March 2020 | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Personalised Mother's Day Gifts from Funky Pigeon


AD // I'm a real sucker for personalised products - partly because my belongings very often go missing in this house, only to reappear a few months later in one of the girls' rooms (along with the excuse "but I thought it was mine!") - but I also think getting to choose something that suits your personality and your taste perfectly is extra special. The same goes for choosing something for someone special in your life; gifts are always appreciated so much when you've put lots of thought into them.

Last week Funky Pigeon very kindly offered to send me a little Mother's Day treat from their personalised range. I like simple, smart and functional things so picked out three items I knew would get plenty of use!

First of all I chose a 'K' tote bag. I always have a reusable bag with me, whether that's to carry my work things or for my shopping, and this one is large and made from a really thick and durable natural cotton so I know my laptop will be safe in there, or that it will hold plenty of shopping.

Being obsessed with stationery I also chose a monogrammed notebook. This one by Legami is the perfect size to slip into your handbag and comes in loads of different bright colours, although I think it looks looks super stylish in black. The cover is soft to touch and held shut with elastic binding, and the monogramming is engraved rather than printed which I think makes it look extra smart.


The pièce de résistance though has to be this personalised caran d'ache pen which I am head over heels in love with. It goes without saying that the quality is outstanding, and that colour! It has grabbed the attention of lots of my clients this past week, that's for sure. It's also refillable so you'd be doing your bit for the environment by using one of these, rather than a cheaper, throwaway ball point pen.

I have to admit, I didn't realise Funky Pigeon sold so many great gifts but I'll definitely be shopping there again in the future. They're a great place to look for presents for any occasion, and offer next day delivery so are handy for last minute shopping too.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Cornwall Is The UK's Number One Holiday Destination - And Here's Why Parents Love It


Obviously right now, given the current situation worldwide, travel is the least of our concerns, but daydreaming about possible future getaways is something that's going to keep me going over the coming weeks and months, and hopefully a trip back to Cornwall will be on the cards for me and my family at some point over the next year or two.

Cornwall is a little different from the rest of the country. While mainland Britain features dull towns and even gloomier skies, this small peninsular in the west offers something a little different.

Unlike the rest of Britain, for instance, it has a semi-tropical climate. Some parts of the county and the isles of Scilly, are full of palm trees.... can you imagine that in Yorkshire? What’s more, it also has its own culture, making it distinct from the rest of the country.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Cornwall won the best UK destination in the British Travel Awards of 2016. It has a little bit of everything - especially for families.

The Accommodation Is Ideal For Parents And Children 
Cornwall has always been a prime tourist destination. For that reason, the region is packed out with versatile accommodation. Lodges with hot tubs in Cornwall are not uncommon. With these, you don’t have to worry about hotel meal times - catering facilities come as standard. Many also come with gardens and open green space, allowing you to stretch your legs.

Enjoy New Dining Experiences 
Believe it or not, Cornwall is fast becoming the culinary capital of England, outside of London. All sorts of high profile chefs have made it their home and now offer keen diners the chance to sample local delicacies cooked to Michelin-star standards.

For parents with children, Cornwall offers a bevvy of options, including cafes, open farms, and fashionable eateries in places like St Ives. Most places try to serve local produce.

You Can Spend Hours Marvelling At The Landscape 
The Cornish scenery is a sight to behold. The county’s coastline is arguably the most impressive in England, with enormous cliffs, rocky outcrops and giant, sandy beaches that stretch off into the distance.

Cornwall isn’t a particularly mountainous region, but that doesn’t matter. So long as you’re beside the sea, it won’t disappoint. Plus, you and the kids can easily pop out for ice cream.

The Eden Project 
The most famous attraction in Cornwall is the Eden Project - a series of giant glass domes that act like greenhouses. Inside, you’ll find an entire tropical ecosystem, maintained by the unique environment found within its structures. The site is an example of British engineering at its best and serves as excellent inspiration for children. Most kids will never have seen anything like it before!
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