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Relationships According to Ladybird

Remember the twee, wholesome Ladybird books from childhood? They’ve become experts at tackling life. Long-gone are Ladybird’s former days of nuclear families and quintessentially British life.

Thanks to their grownup makeover, Ladybird books are tongue-in-cheek and agonisingly relatable. As Valentine’s Day looms closer, let’s celebrate relationships, from marriage to dating. Enjoy these humorous snippets from some of Ladybird’s bestsellers that poke gentle fun at Love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

 

The Wife: A Ladybird Personalised Book

On why women are never wrong

Make This Valentine’s Day Personalised

 

Valentine’s Day just isn’t what it used to be. Truthfully, it’s designed to make couples spend unfathomable amounts of money to prove how much they love each other for just one day of the year. Obviously, we should be showing our love for our partners daily (not because of the mass-consumerist holiday).

Nevertheless, it’s a day dedicated to love. If you feel like taking part in Valentine’s Day this year, do so with thoughtful gestures; the romantic kind, without the hefty price tag. Since love is contagious, I Just Love It feel compelled to give you mini Cupids a few Valentine’s suggestions. Plus, they’re all under £30. Not only are you not breaking the bank, you’ll be browsing gifts that are out of the ordinary, lovingly-cheap, and personalised.

Mother’s Day: Mum’s Lessons that Shaped our Childhood

We’ve all been there. We all know first-hand, eating crusts does NOT make your hair curly. Forcing down carrots won’t give you superpowers to see in the dark. And scientists have proved sitting close to the T.V does NOT make you go blind. 

 

 

Have you ever been told, ‘Your face is going to freeze like that.’? Or the infamous, ‘Because I said so. That’s why.’ or, ‘Just wait till your father comes home!’, like dad was the scary one? Everything was unfair as a kid. Older siblings were the practice child who got the brunt of being told off, whilst younger siblings got away with murder (if you were the youngest, feel honoured - your parents finally made the perfect child and stopped at you.). And if you were the middle child, you either floated on by in your mum’s good books or you set the standard for breaking every rule mum put in place.

Living the Dream; Lessons from Hollywood's Sweetheart, Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe screams Old Hollywood. Emanating a radiant presence on and off screen, she is a household name known all over the world. Her demure, flirtatious manner cast a spell upon all who came into contact. Who could blame them?

 

 

Strutting her perfectly-winged eye, iconic red lip, platinum curls, and vivacious figure - with a beautiful mind to match, Marilyn was America’s sweetheart. But Marilyn Monroe was clearly one tough chic, with an air of modest humility captured in her wisdom. Here are a few of our favourite lessons from the golden girl herself, why don’t you have a read through and see how many translate to your life?

Mother’s Day Brunch: Chowing Down in Percy & Founders

Spring brings with it two occasions to celebrate; the Easter Bunny and Mothering Sunday. The idea of a ‘mum’ is a highly-underrated concept. Simply read the first page of the Ladybird Mum Book to know being a mum, never ends.

 

Mums have a knack of knowing everything, she is a human calendar and she even supported your multitude of ‘phases’ which you have to look back on and cringe to this day: the ‘post-adolescent-idealistic phase’, your ‘emotional’ phase, and exhausting, ‘tempestuous teen’ phase.

Mum is a shoulder to cry on, a constant source of nutrition, forbearing shadow of conscience even when you don’t want it. We learn the best of morals from mum. Mothers-to-be and babes who are but a grain of sand in the warmth of mummy’s tummy – you have all this to come. So, we celebrate Mother’s Day to remind ourselves of her unconditional love and stability.

I Just Love It Win 2017 Gift of the Year For…

Well I Just Love It shoppers, the verdict is in and the votes have been counted for the 2017 Gift of the Year Awards…

For the last four decades, the Giftware Association has been trailing up and down the country, keeping a wuthering eye for up and coming, remarkable gifts suitable for every occasion. The association represents retailers, manufacturers, start-ups, and established companies.

 

 

These pioneering individuals have previously brought you the wedding drop guest book, and cinematic lightbox of 2016. They're always looking for the most creative and original ideas within the commercial gifting market. In 2016, 140 gifting companies took part in the event, with 2017 seeing nearly double the number of budding participants, making for a demanding judging process this year.

Will You Be My Palentine?

 

If you’ve never heard of Palentine’s Day, you’ve been missing out. When the sweep of commercialised Valentine’s Day storms in at the start of February, we’re either on the winning (#relationshipgoals end) or losing end (#bridgetjoneslife). There’s a misleading stigma surrounding Valentine’s day as a Hallmark holiday for couples only.

In the last 10 years, thanks to the rise of social media networks such as of Facebook and Instagram, Valentine’s Day has boomed into a parading holiday of ‘who did it better’. These posts, tweets, messages, and other online displays of affection ultimately leave an inferior taste in our mouths for not ‘celebrating’ the celebration, or being ashamed of going it alone. There is no shame in not having a Valentine, and Palentine’s Day is a palatable alternative that even the most anti-Valentine can get their teeth into:

What a way to Spend Valentine’s Day

 

After our sudden flare-up of feeling slightly Anti-Valentines last week, we’re back in the swing of love and currently pondering ideas to keep your sweetheart sweet this Valentine’s Day. We’ve pulled together romantic wake-up ideas and evening experiences, to make this Valentine’s Day unique to you.

 

Wake-up Ideas

 

 

Front Room Picnic

 

Anti-Valentines: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

 

It frustrates us that people tend to miss the point of Valentine’s Day. Who can blame them? With cards by the case load aimed at couples and the day itself branded as ‘romantic’, why would people not in relationships celebrate it anyway, right?

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, between friends and family, as well as couples. If you’re feeling slightly “anti-valentine” this year, or perhaps want to go against what’s considered the ‘norm’ for couples on the 14th, here are a list of 10 anti-Valentine’s Day recommendations to survive this ‘romantic holiday’ without the last resort of going into hiding.

10 Things You Had No Idea Happened at Christmas

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year where consumerism is at an all-time high. Our Christmas dinners have gotten fancier, to the point where our homes will resemble one of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on Christmas Day. There’s always someone down the road who’s trying to out-do the festive illuminations outside your house. Let’s be honest, chrimbo wouldn’t be the same without all this Christmas palaver, and it’s a time that really does bring families together.

…Until it comes to presents. Christmas presents are notoriously difficult to buy and the pickier the receiver, the harder it is to buy. They’re expensive and no matter what you pick, you never know whether the recipient truly likes it. (it’s useful to know, if relatives buy you hideous Christmas jumpers, simply hold it up in front of your face to cover your reaction).