A Yorkshire based parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Food | Desserts At Kaspas Leeds

I make no secrets about it... I'm a huge dessert fan. I'm one of those gals that when we go out for tea I check the pudding menu before the main course. It's the way I've always been & the way I always be. And that's quite okay with me.

There seems to be new restaurants opening in Leeds every other day at the moment, but one that stuck out for me (for obvious reasons) is Kaspas - The Gelato & Dessert house. Dan & I were recently invited to join them for an afternoon of pancakey goodness and it's safe to say we jumped at the chance.
We've never really eaten out just for desserts before, in fact I don't think we've ever done it. We enjoy picking up a cake while we're in Starbsucks or Costa, but going out to a restaurant just for waffles seems like that little bit more extra doesn't it. We were right giddy kippers before setting off! Eeek!

We were instantly taken back by the super bright, super punchy interiors as they stand out from anything else nearby. I'm not sure it's my interior style of choice, but there's absolutely no question that it totally goes with everything Kaspas stands for.
We quickly took our seats, and were astounded by the extensive menu Kaspas has to offer! Honestly, let me tell you, whatever chocolatey concoction you want, you can get here. You will not be disappointed!
I opted for the bananaberry crepe, a light fluffy pancake topped with (not so light) chocolate sauce, strawberries and bananas. And Dan chose the M&M waffle, which is totally what you'd expect it to be... Super dense, super tasty & super colourful!
The desserts at Kaspas are all cooked fresh to order, which not only means the whole place smells amazing, but everything's mega tasty which is exactly what you're looking for in a new restaurant. Service was quick and really friendly too, which is always a massive bonus especially in this day & age when we're all so preoccupied.

Everything about our Kaspas experience was fab. I mean what's not to love, just look at that food! I don't think I could have had anymore chocolate on my crepe & like I said at the beginning, that's quite okay with me.

Have you been to Kaspas before? What's your favourite dessert?

Claire.X

We were provided with a gift voucher to spend at Kaspas. All opinions are 100% my own.

Beauty | My Winter Morning Skincare Routine.






The winter chill really doesn’t agree with my skin, so upping my skincare game both morning & night really helps combat the harsh weather effects. I’m usually pretty good at sticking to a routine but I find myself being a lot stricter & I’m dedicating more time to perfecting my winter skincare routine. Today I’m going to be talking through my morning skincare routine - It’s one that really works for me & I find really brightens my skin ready for the day!

I begin the day by lathering a pea sized amount of the Simple kind to skin refreshing facial wash gel upon my face. As the name suggests, the product is really refreshing & the perfect way to start the morning skincare routine. The gel is gentle on the skin and leaves the face feeling super duper fresh ready for the following products.
I exfoliate using The Body Shops’ Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator. This has been an amazing addition to my morning skincare routine as even though it does have the exfoliating beads in, the product itself is ridiculously soft & soothing which is brill for this time of year! I love using this one as it’s a cream formula so the exfoliating product is actually really moisturising at the same time as cleansing. I couldn’t rave about this enough!
Using a cotton pad I then swish a small amount of the Simple Kind to skin soothing facial toner across my full face. The toner evens out any moisture unbalance within my face & leaves the skin looking healthy & radiant.
The Moogoo full cream is designed to use on dry skin so at this time of year it’s especially useful. The moisturiser has been adapted from a product used to soften cows udders (hence the name) so if you can imagine how tough & hard wearing the product needs to be. I’m not overly sold on the creamy scent, but the product itself is amazing! It’s the most moisturising moisturiser I think I’ve ever used & it’s one that I’ll repurchase & repurchase again.
To finish my morning skincare routine, I pop a small amount of the Simple kind to eyes soothing balm, under my peepers to try eradicate any dark circles. And with this my morning skincare routine is complete!

A persons' skincare routine is very personal to them & although all five products work brilliantly well for me, it's not to say they'll work as well for everybody else. Have you tried any of these products before? What are your go to skincare products? I'd love to know, so pop your answers in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x


Event | Lush Leeds Spa. Leeds, UK.


It’s crazy to think of the amazing opportunities, this little old blog has given me! I’m a seriously lucky girl! One of the most hotly anticipated events of the festive season was that of the cult cosmetics brand, Lush! This has to be the fastest RSVP I’ve ever written – I didn’t care what my shifts were, I was going to this event! Luckily for me I’d already had the day off work… So no sickies were pulled in order to attend this event, I promise!






The event was to celebrate the reopening of the Lush Leeds Spa, which is downstairs in the city centre store for those (along with myself) who didn’t know it existed. I’ve visited the city centre store on a handful of occasions and for the life of me, have never noticed the huge sign saying ‘Spa downstairs’ – Doh! There are four treatment rooms downstairs, each specifically designed to suit four beautifully indulgent spa treatments. The first treatment room is Beatles based & very aptly named ‘A Hard Days Night’ which consists of a 75 minute massage of gentle & passive stretches aimed to elevate the body & mind, whilst listening to an album of the four pieces, classics. The second room contains the ‘Sound Bath’ session, a really unusual sensory spa treatment aimed at stimulating circulation and becoming more in tune with yourself. In the session, tuning forks are struck & then placed at the temples & then over the ears which reveal the most bizarrely intense whirring noise. Almost like a higher pitched electricity buzz, it’s a really difficult sound to describe, but it feels amazing, so if you’re after a treat, but something a bit different I’d highly recommend this one at £70. The third room was a double treatment room where you could indulge in treatments such as ‘The Comforter’ a super luxurious chocolatey treatment. Lush were clearly saving the best till last with their fourth & final treatment ‘Planets’ a 3 hour treatment perfect for a group of girlfriends or a hen party. The treatment consists of a 90 minute full body massage, 30 minute hand & arm massage and then a 60 minute facial… All after hopping in the bath with your favourite Lush bath bomb! The treatment looks amazing & it’d be a complete treat however at £285 per person it's very much so on the pricier side of treatments.












Along with the treatment rooms we also got to have a nosey around the store at their new Christmas ranges. I love the Peeping Santa bubble bars, they’re just the cutest things & would make brilliant stocking fillers, along with the Dashing Santas and one of my faves, the Luxury Lush Pud. I finally got my mitts on the Comforter shower gel, which unbelievably smells even better than the bubble bar! I really can’t decide whether I prefer this or Snow Fairy? Decisions decisions! It’s too tricky!

What are your favourite Lush products?


Thank you so much for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x

Beauty | My Winter Evening Skincare Routine.


Following on from 'My Winter Morning Skincare Routine' today I'm going to be chatting to you guys about how I take my makeup off on an evening & prepare my skin ready for the next day.

To begin with I remove the majority of my makeup with Garniers' micellar water. I take a few drops of the product onto a cotton pad, which I bring to my eyes first and leave the for a couple of seconds before swishing my makeup away. I only discovered micellar water about a year ago, but I have honestly never looked back - I wish I'd discovered it sooner, as it's makes my evening skincare routine soo much quicker!
To remove any excess makeup I then go over with Soap & Glory's Peaches & Clean. This is a product that I really didn't like to begin with, but after leaving it a little while & retrying, I've absolutely fallen in love with it. I've equally fallen in love with the double cleanse. My skin feels so refreshed & moisturised after using the two products together, for my skin they are a force to be reckoned with!
To replenish and soften my skin I use The Body Shops' Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil. This product works its' magic overnight & reveals a youthful glow to the face, the next morning. I find using even the tiniest amount of product goes a long way with this serum so I know I'm definitely going to get my moneys worth out of this one.
Just to add a bit more moisture to my face and neck area, I'll pop on a small amount of the Derma Q10 innovations night cream. You can pick this moisturiser up for a measly couple of quid & it works fantastically well. I've been using this in summer too, but I find it especially useful at this time of year because of the thicker, more nourishing formula.
Finally, if I'm feeling like my skin needs that extra pick me up (which is most days at the moment - damn you 5am gettyups) I'll use The Body Shops' Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. If you were to only buy one product from The Body Shop, I'd be recommending this little beauty all day long! I flipping love the stuff. It's a total skin transformer! Each morning after using this overnight mask, my face looks amazing (not to blow my own trumpet or aything) but it looks so healthy & hydrated - Perfect for these cold ass days we're having.

Are there any products here that you'd like to try or have already incorporated into your skincare routine? I'd love to know in the comments below.

Once again, thank you for reading & following me on my #Blogmas journey. Lots of love | Claire.x

Beauty | Emma Hardie, Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm.



I've perfected my morning & evening routines over the years (Gah I'm so old!) so I'm always a little dubious when it comes to incorporating new products into my routine. Especially when they're the more pricier, higher end skincare products, like the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Morniga Cleansing Balm. Luckily for me, my very generous boyfriend picked this up for me as part of my Christmas box. Yay! 

I'll be honest, the main thing that put me off buying this product for myself, was the price. However that's just me being stingy, and if you think this is going to be a review to discourage you from indulging & treating yourself, then you are very much mistaken! This gorgeous tub of wonderfulness will set you back £38.00 however will last you an absolute age, as you only need to apply a pea sized amount of the product to reap its' benefits. I'm planning on using me a couple of times a week as a treat (This 'treat' could possibly turn into 7 days a week. Oops!) and I'm fully anticipating this to last me all year. Honestly!

To begin with, the balm texture felt really unusual as I've always relied on exfoliating face washes and gel consistencies to remove my makeup, so lathering my face in the waxy balm did feel quite strange at first. After getting over the initial alienness, I began to appreciate its' luxurious qualities, and rather quickly too for that matter. The Moringa Cleansing Balm is jam packed with Vitamin E, wild sea fennel & as the name suggests moringa seed extract making a really rejuvenating and hydrating cleanse. Because of its' waxy texture the question to whether the product leaves your face feeling sticky or greasy arrises... And in a two words, absolutely not! My face feels healthy, refined and baby soft - It's a dream to use this product & I wish I'd started using it sooner. The scent is both floral and citrussy, so the best of both worlds really. One doesn't over power the other, so I think it's a really lovely, unique scent - I can't stop sniffing it now, it's so gorgeous.
The product needs to be worked into the skin for a minute or so before wiping away with the Emma Hardie cleansing cloth. Rather than a rough muslin cloth, it's microfibre, which is really soft and gentle on the skin and leaves the face feeling smoothed and supple. The perfect way to end your cleanse & leave the skin feeling amazing.

Have you tried any Emma Hardie products before? I'd really like to venture out further with her brand, so if you have any recomendations, pop them in the comments below & I'll have a nosey.

Thanks for reading. Claire.x

Travel | A Dog Friendly Stay At Beck Hall, Malham.

I've written about the struggles of finding dog friendly accommodation before. In short, finding somewhere that's A. affordable B. luxurious and C. dog friendly is an absolute nightmare. It takes a fair bit of time to find something that ticks all the boxes, but we always get there and last week booked to stay for a few nights at Beck Hall in Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.




Beck Hall sits right next to the picturesque Malham beck which runs right from Malham Cove and into the River Aire. The setting couldn't be any more perfect if it tried! We were instantly impressed as we crossed the beck by the beautiful flag-stoned bridge and looked onto the old stone building. If I had unlimited money, this would be exactly the type of place I'd want to live. The scene is instantly calming and we knew we were in for a treat!



Beck Hall boasts a total of 18 uniquely designed en-suite bedrooms. We were in the Ayre room which was a miss match of different interior styles, but bizarrely it all worked. One wall was dark and papered with wallpaper I could only describe as being of a selective taste. I don't think dark paper emblazoned with regal looking dogs wearing bowler hats is for everyone, but hey ho, it's a conversation starter isn't it. The other three walls were a turquoise blue and the furniture was a dark wood, with a four poster bed taking main stage in the room. Like I say, if you saw it written down you'd think what the heck, but it actually worked!


Now onto the food! Oh my goodness to food! There wasn't anything lah-di-dah about the food at  Beck Hall, it was just good old Yorkshire home cooked food, and it was exactly what the Doctor ordered. Throughout our stay I ate like a Queen, dining on mushroom wellington & fish pie for our evening meals. We'd take a packed lunch while we were out walking during the day & come back to a delicious home cooked meal sitting outside in the sun by the riverside, which was an absolute treat after we'd been out adventuring all day.
We had an awesome stay at Beck Hall, it literally ticked all the boxes for us. Perfect location. Brilliantly accommodating staff. Delicious food. Comfy beds. What's not to love!
I think it's easy to forget how to chill when you're working a 9-5 job, especially when there's so much pressure and tension, so our two night stay was SO needed!

Have you been to the Yorkshire Dales before? What's your ideal staycation?

Claire. X

We also stayed at Ox Pasture Hall recently which is another ace dog friendly hotel.