My Mum is Fantastic – Nick Butterworth

Well, do you need any further motivation to read a book to your child, beyond a title of ‘My Mum is Fantastic’. It is, of course, based on a true story – *wink wink* But okay, I’ll tell you a bit more about this board book from Nick Butterworth.

“I love that this book tells the truth. Mama IS fantastic” – Ameli, Age 7

Targeted at those over 6 months, this is a sturdy board book with 13 strong board pages. The 26 page story isn’t just for babies though, but the single lines of large-font story are great for early readers too. As such it’s a lovely read for bed time, too, since it’s short but engaging.My Mum is Fantastic

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Mother’s Day Crafts With Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastels

Following our first experience with Glow in the Dark Gel-a-Peel a few months ago, we were keen to try the Gel-a-Peel Pearly Pastels in time for Mothering Sunday. Of course this sees me overseeing the decoration of my own gifts, but hey ho, these are the sacrifices we must make.  I absolutely loved the ‘frames’ that came with the kit, so decided to make them, but rather than cutting the pictures to size to fit inside, just used them as overlays. I love it!

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Mother’s Day Activities From Twinkl

We’ve been spending some of this week indoors, getting our Mother’s Day crafting going on – it’s a bit early, but if you have things to post it’s useful to get it done in advance! A really useful resource for easy mother’s day activities is Twinkl, an educational resource for schools and parents, and particularly useful for home educating – or homeschooling – families.

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Mother’s Day Bracelet From Prezzybox

Well, it’s that time of year again. I’m sitting in Starbucks writing this, and I’ve heard two people at two different tables mentioning mother’s day and that they’ve been ‘dropping hints’ for one thing or another.

Ladies – in my limited experience: hints don’t work. If you want something, ask. Ask and then forget about it, ideally. Then there’s some surprise on the day.

My children have a dedicated father, but a not-so-dedicated-mother’s-day-celebrator-father. Which means that if I want anything for mother’s day, it’s up to me to make sure it’s in their hands on the day, one way or another. This year, I want to add to my one love bracelets (also a present from myself to myself!) so I’m excited to know there’s a mother’s day bracelet coming my way!

This lovely butterfly link bracelet* really surprised me, actually. In the picture it looks quite rough and bulky, but despite the large links, it is actually quite a fine piece of jewellery. I’m very pleased with it.

Mother's Day Bracelet

PrezzyBox have a variety of personalised bracelet options, but the butterfly is always special to me, so that’s the one I went for.

This Butterfly Link Personalised Bracelet* is a gorgeous piece of jewellery made from

The bracelet is 7.5 inches in length and fits comfortably on an average sized wrist (mine!). The large toggle clasp does in fact make it easy to slide the clasp in place single handedly rather than fussing with tiny, finicky fastenings. The included charms are a butterfly and a ‘puffy’ heart, and there’s also a flat heart shaped charm which can be personalised with a word of your choice (up to 8 letters or numbers including spaces). Mother's Day Bracelet

I am a ‘fine’ jewellery wearer. I don’t really like bulky jewellery, so I thought this might be an occasion piece for me, but I must admit, it isn’t despite the large chain link, so I think I’ll be wearing it as much as I can!

The personalised bracelet also comes with a black velveteen gift bag, so you just need to add a card, and it is gift-ready.

For £15.99 (at the time of writing there’s also a 15% sale, so it’s only £13.45) you simply can’t go wrong. To buy this personalised bracelet from Prezzybox, click here*.

 

*I received this bracelet for free and have added affiliate links. My opinion is honest and my own. I don’t endorse products I don’t like or use myself.

A Moonpig Mother’s Day

I don’t go to London for events very often any more, because quite frankly by the time I’ve traversed the train, underground and bus with one or both children, I spend two days having to recover. But every now and then, I receive an invite that really appeals to me and I just can’t say no. When Moonpig invited me to an afternoon of cake, scones and bubbly to showcase the Moonpig Mother’s Day range, who was I to say no?

Upon arrival at the beautiful Montegue Hotel in Bloomsbury, the girls were seated at a table conveniently close to the treats and snacks, and while they were entertained with a colouring and stickers and other child-goodies, I had a chance to have a browse round the flowers, gift sets and treats Moonpig have on offer for mums this Mother’s Day.  I also managed to sneak a back and shoulder massage, which was bliss after carrying Aviya the whole way there!

The Moonpig Mother’s Day range is really lovely. Yes, they gave me delicious cupcakes and a very tasty glass of Prosecco, but that’s not bribery folks – I’d be very happy to receive a Mother’s Day gift box from Moonpig!

Moonpig Mother's Day

You may have used them in the past to send cards, or known that they are one of those services that lets you send a card directly to your recipient, but it seems that not many people know that Moonpig also do gifts along with your cards, and with many gifts you actually get your card free.

One of the things I really like about  Moonpig is the quality of the gifts they’ve aligned with. I have in the past ordered a gift to be delivered direct, only to see it afterwards and be mortified. That will not happen with these brands: Lindt, Montezuma, Beau Jardin, to name a few.
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Another thing I like, and was surprised by, was the value for money. These gorgeous bouquets start at £25 and go up to £100 and are huge. I am kind of kicking myself for the times I’ve sent measly little bouquets for not a lot less.

There are also gift boxes from £40, so you can get your Moonpig Mother’s Day gift ordered at the same time. A lot of the bloggers and press at the event were raving about the Breakfast in Bed Box, which come with Champagne, Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Brazilian Real Trade Ground Coffee, Folkington’s Valencia pure orange juice, Scrumshus Granola, Ouse Valley Four Berries Jam, Ouse Valley St Clement’s Marmalade with Whisky, and a flower & Milk bottle vase. It also comes with a fabulous toast stamp that says ‘Good Morning’ – I love that, and specifically that it’s not Mother’s Day specific, so it can be used on any day of the year.
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While that is indeed a great box, I can’t pretend that my favourite isn’t a little more decadent and a little less wholesome: The Montezuma’ Orange and Geranium Flower… 3 or 4 of them tied with a ribbon will do me just fine. They are incredible. Seriously.

montezumaWell, we ate cake. We drank bubbly – me, the girls had milk – and the girls walked away with a little umbrella each, which they are in love with, by the way, and we’ve come away knowing a lot more about Moonpig than we did before.

In case you’re wondering why I think sites like this are fabulous, just last week I finally collapsed into bed and was about to go to sleep when I suddenly jumped up remembering a friend’s birthday, which I had now missed. Then a vague memory came to me about a card, sent, maybe. I checked my sending history, and there it was: a sent card, and a birthday unmissed. Yay.

So, if you’re looking for a card and gift service, try Moonpig – I know I will be!

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Fun Mother’s Day Recipes

It’s Mother’s Day in the UK soon, and there’s little nicer than waking up to breakfast in bed. So, my advice, Mamas, is tell dads or older children to glance over here for some healthy, simple, child-friendly recipes brought to you by the HGCA. These recipes are so simple, children could make them (with supervision please!) and even not too kitchen savvy dads should manage!

Before I lose you completely in the gooey yumminess of pancakes and brownies, here are some interesting facts about something we all know, but know little about: Rapeseed Oil.

  • Rapeseed oil is produced from the oilseed rape plant and comes from the same Brassica family as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
  • Rapeseed, along with linseed, are the only oils grown and bottled in the UK making them the best oils for those trying to lower their carbon footprint and eat local.
  • Sometimes labelled as ‘vegetable oil’, rapeseed oil is lower in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like omega 3 and 6 that can help to lower cholesterol when consumed as part of an overall healthy diet.

Add a flower and a Mother’s Day Card and it’ll be a treat indeed.

CHOCOLATE & CRANBERRY BROWNIES

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Makes 12

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa
  • 100ml rapeseed oil
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 25g milk chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Base line a 22cm square tin.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale and creamy. Sieve the flour and cocoa together and gently whisk into the eggs, then whisk in the oil.

Pour into the prepared tin, scatter over the cranberries and chocolate chips if using. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool slightly before turning out of the tin. Cut into 12 pieces.

Cook’s tip

Replace the cranberries with any other dried fruit such as apple or chopped dates. For an extra healthy option, replace the flour with self-raising wholemeal flour.

Estimated total cost: £2.44

Estimated cost per brownie: 20p

FRUITY BUTTERMILK PANCAKES

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves 4

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil + extra for frying
  • 100g fresh blueberries or raspberries

Place the flour in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs and honey then gradually whisk in the buttermilk and 1 tbsp oil to form a thick batter. Stir in the fruit.

Heat a little extra oil in a frying pan and using a tablespoon, spoon some mixture into the pan to make 4 pancakes. Cook gently for 1-2 minutes each side until golden and cooked through. Repeat to make 12 pancakes.

Cook’s tip

For an extra healthy option, use self-raising wholemeal flour. Ideal drizzled with honey or maple syrup and scattered with fresh fruit.

Total cost: £1.76

Cost per serving: 44p

And Happy Mother’s Day, Mamas!

** This post was originally posted on April 2nd 2011. This is a repost.