Aroamaah! Coffee of the Month – July 2014 Plus Discount Code!

To kick off this months review of our coffee subscription with Aroamaah! I have some great news, The amazing people over at Aroamaah have given us the chance to offer our readers 50% off your first box. So whichever box you go for of incredible coffee then help yourself to 50% off. Which will make this amazing coffee service taste even better!

To get the 50% off, when placing your order just use the code:

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Coffee-Mill

The process is very straight forward, every month they search out independent artisan roasters from across the world and pick a selection of the best seasonal coffees. Each box contains a selection of different coffees, tasting notes, information on the coffee’s origin and tips on getting the best out of the coffee.

We get three coffees each month as we are a little bit addicted to our coffee machine and the amazing smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning, afternoon…. night, well anytime really.

This month I tested all the coffees from my new glass Kilner mug. I had each coffee as a double espresso, and after all the espressos I had in Italy they face quite a bit of competition. This month was the first time we had the coffee delivered as beans, I prefer this as it keeps the coffee fresher for longer and I love using our spong mill, shown above. However the coffee gets delivered in paper bags, and before leaving for holiday I didn’t get the chance to put them into air tight containers, this meant when we got back the coffee we hadnt used yet had lost alot of its smell. It was fine once ground, it was like bringing it back to life. But if you go for yours ground then its something to keep an eye on.

Coffee A:

Origin: El Salvador
Farm: Finca Bosque Lya, Santa Ana municipality
Rosted on: 24 June 2014

This coffee won the “Cup of Excellence” in 2004, its a medium roast that had a good sweetness. The notes said it has berries, honey and a hint of jasmin. I can taste honey and little berries, but not the jasmin, which is a good thing for me. I enjoyed this coffee a lot and can see why it has won awards.

Coffee B:

Origin: Nicaragua
Farm: Finca Lya, Argentina, Nueva Segovia
Rosted on: 24 June 2014

I tasted this coffee as an espresso but after reading the notes, it suggests “lovingly brewed in a Cafetiere” so I sat down with a large pot as well. Sweet and acidic the tasting notes get this spot on with the description of “lemon sherbets”. This coffee worked well as a pick me up after work, the acidity giving the little kick needed to blow the cobwebs away and help de-stress.

 

Coffee C:

 

Origin: Rwanda
Farm: Gashonga co-operative, Rusizi district
Rosted on: 24 June 2014

My coffee of the month this month. I’d quite happy of had 10 bags of this one. Its a great all rounder that I loved as a freshly ground espresso, or as an americano. I seem to enjoy a coffee that has chocolaty notes, and this one had some delicious dark chocolate matched with plum and citrus peel.

Another amazing months delivery of exquisite coffees. Comparing these coffees with the ones I had from Italy the only difference I can see is their machines were alot bigger and fancier than ours, the coffee was just as incredible. You never know which coffees will arrive with the order but you can guarantee that they are amazing, so I hope you take advantage of the discount code, there is no better time to get some incredible coffee in your life.

 



Wedding Wednesday’s: Venues /01

Ok so now I am newly engaged, the fun begins of planning the wedding. Now I have a few ideas already, but I’m nowhere near ready to start planning a wedding…yet. So I aim to fill the space with ideas every Wednesday, and slowly build up a mood board of my favourite pins and ideas. I will also be experimenting with DIY wedding fave’s, so hopefully I can inspire you too!

So lets get started,as I have never planned anything like this, I brought a couple of magazines, Brides to be specific, and they suggested some apps which can help you get started. I went for WedHappy. The basic version is free, and it gives you check list and rough dates for when things need to be done. First task, setting the date.

Ok so we have a few dates in mind which we are going to keep to ourselves for the meantime until the date is official, but I let you know the year and the favourable month we are thinking. November 2016.

The next item on the agenda is a venue, as I guess venues need to be booked way in advance, especially for popular months during Spring and Summer. I have been looking at some venues, just online and looking at pinterest for the type of thing I want. Here are some places which look amazing.

First thing, first. I’m not getting married in NYC (I wish) but I love this list of alternative places to get married there, which was featured on BuzzFeed. The best thing about Pinterest, is you can get ideas on layout, decor, and features that you might want at your venue, plus, I like to find places that might appeal to all of our readers.

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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is number 5 on the list, but how breathtakingly beautiful does this look, all that light? and in the evening, safe to say, it’s a constant instagram moment.

See the rest of the list here. 

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Flowers in the water, fun shoot, Italy

So i did a very quick little shoot while we were in Italy, which briefly featured Abby, and the flowers that Richard had given me. It was sunny, but quite cold that day, hence the short shoot. But I like how the pictures came out a lot, I love using swimming pools, the reflections and shades of vibrant blue just look good as a backdrop.

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Abby looking lovely with flowers in her hair, which is a nightmare. Me and Max were in the pool with her holding her up and placing flowers, then we had to get out of the way without disrupting her or the flowers for Richard to take the picture.. fun fun

 

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Our time in Italy

So I decided to do a post of the rest of my photos from Italy, I have tried filter then as much as possible as so not to bore you all!!

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Where we stayed, this is the main house, with one of the out house’s above. We let Abby and Max have one of the out houses, while Ben, Tasha and the twins had the other. We had one side of the main house, while my parents have the other. It sleep’s like 17 in total, so theres was more then enough space for everyone, with 4 kitchens too!

 

Twins in jail, Italy

 

The twins on the last day, stuck indoors while it was raining, and everyone was running around packing the cars. Eliza on the right sporting a moody glair while she is stuck in ‘prison’ clutching terry and terry from Monsters inc.  University preparing her revenge.. . The rebel Amelia on the left leaning on the window, picture a piece of straw in her mouth and this little rebel cowboy doesn’t have a care while she’s kept inside, probably plotting her next riot. They would stood like this for a good  minutes, it was the cutest thing in the whole world.

Amelia and me, Italy, coco pops

 

A mid holiday snap, Amelia stealing more Coco Pops, she seems to be enjoying herself!!

Antipasto, Italy

My and Richards dinner after the hospital trauma in Montepulciano, we had this to share, it was meant to be a starter but it was more then enough to fill us both up. 

Espresso, Italy

This is just one of the many many espresso’s Richard had! He became a bit obsessed.

 

Flowers in the window, Italy

My flowers in the window, which Richard gave me, and how nice is that view?

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Finishing with a picture of Richard, I took a picture of the pool, but I can’t find it, so believe me when I say it was lovely.

Speak soon all.



Cakes in Italy

So the meats, cheese and fresh produce were amazing in Italy, but being me I particularly liked the cakes. Because there were so many of us a couple of times we ended up buying big cakes, so there was enough for everyone, the beauty was we never knew what we were getting and luckily no one had an allergies.

 

So lets begin.

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So this cake, was a chocolate ice cream cake, sooo good, with the fancy chocolate covered top. Totally judged this cake by it’s appearance, and it totally paid off as this was amazing.

 

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Next was this cake, look how weird the picture looks…oh well. We weren’t quite sure what this was, but it was crazy good, very nutty. No idea what it says on top though..

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Next we have the little pastries from the patisserie down the road. I was sold by the packaging, so well packaged no?

 

Pastries

 

And inside was just as good. All these beauts came to €5 which is crazy cheap I literally felt like I was robbing her because they were so good! Sooo soo good. So this became the favorite with all of us, so many cakes were brought. We ended the trip going there one last time picking up some nibbles which were different covered marzipan. we figured these would have the best luck staying intact.

 

Marzipan-Nibbles,-Italy

 

So these were cute, but I’m not much of a marzipan person so Richard has been enjoying them.

 

So there’s the cake part, last installment of tomorrow is the rest of our pictures, don’t worry i’ll filter them so it wont be 8 pages long!!

 

ciao.



Floral Love, Italian Style

Just a quick note to say thank you to all of your kind words on mine and Richards Engagement, completely over the moon!

Now onto today’s post we all know I have a small obsession with flowers, so why would it stop just because I was is Italy. I love how nearly every house had a display of flowers surrounding their windows and garden, as if there a giant flower show and the whole of Italy are competing. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took of floral displays.

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How lovely is this, this is like my absolute dream. A house covered inside and out in plants and flowers.

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Some beautiful flowers Richard brought for me the day before he proposed, guess he was trying to butter me up! These are from the local florist and old lady who watched as Richard gave them to me and gave me a lovely big smile and a wave.

 

 

 

 

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I thought this little house was si pretty, completely covered, then I saw this little pot just in the window. Interesting no??

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I saw these pink flowers everywhere in different shades, maybe its the popular flower of the moment. They were so vibrant and pretty though.

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Everywhere I looked in Italy, balconies were just covered in flowers and plants, I love this one i particular because of the picture shrine beside it, its just so beautiful, I couldn’t not take a picture of it.

 

 

So there’s my snippet of floral Italy style for you, I tried so hard to get some pictures of the countless fields of sunflowers we drove past, but it was always at such a speed and no where to stop alas, I failed. But do enjoy these ones! Tomorrow Italian cakes and believe me there are quite a few!

 

Speak soon x



Something exciting happened in Italy…

Ok so I have been debating on when to write this blog post, as me and Richard can be quite ‘shy’ when it comes to subjects of our relationship. My profile picture on facebook is still a picture which was taken in my last year of uni before I met Richard… But it’s an exciting time, and I want to share it all with you!

 

So lets begin..

Richard, like he had done many of the other days, decided we should go for a drive to find a nice spot to take pictures, then my brother piped in telling us of a place he found and can we take a few photos for him..so off we went in search.

When we arrived, the view was breathtaking, slightly ruined by the Italian hacking at a tree he was cutting down, so before I knew it Richard was pacing back to the car..

So we drove a bit longer then we came to a little area surrounded by olive trees, with a storm brewing in the distant so I started to snap away..

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Pretty right…was pretty amazing view and then I turned around..

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Siena, Italy Adventures

So we are back in the land of wifi, bar not being able to blog as much as I would have liked too, It was strangely refreshing, not being able to google anything, check emails and tweets constantly. Its amazing how much time I spend on the internet, but being without it for two weeks, well, it was nice. Saying that I am glad to have it back.

So the next few posts will be me finishing up our Italian adventures.

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Abby carrying Amelia. It was lovely, for the twins to run around the square, plus we all got ice cream and just chilled for a bit.

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While Ben and Tash were off doing important mum an dad things. ( Buying more sunscreen for the girls), Richard was watching Eliza (above) and Abby was watching Amelia, and I was enjoying the atmosphere that is Italy while taking a photo every now and then.

 

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My mum and dad looking lovely and still very much in love, if not slightly burnt..

 

 

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The main towers was being renovated, I think July is the month for all work to be done on big landmarks…either that or I have the worst luck. Anyway it was still beautiful to look at, Just ignore the group of Italians who are harnessed to the structure who look like they are about to burst into singing the YMCA.

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A cheeky picture, because they both look adorable, this definitely isn’t making me broody…

 

 



Florence, Italy

I am simply just going to leave you with a few images I took while walking in Florence, It’s such a beautiful place. I have become a bit obsessed by their shop fronts and shutter blinds, I just love all the different colours..

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Artisit, Florence Italy

 

This guy was amazing, he had done quite a few drawings, but this was just incredible to watch!!

 

Florence, Italy

The views…amazing..just simply beautiful.

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Shutters, Florecne,Italy

 

On another note, I am on the mend, ear is getting better, and I hope to be able to go swimming properly in a few days!

 

Speak Soon.



Hospitals, Italy, No English…Drawing of the week.

Ok so even though I was given more antibiotics for my ear, I now have another infection in my other ear, such a pain. So Thursday morning me and Richard made our way to the Pharmacy to ask for directions to the nearest hospital.  The lady was very sweet and printed us out a map, and to be honest I was assured by my mother who said that the likely hood of them speaking English was quite high as all doctors probably trained in a big city..Well they didn’t.

We arrived at reception and told by a women who spoke very little english to go and press a button. The button which was hidden, was at Triage and I was then prompted by a nurse who blurted something out in Italian, and then after seeing mine and Richard’s blank expressions went english?, 1 second. This excited me, surely she spoke english…. After waiting for 10 minutes her and another nurse brought me into a room. Where I am asked questions. There’s a ticket system here you see. red for dying, yellow for dying in 30 minutes, green for not quite dying, and two other colours I couldn’t remember but were along the lines of see them in a couple of hours, and they are faking it. I was given a green ticket after having to point to my ear, show them my passport, write my address out and speak very slowly some of my symptoms. We got there though, and I was given a lovely little band to wear on my wrist, sporting a green ticket..

Hospital, Italy

I then decided it would be best to draw a diagram, just incase my doctor doesn’t speak english.. So here is my drawing of the week, which I haven’t done in ages, I know..I have a bunch to scan in though so expect a big post soon..but I digress, this is my diagram of what was wrong, and previous medication..

Hospital diagram

45minutes later I was seen. Luckily the diagram as stupid as it looks worked, as neither spoke english, and the diagram was my only communication. In no time at all my ear was being examined, I was given some paperwork for a prescription and a receipt thingy that we had to scan in a pay. So that was fun, speak soon, with less dramatics I hope xx