Mothers Day gifts from Stickerscape

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

I love unusual presents, both for myself and when I'm buying for others. Something that is that little bit different that I know people will love. It's also great if it's a gift that is useful too :)




Stickerscape is a small company created by two friends, Jo and Mike, who create wonderful wall stickers designed for playrooms, nurseries and children's bedrooms. But as well as wall stickers, they also create name labels, window stickers, bespoke commissions and gifts for all the family.







Amongst their gifts for all the family is a great selection for Mums, perfect for Mother's Day. My favourites have to be the canvas bags, so I was very excited when I was given the chance to review one!

We love dinosaurs in our house, so I had to chose a Mamasaurus Canvas Bag!


















Available  in black, green, navy and pink, it's size is approximately 30 x 30 x 20cm and is both sturdy and comfy enough to carry around all the mum essentials, such as things for nursery, little bits of shopping and last but most importantly, chocolate!  


On a side note, I have to mention the delivery.  The bag was well packaged and arrived much faster than I imagined it would, but what caught my eye was the little sticker on the front, which did make me smile :)





I really love my Mamasaurus bag. It's perfect for all my day to day mum jobs and always puts a smile on my face and I'm not the only one who likes it, as I've also been asked by some of the mums at nursery where it came from!



You can find this canvas bag and many other gifts for mums here. You can also find out about Stickerscape on their website. They can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where they share some of the lovely gifts and sticker designs.


Giveaway


Now you have a chance to win a Stickerscape canvas bag of your choice . Perfect for Mothers Day :)  All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!




Prize: 1 x Canvas Bag
Ends: 28th February 2018
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days. UK Only. 





Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Mothers Day with Hobson's Choice Crafts

Friday, 2 February 2018

Happy February everyone!


Now, I know that love is in the air, but it's not just for Valentines Day, but rather for mums everywhere! Mothers Day is fast approaching and today I wanted to share with you some ideas to help find the right gift for your mum, or even for yourselves!










You may have seen my post before Christmas where I shared some amazing gift ideas from Hobson's Choice Crafts. I really love Sarah's work. She makes personalised gifts from scratch and each one is different and made personal for you.  


I found Hobson's Choice Crafts on Instagram a couple of years ago. To begin with, I was attracted to the name (I loved Hobson's Choice when I was at school!) but then I saw what lovely creations Sarah made and have bought quite a few....okay.....a lot! I can't help myself! I love the material she uses and I love how she really takes her time and makes each item special, no matter how small or big it may be.


Below are just a few ideas for Mothers Day gifts. I know that there'll be something you'll love!
































Sarah personalises each item for you and also takes custom orders :)





Giveaway







Now Sarah has very kindly given you a chance to win a handmade 'Mum' fabric heart. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway







Prize: Handmade 'Mum' Fabric Heart

The closing date is 28th February 2018
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.






Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


Valentines Day with Giftsonline4u

Thursday, 1 February 2018

It's February and only two weeks away from Valentines Day and that can mean only one thing; it's time to start shopping for that special person in your life.  I am no different!  Unlike the normal hearts, chocolate and flowers though, Mark and I like to give each other gifts that are a little bit different and this year is no exception.




This year, I wanted Mark's gift to be a personalised one; something that I couldn't find in the seasonal aisle of the supermarket and I wanted it to be something that meant something.

I have to say, I was struggling a bit this year. Nothing seemed right, that was until I found Giftsonline4u. Giftsonline4u is an online gift shop with a difference. They specialise in personalised, engraved and unusual gifts for any recipient and for any occasion you could think of.



When I looked at their website, Mark's present immediately jumped out at me .A Personalised Pocket Watch, so I couldn't believe it when I was lucky enough to be sent one!





Pocket watches have always been sentimental to Mark. His late granddad often used to carry one and it always makes him think of him. I knew it would be the perfect gift!


Not only is it a gorgeous vintage silver plated quartz pocket watch, but I really loved that it could be engraved it with a personalised message, making it all the more special.




I really liked the roman numerals alongside the standard numerals. I've never seen a watch with both on before. I also liked the detail on the watch hands. All really nice touches and make this watch pretty unique!






It also comes with a long chain and a pocket hook, so it's ready to wear!



This particular men's pocket watch retails at £29.99 with free engraving. I thought the engraving was very generous, with 80 characters allowed on the lid of the watch, with 20 characters on each row, which is quite a lot on such a small gift!  You can also choose from different fonts and have the option to add a holographic gift bag and/or a greetings card.



I was also very impressed with the delivery speed and packaging. From placing the order to the pocket watch arriving, it took three days and that includes the weekend, which was much faster than I could imagine. Perfect if you've got to do some last minute shopping!
The pocket watch was also well packaged in a gift box, and sitting in foam, which was then in a bubble jiffy bag, so it arrived in perfect condition :)



I can honestly say that I have nothing bad to say about this gorgeous pocket watch or Giftsonline4u at all! I really love it and I know that Mark will too :)



You can find this Personalised Pocket Watch and many other Personalised Valentines Gifts on the Giftsonline4u website.

You can also find and follow Giftsonline4u on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram



Happy Valentines Day!



Disclaimer: I was sent a Personalised Pocket Watch in return for my honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own. 

Children's Valentines Day Gift Guide with what2buy4kids

Wednesday, 24 January 2018


You may think it's odd that I'm that I'm sharing a children's gift guide for Valentines Day, when it is traditionally a day for couples. My sister once called it love day and I think that's a great way to look at it. Why should couples have all the pressies?!






So here is just a small selection of some of the great toys that would be perfect for little ones on Valentines Day from what2buy4kids.








Shape Jigsaw- Fairy £7.99 


This 29 piece puzzle is suitable for 3 years and over and is a great introduction to puzzles. With a lovely picture packed full of fairies, woodland creatures and flowers, it also has a gorgeous glitter finish.










£56.99 £44.99 



It's time to set sail on a pirate adventure! Beautifully made in a traditional style, the pirate ship features so many little details to enchant pirate-loving youngsters. There's a treasure chest, a crocodile, a canon and three peg pirates. This wonderful wooden pirate ship will provide hours of fun :)










Le Toy Van Two Tier Cake Stand £19.99





This cute wooden cake stand comes with two tiers in a polka dot pattern. It also comes with five wooden cakes; an iced cupcake, a chocolate slice, a rainbow cookie, a chocolate slice and a heart surprise.
Kids will have so much fun!















Suitable for 5 years and up, this fantastic Human Body Science Kit is sure to appeal to children with enquiring minds. It includes everything kids need to complete a wide range of experiments that will teach them all about human anatomy in a really fun and inspiring way.
From building a stethoscope and listening to heartbeats to testing lung capacity, this kit covers every aspect of human physiology. 
Kids can also learn about hand-eye co-ordination, digestive functions and the circulatory system.















Perfect for encouraging imaginative play, little ones will love taking dolls, teddies and toys for a walk in this cute pram all covered in hearts :)
With sturdy rubber edged wheels, this pram is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play.
This is such a lovely wooden pram!











This is just a very small amount of adorable toys available at what2buy4kids. Now, I've been given a 10% discount code off any order at what2buy4kids*, so why not pop over and take a look at their fantastic range?






You can find these and more on what2buy4kids website. You can also find out more about what2buy4kids on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Happy Love Day! 





*Affiliate Disclaimer: If you use the above code, as well as you receiving a discount on your purchase, I will also receive a small payment.  







100 Truths Blogger Tag

Friday, 19 January 2018


Recently, I was tagged in the 100 Truths Blogger Tag by the lovely Ruth from Mummy and the Mexicans. Created by Debbie from My Random Musings, the tag is full of random questions designed to help you get to know bloggers. I thought it would be great fun and share a little bit more about myself with you lovely readers :)




So here goes: 

The basics

1 What’s your name?
Laura 
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
I have a couple, but they're ones that my brothers gave me! 
3 Your gender?
Female
4 Your star sign?
Aquarius
5 How old are you?
Nearly 34
6 Your relationship status?
Married 
7 Any children?
2, Mikey and Dorothy. 
8 Any pets?
A goldfish from the fair called Jeff, spelt Gef!
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
4 tattoos and my ears pierced
10 What do you like about yourself?
I like how I try to help and do anything I can for the people I love :)
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
It'll be quite a big list! 
12 Righty or lefty?
Definitely left. I'm sure my right arm is just there to even me out! Someone I used to work with once said that I was 'severely left-handed' 😂

Lasts


13 The last thing you drank:

A cup of tea
14 The last thing you ate:
A homemade apricot and cranberry muffin
15 Your last phone call:
Mikey
16 Your last text message:
It was a joint one to my sister and sister in law
17 Your last email:
Mark. When he's at work, it's usually the only way to communicate!
18 The last song you listened to:
'Adventure of a Lifetime' by Coldplay
19 The last book you read:
'My Very First Space Book'  at story time with Dorothy
20 The last time you cried:
A couple of days ago while watching the last episode of 'White Collar' on Netflix!
21 The last blog you read:
A Cornish Mum

22 The last person you spoke to:
Mark
23 The last place you visited:
The National Space Centre

24 Your last holiday abroad:
Our honeymoon in New York 5 years ago

Have you ever?

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?
Yep. There's a few people I've lost that were very special to me.

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Oh my yes! Me and drink are not great friends!
31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?
There are a few people that I've met that have changed me and for the better :)
39 Have you ever been arrested?
No!
41 Have you ever done something you regret?
Not really. I'm now at an age when I think it's pointless having regrets. Yes, situations could've been different but those instances led me to where I am today, which is pretty cool :)
43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
Oh yes! There are quite a few times I've embarrassed myself in public! One that comes to mind is when I was shopping for baby things with my mum when I was pregnant with Mikey. In a busy shop, I put my arm out to pick something off a stand when the whole thing collapsed in front of me. No-one helped me though. My mum even walked off and pretended she didn't know me!!
44 Have you ever misjudged someone?
Definitely. 

Your beliefs and opinions

45 Do you believe in God?
Not really, but I do believe that there is something there.
46 Do you believe in yourself?
Not as much as I should.
47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?
No, but I do believe in the Christmas Spirit, which I think is just as good :)
48 Do you believe in ghosts?
Oh yes. I'm sure I've seen a couple too.
49 Do you believe in aliens?
I'm not sure. I can't really believe that we are the only ones in the whole universe.
50 Do you believe in miracles?
I'm not sure! I'd like to think that they're real.
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
I do! Positivity can get you anywhere!
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
Definitely! :)
53 Can money make you happy?
I think it can help make life more comfortable and can be used for experiences that you wouldn't normally have, so in a way it can.
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
I think so! 
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
A bit of both. Everyone has their own views and I think they need to make their own choice.
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
Not really
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
No, but I have spiritual beliefs instead
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
The most important thing I think that you can give a child is your time.

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
Nope
60 Are you drinking anything right now?
No, but am going to make tea soon!
61 What are you listening to right now?
Dorothy singing the Alphabet song
62 What are you thinking about right now?
What time I need to pick Mikey up from school!
63 What are you waiting for right now?
The kettle to boil!
64 What are you most excited about right now?
Family games night at the weekend!
65 What’s your pet hate right now?
Bad manners
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
Yoga!
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Emptying the dishwasher!

Firsts

68 Your first best friend: 
Nicola, who was my best friend at primary school.

70 Your first celebrity crush:
Leonardo Di Caprio!
71 Your first holiday:
A family trip to Butlins when I was Dot's age!
72 Your first pet:
A Labrador cross (with everything!) called Bonnie :)
73 Your first regret:
Not sure
74 Your first job:
A local paper round when I was 13.
75: Your first childhood memory:
I'm not really sure. I'm not sure what is an early memory or things from old photos!


Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
Love
77 Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook as that's how some of my family keep in touch :)
78 Hook up or relationship?
Definitely a relationship.
79 Dogs or cats?
Hands down dogs. Cats give me the heebie jeebies!
80 Coffee or tea?
Tea. Coffee is yucky!
81 Beer or wine?
Wine! 
82 Sweet or savoury?
It depends on the sweet or savoury! Usually savoury
83 Introvert or extrovert?
Definitely introvert
84 Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires
85 Seaside or countryside?
Countryside. I like the seaside, but not a fan of the sand!
86 Summer or winter?
Winter. Me and heat don't get on!
87 Books or movies
Books. I love reading and always dreamt of having a library like the one in the cartoon version of Beauty and the Beast!
88 Horror or comedy
Definitely comedy. I can't watch anything horror. I don't even like Halloween!

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
Nope. Everything that has happened has led me to where I am now.
90 What’s your dream job?
I always wanted to be a teacher, but I loved working as an LSA instead. I'm not sure anymore!
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
Real Housewives 🙈
92 What are you afraid of?
The dark, small spaces and heights.
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
Teacher
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to pause time so I can enjoy more family time
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
Nothing at all. I'm very lucky. I have a lovely hubby,  two wonderful children, the chance to be a stay at home mum and I see my family at least two or three times a week. Brilliant!
96 Would you want immortality?
No, that sounds terrifying! 
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
My granddad as I never met him as he died when my mum was young.
98 Would you say you are happy?
I am :)
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Life is full of twists and turns, but don't worry about doing things backwards or different to other people. Everything will work out :)
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time
I would like to be here, knowing that both children are happy and healthy and maybe being a writer! 

Now, it's time to tag some lovely bloggers!
Jessica at That Mummy Blog
Charlotte at Cups of Charlotte
Romeca at Beauty, Bump and Me

If you're not on the list, don't worry, you can still join in!
Now, all you have to do is tag some other lovely bloggers. The original 100 questions are below :)

The basics
1 What’s your name?
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
3 Your gender?
4 Your star sign?
5 How old are you?
6 Your relationship status?
7 Any children?
8 Any pets?
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
10 What do you like about yourself?
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
12 Righty or lefty?

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:
14 The last thing you ate:
15 Your last phone call:
16 Your last text message:
17 Your last email:
18 The last song you listened to:
19 The last book you read:
20 The last time you cried:
21 The last blog you read:
22 The last person you spoke to:
23 The last place you visited:
24 Your last holiday abroad:

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
26 Have you ever been cheated on?
27 Have you ever cheated on someone?
28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?
29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?
32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?
37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?
38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?
39 Have you ever been arrested?
40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
41 Have you ever done something you regret?
42 Have you ever had a threesome?
43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Your beliefs and opinions

45 Do you believe in God?
46 Do you believe in yourself?
47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?
48 Do you believe in ghosts?
49 Do you believe in aliens?
50 Do you believe in miracles?
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
53 Can money make you happy?
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
60 Are you drinking anything right now?
61 What are you listening to right now?
62 What are you thinking about right now?
63 What are you waiting for right now?
64 What are you most excited about right now?
65 What’s your pet hate right now?
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:
69 Your first kiss:
70 Your first celebrity crush:
71 Your first holiday:
72 Your first pet:
73 Your first regret:
74 Your first job:
75: Your first childhood memory:

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
77 Twitter or Facebook?
78 Hook up or relationship?
79 Dogs or cats?
80 Coffee or tea?
81 Beer or wine?
82 Sweet or savoury?
83 Introvert or extrovert?
84 Vampires or werewolves?
85 Seaside or countryside?
86 Summer or winter?
87 Books or movies
88 Horror or comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
90 What’s your dream job?
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
92 What are you afraid of?
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
96 Would you want immortality?
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
98 Would you say you are happy?
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time



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