Review: Alternative Father’s Day Gifts….no more socks!

With just over two weeks to go until Father’s Day, we have decided to put together some of the best and most unusual gifts we have found from one of our favourite sites notonthehighstreet.com¬† because let’s face it, not only is your father sick of receiving socks every year, but you are tired of buying them ūüėČ My dad is a keen gardener and he also loves to cook, so when I saw this gift I was rather excited. ¬†I really do think he will love it and it is on order as we speak. ¬†Everything you need to grow five funky vegetables in one kit box.

A fantastic gift for any keen or intrigued gardener and/or cook, they will be able to grow purple carrots, red brussel sprouts, stripy tomatoes, yellow courgettes and multi coloured swiss chard. ¬†At ¬£13.50 I think this is a great and affordable gift. ¬†I’m just looking forward to my invite for tea!

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With the Tour de France passing through parts of the UK what better year than 2014 to purchase some silver ‘cylist’ cufflinks, they are a little bit more pricey but this is only likely to happen once in your life time, so give your father something to remember-he will certainly be able to recall the year you bought him these! ¬£90

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Looking for something a little more useful? ¬†Check out these fab alarm clocks. ¬†Just click your fingers, clap your hands or gently tap your bedside table and the time, date & temperature will alternately appear for you in red LED colour. It automatically switches off when the room is quiet, lighting up again when the alarm goes off or as a response to your clicked fingers or clapped hands. The numbers seem to float on the lovely wooden block, but that’s just half the magic of this cubiod with a conscience. ¬†At ¬£28.50 we think these are a bargain.

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We all know how our dad’s love to be the King of the BBQ, so with Summer just around the corner, keep him happy with this stylish BBQ, at ¬£34.95 we think it is a steal.

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¬† Okay…we apologise now….we could not help ourselves, and had to sly some socks in somewhere. ¬†But here is the difference, they are Dad and child matching socks, at ¬£11 for the two pairs, we think they are pretty awesome

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Fancy a splurge or you ve just won the lottery…We have three gifts just for you: 1. ¬†Our favourite of the three. ¬†A Heinsberg Retro Suitcase ¬£390

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Rare! Not to be messed with, as brutal as it is beautiful, the Heisenberg Retro Suitcase Speaker!  One of the original members of the trunkie family that has it all; the looks, the sound and the attitude. Incredibly lightweight for its size, this speaker packs a real punch.

Complete with two port holes for extra bass reflex.

Audio specifications: 2 x 6 inch pioneer woofer, 1 x 4 inch pioneer midrange, 2 x 2 inch pioneer tweeter, 6 hours battery life, 200 watt built in amplifier, 3.5mm aux lead

2. ¬†We love this tent that looks just like a book, perfect for any book worm father, and what’s more, it will be perfect for those family camping trips or festivals. ¬£395

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3. ¬†Finally, a very stylish champagne or wine cooler, though if you are willing to spend ¬£2650 (yes that is the price) then you may as well fill it with champagne have n’t you! We just love the natural look, hand raised and finished with a hammer texture this sterling silver cooler will last forever. ¬†By far the piece we love the most….we just wish we could afford it!

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Happy shopping and do not forget…..Father’s Day 15th June 2014

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Blogizing Review: That’s a Wrap….Get Lucky

Over the last eight months, life has been tough. ¬†I have been juggling a degree in Psychology, a part time job, my own yoga business and bringing up my three children single handed. ¬†Money has been tight and we decided to throw a puppy into the mix….oh my days. ¬†So….as my life was busy and stressful enough, I really did not need what was to happen next. My eldest child, a 15 year old boy, who, when everyone who meets him says he is sure going to¬†be a¬†heart breaker¬†(I think he already is-as the gaggle of girls follow him around and he responds with his ‘can’t be arsed’ attitude) was run over by an elderly gentleman, and he suffered serious injuries. ¬†Two broken femurs to be exact. ¬†i found out by his friend calling me on my mobile, luckily…just as i had arrived home. ¬†What normally would take the likes of Linford Christie a good 5 minute sprint to where the accident had happened, it took me literally 3! ¬†There I was running like I had never done before down the road, dressed in a short red dress, and drivers beeping me as I ran past! ¬†For goodness sake….do you not ¬†know that my son has just been run over…that was my thoughts…in between ‘please god, please let him be ok, just let him be awake.’ ¬†Of course the drivers did not know that the lad laid in the middle of the road further down the street was my son. As I approached I saw a trainer further up the road from where everyone was crowding round. ¬†My heart jumped¬†to my mouth and everything began to spin. ‘Please let him be alive….please just be awake..’ I kept repeating over and over in my mind. ¬†I approached his friend who was inconsolable. ¬†Luckily, my son was conscious…just. ¬†The ambulance seemed to take forever and my son was drifting in and out, trying to tell me he was going to sleep. ¬†I did all I could to keep him awake. ¬†I was not going to lose him no way. Although this was a stroke of bad luck (and we have had more since-but that’s another story) it was also a stroke of good luck…because he¬†survived¬†and eight months down the line he is almost back to normal….barr the metal rods in his legs…but he is getting there. ¬†HE IS ALIVE and that is all that matters. I came across this bracelet recently and it reminded me of what we as a family have been through these last 8 months…a serious accident, issues with the children’s father which has brought a lot of stress, anxiety problems, money problems, and finally only last week an accident at school involving once again my teenage boy who has now suffered a broken arm as a result! ¬†I can honestly say I have not had such a bad run of luck in such a short space of time. ¬†So when I saw the name of this bracelet….That’s a wrap-Get Lucky I thought, this is an omen, I have been brought to this for a reason.

That's a wrap Get Lucky Bracelet

That’s a wrap Get Lucky Bracelet

THAT’S A WRAP…..that’s it….that is the end of this run of bad luck. GET LUCKY….With Pleasure! etsy¬†Buy the bracelet here¬†at a modest cost of ¬£3.50 can you afford not to…? ūüôā The bracelet is from a range of hand made jewellery by Kimberley Wilson, an entrepreneur who has been making jewellery as a hobby for a few years now, but has recently decided to make it her business, and we really do wish her all the luck, as the jewellery is something we personally really love. ¬†It has a contemporary boho chic kind of feel, something really wearable, and also something wish is just as great as a gift. Read other reviews of Kimberley’s Jewellery

That's a wrap heart bracelet

That’s a wrap heart bracelet

 

thats a wrap imagine  thats a wrap make peace  thats a wrap dream  thats a wrap smile alot

Now that’s a wrap!

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Acknowledgements: With Thanks to Kimberley Wilson for contacting us at Blogizing to Review her awesome jewellery range….we wish you all the best in your business venture and we are excited and looking forward to seeing your new pieces in the future!

Blogizing: Finding Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day in the UK this year is 30th March 2014, “oh no…..” I hear you say, “I forgot!”

Do not despair, we have searched the net for a couple of ideas to make life easier for you ūüėČ

NO MONEY?

No excuse. ¬†You can make something. ¬†How about some nice biscuits or a cake? ¬†Cut some flowers and tie them with a nice ribbon. ¬†Find a large stone and decorate it in coloured paint and write on a personal message. ¬†It may seem rather¬†juvenile¬†but as a mother I know that it comes down to the thought, not the cost of the present. ¬†Mother’s day is all about making your mum feel special and letting her know how much you love and appreciate her for everything she does for you.

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Make yourself a paper flower from an unwanted/unused/your mums favourite book (not her book, i repeat do not use her copy….she may be very upset, get your own copy)

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Make a little matchbox present, put¬†miniature¬†things that your mum loves. ¬†you can design and print off your own label. Here’s something to inspire you….look how cute! And at ¬£4.99 you cannot complain….even if you decide to buy. ¬†It is available from Not on the High Street (.com) as is all the gifts which follow (just because we love this store!)

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What about one of these personalised wooden spoons for just ¬£5.50 it’s not going to break the bank….. or you can opt for a whole family of spoons ūüėČ

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How about one of these classic looking book covers for an ipad, for just under ¬£35 we think it is a great present and something most mums are sure to love…..if they have an ipad that is!

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Another cute little box of fun we found on Not on the High Street:

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The little charms all have a meaning. ¬†Such as ‘I may not always be good but you ll always be my fan…” ūüôā ¬†At under ¬£13 this is a little keepsake which is at a price acheiveable for most.

For those who have a little bit more money to spend and what something personal and unique how about one of these locket necklaces. ¬†We think these are just adoreable… ¬£64

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¬†Good luck on your search of the perfect gift for your mother. ¬†Do not forget if all else fails, a lovely bottle of champagne and flowers from your local florist will always go down well ūüôā

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

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Blogizing: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s day in the UK this year is 30th March 2014, “oh no…..” I hear you say, “I forgot!”

Do not despair, we have searched the net for a couple of ideas to make life easier for you ūüėČ

NO MONEY?

No excuse. ¬†You can make something. ¬†How about some nice biscuits or a cake? ¬†Cut some flowers and tie them with a nice ribbon. ¬†Find a large stone and decorate it in coloured paint and write on a personal message. ¬†It may seem rather¬†juvenile¬†but as a mother I know that it comes down to the thought, not the cost of the present. ¬†Mother’s day is all about making your mum feel special and letting her know how much you love and appreciate her for everything she does for you.

mothers-day-gift-idea-1

Make yourself a paper flower from an unwanted/unused/your mums favourite book (not her book, i repeat do not use her copy….she may be very upset, get your own copy)

preview_literary-paper-rose

Make a little matchbox present, put¬†miniature¬†things that your mum loves. ¬†you can design and print off your own label. Here’s something to inspire you….look how cute! And at ¬£4.99 you cannot complain….even if you decide to buy. ¬†It is available from Not on the High Street (.com) as is all the gifts which follow (just because we love this store!)

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What about one of these personalised wooden spoons for just ¬£5.50 it’s not going to break the bank….. or you can opt for a whole family of spoons ūüėČ

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How about one of these classic looking book covers for an ipad, for just under ¬£35 we think it is a great present and something most mums are sure to love…..if they have an ipad that is!

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Another cute little box of fun we found on Not on the High Street:

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The little charms all have a meaning. ¬†Such as ‘I may not always be good but you ll always be my fan…” ūüôā ¬†At under ¬£13 this is a little keepsake which is at a price acheiveable for most.

For those who have a little bit more money to spend and what something personal and unique how about one of these locket necklaces. ¬†We think these are just adoreable… ¬£64

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¬†Good luck on your search of the perfect gift for your mother. ¬†Do not forget if all else fails, a lovely bottle of champagne and flowers from your local florist will always go down well ūüôā

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

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Product Review by Blogizing: Desigual

http://blog.desigual.com/en

I have always had a little soft spot for Desigual.  I first fell in love with it when I found a fabulous dress in a boutique in Spain.  It was quite expensive for me, but I decided to treat myself as it was something different.  I have worn it lots and it washes so well as I still wear it now and have had it for over four years. I have definately had my monies worth so I just thought there were worth a little mention.  They provide clothes for women, men and children.  I personally absolutely love these pants!

Perfect Festival Pants?

Perfect Festival Pants?

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mentshie¬† We love this t-shirt, you could have lots of fun trying to work out what animal this is meant to be….we are going for a hip hop giraffe with peacock influence ūüėÄ

37V3D07_3037 40V3084_1000Just a small selection of the girls clothes which can be found on the Desigual website. ¬†You can shop for them here….¬†http://www.desigual.com/en_GB/kids-clothes/

Finally, here is something for the boys….

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There are also a small selection of baby clothes.  I recommend Desigual based upon my own experiences.  The items I have bought wash very well, have kept their shape and are always commented upon by my friends as they are different to other things you can buy on the high street!

Shop Desigual here if you like the look ūüôā¬†http://www.desigual.com

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Palm Oil: Know the truths and help protect the Rainforests

http://a-z-animals.com/palm-oil/products/

I have just read an article about palm oil and I am surprised at what is happening just so that the country can make enough of it for the demands.  Apparently palm oil is in lots of our products, a full list can be found in the link above.  In order to meet the demands more and more of the rainforests are being destroyed, therefore taking away the habitats of the animals and wildlife that live there.  They are endangering lots of species and it always saddens me to see what we are doing to out planet in the name of vanity and greed.

You can read the full story here http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/  I realise it is not entirely reasonable or realistic to expect everyone to boycott the purchase of items which contact palm oil but I personally cannot  support the destruction of rain forests.  I was most surprised to see Body Shop on there as they are against animal testing and surely this goes against everything they stand for?  I remember shopping there as a teenager buying their animal and fruit soaps, spending all my pocket money there because they were against animal testing and furthermore highlighted the animals which were endangered. It was almost like we were part of a campaign group (in our heads anyway, as we loved animals and really did care, we just did not know how to make a difference yet).  So me and my friends used to go into the shop every Saturday morning, talking to the staff and purchasing yet another animal soap to show our support! Maybe it is because Anita Roddick no longer owns the company, does this mean that The Body Shop has lost its soul?

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I felt I had to find out, so I visited http://www.bodyshop.com to seek the answer.  Here is what the Body Shop had to say on the matter:

“Good news! Since 2011, 100% of the unmodified palm oil use in The Body Shop products has been certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Our supplier, based in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, has been certified by RSPO.

The Body Shop’s soaps contain the largest percentage of sustainable palm oil out of all our products. All soaps at The Body Shop display the RSPO logo on the packaging, as a way of raising the profile of this important not-for-profit accreditation association.

 

ABOUT PALM OIL

Palm Oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, used in everything from food to detergents, and increasingly also as a bio-fuel. The expansion of palm oil plantations has contributed to the destruction of the world’s ancient rainforests and endangers animal species such as orang-utans in Borneo and Sumatra.

Endangered species at increased risk from expanding palm oil plantations in this region include the:

  • Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae);
  • Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii); and
  • Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus).

 

This expansion has in some instances impacted the living conditions of Indigenous people in the communities surrounding palm-oil plantations, resulting in frequent conflict over land, forced evictions and human rights violations. This is why The Body Shop has made a commitment to responsible sourcing of palm oil.

Watch The Sustainable Palm Oil video to learn more about sustainable Palm Oil from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

 

THE BODY SHOP AND PALM OIL

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The Body Shop is a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is a not-for-profit association that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. Watch RSPO РThe Gathering Momentum video to learn more about Palm Oil and the RSPO.

 

THE BODY SHOP AND DAABON

The Body Shop began working with Daabon, a Colombian group in 2007. Daabon was not certified by the RSPO, as a national standard for Colombia didn’t exist at the time; however it had passed an independent audit using the Roundtable’s criteria. We also carried out our own visits to their plantations.

In late 2009 a problem suddenly emerged with Daabon involving a piece of land that had been purchased by a consortium that included Daabon. Christian Aid, an international development charity and its local partner in Colombia claimed people living on the land protected by the consortium were being evicted to make way for a new palm oil plantation.

For its part, the consortium insisted they had bought the land in good faith, and there were no signs of the land being previously occupied. The Body Shop did not have a trading relationship with the consortium, but as soon as we heard about this new issue we thought it sensible to investigate the matter for ourselves.

We commissioned an independent study in partnership with Christian Aid, which revealed how complex the underlying legal and property questions really were. We used the results of the study to suggest a number of ways Daabon might help resolve the issue, which they did take on board. The Body Shop concluded that an acceptable long-term solution was unlikely to be found, and as a result stopped trading with Daabon.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Where possible, buy products that have been certified as sustainable.

To help protect the orang-utan from extinction support the Melbourne Zoo’s¬†Don’t Palm us Off¬†campaign, help organisations such as¬†Borneo Orangutan Survival¬†or¬†The Orangutan Project.”

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This at least restores some faith.  Hopefully the other companies will follow suit and join the RSPO, if they have not done so already.

If you would like the option of buying Palm Free products you can find a list here, kindly offered by Borneo Orangutan Survival website.

http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.aspx

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