Dads really are wonderful. We hear a lot in the news about Mums, and parents in general, but Dads, and my own husband who is also a Father, will always be close to my heart. My husband works 12-hour shifts, comes home and cooks the dinner, fixes broken toys, comforts Daisy when she is upset in the night, supports me through the difficult times in life and all with barely a moan. Dads, much like us Mums, often forget to find time for self-care and a little pampering. I like to encourage my husband to look after himself, both physically and mentally. We try to support one another in finding time to eat well, exercise and look after our bodies. For my husband this means going out for a run several times a week, packing healthy snacks at work and looking after his appearance. Today I’m sharing with you some of the products I will be gifting him this Father’s Day to help Thomas put his own needs first for a change.
I know, if I asked Thomas, that he would say he doesn’t need anything for Father’s Day. He would love a card, featuring a personalised doodle from Daisy, but I want to give him something more this year. Being able to find a little time to look after yourself can be so good for your soul. I love nothing more than a face mask or a long soak in the tub at the end of a long day. I know for Thomas that escaping to the bathroom to trim his beard, or running down by the River, are two things that he loves to do to help feel better about himself.
We live in a small home, so space is at a premium, which is why this Father’s Day gift guide features space-saving products that will give my husband a chance to look after himself without using up lots of space. I’ve chosen items that I know he is going to love using and appreciate, throughout the year, not just for a short amount of time.
Summer is coming! Finally! I’m looking forward to walks by the river, trips to the park, picnics and lots more. With the warm weather comes lots of expenses though and this year we’ve decided to try and take it easy on the purse strings and avoid over-spending on the Summer clothing. In past years I’ve gone a little wild, on maxi dresses, multiple pairs of sandals when actually I’ve already got lots of lovely pieces in our wardrobe. We wanted to buy clothes for the three of us, Thomas, Daisy and myself, so we headed off to The Meadows Shopping Centre, a local shopping centre near us in Chelmsford. I’ve previously written about the wide range of shops they have and how you can entertain the whole family under one roof. As we wanted the chance to visit a variety of stores a shopping centre seemed like the perfect choice.
The aim was to buy an outfit for each of us, for under £100, and I’m thrilled to say that we achieved this AND I managed to get a few extras for myself. Something us parents rarely do!
The first outfit that I picked up was this one, for Daisy. This entire outfit, a playsuit and two pairs of Slazenger canvas pumps, came in at just £12.50! Also, Daisy has worn the canvas pumps a few times already and the quality is absolutely fantastic. This entire outfit came from Sports Direct. We were initially visiting the store for Thomas to find an outfit for himself but they had a surprisingly good range of items for little ones. Also, almost everything seemed to be on sale! The canvas pumps were £4 each, or 2 pairs for £3. For this price, I’m not fussed when Daisy outgrows them in 1-2 months, which seems to be the norm lately!!
Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and I want to spoil the Fathers in my life; my husband who is a Father to our daughter Daisy and my Father-In-Law who is dependable and has given me lots of sound life advice in the 10 years I have been with my husband. Today I want to talk about Father’s Day, how you can buy a better gift and you could even WIN a Father’s Day prize for the Father in your life!
Father’s Day is almost upon us and I’ve been thinking about what to get for Thomas, and Ronald, my Father-in-law. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thank you to Thomas, for being a wonderful husband, and Ronald for being a wonderful Father and Grandfather. On my side, my own Father has passed away, and my Grandfather has too, so I try to make the best of the day and ensure that my husband has a lovely day. Today I want to share with you my Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2018 which I hope is packed full of ideas and inspiration!
My husband Thomas has been running for a few months now and has vastly impressed his fitness as a result. The Sol Republic Amps Air Wireless Earbuds in Black are absolutely fantastic as there are no wires for him to get tied up in while running. These headphones provide true wireless freedom with premium sound and are ideal for working out, and they have a built-in microphone for making telephone calls. These are compatible with all Bluetooth devices.
For Mother’s Day Daisy got me a lovely ‘Me To You’ bear and when I saw this personalised Tatty Teddy Bear I knew it would be perfect! It has been personalised to a ‘No 1 Daddy’ from Daisy and it is adorable!
No Father’s Day Gift Guide would be complete without mentioning a Father’s Day card! I chose Thomas this card from Thortful which has cards for all occasions. Best of all this one is personalised and contains individually wrapped mini chocolate bars inside! You can use code KATYKICKER for 20% off your first purchase (not including postage). Valid until 8th June 2018.
Half-term is rapidly approaching! It is NEVER too early to make plans, to help the half-term period run more smoothly for your family. If you’re located in, or near, to Essex I want to share with you how you can entertain the whole family under one roof this half-term – and beyond! This is a collaborative post with The Meadows Shopping Centre in Chelmsford as I want to share the great ways you can entertain your family this half-term.
The Meadows Shopping Centre is located in Chelmsford and is easily accessible from London, Hertfordshire and Essex too. It’s just a 5-10 minute walk from the train station which is absolutely fantastic. The Meadows Shopping Centre is home to a variety of shops, restaurants and even a cinema! You really can entertain your whole family this half-term under one roof!
For us, we don’t get to eat out lots, because Daisy has such severe allergies. However, with careful planning, we are able to enjoy a nice meal together when Daisy is having a nap. Giraffe offers a delicious menu for the whole family, and Wildwood is delightful for younger children in particular with lots of pizza and pasta dishes on the menu. Later in the day, when you want a break from shopping and entertainment, you can enjoy a nice Millie’s Cookie or even order a personalised large cookie as a gift to a loved one or even yourself. I love to enjoy a nice Costa when I’m out shopping! Continue reading