Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Mother’s Day is almost here again, it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since last years. Mother’s day in our house often consists of the Hubby being at work and me spending the day with the children. Sometimes we will head to the local National Trust property for the children to burn off some steam and get some fresh air. If the Hubby is at home we will generally go for a nice walk with the dogs and he will (with my help) cook a lovely roast dinner.

As it’s Mother’s Day we always try to make it a bit more special, I love that both the children are still young enough to make lots of things at school and pre-school, cards, pictures and vast array of other wonderful items. I always keep the things the children make, my dresser is just as full of their creations as it is my ever growing collection of Emma Bridgewater pottery. Not only do I receive my little darlings wonderful creations, I also get cards and gifts. Some years it can just be flowers other years it can be host of delightful gifts.

There are so many lovely online shops now that it is difficult to find one that offers gorgeous items, at good prices with great customer service. I have placed orders with the lovely Lisa Angel a few times over the last couple of years, gifts for friends and personalised items for my little girl who loves the cutest things.

This Mother’s Day Lisa Angel have sent me a some gorgeous items to help make my Mothers Day extra special.

Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Lisa Angel’s web site is a place you can get lost in, just looking at all of the fabulous things they have to offer, it was really difficult to choose just a couple of items. In the end I chose these as my top picks for Mothers Day.

Peas in a pod

I have seen a few people with a pea in a pod necklace, often made within one metal and each pea representing people you love. It could be for best friends, your brothers and sisters or like me my little family of four peas. However, it could be you just love peas.

What really draw me to this rose gold ‘Peas in a Pod’ necklace was that each pea is a different colour, making it much clearer to me that it holds a representation for different people. You are able to order this necklace with varying amounts of peas, from two to four. It also is available in just silver if you would prefer that. My necklace cost £22 and came in a cute little box and mounted on a card.

Mummy Scarf

I love a scarf, I have more than I could ever possibly need, however I just keep adding more to my already over flowing box. I do however wear them all, it’s not often that I don’t have a scarf with me, even through the summer months I will add scarf to a vest top and jeans combo.

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I spotted this lovely ‘Starry Nights Watercolour Cloud’ scarf that costs £20. Your also able to personalise the scarf with up to 30 letters. I just loved the fresh spring colours, perfect for a Mother’s day gift. Time to hopefully pack away the big winter scarfs and get out the lighter weight ones.

I chose to have Mummy added to mine, it’s in gold scripted letters that is just enough to stand out but not so it is in your face obvious.  The scarf is large, which for me is perfect, I really love large scarfs, I think they are much more versatile.

Family Memory box

For years people have had memory boxes of some kind, for children’s birth or just to keep special items in. However generally they are hidden away in the cupboard filled with cards like a few I have, I have an issue with throwing important cards, invitations, newspaper clippings, tickets and god knows what else that I think I must keep. Much to my Hubby’s disgust.

However I have loved the idea of having a memory box on display. Something you can just pop in the cinema tickets or the train tickets, or even the tickets to Lego land or a leaflet of a place we have visited. Anything that makes memories for our family however big or small. Maybe even at the end of the year empty it as a family to remember the adventures for the year.

While looking through I found this lovely personalised ‘Family Memory Frame’, it’s simple but just right for filling with our memories. It has a slot at the top in the frame where you are able to easily pop your bits through, then the back opens up to remove any things when its fill.

This memory frame is a wonderful gift for any Mummy for mother’s day.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day gift be? Whatever your doing for Mother’s Day, I hope you have a lovely day.

 

*thank you Lisa Angel for sending me these beautiful items. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My travel bucket list

In my early 20’s I was lucky enough to visit, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and various European locations. However since having children the travelling took a back seat and we spent time visiting various parts of the UK. Last year however we took the children to Crete and to Finland, which has given me the travel bug. It’s made me think about places I would like to visit. Ok, it’s not going to all happen right now, but there are so many beautiful places in the world to visit, it’s hard to have a small bucket list.

My travel bucket list

I have often read about families selling everything up and going travelling for as long as possible and as much I this would be amazing, I just don’t think we would be brave enough to do it. However, I have put together my travel bucket list, of 3 destinations that I would love to visit.

Bali

I have friend who have visited Bali and just listening to them talk about this paradise location makes me want to visit. Bali is one of the many islands found within Indonesia, it is home to about 4 million people and well know for it’s culture and spirituality. There is a range of landscapes from sandy beaches, to mountains, hills and rugged coast lines. Bali has a wealth of culture and history, it’s a great location for both relaxation and adventure. Bali is a brilliant destination for water sports and well as spiritual retreats. Bail is on my bucket travel list because whatever you are looking for Bali has it.

Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is set in the Indian Ocean, it is very popular destination with honeymooners. Mauritius has those picture perfect turquoise waters and white sand beaches, perfect for spending your days enjoying cocktails and enjoying swimming in the warm waters. Mauritius also is great for water sports.

The island of Mauritius isn’t just about beaches and swimming, it is home to amazing cuisine, history, culture. There is also the possibility to travel around the island to different locations, the Botanical gardens, rum distillery, navel museums and not forgetting snorkelling on the coral reefs around the island. The island has everything you could want from a paradise destination holiday.

Thailand

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Top of my travel bucket list is Thailand, a place I have wanted to visit for years. I have many friends who have visited Thailand on their travels, I also have a friend who is wanting to move over to Thailand to live. I however am drawn to Thailand for its tropical climate, diverse range of lifestyles, culture, cities, history, paradise beaches and the possibility to island hop.

Thailand offers secluded retreats for that time of relaxation away from the busy tourist areas. The little islands of Thailand are all so very beautiful each offering something different. If you are wanting the busier night life then that can be found in Patong or the capital of Bangkok were you can find more of that city life, with apartment builds and hotels, lots of restaurant and shopping.

Which location would be a the top of your travel bucket list? Destination2 have a a fabulous selection of destinations to choose from, whatever you are looking for you can find it with Destination2 no matter your budget.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Destination2. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Chips four ways with VonShef Air Fryer

We love chips in our house, I mean who doesn’t? However I am aways looking for ways to add more fruit and vegetables into our meals. Not only that but ways to cook things in a healthier way. I have read about using air fryers on a couple of occasions over the last few years. I have friends that have different ones, but it’s just a kitchen item we just dint have until now.

Domu got in touch and asked if I would like try out their VonShef digital air fryer, of course I have been wanting to try one out for a long time. But what to make with it?

Chips four ways

As I said we love chips, but they can be quite greasy and generally not the healthiest food item. So instantly I thought that chips would be great to try it out. But not just any chips…… chips four ways. Chips made with potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips. Yummy!

When the digital air fryer arrived, I was keen to unpack it and see what I could do with it. I was surprised with how large it is, I’m not sure what I was expecting but not something quite so big. It however isn’t so big it wouldn’t fit into a cupboard after it had been used, thank goodness because I like my cooking equipment to bit kept away, even the toaster gets packed away after use.

I read the instructions, very easy to use, simple digital display, before the first use you needed to set it to 200° for 10 minutes to burn off any manufacturing residue. At the end of the 10 minutes it beeped to let me know it had finished.

While it was going I set about, chopping and peeling the vegetables. Just as you normally would when cutting potatoes into chips cut the sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips in the same way.

The instruction booklet tells you had long you need to cook the potatoes for, for home cut potatoes it recommends 20-22 minutes set at 200°.

Adding the four vegetable chips to the basket with one table spoon of vegetable oil to the basket, set the temperature and time and press start. I did check them half way through and gave them a mix up. After 20 minutes we had perfectly well cooked chips.

VonShef Air Fryer

I did make a couple of baskets of chips for us all to share, we all loved them. Happily dipping them into the tomato ketchup as we went along. I was really impressed with how easy the digital air fryer was to use and with how it cooked the chips so well, your able to cook so many different items within the basket, many things not needing any extra oil, making them really healthy, perfect if you want wanting to have little treats without worrying about the extra calories.  I cannot wait to try making something else in the air fryer.

 

*Thank you Domu for sending me this VonShef air fryer. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Ultimate Wedding Dress Alterations Guide

So, you’ve chosen your dream wedding dress, ticking this key item off your list – but what of dress alterations? You’ll need to see a professional seamstress to get your dress altered, to ensure a perfect fit on the day.

Wedding Dress Alternation Guide

Many brides-to-be have questions about wedding dress alterations – what can be done, when should you approach a seamstress, and what do you need to bring? Luckily for Champagne and Petals readers, I’ve teamed up with the renowned London wedding dress alterations shop Alterations Boutique to tell you everything you need to know.

Wedding Dress Alterations: What Can be Done?

From resizing to restyling, there are many things that can be done with professional wedding dress alterations. Here is a quick breakdown to the main alterations on offer to brides:

  • Taking in or letting out the sides: Dresses can be made smaller or larger by a dress size or more depending on the style. Also, the sleeves of a dress can be narrowed.
  • Shortening or lengthening: if your dress isn’t falling on you right, it could be too long or short. A seamstress can alter the hem and/or straps of the dress to address this.
  • Reshaping the neckline: if the neckline of your dress isn’t exactly what you wanted, a seamstress can reshape it to reflect your style and better flatter your figure.
  • Adding sleeves: from delicate capped sleeves to elegant long sleeves, many options are available.
  • Embellishments: including lace, beading, crystals, fringe, and more.
  • Repairs: had a mishap with your dress in the lead-up to the wedding? Get in touch with your seamstress to review the damage and repair your dress! This includes replacing zips and other fasteners.

When to Get Wedding Dress Alterations

How long you will need for the wedding dress alterations process really depends on the complexity of the dress but, in most cases, you will need to visit a seamstress two or three times.

You should ideally get in touch with a seamstress or boutique a few months in advance of the wedding. When your first appointment arrives, the seamstress will see how your dress currently fits and discuss any ideas or desires you have.

From here, your seamstress can let you know how many visits will be needed for the alterations process to be complete and will book in further visits spaced out at intervals within your wedding schedule.

Alterations Appointments: What to Bring

Beyond the dress itself, it’s important to bring the other garments you plan to wear on your wedding day to your wedding dress alterations appointments. This includes undergarments, accessories, and the shoes you plan to wear (if you don’t have an item yet, you can always bring something like what you want to wear).

Also, make sure to bring your ideas to the table! Particularly during the first appointment, your seamstress will want to learn your style preferences, so putting forward your ideas for the dress and your wedding plans in general will be a huge help for both you and your seamstress.