Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth + Vegetarian and Sugar-Free Sweets

Hope you are enjoying your summer.  Here at A Quarter Of we have been busy packaging some fabulous nostalgic sweets, because everyone deserves a little treat from time to time.  Whether you are indulging yourself or buying a sweet gift for someone else; we have you covered. Click here to see the mouth-watering selection available.

From flying saucers, refreshers and bon bons to vegan, vegetarian or sugar free check out our extensive range. I am especially impressed with the dedicated Vegetarian, Vegan and Sugar Free sweets options. As a vegetarian I find it tricky to navigate the sweet department in my local supermarket, and sweet shops are a rare sight on the high street these days. A Quarter Of can offer something to suit everyone’s dietary and sweet tooth needs.

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Discover the Wild Strawberry Collection at Wedgwood

Discover the Wild Strawberry Collection at Wedgwood.

Feast your eye on a collection inspired by delicious wild strawberries. Created in 1964, the iconic gold rim now graces the afternoon tea the world over. A bestseller for a reason, this collection will help you recreate the feelings of a lazy English summer. It’s finely drawn leaves and flowers transport you from your table to an English country garden, with the smell of cut grass in the air.

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Wild Strawberry Teapot

A lustrous rim of 22-carat gold completes the decoration of this elegant and whimsical dinnerware collection and adds just a touch of delicious opulence to any entertaining occasion – Our Price £184.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Tea Caddy

This Wild Strawberry Al Fresco fine bone china collection breathes vitality into a cherished design – Our Price £81.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Mug

A lustrous rim of 22-carat gold completes the decoration of this elegant and whimsical dinnerware collection and adds just a touch of delicious opulence to any entertaining occasion – Our Price £35.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Lidded Mug

The Wild Strawberry Lidded Mug is crafted in fine bone china and features the luscious strawberries and fresh trailing foliage that have made this pattern an enduring favourite – Our Price £49.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Peony Teacup and Saucer, Gift Boxed

Our Fine Bone China looks fantastic and provides superior strength. Green is the main colour of this item with stunning Gold banding for that extra special touch. Featuring a beautiful Floral pattern – Our Price £69.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Tea Saucer 15cm

Designed by Wedgwood. Part of the Wild Strawberry collection. Complete the set or mix and match with other Wedgwood collections for a unique look – Our Price £29.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Sugar Box

A lustrous rim of 22-carat gold completes the decoration of this elegant and whimsical dinnerware collection and adds just a touch of delicious opulence to any entertaining occasion – Our Price £94.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Milk / Cream Jug

Featuring a beautiful Floral pattern. Perfect to create a Country Cottage look in your home. The collection features crisp clean whiteware hand-decorated with finely-drawn leaves, flowers and succulent red strawberries – Our Price £71.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry 2 Tier Cake Stand

This Wild Strawberry Al Fresco fine bone china collection breathes vitality into a cherished design – Our Price £92.00 – Click here.

Wild Strawberry Oval Dish 26cm

The classic Wild Strawberry design forms part of the heart of Wedgwood and reveals its enduring charm in this wide oval plate. Decorated with iconic finely drawn leaves, flowers and succulent red strawberries this piece is versatile and microwave proof, ideal for contemporary living – Our Price £52.00 – Click here.

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My Chronic Pain Journey

Lessons learned during lockdown, looking forward to new business, and letting go of what no longer serves my best interests.

Feeling

I am feeling much better now that my children are back at school. This is my favourite time of year as we begin to prepare for autumn, look forward to Halloween, and then the festivities of Christmas. I do not cope well in heat and hot weather, so I much prefer the colder time of year when I can light a fire, put on my cosy jumper, and snuggle down on the sofa with a book and a glass of wine. That is the best feeling!

Gruelling

The past twelve months has been gruelling. It began with family bereavement, and then another family bereavement, then lockdown, the pandemic and everything that came with it. My marriage is collapsing. My health has been generally good, apart from my chronic illness and a daytrip to A&E with chest pains. The pain in my eyes has been excruciating recently, exacerbated by stress, tiredness, too much screen time and not enough fresh air. Thankfully now I can try to alleviate those symptoms, but it only takes a windy day or the wrong kind of rain to set me back and send me home crying and fed up.

Tempting

It has been so tempting to wallow in self-pity and give up on life during lockdown. My children kept me going, but they struggled without the routine of school and time with their friends. I turned to junk food for support, and the Just Eat app became far too tempting at one point. Now I need to work off the extra weight and eat a more balanced diet. I also need to drink a lot more water to help alleviate my Dry Eye Syndrome and overall dryness in my body. But the coffee, wine and Coca Cola are just so tasty!

Running

The new month has brought a new challenge, and now I am planning to set up a new business. I am soon to complete my Reiki 3rd Degree Master practitioner certificate, and I finally feel confident to be a professional reiki practitioner. Running a business is a daunting prospect, and while I know that my blog is a business in itself, this new venture brings more responsibility because it has to bring a regular income. Now I am writing the business plan, exploring my options for a space to work from, and preparing to engage with potential clients. It is an exciting time.

Mending

I have learned over the years that I can only mend myself. I cannot help other people with their problems and behavioral issues. It has been a hard lesson that finally made sense during lockdown. I reached into the darkest recesses of my mind and emotions, did some seriously heavy energy work on myself, and realised my truth. I had to mend myself, and I am still recovering, but now I feel strong enough to reach out and help other people, but only if they want to help themselves.

Chronic Voice Link-Up

I joined the social network for A Chronic Voice because I needed to find people who understand what life is like with chronic illness, people like me. Today I have written a post using the September link-up prompts, to show my experience of living with a chronic pain disorder. Click here to find other blog posts from fellow chronic pain sufferers, or #spoonies as we call ourselves online.

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September Hot and Dirty Books Giveaway

Hot and Dirty books for a Hot September!

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Claim them now, all!

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Download your FREE copy of Christmas with the Vampires by Catherine Green

Our favourite bad-boy vampire, Marcus Scott, meets an old friend for Christmas in Edwardian London.

Christmas with the Vampires

With his blond hair, ice blue eyes and sculpted physique, Marcus Scott immediately turns the heads of everyone he encounters upon his arrival in London at Christmas time. Unbeknownst to all the women and men who fall under his spell with just one glance, Marcus is a vampire with a desperate need to feed from the young and the beautiful. When he unexpectedly encounters Lady Amelia Richmond, the vampire instrumental in his own transition, the two begin to plan a holiday feast to satisfy their deep hunger.

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Meditation in the Real World

How to meditate when you have kids, dogs, families, and other distractions.

Do you meditate? I have been meditating and practising mindfulness for about fifteen years. It hasn’t always been easy. In the early days I had far too many expectations and would often set myself up for a fall when I didn’t receive the amazing, insightful experiences that I read about in self help books. What was wrong with me, I used to think? Why couldn’t I experience a connection with a higher world, or meet my spirit guides, or have an epiphany?

Eventually I learned that meditation is mostly about calming the mind. The idea is for us to stop whatever we are doing that keeps us busy, slow down our body, and our brain will gradually relax. We spend most of our lives rushing from one task to the next, whether that be parenting, the school run, work commute, grocery shopping, caring for loved ones, and a whole range of other activities. We are bombarded with messages on TV and social media telling us to be kind to ourselves, take a break, have a rest, but when can we fit that in? When exactly do we take five minutes for ourselves, except to eat a quick lunch so we don’t collapse from exhaustion?

Last week I tried to meditate the day before my children returned to school. They were still in bed, so I took the opportunity to sit comfortably in my meditation chair. Less than five minutes into my session, the door burst open and my younger daughter bounced into the room. Our dog got excited, my other daughter appeared, and they both demanded breakfast. That was the end of my meditation session! Fortunately, I returned to the reiki room with my reiki teacher later that week, and I did manage to meditate in a calm, peaceful environment with no distractions. I had to book that time for myself, because I knew it was a rare opportunity to practise self-care.

Book your reiki healing session

That is where meditation and mindfulness meet the practice of reiki. The word translates as “universal energy.” Reiki healing is simply the act of allowing your body to rest, waiting for your mind to calm down, and using natural energy found in the atmosphere to heal the body. It is a holistic form of therapy, one that cannot be explained by science, but that has knock-on effects for the good of your overall health. Book your reiki healing session today and find out for yourself just what it means to take a break and relax, even for a short time.

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Back to School & up to 25% off Study Guides

With the schools already back on Scotland and everything on track for the schools to be back in the rest of the UK for September Waterstones have launched their Back to School page as well as offering up to 25% off study guides.

Back to School with Everything You Need to Succeed

Up to 25% off Pre-School & Primary study guides

It’s not all about the kids with Up to Half Price on a selected range of books including Jamie Olivers new 7 ways book.

There is also up to 20% off Paperbacks for the perfect read.

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Summer Sale Staycation at LEGOLAND

Book your Summer Sale Staycation at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort and enjoy a double dose of fun with 2nd Day FREE Theme Park entry!

Legoland Holidays

All of our summer breaks have been reduced when you stay at a nearby hotel, with prices starting from £45pp! Build the ultimate LEGOLAND® short break full of awesome rides, incredible live shows and attractions! Plus, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort will be open 9.30am — 8pm, from 17th — 31st August.

Book with confidence – LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort has been awarded the VisitEngland “We’re Good to Go” Industry charter mark. Click here to see our up to date health & safety features.

All staycation packages include:

  • An overnight hotel stay
  • 2nd Day FREE Theme Park tickets
  • A delicious breakfast in the morning

Guests staying on–site at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort also receive:

  • Fully themed room plus FREE LEGOLAND® gift
  • Evening entertainment
  • Access to our pirate-themed splash pool
  • Ride Priority Hour
  • FREE parking and WiFi

Offer Ends: 06.09.20 – Click here to book.

Local hotels and where you can find them:

Holiday Inn Reading South

£151 (2ad,2ch) on September 11/18/25; £179 on September 4/13/20/27

£163 (2ad,2ch) on October 2 & 9 £206; (2ad,2ch) on August 14/15/16/23/30/31

Days Inn Fleet

£153 (2ad,2ch) in September 11/ 18/ 25. October 2 &10

£168 (2ad,2ch) in September 2/3/4/7/10/11/14/17/18/21/24/25th/28 October 1/2/5/ 8th, 9th.

£204 (2ad,2ch) on August 14/16/18/20/21/22/23/24/26/27/30/31. October 17/18/23/24/25/26/27/28/29/30/31

  • Many other fantastic hotels and prices are available. Hurry prices subject to availability and will sell quickly.

 

Free-for-All Friday SpookyMrsGreen

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Back to School and Back in Business

The day has finally arrived. Our schools are open, and our children return to some form of normality following the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Back to School and Back in Business

It means that I can finally move on with my plans and get back in business. More specifically the business of reiki therapy. I have been working towards my 3rd Degree Reiki Master certification and despite delays thanks to lockdown, my wonderful teacher has kept our group in training and has ensured our practice continued throughout the upheaval of the pandemic. I visited some dark places emotionally and mentally due to my personal circumstances, but now I emerge stronger and more confident than I have ever been. My reiki practice brings new lessons every day, some gentle, some more assertive. My thought process has changed considerably, I have a deeper understanding of people that were previously a mystery, and I have a sense of self that I never felt before.

How to Become a Holistic healer

How to become a holistic healer

People tell me that I have a calm and soothing energy, and whenever I am in the company of someone who feels agitated, they begin to relax and unwind naturally. This happened long before I embarked upon my reiki journey, but the practice of this ancient Japanese healing art has helped me to look within and recognise my strengths in a world full of chaos and confusion. More recently I have experienced behaviours that would have sent me completely insane were it not for my reiki practice. I cannot explain something that is deeply personal, but I can say that if you have never had a reiki therapy treatment before, perhaps you should consider it.

Which leads me nicely to my point. Now that my children are back in school, I can devote time to my business. Where before I focused primarily on writing and growing my blog, now I am looking for something more. Now I am ready to be a reiki practitioner. I can help you unwind, relax, and take an hour off from busy life. You can lie on my therapy bed, close your eyes, relax your body and let the natural, loving energy flow through you. It will begin to heal you from the inside out, improving your mood, helping you to make better choices for your holistic health, and leaving you in a much more refreshed and alert state of mind. Reiki healing therapy is an amazing tool, and I could never explain properly how it helps. Suffice to say that you need to experience it to feel it.

I'm a Reiki Practitioner SpookyMrsGreen

Book your reiki therapy session

If you are local to Middlewich, please do contact me privately to discuss a reiki therapy session. If you live further afield and would like to receive some distance energy healing, give me a shout. I can accommodate reiki therapy across space and time because it is a magical, mysterious energy. Love and light, my friends!

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Furniture@Work Back to School Offers

Check Out Furniture@Work’s School Furniture! Click here for details.

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Classroom Chairs – The child-friendly seating solutions are as practical as they are comfortable, featuring contoured backs to help promote a healthy sitting posture – Starting from £11.50! – Click here.

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Metalliform Classroom Chairs – Each one has a strong frame and sturdy legs, as well as a comfortable seat and back section – Starting from £14.50! – Click here.

 

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Classroom Tables – Highly versatile, these tables can be used for nurseries, classrooms, science labs and exam rooms – Starting from £37! – Click here.

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Classroom Tray Storage – Offering a large selection of high-quality, competitively priced storage solutions for educational settings – Starting from £87! – Click here.

 

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School Cloakroom Furniture – Keep your school cloakroom neat and tidy with the range of high-quality furnishings – Starting from £51! – Click here.

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#WATWB Celebrates Indie Authors + Historical Fiction Giveaway #FreeBooks

Let’s support the indie authors of the world who share stories of people and places that we would never ordinarily be able to visit.

The Name of the Rose PW Giveaway

I write adult paranormal fiction and contemporary English Gothic novels. My colleagues at #WATWB write all sorts of weird and wonderful genres, from gritty real-life dram to wild sci-fi world building, historical to futuristic. Support your local independent authors today, and then support as many as you can from around the world. You never know where you might travel next!

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Ready for a new Historical Fiction book to read? Check out these great titles! Happy reading.

Download your FREE copy of my historical vampire novel, The Darkness of Love, today. Click here for details.

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A Victorian vampire lord seeks an heir for his estate in this English Gothic novel with passion and flair.

Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. His young wife is infatuated with the stable boy, much to Gregory’s amusement. He hatches a plan to bring the would-be lovers together, and then cruelly tear them apart as he continues to build his empire and secure his power base in the south of England. The humans are pawns in the vampire’s game of lust, love and control.

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We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

You can find more about #WATWB over on Belinda Witzenhausen’s blog.

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