Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Best of Budapest #2

If you have been around for a while you would have seen that Mr Wind and I headed to Budapest for his 30th Birthday adventure. To find out a little more and to see where we stayed then click HERE right there. 

We were in Budapest for 4 days and 3 nights and I think that, that amount of time was PERFECT and we fitted so much in during that time and even had some time for relaxing, so to find out what we did and what we got up to keep those eyes on this post and keep reading. 

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Manchester to Munich
Munich to Budapest
Bus to Train Station
Train to Hotel.

We spent sometime unpacking, exploring the hotel and having a quick snooze

After that we set out to go and find our bearings. We wandered around the streets, over one of the bridges to the Buda side, we walked down and back over another bridge to the Pest side and then we searched for food. 

We spent hours wandering and taking pictures there is something about cities at night that I love. 

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I woke up early so set out on an adventure to find breakfast. The sun was shining and I found myself in the Great Market Hall where I picked up some yummy food for breakfast.

Then we walked for miles. Now I mean miles. 27,000 steps and over 10 miles covered to be exact. 

We walked along the Danube to the 'Shoes on the Bank' which is such a beautiful and amazing tribute. 

From there we kept walking to see Parliament, that building, so good!

We wandered through the town to one of the bridges and over to Buda Castle. 

We walked up the hill to see the incredible views of Budapest. The castle is so amazing and so beautiful. You can either walk up or get a little tram up the hill. When we reached the top we caught our breathe and found a little spot in a courtyard and had some lunch.

The whole time we were sat eating our sandwiches we could smell the most amazing cake/waffle smell and after following our nose we found these. 

Now I am not sure if they are Funnel Cakes or Chimney Cakes but what ever they are, they are INCREDIBLE. 

From there we head back down the hill exploring the grounds of the castle. 

We wandered through the streets to the steps that set up on the journey to the Citadella. Now just a warning. It is one hell of a walk, you can choose path or steps we did a bit of both. It is quite a walk with lots of seats (which we took advantage of) but it is so worth it. 

Have you seen that view! Soo good. 

We spent ages sat at the top of the hill, taking pictures and lets be honest PEOPLE WATCHING.

Back down the hill to the hotel where we collapsed in a heap, snoozed and had a little swim.

That night we found a place to eat and wandered around the city.

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We woke up so sleepy so spent sometimes watching Netflix, editing photos and eating food. Around 11am we headed to a thermal bath.

We chose this bath off the recommendation of a friend who had visited the city for New Year. We chose this Bath as it was a lot quieter and closer than any of the others.

We spent all day in the Baths and seriously I have no idea how I got back to the hotel as I was so relaxed, I think I might have floated there. The baths are beautiful and have so much history and culture. Coming up in the next post I will give you some tips and tricks for surviving Budapest and I will talk more about the baths.


Like I said, we spent so much time in the baths that by the time we got back to the hotel and relaxed it was Tea time and after a walk around and a drink in a bar we were ready for bed.

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Today we had to check out, we woke early, got packed and stored out luggage at the hotel.
From there we searching for food.


We had no plans today so we made the TREK of a walk to Heroes Square which is quite spectacular and is surrounded by museums, baths and so much more. It was so nice to explore.

I had heard about this restaurant/café and new that I had to go. We spent so much time in the cute café which from the front was a tiny building but it just kept going. This place, a girls dream, definitely a place to explore and The Sweet next door.

After we had been here it was time to get back to the hotel and get to the airport.

City Centre to Airport
Budapest to Frankfurt
Frankfurt to Manchester
Manchester to Home.

 So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of our 4 days in Budapest. Coming up in our next post is Tips and Tricks to surviving this city.
Love Leeny

Monday, 17 April 2017

Dear Diary: Life Lately

It is Bank Holiday Monday and I am currently sat on the sofa under a fluffy blanket, drinking a Costa and eating a Danish pastry, I have spent the whole day watching Netflix and catching up on all the programmes that we have recorded. On a side note I have just watched Mothers Day and Netflix and I LOVED IT, a total chick flick but so good.  
This weekend seems to have flown by, well lets be honest the last month has, last time I checked it was February and we were celebrating Andrews Birthday and now that lad is loving life being 30. Without me quite realising I have just been so busy and time has passed me by, so this weekend has been all about re focusing and just re charging in some ways.
Now if you know my husband you will know that his main plan for this weekend was to do 'Jobs around the house' I wanted to sit in coffee shops and go to the beach but no, the broken fence in the back garden came out the winner so we have spent our weekend trying to sort that out, boring I know but apparently we will feel so much better when it is done!
Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get back on top of all this blogging stuff but for now, here is a little photo dump of the last month and a bit for all you lovely ones.

So, since we last chatted we have had more birthday celebrations for Mr W, I got all my hair chopped off and even braved it and had a sneeky fringe put in and I LOVE IT. Andrew and I have continued to do lots of jobs around the house, including re vamping our wardrobe and of course a TON of family time. This month we welcomed our new baby niece and well, she is BEAUTIFUL.
Life is so exciting and so so so good. We are now in the middle of April but we have started to make plans for my birthday and I am so excited now to turn 30.
So what have you lovely lot been up to the last few weeks, tell me, tell me!
Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday and I will see you all soon, I PROMISE.
Love Leeny

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Best of Budapest #1

Hello and Welcome to Leeny Loves and to a little mini series all about our Budapest Adventure. 

So the wonderful Mr Wind turned 30 at the end of February so we decided that we wanted to celebrate by going on an adventure. We had been looking and trying to book something since Christmas but we just didn’t find the best deal.

Andrew has been to a lot of the typical European cities so he wanted to go somewhere different and somewhere he hadn’t been before. This made the search even harder.

After many arguments and missed deals we finally stumbled across a steal of a deal in Budapest on

The deal was 4 days, 3 nights staying at the Mecure Korona Hotel in the city centre for the both of us at the amazing price of £430. The only catch was that the flights were not direct. We had to change planes there and back but it was so straight forward and only really added 45 minutes to an hour to our overall travel time.

So once we booked it, it was then the task of finding out what the heck was there to do in Budapest so naturally I headed to the place for all knowledge, YouTube. There were so many vlogs and well, it made me fall in love with the city so much. The very beautiful Amelia Liana has done two vlogs on Budapest and a blog post and they were so helpful and helped us plan our trip.

Let me tell you a little more about Budapest. Now what surprised me the most was that it is actually the Hill of Buda and the Plains of Pest which are separated by the River Danube and then connected with all of the fancy bridges and seriously they are fancy. Budapest its super famous for its thermal baths and having been I can tell why. 


W H E R E   W E   S T A Y E D / M E C U R E   K O R O N A

Now lets start by saying I was a tad unsure about this hotel, as well, the truth is the reviews on TripAdvisor are the WORST. 

When you arrive you are met with a super glam walkway and revolving doors. In the large entrance foyer there was loads of people on the desk ready to help. Now I can see why some people said the staff were rude but I don't think they meant to I think it is just language barrier and for the rest of the week they could not be more helpful.

The large reception area to the hotel had a bar, a shop and a little internet corner. You walked through the  reception to the lifts and they took you to your floor.

The hotel is split over two buildings which are on different sides of the street, they are connected with a walk way. In the walk way is a restaurant which was so cool to sit in and look out over Budapest.

Over the bridge in the other building was a swimming pool which I loved, now I am not going to lie, it was a strange one but it was cool. Men and Women had separate changing rooms and you access these using your card from you room. You got changed in there and then walked through a door to the pool and sauna, now it was tiny but it was perfect for what it needed to be plus Budapest is famous for its thermal baths so you don't really need that pool if you go and explore them.

Now the rooms, they were small and compact but they were clean and well looked after. The bathroom was large and every room came with a desk, tv, mini bar and a large wardrobe. The rooms were fine but one thing I did think was strange was that the rest of the hotel felt quite modern but the rooms weren't. But we were fine with that because lets be honest, what we paid for the hotel was nothing.

When we arrived the hotel gave us a FREE voucher for 500 Forints off a drink which I thought was super kind. The hotel also let us store our luggage on the last day after we checked out for free.

All in all I would give the hotel a 4/5. It could do with some work but lets face it on a city break you hardly spend any time there and it was more that perfect for that.

Coming up in Part 2 of The Best of Budapest I tell you a little more about how we spent out time and what we did.

Have yourself a super Saturday.

 Love Leeny

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Primark Haul March 2017

Hello Strangers. 
So yeah, let's address the issue! 
I've not blogged for a month. Reason being, I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY. 

Mr Wind turned 30 at the end of February and well we celebrated hard. Parties, presents, trips away and so much more. Due to that I have just been abit awol. 

But I am back and I am so excited to get back into this blogging malarkey and being honest I have missed it big style. 

So if you follow me on Instagram, if you don't make sure you do. I had a rare day off in the week so headed to the beautiful place that is Primark. Nothing makes me more happy than a quiet mid week shop to Primark. I didn't need anything but the thing is you never do, do you, But two bags later I clearly needed something. 

In the last week I have watched a TON of Primark hauls on YouTube so I was literally chomping at the bit to get there and £50 later I picked myself up quiet the haul. 

So enough waffle! Let's show you Primark fans what I got my hands on. 


This coat should of been £28 and it was down to £5. I know right, what a steal! 
This coat is two sizes two small but you wouldn't know! It's just so beautiful. I can't wait to rock this now, with out the fur collar as the weather gets warmer. 


This again was a impulse purchase but to be honest everything I bought was, this was on a rail near the entrance and when I saw that it was one £5 I thought why the heck not. I can imagine wearing this in the summer with bare tanned legs and sandals or even little ankle boots now. 


I am all about the oversize tshirts and when o saw this it was put in the basket without thinking. I work with kids so tshirts like this are essential and some days you just want to rock a large tshirts, skinnies and trainers and this tshirts is for that. 


Being quite honest this will probably be worn once before I get a stain on it or before it gets dyed another colour in the wash but the feel of this fabric and how soft it is, is amazing. 

VESTS / £1.80

I am a girl who wears a vest under any top, dress or any item of clothing. I always have and always will, not sure what it is but I won't leave the house ever just wearing one top, it's all about the layers. 
These best are only £1.80 and well you can never have too many can you. 

SHOES / £3 - £8

This was the one thing I actually needed. After spending the whole of winter wearing boots or trainers I am more than ready to get some ballet pumps on my feet and I think my feet are excited to breathe again. Ok ok, the gold shoes are ridiculous but we all need some gold in our life. The black shoes are practical and the leopard ones are for fun and a bit of adventure.


I am all over the Victoria Secret inspired nightshirts and this one is my favourite and so soft. This little gem was only £8 and having worn it for bed last night I can confirm it is softest fabric. EVER. 
Now that the warmer nights are coming, those fleecy pyjamas are away and I am loving these SO MUCH. 


These two things I picked up as I was queing to may for my things, Primark know how to do it don't they. These glasses are amazing, Mr Wind didn't agree but you know what I love them. Every girl needs sock and when I saw these ones I had to get them although I have chunkier legs and they definitely don't go over my knees. 


So there we have it all the things I didn't need from Primark. Have you guys been and picked anything up recently? Comment below and let me know. 

Don't forget if you haven't already to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram, I will appreciate muchly. 

Have a great weekend. 

Love Leeny

Saturday, 4 February 2017


When they do a sale, they do a sale don't they. 

Yesterday an email landed in my inbox from ASOS telling me that they had further reductions on many items in there SALE and well of course naturally I had a little look and oh my. If I wasn't on a spending band till the end of February these items would be purchased ASAP.

The reason whey I love ASOS is because they have an incredible and very beautiful Plus Size range. To many stores these days pride themselves on having plus size clothes but they are either not me or super exspensive but ASOS nail it everytime. 

As you can see from the picture above I am very much rocking two looks at the moment. The lounge wear, laid back, oversized t shirt look or the pleated midi length skirt style. They are both so in now and you can see the two looks where ever you go and in most highstreet shops. 

All of these items are £20 and under and such versatile pieces you can rock any season. Spring is definitely on its way and I can see the Dafoldils growing in the garden as I write this post. I am so ready to start to pack away those jumpers and start to rock some more pastel lighter shades and I think these tops will help with that. 

Andrew turns 30 at the end of the month and we are all heading out for a family meal and I would love to wear a pleated skirt. At the moment I have a few in my favourites but I love this pale blue one and think it would be perfect for summer and a wedding I have booked in.

Oh ASOS you have done it again, you know, making me buy things that... 
1. I don't (think) I need.
2. I don't have the money for. Well I do but I am suppose to be saving.
3. I can't live with out. I mean have you seen that skirt. WANT!

I highly encourage that if you get chance you should head over and check out the ASOS sale. You may pick yourself up a little bargain or a new little oufit.

Love Leeny

Saturday, 28 January 2017

January Favourites

28th January. Well we made it didn't we. First month down and I have to say it has been a good one.

Here are just a few highlights.
1. I have lost a stone in weight! Wahooo. A whole 14lbs and I feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for it.
2. Andrew and I went on some dates and it was the best.
3. I have stuck with the whole blogging every week thing I said.
4. Jobs we said we wanted to do around the house have been done.
5. I have seen friends and drank a lot of coffee which makes me happy.
6. I have bought all of Andrews presents for his birthday next month! Winning at life.
7. We have booked time off and are going on holiday next month.

January I have loved you and I now can not wait for February with Valentines Day, 30th Birthdays and holidays.

Now, there have been some things I have been OBSESSED with this month and I wanted to share them with you lovely ones. So, enough of me and all my ramberling.

Here are my January Favourites.



For Christmas Andrew got me an Elizabeth Arden Bright Lights, Big City set and oh my. There are so many things in there that I love but the Eye Make Up Remover has to be the best. Most days I wear eye shadow, eye liner, masacara and I was finding that I was rubbing my eyes most nights so hard to get all the make up off. This was leaving me having really sensitive eyes. I wasn't really expecting much from this so when I used it because I couldn't find anything else I was BLOWN away. I put a few drops on some cotton wool, hold it to my eyes and rub off and it literally wipes away.

I picked this beauty up in the Boxing Day Sale after hearing so many people rave about it and honestly I can see why. When I use this I can smell it on my skin for hours after, my husband has become obsessed with it as well. I do think this is only available at Christmas which sucks but when Christmas comes it definitely is a must. Has anyone ever used this before, what is the smell? HELP I can not work it out.

F O O D   A N D   D R I N K


Now I know this is a funny one but this month I have just drank Pepsi Max like it is going out of fashion. Everyday I pick on of these up from the shop next to work and it is gone with in no time. I have recently joined Weight Watchers, I know, I know I am that desperate and with it all being based on points and that, this beauty comes in with 0 smart points so that's a winner in my eyes.

Now you may have seen but at the beginning of the month I made Vanilla Cupcakes from Tanya Burrs book, Tanya Bakes and man they are so good and so easy to make now we have our KitchenAid, so yeah you got it, this month I have made cupcakes so many times but as you know I am on a diet so I have just been given them away or eating them for a sneaky treat. If you are looking for a yummy cupcake recipe then make sure you check out my post or even by the book.

F A S H I O N 


Andrew picked this scarf up for me at Christmas after I saw Rhiannon Ashlee talk about it one of her vlogs. I wanted a huge oversize scarf that I could wear with everything and even use as a wrap if needed and this was the one. We picked it up from ASOS for £12 and I have worn it every day. I have so many scarves but they don't always go with my oufits so its so nice to have one that goes with everything. This scarf has been a life saver the last few weeks, I have used it as a blanket in my freezing office and even covered my friends baby in it to keep them warm. Its a huge WIN.


If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that over Christmas and the beginning of this month we have done lots of little jobs around the house including finally putting up prints that we have had for ages. At the bottom of our stairs we have this little wall art space which includes a personalised print from my brother that we got for our wedding, a calendar which we fill out and change monthly, a picture of us on our wedding day and then these two new prints. I found the 'Go the extra mile' quote online and just printed it out and then the 'Enjoy the little things' print was £1.99 from B&M and I love it. We have finished of this little space with a cute chair and its honestly one of my favourite corners of our house.  
The cushions on our sofa were in need of a re vamp and I was ready to inject some more colour into our lives, much to Andrews annoyance. I wanted to go for a crazy, thrown on, different types of cushion look and I think we achieved that. I picked up these pastel pink cushions from Matalan for £6 and the mint green ones from Primark for £5. I love them and so does Andrew. The geometric triangle print cushions were from eBay and cost £2.49. They are so pretty and so cheap. My new favourite thing is to just sit on my sofa with all my cushions and make my own pillow palace. 
T V   A N D   M U S I C

After having no series to watch together in such a long time we decided to start watching Suits after it was recommended by a friend. Seriously, SO GOOD! Its all about lawyers and solving cases and Andrew and I are hooked. Any time we have a chance to watch an episode we do. Definitely worth a watch if you are looking for something at the moment.
What a women. To be honest she could probably go in my favourites every month but this month 'Water Under the Bridge' has been on repeat. I can't help but sing my heart out and dance away to it. Well there is no way I can do a January Favourites and not talk about the beauty that is Ed Sheeran. I am so glad he is back and his song 'Castle on the Hill' is my jam really. January has been all about these two voices. 
There we have it friends, my January Favourites and a few highlights. How has your month been, what have you been loving?
Have your self and incredible week. Don't forget to go and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to see you over there.
Love Leeny