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Mother’s Day 11th March 2018


Mothering Sunday dates back to the 1600s in England when it was held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was originally a day for Christians to visit their ‘mother church’. Nowadays, this day is used to acknowledge and honour our wonderful mothers, whether biological, Step, In-law, grandmother or any maternal figures who play a vital part in our lives.

In a family, the mother’s role has traditionally been to raise the children and take care of household chores. However, the role of mothers in the family home is constantly changing. Mothers are increasingly taking on multiple roles, such as working, looking after the kids and managing the day to day running of the home. They also play the role of a nurse, disciplinarian, chauffer, chef and friend to name a few.

So this Sunday, 11th March 2018, don’t forget to show your mother how much you love and appreciate her. Flowers, breakfast in bed, gifts and cards will suffice but if you really want to go all out here are a few suggestions:

  • Home made/ personalised gifts – put your creativity to the test or upcycle a shop bought item.
  • Create your own story – It’s common to do this for children but why not reflect on your relationship with your mother and put it in writing with full illustrations or family photos.
  • Gift day experience – spa days or jewellery making to the more adventurous experiences like skydiving or bungee jumping, the list is endless.
  • Afternoon Tea with a twist – if it takes more than a scone or two to impress your mum, then try out a themed afternoon tea party such as the ‘Mad as a Hatter’.
  • Special Announcements – call up your local radio station and give your mum a ‘shout out’.

Ready Steady Flip


Pancakes are often associated with Shrove Tuesday, the last day to binge on fatty foods before giving up some of our favourite things for lent. Traditionally, eggs, sugar and milk were not consumed during the fast, so pancakes were made to use up these ingredients before Ash Wednesday to prevent any temptation.

Nowadays, Pancake Day seems to be a bit of a fun tradition in many households, particularly when we can get the kids involved. Flipping pancakes is a tradition dating back to the 1400s and was only done to stop the pancakes from burning. Unless you are skilled enough to flip a pancake without it sticking to the ceiling or falling flat on the floor, flipping pancakes really isn’t necessary.

There are many variations from the flat pancake to the fluffier Scottish and American variety and an endless list of toppings, both sweet and savoury. My favourite is Nutella with bananas, sounds like a sin but it does contain one of the my five a day lol.

If you’re looking for more adventurous flavour combinations or for kid friendly recipes, check out the following links:


TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear together at the wheelchair tennis  on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.  The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

A Royal Engagement


Prince Harry and his actress girlfriend Meghan Markel are to marry next Spring. The pair met through mutual friends in London last summer and have been dating since. It’s been said that Prince Harry knew she was the one when they met, so fast forward 16 months and here we are with Clarence House making the Royal announcement.

Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne has been my favourite royal for some time. He has a playful and bubbly personality and many of his ‘bad boy’ antics are so relatable to us common folks. It comes as no surprise that his bride to be doesn’t follow the typical aristocratic path.

Meghan brings something different to the Royal family, she is American, bi-racial, a divorcee and an actress. Her humanitarian commitments remind me a lot of Princess Diana and speaks volumes about our future Princess Henry of Windsor. As well as Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, who campaigns for better education, food and healthcare for children around the world, Meghan is also committed to fighting for gender equality and received a standing ovation for a speech she made on International Women’s Day in 2015.

I am looking forward to watching the royal wedding on tv and hope Prince Harry and Meghan Markel live happily ever after in their castle, I mean Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.