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Exploring Liverpool’s Hidden Gems

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Liverpool is my home city, and it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet if I do say so myself! Liverpool has a HUGE amount to offer, so I’m here to list off a few amazing places that you can head to, that are just a little bit off the beaten path! I’ve got you covered for cafes, bars and record stores! I know this city like the back of my hand, and I’m excited to share some of my favourite, hidden gems.

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you want to tick all of these places off, I recommend you spend a few days in Liverpool as there’s just so much to see and do. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hotels.com can help you to find some hotels in Liverpool.

Let’s jump in!

THOUGHTFULLY CAFE

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Thoughtfully isn’t just the one cafe located on Cleveland Square, just outside of Liverpool one. Thoughtfully is a family owned collective that boasts an Agency and a coffee Kiosk too! They tie together perfect minimalist design, great food and even better coffee. The cafe is light and airy, with huge windows, comfy seats and an abundance of greenery.

You can pick up a tote created by their design agency too if you fancy!

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Maximising your SEO as a Blogger

SEO is something that’s challenging for everybody who produces their own online content. Most of the time we define ourselves as ‘content creators’, ‘writers’ or the broader umbrella of ‘blogger’. But what comes under that? Photographer, editor, copywriter, coder, SEO specialist, social media guru…it’s quite endless.
Today I’ve teamed up with click.co.uk to share some of my own SEO experience and to hopefully help you learn how to optimise your SEO on your WordPress based blog. #SEOYourBlog

Get used to your platform

Firstly, you need to spend some time getting used to your platform’s interface, play around with categories, check out your tags, and for the love of god, make sure you have Yoast SEO. Know how to install plugins, know how to install mobile response themes (this REALLY helps Google to rank you) and make sure you’re able to access everything you need to access.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Daily Carbon Footprint

The planet is burning alive just a little bit isn’t it? Well, it’s more than just a little bit. The UK is declaring a Climate Emergency, and we all are doing our best to play our part in reducing emissions whilst the planet is dying around us. Species are dying out at alarming rates, the water levels are rising, and we’re seeing weather phenomena all over the world. It’s time we all make change, because if we don’t, we won’t have a planet to live on.
Today I’m here to offer a few quick tips on how you can make some easy changes in your daily life to help reduce your carbon footprint and change #HowMuchCO2 we use.
This post was written in collaboration with Viessmann.

Replace Old Boilers

Newer boiler models increase efficiency, and so have a knock on effect on carbon emissions! Less energy needed to heat water means easier access for water of the right temperature for you, and less of an issue for the environment! It seems gas boilers will be replaced by low-carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis! Get ahead of the scheme, save some money in the long run, and reduce your effect on the environment!

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of April 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch March’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Billie Eilish – bad guy

Everyone on the bloody planet has been obsessed with Billie Eilish’ debut album, and for good reason. I gave it a damn fucking good review because it’s one of the best debut albums in recent times, maybe ever. ‘bad guy’ is an eclectic villainous track I can just envisage being played over a montage of the antagonists pulling some shit in a Netflix original. It’s a song that has a beautifully unconventional aesthetic, in it’s attempt to be unappealing, it’s become on of the most popular songs in the world.

Lizzo – Like A Girl

Lizzo’s newest album dropped this month and it’s absolutely amazing. Lizzo is one of those magnetic people, she could do anything and I’d be totally down for it. She’s such a breath of fresh air in pop and she’s dropping hit after hit. Like A Girl is a celebration of black femininity and name drops some badass women in the world. ‘Like A Girl’ is catchy beyond belief and deserves all the recognition in the world. It’s a massive pop banger with real heart behind it.

Circa Waves – Somebody Good

April has been a massive month for albums, Circa Waves dropped their latest one too. I’m bias because they’re Scouse too, but that doesn’t change the fact this album is full of amazing indie rock bangers. ‘Somebody Good’ is a depressingly relatable festival banger that will be roared up and down the country this summer. The whole album is amazing, but ‘Somebody Good’ is a standout and it’s an absolute earworm. The massive breakdown into a slow, dark chorus then exploding back into the huge banger it is, the track is as close to perfect as possible. One of my favourite songs in a long time.

Marina – To Be Human

Marina continues to earn her spot in these posts, as she just keeps dropping tracks after a lengthy hiatus. Marina boldly dropped the first half of her double album LOVE + FEAR a few weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. As a diehard Marina fan, I can say it’s not her best album to date, but it’s still a massively enjoyable and interesting pop album. However, ‘To Be Human’ earns its rightful place as one of her best tracks of all time. It’s slow and sultry, it’ll take you on a journey around the world, and it came alongside a really beautiful video showcasing the best and worst of humanity. Marina is an artist that sees the world completely different to the rest of us mere mortals, and to see the world through her lens is an absolute privilege.

As of writing this, we’re a few days from the second part of her album dropping and I can’t bloody wait, I’m sure you’ll see some tracks from that in the next edition.

Vampire Weekend – This Life

Vampire Weekend are a band I can admit I’ve slept on. I’ve always known I’d love them but just never got around to listening to much of their stuff. ‘This Life’ sold me immediately , the opening lyrics ‘Baby, I know pain is as natural as the rain, I just thought it didn’t rain in California’ instantly became some of my favourite lyrics. It’s a simple song, fullof upbeat riffs, soft vocals and amazing backing from Danielle Haim. Amazing track.

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

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Exploring Nazca Desert’s Ancient History

The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.

And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.

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