The Alphabet Gift Shop

The amount of times I’ve driven past the Alphabet Gift Shop and thought I need to go here and haven’t is uncountable. Yesterday I met with two friends for breakfast at the Lowercase Cafe (inside the Alphabet Gift Shop) and I was amazed as soon as I walked in. You are instantly taken aback by the unique decor and how modern it looks – it didn’t look like what I expected, it was so much better!

I love the rustic style¬†of the cafe and it looks like a little cafe you’d see in an American film where everyone goes to study. It’s hard to believe you step outside in Burton-on-Trent because a lot of things are outdated in the town but this is the opposite. It is definitely something the town needs and will continue to benefit from.

It helps when the staff are friendly which they certainly were and there’s also a great selection on the breakfast menu for bargain prices and so much cake! You can’t really grumble at what this place has to offer. I was pleased to see green tea on the menu because I struggle to get it in many eateries or I end up paying silly prices for tea that costs a similar amount to normal tea. It isn’t a fancy tea so I’m not sure why it is bigged up to be one.

Despite the delicious temptations I decided to order the salmon, dill and poached eggs on muffins for my breakfast. I was not disappointed! The poached egg was cooked perfectly (better than mine any day), it was runny inside and not watery. I would definitely eat this again plus I had spinach as well so that was a nice bonus.

It would be nice to experience what else the cafe has to offer as I only took a peek at part of the menu. The cakes looked incredible but I decided to behave and the overall atmosphere was so positive with people of all ages smiling and having a nice time. This place might end up being a birthday treat for myself in February!

If you’re around in Burton during the Christmas period please do take some time to pop in for a drink and a nosy around the gift shop.

An evening with

I was lucky enough to be invited to my first ever brand event in Nottingham by Prezzybox. When I received the email to say I had been chosen to attend, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was overwhelmed which may sound a little dumb but it was such a great opportunity and for someone that blogs about something completely different I didn’t ever think I’d stand out.

At first I was a bit put off by going because I have only ever tweeted those that were invited. Some of the bloggers I have previously met once before but I was still nervous about going on my own but thankfully my old lovely school friend Vanessa over at was invited as well. We decided to go together so that made us both feel better about attending. I won’t go into the journey we had to get there but I ended up taking endless wrong turnings.

We arrived at Baresca later than expected but what a great atmosphere to walk in to. We were immediately greeted by Rhiannen which was lovely and she handed us little name tags which I thought were adorable. We headed straight to the bar for our free glass of prosecco to celebrate in style.

Jingle mingle light in the box

After having a quick wander around looking at all of the gifts and the little workshops in the booths we decided to take part. I met two new bloggers at the crafting table and they were really chatty – hey Helen, hey Kirsty. Carolyn explained how to make a bow to us but unfortunately we sat down too late as the talk was just about to start. I’m sure it would have been really fun! If only I hadn’t taken the wrong turning, oopsie.


The talk between Fran and Becky had me engrossed. The whole taking blogging seriously thing is quite new to me as I used to use my blog to vent and talk about struggles in daily life. It has always been a diary to me rather than a hobby until now. The points both of them made, made me realise I am going in the right direction but there’s still a lot more I have to do. I was a little worried about asking a question but I felt a lot better once I had asked.

Last night was a real eye opener and I cannot thank the staff at Prezzybox for including me in the event. I will definitely keep my eye open for future events and now I know what they’re about, I will feel more comfortable attending.

By the way I want ALL of the gifts that were there last night. My favourite was the stormtrooper light, what was yours?