Christmas Gift Guide {1}

Christmas Gift Guide {1}
This gift guide has been in the works for a month and a half now – but I didn’t get round to posting until now…shocking, right? Sorry for the shoddy collage too, I just couldn’t get the pictures to fit right!
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[1] The MUA Artiste Collection eyeshadow palette {link} – A gorgeous go-to palette & just £6! Who wouldn’t love this? Plus, you can get this palette for free right now on muastore.co.uk if you spend over £6 on other products! Well worth it! (Yes, I indulged…)

[2] The Paris In A Bottle Collectibles Charm Bracelets {link} – Just £7 and you are able to design your own! I am all for independent jewellery designers and Paris In A Bottle are no exception.

[3] The Santa’s Elves Christmas stocking {link} – I received one of these for review, the Retro Toys stocking – which Steve absolutely adored! There were so many things from when we were young & he loved reliving his childhood with them! Definitely worth checking out if you’re struggling to buy for someone!

[4] aMuse Fashions A Rose Is A Rose earrings {link} – How pretty are these? Perfect for any lady in your life, for the bargain price of £10!

[5] The Great British Bake Off: Learn To Bake book {link} – Who didn’t love GBBO? I think this is the perfect addition to any kitchen & is currently just £6.99 on The Book People!

[6] This is where I offer my apologies to my lovely namesake Bex from Musings From The Pigeons Nest – it took me so long to get this post up that she has shut up shop for Christmas. However, her shop is suitable for presents all year round so be sure to keep an eye out for some great products very soon!

What are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!
Happy Mothers Day, everyone! Hope all you yummy mummies got amazing gifts this year! For my first Mothers Day, I was really spoilt, as you can see from the picture above. TWO teddies, a photo frame, a mug, a keyring, a plaque and some cake and chocolate too!
If you’re a mum, what did you receive today? If you’re not, what lovely things did you get for your mum?
xo


Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas
Having seen this kind of post floating around recently, I thought ‘hey-ho‘ and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too. Everyone struggles for ideas at Christmas time – there is always the one person in your life that you can’t quite work out who to buy for.
Here are my picks of the best gifts available right now (in short, the stuff that I may just happen to want myself…):
Pretty much a given that I’d have to include the beautiful Sarah (blog/shop). I absolutely adore everything she makes, and the customer service you receive is absolutely fantastic. I recently ordered some jewellery from her (read about it here) and I was more than impressed with my purchases.
Here are a few of my favourite items on the website:











Horse Cameo Necklace & Brooch £16.95/ Cupcake Lip Balm £2.80/ Alice In Wonderland Charm Bracelet £35.00/ Keep Calm and Carry On necklace £22.95/ Lucius Cocktail Ring £16.00 (My favourite item of all!)

 

As you can see, Sarah’s jewellery is absolutely stunning! Still struggling to choose a few things from her website? Why not opt for the 12 items for £20 Lucky Dip to save you the stress?
Massive congratulations to Sarah, by the way, on winning the Look magazine blogger competition – you thoroughly deserve it!!
Hero & Cape are a fantastic clothing company, only recently established, run by Sarah’s lovely other half (blog/shop). They have definitely proved popular with bloggers recently, and I can certainly see why – here are some of my favourite items:

Geek Chic Glasses Tee £21.00/ Temporary:Secretary Scalloped Peter Pan Collar Tee £24.00/ Paris Skyline Acrylic Necklace £25.00/ Rubber Grub Lunchbox Erasers £2.00
What would a Christmas gift guide look like without a touch of Lush? You’re probably sick & tired of seeing these little beauties everywhere, but they’re just so damn gorgeous, I had to include them!


Gingerbread House £2.95 for 100g/ Magic Wand £4.95 for 100g/  Candy Cane £2.75 for 100g/ Snow Fairy £3.25 for 100g/ Baby It’s Cold Outside gift set £18.95
How gorgeous is the Baby It’s Cold Outside gift set? I certainly wouldn’t complain if I received that as a Christmas present!
What are your picks for Christmas gifts this year?
Want some more gift ideas? Check out Fee’s peek at the Boots Christmas catalogue here!
xo
Images sourced from the Temporary:Secretary, Hero & Cape and Lush wesbites for the purpose of this guide.

Baby Shower

Baby Shower
Now, seeing as I have been raving about it for weeks now, you can’t have failed to notice that I held my baby shower last night. It was quite a low-key affair, with just a handful of my friends turning up but that made it all the more personal and special to me.
Unlike most baby showers, I didn’t really go for decorations as it was just a little do in my local pub, however I did have a few games for my friends to play, and provided food and of course, cupcakes!
This was the first game of the night (and yes, that is my baby’s scan picture at the top). I asked everyone to bring a baby photo of themselves, and all but two did. My Mum was the ‘adjudicator’ of the game, shall we say, and passed the pictures around for us to write down our answers. I failed miserably!
I was so sure I would get my friend Michelle right, but I didn’t! What was worse was that she got me right! However, my friend Sophie was sure she’d get me right, and she didn’t – I got her though!
It came down to a tie-break between Sophie & Michelle, and a few of us pooled a few more photos together to do a tie-break round. Whoever got it right won the prize – Sophie won.
I promised you pictures of cupcakes, so here’s a picture of the gorgeous cupcakes the girls from eatcakelove lovingly made for my baby shower.
I did try to get pictures of my friends eating them, but they went down so well, I wasn’t quite quick enough.
You’ve already met this little beauty on a previous post – and I will tell you, he was absolutely yummy! 😉
I didn’t get pictures of the other food, because to be quite honest – I don’t think you’ll be interested in three platters of sandwiches and three bowls of crisps, would you?
There was so much food that my Mum and I brought back a whole platter for my Dad & Steve to munch their way through!
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Although it is customary for the recipient of baby shower gifts to open them at the baby shower, I only opened a few – saving the bigger gifts for when I got home.
Would you like to see what I received?
First of all, I received some lovely cuddly toys from my friend Sophie – which I haven’t got a picture of, because my Mum fell in love with them & has hidden them away until the baby is born…Crazy Mum!!
Next, I received these:
My other friend called Sophie bought me this gorgeous cot bumper and quilt bedding set – Steve was ecstatic at receiving these because we’d literally been looking at bedding yesterday afternoon, & had just managed to resist buying any – so she’s definitely bought us something that we need! I did tell her off slightly, though, because she had bought so much for the baby – and she’s a uni student – she needs to save her pennies!
This is a mixture of gifts from Sophie, who gifted me the above, & her Mum, Celia.
The Cuddle & Dry robe is from Sophie, and the buggy blanket from her mum – very useful!
Another mix from Sophie and Celia – the plush from Celia, and the shower gel and body butter ( a gift especially for me!) from Sophie.
This beautiful box of essentials came from Michelle and her mum Debbie, and aunt Tracey.
It’s filled with all the little pieces we’ll need like baby shampoo, baby powder, soothers, a teether, a little bit of everything really.
& how gorgeous is the box they put it all in?
By far my most favourite item in the box pictured above was this little thing though:
Would you like to see whats inside?
It reads: Bex and Steve, here’s a little guide to be perfect parents…
The message is very personal and touching from Michelle, and I don’t want to share it all here as its something incredibly personal to me, but it basically says that to be perfect parents, me and Steve just have to be ourselves and that she loves us whatever we do.
Believe me, it almost made me cry! It was such a sweet touch, and I’m so thankful to have her as one of, if not my best, friends.
I also received some money from my friend Steph and a little feeding set & flannel from my friend Karen, who you may recall me mentioning when she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last month.
All in all, I had a great night, with some great people. Although it was a very intimate affair, it was great to spend some girl time with my best friends.
Have you ever had a baby shower? I’d love to read about them!
xo