MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE 2024

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Spring is in the air and Mother's Day is a bit earlier this year and falls on Sunday 10th March here in the UK. We prefer to do Mother's Day on a budget and so I like to share affordable gift options. 

 




I love to read and know many mums who also like to also read in their down time, so I like to include books in my gift guides.


"What matters more, your place as a daughter or as a mother?"

Androulla is twenty-four and newly married when she learns that she is infertile. In a bid for Cypriot citizenship she is undergoing adoption by her stepfather, and wondering if she will have to adopt a child one day herself.

As this reality sets in, Androulla's marriage unravels. Between migration departments and doctors' appointments, she must question what it means to be from somewhere, what it means to be a woman and, when an impossible choice presents itself, which of those things means the most to her.



She Can Prosper by Diane Watson | Literally PR 

Diane Watson is an award-winning, distinguished financial advisor, entrepreneur, and the passionate founder of 'She Can Prosper.' With an unshakable belief in empowering women to achieve financial independence, Diane has dedicated her career to guiding individuals towards a secure and prosperous future.

The book aims to provide women of all backgrounds with the knowledge, tools and support they need to take control of their financial destinies.This book shares not only Diane's insights and advice on the importance of financial education but also the stories of women who have successfully achieved their financial goals and those who made serious errors of judgment.

When is the Best Time of Year to Go on a Cruise?

Cruises offer a fantastic way for you to explore the world, providing travellers with a combination of adventure, relaxation, and of course luxury. However, choosing the best time of year for your cruise can significantly impact your overall experience. In this blog post, I'll explore the factors with you that will influence the ideal time to embark on a cruise, helping you make an informed decision for your next holiday.




Consider Your Destination


The first and most crucial factor in deciding the best time of year for a cruise is your chosen destination. Different regions of the world have specific cruising seasons, and the weather, attractions, and prices can vary significantly.


Caribbean


The Caribbean is often a popular cruise destination, known for its stunning beaches and tropical climate. The peak cruise season in the Caribbean typically runs from December to April, offering warm and dry weather. If you prefer fewer crowds and lower prices, consider sailing during the shoulder seasons (late April to early June and September to early December). However, be mindful of hurricane season from June to November.


Mediterranean


Mediterranean cruises are popular during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is warm and sunny. Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) are also excellent times to visit, due to milder temperatures and fewer tourists. Winter cruises in the Mediterranean can be an option for those seeking lower prices, although you will find some attractions may be closed.


Alaska


Alaska cruises are best enjoyed during the summer months (May to September) when you can witness breathtaking scenery and wildlife. June and July are the months that offer the longest daylight hours for sightseeing.


Northern Europe


Cruises in Northern Europe are most popular from May to September, with milder weather and the opportunity to explore historic cities like St. Petersburg and Copenhagen.


South Pacific


Cruises to the South Pacific, including destinations like Tahiti and Fiji, are ideal during the dry season, which typically runs from May to October.

WINTER TO SPRING TRANSITION OUTFITS WITH LIGHTHOUSE CLOTHING

Ad – review. I was sent the clothing from Lighthouse Clothing featured in this post for review purposes, all thoughts are my own. 


As we transition from winter to spring the weather is still unpredictable and so it can be challenging to know what to wear when it's starting to feel a bit warmer but there is still a cold breeze. However Lighthouse Clothing have a great range of clothing and accessories that are ideal for this transitional period and layering is key for styling an outfit that works for both of these seasons.



Bobble hats
Bobble hats are brilliant for keeping you warm during blustery spring walks. This particular one is the Hannah that is a beautiful cable knit that is one size fits all and available in 3 colour options : Teal/Navy, Redcurrant/Navy or Almond/Navy. The Teal/Navy colourway goes perfect with my three clothing picks I've featured below. 


Tops and Tees
Lighthouse Clothing have a lovely variety of tops and tees that are practical, stylish and inspired by seasonal colours and styles. 

REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN WITH AMIRO

 Ad – review. I was sent the AMIRO R3 Turbo Facial RF Skin Tightening Device for review purposes, all thoughts are my own. 


This year I turn 34 and the older I get the more I'm aware that as we age,  the reduction in collagen production often leads to drooping skin and wrinkles. If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin without needing to worry about the cost or finding the time to see a dermatologist than the AMIRO facial tightening device is for you. Thanks to the AMIRO R3 Turbo Facial RF Skin Tightening Device you can now use RF skin tightening conveniently and safely at home, requiring no professional techniques.


I've agreed to trial the AMIRO R3 Turbo Facial RF Skin Tightening Device and share how I'm getting on in two further posts, after 14 days use and then after 30 days use. But first I'm sharing with you how the facial device technology works, what you can expect to get in the box etc.

 



Who are AMIRO?
AMIRO is a beauty tech brand with customers worldwide. They are committed to making skincare accessible and effective for everyone. AMIRO offer a range of cutting-edge beauty devices featuring award-winning designs and multiple patents in optoelectronic technology. 


How RF Skin technology works
Radiofrequency skin tightening is a clinically proven method using RF energy to heat the skin beneath the surface, effectively stimulating collagen production, resulting in skin tightening and wrinkle smoothing.

JANUARY 2024: BEING THRIFTY

 I've decided this year to not do monthly favourites posts. However I'm going to do monthly being thrifty posts instead. Being thrifty isn't just about saving money but it's about changing your spending habits. So for me it's going to be about "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" I know I'm going to find it hard and won't be like this 100% of the time but I think it's something that I definitely want to get into the mindset about. I've started following some frugal bloggers including Katy at The Non Consumer Advocate to inspire me.



So what have I done this month for being thrifty?

Tracked my monthly expenses 
I've been using the snoop app for awhile to track my expenses. However I've found that writing down my expenses is making me more aware and accountable when it comes to my spending. 

Roundups
I opened up a regular digital saver with my current bank for round ups and I've already managed to save just under a tenner in the space of two weeks.

Stocks and shares ISA 
I'm learning more about investing and have opened up a stock and shares ISA with Monzo.

Upcycled Elegance: Giving Old Furniture a Chic Bedroom Makeover

Giving your old furniture a chic bedroom makeover doesn't require a hefty budget or professional skills. Upcycling can transform your outdated pieces into stylish, eco-friendly highlights of your bedroom. By reimagining what you already have, you create a personalized space and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Upcycling furniture allows you to preserve the history embedded in old items while modernizing them to fit your current aesthetic.


You can rejuvenate worn-out furniture with a touch of creativity through various DIY techniques. The process of a furniture makeover can involve simple steps such as sanding and repainting, or it may include more intricate modifications like reupholstering or adding new hardware. Each alteration not only improves the look of your bedroom but also extends the life of the furniture, reducing waste and the demand for new resources.


Remember, tackling a furniture makeover project can cater to all levels of DIY expertise. Whether you opt for a subtle refresh with a new coat of paint or a complete overhaul of a piece's function and appearance, the result is a room that reflects your unique taste. By embracing the art of upcycling, you'll forge an intimate and stylish bedroom setting that speaks volumes of your commitment to eco-friendly living.




Planning Your Upcycled Bedroom Makeover

Embarking on an upcycled bedroom makeover offers an exciting opportunity to transform your space with unique charm. Let's outline the process, from selecting pieces to stylize to finalizing the design, and preparing the essential materials and tools.


Choosing Furniture to Upcycle

To start your DIY project, carefully evaluate your home furniture or consider visiting a thrift store for hidden gems. Focus on finding sturdy pieces like a single bed for your bedroom that can be revitalized. Think beyond the aesthetics; for example, an old bedside table can be incredibly functional once refurbished. Your target should be items that reconcile with your vision while keeping them budget-friendly.


Designing the New Look

Designing the new look of your furniture is where creativity meets practicality. Imagine a color palette that harmonizes with your existing d├ęcor or opt for a bold contrast to make a statement. Include vintage, classic, or modern influences depending on your taste. Visualize the transformation of that thrift store find into a chic furnishing for your home. Use platforms like Pinterest for inspiration, ensuring your makeover aligns with the indoor environment.


Gathering Materials and Tools

Once you have the design, it's time to assemble your materials and tools. You'll need essentials like sandpaper, paint, and brushes for aesthetic changes and possibly more specialized tools for structural work. It's important to be precise with your needs; this will keep the DIY ideas both affordable and feasible. Whether you're shopping at Ikea or using repurposed materials, ensure you have everything required for your furniture projects before starting.

Remember, your goal is a unique, tailored piece that breathes new life into your space. The sky's the limit with upcycled elegance in your hands.

ALL GROWN UP BY CATHERINE EVANS - BOOKTOUR

 Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own. 

* Trigger Warning this book is about sexual consent. There are depictions rape although these aren't gratuitous in any way.


Today I am involved in the book tour for All Grown Up by Catherine Evans. Catherine Evans is an author and publisher. She’s the Editor of fictionjunkies, which publishes book and short stories online by authors around the world and the co-founder of Inkspot Publishing – www.inkspotpublishing.com, which has now released four titles. She’s a trustee of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, and lives in Oxfordshire. She’s married with a daughter and three stepdaughters. 



About the book
Neveah is fifteen. A schoolkid. With a secret life.
She’s a digital freelancer, and is having an affair with her biggest client.Giles is married. He thinks Neveah is twenty-two. She’ll do just about anything to stop him from finding out her true age.But secrets have a way of spilling out. With devastating consequences.

When Should You Apply for Emergency Loans?

Financial emergencies can arise without any prior warning, making the need for immediate funds all the more necessary. In such cases, considering urgent loans for bad credit is crucial as they offer rapid financial assistance, especially when traditional lending options might be slightly slow or inaccessible. 

However, while taking these loans is extremely helpful, it is equally important to use them effectively and responsibly. Although there are several types of loans, emergency loans are common among people looking for immediate financial assistance on an urgent basis.

However, given the urgent nature of these loans, it is essential to only use them for emergencies. Otherwise, they may lead to unwanted financial stress and a cycle of debt.

In case you are wondering what constitutes an emergency when applying for these loans, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will explore a few common situations in which an emergency loan may be a wise solution. 


I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU BY ELAINE ROBERTSON NORTH - BOOKTOUR

 Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own. 


* Trigger Warning this book features references to domestic violence and someone does get shot.

Today I am involved in the book tour for I've been waiting for you by Elaine Robertson North. Elaine spent twenty-five years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers, running the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days and a number of years working in entertainment PR. She held senior communications roles at Capital Radio and UKTV, and latterly, she was the MD of a small marketing agency. It was all fast and furious and a fantastically rich source of material. 

Having harboured a desire to write for many years, Elaine finally made this her focus once she’d hung up her corporate hat, publishing her first book, I Can’t Tell You Why in 2019. Her second book, Bring Me To Life, followed in 2022.

Today Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking harassed on the school run, on the side lines of her sons’ football matches, or singing her heart out with her local branch of Popchoir. 



 

LUXURY NIGHTWEAR WITH IDENTITY LINGERIE

 * I was  gifted the Silky Satin pyjamas featured for the purpose of this post. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


I love getting into a comfortable pair of pyjamas, especially this time of year. Once I'm in a pair of comfy pyjamas I feel like I can relax and de-stress. IDENTITY LINGERIE is a handmade nightwear brand based in Lincolnshire.


Their mission is to inspire people to embrace unconditional confidence and self love. They are a size inclusive brand with custom options available for any of their customers unique needs. They also pride themselves on using a multitude of zero-waste practices. An example of this is by having on-demand production to help avoid overstocking so almost every item that's produced is either sold or upcycled.




IDENTITY LINGERIE's luxury pair of womens long sleeve pyjamas that have a silky satin feel are a great combination of comfort with a touch of elegance. They are ideal for this time of year for warmth, this particular set is available in a range of colours. I opted for the navy pair which has gorgeous white piping details. They are button up with a pocket on the chest and the trousers are high waisted. I like that they are light weight and loose fitting which makes them definitely comfortable to wear.