About 15 years ago a friend gave me a set of four dinner plates from a shop called The Pier. They were really beautiful – a dark red colour covered in swirly floral patterns. I loved them and was terrified of breaking them, so inevitably the first time I used them I chipped one. A white chip really shows up on a red plate.
After that first chip though, they seemed to take on an indescruitble quality – we used them every single day, they moved house with us often, and all four remined intact. Until one day just before Christmas. Belle was washing up, and accidentally dropped one into the sink, where it promptly broke in two.
She was horrified, terrified that I was going to be cross. (I wasn’t, it was just an accident.)
It got worse when we discovered that the plate had actually fallen onto a second one, hidden below the surface of the water, and that that one had broken in half two. All those years and there we were, half of our plates taken out in one soapy hand incident.
It felt like the end of an era.
Still, you can’t let yourself get down in the dumps really can you? They were just plates after all, it wasn’t like one had dropped on the floor and chopped off Belle’s foot. Perhaps it was a sign. A sign that it was time to move on, and take the next step on our crockery journey. View Post
So, Easter holidays. Are you excited?
The school holidays are a bit of a double edged sword for me. I love that I don’t have to spend an hour trying to motivate Belle out of bed every day, but is it really any better if she just stays in bed until 2pm watching make-up tutorials on YouTube?
Leaving the Internet in charge of babysitting is handy, but the Internet is well known for NOT having an up to date CRB check. Even if you do your best to set up parental controls, you’ve still got viruses and hackers to worry about. Cyber security becomes increasingly important during school holidays as internet usage goes up and children and teens become a prime target.
Today’s competition could help on that front.
I’m working with a company called PureVPN to help you to keep yourself and your kids safe online, plus they’ve offered me some very cool prizes to give away. I know you love a competition.
Do you remember a while ago when I showed you that amazing bangle I had that looked like a sparkly nail?? You should go back and have a look if you don’t remember. The company that makes said bangle – Infinity & Co – is back today with another competition.
Hoorah for sparkly things!
The competition is to celebrate their new range – LOVE X INFINITY. It’s a lovely collection of more affordable pieces, designed to be given as gifts. They have some really sweet bits and pieces, including this gorgeous jigsaw puzzle necklace and a wishbone bracelet, which are two of my favourites items in the range:
Coffee is something I’ve come to a bit later in life. I’ve always been a weak and milky tea drinker, (the tea being weak and milky, not me, although I’m not strong exactly), but over the last year or two I’ve developed a bit of a taste for something stronger.
What I am discovering is that, just like tea, there is a lot of variety in coffee, and a huge gap between a good and a bad cup of the black stuff. (Do people call coffee ‘the black stuff’ or did I just make that up? I think it’s real.)
Anyway, today I’m giving away a bundle of coffee related goodies that definitely fall on the good end of the coffee spectrum. Spiller and Tait is a company local to me, based down on a farm near the Devon coast in Budleigh Salterton. They’re a small company, not looking for world domination – all they want is to make decent, fresh coffee that tastes good and doesn’t spend ages sitting in packets on supermarket shelves. All of their coffee is delivered to your door within seven days of roasting, so you get a fantastic, fresh coffee flavour, plus parcels are letterbox friendly, so you don’t have to worry if you’re out.
To introduce new people to what they do, Spiller and Tait has very kindly offered to give one lucky winner a bundle of coffee making goodies. You can win: View Post
I have two questions for you:
- Do you like cheese?
- Do you like it when someone offers to pay your electricity bill for you forever?
If you answered yes to both these questions then read on.
Wyke Farms has teamed up with Good Energy to offer one lucky person the chance to win an entire lifetime’s supply of renewable electricity. Wyke Farms is big on sustainability and both brands share a passion for food and energy provenance. Wyke Farms also make ace cheese.