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Gin making and a night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham

Yesterday, my sister and I headed to Cheltenham to review the DoubleTree by Hilton. Whilst we were in the area, we decided to check out a rather unusual activity. My husband bought me a gin-making experience for my birthday and it happened to be in Cheltenham. So we left the car at the hotel and headed off to Brennan and Brown to learn how to make gin. Gin Making The gin making lab experience at Brennan and Brown is so much in-depth than gin tasting. On arrival, we were shown the gin lab and given a rundown of the botanicals. We were…

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Thursday Photo #167

The past week has gone by in a blur and we’re all well and truly ready for a holiday. Luckily, holiday season starts tomorrow for us. Well, for me at least. The birthday weekend Last Friday, I spent the day with old friends and the evening with new friends. I caught up with an old friend in the morning and another one at lunch time. It was pure chance that I saw them both on the same day, but it made me realise how much I miss them both being around. I then had dinner with a new friend and fellow blogger, Emma.…

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A dinner date at Siamais Thai restaurant in Birmingham

On Friday, I headed into Birmingham to have dinner with one of my favourite bloggers, Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts. We had been invited to review the fabulous Siamais Thai restaurant in Brindley Place. It’s not a restaurant I’d tried before so I was excited to try the food and cocktails. The cocktails We started the evening with a cocktail for me and a mocktail for Emma. I was a bit bamboozled by the cocktail menu, there was so much choice! In the end, I went for a Mojito Royale, which is a mojito topped up with Prosecco…

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Getting clothes clean against all the odds

Boys get dirtier than girls and women do the washing. Maybe in a bygone era this was the case. But in our house, these two statements are both utter rubbish. Ballet outfit shocker Libby isn’t a particularly girly girl. At five years old, she still wears almost as much of her food as she eats. Her hair is constantly a mess despite my best efforts – she gets that from me. And she’s happy joining in with running games with the boys or climbing trees, building dens and playing in dirt. Her sports have always been running, swimming and rhythmic…

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The power of sport

This is a paid collaborative post. The weather wasn’t the greatest on Tuesday and Lia and I ended up watching some television after lunch. As usual, she asked to watch Paw Patrol and I grumbled a bit and turned it on for her. But then something brilliant happened. Something went wrong with Netflix and Paw Patrol froze. As I was trying to get it back for her, I flicked the channel over to Wimbledon. And miraculously, Lia decided she’d rather watch the tennis than Paw Patrol. I’ll take that as a parenting win. A few facts about Wimbledon Wimbledon is…

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