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My love of stationery – National Stationery week

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I have one for Each Peach Pear Plum  and one for Champagne and Petals, plus numerous others. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

Real Mum Reviews

 

Just Us Box Wilderness date night

Our Wilderness date night box arrived from Just Us Box almost 3 weeks ago now. We still have not found time to have our monthly date night. March and most of April has already flown by. My Hubby was away on a 2 week course with work, then away in Barcelona for a weekend on a stag do. So we just haven’t had time. I know our next box Sensuality will be arriving in 10 days, and I don’t think we will have even had the time for our Wilderness box before then.

just us box wilderness date night

So this month I though I would show you what was included in the box. My Hubby was really impressed. As an outdoorsy person with a keen interest in bushcraft, he liked the concept of this box. Packed full of things for a date night in the ‘Wilderness’ in our garden.

Foraging for Food

just us box wilderness date night

This month we were give a link to a video to watch, which gives you all the details you need to make your very own nettle soup. Robin Harford is a foraging expert, I really enjoyed watching the video. He is full of knowledge about what wild plants you can eat. Have a watch then you can head out into the woodlands for a nice afternoon and forage for stinging nettles. Don’t forget your foraging bag, it’s included within your date night box. Did you know that stinging nettles contain 7 times more vitamin C than an orange and are 3 times more nutritious than anything else you can grow. So what are you waiting for? Head out and grab some stinging nettles and make some tasty soup.

Building your shelter

 

just us box wilderness date night

Included in the box is also a large tarpaulin, rope and pegs. This is for you to build your shelter for the evening. Find the perfect spot in the house or garden and set up your shelter. Inside your date night guide shows you 3 different types of shelter you can build.

Making your fire

just us box wilderness date night

If you have a log burner or open fire in your house then you are ready to go. If not, included within the box is Magnesium, a fire-steel and tinder (cotton wool) to make your very own mini fire and get your gel burner going. All the instructions are included within the date night guide. If you or your other half don’t fancy a bit of Ray Mears style fire lighting you can always reach for the matches.

Enjoy some food

just us box wilderness date night

If you have made your nettle soup, now’s the time to sit and enjoy it in the soup containers that are included. After that is time for desert. Once you have the gel burner going, you can make some s’mores.

Included in the box is everything you need to make these tasty treats. They are so easy to make. Add some chocolate to a biscuit base, then toast off your marshmallow over the fire. Once the marshmallow is all golden brown place it onto of the chocolate for it to melt in, then top with another biscuit. Enjoy…. they are super yummy.

Campfire Entertainment

just us box wilderness date night

A large part of being by a camp fire is entertainment, often telling stories, playing games and singing. So included within the date night box are some dominoes and a book of ghost stories. Your date night guide has a couple of games for you to play. Plus there is a ‘Knaughty Knots’ guide, if you fancy having a play with tying each other up for some extra date night fun.

Another fabulous box, packed full of treats for the perfect at home date night. I can’t wait to make our shelter, enjoy some yummy s’mores and try some new knots…

…It might bring out my wild side.

 

*I was sent this box for review, all thoughts and opinions our my own*

 

Mummy in a Tutu

 

My Top 5 easy to make at home cocktails

easy to make at home cocktails

I love a great cocktail. Having worked in a cocktail bar in my younger days, I think my love for them has stuck with me. The cocktail bar was also the place I met my husband and built some life long friendships. Plus I learnt a few skills along the way.

My current favourite cocktail is a ‘Porn Star Martini’ packed full of passion fruit. It’s become popular over the last couple of years, and it can now be found in most bars that sell cocktails. However, my go to cocktail is a Mojito. It’s not difficult to make so most bars will have it on their menu.

Easy to make at home cocktails

I love to have friends round for a few drinks. Often it might just be a bottle (or two) of wine. Every now and then I like to show off my mixology skills with a few cocktails. I thought I would share with you my top 5 easy to make cocktails.

Mojito

easy to make at home mojito

  • Add 10 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 slices of lime to your glass.
  • ‘Muddle’ together to bring out the flavour of the mint.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 25ml (1 shot) of rum
  • top up with lemonade
  • Stir and enjoy.

Tequila Sunrise

easy to make tequila sunrise

  • Full your glass with ice cubes
  • Add 50ml (2 shots) of Tequila and 100ml of Orange juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain over the glass of ice.
  • Slowly add 20ml of Grenadine to the glass, it will drop to the bottom of the glass. It takes a bit of time, so be patient. It will look beautiful.
  • Enjoy

Woo-Woo

easy to make woo woo cocktail

  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 25ml (1 shot) of vodka and 25ml (1shot) of peach schnapps in to the glass and stir.
  • Top up glass with cranberry juice.
  • Enjoy
Long Island Iced Tea

easy to make long island iced tea

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add 25ml vodka, 25ml tequila, 25ml rum, 25ml gin, 25ml triple sec and 25ml sweet and sour mix into the shaker.
  • Shake well then strain over a glass of ice.
  • Top up with coke
  • Enjoy
Cosmopolitan

easy to make cosmopolitan

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add 37.5ml (1.5 shot) vodka, 12.5ml (1/2 shot) lime juice, 12.5ml triple sec, 25ml cranberry juice to the shaker.
  • Shake to mix and chill down the liquid.
  • Strain into cocktail glass.
  • Enjoy

They might be easy but they sure are yummy. Which one will you be trying?

 

*images from Pintrest*

Decorating your Home for Easter

decorating your home for Easter

Decorating your home for Easter

For the last couple of years I have had an Easter tree at our house. Much to my Hubby’s dislike. He just doesn’t see any need for decorating your home for Easter. I however, love it.

Decorating your home for Easter has become increasingly popular in recent years. With large department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser now stocking a lovely range of items.

Now you don’t just have to have bright coloured eggs or the children’s hand painted pictures or their hand made Easter bonnet around the house. However lovely the children’s items are. I like to think of it as Easter Chic……. whatever that is.

Easter Wreath

decorating your home for easter

I always have a door wreath hanging on the front door. Normally it’s a wicker heart with ribbons and the door number. It gets changed at Christmas. However this year I’m going to invest in one of the beautiful ones I’ve seen. They are great because they can be taken down and reused next year, defiantly an investment item.

The Easter Table

decorating your home for Easter

At Christmas I go all out with my table, gifts, candles, charger plates, place settings the works. At Easter I like to get out the plain white dinner plates, add a lovely table centre piece. I love to add jam jars filled with fresh spring flowers. I add small chocolate eggs or flowers to the plates for that special little touch.

Easter Decorations

decorating your home for easter

My dresser is well loved with things I’ve collected over the years….. junk as my hubby would say. Plus lovely little treasures the children have made. There is always space for more and at Easter its a great excuse to add something extra. I love the little nests filled with eggs, they can be added to the shelves or just laid out nicely. The beautiful large eggs added to candle sticks give a very luxurious feel, especially using pastel shades. I also love the wooden cut out bunny rabbits, they are not only very cute but they add that prettiness to my dresser, plus my daughter loves them.

Easter Tree

decorating your home for easter

I love an Easter tree. Twigs or a faux tree decorated with hanging eggs, little chickens and birds. Mine is a white faux tree that I bought from a local craft shop.  It’s location varies. Sometimes it’s on the dinning table, on the coffee table or on the dresser, depending on what’s going on at home. Making your Easter tree can be quite simple. Find some lovely twigs in the garden, some contorted hazel works well, place in a jug or vase and decorate. Quick and easy plus lovely to look at.

Easter Egg Hunt

decorating your home for Easter

We must not forget the all important Easter Egg Hunt. Each year we hold a hunt at our house. We invite 3 of my god children along with their parents, my sister, brother and his partner, then a few other friends. It has become a bit of an annual tradition, which is full of chocolate and fun. I go out in the morning and hide the eggs, chocolate bunnies and little sweeties around the garden. My daughter is the only girl among the boys, she loves wearing cute little bunny ears and collecting what treats she can find after the older boys have rampaged through our garden. They all have cute little buckets that I bought in Marks and Spencer last year. Although the 3 older boys now 9, 7 and 6 are not so impressed with the buckets, they happily carry them collect up the goodies. Plus it’s Easter so they don’t have much choice.

Adding Easter decorations to your home doesn’t have to be expensive, there are lots of ways to cut down costs but making things your self. Pop over to see my Pinterest board for lots of great DIY Easter ideas.

 

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