I like the idea behind both Mother’s and Father’s day – it’s nice to appreciate those that we love – but I’m always stuck as to what to buy for gifts…
Do I go all out and spend a fortune? Or do I just buy a thoughtful token gift?
Neither one of these things are stress free… is it big enough? Do they like it? Do they get the meaning behind it? And so on and so on.
Remember I told you we’d been up to something exciting in this post? Well… this year Mumsnet totally scooped me up and rescued me from the Father’s Day gift stress and suggested we try out the perfect gift:
To be totally honest with you I haven’t got the energy. Physically or mentally. Things are a bit tough at the moment.
Nothing life threatening. Nothing earth shattering. All small things that can be mended or forgotten with time. But you know that scene from ‘Bruce Almighty’ when he can hear ALL the prayers?… That is how I feel.
This morning was terrible.
Utterly, utterly terrible.
I stood on the phone to my husband in tears as he contemplated taking our daughter to A&E for the second time in 24 hours. Our Little Adventurer is forever getting knocks and scrapes… but she’s never had anything that a ‘kiss better’ didn’t fix. Read more
This week I got to have an extra day off work with my Little Miss, so I decided that we should stay home and have some quality time together… We decided to make some Father’s Day cards. One for Daddy, and one for each of her Granddads (she has three – lucky girl!) Read more
My pregnancy progressed well and without problems as I kept to a strict diet, however, we have been warned that both Little Miss and I would be more susceptible to type two diabetes.
So when Easter is on it’s way, I do worry that Little Miss will be taking more sugar in that she should be or that Mr Vista and I would like.
Without being too presumptuous, we asked family and close friends to consider buying small items of clothing or vouchers for Little Miss Vista as an Easter gift if they felt they wanted to buy her anything.
With this in mind, the Eater Bunny also wanted to keep the sugar delivery levels down and decided on none edible Easter gifts.
This is what he brought for Little Miss Vista…
Clark’s Doodles in hot pink…
A Zebra to add to Little Miss Vista’s ‘toot toot’ collection…
Boots Mini Club ‘Stevie’ print tunic…
A Gro-Clock to teach day and night…
And this is what the Easter Bunny brought for Mummy…
Shiny pink nails…
…. a soothing post bath, sweet smelling treat…
…. a cuppa…
Some me time…
And it was very much enjoyed….
Thanks so much for reading: What the Bunny Brought…
It dawned on me yesterday that Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away… HOW?!
It doesn’t seem like five minutes since Mr Vista Presented me with my beautiful personalised vase on behalf of the then four month old Little Miss Vista.
It was the most thoughtful gift and I will love it forever… but by the same token, I hope that I get more than a posy of flowers to go in it this year.
A lie in?
A cup of tea in bed?
A lie in followed by a cup of tea in bed? *Dreams*
But just in case my Little Miss Vista is reading, I wouldn’t be disappointed with any of these goodies…
Baldwin’s Revitalising Gift Box
Baldwins use herbs and essential oils in their products and promise to leave you feeling completed renewed (RRP £24.99).
Gift box contains:
• Baldwins Revitalising Body Wash 250ml
• Baldwins Revitalising Body Balm 250ml
• Baldwins Revitalising Soap 25g
• Baldwins Revitalising Candle
• Natural Cotton Flannel
I love a good cotton flannel for a hot cloth cleanse and a scented candle burning whilst I take a time out in the bath.
The only thang that would make it a perfect bath would be a soothing face mask – preferably one made by Montagne Jeunesse…
You know the ones…
They smell good enough to lick?
You can pick up a multi-pack of these Montagne Jeunesse face masks on their website for a fiver. Bargain!
And maybe for a little post bath moisturisation this would be nice:
Made from marigolds (the flowers, not the gloves) this moisturiser is 100% natural and is perfect for dry skin (like mine) especially during the winter. This winter and having a small whirlwind of a child has really taken it toll on my skin.
You can pick this up in most leading chemists and supermarkets for a fiver too! Double Bargain!
I’m not what I would call a massive drinker, but I do enjoy a tipple at family get together’s and special occasions. And when I have one of those days when the baby won’t stop crying, the hot water doesn’t work, the washing pile is endless and I have to get organised and go to the place that pays me the following day on occasion, I do enjoy a bottle glass or so of wine to unwind.
I am a fan of most wines, but I do prefer a good deep merlot with copious amounts of galaxy chocolate and a sweeter white or rose.
Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato: is a light-bodied, sweet and refreshing rosé wine, bursting with aromas of ripe nectarine and juicy pomegranate. It’s fruity flavours pair perfectly with an array of dishes, such as a smoked salmon salad, strawberries and cream and a slice of classic Victoria sponge. (RRP £6.99).
Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato: is a light to medium-bodied white wine, with notes of luscious fruit and florals including juicy peach, citrus, pineapple and orange blossom. This sweeter style complements light Thai food, creamy chicken dishes and vanilla deserts. It also partners well with mild cheese and tropical fruit. (RRP of £6.99).
Cheese and Victoria sponge optional compulsory.
However, if someone, somewhere, were looking to treat me with something a little more fancy – I’d be very happy to be presented with this:
Blue Nun has released a sparkling 22k Gold Edition white wine, complete with distinctive fine flecks of delicate 22 carat gold leaf.
Designed with special occasions, such as Mothering Sunday in mind, the iconic brand, owned by the Langguth family in Germany, has used their passion, heritage and expertise to create a delicate, subtle quality sparkling white wine with a lovely light fruitiness (alc 11.00%).
The Gold Edition is ideal as an aperitif or to accompany spicy light bites and hors d’oevres and is priced at under £10 for a 75cl bottle.
Album-cards is a unique, online service that offers the perfect way to send a personalised greetings card and music gift all in one. The card comes complete with your message, the album front cover, full track listings and a unique code to input online to start listening. There are over 100 albums to choose from.
And they are only a tenner! Excellent price for a thoughtful and unique gift.
If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I was recently treated to a manicure by one of my lovely friends. I loved looking at my hands and the way that having pretty hands made me feel.
Due to the cost, having my nails done on a regular basis is out of the question. However, I could definitely take up a hobby of painting my own nails.
New label, Nella Milano, has launched a series of stylish collections that are bang on trend and ideal. They had me at ‘Lady Lavender’!
What’s a girl to choose? All of them?
Nella also has bright yellows, zingy oranges and verdant greens in their popular Four Seasons range that retail at just £8.95 per bottle.
Or for something a little more permanent…
Rokit launches a brand new gel manicure kit (RRP £99.99) that promises a rok-hard (geddit?), high shine and salon quality finish from the comfort of your own home, with a simple one step application.
The brand new and unique Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit makes gel nails even easier by reducing a typically five stage process to an easy one step application. Just polish and cure for shiny, salon quality nails that last up to 14 days.
I was a dancer as a child and teenager. As an adult I like to power walk (with Little Miss Vista in her pram) and wear ridiculous shoes.
This has all taken it’s toll on my feet.
That is why I would like to try this…
Elle Macpherson Heel Smoother (RRP £19.99). This simple to use, hand held pedicure device gently removes dead skin with the help of a rotating blade. After dead skin is removed, there are six handy buffing disks for smoothing the feet. Dead skin is collected in a residue chamber leaving no mess (believe me, there’d be plenty).
This should help my poor trotters to look a little prettier in time for sandal season.
My Pre-Baby Skin…
The Anti-Ageing Compact (RRP £99.99) is packed with 32 LED lights and still fits snugly into the palm of your hand. Great for larger skin areas on the face and neck.
This Compact promises that you’ll see visible results in just four weeks when used for one minute twice a day.
Red light therapy is scientifically proven to stimulate and repair skin and is kind and safe to use on even the most sensitive of skin… I wonder if it’ll do anything for my thread-vein?…
Of course, any one of these things would be lovely… but above all things I’m hoping for is the continued love and support of my family, a cuppa, a lie in, a bath and a big massive kiss from my Little Miss Vista!
What are you hoping for on Mother’s Day?
*Collaborative post* Thanks so much for reading: Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Worn Out Mum… Love