One of the best things about reading and writing blogs has been that it has introduced me to websites and products that I might not have previously come across and one such website is My 1st Years.
My 1st Years is a lovely website and the sort of site that makes me wish firstly that still had a baby to buy things for and secondly someone that I know would have a baby so that I could buy things for them. My 1st Years specialise in personalised baby gifts and have a wide range of beautiful products that would make the most amazing gifts.
When I was contacted about doing a review, I spent rather too long browsing the site looking wistfully at the baby things like these gorgeous Glitter High Top Trainers which are just adorable and can be personalised too:
I was also very tempted by their range of personalised teddy bears, who could resist this lovely fellow?
Sadly however, my baby days are long gone and so my job was to review something from the Mother’s Day gift range. There are some beautiful gift ideas and most of them can be personalised too which makes them all the more special. I chose a Personalised Heart Bowl Set as it looked really unusual but also something that would come in really handy.
This is a really lovely set and I am so pleased with it. It looks pretty but the dishes are really deep, making it a useful too. We often have ‘everything on the table’ lunches and also ice cream sundae making sessions and I can see these bowls getting a lot of use. They would also be ideal for dips or even for decoration too; my mum took an instant liking to them and cheekily said that it was a shame that it had ‘Stressy Mummy’ on it as it would look much better in her house. You can personalise this set with any message up to 25 characters, so maybe I need to order another one with ‘cheeky mother’ on for my mum.
Whether you are looking for inspiration for Mother’s Day or for a baby gift, I would thoroughly recommend My 1st Years both for the range of products and excellent customer service, when there is a new addition among our friends and family, I will certainly be visiting the site again.
I was sent the Personalised Heart Bowls for the purpose of this review. All images and opinions are my own.
I’m sure that this is a ‘not so funee’ rather than a ‘wot so funee’ but I’m sure that whilst some people may shake their heads in shame, I’m sure that there will be equal numbers who will understand how these things can easily happen.
I very rarely swear in front of the children. I hate to hear children swear and whilst I may occasionally swear when they are not around, it isn’t really my thing in general. However, there is something about being in the car that does occasionally make me drop my guard. Not very often, but occasionally.
The other day, we were driving to pick the boys up from school and I was waiting at a junction to turn left. There was a car coming and he was indicating left and had slowed down, so I figured that he was turning and started to gently pull out. It turned out that Mr car driver was not turning and was prematurely indicating for the roundabout a little further along the road. I stopped and let him pass and he glowered at me and shook his head. Very quietly under my breath I uttered the word ‘tosser’.
It could have been worse, but not a word I would want my daughter to hear.
Deep breath and continued driving and smiled at A in the mirror. I asked her if she was okay.
There is was. In her sweet little voice in a way that I knew that she knew that it wasn’t something she should have repeated.
Now the thing is, experience has taught me that it is best not to make a big fuss as the bigger fuss you make, the worse you make the situation. I told her that mummy was really naughty and shouldn’t have said that word and that it wasn’t a very nice word for sweet little girls to use.
A went very quiet and I thought that I had gotten away with it.
No chance. We walked to school and one of the mums came over to chat and A looked up at her and said as clear as day; “tosser.”
I wanted the ground to open up and the thing is I could see it coming too, but I couldn’t do anything about it. The parent looked at me rather strangely and I mumbled something about not knowing where she had got that word from and pretended that there was something urgent I needed to deal with on the other side of the playground.
A had a triumphant look on her face as though she had done something really great. The boys came rushing out and I ran back to the car.
Fortunately, the word hasn’t been uttered again but it is a bit like sitting on a time bomb and my years of parenting also tell me that A will probably wait for a moment that will cause the most humiliation to me before she utters it again. Or maybe if I am really lucky, she will forget all about it. What are the chances do you think?
It is that time of the year, when my husband starts to look a little nervous and I know that Mother’s Day is on his mind. He always likes to get me a little something from the children and he will start asking me unsubtle questions about things that I need or want. When the children were small, he used to do a frame photo of each of them and then about three years ago, we started to run out of room for all of the frames, so now he has to think of something else instead.
This year, however, I have managed to do the job for him as I picked this rather lovely chocolate hamper from Hampergifts. Hampergifts have a wide range of different hampers and I was immediately drawn to their fantastic selection of food hampers. There really is something to suit every taste and every budget and if you are looking for an unusual gift, these are a brilliant idea.
Being a bit of a chocolate addict, I spent far too long looking at the different chocolate gift hampers and finally settled on the Lindt Chocolate Gift Basket. It arrived really quickly and you get the real wow factor when you take it out of the box as it is beautifully presented and wrapped and it is almost a shame to unwrap it.
It did sit there looking beautiful for a couple of days until I could take some photos and then it was unwrapped and eaten. Yes all gone in the space of two days. I wasn’t the only culprit though, I had plenty of help as we all love chocolate and Lindt chocolate really is wonderful. This hamper contains a nice mix of dark and milk chocolates and there was something for everyone. I also like the fact that it came in a lovely basket too as I am a complete hoarder and I have no doubt that I will reuse the basket at some point.
Whether you are looking for chocolate hampers, wine hampers, food hampers or even gift hampers, Hampergifts has an amazing range and I thoroughly recommend looking at their website as there really is something for every occasion and as a mother, I know that any one of their lovely hampers would be a very welcome Mother’s Day gift.
This post was written in association with Hampergifts.
Sunday – more signs of Spring
Monday – I’m going to catch it!
Tuesday – sunshine and blossom
Wednesday – it is a hard job doing blog reviews!
Thursday – Dancing Tinkerbell
Friday – now I’m ten I don’t like having my photo taken
Saturday – Little Miss Butterfly