Where Have I Been?!

It’s been a while hasn’t it?
Ugh it’s been a rough couple of months I tell thee! I bet you all thought I’d given up on my blog but alas no, I’m still in love with blogging!

I suppose it all started just before I went away on my cruise really, in late August. I wasn’t well at all but stupid stubborn me didn’t want to admit defeat and go into hospital.
So I went on my cruise (Read about it HERE!) and managed to survive the 4 days away, but when I got home I really wasn’t good at all so decided to go into hospital for antibiotics.

The 2 weeks flew by to be honest, but the last week I was TOTALLY exhausted from people coming in every 10 minutes doing ivs (antibiotics through a tube in my chest which is connected to a vein), asking to do observations, asking what I wanted for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper. Then I had to go to the hospital gym every day or do some form of exercise.
Luckily though, I managed to escape home at the weekends in between treatments and relax with my little doggy.
By the end of the 2 week course, I thankfully reached my optimal lung function and was allowed to go home. If I’m totally honest, I still didn’t feel great but I was so desperate for some rest. I was getting so snappy with nurses and people towards the end of the admission! Plus, I needed to get things ready for G’s birthday!

My boyfriend, G, turned 30 on the 4th of October and I’d organised a couple of surprises for him on the day! He normally manages to get at least one clue out of me so I was so proud I’d managed to keep it all secret.
The first surprise was a guided tour around Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club. So I gave him the postcode and he put it into the sat nav, still none the wiser. FAB!
Seeing his reaction when we pulled up to the ground was the BEST thing ever! He was so happy, the happiest I’d seen him in months – it definitely made up for the fact that I was visiting my rivals club (I’m a Liverpool FC fan)!!!

Time for the next surprise…
After I’d treated G to a new EFC top in the Everton shop next to Goodison Park, he got the 3rd kit top in case you were wondering (not), I put in the next postcode…

As G was having a 30th party on the Saturday (his birthday was on the Thursday before) he chose not to go on any mini breaks or holidays this birthday but we did manage to have a night away.

I chose to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton’s Chester hotel as it looked absolutely stunning and in beautiful grounds. It also had a Marco Pierre White restaurant attached to it and my G loves his food so knew he’d enjoy that!
We arrived and checked in about 4ish, received our seriously yummy (and warm) cookies and headed to our gorgeous deluxe room!

hilton hotel

We booked dinner for 7pm that evening and I was really surprised at how busy it was for a Thursday night – that didn’t affect the fantastic service we received though! We didn’t have any long wait for our courses (we chose to order from the set menu they had there as I was lucky enough to receive an upgrade at check-in which was Β£25 each for a 3 course meal and a glass of wine).

Shepherds Pie and peas for me

Steak, chips and peppercorn sauce for the birthday boy!

Breakfast the next day 😍😍😍

I’m so glad my boyfriend enjoyed his birthday and all my surprises for him, to see him happy really was the best part of the whole occasion.

So yeah, all that happened whilst I’ve been away.
At the moment I’m feeling a bit crappy health-wise. So annoying seeing as I was only in hospital about 3 weeks ago…
I’ve started a course of tablets so fingers crossed they work and I wont have to go into hospital again, cant cope!

I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone and other blogger’s posts, so if you have a blog post you’d like some love on, link me in the comments below!

Liv x


  1. / 4:00 pm

    That hotel looks stunning! I know that hospital inpatient feeling all too well, the worst part is not only the nurses coming in all the time, but the boredom is beyond hideous! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  2. / 9:28 pm

    Oh my goodness Liv! I totally understand how you felt knackered from being in hospital, you really don’t get any rest do you?!? I’m glad you felt well enough to celebrate your boyf’s special day though and well done on keeping the surprises secret! It’s my husband’s 40th in January and I’ve sorted his main present but can’t tell him a THING and it’s killing me! That hotel looks the nuts though, you’re not the first person to recommend them so I think I may have to give them a try! The food and room look amazeballs! Glad to have you back chick xxx

    • Livvy
      / 10:00 am

      People think that you just lie there in the bed but nup, that’s not the story for me haha! Nurses even wake me up to make the bed!!! πŸ˜‚ (I laugh about it now but when they do I’m ready to murder them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

      Oh definitely try a DoubleTree, I thought ours was such a relaxing place!

      • / 10:01 am

        It’s great to be back!
        Thanks for reading Steff πŸ’• xx

      • / 6:54 am

        Totally thought I’d replied to this! OMG they’re a nightmare aren’t they! I know they’re only doing their job but when they moan at you for staying in bed cos they want to make it or something and you’re like β€˜well if you let me sleep during the night I’d be awake now!’ πŸ™„πŸ˜‚ I’ll try to remember that hotel next time we need one xx

        • Livvy
          / 6:02 pm

          Hhahahah I know! Why couldn’t they just wait an hour or so more when I’ll be out of it – daft!
          Thanks for reading Steff xxx

  3. / 10:30 am

    Oh wow that hotel! That food!! It sounds like you celebrated your boyfriend in style! So glad to see you back at the blog! x

    • Livvy
      / 6:12 pm

      It was so nice there, wish we’d had been there longer to use the spa though. That looked like heavennnnnnn 😌

    • Livvy
      / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Amie! I was determined to give him a birthday to remember!
      Thank you for reading πŸ™‚ xx

  4. / 6:56 pm

    Oh no! It sounds like you have had a tough few weeks, so sorry to hear you were ill. It’s good to see you blogging again. It’s lovely that you arranged such nice surprises for your boyfriends birthday. I loved that you just gave him the postcodes and he had no idea what it was until he got there. That’s a really fun idea! The hotel you picked looks stunning and wow, the food looks delicious too! Yay for breakfast in bed! I’m glad you both had a great time and hope you feel better soon Liv <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Livvy
      / 10:19 pm

      I really wanted it to be a day to remember for him and he’s always known what’s planned for his birthdays so thought this would be fun!
      Well we were going to have breakfast in the lovely conservatory they had there but we were both just too exhausted after the previous days events haha!
      Thanks for reading Bexa, and for your lovely comment! xxx

  5. missbeautysaver
    / 6:37 pm

    Hi Livvy!

    Sorry to hear about your recent stay in hospital and that you’re still not feeling well. I hope the new tablets work for you and that you start to feel better soon. πŸ™‚

    It’s nice that you’ve managed to get back to blogging despite everything else you have going on.

    This is a lovely post! It’s so heartwarming to see how much joy you take in being able to make your boyfriend happy and give him a special birthday. You did him proud and absolutely spoilt him!

    Take care, my love!

    Hanna x | missbeautysaver.com

    • Livvy
      / 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Hanna!! So lovely to see a new reader to my blog πŸ™‚
      I think the tablets are starting to kick in now, my lungs feel a bit better so hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon!
      Thank you for reading and hope you’re good too xx

      • missbeautysaver
        / 10:45 pm

        Hi again Livvy!

        You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

        I’m happy to hear that you’re on your way back to feeling normal again now with the help of your new medicine!

        I’m really pleased to have found your blog!

        Hanna x

  6. / 9:18 pm

    Aw hun! What a time you’ve had! Glad to see you back though and I hope your tablets kick in soon. Sending lots of love x

    • Livvy
      / 10:24 pm

      Thanks Carly! Hope you’re good too? xx

  7. / 10:04 pm

    Sorry to hear you weren’t doing so well but I’m glad you got yourself better in time to celebrate your boyfriend’s birthday! You sound like the best girlfriend ever for agreeing to tour your rival’s club! The mini break looks incredible too. I hope he enjoyed himself (and your tablets kick in soon) x


    • Livvy
      / 3:20 pm

      Aww thank you! The things we do for love eh, ahhaha! xx

  8. / 1:38 am

    Welcome back. Hope you continue to get stronger quick. Get the rest you need. Sounds like the birthday was a real nice one. Very thoughtful presents.


    • Livvy
      / 3:21 pm

      Thanks Ivan! I’m definitely looking after myself and things are improving day by day πŸ™‚

  9. / 5:29 pm

    Oh my word you sound like you have been through the wringer! But I have been there and know that being unwell is so exhausting. Hope that you continue to recover and feel better.

    Great that your boyfriend enjoyed a wonderful 30th birthday full of surprises! The food pics look amazing, as does the hotel. I hope he realises what a superb girlfriend he has on his hands here. Visiting the rival club! It must be love. πŸ˜‰ xx

    Miss Amy Rach

    • Livvy
      / 2:16 pm

      Thank you Amy, I’m getting there!
      Hahaha exactly what I said! I’m just glad he enjoyed his day though πŸ™‚ xx

  10. / 5:39 pm

    Glad you made it back to blogging! It sucks when you have to go to hospital but it looks like you had a few high-lights despite back. I hope you don’t have to go back any time soon Xx

    • Livvy
      / 2:17 pm

      Me too Susanne, I have a check up appointment in a few weeks so hopefully I wont need to go back in xx

  11. / 5:46 pm

    oh Lily! i am so sorry to hear about your hospital stay. how tiring those can be. glad you could escape home to be with your doggy. and that your bf still had a great 30th despite all the craziness. Stay well!

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Livvy
      / 2:17 pm

      I’ll try!!
      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ x

  12. / 5:56 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been unwell, that stay in hospital doesn’t sound very restful at all. I hope that you have managed to relax a bit since! And welcome back to blogging πŸ™‚
    Also how amazing a girlfriend do you sound?! I mean, that’s some epic birthday surprises you managed to pull off there. I’m sure your boyfriend was so happy with his gifts – I hope you had a lovely time at the hotel together, it looks gorgeous!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  13. First of all, I’m so glad you’re doing better and hope it continues. And wow, what a surprise to arrange! I love the fact he put the postcode into his Sat Nav and was still none the wiser, haha. The look on his face made it all worth it I’m sure. That’s one of the best things about arranging surprises!

  14. Everything Eden
    / 7:22 pm

    Such a lovely post, hope you are feeling better and glad your boyfriend had a lovely birthday! Xx

  15. / 8:00 pm

    Good to see you back. I hope you are feeling better now. X

  16. / 8:08 am

    What a lovely thing to do for your boyfriend – and well done on keeping they a secret, I would have been rubbish. They were such lovely ideas – and how fabulous you managed to get all the way there with him realising where you were going. I stopped at a Double Tree hotel in Scotland – loved the hot cookie!
    I hope you are feeling better now – please rest up, it sounds like you need it.
    Nina x

    • Livvy
      / 5:28 pm

      Normally I’m rubbish too Nina haha but I managed to keep it all to myself this year!
      I am thank you, back to normal now!
      Thanks so much for reading xxx

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