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#LoveNorth East - The January Round up

Running a linky is hard work - the creating, promoting, tweeting, commenting......it does take a lot of time. I have to say though, for me it is completely worth it. I started #LoveNorthEast a few months ago as a place for us to showcase the best our region has to offer and this month I was completely blown away when a huge 37 posts linked up. Thank you to each and every one of you who joined in and I hope to see you all again next month when the linky re-opens for a week on 1st February.

I found out about lots of new North East places and businesses from the blogs in January that took part and would love to share with you my favourite posts today. The North East definitely has a lot to be proud of.


As a huge coffee lover, this post from Cloud in a Teacup has added The Harvest Canteen in Jesmond to the top of my list of new places to stop for coffee. It looks amazing and the coffee is from Ouseburn Coffee Company so you know it will be of the highest standard.

Image Credit - Cloud in a Teacup

Two of my favourite bloggers brought us some of their top places in the region to dine - check out New Girl in Toon's North East Food Awards and Life in Geordieland's 'Stuff the diet' for inspiration on where to dine next.

I was introduced to some brand new places to dine - This Northern Gal reviewed Head of Steam - if you're a fan of scotch eggs, check them out! Gingerbread Smiles told us about some yummy pies from Sticky Fingers in Middlesbrough, North East Nerd tried the largest hot chocolate and mars bar cake I have ever seen (From Olive and Bean) and Daisy Daydreams shared her birthday celebrations where she enjoyed legendary steak on a stone at The Blacksmiths's Arms and lunch at The Olde Young Teahouse which recently won National Independent shop of the year!

Family Days Out

I love reading family days out posts and finding new places to visit with our family. First up is Babyfoote who tells us about her trip to The Baltic followed by a walk around Jesmond Dene. Sounds like a perfect (and free) day out to me. Another free day out is a trip to The Stephenson Railway Museum as recommended by Dragons and FairyDust in their review.

Monkeyfooted mummy shared with us her experience of a pre-school day at Life Science Centre. If you have inquisitive toddlers, you need to put this on your list of places to visit!

Finally, Babyfoote shared a couple of their favourite toddler walks. I loved their boxing day stroll - a walk by the coast is always a winner in our house.

Grown up Days out

Grown ups weren't excluded from all the fun! I loved reading about a trip to Tynemouth market over on Zotonixe, a firm favourite of mine! Girl in The North took us on a tour around Beamish at Christmas time - check out the beautiful Wintery photographs. Gingerbread Smiles introduced us to the gorgeous Runswick Bay - somewhere I've never been before but it looks stunning.

Christmas at Beamish: Photo Source - Girl in The North

I really enjoyed Life in Geordieland's post - Exploring our North East Heritage. If you've never been to any of our regions Heritage sites I really would recommend - Warkworth Castle, Hadrian's Wall and Belsay Castle are all favourites of ours. 

Health, Wellbeing and advice

It was lovely to see so many posts in this section - the new year is always a good time to take stock and think of your personal health, wellbeing and goals. Cygnet Careers advised us how to set goals, how to beat the back to work blues and how to switch careers. Hello Freckles shared with us her personal goals and blogging resolutions - I always find reading goals to be very inspiring so definitely worth a read.

If resolutions aren't your thing - Elemental Changes discussed how to make intentions rather than resolutions and the benefits they can have in your life and Aloe for All share her tips for a New Year, New You.

Vitality Pilates shared with us an absolutely gorgeous pilates retreat in Spain - looks absolutely blissful and the perfect place to focus on some me-time.

Pilates retreat in Spain - Photo Source: Vitality Pilates

Some Kind of Wonderful shared a lovely post detailing her Christmas (loved their real tree) and how 2015 is going to be the year to take time out and rest more often (she would love to hear your ideas).

Finally, Aloe 4 All reminded us how you always have to be on your toes when children are about and advised us how to treat minor burns.


I personally don't read too many beauty blogs but I fell in love with these bourjois eye palettes featured on Aspiring Londoner - so much so that I actually went out and bought some myself! That's the power of blogging!

Bourjois eye palettes - Photo source:Aspiring Londoner

There has been a lot of buzz around The Garage Spa after Prosecco and Pie posted this superb review of their experience. Warm dressing gowns and bubbly in a hot tub sounds good to me!

I could not finish this round up post without mentioning Amy Louise's post explaining how The People's Millions has helped the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme where she volunteers. Good stuff!

That is one bumper round up! Thank you to everyone who took part in January - it has been an absolute pleasure reading and sharing your posts and finding out about lots of lovely new places. February's #LoveNorthEast will open again on 1st February for seven days - I hope you can join in again.

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  1. What a fab round up thanks for the mention xxxx#nebrilliantbloggers

  2. I love your round up posts :) so many new blogs to see!


    1. I love reading them all too - so much blogging talent in the NE! xx

  3. Thank you for all your hard work. My blog is getting a lot more interest because of this, there is no doubt in my mind that the reason you won the award is because of your ability and enthusiasm in encouraging others to connect and to promote each other. Vital for any fledgling business!

    1. Thank you Kelly - that's really lovely of you to say :D xx

  4. What a lovely round up! Thanks so much for the mention and for sharing all of these wonderful posts about our lovely region. I'm going to have a read through all of the posts you mentioned later on tonight. Thanks again for sharing :) x

    1. Thank you Sami :D Hope you enjoy everyone's posts xx

  5. Fab round up. I must make sure I link up, I'm so rubbish at remembering x

    1. Next #LoveNorthEast opens 1st Feb - hope to see you there xx

  6. Thanks for the mentions, Sam. Such a great round up, there're so many interesting posts here.

    1. There are - they're really varied this month. #LoveNorthEast

  7. Wow..what a busy month!! I look forward to hearing your tales bext month;)
    Thanks for the mention xx


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