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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.*

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, which also available at Amazon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Finding A Home In The Modern Era

There’s a lot of different housing needs out there, and everyone on the planet needs a safe and secure place to live. However, prices are up and down all over the market and trying to afford a flat near a job in a big city is something not a lot of us will see in our lifetimes!  And yet, moving doesn’t always have to be so difficult to get on with. If you know you’re going to have to find a place of your own in the future, and the idea itself is completely scary, this is the post for you. Keep these considerations in mind, and always remember you’re going to land on your feet.

Deciding on a location

House prices fluctuate wildly the nearer you go to a major city. Whilst you might be able to comfortably afford a place in a southern town for the time being, the location itself isn’t usually sought after. Access to medical centres, soothing your shopping needs, crime rates, and the ability to call people out for something breaking down can very easily make the area stale and frustrating.

It’s then we turn to finding roommates to afford a better place, or taking on more hours at work so you can achieve a higher rental price securely. However, even when you’re not in an inner city circle, finding yourself an urban area isn’t going to come at too steep a cost. Maybe an extra ten or twenty pound a month is going to grace your bills, but that’s fair when you consider the amount of needs satisfied by being near the local corner shop.

Moving with family in mind

Our generation is one that has to cope with a lot. A crashing economy, the introduction of new and exciting technology that makes us nostalgic of simpler times, and having to stay at home a lot longer due to financial, medical, and family concerns.

Even if you do need to move whilst considering how your family will cope, there’s a lot you can look into to help you out. Maybe you have ageing parents and you’re worried about where they could go; thankfully, homes like that of Cayon Care Services can take the pressure off. Using a service like this means you can live your life to the fullest whilst still keeping your parents in mind!

Go with your gut!

You know what you want, and more importantly you know what you need, so make sure you’re always following your instinct when it comes to finding a place to live. Never ignore your own intuition in the face of expert opinions and a good location; if you’re not comfortable now, you never will be.

Finding a good place to live that has all of your considerations in mind is going to be tricky, but it’s not impossible! Never forget the amount of options you have, and never let yourself feel hopeless in the face of this current real estate market. It’s your oyster!

Happy First Birthday Champagne and Petals

Happy Valentines day everyone, the 14th of February also means Happy First Birthday to my lovely little blog. When I was first wondering what to blog about on my very own blog, I knew that I didn’t want to have a family blog. Although I am a Mummy and I love my little ones very much, I knew that I wanted something for me, for my passions and as I love all things lifestyle and weddings. Plus to help with inspiration for our forever home. I had never really had a hobby before, so I really wanted one just for me. Therefore Champagne and Petals was born, my very own tiny part of the internet that has been my home for that last year through the good times and the bad.

I cannot believe Champagne and Petals is already a year old and I have been part of this wonderful blogging community for a year…… how did that happen.

Champagne and Petals

It’s been quite a year, a year of learning about the world of blogging, meeting lots of fabulous bloggers, working with some wonderful brands and PR companies. Not forgetting all of my wonderful followers.

The blogging community is made up of some the most amazing people I know, from all different back grounds and each one having their own reason for blogging. We help each other, encourage each other and support each other as much as possible. I honestly had no idea about having my own web site and even what a URL was a couple of years ago, I have learnt so much and I am very thankful to each and everyone for their help.

This year I have attended a few different blogging conferences, BlogOn being my absolute favourite, BritMums, Blog Camp On Board and then BlogOn Christmas. Blog conferences are places you get to learn from some of the best industry, they give you tips and inspiration plus you get to meet other bloggers who have now become friends.

I have worked with some fabulous brands this year, Fentimans, Sleepbear, Amara Living, Cox & Cox, Ragdale Hall, Rainbow ClubHoliday Extras, Inghams and most recently our trip to Caalm Camp, plus so many more. I have loved working with each and every one over the last year, I have had a wonderful time being creative with my posts and images.

Not forgetting all of my wonderful readers and followers, on the blog and across all of my social media platforms. I couldn’t do it without you all. Thank you all for coming with me this last year, can’t wait to see you for the next year.

It’s been a fabulous year and I cannot wait to see what exciting things the next year has in store for Champagne and Petals.