Mother’s Day gift guide 2021

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If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Britain Loves Baking – Baileys Red Velvet Chocolate Fudge & Prosecco

£28

All the ingredients in the box are weighed out for you:

Makes 600g of fudge & a bottle of Prosecco  

50ml of Baileys Red Velvet (this has been decanted into)

1 Tub of condensed milk from sustainable UK farms

1 Bag of Belgian White Chocolate

1 Bag of Belgian Dark Chocolate

1 Bottle of Vanilla extract

1 Bag Dehydrated mixed berry powder

1 Recipe card

1 75 cl  Prosecco 

I think this is a great idea as you can either gift this as a box so your loved one can make the fudge/you can make it together or you can make it yourself then give it as a gift. It’s such a unique idea to be able to give something you can make as well.

The instructions are easy to follow and it really does include everything you red to make delicious fudge as well as a bottle of prosecco.

Il Gusto Miniature Limited Edition Gin Gift Set (Pack of 8 x 40ml)

£29.95

8 bottles including:

Elderflower Gin (26%)

Strawberry Gin (31%)

Cherry Bakewell (31%)

Rhubarb Gin (25%)

Violet Gin (25%)

Turkish Delight Gin (26%)

Blood Orange Gin (31%)

Pink Grapefruit Gin (31%)

If she likes gin then this set is ideal. Il gusto have such an amazing range of gins and other liquors as well as vinegars and oils so there is something for everyone. Their variety boxes are a great way to try different flavours or if there is a particular flavour she likes then you can get a variety of shaped bottles with just the one flavour in.

Prezzybox – Personalised Mothers Day Favorites Box – Caramel

£26.99

This is such a lovely idea as you can pick her favourite Cadbury chocolate bar and get a whole box personalised with Happy Mother’s Day on and you can also have your name put on it. I think it’s a cute design and such a great gift idea as who wouldn’t want a massive box of their fave chocolate bar?!

Stirling Distillery – Lockdown Virtual Tour and Tasting

£25.95

Includes:

Virtual Tour of the Distillery hosted by our Team and Founders Cameron and June McCann

4 x 5cl minis (Stirling Gin, Battle Strength Gin, Raspberry Red Cap Liqueur & Bramble and Mint Green Lady Liqueur)

2 x Bottles of Fever-tree mediterranean tonic

1 x Orange (dried orange)

1 x Cocktail Recipe Book

1 x Small Bottle of Hand Sanitiser

What’s great about this gift is not only do you get a great range of liquors to try, you also get a virtual experience of the distillery and get to learn more about how the drinks are made. Educational and tasty!

Flawsome – Mother’s Day Gift Box

£10.99

This box includes two bars of galaxy uniquely wrapped in Flawsomes creative packaging to spell out words inspired by famous chocolate wrappers as well as some little chocolate hearts. You can pick from a large selection of words and they have some really great rude ones to pick from as well!

Mandira’s Kitchen – Chicken Biriyani

£8.50

Mandira’s Kitchen create a great range of authentic Indian food to be enjoyed at home. They have lots of dishes that can be stored in the freezer and are simple to heat in the oven. This dish tasted so good and the portions are ideal as it’s for two but it’s split up so you can cook separately if needed. This would be a great alternative to a takeaway for your mum.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Vegetable Samosas

£6.50

Alongside the main you can also get a good range of sides and the samosas are really tasty! This pack will do a couple of meals as well as they are easy to heat up.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Naan

£3

An indian meal isn’t complete without naan bread and these are easy to heat up and taste so nice. They are so much nice than ones you get from a supermarket and a good size too. There are three in the pack so quite good value.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Pineapple Chutney

£5.99

This is a pleasant change from mango chutney and can be enjoyed alongside a curry. It tastes good and you get quite a lot in the jar.

Really impressed with the range and think it would make a nice treat for someone this mother’s day.

Bodycare

SOS H20 Day Serum

£15

This is a really luxurious vegan and cruelty free serum packed with antioxidants to reduce wrinkles and to help protect the skin. This would be a great gift for anyone that likes to take care of their skin. It can be used as a daily serum and contains SPF.

Sugar Coated Leg Hair Removal Kit

£9.99

Kit includes:

200g wax, 3 spatulas (2 big & 1 small) and 15 re-usable strips 

This is a really great leg hair wax and it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s easy to use and contains rosehip oil to soothe your legs. It really helps to prevent ingrown hairs and leaves tour legs super soft.

Prezzybox – Gelato Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This set contains four lovely handmade melts that are shaped like tasty cupcakes and have iconic ice cream scents such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Lemon Sorbet and Cookies & Cream! They are so luxurious and smell amazing. A must for any bath lover!

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Mother’s Day Box

£15

1 x huge No 1 mum glittery bath star (scented in beautiful dreams)

1 x small neroli bath bomb

1 x small be calm bath bomb

1 x moo free chocolate bar

This box is a great idea for anyone that loves bath bombs. They are all handmade and smell amazing. I use bath bombs from Perry all the time and her scents are so lovely and the bombs are made with such loving care. The box also comes with a chocolate bar as an added bonus.

House Of Purple Rose – Regenerating Gold Concentrate Serum with Gold Flakes

£50

This serum is made from a blend of pomegranate, bearberry, papaya, turmeric, hexylresorcinol and vitamins. Including natural botanicals and pure 23 carat gold flakes this is a really great product for your skin. It provides a range of powerful anti-aging benefits, including firming, moisturising and tightening of the skin. A great gift idea for anyone that wants to take care of their skin.

House Of Purple Rose – Brighten and Clarify Cleanser

£18

The Clarifying Cleanser is boosting with Caviar lime, Acerola, Papaya which work together to fade blemishes, combat dark spots and promote an even skin tone.

It is also infused with Green tea and Silk amino acids which offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution making skin feel instantly smooth, silky and healthy looking. It is a great cleanser to use and would make a great gift.

Newport Gifts – 24 Soap Flower Heart Box

£24.99

Soap flowers are something I had never even heard of but they are such a unique gift idea. You simply add a one or two roses to your warm bath, relax and watch the cute flowers dissolve right before your very eyes. It creates a beautiful colourful water and great scent. It leaves your skin soft, silky, and smelling wonderfully fresh.

Newport Gifts – Flower Bouquet

£18.99

This is another variation on the above but is displayed as a bouquet so you have a variety of different flowers to add to your bath. I think this is a really cute and fun gift idea as they can go on display as flowers until they are used. They look too nice to use and could be kept for display if you wanted and they smell so good!

Their website is currently under construction so you can message them on Twitter to purchase.

Candles

Tribal Unicorn – Nova Candle

£35

Tribal Unicorn candles are inspired by London Life. From the sweet pineapple and jerk vibes of Notting Hill Carnival to the candlelit hip hop yoga classes in Shoreditch. Using the highest quality perfumes and clean burning wax available. Their vegan-friendly, luxury candle brand is the answer to boring, lackluster, shop-bought candles.

They use organic, ethically sourced soy, rapeseed, and coconut wax and every candle purchased helps them to support our two chosen charities. Fareshare and Women’s Aid.

I love the scent and the colour of the Nova candle, it looks like galaxy print! It is a rich, floral accord of bluebells and hyacinth enhanced with notes of galbanum, rose and jasmine.

Cutch Company – The Self Embrace Candle

£30

The name ‘cutch’ is a variation of a spelling of cwtch , which is a Welsh word for a special kind of hug or a cuddle. They brand have created a candle based around Embraces . There are 3 within this range – Friendship, Self and Lovers. They have also just released A Loving Cutch just for Mother’s Day .

Cutch Company use soy wax, recyclable materials and essential oils and paraben free perfumes in their candle scents. All candles go out in the post snuggled up in tissue paper which has been fragranced using their scents. The unwrapping experience is a very pleasant one and you know you have been sent a Cutch.

The self embrace candle smells so good! Powerful lavender oil calms the heart and encourages peace and healing, whilst herbaceous eucalyptus and rosemary help clear the mind, giving strength and renewed courage for the coming day. Warm, nutty supporting notes of clary sage add reassurance and warmth to this hand blended candle, poured with love. Light, relax and press the reset button.

Other

Chewie Cat – Coco Teething Necklace – Black

£10

Chewie Cat specialise in teething necklaces, designed to be both fashionable and practical.

They designed these silicone teething necklaces for stylish mummies who are looking for some baby proof jewellery. They are non-toxic and safe for baby to play with or chew when teething, helping to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. It can encourage early motor skills when baby grasps this necklace.  

The necklaces are made with strong satin cord and a breakaway safety clasp. The silicone beads are made from high quality food-grade silicone which has been safety tested and free from all nasties.

Josie Dom – Lums Mum Book

£9

Lum’s Mum – the perfect gift from a toddler to Mum. The book is all about Lum missing his Mum, with lots of love and adventure going on, and a ‘guaranteed’ hug for Mum at the end. It would make a great gift for mother and child to read to together or for your child to read and give you peace and quiet until they have finished.

Leo Charley and Me – Cherry Stone Warming Pillow

£20

If they suffer from regular aches and pains these cute cherry stone pillows are just the thing you need to buy.

Using heat or cold therapy can really help to ease the pain caused by muscle tension, arthritis and sprains.

These little pillows are filled with cleaned and dried cherry stones which heat up easily and rapidly in the microwave and will stay warm without the dangers associated with traditional hot water bottles. They can also be chilled in the freezer and used like a bag of frozen peas on injuries or for headaches.

They come in a variety of designs and this dog one is super cute.

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Using different font bundles

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As I have my own blog which I manage myself, as well as various social media accounts I am always trying to not only create text content but also create different images to use.

Sometimes in my posts I like to use pictures with a text overlay or try to design something different and have been using Font Bundles to help with this.

It can be difficult to come up with your own ideas sometimes but hiring a graphic designer just isn’t an option as they can often be very expensive.

You can use these Font Bundles freebies for a variety of things from making your own logo or images to use for a blog to creating posters for a party or even if you wanted to create something to go on the wall. You can really create whatever you need.

Font Bundles began as a way to provide people with affordable digital products such as Graphics, Templates, Mock Ups, Patterns, Illustrations and Craft Files.

They have so many bundles to pick from and lots of great animal based ones if you are a cat owner and wanted to create a picture and text to get printed on a canvas for your living room you could use a font bundle together with a picture of your furry friend to create a unique design and then get it printed on a canvas for display. You could use a picture of tour cat along with some paw prints and have their name in one of the fonts offered. They are such a reasonable price too. I am planing to make a nice picture for our living room with our pets names on in a funky font.

They really do have bundles for everything and are so affordable there is something to suit everybody’s budget.

If animals aren’t your thing then it’s worth checking out their kitchen based bundles, they may inspire you to create some new artwork for your kitchen or living area. You could create a custom poster to go up on the wall or as I mentioned above you could always get something printed on a canvas. As the bundles are such a good price and so versatile you can really use the designs for anything. With Mother’s day coming up you could always use one of the coffee bundles to help you design a unique coffee mug for your loved ones or make a canvas based around fruit or vegetables using one of their fun food bundles. The different fonts really give you a chance to create something special and would be great to make a gift for someone that’s unique and that you have designed yourself.

Looking at all the different font bundles they have has really inspired me to start planning some new artwork for our living room wall. I think it’s so cool to be able to showcase a piece on the wall that you have made yourself and by using existing designs and pictures you may have taken yourself you make something really unique. They have over 150,000 bundles to pick from.

They currently offer up to 96% off the Regular Retail Price for the bundles and specialize in connecting talented independent designers with discount seeking customers through their easy to use marketplace. They also offer $1 deals and a great selection of free fonts.

Font Bundles are a sister site of Design Bundles and they began in July 2016. Since that time they have managed to build a customer base of over 1 million users.

They are well known for saving customers bundles of cash but have gone one step further with their free fonts section, which includes a brand new free font every week.

All of the free fonts are available to download instantly as soon as you have signed up for an account. This section of the website helps introduce first time customers to their products with free font downloads and allow them to try before they buy, it also allows their existing customer to get a free font treat every week!

I think this is really good that they offer some for free as it really is a great way to try them out without parting with money and you can see how easy they are to use before you buy a bundle.

Have you heard of Font Bundles before and have you ever used them? There is no end to what you can create with their help!

Sarah x

6 Motivations Go Green With An Electric Fireplace

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With the arrival of winters, the fireplace becomes an indispensable part of every home. There are mainly three major options that fall under fireplaces: wood-burning, gas, and electric fireplaces. Most people choose the wood-burning or gas fireplace to save power bills. Keep in mind, wood-burning fireplaces produce methane which is not safe for humans and the environment. Whereas gas fireplaces emit nitrogen dioxide, which is harmful to the respiratory system.

Going with an electric fireplace is a fantastic option for smart homeowners. It gives them warmth and comfort under a budget. Let’s know 6 reasons why eco-friendly people choose an electric fireplace over others;

1. Fits at every place

Whether you are looking to install a fireplace at home, condo, apartment, or recreational vehicles, it adds value to every place. It does not produce any smoke, therefore there is no need to fret about the chimney. Therefore, you can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with less installation and maintenance costs.

2. Easy To Install

Easy installation is one of the best features of an electric fireplace. All you need to read a large electric fireplace insert guide by the manufacturer. Your purpose will be solved in just a few steps. The best part is that there is no need to demolish the wall and build special space. Just a plugin helps you to enjoy the warmth of heat.

3. Safety is The Biggest Concern

The electric fireplace keeps the room warmer but is safe when touched. Therefore, you can let your kids and pets play in the same room without worrying about health hazards. For more safety, you can increase or decrease temperature and prevent overheating.

4. Gives You Lots of Options

The modern electric fireplace comes with stylish functional options. Therefore, whether you have a contemporary or traditional house, you do not worry about the architectural style to decorate your home. As it fits into every home interior. Moreover, features like brightness, flame color, flame speed, and much more work as complementary to cheer your mood. The best part from the bathroom to the basement, it can settle everywhere.

5. Energy Efficient

If you choose an LED fireplace, these allow you to heat the room you need. You can easily turn off the fireplace once your room temperature reaches the desired level. Notably, there is no deforestation involved to produce energy. While comparing the cost, an electric fireplace takes your power bills to 8-12 cents an hour whereas a gas fireplace running cost involves 17-19 cents an hour.

6. Low Maintenance Cost

When there is no wood, no ash, no soot or chimney means you do not need to bother about much maintenance cost. All you need to do is just relax and sit on the chair to enjoy the warmth of your favorite device. You have a remote to control all the features of the fireplace. Moreover, electric fireplaces have a longer life-span than traditional fireplaces.

Bottom Line

An electric fireplace becomes a need for an hour if you want to experience a luxurious house. Not only in winters, but you can also use led fireplaces in summers too. Just switch off the heating mode and enjoy soothing lightning at night to balance your mood.

Sarah x

4 Tips of Planning a Successful Spring Home Renovation

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After a long and cold winter, everyone of us wants to embrace the spring with a fresh look. Not to mention that, we have been used to spending much time at home for leisure and work. When we take a deep look at the space we use everyday, we always come up with new ideas to spruce it up. No matter if you need new windows and doors, an open kitchen or a nice backyard, you can make it happen. Now it is the best time to start our home renovation project, and here are 4 important tips to bear in mind.

Sort out the must-dos

Everyone can have a long list of dream touch ups, but we can’t do everything all at once. We are restricted by time, money and energy. So it is important to discuss with family members to figure out the most necessary parts for the spring renovation.

Plan early

Most of us have to work every day to support our family, so we usually procrastinate the less important things in life. However, spring is so short and precious. The best thing to do is to plan early in winter. You need to understand that planning is only the first step. It takes much more time to get a done deal with the contractors, and the contractors need to book materials and schedules — everything takes time.

Meanwhile, most people forget about the cleaning work after the projects. It can be a great mess if not taken care of. Some people may book a dumpster bin rental service early to avoid keeping the trash in the backyard. When you have a thorough plan at hand, you will have more confidence to get an ideal look for your house.

Budget wisely

Like we said before, we can come up with a long list of fancy stuff, but we have to cut off the unnecessary details to serve the most important renovations. For example, a leaking bathroom is more urgent than beautifying a balcony. We have to spend money wisely to achieve the optimal results.

Make arrangements for family

Construction can be disturbing for everyone. When you figure out the projects that your contractors will be performing, you need to make arrangements for family members as well. For example, is it possible to live in your parents’ house for a couple weeks? Or send kids to a summer camp? After all, a construction site can be chaotic, so it does not hurt to be careful.

Final Thoughts

Rejuvenating a house is exciting, but we need to plan and execute wisely to ensure the smooth transition. It is always recommended to talk to professionals to seek great ideas.

Sarah x

Is Your Home Making You Miserable? Here’s What To Do!

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Do you feel less than happy when you’re at home? Some people don’t realize that their home can be a huge source of their unhappiness. If you feel like your home could be making you miserable, take a look at the advice below. You’ll find plenty of things that could perk up your home and make you happier – so read on to learn more:

1 – Get Serious About Taking Care of Your Clutter 

Being surrounded by clutter is not a fun way to live. If we want to be happy at home, everything needs a place, and we need space to luxuriate and relax. Getting serious about taking care of your clutter is key. Here are some pointers that could help you:

  • See if you can go paperless with your bills and other documents.
  • Sort letters out and decide what to do with them as soon as you get them. Putting them to one side only encourages you to leave them and deal with them at a later date. 
  • See if you can get rid of one thing, no matter how small, each week, or even day. 
  • Don’t hoard. If you haven’t used something in 6 months or more (unless seasonal), you are unlikely to use it again. 
  • Keep your surfaces clean and pretty, perhaps place flowers on them. This will encourage you to keep them free from clutter and avoid using every available surface as a dumping ground. 

2 – Get Rid of Toxic Products 

If there are toxic products in your home, you could potentially be making yourself ill without realizing it. Certain cleaning products and even candles contain toxic ingredients! See if you can use more natural ingredients, perhaps even homemade. Soy candles tend to be healthier than traditional candles. Look into healthier alternatives to anything you already use. 

Keep an eye on toxic mold that can grow in certain rooms in the home, too, especially damp rooms such as the bathroom. 

3 – Keep It Clean and Hygienic 

Keep your home clean and hygienic. If you need to hire somebody to come in once a week and do it, it’s worth it if you don’t have time to do it yourself. Dust, allergens, and other issues in the home can end up making you ill, irritating your sinuses, and causing other problems. Don’t let this happen to you! Many people don’t have time to keep their space perfectly clean, and this is nothing to feel guilty about. If you have a full time job, it’s hard to balance everything. Take a weight off your mind by hiring somebody else! 

4 – Try A New Color Scheme 

Colors have moods associated with them. Try a new color scheme in your home and you might just find that you feel happier day to day. Orange and yellow are particularly happy colors, but you might make your mind up based on the rooms to be painted and how you want to feel in them. You can mix up colors too, but you should use a color wheel to ensure that your choices either match or clash perfectly. 

5 – Surround Yourself With Things You Love 

If you want your home to make you happy, you should surround yourself with things you love. If you don’t love something already in your home, get rid of it! Be more picky about the things you bring into your home, too. Avoid impulse purchases and instead think about items for a considerable amount of time before parting with your hard earned cash. 

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6 – Let In More Natural Light 

Natural light is one of the most important things we need as humans. It helps to improve our mood due to the increase in happy hormones and vitamin D. Many of us don’t get enough time outside and vitamin D as it is, so letting in as much natural light as you can is key! You can do this by swapping out your window dressings for something that allows you full control of the light, or by getting rid of window dressings completely – just keep your privacy in mind. You’ll also want to consider whether you need to change your doors or windows to allow for more natural light. You can get an idea of what is available on this homepage. If you want to let more light into your home with new doors and windows, try choosing a door that has a little window for extra light! 

7 – Purify and Beautify

Purify and beautify your space with lots of plants. Plants can be another great mood booster, and they also purify the air! The more you add, the more beautiful your space will look, and you’ll boost your health to boot. Just make sure you choose plants that you know you can care for. Snake plants, for example, are a wonderful way to purify the air in your home without having to spend too much time keeping them alive. Remember that each plant needs different light levels and amounts of water. 

8 – Use Mirrors To Reflect Light And Space

Mirrors can help you to enhance smaller rooms, and even light up dark corners when strategically placed. They are great for reflecting light and space, and even adding some character to your home if you pick an unusual style or shape. 

9 – Show Off Your Tastes 

Your home should be a reflection of you, so make sure it shows off your tastes. Show off any collections and souvenirs that you’re proud of, and put up artwork that makes you happy. Generic artwork can sometimes look tacky, but artwork that has been commissioned or even found in an antique store can look incredible! You could even create something yourself if you’re arty and want to show off your skills. 

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10 – Make Your Bed Every Morning 

Perhaps your unmade bed is making your grumpy when it’s time to climb back into it at night. Some experts believe that an unmade bed could actually be healthier, as it airs it out in between uses. However, making your bed first thing in the morning can help you to get into a good frame of mind and feel accomplished first thing. You’ll also feel much better when it’s time to climb into it at night! 

11 – Give Away Unused Hobby Supplies

Do you have unused hobby supplies laying around your home, reminding you of the things that you thought would be your next favorite thing, but didn’t stick with you long enough? Do yourself a favor, and give them away or sell them. Be honest with yourself. Are you likely to use them again? If not, make some extra money with them and free up your space. Don’t let them make you feel bad any longer! 

12 – Make Sure It’s Safe 

Making sure your home is safe will give you peace of mind and ensure you don’t feel scared when home alone at night. Install CCTV, but up signs, make sure your locks are sturdy, and don’t advertise when you’re away on social media. There are plenty of other things you can do too, such as installing the correct alarms and making sure it’s lit properly. Don’t procrastinate on this, or you’ll wish you had done something about it sooner. 

13 – Think About What To Do With Childhood Keepsakes 

Childhood keepsakes can be great, but if you have nowhere to store them, it could be time to let them go. Rather than make us reminisce over our childhood, they can actually make us miserable because of the mess they make. 

What are you going to do to perk up your home and your mood?

Sarah x

Weekend pancakes

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With pancake day creeping upon us we decided to have pancakes for breakfast today. I love anything chocolatey but often sweet things can be loaded with calories.

I love smothering my pancakes in chocolate spread and usually go for Nutella or something similar but this year I have tried out a JimJams chocolate spread with no added sugar. I went for a milk chocolate spread but they have so many other flavours and a lot of vegan options. The dark chocolate orange one sounds soo good!

They are all made with 100% plant based ingredients means which they are kinder on your teeth, gluten free and nearly half the calories.  

JimJams is currently on offer offer for just £2.00 (normally £2.60) throughout February and available for purchase at Sainsburys, Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda & Ocado. 

I tried out the spews with a pack of Griddle fluffy vegan chocolate chip pancake mix

The great thing about the pancake mix is that you can make it either vegan or non vegan depending on dietary requirements. I mixed it with an egg and milk but you can use plant milk and water instead. Half a pack makes about 6 small pancakes but I made 2 large ones instead.

If you are looking for lower calorie pancakes then these are for you:

JimJams – 50 calories per dessert spoon/per pancake 

Griddle – 83 calories per pancake 

Total calories per pancake: 133 

The pancakes were so tasty and the spread was really good and not too sweet.

Sarah x