Valentine’s Day at Home Bargains

Valentine's Day Haul

Dear Mummy, we can’t quite believe the shopping haul we picked up from Home Bargains over the weekend. Throughly impressed, we just had to share with you all. We used to think that Home Bargains was a cheap shop which … Continue reading

Reading between the lines

Dear Mummy Blog

What do you see when you look at my blog? A colourful life beginning to take shape? That’s what I see. Memories and mind dumps from my folks, a large scrapbook of things we like, we are or can be. … Continue reading

Bedtime prayers

Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord, my soul to keep; Guide me safely through the night and wake me with the morning’s light Amen My mummy has this little ritual. Every night before she goes … Continue reading

#LockYourLove

#Lockyourlove this Valentines Day

“Love is in the air, everytime you look around”

Dear mummy, I think that’s how the song goes?!? This week at Festival Place Basingstoke they are holding a very special event called #lockyourlove just in time for Valentine’s Day.

#Lockyourlove Festival PlaceHave you ever been abroad and seen padlocks on railings from tourists leaving their initials marked onto them? This is the idea behind #lockyourlove to leave your mark on a place and someone…

Festival Place is a huge shopping centre in Hampshire and they are offering shoppers the chance to ‘lock their love’ on a special heart sculpture in Porchester Square this Valentine’s Day.

Robin Jones at The Digital South.

Copyright Robin Jones at The Digital South.

This creative idea launched last week and is running until Valentine’s Day on 14th February, shoppers will be given the opportunity to personalise a padlock with a tribute to their loved one and attach it to the Festival Place heart.

Giant heart at Festval PlaceBy taking a picture of their padlock and sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #lockyourlove hashtag shoppers will also have the chance to win super duper prizes from Festival Place retailers including Nando’s, Giraffe, Wagamama, Build-A-Bear, Thorntons and The Perfume Shop. Sounds good right? Festival Place are really sharing the love!

Shoppers are also encouraged to share the love by donating to Festival Place’s chosen local charity, the Ark Cancer Centre, when they receive their padlock in centre.

Robin Jones at The Digital South.

Copyright Robin Jones at The Digital South.

The heart sculpture is a living art installation which is growing and changing everyday, the more people add their padlocks to it the more it comes to life. It was created by local artists Helen Dyne and Louise Hight, who met recently through All Our Own Crafts, a pop-up shop in Festival Place promoting local crafters. We popped in there before Christmas and wrote a post about this fantastic shop. We love how Festival Place is encouraging arts in the community and supporting charities.

Want to find out more about #lockyourlove campaign at Festival Place? Then visit www.festivalplace.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter. But be quick it’s only on until Saturday 14th.

Lots of #lockyourlove

Bella x

Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you.” Mary Stevenson

My adventures with #somum Make Dates

My adventures with #somum Make Dates on Twitter

Dear mummy, #somum Make Date is a twitter event that happens every month. It’s hosted and organised by the lovely Pippa of Story of Mum. It gives mummies the opportunity to talk to other mums on twitter, share experiences, offer support and generally have a laugh through crafting and other fun activities.

Pippa sends out a little reminder through her newsletters and twitter to set the theme and pose some questions to get the creative juices following. It’s a great twitter activity to get involved in and you meet some fab people along the way. My mummy laughed out loud yesterday at people’s funny comments. If you need a pick-me-up come along and join in the fun xx Bella xx

Here’s my creations so far….

Last nights challenge and theme was “how many things have you touched today” what, whom, why etc…

It’s amazing what mummies do daily for their families 🙂 it was a draw round your hand challenge!

The first picture was done in advance. The second biro-scribble doodle was done during the event with both my hand and mummy’s hand, what she’s contributes and what I give back xx We were all drawing around our hands together, while balancing cups of coffee, glasses of wine and dinner trays…(well, not me..I was concentrating, plus I’m not allowed wine or coffee) Crazy mummies! Such fun was had and if you want a sneaky peek of the action type in #somum into twitter or visit the Story of Mum website. X

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