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Well, so Mother’s Day is coming up again. Like a lot of people, I don't have my own mum around anymore, and for many, this time of year can be anything from a little bit awkward to devastatingly upsetting. I've decided that Mother’s Day is for celebrating anyone, not just a mother, who is important to you and provides a sense of care, guidance, wisdom and perspective. I am lucky enough to have a good relationship with my mother-in-law. We got to know each other a lot better during the first half of last year, when we spent a lot of time together, and this new bond has been hugely important to me.
And, like any relationship, the development of this bond was through spending time together and talking. Our circumstances were unusual, but it is something we continue to do: take the time to sit down and have a good chat.
It doesn't have to be a big deal. Pop on the kettle, make a tea and ask that someone how their day has been. Catch up. Laugh at stupid things and find that these things, more often than not, can be laughed away.
And isn't it nice to do it with something beautiful? I have an espresso every morning (okay, a double espresso, with a touch of milk, and John makes it for me, yes I am lucky) and it feels so much nicer when I – ahem, John – pour(s) it into a pretty vintage teacup. I drink tea throughout the day, too, if I'm home, and John and I have a cuppa (because since leaving England I use hackneyed phrases such as this because hilarious) after dinner. It's so much more special when it's done with thought, using vintage teacups and making a moment of it. Otherwise those teacups gather dust on the shelf, and what's the point of that?! I don't believe in saving such things for best, for special occasions. These occasions are now! Do it!
I was absolutely chuffed to be sent these Twinings limited edition teas. Created especially for Mother’s Day, the Selections Pack (RRP $19.95) and the Twinings 100 Tea bags Pack with FREE Limited Edition Tin – English breakfast, Earl Grey and Assam Bold blends (RRP $10.39) are available at Coles, Woolworths and the Twinings gift shop and are perfect gifts for that important someone. Or, frankly, for yourself; I am more than happy to have pretty and useful tins on my kitchen shelves. Wouldn't you be?
Now, to celebrate those special moments, everyday occasions and of course Mother’s Day – we can make it Their Day, for our special loved one, if necessary – Twinings have given me 3 Mother’s Day Prize Packs to give away to 3 of you. In each prize pack:
– 1 x Twinings Limited Edition Selections Pack
– 1 x Twinings Limited Edition Heart Tin with 100 Pack
and, to win, please tell me:
"WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL MOTHER’S DAY AND WHICH BLEND OF TEA WILL YOU BE ENJOYING WITH YOUR
LOVED ONES ON THE DAY?"
Of course it can be your mum – please don't feel uncomfortable about that, seriously! – or it can be whoever else it may be. I want to know what makes it special for the two of you. If you like you can check out more about Twinings here and have a look at what is going on at the moment. I'm quite excited to try the Assam Bold – apparently it's an extra strong blend that was only launched last year, and I think it could be the perfect morning espresso chaser – yes, I like my caffeine! – and I LOVE Earl Grey. I have it with milk. I know, I'm a rebel!
Good luck! Terms and conditions here. I hope you enjoy it! x