Tuesday, 30 April 2013

mother's day, or a special-someone's day, twinings and a giveaway (yay!)

Twinings-Mothers-Day a sponsored by nuffnang

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. Twinings-Mothers-Day b 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! Twinings-Mothers-Day c 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? Twinings-Mothers-Day d 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! Twinings-Mothers-Day e Good luck! Terms and conditions here. I hope you enjoy it! x Twinings-Mothers-Day f












35 comments:

Iolanthe said...

My Mummio is overseas as the moment, gallivanting around historical European sites and quizzing academics - so I can't have a 'real' cup of tea with her on Mother's Day. However, I will enjoy a fine cup while Facebooking with her - a virtual 'Twinings - Yes Please' moment instead.

Sammi said...

Oh how lovely! It's funny because my ideal mother's day is actually having a proper tea (which is sort of a novel thing in the US) with my mom. We both love earl grey the best, actually (and we always have ours with milk! - which now I'm thinking is abnormal?!), and my favorite thing to do on mother's day would involve getting dressed up and going to a teahouse near where I live (called La-Tea-Da) and having cucumber, egg and tuna finger sandwiches, scones with devonshire cream and lemon curd, petit fours, chocolate-covered strawberries, and of course, lots of yummy Earl Grey tea. I'm sure this is probably an Americanized tea, but it's always been something my mom and I have loved to do, and especially so on Mother's Day! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town this year for it, so I will have to imagine doing this on the day instead!

xox Sammi
www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

Brooke F said...

I am a total tea addict and favour an English Breakfast brew throughout the day. When I am feeling tired, stressed, upset or just a bit bleughhh, the first thing I do is pop the kettle on for a cuppa. The second thing I do is call my Mum, because she is the one I can completely unburden on, whinge to and rant at, and know that her love is unconditional and she won't think I'm a loony. So for me, who is so blessed to have my mother as one of my best friends, the perfect Mothers Day involves my kids playing as my Mum and I sit with cuppa's in hand chatting and gossiping and sharing and caring.

Corinne said...

My Mamma and I are Earl Grey ladies. Bergamot is calming to smell & drink!

Katie said...

I'll be spending Mother's Day with my extended family - my paternal grandmother is still around so we head up to her and Pop's place to have one of our thrice-yearly family gatherings. Inevitably as the afternoon wears on and we're still recovering from Nana's lunch spread, a call for tea will go around - always English Breakfast! Would love to send Mum home with something special and different to try out.
Ideally, I'd be joining her for the high tea she's attending the day before (alas, I was pre-booked for a baby shower), as we both love our tea and sweets!

azhure.rose said...

My ideal mother’s day would be spent with my mum, revelling in one another’s company. Perhaps going on a much-cherished ramble through the oak-lined lanes and side-streets before coming home to a steaming pot of Irish Breakfast. This year I’ll content myself with time spent with my dad and brother, reminiscing on times past.

Just Dont Tell Anyone said...

wow! that looks just awesome! I'm such a fan of tea.. so is my Mom! such a great idea as a present.
Thanks for sharing! :)
lovely cups by the way! :)

Sway said...

What a beautiful giveaway idea! I'm really keen to try the full flavoured Traditional Afternoon Tea. It looks divine.
My ideal Mother's Day is any time I get to spend the day chatting, laughing and relaxing with my beautiful mum. We live in separate states, but this year, as a suprise for Mother's Day, my Stepdad and I have arranged for me to fly down to arrive on her doorstep first thing Mother's Day morning! So excited.
Wishing all the Mothers out there a beautiful day!
xx
Shann
loversnotliars.blogspot.com
kittenflight (at) gmail {dot} com

Laura said...

My perfect Mother's Day would just be to be able to spend time with my Mum, since I moved out of home last year and miss her terribly. We'd probably prepare a lovely cup of a spicy Chai or a delicious French Earl Grey (I too take mine with milk... no regrets!) We may also indulge in a biscuit or two, and have a good chat, possibly with my two little dachshunds (who I also miss terribly) in our laps!

Ana Stevenson said...

My mum and I are living in different countries but, like you, I got really close to my mother-in-law since last year. Mother's Day already happened here but my husband and I went through a bit of a shelter issue and his mother has been helping so much. I'd love to thank her with a nice gift. Like me she's a lover of tea and cake and I've got an amazing cake recipe we've been wanting to try. Since they recommend you to have a slice with a nice cup of Earl Grey my ideal mother's day (or day with my mother-in-law) would be to have a long walk in the woods, bake this amazing cake together and have it with a lovely cup of Earl Grey tea while watching some of our favourite films as we do on her days off! xxx

genkitten said...

My mothers day will probably involve some Earl Grey Tea with my own mum and my boyfriend's mum.

va said...

is your giveaway open to all intl. or just locally ?

JennyB said...

I’m a Lady Grey girl.

Mother’s Day must be sleep, eat, sleep, eat and sleep...

And don’t even THINK of getting me anywhere near the sink!

WendyBee said...

First, I must say that I am so sorry that you have lost your Mum. I have lost my Dad, and not a day goes by that I donMIL.'t think of him, usually with a smile, but occasionally with a tear.
And secondly, I'm so glad that you are nurturing a relationship with your MIL. We women have a natural gift for mothering others, whether we have children of our own or not, and I believe that caring relationships of all kinds always make the world a better place.
My ideal Mother's Day? I am blessed that my Mum is still living, and to be a Mum myself of 3 brilliant young men. I am just selfish enough to want to be with my Mum and my boys on Mother's Day. So, as much as I love tea and cakes, I'm thinking more along the lines of a picnic at Fort Williams (where the Portland Head Lighthouse is), so the boys can pass a ball of some sort, and Mum and I can enjoy feeding their endless appetites and revel in their robust health, while drinking in views of the ocean from the cliffs and the pretty plantings around the keeper's house. I suppose I could sneak a thermos of Earl Gray into one of the hampers.

Kristina Uriegas-Reyes said...

I love Earl Grey!

My mom is in texas and I am in nyc. I miss her terribly, but we shall celebrate when she comes to visit in June and we'll eat lots of delicious nyc food.

Kat said...

I am currently several states away from my mum, so chances are I'll celebrate with a good neighbour friend of mine. But at some stage I'll call my mum and I just might have a cuppa over the phone! I'm an english breakfast girl but wouldn't mind trying the assam bold now :)

And I love that orange teacup! good find :)


Lisa @ .Simply Me. said...

My ideal mothers day is having brunch (my favourite meal) with my Mum and Grandma, the two Mums who are most special to me. This is likely to be followed by window shopping in cute boutiques, one of our favourite after-brunch activities. The tea will definitely be peppermint, my fav!

Alice Shaw said...

My ideal mother's day is high tea with my mum and my daughters. Alas once again this year I won't be getting together with my mum, which is madness I know. Next year we are having the ideal mother's day, together, no matter what. I will be enjoying the lovely English Breakfast tea with my girls on Mother's Day. It may not be the most exotic of teas but for me, it's the most comforting and restorative.

Lilacism said...

On Mother's day it is usually the whole family gathering around-but there's always that special moment when after everyone has left or doing their own thing, the dishes are done and you're ready to collapse on the couch after a fab day. Then my Mum puts the kettle on, she brews her green tea, I brew my Earl Grey and then we go to my room. She plonks herself on my bed, I sit on my chair and we have a deep and meaningful about everything and nothing, which usually leaves us laughing about the silliest things. No matter what we do on her special day, our tea tradition and special chats are a success wherever we are.

MerMarty said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I always end up drinking more tea when I stay at my mom's house so this made me smile. My favorite is Chai, but my mom likes Lady Grey best.

Anonymous said...

There's something so sweet in you!

A Certain Vintage said...

im definitely earl grey when it comes to twinings, or their black tea with rose. I am just obsessed with the coral colour of this tea set though, it's a real beauty!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I'll be celebrating MOther's Day with my husband and son. We often drink tea and my favourite is English Breakfast. I love the collector's tin you featured.

elke said...

first off all, i want to say that i'm so sorry you can't celebrate your mother anymore. it's so good you found such a good friend in your mother in law.
i will go to my mom, with flowers and hugs and kisses :-) but first my little ones will give me the treasures they made at school :-)
i like all kinds of tea. lady grey is my favourite black tea, but i also drink a lot of green and white tea, and herbal infusions (with ginger or cinnamon...)
i have to be honest, though, with my mom i ll have cafe au lait :-)

Imogen said...

My ideal mother's day would be spent with my mum, my partner's mum and his sister, relaxing, laughing, reading the paper and of course; drinking tea. They are all in NZ while I've just arrived in Melbourne, so in reality I will be spending it with some lovely new friends (hoping for a sunny day).
Thank you for the competition!

GracefullyVintage said...

My mum works so hard and always deserves a treat! She loves green tea as it relaxes her after a long day of work and of course a foot rub! We are moving house during mother's day so it won't be very fun... But a chest of tea would certainly brighten her day.

I plan on that making her a nice meal, giving her a hug, buying her a nice gift and giving her a giant mothers day card (my tradition, which I fill with photos of us and our pets). She keeps all of the cards... But winning a pretty tea pack would make her smile during this stressful time of moving!

Kim maxwell said...

My favourite things about Mothers day is getting some cute handmade cards from my kids and seeing my Mum. I would share some Twinigs green tea with her, as we both would like to be healthier and this would be a great start.

Kim m
galwayst@hotmail.com

Vanessa said...

I think that my ideal mothers day would include doing some things to take care of my Mum. Mum is so selfless and pours herself into the task of taking care of every single person in our family. Even though my brother and I are adults now, she still finds ways to look out for us.

I'd love to bake some delicious cakes for her morning tea. Then I'd let her relax at home while I took her dog for a walk and tidied up the house. If I were really flush with cash, I'd book a masseuse to come to her house to work out all her tension. Then we'd finish up giggling over silly cat videos and drinking a cup of tea: English Breakfast, of course (she's very traditional).

vkbowen@hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

I miss my Mum so much- some many times I think Ill just tell Mum that and then remember I cant. I decided this year I would treat my sister. We live far apart but I bought her on of the Twinings special packs and had it sent to her at home with a pretty cup and so we can remember Mum with some Earl Grey and pretty cups. Love your Mum everyday while you have her you will miss her so much when shes gone :)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I will be making morning tea for my Mother in law again this year and it makes it a special day to have three generations around a table that is filled with tea cups and sweet morsels to eat. Luckily she is very forgiving of the fact that there is often at least one inedible morsel on the table and that the dust bunnies may make an appearance if I forget to sweep under the sideboard... but at the end of the day as long as the tea is fine then the other things are always overlooked... For her it is English Breakfast, for me it is Lady Grey and my daughter is Assam Bold all the way...
so glad to have found your blog via the Twinings link on Fb and looking forward to many more visits... xx
http://traceyfletcherking.blogspot.com.au/

MichVee said...

My very ideal Mother's Day
Would be with family, what more can I say?
Sipping Twinings Lemon Twist tea and eating cakes
And the little finger sandwiches that my mum makes
Ideally by a pool, then we'd get a massage for an hour
Then perhaps we'd cool off with a waterfall shower!
But even if we're just at home, no holiday in sight
As long as family's together, then everything's alright!!!

Vivienne Dobin said...

I will be sharing the afternoon with my Mum and will bake some lovely fresh croissants for her which we will have with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey.

Theresa said...

My ideal Mother's Day is one I spend with my mom, who isn't in Australia (as you can tell by the spelling of 'mum').

I would love to spend it with girlfriends who have babies, but alas, none of my friends here do. Yet...!

Deidre said...

As an American expat in Australia, my ideal mother's day would being able to teleport home for the weekend to spend the time with my mom.

and we'd drink earl grey.

sapna said...

I would love to spend Mother's day with my mum and mum-in-law who are my role models and an important part of my life. I am planning to take them to the parlour as a treat and my little boys are planning to bake a cake for me with their dad. We will enjoy English breakfast tea together on mother's day.

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