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In the summer I had a girly week with Chloe, we sunbathed, we ate good food and I had a few cocktails. My choice of drink is more often than not gin. However I do tend to go for Gin and Tonic and do not experiment much. Being on holiday with Chloe was fab and our evening normally ended up in this bar for a G&T on the way back to our apartment. We feel very secure in this part of Spain as we have been most years since she was two. We know our way around and although this was our first time going without the rest of the family it definitely has the ability to become a habit. Whilst I was on the gin Chloe obviously stuck to a fanta but we choose this bar due to it’s free wifi. It was our chance to catch up online and I was able to reply to emails whilst the teen snapchatted her friends.
Therefore when I was asked if I would like to review a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin I really thought Christmas had come early! I couldn’t wait to go to Morrisons to buy a bottle. However I had to wait until my day off to open it up! I thought that I would be a little more adventurous and try drinking the gin with different mixers. I had a look at a couple of websites including Bombay Sapphire’s own cocktail list which gave me some inspiration.
Bottlegreen have also introduced some new pink tonic water which includes pomegranate. That went really well with the gin and looks good. I added a slice of lemon to add another little taste explosion. It was good and one I will be introducing to my mum, who also likes a gin! When I was younger Gin wasn’t on my radar – I was a Malibu or Archers girl and it is only in recent years that I have turned my affection to Gin. I think our tastes change as we get older and now I am 30 something gin is top of the list. It has a much better taste than Archers which I now find to sweet on its own. Most of my friends seem to prefer gin these days too.
Next I decided to go for a gin with pineapple juice and a slice of orange. It was a little too plain for me as I like my cocktails to be quite strong tasting. However trying these different combinations has helped me choose at least one present I can put onto the Christmas list. A cocktail set. My parents and grandparents always come over for Christmas afternoon / evening and I plan to wow my mum with some cocktails.
Therefore if you have guests or the girls coming over for drinks during the Christmas break I would definitely recommend grabbing a bottle of Bombay Sapphire and some mixers and have fun experimenting.
I love Christmas but until today I wasn’t really feeling it this year. We have been so busy that I am not as organised as I usually am, having no internet means I am behind with my online shopping plans. Coupled with struggling to find ‘perfect gifts’ I was feeling a little stressed by it all. Last night we had our first Christmas night out with friends and had a great evening with good wine and good company. It helped me relax.
Today I spent time with a glass of wine and Christmas music playing whilst putting the decorations up and now I am feeling more festive and on count down till the end of term (six teaching days for me)! Dragging the tree from the attic and checking the lights still work is always a family occasion. The children enjoy putting our two trees up as much as I do. Even better is that we have some new decorations this year that make the tree look so pretty.
These fab decs are from Home Bargains which seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. There are now over 290 stores so probably one near you! I love the colours and sparkle.
Creating a window dressing on a budget.
I always see window displays and love their warmth and welcome. I think they look really stylish, classy and expensive. Therefore I decided to have ago myself. However I didn’t want to spend too much, afterall it’s only out for a few weeks a year. However I did want it to leave it’s mark and have a bit of an impact on the living room. I really like the white approach, simple, clean and effortless. Therefore I decided to put some effort in and try to recreate an effortless window display.
The ‘NOEL’ word I bought a few years ago in the January sales. They were just a cardboard letters so I painted them white and then the fronts in gold. I really like them and look forward to having them out. Erin, the little monkey, keeps changing the order of the letters around though! When I asked her why she wanted L to be the leader and go first! I also bought myself the white metal house tealight holder which looks expensive but it wasn’t, it was only £5.99 from Sainsburys and it really lights up the window. The window stickers were a steal from Poundland of all places.
Since decorating I am beginning to feel the festive season. I just need my own fairy godmother to come and wrap for me, oh and if she could organise ordering my festive food it would be appreciated.
Disclosure: I was gifted the tree decorations from Home Bargains to review. All words and photos are my own.
Today both of my girls made me cry. Cry with pride that is. The littlest shone as the brightest star in her nursery nativity. She is a star through and through and the role was made for her. She shines in the darkest of places and leads from the front. She is a guiding light for others to follow.
In her short life she has impacted on so many people, everyone who meets her is simply enchanted. This little lady will go far because she has an inner strength and calm which is not measurable. Watching her today, excited from the moment she woke up until she had finished the nativity. A huge smile played on her lips and I stifled a tear as I reflected on her past year. Finally she is getting stronger, her hip sits in a man made socket that allows her to run and play with her friends. She shines. She is my star.
Then this evening Chloe asked me to read her homework – this is not new I often read her work for her. Chloe works so hard and puts the hours in determined to do well. Her homework was to write about an inspirational person. Whilst her friends are writing about Mandela or Martin Luther King, Chloe had written about me. She wrote beautiful words about her sister and ddh and what we have done over the year. Again I shed a tear when I read
My mum has made a difference because my children may suffer from ddh but when they get their hip checks the midwives will hopefully pick it up because my mum is telling everyone about ddh.
My mum chose to do all of this charity work because she didn’t want to see any other child suffering from this horrible disability....
Wow – my girls with ten years in age between are both amazing (and so is their brother) I am blessed to have such wonderful children. This week has been pretty immense with Tots100 naming me as one of their inspirational bloggers. I never set out to be classed as inspirational but when ddh decided to mess with my family it got more that it bargained for! We will put an end to late diagnosis – we may not be able to rid babies being born with dodgy hips but we will tell the world about it so it is at least diagnosed earlier giving our babies the best chance of healthy hips.