Sunday, 28 December 2014

Gone But Not Forever !

Like many bloggers, I have taken a break from blogging over Christmas so that I can spend some quality time with my family. I have been a touch poorly over recent weeks and have felt the need to regroup and refocus my thoughts for 2015.



The Mad Mummy Musings has been a touch abandoned this past year. It hasn’t been intentional however my online boutique, my green lifestyle blog, my nutrition studies and looking after my beautiful girls has I’m afraid meant that something had to slip and that’s this space.

It’s been a busy year with many new lessons learned. I’m exceptionally excited about the year ahead and after several years of coming to terms with many life challenges, I finally feel I’m getting my identity back again and can truly look to the future with a renewed “joie de vivre”.

Over the past week, I’ve enjoyed taking a step back from the hubbub of life and I’m on a mission to de-clutter and re-organise my living space for the coming year. It’s feeling good to make space for the new to enter our lives.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hotel Chocolat Father’s Day Competition Giveaway

THIS COMPETITION GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

It’s fair to say that I’ve been neglecting you all recently and for that I apologise. It has been a mad few months for me with my lovely little online boutique, Sophia’s Choice and it has taken up rather a lot of my time. As you know I also write my Green Lifestyle Blog of the same name and I’ve been catching up on posts there for the past couple of months. But I’ve not run away never to be seen again and I intend to be back here very soon with new posts to bore inspire you with !

So, in way of an apology I’m back with a lovely competition giveaway for you. And this one’s for all those lovely Dads out there. In just over two weeks time, we in the UK & the US will be celebrating Father’s Day on 15th June. It also happens to be my hubby’s birthday that day too, so he’s in for lots of goodies and pressies, lucky chap.

Back in December you may remember that I reviewed a fabulous box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. You can read my review here. Hotel Chocolat make the most divine chocolates and in the end we bought some of those “Mingles & Jingles” for the girls and a Christmas Wreath for family members to indulge in after our review. The company is fair trade having their own ‘engaged ethics’ programme, they have a chocolate tasting club and are constantly bringing out new products to keep the chocolate connoisseur happy.  

Hotel Chocolat Father's Day Collection Prize

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Looking Briefly Back Over 2013 and Forward to Endless Possibilities

First of all, Happy New Year to you all ! I’m hoping you had a fabulous time with those you love and you’re ready for all the wonderful possibilities 2014 is sure to offer.

Photo Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net (Created by hin255)

You may or may not know that I write 2 blogs. There’s The Mad Mummy Musings, but there’s also my very first blogging baby, Sophia’s Choice, my Green Lifestyle Blog, which I gave life to a few months prior to this one. They’re both quite different and allow me to write and share in slightly different ways. They have over the past 15 months given me an outlet, a place to call my own where I can indulge my passion to write.

This year has been an eventful one in many different ways. We have now finally settled into the second home we moved into within a 11 week period last November and slowly but surely the scars left from losing my Mum just over 2 years ago to lung cancer are finally healing. I feel her presence with me daily particularly when I write. It’s as if she is guiding me and helping me follow my passion, pointing me in the right direction.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Hotel Chocolat – The Signature Christmas Collection

If you've been reading this blog then you will know that I LOVE chocolate ! It is my Achilles heel and if it’s in our house it rarely lasts long. If I’m not surreptitiously devouring a morsel or three, it’s the rest of the household fighting over who gets the last piece. Saving your last rolo for someone you love in our house is a rare occurrence. It’s very much each for their own on the chocolate front !

We lived in France for just short of 3 years and in that time I was able to sample an eclectic mix of chocolate much of which was made for the discerning palate. Despite the fact that I love a square or two of what the European’s term as “chocolate substitute”, I do love a piece of dark cacao rich chocolate and I am pleased to say that my 2 girls have inherited a penchant for dark chocolate too. To see a 2 year old devour with joy, a piece of 90% cocoa dark chocolate is a beautiful sight and long may it continue.


So, when the opportunity arose to sample some of the Christmas Chocolate Selection from Hotel Chocolat, every sense in my body woke up and said “Me, me!”



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