All posts by Poppy Loves

New Year. New Bathroom.
The Before…

Ripples Bathroom

Merry new year, to all of you and your lovely faces. I’m so aware that I haven’t written yet, since the year began… but what can I say – the struggle here is real! The whole nursery closing/working/mumming/blogging thing really needs some fine tuning. In fact, it’s impossible. And I’ve just had to make peace with that and recognise that not everything can happen. So some things have definitely slid a little further down the Eva Mountain than I’d hoped they would… but not for long, I hope! And that I clean forgot to just pop on here and say “HURRAH! WE MADE IT! IT’S 2021!” is a clear testament to my frazzledness. (No, that’s not a word).

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Reading your tea leaves

Tea-Relax-Health

I’ve gone deep into the world of tea and science and the magical powers it can bestow upon our bodies and brains and although you may see the word ‘science’ and want to run away, please don’t! I’m talking about tea! We all love pot of tea. Or a mug, a cup, a flask… however you take yours, the powers within are just the same.

In my last post I explained the process whereby the power of tea can actually change the bacteria in your gut (for the better, I should add)… and this is called a prebiotic effect. So clever. (So sciency. Are you feeling smug? Bring this up at your next Zoom dinner party – you’ll blow their minds). 

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Maple Gingerbread Festive Biscuits with orange & cinnamon icing, for Maple Syrup Day

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I’ve always just associated maple syrup with drizzling over pancakes, or bacon and waffles (I’m all about the salt and sweet) but I’ve recently been on a learning curve and now know just how tasty and versatile it is.

I didn’t realise but you can use maple syrup to transform so many different types of dishes – sweet and savoury – and I love the idea of using this natural source of energy as a glaze over chicken and turkey.. and also to add a hit of sweetness to salads and soups – the Canadian Maple Vinegar is amazing for a salad drizzle!  

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The ultimate Christmas Drinks… at home

Master-of-Malt-Drinkworks-Cocktail-Maker

I am not a big drinker, but I do love cocktails! The folk at Master of Malt invited me to try the Drinkworks Home Bar – it’s been a hit in the States for a while and has just launched here in the UK… and all I can say is that it is REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD and the perfect Christmas gift for that cocktail lover in your life…

The Drinkworks Home Bar crafts an array of cocktails at the touch of a button. From Old Fashioneds and Mojitos, to Kentucky Sours, Spritzers and Long Island Iced Teas, there is no measuring, no shaking, no myriad of bottles and mess… just an amazing selection of pods, containing everything you need for top notch cocktails.

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Have yourself a Sustainable Little Christmas

Green Elf Trees

Allow me to introduce Green Elf Trees – a new, community driven initiative, that delivers sustainable British Christmas trees all over the UK. Each tree is delivered by an out of work musician or entertainer (so brilliant) and with every purchase you can support a charity of your choice. (Double brilliant).

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Trusting your gut, with the Tea Advisory Panel

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The hardest thing that I have found over the last few months, is the feeling of having had the rug pulled from beneath my feet.  And not just the rug, but all the small things too, that made up such an enormous part of my life and brought me little blasts of joy throughout the day – they have just vanished into thin air, like a puff of smoke.

Meeting a friend in a café, popping round to a neighbour for a natter, dinners with friends, mooches in museums and lazy pub evening with pals… all seem to have been gobbled up by The Covid Monster and it has, at times, left me feeling rather bereft. 

A sense of sadness, limbo and unsettledness have all merged into my being since February and we have all been on this extraordinary roller coaster journey together. 

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Ringing in the festivities with glorious Spode

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There’s something about Spode that is utterly magical. It’s elegant, timeless and beautiful… and when it comes to setting the table for a festive feast, the iconic British style, its heritage and the beauty it brings to any setting is unlike anything else I have ever experienced.

Spode is traditional, but still so relevant, modern and stunning. And in its 250th anniversary year they are celebrating by launching their very own tea-inspired gin… and it’s delicious!

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