March 17th, 2015
Always held on 17th March St Patrick’s Day celebrates the life of the patron saint of Ireland. We thought we would give you some fun facts about the day.
- St Patrick wasn’t actually Irish, he was born in Britain and his parents were Romans, he moved to Ireland around the age of 14.
- St Patrick went to Ireland as he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the country. He tended to sheep for 6 years before running away and taking refuge in a monastery.
- It is believed he used the shamrock as a metaphor of the Holy Trinity when he first introduced Christianity to Ireland.
- Blue was the original colour associated with St Patrick until the 17th century when it all changed to green as Ireland was nicknamed the ‘Emerald Isle’ for its beautiful green landscape.
- St Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in 1737 in America.
- Just so you know there are no female leprechauns. In all traditional Irish folk tales, there are no women leprechauns only strangely dressed little men.
- March 17th used to be a dry strictly religious holiday, however this all changed in the 1970. On any one day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold, however on St Patrick’s day this figure rises to an astonishing 13 million!
- If you are hunting for a 4 leaf clover then good luck, your odds of finding one are 1 in 10,000. Maybe one of our lucky Irish charms will increase your chances?
You won’t get through the day without hearing “Erin go Bragh” which translates to “Ireland Forever”.
March 10th, 2015
Stuck for ideas this Mother’s Day? We are here to help, here are our Top 5 Mother’s Day activities and gifts.
Are you looking to do something different this Mother’s Day? Something adventurous? Then why not try a Segway! An electronic, two-wheeled, self-balancing vehicle which apparently are incredibly easy to learn to ride. It is a highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyable experience and we think it is a great way to do something exciting this Mother’s Day! There are many different packages you can choose to tailor your experience to your needs, from whether you are looking for a scenic tour or a family day out you can find just what you are looking for here at buyagift.co.uk.
Mother’s Day is all about spoiling you Mum, and an excellent way to pamper her is with a Spa Day. Bannatyne Spa have the ultimate ‘Pamper Package’, including an energising facial, mini back massage and an on the move manicure or scalp massage starting at just £49. A fabulous way to treat your Mum to some well-earned rest and relaxation this Mother’s Day. Are you in need of some R&R? Then the Bannatyne Spa is perfect for that any time of year. They have a whole host of different spa breaks, days and treatments available. Hotels and Spas can be found up and down the country so no one misses out! Book your Mother’s Day Pamper Package here.
West End Musical
Going to the theatre is a memorable, unforgettable experience. If you are unsure what to do this Mother’s Day then tickets to one of London’s West End Musicals is an excellent choice as it is something that you can enjoy together. Although the tickets are for Mother’s Day, you do not have to go then. So it is also a brilliant excuse to make a day of it with either lunch or dinner, or even a weekend! With the average ticket costing around £30, here are 10 of London’s favourite musicals:
- Lion King
- Mamma Mia!
- Billy Elliott
- Les Miserables
- Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
- Phantom of the Opera
- The Book of Mormon
- Jersey Boys
What Mum doesn’t love flowers?! Mother’s Day is just 5 days before Spring officially starts, the sun is finally beginning to shine and flowers are a super gift. Flowers give you so much choice when it comes to variety and colours meaning you can create a personalised thoughtful bunch this Mother’s Day. Interflora spoil you for choice with their extensive collection of beautiful, high quality, fresh flowers and range of nationwide delivery options means you do not have to panic if you have left it last minute. Celebrate your Mum and all her hard work by giving her a bunch of flowers this year.
We may be a bit bias but obviously we think that the best way to spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day is with a TheCharmWorks bracelet! A charm bracelet is a truly sentimental gift which can be added to on all sorts of different occasions throughout the years. The thing we love most about them is that each bracelet tells a totally unique story personal to the individual through the charms. We love hearing the reasons behind why someone has chosen the charms they have and the meanings behind them. Why not treat your Mum to a TheCharmWorks bracelet this year, we know she will love it and it makes future Birthday and Christmas present ideas much easier! If she already has one, then a charm is the perfect gift. Here are some of our favourite Mother’s Day charms:
February 25th, 2015
Spring is upon us and the 1st March brings us St David’s Day. This annual festivity celebrates the life of the patron saint of Wales and Welsh culture. St David who is believed to have lived to 100 years old travelled throughout Wales and Britain, also making a famous pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Throughout his lifetime he founded twelve monasteries in Wales and eventually became an archbishop. St David left the legacy to his followers to“Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me”. Celebrations on the day include parades, church services and concerts. Whether you are celebrating or not this weekend, this ‘Sterling Silver Welsh Dragon Charm’ (£10.75) is the perfect addition to any charm bracelet!
February 16th, 2015
This delicious recipe makes enough pancakes for approximately two people. You will need:
250ml Plain Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1 Beaten Egg
250ml Buttermilk (or Sour Milk)
1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
Mix all the dry ingredients. Make sour (acidified) milk by adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice and top up with whole milk to make 1 cup (250ml). Leave the mixture to stand for 5 mins. If using buttermilk use full fat or the batter will be too thin. Beat the egg into the milk and add the cooking oil. Then mix into the dry ingredients to form a batter. Don’t mix too much, slightly lumpy and thick is how it should be, if you over-mix the pancakes won’t be fluffy
Top Pancake Tips
- Use very little oil in the pan and keep the heat at a medium-high level, not too hot.
- The pancakes are ready to flip when the surface begins to bubble.
- Try adding blueberries into the batter at the end.
- Oven cook the streaky bacon and top with maple syrup.
We have tested these out and can assure you they are yummy! Scroll down to see the final result!
Unfortunately we do not have a pancake charm but if you are looking for some cooking inspired charms then this Sterling Silver Measuring Jug Charm (£7.75) and the Sterling Silver Measuring Spoons Charm (£13.00) are just what you need.