Two advent calendars you won’t forget to open in the morning

If you’ve slightly outgrown chocolate advent calendars (I mean, it could happen…) these are the alternatives for you.  Make the count down to Christmas fun and bloomin’ delicious at the same time. These two calendars are just screaming out to be opened first thing in the morning so you definitely won’t loose keep track of the date this December…

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Pieday Friday – Eat well & healthily this year

Are you taking part in the #WomanKind campaign this month? I’ve been really excited about getting stuck in to this ‘me-time’ project so you might have spotted a few posts over the last couple of weeks about looking great on a budget. If you miss them, here are my posts on starting your new year […]

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Pieday Friday Recipe – Moroccan mint tea infusion

Today’s blog post is all about fresh herbal tea, and I’ve shared a recipe for my all-time favourite tea below. I’ve been inspired to create this blog post for two reasons. Firstly I got a brand new teapot this week and I’ve been dying to try it out. It’s a fabulous retro design and I […]

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My favourite mugs

If you’ve ever browsed my blog you’ll know how much I love a nice cup of tea and I think it’s important to stop work and have a tea break at regular intervals. Can I tempt you to take a break right now? Go on, put the kettle on and have a read of my […]

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The importance of tea breaks

Or coffee breaks. Or just a water break. What’s important is actually taking a break from whatever you’re doing and giving yourself a little breathing space. This time last year, I remember rushing through my work at break-neck speed, barely stopping to have a bite to eat at lunch (okay, who are we kidding? I […]

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Time for a Cuppa ~ Britain’s Tea Break Tradition

As a reader of this little lifestyle blog, I’m sure that you’ll know how much I love tea. I can’t get through the day with quite a few tasty cuppas and you can read about my nightmare day when my kettle died here. So today, I thought we’d discuss the tradition of the tea break and […]

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Weekend photos ~ a tasty afternoon treat

I thought I’d share a few photos of what I got up to last weekend because I was lucky enough to be treated to a day out at the seaside. After our lovely walk along the beach, hubby surprised me with a very special afternoon tea at an old vintage teashop – and when I say vintage, I mean the Cragg […]

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A day without tea? Nightmare!

I am having a tough day. Not because my work has gone wrong. Not because anyone has been mean to me. And not because I’ve broken anything (which does generally speaking happen on a daily basis). Today has been a little bit more difficult than usual simply because I have no kettle. I’ll fill you in… […]

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Pieday Friday recipe ~ upside-down cake

I tried out this fairly kitsch recipe for a pineapple upside-down cake for the first time this week and I wanted to share the results with you all. I love how 70s retro the finished cake looked: there was a pretty hairy moment when I was trying to turn the cake out of its tin, but […]

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I love a cup of tea and now I’m a subscriber!

As avid readers of this blog will tell you, I love tea. I am forever stopping half-way through a task to have a cuppa. It helps me chill out when things are getting stressful and without the excuse of ‘having a cuppa’, I’d never take a break. So I am always happy when someone (usually […]

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Anyone for afternoon tea? Ideas for a thrifty party

Finally, it’s the last day of January and the month of grey weather and near-poverty after christmas has come to an end – well done everyone, we got through it! I think that deserves a special treat for us all 🙂 I’ve been trying to think of a thrifty way to entertain my girlfriends this […]

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Afternoon tea recipe – Easy cheesy scones

Last week me & mum were on our way home from a day out and she mentioned that she quite fancied having afternoon tea but was too tired to go anywhere else to get food, so we headed home and I went straight to the kitchen. Within less than 20 minutes I’d rustled up these […]

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Refreshing summer drinks – some new iced tea recipes

I had such a lovely response to my last iced tea recipe post that I thought I’d better up my game and try out a few more iced-tea options and share the recipes with you while there’s still some of this lovely summer sun left! As with a normal cup of iced tea, brew up […]

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Refreshing Summer Drink Recipe – Yummy Iced Tea

With the lovely summer weather this week, I’ve finally stopped boiling the kettle at half-hourly intervals and have given up my favourite cuppa tea. But in its place I’ve been trying out iced tea instead! And I thought I’d share the refreshing recipes with you so you can enjoy a glass for yourself – and […]

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Tea for Two – at Starbucks??

I couldn’t quite believe the recent news that coffee-giant Starbucks is planning to open its first tea-only store in the autumn. The tea shop will open near the company’s headquarters in Seattle and will feature the US tea Tazo brand that Starbucks acquired over 12 years ago.           According to reports in The Seattle […]

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