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Love your Mum…

As we all get older and journey through our adult lives, we might find that our contact with our family dwindles. Sometimes, building our own family, balancing a life and career as well as keep on top form regarding our own personal romances or duties can make us simply forget those we love. This isn’t due to any form of incompetency, or even maliciousness, it’s simply what happens when we have so much to think about in one day that there aren’t enough hours to fit it all in. You might find that your relationship to one of your parents might have fallen off in recent years. It’s up to you as a child to rekindle it.

Remember, we all owe our parents much. They taught us the framework for how we operate in the world now, and they kept us safe and fed as children. As such, it’s only right that we make use of our own personal ability to maintain our relationship. This guide will focus on the mother’s of our lives. Mothers bring us into the world, shower us with maternal affection and love, and think about us often. These tips will help you keep them as a prominent force in your life, and help them feel loved, cherished and desired, which they of course always are.

Spend time together

Your most valuable resource in any field of life is your time, and so choosing to spend it with your mother will no doubt help her feel desired and loved. You don’t need to plan anything significant around it, or even leave your or her home. Sometimes, grabbing a cup of tea and cakes from the local cafe is enough.

Sometimes, inviting them to a simple walk around the shops is enough. Spending the time is key, no matter if you simply sit on the sofa and watch a bad television movie together. It will never escape her that you are making the effort, and she will love you for it, especially when ageing. If you can, make sure that you organise any siblings you have around meeting your mother as well, because she will desire more than anything to see you all in the same place and doing well by one another.

Treat her

Sometimes the only way we can truly show our appreciation is by purchasing our parent gifts that show how much we truly care. It doesn’t matter what form of gift you buy, but purchasing it from a classy retailer such as cuckooland can help you find the most suitable items within a certain theme, and can help you provide that ‘wow factor’ with unique items that might not be found in your local shopping mall. It shows you have gone the extra mile to source something quirky that you believe she will enjoy.

Listen to her

Your mother is your mother, and she always will be. As such, she will probably either voice advice often or at least want to. This might seem annoying or unwarranted sometimes, but it’s most likely never done out of maliciousness. It’s simply the maternal urge that she will never lose, and you will no doubt relate to this if you have children of your own. In this case, listening to her will at least help her feel like you take her words with significance, even if you don’t act on them.

Keeping on top of these tips will help you nurture the relationship to your mother throughout all of your adulthood, and it will stay strong as you both age.

Summer 2017 Mother of the Bride Styles

For any mother, her daughter’s wedding day is incredibly special. Usually, she plays an important role. Naturally, front of house and she’ll want to look her best. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful mother of the bride dresses out there at the moment, with styles and fits to suit all.

Beautiful Lace

For a special occasion, lace is a wonderful option. This beautiful fabric has a luxurious and very opulent feel. This year, many designers are using it in a variety of interesting ways. and it looks especially good paired with shiny fabrics such as silk.

Many of the most stunning looking mother of the bride dresses are made of two layers of fabric. Layering lace with satin produces a beautiful rich garment that does not crease easily. It’s a great option for a wedding, looking good throughout the entire day.

Not only that, these dresses are easy to accessorize too. Two fabrics gives you twice as many options when it comes to matching items like shoes, bags and jackets.

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Print Dresses

Print dresses are perfect for a summer wedding. Paired with a plain jacket made from a luxury fabric will really make a mother stand out from the crowd. Most print dresses are cotton and wearing this natural fabric will help you to stay cool and comfortable no matter what the weather brings. With this style of dress, there is more chance that you can wear it after the wedding for a special meal out or a party.

Beaded and Embellished Dresses

Beads and other embellishments are becoming ever so popular and always look special. You can choose a dress that simply edged with a few beads or opt for a more richly embellished version depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are gorgeous and flatter every type of figure. A great dress for the mother of the bride, they look lovely whether worn with a jacket, a nice shawl or just on their own. Not forgetting the mother of the groom.

Full-Length Dresses

For the first time in many years, gowns are back in vogue. One made from a lightweight, but high/quality fabric can easily work for the mother of the bride. There are also some beautiful maxi dresses available and you’ll see them at many of the hottest weddings of the year.

Alternative Outfits

If you are not keen on wearing a dress do not worry because you’ll never fail to find a lovely trouser suit. A nice variation on this is a tunic dress paired with a nice pair of slacks. It is a look that is surprisingly flattering.

Suits also look nice. You just need to be careful to make sure they do not look too formal, or like something that could be worn in the office. The type of fabric will perhaps make all the difference here.

It is best to opt for one made out of a luxury fabric. There are some lovely pencil skirt style suits available in the shops this year. They are stylish, yet glamorous too, especially when worn with a silk blouse and some statement jewellery.

Choosing The Right Cut

Regardless of the style of dress you choose, getting the fit right is extremely important. This article will help you to identify issues, and even fix some of them yourself.

 

*This post was made in Sponsorship with JD Williams.*

Tuscan Villa interior….

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and inject a little sun kissed life into your living space, perhaps you should consider the gorgeous layers of a Tuscan home. Most modern homes have a sharp detail to the decor and make use of black, whites, greys and blues almost exclusively. This may be seen as the equivalent of being up-market, however, there’s a certain lack of soul in such a style. Tuscany is the rugged, sunlit, farmland of Italy, and yet, it’s also where the people have a rich history going back all the way to the Roman Empire. The Tuscan-inspired colour scheme makes use of playful oranges, reds, beige, yellows and brown of the earth. Start with the ground floor and work your way up, because the most intense shifts will be done where you normally relax. Guests who come over will love your inspiration of a Tuscan villa.

Tuscan Villa Interior

Humble yet grand Halls

The homes of established families in Tuscany, are truly a sight to behold. Indeed, they come from a peasant culture, yet they know their worth to the country and all they have given to it. There’s a sense of grandness, but not too much as if they were part of the metropolitan elite. The hallways make use of thick, dark brown hardwood, with very little sheen, for a great rustic look. A rug in the middle or somewhere strategically place in the hallway breaks up the length of the hall. The rugs have a certain dominance to them as they display a rich rose red colour, in an eternal struggle for your attention with the beige and green sprouting flowers and vines that bear fruits.

Raw power of ceilings

Tuscan Villa Interior

Tuscany villas are proud of their architecture, but also, their structural integrity. The ceilings are bare with the support beams openly on display. If you’re seriously thinking of an entire redesign, this is one of the first categories you should be thinking about. The beams are supremely strong, made from a healthy, and remarkably dense oak tree. Tuscans make full use of a sheen or nutritious varnish to give the beams are nice shimmer to them. This kind of style balances out the lack of shine on the floorboards, so the light is reflected back down with a reasonable push. Tuscans pride themselves on being practical above posh aesthetics, so you can see the floor is treated purely as a functional layer, with no need to express an overt due diligence, but when you look up, the ceiling is strong and gleaming.

Reserved and warm lounge

The Tuscany lounge may have a few customs that are relatable to perhaps the larger cities like Naples and Florence, but also very distinctly familiar to the Italian countryside. It makes use of contemporary European sofas, with such styles as Zara five-seater sofa and the beautiful black Pavara corner sofa. These styles and colours, go well with the traditional light orange interior walls of the Tuscany lounge style. At night the corners are bathed in candlelight, such that the walls are emboldened in their natural reverberation of light. Tuscans love the wilderness, and so, fireplaces are a natural sight in lounges, and the archways of the pit are solely made from brick rather than marble. Tall lamps stand stoically in the corner, in the form of a thin, stem and blooming, circular lamp shade.

Dining with the Family

Tuscans are all about family, as throughout the years, the craft of farming was handed down from generation to generation, and eating together was to strengthen this bond. The table is a long, hardwood, mainly oak. However, some homes also use the flexible yew tree for their wood, as this material is more pliable. The table is, therefore, afforded the ability to have a small skirt, with simple carvings of knots and twisting vines. This design is most common, as its assets the strong relationship of family, yet does it in a reclusive fashion via skirt carvings. The chairs are always upright and don’t have to pad for the backrest. Local carpenters make good use of cedar wood, to form the frame of the dining chairs, with sometimes up to three horizontal back supports. The theme of these chairs can encapsulate the dawn of a rising sun, with vertically lifting, curves that peak in the middle.

Tuscany is the land of earth, farming, and quietly confident design that’s grand yet not boastful. The decor is mainly made from wood, with the chairs, and ceilings bringing home a truly rustic history of the peasant culture. Yet, the interior design embellishes the home with reds and oranges, flickering light from candles and fires, and modern sofas that elegantly fill the centre of the lounge.

What do you think to the Tuscan style?

Personalised Vintage Playing Cards gifts plus give away

As my regular readers know, I am not only a little bit obsessed with stationery and note books but also personalised gifts. I have found you another fabulous company Vintage Playing Cards, that offers just that.

Vintage Playing Cards GiftsRecently the lovely team at Vintage Playing Cards got in touch to see if I would like to offer my fabulous readers the chance to win one of their beautiful personalised vintage playing card frames, worth up to £110. Well how could I possibly say no to that amazing prize for one of you?

Vintage Playing Cards started in 2008 when a pack of vintage art deco playing cards was found, however a few of the cards were missing, so instead of throwing them away they were lovingly turned into greeting cards. Before designing frames and an array of other lovely vintage card inspired giftsVintage Playing Cards have an amazing range of gifts and items for the home. Something that really is a little bit different. Perfect not only for wedding presents, but also new babies, birthdays, anniversary and any other occasion you could possibly want to find the perfect present for. I even spotted a dog lead rack that has hooks to hang their leads on, which can be personalised to the names of your dogs. I love these, I would love one to hang by the back door for my Spaniels leads.

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*Thank you Vintage Playing Cards for kindly offering my readers this wonderful prize. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*