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Making Mother’s Day Special with Home Bargains.

Making Mother’s Day Special with Home Bargains.

*This post was written in collaboration with Home Bargains. 

 

Spring is my favourite time of year. I love to see the days getting longer and the pretty spring flowers pop up. I adore daffodils and have always got them around the house at this time of year. They really brighten the place up and remind me that we are heading in the right direction, especially where the weather is concerned. I can’t be the only one who is ready for a little sunshine!

With Spring also comes Mother’s Day. A time of year that still feels alien for me to celebrate, I certainly don’t feel old enough or mature enough to have one whole day that’s all about me! The day isn’t just about me though, it’s about all of the other mums in our lives, the ones that are always there for us and who deserve to have a lovely day celebrating too!

 

Gifts for Mother’s Day –

 

Traditionally, I’ve always bought flowers for others on Mother’s Day. They are my go to gift, as to be honest, buying good presents has never been my forte. I never know what to buy for people and flowers just seemed like a good option to show my appreciation. This year however, I’ve had a little helping hand from Home Bargains!

I’ve always enjoyed doing a little shopping at Home Bargains. It’s the kind of place that has a bit of everything all under one roof, usually for a very reasonable price. In this day and age we all like to look after our cash, so this is the perfect place to stock up on essentials without breaking the bank. I don’t know why I’ve never thought about looking for gifts here too, but since they sent out some great Mother’s Day selection for us to try out, it’s definitely a place I’ll be heading to in future.

The thing I loved most about the gifts we received was that there was so much variation in the types of gifts they stock. There’s something for everyone and they’re all packaged beautifully, right in line with a fresh Spring time feel. I know that our Mums will love some of the gifts that we have wrapped up for them, as I’m a mum too I’ve kept a couple aside to treat myself on the big day too!

 

A selection of Mother’s Day gifts from Home Bargains.

 

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

 

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Taking Time Out for Mother’s Day with Debenhams

Taking Time Out for Mother’s Day with Debenhams

Recently over on my Instagram feed, I spoke about how I still find it hard to believe that Mother’s Day is all about me. Even though I’ve been a mother for nearly three years, I still feel like a bit of an imposter when it comes to identifying as ‘mum’. Life is so hectic a lot of the time, I just don’t get time to sit down and think about life as a parent. It’s just something we crack on with, along with everything else we have to squeeze into the day.

Even if I do say so myself, I keep everything together over here. I keep the kids fed, watered and entertained. I make sure that the house is clean and tidy. As well as all of this, I run my business in the background, often into the small hours so that I have something that’s just for me. As Mother’s Day 2018 approaches and with a lot of thanks to Debenhams, I’ve been forced to sit back and think about the role I play in our house.

I’ve realised that actually, Mother’s Day should be about me. I should take some time out and enjoy being spoilt for a day, because for the rest of the year I work damn hard to keep my brood happy. With this in mind, the guys over at Debenhams were kind enough to send me for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie. It was time just for me, so that I could sit back and relax with lots of delicious cake. I absolutely loved every minute!

Taking Time for Yourself –

As a mother, I’m the first to admit that taking time out for myself is often at the bottom of my priority list. Like most mothers out there, I’m in the ‘as long as the kids are happy, I’m happy’ camp and for the most part this is true. There comes a time though when it’s not possible to keep the kids happy, if you’re not looking after yourself properly. That’s why I highly recommend spending some time all to yourself every now and again. Just like my hour spent with a cuppa and an afternoon tea. I left feeling super refreshed and after a particularly busy week, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Treating others this Mother’s Day –

As well as afternoon tea, Hubs and I took full advantage of a child free afternoon and decided on a little retail therapy too. Seeing as the day was all about being a mum, I thought it’d be a good idea to treat the other mother’s in our lives too.

We headed into Debenhams as they always have so much to choose from, it’s impossible not to find gifts to suit all tastes. With three mums to buy for it was the perfect place. For my mum we decided on a pretty Radley purse, it’s a very girly pink and I know she’ll absolutely love it!

The other two mums in our lives are my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law. I wanted to treat them to something that I knew they would enjoy. As we’d just enjoyed our afternoon tea, I knew I had to get them the same gift experience. It’s something that they will find really yummy and something they can do together too!

So with Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for you to start thinking about how to spend your special day. Do something different, fun or completely relaxing. As long as you’re taking the time just for you! 

*This post is in collaboration with Debenhams as part of their Mother’s day campaign. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Wicked Gifts from Wicked Uncle – Making Life Super Simple!

Wicked Gifts from Wicked Uncle – Making Life Super Simple!

With Christmas well and truly on its way, Hubs and I have been thinking about the perfect gifts to buy our girls. Now that we’re both working, tasks like this aren’t just down to me. His Lordship has to muck in too! The trouble is, neither of us are especially good at the gift buying thing. In the past we’ve gone straight for the easy option and given money or vouchers. With two children to keep happy over the festive period though, vouchers just won’t cut it. We need all the help we can get. Luckily this week I was contacted by Wicked Uncle to try out gift buying, their way!

 

 

What do Wicked Uncle do?

Wicked Uncle are a website designed to make your gift buying experience for children, as simple as possible! To start you off, all you need is the age of the child and you’re presented with an array of age appropriate gifts. There are extra categories to narrow down your search, such as the gender of the child and what they’re most interested in. Our favourite categories to search through were ‘Braniac’ and ‘Outdoorsy’, as these suit Hubs and I perfectly too. There’s also the option to add gift wrap and personalised messages to the gifts you buy. They really have set out to make life as easy as possible!

 

How did Hubs get on?

As my husband usually leaves gift buying to me, I thought he would be the perfect candidate to try out the service that Wicked Uncle have to offer. He accepted the challenge and headed straight over to their site, eager to see what he could get our girls. The teacher in him always goes for the more educational toys, with the system that Wicked Uncle have in place he was spoilt for choice in no time at all.  He loved that he could identify immediately whether the toys would be age appropriate.

In the end he opted for a Learning Resources, STEM gears deluxe building set, for the biggest. For our youngest he chose the TOMY Megasketcher Classique.  The delivery on our items was really quick, perfect for those last minute buys. We were both impressed with the products and service from Wicked Uncle, especially Hubs who will definitely be using it regularly from now on!

 

 

What did the girls think?

Gift buying is hard at the best of times, but when you have two of the harshest critics to please, it gets even more difficult. It seems that with the help of Wicked Uncle, daddy did good! Both girls have loved their presents, they’ve also enjoyed playing with each other’s too.

 

 

So, thankyou Wicked Uncle! Not only have you made gift buying from here on in super simple, but we have two very happy girls as well. That’s definitely a win-win!

 

 

*We were gifted these products from Wicked Uncle for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Red Elephant Baby Boxes – Review

Red Elephant Baby Boxes – Review

When I had our first daughter, the weeks afterwards were a total blur of sleepless nights and dirty nappies. There’s so much to think about, but all you want to do is catch up on lost kip! As well as being some of the toughest, the first months of our baby’s lives are some of the best we’ll ever have. They can be made even better though! This week I was asked to try out a baby subscription box from Red Elephant and I found that they’re the perfect subscription box for new mums and babies!

Red Elephant is a company that provides unique subscription baby boxes. They’re delivered monthly and are for babies from 0 – 12 months of age. Red Elephant aim to fill their boxes with items that meet the educational, fashionable and developmental needs of our littles, depending on their age and gender. What I love about this particular company is that they often include something for mums. It’s a great way to make them feel loved too, when all eyes are on the new addition!

 

 

There are different subscription boxes available, depending on the needs of the new family in question. Prices range from £25/month for a standard box containing 4-6 items, to £34/month for a premium box containing 7-9 items. The boxes have a retail value of over £70! You choose the box and length of subscription and Red Elephant even offer other super cute baby items, that you can add to your box or order separately.

 

Red Elephant, We Love You!

Having never had any kind of subscription box before, I wasn’t sure what our first would be like. When our order from Red Elephant arrived I loved what I saw immediately. You can tell by the packaging that the products inside are going to be of great quality, Attention to detail is so important and this company get top marks for their efforts. On opening the box I was surprised at how many products we’d received. Our favourite was the character dressing gown, it’s a task to get my littlest baby to take it off. The little shoes were incredibly cute too, so cute that they almost made me think having another baby was a good idea!

 

 

Whether you order a Red Elephant subscription box for yourself, or as a gift for someone else you will not be disappointed. As the worst gift buyer in the world, they’ll be at the top of my list when I need gifts for my mum friends. Red Elephant really do cover all bases with their boxes, if only I could get that dressing gown in my size!

 

The guys over at Red Elephant would like to offer my readers the chance to win a premium subscription box. All you have to do is enter using the form below…good luck!

 

Win A Red Elephant Baby Subscription Box

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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Uncommon Goods Gift Guide: For Her

Uncommon Goods Gift Guide: For Her

This week I’ve partnered with Uncommon Goods to bring you a fabulous gift guide for the ladies in your life.  If like me, you don’t find gift buying easy but you also like to give quality gifts, Uncommon Goods provide inspiration and great products!

When I began perusing over the Uncommon Goods website I was amazed at the products they have on offer.  The quality and quirkiness of their wares really stands out. The website also gives an insight into the creator of each product, I love that each product means so much to its designer and that these items are not thrown off of a production line by the thousands!

Uncommon Goods also have a super cool Uncommon Knowledge blog, filled with allsorts of fascinating information you’ll love to read!

 

What’s so Great about Uncommon Goods?

All products from Uncommon Goods meet five specific standards regarding design and social responsibility.

  • All products are of original design.
  • All products are made using environmentally friendly materials.
  • The company is based on responsible business practices.
  • Packaging is resourceful.
  • Products are exclusive to Uncommon Goods.

 

For Her : Garden

I’m a huge fan of spending time outdoors and so when the Summer months appear I love to spruce up our outdoor space.

These pieces are the perfect gift for she who likes to relax in her tranquil outdoor space – when the kids are in bed that is!

I particularly love the family signpost, which can be personalised to your requirements!

 

Hummingbird Feature

 

Family Signpost

 

For Her: Decoration

As a blogger and a writer I work from a desk at home.  The trouble with sitting at a desk for long periods of time is that the space can become dull and boring.

When I came across these pieces I knew that I needed them to brighten up my workspace.  I absolutely love what I do, even more so with an inspirational area to work from!

Heart Sculpture

 

Flower Garden

 

For Her: Comfort

I absolutely adore this throw, as a Jane Austen lover it immediately caught my eye.  What better way to relax and unwind than wrapped in a classic!

This super cute pillow would bring a touch of artistic flare to any living space too!

Jane Austen Throw

 

Owl Pillow

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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