Can you believe Christmas is coming … I don’t even want to count the weeks, days etc. time just seems to be escaping. 

The kids have only gone back to school, and I’m not quite sure where the summer holidays went and now we have to think about Christmas!

This is one of the reasons, I love writing my blog! When we think about how fast time is passing us by, it’s a reminder to stop and take a breath. Enjoying each day is what matters. 

With this in mind … enjoying each day with a glass of wine is how some people like to roll! Not that I’m encouraging this behaviour, but as a wine-lover, (yes we can still be spiritual etc. and enjoy the flavours of alcohol-fuelled grapes), there’s something fun about receiving a wine-related gift.

So do you have a family member or friend who would relish, or find it fun, to recieve a quirky wine-related gift?

Here’s some fab ideas!

A BATH CADDY

How perfect is this for wine lovers, book lovers and bath lovers?

A fab all-in-one pressie.

A Homiu 100% natural bamboo bath caddy from DealBerry (was £44.50) OR redeem towards another available deal
Check it out on wowcher

WINE FOOD BOOK

For those friends who not only love wine, but who also enjoying cooking. This great book has many ideas to accompany the finest wines.

WINE STARTER KIT

Many wine lovers have their favourite wines, but many are up for exploring different tastes. This is a great pressie for wine-lovers to experiment making their own wine.

Starter Wine Making Set - Solomon Grundy Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle Size Red Wine Kit With Equipment - Home Made Homemade Wine

Click here to purchase this fun wine making kit

WINE CHILLER STICK

I love this! We’ve all seen the wine bottle coolers, but sometimes they are just not convenient! How perfect is this? Not only does it keep it cool but it is a wine stopper too! Perfect for those friends who simply like a glass of wine, rather than the bottle!!

Check it out this chiller here

FUNKY WINE HOLDERS

I love a quirky wine holder! I love the shoe design holders, but if that’s not your thing, check out the link below for more funky designs.

SEE MORE FUNKY, QUIRKY WINE HOLDERS

FUNKY PERSONALISED ACCESSORIES

How cute are these? Perfect for those friends who love to snuggle with a glass of wine. Personalising them gives that extra special touch. 

Wine Socks Funny Socks Women's Personalized Socks image 0
SEE HERE HOW YOU CAN PERSONALISE THESE GORGEOUS SOCKS

PERSONALISED WINE BOTTLE

Tell me a wine-lover who wouldn’t want to see their name branded on a bottle of wine! Perfect, fun and quirky keepsake gift.

Personalised "Always Be My Partner in Wine" Couples’ Wine

See here how you can personalise a bottle for your loved one

WINE COLOURING BOOK

Not only is this a fun pressie, but it is perfect for mindfulness. A glass of wine and a relaxing evening colouring … perfect!

You can purchase the snarky wine colouring book here

WINE SOAP

A fun gift that is great for wine lovers who love their baths.

See more about this wine soap here

PORTABLE & FOLDABLE WINE & PICNIC TABLE

I have no words for this … it’s perfect! Not only to use in the park or on the beach, but also in the garden when entertaining friends! You could buy this for a wine loving friend, or buy it for yourself! This defintiely something I’ll be adding to my kitchen attire.

WINE CANDLE

What a perfect way to spend a relaxing evening: a beautiful scented candle giving off the aroma of your favourite wine. Lovely gift for wine lovers.

See this pinot grigio wine candle here

LAST BUT NOT LEAST,

MY OWN FUNKY WINE PRINTABLES!

Download, print and frame! Simple! A cheap but fun gift for wine-lovers.

This is a bundle of wine prints for under £5: you receive 10 prints in 4 different sizes (4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14)

You can even use them as scrolls … tie a piece of red ribbon around the scroll & it’s already looking like christmas!

See below the prints you will receive, all print off in black and white:

See here the above black and white prints, available on my online shop. 

Too Old for a Drunken Night Out …

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drunk picture

I would be the first to disagree with the title of this blog, ‘Too Old for a Drunken Night Out … I don’t think so!’ However, it is now Tuesday, and after a fantastic night at a charity ball on Saturday, I am still feeling the effects.

I’ve already had two weeks of feeling like I’d been run over by a bus (a double decker in the first week, a single in the second) after having all four wisdom teeth out. So I was looking forward to having lots of energy … and then I have a night out and knock myself back another week!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to a few glasses of wine, but I suppose a few glasses compared to endless top ups is maybe not the way forward!

The ball was for a well-deserved charity: Equipment for ICU at North Tees Hospital. It was a really fun night. We had such a good laugh, but as I sit still nursing my fuzzy head (well, whole body), I’m wondering if it was worth it. We tell ourselves, ‘of course it was, we only live once …’ But I think my soul has already lost the will to live!

I started out in my beautiful long dress, holding it elegantly as I walked sophisticatedly in my gorgeous irregular choice heels  … to crawling across my bathroom floor (well, that’s after I got off the kitchen floor!) – yes, still in my dress!! Don’t worry for all you mortified parents … the kids were staying out!

Sunday started with a 5-year-olds birthday party, screaming kids running around a soft play was not the best medicine. As I watched this madness, I thought back to the days when hangovers weren’t a problem. Well, they might have been but laying on the sofa all day, eating stodge always had me right after a day! I ate stodge all day Sunday, drank full-fat coke and had a very early night, but still I feel like someone has jumped around on my head and body for a good few hours. So, I can’t help but think … is it a virus? Maybe I’m coming down with something? I know this isn’t the case, but it’s nice to think of an excuse rather than knowing at the age of 35 years, I’m too old to take these drunken nights out!

Comfort Keepers website states, ‘Our metabolisms change as we get older; consequently, we break alcohol down more slowly so that it remains in our bodies longer. Age also causes the amount of water we have in our bodies to decrease resulting in a higher overall blood alcohol ratio when we drink. Aging also lowers the body’s tolerance for alcohol so that we experience side effects like slurred speech or lack of coordination more easily, even if we only drink a little bit.’

Here’s a few more websites if you’re interested in knowing why we suffer with hangovers (and more so as we get older 🙁 )

And not that I want to be a party-bore, as I said I’m very partial to a glass or two (or bottle) of wine, but at this moment in time … I don’t want to drink again!!  If a bad hangover can’t put me off drinking (because I’ll soon forget), maybe some of this information will:

Please have a read, I’m now off to get some more full-fat coke 🙂

http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/effects-on-the-body/alcohol-and-women

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/body-odd/hangovers-really-do-get-worse-we-get-older-heres-why-n1981

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/alcoholandolderpeople.aspx