Saturday, 31 March 2018

The Me & Mine Project {March}

Me and Mine March 2018
It has been one hell of a month! D turned five, I got ill and slept for a week, it snowed, spring has arrived at last and life has been ticking on by. Despite trying my best, I have managed to not take a photo of all four of us which is recognisable. Ops? 

We did have this beautiful image of all four of us looking at the camera arrive this month! So what if it was technically taken back in January? I love it! We have had lots of issues getting a good photo of us all while everyone isn't looking at with D or Baby S. Usually they do something 5 seconds before the camera snaps. Who knew getting 4 people to look in one direction was so difficult? Any who, I was lucky enough to win a 30 minute photo shoot with a local photographer in January. We got lots of photos which I am so excited about but we did choose this one to get a proper print of, it arrived this month and is now proudly added to our home.

This month I have loved:

*Early morning dance parties before starting the day*

*Watching RuPaul's Drag Race*

*Movie nights*

*St Patrick's Day*

*The warmer weather!*

*Family days out, exploring*

*Seeing family*


This month Simon has loved:

*Personalising and updating his desk area*

*Movie nights*

*trying new elements of graphic design *

*Cuddles on the sofa*

*Visiting the park and fun family outings*

*discovering a new beard oil*




This month D has loved:

*Playing family games*

*Getting out to explore new places*

*His birthday!*

*The snow*

*Early morning dancing on the bed*

*Playing superheroes*

*We're wearing out the naughty step by Nick Inkpen*




This month Baby S has loved:

*Baby books*

*Crawling*

*Playing at the park*

*Mummy's attention*

*Discovering the whole house from new angles and views*

*Being sung to*

*Long cuddles*


What have you enjoyed this month?




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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Mummy and Me { February & March 2018 }

I first joined in with a lovely little link up called Mummy and Me in January. I love that it is pushing me to get i the photos with both children instead of hiding behind the lens.

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I missed the February post but I did take a shot in February of all three of us together on a cold afternoon snuggled at home and taking a few selfies. I love these little days in winter when you can really enjoy the short time at home while the wind howls outside.


Mummy and Me - February

Another favourite from February was this one of D and I, D usually isn't interested in getting a photo with just me but during half term he joined us at our Mums and Tots group. We stopped on our way there and D wanted a photo so we did just that!


Mummy and Me - March

March has involved even more cold days huddled up inside, this time they decided we quite literally needed to huddle up, on top of me! Many of my days look like this at one point or another and honestly, I wouldn't change it for the world! This one may be blurred and I look a bit odd but it's kinda hard to juggle two children and a camera all at once. Especially when one is pretending to sleep on your arm.


Mummy and Me - March - St Patricks day

We got to celebrate St Patrick's Day this month with a little event type thing in a shopping centre. We got to meet Skye from Paw Patrol and again I look rather awkward but then I don't really care. The fact that 1. I am in this photo and 2. I am not juggling both children and the camera to take said photo is a minor miracle so I am going to love this one, even if I do have one enormous chin.

I am so excited that we look to be getting over the horrible weather and spring is finally starting to spring! I am looking forward to Easter break, day trips, outings and walks as a family. Getting out in the good fresh air.


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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Dear my not so little boy..

Dear D,

I can't believe another year has past so quickly. Your 5 already!
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So much has changed over the past year, it feels like I blinked and you became a proper little man. I've always thought of you as my little boy, but you're not all that little anymore. Your tiny hands have grown so big they are already catching up on mine! Did I mention you've grown to be over half the height of me? It really won't be long before your towering over me! Now that is a scary thought.

Your already nearing the end of your first year at school, it hasn't been an easy year but your feeling more settled in now and you've made some lasting friendships. You really hated the change in routine from nursery when you first started back in September. You'd tell me everyday how your teacher left you at lunch and you would have dinner in the big dinner hall. It was scary and new and you hated it. Guess what? You love lunch time now!

You've even starred in your first school play, it looked unlikely that you would even be in the play for a while in the weeks leading up to it. You tried really hard to behave, to listen to all the teachers and not to take any frustration and anger out on anyone or anything else. All your work to be really good paid off and you played a wise man, you smiled the whole way through! We spent most of Christmas break singing the songs from the play too.

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This year you became a big brother! Last year you had been so excited about your sister coming, well after you came to terms with the fact she was a girl that is. We spent every morning in bed singing to my tummy. I was worried when she came that you would be upset that we couldn't do as much together. I needn't have. It was love at first sight. When you first met I don't think you knew what to think. You sat on my hospital bed looking through the clear plastic of her little crib and you sang her 'your song' the same song that we sang every morning. It was beautiful to watch. I will always remember your sweet little voice singing so lightly in a room full of people with eyes only for her. Not much has changed, you still sing to her every day. You play and help to get anything she needs when you can. I know when she gets older that you will protect her and be the amazing big brother that you are.
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Your still small but you already have a big personality, you love to be loud and in charge. I love that your so confident! I might not have any idea where it comes from, it's certainly not from me but I love it. Although you like to be quite bossy you are still such a kind and caring boy. Last week after school when Daddy was talking to your teacher, you had been playing with a friend you met at the park who started your school. Another little boy came over and wasn't being very nice. You stood in the middle and told him that 'you have to be nice and you shouldn't be nasty to people'. You got told off for shouting at the little boy but when Daddy told me I was so proud that you helped your friend who was scared and upset! Your such a happy person and you still enjoy making everyone else laugh and be happy. I think you could be a comedian when you grow up. You never fail to make us all laugh and smile with you!

I'm sure if I sat here typing long enough I could write you an entire novel on the past year alone but I won't. it's been an incredible year and we have so much still to come.


Love Mummy xx

Monday, 26 March 2018

Project 365 - Week 12

18th March {Day 76}

Project 365 - Day 76

19th March {Day 77}

Project 365 - Day 77

20th March {Day 78}

Project 365 - Day 78

21st March {Day 79}

Project 365 - Day 79

22nd March {Day 80}

Project 365 - Day 80

23rd March {Day 81}

Project 365 - Day 81

24th March {Day 82} 

Project 365 - Day 82

Although I started the week out feeling much better than last week it didn't last long. I have spent the majority of the week asleep. No idea what I managed to catch but it seems that I was the only one who would get it! Everyone else has been feeling good. I was actually really surprised to discover I did have a photo for every day this week! Granted I have used a selfie D took on the only day I hadn't caught a photo and there is a very blurred photo of Baby S when she decided to climb inside the bag I had just removed washing from. Yes washing while ill, us Mama's never really get a break even when we are so ill we are barely awake. I have been feeling much better over this weekend and I finally think it has gone. This week saw D complete his sticker chart in school. We are so proud of him. He got some little treats for his reward. we start to get back to normal, just in time for Easter break which started this afternoon.

How has your week been?

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Project 365 - Week 11

11th March {Day 69}

Project 365 - Day 69

12th March {Day 70}

Project 365 - Day 70

13th March {Day 71}

Project 365 - Day 71

14th March {Day 72}

Project 365 - Day 72

15th March {Day 73}

Project 365 - Day 73

16th March {Day 74}

Project 365 - Day 74

17th March {Day 75} 

Project 365 - Day 75

We started this week with Mother's Day. A day of relaxing, drinking coffee and watching the children play since Simon did almost everything. It was a lovely break and I did enjoy just relaxing and doing nothing. It quickly followed by D catching and awful cough over night and staying home from school. Him and Baby S played tea party while I tried to get some cleaning and sorting done on Monday. By Wednesday I was feeling pretty poorly myself and we ended up staying home most of the week. With of course the exception of yesterday. It was Baby S's first St Patrick's Day! Still feeling quite poorly but we had to head out to celebrate with a family fun event at a local shopping centre. It was fun and we all enjoyed our day which included trying candy floss, meeting some stars like Skye from Paw Patrol, Optimus Prime and an awesome dinosaur! It was worth it in the end. The week is just ending as I type this while enjoying a well deserved glass of wine.

How has your week been?


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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Me & Mine Project {February}

Well February has been and gone, this year seems to be moving even faster than last year did! I may have cheated this month and used a photo from January as well as one from February. They aren't the best Photos but we are certainly working on the family selfies!

Me & Mine Project - January - February
I had to share this one of us all dressed up in January as I managed to miss January's post. Oops!


Me & Mine Project - February

Since I tried in February to get a good photo of us all and failed miserably I had to share a fun one where Simon took the moment to tickle D at the same time I hit capture! I still love it.


Me & Mine project - February, improtu selfie by D

D even managed to get an odd selfie of us all by accident which I of course had to include!

I am really looking forward to the warmer weather that I am hoping will come with March!


This month I have loved:

*Family walks*

*Watching Good Mythical Morning*

*Cuddling up on lazy days*

*Selfies with D and Baby S*

*Long baths in candle light*

*Hot chocolate on cold days*

*Clearing out the house (slowly!)*

*Our new downstairs layout*


This month Simon has loved:

*Completing a daily stream for 30 days*

*Coffee*

*Late starts*

*Monster Hunter World*

*Getting out as a family to quite and relaxing places*

*Meeting up with friends*




This month D has loved:

*The Snow*

*Valentine's Day*

*Playdates and reconnecting with friends he's known since birth*

*Playing Lego Batman on the Xbox*

*LEGO building*

*building Junk art monsters*

*Rock climbing for the first time*




This month Baby S has loved:

*Digging for dinosaurs in jelly*

*Walking when holding onto people's hands*

*Seeing the world by looking around the edge of the pram*

*D making funny faces*

*Discovering Tulle*

*Teething toys*

*Watching the world out the front window*


What have you loved this month?

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Project 365 - Week 10

4th March {Day 62}

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5th March {Day 63}

Project 365 - Day 63

6th March {Day 64}

Project 365 - Day 64

7th March {Day 65}

Project 365 - Day 65

8th March {Day 66}

Project 365 - Day 66

9th March {Day 67}

Project 365 - Day 67

10th March {Day 68} 

Project 365 - Day 68

Well it's official, I have a 5 year old. I have no idea how that happened so quickly but D turned 5 years old on Sunday! I will get a new post up very soon about D turning 5.  He had a ball of a weekend despite the weather. We spent the big day itself at home, relaxing, playing and just enjoying whatever D wanted to do.

This week involved D and Simon teaching me to play Pokemon and playing my first ever game. Totally love my little nerds and their enthusiasm! I was not so great at the game but hey, he didn't know that. Baby S has become much more mobile.  I'm finding myself rushing to do anything that leaves her out of my sight for even two seconds, after getting ready to leave on Tuesday resulted in her escaping her chair and standing beside the sofa? Still trying to figure that one out! Smiles and family fun have rounded out the week.

D has also gone back to school this week. It was a bit strange without him after the last 3 weeks of closures, half term and fun days out. Baby S  has been missing him with a few upsetting mornings when D is leaving. By the end of the week we had started to get ourselves into our usual routines, typically just before the weekend!

What have you been up to this week?


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Saturday, 10 March 2018

ACE Cleaning Products Giveaway

Back towards the end of last year we shared our thoughts on some of the cleaning range from ACE. I had never tried most of the range and was really surprised by how well they worked! We are joining up with ACE again today to giveaway a bundle of products from their range.

ACE are always testing and discovering new ways they can be environmental sustainable, with a whole team dedicated to doing just that. When I hear environmentally sustainable I do pause to think if they are compromising on some cleaning power in the process. With concentrated laundry products that work at low temperatures and are versatile to be used in many ways there is no need to compromise.

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We of course have to start with the original ACE fabric stain remover which is ACE for Colours. With the ACE 8+ system that helps ACE for Colours remove grease, food, trapped dirt, drinks, cosmetics, body soils, vegetable oils and outdoor stains on all fabrics.

Another great product in the range for laundry is ACE for Whites, perfect for brightening up all those dull whites in the laundry pile. It has been specially formulated to work on lighter colours while still being gentle on the fabrics, thanks to it's exclusive and patented fibre protection system!

When it comes to house hold cleaning ACE have got you covered with ACE Multi-purpose Spray. Containing all the power of ACE for colours in a spray bottle. ACE Multi-purpose Spray allows you to get a precise spray coverage with active foam making it perfect for cleaning all those hard surfaces around the home.

When you need some extra cleaning power you can use ACE Power Mousse with it's innovative mousse that allows precise spray with no drips or splashes! Paired with ACE Power Mousse's special formulation of bleach and degreaser the ACE Power Mousse is perfect for the kitchen and bathroom when you just want that little bit of extra power when cleaning.

You can purchase ACE for Colours (RRP £2.00), ACE Multi-Purpose Spray (RRP £2.99), ACE Power Mousse (RRP £2.99) ACE for Whites (not currently available online at the time of publishing). Click the links above to visit Ocado and purchase online. ACE products are available at most major supermarkets, Poundland, Superdrug  and Savers to name a few. The full list is available on the ACE website.

We have two bundles of all 4 ACE products to giveaway to two of you! If you would like to try the ACE range for yourself you can enter using the Gleam widget below. Please read the Terms and Conditions listed below and good luck!



  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

  • Competition is open to UK residents only.

  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.

  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.

  • There will be two winners who will receive one of each of the four ACE products featured in the above post.

  • ACE is the sponsor of this giveaway and is responsible for prize fulfillment.


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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

We are now just days away from Mother's Day, with the recent snow covering the UK everything seems to have been put on hold. For us it has and Mother's Day has been pretty far from my mind these last few days. With the day now looming I've realised just how much has been left to the last-minute this year. With many women in our lives from Mothers to Grandmothers and even a Great Grandmother to think about there is a whole host of likes, dislikes and interests which we can find a gift from. Since I can't be the only one who finds themselves needing some last minute gifts this Mother's Day, I thought I would share some idea's with you.

Dorco Eve 6 Razor and Blades

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This is more than just a mere razor. The Dorco Eve 6 has 6 uniquely bent blades which can be placed even closer together to give you a safer shave with less skin irritation. The blades are paired up with a rubber guard which you can see up close below. This guard is designed to prepare your skin and hair for the effects of the blades followed by the blue lubricating strip which are all positioned on a pivoting head which bends to ensure a smooth shave over all those areas you hate shaving. I love that the whole head for the Dorco Eve 6 can bend almost in half allowing you to get all the harder to shave areas without having to make odd shapes with your body! Is that just me?

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I think most Mother's out there would be amazed to receive a gift that is so practical and would get used regularly. I would have to recommend that this would be a perfect gift for a new mother especially. I know it seems a bit more unusual as first Mother's day gift, stick with me. Just under five years ago I celebrated my very first mother's day, within a week of giving birth to D. I wasn't long home from the hospital, still sore and just starting to figure out how to be a Mother. I would have been so grateful to have someone think about the practicality of a gift like the Dorco Eve 6 Razor. After not being able to even see, never mind shave my legs and feet properly for a good few weeks or months this would have been perfect! If your buying a gift this Mother's Day for a new mum, I would have to recommend you get her the Dorco Eve 6 and give her a good long (as long as possible) uninterrupted bath/ shower/ relaxing time. You will be her hero!

You can get the Dorco Eve 6 along with blades from just £4.58 thanks to the current sale. (Sale available at the time of publishing this guide)

Eyejusters Adjustable Reading Glasses

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These reading glasses are exactly what they sound like. Reading glasses which you can adjust! The whole idea is so obvious that you wonder why they aren't everywhere. The Eyejusters are the only pair of reading glasses you will ever need. It's no secret that as we age our eyes have a harder time and for many of us reading glasses will become part of our daily life.

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Most of the Women in my family wear some form of reading glasses, a few even have various pairs for different tasks. The great thing about these Eyejusters is they won't need whole host of glasses anymore! With a range of strengths to choose from Eyejusters can be changed to suit every activity you need from hobbies and reading to seeing items close up. It's simple to change and choose any strength between +0.5 through to +4.0 D. The easy to use dial you see in the photo above is used by twisting to your desired strength. With one dial on each lens you can even adjust the Eyejusters to suit each eye if you need a different strength. I love that they can even be adjusted on your face! Yes, it is really that easy.

Eyejusters are the perfect gift for Mother's who wear reading glasses for any reason and you don't need to worry about buying the wrong strength at all. I know these would be loved by so many of the Women in our lives. With a whole range of styles and colours available there is something for everyone too.

You can get Eyejusters Adjustable Reading Glasses starting from £69 with the Multi layer pair featured above at £79.

Mummy & Baby Bunny

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How cute are these? Stuffed animals are everywhere around Mother's Day. Soft fluffy animals can be adorable. It's almost guaranteed that I will get one each year. I do love little cute animals and this year will be just the same! I simply had to include this little duo which are just beyond adorable! A matching Mummy and Baby Bunny set with a lovely pink floral fabric used on both the feet and ears on the Mummy bunny along with the Ears on the baby bunny. The set has super soft fur perfect for cuddling. The Mummy Bunny even has velcro attached to the front paws which lets the Mummy cuddle up to the Baby. The set is also available in bears, which are equally adorable.

You can get this Mummy and Baby Bunny set at Poundland for £5. (You can check availability by clicking on the link and entering your postcode.

Botonique - Non Alcoholic Botanical Drink

Botonique Non Alcoholic botanical drink - Mothers day ift ideas

This bubbly botanical drink is perfect for wine lovers who can't or don't drink alcohol. Botonique has more to offer than just delicious taste, containing Prelixir® this non alcoholic drink has health benefits! Yes, you read that right Botonique has its own Prelixir® which is a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that we know are diminished by alcohol. This Prelixir® allows Botonique to provide benefits such as detoxifying, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant and hydrating. You get to enjoy all the pleasure of drinking without any of the negative effects. Paired with the fact there is no added sugar, artificial preservatives, colours or flavours what is not to love?

Not only will Botonique help you feel great instead of depleting those all important vitamins and mineral but it is even low calorie, perfect for those who are watching their waistline. Botonique contains  1/6 the amount of calories found in a bottle of wine.

Botonique is perfect for those who choose not to drink or who are unable to drink. As a breastfeeding Mother myself I think Botonique is a great treat for both expectant and breastfeeding Mother's to enjoy this Mother's Day.

You can get Botonique Non Alcoholic Botanical Drink for £6.99 (750 ml bottle) or a case of 6 Botonique Non Alcoholic Botanical Drinks £39 (case of 6, 750 ml bottles). Botonique is also currently available at Ocado while set to appear on more major retailers over the coming months.

The Makery Craft Kits

It's no secret that I enjoy getting crafty. I love to make new items and trying new crafts for myself. A lot of the women in my family are the same and each has their own little niche of crafts. My Mother and Grandmother are very talented as are both of Simon's Grandmother's. Which of course means I love to find crafty/ creative gifts and Mother's Day is no exception. The Makery Craft Kits are perfect for those with a creative streak, since each kit is geared to one craft and contains every item you will need to complete an entire project along with easy to follow instructions.

The Makery Clasp Purse Craft Kit

The Makery Craft KIt - Clasp Purse - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

A clasp purse is a lovely accessory especially in the summer months. Being able to make one that is completely unique and made by yourself just adds a little something extra. I must say this kit gets me a bit excited, I love the idea of making something so practical that I could use myself. Purse making is such a lovely craft and so versatile too.

Contents of The Makery Craft KIt - Clasp Purse - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Deciding to start a new hobby like purse making can come with a very long list items you need. This The Makery Clasp Purse Craft Kit allows you to avoid putting a large investment into try something new getting all the kit, how to book and any other little items you could need. Each kit contains everything you need to create your project inside the box as you can see above. You will find anything you need from the fabric right down to two needles. With instructions that are easy to follow in steps and even the pattern for cutting the Clasp Purse shape. You really can't go wrong! This kit would be perfect for anyone who enjoys purse's, bags, trying new crafts and even those who are just into fashion could really enjoy this The Makery Clasp Purse Craft Kit.

You can get the Makery Clasp Purse Craft Kit for £14.95 fromThe Crafter's Companion.

The Makery Letter Embroidery Hoop

The Makery Craft KIt - Letter Embroidary Hoop - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Letter embroidery is very popular at the minute. Everyone loves being able to add a personalised touch to items in the home. The Makery Letter Embroidery Hoop Craft Kit allows you to give embroidery a try in an easy to follow pattern for each letter you might want to use. I love personalised items myself but embroidery seems pretty daunting. This kit makes it possible to try with some help and easy starter project that will let you gauge just how you feel about embroidery as a craft with the end result of a lovely wall piece to feature somewhere in your home.

Contents Of The Makery Craft KIt - Letter Embroidary Hoop - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

The Makery Letter Embroidery Hoop Craft Kit also comes with every item you will need to create the entire project including easy to follow step by step instructions and a pattern sheet which gives you every letter in the alphabet. I love that this kit is suitable for ages 6+ meaning you can get your child involved and make it a project to do together.

I think this kit would be perfect for a Mother who loves personalised items and/ or has an interest in crafts. I must say you really don't need to know anything about crafting or embroidery to really enjoy this kit.

You can get The Makery Letter Embroidery Hoop Craft Kit for £9.95 from Crafter's Companion.

The Makery Felt Cuckoo Clock Craft Kit

The Makery Craft KIt - Felt Cuckoo Clock - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

This kit from The Makery is a little more unusual as the other two, however it is just as cute. This Felt Cuckoo Clock is pretty cute and I know my a few women who would love a little kit like this! The whole kit comes ready to go with pre-punched holes in all the little felt pieces which you will apply following the step by step instructions before assembling the actual clock element.

Inside the box you will find all the pieces wrapped in a bright and funky tissue paper which feels a little exciting to open up. With all the elements in separate bags you can use each as you need them without the fear of losing any pieces. You can see all the elements included in this Felt Cuckoo Clock Craft Kit from The Makery in the image above. I think this kit although quirky is lovely! It would be perfect for anyone who loves crafting and enjoys clocks, animals and nature or quirky items.

You can get The Makery Felt Cuckoo Clock Craft Kit for £9.95 from Crafter's Companion.

Nestle® Dairy Box 

Dairy Box - Chocolates - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's day just wouldn't be complete without a lovely box of chocolates to indulge in. There's just something about relaxing with chocolates on Mother's Day that feels like bliss, add in a good book or TV binge and I am in heaven! I had to include some chocolates in the list and since the Dairy Box from Nestle is one of my favourites, it simply had to be included. With 4 new milk chocolates in the Dairy Box to try there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. The perfect gift for chocolate lovers and anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth.

You can get a Dairy Box at most major supermarkets. Currently on offer for £4 at Tesco at the time of publishing.

Yankee Candle Petal Bowl Wax Burner

Yankee Candle Wax Burner -Mothers Day Gift Ideas

I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't love candles or wax melts. One of the biggest and most widely loved is Yankee Candle. I personally love Yankee Candle and since they don't just do candles but also accessories which can be used with candles and wax melts. Just like this Petal Bowl Wax Burner which is one of my favourite items. With its elegant, yet simple design and the range of colours available you can add it to any room and colour scheme. The Yankee Candle Petal Bowl Wax Burner is perfect for anyone who loves wax melts and candles. Why not add a wax melt or two and make it a little gift set.

You can get a Yankee Candle Petal Bowl Wax Burner for £7.99.

 Just a few idea's which have hopefully helped you find a great gift for the Mother's in your life this Mother's Day.

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