Sustainable Father’s Day Gifts – WAKEcup Water Bottle Review

Looking for sustainable Father’s Day gifts? WAKE have some fantastic sustainable gift ideas for dad this year including the WAKEcup Water Bottle (£15).

Sustainable Father's Day Gifts - WAKEcup water bottle review

WAKE

WAKE offer a range of stylish alternatives to single-use cups and bags made from sustainable goods such as bamboo, Tyvek Paper & BPA free plastic.

With plastic polluting our planet, alternative gift ideas are becoming much more necessary. 100 billion single-use coffee cups and millions of plastic bags end up in landfill every year around the world and, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean, the number of coffee cups found on UK beaches have doubled in the last ten years.

WAKEcup is bidding to put an end to single-use cups and bags by introducing reusable, sustainable options. 10% of all profits go directly to WAKEcup’s eco charity partners, the Marine Conservation Society and A Plastic Ocean.

Sustainable Father’s Day Gifts

The WAKEcup is one of four stylish reusable cups available from WAKE. We received a bamboo water bottle (£15) to review with a stainless steel double wall inside. It also has a bamboo & stainless steel lid. Great sustainable Father’s day gifts that can help the planet with a gorgeous natural wood finish. The beautiful design can also be engraved on to. In-store personalisation of the WAKEcup range is taking place at Selfridges from 15th – 17th June. A great idea if you want to make it extra special for dad.

WAKEcup - Sustainable bamboo water bottle
The WAKEcup will keep your drink ice cold for up to 4 hours. It can store 450ml of hot or cold liquids & the bottle and lid are guaranteed not to leak. Leaks are one of my biggest pet peeves when we go out, it’s a relief to find something that is watertight. The WAKEcup is strong and feels durable, unlike many plastic alternatives, you can tell it will last some time.

Saving Time & Money

You can reuse and refill the water bottle as much as you want & it is completely dishwasher safe too! Why not help the planet as well as buy dad a sustainable, thoughtful, Father’s day gift that he can use time & time again? With the Latte Levy, various coffee shops offer a 25p discount for reusing your own cups. You can save money too! WAKE estimates the WAKEcup will last over 1,095 uses, a cup of coffee each day for 3 years! Meaning you can save £253.75 across the lifespan of a WAKEcup. That’s not bad a bad gift at all!

WAKEcup’s and the rest of the WAKE range are available from their website – Global WAKEcup or from Not On The High Street

Father’s Day Hamper From Prestige Hampers

Father’s day is quickly approaching and Prestige Hampers have a Father’s Day Hamper perfect for the occasion. It can be hard to find a gift for some dads, but Prestige Hampers have many different options. Hampers offer a touch of luxury for the gift recipient and foodies will love the Hamper I received for the Mr!

Father's Day Hamper

Prestige Hampers have a fantastic selection of gifts and Hampers for all occasions, we previously reviewed a Christmas Hamper that was full of delicious luxury food items too.

Father's Day Hamper - the Delicatessen

Father’s Day Hamper

We received The Delicatessen Hamper (£44.99) to review which arrived in a large Delicatessen wooden hat box. Full of port, fine cheeses, bread and chutney, any foodie dad would love to receive this lovely gift.

The Delicatessen Contains:

A bottle of Vista Alegre Fine Ruby Port 37.5cl
A Jar of Spiced Plum Chutney 198g
Northumbria Cheese Kielder 115g
West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Truckle Floppy Top 200g
Westminster London Truckle English Cheddar Cheese 200g
Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbread Charcoal & Rye 90g
Large Delicatessen Hat Box

The Delicatessen

This lovely hamper is perfect and the cheeses are absolutely divine! Any cheese lover will really appreciate this lovely Father’s Day Hamper. This Father’s Day why not treat dad to a lovely glass of port to enjoy with this delicious collection of cheeses, chutney and crispbread. We tried the West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Truckle Floppy Top to begin with and it was so creamy and full of flavour, perfect with the Sourdough Crispbread. Warning – The Sourdough Crispbread is beyond moreish! You could team this gift up with a lovely cheese board too.

You can order gifts from Prestige Hampers across Europe & Internationally although courier rates vary. Next day delivery is available for most products & delivery costs just £5.80 per item. Tracking information is available for all orders. I love that you can select which day you would like your gift to arrive, making ordering in advance even easier!

Would your dad or partner enjoy receiving a Father’s Day Hamper like this fantastic Delicatessen Hamper?

A Rainbow, Unicorn Birthday Gift Guide

A lot of young girls dream of rainbow, unicorn birthday theme, especially 8-year-olds like Eva! Luckily there are some amazing gifts around that fit this theme. I have the privilege of showing you some fab products we were sent for this gift guide. I’ve also added in a few items we’ve picked up that are awesome too, so if you’re stuck for a gift idea for someone like Eva then check these out!

Unicorn Birthday Gifts

Always Be A Unicorn Personalised Cushion From Funky Pigeon

Funky Pigeon has been a favourite since Eva’s first birthday, we ordered her first personalised birthday card from them. They have a wide range of gifts & cards for all occasions including this adorable, personalised ‘Always be a Unicorn’ cushion. It already looks fantastic on Eva’s bed and costs just £19.99. Funky Pigeon has a great selection of unicorn gifts to choose from but this is definitely a favourite for me!

Always Be A Unicorn Personalised Cushion from Funky Pigeon

 

 

Rainbow Jewellery

Halia Rose Necklace

As most girls do, Eva loves her colourful Jewellery and this Halia Rose Rainbow Necklace Is absolutely gorgeous! This fab necklace comes in white & grey for £12.99 These necklaces are safe, 100% Non-toxic, BPA free, washable & chewable makes a great sensory toy as well as a fashion item. These gorgeous necklaces are perfect for mums of teething babies too!

Unicorn Book

 

The unicorn in a tutu

The Unicorn In a Tutu is written and illustrated by J. Y. Quinn is a fun rhyming story for £5.25. This cute story is about a Unicorn in a Tutu who helps others & gains friends. Eva loves stories like this that she can read to Izzy full of positive messages. Full of colourful illustrations and available in paperback or Kindle.

Unicorn Cake

Bakerdays Unicorn Emoji Letterbox birthday cake

A birthday isn’t a birthday without cake! Bakerdays sent us this lovely letterbox personalised Unicorn emoji cake. These fab cakes are delicious, Eva’s cake is the chocolate chip which we’ve tried before and know it’s amazing! These personalised letterbox cakes are just £14.99 and come well packaged in a special tin so they don’t break when posted. Bakerdays have a range of Unicorn Cakes to check out.

Colourful Gifts

3x3 Rubiks Cube From John Lewis

The Rubiks cube is the words number one puzzle and makes a perfect gift! Great for fidgeters & kids who love puzzles, I picked this up from John Lewis for £9.49 as Eva has asked for one, several times now. I know she will love playing with it and it will definitely keep her busy!

 

Crafty Gifts

Frenh Knitting Doll From John Lewis

Eva loves to make things, watching me crochet has led to her learning to finger knit but she is struggling to learn much more right now. Luckily I found this fab French Knitter which she can use to make a range of items. You can create all kinds of fun things like bracelets, necklaces & 3D appliques. These are simple but fun projects she can learn to do to create her own little projects or work with me on something. French Knitters are fantastic for rope bag handles, a fun project we can do together. I bought this one from John Lewis but you can also find them in most craft shops/ online stores.

 

 

Fab Lab Bath Bombs Kit From John Lewis

 

Along the same theme of making things, I found this Fab Lab Bath Bombs Kit at John Lewis too. Eva loves bath bombs & whilst she loved the ones from Sudzz at the English Festival, she also wanted to try making her own. When I spotted this cool kit I knew she would love it & it would give us a fun activity to do together. This fun little kit is just £11.99

Inspiring Gifts

She believed she could, so she did' Enamel pin

Inspiring Eva to always try and do her best isn’t always easy but this cute enamel pin from Old English Co is perfect! I can see her proudly wearing it and remembering to try her best. To help with that Old English Co also have the same quote on a gold keyring, perfect to hang from her school bag.

She believed she could, so she did gold keyring from Old English Co

Not quite the typical toy loaded gift guide but definitely one for 8-year-olds who would love a rainbow, unicorn birthday!

 

New Enamel Pin Range And Competition – Old English Co

There’s a new Enamel Pin Range over at Old English Co! To celebrate, they are running a competition to win 3 Enamel Pins! If you love Enamel pins then you will love these 3 gorgeous pins (below) up for grabs from Old English Co.

New Enamel Pin Range And Competition

New enamel pin range competition
Photo Credit: Old English Co

I love the pins they are giving away and have several other favourites too!

You Rock Banner Enamel Pin

You Rock Banner Ename Pin
Photo Credit: Old English Co

 

She Believed She Could So She Did Enamel Pin

She Believed She ould So She Did Enamel Pin
Photo Credit: Old English Co

Believe In Magic Enamel Pin

Believe In Magic Enamel Pin
Photo Credit: Old English Co

 

Stay Weird Enamel Pin 

Stay Weird Enamel Pin
Photo Credit: Old English Co

 

Pumpkin Enamel Pin

Pumpking Enamel Pin
Photo Credit: Old English Co

Of course, if you’re going to start collecting pins then you need something to hang them on too! Luckily Old English Co has just the thing! This fab Enamel Pin Display Flag is just £8.95.

Enamel Pin Display Flag
Photo Credit: Old English Co

 

If you love Old English Co’s Enamel pin range then check out their fantastic Planners and Stationary I recently shared if you missed it too. They have some fantastic ranges which are perfect as a gift or even a lovely treat to yourself! Make sure to check them out if you love their gorgeous new enamel pin range and enter for your chance to win!

Personalised Kids Clothing From Teether

We received gorgeous personalised kids clothing from Teether for the girls this week. Personalised anything is a win for my girls, especially having harder to find names. Teether offers a fantastic range of personalised clothing with a range of printed designs available. From personalised kids clothing such as pyjamas, baby vests, baby grows, t-shirts & more you are bound to find something you like.

Personalised Kids Clothing From Teether

Personalised Kids Clothing

Izzy is a star on mummy's blog pyjamas

Pyjamas

High-quality clothing from baby to adult, Teether really do offer a fantastic personalisation service. All this at a great price too. We received a gorgeous set of personalised pyjamas for Izzy. She is on the bigger side for 3 years old and we have had to start buying 5-6 years in pyjamas. Mostly for the trouser length as she has super long legs but these are 4-5 years and actually have some room for her to grow in to!

Izzy is a star on mummy's blog pjs

Izzy chose to have ‘Izzy is the star of mummy’s blog on’ printed on hers which made her day! They are so soft and the colours of the prints are so vibrant and shiny. She looks a little smug here too in the very few shots I managed to take with her staying still!

Personalised Pyjamas

She looks so cute in these and they are ‘snuggly’ so she really loves them, I can see them being spotted on Instagram regularly haha!

T-shirts

Unicorn + Mermaid + Princess Top

Eva loved the pyjamas but she spotted a design she preferred much more and it definitely suits her personality. She really wanted it on a long sleeved top so she could wear it out. I was a little worried as she is really fussy when it comes to clothing. Labels are usually a big bother for her but she found this top really comfortable.

Unicorn + Mermaid + Princess = Eva-Raye

The ‘Unicorn + Mermaid + Princess = Eva-Raye’ design couldn’t have been any more perfect. Teether really did a fantastic job with this and we are both ecstatic with the result. As you can see below Eva loves anything colourful and now she matches her build-a-bear too!

Personalised t-shirt

 

It’s safe to say we all love the fab designs and clothing from Teether and would definitely recommend them. You can find Teether over on Facebook & Instagram if you want to find out more and see more of their fab range or visit their site.

What do you think of Teether’s personalised kids clothing?

Guitarist Gifts – Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker

I’m always looking for guitarist gifts for my brother who absolutely loves his guitars and anything to do with them! The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker is just £16.99 from Prezzybox. It seemed like a fantastic guitarist gift for Alex to have fun with.

Guitarist Gifts

What is the Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker?

The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker works just like a standard hole punch. You can punch a plectrum out of any kind of plastic, loyalty cards, gift cards, carton lids, plastic placemats, literally anything plastic up to 0.8mm thick. I tried it out for myself with an old unused sim card that had a funky pattern on it. It is really easy to use, I did worry I might not have the strength to push it down but it cuts straight through with very little pressure.

Cutting Plectrums

Punching & Sanding

For any rough edges, there is a built-in fine sander on the bottom of the handle. The fine sander is in the perfect place as you can sand the plectrums at the perfect angle using the lip of the handle to rest it on. Overall this tool is perfect, it does rub slightly on the side when used so leaves slight scratch marks on the side but that’s not really a major issue. I cut out a few different plectrums just to see how it worked.

Homemade plectrums

Guitarist Gifts

What guitarist wouldn’t be happy to be able to punch their plectrums anytime? Create your own style punching out cool designs from all kinds of plastics. Saving the environment by re-using the plastic is an added bonus too! I’m always on the lookout for alternative gifts for Alex that will genuinely please him and keep him busy. I can definitely see him playing with this fantastic Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker for quite some time.

Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter

I’ve had quite a lot of fun playing with this myself, to be honest. I know so many guitarists who would love this as a gift! So if you have a guitarist in your life who seems to have everything check the Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker out on Prezzybox and check out their other fab unique gifts too!

What do you think of the Pickmaster Plectrum Punch V2 Plectrum Maker? Do you think it would be on your list of perfect guitarist gifts too?

 

Self Care Gift Ideas And 5 Self Care Tips

Self care is something I have been saying I will put more effort into for ages now. Bit by bit I am learning to take care of myself a little bit more. It is hard as I am not used to it but I am making some time for me to relax.

 

Self Care Gift Ideas & 5 Self Care Tips

I have collaborated with a few lovely companies who focus on self care products. These are designed to help those of us who really need to put ourselves first. Self care helps us prevent a major crash and is so important for our minds and bodies. Perhaps you are looking at things to help you with your own self care or know a friend who could do with a little self care? These products and tips may help!

Self Care Notebook

Self Care Notebook Designed By Claire Sheehan

Claire Sheehan is an Artist from very close by in Southend-on-Sea who sells a beautiful range of products on Etsy designed to ‘soothe and feed the soul’. Self care is something that is easily forgotten when there is just so much to do, it can be hard to put yourself first.  Claire has designed this lovely A5 Self care notebook in grey, pink and white to help those focusing on self care.

This notebook is perfect for jotting down notes and reminders to help you plan your self-care. The notebook contains 48 blank pages of 80gsm recycled white paper for you to draw, doodle or write your plans. Available on Etsy for £5.50 plus shipping this notebook is a great treat for yourself or gift for someone who needs a little extra self-care inspiration. As you can see I have started putting mine to use already!

Self Care Notebook & Mantra's

Motivational Prints & Mantras

Claire also designed some fantastic motivational prints including the ‘I am strong and calm’ A6 mini print. This print is available on it’s own for £2.50 plus shipping or part of a pack of 5 mini prints for £10 plus shipping. Sometimes simple reminders like this can really help us feel a bit better about ourselves. Repeating them to ourselves or even just spotting them regularly help lift our mood and fill us with positivity.

Calming Scents

Help me have a mindful of calm spray from Help Me Organics

Help me Organics have an amazing range of organic products designed to help us relax. Everyone loves a gorgeous scent, it can really lift your mood. This is why Help Me Organics have created this fantastic ‘Help me have a mindful of calm’ range. This room spray is 40ml for £7.50. The scent was designed with a blend of essential oils to bring comfort to those who struggle with anxiety. They have combined Frankincense, geranium bourbon and lavender to work in conjunction with Mindful breathing techniques. Spraying 2-3 bursts in a room will help calm your mood and gently relax you. Help Me Organics also have massage oils and candles available in the Help me have a mindful of calm range. They also have several other ranges. I would definitely recommend browsing their site as they have some fantastic products!

5 Self Care Tips

It is so easy at times to forget about ourselves and worry about everyone else. Taking time out for yourself can make such a difference to your mood though. Those of us with anxiety and depression can really struggle to feel we are worth the time and effort. We know everyone deserves love and kindness but we often forget ourselves.

Be still

Do you find yourself constantly rushing around trying to finish all the never-ending jobs? STOP. Take a break, go for a walk in a beautiful park or along the river. Stop and simply enjoy your surroundings and the silence or sounds of nature. Take deep breaths and just be. I have to admit I underestimated the effects of this and am learning to do this more often.

Find an activity you enjoy

Especially as a parent I found I quickly gave up most things I used to enjoy to dedicate my time to my girls. Having a hobby/activity you enjoy and gives you a little you time is so important for self care. It really doesn’t matter what it is but spending even 20 minutes doing something you enjoy can change your entire day. I love to crochet and colour and have started picking up craft bits I have been wanting for years so I can do something for me. When you finish an activity for yourself it feels like a brilliant achievement. Even meeting up with a friend for a coffee counts!

Say ‘No’

Saying yes constantly leads to burn out. Remember we can’t please everyone. It’s ok to say ‘ No’ and put your health and well-being first. You are a priority, if you don’t take care of yourself how can you care for others? This is something I still struggle with daily BUT I have learnt to say No when it really matters and I have seen the difference it makes. Don’t feel guilty, we all matter! I love the saying ‘ You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first’.

Pamper yourself

I struggle badly with this one but it is so important to pamper yourself and feel good. Make time for that bath, light some candles, relax in the bubbles. Washing my hair is something I regularly put off as it literally takes hours to wash dry and straighten but when I make time for it I feel awesome afterwards. Visit a spa or invite a friend over for a pamper evening for a real boost!

Make notes

If like me you tend to forget about yourself then make notes, leave them where you are most likely to see them or in a notebook. Not only can jotting down reminders help but writing about our feelings can help us process our emotions too. The self care notebook is fantastic for this. Reading back through our writing can sometimes help us see solutions to our problems.

If you or a friend are lacking when it comes to self care then I help these products and tips are helpful!

 

Alternative Gift Guide For Him

I’ve put together an alternative gift guide with my brother in mind. He is a cat loving, guitar playing, tea addict which makes buying gifts quite fun! Lots of us know a cat lover, a guitar player or a tea addict too so hopefully this little list of alternative gifts will be handy.

Alternative Gift Guide

Both my brother and I have used Mind (a mental health charity) over the years to help us with depression. I discovered some fantastic clothing from In Music We Trust which has some great designs and 50% of profits go to Mind. Alex loves his music and I know he will love this Vintage Tee (£12). IMWT have some awesome beanies (I want one!), vests, hoodies, caps and more.

In Music We Trust Vintage Tee

Being a music lover Alex is forever after memory sticks to store music on. He needs them for coding too which is his latest hobby. Check out this awesome Etch’d 32GB USB stick for £17. You can have any design you want on etched on any of the products at Etch’d. I love how Alex’s name looks and I know he will love it too. There are 3 wood options to pick from – Maple, Rosewood and Dark Walnut. I love the Maple and can’t wait to see what Alex thinks!

 

Every tea addict needs a good mug and all cat lovers will love this one from Tesco for £2/3? I grabbed it whilst we were shopping and of course can’t find the receipt to check.. doh!

Ready for a cat nap mug

Of course if you have a mug you need a coaster and this festive one is adorable! As the cat looks very similar to Mia, Alex’s cat I think he will find this coaster quite cute.

Cat in Santa Hat Coaster

Scope (a disability charity) also have some fab cat gifts in store too, products vary store to store but worth checking if you are shopping for a cat lover too!

A Cat Treat too!

Being a cat lover I couldn’t leave my brothers cat out and I love these fab cat treat cards from Wilko for £2. They have a great selection of pet gifts from treats to toys and all at a very reasonable price.

 

Wilko Merry Meowmas Gift Card

 

Of course when you buy presents you need to find some awesome gift wrap to go with it! I love the Personalised gift wrap from Pretty Gifted, you can add any text and design you like the from the available options. I thought since I was wrapping Alex and Mia’s presents and putting them in the same bag it only made sense to add ‘Merry Christmas Alex & Mia’ with Christmas trees.


What do you think of my alternative gift guide? Do you know a cat loving, guitar playing tea addict too?

 

Christmas Gifts For Her 2017

I’ve put together a handy list of Christmas gifts for her this Christmas. A mixture of products I’ve been sent to review and those I know have fantastic reviews already and would love to receive myself or know someone who would! Having written gift guides for 3 year olds, 7 year olds & even 5 Christmas Gifts Under £5, I figured one for her would be great too!

Hunkemoller Textured Slippers £18

These gorgeous textured slippers from Hunkemöller are a perfect gift this Christmas. Comfortable, warm, soft and fluffy inside. Delivered in this lovely little box to make you smile. These slippers are perfect for those cold winter days and nights.

 

Bloomtown Limited Edition Luxury Beauty Baubles

Hand-Crafted, Reusable Decorative Baubles each containing a luxury bloomtown beauty product inside make lovely gifts. They come pre-assembled and ready to hang on the tree. You can buy an individual bauble for £9 or a set of 3 for £25.

Yankee Candle Christmas Advent Calendar 2017

Yankee Candle Christmas Advent Calendar 2017 £29

Almost every woman I know LOVES Yankee Candles making this Christmas Advent Calendar a fantastic gift idea. Contain one tea light per day and a Votive candle for Christmas eve. I would love one of these to make the flat smell more festive throughout December.

Christmas gifts for her - Mummy Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box For Mummy £15

Who says Christmas Eve boxes are just for kids? With a fantastic selection of gifts in each box My Pocket Money Toys have the adults covered too!

 Contains a chocolate pizza slice, a Belgian hot chocolate stick, cosy Christmas socks and a Shaggy Stag or Hairy Coo tree decoration.All I Want for Christmas Hamper, , hi-resHotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper £35

We all love chocolate and having discovered Hotel Chocolat this year after receiving a lovely gift card, their chocolates will forever be on my wish list. I love this gorgeous little hamper full of chocolate goodies. Hotel Chocolat have a wide range of hampers from £20 upwards that any chocolate lover would love to receive.

 

What do you think of my Christmas gifts for her guide? Which gift is your favourite?

Burnished Chaos

3 Christmas Books To Snuggle Up With

Little Tiger sent us 3 Christmas Books to snuggle up with as thy are releasing new paperback editions of some of their much-loved Christmas titles. We enjoyed snuggling up on the sofa to read these 3 lovely Christmas books.

3 Christmas Books Perfect For Snuggling Up With

 

One Noisy Night

One Noisy Night

Written by M Christina Butler and Illustrated by Tina Macnaughton this gorgeous touch and feel book is perfect for snuggling up with on a cold wintery night. The gorgeous wintry scenes and soft touch & feel flocking throughout makes it lovely to read keeping your little one involved.

One Noisy Night inside

Little Hedgehog and his friends hear strange creaking sounds coming from the woods giving them a strange puzzle to solve. A wonderful story of friendship & bravery, One Noisy Night is the 10th book of the best-selling Little Hedgehog Series. We love this new release which is available for £6.99 on Amazon. Christmas books like these are lovely to read during the Christmas season and make lovely presents too.

The Perfect Present

Written By Stella J Jones and Illustrated by Caroline Pedler this beautiful Christmas tale is about giving, receiving and friendship. This is such a cosy Christmas story to cuddle up with.

The Perfect Present

Billy and Bella are the best of friends & they would do anything to make each other happy, even if it means giving up something they love. Full of beautifully festive illustrations this lovely Christmas book is a great one to snuggle up with giving you that festive feeling. We love Christmas books like this and think it’s great for £6.99 on Amazon.

 

Santa To The Rescue

Santa To The Rescue

The 3rd book on our list of Christmas books perfect for snuggling up with over Christmas is written by Barry Timms and Illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This book is a fun and festive picture book with beautiful illustrations.

Santa To The Rescue

Perfect for sharing with little ones excited about Christmas, this story follows the bears of mistletoe mountain on Christmas eve. The bears get snowed in and the animals of Holly tree Forest Work together to help Santa save the day. We find Christmas books like this really get us into the spirit of Christmas. Available for £6.99 on Amazon.

Do you think these 3 Christmas books would be perfect for snuggling up with your little one too over Christmas?

Burnished Chaos