Cuppa Of The Week, Friday Morning Chat & a Cuppa., mums day off

A Quiet Cuppa

Sitting in the corner the whole sofa area to my self, people come and go.

I love having a bit of time to myself to drink a hot cuppa.


I often take my note pad so If new ideas pop into my mind I can write it down!

There are an older couple across from me. They are talking over the days plans. On another table is what looks like a business meeting.

I over hear a conversation happening by a group of mums about the disasters they have had that week. I cant help but smile knowingly to myself. I suddenly dont feel like I’m alone.

I grab a slice of cake to go with my cuppa and have a quick chat with the ladies who work there. We discuss holidays and babies and more. 

I love to go for a coffee at the local coffee shop sometimes working from home and being a stay at home mum and housewife can get a little lonely.

I go to the coffee shop for a little company. 

It’s a like a little hoilday. A break from chores. A chance to breath. 

Nina 

Blogging, Days Out, mums day off

BlogOn MSI – Roundup

Hi All,

On Sunday I headed to Manchester for The BlogOnMSI Event.

I arrived at Manchester Station and met Up with Sally from The Midway Vlogs and Founder of Meet Other Mums along with Clare from Sons Sand & Sauvignon & also Award Winning Confetti Ave. 

We grabbed a taxi to the Museum of Science and Industry where BlogOn was being held!

When we arrived there were people still milling outside as the museum doesn’t open until 10am

Then as soon as the doors opened there were a crowed of people went in.

Christmas hit you as soon as you arrived at the top floor and we were greeted by christmas costumes and decorations.

We signed in put our empty suitcases in the cloakroom area and headed off for a cuppa and to purchase tombola and raffle tickets.

There were mountains of prizes for both.

For the rest of the day we attended talks and ate and drank!

There were lots of amazing brands to connect with too.

 

 

Check out my Vlog for a quick run through the day.

Thanks to everyone involved in making the day happen it was amazing!


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Cuppa Of The Week, Days Out, mums day off, review, Travel

Cuppa Of The Week -River Hut Surbiton

This weeks cuppa of the week goes to The River Hut at Surbiton.

I arrived at Surbiton Station last week for my day at the Handmade fair and decided as it was a nice day I would walk to the Hotel.

When the Holiday Inn was in sight I spotted Thames Ditton Marina. There was a little cafe / Bar on the side of the Marina it looked busy and quite contemporary – I decided that’s where I was going to have dinner that night!

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Hubby finished work in central London and met me at the hotel. Then we headed out for Dinner.

We sat outside as it was a nice night!

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Right on the riverside watching boats sail past.

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We ordered dinner the staff spoke to us like we were friends, such a lovely vibe. I could have almost believed I was on holiday somewhere abroad.

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So now to my cuppa –

After my day at The Handmade Fair all I wanted was a cuppa! so we headed back to The River Hut!

It seemed there was a private party on and all the tables inside were reserved! One of the ladies who we had met the night before greeted us at the door. She asked if we had reserved and when we said no she said oh were booked up inside but you’re welcome to sit outside on the deck!

I really only wanted a cuppa so we ordered our tea & coffee and decided that we would also sample some cake.

We got talking to the lady who asked us where we had come from and what we were doing in London.20160916_193952 10.37.29.jpg

Then me and hubby sat with our cuppa’s and cake discussing the day and listening to some sea scouts rowing in the dark on the river.

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It felt like such a great place to have a bite to eat and the deserts were amazing!

If we are ever in that area again Id love to go back for one of the live music nights!

You can find The River Hut on Facebook and Twitter or for the website click here!

I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Hmmm Where to next week?

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Blog On MSI Ice Breaker

So in June I attended my first ever blogging conference Brit Mums Live.

This weekend I am off to my second with my next one already booked in for November

So this weekend I’m heading on my own to Manchester to The BlogOn event BlogOn MSI

I am so looking forward to connecting again with other bloggers. However I am still quite nervous.

To ease the nerves Mama Geek has created an icebreaker Linky Head on Over to her site to see more attendees posts

Here are my answers to the Ice Breaker Questions

  1. Share a recent photo of you (or a doodle!)img_0962 I had to use this one I’m the one on the left as you look at it Just incase you were wondering!
  2. Describe yourself in five words or less Anxious, Shy, loud, funny 
  3.  How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?  I started blogging over 6 years now I started on another blog when I was suffering with insomnia and infertility this time around however has been 9 months
  4. What are you hoping to get out of Blog On? Connect with brands and bloggers maybe make some new friends and to learn more about this blogging world I’ve fell into.
  5. Name a few of your favourite blogs. Brummy Mummy Of 2,  The Girl Behind the camera , Mrs Helicopter Writes, The Unmumsy Mum
  6. What’s your favourite social media platform(s)… and what’s your username? I love Instagram, and Facebook. Clink the links to see my account!
  7. Share a fact about you no-one would guess. I used to be a big fat Yellow cow 😉
  8. What’s your favourite bit of tech? My Iphone I can blog from it and take photos with It – I’ve just upgraded to an Iphone 7 Plus I mean two cameras Yeh!
  9. If you won the lottery, how would you spend your winnings? Pay off our mortgage, Buy a holiday home in Lanzarote, Buy another house to live in and then my husband could leave work and take up photography. I would also buy a classic VW Camper!
  10. If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest? OMG Id have to have a couple. I would love to Interview Kirstie Allsopp One question just isn’t enough!  Also
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  11. Share a funny (or favourite) memory from your life. My earliest funny memory (Though now it doesn’t seem so funny) is from when I was about 5 years old We were on holidays and my Nan got stuck in the bath – As a 5-year-old this was hilarious nowadays however some of the funny moments happen when my friends and I get together and sometimes we cry with laughter
  12.  What is your favourite book (or film if you’re not a big reader) and why? I love the Adrien mole series and Harry potter _ I know what a kid right But I also Love Marian Keyes & Sophie Kinsella
  13. What picture is on your phone/tablet lock screen? img_0987
  14. If you had an hour of time all to yourself, how would you spend it? Well I had an hour today and I thought about having a nice bath but it seemed wrong in the middle of the day so instead I stumbled on this Linky and have ended up writing a blog post #lifeofablogger
  15. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? When I had just had the twins and I struggled with PND and then depression and anxiety She would say “This too Shall Pass” I often say it to mayself when Im having a rough time!

So Thats me I know I’m a bit late to the link Up

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See you all on Sunday.

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The Day I Met Kirstie Allsopp! – Mums Day Off

Agggghhhhhhhh, I met Kirstie Allsopp!

I actually spoke to her and she spoke directly to me.

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So a little bit of background – Ive watched Kirstie on Location Location Location since it started I think! I loved her style her honestness and lets face it the spark between her a Phil is something that has everyone guessing!

Then when she started moving into the more craft related programs like fill your house for free and Kirstie’s handmade home I liked her even more.

Especially with the christmas shows where she had a go at all of the crafts she showcases.

So last year I booked my mum and myself VIP tickets the the Kirstie’s Christmas handmade Fair.

I was so over whelmed I think I had a little panic attack. There was a room of about 30 people including myself all with the chance to speak to her – I didn’t have the courage to speak then.

Early This year tickets came on sale for the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. I jumped at the chance to buy myself VIP tickets again.

I headed down to London on the Thursday afternoon.

Friday Morning arrived and it had been thundering and raining most of the night and it was still raining that morning. Damn I wish I had brought my wellies.

Anyway I grabbed an Uber to Hampton Court and lined up in the pouring rain waiting for the show to open! They were handing out free ponchos to anyone who wanted one Luckily I had my jacket!

Once inside I joined the VIP crowd to the VIP tent to get our goody bag, wrist band and complementary cuppa.
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Then I headed off to the shopping tents – I cant believe the diverse range of items that were on offer from craft Kits to fabric bundles, Sewing machines and amazing handmade gifts homewares and fashions.

After I had done most of the first hall I realised it was nearly time for my first workshop – Wire flower making with Lucy Elisabeth. I really think I could take up wire work – Its a little more forgiving than say knitting or paper-craft.

The workshop was great a chance to try something you maybe wouldn’t think of doing normally.

After I had made my flower I headed back to the shopping halls to see what Christmas Gifs I could pick up!img_0949

Then off for a cuppa and lunch – The buffet style lunch looked and smelt amazing I had a ham & cheese triangle with bulgar whet salad and potato & spinach.

After lunch It was time to for Questions and answers with Kirstie – I had already got my question rehearsed – I wasn’t going to miss my chance this time even if It felt like the scariest thing in the world to me at that moment.

A few questions went by Then I stuck my hand up  her PA came to me with the mic

“Hi Kirstie, myself and a few of my friends would like to think we are very much Kirstie – In actual Fact we are more Miranda” – Everyone Laughed Including Kirstie “who is your inspiration in life?

See my video for the answer she gave because believe me – She doesn’t believe in one word answers.

After the questions she had to be dragged away by her PA as I think she would have stayed there chatting to everyone all day.

After this she got in a golf buggy and headed off to the next chat – Kirstie Talks to the Craft Council – I had booked to see this and as  a VIP you get reserved seats on the front row!

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I will be posting more about the craft council chat and the work they are doing in a post early next month!

They got to a point in the chat about how craft skills are being lost and why was this then Kirstie asked if anyone had any questions my hand went up and before I had chance to think she was taking to me. I was telling her that my friends and I had joined the WI to try and learn some of the crafts that no one seems to teach anymore. At school we didn’t get Home economics, at home our mums had to work so we didn’t get homemaking skills passed down.

After this Talk I had another wader about a cuppa and a cake in the VIP Tent before the last talk of the day

Kirstie talking to Cath Kidston It was great listening to her and Kirstie having a chat as if no one else were there Cath who has now stepped down from the Cath Kidston brand is thinking about her next opportunity – She would love to go back to playing shop, She told us she loves the hype of being a shopkeeper, seeing people and the joy of other peoples shopping experience.

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After this it was home time but not before I had sneaked with a group of other people into the back of the main tent to sneak a quick selfie with Kirstie.

When she saw me she said ” You did very well on the question front today” – I think what she ment was I didn’t shut up!  From being overly nervous about seeing her to I’m actually here now having a little chat and asking for a selfie!

Id love to have a cuppa with Kirstie and have a proper chat! I think I have a bit of a girl crush to be honest!

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I received no compensation from this post.