Personalised Bubbly (AD)

AD – I was gifted some personalised bottles of Prosecco in return for an honest review.

When it comes to alcohol I am very picky. I love JD and coke and the odd glass of Baileys (especially in winter), but the one thing that always tempts me is Prosecco. I drink Prosecco on holiday, at parties and, in particular, at Christmas time. So when @saywithchampers invited me to try their very personalised bottles of bubbly, I immediately felt this was the right fit for me and my blog.

As well as labelling gifts for birthdays, weddings and graduations, SayItWithChampers offers bespoke designs for any occasion. Their website is easily accessible and also contains a blog which highlights seasonal wines, ideas for customising bottles and general info about bubbly.

Christmas Wine

As the season of goodwill approaches, I am always looking for gifts to buy my colleagues and small bottles of wine are perfect alongside chocolates or candles, so I was delighted to get to check out some Christmas Prosecco mini-bottles. They arrived in small boxes separately, with just a basic plastic wrap, so the packaging can easily be recycled. When I saw them, I instantly thought ‘Christmas starts right now.’

Wine For Any Occasion

To add to this, I was lucky enough to receive a birthday bottle which I chose the inscription for, having decided to give it to my mum for her upcoming celebration. They had the capacity to write up to five short lines of inscription so I put,

‘Happy Birthday!

Mum,

have a tipple,

And a giggle

Lots of Love.’

Despite being a writer, I am not always hugely inventive when it comes to messages but I felt that this squeezed a little humour into it. The freedom to write whatever you want is a big selling point when it comes to personalised gifts.

I support SayItWithChampers because their gifts are affordable, personalised and they are a relatively local business based in East Anglia. I totally recommend checking out their website and blog to cast your eyes over some of the intriguing, fun and incredibly special Christmas, birthday and ‘any occasion’ bottles of wine.

A Healthy Body – At Home

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Over summer I have been keeping as fit as I can whilst also juggling blogging, writing, home improvement and a holiday. Just as I have for the last year, I tend to do most of my fitness sessions at home.

Before lockdowns I was a regular spinner, usually joining a spin cycle class twice a week and often going for a jog too. During the pandemic I worked from home a bit and was reluctant to jog due to my discomfort about being out and about at a time when we knew very little about this new virus.

My solution- online classes

So I started to do online fitness sessions, initially on YouTube and then using a website which was free during lockdowns. My main focus was cardio and so I initially did a few dance and aerobic routines, which I enjoyed. I also practised using my 4kg and 8kg kettle bells. My mum bought me these a few years ago and they had mostly sat in the corner. However, once I started to swing the bells and use them for arm strength I really noticed how much they made my muscles ache and helped me to keep my belly fat down.

Here are a few things you can do with a kettle bell. I am not a qualified fitness trainer, so for detailed directions consult a professional or watch a YouTube video by a qualified trainer.

– The famous kettle bell swings (with the emphasis on moving your hips, clenching your buttocks as you swing)

– Upright rows (holding the kettle with both hands and lifting up so your elbows stick out at right angles, level with your shoulders)

– Squats (either with your legs together, shoulder width apart or in sumo squat position)

– Presses – lifting the kettle bell up and down above your chest while reclining on your back.

Kettle bells have become my favourite fitness tools and are very easy to incorporate into movements and routines. Some trainers offer free videos on their Instagrams and then have more available courses for a fee. You can learn a few simple movements and really enjoy using this equipment safely at home, so long as you keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

My two favourite kettle bells.

As a writer/ blogger I need to keep active and don’t want to have to spend ages travelling to and from gyms. Therefore home fitness has become my workout of choice. I totally recommend buying an affordable kettle bell such as the one mentioned in the link above. If you feel ready to use a slightly heavier one then the following link is for an 8kg bell. I tend to use that for double arm lifting and the smaller one for single arm work.

Thank you for reading this post which is different to my usual articles, but I believe it is useful to share and promote the ways we keep our bodies and minds healthy. Perhaps consider following my blog for more such content in future.