Monday 12 May 2014

Bloggers Teaspoon - Tea, Cakes, And Laughs All In Aid Of Lupus UK

I seem to be blogging quite sporadically at the moment but it's for a good reason, for the first time in a while I'm actually having a social life :) Chronic illness makes life hard on so many levels but one of the biggest ones for me is how much it's affected my social life and relationship with others, so when I've got the chance I'm embracing these opportunities with open arms and resting up whenever and where ever I can.

Sometimes a bit of pain and exhaustion is worth it though, and despite feeling horrid on Sunday, I can honestly say I had one of the best Saturday afternoons that I've had for a long time.

On Saturday afternoon  I attended Bloggers Teaspoon, a social event and tea party arranged and hosted by two lovely North East based bloggers Rachel and Becca, in aid of Lupus UK.

Lupus is an auto immune disease with many varied and debilitating symptoms, including muscle pain, weakness and fatigue, and internal and circulatory problems. At present there is no cure, but like a lot of invisible illnesses the symptoms can be controlled to some degree with varying medications ranging from steroids to immunosuppressants.

Rachel has the disease herself, and it's something that is close to my own heart too, as it's one of the potential auto immune diseases that I could potentially have, so when I heard that these lovely ladies were hosting a tea party on World Lupus Day, I knew that come hell or high water I needed to be there!

The event was held at Salsa Cafe And Tapas Bar, slap bang in the middle of Newcastle City Centre - maybe not the first place you'd think of when it comes to afternoon tea, but the upstairs rooms had been converted into a vintage tea shop, with mismatched vintage china, bunting, balloons, cupcakes courtesy of Alice, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, sweeties and tea courtesy of Tea Pigs.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous because I hadn't been to an event for a while, but there was really no need for the butterflies, everyone was so friendly, and I met lots of new bloggers and caught up with some that I'd met before -  In fact I would probably go so far as to say that I haven't laughed so much in ages! -  bit of an in joke but sausages, NARS, 69's and mince were my highlights!

I wasn't having the best of spoonie days so I didn't circulate as much as I would have liked but it was so nice to meet so many new bloggers, in such a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere.

I know it isn't all about the goodie bags, but thanks in part to Hays Travel and Intu Metro Centre these were good ones! I mean look at the bag! that is just so me!

They contained all sorts of beauty samples, lifestyle things, sweets, a holiday voucher! and Vitamin Water (not in the pic I'm afraid I drank it!). I also managed to pick up a few extra Tea Pigs varieties to try - I loved the chai one I had on the day but I can't wait to try the creme caramel and chocolate flake bags! There were also a couple of things in the goodie bag that I'm going to review separately including the most gorgeous candle and a really pretty indie brand nail polish!

Obviously there was a serious side to the event though, and by means of collection tins, the ticket price and the raffle, the event raised nearly £200 for Lupus UK, which was an amazing result. Please, please, please have a look at their website to find out more about the illness and the work that they do. Also If anyone wishes to donate to Lupus UK you can text LUUK16 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 i.e. LUUK16 £10 to 70070

I'd like to say a huge, huge thank you to Rachel and Becca, their sponsors and their army of little helpers for hosting a fab event for a great cause, you deserve a huge pat on the back xx Definitely a job well done and I hope it won't be the last Teaspoon event x


  1. Lovely post, I really enjoyed the event too! Such a good day had by all! Well done to Rachel and Becca :)

    K xx

  2. Thank you so much for using your spoons on us, I'm still absolutely exhausted but you're right it was so worth it. Im glad you had a lovely day and that photo of me and becca is hilarious!


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