Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • 10 Ways To Know You're Officially An Adult

    10 ways you know you are an adult! 10 ways you know you are an adult!

    10 Ways To Know You're Officially An Adult

    The day has finally come, where you have to face up to the realisation that you're no longer young and carefree. You're not old yet, but it sure feels like it some days. Luckily you're not alone and we've all either been there or are getting there. Here are some tell-tale signs that you're officially an adult:

    1. You eat properly – cooking meals from scratch, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and even making sure that you eat some vegetables. Long gone are the days that you could survive solely on pot noodles, cheesy pasta and crisps.

    2. You don't recognise music on the radio – it all sounds like the same noise, and you'll get all nostalgic when they play a song from when you were a teenager.

    3. You've said “it was better when I was your age...” – if you catch yourself saying this to a child/teenager/anyone younger than you, you're officially old. Of course, we all know that it was better back in our day, when you actually got 10 sweets in your 10p mix up.

    4. Your childhood fashions are making a comeback – scrunchies, ripped jeans and chokers have all made a comeback, but lots of us were wearing them the first time round. You'll either love that all your old favourites are back, or wonder if you really looked like that wearing them in the '90s.

    5. You enjoy a night in – loud music, spending more money than you planned, and a hangover in the morning? No thanks, we'll stick to Netflix and being in bed at a sensible time.

    6. You don't get asked for ID when you do go out – even though they have a “challenge 25” poster up and you're not even 25 yet. It's so unfair.

    7. You spend your money on bills – instead of on Topshop and numerous nights out. You work full time and don't go out as much, but are somehow left with less money than when you were a student and only working part time. It doesn't make sense, but does show that you're a proper grown up now.

    8. You go to your mum's house for a chat – not in the hopes that she'll wash that bag of dirty clothes you happened to bring round. Not only do you do all your own washing now (most of the time), but you have more in common with your mum than you did before. You're now swapping dinner ideas, tips on where to get a bargain, and enjoying spending time with her.

    9. You feel old on a night out – when you do finally go for a night out, it feels like you're surrounded by children. You've got to resist telling them to go home and put some more clothes on, while looking on in horror at how drunk they all are.

    10. You choose comfort over style (sometimes) – the walk to work now involves a decent pair of trainers instead of high heels, and you always take a coat on a night out. You might not look super stylish all of the time, but at least you won't be cold on the way home.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

    spring-clean 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

     

    It's almost April, which means that it's the time of year to be doing a spring clean. We all know that it can be hard to get motivated enough to do it, so we've got a list with motivational tips, easier ways to clean and some ways to clear out what you don't need. These are tried and tested by other people, but not here at Forever Bespoke. So if they make a mess, it's definitely not our fault.

    1. Open the windows – start your spring cleaning by getting some fresh air into your house. The nice breeze and smell of spring will motivate you to get up and go clean. Do it first thing in the morning to avoid falling into the trap of making excuses to do it another day.

    2. Clean your microwave quickly – most people are guilty of not cleaning the microwave as often as they should. If you're one of those people, there is a quick, easy, and chemical free way to clean it. Just fill a microwavable bowl with water and put a few lemon slices in it, along with a splash of white vinegar. Microwave it for 3-5 minutes and then leave it in there (with the door shut) for another 5. The steam will loosen any mess and it can now be wiped off with a damp cloth.

    3. Use shaving foam instead of glass cleaner – this is one for in the bathroom. Use a bit of shaving foam instead of glass cleaner on your mirrors and shower door. It will leave them streak free and will stop them from fogging up when you use the shower.

    4. Put cola down the toilet – while you're in the bathroom, pour a 2 litre bottle of cola down the toilet and leave it for at least an hour. Once you flush the toilet later, it should be sparkly clean without any effort on your part.

    5. Put some music on – TV can be too distracting while you're trying to tidy up, so put some music on instead. You can still dance and sing while cleaning, so you won't get bored and might even have some fun!

    6. De-clutter your clothes – go through the checklist as you tidy your wardrobe: have you worn it in the past 6 months, is it in good condition, and would you still buy it now. If the answer is no to any of those questions, get rid!

    7. Get new storage – cleaning and tidying always feels better when it looks good afterwards. If you have lots of bits and pieces that you want to keep, but don't belong anywhere, get some nice looking boxes to store them in. This means that you can still optimise shelf space, but have it looking a lot more organised.

    8. Clear out the fridge – this one is best done before you go on the weekly shop. Take everything out of your fridge, clean the shelves and then work on putting it all back in. Bin anything that's past its use by date, or that you have doubles of. Re-organise the food in to categories, so that it's easy to see what you already have and need to use up.

    9. Sort out your make-up – when was the last time you washed your make-up bag? If you can't remember, now is probably a good time to do it. Go through all your products and chuck any that are out of date. Some will have a date printed on them, but others go by when you first opened the product. Click here for a good list on how long to keep your make-up.

    10. Invite friends round – if you're still lacking in motivation to clean, invite some friends to come round in a few days. That way, you've got no choice but to do it!

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • Only Child to Eldest Child.

    Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition. Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition.

    Having a second child is an exciting time for parents, but with it comes a whole new set of worries. You've already nailed the basics from the first time round – you can feed a baby half asleep, change a nappy on your knee and aren't scared of manoeuvring their tiny arms in to clothes. The real challenge this time round is how to handle it all with an older child. We've found that the best way to prepare your first born for being a big brother or sister is to include them, talk to them and make sure they know what's happening.

    1. Bring out the baby photos – show your older child photographs of himself as a baby. This can help him understand that he was once a newborn too, and that he also needed a lot of Mum's attention. He'll get a better understanding that the baby will grow up, and get more interesting to him as it gets older.

    2. Explain what a baby does – eat, sleep and cry. Explain to your child that for the first few months, the baby won't do much else. Let her know that the baby won't be able to play straight away, but will enjoy having her hold its hand and getting a kiss. Reassure her that the baby crying is natural and doesn't always mean that the baby is upset.

    3. Ask for help – big brothers and sisters are great at helping out. Give them important jobs when asking for help with the baby, like getting a clean nappy and fetching a towel at bath time. This can make them feel very grown up and useful.

    4. Open the baby's presents – it can be difficult for the older sibling when the baby gets lots of presents and she gets nothing. Get her to help out and feel more involved by opening up the presents, because it's too difficult for the baby to do.

    5. Let them make a baby decision – it might not be a good idea to let your toddler choose the baby's name, but there are plenty of other important decisions that he can make. Why not take him shopping and let him decide what bedding the baby will have, or what they'll wear home from the hospital. If your child has eccentric tastes, you can always play it safe and get him to pick from a choice of two outfits.

    6. Choose a toy for the baby – if you've kept baby toys from the first time round, get your older child to pick out what she's going to give to the new baby. Remember to explain that she's such a big girl now, and doesn't need baby toys anymore. This might help her to see the toys as being the baby's and not hers anymore.

    7. Give them their own baby – your child might get jealous of you feeding and cuddling the baby, and having a baby of his own might help with these feelings. A doll can be fed, cuddled and put down for a nap. This is great for children who enjoying being just like Mum and Dad, and can help to teach him how gentle he needs to be with a baby.

    8. Spend some quality time with your older child – it can be a difficult change, going from having your parents all to yourself to sharing them all of the time. There will be times when the big sister has to wait on the baby, so try to make up some time together by yourselves. This could be reading her bedtime story alone, doing some crafts while the baby naps, or going out to the park while one parent stays at home with the baby. Let her choose the activity she'll enjoy the most.

    9. Reinforce good behaviour – there are bound to be a few tantrums and regressions along the way, but try not to focus on these and instead praise the good behaviour. Tell the baby about how good their brother is at tidying up his toys and eating his lunch.

    10. Get the baby to bring a present home – in amongst all the gifts for the baby, it can make your older child feel a bit more special by getting one too. A big brother or big sister present is a great way to include them in all the new baby celebrations and can be a quirky way to make the baby announcement in a photograph. Some popular presents are t-shirts, teddies and our name frames for bedrooms.

    Our personalised name frames have been designed and originally hand drawn by our Forever Bespoke artist, with each name being individually designed. They come with a white frame to suit any child's bedroom and are available for a range of occasions. We are giving you the chance to win one of these Premium Printed Frames!

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    Personalised Big Brother Gift from new Baby Big Brother Gift.
    Children's Personalised Name Frame for Bedroom or Nursery Children's Personalised Name Frame for Bedroom or Nursery
    Gift from baby for becoming a big sister. Becoming a big sister.

     

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Superstitions For Friday the 13th

    10 Superstitions 10 Superstitions

    The second Friday the 13th of the year is here, a day which might be unlucky for some! If you're superstitious then you'll already know that Friday 13th is typically known as a day of bad luck. Superstitions are still followed nowadays, but they might now sound a bit odd to us. Most people will follow them out of habit, but if you believe that today is an unlucky day, then you might want to avoid any of the following...

    1: Black Cat Crossing Your Path – this is said to be unlucky, especially on Friday 13th. This superstition comes from the belief that a black cat might in fact be a witch. While we now know that witches aren't real, you might still want to watch your feet if you have a pet cat. Just in case you trip over it.

    2: Don't Open An Umbrella Indoors – unfortunately, if you live in Britain this one might be harder to follow. If you've been out in the rain, you're going to have to put that umbrella up somewhere to dry, bad luck or not.

    3: Breaking A Mirror Gives You 7 Years Bad Luck – seven years of bad luck is the last thing anyone needs (along with a broken mirror to clean up). Some people claim that you'll only get the bad luck if you look at your reflection in the broken mirror, so clean it up without looking in it and you should be fine.

    4: Walking Under A Ladder – this is superstition that was related back to witches. It was said that if you walked under a ladder, breaking the triangle it makes, then you could be a witch. Nowadays, you're more likely to be hit by something dropped from the top of the ladder, so it's probably best to still walk around them.

    5: Bad Luck Comes In Threes – and unfortunately there are three Friday 13ths this year. Spooky.

    6: Unlucky To See One Magpie – but don't worry, if you make sure to say to him “Hello Mr Magpie, how's your wife and kids?” you won't get any bad luck. You might look a bit odd talking to the local wildlife, but better safe than sorry!

    7: Don't Put New Shoes On The Table – the reasons behind this are a bit hazy, but the general conclusion is that new shoes on your table will definitely bring you bad luck. But probably not as bad as putting old shoes on the table, that would just be unhygienic.

    8: Don't Walk Over Three Drains – walking over three drains is unlucky, due to bad luck happening in threes. It's not really the drains that bring the bad luck in this superstition, it's the number 3. You can always walk around them or jump over the last one to hold on to any good luck you already have.

    9: Never Split A Pole – if you are walking with a friend and split a pole, then your friendship will split. This one is easy to avoid, just squeeze through any gaps together and you'll be fine.

    10: Good Luck Is Bad Luck – in the acting world, it's considered bad luck to say “good luck” to someone before performing. Tell them to “break a leg” instead, and they'll have a good performance. The saying 'break a leg' is referring to the bow or curtsey carried out at the end of the show, which will be as the audience applaud them.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing)

  • 10 Life Changing Films!

    Top Ten Life Changing Films! Top Ten Life Changing Films!

    By defining an era, conjuring up nostalgia or making us look at life a little differently, there are certain films that have a lasting impression. Here are our top 10 most influential cinematic releases:

    No1: Life is Beautiful

    The story of a father who shelters his son from the horrors of WWII in a Nazi concentration camp, 'Life is Beautiful' is a sentimental classic that teaches us to be optimistic no matter what life throws at us.

    No 2: The Wizard of Oz

    With ground breaking visuals and inspiring story line, 'The Wizard of Oz' has become a cultural touchstone and a must see for all ages. An innocent farm girl is whisked from her home and transported into an imaginative land and finds some interesting friends!

    There is no place like home.”

    No 3: Citizen Kane

    Orson Welle's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall has earned it's reputation as a landmark achievement in film. The exciting storyline is both thought provoking and heartfelt.

    No 4: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    More than 50 years on, the romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, remains a classic. A struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbour, a socialite with a love of fashion and wild parties. Hepburn in 'The Little Black Dress' by Givenchy, her hair in a high chignon and holding an oversized cigarette is one of the most iconic images of 20th century cinema.

    I'm crazy about Tiffany's... Nothing very bad could happen to you there!”

    No 5: The Godfather

    Critically acclaimed, 'The Godfather' follows the fictional Corleone Mafia family in America. The iconic trilogy is regarded as the greatest and most influential crime films ever made.

    I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.”

    No 6: The Breakfast Club

    John Hughes defined the 80's with his brat pack films and his most famous, 'The 'Breakfast Club' is still widely watched today. The story of five stereotype teens spending the afternoon in detention find that they are not all that different. An inspirational film with a fantastic soundtrack and ending!

    We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it. That's all.”

    No 7: E.T.

    One of Spielberg's finest films, E.T. is a magical sci-fi adventure about a young boys friendship with a homesick alien. A touching portrayal of childhood, loyalty and friendship, I challenge you not to tear up!

    No 8: The Shawshank Redemption

    The uplifting prison drama about a man wrongly accused of murder shows the unquenchable human spirit through an intelligent and heartfelt story line.

    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

    No 9: Fight Club

    The brutality and harshness of 'Fight Club' highlights consumerism and materialistic self-absorption. This revolutionary film that will get you thinking about what is truly important in life.

    We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.”

    No 10: UP

    This imaginative animation tells the story of a pensioner who, after losing his wife, finally pursues his life long dream of travelling to South America. A heartfelt tale brimming with adventure, humour and heart. A film that proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

    Adventure is out there.”

    Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Reasons Your Mum's The Best

    10 Reasons Why Your Mum is Best 10 Reasons Why Your Mum is Best

    1. She looks after you when you're sick – whether you're 5 years old with a headache or 25 years old with a sickness bug, you can always rely on mum to make sure you get through it. She'll be there armed with paracetamol, a blanket and a hot water bottle for you and won't love you any less for it.

    2. She'll do your washing for you – even when you don't live at home. Mums look after you and somehow end up doing your washing in your own house. That they don't live in. Just remember to make her a cup of tea afterwards to say thank you.

    3. She puts you first – since the day you were born, you've been number one in your mums life. Your needs always get put before hers. When you were young she let her dinner go cold because you needed help eating yours, and as an adult you get to choose what programme you watch on TV.

    4. She buys you socks – it seems to be a Christmas tradition that all mums buy their children new socks. This apparently never stops and you'll always have a supply of nice new ones, without the hassle of buying your own! No need to worry about cold feet in winter, because Mum's got it sorted. Why not return the favour this Mothers Day with 'A Present For My Mum Book with a Surprise Pair of Socks Gift'!

    A Book for Mum with a Surprise Gift! A Book for Mum with a Surprise Gift!

    5. She worries about you – worrying can also be known as caring. Who else checks up on the trivial things that can make a difference in your life? She'll make sure that you wear your jacket when it's cold, have an umbrella when it's raining and put on sunscreen when you're on holiday. Someone's got to look out for you and your mum is the best person for the job.

    6. She's proud of you – from putting your artwork on the fridge to boasting about your graduation, your mum is proud of everything you do. She's your number one fan and makes sure everyone knows it.

    7. She sat through your childhood activities – orchestra, swimming galas and dance shows. They're great fun for the kids involved, but being totally honest, they are a bit boring to watch. Despite this, your mum sat through every concert of off-notes and cheered you on for that one race you were in at the three hour swimming gala. And she always told you how well you did.

    8. She'll always rescue you – if you got too frightened to stay all night at a sleepover, mum would be there to take you home. She'll come and get you if you have no money for a taxi at 2am or if you fall out with your partner and want to get away for a few hours. Whatever the reason, she'll be there.

    9. She put up with your teenage years – even when you were full of strops, slamming doors and being too embarrassed to be seen with her, your mum stood by you. Throughout those awkward teenage years, your mum still loved you as much as she always has. Although she's probably quite glad that they're over now.

    10. She's your mum – she's yours, always has been and always will be. Your mum's been there through the worst and best with you, and will support you through everything you do. Let's face it, no-one else is going to put up with as much as your mum has. She's your mum, and she's the best.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Positive Quotes for Spring!

    Hello March...Spring Forward Hello March, time to spring in to action!

    Spring is (apparently) here, the days are getting longer, the sun is making more of an appearance, and sometimes it doesn't rain. The sunshine and fresh flowers do a great job of getting rid of the winter mindset, and we've also picked out some of our favourite quotes to help put a spring in your step and conquer those winter blues once and for all!

    Quote 1: "Spring is Nature's Way of Saying Lets Party!" Robin Williams

    Quote 2:

    "Spring is a time for plans & projects" Leo Tolstoy "Spring is a time for plans & projects" Leo Tolstoy

    Quote 3: "No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow" Proverb

    Quote 4:

    "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" Roald Dahl "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" Roald Dahl

    Quote 5: SPRING makes everything young again.

    Quote 6:

    Go Out & Do Something You Will Remember! Go Out & Do Something You Will Remember!

    Quote 7: "After women flowers are the most divine creations" Christian Dior

    Quote 8:

    Without the Rain, there would never be Rainbows Without the Rain, there would never be Rainbows

     

    Quote 9: "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney

    Quote 10:

    Storms Don't Last Forever Storms Don't Last Forever

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