At the beginning of the month, I wrote a blog post about the Boots Feel Good Forum for the Mumsnet Bloggers Network. Last week, I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous package in the post containing some beautiful Boots goodies. It was a stylish No.7 paper bag, full of creams, makeup, face wipes and other exciting things.
- Personalised poster. This is a lovely idea because the words are your own. There are six lines available that you can personalise. If your dad is the sentimental type, he will absolutely love it. I’m particularly thinking of some fellow bloggers who write amazing poetry, what a lovely thing to give to your dad.
- Games console controller. This is one for the modern dads who love to spend their evenings on their games consoles but struggle to find the perfect controller.
- A DAB radio. I think this one might be heading my dad’s way this father’s day. A modern gadget that is simple enough for a very un-modern man like my dad to use. Fantastic.
- Lunch at a luxury hotel. Some restaurants do a special father’s day lunch. I think this is a fabulous idea. It’s something I haven’t noticed before, many places do a mother’s day lunch but father’s day seems to be somewhat missed sometimes. Even my dad would enjoy a nice meal out with the family.
- Picnic with all the family. If buying lunch for dad is a bit outside of your budget, how about something you can make yourself? Everyone enjoys a picnic and most dads would love a day out with the family with all their favourite things for lunch, lovingly prepared by their offspring.
- A personalised gift hamper. This is what we did for our dad for Christmas. Between the 5 of us, we managed to scrape together £100. We chose all of the things that we knew dad would love from his favourite shops. For our dad, it was all food and drink. It kept him going for ages and he loved the thought that had gone into it.
- A winery tour. These days there are many delicious wines produced in the UK. My dad is a bit of a traditionalist and he doesn’t seem convinced that we have the climate to make good wine. I’m thinking of arranging for him to go on a winery tour in the hope that the wine tasting at the end will convince him otherwise!
- A round of golf. This is what I got for dad last year. I was hoping he would be able to take my younger brother along, but the voucher I got him was for over 18’s only. So dad and his friend went for a day out and a round of golf. They both loved it.
- Family photo. A few years ago, we got a large canvas done of the whole family for my dad. He really appreciated it. A great gift for the man who has everything.
- College course. This is a slightly more unusual idea, but there are lots of great courses at local colleges. I know that my dad would love to do a course in violin making.
Disclaimer- this is a sponsored blog post but the views, opinions, dad who has everything and inordinate number of siblings are all mine.
In October last year, I gave up a secure, full-time job to start up a business for a friend. The attraction of the new business was that I would be able to work from home so that I could look after my baby. I’d gone back to work when Libby was only just 3 months old and it tore me apart. When I was offered a job that would allow me to be with her, I couldn’t turn it down.
- · What sort of person would be likely to be interested in this sort of competition and what publications would they read? How can I find this out?
- · How do I submit a press release and what information should it contain?
- · Is this the best way to go or would adverts be more effective?
Where work is concerned, I am incredibly organised. I hate having to-do lists hanging over me, everything has to be done now. I often stay up until the early hours of the morning to make sure that any work that needs doing is done. Why is it then, that when it comes to my home life, my organisational skills escape through my ears and nothing ever gets done?
better option was to have one of my own photographs as the book cover. I also went for the glossy paper. This really makes it look and feel like good old-fashioned photographs. And of course, I added extra pages. This is really straight forward and I was able to easily find space for all of my photos.
I think this sunshine is starting to go to my head! We’re still dodging showers here at the moment, but when the sun puts in an appearance, it’s lovely and warm. This time last year I was heavily pregnant and we’d recently moved back into my house from my husband’s flat and were making the most of having a garden. This meant that we’d already had about 6 barbeques by the end of April. Sadly this year, it’s a different story.
Oh how times have changed! 10 years ago, foraging for gin would have meant something completely different. It would have been about 4am and I’d have been staggering round a bar mine-sweeping drinks.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Win My Holiday Home competition to win a trip to Paris. The competition is a lowest unique bid auction costing £1.00 per bid. At the moment, less than 100 people have bid on it. The winner of the auction is likely to end up paying a matter of a few pence for their holiday. So now a decision has to be made as to where we take the business from here.
In the meantime, the odds of winning a trip to Paris are probably better than you’ll find them anywhere else. Even if we don’t end up pursuing the business, somebody is going to have a fabulous holiday that only costs them a few pence. I’ve been over to our apartment in Paris and it’s absolutely lovely. I’m so excited about finding out who the winner is tomorrow night and letting them know over the weekend!
Everything has changed in our household over the past few days. Spring has finally sprung and, slightly earlier than anticipated, Libby appears to have sprung as well- sprung to her feet! With her new-found walking ability, she just wants to be outside ALL of the time.
Last year during the pathetic washed out excuse for a British summer, some Japanese students came to stay with us. Keen to show them the best of the British countryside and culture, we headed for nearby Eastnor Castle.
It wasn’t until we arrived that we realised that Eastnor allowed dogs not only into their grounds, but also into the Castle itself. Since that day, I’ve started to look online at wherever we want to go out for the day to see if they allow dogs. I’ve been so surprised at the places that do!
If you have a pet dog, I’m a firm believer that they are part of the family. Dogs become distressed if left alone for long periods of time so when going out for the day, I always think it’s sensible to take the dogs with you where possible. Of course they should never be left in the car though, especially in hot weather. More information about how to keep your dog happy and healthy can be found here.
Over the past few years we’ve taken our dogs on all sorts of days out. Here are a few of my favourites:
Stately homes, palaces and castles. Locally to us, Eastnor Castle, Blenheim Palace and Croome Court all allow dogs to visit. The latter two both have some restrictions on where they can go within the grounds. The National Trust have quite a lot of places that welcome dogs, but don’t forget that other places often do too.
Farm Parks- Many farm parks will allow dogs to have a wander around with you. Our dogs aren’t wonderful with other dogs or cats, but they’re perfectly fine when face to face with a pig or a goat.
Zoos- My personal favourite day out with the dogs was to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Pluto’s expression when face to face with a lion was only bettered by the shock Soxa displayed when she saw an armadillo.
Museums- a select few museums will welcome dogs. It’s always worth checking with them before you go.
Canoeing- pick up a canine life jacket and your dog can either go in the canoe with you (if it’s a Canadian type) or, if you really want to do it in style, your dog could be towed along behind you in their own boat, as demonstrated by Captain Soxa!
Canal Boat- Many hirers will allow you to take your dog along on a day out. We went even further and hired a boat for the week. The dogs loved their holiday!
Disclaimer- this post is sponsored, but views, recommendations, photographs, dogs, life jackets, boats and armadillos are all mine. (Ok, maybe not the armadillo!)