Last night saw me meet up with two old friends, Carlie and Nicola for a gorgeous girly night.

girly night

It was so needed too, just to be myself, not to talk about my blogging life, to totally switch off, catch up, laugh, eat and get back to reality, really.

I love my blog, I really do,  but so much of my life is intertwined with my blogging career which means it’s so refreshing to just keep it real with people who really know me, girls I’ve known since we were 11, right through the school years and adolescence to teenhood and crazy ‘field parties’ behind my parents house (music, fields, dancing-the farmer hated us naturally-whoops), smoking behind our local shops as a teens, boyfriends- then London life after uni, back to Leeds again, husbands in tow, and now with families of our own (7 kids between us)-big responsibilities yet still the same old girls we always were.

Last night was a breath of fresh air. In a warm, chic restaurant, my second home for nourishing food and company.


…Nicola (front of the picture) is a real fan of my brother’s Italian restaurant Giorgio’s hosting her husband’s surprise 40th there not long ago and Carlie loved it when she last went so we decided to hit the best Italian in Leeds, naturally, for our feast!

We collectively scoffed garlic pizza bread (recipe here), vegetarian lasagne, prawns with black pasta and fusilli with chilli, mushrooms, rocket and parmesan! Oh and a glass or two of rose which instantly transported us to Napoli for the night!

garlic pizza bread

lasagneOozing, yummy Italian gorgeousness on a plate!

…Nicola and I really don’t get to see our gorgeous Carlie as much as we’d like as she lives in Manchester but being one of our mutual best friends, we talk weekly on the phone and the instant we meet up is like we’ve never been apart. A sign of a true friendship, that!

These female friendships mean so much to me, they keep me sane and strong and every girl needs a good night out with real friends full of laughter, rosé and lashings of lasagne, too of course!

Linking up to my friends Zaz of Mama and More’s #Allaboutyou and Michelle of Bod For Tea’s #Sharethejoylinky. Go link up!


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18 Responses

  1. Morgan Prince

    Sounds like you had a fabulous night that was much needed. It’s always nice to have a good chat (and drink!) with friends isn’t it? That food looks delicious – I want to eat it and it’s only 10:16am!

  2. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Yay for girls nights out! I don’t get together with my girlfriends as much as I’d like and look forward to our evening soirees SO much – they’re such a tonic aren’t they? Glad you had the chance to catch up with two obviously very close friends and the food looks amazing. Thank you so much for linking this happy post up at #sharethejoy x

    • honestmum

      My pleasure Michelle, we’re all so busy aren’t we but it’s amazing to take time out and just relax with great friends x

  3. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Wonderful darling; there’s something amazing and nourishing about the energy you get from spending time with people who truly love you, especially girlfriends, where noone wants anything from you, it’s just all about giving to each other naturally and having a great time together! I love those precious friendships! Looks like a fab evening, and yummy Italian food – next trip to Leeds please! xxxx

    Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou x

    • honestmum

      You are so right Zaz, such wise words as always, it was the perfect evening, one of the best I’ve had. Yay come back to Leeds, next stop Giorgio’s, you will love it xx

  4. Renee @ Mummy Tries

    Sounds like a brilliant and very much needed evening to brighten the soul. Totally agree that a true friendship survives distance. A couple of besties live in Australia but I’m in touch with them more than some friends that live here. As long as you both make the effort over the years, a real friend is worth their weight in gold (not that you don’t know that!) xxx

    • honestmum

      You are so right Renee and it’s wonderful when you meet up with friends you know well and it just feels effortless. I too have friends abroad and when we meet it’s like nothing has changed. True friendship survives time and distance xx

  5. Mim

    Oh how lovely to catch up with the girls and what delicious looking food! My girly catch ups are always in Leeds too – will have to check out your brother’s restaurant at some point – I can’t bear to look at another of your photos otherwise, it looks SO good! Mim @ #brilliantblogposts

  6. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    You’re so right. They keep me sane too. It’s not always easy to find the time to meet up but definitely worth it. I’m meeting one of my really old friends for dinner on Friday and cannot wait! x


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