My Little Bargains of the week

I was lucky enough to venture into Liverpool on my own this week. Yes, toddler free shopping!!! I know it sounds mean and i love my little boy but he is a wanderer, a runner, he will find the tiniest corner of a shop and hide there until I, flustered and slightly panicked, find him giggling and wrestle him out. So….the propect of going alone is always appealing!
After getting some new shoes and a couple of essentials i wandered into primark (i always try and go as early as possible, as people get a bit loopy after 10am) I found this lovely jam jar glass for £1.50 (wish i had bought 4 now!)
Glass Its cute and everywhere seems to be serving cocktails in these recently as a bit of a modern spit and sawdust twist on a cosmopolitan. I am not sure what im using it for yet, maybe fresh flowers, maybe cutlery at a BBQ, maybe i will just have a big ole cocktail to myself!! (Sounds the more likely option!)
I also bought a couple of lightshades, The pure white paper dome ones with broderie anglaise style holes in. They are so pretty. I am also not sure where or when i will use them but there were too lovely to leave for £2 each! The trouble is, i shop for the house im going to have, not my current one, which means when my future house arrives, all my beautiful wares and purchases will come out of the cupboard and be on show! Does anyone else do this or is it just me?!

I also wandered into Cath Kidston for a peek, I like the style of lots of things in the shop but i like to find my own little treasures and bits from different places. The shop is lovely, really well laid out and you will always find something for someone in there! This trip, i found these for Finn….
finnplate
Finn is train mad at the moment, he LOVES them. So i got him these as i loved the retro feel and they are lightweight and easy for a picnic. £3 each! He loves them! They are available from the website

Little Gems in Liverpool

If you live in or are visiting Liverpool there is no shortage of new places to eat and drink, There are some fantastic choices but i would like to share one of my favourites…

THE BALTIC BAKEHOUSE
BALTIC
This bakery situated on Bridgewater street, prides itself on the beautiful homemade sourdough that is available to buy as a loaf to take out or from the coffee shop menu in a variety of yummy fayre!
For breakfast, ‘toast your own’ sourdough or white tin is featured, complete with gargantuan jars of Skippy PB or locally made jams and spreads to top your toast! The Almond croissants are the best i have had and the retro enamel cup of builders tea for £1 is the perfect thing to wash it down. If you are after a more substantial choice, the Bacon or sausage butty is the way to go!
For lunch a homemade soup normally features on the menu along with Open sandwiches, sometimes Topped with Buffalo mozzarella, beautiful tomatoes and pesto, and the UGC (Ultimate Grilled Cheese) seems a favourite from peeking at others people’s orders!
The cakes, tarts and Pastries are amazing! My husbands complete favourite are the Baltic Rox – Think a good sausage roll but bread instead of pastry with a sweet sticky sauce inside (Brown Sauce according to the lady that served us). We tend to buy 3 or 4 if they are available whenever we go, everyone raves about them and if you pop in, you will see why!
The surroundings are rustic but warm, inviting and unpretentious. The staff are always friendly and will give you a few tips if you are stuck on what to order, I have never been disappointed!
There is also a high chair available if you have tot in tow!
You can tell the ingredients in everything are very good quality and this, i think sets the Baltic apart from the rest.
Check them out on facebook, twitter or on their own website!