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!

normal_classic-book-cover-for-ipad-mini

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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Would you want your man wearing Meggings? That’s Man Leggings to me and you…

In short…..no. ¬†Haha, even to see a man in those cycling ones kind of turn my stomach, no matter how fit the man is. ¬†There is just something not very manly about them and I really do like my men to be men. ¬†Sorry, it is just the way I am. ¬†However, if he wanted to buy a pair of these rainbow diamond ones (in my size) that is ok, as I would wear them. ūüėÄ

Just a quick word to the men: “Not cool. Do not do it…….sorry boys.”

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Read the full story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2582046/Would-YOU-let-man-wear-meggings-Designers-aiming-make-men-feel-comfortable-look-great-leggings.html

Those of you still intent on doing it <sighs> you can get them here…….

http://meggingsman.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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Lingerie: Is it important to make an effort for your first sexual encounter?

She was nervous, this was the first time they were going to be together in this way and she was filled with anticipation.  She was excited for how today may turn out, but also worried, what if it was not any good.  They had been dating each other for five weeks and spent quite a lot of time getting to know each other.  This time it felt different from the other men she had met before.  She knew he liked her and found her hot, as he told her all the time.  But he never tried to force sex on her.  She wanted to make sure that the first time was special.  They had decided on having their first encounter in a hotel room as they did not want to be disturbed.   He had arranged the hotel and she was shocked.  She could not believe the one he had chosen, it was not your standard hotel.  A classy 5 star in the city centre.  Marble floors, huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, glass cabinets from floor to ceiling displaying expensive bottles of champagne.  As she walked into the foyer, there was the largest arrangement of tropical flowers in a huge black vase that she had ever seen.  Not a spot of dust anywhere.  She looked over to the right and saw a large group of men standing around.  She recognised one of the men, and realised it was the captain of the England football team.  On a normal day she would have been impressed, however today all she could think about was her gorgeous man.  Whilst she was in deep thought she felt someone touch her arm.  She looked left and saw him standing there, smiling at her, eyes twinkling in the light.  Every time she looked at him he took her breath away.  She had never fancied a man so much.  Of course she had experienced lust on every level, but usually after getting to know a man a little bit more the lust had slowly disappeared as they had turned out to not be as nice as she had expected.  However, this one was different.  He had always shown her every inch of respect she deserved.  It made a refreshing change.

He asked her if she would like to have dinner. ¬†She smiled, looked down towards the marble floor and back up to his gorgeous brown eyes, slowly shook her head from side to side. ¬†She put her hand gently behind the back of his head and slowly pulled his head towards hers. ¬†She whispered into his ear “Let’s go to bed.” He did not need telling twice.

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It was her first time with her special man and she wanted him to remember it for the right reasons.  She searched high and low for the perfect lingerie and finally settled on a red number, something a little different to what she would normally go for, but she wanted him to remember the moment forever.

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http://www.e-lady.co.uk/anais-tin-tin.html  It was well worth the £29.99!

E-Lady¬†is an online store offering lingerie, outfits, beachwear and sex toys, all at reasonable prices. ¬†Check it out, give your partner something to remember! ūüėČ

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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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