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.

How to pick the perfect engagement ring…

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Although your mind is probably running with all of the different things that you’ve got to plan, there’s one thing that you may want to sort out before you start on your wedding planning checklist. And that’s to pick out your perfect engagement ring. Sometimes, your now fiancé will have chosen something for you, but when he wants you to choose something for yourself, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make. Not only are you going to want to find something that you love, but you’re also going to want to choose a ring that will last you a lifetime.

Do some research…

First of all, to get you off on the right foot, you’re going to want to make sure that you do some research. So head to a range of informative sites such as Your Diamond Guru that can help you out. When you first think about choosing your ring, you can feel a bit overwhelmed. There are so many different rings that you could think about getting, that it’s possible you’re not entirely sure which will be the one for you. But by doing some research, you’ll be able to narrow things down.

Choose the metal band…

With your mind a little more clued up on all of your options, it’s time to start making some firmer choices. The first of which is going to be your choice of metal. Whether you go for silver, gold, or platinum, you may also want to think about the colour – especially when it comes to gold. With gold, you could go for white gold, yellow gold, or even rose gold. So, you’re going to want to choose a colour that suits your style and taste the most.

Choose the cut of the diamond…

Now that you’ve got the color and metal chosen, you’re also going to want to think about the shape of the diamond itself, known as the cut. There are lots of diamond cuts that you could consider, based on your own preferences. Whether you like the classic square shape or a more modern pear, you’re going to want to figure out what shapes you like the most to help narrow down your search.

Maybe even the colour of the stone…

You may also want to think about the colour of the diamond too. A lot of the time, you’ll see a lot of clear diamonds used within engagement rings. But they are not your own choice. Coloured diamonds can look just as stunning too. You may even decide that you want to go with an emerald or a sapphire, rather than a diamond itself.

Think about your budget…

By narrowing down your preferences on the metal, diamond cut, and color, you’re getting a lot closer to finding your perfect engagement ring. But now, the rest you should choose based on your budget. To some, the clarity and carat size of the diamond will matter, but not to everyone. So make sure you stick to your budget when you’re making these final choices on your diamond engagement ring.

 

London hen party fun

When most people think of hen parties, they tend to think of ladies getting a little messy on a wild weekend away. However, some people prefer to keep things classier and more sophisticated. Whether you’re a bridesmaid accommodating a bride with more refined tastes or you’re the bride-to-be taking control, London is one of the best places for a hen party that’s a little bit better in just about every way.

London Hen Party

Bridesmaid duties…

We don’t choose bridesmaids just because they’re some of the people closest in the world to us. They’re supposed to help us and in organising the hen party they can be of a lot of help. London’s a big city and it can get confusing, so make sure bridesmaids are each playing a role in coordination with each other. One can be in charge of finding accommodation closest to the things the bride wants to do, for instance, while another organises the use of the city’s extensive public transport system, making it easier by buying Oyster cards.

Let’s go shopping…

Beyond an entertainment and nightlife mecca, London is one of the fashion capitals of the UK. Everyone getting themselves a little extra to take home with them is going to ensure that they’re getting more than they might have expected from the trip. You don’t have to urge anyone to spend, of course. You can make it a little easier if you’re taking some of the London shopping tours that stop by some of the smaller boutiques or even thrift shops instead of just the high-street famous brands. In London, so long as you’re in the right area, you’ll be able to find good additions for just about any price.

Just the girls

The nightlife is not something to be underestimated in the city, either. There’s a whole range of classy, sophisticated bars and lively clubs to be found. If you want to make it truly special, however, skip mingling with the locals. Think about more exclusive nightlife options like getting on the Cuckoo club guest list in advance. You don’t want your time together spoiled by people hitting on the bridesmaids or losing some of the party in amongst the crowd. Instead, treat yourself to a little pampering and special treatment from the staff. The high-end clubs can make you feel like a star, even if it is for a night.

Day time fun

The city is best experienced for more than just a night. If you can organise it, make sure you have plenty of time to explore it in the day, as well. Not just for the shopping but the sheer amount of entertainment, often free, that’s available on the streets. If you want to keep the high-flying air of sophistication up, for instance, stopping by the Globe Theatre or having a day at the May Fair Spa is always recommended.

London gives you the chance to experience a hen party like nowhere else in the UK. Whether it’s enjoying the pleasures of an exclusive club with just your favourite ladies for company or exploring the wealth of daytime activities the city has to offer.