Whistle while you work, with VQ

When I worked in a office, we always had the radio on. Each day we would tune in to various different radio stations with the aerial at different heights and angles to try and get some kind of sound. It was great to be able to work while listening to music. It’s been years since I worked in a office, but recently I have been trying to sort out my home office space. I found my dream vintage bureau on gumtree for £25 a couple of months ago. As yet I have not even sat down to work at it, I continue to sit in our arm chair balancing my MacBook on my lap or on the arm of the chair.

So this weekend the Mother-in-law had the children for a couple of hours, the Hubby was out, so I used the opportunity to sort out my beloved desk. To make it somewhere that I could happily work that was space just for me. Not forgetting to find space for my new retro style radio to sit.

VQ Radio

When VQ got in touch with me to ask if I would like to bring music back into my daily life, instead of just in the car or listening to various disney songs. How could I say no?

VQ are a purely British company, designed and engineered in the UK. It’s great because so many companies now out source across the globe, so it’s lovely to work with a purely British company.

My VQ Radio

I love the retro style, I have lots of vintage items in our home, so the VQ style is perfect for me. A vintage style with all the mod cons. Retro vintage DAB digital radios that come with built in blue tooth speakers and even docking stations. I opted for the Hepburn MKII which is a DAB digital radio with build in blue tooth speakers and a USB charging port. The Hepburn is available in 18 different designs, so there is going to be something that you fall in love with. I chose the Emma Bridgewater Wallflower design, as I love Emma Bridgewater items and especially the Wallflower.

Since my radio has arrived, I have found myself sitting at my newly organised desk listening to various digital radio stations that I have never listen to before. While working away in a much more productively. The sound quality from my VQ Hepburn MKII radio is excellent, so clear I’ve not had any issues with it finding radio stations. I have also used the bluetooth function to play some music from my iPhone, again something that I have never done before. You are able to buy an add on battery pack, which will give you 25 hours of listening time. Which is perfect for taking out in to the garden during the summer months when I’m doing abit of gardening, or enjoying the sun with a BBQ.

Having my new VQ radio has completely changed my music listening and made me more focused to sit at my desk and work while choosing a radio station. I always love Chris Moyles when he was on Radio 1, I used to listen to him every morning while traveling to work or on the school run, now I am able to listen to him again on Radio X, I couldn’t be happier.

The lovelies at VQ have given me a Hepburn MKII radio to give away to one of my lovely followers, this time I am trying something a bit different for me and doing a really simple twitter give away. Simply follow me, VQ and retweet for your chance to win. Pop over to twitter now just follow the link below. Good Luck.

T’s & C’s – you have until midnight on Sunday 10th September to enter, VQ are responsible for sending out the prize, no monetary alternative, UK entrants only, you must be over 18 to enter.

*Thank you VQ for my beautiful Hepburn MKII, I love it. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Top 10 amazing things to do in Tokyo

When we think of Tokyo, many of us picture a bustling, packed and technology infesting city. You wouldn’t be wrong, as Tokyo is the hub for many amazing and innovative technological discoveries such as talking robots and Pokemon (just kidding). But there is actually a lot more to see and do in this fantastic destination than you’d think, and we are going to take a look at some of them now. By the end of this post, you’ll want to add Tokyo to your ultimate travel bucket list.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park and Gardens which was originally the residence of the Naitō family during the Edo Period. It is full of beautiful plants and flowers and is a relaxing place to take a picnic.

Sensoji Temple

An ancient Buddhist temple which is located in Asakusa, Senso-Ji is a popular tourist attraction amongst many. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, built in the year 628. This place has an impressive history and remains one of the most important landmarks in the city of Tokyo.

Asakusa

Located on Nakamise Street close to the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa is home to an array of craft shops, food vendors and places to buy souvenirs.

Ueno Park

This large park sits by the Ueno Station and is the first westernised park in the city. It is one of the most prolific cherry blossom spots in the capital and contains a stunning array of flora.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

A museum dedicated to the Edo period of history, this building was erected in 1993 and holds a host of scale replicas of the towns and building from that point in time.

Tokyo Tower

With an Eiffel Tower inspired structure, this communications tower is an impressive addition to the surrounding landscape. There are two observation decks located on the tower, one which stands at 150m, and another which is at 249.6m for the more adventurous.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Shoken. It is a beautiful area and is visited by many to pay their respects to the fallen emperor.

Chidorigafuchi

You may know that Japan is associated with Cherry Blossom, and this park has an abundance of them surrounding the area. It is located around the moat of the imperial palace and contains a cemetery, river, and path for walking.

Samurai Museum

The world of the Samurai is highly interesting and historical. These weren’t just any soldiers, they put honour before everything. This museum shows an in-depth insight into the lives of these soldiers and even allows you to see the armour and swords used by these warriors.

Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongi hills)

This stunning location allows you to see a full panoramic view of the city of Tokyo from an observation deck. You’ll want to bring your camera with you for this one.

Now that you know what this city has to offer, why not book some cheap flights to Tokyo and tick off another item on your bucket list?

 

 

Summer drinks with Fentimans and giveaway

Although we are coming towards the end of August, I feel like its the middle of the Autumn already. I have today seen rain, sun, thunderstorms and even a hail storm……. it’s August. We should be enjoying the beautiful British sunshine, the long summer evenings sat in the garden with friends sharing a bbq and drinks.

So, in hopes of keeping the summer alive before it really has disappeared for another year, I thought I would cheer myself up with some summery drinks.

Summer Drinks With FentimansAs my regular readers will know, I love a cocktail. More recently with the nation becoming fans of Gin along with my hubby, I have become partial to a gin and tonic of an evening. Having mentioned over on Twitter my need for Gin over the summer holidays. When our wonderful children’s halo’s have slipped one to many times in a day or even an hour.

I find that sometimes the most simple drinks to make are the most delicious and my two summer favourites are so simple, quick and easy. Perfect for making in multiple numbers or even in a large jar drinks dispenser so friends can just get a top up when needed.

Summer Drinks With Fentimans

Fentimans, if you haven’t heard of them……. then where have you been hiding? Make an amazing range of botanically brewed drinks. They started in 1905 with botanically brewed ginger beer delivering it door to door in stone bottles. Over 100 years later they are in glass bottles with so many different flavours to choose from. I love that Fentimans have kept that vintage feel to their bottles and labelling, plus their website also has that vintage style with a look back at their history for everyone to see.

Summer Gin & Rose Lemonade

Fentimans make a lovely Rose Lemonade, light sparkling drink that mixes perfectly with gin. It has become one of my favourite drinks this summer since discovering it earlier in the Spring. It’s so easy get a nice big glass, fill with ice add a measure or two of gin and top the glass up with the Rose Lemonade. Tastes amazing looks amazing and just a little bit too easy to drink.

Summer Gin & Wild English Elderflower

The Wild English Elderflower not only is it a great mixer with gin but it is also fabulous to drink on it’s own. The children love it too. Much like the Gin & Rose Lemonade, grab a glass add some ice, gin and top it up with Fentimans Wild English Elderflower. Making the perfect summer drink.

What do you think to my summer gin drinks?

As the Rose Lemonade has become a regular in my fridge, the lovely team at Fentimans are giving one of my readers the chance to win a case of Rose Lemonade for you to be able to make your very own Summer drinks. Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s:- UK entrants only, must be over 18 years old. Distribution of the prize is the responsibility of Fentimans. Competition closing 19/09/2017. Good luck everyone.

Love your Mum…

As we all get older and journey through our adult lives, we might find that our contact with our family dwindles. Sometimes, building our own family, balancing a life and career as well as keep on top form regarding our own personal romances or duties can make us simply forget those we love. This isn’t due to any form of incompetency, or even maliciousness, it’s simply what happens when we have so much to think about in one day that there aren’t enough hours to fit it all in. You might find that your relationship to one of your parents might have fallen off in recent years. It’s up to you as a child to rekindle it.

Remember, we all owe our parents much. They taught us the framework for how we operate in the world now, and they kept us safe and fed as children. As such, it’s only right that we make use of our own personal ability to maintain our relationship. This guide will focus on the mother’s of our lives. Mothers bring us into the world, shower us with maternal affection and love, and think about us often. These tips will help you keep them as a prominent force in your life, and help them feel loved, cherished and desired, which they of course always are.

Spend time together

Your most valuable resource in any field of life is your time, and so choosing to spend it with your mother will no doubt help her feel desired and loved. You don’t need to plan anything significant around it, or even leave your or her home. Sometimes, grabbing a cup of tea and cakes from the local cafe is enough.

Sometimes, inviting them to a simple walk around the shops is enough. Spending the time is key, no matter if you simply sit on the sofa and watch a bad television movie together. It will never escape her that you are making the effort, and she will love you for it, especially when ageing. If you can, make sure that you organise any siblings you have around meeting your mother as well, because she will desire more than anything to see you all in the same place and doing well by one another.

Treat her

Sometimes the only way we can truly show our appreciation is by purchasing our parent gifts that show how much we truly care. It doesn’t matter what form of gift you buy, but purchasing it from a classy retailer such as cuckooland can help you find the most suitable items within a certain theme, and can help you provide that ‘wow factor’ with unique items that might not be found in your local shopping mall. It shows you have gone the extra mile to source something quirky that you believe she will enjoy.

Listen to her

Your mother is your mother, and she always will be. As such, she will probably either voice advice often or at least want to. This might seem annoying or unwarranted sometimes, but it’s most likely never done out of maliciousness. It’s simply the maternal urge that she will never lose, and you will no doubt relate to this if you have children of your own. In this case, listening to her will at least help her feel like you take her words with significance, even if you don’t act on them.

Keeping on top of these tips will help you nurture the relationship to your mother throughout all of your adulthood, and it will stay strong as you both age.