National No Smoking Day – March 8th

National No Smoking Day

Next month sees the return of National No Smoking Day. Back in my younger days I used to be a smoker. I came from a family who all smoked and all my friends smoked. This is back in the days when you could smoke in pubs and clubs.

I stopped when I met my Husband as he isn’t a smoker. I went cold turkey and managed to have stopped (mostly) for about 13 year. I won’t lie to you, I still have the odd cigarette now and then, socially, but I have managed to keep it in check. I have developed a handbag habit instead but that’s not quite so bad to my health!

My Mam is slowly weaning herself off cigarettes too by using an e-cig with a low nicotine liquid. I wish she would stop all together but i’m hoping some of these handy tips in today’s post might help.

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Newcastle Restaurant Week January 2017

Newcastle Restaurant Week January 2017

Newcastle Restaurant Week January 16th – 22nd 2017

This is the first Food Friday of 2017! No review from me, just good old advance warning of the upcoming Restaurant Week!

Whether you want to try somewhere new or get a bargain at your usual haunt, now is the time to do it!

There’s a heck of a lot of new restaurants, both independent and chain so there’s something to please everyone.Some of the deals have changed since the last time, with courses going down or cost going up but it’s still a bargain!

I have included all of the deals below for the Newcastle Restaurant Week January 2017, so click on and keep reading!

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Starbucks Gold Glitter Cold Cup

Starbucks Holiday Drinkware 2016

A lot of people around this time of year promise themselves to drink more water, right? Being hydrated can relieve headaches, hunger pangs

It is easier said than done though. On a daily basis while you are out and about, you might not have access to water or get sick of lugging an ugly old bottle round.

Well Starbucks Gold Glitter Cold Cup is for you!

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

I hope you enjoyed your celebrations, how ever you chose to see in 2017.

It’s time to draw a line under 2016 and make 2017 your year.

What are you New Year resolutions?

I don’t set resolutions as such, only goals but something I do subscribe to is to be a better version of me today, than I was yesterday.

I plan to travel more both in the UK and abroad as the world is a big place. I’m off to North Africa again in May and hopefully Vietnam in the Autumn. Exciting! I’m trying to fit in a couple of mini breaks in between too.

I plan to spend more quality time with friends and family. Not just a quick coffee here and there. Quality time with my nearest and dearest – it’s good for the soul!

I plan to document my life more. More photos of friends, family and adventures. Heartfelt personal moments not for Instagram. I realised I have very few proper photos of loved ones so I’m going to work on that in 2017.

I aim to move house in 2017 too. I think I need a miracle for this one as I don’t think our perfect house exists and I’d rather stay put than settle.

I plan on buying a new car too but we’d best not tell the Husband about that goal!

Enjoy your day and happy new year 2017!


You are not alone

If you celebrate Christmas, then Merry Christmas but many find this to be an incredibly hard time of year. You’re not alone.

For whatever reason, if you need to talk to anyone or are feeling in need of help then please use one of the numbers on this list.You’ll find a friendly caring ear at the other end.

And remember, don’t feel pressured in to drink driving this festive season. Read my post on the Designated Driver scheme HERE 



Tel No   0300 123 3393



Tel No      116 123

Alcoholics Anonymous


Tel No     0800 9177650



Info line 08000 50 20 20

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Tel No    0207 837 7324



Tel No     0300 304 7000

Papyrus, Prevention of young suicide


National self-help body for the Transgender community

Beaumont Society


Information Line 01582 412220


0800 1111

Depression Alliance




Tel No     0808 2000 247


Beating eating disorders.


Help line 0345 634 1414

Youth Line 0345 634 7650



Tel No    0808 800 4444

NHS Direct


No Panic


Tel No  0844 967 4848

youth helpline     01753 840393

If you are just feeling lonely, then feel free to tweet me during the day @ladyfromatramp for some moral support and some digitally sent brussel sprouts!

Stay safe, take care and love yourself.


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