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  • 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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    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
  • Top Ten Mac & Cheese Combo's!

    Top Ten Macaroni Combon Macaroni Cheese is the ultimate comfort food!

    We are an office of food lovers here at Forever Bespoke HQ, so much so that we went to our local SMAC meeting this week – that's the Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Club – at Sloans Pub in Glasgow. It's described as “an evening for people who love mac and cheese” and it certainly lived up to it.

    With our plates filled with mac & cheese, we set out to decide on the new Mac of the Month at Sloans, Glasgow. The best flavour was to be voted by everyone attending, but it wasn't just any old mac we were trying. At SMAC, the flavours are adventurous and quirky, giving you a night of macaroni to remember. Before you're allowed to eat, you have to follow the SMAC protocol and recite the following pledge:

    I hereby pledge allegiance to

    all things macaroni, regardless

    of creed, consistency or topping,

    so help me SMAC.

    First up was Sloans Legendary Mac – a classic mac & cheese. Sometimes, the classics are the best. We all loved this one as it was the perfect amount of creamy and cheesy.

    Spinach and Ricotta Mac also featured – this one wasn't as creamy as all the rest, but the ricotta complemented it brilliantly. With the spinach on top, you could convince yourself that it's definitely healthy and reasonable to eat if you're on a diet.

    Beef Lasagne Mac – the lasagne mac was the winner of the night, meaning you'll be able to buy it in the pub for the next month. It's exactly what you image it to be, lasagne sheets replaced with cheesy mac. It's like two dinners in one!

    Finally, there was the Mystery Mac, which was Mushroom and Black Truffle Oil Mac – the mystery mac isn't revealed until the end of the night, with everyone guessing what it's going to be. The mushroom and truffle oil concluded this months Italian theme. This one had a good strong flavour to it and got good reviews from all the staff!

    By the time we had tried all the macaroni variations, we were left feeling very happy and very full. We loved the night and are now proud SMAC members, planning on when to go again! We've also searched for some new macaroni flavours which we'd like to try, have a look at them and tell us what you think...

    1. Pulled Pork Mac

    Pulled pork is everywhere right now, so why not try it on top of some mac & cheese? Cook them separately and then put the pulled pork on top of your macaroni on the plate. Add a little bit of BBQ sauce on the top for some extra flavour!

    2. Macaroni Pie

    The macaroni pie is a Scottish classic. Made out of shortcrust pastry, filled with macaroni cheese and left with an open top – it's a quick and easy way to get your mac fix on the go.

    3. Chorizo Macaroni

    Smoky chorizo will spice up any dish and is the perfect compliment to your cheesy pasta. Combine it with some chicken or bacon to add even more flavours to your meal.

    4. Mac & Cheese Pizza

    Macaroni and pizza, two of the best comfort foods around. But what happens if you merge them in to one dish? Cook your mac & cheese, then put it on top of a plain pizza base. Sprinkle some more cheese on top and then bake it in the oven – there's no need for any pizza sauce, the mac will be creamy enough on its own.

    5. Chilli Mac

    This is another two-meals-into-one recipe, adding a kick to your mac! This can all be cooked in the one pot (this is always a bonus) and should be filling enough that you won't need to cook rice or any other sides to go with it. Put in plenty of beans, spices and cheese to make it full of flavour!

    6. Macaroni Burger

    There are two different versions of a macaroni burger, and it's up to you to choose your favourite! The first one involves making your macaroni cheese in to a burger shape, and having it with salad in the burger bun. The second version is topping a beef burger with mac & cheese. Be warned, this meal can get a bit messy when you're trying to eat it!

    7. Avocado Mac

    A healthier take on the classic mac! Make your macaroni cheese and a separate avocado sauce (you might want to add some garlic and herbs to this) and mix it all together just before serving. This will give you a lovely creamy dish, which will also be a brilliant shade of green.

    8. Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

    At the other end of the health scale, we've found out that there is such a thing as fried mac & cheese balls. This will be one to try if you're a fan of fried mozzarella sticks and have plenty of time on your hands. The recipe for these does have a few stages, including cooling down your macaroni, shaping it and freezing it before frying. For the best results, you'll want to do the prep work for these the day before you plan on eating them.

    9. Blue Cheese Mac

    A cheese filled twist on your normal mac recipe – just add in your favourite blue cheeses to your sauce in place of some of the cheddar. You might also want to sprinkle some over the top of your cooked mac to get a more intense flavour out of it.

    10. Candied Bacon & Waffle Macaroni

    Our final recipe to try was featured at the SMAC event in January. It sounds like a bit of an odd combo, but the sweetness of the candied bacon and waffle sat perfectly with the savoury mac & cheese. It's an adventurous recipe, but well worth trying out! Have your waffle broken up and mixed through the mac so that you get a good mix of sweet and savoury...if you're brave enough!

    If you are a fellow Mac Addict check out the SMAC facebook for regular Macaroni Updates!

    SMAC Discount Card SMAC Card

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing)

  • 10 things you said you'd never do when you had kids(...but you do)

    10 Things You Said You'd Never Do...When You had Kids 10 Things You Said You'd Never Do...

    10 things you said you'd never do when you had kids(...but you do)

    Every new parent knows exactly how they're going to raise their child...until they're born and the whole plan gets ruined. Here are our top 10 things you said you'd never do, but you did!

    1. Keep them in pyjamas all day – This is guaranteed to be the first rule to be broken. When you've got a tiny, wriggly newborn baby, the last thing you want to do is wrestle a pair of trousers on and off them 10 times a day. And let's face it, babies look super cute in sleepsuits. All the time.

    2. Bribe them – We've all been there, looking at the toddler with a big packet of sweets, thinking “I'll never do that when I have children”. But you will. When your little angel is bored in town after 5 minutes and just won't stop moaning, that packet of sweets may well save your day and your sanity. Anything to stop a toddler screaming is worth doing.

    3. Let your child sleep in your bed – My child was always going to sleep in his own cot, in his own room, right? Wrong. If letting him into my bed at 4am when he wakes up gets me a little bit more sleep, I'm going to take it.

    4. Put photos on social media...constantly - We all know how annoying it is pre-child, seeing non-stop baby photos on Facebook. And we all swear that we won't be joining in...but your kid is just so cute. You just can't help yourself sharing all the cute faces when they're tiny and the selfies once they get big enough to do it themselves.

    5. Be late because of the baby – The baby will just fit right in with your life, so no need to worry about being late or missing out on things. Until your realise that it's actually you that fits in with the baby. You're already running late because the baby needed changed, fed, changed again and you've still not packed the changing bag with the one million things your baby might need while you're out.

    6. Buy loud, plastic toys – Every new parent goes through the phase of only wanting organic wooden toys, but once your child gets a bit older, you'll find out that they need more than that. Children are drawn to bright plastic, preferably with a loud repetitive song that plays when they press a button.

    7. Stick them in front of the TV – Use the TV as a babysitter?! You'd never do that! Until it's 5pm and the kids just won't leave you alone to make dinner. Enjoy the peace as they're engrossed in cbeebies for 5 (or 25) minutes.

    8. Feed them junk food – Because as they get bigger, you'll realise that a happy meal once in a while won't actually do any damage. And it saves you washing any dishes when you get home.

    9. Walk away from their tantrum – There's a toddler lying in the middle of a shop floor, with the parent nowhere to be seen. What you don't know, is that they are hiding at the end of the aisle (still watching their toddler) and that you'll be doing it one day too. Children like to fall to the floor as if the world is ending when they're not allowed something, and it works to just walk away. Give them a minute to realise you're gone and they'll pick themselves up, stop crying, and start following you again.

    10. Use the pram once they've turned 2 – In an ideal world, as soon as your kid can walk, you'll ditch the pram. But toddlers walk very slow, unless they're running away from you. For a quick dash to town, letting them go in the pram will make life that little bit easier for yourself!

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Dept)

  • Keep on running... 10 ways to prepare for a marathon

    Keep on running...10 ways to prepare for a Marathon! Keep on running...10 ways to prepare for a Marathon!

    Keep on running... 10 ways to prepare for a marathon

    If you are running a marathon and worried about the task ahead, we've got it covered. This helpful guide will provide you with the basics to kick start your marathon preparation and hopefully make it (a little!) easier.

    1. Dress the part - Investing in the right gear can make all the difference to your performance. Treat your feet to a good pair of running shoes (or two!) by visiting a local sports store for specialist advice on the best pair for you. Ensure that they are lightweight but still provide enough support. Why not splash out on colourful tank tops or patterned leggings to brighten up your run and help keep you motivated.

    2. Work your way up - Combining running and walking is a great way to ease your body into the routine and minimise the chance of injury. It is important not to overdo it, especially if you are just starting out.

    3. Mimic the route – If possible, try and find out what type of surface you will be running on. For example, if the course is an area with lots of hills you will need to prepare for this by running somewhere similar or altering the incline on the treadmill.

    4. Update your play list - Research has shown that listening to high tempo music whilst running increases motivation and overall performance. So when the going gets tough, stick on your favourite songs and keep running. Pharrell – Happy, is our favourite up beat song!

    5. Be realistic - Setting realistic goals can increase your confidence and allow your body to adjust to your new routine. If you are a beginner then don't expect that you'll be able to do a 10k straight away!

    6. Keep hydrated - It is important to replace loss fluids. Try to take a bottle of water or a sports drink with you to keep hydrated on the go. If you don't want to carry fluids, ensure that you take regular breaks.

    7. Maintain a healthy diet - Eating right is key to maintaining stamina whilst running. Stock up on carbohydrate-rich foods, such as pasta, potatoes, bread, and fruit to ensure that your body has enough energy.

    8. Train with others - Why not join a running club or train with friends to create a more social experience. You can catch up on gossip while you run to keep your mind occupied and share motivation.

    9. Play games - Take your mind off running by focusing on the song you are listening to, tell yourself you will run until the end of a play list or sing along in your head. By focusing on something else you will surprise yourself with how many miles you've covered when you next check.

    10. Recover! It is important to ensure that you have sufficient rest days so that you avoid injuring yourself. And get plenty of sleep..rest your weary head on your very own personalised Eat Sleep Run Repeat Pillowcase!

    Whether it was for a sense of achievement or to improve your fitness levels, motivation is key and it is important to remember why you started. Follow this advice and hopefully you will cross the finish line with a smile on your face!

    If you're looking for more inspiration check out Carly Rowena's blog for some great advice!

    Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Dept)

  • Win 100 Rustic Wedding Table Decorations! Enter Below...

    Top Wedding Trends of 2015 Top Wedding Trends of 2015

    Wedding season is almost here, with the plans for Spring weddings truly underway and the wedding fairs starting for those planning for the later months. With so many elements to decide on, we've picked out our favourite trends of the year. You'll recognize some that have carried over from last year and spot some new trends that are just emerging.

    1: Wild Flowers

    One of the big flower trends for 2015 is having the look of freshly picked flowers for your bouquets and arrangements. This rustic, relaxed look usually involves a variety of flowers that will compliment each other and the season. Picking some that will definitely be in season and choosing a local florist can help to keep your costs down. Your arrangements can also be complimented with other seasonal elements, like acorns and pine cones in autumn, and red berries in winter.

    2: Tiered Wedding Cakes

    The tiered cake is making a comeback! Wedding cakes are changing to be suited to the bride and groom's taste, with more couples choosing adventurous flavours in place of the classic fruit cake. Try having a selection of flavours over the different layers, or even having a 'naked' cake – that's a wedding cake without any icing on it. With all that cake to be eaten, it can be doubled up as the dessert after your wedding dinner.

    3: Food and Drink Trucks

    Eating at weddings is becoming less formal and some couples are opting out of a sit down meal, in favour of food being available all night. If you want to create a relaxed, party-like atmosphere, a food truck might be the missing detail you're looking for! From hot dogs and chips to cupcakes and sweets, any tastes can be catered for. If you decide to go for a food truck, make sure you have enough of them to avoid any long queues for your guests.

    4: Floral Invitations

    Dramatic, bright, and bold ones. Invitations are being steered towards a floral trend this year and they're going to be something that stands out. With strong colours on your invitations, no-one will be able to pass over any of the important details. Beautiful calligraphy surrounded by illustrative flowers is the go-to look, with postcard invitations being a popular choice. These invites are a great modern twist on vintage paintings and are sure to fit in with any wedding.

    5: Stand Out Groom

    Grooms are getting more involved in wedding planning and now it's time for them to stand out against the crowd too. A quirky look is a less conventional choice, but has a bit more fun in it! Stylish suits can now be found in tweed patterned material – they'll still have the classy tweed look about them, but the groom won't get too hot. Another stand out trend is the blue suit, which can be made even more bold by using yellow accessories such as his tie, socks or shoes.

    6: Ariel Photography

    Wedding photographers and videographers are now offering more ambitious viewpoints of your special day. Using drones to fly their equipment in to the air, you can capture the day from a birds eye view. This could give you great photographs of your reception and guests, by getting everyone in without the hassle of posing for the camera! This type of photography would be ideal for an outdoor wedding, to show off the beautiful landscape and area that you've chosen.

    7: Headbands

    If a veil isn't quite your thing, bridal headbands can make the same impact and be worn through both your ceremony and reception. There are headbands to cater for any style of bride – from glamorous crystals to laid back flowers and everything in between. Headbands compliment any hairstyle, up or down, and are sure to be on your accessory list for the day.

    8: Powder Colours

    Light coloured dresses for the bridesmaids, teamed up with a bright bouquet are on trend this year. Natural and powder colours are very popular, alongside reds and pinks. If you're wanting your bridesmaids to look a bit different from each other, the same dress in various light colours can be a fantastic way to do this. You can even incorporate your colour scheme in to an ombre wedding cake, or the bride's dress if you're feeling brave!

    9: DIY Weddings

    Wedding DIY is one of those things that can elevate an event and can help the bride and groom to save money to spend on their honeymoon. We've collected some ideas that can make your wedding day even more unique like incorporating a chalk board table plan, wooden signs for directions, home made sweet favours, hand made stationary and why not set up your own photo booths with a vintage style camera and props.

    10: Rustic Theme

    Rustic themed décor can create a personal and intimate atmosphere at your wedding. Copper replaces silver and gold this year, adding a bit more warmth to the colour scheme. Natural decorations and centrepieces tie in perfectly with it, contributing to a relaxed look. Wooden tables and chairs without any coverings on them will fit right in, and will look beautiful topped with wooden table decorations. Our heart table decorations are laser engraved with the couples surname and wedding date, and now is your chance to win 100 of them for your own wedding! Click the image below to ENTER!

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