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Romantic treats for Valentine’s Day

I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, you’ve probably already worked out, I’m a fan of any occasion! But, one that involves me, my husband and a bit of romance is always going to make me happy.

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As with everything we do, we don’t like to follow the norm and just book a meal out on February 14. We like to find something just a touch different to do – that may even mean dining out on an alternative day that week and then indulging in an intimate meal for two at home on the day of love itself. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive, but it does have to be special.

 

If you’re looking for inspiration to make your Valentine’s Day go with a bang, take a look at these ideas I’ve come across…
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Valentine’s Day – 20 gift ideas

It’s less than two weeks until the most romantic time of the year – Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re on the verge of getting married, are already old marrieds (like us!) or simply have your eye on someone special, it’s fun to make a fuss on February 14.

Take a look at this little round-up of 20 cute gifts and ideas I’ve struck upon on social media to make your day of romance go with a bang…

 

 

Links to suppliers…

What You Sow

Stella & Dot

SGT Smith

Balloon Baboon

All Things Interior

Amara

Hannah Kokoschka

Paperless Post

Bella and Bow

Blackbird House

Review: Go organic with Dr Bronner wedding favours

I’m a soap lover. Every Christmas and birthday, I ask for more scented soap. So, it was a pure pleasure to review these latest products…organic soaps by Dr Bronner.

 

When we got married, we were keen to offer our guests favours that would be used, that wouldn’t be left behind or wasted. What better gift to offer than a range of beautifully scented soaps made with organic oils enabling you to keep details of your wedding green as well as unique.

I requested a sample of the All-One Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Bar Soap as almond is one of my favourite smells. And it didn’t disappoint. The subtle, yet genuine aroma was fresh and made me think of holidays in the sun. Even better, the soap froths up a treat and lasts for weeks.

I was also sent a bottle of 18-in-1 Hemp Almond Pure-Castile Soap which not only has that delicious nutty smell to it, but it has 18 uses – hand wash, face wash, body wash, bath bliss, shampoo, shaving, toothpaste, foot bath, deodorant, dog wash, clearing congestion (Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree are suggested), laundry, dishes, floors, all-purpose cleaning, fruit and veg wash, plant spray and ant spray!

 

I’d be thrilled to receive a Dr Bronner soap as a favour at a wedding!

 

 

Disclaimer: The Dr Bronner products were given free of charge in return for a review on this blog.

I Love…Our Annie & Wilf gift for This Morning wedding

As is often the case these days, our dear friends – the This Morning wedding couple – didn’t have a gift list and so we gifted them cash instead. But, I couldn’t resist giving Annie and Gareth, the new Mr and Mrs Lewis, a keepsake from one of my favourite suppliers.

 

Annie & Wilf produce the most beautiful, personalised, pretty, handmade textile items. So, I couldn’t go along to a wedding without a bespoke fabric heart featuring the couple’s names and wedding date, with matching handmade card.

I hope it will take pride of place in the couple’s family home and remind them of their incredible wedding day aboard the HQS Wellington on the Thames, with the likes of Philip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Gok, Alison Hammond, Rylan Clark, Phil Vickery, Eric Lanlard and Peter Andre – and Mr Robertson and I – as guests!

The first live This Morning wedding – we were there!

Wow. There is no other word, but wow. To say yesterday’s first ever live wedding on ITV’s This Morning was incredible would be an understatement.

Our dear friends Annie and Gareth were the lucky pair to be chosen to get wed in front of the nation aboard the HQS Wellingon on the Thames, just across the water from the television studios.


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My friend, the This Morning bride!

Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!

 

When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.

During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.

 

And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
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I Love…memorial charm by Beatrice Belle

There’s nothing more painful on your wedding day than missing a loved one who cannot be with you. My precious stepdad has Alzheimer’s and so couldn’t be there for the whole of our wedding day. To make sure he felt close to me, I carried his wedding ring inside my wedding dress as a comfort.

 

So, with my dear friend Annie’s big day (HUGE day – she’ll marry live on TV’s This Morning!) just around the corner, I wanted to give her the same comfort in memory of her late dad.

 

Luckily, my friend over at Beatrice Belle has just the thing to make sure a lost loved one can be a part of a bride’s special day. And so, a sneaky chat with the groom-to-be, old photo scanned in and emailed over and Beatrice Belle had produced the most incredible memorial charm which will take pride of place on Annie’s wedding day bouquet.

 

Just perfect.

Fab Find: Fun gifts for your drunken hen party girls!

I’m a big fan of Team Hen and all the quirky ideas they come up with for an alternative party with the girls. But, this latest product is just hilarious.

Who even knew the hair tie was needed…but now it exists, it’s got to be a must-have on any messy girls’ night out!

The To Have & To Hold…Your Hair Back comes in five sparkly designs and would slip easily into your party handbag, easily accessible when that intimate moment happens between friends…you know what I’m talking about, right?

 

Gifts, dates and get-aways: Unique ideas for your sweet Valentine!

As soon as Christmas festivities are over with, my thoughts turn to the first romantic date in the calendar…Valentine’s Day. I love any excuse to turn on the romance and spend some lovey-dovey time with Mr Robertson. Although we don’t tend to splash out on expensive gifts at this time of year, we love finding more thoughtful, meaningful presents which are special to us and our relationship. And, of course, who doesn’t enjoy being taken out or whisked away at any time of year!

 

Stuck for ideas this year? Worry not as here’s a round-up of a few of my favourite finds this Valentine’s…
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