Give Me a (Spa) Break

We’re nearly at the end of January *fist pump* which means I can have a glass of wine soon. So, seeing as we’re celebrating (nearly) the end of the toughest month of the year, I thought it was time for a little pick me up. I live down the road from the most lovely hotel, Lime Wood, and they’re offering a spa day for two at their Herb House Spa. It includes use of all the facilities, any classes you might want to do, lunch in Raw & Cured (think super superfood) and even a body MOT if you want one. Travel isn’t included but get yourself to Brockenhurst station and I’ll come and pick you up. To enter, just leave a comment on the blog here or on the KMWC Facebook page and a winner will be announced next week. Good luck!

T&Cs: Spa Day prize voucher is valid for 6 months from prize draw date and can only be redeemed on Monday-Friday (sorry!). Competition closes on 3rd February 2016 at 11.59pm. The prize draw is open to any UK resident over the age of 18.

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Current non-alcoholic drink : Seedlip

Price: £29.99 - Buy From Selfridges

I’ve spent much of the last month trying to make not drinking easy. I mean, water’s fine during the day but in the evening, especially when everyone else is on the wine, I want something a little more grown up. Seedlip, then, has been a saviour. It’s the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit according to founder and creator Ben Branson. By distilling citrus peels, barks and spices, he’s created something that looks and feels a bit like gin but without the alcohol. Pour it into a tumbler with lots of ice and a slice, top it up with tonic et voila! Lovely stuff, beautifully done.

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Current red in the rack: Yalumba Organic Shiraz

Price: £7.49 - Buy From Waitrose

Made from organically grown grapes, so it’s practically a health drink. One of the best value Australian reds (especially when it’s on offer), this is ripe and smooth with gorgeous, fleshy plum fruits. There are relatively few female winemakers around, (in Australia, less than 10%), but the winemaker behind this wine is Heather Fraser. If you want a great white, there’s a brilliant organic Viognier in the range too.

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50 Comments

  • Julieann Jefford
    3 years ago

    Yes please, a gorgeous spa day with my Bournemouth-Buddy Claire would be perfect. Plus the added advantage of leaving the blokes at home with 4 kids and two dogs while we relax.

  • 3 years ago

    For the love of wine, PLEASE enter me into the draw! They might need to MOT my sanity as well as my body…

  • Charlotte Russell
    3 years ago

    Just what the doctor ordered so yes please!! BTW, trying Seedlip later 😉

  • Kerry Grice
    3 years ago

    Body MOT definitely needed a day of pampering would be just the thing. Enter me please!!!

  • Elizabeth Kirby
    3 years ago

    Would love a spa day to calm the January blues! Get me away from the decorating for a bit!

  • Tinne Ledwitch-Madsen
    3 years ago

    Spa break is a wonderful price; oh to lounge relaxed and calm in the miserable British winter💙 Maybe with a small red in hand (being January is over really really soon 😋)

  • 3 years ago

    In the hat please, Hels!

  • Annabel Lintott
    3 years ago

    Yes please! Thanks Helen! Love the latest blog…..well done with dry January! Xxx

  • cliff
    3 years ago

    wife & I joined you on the dry January and are feeling very good on the inside, but at our ages the bodies need a bit of TLC on the outside too so please enter us in your lovely draw x

  • Julie Strutt
    3 years ago

    Purlease put me in the draw for the Spa Day – we could all do with a me pick me up at this time of year! AND at the Lime Wood no less – lovely

  • Maggie
    3 years ago

    My bloke split with me on 2nd January after seventeen years. Please put me in the draw as need a bit of tlc. Thanks

  • Katharine
    3 years ago

    What a lovely offer – thank you very much.

  • Susie K
    3 years ago

    Yes please – but if not me, please can it be Maggie (see above). Sxx

  • 3 years ago

    Yes please – I would love a spa break with my friend P – we always used to go the Sanctuary in Covent Garden in February, but now it’s closed down and I’m on the hunt for somewhere new! x

  • 3 years ago

    That would be amazing, I have Anosmia so had a bad year last year. I could definitely do with a reprieve and a bit of a pamper. If you want to know about Anosmia I also have a blog icantsmellathing.blogspot.com pick me pick me 😃 Thanks

  • Tiff
    3 years ago

    Bring on the happy endorphins, smiles, relaxed body and mind. What a lovely way to spend a day, Hooray for lovely treats like this! X

  • Summer
    3 years ago

    From one knackered mother to another- this sounds amazing! Anything to help pick me up and throw me head on into the rest of the year would be simply lovely.

  • Camilla
    3 years ago

    Yes please. Desperately in need of a spa day at Limewood. I keep trying to recreate the scene at home… A warm bath, glass of wine, candles around the bathroom… But it’s not quite the same with two toddlers peering over the edge of the bath asking what’s for supper. Really ought to wait til the husband is home to look after them, but you know how it is sometimes. Bring it on.

  • Ben Thomspon
    3 years ago

    Calls on hold. Meetings cancelled. I’m ready

  • Holly newman
    3 years ago

    My reasons for entering are a bit too personal to put ‘out there’ on here . Let’s just say I am a knackered mother and there’s been quite a bit of hospital action between myself and my daughter. I can’t even think of anything witty to say! I would love to take her to something like this, to win it for her. And to do something together that would leave a memory.

  • Trish Booth
    3 years ago

    Oooh, I know just the person who deserves this, my amazingly devoted to duty, sister, Susie, who counsels children in distress at a special, inner city school. How she gets through each day with the ghastly situations she has to cope with and try to sort, has always gobsmacked me. I don’t know where she gets her emotional and physical strength from, sometimes. So, a session of pampering – which she cannot afford herself – would be like a piece of Heaven landing in her lap – and if there was a glass of wine to enjoy too, well, she’d be thrilled to bits.

  • Yoursister
    3 years ago

    Let me win…. I’m your sister after all X

    • LaLa
      3 years ago

      and I’m your mother who’s also knackered and is ALSO having a dry month – they do say charity begins at home so bring it on!

    • LaLa
      3 years ago

      Me me me! X

  • Trish Booth
    3 years ago

    PS – didn’t realise it was for two people but I bet she’d want to take her best friend of 40 years standing with her if she won this. She’s also got a very importantly big birthday coming up – but we don’t mention the age, though there is a 7 in it, somewhere!

  • Helen Johnson
    3 years ago

    Just got home on a Friday eve to see this amazing offer! Now looking at the washing up and the madness that is family weekends just beginning – all the stuff us knackered mothers (and Nana’s in my case) have to do! – a spa day right now would bring tears but I still vote Maggie or Holly or Trish. X

  • Rachel Murray
    3 years ago

    OOOh, yes please Helen with a giant capital P….also on dry and sugar free January, generally you can keep your Mondays but in this case BRING IT ON 🙂

  • 3 years ago

    After a totally rubbish2015, a spa day to get me back on track and on full of energy to crack on with 2016 would be just the thing the dreams!

  • Emma
    3 years ago

    Yes, please yes. Would love to pamper my mum, it’s been a tough old year all around.

    • Helen McGinn
      3 years ago

      Emma! You won! Drop me an email (knackeredmother@gmail.com) and I’ll put you in touch with the lovely team at Lime Wood. Well done! Am so thrilled for you – and your mum! x

  • Joanna Cook
    3 years ago

    There should Pinot doubt that I would be so grapeful for this vine prize!
    I don’t mean to wine but I Riojan you’ve got me over a barrel!!

    Love the blog!!

  • DW
    3 years ago

    Oooooh please please PLEASE!!! Pretty please thank you very much!!
    My mind, body & soul neeeeeds this spa day! xx

  • Claire
    3 years ago

    After hearing so many amazing things about this place I can not think of anything nicer than a pamper day -fingers & toes are crossed X

  • 3 years ago

    I’ve heard Lime Wood is a gorgeous. In the hat please! I’m looking forward to a glass of vino in February too – my inner rebel is rumbling…

  • Catherine Dunford
    3 years ago

    Ohhh yes please to the spa trip! Need it after 3 house moves and lots of cleaning / box moving. Fingers and everything crossed xxx

  • Emily Clark
    3 years ago

    Hello! My mum and I have also been doing dry January and are SO looking forward to a drink! I’ve been promising to take her to a spa in the New Forest for a little while now, so this would be ideal 🙂

  • 3 years ago

    Don’t see enough of the amazing HB these days but last time we caught up, she introduced me to KMWC. H says I need to share some of our newly imported Spanish wine with you so will do that soon – drop it off on the way to Lawn Wood ;o)

  • Annabel
    3 years ago

    Ohhhhhh yes please. Couldn’t think of anything better at the moment! And I can think of the person to go with…

  • Bella
    3 years ago

    Yes please! Though probably need a full service rather than just the MOT xx

  • Ingrid
    3 years ago

    Wowsers, it looks amazing. Keeping fingers and toes crossed. It looks like a little bit of heaven. What a lovely idea.x

  • Belinda
    3 years ago

    Hi Helen,
    I live in France now so can’t do the spa day. So thought instead I would say thank you for making our Fridays that bit more sparkly with your blog.

    Santé

    • Helen McGinn
      3 years ago

      Ah, thank you! x

  • Annie Mowll
    3 years ago

    Yes please, name in the hat please.

  • Siobhan Davey
    3 years ago

    Would love to win this, am an avid reader and enjoy your recommendations immensely! Thanks very much for the chance to win such a great prize x

  • Kathie Clarke
    3 years ago

    I live in the US but my Mum would be a very worthy winner of some pampering, can I enter on her behalf?!

  • 3 years ago

    Fantastic prize, I would adore to win. Thank you

  • Hannah Wagstaff
    3 years ago

    Well done with dry January. Now I’m dying to know what was in your glass for that first drink in February? Xx

    • Helen McGinn
      3 years ago

      Blanquette de Limoux from Aldi! Was gorgeous 🙂

      • Hannah
        3 years ago

        Yum! Sounds delicious and well deserved X

        • Helen McGinn
          3 years ago

          Thank you! x

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