Saturday, 10 March 2018

A Letter To My 3 Wonderful Children This Mother’s Day

As you all know it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow, the night before I always start to get excited at the prospect of a sleep in & breakfast in bed, all the gorgeous little handmade gifts I will receive, & the extra cuddles in bed before we start our day.

But I have also been thinking about my gorgeous children & the fact that without them, I would not be a mother. I am so, so grateful to have them in my life.

So I’ve written my 3 wonderful children a letter for them this Mother’s Day...

To My 3 Brilliant Children,

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

It is a designated day for you to thank me, & you will. Your eager hearts will write notes & thank-you’s while pampering me throughout the day. I will enjoy every minute of your outpouring of love.

But in this moment, on Mother’s Day Eve, I want to thank you.

Thankyou for giving me the greatest gift in the world, being your mother. A gift that I am all too aware is not given to everyone who wants it, & for this I am eternally grateful.

Thankyou for allowing me to spend my mornings, afternoons, & evenings with 3 of the most awesome people on the planet – YOU!

Thankyou for pushing your Daddy & I to our limits, & giving me the security in knowing that we can face challenges & go through hard times & still come out the other side together. Our relationship is stronger because we have you.

Now let’s be honest about motherhood. There are times that aren’t picture perfect. Many times. There are times of exhaustion, sickness, frustration & anxiety. This is true. There are arguments, harsh words, & a feeling of stumbling through life together sometimes.

But that is why I thank you for your forgiveness. I have made mistakes as your mother, & there is no doubt that I will make more. You are with me every day, so you see my selfishness, anger, laziness, & mistakes. But you forgive me & continue to give love in return. Thank you. I will have to ask your forgiveness regularly & I thank you so dearly for it.

Lastly I want to thankyou for the moments that can’t be captured by words. Moments of sheer joy, fascination, love, surprise, & faith. They are treasures to me every day.

So, my beautiful children, I love you more than I ever thought it was possible to love anyone.

Thankyou for the privilege of being your Mummy. Raising you. Parenting you. Being with you. It is not my job. It is my JOY.

Lots & lots of love




Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Trying To Be The Best Possible Role Model For My Daughter- Can’t Be That Hard Right?

If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you... don’t disappoint her ~ Author Unknown.

When you become a parent, you automatically also become a role model. It’s a title that’s stowed upon you, whether you are ready or not.

As a mother, I am my daughter’s first role model when it comes to self-image & I want to show her that there is nothing “model” about it. There is no such thing as perfection. Or rather, she is perfect as she is. I want her to grow up being conscious of her behavior, not her physical appearance.

As her mother, I see perfection when I see her & her siblings, as I’m sure all mothers do when they view their children.

I also feel like a complete hypocrite. As I do not practice what I preach. I’m not comfortable in my own skin- there I said it.

I pick out everything that is ‘wrong’ with my body, my face, my hair, my capability. I’m worried now as she has gotten older she will end up picking up on the little comments about my weight, the little put me downs I mutter to myself.

For my daughter to understand that girls & women come in all sizes & shapes, that there is no room for judgment based on appearances, I have to lead by example & to show her that, I need to stop judging myself.

MR.B & my children look at me & think I’m beautiful so I need to start looking at myself the same!

I mean come on look at the way she is looking up to me here, how can I let her down? Ps. We are loving our matching ‘Besties’ Tees from Lovetree Design.


My Mother’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

We have entered the beautiful month of March. Can you believe it? The month where spring is just around the corner, blooms of daffodils & bluebells, my birthday & of course the most important day, where we celebrate Mother’s of all kinds. 

Mother’s Day is almost here! Whether you are a Mum for the first time this year, celebrating your Mother/Step- Mother/Nan or spending time with your children, Mother’s Day is always a great day, bursting with love & fun. 

Even after nearly 10 years (yes Jamie, my biggest baby, is coming up the big 1 0 in about 11 weeks!!! I’m still in shock!) I sometimes can’t believe that I have three beautiful children that call me Mum. I have definitely been blessed & love spending Mother’s Day soaking up their love. 

I usually get spoiled with a lie in, breakfast in bed, flowers, lots & lots of handmade cards & a little present to open. It really is the cutest thing seeing how much the children have put their all into every detail, just for me, brings a tear to my eye & makes my hurt burst just thinking about it. 

Mother’s Day really is a great time to pause & say thank you to those who raised us, we all have a lot to thank our Mum’s for, right? & what better way to show our love than with the perfect gift? So I’ve put together a little gift guide, you’ll be sure to find a gift that your Mum will love.  

Why not spoil her before she has even opened her eyes up properly, to breakfast in bed? This Personalised Slate Tray from Luxe Gift Store, would make a wonderful extra surprise gift along side with the mug of tea/coffee, croissants, flowers & cards that you could beautifully arrange on it. 

This is something my children have done for me these last few years & it really is such a thoughtful start to the day. 

You could personalise this tray with their initials & have a choice of three different designs. As you can see we choose the circular design with the initials spelling ‘MUM’ as we thought it was extremely fitting! 

Luxe Gift Store has a wide range of amazing gifts, you should definitely check them out!

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving little beauty treats, I’m always trying out new products & these super nourishing Organic Lip Exfoliators from Banks-Lyon, are no word of a lie- Amazing! Not only will they hydrate & soothe dry, cracked lips, they smell absolutely heavenly too! These would make such a cute little gift as not only are they a pretty practical gift (especially with the way the weather is at the moment- Brrr!) but what woman doesn’t like adding to their beauty collection? 

You can check out more of Banks-Lyons gorgeous products on their Instagram page. 

If you are on Instagram you will see letter boards are all the rage right now. Everyone seems to have one & for good reason. It is simple to change out the wording & have a beautiful quote or funny saying that fits your mood for that day! I love my board from Get Ginger SnapSuch a simple concept but adds a lot of character to my decor!

This Soothe Mama Gift Set from Ermana, would make the perfect pamper gift for an expectant Mama To Be, or any Mother really. Although the oil & balm are made to soothe & hydrate a baby bump & also helps to prevent stretch marks, I have found that the Body Oil is brilliant for my skin, especially for my face, I tend to suffer with dry skin around my nose & forehead, after about 2 days of using the oil, my dry skin has cleared right up! Would highly recommend this brand!! 

If you wanted to see more of Ermana’s fab products you should definitely check out their Instagram page. 

Potted plants will always be a winning gift for me, I just love having greenery & blooms around the home, just makes the room feel more fresh & cheery, don’t you think? These Hyacinth plants from Waitrose are super cute & are a steal at just £3.00 each!!! 

How about a luxurious Pampering Box as a gift? I for one know that there are a lot of Mamas out there that are secretly screaming for an hours (or two) break, to unwind & just relax. This Mum’s Gorgeous Pampering Box from Vital Touch, will help them do just that! As a Mother I know how easily it is to put myself on the back burner to make sure that everyone else’s needs are met & forget to take care of myself. 30 minutes alone in the bathroom, what is that? Haha! 

You can get 15% off on this gift box at the moment plus several other selected gift sets! Have a browse through Vital Touch’s website here to see what they have to offer. 

Every Mother deserves a good t-shirt. It is even better when you can have a tee that twins with one of your children. Gracie-Mae & I love matching our outfits & these Mother & Daughter Besties Tees from Lovetree Design are just brilliant!

There you have it! Some super amazing gifts that any Mum would love to have!! What are you asking for Mother’s Day?

*Disclaimer- I was ever so kindly gifted all items (apart from the potted plants) for the purpose of this gift guide, however all thoughts & opinions as always are that of my own. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Give Yourself A Fresh Spring Look With Divatress!!

“Disclaimer- This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own.”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been cursed with unruly & at times unmanageable thick curls, curls that at times even my beloved GHD’s can not tame. 

Oh how I wished I had lovely sleek, smooth locks like my little sister- I envy her for her hair.  Its always the way though, if you have straight hair you would dream of bouncy curls, & if you’re like me with wavy curly hair, you are forever spending time trying to straighten all those kinks out- haha! 

Although saying all that, I honestly do not even have the time to do my hair properly anymore, the majority of the time it’s a quick spray with my trusty dry shampoo & scrapped back in my go to ‘Mum Bun’ do. 

I’ve been wanting to change the style of my hair for a while, something that’s more manageable but still looks like I have made the effort. But I’m a creature of habit & as soon as I’m sat in the salon chair & asked what I would like doing, I always end up chickening out & go for the same. 

So when I discovered Divatress, I was literally so excited! Divatress is a leading beauty e-commerce company that offers thousands of wigs & hair care products. With a wig you can change your entire look in an instant! 

Their Outre Xpression Crochet Braids really caught my eye, especially this one- The Dominican Blow Out Straight...

You can select your choice of hair length & suitable colour. This particular braid is very quick to install & is also a low maintenance piece, which is brilliant for a busy Mother like myself! 

What do you think about wigs? Would you wear one to change up your look, without having to go with something permanent? 

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