Saturday, 28 May 2016

Father's Day | What To Buy For Dad

It's that time of year again when the Father's Day items start to adorn the shelves. And it's also the time of year when us mums and children struggle to know what to buy for our fathers or spouses, I know I do anyway!

So, I thought I'd write a gift guide for Father's Day, to show what you can get for the men in your lives. I hope all the men out there have an amazing Father's Day and that you get spoilt rotten by your family!


Nerf Modulus Recon MKII Blaster | Hasbro | £24.99
The Nerf Modulus Recon MKII blaster is a fully customizable 4-in-1 blaster, compatible with the Nerf Modulus. This gives you countless combinations to make your Nerf Blaster even bigger and better. You can modify it with the stock and barrel extension to create 4 different versions of the blaster. Add the stock to help stabilize your aim in battle and attach the barrel extension for long-range targeting missions. 

The brand new Frenzy FR145 145mm Recreational Scooter is a perfect choice for anyone who wishes to make their commuting life easier, or just wants to be able to play out with the kids. The scooter folds down for easy storage, includes a carry strap for easy transportation and has 145mm wheels for speed and comfort. The adjustable handlebars make sure that the height is perfect for the rider.

Juice Power Station | Many Colours Available | £29.99
The Juice Power Station is a very high capacity power bank providing an amazing amount of charge in a convenient portable device, enabling you to stay connected on the go. It has the ability to charge two devices at once which is great if your phone and tablet are always running low, When at full capacity, the Juice Power Station provides up to six charges for androids or iPhones, or over one full charge for an iPad Air tablet. Just give it a shake to reveal flashing LED lights, which indicate the level of power remaining.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 | Razor | £9.99
Wilkinson Sword has unveiled the revolutionary new, Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5, engineered to offer improved skin protection whilst shaving. Equipping the razor with innovative gel pools designed for an improved glide to give the best protection from irritation. The ergonomic handle gives the razor a full range of motion fitting perfectly in the hand and providing guys with a more comfortable hold and control whilst shaving.

The Real Shave Company | The 1-2-3 Process | From £3.99
The Real Shaving Company is a world renowned brand at the forefront of male grooming. Made with natural and organic ingredients that are good for your skin. Their 1-2-3 process makes sure your skin is prepared for the razor, protected during the shave and moisturised afterwards.


Braun Hair Clippers | Braun | £39.99
The Braun HC5010 hair clipper offer lifetime lasting sharp blades for the perfect hair cut every time. Ultra sharp blades for precision cutting. The handy Memory SafetyLock system smartly locks and memorizes the last used length setting even after removing the attachment. The Braun hair clipper is fully washable for easy cleaning under running water.

Father's Day Gift Set | Letterbox Gift Shop | £24.95
This Father's Day gift set has the perfect selection of luxury British gifts, beautifully presented and designed to fit through the letterbox. Each gift set comes with a greetings card personalised with your message, is hand-wrapped and all contents are made in Britain. Contents include Betty & Dodge English Oak ‘Man Cave’ Key Ring, Bath House Cuban Cedar & Lime Wash Bar, Men’s Society 'Handsome Hands' Hand Cream, The Chocolate Library Father's Day Milk Chocolate Bar and a Chilli Sea Salt Cork Bottle.

Personalised Pint Tankard | Getting Personal | £14.99
A Personalised Pint Tankard is the perfect gift for those who would like to mark the year that they became a dad. Engraved with a year of your choice and your special message to your dad, it's a unique keepsake that can be treasured for years to come. 

Banoch Brae Whisky | Nisa | £12.99
This three-year-old Scotch whisky is an IWSC silver medal winner and is an own label whisky from Nisa. It is carefully crafted from a blend of high quality Speyside and Highland malt whiskies and grain whisky from the lowlands of Scotland. The whisky has a golden colour with brilliant clarity, a cream crisp aroma with hints of vanilla. It is mellow on the taste with sweet richness and depth of flavour, providing a clean palate with lingering sweetness.

Double Barrel Insulated Mug | Eco Vessel | £19.95
Does dad love spending time outdoors but hate having to put up with lukewarm coffee? They try the Eco Vessel Double Barrel Mug which is designed to keep hot drinks hot. Alternatively, it can also keep cold drinks ice cold. With double insulation technology, it will keep beverages at the perfect temperature for up to eight hours and this lovely looking mug comes complete with a lid that has an open/close slider designed for easy drinking.

Klean Kanteen Classic | Various Sizes and Colours | From £22.95
Klean Kanteen is a brand that offers people a safe, healthy alternative to plastic drinking bottles. The large opening fits ice makes for easy filling and pouring and the bottle has a durable, double wall construction to keep contents hot for 12 hours, or iced for 24 hours. Made from Stainless Steel, it doesn't retain or impart flavours.


Engraved Lighter | Getting Personal | £9.99
Grandad's can be a little tricky to buy for, but this year, gifting something that my dad uses all the time, engraved with his own special date on it, is the perfect gift to give. This sleek engraved lighter is a great memento and has a lovely sleek silver finish to it. Engraved with the word Grandad and the year he got that privilege, it is the perfect gift for the tobacco lover!

Cool Cactus | Flowercard | £21
Founded in 2000, on the balmy Channel Island of Guernsey, Flowercard has been delivering unique floral greeting cards using the expertise of professional florists, British artists and stylists they have built up a collection of floral arrangements. I love this idea as my dad isn't really a lover of cards, yet with a Flowercard he would get his very own personalised cactus to replace this.

Personalised Who Needs A Super Hero? Mug | Getting Personal | £9.99
How about giving your dad his very own superhero cup, made for him. This cup is fab as it has the Who needs a superhero when we have our dads? quote which makes it an ideal gift for dad this year. You can personalise the other side too with your very own special quote, date or names of his children, just to make it extra special.  

Personalised Tin With Biscuits | Getting Personal | £14.99
If you're having a nice hot cuppa in your very own cup, then there's nothing better than a biscuit to dunk in it. This vintage ration biscuit tin looks great and can be personalised with your very own message on it. It even arrives with two packs of yummy shortbread inside, all ready for dunking.

The Snaffling Pig Co | Gifting Jars 300g | £15.99
Why not treat your dad to some mouth-wateringly delicious pork crackling with a range of flavours to choose from. The classic Salt & Vinegar, right up to to the fiery and feared Pig of Doom. These tiptop quality meaty treats are double cooked in order to produce a softer product that keeps its bite and are a great way to say thank you to your old man. They arrive in a glass jar which can be reused for all dads stuff. You know, spare screws, allen keys etc!

Honeycomb Treats | Mighty Fine Honeycomb | Various Prices
Mighty Fine’s range of flavoured honeycomb bars are the ideal sweet treat with a difference. Each bar is made by hand in the company’s London kitchen, Mighty Fine Honeycomb’s ingredients include real honey which helps to create the brand’s signature light and crisp crunch. The products are then dipped into an array of top quality flavoured chocolates. Available in Honeycomb Dips, Honeycomb Boxes and Honeycomb Bars. 


STABILO SMARTball 2.0 | Left or Right Handed | £12
Give the gift of writing this Father's Day with the STABILO SMARTball 2.0 pen. This clever pen also doubles up as a stylus so you can write on paper from one side, or flip it over to continue writing on your phone. The iconic ergonomic grip encourages comfortable writing as well as the correct pen hold creating a smooth writing experience for the writer. Comes in left or right handed designs.

Zippo Lighter | Zippo | Various Prices
The sleek and classic look of the Zippo lighters make them a great gift that will go with anything. Zippo’s Classic chrome lighter come in an environmentally friendly gift box and come with a lifetime guarantee.  For optimum performance, fill with Zippo Premium Lighter Fluid. Choose from a whole host of different designs.

Harris Never Buy Another | Harris Brushes | From £8
The Harris Never Buy Another range of brushes is a superior performance range of paint brushes with patented DOUBLE DOME TECHNOLOGY and a lifetime service. The specially selected blend of filament and copper rich ferrule gives a finish to be proud of. With an FSC beech wood handle with laser etched detail and ID number. The brush can even have your very own personalisation etched in to it. No matter what, if your brush is not performing at its best, they will provide a complimentary service, repair or replacement.

Sugru Starter Kit | Sugru | £10
Sugru use unique patented silicone technology to bond almost any material and can be used in hot or cold places too. The Sugru Starter Kit includes 5 single use packs of Sugru in Classic Red, Snow White, Pitch Black, Mossy Green and Silver Grey, a practical storage tin and a booklet chock full of project ideas and how-to guides.

Blimey Mug | Imperial War Museums Shop | £9
If your a lover of words, like myself, then this mug would be the perfect gift. The Blimey mug gives you the chance to remember a bygone era of words, the mug features a tongue in cheek retro exclamation, and comes from a range of other designs too. 

Heat Holders Boot Socks | Heat Holders | £9.99
The Heat Holders Boot Socks are an absolute must for any man who spends his spare time outdoors, whether that be fishing, gardening or tinkering with the car. Specially designed to fit snugly into wellies to prevent rubbing, these socks feature a longer length and a stylish turn-over ribbed top. A 2.34 TOG rating promises he’ll be as warm as long as he’s outdoors, and he won’t be bothered by uncomfortable cold feet, whatever he’s getting up to.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

WTBW | Boden Outfit of the Day


When it comes to kids fashion, Boden is one of my favourites as it just oozes originality and beautiful patterns. Boden was founded in 1991 with menswear products with Mini Boden arriving in 1996, bring all of their beautiful designs to the market place. 

I regularly buying from Boden, especially for the boys, although I do also have a beautiful should bag from their too, and my husband hates the fact that I receive a mini catalogue from them every few months, with a discount code attached. He knows his wallet is going to get a workout that day!


So, when I noticed that I had kitted Joseph out in a full Boden outfit, I couldn't resist snapping some photos so I could write about them.

Monday, 23 May 2016

A Letter To My First Born | 2,557 Days of Parenthood


It's official, my oldest child, my first born, turns 7 today and, as long as my calculations of leap years is correct, that means today, I have been a parent for 2,557 days. 

It has been such a whirlwind of amazing-ness all rolled into one. I can't ascertain how it has flown by so fast. How, 7 years ago, I was giving birth to Thomas and now, right at this moment, we are embarking on a family holiday to the Yorkshire Coast as a family of 5. 

I didn't know how to write this at first. I wanted to write about our life and how Thomas changed it, and so, here it is, my letter to my first born.

Friday, 20 May 2016

WTBW | Rockin' Baby Out of Africa


I always love writing about certain topics, children's clothing being one. I just love the designs, and patterns, the choice, and so, I decided to add another bow to my ever growing blog string. Today sees the start of my brand new feature, What The Boys Wore, or WTBW for short.

You can see it up there, at the top, it has its very own little tab. And what better way to start off that with one of the most selfless brands I have ever had the privilege to work with. Rockin' Baby. 

Rockin' Baby was founded in 2002 to provide slings to mothers around the world. They now also offer the stylish slings alongside their beautiful childrenswear. With their mission of one-for-one being at the forefront of anything they do.

Designing A Child Friendly Garden


I love our garden. It has given us many a day of fun and games. It faces right where the sun comes up too so we get a full day of rays which is great for when the weather is nice and we can enjoy a pool and barbecue day. 

What isn't great, is the fact that our fence partially blew down in the storms we had last year, oh and the old, very rusty swing is a bit of an eyesore now too. It is hard though, our garden is quite big and so re-doing it, costs a heck of a lot. For the past 6 month, we have been saving and now have just about enough to make this our next project.

So project - spruce up the garden, is on!