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.

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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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Happy First Day of Spring!

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

As it is now the first day of Spring it is time for me to put my ‘clean up and clear out’ plan into place. ¬†The first thing on my list is to touch up the paint on the doors and in the hallway. ¬†To make sure I stick to my Spring Clean up and Clear Out here is the list of my things to do:

  1. Paint the doors and walls in the hallway
  2. Sort out any clothes no longer required i.e. no longer worn and subject to requirements.  Sell on Ebay and take to charity shop.  TK Maxx also requesting clothes at local store for charity.
  3. Sort out paper work and dispose/recycle of anything no longer required/relevant.
  4. Sort out children’s toys. ¬†Far too many they are struggling to see what they have! Recycle, sell, give to charity…
  5. Hang up any pictures/posters (these have been on my list of things to do for some time….I am adamant it will be done by mid April!)
  6. Sort out the belongings in the loft.  Some of these are keepsakes but the rest dispose of.  They are not required, serve no purpose and could be useful to someone else.
  7. Paint kitchen/living room.
  8. Add shelves/hooks to hallway
  9. Add shelves to living room for books.
  10. Recover large storage footstool for bedroom.
  11. Finally…..clean carpets.

Are any of you planning on a great spring clean and clear out? ¬†Let me know what’s on your list ūüôā

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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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Rudimental ‘Waiting all Night’: Most moving music video

I love this song, and did so as soon as I first heard it. ¬†That does not happen often, as usually you hear something and you may ‘kind-of’ like it, but you grow to love it. ¬†However, with this song it was different, and my love for the song grew when I sat and watched the video. ¬†So moving, I found it truly amazing. ¬†Like a short movie in its own right. ¬†Extremely heart warming.

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Keep smiling even when everything is shit: Amongst the grey clouds are always rays of sunshine

Why do I always feel like I am at a crossroads? Why is my life constantly like a rollercoaster? All I want is an ‘easy’ life, a life where things can be constant and permanent just for a little while. ¬†Just long enough for me to feel comfortable. ¬†As soon as I start to feel like things are getting better something else goes wrong. ¬†Is everyone else’s life like this or is it just mine?

I am not just feeling sorry for myself, I am not talking about minor things such as missing the bus or forgetting to put the bin out so I felt in a terrible mood for the rest of the day.  I mean, real terrible things happen.  I am beginning to think I am jinxed.

In the last two years here is a list of what has happened (though please be advised it is not limited to said list, as I also have the usual things like having to stop at every set of traffic lights, getting stuck behind a tractor when I am already late for work, forgetting my packed lunch in the fridge, noticing I am low on petrol and then realising I have also forgotten my purse at work etc so bear this in mind) ¬†Anyhow…….list…here we go:

  • Not one but two of my aunt’s are seriously ill. ¬†One collapsed with a serious throat action and is now permanently brain damaged, though has some independence at least. ¬†My other aunt had a serious fall and is lucky to be alive, but has had numerous brain surgery and it is feared she will never have independence again. This second accident happened on my birthday. ¬†Happy birthday me!!! (They will now never be the same) ¬†This year I found my birthday extremely emotional, as I spent the morning at the¬†cemetery¬†talking to my grandma, and the rest of it thinking, it has been one year since my auntie’s accident and she is no better)
  • I have had two car accidents, both not my fault. Luckily no one was hurt, apart from my car. ¬†It is the sheer inconvenience of it all….
  • My son was run over, and as a result broke both femurs, he is lucky to be alive, I am lucky he is still alive. ¬†Quite possibly the most stressful thing which has happened in my life (and his). ¬†This meant three months of intensive care getting him back on his feet. ¬†He is on his way to recovery, albeit it has been a slow road.
  • My grandma died. ¬†She was a very special person in my life. ¬†I could go visit her, sit there all day and speak to her about anything. ¬†I did not realise it at the time, but she was actually one of my favourite people. ¬†She never annoyed me or upset me. ¬†She was a great help with my children, she looked after me as a child, she was a constant permanent fixture, pretty much the only one, and now she has gone.
  • Related to above in incident of my grandma’s passing. ¬†Quite possibly the second most upsetting day of my life (aside from my son being run over) was having to attend my grandma’s funeral. ¬†In saying ‘having to attend’ I do not mean this as though I was forced, I would not have missed it for the world. ¬†However it was extremely difficult saying good bye to someone I hoped would be there forever. ¬† Love you grandma x
  • My children’s father appears to have taken up a sudden interest in¬†pedophiles,¬† decides to post things about this subject on facebook and as a result put me in a situation where I have had to stop contact for the time being, until I am sure my children are safe, and in me doing so has made me feel like an absolute mega bitch. Then there is the added stress of having to deal with this family, who seem to be incapable of understanding why I am upset at his failure to safeguard my children.
  • My finances have seriously taken a turn for the worst. ¬†I have done nothing differently, but with the increase of cost of living and decrease in help for working single parents it has all taken its toll and there is not much further I can go.
  • My health is suffering. ¬†I am suffering from stress headaches, severe hayfever and now having to have treatment in the lady department to stop some naughty cells turning even naughtier.
  • And to top it off, I am still very, very single. Sigh……..

But as luck would have it, good things have happened in the last two years also, so at least rather than you getting a picture of just one steep drop on a very large roller coaster, you can now imagine a big dipper ūüėČ

So yes it is very true, these last two years have been pretty trying, and would have been for any person.  But I am still smiling.  In the last year I have met some brilliant people, I have carved out a great social circle, I have gotten back in touch with some family members, I have reignited my love for art and creativity, I have rediscovered my freedom, my love for nature and walks in the woods, and my love for travel. I have discovered how lucky I am to have such great friends and family and a roof over my head, not to take things for granted and to be thankful for what I have.

“Amongst the dark clouds are always small rays of bright sunshine”i

 

This is Liverpool: Oh help us!

http://www.theladbible.com/articles/this-is-liverpool-reality-show-will-be-the-worst-thing-to-happen-to-everyone

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear……

A show based in Liverpool like the other reality shows such as Made in Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex.  So although these programs are hardly enlightening, most (I said most) characters are painted in a reasonable light.  So why, when they release a reality show based in the North of England do they have to pick the roughest people who seem unable to string a sentence together without the use of multiple swear words, and more noticeably are unable to communicate with each other without being aggressive.  I live in the North of England next to another large city.  We are extremely friendly, individual in style (not carbon copy barbie dolls), and although some of us may swear it definitely is not the whole of the population (or who the producers portray the population as).

Sorry Liverpool but I do not see how this will do you any favours…..unless of course you are all like the show portrays you (though I highly doubt it). ¬†If I was a Liverpudlian I would be feeling rather embarrassed as to how the show is painting you.

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