Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mum's are more than 'Mother's'; they're our counsellors, cooks, teachers, helpers, taxis and of course our best friends. Some of them are also Father's whilst having a full time job which is amazing! I love that we set aside a day every year where we celebrate all they have done to make us into the people we are today. In my opinion, we should be celebrating this more than once a year because being a Mum is a tough job and most of them are doing pretty good. 

My mum has done an amazing job raising me and my Brother. Always teaching us right from wrong and helping us to create the best life we could wish for. I don't really wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to things like this with my family, but I want her to know that I appreciate all of her hard work immensely. 

Some of our mum's have been through a lot as women. From pregnancy to raising us throughout our childhoods. Some have fought through fertility treatments, miscarriages and even losses and that's why we should appreciate them and everything they've gone through.

I speak to my Mum about near enough everything. I open up about most topics to her and I always know she's already there waiting to listen. We always chat, gossip and give one another advice. I'm so close to my Mum and whenever I've had any issues, she's the first person I go to.

She was my agony aunt throughout school and I was always coming home asking her for advice on certain things that were going on in my life. I often heard the expression 'mum knows best'. At the time I remember thinking it was a load of rubbish, but as I've grown up, it's proven that 'mum does know best'.

My Mum has taught me and my Brother a lot over the past years and is the reason for who we are today. When I was Ted's age, my Mum would help me with all of my homework and making sure I absorbed as much knowledge as possible.

Back then, I couldn't care less about school and homework. However, now I appreciate all of those private teaching lessons and all of her efforts in making me walk away from school with the best grades possible.

Whenever I've been round friends houses or caught out somewhere, my Mum would always come to the rescue. One phone call and within minutes she would be there to bring me home. Little things like that are thrown away favours, but I'm so grateful for all those times my Mum came to pick me up from places. Before I started driving, she was always mine and my friends taxi driver. Well saying that, now I am driving she's still my taxi driver haha.

My mum knows be better than anyone and always knows what I'm thinking before I start speaking. I've spent so much time with her and appreciate everything she's done for me. When I look back over the years, I feel like saying thank you isn't enough and will never make up for everything she's done for me and my Brother. She's so supportive in everything we do and believes in us knowing that we can achieve our goals. 

When I started blogging, my Mum didn't have a clue and I was often sat down with her explaining what everything meant and what my aims were. Since then, she's stood out in the cold and snow helping me take photos and making sure I'm creating the content that I need. She reads through every blog post before it's published to make sure I've not messed up with anything and helps me with everything else in-between. 

I really can't explain how much my Mum means to me and I'm so proud and grateful to have her. I decided to get her a few little bits from Debenhams as a little appreciation of what she does. If you're looking to get your mum the perfect gift this Mother's day, I would recommend you checking out Debenham's as they have many items to suit every type of Mum out there.

Happy Mother's day everyone,

Love Robyn xxx

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Celebrating International Women's Day with Pink Parcel

As today is International Women's Day, we celebrate and appreciate how far, we as woman, have come. It's important for us to reflect on the empowerment we have gained over the past years and how we are continuing to develop our gender equality worldwide. There's so many major events that have happened where women have fought for equal rights. For example, back in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote, and in 1913 when Emily Davison ran out in front of the King's horse during a race after fighting for the Women's Social and Political Union. There's so many reasons why we as women should feel proud of who we are and what we can achieve throughout our lives.

Probably now more than ever, feminism has become a huge thing in todays society where we fight for women's rights. I'm a huge believer of feminism and as a woman, I'm prepared to face most challenges that come my way. Feminism gives women the chance of being powerful in their own rights, not just thinking that men always taking the leading role and doing the stereotypical jobs that they once did. It's about women fighting for what they believe in and what they want to achieve in life. 

What have you as a women done to make you feel proud? Or what have you overcome in the face of adversity? I rarely speak about things like this but let's face it girls, we all have the menstural cycle. Every girl has had/or will have their period at some point. Certain times of the month can make us feel down about things and give us cravings to eat a big bar of chocolate.

I know when I hit that time of the month, I can be snappy or an emotional wreck. Occasionally I struggle with period pains, migraines or generally feeling run down. This is because you're body is loosing precious nutrients that keeps our bodies on an even keel.

History has shown throughout the years that many improvements have been made to make  this time of the month more comfortable for us women (no more washing of sanitary wear, thank goodness!).

I was just 10 years old when I started my menstural cycle (young I know!). I hated it and the day it started I burst into tears watching my mum telling me what I needed to do. It was awful and I look at 10 year olds now and can't believe girls that young are starting that huge chapter of their lives. I was the only one in my class which made everything worse. No-one was going through the same thing as me and I didn't dare tell a soul that I'd started.

To celebrate finishing primary school, we as a class were taken to an overnight adventure place. It gave us the chance for our class to all get together before setting off to our senior schools. The night we arrived and departed from our parents was the night I started my menstural cycle again. My mum had packed me a few sanitary towels in the front of my suitcase and gave the padlock key to my teacher incase I lost it. I was so scared to ask the teacher for this key as I was so embarrassed about the whole situation.

The next day, we were booked in for an abseiling lesson. I woke up with the worst cramps and disheartened with the whole trip thinking why me and why now. As the morning passed by, we prepared for the abseiling and I wasn't going to let this get in the way and miss out. I saw all of my friends having fun and I wanted to be apart of it. Before I knew it, I was abseiling down the side of a building and it was the best experience ever and I'm glad I didn't let my period get in the way of it.

Looking back on that now, I'm so proud as a young girl/woman that I didn't let anything like that stop me. It was such a brave thing to do at the age of 10 and I'll never forget it. I wish Pink Parcel was around when I was 10 years old, then I may have enjoyed having my periods haha. I'm sure that you as women have big things that have affected you at stages of your life that you have overcome. You should all be very proud of yourselves. 

This blog post is in collaboration with Pink Parcel, a luxury period subscription box. By signing up to their subscription, you will receive a box once a month full of necessities, snacks, beauty products and treats. Sign up now using the code 'PP20' and you'll receive 20% off your first order. 

Love Robyn xxx

Top 5 Nail Colours This Season

Seasonal nail trends are pretty predictable and rarely change unless somewhere releases a new technique that we all want to try out. In the spring, we tend to ask for more pastel and paler colours such as sky blues, mint greens and so on. In the summer we opt for bright colours such as pinks, corals and reds - they really help to show your summer glow off! Throughout the Fall and Winter we stick to autumnal colours such as reds, plums and greys. 

In August last year as you know, I had some issues with my nails and have 4 of my acrylics rip my nail away from my skin. Yes it was extremely painful! Anyway, only in the past month have my nails grown back to their normal length so I haven't been able to get my nails done since August. To be honest, I haven't wanted to get them done either as it's given me the chance to look after my own nails and treat them properly. Oh and I've been able to experiment with all my new nail colours! I wanted to share a few of my favourite nail vanishes with you and soon we'll be transitioning from Winter to Spring so here's a crossover from both seasons.

I'm all up for trying out new nail polishes at the moment and heard about Nailberry a few months back so I thought now is the perfect time to try them out. I currently have two of their polishes; Simplicity and No Regrets. Simplicity is a nude colour which always works well especially in this season and no regrets is a burgundy/plum colour which is my favourite once I've had a fake tanning session. The polishes at Nailberry are free from the 4 things the can weaken your nails; Formaldehyde, Tolueve, DBP and Camphor. I must add, I have never actually heard of those things before but I'm all for protecting nails ... especially after my saga!

I've been using makeup from the Lola collection for a while now so I had no hesitation when trying out their nail polish collection. I currently have 2 polishes from their collection including 025 Ballerina Pink and 029 Plum Pudding. Out of the 2, the Ballerina pink is my favourite! I'm a sucker for nude nail polishes and often stay clear of anything pink as I'm quite fussy with that colour. I always find that some pinks are either too bright or too much like a 'hot pink'. With the Ballerina Pink, it's a pastel shade and a lot more subtle.

Barry M
So these nail varnishes are probably my favourite of them all purely because you can wear them with every single nail colour! Barry M have lots of different glitter nail varnishes for you to chose from so you can always be sure to match up the right base colour with the glitter. Another reason why I love using these glitter varnishes is because they help to hide any little dents or chips that may form. In all honesty, I'm not the best at painting nails so I let these glitter top coats tell a different story!

I'd love to know your thoughts on your favourite nail polishes so please be sure to leave your comments below!


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