As always, I'd suggest popping into your local Clinton's if you are still looking for gift ideas this Father's Day. As well as traditional "dad" gifts there are a whole host of branded gifts to choose from.

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Marie x
Once again, Love Layla Designs have the most versatile range of cards this year. I mentioned that I like to try and reflect different retailers but none had the humour factor like Love Layla Designs. You can purchase them by clicking here but I'd hurry before they all go!

What do you think of Love Layla? 

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Marie x
Tomorrow, the 19th May 2017, is World IBD Day.

Most of you may know about IBD because yourself, a family member or friend may have a form of IBD. IBD comes in two main forms, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both have many similarities but the main difference is the Ulcerative Colitis affects the colon and rectum whereas Crohn's Disease affects the whole digestive system from the oesophagus to the anus. 
IBD impacts over 300,00 lives in the UK alone and it mainly causes inflammation of the digestive track, formations of ulcers and causes loss of control over the bowels. With having a form of IBD there is no cure, it's a lifelong "chronic illness" and there are many hurdles that some people have to face.

Before my 20's I never saw awareness for IBD and now after living with Ulcerative colitis for 3+ years I still don't see it as publically spoken about. Personally I'm very open about my condition and I've met people who are shocked by it and would rather remain unaware and others who embrace me and the condition.

My main focus of this post is to spread awareness and you can do that by wearing something purple. Doesn't have to be full on I know some people have work or school. Wear a purple hair tie, purple socks or just point out that the 19th is World IBD Day and break the "taboo on poo". 
I sometimes wonder why we can't talk about bowel issues with it's perception of being "unladylike" or "disgusting" when most people will of had a bout of diarrhea or have changed a child's nappy in their lifetime. 

I have written many blog posts about my journey with Ulcerative Colitis if you are interested you can click here to read them, but if you want to raise awareness over social media is a poster with a roundup of IBD.

Thank for reading!

Hannah Marie x
Last year I wrote a post about Easter Hamper Ideas and included how I put together hampers for kids in my family. So I thought I'd show what I've included in them this year and share some more ideas.
This year I've included an Easter Egg, A Small Bag Of Sweets, A Bubble Stick, A DVD, A Magazine and A Chest full of blind bags.
I have done a separate hamper for the youngest as she's only 1 and included; A Colouring Book, Crayons, Small Packets of Milk Chocolate, A Milk Chocolate Egg, A Bubble Stick and her chest has more Milk Chocolate in.

Now some will say that's a lot for Easter some will of added more it's entirely up to you. I usually would include either an Easter Egg or a Bag of sweets but with it being one of the kids Birthdays as well I decided on both. The main thing I wanted to include this year was the small chest of Blind Bags. The kids love watching youtube videos of blind bags being opened, especially out of the chests and play doh eggs so I wanted to recreate that for them. The magazine was something spur of the moment, I was trying to find colouring books but for the older three children there wasn't much for them and when I saw the magazines that again include blind bags and activities I thought that was a better option.

If you're putting together a Hamper yourself but you don't want to go down the chocolate/sweets route you could always do a Summer or Accessories hamper. These were ideas I had and thought they'd be better next year or better when all the kids are a little older. 
In a Summer Hamper you can use a Snapback Hat or cap and fill it with A Pair Of Sunglasses, maybe a Small Packet Of Sweets (or something savory?), Chapstick, Earphones, A Starbucks or Subway Gift Card, A Baseball or Nail Bits for her.
An Accessories Hamper would include items named above but for older children you can add other bits like Socks, Hair Ties, A Cool Water Bottle, A Funny Slogan T-Shirt or a pair of Sandals/Flip Flops.
You can obviously take these ideas and apply them to Birthdays, Christmas, Halloween...etc but personally I like bits like this for Easter as it's something different and if you're from a big family like me, you'll still be eating Chocolate Eggs come July!

Thanks for reading! 

Hannah Marie