Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part Three

Monday, March 25, 2019
The countdown to Mother's Day has begun! Mother's Day in the UK is this Sunday but don't panic as there's still time to get your gifts in time for the big day although you will have to be quick if you want to choose standard delivery as the deadline for some stores is today! Thanks so much to all of the wonderful brands in today's post including: Funky Pigeon, Dust and Things, Love Layla and Max Spielmann.

*Fave Child Bag (£2.95)
First up, an adorable gift bag from Love Layla. Love Layla is a great site for cheeky, rude, sarcastic and unusual gift bags, greeting cards and gifts for so many occasions, especially Mother's Day. They have a few phrases and designs with numerous products in that design. My favourite is definitely the 'fave child' design which comes in a gift bag, greeting card, print and wine bottle label form.

I opted for the cute 'from your favourite child' paper gift bag which is 31cm by 24cm with handles and a simple but cute design. I love the minimal design and while I thought might not be as strong as a 'normal' gift bag, it's surprisingly sturdy and a great size. I've filled mine already with a few easter gifts that I'm giving to my mum this year. There will be an easter gift guide coming soon so stay tuned.
*Fave Child Card (£3.75)
Also from the 'fave child' range is a very cute Mother's Day card which came really nicely packaged (as all of the items did). The card has 'I love how we don't have to say out loud that I'm your favourite child' on the front, along with 'happy Mother's Day mum'. I love the phrase as well as the floral illustrations on the card and the bright purple envelope. I never know what Mother's Day card to choose as usually they're all the same or quite tacky but I love this one!
*Organised AF Notebook (£9.95)
Last but not least from Love Layla is this cute and colourful notebook which unintentionally matches the Mother's Day card I chose! There are so many colourful hardback notebooks to choose from for all occasions such as Mother's Day, birthdays and more. I chose the 'organised AF' design as not only is it a cute, colourful spring notebook but it's perfect for my mum as she's one of the most organised people I know!

I love the simple design as well as the hardback format which makes it look more substantial and sturdy. I also like the ribbon bookmark within the notebook which is one of my favourite features of notebooks and books. I think it would make a great practical gift and you can choose from a range of phrases, from rude or cheeky options to more funny and sarcastic designs. They offer free delivery on all UK orders and there's free first class postage on most items (Monday - Friday).
*Dust and Things Personalised 'Mum You Are Tea-Riffic' Mug (£14.99)
Next up are a few wonderful personalised gift ideas, the first is from one of my favourite gift websites, Dust and Things. I've been lucky enough to work with Dust and Things last year and I love everything I've received - I can't recommend them enough for unique and gorgeously designed gifts. I was very kindly sent this cute, bright pink mug which is a great Mother's Day gift idea that can be filled with tea, coffee, chocolates or snacks!

You can personalise the mug in terms of the colour (I have the pink option which is very bright and great for spring) and with a name added to the mug. For the name I added 'mum' but you can add anything you want. The size of the mug is perfect, the font is so cute and I love the bright pink shade. Additionally, you can choose a free greetings card with your order - you have twelve to choose from! In terms of delivery, they offer free worldwide delivery and if you sign up to their newsletter you can receive a free personalised keyring.
*Best Mum In The Whole World Cushion (£19.99)
I love personalised gifts and I think the more unique the gift, the better! Some of the best gifts I've received have been personalised, unusual or unexpected and I think this gorgeous Mother's Day cushion ticks all of the boxes as it's cute, it can be personalised with a name and photograph and it's more of a unique personalised gift.

I've gifted my mum various personalised gifts but never a cushion and I think she'll adore this one as not only is the floral design so gorgeous but it's personalised with her name and a photograph that she loves which features my mum, grandma and great grandma all together. The floral design reminds me of the stunning Rifle Paper Co floral designs (I want to own their entire collection) and it's simple but beautifully designed. I couldn't be happier with this cute cushion and I know my mum will love it too!

Funky Pigeon offer Royal Mail first class delivery as well as next day guaranteed delivery so there's more than enough time for you to design and buy your mum a stunning Mother's Day gift in time for Mother's Day. Additionally, Funky Pigeon are running an amazing Mother's Day competition on their social media which you have until the 29th March to enter!
*Max Spielmann Gallery Canvas - 24x16" (£50)
Last but not least and one of the largest gifts in today's post! I love gifting homeware especially wall art and canvas as it's so nice to see your gift recipients face when they unwrap it. I was very generously gifted to 24" by 16" gallery canvas which features a wrap around design, 3.8cm deep wood frame and HD printed photograph of your choice. There are so many canvas size options to choose from including a few which can be ordered and printed read for collection in-store hours later which is amazing, especially if you are a last minute gift shopper.
I've been lucky enough to receive a few canvases over the past few years to review from various companies and this one has to be one of my favourites as the quality is fantastic and I'm very impressed with the image quality! For each canvas I've received, I've always been cautious about how the image will turn out but I didn't need to be with this canvas as the image came out so much better than I thought it would. I'm very happy with my canvas, it looks so nice in our living room and I know a cute canvas featuring a holiday or important memory would make a lovely Mother's Day gift.

I cannot recommend all of these companies and gift ideas enough and if you do want to order any of them, make sure you order very soon so that you will receive your order before Mother's Day this Sunday! Also make sure you enter the Funky Pigeon competition before Friday. Check out my video below for a close up of all of the gifts in today's post.

What do you think of my Mother's Day gift ideas? 

*Gifted 

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Part Two

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Today's post is my second Mother's Day gift guide (you can see my first, here) and it contains so many gorgeous pampering products from a range of wonderful brands including Magnitone, Freshly Cosmetics, Dr Lipp and LookFantastic. I love treating my mum on Mother's Day and pampering products are ideal, 'safe' gifts to give and I think all of the items in today's post are great options to choose from.

*Magnitone XOXO (£40, Pink)
The first gift that I want to suggest is the Magnitone XOXO which is a skin cleansing tool which I think would be perfect for mums who are either already skincare lovers or for this who are just getting into a skincare routine as it's so easy to use. It comes nicely packaged, the instructions are so easy to follow and it comes in this cute pink shade or aqua. Before I go into this product too much, I also wanted to recommend another Magnitone product that I've been using and loving for a couple of months, the Magnitone Cleansing Cloths (£15).
It's made of silicone so it's very soft, gentle and non-irritating on the skin, even on my eczema prone sensitive skin so if your mum has sensitive skin then this tool should be fine to use, especially as there are three sections for different skin areas and you can change the speed of the device very easily - you have so much control over this tool so I can't see how anyone could go wrong with it.

Unlike another cleansing tool of a similar nature, it's easy to hold and use, it feels comfortable but it's so effective and deeply cleansing. It would be ideal for travelling as it's USB rechargeable, waterproof (so you can even use it in the bath or shower for fuss free, quick cleansing) and compact so it will easily fit inside your wash bag. I've been using mine on and off for a couple of weeks now and I love it! Also as well as all of the skincare benefits, it's reasonably priced too! It is currently on sale for only £26.80 which is such a bargain so go, go, go!
*LookFantastic Mother's Day Box (£55 - sold out)
Next up is sadly a gift idea that has sold out but it isn't surprising as this box of goodies from LookFantastic was not only a beautifully presented gift but it was also amazing value as it's only £55 but the total value was over £200. I reviewed this box on the All Subscription Boxes website which you can check out for more information about each item in the box. 

My favourite items from the box have to be the Inika Organic Lip Serum which is a very nourishing lip oil in an easy to use lipgloss tube. I have incredibly dry lips and this serum is instantly moisturising, smoothing and the effect lasts for most of the day! Another of my favourite items is the heavenly Rituals Magic Touch Body Creme which has to be the most softening and smoothing body creme I've ever tried! While the Mother's Day box is sadly out of stock, you could still purchase a LookFantastic subscription instead. 
*Freshly Cosmetics Being Radiant Limited Edition Set (£80)
Another gorgeous limited edition gift set is the Freshly Cosmetics Being Radiant set which contains three of their fantastic, most desired products in one beautifully designed limited edition gift set. The set contains the: golden radiance body oil, hyper-concentrate eye contour serum and the blue radiance enzymatic serum. I have to say that the packaging and presentation of this gift set is so unique and gorgeous, I think it would make such a lovely Mother's Day gift. 

This set is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough but I wanted to recommend a couple of individual products as well including the super skin softening Detox Nourishing Shower Gel, their adorable boxed lip balms and the deeply hydrating Pro-Repair Hand and Nail Treatment, all of which I've been using for month and adore. 
Not only is the outer packaging beautifully designed and put together but the products themselves are too! I've tried quite a few Freshly products over the past few months and I'm always impressed by the packaging, quality and the amazing natural ingredients within each item. 

The Hyper-Concentrate Eye Contour Serum contains 99% natural ingredients such as vegan hyaluronic and plant extracts to minimise the appearance of fine lines, improve the skin tone, reduce dark circles, decrease puffiness and hydrate the skin - it sounds like a miracle eye serum. I've only used it a few times so far but it's a lovely product and my favourite of the three. 

If you're looking for a lovely, unique pampering gift for your mum, guardian or grandma this year that is filled with natural and cruelty free products then look no further than Freshly Cosmetics (I cannot recommend them enough) but you'll have to be quick if you want this beautiful set as it is limited edition. 
*Heathcote and Ivory RHS Flower Blooms Hand Cream Collection (£9)
Next up is an essential in not only my handbag but my mum's handbag too, hand cream. I use hand cream everyday as does my mum so it's an easy, safe gift for Mother's Day. I do find that some hand creams can be quite greasy or just stay on the surface of the skin but thankfully these lovely and beautifully packaged hand creams from Heathcote and Ivory aren't like that!

This set is from their new range which is inspired by the botanical illustrations from the RHS Lindley library. I utterly adore the botanical illustrations on the packaging and the products themselves - I know my mum will too as she actually has a horticulture qualification so combining hand creams and botanical elements is a win win. The entire RHS Daisy Garland collection is beautiful and there are so many ideal Mother's Day gift ideas from that collection, along with the RHS Tender Palm range. 
*Dr Lipp Tinted Balm (£6.99)
Last but not least is a product I've loved for months, since I received it in a subscription box last year and it's the Dr Lipp Tinted Balm in the 'elderberry' option. There are three to choose from but I love the elderberry option which is the darkest tint but it's still very natural and beautiful on the lips. It is a great travel or handbag size, it is a fuss free tinted lip balm that keeps my lips moisturised for so long and it helps to even out my lip colour. 

I think it would make a great addition to a Mother's Day beauty hamper or on it's own as a little gift. We all know that I love practical and essential gifts so this one is perfect for me. In my opinion, any of these gifts would make great Mother's Day pampering and beauty gifts either on their own or added to a hamper. 

What do you think of these Mother's Day gifts? Have you tried any of these products? 

*Gifted 

Mother's Day Gifts: Newbridge Silverware

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Mother's Day week is in full swing and today's post is all about luxurious, high quality jewellery that I think most mums would love (I know mine would). All of the items in today's post are from the wonderful people over at Newbridge Silverware who've been designing and crafting beautiful silverware items from jewellery and home accessories to gifts and tableware since 1934.

*Newbridge Silverware Locket (£60)
Before I go into each item I want to talk about the gorgeous presentation and packaging of the items as when it arrived, it looked very luxe and all of the items came either in Newbridge Silverware pouches or boxes which makes gift giving so much easier as I'm awful when it comes to present wrapping! I'm so impressed with the packaging and the details. Their prices range from less than £10 to over £400 so there's an item for everyone.
The locket is composed of glass, rhodium and cubic zirconium, it is 800mm in length and it comes in such a beautiful presentation box. I don't personally own any lockets but I think they look very classic and timeless as well as something a little more unique and special for Mother's Day as you can include a small photograph or tiny keepsake within the locket. Locket necklaces always remind me of the victorian era as they would wear keepsakes and sentimental items within beautiful pieces of jewellery. 
The locket is very beautiful and it is also very substantial so if the person you're buying for loves larger, more statement or unique necklaces then this one might be a great option to consider. I love the large stone in the centre surrounded by tiny stones, it makes it look more ornate and intricate, in my opinion.

It is much larger and the chain is longer than I would typically wear, however, I love the almost vintage style along with the simple but beautiful design. While it isn't typically my mum's style, I think she would absolutely love it as it's always nice to receive a beautiful piece of jewellery, especially one which you might not have picked out otherwise.
*Rose Gold Plated Long Pendant (£30.73)
The second and final necklace from Newbridge Silverware is this gorgeous and very unique necklace which is rose gold plated and features an anti-tarnish layer to keep it look beautiful for as long as possible. It also features a unique and almost 60's style design in pink enamel which would be a great colourful addition to a spring and summer wardrobe.

As with the previous necklace, it's fairly weighty, the chain is 760mm in length and it has a slider mechanism for easy adjustment. Even though longer necklaces aren't a go-to for me, I think it suits the style of these two perfectly as they fall nicely, they look classic and in the case of this rose gold pendant, it is colour and vibrant for spring. Also, I utterly adore rose gold so this one was naturally going to be a hit for me!
*Rose Gold Plated Half Enamel Bangle (£24.58)
Last but definitely not least is the most affordable and also the most contemporary of the three lovely pieces I was very kindly sent. I like all three items but I think that the first gorgeous pendant and this unique bangle are my favourites!

The bangle is composed of pink enamel, as with the previous pendant and it features an anti-tarnish layer as well which is a nice detail and something I wouldn't have really thought of before as I just assumed that most jewellery items have this but maybe not so if you're looking for an affordable piece of jewellery that will have longevity then check out Newbridge Silverware.

I love the combination of the rose gold and the pink enamel as it looks so unique and modern - who doesn't love pink and rose gold together. It's a little big on me but I do have teeny tiny wrists; however I think my mum would absolutely love it and for most people I think it would be a better fit. Both the previous pendant and this pretty bangle come in Newbridge Silverware pouches so whatever item you choose, it's going to be well packaged and presented to make a lovely gift this Mother's Day.

What do you think of these Mother's Day gift ideas? Will you be checking out Newbridge Silverware?

*Gifted

Mother's Day Gifts: Haute Florist

Monday, March 18, 2019
This week my blog has unintentionally become Mother's Day week! I didn't plan it this way but I'm glad the timing has worked out because I have so many wonderful Mother's Day gift ideas for you all week. I've already published a couple of Mother's Day posts including my first Mother's Day gift guide and my personalised gift ideas post with Vanilla Reindeer.

*Antique Elegance Bouquet - Haute Florist (£45)
Today's post is all about one of the most beautiful bouquets I've ever received! The bouquet is from Haute Florist who make so many incredible floral bouquets and gifts, including unique botanical hatbox gifts which are well worth checking out for yourself, your mum or your grandma. Flowers and bouquets of any kind are going to be beautiful and will make wonderful, 'safe' and lovely gifts but I haven't come across bouquets with quite this style before that really sets Haute Florist apart from other companies, in my opinion.
I was very kindly sent the gorgeous and very me 'antique elegance' bouquet which features: pink Bouvardia, Antique Carnations, Memory Lane Roses, Avalanche Roses and Calla Lilies as well as white Veronica and Eucalyptus. I've been lucky enough to receive a few bouquets from various companies to review on my blog but I haven't ever received one with this combination before and it's so stunning!

I haven't heard of memory lane roses before but they suit the antique theme of this bouquet perfectly as they look quite dusky and vintage in their colouring. I think the memory lane roses and the pink calla lilies are my favourites out of the bouquet as I love the muted, almost vintage rose alongside the brighter, more vibrant lilies.
If you've been following my blog for a while or you follow me on social media (@ofbeautyand) then you'll know that this colour scheme is very me and I'm so happy with this bouquet. Not only does it look incredibly beautiful and very spring-like but it's so much more unique than other bouquets I've received in the past, it came packaged very nicely and it looks like a luxe, indulgent gift that I know my mum, aunties and friends would all love to receive.

Overall, if you're looking for a unique and beautiful bouquet for Mother's Day (or for yourself...), then look no further than the luxurious collection of bouquets and gifts on Haute Florist. Also if you sign up to their newsletter then you'll get 10% off your first order. I am so happy with my bouquet, I cannot recommend them enough!

What do you think of this gorgeous bouquet? 

*Gifted

Personalised Mother's Day Gifts ft. Vanilla Reindeer

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Mother's Day is almost here but there's still time to buy a lovely gift for your mum, grandma or guardian, whoever you want to buy for this year. I always love Mother's Day as it means that I get to treat my mum which is admittedly very easy as she likes pampering products, gardening gifts and personalised items.

Personalised gifts are some of the most coveted and special gifts you can give, especially for a special holiday such as Mother's Day. I've given my mum so many personalised gifts over the past few years, all of which she's liked, even more so than other gifts. There are so many personalised gifts to choose from but a site I've found recently has a gorgeous range of unique, special and personalised gift options to choose from, as well as personalised gift bags, boxes and cards so you can get everything in one convenient place is Vanilla Reindeer.
*Vanilla Reindeer Chocolates x 9 (£11.99)
One of their cutest and ideal gifts for Mother's Day are these chocolates boxes which can not only be personalised in terms of the design you choose but also the name, message and photograph on the box too. There are various box sizes to pick from including 9, 16 and 25 which relates to the number of chocolate truffles within each box.

I was very kindly sent two of the chocolate boxes with nine chocolates in each and they're the perfect size as my mum does love chocolate and sweet treats but like me, she won't eat lots of them. Nine chocolates is a great number for us and it can easily be added to a hamper, gift box, small gift bag or to send in the post.
There's a single layer of nine chocolates within the box that are wrapped in plastic and the inside of the lid contains all of the nutritional information (that may seem like a little thing but as someone with dietary restrictions, it's very important). The chocolates included contain the following flavours: smooth milk, white lemon truffle and intense dark truffle, all of which sound delicious. I love that they've included a range of flavours as I would have expected to just receive one generic flavour.

The whole presentation, attention to detail and quality is just fantastic and it's well worth the price, in my opinion. I have two designs from their Mother's Day range including the 'worlds best mum' and the 'flowers on the table' design. I love both, I think they're so pretty but also quite unique - in my experience, most Mother's Day gifts and designs are very generic. However I think the 'worlds best mum' is my favourite of the two although they are both very cute.
You can see the 'flowers on the table design' above and I know that my mum will love both! In terms of the website and the process of creating both the chocolate boxes and the gift bag, it was incredibly quick, easy and simple to do. The website is so easy to navigate, I love the amount of choice and how simple the process was from start to finish. I also like the preview of the design before you order which is a 3D rotating image of your design so you can see it from all angles and check it is as you want it to be.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with the design, quality and appearance of both of the chocolate boxes and I think they would make absolutely fantastic gift ideas for Mother's Day. If you don't fancy either of the designs I've chosen then head over to their website to see all of the others; some of which can't be personalised with a photo but most can be. Also they have a great range of gifts and gift bags for other occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, Father's Day and many more.
*Small Landscape Gift Bag (£6.99)
Last but definitely not least, I was also sent one of their small gift bags and I opted for the landscape style. There are various sizes to choose from including bottle bags, medium sizes bags and bottle boxes, all of which can be personalised. I chose the 'best looking babies' design from the Mother's Day range as it instantly caught my eye because of the cute spring colours, gorgeous font and beautiful floral illustrations on the front, back and inside of the bag.

Even though it's the small size, it's still bigger than I thought it would be and easily big enough to contain the boxes of chocolates and other gifts. Part of my mums Mother's Day gift this year is a night away in Edinburgh (we went on a little mother/daughter trip to London last month and it was so nice!) so I'm only gifting a couple of material gifts this year. I already have a couple of pampering products to add to the bag and they'll fit easily without breaking the bag as it's very sturdy.

Overall, this is my first experience of Vanilla Reindeer and I cannot recommend them enough! The designs are so cute, the website and creating process is very easy, they have so much choice and I'm very happy with the end products (and I know my mum will be too). I've already looked through their easter gifts and I'll probably order some for my friends and family this year. You can currently use the code: MUM30 to get 30% off all products until 31st March so there's more than enough time to order and get your discount.

What do you think of these Mother's Day gift ideas? 

*Gifted

*Brain Food For All Ages

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Image from Yummy Beet
If you've been following my blog or social media for the past year or two then you'll have seen some of my food posts and I often share what I'm eating on my Instagram stories (@ofbeautyand). You may know that I've been vegetarian since I was a child - my grandad has had a vegetarian diet for most of his life which helped me as no-one else is vegetarian in my family so it's nice that we can both share that together.

Today's post is all about the specific food items that are known 'brain foods'. Foods that are generally described as 'brain foods' are essential for everyone but especially the elderly to stay healthy and to try to keep memory and cognition as fully functioning and as sharp as they can be, for as long as they can be. Diseases which affect memory and brain function are more common with age so it's very important to opt for more 'brain foods' for not only yourself but your elderly relatives too.

Avocado 
I'm a millennial so naturally I love avocado but I know that it isn't for everyone; however it is a very nutritious fruit filled with heart-healthy fats, potassium (they contain more potassium than bananas) and fibre. Studies have also shown that regular consumption of avocados can lower cholesterol levels and another study has demonstrated that using avocados or avocado oil can help the absorption of antioxidants. Avocados won't really be suitable for all ages, they are a bit of an acquired taste but I love them and I think that they can be used in so many ways so that all ages can enjoy them such as an avocado cake mousse, guacamole dip or on toast.

Pumpkin Seeds, Sage & Nuts
Sage, a delicious herb when fried to be crispy, has been known for a while to help with memory and concentration as well as depression and Alzheimer's disease. Along with sage, pumpkin seeds are an easy addition to your diet in the form of snack bars, granola, salad toppers or on their own as a snack. Pumpkin seeds contain so many nutrients including magnesium and zinc which are known to improve sleep quality (sleep is essential for the brain health). Lastly, there are so many nuts and seeds that are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein, all of which are needed for a healthy diet. Although as with everything on this list, you'll only experience any benefits with regular consumption over time and if you have any concerns or questions then you should definitely consult your GP.

Wholegrains 
As we all know, specific vitamins have specific benefits and the varieties of vitamin B are know to help with brain health. Numerous foods are high in vitamin B such as beans, lentils, dark leafy vegetables and wholegrains such as brown rice and barley. More research is needed in terms of the effects of all B vitamins but so far they are shown to help increase stress tolerance, improve memory and may even help with diseases such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia, the former is something that affects so many elderly individuals and it's a disease that has affected a couple of elderly people who are close to me. Alzheimer's disease is incredibly devastating, it's awful to see and if there's anything that can help or even prevent it then it's worth a try - including something as easy to change as your diet.

Blueberries & Blackcurrants 
The recommended minimum daily number of fruits and vegetables you should eat is five so we all know that they're full of essential goodies. All fruit options are great healthy choices to make but blueberries in particular are thought to help combat cellular ageing by reducing inflammation. Fruits high in vitamin C are ideal options as brain food as research suggests that individuals who are deficient in vitamin C could be at risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. Fruit is such an easy, no fuss addition to any diet as a healthy snack or breakfast option for all ages.

Broccoli
Lastly for this list is my favourite veggie, broccoli! I love broccoli as it's so easy to add into any meal, from soup, salads, pasta dishes, on it's own with a dip, to bulk out a wrap or in a stir-fry. As well as being a very versatile ingredient, broccoli contains glucosinolates that slow the breakdown a specific neurotransmitter which is needed to keep the central nervous system working properly - low levels of the neurotransmitter have been related to Alzheimer's disease. When my grandad visits our house for various occasions such as Christmas and birthdays, I alway cook for both of us and I tend to make more traditional meals such as shepards pie but I always add in extra nutritious ingredients such as spinach, lentils and broccoli as I know that my grandad wouldn't add in those healthy extras. Also I always make more than I would typically so he has healthy meals for the rest of the week.

I have to add a little note here that I'm not a doctor or nutritionist although I've taken information from reputable studies and sites (during my time at university, I loved searching for peer reviewed studies and research...). Also while certain vitamins are great for specific conditions or issues, I think it's best have try and consume your daily amount of all of them as they seem to work best together, for example, some vitamins help the absorption of others.

Do you eat any of these foods often? Would you suggest any of these 'brain foods' to your elderly relatives? 

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