Suburban & City Living in Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Suburban & City Living in Chapel Allerton, Leeds

This contemporary two-bedroom apartment, located in the up and coming suburb Chapel Allerton, boasts a bright open-plan layout and fully equipped kitchen. Close to the local shopping centre and just 10 minutes from Leeds city centre, this apartment gives you the best of both city and suburban lifestyles.

Property

The open-plan layout of this modern, first floor apartment creates a bright and spacious living area, accentuated by the large windows that let light flood in. The kitchen area is well equipped with all the integrated mod cons you need including a tall fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and stainless steel oven with hob.

The bedrooms are just as bright and spacious as the rest of the property, are fully carpeted to create a cosy space, and offer great storage opportunities. The modern three-piece bathroom suite features an over-the-bath shower to meet all your needs. The property has gas central heating, a secure entry system and parking within communal grounds. This lovely little apartment has everything you need, and is situated in the perfect location…

Location

The “urban village” of Chapel Allerton is the place to be in Leeds right now. The vibrant inner suburb has its own mini town with grocery shops, plenty of pubs, bars, takeaways and lovely restaurants, banks, independent shops, a library, and even two art galleries for those seeking a bit of culture. The property is also close to Potternewton Park, and not too far away from the well known Roundhay Park.

Whilst you have all this within walking distance, the appeal of this suburb is its close distance to Leeds city centre and all it has to offer. You have the new Trinity centre and plenty of other shops down Briggate and along the Headrow, a multitude of quirky bars and eateries, cinemas, museums, art galleries, a buzzing nightlife; the list is endless!

This apartment’s great location means you can enjoy the relaxed and peaceful suburb, as well as explore the exciting city life of Leeds- you are spoilt for choice. Leeds city centre is easily reachable via regular bus services that go right past the apartment development.

Places to eat & drink

Where to start! To eat during the day, Crust & Crumb and Sunshine Bakery will become your go to locations, whilst Seven, and independent arts space, café and bar, offers something a little different and even puts on regular exhibitions, films, theatre and comedy.

The restaurant scene offers cuisines for every taste; Sukothai serves the best Thai food in Leeds, for Mexican head to Pinche Pinche or El Bareto, Chapel A foodand Arti or Aagrah serve tasty Indian cuisines. If you’re more of a pizza/pasta person, Casa Mia is your go to, then for Mediterranean food try The Olive Tree, and North African cuisine in Sami’s.

The best bars in the area include Zed Bar, The Manor and The Hub, as well as Further North; the smaller, cheekier version of Leeds’ North Bar. If you prefer a good local pub then The Mustard Pot, The Regent and The Bay Horse Inn are all classically British pubs.

And when you head to Leeds city centre you are absolutely spoilt for choice with places to eat and drink. A few of many places to eat include: Shears Yard, Roots and Fruits, Filmore and Union, Café Moor, Fuji Hiro and The Foundry– you and your taste buds will have a great time discovering the culinary delights of Leeds. And to drink: Roland’s, The Social, Bilbao Bar, Smokestack, The Living Room, Friends of Ham, The Brewery Tap and Brew Dog. Check out leeds-list.com for everything you need to know!

Shopping

Chapel Allerton shopping provides a handy alternative to Leeds, and specializes in unique, independent shops. Casablanca, Chirpy, Angels and The Pink Banana stock a range of unusual, quirky items and great gift ideas. Chapel Allerton caters for all your shopping needs with fashion boutiques, butchers, a florist, a hardware shop, an interior design shop, cake shop, bookshops and jewelers, alongside high street supermarkets and bakeries.

If you’re looking for a wider range and big name brands, just travel the ten minutes to Leeds city centre for a plethora of high street namesTrinity, designer brands and independent stores, with Trinity shopping centre along the main high street, and White Rose on the outskirts of the centre. Leeds is also a lovely city to wander round, with beautiful architecture and plenty of delicious places for a quick lunch or snack.

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Kids Easter Crafts

Kids Easter Crafts

March has officially been named #CraftMonth. And with the Easter holidays here, what better way to get creative and keep the kids busy than making some Easter themed decorations. These five craft ideas are cheap and easy, and can each be made in just three simple steps! Hang them up over Easter to make your house feel like a home.

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  1. Draw egg shape, trace onto different coloured card and cut out
  2. Layer 5 eggs one on top of the other with edges lined up
  3. Staple down centre once or twice then fan out

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  1. Draw and cut out bunnies
  2. Add googly eyes and cotton wool ball tail
  3. Cut slits in ears, string through ribbon and hang up

Egg hunt basket

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  2. Glue edges together, cut out handle and staple on
  3. Fill with tissue paper and add eggs!

Hanging Easter cones

  1. Cut out circle of coloured card and roll into cones and securPaper-Cone-Easter-Bunny-Chick-1024x680e
  2. Decorate with Easter theme and attach ribbons to either side
  3. Fill with shredded tissue paper, hang up and pop in your Easter treats

Animal paper cups

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  2. For a bunny, cut out ears, add googly eyes, fluffy nose and pipe cleaner whiskers, fill with shredded tissue paper
  3. For a chick, attach pipe cleaner feet to the bottom, googly eyes and a triangle orange nose, and fill with yellow feathers

Happy Easter!

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Why recycle when you can upcycle?

Crafts and upcycling are those trends you always want to try, but seem far too difficult, and you’re sure you’d end up with a paper mache mess or missing a finger. Well we have some super simple upcycling ideas to ease you into the world of crafts and DIY, all you need is a little imagination. Want to get the kids involved in crafting? We also have some fun Easter craft ideas as well- something for all ages!

Upcycling

Mason-Jar-Topiary-TreesDIY-Glitter-Mason-Jar-TutorialDream-JarDecorate used mason jars- transform them into holders for pens or makeup brushes, pop in a candle, grow indoor plants, or use at as a dreamTin can upcycle jar.

Repurpose old tin cans- by punch htin can lanternoles into them (be careful!) in patterns, then pop in a candle or fairy lights to create cute DIY lanterns.

melted bead sun catchersMelted bead sun catchers- simply layer small colourful, plastic beads into cake pans, melt in the oven for 20 minutes, let them cool then flip out, drill a hole at the top and tie up with string! So easy yet so pretty.organize-with-cereal-boxes.jpg11

Reuse cereal boxes- decorate with patterned wrapping paper and turn them into magazine and mail holders, makeup and stationary organisers, and even drawwhisk-candle-holderers to hold jewellery!

Whisk candle holder- all you have to do is pop in a candle and hang upsidedown! So simple. You could always add a bit of paint to make it more colourful

Put old books to good use- cabook cardsn’t bear to throw books away? Use the pagbook candleses to make unique decorations, homemade cards, candle holders, and transform book covers as a cover for your tablet.Map-Rosette

Do the same with old maps- turMap-Photo-Framen into decorations, cover bowls and candle holders, or even create your own unique photos and wall art.

Don’t throw away worn out furniture- or be put off buying second-hand, everything canUpcycled ladder be spruced up with a little TLC. A great idea is to decorate an old step ladder and use as shelves!

WaBulb vasent a quirky way to display flowers? – turn an old light bulb into an unusual vase; different and free!

Read our next post for fun kids Easter crafts…

Town centre living in Huddersfield

Town centre living in Huddersfield

Located on the ground floor of a beautifully converted building, this one bedroom property to rent is situated just minutes from Huddersfield town centre, and boasts unique character features including original windows and high ceilings, giving a sophisticated and spacious feel.

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The open-plan living area offers great versatility so you can design your space however is best for you. The lounge area is connected to the hallway, and its fully fitted carpet creates distinct spaces. The adjoining modern kitchen, separated by a wall partition, comes fully equipped with integrated appliances including oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

The bedroom is generously sized, and makes this apartment best for young couples who may be first time renters. Extra storage space comes in the form of a utility room opposite the bedroom. The fresh, modern bathroom includes a white three-piece suite with over-the-bath shower.

Location

Off-road parking is available with this apartment, but the convenient location of the Gledholt Park apartments on Edgerton Grove Road, means everything you need is within walking distance. This property is just minutes from the centre of Huddersfield and all the amenities it has to offer, and is ideal for professionals working in Huddersfield or commutiGreenhead-Park-1_1ng to either Leeds or Bradford, with the train station a five minute drive or 20 minute walk if you want to get some exercise and fresh air!

The stunning Greenhead Park is just across the road and is perfect for a scenic stroll, and a great place to relax in the summer months. Local pub The Junction is a one minute walk up the road and offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Places to eat & drink

If you are a lover of curries, then head to Westgate, Market Street or New Street for the best selection of curry restaurants in Yorkshire. Huddersfield has a wide range if cuisines to offer- Try Thai Sakon for tasty Thai food and value for money, Apandana for Persian food served by lovely staff, or Med One’s well-priced, authentic Lebanese cuisine. Parky’s Bistro serves fresh, great quality dishes in a relaxing atmosphere, and try Eric’s for a special occasion or delicious afternoon tea.

For drinks, Magic Rock Tap is hailed as the best bar in Huddersfield- its tucked away location near the train station, great selection of beers and upbeat atmosphere make it a favourite with the locals, and they even offer tours. Discovery Lounge is a cocktail bar adjacent to the Discovery Bay restaurant, and is perfect for a relaxing drink with friends, and serves its own Caribbean-themed creations. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Bar Maroc is a must try, famed for its unique, quirky vibe and welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.

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Huddersfield offers all your favourite high street stores, conveniently located in the Kingsgate shopping centre, with retailers such as River Island, H&M, TK Maxx and House of Fraser. If independent shops are more your thing, you’ll love the Byram Arcade; a Victorian arcade with great architecture in the heart of the town centre, with stores selling homewares, fashion, arts & crafts and vintage pieces. Make an afternoon of it by visiting one of its cafes too. If all this isn’t enough for you, just hop on a train for a short journey to Leeds, which offers a wealth of different stores, and is home to the new Trinity Centre.

Positive vibes- ways to be happier every day

Positive vibes- ways to be happier every day

With today being International Happiness Day, we have been inspired to reflect on what happiness is and how we can achieve this more in every day life. So many of us focus on improving our careers, relationships and appearances, but few of us think about how to improve ourselves and our own happiness.

Being happy 100% of the time is pretty much impossible, but these simple changes and actions will help you to achieve a higher level of happiness in your daily life and radiate positivity to everyone around you!

  • Reflect on your life and figure out what will make you happy, and then make the changes you need to achieve thishapp1
  • Surround yourself with happy, positive and enthusiastic people; remove all negativity and unnecessary stress from your life, and alter your mind to think more positively
  • Live in the moment- being mindful and living in the present is one of the keys to happiness, neither dwelling on the past or worrying about the future
  • Don’t let setbacks ruin your overall happiness – everyone goes through hard times and it perfectly okay to feel sad, but learning from this, improving and moving forward is the best way to feeling happier
  • Treat yourself like you would a friend – you wouldn’t be so harsh and critical to friends and family, so why do it to yourself?
  • Make a happy journal – jot down things every day that bring you joy, however big or small
  • Take time out for yourself to relax and be peaceful – you don’t always have to be rushing around and working 24/7 to be productive, taking some time out is just as productive
  • Meditation and exercise are both proven to be great tools to achieve greater happiness, so too is getting outdoors and experiencing and appreciating nature
  • Be in touch with your emotions – nobody is happy all day every day, allow yourself to feel emotions as pushing them down will only make things worshappye, but don’t let negative emotions overcome you, learn how to control and move past them
  • Do what you love, pursue your passions and learn new things
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, and look at what you have achieved not what you haven’t
  • Detachment is the process of accepting good and bad and staying balanced, this helps you control your emotions and find what is called inner peace
  • Be kind to others and compliment people, and make sure to do whatever makes you happy as long as you are not hurting others
  • Disconnect from the digital world more often – when you are with people, really be present and connected
  • Have realistic and achievable goals – having something to strive for is motivating, but don’t set yourself up for failure
  • Accept yourself for who you are and be the best version of yourself
  • Remind yourself that you deserve to be happy

City centre living in York

City centre living in York

Ideally set in a popular location of York city centre and surrounded by historical buildings, Space Property has one 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom apartments to let in the modern Jacob Court development.

Property

All of the properties have lovely spacious living areas, with a bright and airy feel thanks to the patio doors that lead out onto your own private balcony – you can use this space to put a table and chairs to enjoy the excellent views of the city and well maintained gardens; or create your own mini garden.

The open-plan living areas provide great versatility to use the space however best suits your lifestyle. The kitchen areas feature fully integrated appliances including fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and oven/hob, so you have everything you need in one convenient place.

The one-bed property has a generously sized bedroom that features a fitted double wardrobe, perfect for those with extensive clothing collections! The master bedrooms in the two-bed apartments also feature double wardrobes, and all bedrooms are fully carpeted to create a soft and cosy feel.

Another bonus of these apartments is that they have under-floor heating, so you can feel warm and snug on colder days! The building also has a secure entry system. The location and layout of these modern apartments is suited to young professionals who want to enjoy city centre living.

Location

York is a great city to both live and work, and offers a mixture of history, culture and modern city living; and in these apartments, you’ll be just five minutes away from all of this!York1

Be stunned by the city’s beautiful historic buildings, especially the 13th Century gothic cathedral, York Minster. Visit top attractions such as the York Dungeons, National Railway Museum and many others. York also offers fantastic shops, restaurants and bars to spend your evenings and weekends.

Places to eat/drink

One of York’s finest restaurants, Melton’s, has both tasty food and reasonable prices, and each dish has a matching wine suggestion. Try Café No.8 for locally-inspired, unfussy bistro dishes, and Tarts and Titbits deli-café for honest home-cooked food and an exotic sandwich menu. Betty’s Tearoom is a must visit for the best cakes in the city.

A fan of craft beers? House of Trembling Madness is a specialist beer bar that also serves hot, filling dishes and picky platters to line your stomach. The Evil Eye Lounge serves premium alcohol and a wide array of cocktails in a quirky setting, whilst 1331 has an off-the-beaten-track style bar with relaxed dining lounge, and even a small sofa-filled cinema showing classic films. Well-known in the city, Biltmore Bar & Grill offers art deco and classy interiors, as well as delicious cocktails and dishes of pizza, pasta and ribs.

Shopping

York has an eclectic mix of designer boutiques, high street names, independent shops and vintage stores. Independent outlet Fraser & May specialises in all things shabby chic, with everything from furniture to jewellery to vintage prints, and is a great place for unique gifts. Specialist home design store Snowhome offers loads of interesting little additions to your home, with a blend of contemporary and vintage.

Love a good bargain? Then you’ll regularly be venturing to the York Designer Outlet, just a few minutes from the city centre.  Find brands such as Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors, Nike and Ralph Lauren for great discount prices.

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Nutrition Week – healthy, easy and affordable meals

Nutrition Week – healthy, easy and affordable meals

With our busy lifestyles it can be hard to eat healthily and not resort to calorie-loaded convenience foods. But as its Nutrition Week, it’s the perfect time to make eating healthily a priority!

The key to healthy eating on the go is meal prepping. You’ve seen the pictures on Instagram- super healthy, super complicated meals with ingredients you didn’t even know existed. It can really put you off the idea. But don’t despair! We have some great tips for making meal prepping easy and affordable.

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself: start small with just a few days to ease yourself in, and gradually build up from there
  • Before you go on a supermarket sweep, plan the meals you will eat beforehand: stick to simple meals but with plenty of flavour so you won’t get bored
  • Set aside time: all you need is a few hours on a Sunday to go shopping and prep your meals; its much easier than cooking a meal after a long day at work
  • Pick foods that don’t spoil easily and are freezable; this ensures that your prepped meals will last all week
  • Meal prepping has so many benefits- it gives you more time during the week for more important things like work (and sleep), and helps you eat healthily and save money from not grabbing fast food

Below are a few meal prep recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner; you can also prepare snacks for throughout the day by putting nuts, seeds and fruit into bags. These ideas will get you started, and there are plenty more online. You can even come up with ideas yourself – you could be the next Instagram health guru.

Breakfasts

Oatmeal breakfast smoothies

Whiz together old fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, milk and chia seeds in a blender, and add flavours of your choice! Below are some tasty and healthy combinations:

– Blueberries and maple syrup

– Applesauce, cinnamon and honeysmoothies

– Banana, cocoa powder and honey

– Raspberries, raspberry jam and vanilla extract

– Cherries, chopped dark chocolate, honey

– Peaches, raspberry jam and vanilla extract

– Cranberry sauce and pecans

Simply keep them in your fridge and grab one in the morning. Healthy, fast and filling.

Breakfast omelette roll-ups

Season and cook lean ground turkey in a frying pan and drain. In a separate pan, cook whole egg and egg whites. Add goats cheese, spinach, bell peppers, and the ground turkey. Roll mixture and wrap in cling film. Refrigerate, and heat up thoroughly when ready to eat.

Lunches

Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls

Ingredients (makes 4 portions):

– 8 ounces cooked quinoa

– 8 ounces cooked brown rice

– 16 ounces prepared chicken, cubed

– 2 cups roasted asparagus, chopped

– 2 cups roasted broccoli florets

– 2 cups roasted cauliflower florets

Cook the rice, quinoa and chicken. Mix in your veg and add any seasoning/dressing of your choice. Store in the fridge and when you are ready microwave until heated through.

White bean and chicken salad

Ingredients (makes 3 portions):

– 1 small bulb fennel, chopped

– 3 cloves garlic, minced

– 2 tablespoons parsley stems, thinly sliced

– ½ roasted red pepper, chopped

– 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

– 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

Cook fennel in oil with salt and pepper for 4 minutes (until soft and translucent). Add garlic and parsley, cook for another minute. Add roasted pepper and white beans, cook for another 2 minutes. Let beans cool before storing in containers in the fridge. Add cooked and seasoned chicken breast. For the orange vinaigrette dressing- whisk together juice of half an orange, pinch of salt, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of olive oil.

Put the salad into a large container, then in a small container add segmented orange and crumbled feta cheese, keep dressing in separate pot. At lunchtime, microwave the chicken and white beans for 1½ minutes, until heated through. Toss with the orange vinaigrette, then top with the feta and orange segments.

Dinners

These dishes can be frozen- defrost and reheat thoroughly.

potatoesChicken and stuffed sweet potatoes

Wrap sweet potatoes in foil and bake for 45-50 minutes on 210°C. Season chicken breast with chipotle sauce (or any sauce), cayenne, paprika and salt, and cook in frying pan. Slice potatoes in half, carve out insides, mix with any veg and beans you like and fill the potatoes again, top with crumbled mozzarella. Bake for another 8 minutes until slightly crispy, serve with the chicken.

One-pan garlic chicken pesto pasta

Ingredients (serves 4):

– 2 chicken breasts, sliced into ½-inch strips

– 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped

– ¾ cup cream

– ½ grated parmesan cheese

– ¼ cup pesto

– 3 cups penne pasta, cooked and drained

– ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Heat oil in a pan, combine the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper, cook until chicken is browned. Mix in the cream, parmesan, and pesto. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce has reduced, about 5-7 minutes. Toss in the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until evenly coated. To serve, sprinkle parmesan cheese and basil on top.