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Making Valentine’s Day special: Gifts for kids and Parents and some ideas to spice up your evening

I love celebrating just about any holiday and Valentine’s Day is no different.
I try and make Valentine’s Day something for the whole family,so Oliver makes a craft for his Daddy, we do something Valentine’s orientated as a family and I try to do something special for my Husband.
He isn’t a big romantic so I tend to get him a practical gift from me. Check out these ideas

Practical Valentines Day gifts for men


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From left to right: Whisker comb from Uncommon Goods, Waterproof bluetooth Shower speaker on Amazon  I-phone car mounts available in most online gadget stores and Amazon.

practical valentines gifts for men

Juice pack H2pro, R2D2 phone charger, Ok the glasses one is more for me as I´m constantly them haha, and for the Whisky Man in your life how about these whisky stones?

Ofcourse when it comes to Oliver I try and do something crafty and home-made which his Daddy always appreciates . I also try to make the gift practical, like cute photos of Oliver and Daddy for a frame or some Art work we can put on the walls.

This year we made some Art for our new bedroom hallway

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Kids Valentines craft footprint and handprint.jpgTo do something family orientated I try and organise a family picnic, or usually do something food related- we are foodies in this house.

This year as I can barely walk around, I chose to make these really simple Jam filled Hearts from the Sweetest Occasion which are always a hit.

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I will also be making this for breakfast as it has become a tradition in our house

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When it comes to something special for Nacho and I, we can´t always get a night out (can I see hands raised, exhausted Parents and no babysitter.) So with Nacho not being much of a romantic, I try and do something cute for when he wakes up, like this idea

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I also think it´s important to try and keep the spark alive in a relationship, so what better excuse than Valentine´s Day?

I am in LOVE with the Lingerie from MKHnue. They have some amazing Bodies, Bras and Pants and there can´t be a husband in the world who wouldn´t appreciate this gift. Plus, you can feel great it in, and lets be honest Mummas, there´s not THAT many days when we feel sexy right? Cue baby spit up.

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Total crush on this brand

So there you have it, whether it´s a family Valentine’s day, (see more ideas here on an earlier post) or a special night for two,(more ideas here on an earlier and my most popular post) make sure that your Valentine´s Day is memorable for everyone this year!

For some Valentine´s outfit ideas check out this post

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Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for a Romantic Dinner

I love any excuse to get dressed up, and with Valentine´s Day just around the corner I get all excited about the prospect of choosing THAT outfit and spending some well earned time with my husband.

Ofcourse, this year our situation is a bit complicated. I’m over 36 weeks pregnant, with a trapped nerve and so I have had way too much time to swoon over the romantic night I would love to have with Hubby and of course, outfit ideas.

I thought I´d share some of those ideas with you Ladies, especially for those of you planning on a romantic date with your partner.

I´m a huge fan of the West Coast Style and sitting here at home listening to Lana Del Rey I took some outfit inspo from the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Can you believe these views?

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The lobby of the Hotel is pretty spectacular and gave me some inspiration for the Lana Del Rey feel I’ve got going on this Valentine´s.

Valentines day outfit ideas

Maxi Cape dress from Asos and Ruffle Bandeau Maxi Dress also available at Asos

I love the pastel prints used in the Lobby so I carried this through to my colour choice for the dresses. I think a pastel pink or rose Gold is so understated glamour and lends itself to a setting like this.

 The Fairmont has this amazing Tropical- themed area to dine in if you were looking for something more relaxed, which is what I´m feeling this Year. The great thing about these dresses is that they lend themselves to either formal or relaxed settings.

Can you imagine it? Pina Coladas, tropical atmosphere and West Coast style. So not jealous of you San Francisco Mummas.

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Tonga bar at the  Fairmont Hotel / Black tassel Heels River Island and Steve Madden heels 

 

I would team the cape dress up with some Black suede tassel heels that continue the West Coast vibe and add that relaxed feel to the dress without losing glamour. You could also wear the nude Steve Madden heel, which goes with anything and again is understated glamour.

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STEAL>Blush Patent Leather Clutch Nordstrom, SPLURGE> Jimmy Choo ‘Large Maia’ STEAL>Metallic Envelope Clutch Nordstrom SPLURGE>Alexander McQueen skull clutch also at Nordstrom

Don’t worry, I’ve got your accessories covered too

Finish off the look with some Bobbi Brown Beach Oil, Light contouring and Beach Effect waves

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So there you have it ladies, some ideas to wow your man this Valentine´s and a great excuse to get your warm weather vibe on early and feel extra special this Valentine´s Day because lets face it, we have earned it!

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Affordable Party Wear for the pregnant Mummy

So, as I said in my last post, I had a pretty eventful time leading up to my sciatic nerve episode, and ofcourse Christmas and New Years was party season.
By this time, my bump had got pretty big, like I had suddenly gained all of that baby weight and belly I hadn´t put on until then and I was faced with the challenge of finding decent party dresses for myself and my bump.
There are ofcourse some pretty great but pretty expensive maternity stores that are meant to cater for pregnant party Mummas, but as I scrolled through their sites I was disheartened to see dress after dress that I would consider a day time dress being pawned off as an evening dress just because it would fit your bump.
I am definitely a fan of wearing non-maternity clothes during pregnancy, providing the fit is right. Buying online is a serious challenge as you have no way of trying the clothes on before you buy and you just don´t know if you will look like a sausage squeezed in to a too tight wrapper or whether you will look like you are indeed wearing a sack, as the size you ordered was just too big.
Looking for a highstreet brand in a hurry, I was wary of anything I saw on ASOS, as I had ordered several maternity dresses from them at the beginning of pregnancy and the fit was horrendous. Not one of their supposed ´Maternity Dresses´ took in to account the pregnant female form. My boy belly sticks out front and ALL of their dresses were wide on the sides and had no give at the front. When my plans changed for New Years Eve from casual dinner to masked ball, I had to find something appropriate fast.
This was the dress I chose to wear for New Years Eve

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Doesn´t my little guy look so gorgeous in his Tux, which will soon be available on my online store!

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I added a feather shawl from Biba to this outfit to really add that New Years Eve feel. It´s all in the accessories Ladies.

This is not a maternity dress but a stretchy, lycra material two sizes more than my normal size. I actually got to try this dress on (after trying on ten other ones) and this was by far the dress that left me with the least cleavage hanging out front and that looked like it could actually have been a maternity evening dress.
I was reallly short on time when buying this dress but if I had the time, there are some great non-maternity dresses out there that would be perfect for any special occasion.
The first, and a huge favourite of mine, is anything by Virgo´s Lounge.

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This is the beautiful Cara Loren wearing one of the Virgo lounge (non maternity) dresses.

They do some beautiful dresses anyway, and with the material being so stretchy, they look great on pregnant women at all stages. They also have an easy returns policy if the size isn´t right.

The second one is good old Zara, whether it be a black dress or a velvet number, certainly for the first two trimesters you can find something to wear here for a lower key event.

Image 2 of VELVET DRESS from Zara

This was my original New Years Eve dress when we were doing something more low key. I would have worn it more off the shoulders than the model, and with all your curves it looks great. In fact it looks much better as a maternity dress than as a normal dress! On SALE now at Zara Pregnancy blue velvet dress

If you are looking ofr something long and classic try BIBA Highstreet Maternity Occasion Wear who you can find at House of Fraser

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I think there are a couple of dos and dont´s when it comes to shopping for highstreet dresses for those maternity Party Wear occasions.

  1. Don´t buy anything with zips- seriously, check out the photo, if there´s a zip at the back and your bump is now obvious, avoid it, boobs and bump grow!
  2. No zips at the back usually means that the material is stretchy and verstaile enough to fit over most womens curves.
  3. Material- don´t buy anything in stiff materials, check that the dress contins elastane/lycra
  4. Take advantage of Pinterest. Check out my own pinterest maternity board as well as other Mums for some great ideas you may not have though of yet.
  5. Be prepared to order a large or medium and not a small and that you might have  to send it back if you can´t try it on- give yourself time.

What tips and tricks do you have for dressing your bump during party season? Let me know!

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