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London Bloggers Tea, Nov 2013

I mentioned that the London Bloggers Tea was a success and today I share with you the photographs to prove it! I have met other bloggers before with the Bristol Fashion Week and have been on a couple of ‘blates’, but this was my first time meeting a group of bloggers of which I had already been following along online.  To say I was a little excited would be quite an understatement as I had been talking and tweeting about it online in the days that led up to our London Blogger Tea.  Before I even say another word I have to say a big thank you to Selena for putting this all together and organizing this event.  Without her hard work none of this would have been possible.  
I took the National Express coach from Bath Spa that morning getting me to London Victoria station that afternoon.  The underground was quite crowded that day with various events going on in London, but I ended up making it to Covenant Garden with ten minutes to spare. It was in the Mercer Hotel lobby where I ran into Melanie (my lovely sponsor this month) and had my first ‘omg I know you’ moment. The rest all happened rather quickly when I entered the room and heard Selena say, ‘Bonnie’s here!’
It was such an unreal moment for the first twenty minutes as I looked around the table and was able to put faces to names and blogs that I follow. Someone said it best when they stated how surreal it was to know so much about someone from their blog and finally meet them for the first time in person. To finally beat the distance, meet your ‘friends’, and give them a hug was quite a blessing for me.  It only made me feel a bit bittersweet that I do not live in London like most of the ladies so this could happen more often.
The whole event went by quite quickly. A third of the bloggers I have had the opportunity to get to know in the blogging world and through social media and had a blast getting to connect face to face.  Another third were bloggers I had only just heard about through the organization of the blogging meet up and enjoyed getting to know them and their journey with blogging.  Sadly with the time allowances and all the in depth conversations going on there was another third I did not get to talk to very much at all. It left me wanting another blogger event to look forward to so we could all talk even more. 
I did not think I was that nervous but I must have been because the first bite I had to eat all day was one of the scones when I got to the blogger tea.  I ate a little bit but my appetite was still missing when I finally made it home that night.  It was just a lot happening at once and so much excitement.  Then some of us went out for drinks at a pub afterwards and the conversations continued.  If you have read My Night in An Italian Jail, you know I had my phone stolen. I still have not gotten that replaced and so I was a bit anxious about getting home safely to Bath that night. I really want to also thank Selena and Sarah for helping make sure I got back to the coach station safely. 
It was an awesome meet up with talks about it happening quarterly.  I also look forward to any future trips to London to reconnect and invite anyone down to Bath to come visit when you have the time.  I think my next Blate will be with Kate next month, and I cannot wait! Again thank you to everyone who came, you all made my day. I understand the importance of friendships in your current city with ‘locals’ but as a TCK, I really appreciate all my expat friends. Thank you also to all of you who read my blog and those who talk with me over social media. Though we have not met, I appreciate each and every one of you. 

The London Tea Attendees
Gina from Sweet Serenity
Mandy from Emm in London
Bonnie from A Compass Rose
Jacintha from Urban Pixxels
Anna from Eat, See, Do 
Shobha from NYLon Living
Annie at Sew Graceful
Melanie from Melanie Fontaine
Samantha from To the Days Like This
A Big Thank You Goes Out To:
* Photography belongs to Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2013 All Rights Reserved | 

London Blogger Tea a Success

Today I had the amazing opportunity to go to London for an awesome London Blogger Tea arranged by the beautiful Selena.  It was so great to meet so many of my blogger friends in person after following their blogs online.  I met and made new friends and the event flew by so fast.  I want to post on it properly in a few days once I get my photos online and share more about the event. Until then make sure to check out all the wonderful bloggers who attended and send them some encouraging shout outs. I know my life was made better having met each and every single person tonight.  Thank you for a perfect night out in London. 

Melanie from Melanie Fontaine
Gina from Sweet Serenity
Mandy from Emm in London
Sarah from The Wanderblogger
Tina from Girl Meets Globe
Jacintha from Urban Pixxels
Anna from Eat, See, Do 
Janelle from The Halfpenny Diaries
Shobha from NYLon Living
Annie at Sew Graceful
Samantha from To the Days Like This

*photo belongs to Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2013 All Rights Reserved | 

You’re Invited to a Tea Party

This month I sponsored Living in Another Language.  Amanda is a teacher living the expat life with her husband in South, Korea.  I am very excited to not only sponsor her expat blog, but to co-host in a  a very international giveaway.  Each blogger was selected from a different country to make this a special themed giveaway from all around the world.  It is like having a penpal when we were little, except that if you win you get packages from several different bloggers with different postages.  Special thank you to all the ladies who accepted to be apart of this giveaway. It means so much to me that you wanted to join in and participate with us.  Of course a big thank you to Amanda for making this all possible and putting together such a creative giveaway for our readers.  I hope you guys love this giveaway as much as I do and will have fun participating!  Thank you for your continual comments, love, and support.  If you have just found me today through the giveaway, thank you for coming over and I look forward to getting to know you better. 
We were all little girls once. We all played tea party with our stuffed animals, dolls, siblings, and parents. But let’s face it…we STILL love tea parties! That’s why I’ve teamed up with a group of awesome girls to send everything you could possibly need for a tea party delivered to your home. :)

 photo giveawayteatime_zps2d38bc9c.jpg1. Bonnie @ A Compass Rose // 2. Amanda @ Living in Another Language // 3. Casey @ We Took The Road Less Traveled// 4. Erica @ Expatria, Baby // 5. Patricia @ Kisses and Croissants // 6. Erica @ To the Sea // 7. Melyssa @ The Nectar Collective

Now on to the part you’ve been waiting for…  photo goods_zps9a9f90f6.jpg1.$10 Gift Card to Jess Vartanian’s Etsy Shop // 2. $10 Gift Card to Sephora // 3. Nail design kit: french mani guides, glitter, nail art paintbrushes, dot pen and more // 4. Polish pottery mug // 5.Beautiful silkscreened tea towel from independent Indonesian designer Tulisan // 6. Domo cup (for tea/coffee!), matcha chocolate, green tea face mask, & ice cream notebook // 7. Tea & a custom made hair fascinator (you choose the color)
1// Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
2// Winner will be notified via email on Wednesday 6/19/13 or Thursday 6/20/13.
You have two days (48 hours) to respond to winner notification email. If you do not, a new winner will be chosen.
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First day of March

One thing I really love about my new phone is that it came with a few soothing alarm tones.  When I awoke to the alarm clock this morning I got it into my head instantly that we were quite late.  The boys and I had fifteen minutes to get ready and leave the house.  But when we got to an empty school after our 30 minute walk, I realized we were indeed an hour early.  Apparently I was too tired this morning to read my clock correctly.  The picture to the left is from the honey selection at the store we browsed this morning. 
Spending our extra time before school having a juice and a smoothie. 
Beautiful pink flowers that we saw on the walk home from school. 
Spoiled my boys after school with treats. I have a soft spot for those cute little faces. 


I used to go to Starbucks all the time.  More so when I lived in Hawaii and basically because it was the main meeting place for me and my best friends.  To be fair in Hawaii there is practically a Starbucks (nestled next to a Jamba Juice) on almost every street corner.  I am exaggerating (slightly) but there are enough of them on the island that you have to be quite specific when determining which Starbucks you are meeting someone at so that you show up at the right place.  I had pretty much two drinks at Starbucks.  If it was cold I would get Hot Chocolate.  Forget tea…I can never get anyone in the USA to make a proper cup to enjoy it enough to warrant the $ of buying one. If it was hot out I really liked ordering either an iced green tea with strawberry puree and one splenda in replace of the sweetener or a tall iced black tea with no water (so it was strong) and two splenda.  It would be a very rare occasion that I ever ordered anything with coffee in it because after growing up in Italia, Starbucks expresso is pretty burnt and revolting.  Its not the ‘real’ stuff.  When I moved to England I was introduced to a new chain called Costa and if I need to order a hot drink when I am out, that is my first choice to go to.  The whip creme that they put on hot cocoa has marshmallows in it and it is divine.  But definitely trying to stick to mostly hot green tea with nothing added to it or a typical English tea, white.   
One of my friends from Hawaii, who now lives on the mainland, was asking about the regional mugs from Starbucks.
I found the England versions this morning at the Starbucks in our grocery store and took a photo.  (£6.75)
Kinda wish I had gotten an awesome mug from Hawaii now. :( 

‘B’ is for Baking

Easily one of the favourite past times of the holiday season is indeed baking.  The kids have been doing it at school and we have been doing it here at home with cookies, scones, and cupcakes.  Maddox came home yesterday with his gingerbread cookies with raisins to share with the family.  Ryan has been making scones now at home for tea.  I look forward to getting a start on our holiday baking once December is here…just a few days away now!

My partner is the King of our kitchen. Where I can throw ingredients together and it ends up in ordering a take-a-way, he can put together all these ingredients and make something mouth watering delicisous. These handmade whole wheat scones (pronounced SK-AH-NS) with currants were topped with strawberry jam and english clotted cream.  Yummy.