Our Week Long Holiday At Home

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Here’s something everyone should do: book a week off work, take holiday and y’know, don’t actually go abroad. Have a holiday at home.

Just go about your normal weekend life on actual weekdays like a mentalist and make it sexier and crammed with all your favourite little activities.

Get take out coffee, go for brunch, long drives, afternoon teas, trips to almost-near cities, visit IKEA, sleep in late, stay up watching Netflix in bed without fear of tiredness, go to the cinema, go for a swim.

Be you, but be the best version of you.

That’s what we’ve spent this last week doing, pretty much.

Chris had annual leave that needed using up, and as much as I was pestering that OMG WOULDN’T BERLIN BE DIVINE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, our bank balances were not being so chirpy about the idea. I reasoned that we could go for two nights and solely live off McDonald’s, but for some reason that didn’t sway Chris’s mind, so we stayed at home instead.

I didn’t really have time spare to step away fromwork. With that two weeks of full-time work in London on the horizon, I could have used this week to schedule blog posts, film a few post-Vlogtober videos and get my office in order (there are piles of post and returns and cardboard and broken memory cards littering the floor at my feet – soz bout it), but you know what’s nice? Realising that nothing, NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING in this world is as important as spending time with the people you love.

And so I forced a few pockets of blogging hours in here and there, and I replied to the most urgent of emails, but mostly, mostly I stepped back and enjoyed some time away.


I mean, it mostly felt hella good. Cept the waking up at 4am every day for a week part because codeine’s run out and man my mouth ain’t in a good way. And y’know, the whole having to sit in a dentist’s chair thing cos ain’t nobody got time for that, but generally? Generally is was an absolutely babin’ ball.

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We started last Saturday with brunch at Suffolk Food Hall. It’s a place we go to regularly for birthday and Christmas presents and for popcorn, because omg, the maple syrup and bacon popcorn they sell in there may be Β£2.95 a bag, but it is all my snack fantasies come true and more.

And although it’s a great spot for popcorn, cheese scones and cute foodie gifts, we’ve never actually ventured to the restaurant before, so we pootled on down for an Instagram-worthy start to the day.



It’s the first (and possibly only) place in Ipswich that I’ve found it (and it comes with fried eggs and cooked tomatoes on the vine – hello you saucy little sexpot, you), and I will be back probably 754856 times before the year is up. It also has some serious views over the Suffolk countryside and Orwell River thanks to its floor to ceiling windows.

We went to a friend’s for Halloween night and then woke up early on Sunday for the drive to Orford to visit the Pump Street Bakery, which looks exactly like any Instagram-friendly food spot in the middle of nowhere should look, and ate cinnamon buns and takeaway cappuccinos whilst parked up on the river, watching the sea mist swirl around boats and completely mix up the view with all its sassy, enchanting mystery.

We spent the rest of the day food shopping and slumped across the sofa with duvets and cats and Netflix. Exactly how any Sunday should be spent tbh.

Monday saw us both do a little work before an afternoon tea at Applaud Coffee – which is the only coffee shop worth visiting in Ipswich. It has fresh flowers, floorboards and bacon sandwiches in doorstop bread. THE. DREAM.

Tuesday saw me tackle THREE AND A HALF HOUR’S WORTH OF IRONING (I feel like a champion rn), and a couple of blog posts.

Skip forward to Wednesday and we made the hour-long drive to Norwich for shopping and lunch and life. You know where you like mentally prepare your bank balance to take a battering. You’re like I’M GOING TO BUY EVERYTHING I LIKE WITHIN REASON BECAUSE I HAVEN’T DONE THIS IN MONTHS OR MAYBE YEARS AND I DESERVE THIS. And then you come home with a Β£12 scarf.

Erm, what?

I mean sure, I exaggerate. I also bought a MAC lippy and a perfume and then freaked out and made an ASOS order.

We lunched at Wagamamas (honestly, we legit do not have one in Ipperz) and I went for a Pad Thai and then felt sad that I actually prefer my homemade peanut butter noodles. Lol. Aha.

We finished off the day with THE best macarons from Macarons & More and a swift look round the new IKEA store. And when I say swift, I mean like two and a half minutes.

Chris had told me that it was ‘smaller than a normal store’ and I kinda pictured it to be like a Tesco store rather than a Tesco Extra, and in reality it was like a Tesco Express.

I made many a sulky moan about how we should have just driven to Lakeside instead. Lol to being a girl.

The new concept store is basically just a click and collect store. You can’t reaaaaaally buy anything in there. There was two types of glasses and like three different cushions and some vanilla candles AND THAT WAS IT.

I was well up for getting a new rug. Essentially you can pay a tenner to have your IKEA delivery delivered there instead of your house and you can pick it up at a desirable time. Doesn’t make sense to me tbh.

Anyway, we went home and whilst Chris was in the shower I panic ordered a curry to take the edge off.

(Just an FYI, I came out of the week three pounds heavier – so here’s to walking that off in London next week, waheeeeey).

We spent Thursday visiting Bury St Edmonds, trialling the new Byron (that macaroni cheese was sculpted by the gods, I’m telling ya) and watching Jame Bond Spectre which was a bit of all right.

Then we came home, I panicked that I didn’t look like the actress in James Bond and went for a 17 minute run before collapsing in a wheezy pile on the sofa and drinking camomile tea.

THEN we spent an hour colouring in whilst listening to Classic FM with our phones turned off for some mindfulness because we’re sassy and chill af like that.

And then today, the day I’m writing this.

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I mean yeah sure, I had an 8-hour shift from home for Now Mag, but Chris bought me a coffee and cheese scone to my desk for breakfast after his gym and haircut sesh, and we’ve just made the dreamiest of vegetarian fajitas for dinner (erm what hello I like meat where has Hannah gone, hello) and are about to settle down to finish off season 4 of Dexter.

This post has felt a LOT like writing my year 8 diary. Except well, there’s a boy involved rather than friends I don’t really like and boys that well, don’t really like me.

I just wanted to write about it because it’s felt like such a perfect week and yet we’ve done nothing outrageous or glamorous or exotic. We’ve just been ourselves and explored everything our county has to offer.

We’ve eaten in a mixture of favourite independent restaurants and cafes and all-time classic chains. We haven’t spent a hideous amount of money and nowhere near what we’d have spent if we’d have done a Hannah and jetted off to Berlin.

I think we sometimes forget that actually we’re very lucky, we have so much going on around us that we take for grantedΒ  – so many secret food spots and scenic views and cities that we normally don’t have time or can’t be bothered to venture to.

I always thought of a staycation as like a holiday where you go away somewhere else in the UK, but you know what? Staying at home has been the most stress-free and sweetest holiday I could have hoped for.

So next time you’re feeling broke and blah because WHY IS EVERYONE ON INSTAGRAM IN NEW YORK, just remember that there’s a bloomin’ lot outside your door waiting to be explored.

K, bye. I’m off to colour in and think about cinnamon buns some more.

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  • This sounds like such a lovely week! You’re so right though, feeling guilt free about exploring the local goodness is often some of the most fun yiu can have



  • Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time! I totally agree, this will be what Ry and I will be doing over xmas, just chilling out at home and taking in what the city has to offer rather than jetting off over xmas πŸ™‚

  • Tessa

    Absolutely loved this post! Is really cool to see what you get up to and has inspired me to do the same, in the sense of booking a week off to have movie days and coffee/brunch stops with my boyfriend! Side note: I hope the season finale for Dexter S4 didn’t plummet you into a 48 hour long state of depression like it did me…. That entire series was bleak from
    Start to finish!!!!

  • This is totally ideal. I try and do this as well, but usually just a day here and there. I have a few more days I need to take so think some long weekend are calling! x

  • It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I once took 3 days off and stayed at home reading, watching tv series and chilling – it felt so good πŸ™‚


  • This sounds like the perfect week! Those macarons *heart eyes*

    Lots of Love, Lottie
    Lifestyle blog to make you smile πŸ™‚

  • Sounds completely awesome.

  • What a busy but brilliant week. Couldn’t agree more that it’s so important to make time for the people you love and nothing sounds more perfect than just being in each others company rather than having to book a last minute holiday for the sake of it!


  • It’s always fab to spend some time away, even if you don’t go abroad! πŸ™‚



  • laura

    Ahhhh such a lovely post! My bf is away for six months at the moment, he gets a little bit of time off in between and this has made me much more excited to have a little staycation then. Makes more sense when we are saving for a bigger holiday in April!

    Thanks Hannah :)))


  • Sounds like perfection!! I love a ‘staycation’. The food all looks so, so yummy! x

    Christina Marie – xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

  • Amy

    This sounds lovely. I’m always tempted by having a bit of a staycation-mainly because shopping at the weekend really stresses me out, and I’d love to be able to pop into the Bullring without my blood pressure going through the roof! Also that cinnamon roll looks delicious.

  • I really enjoyed reading this post πŸ™‚ Sounds like you had a lovely week!

    Those macaroons look so yummy!


  • It always makes me laugh when people say take a week of work and stay home, uh that’s all we ever do. We haven’t had the cash to go anywa her other than Tesco for the past 4 years. We maybe in our 30s but working in retail and hospitality really doesn’t pay the bills, let alone pay for a flight somewhere. Maybe one day, you know, like when I’m 65 & retired ha.

    I had no idea the IKEA store was THAT small. I was gonna take a trip there too but nope, not anymore, thanks for saving me the time daring. Looks like you had a fab trip up to my home city. My man always says what’s the point of goi g out to see the place we already live in, he needs a kick up the arse.

    Wendy Xx


  • Hannah, I have been a long time fan… Always wanting to comment, but today I laughed so hard at
    “Then we came home and I panicked that I didn’t look like the actress in James Bond and went for a run” that I had to leave you a wee note.
    You are v hilarious (and sassy).
    Thanks for your brilliant blog and YouTube and insta (I check them like the morning papers).

    Orla, Belfast

  • It’s so good to just have some time to do nothing sometimes! X
    Eleanor Frances // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • That sounds like the most perfect week. And omg, just Googled Byron, I want to go there so bad. Looks dreamy.

  • Looks like you had a lovely week, and being a Norwich girl myself, I’ve now got some great ideas for days out that aren’t TOO far away. Thank you!

    Christie x

  • Lauren

    Ahh sounds like you had a lovely week! I must recommend this to my other half x


  • Awww this is such a lovely post. I did this when I was in between jobs last year (as in I’d finished one and was waiting for the other one to start, not… eh who cares, you know what I mean) and my boyfriend took the week off too and we ate burgers twice in two days and it wasn’t even a big deal coz we were on holiday. Happiness. xxxx

    The perks of being a hipster- Christmas Yankee Candle Giveaway!

  • I LOVE this, we also did the same in September and it was absolute bliss just having no plan, and being able to choose each day what we fancied doing and then just do it. Plus any week that revolves around food and exploring and shopping is happy in my book! Alice xx


  • These pictures are fantastic! Also I need to get me one of these holidays at home! Niamh x


  • This is such a lovely post! Unfortunately I get 10 days a year to use as annual leave (other than Christmas) so I think I’ll be using those precious days to go to the beach and get away! But if I ever had the chance for a staycation, it sounds dreamy.

    Thanks for reminding me how important it is to spend time with people we love πŸ™‚


  • We did the same thing in September and man OH MAN was it good to spend time just chilling.
    Sounds like you had a pretty epic staycation too! xo

  • Sophie

    Girl, you gotta learn that man to iron.

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