Mother’s Day gift guide…

With Mother’s Day fast approaching – Sunday 31st March 2019 (how is it March next week?!) I’ve put together a little gift guide of some things I think would make any mums/nans day that extra bit special.

The first and one of the more unusual items I’ve found is a little blue plaque. London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present – run by English Heritage, but if you’re not in the running for a real plaque… http://funblueplaques.co.uk/ have got you covered! You can personalise it to say anything you want so it’s quite a fun idea priced around £22 – I want one!

If you’re looking for something a little more pricey then https://www.poshtottydesigns.com/ have some gorgeous jewellery that can be personalised and it’s still not ‘break the bank’ expensive. I love the ring necklaces that you can have your children’s (or any) names printed on.

If you are addicted to instagram (like me) you have probably seen this lovely lady’s work in lots of instagrammers homes – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/margomcdaidart Margo in Margate’s prints are simple, yet stunning and put a smile on my face every time I spot one.

Another great place to check out is https://www.artfinder.com/#/ I brought my mum a painting from here for her birthday and she adores it. It looks really expensive and only cost me £25 (with free delivery!) Thanks to sites like artfinder and new blood art (to name a few) https://newbloodart.com/ owning original art doesn’t have to come with the hefty price tag. They have pieces for all budgets and having brought from both sites I can assure you that it was a very easy process. The sites and artists keep you up to date with dispatch and delivery and since buying from artfinder I am regularly sent discount codes and informed about new paintings from my favourited artists. I currently have the discount code of ART-5QRDF if you wanted to use it. (This post is not sponsored – I wish it was) I’m not sure how long it’s valid for or what the limit is but if it works it’ll give you 15% off your first order.

(This is the painting I brought my mum – there’s loads of great artists on this site)

If money was no object…I’m sure a lot of us would love a Mulberry handbag, but having searched online Fiorelli https://www.fiorelli.com/blackout-event.html have got a great sale going on some of their bags right now and you could pick up an absolute bargain that looks so much more expensive…then we can tote baby wipes, snacks and toys in style haha!

If your budget is a little lower – a new book is always a winner, or you could make your own little pamper hamper with a book, a mug, a hot chocolate sachet, some bubble bath and a face mask – for example.

You don’t have to spend a penny to make the biggest impact, the best things I’ve ever received from my children are the homemade cards so there’s always that! (Unless you’re – a grown up…that might be a little awkward 😉😂) Whatever you’re up to…if you’re lucky enough to still have your mum – let her know how much she’s loved and I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day x

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Two years ago…

Two years ago today was the last time I heard your voice before you became too medicated to speak. I told you how much I loved you and that you were my dad in my heart and always would be, how proud I was of you and that you were my idol. Even though MS had taken your body down bit by bit, your beautifully funny, sarcastic, spirited and clever mind never faltered. You ran a successful business even though you hadn’t left the house in years through being wheelchair bound, smoked like a trooper, washed down your medicine with a Jack Daniels and coke and always enjoyed life even though you were dealt some bad cards. Your laugh was infectious, your smile lit up the room. Although you could be a pain in the ass at times, like making me roll you 10,000 cigarettes a day (may be over reacting a little bit) I’d do it all over again for just one more day with you. Thank you for teaching me what a real dad should be. Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for the true love you made my mum feel (I’ve never seen two people more made for each other than you two) and thank you just simply for coming into our lives. I love you and I miss you everyday. I may not have shared your blood but I shared your heart…and that’s more than enough for me. Two years ago I went to sleep holding your hand, you may not have woken up…but you live on everyday in my heart 💗 

A lot has changed…

So I’ve come to the realisation that I haven’t been a great blogger recently (or ever haha!) but I am determined to change that. Since I last checked in – I’ve had another baby.

Rocco is now a bouncing beautiful 3 month old and my oldest child Lulu will be SIX in 14 days. I am so lucky to have one of each, they are wonderful and I feel so blessed to be their mummy. He’s already sleeping through the night but is now getting teeth so all that might change soon *Yawn* He’s also already growing out of 3 – 6 month clothing, but he was 11lbs 7oz born – so what do you expect?!

 

Life works in mysterious ways…

So picture this – it was three weeks ago in Menorca, I had shockingly poor wifi connection – I know…scandalous right? I mean it’s 2015 after all 😉 I had to stay stuck to one particular point otherwise I’d be disconnected from the world but I had a 4 year old who didn’t care about the latest Facebook gossip that mummy wanted to catch up on – when I received a whatsapp message from my best friend. 

We managed to get a few lines of conversation in when she said ‘I’ve got something to tell you.’ I knew what she was going to say before she even said it…she was pregnant! I was ecstatic for her and so excited at the prospect of having a new born to hold in the not to distant future (if you haven’t worked it out by now…I’m baby mad lol). Now this next part…I thought were only made up stories in the back of ‘take a break’ magazine and never actually happened to real life people but apparently they do…I asked how far along are you expecting like 8 weeks or something like that. No…no she was 6 and a half months gone already! She’d only found out two days before she told me 😮 ‘oh and by the way…it’s a girl!’ Now you don’t know my friend but she is the most organised person I know. If she’s going on holiday in three months…her bag would already be packed (yep…she is a bit crazy but she’s friends with me, what do you expect?) So this bombshell totally knocked her for six! By the time I got back from holiday a week later and met up for a catch up she’d already planned the nursery, got the pram, brought some clothes and named the baby! The most I’d accomplished that week was a tan lol! 

So as I sit here staring out the window at the torrential downpour wondering why I’ve never been married, why I still haven’t met Mr Right or why I don’t have a ‘conventional’ idealistic life…it just goes to show that you can make as many plans as you want but in the end whatever will be, will be and your whole world can change in the blink of an eye. If things aren’t how you want them to be at the moment, that’s not to say they won’t be so don’t worry…life works in mysterious ways. x