Gifts for Mums from Etsy

This is my entry into the Etsy Mother’s Day competition. All links are affiliate links which will not cost you anything extra if you click through, but they may earn me a few pennies if you go on to purchase. Thank you and I hope you enjoy my post.

Organised Mums

Organised mums like to keep everything in order, they write it down, keep a calendar, store things away in boxes. These type of mums love stationary and storage solutions.

1.Jewellery Organizer £17.50

2.Personalised Storage Organiser £10

3.Small Noticeboard £12.00

4.Suede Journal Notebook – Personalised £16.00

Animal Loving Mums

These mums love their pets, they also love the pretty creatures found in nature like butterflies. They may even have a horse in a field somewhere or dream about dolphins.

  1. Butterfly Pendant £12.50
  2. Dog Mug £14.24
  3. Cat Lover Print £7.99
  4. Dolphin Bracelet £19.80

Vintage Loving Mums

Some mum’s just fall in love something from the past. There is always a place for something vintage in the home, and for collectors there is plenty to browse on Etsy.

  1. vintage wedgewood vase £12.99
  2. vintage french rolling pin £12
  3. vintage glass perfume bottles £12
  4. Vintage Brass Art Nouveau Style Photo Frame £14.99

New Mums

Being a first time Mum is really special and they deserve a special gift for Mother’s Day. Here’s my selection from Etsy, but do go and check the site out for many more ideas.

  1. Personalised Photo Block £16
  2. First Mother’s Day personalised Babygro £7.49
  3. Mother’s Day bracelet £15.00
  4. Personalised Candle £4.50

Craft Loving Mums

I think I come in this category, I love nothing more than something to make and create. If you know a craft loving Mum then I hope you are inspired by my chosen gifts.

  1. Mum’s Sewing Room Door Plaque £6.99
  2. Crafter Mum Mother’s Day Tshirt £15.67
  3. Giuva-Fluffy COMIC CraftBag £20.53
  4. DIY T Light Holder Kit – Craft Kit £19.95

I know there are many more different types of Mum’s and that I’ve chosen just a few. But, I do hope I’ve managed to inspire you a little. If you would like more inspiration then please check out the Mother’s Day Editors Picks page. You are sure to find something to suit any type of Mum.

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My Top Picks for Celebrating Easter 2018

It’s nearly Easter, and I’ve been browsing the Internet for ideas. So, if you are looking for eggs or something a little different then hopefully I can help.

Chocolate Eggs

You can’t have an Easter post without chocolate eggs so here are my picks.

The Entertainer have some fabulous personalised egg boxes containing six chocolate eggs. What I love about these is that they are available in some fabulous designs that the kids will love, like Jo Jo Siwa, Paw Patrol, Unicorns, Manchester City and West Ham United. Perfect if you are looking for something a little different.

For more traditional eggs then pop on over to Cadbury’s Gift Shop. Be quick and you can get 15% off your order by adding the code RABBIT at the checkout. (limited time offer.)

Thorntons are offering some great offers on a daily basis. Currently you can get two large eggs for £15

or you can buy 2 smaller eggs for just £5, and some you can even personalise.

Chocolate and Sweet Gifts

These gifts are still for those with a sweet tooth but are not the traditional eggs.

Prezzy Box is a site full of the more unusual but lovely gifts. Do you know someone who loves Ferrero Rocher? How about getting them a personalised sweet tree.

 

If Ferrero Rochers is not your thing, they also do Malteser Trees, Lindor Trees and even Liquorice Allsorts Trees! Plenty of choice.

Girly Gifts

You can’t beat Claire’s for some quirky gifts that girls will love. Their  Easter collection features bunnies and chicks and prices range from £3.50 and go up to £15. Currently Claire’s are offering buy one get one free on almost everything!!

cute bunny notebook £6

 

Boy Gifts

Probably not very Easter like but you can always get the boys a box of Lego. At Geek Box they are currently giving away a lego gift with every £20 purchase of Lego.

A Tea Lovers Easter

know someone avoiding the chocolate and trying to improve their health who loves tea? (Just like me!)

How about this lovely Happy Healthy Easter Bag from Twinings.

Book Lover’s Easter

How about a book treat? There are lots of books for kids all about Easter and I’m sure the little ones would love this Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Or for the adults you could just browse the Books of the Month for March.

Flowers

Why not brighten up someone’s Easter with a gorgeous bunch of spring flowers. At Prestige Flowers they have a beautiful selection to choose from and lots of other Easter gifts starting from just £9.99

Easter Crafts

Finally, how about making your own Easter gifts and decorations? At Hobby Craft there are loads of ideas for adults and kids. You can get everything you need to help your kids make their Easter Bonnets, Easter Cards or decorate their eggs. You can also find a load of Easter baking goodies for making cakes or even having a go at making your own chocolate eggs or treats. (One of our favourites is Easter Bark, pretty simple and lots of fun.) Or if you fancy a bit of crafting yourself, how about making a gorgeous Easter Wreath?

 

Easter Egg Hunts

You can make your own Easter Egg Hunt at home, we often do, but at Easter Cadbury’s team up with the National Trust for some special Easter Egg Hunts. There are over 250 venues to choose from at National Trust properties. We will be going this year but you can read all about our adventures last Easter at Packwood House.

I hope my post has given you some ideas for this Easter. Whatever you do, I hope you have a lovely holiday. Easter is my favourite time of year, the weather is warming, the kids have two weeks off school and there is chocolate involved. What’s not to like. 🙂

 

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Mother’s Day

photo of a bouquet of pink and white flowers in a white vase and the words Mother's Day

Another year, another Mother’s Day. For me it’s not much different to any other day. The Kids will wake me up at the crack of dawn and there will be no breakfast in bed, or lie ins. I can’t remember the last time I had breakfast in bed or a lie in at home. I guess there are some advantages of a hospital stay after all!

I have had many a Mother’s Day with no cards or presents while I was a single parent. My big kids usually treat me now they have their own money and independence. This year I will have gifts off my little ones, I took them to buy them on a gift voucher that I received in return for  a Mother’s Day Gift Post.

My Facebook page will be filled with photos and posts as my friends will boast about the gifts they have received. It will also feature my friends who have lost their Mothers. As you get older you see this trend, a lot of my peer’s parents have passed away. Just like mine.

Some Mothers will be desperately missing their estranged children. It happens, families break up and divisions occur. Losing your Mother is hard, so is losing your child.

Then there are the Women who cannot be called Mothers because despite how long they tried it just never happened for them. They couldn’t bear a child for whatever reason and no matter how much they have come to terms with their plight, Mother’s Day is always a day that makes them think.

My Mum

When I was young my Dad would always give me some pennies on Mother’s Day so I could choose a bar of chocolate for my Mum. I would make her card, if I hadn’t made one at school then I’d make one at home. I remember once, when I was about 9 years old, we tried some origami at school. I made a little pot which was then filled with a few little peppermint creams that I’d also made. (They were just icing sugar and peppermint essence mixed together but my Mum loved them.) I told the teacher that once my Mum had eaten the peppermint creams she could use the little paper pot as an ashtray. It took a while to understand why my teacher laughed so much.

When I was much older and had children of my own. I became estranged from my Mum. It wasn’t anything I’d done, or anything that she had done. But we found ourselves on opposing sides and she told me that she never wanted to see me again. I didn’t see her or speak to her for five years and during that time she moved house and I didn’t even know where she’d gone.

Mother’s Day would come around and I’d look at the cards in the shop and wonder why none of the lovely verses applied to my Mum.

“Thanks for always being there for me”

“To the one who has helped, cared, worried and been there through it all”

I’d had a dreadful time, I was at an all time low, and my Mum had disowned me, let me down, abandoned me.

I’d stand in the card shops and cry.

Then one year I picked up a card, a very plain one that just said “Happy Mother’s Day.” I wrote on it, ” I miss you.” Then I gave it to my auntie and asked her to pass it on. Then I had a letter off my Mum thanking me for the card and she gave me her phone number. I called, and I spoke to her for the first time in five years.

It took us two years to build up any kind of relationship again. Then, just as we were planning to spend our first Christmas in many years together, she was diagnosed with cancer. A very aggressive cancer that was way beyond treatment. We did spend Christmas together in a hospice. She didn’t wake up that day. She didn’t wake up any day afterwards either.

Should we Ban Mother’s Day?

I was watching a debate on morning television about banning Mother’s Day. It seems it sucks for so many people. But the truth is, there are so, so many really good mothers and even step-mothers and foster mothers out there and they all deserve recognition. And if that recognition doesn’t come from their own children (as is often the case) at least they can take a moment to feel that they are special because there is a whole day devoted to the appreciation of mothers.

I’ve been there. I’ve had Mother’s Day when I was a single parent and my young children have not even made me a card at school. I’ve had Mother’s Day when I thought my partner would take time to make things special for me even though we couldn’t afford gifts, but he hasn’t. I’ve had many Mother’s Day that I’ve spent missing my own Mum so much that the pain was unbearable.

There are Mums or would be Mums out there now, hurting on Mother’s Day. But, I still don’t think the day should be banned.

Mother’s Day Today.

There are also Mum’s being spoilt and really feeling the appreciation. (I have one friend who called me to say she’d had a £300 tattoo for her Mother’s Day gift. When I said it was an unusual gift she started listing all the designer clothes she had, the perfumes, the accessories, the fabulous car, the perfect home and garden. She told me ‘I have everything I could possibly want or need so I thought a tattoo was a great idea!’) Was I jealous? Maybe in the past I may have felt a pang, but now my values are so much different to hers.

Boo made me a card in her break time at school. They don’t tend to make cards at school anymore because there are so many diverse families out there. Inside the card she had written;

“I love you even though you are disabled. I still love you and I always did keep my promise to look after you. I love looking after you and if I had one wish it will be before you came back to me and look after me. You always looked after me so I want to look after you, from Boo, who will always help you along the way.”

I wish it wasn’t that way. I wish that her wish would come true and I could go back to being me, the one who looked after her. No, ten year old should think that their role is to look after their Mum.

mothers day card drawn by Boo, it shows me in my wheelchair with her at my side and a little red flower. It says, I love you and I always will.

She even drew me in my wheelchair with her at my side.

Mother’s Day can be difficult, but it can be wonderful too.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

 

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Mother’s Day Gifts at B&M Stores

I was gifted £20 in vouchers to spend at B&M Stores for Mother’s Day.

I took the kids along to our local B&M Stores and told them that they each had to pick a gift for me for Mother’s Day and then let them have free choice of what to choose. There was lots of choice and while I was eyeing up the bargain boxes of chocolates the kids rushed off to the ornaments section.

I’m not a huge fan of ornaments but it was up to the kids and I wasn’t going to interfere. To be fair once in the ornaments aisle I was pleasantly surprised. They could have chosen practically anything from there and I would have been happy.

Here are the gifts they chose for me;

a collage of gifts, a candle, a set of LED jars a quote block and a Mother's Day card

Star’s gift.

Star immediately picked up a wooden block with the words “Do More of What Makes you Sparkle.” She thought it was perfect for me and I thought that was sweet. It looked a lot more expensive than £2.99 so a real bargain.

wooden board with the words 'do more of what make you sparkle'

The Little Man’s Gift

The Little Man was having trouble, he kept on picking up word blocks but he couldn’t make up his mind, then he found these light up jars. I think he was more attracted by the fact there was a button on the box so you could see how they worked, he can never resist a button. I love them! They are going to look great on my sideboard.  Each jar is inscribed with the words “home is where our story begins” which is a lovely sentiment. The jars are filled with battery operated fairy lights. I think they look great and another bargain at just £6.99

Boo’s gift

Boo was the only one who knew exactly what she wanted to buy me before getting to the shop. She knows my favourite colour is purple and that I like candles, so she wanted to get a purple candle. She found this lovely big Simply Home Yankee Candle in lavender which was also £6.99. Of course I was thrilled with it.

a lavender candle in a glass jar

The Card

B&M Stores also have a great selection of Mother’s Day cards which are really lovely and reasonably priced too. The kids chose this one for 99p.

Mother's day card with flowers and the words, if Mum's were flowers...I'd pick you

Overall our purchases came to £17.86. That’s a great price for three lovely gifts and a card. I may have treated the kids to something for themselves after all their hard work of choosing gifts for me.

Picking gifts for Mother’s Day is easy at B&M Stores. My children seemed to have avoided the gifts with Mum on them, which there are a lot of, from wine glasses, to mugs and candles. There is also a big choice of chocolate boxes for every taste and price. You could also buy Mum some of her favourite perfume at a great price, or if cooking is her thing there are plenty of reasonably priced kitchen gadgets and accessories. Whatever your Mum likes I’m sure you’d find something suitable that she’ll love. I know I will love my gifts, which for now have been hidden away until Mother’s Day, which this year is on March 11th.

Do you know what you are getting your Mum for Mother’s Day?

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I was gifted £20 in vouchers to spend at B&M Stores in return for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Cadbury Chocolate History, Gifts and Giveaway

Did you know that Cadbury’s Chocolate has been around for nearly 200 years? The Cadbury family started up business with a small shop in my home town of Birmingham. As Quakers they did not partake in alcohol which was what most people drank in 1824, so John Cadbury made tea, coffee and drinking chocolate as an alternative. You can still buy Cadbury Drinking Chocolate today, I’m guessing it’s a lot easier to make than back then when they used to grind the cocoa beans with a pestle and mortar.

John Cadbury’s business thrived and he opened factories in the city to make his drinks. By 1861 it was time for him to retire and he handed his business over to his sons Richard and George. In 1875 they started making their first Easter Eggs, they were made with dark chocolate and had silver dragees placed inside.

Today’s Easter Eggs can be found in all shapes and sizes but one of my favourites remains the Cadbury Dairy Milk.

In 1878 the two brother’s were looking for a new area for a new factory. They had a particular vision of an industrial area that wasn’t grey and drab. George’s plans were ambitious, he wanted a place that was green and healthy, somewhere his workers would like to live, away from city pollution. The new factory was built in Bournville and so was the surrounding village. It’s still there today and still very green and beautiful. The factory still has the cricket field which was made to inspire the workers to keep fit and healthy, and it has it’s own swimming pools still in use today.
But, let’s get back to the chocolate. After only a small success in producing bars of chocolate they eventually succeeded by adding more milk to them and in 1905 Cadbury’s Dairy Milk was born.
First, it was sold in unwrapped bars but it soon became popular and is still popular today.

From then on Cadbury’s went on from strength to strength and the purple wrappers came in around 1920. You can’t help but think of Cadbury’s when you see the colour of the wrappers. If you visit Bournville you will see a lot of Cadbury Purple, even the entire Bournville Train Station is painted in it.

Do you remember George’s dream of a healthy and happy workplace? His quote was “No man ought to be condemned to live in a place where a rose cannot grow.” His ambition was big and he achieved it with the new factory deemed the factory in a garden. Of course it would only be a matter of time before roses appeared on the chocolates. Cadbury’s Roses were first introduced in 1938 and they are still really popular today.

A big leap to the future now, after surviving chocolate rationing in the war years Cadbury’s went from strength to strength bringing us many of the much-loved chocolates we see in the shops these days. In 1971 they launched the Creme Egg! Just in time to make my childhood happier. How do you eat yours?

IN 1990 Cadbury World opened, it’s still hard to believe it’s been 27 years. We’ve been to visit a few times now and we love it. For us, it’s not very far to travel and we are familiar with the area and it’s surroundings. If you do visit and you have time do take a look at the area around and see what a wonderful place The Cadbury Brother’s built for their factory workers. It really is green and pretty and still a nice place to live today. If you are there on the weekend do listen out for the amazing carillon playing across the road from Cadbury World (you can hear it in the car park!) 
I hope you have liked my little history lesson, please let me introduce you to some more lovely Cadbury Chocolate gifts and read on for a chance to win a box of chocs straight to your letterbox.

I’d be more than happy to receive this Mother’s Day gift box, wouldn’t you? It’s only £20.

Contents:

1 x 360g Cadbury Milk Tray Box with ‘With Love’ sleeve – double layered Milk chocolate box, 1 x 187g Cadbury Roses Carton,1 x 93g Cadbury Medley Biscuit and Fudge Bar, 1 x 120g Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bar, 1 x 250g Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Tub, 1 x Cadbury purple Organza bag with ribbon with 5 x Cadbury Bars

I could possibly be even happier with a bottle of Rose with my Cadbury’s Roses. This delightful package costs £20

Contents:

1 x 700g Roses & Heroes Handbag Gift Carton, 1 x 75cl Fetzer Valley Oaks White Zindfandel Rose Wine.

Then of course, it won’t be long until Easter. My favourite time of chocolate the year!

You can get everything you need from Cadbury’s but how about this super chocolatey Delux Easter Egg hamper costing £40.
Contents:
1 x 300g NEW Large Roses Gesture Egg ( 1 Large egg, 1 bag of Roses), 1 x 331g Cadbury Dairy Milk Large Easter Egg (1 Large egg, 3 bars), 1 x 282g Large Twirl Egg, 1 x 291g Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Egg, 1 x Eggshead in a Cadbury Purple Organza wrap, 1 x 100g Chocolate Dairy Milk Easter Hollow Bunny, 1 x Egg ‘n’ Spoon Double Choc – 4 Choc Mousse eggs, 1 x 231g Plastic Mini Eggs egg
Here are a few more Easter Treats;



Of course there really doesn’t have to be any reason at all to gift someone chocolate and that’s why I’m going to gift one of my readers a lovely box of Cadbury Bars which will fit through your letterbox.

Contents:

1 x Dairy Milk Bar, 1 x Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut 47g, 1 x Flake, 1 x Crunchie , 1 x Wispa, 1 x Double Decker, 1 x Fudge 25.5g, 1 x Chomp 23.5g, 1 x Freddo, 1 x Curly Wurly.

So just fill in the widget and keep your fingers crossed.

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UK only entrants
1 winner will be chosen at random

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.