As I mother, there is nothing I love more than a handmade gift or card from my children. Of course I love receiving presents, who doesn’t? But as adults we can buy ourselves whatever we need without waiting for a significant date. Saying this, Mother’s Day is quite a nice occasion for us mums to get treated by our little ones. Maybe a handmade gift, an experience or just a little token of appreciation
With Mother’s Day around the corner – Sunday 11th of March in the UK – I thought I’d put together a few gift ideas just in case you are looking for last minute inspiration.
I must admit my levels of excitement went through the roof when The White Company got in touch and asked if I ‘d be interested in picking my favourite items from their spring collection. I mean who would say no? The White Company is one of my favourite brands ever and it’s my go to place when buying gifts for friends or for myself.
The White Company name always springs to mind when thinking of affordable luxury, with their beautiful packaging, clean lines and a style that suits not just the minimalists but also the fashionistas out there. And those on the look out for great quality.
Picking favourites from their spring collection wasn’t an easy choice, they have so many gorgeous pieces that narrowing them down to just a few was quite a difficult task.
The weather is still quite chilly in London and there aren’t any signs that winter will be over any time soon. My skin and hair are always drier at this time of the year – I guess the central heating and the cold temperatures outside probably make things worse. The older I get the more conscious I am of looking after my skin and this is probably quite a crucial time of the year to do so.
Here are my current 5 favourite beauty products. Some of these I use all year round but some others are great for winter when my skin needs a bit more refreshing and nourishing.
Fresh Brown Sugar body polish
Fresh is a relatively unknown brand in the UK but I’ve been a big fan of theirs for years. This brown sugar body polish smells amazing and leaves the skin super soft. Containing a blend of primrose, sweet almond, apricot and jojoba oils that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, it’s perfect for a bit of pampering and to make you feel revitalized.
Happy New Year! January is probably the worst time of the year to talk about chocolate desserts, right? At the moment most of us are thinking of dieting, healthy eating and exercising. The last thing on our minds is probably a chocolate dessert, but I believe that everything can be done in moderation! These are perfect to be shared anyway, so you’ll feel a bit less unhealthy.
The best thing about these peanut butter and chocolate lava pots is that they are very easy to prepare, using ingredients that we’ll most likely all have a home.
Once again we are at the end of the year. How did that happen? I feel like the weeks and months have flown by in 2017.
One main thing happened to the blog this year, I renamed. Yes, I went from Spanish Mummy to my current name, Loved by Elena. Renaming is something I had been pondering with for quite a while. It’s not like I’m not interested in parenting blogging anymore but as my children are getting older I feel like there are many other things I can discuss in the blog. I’ve always loved fashion and interiors so a lifestyle blog is more suited to me at the moment.
This year I’ve also been more selective with the brands I’ve worked with. I’ve turned down numerous collaborations because they were either not right for my blog or because they were brands I didn’t really love. Blogging highlights of 2017 have to be being nominated for another Amara Interior Awardin the Lifestyle category and also being named blogger of the month in July by Nextwhich is one of my all time favourite brands.
I’ve done a round up of the top 5 most popular posts in 2017 in case you want to have a read. They are all very different, from interiors, lifestyle to fashion.
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