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Monday, 16 January 2017

A Not-So-Blue, Blue Monday thanks to Tesco + Lots of Pizza!


Apparently today is Blue Monday, also known as the most depressing day of the year. Christmas is over, everyone is broke, the weather is abominable and motivation is low, which means New Years resolutions are most likely to be broken today and people everywhere generally have the hump.

Now I'm a half full kinda-girl, and I don't really believe in all that tripe, but after a pretty horrendous week last week that cost me the best part of £1000 (two car break downs, having to throw out Evie's brand new mattress after Mabel decided to wee on it (cat for sale!) AND having my gas switched off due to a 'considerable' leak and subsequently having to call out an emergency plumber) I'm starting this week in a slightly less jolly mood than usual.

So we were pretty happy when Tesco asked us to be part of their Blue Monday campaign to promote their new takeaway inspired sharing pizzas - as an evening of pizza and sweeties, and a movie with family is a pretty good way to beat those January blues if you ask me!

In our house, we have movie night every.single.Friday. We're big fans of all the old 80s and 90s family classics, and Studio Ghibli, and anything set in the 'olden days' (as the kids call it). One of our current faves is the remake of Swallows and Amazons - which we were lucky enough to go to the premiere of! - and which is now available on DVD from Tesco for just £10 - so last Friday evening, at the end of a horrible week, we settled down for some much needed quality family time.


Everyone knows that pizzas and movie nights go together like bread and butter, and peas and corn, and fish and chips. We got into our pyjamas, cranked the newly fixed heating up and cooked waaaaaaaaay more pizza than we needed (but still managed to demolish the lot between us!) and settled down under a pizza blanket for the pizza party to end all pizza parties.



Tesco's new range of sharing pizzas are inspired by everyone's takeaway favourites...... they are seriously big (14" no less!) and come with a range of different, popular, toppings including 'BBQ Chicken Supreme', 'Mighty Meat Combo', 'Hawaiian' and 'Veggie Supreme'. We went for the two stuffed crust varieties; 'Ultimate Pepperoni' and 'Cheese Meltdown', both of which were utterly delicious and a total bargain at just £4.50 each! When you think about the cost of ordering a takeaway, there really is no comparison - these pizzas are the perfect replacement when you're on a bit of a budget.

So if you're feeling a little bit blue today, get yourself to Tesco and pick up a pizza or two from their new range!



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Monday, 9 January 2017

Hello 2017!


After a much needed, extra lengthy Christmas break, today I have been back at the drawing board (/MacBook), cracking on with work.

For the first time since starting this blog six years ago (seriously, six whole years! where on earth have they gone?!) I decided to shut up shop for the entire school holidays so that I could spend some proper quality time with those little people of mine, and I truly loved every minute.

We had a pretty low key few weeks off, but that was just what we needed. Christmas Day was spent with four generations of family at my parents' house, and we saw the New Year in with some of our very best friends. Then we kick started 2017 with advil (that might have just been me ;)) and ice skating at Hampton Court Palace, which I would honestly recommend to anyone feeling slightly delicate the morning after drinking their own body weight in prosecco and sloe gin - the cobwebs were well and truly blown away!

2016 was a funny old year for me. I had a minor midlife crisis about turning 36, celebrated the first anniversary of my divorce and started dating again. The girls have continued to amaze me and have finally mastered the art of sleeping through the night (admittedly not every night, but we're getting there) and I think I've mastered the art of being the only adult in the house - even learning DIY (I have my own tool kit and everything!)

I also launched a new business with my good friend Ruth from RocknRoller Baby, which has seen both of our workloads increase significantly; something that I personally wasn't expecting to happen until later this year, when the girls were both at school full time.

But everything happens for a reason and the arrival of new challenges as well as new people in my life over the past few months has made it all the better. Crazy busy, but brilliant. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store!

Happy New Year to you all!

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Signing Off for Christmas with a Mince Pie in a Glass from 31DOVER.com


Today is the first day of the Christmas holidays, and boy has it been a long time coming!

I'm knackered, the kids are knackered, we're totally fed up of the dark mornings and early starts, and are well and truly ready to embrace the lazy mornings and generally slow down a bit. I've decided to take a whole two weeks away from the blog this year to spend time with those little ratbags of mine, so thought I would wish you all a very merry Christmas and sign off with a delicious festive cocktail recipe to kick off the holidays in style!

I'm lucky enough to work with drinks company 31DOVER.com fairly often, but I am also a regular paying customer of theirs. Since discovering them this time last year, they have been the only place I've gone to when I want to top up my drinks cabinet. Not only do they sell a huge range of really special spirits that you won't find on the supermarket shelves (of course they sell all your favourite beer, wine, fizz, liqueurs and mixers too), they have a price match promise so you know you'll never pay over the odds and the pièce de résistance is their next day delivery, which is free on orders over £75, or just £5.95 if you spend less than that.

They also gift wrap their bottles in really elegant packaging for just £4.95, which makes them the perfect place to go to for emergency last minute presents at any time of year!

I've just placed my festive drinks order with them, which consisted of a bottle of Hendricks, a bottle of Bulleit bourbon and a case of Christmas Day fizz - plus they have very kindly sent me a bottle of Two Birds Christmas Spiced Vodka as an early Christmas present, which is the main ingredient of the cocktail I'm sharing today.


Two Birds vodka is created right here in England (Market Harborough to be precise) and the Christmas Spiced vodka has been described as 'a mince pie in a glass'. Whoever said that was completely and utterly right; I have never tasted anything so festive and delicious in my life - you really can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg and spices!

I've created a spin on a White Russian to create a truly festive drink (although it has to be said, this stuff tastes equally amazing over ice, on its own). In actual fact I think my mince pie in a glass cocktail might replace my obligatory Christmas Night Baileys this year!


Mince Pie in a Glass
Ingredients.
Two Birds Christmas Spiced Vodka
Milk or cream
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Ice

Pour a generous measure of vodka into a glass filled with ice. If you're going for milk as a mixer go for a long glass, if cream then a brandy glass is perfect. Add your mixer and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve with an actual mince pie! This is seriously the perfect combo for a cold Christmas night!

Merry Christmas, one and all. See you in 2017!

If you want to place a drinks order at 31DOVER.com - make sure you use my discount code MODERN31D for 10% off!



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