Little bit of Luxury

I love a little bit luxury, something that adds a elegance and shows high quality. Every girl needs some luxury in their life.

The perfect tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

I love nothing more than a cup of tea. I even take a travel mug of tea with me on the school run. But it’s just not the same as drinking loose leaf tea from a tea pot in a lovely mug and with a slice of cake. What could be better?

I always think that loose leaf tea tastes so much better than that in a bag, however it’s not often that I have a pot of tea. I’m normally so busy it goes cold so I normally stick to a bag and a mug.

Tea and cake with Maxwell and Williams

Maxwell and Williams have recently launched their autumn/winter collection and were kind enough to send me a couple of gorgeous items from the collection. Including a cute little pink teapot, with a matching mug from their gorgeous Tint stoneware range and a serving platter from the Artisan collection. Perfect for having tea and cake.

The teapot in Rose has a build in loose leaf tea infuser, plus it works as a leaf strainer so you do not have to worry about having one of those as well. I love the shade of pink, it’s a pastel dusky pink shade. It is also light weight, even though it is stoneware, and very easy to take apart for cleaning and easy to load with your tea leaf of choice. Although it is not the normal vintage style china tea pot with a little lid that no doubt I would drop and break, I actually love the modern style and yet it feels traditional to be using a tea pot.

The matching snug mug also in Rose, really is snug as it sits beautifully within your hand. It the perfect mug for cuddling on a cold winters day in front of the fire. Both hands fit around curves, plus it also has that beautiful dusky pink shade that I love so much.

The Artisan serving platter is a gorgeous bespoke item. It has a lovely pink shade to it, so although it is not part of the Tint collection I actually think the items sit beautifully together. The platter has a crackle glaze finish, which looks beautiful and very unique, using the crackle glaze technique it means that each item within the Artisan collection is unique. I love it. As the platter is also not a traditional circle or oval shape, it is more of a tear drop. It means I can add cake and still have space to place the knife or add a pot of hummus if I was using it as a bread board.

I am going to make sure that I incorporate my cute little Tint tea pot and mug into my everyday life. It will be my companion while sat at my desk working from home each day. Do you use a tea pot or do you just go for a bag in a mug?

 

*Thank you Maxwell and Williams for gifting me this stunning items, they are now a firm favourite in my house.*

Luxury travel for all with Niche Retreats

I love a little bit of luxury in my life, but for so many people they hear the word luxury and think expensive. Adding luxury to your life doesn’t always have to be expensive. Heading away on holiday or a weekend break for me is about finding a a beautiful place to stay. Sometimes you just need to get away from everyday life and relax with a little bit of luxury.

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Finding a holiday that is not only luxurious but also affordable for all, really isn’t as difficult as people think. Niche Retreats is the perfect place to start looking for that luxury break that is affordable. It could be you are looking for a romantic break away or organising something for the whole extended family or a large group of friends. Niche Retreats offers it all. From a couple to a group of 50 people.

A couple of years ago I was tasked with finding a property that was big enough to house all of the Hubby’s family including all four of his step brothers, sister, partners, children and dog. In total their was 17 of us going and at the time 4 dogs, it was really difficult to find somewhere within the school holidays that was affordable for everyone but also big enough and would take the dogs.

I started to look about 18 months before we were going and although I booked it just over 12 months before the holiday it was a struggle. We ended up a place that was large enough for us all, a good location to a beach however it wasn’t really a luxury property. Now the family has extended even more, we have more children, more partners and we have 9 dogs between us all. Not that we would now take that many dogs away.

Luxury for larger families or groups

I thought finding something that would be suitable for everyone almost impossible. However, with Niche Retreats they had many luxurious yet affordable options for us. I thought I would share my favourite with you.

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Tregoninny Farmhouse and Barns is located near the beautiful village of Tresillian, Cornwall. Set in it’s own private woodland and farm and only 2 miles from Truro. The farmhouse and barns sleep 22 people, 11 in the farm house and 11 in the barn and welcomes 5 dogs. Not only would Tregoninny be more than large enough for my Hubby’s family it has that luxurious feel that I look for. Believe me, spending a week away with his family needs a bit of luxury and a lot of gin to help me get through it.

The farmhouse and barns has large dinning areas, beautiful sitting rooms, so much outdoor space for the children and the dogs. 7 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms, parking for numerous cars, woodlands to walk around and log burners to keep you toasty and warm.

Tregoninny farmhouse and barns really is the perfect venue for a large group of friends or a large family gathering.

Finding a luxury holiday for a large party can be affordable for all. Do you go on big family holidays? Do you have any tips or coping with so many people?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A Unicorn party to make the world go around

Have you noticed that Unicorn’s are everywhere? Not only are they so cute you want to meet one in the forest, you cannot step into a shop without seeing Unicorns wherever you look.

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I recently went on a Mummy and daughter Unicorn and Fairy spa day at The Beauty Temple in Nottingham, we both had such a good time. Unicorns and glitter as far as they eye could see. I am still finding glitter in my car weeks later.

Our Unicorn spa day has inspired my little girl to want a Unicorn inspired 5th birthday party, how could I refuse I think I love Unicorns as much as she does.

I have decided to host a Unicorn tea party at our house for her and a few little friends. Think little sandwiches, the cutest unicorn cake pops, unicorn birthday cake, balloons, bunting and then crafting bits for the girls.

Unicorn party goodies

I was kindly sent some Unicorn cake pops from Yumbles an amazing online market place, that is home to small batch food and drinks producers. These cake pops were filled with delicious chocolate cake, they looked fabulous and tasted amazing. It was just a shame I had to share them with the kids, I could happily have eaten them all. I was slightly worried about how they would arrive, however I didn’t need to be as they were will packaged and all perfect.

I found some plastic unicorn shaped head bands that you use ribbon and crystals to decorate, each one of the kids will have one to decorate and then take home with them. The letter room has a gorgeous unicorn washi tape holder, which also holds the ribbon for the head bands. It’s great the girls were able to pull off an amount of ribbon or washi tape to use. It will also look great in her bedroom after, with either ribbon or as a jewellery holder.

My daughter loves to paint things, and I found little unicorn kits in the craft section at the range that can be painted. I thought these would double up as party bags as well as the head bands.

One thing my daughter spotted was the Aquabeads magical unicorn set,  she has been wanting these for so long and perfect for her birthday theme. I know she will have hours of fun with these. I’m looking froward to creating some cute unicorns with her. We haven’t used Aquabeads before so it will be something new we can try out together.

I actually bought the invites on ebay, I do love a personalised invite. Finding the perfect unicorn ones at such a reasonable price I couldn’t not order them for her. I then got the table cloth, cups, paper plates and party bags in my local home bargains. Nice and easy.

My little girl and her friends had a wonderful time. It was fun to see them enjoying it all of the unicorn things.

 

*I was kindly sent some items for my little girls birthday party. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*