I won’t lie: Mother’s Day last year was one to remember. For the wrong reasons. It was dreadful. I didn’t feel like anyone was making an effort to make me feel special or take the pressure off. I had to get up early to feed my little ones. There were arguments. I’d bought my own present. I had to cook and get on with the housework. Bleurgh!
I don’t think social media helped. Everywhere I looked, I could see mums being swiped away from the house to lunch in a nice pub, or a walk in the park with the family, being given beautiful flowers and generally told to put their feet up. Of course I did get lots of cuddles from my four and beautiful cards, but I couldn’t help comparing my Mother’s Day to the perfect ones on Instagram or Facebook…
This year is not going to be a repeat of last year’s fiasco! I will be spending the day relaxing and enjoying my little ones’ company rather than running around like a headless chicken. My four have already helped me pick little presents and I went out with Beanie this weekend so she could choose a card from her siblings and her. She even got to the till herself and paid for it.
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to notonthehighstreet House for a special Mother’s Day workshop. As soon as I received the invitation, I called my friend Anna to check whether she was free. We are the same age, so I don’t see her as a ‘Mother Figure’ (that would be weird), but whenever I see Anna with my children or hers, I tell myself, “I want to be a little bit more like Anna.”
Anna is patient, caring and she listens to people. Not absent-mindedly like I do, planning what we’re going to eat for dinner as my children speak or nodding as I’m daydreaming. No, no, no. Anna is one of these rare people who really listen. Always.
Anna and I came into motherhood a week apart. We went through sleepless nights at the same time, weaned our first babies at the same time and expected our second babies at the same time. I couldn’t be happier our children get on with each other as well as we do!
Oh, and Anna is just as punctual as I am (one hour late kind of punctual!). All that to say that Anna was the perfect guest to bring with me to notonthehighstreet House. So last Thursday, I made my way to Richmond, buzzing with excitement. As soon as I got there, I was handed a steaming hot cup of coffee and spotted my friends Donna and Rosie.
Anna and I were going to make our own bespoke necklaces, with the help of notonthehighstreet jewellery Partner Kat & Bee. “Kat believes imperfection is perfection, uniqueness is special and being brave is bold. To her, meaning is everything, which is why every item in her collection has a story at its heart.” We were going to make something truly original, something no one else would have. That was a pretty exciting prospect!
We started by making a ring, which we would attach to a chain so it could be either a ring or a necklace depending on our mood. Kat helped us gauge the size of our rings, explained how to work wire and incorporate our chosen embellishments into our rings. I went for silver, yellow and blue, naturally.
Kat was patient, chatty and full of energy. She would go from one table to another, giving tips, providing support and explaining what the next step was. I was pretty pleased with my own ring, and loved it even more when Kat put it on a chain. I will show you exactly what it looks like after the children have given it to me for Mother’s Day (they have wrapped it already!).
If you want to celebrate all those who ‘mum’ with original, thoughtful and memorable gifts which show just how much you care this Mother’s Day, here are my top under £30 presents:
GIFT Guide (£30 and Under)
This personalised Mummy and Me Book (£22) is pretty special. It’s the perfect keepsake for Mum and the children to read together. It is personalised throughout (what mum does, her favourite food, games, clothes, hobbies, etc.).
I love a bit of jewellery and this Mama Birthstone Layered Necklace Set (£25) is simply perfect!
This Personalised Cashmere Blend Ombre Scarf (£30) is absolutely gorgeous and I’d wear it all the time! It looks soft, warm and comes in different colours.
This Personalised Solid Copper Photo Print (£21.45) is perfect to put on a desk or bedside table. The photo looks Instagram-like and you can add your own message too.
The Personalised Peas In A Pod Necklace (£30) is a beautiful piece of jewellery and it comes presented on a personalised card in a luxurious gift box. You can choose between two and six peas to go in your pod!
I am a bit of a notebook addict so I am in love with these pastel Personalised Mother Foiled Notebook (£12.95).
I also love this Personalised Welly Boot Family Print (£28.25). You can have strawberries, gardening trowels or even a bottle of beer poking out of the top of your boots. You can even add your pets!
Isn’t this book the sweetest thing? With Reasons Why I Love You Children’s Book (£20), you can celebrate the reasons you love your mum. It’s so special!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by notonthehighstreet for #NOTHSMothersDay. All photos (other than those in the gift guide) and opinions are my own.