All we needed was the excuse of a 50th birthday, and one Gin Cocktail Masterclass was booked. With three months to look forward to the event, Sunday 15th January couldn’t come soon enough. If ever there was a gin-lover’s paradise, I think that this place would be it – the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in Whitchurch, near Basingstoke. Before registering we were greeted by this amazing building. If only it hadn’t been pouring down with rain! Not long in and our heads were quickly turned by the venue for our cocktail-making masterclass. A true vision in purple… We had booked a tour of the gin distillery as well as the masterclass and I would highly recommend both. The girl running our masterclass… View Post

Welcome to Friday! It’s been a quiet kind of week my end with nothing amazing to report. Sometimes those weeks are a blessing aren’t they? I’ve been practicing my One Word for this year which is ‘Release‘ by purchasing fleecy PJs and allowing myself to cosy up of an evening. Perfect for all this snow that was forecast (*cough* what snow?!). Ooh, I’ve also been doing really well on our alcohol ban. Just for the record, I don’t drink much but having a cheeky glass of an evening (every evening) was becoming rather a habit at the end of last year. So we decided that come 1st January (I thought for the whole 365 days, the husband thought just January…) we would have no alcohol at home… View Post

If you’ve been keeping up with my various oversharing writing outlets for a while now, you will know that a new year is a big thing for me. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of making dramatic resolutions (I tend to go all out initially, petering out rather pathetically about 2 months in) I do love a fresh start. I know some people find January a bit depressing but I relish the feeling of a slate being wiped clean, a whole fresh set of opportunities. Of course in reality it’s just another day rolling on from the past 16520 days I’ve been on the planet (you can decide whether that’s accurate or not) but don’t spoil my moment. With each new year, I look to choose one word to… View Post

I’m almost too scared to start this post. Why? Because we’ve said goodbye to Christmas, welcomed in a new year and been on holiday since I last sat down to construct a Little Loves post – certainly too much to squeeze into a 500 word post! In many ways, the festive period passed by in a whirlwind. During the run up to Christmas, we were out socialising and celebrating almost every night but I still managed to single-handedly wrap about 70 presents. Let’s just say that when my husband uttered the words ‘but you enjoy it’ he didn’t get hearts and flowers in response! We had a couple of family days on Christmas day and Boxing day, then made the 12… View Post

I sometimes hear people openly wishing the year to end, mentally erasing it as though it somehow had ‘disaster’ written all over it from day one. Whilst 2016 might fall into this category for me (for the record, it is probably the worst one yet) I would never want to completely remove it from my life or memory, because it is without a doubt, the year that has taught me the most. If you follow my blog regularly, you might have read the first six things I’ve learnt this year. To follow are the remaining six. I haven’t shared on here too much about my 2016 but you might want to read this post from my former blog. It’s been… View Post