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Maltesers Dot Dot Dot – Maltesers Luxury chocolates have arrived.

Good morning. Breaking news! Something unusual is happening in London, because everything is turning red with gold polka dots. Even the post box has contracted this case of MALTESERS Dot Dot Dot. This London phone box, in front of Big Ben, has transformed too.

That red bus better watch out, or it’ll be next. There was no escaping at home either, gold polka dots have infiltrated. All because this gift arrived in the post. Dare I open it? I had to know. Maltesers Luxury chocolates Ta dah! The reveal. 16 pieces of Maltesers Luxury chocolates wrapped in red and gold polka dot foils.

If you are a Maltesers fan like I, then this is probably music to your ears. These Luxury chocolates were so precious, hence the gold and glass box above. As you can imagine, because of my love for Maltesers, my glass box soon emptied out.

Tea was already made in anticipation. What does it taste like? I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into one. I wasn’t the only one, as my son was already waiting in anticipation.

This was therefore the fastest photo shoot I had ever done. Here it is all unwrapped. A milky chocolate outer layer, so smooth to bite into. Right in the centre is a delicious chocolate and malty filling, encased in a wafer shell, real MALTESERS Teasers pieces and covered in milk chocolate.

As much as I tried to resist, these chocolates didn’t last for long.  Don’t you think this would be the perfect Mother’s day gift? You can purchase a box now at Debenhams for £6.

I can’t believe that as a result of this post, I may well have tempted myself to go get another box. Have I tempted you too?

For more information, do check out MALTESERS’ Facebook page and Instagram account. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( This is a sponsored post with Maltesers Luxury Chocolates . All photography and styling are my own except for the first three images that are by David Parry/PA wire. All opinions are my own).

Jing-tea-The-White-Company-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mother’s day in the UK is on the 6th of March. It’s made me realise how much I miss my mum. We both lead such busy lives that time often flies by.

When I say my mother leads a busy life, she really does. She’s an entrepreneur, the big boss of her own growing company and she travels often too.

I wanted to give her a special mother’s day gift. It needn’t be anything expensive but I wanted it to be something that she would love

I guess it won’t be much of a surprise if she reads this post. She does read my blog, which makes me really happy. The prompt for her of one of my postings, is when I announce it on Facebook. So I better keep this one quiet.

My mother for as long as I know, loves drinking tea. I decided to get her a beautiful Jing tea set and tea, as her mother’s day gift, from the White Company. Lemongrass-and-ginger-Jing-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Since my mother really knows her tea, I had to pick a brand that I knew would measure up to her standards and so I chose Jing tea. Jing means ‘essence’.

I have met the owner of Jing tea Edward Eisler, and heard him talk with passion, about the tea cultures from where they originate, and on how his team had selected their tea leaves. They source their tea from Asia’s finest.

The White Company now stocks a beautifully curated collection of Jing tea ware and teas. The glass tea set is so beautiful.  Happy-mother's-day-gift-from-the-white-company-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell-blog Jing glass is something special. It has been hand blown by masters using the purest borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is known for its durability, heat resistance, brightness and clarity. Each piece takes four days to produce in 10 to 15 steps to complete. Wow, that is a lot of work.

The elegant glass teapot above holds tea for two and it has a removable coil filter that keeps tea leaves in the pot when pouring. Lemongrass-and-ginger-tea-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Simply adore this glass cup and saucer, and how you can see the pretty hues of the tea against light. It’s just the perfect size for an afternoon cup of tea.

Jing-tea-at-the-white-company-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here is cup of the Jing Lemongrass and Ginger herbal tea infusion that I made earlier. It reminds me of being in Thailand at a luxurious spa, far away from civilisation.  Mother's-day-gift-Little-Big-Bell Here is cup of Jing Jasmine Silver needle tea, sourced from Yunnan province of China.

It is a white tea made from individual buds scented with jasmine flowers, then separated each morning and fired to remove the moisture absorbed from the flowers. This meticulous process is repeated until the perfect level of Jasmine scent is achieved.

So, what do you think? A great idea for a mother’s day gift don’t you think? Just add a box of colourful macarons and a pretty card. I hope she likes it. Jing-tea-lemongrass-and-ginger-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell For myself, with my busy up and go lifestyle, I have picked this Jing glass tea infuser mug, also from the White Company. I’m going to start taking this in to work with me.

It comes with a readily removable infuser basket which can be placed on the upturned lid when removed.

I’ve styled the mug next to a cream pom pom ball that I recently made. Mother's-day-gift-idea-scented-candle-styling-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Finally, let’s create the ambience of a holiday or Spring, whilst drinking tea and eating macarons. I am totally addicted to the White Company’s new season Lime and Bay candle. It is a beautifully scented fusion of exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime and lemon, laced with jasmine buds, limeblossom, ginger and crushed bay leaves. Sounds delicious doesn’t it?

Just also a quick mention, Benares, a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in London is now serving a Jing tea pairing menu until March, so there is still some time left to try it out if you it like. I have sampled it and it was delicious.

Anyway, wishing all mothers out there a happy Mother’s day and I hope you have enjoyed this post. It’s tempted me to go off and make myself a cup of lemongrass and ginger tea.

Wishing you a wonderful upcoming weekend.

( All photos and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with the White Company. The tea set was gifted. All views and opinions are my own.)

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