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Hampton Court Flower Show

Monday, June 25th, 2007

catwalkskirt.jpgThe Hampton Court Flower Show is one of the biggest horticultural events in the UK probably only second to the Chelsea Flower show in May. If you’re in to flowers you’ve probably been excited about this date for some time so I don’t really need to explain to you why it is a fun day out. But even if you’ve never even picked a flower before there are lots of reasons to give the show a visit this year. Firstly you will get a chance to see Hampton court palace and gardens at its best in the middle of summer but this time if you see something in the gardens you like you can probably buy it and take it home with you.

Fashionistas will enjoy the Catwalk in Bloom shows where models will be wearing the latest fashions made out of flowers and plants! Experience Quaglino’s kitchen where you can learn how to prepare fruit and veg from the head chef at the Mayfair restaurant as well as sampling the food and taking home recipe cards. Personally I can’t wait to visit the coffee garden which is sponsored by Revive and designed to remind us of the steam and scent and colours of coffee! Mmmm

Art Cards

Monday, June 25th, 2007

1731.jpgIt’s funny how a hand-made gift or card always makes it look like more thought has gone into the gift even if you don’t make it yourself! I always find that my friends appreciate hand made items a whole lot more than mass produced shop bought cards which come with ten layers of plastic wrapping. Next time you feel like passing on your best wishes skip the boring white cards with metallic prints and pick up one of the unique designs from Noo noo-art . They are decorated using everything from metal to fabrics!

The cute baby card pictured is one example of the cards made by Noo noo (so called because her baby nephew couldn’t say her name Lou!) – the cards can be personalised with the new baby’s name and colours of your choice. You can also get a range of individual cards and gifts to celebrate other occasions. Noo noos cards are more like a piece of art work than a simple card and are something you definitely wouldn’t want to throw out the day after your birthday.

Keepsake Boxes

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

kb1015.jpgI was clearing out my wardrobe the other day and i found so many old tickets, programmes, cards and invitiations that i couldn’t bare to throw away because of the memories attached to them. My mum suggested i put them in a photo album which i though was a really good idea but some of the things, like the scroll they gave me on graduation day, wouldn’t go in because they were not flat! I was about to give up and stuff everthing in a bag and put it back in the depths of my wardrobe when i thought about getting a keep-sake box. These boxes are hand made and are much sturdier than a shoe box. They are a great solution because now i can have some smart boxes to separate my nik nacs and they even look good enough to keep them on display. I hope they do one big enough to contain the road sign i collected from my first ever music festival!

Glastonbury Festival

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Glastonbury LogoGlastonbury kicks off this Friday (22nd June) and if you’re attending you can look forward to a wild weekend of live music and entertainment with an unbelievable atmosphere. If you’ve not been to Glastonbury Festival you should read up about what you’re letting yourself in for! It is the largest green-field music and performing arts festival in the world and is like entering a tent city!

This year the line up is looking pretty damn good, some of the acts headlining on Friday will be Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis, Amy Winehouse and The Magic Numbers. On Saturday you can catch The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen and The Killers. Sunday will bring to the stage Kaiser Chiefs, James Morrison, Manic Street Preachers, The Who and loads more fantastic bands.

As well as being one of the most famous events in the UK, Glastonbury Festival also recognises the need for positive change and supports charities such as Oxfam, Wateraid and Greenpeace. For full details about the event visit the official website.

Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Right dads, put your feet up and relax it’s Father’s Day. Get the kids to do your dishes, bring you tea and wash your car while you sit in and watch the Grand Prix – come on Hamilton!

Calvin Klein Belt Box Set

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Calvin Klein BeltDad’s always need a new belt so here is a nice Calvin Klein design that I found on the Ernest Jones Website. The stylish calf leather belt comes with two different clasps and is neatly packaged in a box so if it’s a Father’s Day gift you don’t even have to worry about wrapping paper! The belt cost £50.

Mobile Office

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Mobile OfficeIs your dad a bit of a workaholic? Does he rush about between clients, loose paperwork and spend a lot of time in the car? If so, then I have the ideal Father’s Day present for you! This mobile office from Red Envelope is a great way for your dad to keep all his paperwork together, it includes a flip-out desk, mini portfolio, mobile phone pocket, pockets for paper and files and a number of compartments for all his necessities.

The mobile office is available at www.redenvelope.com for $58 and you will need to order before 16th June to ensure the gift arrives before Father’s Day. I think this gift is a great idea for any working dad.

Father's Day Whisky Gift Set

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Whisky SetIf your dad is a bit of a Whisky drinker but you want to get him something a little more special that just a bottle from the supermarket then Marks & Spencer’s have this great Whisky Gift Set ideal for Father’s Day.

The set includes a bottle of Invery Single Highland Malt and two glasses so you can join your dad for a few! The set costs £32, more than a bottle from ASDA but he’ll see that you’ve put much more thought into the present. The bottle and glasses come neatly packaged in a blue box so you don’t even have to wrap it up.

Personalised Mugs

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

bg-690.jpgThese clever mugs are an excellent gift for all the family. They are thoughfully personalised, not in the boring way of displaying a name or starsign but in a more useful and original way by displaying how you take your tea or coffee!

I think my dad would really appreciate this for Father’s Day as he’s a complete caffine addict. He must drink about 20 cups a day, and he’s always bribing the family to make cups for him. I’ve made him so much coffee that I’ve got his preferences indellibly engraved in my mind forever so i don’t really need to make reference to this mug, but this would be a great gift for him to take to work and leave in the staff room for when it’s some other poor persons turn to be his coffee slave! Get them from born gifted.

Save Money At Ascot

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

gg020.jpgWith the Ascot Races approaching you are probably wondering how to lunch in style on the day. You may have noticed that you can buy a picnic lunch from the Ascot website. I think this is a great way to avoid the high restaurant prices at ascot and make the most of the outdoors but it is still a bit pricey for what you get. I was searching high and low for cheaper yet equally luxurious picnic alternatives and then I realised that you are not allowed to bring your own food onto the grounds!

However I was glad to discover a website with a truly delicious range of hampers for a fraction of the price of the Ascot lunches at Highlandfayre. With the weather steadily improving a picnic is definitely on the cards this weekend, so I’m going to order a Sumptuous Selection food hamper which is currently on offer at £29.95. This will save me having to rush around Sainsbury’s in the morning making the picnic a much more relaxing experience. If you are dead set on avoiding ascot’s high prices you could leave the grounds at lunch and take one of these hampers with you to one of the gorgeous nearby parks and enjoy your own food in peace and tranquillity there, before heading back to the bustle of the races – a great way to get more for your money.