Tuesday, 26 January 2016

One whole year huh? That went fast!

Thanks for still being here - I love you all.

Happy birthday to Funning Up My Life! Here is to many more years of fun :)

Monthly Tea Favourites!

Friday, 22 January 2016

So, we all know I love tea. So I thought that every month, I will let you know my favourites and maybe my not-so-favourites!

This month, I subscribed to Tea Roulette. Each month, you receive 30 random teas to try - this has definitely helped me discover some awesome newbies!

This months favourites are:

Jolly Brew's Blooming Cherry Bliss!

This is my current favourite, however, I have become a little bit of a Jolly Brew addict!! I have bought a lot of different teas from them, and I am yet to be disappointed! Thanks, Jolly Brew :)

You can find them here

Pinched from Whittard's website
Pinched from Whittard's website
Next up is a Whittard's favourite of mine and my mums.

Their rose tea is to die for! It is so lovely by itself or with a drop of milk.

 You can find them here

Pinched from TeaPigs website
Jasmine tea is divine. I love the fact that it acts as an air freshener at my desk at work! My favourite Jasmine tea at the moment is TeaPigs. I love TeaPigs! I especially love that the bag doesn't leave a taste. So delicate, so lush!

You can find them here

Last but not least, Twinings are a favourite in every country. I drink at least four cups of their regular green tea every day. I am hooked!

Rather than put a link, you can find this in every shop that sells tea!

What are your favourites? I am always on the look out for new teas to try!

See you next month for my monthly favourites!

** All opinions in this post are my own, I was not paid for any of these reviews**

"My Mug and I" with Lisa!

Friday, 15 January 2016

This week, we have the lovely Lisa from Thirty Something Belle. Lisa is one stunning mama!! I love her Festival Survival Guide as I have a lot of admiration for people taking kids camping! Make sure you check out her blog - it is brilliant.

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
Why hello there! I'm Lisa of I'm based in Manchester, England.

How long have you had your favourite mug?
Since Christmas 2014.

Where did it come from?
It was a gift from my lovely boyfriend Adam, purchased from Urban Outfitters.

Why this one?
It sums me up it just 3 little words!

Does it really make your drink taste better?
Yes, bizarrely it does.

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Tea. One sugar, milk, preferably Yorkshire teabags stewed for a good 5 minutes.

When do you have your first cuppa?
Around 7.30am when I land in my office. A must to wake me up for the day ahead!

How many hot drinks do you have per day? work, ususally 4 cups per day maybe. At home, around 6 cups.

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Eat biscuits - I am a fiend. Ginger nuts, Oreos, Rich Tea? I'll take it!

Anything else?
I DO have a weird thing for mugs in general - they have to feel 'right'. I adore vintage china and when I'm feeling posh, will dig out a cup and saucer to indulge. In winter, I love to have a huge mug filled to the brim with hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows - even a sneaky shot of Baileys if I'm at home. Heaven! Whittard Of Chelsea is my favourite place to buy from. I have my eye on their Alice In Wonderland range as we speak...

A big thank you to Lisa for taking part!

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"My Mug and I" with Molly!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

This week, we have the lovely Molly from The Book of Molly. This tattooed beauty is one to follow! My favourite post of hers is "13 things I would tell my younger self" because it is something I can really relate to. Check her out!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
Hello there! My name is Molly Gibson Kirby and I am currently living in Northern Manitoba, Canada. However, I am from a mixture of places. I was born in Liverpool England and grew up in Peterborough, Ontario and Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

How long have you had your favourite mug?
I have a full collection of mugs, and I’m not sure I could pick a “favourite” one. Each one is special in its own way, and I use them differently for different drinks. That being said two of my favourite mugs I received as Christmas presents in 2014.  My favourite travel mug was a gift to myself about a month ago.

Where did it come from?
My first favourite mug came from my mom as a Christmas present, and she bought it at Chapters in Ontario. It says, “Life is a story. Make yours a best seller.” She bought it for me because I'm a writer, and it just fit so well. I'm also working on my autobiography, and I think that’s another reason she bought that one for me!

My second favourite mug was also a Christmas gift from a close friend. He bought it for me at a craft fair. I had been looking at the mug and commented on how much I loved the feeling of it, and the handle on the mug, but I decided to steer myself away from it. (I told myself I didn’t need another mug… but I always need more mugs)

Christmas morning came around and I opened up to see the mug! My heart melted.

My travel mug comes from Kate Spade! I love it because of all the books around it, because I'm a total bookworm! I bought it for myself because I had been looking at it online for ages, and I don't have a plastic tumbler, just ceramic ones, so I decided to treat myself.

Why this one?
These three are my favourite because of the meaning around them, and I love the way they feel in my hands. I’m pretty picky when it comes to mug designs and how it feels, but these three are just perfect.

Does it really make your drink taste better?
It totally makes my drink taste better, at least in my mind it does. If I don’t enjoy what I’m drinking my hot beverage out of, I will not enjoy the drink.

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug? 
I usually am a coffee person in the morning, and a tea drinker in the afternoon and evening. But I drink water and juice out of my mugs too. I barely ever use a proper glass.

When do you have your first cuppa?
I have my first hot drink around 9 o’clock when I’m headed to the newspaper for work. I’ll make coffee at home, but won’t really drink it until I sit in front of my desk at work, and start going through emails.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
If I’m being honest I drink a lot of hot drinks in a day. As I’m writing this, I have 4 mugs on my desk… I’ll usually have two cups of coffee before lunchtime. After lunch I’ll usually make myself an iced coffee, or a tea. My favourites are peppermint and green loose tea. In the evening I’ll make myself a cup of orange pekoe tea with a bit of milk and sugar in it. It helps me relax for the evening, and prepare myself for my evening meditation.

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
I have a few favourite things to do with a hot drink in my mug. If I’m at work I’ll be sorting through my emails, but if I’m home you’ll either find me reading blogs, reading a hardcover book, or listening to music and journaling.

Coffee and tea to me helps me relax and ground myself, so I try to do things that will accompany that like reading or writing!

A big thank you to Molly for taking part!

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year to you all :)

I am excited to start this year but not for any particular reason.. I am not going with the whole "New Year, New Me" thing..

This year, I aim to not make plans and to just actions!

I will see opportunities and take them!
I will do more of the things I am scared of doing - with no fear!
I will do more spontaneous things with my husband!
and I will enjoy myself whilst doing it all!

What about you? What are you going to do with this year?