One of the main things I have to whine about in my life is money - or lack thereof. No matter how much comes in, well actually it's not much, but it always seems to fly back out the door in the blink of an eye. Grocery bills, mortgage, utilities, rates, school fees/supplies, clothing, petrol, insurance and I haven't even had a wine yet. I stressed a lot less about money before having kids. Maybe because there were less outgoings or maybe because as a parent, you want to be confident you will always be able to make ends meet and provide basic needs plus a little more for your children.
The summer school holidays seem to be the hardest time for us financially, as is the case for many other families. Any extra money we have put aside throughout the year is spent on Christmas gifts and then we have the kids home for six weeks - and they wanna do stuff. That "stuff" always seems to cost a packet. I know there are plenty of activities to do that are either free or low cost - go to the beach, the park, play with the new toys Santa brought etc, but it's also nice to be able to splurge on a couple of activities as well. So what does one do when there's nothing in the 'splurge' budget?
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Did you know that, on average, women retire with less superannuation than men? I know, I booed as well. If you weren't already aware of that fact, it may not come as a surprise to you considering the gender pay gap and all - boo again. We also tend to live longer than men so we actually require more funds to get us through our retirement years. There is some good new coming though, I promise. I can't close the gender pay gap - I really wish I could, but I can tell you about Super Rewards.
I know we are still in October but Christmas is a mere few weeks away and December is going roll around faster that you can say 'pass the wine'. I love Christmas but what I don't love is all the stress that comes along with it - empty bank accounts, crowded shopping centres and don't even get me started on the family feuds! But, all that aside, there are still things for us grown ups to get excited about when it comes to the festive season and topping that list are the Adult Advent Calendars. You know the ones I'm talking about - the ones that let you count down the days to Christmas with booze. Here are some of the best ones I've come across, do yourself a favour and treat yourself. You won't regret it - unless of course you drink them all on December 1st.
A few months back I posted my 'Wine vs Whine List'. It was basically a list of all the wines I love, which I could totally add to now, along with all the things I do not love. At the top of my 'Whine List' was (and still is) cooking. I probably should amend it to dinnertime in general. I use to love dinnertime. I love food - I just don't like cooking it and I really hate feeding my kids. And I don't mean that in a 'call the authorities, this woman wants to see her kids starve' kinda way, I mean it's not an enjoyable experience. They are the fussiest eaters on the face of the planet. Tiny Whiny #1, she's not so bad. She will eat most things, nothing green though, no spaghetti and don't even get me started on her dislike of carrots - she quite happily foregoes dessert just so that she can avoid eating a single slice of carrot. Like, seriously? Just eat the damn carrot! Tiny Whiny #2 is basically the exact opposite. Likes almost zero proper meal foods except spaghetti and could eat carrots all day long. Perfect!
Earlier this week I posted about it being Wine After Whine's 1st Blogiversary. I also promised that later in the week we would do a giveaway to celebrate. Well, sip sip hooray, it's later in the week! To thank you all for being here and sticking around for the past year, I have a Dan Murphy's Egift Card to give away - so you can choose whatever wine (or other boozy treat) that takes your fancy!
Today marks one year since I started this blog and published the very first post. Happy blogiversary to me! So, given that I love cocktails and prosecco - they are what I drink when I'm celebrating, I thought I'd pop together a collection of prosecco cocktail recipes that you can make in minutes, and probably drink within minutes too!
Half fill a champagne flute with chilled prosecco, top with chilled orange juice.
It doesn't get much simpler than that, cheers!
Add 15mls of Crème de Cassis to a champagne flute, top with chilled prosecco.
Optional: Garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy!
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Dad's deserve to be spoilt on Father's Day, so this year, why not treat your dad or man in your life to a delicious Soco & Lime Cocktail. Super simple to make just fill a glass with ice, add 30ml of Southern Comfort, 15ml of Lime Cordial and top with Dry Ginger Ale. This refreshing drink will go down like a dream while you're enjoying Father's Day lunch with your nearest & dearest. Available from Dan Murphy's store nationally for $36.95, I'm sure dad won't mind receiving a bottle of Southern Comfort this Father's Day!
If you're dad is a wine lover and you are still stuck for Father's Day gift ideas, you can never go wrong with gifting him a bottle of wine ….. or two! Alternis by McW is a collection of expressive alternate varietals are sourced from around the globe, flourishing in the rich Australian soil to ignite the imagination of our winemakers. There are 5 varieties in this range including:
A delightfully complex yet refreshing wine hailing from Sardinia. Aromas of honeydew melon and lemon excite the senses developing into exotic stone fruit and tangerine flavours that are complemented by bright acid for a minerally finish.
Touriga is native to Portugal but is right at home basking in the Australian sun. Vibrant aromas of morello cherry and violet mingle with a palate of vibrant red fruits creating a juicy wine with tremendous length of flavour.
Wining and whining my way through life.