Friday, 24 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide Under £30

It's that time of year again, where we treat the lady in our lives to a special somethin' somethin'!
Mother's Day has come around so quickly this year, and the shops are bursting with lovely gift ideas, regardless of your budget.

Here's my top picks for affordable presents for your Mum/Stepmum/Mother-In-Law/Grandma on her special day:
Sanctuary Seven Piece Spa Set - I spied this beautiful set in my local TK Maxx store and it's filled with 7 beautifully scented lily and rose products. Plus it's currently 50% off at £20.00 which is such a bargain!
Mum Floral Print Mug- this pretty little floral mug ticks all the right boxes and is a steal at only £5.99 from New Look.
Prosecco Fragranced Lidded Candle - if your Mum is partial to a glass of fizz then why not treat her to this gorgeous candle from Next. At £8.00 it'll last way longer than the bubbles!
Personalised Copper Polaroid Print - it's always lovely to treat your Mum to something personal, and I think this little polaroid print is so lovely. It's a little more pricey at £19.00 from Not On The High Street but it can be personalised to whatever message you like and I know my Mum would love this. 
Everything I Am You Helped Me To Be Candle - Not On The High Street make the loveliest gifts don't they?! They're usually my first port of call and this candle is no exception. It's £29.00 which isn't that budget friendly, but it's so lovely.
Waitrose Tulips - you can't beat fresh flowers on Mother's Day (or any day really) and Waitrose do have some lovely bunches. My Mum, like me, loves tulips and this gorgeous bunch for £18.00 would brighten up her day.
Faith Oversized Pink Clutch - this gorgeous bag is £25.00 from Debenhams and would make a stylish addition to any Mum's wardrobe. My Mum's only specification when buying a clutch bag is that it's big enough for her to fit her glasses case- so this oversized one would suit her down to the ground!
Personalised Vintage Label Wine - last but not least, my Mum loves a glass of red wine, and adding a little personalisation to the bottle gives it a more thoughtful touch. This is £19.99 from Getting Personalised and I think it would make a lovely keepsake afterwards.

What are you treating your Mum to this Mother's Day?
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Monday, 20 March 2017

2017: 3 Month Goal Review

As hard as it is to believe, we're getting on for nearly a quarter of the way through the year!
And while I say this every year, Christmas really does only feel like yesterday and I can't quite get my head around the fact it'll be April before we know it.
Back at the end of 2016 I wrote a post detailing my goals for the year ahead. I tried to aim for simple and achievable goals rather than the farfetched ones I usually set myself and never keep!
Here's how I'm getting on 3 months on:

Be Better With Money
Slowly but surely, I'm getting there though I still have a long way to go. I've tried to be a little more restrained with that I buy, but I'm no saint! I've started buying lunch less and assessing whether I truly need an item before throwing it in my basket, but I definitely think I've made a big improvement compared to how I used to be and my savings are thanking me for it. 

Think Less
I said in my original post that this would be the most difficult for me and that's definitely been the case; I mean how do you stop yourself being yourself?! I've made a few baby steps in the right direction, unfollowed a few people on social media that were getting me down, distanced myself from people who don't serve a purpose and tried to put things into perspective a little, but I've still spent too much time crying over things I can't change.

Keep Active
I'm still doing quite well with this one, obviously there is always room for improvement but I do make a conscious effort to keep moving wherever possible. I've always taken the stairs and parked as far away as possible, but I've also been going for short walks around the block of an evening when I have time, which has also helped with my digestion, so that's a bonus!

Less Phone, More Living
This one - amazingly I've actually come on leaps and bounds with! My Facebook use has halved and I've been making a conscious effort not to scroll social media before bed. I also go most of my work day without checking my phone now, only replying to texts when I get them or at lunch time. I thought this would be really difficult but the less I've used my phone the less I've actually wanted to.

Be Kind To Myself
This is also an ongoing thing, but I have tried hard to show myself some self care. I've been going to bed a little earlier (although not sleeping earlier which is my next goal!) and not pushing myself to do things if I don't want to do them. I've been burnt out before and it's not a good feeling so I try to give myself plenty of me-time, as well as doing things I enjoy. Lots of baths, lots of candles, you name it.

I'll update again in 3 months time when we're half way through the year (terrifying!)

How are you getting on with your goals/resolutions for the year?
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Recent Purchases

Hi lovelies!
So this month was supposed to be a restrained one, in fact I thought I had been pretty restrained until it came to putting together this post! (as there are also obligatory purchases from the Fat Face sale that I haven't included!) 
I haven't bought a huge amount as I really am trying to be better with money, but these are a couple of the things I couldn't resist this month!

Books are something I very rarely splurge on as I tend to do most of my reading on my Kindle and I also tend to find when I've read a book once I don't usually read it again. Having said that, I've had my eye on all of these for the past few months and they do make lovely coffee table books.
I've already read How to Hygge which I loved - I picked it up in Waitrose when I popped to get a coffee as I follow Signe Johansen on Twitter and really like her self-deprecating and no nonsense attitude to life. The beautiful photography and delicious recipes are an added bonus!
Milk and Honey has also been on my list for months, I think everyone has seen Rupi Kaur's quotes popping up on Pinterest, and being an English graduate I absolutely adore her style of writing. Plus, when you're feeling at a bit of low ebb her words can definitely make you feel like you're not so alone. 
I bought The Little Book of Hygge from Amazon at the same time as Milk and Honey because I've had so many recommendations, and hygge is a concept I'm totally in love with. I haven't started on it yet but can't wait to get going!

These Clarks brogues were an impulse buy; I love Clarks footwear and buy most of my work shoes from there as they're so well made and durable. As a child I remember moping round Clarks being forced to buy boring school shoes, but they've really upped their game and I really think they're bang on trend now. Brogues are one of my favourite styles of shoes, and I didn't have a dark pair in my collection so these fit the bill perfectly, And as with all Clarks shoes - super comfortable!

I'm a bit of a hipster when it comes to vinyl and really do believe music sounds so much better on a record player! I totally fell in love with La La Land and the soundtrack was just the icing on the cake. The vinyl has been sold out for weeks because they released a limited edition blue version which is AMAZING; but from reading reviews the sound quality was said to be a bit scratchy so I chose to go with practicality and get it in standard black. Not as pretty, but sounds amazing.

Last but not least, I couldn't resist these gorgeous Steve Madden booties from TK Maxx. Though I definitely don't need any more boots of any kind, these are exactly the sort of thing I go for. They're also ridiculously comfortable which is ideal because I really don't have the energy for skyscraper heels these days! 

What do you think of my recent buys?
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