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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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Anyone for a Drink?*

Coming from Newcastle, there's always a huge emphasis on nights out and drinking thanks to the likes of Geordie Shore. I'm not a big night out person these days - fibromyalgia making it always so much harder to stay out and to recover the next day - but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a tipple or two! I'm especially a fan of just having a couple of drinks with some friends over some good food and some laughs, the best kind of catch ups in my eyes.

Ciders have always been a firm favourite of mine, you can get some amazing flavours these days, and they're light enough to have just one or two on a night without getting completely drunk! I spotted these Cranes Ciders on twitter and I was instantly drawn to them. I'm the type of person who likes their alcohol fruity, so seeing the different types of ciders they have really intrigued me. 

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Something that also got me excited for these drinks, they have a recipe for a mulled cider using their Cranberry and Lime cider! I can't wait to make this, anyone who knows me knows how much I love everything to do with the festive season, so I'll definitely be making some once December hits - I'll be doing a post all about this as well so keep your eyes peeled for that! 

There are three flavours of cider available: Cranberries & Limes, Raspberries & Pomegranates and Blueberries & Apples. I love that these aren't your typical cider flavours, so you get to try something new. Even better for me, they're all berry flavours - guarantee I choose my drinks based on the fruit flavour and nothing else! 

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I went for the Cranberries and Limes flavour first, I really like Cranberry juice anyway so I was pretty confident I would enjoy these, and I was right. The minute I opened the bottle I could smell the fruityness (that might not be a word, but let's just roll with it, I'm sure you all know what I mean). It was packed full of flavour but without being totally overpowering and even better, these ciders have 30% less calories than the leading ciders out there, so there was considerably less guilt from me for having some on a school night! I think it's fair to say, these ciders will be a staple in my house for a drink when I've had a tough weekend, or to take along to pre-drinks before a night out! I could also see my dog Harry sniffing away in the hopes of getting a taste - unfortunately for him, I enjoyed this cider too much to share (and of course, he's a dog so he probably shouldn't be drinking!)

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I'm also really looking forward to trying their Cranberry and Blood Orange Liquer. I know a lot of Prosecco fans, and this looks like it would go perfectly in a nice big glass of prosecco, I can see this really working at Christmas too. On their website they have some cocktail recipes too which use this liquer, perfect for your next party!

You'll be pleased to know, these ciders are currently sold in Asda, and right now there's a 4 for £6 deal so what are you waiting for?! Get yourself over there to give them a try! Raspberry & Pomegranate is next on my list! 

Abbey xx

I was gifted some bottles of cider to share on my blog and social media. All views in this post are my honest opinions.

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