Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

April 18, 2011

Spring Treats: Liz Earle Perfume, Happy Hopperz and DVD reviews

A quick round up of some excellent Spring Treats - tried and tested by, and Hot Cross Mum approved!

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No 1: If there was ever a perfume perfect for the Spring and Summer, the new Liz Earle perfume must be it. This is the first scent Liz Earle have created and I absolutely love, love, love it. Over 98% directly derived from natural ingredients, the fragrance includes ingredients such as lavender from France, damask rose from Turkey, Italian bergamot, and spicy patchouli from Indonesia. If I had to give an idea of what the smell is reminiscent of, I would probably say some of the Jo Malone scents, although it shouldn't really be compared to anything because it is so original and fresh and lovely. It really is the nicest fragrance I've had in a long, long time. It has become a new favourite and will be on my birthday and Christmas wish lists from now on! The cost £40.35 for the 50ml eau de parfum spray.

Happy Hopperz - these new toys are excellent -think space hopper for tots! They are ride on, inflatable animals in a range of styles (cows, horses, bulls, rabbits, reindeer) with ears or horns for children to grip on to and sturdy feet to steady the bounce. My 3 year old absolutely loves his blue bull. Happy Hopperz are perfect for sunny days in the garden, or rainy days inside and can even be deflated and packed up to take to the park or on holiday. They are a brilliant toy (and I'm hoping they will start making adult sized versions very soon!). Happy Hopperz are available from as well as independent toy stores and and retail at £19.99.

The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Gahoole - this is a beautiful movie which my 5 year old absolutely loved. From the producers of Happy Feet, the movie features stunning imagery and an inspiring good versus evil story. We were all hooked from the start. It is a step up from our usual Disney/Pixar movies - a sort of Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter style story - with owls! The movie is available on 3D Super Play, Triple Play and DVD as well as on 2D Triple Play and DVD. The voice cast includes Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving. Check out the official Facebook page or watch the trailer below.



  1. You write of important and loving parent related topics and all I can think of is I WANT THAT NEW PERFUME. I WANT IT. I WANT IT NOW !!!

    So I'll put it on my Mothers day list which is not until May 8th here. Will give the man a little time

    Love your funny blog

  2. Now I really want to try it, that bottle is so much fun! I love spring scents! :)

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  3. I am all about spring scents. They are so refreshing aren't they?

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  4. While fragrant liquids used for the body are often considered perfume, true perfumes are defined as extracts or essences and contain a percentage.


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