Dizzy Miss James - A Travel / Food/ Lifestyle Blog


9 October 2018

3 Quick Fixes For A Safer Household

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Keeping the home safe and your family safe within it is something that is always going to be important to you. But knowing how to actually make that happen can be something else altogether, and it is surprising how difficult it can truly be. If you are keen to try and make some improvements in how well you look after your home and your family, then there are many places you can start. As it happens, however, there are a few things in particular which you might want to look into first to ensure a safer household. As long as you are focused on these, you should find that you can keep your house much safer at all times and that your family will, therefore, feel all the safer as well.

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Fix Your Windows

If you have any problems with any of your windows, that is one of the first things that you should look into fixing. Finding some good quality glass repair specialists can be hard, but as long as you do track someone down you should make the most of those services and try to keep your home as safe as possible. The windows are clearly one of the most important parts of the home when it comes to safety, so it’s vital to make sure that you are dealing with any problems they might have as soon as possible. It could even be that you need to replace them in their entirety which, although drastic, is something necessary to ensure your homes’ safety on the whole.

Teach Your Kids About Safety

The more that your children know about safety and being safe in the home, the more likely it is that they will be and that the home as a whole will be safe too. You should start teaching them as young as you can about having a safe household, and what they should do in certain emergency situations, as the younger you start doing that the better. Teaching your kids is actually beneficial for not just them, but everyone in the home, so that is worth remembering if you want to make sure that your home is as safe as possible in the future. Too many parents fail to teach their children about safety from a young age, and it generally doesn’t bode well for their futures.

Entrust Yourself With The Neighbours

The statistics show that the more a part of your local neighbourhood you are, the more likely you are to remain safe from outside attackers and other things of that nature. It is therefore hugely beneficial to spend some time entrusting yourself with your neighbours. That could mean just spending time with them, or doing something for them every now and then. Whatever it takes, make sure to be a part of the neighbourhood as best as you can. It really will make all the difference in the world to how safe you and your family are in your home.

Do you have any tips for a safer household? Let me know in the comments below.


5 October 2018

Pimp Up Your Pizza At Pizza Punks Newcastle

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The New Kid on The Block

Pizza Punks Newcastle is a new unique and quirky restaurant in the heart of Newcastle and a very welcome addition to the historic Grey Street. There are currently only 3 restaurants in the country, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast with plans for more of these wonderful pizza emporiums to be opened in various cities. 

When entering the restaurant you are instantly welcomed by the helpful and friendly staff and are made to feel right at home in the lovely warm and colorful surroundings. With an eclectic mix of neon signs, street art, and industrial style furnishings this kiss-ass restaurant has a funky and vibrant interior. All these things put together make Pizza Punks Newcastle a pretty darn Instagramable restaurant.  


The drinks menu at Pizza Punks is creatively known as Lubrication. Here you will find a selection of drinks including Freakshakes where you can get your freak on and enjoy some milky loveliness such as a Vegan Chocolate Brownie milkshake for £6, yes, please!. Or if you're after the hard stuff there is a great choice of cocktails including Sherbet Cherry and Mallowdramatic for £7.

Pizza Punks Newcastle is also a supporter of local businesses. The fantastically branded Anarchy Brewery beer is brewed just around the corner in Morpeth. Yaaaaaas, for supporting small independent businesses!

Environment Matters

I was well excited when I saw that Sanpellegrino Lemon was on the drinks menu, I may have even done a little squeal. I mean I LOVE the stuff! It's a fizzy can of lemony goodness, that would be lush with gin. Why have I never tried Scanpellergrino with gin?! Anyway, I digress. When receiving my little can of lemony goodness I noticed it came with a straw. I ask if Pizza Punks have ever thought about getting rid of straws as I'm a huge supporter of the Refuse The Straw campaign. I was thrilled, pleased and elated when I was told that all straws used at Pizza Punks Newcastle are biodegradable and made from plant starch! Not only that but unless you ask for one you will not receive a glass with your can. All these little changes help in the mission to reduce plastic waste and in turn, help save our oceans. Well done Pizza Punks Newcastle!

Cheesy Delight

Pizza Punks doesn't serve starters, however, they do a selection of rather tasty side dishes instead. There are a few veggie options to have as a side dish such as a choice of garlic bread and salads. I ordered a bit on the side of Mac N' Cheese made with Scottish cheddar which I punked up with jalapenos and spring onions. This delicious bit of mac and cheese cost a mere £4 which in my opinion is a bargain as the size of the dish is pretty generous. The combination of stretchy melted cheese with macaroni was just da bomb and tasted so good! You do get a healthy portion so be sure to leave some room for the main deal afterward.  

Even the pizza oven is repping the Pizza Punks Newcastle brand! I can confirm that the oven is hot, extremely hot! The chef needs a medal for working in close proximity to that oven. Or a fan, a fan would also work to cool him off. 

Punked Up Pizza

Everybody loves pizza, right? It's the ultimate comfort food. The Pizza Punks pizza is inspired by a love of pizza and a drive to deliver something different, unique and tasty. You get to pick your own pizza toppings, customise the pizza the way you want it with the things you love to eat. If you like falafel, pineapple and sweetcorn on a pizza than you just go right ahead and put those toppings right on there. Nobody is going to stop you, nobody is going to judge you, Pizza Punks Newcastle is a safe place and is completely weird pizza toppings friendly.

How Pizza Punks works:

  • Choose your base - sourdough or gluten-free
  • Sauce it up - add a sauce of your choice, either red, white or BBQ
  • Add the cheese - mozzarella, scamorza, goats, vegan or parmesan
  • PUNK IT UP! - add the toppings of your choice, ALL the toppings!

The punk it up part is my favorite part, however, admittedly I was quite tame with my pizza topping choice. I opted for sourdough, red sauce, mozzarella with added onion, jalapenos, sweetcorn, artichokes, pineapple, and basil. The pizza turned out seriously yummy and I gave myself a pat on the back for my excellent pizza topping choices. The pizza is a nice hearty size, however, if you don't have the stomach to finish it all especially after that superb Mac N' Cheese you can take the leftovers home in a box to munch on later.

Basically, you get UNLIMITED pizza toppings for no extra cost. You pay £10 and you can go all out with toppings galore! For those of you that are meat eaters, there are also many dead things options to top your pizza with (just saying). If you don't want to indulge in this pizza topping frenzy, there is also a standard normal pizza menu including the vegan Fake Moos to sink your teeth into with prices ranging from £6 to £10.

Thank you, Pizza Punks Newcastle for providing me with such a scrumptious meal. The Mac N' Cheese was just the shizz and getting to pick my own pizza toppings (as many toppings as I wanted) was so much fun. I absolutely love the vibe of the place, the interiors, the music, and the atmosphere is super chill. And I have to mention the AWESOME staff. I honestly had such a laugh while I was there (I may have been lying on the floor taking photos), the staff are friendly, attentive and really funny. There are so many different pizza topping possibilities that I'll have to keep going back to try them all out, and I can't wait to go back!

Have you been to Pizza Punks Newcastle? Let me know in the comments below or book your own table HERE.

*I was kindly gifted a meal for 2 and drinks from Pizza Punks Newcastle


22 September 2018

Adding a Touch of Personality to Your Interior Design

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Home is where the heart is. So, you want to make sure that your home is an apt representation of your personality, as well as offering you a comfortable living space to retreat to after a long day at work or an evening out socialising. Here are a few steps that you can take to achieve this!

Leave a Few Personal Belongings Out

Minimalism is in right now. Minimalism focuses on reducing the amount of mess and clutter in your home by investing in fewer consumer goods, and choosing decorative pieces carefully. While this sounds brilliant on paper and can look great in people’s Instagram posts and in the pages of glossy magazines, it can be relatively difficult to maintain in real life. After all, you have to remember that you are going to actually live in your home, and very few people can live a comfortable lifestyle with one or two belongings. This means that increasing numbers of us are coming to a middle ground by investing in clever storage solutions that mean we can access a variety of personal items if we wish, but they aren’t on view to visitors for the majority of the time. If you opt for this technique, you might want to consider leaving one or two personal belongings out at any given time. These items can reflect your personality and give others an insight into your personal interests. Consider leaving a copy of your favourite book on a coffee table or your bedside table. Create a display of potted plants across one of your window ledges if you enjoy being at one with nature. These small touches add a whole lot of personality to an otherwise minimal space.


Frame Photographs

Nowadays, we tend to take and keep most of our photographs in a digital format. We upload seemingly endless numbers of pictures to social media sites and exchange them with one another through messages and emails. But it’s always a good idea to have a few of your favourite snaps professionally printed out and framed. This means that you can see your favourite faces and pets as you walk around your home. It also gives visitors a little insight into your social circles, places you have visited, and what you enjoy doing. Browse the market for different types of frames - there’s bound to be something that fits in well with your interior design out there!

Be Experimental With Your Colour Scheme

The majority of us stick to a relatively neutral colour scheme. This makes sure that our property isn’t all too imposing. However, you should remember that you can incorporate touches of your favourite colours into more subtle parts of your home. Have a bright set of cushions, some bright appliances, or some bright curtains to brighten the place up.

These are just a few different ways that you can add a touch of your personality to your interior design. Embrace them and incorporate them into your own home. After all, who wants to live in a carbon copy property?

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19 September 2018

Living “The Simple Life” And What It Can Teach You When You Go Traveling

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Living The Simple Life

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Yes, we know that travel broadens the mind, but for all of the enriching experiences you can undergo, the surprising benefit of visiting numerous places in the world is that it can teach you about living the simple life. Wherever you end up going in the world, you may realize how important living a simple life, free of complexities, is for your state of mind. So, living the simple life is all well and good, but what can it teach you?

Embracing Minimal Life Choices With Routines

If you are stuck on your smartphone, or continually filling your life with things to do, it's important that, when you head out traveling, not to cram your itinerary full to the brim. The definition of “the simple life” can differ depending on where you go, but if you are heading out east, to countries where you can't see technology for miles, it can be a very welcome reminder, in the circumstances, to embody the “when in Rome” attitude.

Choosing The Basic Existence

Money is always a concern, wherever you go, but when you are looking for a simple existence, it's always a good idea to put yourself in some good quality shelter and live on the bare bones in other ways. If you are heading out to Bali, there are numerous luxury villas in Seminyak that you can take advantage of to embrace a luxurious way of life, or you can go to the other end of the spectrum, living in hostels and similar accommodation. Safety is always important, so when choosing the basic existence, you need to make sure that this isn't compromised. So you might be better off picking a villa, or even a rental property, if you are heading out with friends, this can get you into the mindset of paring things down. You don't need to sip on cocktails and dine out every night to enjoy a traveling or vacation experience.

Living The Simple Life

It Enables You To Focus On The People

The simple life is whatever you make it, it could be lazing by the pool and reading a few books or you could be heading out to explore a little bit more. But whatever your definition is of the simple life, remember to focus on the people in your peripheries. Not just the locals, but the people that you care about. When you are living the simple life, you may realize how many different distractions you put up in your day-to-day existence. Of course, technology is one of those, but when you are heading out on an experience in the Far East, or in another country completely alien to you, you need to focus on human interaction and the people. This is what will give you a sense of meaning. By making life simpler, then we can realize what we're all about, and what is important to us.

Living the simple life in a foreign country can make us realize what we are missing from our lives, and you never know, you may end up finding a new home, and planning to move away from where you are forever, but whatever your goals are when traveling, do your best not to fill the calendar up too much. Keep it simple, and keep it safe.

Could you embrace the simple life? Let me know in the comments below.

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17 September 2018

How To Dress Up Your Living Space

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When it comes to decor, you may be torn with what you actually want to achieve. Maybe you’re someone that likes to focus on having a practical home. After all, when you have children, this can be the most important thing. You’ll often need each space to be perfect for the activity it is meant for. That can sometimes mean that pretty decor goes out the window - especially in the living room. When you want things to be wipeable without sharp edges, you may find that your options are limited furniture wise. So, you often compromise on the look of a space to make sure that it feels practical enough. However, there are things you can do to really dress up your living space and still ensure that it meets your functional needs.

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Use Colour

First of all, you’re always got the option to use colour. Now, when you want walls and floors to be practical and wipeable, it’s so easy to feel as if you need them to be practical colours too. But that’s just not true. Because you can often find some of the best flooring choices in great colours - especially when you’re going for tiles. It’s the same for leather sofas - you don’t have to go with black! And, when it comes to the walls, definitely feel free to choose something bright and bold if you want to liven up the space.

Keep Clutter At Bay

From here, you’re then going to want to think about the overall feel of the space. Because if it’s incredibly cluttered, then this will often mean that it feels messy and chaotic. But, if you want the living room to feel relaxing and inviting, you just need to keep clutter at bay. Make sure that you have a system that allows you to keep things in their place, so that clutter just cannot build up.

Use Statement Pieces

Now, if you really want to make the space look fancy, then choose statement pieces that can stay it all for you. From Victorian lighting to pretty prints, there’s a lot you can do here. Perhaps use the ceilings, or the curtains to do this so that you’re still keeping the bulk of the space practical.

Work In Decorative Touches

Then, you need to make sure that you’re setting the space off. Choose lovely (washable) scatter cushions and throws to decorate your couch or add trinkets to high shelves to make sure the room looks more dressed up.

Make The Most Of The Walls

Then, the last space that you can look to dress up, is your walls. When you have really bare walls, the entire space can feel unfinished - even when you’re going for a minimal look. So, take a look at some styles of artwork that you like or that you think will work perfectly with the theme that you have going on. When you do, you will finally feel as if the space is all dressed up and looking great.

Do you have any tips on how to dress up your living space? Let me know in the comments below. 

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