Discovering drinks, why not try a new tipple

We all need to drink to survive, but it’s not the only reason we do it. Water is essential to stay healthy, but coffee, lemonade, and gin aren’t quite as necessary. We drink them because we like the taste and because they make us feel good too. Sometimes though, you can get bored of the things you drink. Maybe you always have the same orange juice, tea or wine. If you want to be more adventurous, there are lots of ways you can expand your horizons and try something new. Try some of these ideas to discover some new drinks you’ve never had before but could become firm favourites.

Go Out and Choose at Random

If you’re pretty open to trying new things, there’s no need to hold back. One of the best ways to discover something new is just to go for it and choose something that sounds good. Go out to your favourite pub, bar, cafe or just supermarket and choose something you’ve never had before. It could be a new brand of a drink you know you like, a different wine label you’ve never tried. Or it could be a completely different drink you’ve never had in any form, from the normal to the slightly more unusual.

Read Reviews and Recommendations

Sometimes, you might not be sure of where to start. Perhaps you’re slightly more wary of trying things at random, especially if you don’t want to waste your money. In this case, the best thing to do might be to find reviews and recommendations to guide you. Start by thinking of what you know you like and look for similar things. If you like Saké, you might find a Kikori whisky review that suggests you should try it too. As well as looking online, talk to your friends and maybe even ask an expert. For example, a restaurant’s sommelier (wine waiter) will recommend a good wine for you.

Look for Fun Recipes

Drinks don’t just have to be straight out of the bottle. Mixing and making drinks is a lot of fun too, and they don’t have to be alcoholic cocktails. Try looking for recipes you can try if you want to get creative. Start with an ingredient you like, whether it’s an alcoholic drink or a soft drink. Then look for recipes that contain that ingredient so you can discover new things to drink with it. From those new ingredients you find you like, you can explore even more flavours.

Go on a Tasting Trip

If you feel like a day out, a tasting of some new drinks is a great idea. You can visit a brewery or distillery to taste their drinks, or you can attend an event at a restaurant, bar or cafe. Tasting events give you the chance to try several different drinks and combinations to find what you like. Some of them come with food pairings too, which is useful for discovering what they go well with.

Don’t let yourself get bored of what you drink. Explore what’s available and discover something new.

Wedding planning with Rooi and give away

When I first got engaged I was so excited to start with the planning of the wedding. As my regular readers will know I love stationary, so it should be no surprise to you that finding a note book for planning my wedding was top of the list.

I love finding a fabulous new company that fills my heart with joy and my bank account with dread. Somewhere that I can spend one to many hours looking at beautiful items, while the children are in bed. Rooi offer me everything I want, beautiful gifts for my friends (and me. Items for the home, some of their bedding ranges are stunning, I cannot wait to move house to splash out on them. Then items for my home office but for any office adding that little something a bit luxurious and special. Not forgetting a great range of Katie Spade items for weddings.

Wedding Planning With Rooi

Wedding planning with Rooi

I had seen Rooi over on both Twitter and Instagram. Filling my feeds with the most beautiful items for both your home and your office. While browsing their website I fell in love with a floral range that they stock by BAN.DO. The rose parade is perfect for wedding planning, especially as it has the beautiful floral feel that so many brides to be are after at the moment. Note books, pens, pencil cases, water bottles, even a matching gym bag, so you can hit the gym in style.

I love lists and making your wedding check list is one of the most important ones you could possibly make. So, take some time to yourself, make a drink and head out in the garden sit down and start planning. I always think that having the the right equipment is all part of the fun. When it comes to the right equipment for wedding planning, I think this BAN.DO collect is perfect.

A beautiful note book, set of pretty pens. A lovely pencil case, not only good for your pretty pens but for all of the business cards you will pick up visiting wedding shows. Then a thermal drinks holder for when you are heading out to visit different companies to keep the caffeine levels topped up when making those important decisions.

What do you think to my wedding planning collection? I love it, the quality of the items is fabulous and I would highly recommend ordering items from Rooi. In fact I have my eyes on some of their photo frames that I plan to order soon.

Win a my Rooi collection worth over £50

Would you like to get your hands on this gorgeous wedding planning bundle from Rooi? Well you can do just that by entering the rafflecopter below. Good luck my lovelies.


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*This post was made in collaboration with Rooi, thank you for sending me out this beautiful collection. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Up dating your living room walls

As our living rooms or lounges, as they are often known are where we tend to spend a lot of time, it’s definitely worth investing a bit of money and effort into making them the best space possible.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to update your living room area with a few clever touches to the walls. Touches like colour blocking, patterned wall paper, decorative features and picture shelves. To get the details on how to do this, keep reading.

Colour blocking

One way to update your living room wall is to use coloured paint. It’s simple to apply and relatively cheap regarding wall treatments. As well as being available pretty much all over the place.

The real key paint look this year is colour blocking, see the great example at House and Garden. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to DIY. First, pick two colours, or three if you are feeling brave, that you like and that compliment each other well. See the colour wheel at Sophie Robinson for some advice if you not sure.

Then you need to decide how much of the room will be painted in each shade. Bear in mind that colour blocking is usually done on the horizontal line, so if the room is already broken up with a picture rail.

Then prepare the walls as you normally would for painting by removing any paper and debris. After that, the next step is to mask off the bottom section of the wall, so it’s protected from any drips from when you paint the top. Then you paint the top section, once it’s dry, you can go in with the other colour along the bottom. Giving you a bold, dramatic look for a minimal effort.

Wall paper and patterns

Painted walls, however, are not to everyone’s taste. Something that is proved by the continued popularity of products such as the wallpapers available at Fabrics and Papers.

Of course, to get a truly updated look, you need to choose a paper pattern that is bang on trend.  Black or white, foiled marbled papers in gold and rose gold are a good choice for this, as are feature walls in geometric prints in either rainbow colours or monotone. This is because a room fully decked out in this type of pattern can be a bit overwhelming.

Although, if you are concerned that the trends change faster than you can keep up with them, it may be worth considering the innovation of removable wall paper. Something that you can apply without all the hassle of paste. Then just take off and replace with something else when you get bored or want to change the look.

Decorative features

Also remember that when you are updating your living room, it’s not all about the actual walls themselves, but what you hang on them such as art and decorative features.

While we will deal with traditional framed art below, it’s also worth mentioning that you can get some stunning effects with sculptural wall mounted pieces. In fact, you can even get radiators that are shaped in sculptural forms like the honeycomb version available from online. So not only are you getting something beautiful to look at, but it’s also serving a practical purpose in your home as well.

Framed Art

With regards to the more traditional framed art that you can hang on your wall, it’s the actual decision-making process, where people often experience problems. After all, you have to pick something that you love, and that will look great displayed on the wall, as well as an image and frame that is within your budget.

Although, there is another way to address this issue, and that is using a picture shelf. Something that is very popular at the moment. A picture shelf is usually a free floating shelf with a dip running along it. So you can stand frames images up to display them.

This idea work especially well if you use A3, A4, and postcard sized frames that fit in with you general decor. Then you can easily, and cheaply download and print new images from sites like etsy depending on what’s in fashion, what you like, and the type of ambiance you are trying to create. Something that is way easier than replacing and re-hanging all the artwork that is on the wall, every time you fancy a change.

In these ways, you can live it up at home, by updating your living room walls. Creating a modern and pleasant space, in which to spend your time.

How will you update your living room walls?


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.*