16 TOTALLY gorgeous gift ideas at M&S (perfect for Mother’s Day!)

Jenni shopping at M&S!Or what happened when I ran around M&S picking out stuff I’m LOVING!!

As you can see, I’m wearing appropriate, mad-dash footwear, which was necessary as the store was closing and I was madly running around snapping on my phone last weekend!

Frankly, these are just some of my favourite spring things, full stop – but any of them would make a fantastic, splash-out Mother’s Day surprise …

 

 

 

Let’s start with the bags, like this beauty: the classic and roomy Drop Lock Tote Bag (£28) …

M&S White Bag

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6 healthier treats for when you’re craving something naughty!

When I’m super-craving something sweet or savoury in the ‘naughty’ department (think: crisps, ice cream etc.), here are some AMAZINGLY good alternatives which make me feel a bit better about diving in! :)

Oh, and some caffeine-free teas I’m pretty obsessed with, too!

So, in no particular order of scrumminess:

1.  Raspberry & AMOURetto Live Gourmet Yoghurt by The Collective.

Raspberry & AMOURetto Live Gourmet Yoghurt by The Collective.

Just discovered this – delicious, swirly, raspberry in a live natural yoghurt (= healthy points!). Read more.

Chatting beauty, fashion and family travel with Becky of English Mum!

Just before schools broke up for summer (as in, yes, over 3 – maybe more, eek! – weeks ago), I did a podcast interview with the lovely (and very funny) Becky of English Mum on all things summer and her fab, much-loved food, travel and everything family blog.

That was before Becky set off with her hubby and two teen boys en famille on a French foodie vacance, during which she Tweeted, Instagramed and Facebooked their adventures (and made us all drool!).

I’d hoped to get our chat live before that, then during, but definitely before Becky set off on the Disney Cruise which she’s now on!

In the midst of the summer holiday spin, things got crazy and I also – somehow – managed to delete the start of our interview in the final edit (there’s a good reason why I don’t do much of the techy stuff at nonstopmama. At all.).

So, I thought I should share Becky’s great tips, tricks, recommendations and links while we’re in the last weeks of summer and she’s still on her hols!

As she often travels with her family for work, I was super-keen to know how Becky gets organised with packing and prepping. Her secret? A master checklist, edited as a computer spreadsheet (which you can download here at English Mum – hoorah! – to use for your next break, or as a basis for your own).

Becky (sanely) tries to avoid doing laundry on hols but, when she needs to, she told me she LOVES Dr Bronner’s All-In-One Magic Soaps, which are also a big hit with beauty insiders.

Sun protection-wise, she’s all about making sure her crew are well shielded from the rays and, having tested lots of lotions for her blog, those which come out on top include Hawaaiin Tropic (we agreed, you can’t beat that Eighties-evocative smell!) …

 

… she’s also a fan of Uvistat and the P20 range, which works for up to 10 hours and, hence, should only need to be applied once for day-long protection (more here!).

Becky’s summer bronzing make-up must-have? The total classic, BeneFit Hoola!

She’s also a lip balm aficionado, preferring a slick of balm to lipstick – Carmex is a fave – and recently discovered Clarins’ BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF25 …

… although she admits she’d love it even more if it came in a fairer shade (we’ve tried this new tinted base at nonstopmama and ♥ it too! Great for everyday cover and colour, with decent daily sun protection).

Becky also loves Clarins’ mascara, and, skincare-wise, has been loving Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet Creme …

Style-wise, I’m not believing Becky when she says that, wearing heels, she looks like a ‘giraffe on roller-skates’ ( :) ), preferring flats!

She also told me that she LOVES Gap and has a bit of a thing this summer for their bright tops and basics (something which she’s shared with her friend and fellow blogger, the lovely Amanda of Online Stylist).

There are lots in the summer Gap sale right now …

Of course, I had to ask Becky for her summer family meal favourites!

While her boys love wraps – and she loves their simplicity – among her top, crowd-pleasing meals are her Roasted Vegetable and Barbecue Chicken Skewers (which look totally. yum!!), this Buttermilk Jerk Chicken dish and these Fresh Sardines with Gremolata Dressing, which all look as healthy as they are delicious!

This summer, she’s also been experimenting with Tapas, including these scrummy-looking Spicy Garlic Prawns

My HUGE thanks to Becky for chatting to nonstopmama!!

See all Becky’s fabulous family recipes, travel tales and LOTS more at English Mum!

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with her adventures on deck with Disney on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Ice cream sandwiches + sprinkles!

I’ve ‘made’ (or rather, easily assembled!) ice cream ‘sandwiches’ before – easy, use any biccie, look great stacked on a plate!

But I LOVE this idea of rolling them in sprinkles, too – easy, effective (ticks all the nonstopmama boxes!!).

:)

Via Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, on Pinterest!

Taking the biscuit!


Aren’t these Mama Mio handmade cookies – which arrived at nonstopmama to celebrate the Royal arrival – super-cute?

They’re made by Biscuit Village and, since they didn’t stick around for long, I can also tell you that they were that perfect combo of just-right crisp and irresistibly sweet.

YUM!! :)

Check out the website for more fun ideas and inspiration for special celebrations (and shop Mama Mio for the ‘real thing’!).

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    Jenni Baden HowardDaily adventures in beauty, style, health and fitness, family, food and fun!

    I'm a beauty and lifestyle writer and juggle-from-home mama (the Italian genes explain the mad hair and love of bronzer). I've written for a wide range of British glossies, newspapers and weekend supplements, along with many beauty and lifestyle websites.

    Now in my Forties, I truly believe that true beauty is both ageless and timeless (although I could be biased).

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