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Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

It’s no secret that I love stationery, I mean really love stationery. I find myself buying items all the time, I now don’t think I will need another note book for about five years. However that doesn’t stop me buying more items to add to my collection of gorgeous things.

I have found recently that I love writing in fountain pen, I used to love my Parker fountain pens at school and when I was at training college my Hubby bought me one for taking notes with, its now 11 year old and hidden in the depts of my draw. However, now you can get a disposable fountain pen, which means no buying ink cartridges and loosing them and buying more only to find that 100 pack you bought a couple of days later. Made my life so much easier.

Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

Like I say I love note books, and Tangible Stationery have a fabulous range of gorgeous note books. Now, we all spend so much time on our screens, there is an app for just about everything, so we don’t even have to take a pen with us anywhere.

For me, I love having a note pad with me to be able to quickly jot something down. Putting pen to paper for me is a relaxing thing to do, it stops me looking at the screen of my iPhone adding notes to my apps. Plus I love being able to cross something out that isn’t suitable.

Matidla Myres produces lovely note books and diaries, I love this pink and green, rose gold foiled note books. The pages are ivory in colour and lined, with lovely rounded edges. Plus they look so pretty. The note books have a luxury feel to them, no cheap see through pages, which is great for a fountain pen lover like me. I also like that each page has a little box at the bottom so you are able to number the pages to suit your plans for the note book.

Lists made easy

I love to make lists and for me I love a magnetic note pad that sticks to the fridge, I write down things that need replacing when I do the next food shop. Or I will make lists of items I need to remember for a day out or a holiday, birthday party I really love a list. This gorgeous teal gift set from Matilda Myres, includes a lovely bright floral note book and the perfect fridge note book.

I really like the products available at Tangible Stationery, I just hope they start to expend the product range to include other items. If the quality and style of other items matches the note books, it would the place to for all of your stationery needs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more products.

Are you a stationery lover? What is your favourite stationery item?

 

*Thank you Tangible Stationery for sending me out these items to include within my post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Lighting up my desk with First Choice Lighting

I love working at my gorgeous vintage bureau, it’s been my blogging home for a few months now. After finding it on gumtree, however because it has been located in my living room, it has also become home to my now, old and in much need of replacing table lamp. As much as I love a table lamp it just doesn’t give out the right amount of light for a working desk during the evenings.

When First Choice Lighting got in touch to see if I would like one of their lamps, it was the perfect time to find a lovely desk lamp. I had fallen in love with their gorgeous tiffany lamps, however they just wouldn’t be quite right to give off the light needed for my working desk.

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I choose a lovely Cream Gloss Porcelain Desk Lamp, it has a brushed chrome finish and is adjustable to the angle you need. The lamp has a lovely cream gloss porcelain lamp shade and base. The switch is on the cable, so you just have to make sure that it is easily accessible.

This desk lamp is perfect on my bureau, with it’s adjustable lamp I am able to change it’s position to suit my working needs. It also has been used on the side table that I have for a reading lamp. It gives of the right amount of light for reading, especially as you are able to adjust the lamps positioning.

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My son, has now asked for one for his bedroom. Although it’s a traditional style desk lamp, it also has warehouse feel to it, with the brushed chrome making it appeal to so many different styles.

I love my me desk lamp, what do you think?

 

*Thank you for First Choice Lighting for sending me this fabulous desk lamp. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Menu tasting at The Grosvenor Casino in Nottingham

Have you ever been to a casino? Well up until last week, I hadn’t. I always thought about them as either very posh, tuxedos and cocktail dresses (very Oceans 11) or as dark, grotty, seedy places that women generally don’t go. How very wrong I was!

The Grosvenor Casino in Nottingham, invited me and 3 friends to spend an evening with them, to see what a modern casino is really like and to try out their new menu. I invited 3 of my closet friends, who had not been to a casino before either.

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The Grosvenor Casino in Nottingham

We arrived to be greeted by the manager Daren Brain, who gave us a tour and explained that he worked on the refurbishment of the old casino. The refurbishment saw big changes within the casino, a restaurant, a bar area with large screens for sporting events, the addition of sectioning off areas for VIP’s or private events. An open space for American Roulette, blackjack, punto banko, Texas Hold’em cash game tables and the online roulette gaming machines. There was also a balcony with a couple of outside slot machines, so the smokers can play while outside. Not forgetting the double license for additional slot machines, spilt over two areas, in the more lively area by the tables and a quieter area at the other side of the reception.

I was surprised by how inviting the whole place was, lots of space, chairs and tables for sitting to enjoy a meal or watching something on the big screen. The reception area was large, with a very inviting bar in eye sight. The casino area was large, plenty of space to stand around the tables, with a VIP area that is closed off when they have high rollers in or hired out for events.

To mark it’s 1st anniversary of opening, Daren and the team have launched a new meal and cocktail menu, which we came to try out.

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Cocktails

We ordered cocktails and were shown to our table for dinner, the restaurant area had a luxurious modern feel it to. As you know I love a nice cocktail so seeing a menu full of different ones I would like to try is always good. They arrived and we all enjoyed them, I choose a ‘Passion Fruit Martini’ and two girls went for the ‘Raspberry Lynchburg Lemonade’ and driver went for the ‘Virgin Colada’ all great cocktails. I generally stick to Champagne or Prosecco based cocktails and I haven’t found one I don’t like yet. Looking back I’m not sure why we only had one cocktail each, we should have ordered more, they all looked delicious. 

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New menu tasting

While enjoying the cocktails we looked at the menu. The restaurant manager recommended the calamari and the buttermilk chicken for starters then the fillet steaks for main course. Plus a bottle of rosé to enjoy with it.

We decided that we would choose 4 different starters so we could all try a bit of everything. We ordered nachos, salt and pepper dusted fried calamari, fried cajun buttermilk chicken strips and tender slow cooked pork ribs. Which all arrived in a good time and tasted amazing the calamari was the best I had eaten, I would definitely order those again and not share them. As a group we were all happy with the starters and really enjoyed eating them. 

For our main courses, we all found it quite difficult to choose something because there was lots of choice and all sounded very appealing. In the end I went for the 7oz fillet steak, cooked well done, with a Caesar dressing over the lettuce side and the red wine sauce for the steak. One of the others also opted for a fillet steak cooked medium rare, with a blue cheese dressing over the lettuce side and the bourbon sauce. The other two girls chose the classic double beef burger, they both added cheese. The four of us also went for sides of fresh vegetables and onion rings.

The steaks were both cooked perfectly to our individual likings. I have so many times had to return a steak when it has not been cooked through enough for me. This was perfect! The sauce that came with both of the steaks were also delicious, we all tried both of them. I loved them both and would struggle to choose between then if I was to order another steak. The girls burgers were fabulous, really big, loads of extras inside the bun along with chips and whatever sauces your fancied. They were burgers that my Hubby would be really impressed by and he likes a BIG burger.

After our main courses we ordered puddings, the restaurants staff recommended the waffles, but we all went for something else. Two of us ordered the peach and raspberry cheesecake, I love a cheesecake. The others went for the three berry mousse cake and the salted caramel chocolate roulade. The deserts were all delicious, we sampled each others not wanting to miss out. I was not disappointed with cheesecake, it was lovely. Although when Darren came over and spoke about the waffles I kind of wish I had ordered them instead.

Ask any of my friends, I am definitely one for sending food back if I don’t feel it is up to standard, I am also well known for making complaints if the service isn’t up to standard or the staff have poor attitudes. So for me to go out for a meal and genuinely be 100% happy with everything is quite unusual, and I found this at the Grosvenor and believe me, even I was surprised.

Our Casino Lesson

After our meals we headed for a lesson on the American Roulette boards, the casino is the only one in the country that offers the colour changing roulette wheel. I did not have a clue. I know literally nothing roulette. However after an enjoyable 30 minute lesson we all came away thinking we knew a little bit more about it all. I seemed to do really well with the winnings while having our practice lessons, I just seem to wing it enough to win lots of chips, unfortunately they did not transfer into piles of money. We moved over to a quite blackjack lesson, which was easier to understand however I was rubbish at it. A couple of the girls seemed to really have the knack of it.

Once we had finished our practice lessons, on to the boards we went…… well, honestly we went to the online roulette boards. They just seemed less intimidating than live tables with lots of people around then that all seemed to know what they were doing. It was so much fun just having a go on a few numbers, or black and red. We played for about an hour or so between us and I came away 45p up. Which for someone who had never even stepped foot in a casino before or really even played a game of cards other than snap or rummy I think I did ok.

After our evening of amazing food and drinks, plus all the excitement of winning 45p we heading home. Each one of us throughly enjoyed our evening with Daren and team, they made us feel welcome and even though non of us had a clue about casino games they were more than happy to give us lessons. We all came away saying that we would go again, for food, drinks and also roulette, we might even take our partners along.

Although I hadn’t really thought about it before as a hen party location. I really think it would be a great laugh. Head there for a fabulous meal, cocktails, enjoy the atmosphere of the casino before heading into the city with a group of girls. Daren said it is quite popular with hen parties but as you would guess very popular with stag parties.

Thank you to Daren and the team at The Grosvenor Casino in Nottingham for having us all along for the evening. I look forward to coming back again one day soon.

 

Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Mother’s Day is almost here again, it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since last years. Mother’s day in our house often consists of the Hubby being at work and me spending the day with the children. Sometimes we will head to the local National Trust property for the children to burn off some steam and get some fresh air. If the Hubby is at home we will generally go for a nice walk with the dogs and he will (with my help) cook a lovely roast dinner.

As it’s Mother’s Day we always try to make it a bit more special, I love that both the children are still young enough to make lots of things at school and pre-school, cards, pictures and vast array of other wonderful items. I always keep the things the children make, my dresser is just as full of their creations as it is my ever growing collection of Emma Bridgewater pottery. Not only do I receive my little darlings wonderful creations, I also get cards and gifts. Some years it can just be flowers other years it can be host of delightful gifts.

There are so many lovely online shops now that it is difficult to find one that offers gorgeous items, at good prices with great customer service. I have placed orders with the lovely Lisa Angel a few times over the last couple of years, gifts for friends and personalised items for my little girl who loves the cutest things.

This Mother’s Day Lisa Angel have sent me a some gorgeous items to help make my Mothers Day extra special.

Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Lisa Angel’s web site is a place you can get lost in, just looking at all of the fabulous things they have to offer, it was really difficult to choose just a couple of items. In the end I chose these as my top picks for Mothers Day.

Peas in a pod

I have seen a few people with a pea in a pod necklace, often made within one metal and each pea representing people you love. It could be for best friends, your brothers and sisters or like me my little family of four peas. However, it could be you just love peas.

What really draw me to this rose gold ‘Peas in a Pod’ necklace was that each pea is a different colour, making it much clearer to me that it holds a representation for different people. You are able to order this necklace with varying amounts of peas, from two to four. It also is available in just silver if you would prefer that. My necklace cost £22 and came in a cute little box and mounted on a card.

Mummy Scarf

I love a scarf, I have more than I could ever possibly need, however I just keep adding more to my already over flowing box. I do however wear them all, it’s not often that I don’t have a scarf with me, even through the summer months I will add scarf to a vest top and jeans combo.

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I spotted this lovely ‘Starry Nights Watercolour Cloud’ scarf that costs £20. Your also able to personalise the scarf with up to 30 letters. I just loved the fresh spring colours, perfect for a Mother’s day gift. Time to hopefully pack away the big winter scarfs and get out the lighter weight ones.

I chose to have Mummy added to mine, it’s in gold scripted letters that is just enough to stand out but not so it is in your face obvious.  The scarf is large, which for me is perfect, I really love large scarfs, I think they are much more versatile.

Family Memory box

For years people have had memory boxes of some kind, for children’s birth or just to keep special items in. However generally they are hidden away in the cupboard filled with cards like a few I have, I have an issue with throwing important cards, invitations, newspaper clippings, tickets and god knows what else that I think I must keep. Much to my Hubby’s disgust.

However I have loved the idea of having a memory box on display. Something you can just pop in the cinema tickets or the train tickets, or even the tickets to Lego land or a leaflet of a place we have visited. Anything that makes memories for our family however big or small. Maybe even at the end of the year empty it as a family to remember the adventures for the year.

While looking through I found this lovely personalised ‘Family Memory Frame’, it’s simple but just right for filling with our memories. It has a slot at the top in the frame where you are able to easily pop your bits through, then the back opens up to remove any things when its fill.

This memory frame is a wonderful gift for any Mummy for mother’s day.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day gift be? Whatever your doing for Mother’s Day, I hope you have a lovely day.

 

*thank you Lisa Angel for sending me these beautiful items. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*