Grabbing some luxury time – A woman’s guide to staying in

Our lives get busier and busier, don’t they? There’s always something to be ticked off that list of to do’s. My daughter Sara is 27 years old and I still give her an advent calendar each year. When Sara was around four years old I bought her a hanging advent with fair-sized pockets to add small gifts to. And still, now I wrap up 25 small gifts each year and she always looks forward to it. Her little bit of luxury in the mornings in the run-up to Christmas

We had been chatting for a while about having a girls night in. But me being so tired with all the building work going on and Sara rarely getting any peace in the evenings ( Blake my autistic grandson can be up all night sometimes) We decided to take some much needed with no interruptions time out doing nothing but enjoying ourselves throughout the day. Nearly a whole day doing what we wanted.

I had recently been contacted by Elizabeth Shaw chocolatiers. They have partnered with Pinkster Craft Gin and created Ginspired Tipples. Armed with some goodies from Elizabeth Shaw, there were biscuits and the ever famous box of Mint Crisp ( who doesn’t have them in the house at Christmas?) plus her bag of goodies for advent.

A luxury day with no interruptions

So tea was made and we settled down to watch a film, put our feet up and enjoy our little feast. The Ginspired Tipples look pretty in their box. Gin has become such a huge trend in the last couple of years, hasn’t it? But if I were out partying it’s always been my choice of drink.

Made with Belgian dark chocolate there’s a selection of gin mixes. Raspberry, Ameretto, Blacberry, Lemon and Lime

It was so lovely to grab a few hours of just us! We really enjoyed our uninterrupted time. Proper time to talk and enjoy each others company. The time flew by though!

Tucking into one too many chocolates doesn’t hurt every now and then!

As soon as the house is finished I’ve decided that I will have time with friends and family. I prefer to invite or be invited to my house or theirs. It’s just so much more relaxed than going out.

Conversation can flow without loud music and noisy places. I much prefer it that way. And it’s lovely to have little nibbles like chocolates and ready-made finger foods. No preparation or washing up!

Of course, Sara talked me into letting her open the first advent gift. This is the first year for a long time (ten in fact) that I can be around to see her open some of her 25 little gifts. I now live three minutes in the car away and it’s brilliant!

As soon as the Mint Crisp was opened we were reminiscing about these chocolates being mums favourites and then, of course, all the memories of many Christmases gone by were chatted about.

In the mornings now, we will talk about our advent gifts in the mornings. I’m opening one on my Instagam Stories if you’d like to join me?

Which luxury chocolate would you choose? Ginspired Tipples or Mint Crisp? Or both! I think both make great stocking fillers and the Ginspired Tipples are very reasonably priced at rrp £7.00 You can buy them at leading supermarkets. Sainsbury’s have them at present for £5.00

How do you like to spend a girls get together? Out on the town or quieter indoors? I much prefer the calmer way of life! And I must promise to myself that I will make the time to do this regularly too.

This is a sponsored post for Elizabeth Shaw luxury chocolates. I love them anyway!

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  1. December 16, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    What a fabulous girls day in! Staying in with a host of goodies is a lovely way to be able to easily catch up in a relaxed and peaceful environment. Those choccy’s look delicious. I think I’d like both πŸ˜‰ Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

  2. December 10, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    What a lovely opportunity X #dreamteam #an9

  3. December 8, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    What a sweet time with your daughter! A lovely tradition with the Advent calendar. You two look like you’re having such a good time.

    I now live just 10 minutes from my mom and I love it.


  4. December 8, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    What a beautiful post, Laurie! And how wonderful that you now live only 3 minutes from your daughter so you can spend more quality time together. These ginspired tipples look amazing! I have been dipping into way too many goodies lately and my waistline is showing it. I much prefer a night in with friends and family over going to a loud bar…unless of course, I am going out for the sole purpose of live music! Thanks for sharing this peek into your night in with Sara!


  5. December 6, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    Your daughter is so pretty. What a nice way to spend the day. Nice that she’s so close by.

  6. December 6, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    What a treat to spend some quality with your daughter X #pocolo

  7. December 5, 2019 / 11:02 am

    What a lovely post! First of all the delectable chocolates, biscuits etc are enough right there! Secondly, you both look so adorable and sweet. I’m glad you live close together now!

  8. December 5, 2019 / 9:26 am

    Such a beautiful post and photos Laurie. Love spend quality family time together. Those chocolates do look yummy πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your post with us at The Wednesday Link Up.

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2019 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays too. Pinned and shared xx

  9. December 5, 2019 / 4:50 am

    It’s lovely to read about your fond relationship with your daughter and sharing chocolates and a movie sounds perfect!! I wish you the best in completing your construction and good luck with getting up that tree!! Try to take it easy,
    Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ

  10. December 4, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    So lovely to spend time with family. I live close to both my daughters lucky xx

  11. December 4, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    A day at home with family and chocolates is my idea of bliss! I don’t go out much, I find it too tiring! Lovely photos of you and your daughter. I hope the building work goes smoothly!

    Emma xxx

  12. Michelle Green
    December 4, 2019 / 9:30 am

    Ooh this is so lovely. My daughter will be home from uni next week and there will be plenty of nights in together. Both mine have the hanging advent calendars that my mum did for them – presents have been replaced by chocolates but they still love having them and of course their stockings! They are 22 and 19! Have a lovely Christmas. Michelle xx

  13. December 3, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    Sounded like a wonderful evening together Laurie. I appreciate being with family as ours is spread out in diferent states. Love that you had a time to talk and enjoy some sweet treats! I would choose Mint Crisps as I am not a fan of Gin.
    thank you for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      December 3, 2019 / 10:50 pm

      It’s lovely to live around the corner to each other Jess. Christmas is going to be lovely this year.

  14. December 3, 2019 / 7:31 am

    That is quality time isn t it! And what better then a box of chocolates! Your daughter has gorgeous hair! How van she noy have that of course, with a hairdresser as a mother!

    • laurie
      December 3, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks Nancy. Quality well worth spent and not feeling guilty about eating hose chocolates!

  15. December 2, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    This is a lovely post Laurie, so nice to see you with your daughter having some much needed time together. I love chatting with my girls, they are so on my wave-length. Have just put my tree up, so it’s starting to look very festive here. Hope your festive preparations are going well. x Jacqui x

    • laurie
      December 3, 2019 / 10:53 pm

      No festivities here as of yet Jacqui. House is still like a building site! Fingers crossed for the next few days I can get my tree up!

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