Fun Mother’s Day Ideas

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Mother’s Day is great, as it’s a day in the year when you can do all the fun and girl things that you want to do with your mum (or aunty, or sister, or best friend, any empowering female in your life) and really just enjoy each other’s company. It’s not about showering her with expensive gifts, although that’s fun too, it’s just about showing her how much you appreciate everything she has done and continues to still do for you. Mother’s Day in the UK is 15th March, so there’s still plenty of time to get planning, and even more if you’re in the US as it doesn’t come around until May. But either way, here are a few ideas on what you might choose to do on this special day with that special lady.

Afternoon Tea

Who doesn’t love an English afternoon tea? You can either go to a fancy hotel, or a little cafe, or even make your own at home, but this is the perfect opportunity to eat finger sandwiches and scones and sip on a good old fashioned cup of tea. I’ve had a ton of afternoon teas in my time and I haven’t found one that I didn’t love, so I’m hoping this is a tradition that long continues, and I can maybe enjoy this with my own children some day. My mum is also a big fan, so she would very much appreciate an afternoon spent like this, and you can even add champagne in some places if you’re feeling extra fancy.


Whether this is at-home manicures and pedicures or you choose to treat yourselves to a massage in a spa, just take some time out to really relax and unwind in each other’s company. It’s so rare that us ladies really take care of ourselves with a treat like this, but we all deserve it, so what better excuse than Mother’s Day when you can treat the most special lady with something so fancy? Plus, a lot of places will do great deals around times like Mother’s Day, so make the most of any packages on offer.

Movie Marathon

I don’t know about you, but my boy just doesn’t enjoy old, classic movies the way that I do, and I know that my mum would love them, so why not enjoy a movie marathon featuring all the greats? Have a theme – black and white, musicals, or even old romances – and sit back to enjoy a few hours of movie magic, with the screen heroes of years gone by. Pick out a movie from each decade too, it’s fun to see how films have come on since their invention and you’re sure to find something you love in there. Just make sure Breakfast at Tiffany’s is in there somewhere!


Baking with your mum in the kitchen is one of those childhood memories that many people share and it’s fun to get back in there to recreate some of those old times now that you can be a little more useful than simply making a mess. Choose a couple of things to make based on your shared skill level and go from there. You get to enjoy working together, but you can also sit down at the end of it with a cup of tea or coffee and sample what you’ve made. This is how family recipes are passed down through generations and what a shame it would be if that didn’t happen.

Take a Class

Are you both keen to learn a bit more about photography or would you both like to master the art of flower arranging? Find out about classes that are taking place locally to you and choose something that you would both enjoy learning a bit more about. There’s a bit of compromise involved here, if you can’t find something to agree on, but it’s always fun to learn a new skill, so keep an open mind. You’ll get a kick out of picking up something new and you’ll have something that you share, which will make it even more fun. It could also become a regular get together, if you both enjoy it, so it could last well past Mother’s Day.

Giving Up


I’ll start this post by saying that I’m not a religious person – not because I don’t respect that people have their beliefs, just because it was not the way I was brought up and I’ve just never explored that way of living. However, I do think it’s important to step back every once in a while and consider where I am in life and the ways in which I could perhaps improve within myself. That’s why, this year, my boy and I have decided to give up a couple of things for lent. As I say, we’re not religious, so we won’t be taking part in any of the other aspects of the period, just the self-denial portion, which we could both do with. We have both decided to give up takeout food and where I have given up alcohol the boy has given up fizzy drinks. To be honest, we don’t eat an absolute ton of takeout food and I certainly don’t drink regularly, however, we both wanted to give up things that we would notice and which we feel like would be at least a bit of a struggle. It will benefit us both health wise, as well as financially, to take a step back from these things, and I think we’ll both be glad for it come the end of the time. The period started February 18th and ends April 2nd, so we’re a couple of weeks in and still have about a month to go until it finishes. I’m not one to deny myself an extra macaron or slice of cake when it’s offered, as I’m a big believer in enjoying my time here while I’ve got it, but I think it’s so beneficial to give up things we enjoy every once in a while, to challenge ourselves a bit, especially when balanced out with a healthy attitude. I’m always interested to hear what other people might give up at this time of year, it’s such a personal thing I suppose, but I’ve heard this vary from caffeine and bread to potatoes and chocolate – everyone has their weakness. Here’s to a lent that’s challenging, but ultimately worth it.

Recipe: Vanilla Macarons

Vanilla Macarons

I have to start this post off by saying how apprehensive I was to make these macarons for the first time – they’ve got such a reputation for being difficult to make and so easy to get wrong, that I just put off making them for so long. Well, that changed over the last couple of days and I decided to jump in and give it a go. I bought the most beautiful book a couple of weeks back, which came with such clear instructions, as well as helpful tips and hints to help along the way that I felt confident I could make them work out okay. And they turned out so lovely for a first go. They make not exactly be completely uniform or as beautiful as in the pictures I’ve seen over the past couple of years, but they’re not bad at all, and they taste really quite delicious. This was the first recipe in the book, and is pretty simple, so I think I’ll be giving the more adventurous flavours a go soon, in fact, I can’t wait to keep developing the skill until I perfect it. Watch out everyone that knows me, you’ll getting these on every possible occasion! This recipe is from Macarons.


For the shells

  • 60g egg whites
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 7.5ml egg white powder
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 60g fround almonds
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla pod

For the filling

  • 80g icing sugar
  • 40g unsalted butter, softened
  • 20ml double cream
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Fit a piping bag with a plain round tip.
  2. Place the egg whites in a clean bowl, before sifting in the caster sugar and egg white powder. Whisk with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the icing sugar and ground almonds. Add the vanilla seeds and the egg white mixture, using a spatula to gently fold the mixture together. It’s ready when the mixture falls in ribbons when lifted with the spatula.
  4. Fill the piping bag with the mixture and pipe 24 4cm rounds onto the lined baking tray.
  5. Preheat the oven to 130 degrees celcius and leave the baking tray out in a warm, dry place for at least 15 minutes, until the shells form a firm skin.
  6. Place the tray in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes, before removing from the oven and leaving to cool on the tray.
  7. For the filling, place the icing sugar and butter in a bowl and whisk until crumbly. Add the double cream and vanilla seeds and whisk until you have a smooth buttercream.
  8. To fill the macarons, place a teaspoon of buttercream onto the flat side of one of the macaron shells and top with the flat side of another. Repeat until you have 12 macarons.

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Instagram Updates: February 2015

So, I have a confession: I barely took any photos in February. I know, it’s disgraceful, especially as I’m trying to capture more of everyday life rather than less, so I can only apologise. I must have just been having too much fun and not picked up my phone to capture what was going on. Also, February seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye, so I’ll have to make more of an effort now that we’re in March and I want to make sure not to miss anything. Anyway, here’s what I did see this February.

Instagram: February 2015

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Five for Friday: February 27th

Just a little stop before the weekend gets here and we’re all in chilled out mode! I’m bringing five posts I’ve loved over the past couple of weeks to share with you, just to give you some craft, food and interior inspiration to take you into the next couple of days. We’re celebrating our sister’s birthday this weekend with some family bowling, as well as fitting in some relaxing time, so I’m excited already. Have a great weekend guys.

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Five for Friday: Feb 26th 5

1. DIY Faux Speckled Candles [Almost Makes Perfect]

2. 5 Tips for Archiving Your Digital Memories [Oh Joy!]

3. Best Tools for an At-Home Manicure [Camille Styles]

4. Easy Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies [Freutcake]

5. Home Office for Two Refresh [Earnest Home Co.]

My Instagram Album So Far

My Instagram Album So Far

The idea of printing my Instagram photos and displaying them in an album was always appealing to me – they never really got looked at just being online and what fun are they just stuck on a computer for noone to look at? I’ve had an account for just over 3 years now and although I don’t use it religiously (about 750 photos over that time is just right, I think), I love the pictures I’ve got and have so many happy memories associated with them that keeping them in a cute little album seemed like a great idea.

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It takes so few supplies – just a mini album, some photo sleeves and your printed photos. You can specifically get your photos printed into the sizes you need (either 2″ x 2″ or 4″ x 4″), but these are more often than not more expensive than simply getting them printed to 6″ x 4″ and cutting them out. It’s more time consuming to make 2 x 2 collages, add borders to make them the correct size and to do all that cutting, but the savings are quite significant, so I figured I could deal with that.

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I also added a few Photoshop brushes or lightened the photos up a bit, just to make them a bit more appealing, which added just a little extra something. I might add some embellishments in the future, once I’ve got all the photos in the album and if I fancy making them a bit prettier, but for now they’re good as they are and I’m just happy to have them all in one place.

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I think eventually I’ll end up with a bunch of different albums, and I’m excited for that and to be able to look back over the years, but this was a pretty big task for now, so I think from now on I’ll try and tackle it yearly as I’m doing with my larger Project Life album.

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