Coffee Adventure – The Curious Cupcake Cafe.

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Hello and welcome back to another Coffee Adventure post.

For this post I decided that I would take a trip over to Margate and visit The Curious Cupcake Cafe. I’ve been wanting to visit here for the past year.

Upon arrival, I managed to snag a window seat. I took out the menu and decided what I wanted to order. Of course, I knew that cake was going to be my number 1 choice!

The interior was very cosy and welcoming. Big thumbs up for the fairy lights around the room! As I made my way up to the classic counter that I had seen oh so many times over on their Instagram. There was quite a large range of cakes, snacks and cupcakes.

After much indecisiveness from me, I decided that I would order a chai latte I’m so obsessed right now, a piece of coffee cake and a chocolate cupcake. The staff were so friendly and offered for me to take a seat and they would bring my food to me.

I so wanted to love this place, but if I’m completely honest it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I felt that the cake was very dry and maybe store bought. The cupcake too I felt was dry and claggy. As a baker myself, I just expected more.

I really don’t want this post to be a negative one, I just feel that I wanted to share my experience.

When I visited it was very busy. I feel that it’s the type of place that you wouldn’t visit alone. I’m all about taking a good book or my laptop and just powering through work or reading. I did get my book out for a while though. I just didn’t feel that this was a place that you could do that very comfortably. Or maybe it was the time that I visited?

I would visit again, however next time I wouldn’t go alone. Next time I would probably branch out and grab myself some lunch too, their sandwiches looked lovely!

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The Curious Cupcake Cafe
4/5 Market Place
CT9 1ER,
Margate,
Kent

Have you visited here? What were your thoughts?

Also, I am making it my mission to visit more and more coffee shops around Kent, and the UK so if you have any suggestions for coffee shops to visit please let me know.

Much love,
Hannah x

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Why Building Confidence Has Become My No. 1 Goal!

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Confidence is always something that I’ve struggled with. Over the past year or so I’ve been trying my upmost best to build up my confidence.

I often feel like I am trying to prove to myself that I can do things. I can go to the shops by myself. I can get on that train by myself. To be quite honest I feel a bit strange writing this down because if you’ve followed me for a while you will know that I moved away for university. I also went and lived in South Korea by myself.

So for someone who has lived alone and managed to move halfway across the world, how can they struggle with confidence?

Well to tell you the truth I go through phases of being confident and then being withdrawn. Some days I feel like I can do anything. Then other days it’s like I don’t have any confidence and I just want to hide away.

It’s very frustrating, I want to be confident.

To build my confidence I have tried to make myself do small things. Maybe I will walk to the shop by myself. Maybe I will go and sit in a coffee shop for an hour or so. or maybe I will get on a bus and go to a nearby town for the day. Like I said, some days all of those things are so easy and enjoyable to accomplish and I quite often don’t even think about it. Other days its a chore to do those things.

One of the things I learnt whilst doing CBT was to reward the things that you find difficult. I try and set myself goals of the things I want to achieve. Once I achieve a goal I make sure that I reward myself for doing it. My CBT therapist always emphasised the importance of this technique as it trains the brain to recognise the goal as a positive thing rather than something to be anxious/scared about.

Over the coming week I’m going to be working on taking walks by myself. You might be aware that I’ve just moved to a new place so I’m working on making myself feel more comfortable here. I think this is a very positive step for me so I’m looking forward to achieving this goal. I think that it will do wonders for my confidence. 😀

What techniques do you use to build your confidence?

– Hannah ❤

My Trip to Kent.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 23!

Today has been crazy busy. I got on a train to London at 6:22am this morning.

This Christmas I will be spending the holiday with my boyfriend and his family. I’m heading down a couple of days early so I can spend some time with Josh and his family before all the Christmas madness fully happens.

Presents need to be wrapped and put under the tree. I need to give his family the cupcakes.

It’s going to be a busy but exciting few days! Josh’s siblings are all younger so they really get into the Christmas spirit.

How are you spending your Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

Cozy Afternoons.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 19!

It’s been so cold in the UK. Over the past month iv’e found myself spending most of my time in fluffy and cozy jumpers. There is nothing I dislike more than being cold. When I arrive home from work I tend to take a shower straight away and change into my cozy clothes.

Cozy clothes and cute Christmas socks are something that I love about winter.

My winter go-to outfit at the minute is either the purple jumper I’m wearing in the image above or one of the two Christmas jumpers that I own. I wear it with a pair of black leggings I picked up from Primark. To top the outfit off, I slip on a pair of these adorable socks that I picked up from Tesco about a month ago.

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What do you like to wear in the winter time?

– Hannah ❤

Wrapping, Packing and Planning.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 18!

Today I pretty much finished off wrapping everyones Christmas presents.

I’ve finished them pretty early to be honest as I don’t usually start till Christmas Eve. However, this year I will not have time this Christmas Eve. This year, I will be spending Christmas Eve baking and packing my bags to go and spend Christmas with my boyfriend and his family.

I really don’t want to forget anything so I thought it would be best to pack and wrap everything in advance. It’s one thing less to worry about when Friday comes around.

This week is going to be hectic. I have a to-do list as long as my arm to get done. I’m also working everyday which isn’t leaving me much time to get things done. Friday, I have therapy and after that is when I will start to get everything ready to go.

Where are you spending Christmas this year? Are you all ready for Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

 

I’ve Met Someone.

After my previous relationship, I truly felt like I could never care or trust someone new. I thought that I didn’t deserve to be loved. I thought that I could never find someone to accept my strange and quirky traits. I thought that I could never find someone who would be just weird as me.

But, then I did find someone.

Over the past few months I’ve been talking to this guy. He is very sweet, passionate and caring. He knows his own mind and he makes me laugh.

I feel as though I can be myself when I’m with him.

He accepts all of my weird traits. When we’re together, I never stop laughing. He’s incredibly sarcastic and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

He values family, its adorable!

He isn’t afraid to tell me how he feels.

He understands me.

When I’m feeling down, he knows the right things to say. I want to be there for him just as much as he is there for me.

He is the first person I think about when I wake up; and he’s the first person I think about before I go to sleep.

I can’t wait to see where this year will take us. It’s going to be amazing!

I can’t believe he introduced me to his family, they were just as incredible as he had made them out to be. At the end of this month, I can’t wait to introduce him to my family.

I want everyone to know what a fantastic person I have in my life.

 

I Went To London.

Not too long ago I took my first (yes, first!) trip to London.

I was anxious, nervous, excited and all that type of thing. It was a well overdue trip.

The conclusion? IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE!

I’ve always said that one day I would love to live in London. Having spent a week there, I can confidently say that I NEVER want to live in central London. It is too busy. There are too many people. And I probably wouldn’t save any money due to the amount of coffee shops and retail therapy I would have to do.

I would like to plan to go there again sometime soon.

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I was kind of apprehensive about going to London at first. I had to get my head around eating at restaurants and being in crowds of people. I’m proud of myself, I think I did incredibly well.

Where are some of your favourites places to visit in London?

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500 Followers |Thank You

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500 followers!

OMG. 🙂 ❤

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I can’t wait to share more posts with you all ❤

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Gratitude Challenge – The City I Live In.

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I’ve always lived in a small town. Some people call it a village. Growing up I didn’t like it. It was too small. I felt like I didn’t fit in. I wanted to live in a bigger place, somewhere that had a bigger population. More shops. More coffee shops to drink at. More things to see.

When my family moved here when I was 13 years old, I didn’t like it. I wanted to move.

I made the most of it as I grew up.

When I moved to South Korea for a year. I wasn’t looking forward to returning to the small town that I had grown up in. Therefore I considered moving straight to London.

Long story short, I moved back home.

After been away for a while it allowed me to really appreciate the place that I grew up in. I found myself appreciating the smallness of the town. How it felt nice walking around the small streets that felt so familiar. The overwhelming memories I felt as I walked some of the route I used to take to high school. It was weird but nice at the same time.

I love how small the town is. The quaint shops that we have. The cosy little tea shops. I’m not sure that a city is the place for me. Maybe someday though.

I always wanted to live in New York.

It was my dream place to live.

Maybe someday. But for now, I’m very happy to stay here 🙂

Thank you for reading. ❤

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P.S. Check back next Tuesday for another Gratitude Challenge post.

**** If you want to join in with this gratitude challenge. Click here and scroll down to the ‘Gratitude Challenge Photo’ If you decide to join in, send me a link. I would love to read yours.

Check out some of the other posts I’ve written for the gratitude challenge:

Gratitude Challenge – Something Someone Gave You

Gratitude Challenge – A Family member

Gratitude Challenge – Family

Gratitude Challenge – Significant Other