Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Coffee

We might be a nation of tea drinkers, but we get through plenty of coffee too. And if you hop over to the continent, you’ll find much more coffee and a lot less tea. For example, the people of Sweden drink a whole lot of coffee. If you drink coffee, but you’ve never really given it much thought, you might want to think again. Perhaps the most you do is mix a mug of instant coffee in the morning, and that’s enough for you. But there’s much more to coffee than you might imagine. There are several reasons it’s a fun and interesting thing to start thinking about more. Here are a few reasons you should give it some more of your attention.

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It’s a Fun Hobby

Drinking coffee doesn’t just have to be an incidental thing that you occasionally do. If you already have coffee often, you might as well start learning more about it. Just like people who love beer, wine, baking, or any number of things, it can become a fun hobby. There are so many ways to turn coffee drinking into an activity you regularly do. You could look at coffee grinders to buy your first one. Then you can start building a sophisticated coffee-making setup. As well as making coffee at home, you can go to coffee tastings (or cuppings, as they’re called). You can do research to learn about coffee, cook and bake with coffee, and more.

It Could Be Good for Your Body

There are lots of studies that suggest coffee could do good things for you. The benefits range from giving you antioxidants to even helping to prevent cancer. Coffee might be able to help people with Parkinson’s control their symptoms, and it’s good for your liver. A study has shown that drinking coffee daily reduces to chance of liver cirrhosis. What’s more, women who drink several cups of coffee a day might be less at risk for skin cancer. And, of course, because coffee contains caffeine, it can give you an energy boost.

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It Could Be Good for Your Brain

Coffee has caffeine in it, unless you purposely go for a decaf product. As well as raising your energy levels, one of the things caffeine does is help you to focus. You will find it in many weight loss products and performance enhancers. Coffee can make several of your brain’s functions sharper. You could use it to improve your logical reasoning, your attention, reaction time, and more.

Thinking Before You Buy Is Worth It

You might be a coffee lover, but how much do you know about the industry? Being a conscientious coffee drinker is worth it if you want to be kind to the planet and your fellow human beings. If you spend more time picking out your coffee, you can find products that are fair trade and benefit the communities that make it. Plus, mulling over your coffee selection will help you get something with more flavour too.

Don’t let coffee be just another part of your day. Give it some real thought and start taking it seriously instead.

Prestige Flowers – Review

I absolutely love flowers.

I have had quite a few different kinds over the years from family and friends and most recently when I had to go into hospital for a minor operation, I came home to some lovely flowers – they really do change your mood and make the house look extra special not forgetting the aromas they give off.

When prestigeflowers got in contact with me saying they were sending me a bouquet to review.

I was sent the gorgeous “Paris Bouquet”.  which can be ordered from this link below https://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk/haute-florist/paris?cPath=73

They came packaged very well and carefully.

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My Beautiful Bouquet

With Memory Lane roses, divine deep water roses complimented with fragrant oriental lilies, astrantia and forest fresh eucalyptus it is the perfect bouquet for all occasions.

I put the bouquet in the lounge on the fireplace.

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The vase was also included
I absolutely love roses and lilies so was a perfect combination for me.

With the flowers I got a lovely little card.

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I got my flowers delivered on a Wednesday 8th June, they arrived by 11am.

  • Next Day Delivery (7 days a week) – £5.80 (when ordered before 9pm* 5pm on Saturday for Sunday delivery and *2pm
  • Saturday Delivery – £5.80
  • Sunday for Monday delivery)
  • Premium Sunday Delivery – £7.99
  • UK Same Day Delivery – £6.90 (when ordered before 3pm)

The Paris bouquet I received is £35.50 for the “Standard”. It gorgeous! I’ve had the flowers a week now & they still look really fresh.The fragrance that the flowers give out just fills the room.  You are supplied with flower food.

Whenever I order flowers in the future now I would defiantly order from Prestige the services was fantastic and the quality is excellent.

* Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review however all thoughts and opinions are my own

Foodies Festival Cannon Hill Park – Review

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On Saturday 4th June me and my mum in law headed out to Cannon Hill Park to visit the Food Festival, We met up with her daughter, boyfriend and their 3 boys.  We arrived around 10.30pm and the gates opened at 11am.  There was certainly a large crowd gathering, waiting to get into the festival.  The weather was slightly overcast when we arrived too but was warm.

When we finally got through the gates there were so many different companies and lots of freebies been handed out.

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We tested lots of ciders and wines all before lunch time – Acceptable right?  There was also ravioli pasta, cheeses, fudges, honey, and so much more.  It was delicious.  I was getting full with just the freebies.

There was even a bus made into a bar.

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As we continued walking round, we found the Regge Regge Chicken Van that was hidden away in the corner, I’m not good with overly spices things I can just about cope with Nando’s “Medium” sauce. I didn’t know what to expect, but the samples they were giving out were delicious.  Little chicken drumsticks cooked in the sauce with spring onions in a little tray.  Was very yummy, but a little too spicy for me.  They were also making nachos, I prefered these.

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There was so many different stalls, there was also a curry one, this was amazing the staff let us try a little bit of curry and it was amazing the meat just melted in your mouth, and the taste just exploded in your mouth.

It was a great day overall and would defiantly go again.

* I was given complimetary tickets for this event, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Little Party Parcels – Kids party bag fillers review

How hard is it every year to try and find things to fill kids party bags, that are unique and not cheap and tacky?

I know with my nephew when we have organised and planned his parties it has been so difficult to find things to fill up the party bags and even harder as he got older.

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When https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/ contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their party bag fillers I immediately said yes.  They do an incredible selection of lots of different items for all ages which is perfect if you’ve got young children/ babies in your family and you don’t want to leave them out.

There is something for everyone from this company, it’ll save you walking around the shops and there not been enough of one product in stock or over buying because there’s only a set amount in a pack and even better you can do it in the comfort of your home and it won’t break the bank.

The products are of good quality and will make great party bag fillers.  The fact you can make up your own party bag as well as ordering a pre – filled one is just perfect too.

For my nephew’s birthday we will certainly be using this company again and when I have a family of my own I will carry on using them and also I will spread the word to everyone I know with kids to start looking here for party bag goodies to save time and money.

For more information don’t forget to visit their website https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/

* I received these products for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hospital Letters, Homemade food & The Euro #LittleLoves

Hello, and Hello June! I’m back in the game… sorry I dissappeared had a lot going on and didn’t have time to keep up with everything.  So here is my #LittleLoves for June

Read

Well I have read lots of hospital letter that have come to me over the last few months. I’ve been in hospital today having a mini procedure,  I’ve had to have an insertable cardiac monitor fitted to monitor my heart as I keep having fainting spells.  I’m ok it was over very quick but just a little sore now.

Watched

Football and lots of it.  The Euro will be starting soon so been watching the pre matches or whatever you call them (I’m not really a footy person).  I do watch it when England play.

Wore

Well as the weather has been slowly improving I have been able to wear more summerish clothes which has been lovely.

Made

I have never been a great imaginative cook but I have tried some new things for tea recently, Making meat balls from scratch & Bacon and cheese puffs .  They were pretty delicious if I do say so myself.

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Heard

About the shooting of the gorilla in the US for the protection of the child. Very sad but I supose you will ever know exactly what happened.

And Finally…

I can finally say I go on Holiday this month to sunny Spain, I can’t wait need it so much. 10 whole days in the sun.

Hope your first week in June has gone well?

The Baby Show NEC Birmingham Review

I was given the opportunity to go to the Baby show at the NEC Birmingham which ran from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May.  I went last year as well with my sister in Law.

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I decided to take my friend with me and we headed out  to the show on the Saturday, we arrived around 10am and it was already starting to fill up.  When we first walked in you could see how many different brands had come from all over to be there for the weekend. Some of the larger well known brands that I saw were, and many more.

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There were a lot more brands some I had heard of some I hadn’t. Plus some smaller brands.  I had a chat with some of the lovely people who were exhibiting to get more background on their businesses and what they had to offer.

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There was so much going on throughout the day, talks, cat walk shows, freebies and even the odd celebrity, but sadly I never met any of them.

Because I was press I was given the opportunity to meet and chat to the lovely people at Nuby and My little Duckling to find out more about their products.

Nuby have recently released a new bottle for newborns called the Nuby Natural Touch 360˚.

COMING SOON! NEW 360 Anti Relfux and Colic Bottles - Boy

NEW Nûby Natural Touch 360˚, is a revolutionary bottle designed for babies with reflux and colic symptoms.

  1. Reduces Reflux – as the weighted straw allows baby to feed in the upright position until the last drops of the feed.
  2. Combats Colic – with three advanced anti-colic valves which help prevent vacuum build up inside the bottle and avoids baby swallowing air.
  3. Allows 360˚ Any Angle Feeding – baby can latch-on at any angle around the teat and parents can feed in any position or hold that feels right.
  4. 9/10 Baby Accepted Teat – compatible with the baby-accepted multi-award winning* Natural Touch breast-like teats (2 pack at just £3.99).

Priced at just £12.99 – I think this is really good value.  * I was gifted a set of these bottles.

I was also gifted this gorgeous unisex set of 6 bottles – Aren’t they just gorgeous.

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Later on it was time to meet the lovely people at My Little Duckling, they are a company that bring beautiful, fun and imaginative sets dedicated for babies and toddlers. Their products were an adorable array of all different styles, designs and colours.  I was asked if I wanted a set to review, It was hard to choice just one as they were all just wonderful but eventually with some help chose this one.

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Here it is modelled by my little assistant

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We then decided to stop for some lunch and have a little rest.  After lunch we then walked back round to make sure we hadn’t missed any stores.My friend was looking for a baby carrier.

Finally Tommee Tippee was the last largest store I visited with my friend as she wanted to look round.  I spoke to a lovely lady there who spotted my press wrist band so I handed my business card to them and out of the blue she gave me one of their new “Ultra” Bottles and some milestone cards.

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RRP is £8.99

Facts about the Ultra

  • The revolutionary new Ultra bottle has an extra-wide silicone teat, shaped like a breast offering baby a natural latch, making it easy to switch between breast and bottle feeding.
  • The Ultra teat has a contour zone at the base of the teat which forms a perfect seal with baby’s mouth, reducing the risk of air intake and preventing messy dribbles.
  • A unique, angled teat allows the milk to flow smoothly from the bottle whilst you baby remains in a comfortable upright position, no more tipping baby to reach the last part of the feed.
  • The Ultra bottle delivers you a natural breast-like latch, a perfectly secure seal and angled position for a continuous milk flow resulting in a perfect feeding experience
  • Ultra, the only baby bottle you will ever need. For the ultimate latch, seal and flow!

Key Features

* Breast-like shape for a natural latch and easy switching between breast and bottle

* Contour zone on teat allows for a secure seal reducing air intake and dribbles

* Revolutionary, offset teat angles the bottle for a smooth milk flow

* Unique, ergonomic bottle shape for greater comfort and bottle control

* Super-sensitive teat eliminates excessive air flow

* BPA-free for your ultimate reassurance

* Suitable from birth

* Ultra teats are compatible with the Ultra bottle base only

To find out more about their products visit their website on http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/

There was so many different companies, We could have stayed there all day.

We finally left after spending 5 hours there, but what a lovely day me and my friend had, will defiantly go again.

*I was given complimentary Tickets to the show, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Heat Holders Sock Review – Making life Warmer

THE ULTIMATE THERMAL SOCK

My feet are always the coldest part of me even with socks & slippers on.  When I was offered a pair of heat holders socks to trial I jumped at the opportunity.

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They are over 7x warmer than any pair of basic cotton socks.  They are great to wear will all types of footwear.  Especially wellies when it is freezing cold outside and you’ve got to take the dog for a walk these are just perfect to keep your feet snug and warm.  Me & my partner do alot of walking so these will be used alot.

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You can find there full range here online.  You can purchase these from lots of different places and they come in all different colours and sizes to fit all ages.

“Heat Holders are thermal socks which possess a 2.34 tog rating and have been produced using a unique three-stage knitting process. This means that our customers can be certain that wearing Heat Holders will keep their feet warm like no other sock has before. Heat Holders’ reputation has grown tremendously, with over 10 million pairs sold worldwide so far, but our success wasn’t achieved overnight. The creation of such an innovative and high-quality product took years of brain-storming, design and experimentation to get to where we are today”.

*I was sent these sock for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pizza & Cider at The Stables Birmingham

On Sunday 8th May I attended my 2nd blog event which was held in Birmingham at The Stables. It was a very hot summers day and what better way to have spent it than drinking cider and making pizza?  I had never heard of this place/company before so this was a first for me, they are fairly new to Birmingham.  I went along with my sister in Law Rachel and I do love cider so was really excited to go – who wouldn’t be with alcohol & Pizza?

When we first arrived we were the first bloggers there and were handed a glass of cider, it was lovely and refreshing.

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After a few minutes lots of other bloggers started turning up we all sat on benches and got talking to lots of different people, then the general manager introduced himself to us and the other members of staff.

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We started the afternoon off with a really interesting talk and taste session with Alan from Hogan’s Cider (Above photo). There were lots of opportunity to taste a variety of flavours that ranged from very strong Scrumpy types, to bottled fizzy varieties and lastly a cider brandy. The ciders had weird and wonderful names like ‘Hazy Daisy’ and ‘French Revelation’.  They also had different flavours, but unfortunately these weren’t to my taste.

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Then came more cider but this time a “Blind Tasting” session there were 5 on a rack and we had to guess what they were.  We couldn’t guess what they were but what we could tell you was that 2 out of the 5 were yummy, 1 and 5 were my favourite.

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This is what they were.

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After testing a lot of Cider on a pretty empty stomach, it was time to indulge in the other favourite of The Stable – Pizza.  Seeing as this was a bloggers event, there was an opportunity to get into the kitchen and make our own.

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The base and sauce was done so we then chose our own toppings.  The toppings I chose were Cheese (Lots of cheese), pepperoni, onions and more cheese, but goats cheese this time.  I am really fussy when it comes to pizza toppings so was really happy when I was able choose my own and put whatever I wanted on it.

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We were allowed to have a go at getting the base into the huge ovens (not as easy as it sounds or looks when the base is so thin).  I managed to do it though (Whoop).

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After a pretty quick couple of minutes in a big hot pizza oven they were ready for tasting.  I’m not a big pizza fan (Unless i’m hungover) but my god these were amazing & delicious (Even if I do say so myself), thin crispy bases will a few of my favourite things on = one happy me.

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I would defiantly go back to The stables.

*I was invited to this event for the purpose of a review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Utilising space in your home

We’ve been in our house15months now and still have lots of little bits to sort out.  When we moved in I saw potential in 2 little spaces in our kitchen one been the understairs cupboard and the other been like a utility that was called the “coal house”.  The previous owners used both as junk storage.  This is what I have done and it hasn’t cost me much money either.  Just proves you can do a lot with small spaces without breaking the bank.

The utility

This room once was a storage room, painted in a dark horrible colour that made it look dull and dirty, which housed a wooden storage unit full off rubbish, a washing machine, fridge/freezer and general junk. I gave it a lick of white bright paint to make the room look bigger.

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It is not a very big room but it is big enough for what I need it for.  There was no worktop there when we moved it, but I said I wanted to add a worktop to be able to put things in there e.g the microwave to keep the worktops in the kitchen free.  So to save a bit of money I phoned round kitchen places to see if I could get a pieces (I only need 1metre length) for as cheap as possible,  Well after phoning round I managed to finally find a company that had a perfectly sized piece for…FREE.  There is still plenty of room aswell both on top and underneath.

Understairs storage cupboard

Again, when we moved in this room was used as a junk room,  We cluttered the room with dog food, alcohol/Beer – Obviously most important thing, coats, ironing board and anything that would fit really.  Then I thought one day I want to maximise this space and make it in to something that was useful.  I said to my dad, can we make this room into a pantry?   He didn’t see why we couldn’t.  With me and my fiance working full-time it was difficult to find time to help my dad get it sorted, other than weekends but we always seemed to have something on.  Finally a few long months May bank holiday Monday arrived and my parents said they would come round and help get it started.  This is what it looked like before, a shell that we used as a junk store, coats, paint, alcohol, ironing board, dog stuff and more….

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After a few weeks of cutting and prepping wood and painting it all to give it a nice finish.  Then it was time to cut some battens to create the supports to fix the brackets on to.  It’s not a difficult task but took a good few hours to complete, lots of drilling, screwing and sawing later, These are the end results.

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As you can see we made sure there was plenty of spare room at the bottom for the alcohol.

I am in love with my pantry/understairs cupboard (Sad I know), but it has given us so much more space to utilise in other cupboards and drawers.

What spaces have you changed in your house?