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The Top Five Things To Do In Edinburgh

Where to visit in Scotland

If you only have a few days and are wondering what to do in Edinburgh then read this post! Packed with culture and food, these top five things will keep you entertained whilst visiting!

Where is the place to stay?

We were located in the Grassmarket which is the old town of Edinburgh with the castle at the top of the hill as the picturesque backdrop. There are so many quirky places to visit within the Grassmarket and some fantastic pubs. Sure there are the famous pubs like “The Last Drop” (where condemned men had their last pint before being sent to the gallows) but I found that there were lots of other authentic and unique places that are worth celebrating just as much! So if you want to see some of the coolest places to visit keep reading!


Our stay at the Wee Bunk

Apartment in Edinburgh

We spent our time in Edinburgh staying at the ‘Wee Bunk’ in the Grassmarket square and what a gorgeous bunk it was!

I love quirky apartments that have a certain “je ne sais quoi” about them and this bunk packs loads of personality. With a chipboard staircase up to the mezzanine filled with retro games to the doodles of Edinburgh scattered around the walls,  this apartment was just …. cool!


The top 5 things to do in Edinburgh

If like me, you want to have a more authentic stay in Edinburgh then have a read of my top five things to do! Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t going to skip the castle, bypass the famous pubs and not enjoy the masses of bagpipe players... but I do like to get a more authentic feel of a city - to ‘live like a local’ as such.



Take a trip to Dean Village

Dean Village Edinburgh




If there is one thing you do when visiting Edinburgh, it should be to take a stroll to Deans Village and walk the Waters of Leith route, even if you don’t make it to Leith, it is a gorgeous walk next to the water. The view from my photo really is as beautiful as it gets, no hyper realistic view, just a stunning part of Edinburgh that feels like you are miles away from the city. There is no noise from city life, only the serene stream with birds chirping *insert Minnie Riperton’s Loving You song.* Am I selling it to you yet?

If you are visiting in a busy time maybe take an early trip as there were a handful of people stopping to take a picture however we went in the bank holiday at around mid afternoon and there were only a handful of us tourists - not enough to ruin the view.

 Take a stroll up Princes Street, Via St Giles Cathedral to the Castle

St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh


Princes street is like the red carpet running up to the castle with some very important historic buildings on the way.  It is cluttered with tourists, a lot of who like to stop dead in front of you and nearly take your eye out with their selfie stick, but it is definitely worth a trip. You can try and beat the hype with an early morning walk or a late night stroll but inevitably you will feel like you are ‘part of the crowd.’

Aside from the 100000 tartan shops the street is a gorgeous and the view of the city from the castle is worth it! A cool tip is to explore the side streets as there are some lovely pubs and shops hidden on the steps winding down the hill - pubs like The Devil’s Advocate (down the Devil's Advocate Street.)


Visit the pop-up market in Grassmarket


Grassmarket Edinburgh

The grassmarket is a perfect part of Edinburgh to visit as it is the Old Town of the city, lots of history and lots of character. The Last Drop pub is worth a visit sure, but there are lots of other cool places to visit like Mary’s Milk Bar or the cheese and wine tasting deli just up the hill.


One thing to definitely look out for is the market that happens every Saturday between 10am-5pm where there are businesses selling local produce, delicious homemade goods and a range of street food stalls to test. We spent our Saturday morning eyeing up the whisky infused chocolates, locally made jams and chutneys and flipping through local artists paintings.

Spend a night in The Jazz Bar



Edinburgh is known for its comedy clubs and live music scene and where better to start then The Jazz Bar! It’s a very discreet bar with a little sign above the door with a bouncer outside, so keep your eyes peeled as it’s easy to miss. Inside is a very cosy interior where the seats are scarce and every corner filled however it has a great vibe with a relaxed feel about the place. It is usually free to visit until around 8pm when the place gets a little more crowded and acts change over rolling into the early hours of the morning! The sultry smooth jazz changes tempo as the night goes on, whilst we were visiting it went from a scatty jazz band into an upbeat funk band, which after sipping on a few glasses of fizz you won’t say no to!

Walk from The Jazz Bar to Grassmarket

After leaving the jazz club it is a perfect 5 minute walk to the Three Sisters pub, which had live music on every night we were there…. Or if you are in need of a pizza to go with your beer why not head to the Brewdog craft bar just next to The Three Sisters, and only two minutes away from the Grassmarket?


Walk up Calton Hill to watch up the sunset 

Calton Hill Edinburgh

There are a few key spots to visit for spectacular views, one being Arthur’s seat which is a few comfortable few hours worth of walking, or a less strenuous stroll up Calton Hill to Nelson’s Monument. When we visited -by no surprise- it had been raining and we weren’t exactly wearing the best clothes for walking in the rain up a muddy hill so decided to take the easier option. A perfect time to visit would be


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Time Saving Tips For Staying Healthy When Life Gets Busy!

When Life Gets Busy, How Do You Stay Healthy and Focused?

This time of year always seems to be a bit manic.... Whether you're studying for exams at school, university, working really hard at your job, or simply find that life is throwing everything at you, it can be really difficult to stay healthy. 

I have just finished my three year university degree and feel like a zombie right now with the late nights, constant work and the worry of 'what am I going to do with my life after?' It was the kind of busy where I couldn't remember when I last washed my hair, I had no clean clothes and I had no idea when the last time I had an actual conversation with my parents where my only response wasn't a half hearted grunt...

So how do you stay healthy when you don't even have time to brush your hair in the morning?

Fear not!!! 

After a few days of eating bad food, constant snacking and wolfing down a bowl of porridge three times a day because I didn't have time to cook I noticed it was I was struggling to stay focused! Feeling lethargic, bloated or on a sugar crash is not exactly productive when every hour counts towards meeting a deadline! 

So here is a blog post with some time saving ideas for healthy snacks that take minutes to make. No thinking required on your behalf just follow some of these recipes for healthy meals and snacks!





Porridge is such a fantastic way to start the day. Oats are packed with energy and keep you from heading to the biscuit barrel all morning.

To make this super speedy simply measure out the ingredients the night before. In a bowl measure out your dry ingredients, chop your berries ready to add in the morning and put aside a cup of almond milk.

There's a feeling of smugness in the morning when you manage to fit in a delicious breakfast even when you're completely rushed off your feet! 


Ingredients for Vegan Banana Porridge

1/2 Cup of Oats

1/2 Ripe Banana (mashed with a fork)

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

For the Topping

1/4 Cup Halved Blueberries 

Other Half of Banana Chopped

1 tbsp Chia Seeds


This really is a 'throw it all in' kind of breakfast!

The night before chop your blueberries and sed aside

Add the oats and cinnamon to a bowl and pour out a cup of almond milk


In the morning simply add the oats, and almond milk to heat on a small pan for 2 minutes, then quickly mash half your banana and add to the pot.

Heat until it's the thickness you prefer, sprinkle the toppings over and enjoy!



Whether you're working from home, at a desk or on the go, having a lunch ready and waiting is perfect for when you're wanting to power through!

In the mornings I would rush to university and completely forget to make anything to eat, then kick myself later when I was having to buy the most boring sandwich that was unappetising and full of sugars. These literally take 2 minutes to prepare and can even be done the night before.

All hail the Avocado!

This little bad boy is full of healthy fats that fill you up and help keep you going!


Ingredients for Avocado Toasts/Open Sandwich 

2 Wholemeal Mini Bagels

1/2 Avocado Sliced

3 Radishes Thinly Sliced

1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds 

1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Pinch of Salt & Pepper


These can be toasted if you're eating at home, otherwise simply stack em' up and take to work in a lunch box! 



Sometimes after getting in from work after a long old day, the thought of standing and cooking for hours can be a little overwhelming. When you're low on energy, have no brain power and are about as inspired as a turnip you need a quick and easy meal that hits the spot but also fills you up with the right kinds of nutrition.


I am no stranger to carbs.. and in fact I've come to accept my little food baby pouch that is made purely from pizza, pasta and starchy veg... but I love it!

There are so many alternatives to pasta, wholewheat, spelt, gluten free, spinach and so on. 

So finding a one that suits you (I usually go for good old wholewheat) is ideal as you can enjoy it, feel full and most of all stay energised!


Creamy Spaghetti With Sugar Snap Peas & Ricotta


75g Spaghetti (spelt or wholewheat are delicious)

1/4 Broccoli Head 

Handful of Sugar Snap Peas (Approx. 7 pods)

2 tbsp Ricotta Cheese Crumbled

1/3 Cup Spinach (Optional)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper

1 Heaped tbsp Pesto (For this I used Knorr new pesto pods as they are brilliant for small portions!)

4 Fresh Basil Leaves


Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the spaghetti to cook for around 12-18 minuted depending on the type you have selected (wholewheat tends to take a bit longer)

Whilst the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli sprouts and prepare the sugar snap peas

4 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the broccoli and peas to the pan

Once the veg has softened drain the water and add the pesto and 1 tbsp of ricotta cheese, season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix

Layer the pasta in a bowl and add fresh baby spinach amongst the mix, then season with more cracked pepper and crumble the remaining ricotta cheese over the top

Garnish with a few basil leaves and enjoy!


Bliss Ball Energy Bombs!

Now I am one for snacking, in fact I don't think I eat three meals a day, I eat about 10.

I was definitely a cow in my former life (says a lot really)

When you hit that 4pm slum, its not quite dinner time, you still have work to do but you can't stop thinking about sugary snacks for a pick me up?

Instead of having something sugary why not have my bliss balls? (tempting no?)

Made from pecans, cacao and dates these have natural sugars, tonnes of energy and good fats to keep you powering through till dinner.

You can make your balls as small or large as you like, depending on your fancy. I Make mine small so I can feel guilt free when eating three... (it all adds to the carb food baby) 



2 Cups of Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans 

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 tbsp Cacao Powder

Grated Orange Zest

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (Dark Chocolate Chunks if Not Vegan)


Blend the pecans in a food processor until broken down

Add the medjool dates, cacao powder, maple syrup vanilla extract, pinch of salt & orange zest then blend again until combined

Take out of the food processor and add the cacao nibs and fold together

Roll small balls into desired size and dust in a little cacao powder, and dust a little orange zest over the top