For this week's blog post, let me start by saying: Happy International Women's Day 2021!
Growing up in a family of open-minded, strong-willed women, I have always been fortunate enough to understand the importance of creating a world free from prejudice, inequality, violence, and unfair stereotypes - for both men and women! In particular, my mum and grandma (and great-grandma!) have instilled the view that our lives should be peaceful, without bias, and with opportunities for all, and for the most part we've definitely come a long way! I mean, how often have we watched old films or seen old advertisements from the '50s and cringed at the female stereotypes? In our modern world we are gradually bringing more and more women into roles of power and influence - and that is fantastic!
Sometimes women can have it tough; some receive pressure to start a family, some receive criticism for having children too young or too old, some receive backlash for going back to work after having kids (or not going back to work after having kids), but gals - I'm proud of you whichever you choose! You are strong and fierce!
So what better way to celebrate the women who came before us, than spoiling them rotten this Mother's Day? Let's celebrate all that being a mother is - whichever form that takes!
I've compiled a list of a few things you can do to make the day special for the mother figure in your life or even just to treat yourself, mamas! In this list you'll find a few last minute gift ideas from local businesses, fun snacks for the day, and other bits and pieces to show the ones who raised you how much they mean to you. There's something for mums and mums-to-be so we've got you covered!
THINGS TO GIFT:
Mother's Day Boxes from The Peaceful Soul, Liverpool
A choice of three differently priced boxes, including things like wax melts, jewellery, champagne flutes, candles and ceramic hearts. All items can be personalised for that extra special touch so they're perfect for mums or mums-to-be!
Mother's Day gift boxes from The Starlight Candle Company, Widnes
"Mum" gift box with a heart clasp and includes room spray, various wax melts, Mother's Day chocolates and a cute, little ceramic star decoration - everything they would need on Mother's Day!
Aromatherapy bath salt set from Inara Wellness, Liverpool
A lovely hand-blended aromatherapy bath salt gift set, which also comes with a Rose Quartz tumble stone and a little Believe shell - a perfect gift for someone who deserves a bit of relaxation and self-care!
Mother & Me portraits or Maternity portraits from Paige Edge Photography, Widnes
My studio vouchers are available all year round and are a perfect excuse to document mama's time with her bump before the little one arrives, or to capture some gorgeous portraits of her with her child(ren) before they get any bigger. Bonus: treat mum to her hair and make up before you come into the studio for an added luxury!
THINGS TO EAT:
Afternoon tea from Tipsy Cow, Liverpool
Any afternoon tea ordered this week will likely have to be ordered ASAP, but we loved the look of this one from Tipsy Cow on Aigburth Road, Liverpool. only a few slots remain for delivery this Saturday and Sunday so don't delay!
Afternoon tea and graze boxes from The Good Ol Graze, Runcorn
Hands up who wants a graze box that has it all? 🙋🏼♀️ They can even do vegetarian options so there's something for everyone!
Luxury chocolates from Toxteth Chocolate, Liverpool
Their Mother's Day Afternoon tea sold out almost immediately, but the good news is: they still have lots of beautiful and delicious chocolates to choose from! Chocolate flavours range from Victoria Sponge and Rosé Prosecco, to Earl Grey Brownie and more.
Cupcake bouquets from Whitefeathers Cakes, Wirral
Cake bouquets, baskets and cupcake boxes - plus extra special ‘heart baskets’ perfect for the special ladies in your lives. These cakes are more like a work of art than a sweet treat! Your loved one will be in awe of this special gift.
THINGS TO SHOW:
Illustrated Ultrasound prints from Drawn by Rachael, Southport
This illustration from your baby’s own unique scan image can be hand finished in silver or gold ink and with your own personalisation too! This print is a gorgeous gift for new mums and mums-to-be this Mother's Day.
Handmade personalised cards from The Crafty Nutkin, Liverpool
These lovely cards are handmade to order so need to be ordered 1-3 days before the weekend. This personalised cards are a perfect addition to your gifts as they are both beautiful to receive and display in your home.
Bespoke artificial flower arrangements from Petals and Pearls, Warrington
These stunning flower arrangements can include pearls, feathers and other trinkets and, as they're artificial, this present can be enjoyed by your loved one for far longer than a traditional bouquet of flowers or even kept as a permanent addition to your home decor.
Personalised balloons from Balloons & Beyond, Widnes
Personalised balloons are great for any occasion, especially if you're looking for a bit of something extra to add to your gifts this year. Decorating your house with balloons can definitely liven up your lockdown celebrations this Mother's Day!
Wishing you and your families all the best this Mother's Day!
Paige Edge Photography