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The World’s Best Mam

15 Mar

I am sure everybody says that their mam is the best mam in the world. Every Mother’s Day of my childhood I wrote these words into my homemade cards. Technically, nobody can know if their mam is actually the best in the world. I mean – they only have one right? No room for comparison. However I can say with 100% certainty that I DO have the best. How do I know? Well firstly, and perhaps most obviously, the brilliant job she did in raising myself and my brothers and the lovely childhood that she gave us. Also… I just know! She is the only person I want to hug when I am sad, everytime something bad happens I spend about an hour quite seriously considering sacking off work and hopping on the next train back to Newcastle just for a cuddle off my mam. She is the person I want to tell any good news to first, and someone who I miss every day. I remember being punched in school and holding my head up high – refusing to cry and give the bully that satisfaction. Of course, all of that went out of the window the minute my mam arrived and I was a sobbing mess. There will never be anyone in the world who can see right through you in the way that your mam can. She may say black when I say white, she may have three keys missing on her keyboard and infuriate me with her mispelt Facebook posts, and she may talk louder on the telephone than anyone would think humanly possible, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I am very thankful that she put up with my constant chatter box ways as a young child, my ‘rebellious’ teenage years, and also now as an adult that she still has my ways to put up with as the minute that I walk through the door I act like I am 15 again! All of the years worrying about three children is hard work, and I am very grateful for her bearing that burden and still keeping her sense of humour.

Only after saying all of this, I wake up this morning and realise despite shipping gifts back to Newcastle via a visiting relative I have actually forgot to send her a Mother’s Day card! This week the house I was moving into fell through and my life has been work, house searching, work and more house searching. So Sonia Mullaney please take this (and the belated card you will receive mid-week) as my message to you. You are amazing and I love you lots!

Rachel

xxx

Smiling Sonia

Smiling Sonia

Very pink

Very pink

In Florida

In Florida

Questionable fashion sense

Questionable fashion sense

New Year

New Year

Family holidays

Family holidays

Christmas

Christmas

Cuddling her 'rebellious' teenager :-)

Cuddling her ‘rebellious’ teenager 🙂

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Mothers Day Gifts

8 Mar

For sporty mam’s

If you have a sporty mam, or even if you want a hobby that you can share together anything from Speedos new range would go down well. I recommend the Speedo Fit Body Positioning Pinnacle Kickback. Packed with technology to help you improve your swimming technique, the vibrant-coloured Kickback suit features lightweight internal compression panels that focus your attention on your core, helping you to swim. Available at www.speedo.co.uk for £50, it’s not cheap but I do love hat you get access to their online app to track your progress.

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Verdict: an eye catching 9/10

For foodie mam’s

If your mam loves to cook, why not buy her the gift of an easy meal by sending a Marley Spoon gift set. Marley Spoon’s Mother’s Day special starts at £26, and the concept behind the service is fresh, high quality ingredients delivered to you with a recipe to create at home. I trialled the rainbow trout and chicken pasta recipes and can confirm that portion sizes were generous and the food very tasty!

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Verdict: I would order as a luxurious treat but a bit too pricey for everyday. Value: 6 / 10 Taste: 9 / 10

For boozy mam’s

While thinking about giving a recipe as a gift, why not combine that with alcohol. Tequilla Rose  is for sale on Drinksupermarket and also Selfridges from around £15. I tried the ‘Mothers Rose’ (designed by Jacob Hewlett-Case at Walrus Bar) recipe which you add 25ml of the liqueur to white hot chocolate. Very scrumptious!

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Verdict: I usually hate tequila but this could change my mind! 7 / 10

If spirits aren’t her thing fear not there are always new additions to the wine market such as Rosso Nobile al Cioccolata, a rich red wine laced with decadent chocolate flavours. A bargain too at £5.99 per bottle with 6 case deals available at Rosso Nobile

Verdict: I could drink this all night (though I do have a sweet tooth) great for after dinner 8 / 10

For tea drinkers

For tea drinkers I love this colour changing mug from IWOOT Priced at £9.99 it’s a chunky mug to fit a generous drink and so very cute!

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Verdict: 8/10

Musical mam’s

If your mam is partial to her tunes (even if it’s Abba and Blondie hits) she will love this little gadget. Boom Pod’s Downdraft speaker is wireless, charges easily with a mini USB and really gives out a hefty beat. I was actually shocked at how loud one little speaker could go! It’s also very sleek in design – almost like a large pebble. Sound clarity is brilliant, thought the range is limited.

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Verdict: 9 / 10

Best for Value

If the budget is a little low this year, but you don’t want to compromise on quality head to Aldi. This classic real leather bag is only £7.99

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Verdict: Not a whacky gift, but a good ‘safe option’ 8 / 10

Mothers Day Gifts

2 Apr

What to get the mother who has everything. Chocolates, check. Flowers, check. Smellies for her bath, check. But after that it can be really hard to not get repetitive after so many years. Here are a few of my favourite ideas for this year:

Globee
I love the idea of this, a mini glob of your favourite city. It could be a reminder of a special trip abroad with your mam, filled with fun memories. I think it would look lovely on a desk, or on a shelf displayed. These are available at http://www.globee.co.uk and prices start at £9.95

Verdict: 8/10

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Keeping Mam Sweet

5 Mar
The bests edible gifts

Shops are filled full of Mother’s Day goodies, ‘mum’ shaped biscuits, chocolates and cakes charged at 3x the usual value for the privilege. Much like valentines day, Mother’s Day has gone commercial and with busy lives commercial can be rather convenient – if you shop in the right places to avoid paying a fortune. My favourite sweet treats this year are from Asda, I have sampled a few if their goodies and particularly love their chocolate heart priced at £5. It is very similar to the famous Hotel Chocolate slabs, with thick milk chocolate marbled with white and pink, sprinkled with a generous helping of dried raspberries. I also love their choice of biscuits and chocolate sets, I know it’s very cheesy but something about a chocolate or biscuit in the shape to fit the occasion really does make it taste better!

Verdict: a tasty 9/10

Heart shaped chocolate £5

Heart shaped chocolate £5

 

Shoe chocolates £2

Shoe chocolates £2

 

Mum shortbread £1

Mum shortbread £1

 

 

Mothers Day Fragrance

28 Feb

My pick of this years fragrances has to be Katy Perry’s Purr. It has a fresh girly smell, which reminds me of the undertones of some givenchy perfumes, and it really lasts all day. I’m not usually a fan of celebrity fragrances but this one took me by surprise. For great value order this online from Fragrance Direct, many cash back websites offer cash back for the site and it always has its own offers http://www.Fragrancedirect.co.uk

Verdict: 8/10

 

Purr

Purr

Mothers Day – On a Budget!

28 Feb

Save money this mothers day with the latest deal from Martin Lewis at money saving expert. They are offering new and existing customers a ‘free’ mothers day collage mug worth £7.99, all you pay is the £1.99 postage. Simply click here upload your pics, and best of all you can pay your postage via paypal. it’s worth noting that you dont have to give this to your mam, you can upload pics for any occasion and keep it for a birthday or christmas gift. MUG

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