Vouchers don’t have to be bought in pairs but I would say that to get the most out of the experience you’d be best off going with likeminded, crime-fighting friend.

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REVIEW | Kelham Island Food Tour in “The Shoreditch of the North” – Sheffield

If you love food and don’t know Sheffield very well then the Kelham Island Food Tour could be the one for you. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, filled with many tasty delights whilst discovering new places around the much loved industrial part of town. The first time I ventured away from my city-centre haunts was shortly after finishing uni, when we discovered the Fat Cat pub and (more importantly) £2 pints of ale. It dumbfounded us that we’d never even heard of this part of town, so finding such an amazing place to drink after four years living in Sheffield was quite a late discovery!

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REVIEW | Festive Food at The Green House in Sutton Coldfield – The Midlands

I am a pub girl through and through and a glutton for a good, hearty menu. Forever hunting out new locations to catch up with my friends or to go for lunch with the family, so was super excited to discover this little gem situated in the beautiful Sutton.

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REVIEW | Teddy Bears Picnic at Elements Coffee House in Derby

I had already heard good things about Elements. Despite only just celebrating their first birthday, they’ve been nominated for two awards in Marketing Derby’s food and drink awards (Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service). Thanks to their beautifully curated Instagram feed they were firmly on my Girl About radar.

So when Elements got in touch to invite us to try their teddy bear’s picnic themed children’s menu I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed a delicious lunch out with my toddler. We have loads of fun but I’d pretty much resigned myself that civilised lunches at nice places were largely a thing of the past. I was intrigued to see whether this was the answer. In the week or so before, Lily was bubbling with excitement. I remained somewhat sceptical.

The Stratford

RECOMMENDATION | The Stratford Brasserie, Stratford – East London

Thursday night a couple of weeks ago and my Dad was in town. My step-mum had gone to an ABBA event at the O2 and he didn’t really fancy getting all dressed up like a Super Trooper, so we decided to go out for a bite to eat. I’d been to The Stratford once before when it first opened in the summer and was impressed with their Stratford burger, so thought it was worth having another look.

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Girls Afternoon Glamour is an experience unique to Charles Worthington, who is one of the most prestigious and renowned hairdressing names in the U.K.
Charles has won many of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, developed an award-winning portfolio of products sold worldwide, styled A-list celebrities, and collaborated with some of the best names in the fashion and beauty industry. All this whilst seamlessly remaining a family business.

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