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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.

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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.

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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:

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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 five romantic wake-up ideas, and five evening experiences, to make this Valentine’s Day unique to you.

 

Five Wake-up Ideas

 

 

Front Room Picnic

 

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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.

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Frightful Delights This Halloween

 

As the nights are well and truly drawing in and summer begins to feel like a distant memory, up pops Halloween to add some excitement and colour to a mid-autumn night.

 

Its origins are much debated but there is a practical reason offered in some quarters, which suggests that, since it occurs at the start of winter - and with winter being a much darker and trickier time to navigate in times gone by - it was seen as the time where we were closest to the underworld. That would certainly explain the spooky goings on.

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Chocolate - A Guilty Pleasure or a Healthy Addition?

 

If you want to justify eating chocolate, go online and google the health benefits of chocolate. You’ll find loads of ways this confectionery is good for you, from heart protection to dealing with pain. It really sounds too good to be true….

 

Yet, let’s face it, the number one reason we love chocolate isn’t because you’re on a health kick – it’s because it tastes so good!

 

Science or Smiles?

 

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7 Personalised Gift Ideas to Try This Grandparents' Day

 

Is there anyone quite as special as a grandparent? They’re responsible for so many of our fondest memories and are such a huge part of our lives.  Make the time to show them how much you care this Grandparents’ Day, with a heartfelt gift, carefully planned event or touching gesture.

 

Giving a thoughtful gift is the very best way to show someone just how much they mean to you. As with all presents, the ones that mean the most are the ones that come straight from the heart. The more personal it is, the more it means when you give it. With that in mind, here are some great gift ideas for you to try this Grandparents’ Day that celebrate tradition, have a wonderfully personal touch and are great to do with the family.

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7 Seriously Sweet Peter Rabbit Party Ideas

By Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) - Project Gutenberg ebook of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48458140

 

For those who don’t know, July marked an incredible 150 years since the birth of much-loved author, Beatrix Potter! Her series is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated collections of children’s books –The Tale of Peter Rabbit being a firm favourite – and has enthralled generation after generation.

 

In honour of the Beatrix Potter books, the author’s life, her loveable little characters and this momentous anniversary, why not incorporate all of the above and throw a Peter Rabbit or Beatrix Potter-inspired party? We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite Peter Rabbit party ideas for the occasion, including party games, delicious recipes, cakes and more. Just watch out for Mr. McGregor…

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5 Ways to Include the Kids in Your Anniversary Celebrations

 

It’s your wedding anniversary – congratulations! It’s the one day of the year most parents can commemorate their togetherness. Remember celebrating your wedding anniversary before children? With kids on the scene now, you may well be wondering what to do on your anniversary.

 

The great thing about little ones is they bring a different element of fun and excitement to special occasions. Why not embrace your wedding anniversary with the kids? It’s a great way to have fun as a family and to celebrate your love for each other on this special day.

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Olympics in Life: Gifts for Gold, Silver and Bronze

 

With the start of the Rio Olympics, everyone’s getting into the competitive spirit. Yet, a key part of the Olympics is the ‘taking part’. That’s why we give out gold, silver and bronze medals – it’s not just about who wins first place.

 

Although the Olympics themselves started in Ancient Greece, how the modern Olympics started actually took around 1500 years. When Baron Pierre de Coubertin proposed its return back in 1894, the Olympics medals became a key part of the process.

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5 of the Worst Wedding Anniversary Gifts Ever

 

Anniversaries are a wonderful, romantic occasion; a time when partners can express their love for one another and for their partnership. So, naturally, when it comes to choosing anniversary gifts it can feel as though a lot is at stake. Do not fret! Here’s a list of what NOT to do, in hopes to avoid the disappointed looks and long held grudges.


First things first, not all gifts are created equal, but they certainly don’t have to be expensive. No matter what your budget, be confident that the right gift is out there. All it takes is a little time and effort. However, in the meantime, avoid these hazardous waters.

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13 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Beatrix Potter

On 28th July this year, it’s the 150th anniversary of when children’s book author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, was born. Beatrix Potter books are still firm favourites on the majority of family bookshelves more than 70 years after her death; so to say her legacy is still going is an understatement!

 

But beyond The Tale of Peter Rabbit and countless of her other much-loved novels, how much do you know about the British author? The details of Potter’s life may be just as – or even more –fascinating than her whimsical animal tales. Here are some extraordinary facts to know…

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11 Last Minute Ideas to Personalise This Father's Day

 

Father's Day 2016 falls on Sunday 19th June and is fast approaching. We all know what traditional Father's Day gifts are– a good bottle of scotch, a nice shirt or a best-selling book.

 

While these types of Father's Day presents are not to be sniffed at and are more than likely to draw a genuine smile of appreciation, they are also just a tad clichéd and destined to be lost in the mists of time along with countless pairs of Christmas Day socks!

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15 Fascinating Shakespeare Facts

This year marks 400 years since the death of the great William Shakespeare, or The Bard of Avon, as he’s commonly known today. One of the most admired poets and playwrights of all time, his plays have been performed on stages across the globe and continue to do so to this day.

Shakespeare’s popularity bloomed after the Romantic period, during Victorian times, with the likes of other popular poets – including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Victor Hugo and Voltaire – being completely awestruck by his talent. This wasn’t limited to the time when he was alive, the Bard continues to be hailed one of the greatest writers in the world – one whose works have been filmed and staged infinite times. 

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Don't panic. but Mother's Day is on the horizon. Special occasions always have a way of creeping up on us, don't they? 

We love mums here at I Just Love It Towers. These amazing women deserve to be pampered every day of the year. We've pulled together some last minute Mother's Day gifts - we're sure you'll find something she'll just love...

Personalised My Mum Book, £9.99

Looking for a present from a little one? This Personalised My Mum Book is the perfect present. It’s an A4 book, available in soft or hardback and is a lovely, rhyming story which can be personalised with any name and message. It’s a great story to complement ‘mummy and me’ time.

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10 Fun Valentine's Day Facts

It might seem like a holiday dedicated to commercialism and over-consumption of chocolate hearts, but there’s a whole host of fascinating facts about the holiday that few folks know...Here are a few of our favourite cupid-inspired titbits, specially selected by everyone here at I Just Love It Towers... Happy Valentine’s Day!

Fact 1

Valentine’s Day was first celebrated during the Roman times in the middle of February. It was a holiday called Lupercalia to commemorate fertility. A “love lottery” was held whereby young men drew young women’s names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage.

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We've Launched a David Bowie Tribute Newspaper Book

All the ladies and gents here at I Just Love It Towers are all big fans of the great David Bowie, king of rock, who was known for his impressive musical transformations, including his character Ziggy Stardust.

When news of Bowie’s death was announced last Sunday, Twitter was swamped with heart-warming tributes from the likes of Madonna, Cher, Pharrell Williams and Kanye, posting about the loss of the musical icon.

David Bowie was – and will always be – deemed one of the most influential writers of pop music.

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How to Buy a Decent Farewell Gift for the Boss

So your boss is leaving the company. Buying a gift for your boss can be laden with political pitfalls. Spend too much and you’ll be dubbed “the office suck-up.” Get too intimate, and things get uncomfortable.

Whether they’re resigning, retiring, moving or being promoted, it’s considerate and courteous to give your boss a present when he or she leaves, even if they didn’t secure the “Best Boss” award. So, without further ado, here’s our take on the best leaving gifts for bosses around.

Leaving Work Personalised Newspaper

Why opt for a stress ball or dictionary when you could bestow your boss with this rather amusing personalised newspaper? After all, it’s the end of an era as they leave the place they once called work. This Daily Mirror spoof newspaper is written all about them and how sad all their colleagues will be when they leave.

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What Would Make a Good Father's Day Gift for My Husband?

Not only is your hubby your spouse, he's also the father to your children. Although June 16th is really about the kids getting their dads Fathers Day gifts, what do you think husbands would like from their wives on this special day?

In the midst of nappies, laundry and motherly duties, husbands can often be neglected and forgotten. Sometimes the normal day-to-day activities can leave your man in the dust. So why not let him know how much he means to you? You needn't spend much, if anything at all. We're not talking physical Fathers Day gift ideas like neck-ties, barbecue grills, fishing rods and golf balls – they just won't quite cut it. We're talking unique Fathers Day gifts of the more "active" nature. Things you can actually do on your own without the kids.

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Mother’s Day Quotes: 10 Sentimental Sayings for Mum

Want to make Mother’s Day special this year? Whether she’s a gorgeous grandma or a magnificent new mum, why not warm her heart with one – or several – of the below quotes about mothers? They'll certainly make her heart glow with warmth and remind her why being a mother is one of the greatest moments in life. 

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

– Robert Browning

“Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with everybody. … As a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.”

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Burns' Night

Hou ar ye? Hou's it gaun? There's nothing like a wee bit of Ceilidh – that's Scottish country dancing to you Southerners – to mark Burns' Night. Never heard of Burns' Night? Wouldn't know a "neep", "haggis" or "tattie" if they were directed straight at your head and fired out of the One O' Clock gun at Edinburgh castle? Read on, and all will become clear... An excuse to wear a kilt and get hammered, Burns' Night is annually celebrated in bonnie Scotland on or near to January 25th to commemorate the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns.

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Gift Ideas for In-Laws


It might take a bit of effort, but getting along with your in-laws isn't an inaccessible dream.

Sure, the word, "Mother-in-law" might conjure up an image of a haughty, domineering, bossy, bitter old lady with whom you have little to nothing in common.

Dealing with the in-laws can be the foundation of colossal marital conflict.

Then there's the choosing the gifts for the inlaws. If they like you, choosing something shouldn't be too testing, but if your relationship's rocky and your parents in law can't stand you, it can be nothing short of a challenge. When one said "I do" to their spouse, they also said "I do" to their entire family. They are, in essence, just as bound to these people as they are to their significant other.

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21st Birthday Quotes

21 by Paul Smith, taken on December 1, 2008

If there’s a birthday that definitely deserves celebrating, it’s a 21st, wouldn’t you agree? It marks the shift into “grown-up-ness”, a day when, theoretically, the world becomes their oyster. If there’s someone close to your heart who’s just turned the big 2-1, how about flattering them with some heart-warming quotes to wish him or her a very Happy 21st Birthday?

The peeps at I Just Love It HQ have put together some golden words of wisdom, perfect for putting in their card, on their Facebook wall or in a text message...but why stop there? Below each quote is a suggested gift, ideal for recipients to always remember the day they turned 21!

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