Another Mumpals swap has come and gone. For anyone who doesn’t know what mumpals is or hasn’t read my previous post about it, @mumpals is a twitter community for exchanging gifts with other mums. You sign up, and bi-monthly, the lovely Holly draws names from a hat, sort of like a secret Santa idea I guess. She gets in touch with who you are buying for, if the gift is for Mummy or baby and a theme! As we had mothers day in March, the theme was a pamper gift for Mum with a budget of £20. I got the lovely Holly herself and I decided instead of one gift, I would fill a box with lots of little goodies including a notebook, pen, chocolate, make up bag, hand cream, a wax melt tart, a cute little plaque to hang on the wall and as I make jewellery, thought I would take the time to make her a bracelet. Its only the second swap but both times its been a little nerve wracking posting the gifts away! I always keep my fingers crossed tight the recipient likes them! Thankfully she did!
I received my mumpals gifts from the lovely Lydia, @lydiasparkles on twitter. She chose such lovely things for me and the parcel arrived the day before my birthday so it was a lovely treat! And it helped me kick off my birthday weekend in style!
I received 3 beautiful candles from Next. I have placed them in different rooms of the house. All absolutely divine! The bergamot and green tea is especially nice, very unusual, an addictive scent! Island Spa is just heavenly and is perfect for lighting while soaking in the bath. And you can never go wrong with a good old fresh linen scent! Also from Next was a bottle of their ‘Just Pink’ perfume. I have never had a Next perfume before and I must say I really really like it. Its light and fresh enough for everyday wear.
I also received a bubble bath and body cream from the sanctuary spa range. A brand I have always seen, especially their gift sets at Christmas, I have purchased them for other people but never had them myself. Not only do they smell gorgeous but they leave your skin feeling so velvety. Although its a bubble bath, I am also using it as a shower gel. I definitely must explore more of this range.
I was so excited when I opened the parcel. I normally grab a 2 minute shower and this just inspired me to take some time for me and relax. While I was giving Heidi her bedtime feed, my awesome husband ran a bath for me. He lit the candles and used the bubble bath, so as soon as the little woman was in bed, in I got and wow, it was so relaxing! A perfect start to my birthday weekend.
After my bath, I got into my jammies and made myself a chai latte before getting stuck in to the last item in my parcel….Marks and Spencers vanilla white chocolate! I absolutely love this chocolate so I was really chuffed when I unwrapped it.
Thank you so much to Lydia for my gifts, they were and are being very much enjoyed! Its important to take time to unwind. When you have a baby, the days can sometimes blur into each other. A simple half an hour to yourself can really help revitalise and reboot the brain!
If you would like to sign up for the next Mumpals gift swap, search @mumpals or #mumpals on twitter. Its a great way to connect with other Mums and its not only fun receiving gifts in the post, but I also really enjoy picking out the gifts I am going to send.