An Alternative Gift Guide for Mother’s Day. 

Every year for the past three years on Mother’s Day, I receive a barrage of emails up to a month before offering to “give her what she really wants” or “treat her” this Mother’s Day followed by streams of pretty pictures of candles, jewellery, wine, chocolates, and flowers. One year I saw a kitchen aid (although that is a pretty cool gift) and other kitchen related items with the tag line “no more boring dinners, dads”!

When Father’s Day rolls round, however (although I don’t get as many of these emails!), I still see the same sentiment, although this time “what they really want” are deals on games consoles, flying drones, and driving experiences. Even the food on offer is different. Mothers get chocolates, Dads get steak.

how sexist!

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Personalised Books & Gifts from (Review) [AD]

With Christmas around the corner, we’re always on the hunt for little ‘stocking fillers’ for the toddler. From little toys to books, we always on the look out for bargain fillers.

Find me a gift is a website catered for finding gifts for any occasion and any member of the family. There’s also an added bonus of being able to personalise the gifts too! Whether it’s printing the recipients name on the gift, or adding a finishing touch; such as a personal message, there will be something for someone.

Last week, I was invited to personalise two books for the toddler.

Please note: I have edited the images slightly to remove T’s full name. His name on all pages featured is perfectly printed.

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Brighton: Department Store for the Mind.

Last week, I was invited to the Department Store for the Mind, which is a new pop-up shop for Brighton just for the Christmas period. Based in Trafalgar Street, Brighton (just down the road from the station) it’s a gorgeous little shop for those that wish to seek out some calm and mindfulness.

Now, before you think this shop is going to be full of tea leaves and yoga – it isn’t. It’s actually a really funky shop full of fun stuff life stationery, mugs, artwork, socks, and even chocolate brownies! Certainly when I was having a look around it got my Hygge radar going!

The shop boasts work by different professionals or artists and is displayed in separate areas per creator. You can definitely spot the changes in theme – whether it’s a change in colour or writing style – but I like this as I was allowed to be drawn to a particular style or design as soon as I walked in.

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BLOG POST – Adding “Pride” To Your Coffee

*This is a collaborative post*

Coffee. My favourite word in addition to ‘Sale’, ‘Free’, and ‘Sleep’.

So when Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, told me that they’re going to be showing support for the Brighton LGBT community this weekend by serving exclusive Rainbow Flat Whites to celebrate Brighton Pride at its London Road and Western Road stores, I was over the moon.

The History…

Costa flew world-class barista and Instagram star, Mason Salisbury 5,000 miles across the world to train five baristas in the art of making rainbow coffee in time for Brighton Pride festivities.

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Costa Rainbow Latte
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Ella Wiseman, was one of the specially selected baristas to spend a day learning Mason’s technique before she serves the colourful drinks in Brighton this Saturday 6th August.

As an equal opportunities employer, Costa is a founding partner in GLOW (Gay Lesbian Out at Whitbread), which provides a network for the companies’ LGBT community as well as straight allies. People from across the whole Costa business – and the parent company Whitbread – from graduates, store teams to senior Directors meet regularly for informal networking sessions.

John Kerslake, Costa’s UK & Ireland Operations Director and co-founder of Costa GLOW commented:
We’re delighted to be bringing rainbow coffee to Brighton Pride this year. We hope customers will enjoy the multi-coloured drinks and admire our baristas passion and creative flair! Being an open and fair employer is extremely important to Costa: we’re proud to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We hope to demonstrate our forward-thinking ethos with our Rainbow Flat Whites and will continue to show our support for Pride and the LGBT community.”

Ella Wiseman, Costa Barista Maestro added: “I love creating latte art, so I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to be trained by Mason to make these beautiful rainbow coffees. I hope customers will be as amazed as I am by the mesmerising patterns! Brighton Pride is such an incredible event and I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of it by serving our rainbow coffees.”

Costa Rainbow Latte 16.6.16 ©Richard Eaton 07778 395888

Costa Rainbow Latte
©Richard Eaton 07778 395888

The Costa Rainbow Flat Whites will be available from Costa London Road, BN1 4JA and Costa Western Road, BN1 2B stores in Brighton on 6th August during Brighton Pride for an RRP of £2.50.

Costa will also be serving Rainbow Coffee to celebrate Manchester Pride on 27th August.

Credit: Wikipedia

Credit: Wikipedia

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Blade & Rose – Review

There are a handful of things I’ve become obsessed with over the past few months… Babywearing, T’s feet, geek wear for babies, wooden toys, and leggings.

I love babies in leggings. If their fudgey thighs weren’t delicious enough, put them in some leggings and you turn their fudgey thighs into double chocolate fudgey thighs.

Leggings have always wrongly been linked as items of clothing for girls, which makes getting a hold of leggings that don’t have butterflies on them difficult. I’m all for gender neutral, but T really doesn’t suit pink.

So when the guys at Blade and Rose asked whether we’d like to put T’s delicious thighs into a pair of their leggings I couldn’t resist.

Blade and Rose are a British clothing company and make unique and funky items of clothing from hats and bibs, to tops and bottoms.

When we went shopping we noticed straight away how their items weren’t separated into categories of “boys” and “girls”. I loved this, especially as it’s something you don’t often see. It’s such a small move, but something that means a lot to us.

After choosing what we liked, it wasn’t long until the items arrived! When we/T tried the leggings out, I was instantly impressed with how soft they were. Made of a gentle wool, they have been perfect in this horrid weather, keeping his legs warm but not sweaty. The material is also stretchy, which makes any movement easy (when T does move).

Their sizing is also very generous, and every pair come with something fun on the the toosh, which makes tummy time even cuter.



We were given two pairs of Blade & Rose leggings for the purpose of a review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

The Breastfeeding Chronicles: Feeding in the Winter: The Breastvest: Review

Now that the winter is well and truly here, I need to think about extra layers when it comes to feeding T out and about. Annoyingly, I can’t just take myself off to a cafe anymore for warmth as T gets easily distracted with the sounds around him.

Apart from when T was teeny, and I stayed indoors for a while, I’ve always been a one-up-one-down kinda gal when it came to feeding. I did try nursing tops, but they either didn’t suit me or they were a bit fiddly. This one-up-one-down method meant I could wear my favourite t-shirts again, didn’t flash my postpartum gut, and didn’t have to whop my boob out of my shirt.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that women clearly still breastfeed, there aren’t many options when it comes to under tops. You’re very much limited to plain vests. These vests are often a quick (and cheap) pick up from the local supermarket but they don’t always fit well and they have a habit of rising up regardless of whether you tuck it in.

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