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What About Kitten Mugs As Wedding Favours?

Wedding favours are a recent trend that sees guests given something quirky like kitten mugs, flower seeds or even just booze at their friend or relative’s big day.

We love the idea of giving cups or mugs as a gift and think mugs are the perfect wedding favour for quirky brides who want to show off their personalities and remind their guests of their special day for years to come. Westie mugs are perfect for dog lovers, and of course, kitten mugs should make everyone happy, but there are many different designs to choose from so you’ll be able to find one that suits each of your friends perfectly.

The trend for personalisation isn’t going to be over any time soon, so how about designing your own mugs, or for couples who already have children, get your little ones to come up with some ideas and get their designs printed.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for perfect wedding favours.

Mr and Mrs mugs

Mr and Mrs mugs are a perfect reminder of the day and can be as simple as you like. Play with different typography to get the perfect look and make sure you order enough of one type for the Misters and the other type for the Missus on your guest list.

Map mugs

Even if you aren’t a great artist, writing out significant co-ordinates whether that be where you had your ceremony, where your guests have to get to for the reception or where you and your significant other are from, is a cool twist to personalise items. Other popular concepts include drawing out the states or counties that you are both from.

Vow mugs

If you had some personal vows in your wedding ceremony then you could incorporate these into your mugs to remind people of your ceremony.

Get some more ideas for wedding favours at Brides magazine.

5 Amazing Coaster DIY Projects

Got some spare time this weekend? Then why not give one of these coaster DIYs a go? Your sausage dog mugs will be sitting pretty for the rest of time if you do! We want to see your makes so snap a few photos of them and send them in to us here at Nadia Sparham.

Felt Ball Coasters

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Here’s one that’s super-simple to get you started. If you’re not overly confident in your crafty abilities, starting small with some cork board and a few wool felt balls seems like a good idea.

Sharpies & Washi Tape

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Go for ceramics instead with this fun tutorial from Yellow Dog Press, using Sharpie pens and Washi tape (decorative paper tape from Japan that you’ll definitely have come across if you’re a crafty soul). Make your own stencils to get perfect lettering on your coasters.

Glittery Coasters

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This one’s a little messy so we’d recommend putting down some paper first. All you do is swipe on some glue and then sprinkle all the glitter in the world onto your coaster base. Thanks, Parties for Pennies, for the inspiration!

Comic Book Coasters

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Kapow! Bam! What a great idea – turning old and unused coasters into something that wouldn’t look out of place on Tony Stark’s coffee table. We love!

Crochet Coasters

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OK, so you’ve given all of those a go – now it’s time to challenge yourself. If you don’t know how to crochet, now’s the time to learn. Just look how cute these little crocheted coasters are? Who wouldn’t want these sitting pretty underneath a warming cup of tea?

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What Is Matcha Tea?

If you’ve been out and about this year, you’ll definitely have heard a new health buzz word – matcha tea. But what exactly is this and if you do decide to drink it out of your favourite schnauzer mugs, what exactly are the health benefits?

To summarise, matcha is just 100 per cent natural great tea leaves that have been ground up to form a fine powder, with many people believing that it’s superior to drinking normal green tea because you’re not just getting the infused water down you – you’re basically eating the entire plant.

It’s thought that matcha is fantastic for fighting cancer, as well as burning fat, so if you’re keen to improve your health this year it might be wise to add this to your shopping list and have a cup each day. It can also lower your cholesterol, enhance your mood, improve your concentration levels, calm and relax you, increase your fibre intake and help fight against bacteria and viruses.

So how do you drink it? You can mix a teaspoon of it with some hot water to make a paste and then keep adding water until it reaches the taste and consistency you like. Alternatively, you can have iced matcha if you add two scoops to a cocktail shaker with ice in it and some filtered water. Or make a latte by blending one teaspoon into some hot water and then adding some steamed milk.

And you don’t just have to drink it. You can also mix it into your food – try mixing some matcha powder with some sea salt and sprinkling it on your poached eggs this weekend.

Top 3 Tea Infusers

The modern-day tea lover is really rather spoiled, wouldn’t you agree? Not only are there a plethora of Labrador mugs, saucers, cups, types of tea (fruit, herbal, normal, it’s never-ending) but there’s also a huge range of cool tea-drinking gadgets out there that can take your sipping to a whole other level. Here are our top three tea infusers.

Pug in a mug strainer

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How cute would this pug in a mug tea strainer look on your desk at work with one of our pug mugs? You’re right, far too cute indeed! It’s only £7.99 so you’ll have plenty of cash left over for your favourite brand of tea.

Yellow submarine tea infuser

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This little number is so very cool that we’re thinking of launching a petition to change the lyrics to the Beatles classic to “we all make tea in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine”. Catchy, no?

Duckie tea infuser

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Ok, now we really don’t know how we’re going to make up our minds about which tea infuser to buy. What could honestly be better than a cup of tea with a duck swimming about on the top? If these three don’t help you make the perfect cuppa, then we simply don’t know what else to suggest.

We’d love to know which of these tickles your fancy, so drop us a little line in the comments below. We’d love to see your infusers in action as well, so why not snap a photo or two and send them into us? Tea drinkers of the world, unite!

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5 Cups Of Coffee A Day Keeps The Doctor Away!

Break out the Dalmatian mugs and switch on the coffee machine – apparently, five cups of java each and every day can actually give you something of a health boost, according to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

A study conducted by the group – acting on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture – found that drinking five cups a day can cut the risks of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and Parkinson’s. And even pregnant women can benefit if they drink up to two cups a day.

However, you need to watch what you add to your coffee so you don’t counteract these positive effects. If you have sugar, cream or milk, any good the drink will do will be counteracted – so it’s black or nothing, we’re afraid.

So the next time someone frowns at you for making too many brews at work or at home, hit them with this knowledge bomb and get back to your nice hot cuppa.

If you’re not yet a fan of black coffee either, never fear. There are lots of ways you can make the drink more palatable, such as by adding a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon or a pinch of salt to your grinds which will help to reduce any bitterness.

Make sure as well that you drink it out of a ceramic mug or cup, since plastic or paper cups can actually change the taste of the coffee quite dramatically. Don’t believe us? Do a little taste experiment and you’ll soon see what we mean.

whippet mugs

How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Tea

Generations of tea drinkers have argued over their whippet mugs about how their favourite hot beverage should be brewed – but now such contention could be put to rest thanks to the British Standards Institution, which has just published guidelines on how it should be done.

Apparently, the milk should definitely be put in the mug first when a proper pot is being brewed, but that’s not all – the pot itself should be porcelain, there must be a minimum of 2g of tea per 100ml and the water mustn’t go above 85 degrees C when served.

In all, 2.5ml of milk should be put in the cup and the pot itself should be left to brew with the lid on for six minutes.

Of course, it’s all down to individual tastes and many people believe that the milk should go in last. The upper echelons of society make sure that the milk is the last thing to go in, while some believe that it should be poured in first to prevent the china from cracking when boiling water is poured in.

Where do you stand on this age-old debate? We’re not sure that it really matters all that much – surely the most important part is sitting down with a nice hot brew and a biscuit to take a load off for 15 minutes?

Let us know how you take your tea in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your favourite mugs and why they’re so special to you as well!