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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Twin Mummy and Daddy

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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My Sunday Photo – 11th March 2018

Mother’s Day Photo


an old black and white photo of me and my mum paddling in the sea

Me and Mum having a paddle, circa. around 1970

Happy Mother’s Day Mum, Jean, 2/01/1931 to 25/12/2008

Always Missed, Never Forgotten.


Do you have photos of you with your Mum?

Do you have photos with you and your children? Even if you don’t like having your photo taken please do take the time to have them done. Keep them private if you wish, but you have no idea how much comfort they will bring your children long after you are gone x

Happy Mother’s Day.

a photo of me and my two little girls at a party.

Me and the girls when they were little.


me pushing the little man on a swing in the park

Me and The Little Man at the park




Sunday Snap


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. 

My Sunday Photo – 2nd April 2017

mothers day cards and flowers
Can you believe it’s April already?
This week I’m sharing a photo from last Sunday, Mother’s Day. These cards were made at school by my youngest two and they put so much effort into them. The Daffodils were from the garden and the vase is one that my daughter decorated with our Chakola Pens which are great for drawing on glass. 
Who could wish for more!

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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.