Friendship, Smiles and Burgers

Making people smile is probably something I can do pretty easily. Not by being kind, or a nice person, but generally by cracking a few jokes and diffusing a situation using humour. When someone cries, I literally cannot handle the awkwardness, so I end up making a joke out of it. And for the love of God do not expect a hug! 9 times out of 10 this ‘tough, but hilarious, love’ works, and tiny tears can turn in to lotsa laughs with a improvised quip or two. A lot of the time I can come across as miserable as sin and because I don’t generally make people smile through kindness, I thought that as part of the Oasis Dental Campaign, which involves making someone smile, I’d channel my inner niceness and treat Victoria to a trip to The Trafford Centre. I even treated her to a sneaky Five Guys Burger whilst there too! Being from Milton Keynes, she’s never even been to Manchester before, and it always frustrates me as Manchester is one of the best places in the UK!

Arriving in Stoke on Saturday morning, I drove us up to our pal Alex’s place. We did go to the city centre on the Saturday, but it was all too busy to actually look around the shops properly, so we headed out to The Trafford Centre on the Sunday. It’s fair to say we both ate like QUEENS this weekend with Five Guys and our trip to Bill’s Restaurant too.And if there’s one way to make two bloggers smile, it’s definitely with food. I really do enjoy being a bit of a tour guide and showing people places which I love. Although as proven on the Saturday trip in to town, it doesn’t always go to plan. This is why I really wanted to make the trip a bit more special on the Sunday and ensure that Victoria saw something a bit more impressive. I remember the first time I went to the Trafford Centre and I was constantly in awe of the building itself! Although I am from Stoke… So even the lamest of architecture can seem impressive at times!

One of the great things about blogging and being part of the blog community, is that you always acquire friends from it. Whether you’re a food blogger, beauty blogger, or well, any other blogger, there is a community on Twitter (and other places) to talk to like minded people. That’s pretty much how me and Victoria ended up being friends. Sometimes it feels a little cheesy to go on about what great pals you have, but it’s also sometimes really great to reflect on what opportunities blogging can bring you! This is why going to events and getting stuck in with conversations is totally worth it. I’ve known Victoria for around 3 years now – we’ve even been to Leeds Festival twice together and she often comes to visit for a night of drinks and dancing! It’s an awesome example of how a friendship can grow in a non creepy way from an online life. Chisholm Hunter recently did a #FriendshipGrows campaign, and even the content of the box reminded me of Victoria; with the little vintage pegs and floral theme.

Now I’ve demonstrated I do have a heart, I think I’d better get back to Twitter and spread a little controversy!


  1. November 1, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    Hahaha – that last sentence! I totally agree about blogger friendships though, I'm off on holiday with a group of them soon 🙂 I remember when I went to the Trafford Centre and I was one of those geeks with a map because I thought it was too big… even when I go to Meadowhall I need a map…

    Dannie x

    • November 2, 2014 / 1:44 pm

      Holiday?! I want a holiday!! The Trafford centre is masssiivveee. But manageable massive not like London which is too much for my delicate stoke eyes.

    • October 30, 2014 / 11:02 pm

      Burgers for everyone!

  2. October 29, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    Such beautiful hands I have. Please feed me more burgerzzzzz.

    • October 29, 2014 / 12:55 pm

      Burgers every day