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  • Books for Father's Day with a Daddy Theme

    Father’s Day 2018 Gift Guide

    I have to confess that Father’s Day always kind of creeps up on me. With Pickle’s birthday being at the start of the month, I tend to concentrate on that, and then once all the celebrations are wrapped up, I have the sudden realisation that Father’s Day is just around the corner and get a little panicked with trying to find something appropriate to buy. It’s hard, isn’t it? There are so many options! A lot of what is readily available in the shops and in supermarkets is all fairly generic – which has its advantages (everyone could always use a new pair of socks, and a bag of smellies is usually well received) – but occasionally, it’s nice to go for something a bit more unusual, isn’t it? I’ve tried to pull together some ideas that I think encompass the whole range!

    Colgate ProClinical 250+ Electric Toothbrush

    I seem to remember Sarah from Run Jump Scrap asking on her Instastories a while ago how many people used electric toothbrushes. I was so surprised by the results! Even though we don’t have them, I assumed most people do but if her poll was anything to go by, most of her followers are still using the bog standard ‘analog’ ones. To encourage those big proud parenting smiles, Colgate’s ProClinical 250+ Electric Toothbrush with its new slimmer, lightweight design, could make for an interesting present this year. It delivers up to 30,000 strokes per minute for a really refreshing clean and includes a two-minute timer and 30 second pacer to make sure you achieve a dentist-worthy finish. It’s available in black, white and bold pink and can be purchased for £49.99 at Boots and all major retailers. Whilst pink might not be everyone’s choice for a Dad, pink certainly is the Dad toothbrush colour in our house! LPD (Little Pickle’s Dad) and I decided he would have the pink brush and I would have a blue brush, just to switch those gender stereotypes up a little bit. We want our little boy to grow up without thinking pink is just for girls. read more

    Lifestyle, Parenting
    / June 12, 2018
  • Flatlay of the Happiness Planner surrounded by things that make me happy

    A Working Mum’s Mother’s Day Gift List

    I’m relatively new to experiencing Mother’s Day as a parent, but now that I’ve got one under my belt, I’m already looking forward to the next one. It’s not that I’m all about the presents, but it’s more about feeling like at least on that day, surely, all my parental efforts, my sacrifices and my hard work will be acknowledged and appreciated. In many ways, it makes me wish I could go back in time and make more of an effort to show my Mum more love and gratitude – but I guess that’s always the way. We don’t truly understand what our parents did for us, until we’re parents ourselves.

    My own life as a parent has drastically changed this month. And as I get into the swing of my new routine as a working parent, here are some ideas for thoughtful gifts for all the other working Mums out there. read more

    / February 28, 2018
  • Spa Botanique gift set for Galentine's Day

    It’s All About Galentine’s Day

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s always felt a bit too contrived and commercial to have any real romantic value. Is it really romance if it’s forced upon you? So when we started watching Parks and Recreation* last year and heard about main character Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day, I thought to myself: now, this is something I can get on board with!

    What is Galentine’s Day?

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    / February 7, 2018
  • Chocolate Sprouts Gifts for Men

    Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

    I’ve always thought men, in general, are really hard to buy for. That’s quite a sweeping statement (which I try hard in life to avoid making!), but I definitely find it more difficult figuring out what to buy for my husband, my brothers, or my Dad compared to my Mum or my girl-friends. I always leave buying their gifts to the last minute because it’s so challenging, and then it’s even more of a mad panic to catch the last delivery dates before Christmas or find things still left in stock on the shelves. If, like me, you’re find it tough, and you’re getting worried about how close Christmas Day is getting and you’ve still got no idea what to buy the men in your life – here’s a great list that might give you some ideas.

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    / December 12, 2017
  • ONecklace Personalised Necklace with three gold discs

    Giving Personalised Gifts this Christmas

    For the past few years now, I’ve noticed I’ve been relying ever-increasingly on the internet for my Christmas shopping. Especially in December, when the shops go a bit mad and you can be stood in a check-out queue for upwards of thirty minutes, I’d much rather get my presents sorted in the comfort of my own home, tucked under a blanket with a warming cup of tea and the Buble Christmas album on. Whilst that’s plenty of reason enough to stick to internet shopping, there is another big positive to ordering online: the wealth of customisable and personalised gifts available. Since becoming a parent, and spending HOURS deliberating on what name to give Pickle, the concept of celebrating names has become so much more appealing to me. Never has the value of a name meant more, and so here are some of my favourite bits and pieces from across the internet, showcasing all things personalised.

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    / November 28, 2017
  • Red Pierre Cardin T-shirt from Sports Direct

    Gifts for £5 with Sports Direct

    We’re doing Christmas on a budget this year. Living off just one salary makes that kind of necessary but I’m also of the mindset that you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to have a good time. Likewise, you don’t need to bankrupt yourself to get your hands on some fantastic presents. Thankfully, this mentality has been ingrained in me from a young age and as a family, we even spent a few years doing a £1 present challenge. It was my Mum’s idea – we all had to buy each other the best present we could without spending over £1 on each person. Challenge accepted! I scoured pound shops and sale sections to find the best bits and pieces I could, and was really pleased with my present choices which included a Coronation Street DVD for my brother (ha ha ha, he bloody loves Corrie), and a hand decorated glass heart container for bubble bath for my Mum – which she still has in her bathroom.

    When tasked with taking on the #SDFiverChallenge with Sports Direct and BritMums (to pick up some gifts for £5 each from Sports Direct), I was ready for some bargain hunting – it sounded RIGHT up my street and I couldn’t wait to find the best deals. read more

    Parenting, Reviews
    / November 17, 2017