It's the last time, this year, that Becky from Lakes Single Mum hosts R2BC. I take over for December, then suddenly we are into 2015!? Where has this year gone? How am I suddenly the patent of a 17 year old (boxing day). How am I looking at driving instructors!? So let's take a look at my reasons to smile this week.
1. As I said, my son turns 17 the day after Christmas. This week we ordered his provisional licence, so he can learn to drive. *big, scary, mam gulps*.
2. Gradually preparing for Christmas. I've talked many times about being a parent of children with special needs, this time of the year can be especially scary and tense (a post coming about that tomorrow). So I've gradually trimmed up, and it seems to be going really well!
3. My 11 year old, entering his first music competition. It was awesome! He did so well, I actually forgot that it was his first time playing in front of someone other than family. Unfortunately, my phone is utter rubbish and I only caught his sound check, but I think you'll agree, that's pretty good!
This is a little post, just so you don't think I've slipped off the radar totally. It's also a little thank you. If you've been reading my posts recently, you will know I am trying to achieve a homemade Xmas. The thing is, it's not just a whim, it's partly financial too. I'm not rolling in money, and would rather spend what I do have, on my boys. Also, it's memories. I want my boys to look back at these years with fondness. I wanted to say thank you for the response, across all social networks and real life friends, that the idea has had. The support I've been shown for my little initiative, has been incredible. The ideas that I'm being sent, amazing. Above ALL that, the contributions! One of the mothers up the school made me a gorgeous little bauble, for my Xmas tree, that has my 'Ojos World' logo inside! Then today I was given a pile of crafting things, that were going to be thrown. There are some amazing items in there, including something I can make a wreath out of. (Expect another tutorial, if it goes right!). So thank you for your thoughtfulness, hopefully it will be appreciated for generations to come. I shall leave you with a small collage of my successes, so far:
I am one of those mothers. I am the one that cannot function until I've consumed my 2nd cup of coffee, in the morning. Unfortunately, my second cup of coffee is usually after the boys are all in school. Which is why I am also the mother who never wears make-up, and rarely has brushed hair. So you can imagine my delight when I was invited to an event run by Curry's, Nespresso and Joe Blogs, all about coffee! Strangely enough, I hadn't had time for my coffee that morning either!? There was a good mix of Welsh and South West bloggers gathered at Waterloo Tea Rooms in Cardiff. I got to catch up with some bloggers I had previously met, and meet some new ones, before we were put into groups to try out different things. We were also greeted by a delicious cold coffee:
It was genuinely nicer than it sounds, with hints of cinnamon. The 1st section for our group was:
Yes, really. I was mildly nervous at this point, until it was revealed that this was indeed the name given to......coffee tasting! (Phew)
All the little bowls were filled with different blends of coffee, that Nespresso made. Their coffee is sourced from 8 different countries and, excluding any specials they put out, range in strength from 1-12. The vanilla was definitely a firm favourite in our group, with the 12 leaving me pulling faces for several minutes, one for real coffee lovers there!
I was rather pleased with myself for not cheering at this point. They were not only giving me coffee, they were showing me how to combine it with alcohol! Who do I kiss!? (There were mocktails available for those who wouldn't or couldn't indulge)
I was pretty much the 1st to taste every one, unfortunately it was only one glass, to the whole group. Silly people! My favourite was definitely the Toblerone style drink. All served over ice, with coffee, Baileys, vodka and other alcoholic beverages added.
We were then, quite sensibly given food:
It was as delicious as it looks. If you are in Cardiff, I would recommend a visit to the Tea Rooms, the food was exquisite.apart from what is picture, we were given a choice of 3 delicious salads and misu salmon.
Before the next section I was interviewed for Currys tech hub page! I see an Oscar.
After lunch, we were introduced to the range of machines on offer. A representative from the company was there to explain them all, and allowed us to have a fiddle.
I am absolutely in love with the coffee frother, that allowed me to create this:
The machine itself is so simple to use, with a choice of sizes and prices. I was pleased to hear they have a good recycling program in place for the empty coffee 'pods' too.
Our final section was :
I had been seriously looking forward to this, the fact that experienced baristas can create images, simply using the froth, amazes me. We were going to be shown how!
After a little demonstration and instruction from a member of staff, we were talked through doing it ourselves. It is not a simple process!
The one on the left is the staff members, the ones in the middle belongs to Ffion, from A South Wales Blog, told you it wasn't easy! Finally, on the right, is my little effort. I was quite pleased with it. That little effort got me into a little competition, to win a bottle of bubbly. Unfortunately, my attempts were not repeated:
It was a wonderful day. If you are a regular follower of mine, on social networks, you will know I get very little 'time out'. This was a very social day, filled with laughter and information. Thanks for the invite, I had a fabulous day, and I know what is going on my Xmas list!