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Romantic treats for Valentine’s Day

I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, you’ve probably already worked out, I’m a fan of any occasion! But, one that involves me, my husband and a bit of romance is always going to make me happy.

Sopwell House

Sopwell House

As with everything we do, we don’t like to follow the norm and just book a meal out on February 14. We like to find something just a touch different to do – that may even mean dining out on an alternative day that week and then indulging in an intimate meal for two at home on the day of love itself. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive, but it does have to be special.

 

If you’re looking for inspiration to make your Valentine’s Day go with a bang, take a look at these ideas I’ve come across…
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Review: Go organic with Dr Bronner wedding favours

I’m a soap lover. Every Christmas and birthday, I ask for more scented soap. So, it was a pure pleasure to review these latest products…organic soaps by Dr Bronner.

 

When we got married, we were keen to offer our guests favours that would be used, that wouldn’t be left behind or wasted. What better gift to offer than a range of beautifully scented soaps made with organic oils enabling you to keep details of your wedding green as well as unique.

I requested a sample of the All-One Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Bar Soap as almond is one of my favourite smells. And it didn’t disappoint. The subtle, yet genuine aroma was fresh and made me think of holidays in the sun. Even better, the soap froths up a treat and lasts for weeks.

I was also sent a bottle of 18-in-1 Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Soap which not only has that delicious nutty smell to it, but it has 18 uses – hand wash, face wash, body wash, bath bliss, shampoo, shaving, toothpaste, foot bath, deodorant, dog wash, clearing congestion (Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree are suggested), laundry, dishes, floors, all-purpose cleaning, fruit and veg wash, plant spray and ant spray!

 

I’d be thrilled to receive a Dr Bronner soap as a favour at a wedding!

 

 

Disclaimer: The Dr Bronner products were given free of charge in return for a review on this blog.

Hen: Checking out the facilities at new Las Iguanas

With Rio 2016 halfway through and the end of our summer in sight, it was a welcome surprise to be offered a night in Latin America. Ok, so it wasn’t a trip abroad, but an evening with Mr Robertson at the brand new Las Iguanas restaurant, in Braintree, Essex.


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Review: Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea book

I’m a bit of an afternoon tea fan. They’re a beautiful way to celebrate an occasion or to catch-up with friends and loved ones. Whether it be at a vintage tea room, a posh hotel or in my own kitchen, I love the vision of cake stands piled high with goodies and making use of mismatched china.

Eric Lanlard afternoon tea book

I’m also a huge fan of French patissier Eric Lanlard, having worked with him a few times in the past when we both did some work with Sainsbury’s. Mr Robertson and I had the pleasure of sampling his delicious handiwork recently when he provided the cakes for our friends who married live on TV’s This Morning, too.

 

So, being sent a copy of his new book, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea, packed full of hints, tips and, of course, stunning recipes was a real treat.
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Drinks: Cocktails and cider, anyone?

I’m not a big drinker, but am partial to a cocktail or a nice cold cider on a special occasion. So, with an inbox full of emails about the latest developments in this area of the booze market, I had to share.

Don’t panic if you’re on a strict weight management plan for your big day, as one even states it’s low in calories and full of real fruit juice – what’s not to like!

 

Whether you’re stocking up for your hen or stag parties, looking for somewhere to celebrate or want a signature cocktail for your big day, check these out for inspiration…
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My friend, the This Morning bride!

Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!

 

When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.

During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.

 

And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
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Getaway: A romantic break at The Angel Hotel

It’s been a couple of months since the husband and I have packed a bag and headed off for a romantic break. So, when the opportunity for a road trip to Bury St Edmunds and a stay at The Angel Hotel came up, we were there like a shot.

 

I had spotted this pretty, ivy clad hotel when I visited the Suffolk town for their wonderful Christmas market back in December and had made a mental note to have a stay there sometime. It proved to be the most ideal spot to enjoy a romantic, relaxing getaway, with everything on the doorstep we could need, yet with a calm and peaceful environment to unwind in and just be together. We adore our home, but the fact I missed our Contemporary Suite when we left says it all. And that copper bath, wow.
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Fab Find: Fun gifts for your drunken hen party girls!

I’m a big fan of Team Hen and all the quirky ideas they come up with for an alternative party with the girls. But, this latest product is just hilarious.

Who even knew the hair tie was needed…but now it exists, it’s got to be a must-have on any messy girls’ night out!

The To Have & To Hold…Your Hair Back comes in five sparkly designs and would slip easily into your party handbag, easily accessible when that intimate moment happens between friends…you know what I’m talking about, right?

 

Top 50 UK wedding bloggers includes ARBG!

So, how completely thrilling to receive an email from someone who said they had discovered A Real Bride’s Guide via a list of the UK’s top 50 wedding bloggers! I, of course, immediately went searching and found that yes, there I am, featured on Go Hen! Go me!!

Thanks so much for the mention, I’m super chuffed to have been featured and for the recognition for this little blog.

 

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Wedding diary: One week to go for vow renewal Charlie!

This time next week, my good friend Charlie Smith from Truly I Do (http://trulyido.weebly.com) will have tied the knot once again to husband of nine years, Dan. They will have seen all their plans come together and declared their never-ending love in front of their family and friends – including myself and Mr Robertson.

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Checking in to see how Mrs Smith is doing with one week to go until her vow renewal…
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