The Day I Ate Potato Smilies And Chicken Dippers For Dinner


If you read yesterday’s post (Hi, I’m over here), you’ll know that I started my Thursday typing on my laptop from the dining room table with a cafetiΓ¨re and the cats, patiently waiting for the plumber to arrive.

Y’see we’ve had a dripping kitchen tap since forever. And as well as being mildly annoying in a OMG GO BACK GO BACK I JUST MISSED WHAT MEREDITH GREY SAID, it’s apparently making our water bill go up a trickle.

Lol I so funny.

According to Chris, anyway. I’m not ashamed to admit I stay out of the bill side of things – he’s way more organised than I am.Β  So I pay Chris what he tells me to, but I don’t touch our accounts (unless it’s to upgrade Sky obvs because girl needs her documentary channels). It’s nice considering I’m forever spending my days chasing invoices and filling out spreadsheets with my monthly train tickets and cab fares and so no, I cba to look at how much I owe in council tax.

Anyway, said plumber arrived. Asked questions about taps and boilers and other things that went above my head. I was mildly embarrassed because HELLO INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY and coming across like a ditsy dingbat.

He stayed for about half an hour, told me he needed to change a cartridge, told me he didn’t have the exact one but could put in a different one which would save hassle but meant the taps would turn in different directions. I called Chris, got him to make the decision and went back to trying to pretend I was doing work whilst secretly watching How I Met Your Mother (which, turns out, if you watch enough times by accident, you start to like).

Then said plumber whacked me with a Β£126 bill.

I tried not to fall to the floor like I’d been kicked in the stomach and severely winded, and slipped my debit card into his card reader.

This is not card porn. This is real life.

Then I sulked about the bill and went to swim off the anxiety about my quickly depleting bank account. Y’know how it is, with this whole adulting shebang.

Lol one minute, got to stop my story because I’m in Starbucks and just noticed the tag is still on my new top. OH HI I’M EMBARRASSED. (See what I mean about my quickly depleting bank account? Must. Stop. Online. Shopping).

Anyway, I came home, opened two new packages – HI ASOS – and a little chocolate surprise from Betty’s, let the cats in the garden because it *almost* felt like spring and settled down to cous cous, halloumi, chicken, onion, peppers and half a bottle of Frank’s hot sauce because seriously it’s so good it’s in my top three sauces of all time.

It probs sits snuggly between McDonald’s barbecue sauce (sweet flippin’ jesus) and balsamic glaze. Ain’t gonna lie.

Although Domino’s garlic and herb dip is probably in there somewhere too.


I did some video editing and started compiling a blog post for when I’m in grand ol’ Paree, and then treated myself to some sofa time. Oh and I also watched this Primark try-on from DollyBowBow because it came up as a suggested video and man, I loved how simple it was. No music, no fancy schmancy editing, just a bit of personality and honesty. I’d like to try and make more videos like this, y’know?

Anyway, I think I’m due on my period because when I walk down the stairs (in a sports bra, I hasten to add), it feels like someone in punching me in the breast region. Everytime one of my elbows so much as touches my boob I’m like SOMEONE HOLD ME, THE PAIN, THE PAIN.

And so, because of the trauma of the expensive plumber and because my boobs hurt and because Chris was due home slightly later than usual because he had football, I was like I AM DOING IT, I AM I AM I AM. And I stuck some chicken dippers and smiley faces in the oven and I didn’t give two fucks.


But then I had to walk to the shop because we were out of beans and oh look a bag of mini eggs came home with me.

I wanted to test them against Galaxy’s Golden Eggs and I gotta say, think the Galaxy ones are winning it for me. So really it was super important research tbh.

I wanted to take a photo of my handsome dinner but I couldn’t find my camera and my phone was out of battery and I wanted to eat him at peak temperature, so soz and that.

I highly recommend you do the same tonight because it’s Friday and you deserve it. It tasted like something crafted by the house elves who work in the Hogwarts kitchen.

So yeah, I fell asleep before 10pm like a small child, whilst Chris watched TalHotBlond on the iPad (which, just FYI is a wonderfully dark documentary you can find on Netflix).

Oh and one more thing I forgot to mention – I have this weird pressure by my left ear and I am mildly FREAKING THE FUCK OUT that my wisdom tooth infection is making a re-appearance. It feels a bit blocked, like when you have a cold, but it’s just on one side.

So yeah, I am using that special slightly-expensive NO INFECTIONS PLZ mouthwash from Colgate like it’s Diet Coke. I mean my tooth *looks* alright to me. Please be kind to me, sweet baby girl new tooth, I love you.

And on that note, I’m off to buy more mouthwash. I wish I had something more exciting to say. Soz.

  • Alix

    Hannah, I literally LOVE your new diary-style blog posts! I used to be itching to read your blogs anyway (Friday mornings were always like, woop there’s a new Favourites in my inbox!) but now they’re so frequent and have me grinning at my desk like a loon πŸ™‚ keep up the good work chick! xx (p.s. still haven’t tried Golden Eggs – I’ve had my peepers open in Tesco and Sainsburys in Ipswich and can’t find any! Just as well the Mini Eggs are keeping me going <3)

  • I so get the plumbing thing, when I moved into my new place I (with the help of my dad) plumbed in my new bathroom suit. However about 2 weeks ago my bath tap stopped working, I am too cheap to pay for a plumber and too scared to handle it alone so I just keep turning it on and hoping it will fix it self. Sad to say it hasn’t happened…yet!

  • I literally had chicken dippers chips and spaghetti for dinner Monday! I’ve been ill all week so I feel like it’s allowed.
    ALSO have you tried the cadburys oreo mini egg things? LORD they’re delicious – I ate a whole bag last night x

  • I love these sorts of posts and YES SMILEY FACES.

    Sophie x

  • I tried to convince my boyfriend that we needed potato smilies for dinner the other day. He was having none of it, but it’s his loss and I’m gonna have them all to myself when he’s out one night πŸ™‚ Love these new posts although I’m not sure about How I Met Your Mother – no amount of watching can change my opinion about that! Have a fab weekend πŸ™‚

  • Alison

    Hannah, I swear we are the same person, like soul sisters or something. I can relate 100000% to every single post on here. It’s like you’re writing about my life. It always cheers up my day reading them, and I’m glad to know that we share the same experiences.

    Might have chicken dippers and potato smiles for dinner tonight.

    Please keep up the awesome work you’re doing, you’re inspiring girls like me all over the country πŸ™‚

  • I love this new diary style post, I am also really craving chicken dippers and smiley faces now, might have to pop in to Asda after work!! x

  • I love these new posts! And still need to track down some galaxy eggs. Your smiley face dinner is making g me sad about the carrot and hummus I just ate, I might make it my Sunday treat πŸ™Œ

    I swear I seem like I mainly read your posts for the food


  • A packet of Galaxy Golden Eggs jumped from the supermarket shelf at me twice this morning (I was good and put them back each time) – AND I BLAME YOU πŸ˜‰

    I wasn’t even aware of them until you wrote about them and now they’re leaping into my eye-line wherever I go.

    It’s a conspiracy.

  • Well, hello beautiful Betty’s egg! My housemates mum at uni used to send him Betty’s car packages during the holidays and as we were the only poor sods who stayed in our house to work rather than going home, we used to sit and devour cakes and chocolate and oh my, it was bleddy great! P.S just as some of the other commenters have also mentioned – I COMPLETELY blame you for my bordering addiction of golden eggs. without you I would never had deviated from the mini egg, but this new discovery has changed everything!! Alice xxx

  • Rosy

    Loving the new posts! Please keep it up I love reading what you’ve been up to day to day rather than a more polished put together post. Also you are looking absolutely gorgeous in your latest Instagram post! Seriously wow!!

  • This has made me feel much better about the fact I’ve spent too much money on ASOS this month and will be living off cous cous and tinned tuna until payday because BILLS lol. #adult.

  • I love the diary style posts! Also, potato smiley’s FOREVER. x
    Trudy | TrudyJohanna

  • Sharon

    What the hell are these awful rambling embarassing recent blog posts about? LOL that you clearly think this is a fantastic new direction to be doing in. Even more LOL at how the interesting and important you think you are. wtf?

    • Naomi

      You don’t need to read this blog if you don’t want to. And if you’re going to criticise something you should at least have the courtesy to do so constructively and with dignity.

    • Alix

      If you don’t like Hannah’s blog anymore: unsubscribe. Also, if you’re going to hate on someone, please at least proof-read what you’ve written. Troll.

    • Christ. What was the point of this? I’m not a huge fan of diary style blogs but you don’t have to attack the person behind the blog needlessly. Be constructive at least if you want to critique.

      Rachel |

    • Becca

      So agressive! Stop reading if you don’t like it!
      I for one LOVE these!
      honestly I love reading what someone the same age as I am is thinking about/worrying about/doing – makes me feel normal!!
      keep going Hannah !!

    • Rachel

      Wow. What a nice person you are. Hannah’s blog is amazing, if you don’t like it, don’t read it!

    • Abi

      Christ, who pissed on your Cornflakes, Sharon?

  • Penny

    what is this drivel? it reminds me of a child writing in a bang on the door diary

    • Sammy

      Why are you reading it then? #idiot

      • Penny

        your comment doesn’t even make sense. if I had known it was written like this I would never have clicked on the promo tweet link. #kthxbye

    • Sammy

      And your excuse for being unnecessarily rude? #bitchinesswillgetyounowhere

      • Penny

        being rude is going round calling people idiots for voicing their own opinion πŸ˜‰ have a nice life little hashtag girl xo

    • Sammy

      Mm not what I said though was it? Being rude is scoffing over someone’s livelihood. Hope you don’t spend all your Friday evenings putting other people down. Bit of a pathetic existence.

      • Penny

        it is my own opinion that I do not like this blog post, as it appears to be several others as well. and frankly you’re a bit of a cunt for saying someone’s life is a pathetic existence, even if you do disagree with my opinion.

    • Sammy

      Wow… And you said I was rude? Calm down “penny”

      • Penny

        your punctuation is all over the place, Sammy.

  • Em

    Do your thing Hannah! But please don’t lose the power you have to produce the kick-ass and motivational, informative and explanatory, and downright life improving journalism that has kept so many of us coming back. For me, your blogs normally give me something to take away and think about (or buy) – THAT’s how good a writer you are. x

  • em

    chicken dippers ftw!

  • Jenny

    After pancakes for lunch I had popcorn for dinner πŸ˜€ but hey ho it is friday night πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚
    I really love reading this kind of posts πŸ™‚

  • anon

    I’m an avid fan of the blog but have to say I don’t really get the style of these new posts.

  • Hehe this post had me giggling all the way through. I can so sympathise on the wisdom tooth pain, I had mine taken out a few weeks ago, I hope the infection goes quickly!

  • Wowzer. Well done for handling hard comments. Even if that does mean crying in to ice cream or something! I love these posts. I also love your old style posts. You do you, sister x

  • Camilla

    Hilarious new post!! Love your style of writing Hannah!

  • Anon

    Drivel of the lowest standard. You never were the strongest journo of our group, but seeing you resort to posting about your lunch and dinner and all this other shit is pretty shocking babes

    • Alix

      Wow. You really must be a top-flight journalist of the highest calibre with lots of published work if you have to keep your identity a secret when trolling someone’s blog…

    • Ciara

      Shocking level of pathetic, unnecessary trolling. Staying Anon, just so you can have a nasty little bitch at someone else’s expense.. You’ve achieved nothing but make everyone who reads your comment think “Christ, what a cunt”… But hey, with a personality like yours, I’d say you’re used it.

  • Woah, I’m really not liking some of the comments on here tonight – shame on you all who degraded the post, I’m sure any blogger would love feedback but what I’ve just read above is not constructive nor will it contribute towards anything.

    It’s not real life to publish new, exciting purchases/ trips/ meals etc etc some days yes, let’s appreciate the finer things in life. Like chicken dippers.
    I think you should go in whatever direction you want to with your blog Hannah, you can take it anywhere you want and ignore the haterz gal.

    Plus whoever used the C word….. notcoolkthanksbye.

    Don’t let this get you down Hannah x

  • Lady Amy

    I’ve really liked your blog for a while now, I’m always happy when I scroll down bloglovin and see that you’ve posted. I particularly like the wee ones about just your life and growing up and that. Remember what made you my blog so famous in the first place!

    Keep up the good work honey πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸ–Šβ€οΈ

  • Blake

    Hannah, i have been a big fan of your blog for ages now and i have to say i was beginning to loose interest with all the sponsered posts (though tottally get why you do them!) and the fashion-y, product-y posts as i’m just not that into all that stuff. I much pefer reading about you and your life (hope thats not creepy) So i am absoulutley loving the new direction your blogs going! Please keep it up and ignore the haters βœ‹πŸΌ you are awesomeee and serious life goals so dont stop doing you πŸ™‚

  • Lucy

    I love the diary style post – its so much fun. AND your writing style is fantastic!

    Lucy xoxo

  • anon

    Your new posts are a big 10/10 for nosey people like me. Keep it up x

  • Emily

    Love the new ‘care less, do more’ blogs! SO great πŸ™‚ x

  • That plumber is a cheeky sod and I would definitely need chocolate and hugs after that – loved this post again!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Depleting bank accounts and painful pre-menstrual boobs are the WORST – but I bet a Betty’s delivery would sort things out nicely πŸ™‚ xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  • Allycat

    Don’t listen to the haters hannah your blog is great and so is this new style. You can’t please everyone anyway. Why would you want to please trolling scumbags Anyway?!
    Care less do more! Lots of love and Halloumi

  • I love these dairy posts, it is literally my life haha. Definitely purchasing smiley faces on my way home, and maybe a selection of different eggs… Immy x

  • Amy

    Hannah, I would just like to say (and i’ve never commented on a blog before!) I absolutely love this style. It’s honest, open and 100% real. I love it! I also love all of your mental health posts (coming from someone working their way through eating disorder recovery). You’re relatable, funny and someone I would like to emulate!

    So thanks, I’m here to stay!

  • Loving these posts, haha! Potato Smilies are always a great idea! x

    Xtina G Says..

  • I’ve got turkey jetters lurking in my freezer for an emergency occasion, i.e. not when my mum comes for dinner tomorrow!

  • Ignore the haters. I for one absolutely love your blog no matter what type of style you use. You are the most relatable blogger I’ve ever found and I love coming back for more!

  • Rebecca

    Some of the comments above are so unnecessarily mean – everyone’s opinion is valid but if you haven’t got anything nice to say and can’t be constructive, then you should show the maturity to keep those opinions to yourselves as they aren’t helpful!

    I think you’re doing a fab job Hannah and yours is the only blog I read religiously every day when I should be working (naughty naughty!). You’re the blogger I can relate to the most and I love the mix of sponsored content, outfit/recipe posts and your new diary style entries, so keep up the fab work!

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