Passive Aggressive Notes – have you ever sent or received one?

In my previous life, before Joe came along and the blogging started, I was a teacher for 12 years. And, in that time, I came across my fair share of passive aggressive behaviour in the form of notes. These occasionally came from parents who were using a liberal lacing of sarcasm in response to requests or letters about their children. But, more often than not, they were from supply teachers leaving comments about my class at the end of a cover period – advising me on what I needed to do to improve my class. Needless to say, most of these raised an odd giggle as I had absolutely no problems with my class, and were then dispatched to the class paper bin for recycling.

It is true to say that research from Data Label suggests that most of us will never send a passive aggressive note, nor will ever receive one, but that for those who do send them, getting their message across with humour is a big part of the deal. Data Label have recently created a very tongue-in-cheek infographic with all the hints and tips needed to create the perfect passive aggressive note, and include some funny examples, but, beware, 61% of people say that they would be upset if they were to receive one. (The instagram has been included at you can enlarge the image there,  I have also produced a smaller version below too.)


What are your thoughts on sending or receiving a passive aggressive note? Do you think they are gentle, harmless fun, or do you think they can be genuinely hurtful and therefore, nastier than intended?

I’ll leave you with some food for thought. A friend once left one of those ‘clean me’ notes in a mutual friends home. She wrote it in the dust she had noticed on the top of the toilet cistern.  She always claims that she didn’t mean to leave it but left the bathroom before she wiped it off. It ended the friendship…

Celebrate your engagement with an antique ring

I am a magpie when it comes to jewellery. This has been true since I was a child when I would play dress up with my moms beads and bangles and it has not abated in my adult life. I think it is true to say that I follow in a long line of magpies – my mom has an extensive and beautiful collection of jewels, and my nan’s bedroom was always a treasuret trove filled with heavy charm bracelets, Sovereign rings and other pieces that could only make my eyes goggle when I was young.

Where I differ from my mother and grandmother is that, in general, my jewellery is of the paste and costume variety. I own only a few pieces that could be considered truly valuable, but one of these pieces is actually one I wear every single day. On my right hand I wear an antique engagement ring. It is a beautiful yellow gold and diamond piece that belonged to my grandmother, which makes its value and provenance so important to me. I know that this was not her original engagement ring – she got engaged just after World War 2 and had a plain band, but that this ring was an antique piece that my grandfather presented her with a few years later. My nan died in 1998 and I have now been wearing this ring for almost 20 years – it is irreplaceable and beautiful and I wouldn’t part with it for all the money in the world.


If you are getting engaged this year, an antique ring is a beautiful alternative to a High Street jeweller.  Berganza is a reputable dealer in antique jewellery, including engagement rings. The company, based in London’s famous Hatton Garden, is also a wealth of information about vintage and antique pieces, including the key pieces from different styles and era’s, birth stones for each month of the year, and different cuts of stone.


I think there can be nothing more romantic than sealing your love with an antique ring, one that may have a story of past love behind it. You can find the perfect gift for the one you love by choosing something from their favourite era (for me this would be anything Art Deco), or maybe looking at something that they may have seen on TV (in a series like Downton Abbey or a film like ‘The Great Gatsby’).  You can still set your own budget,  and could maybe even contact Berganza to see if they could find a specific style for you.

For romance with a touch of history, an antique engagement ring is hard to beat.



Bathtime treats from BabyBlooms

BabyBlooms is a company that started in 2005 producing those beautiful and unusual baby bouquets made from hand-rolled items of baby clothes. I was lucky enough to be presented by one of those when Joe was born and it was stunning, I was almost reluctant to take the bouquet apart as it was just so special. Since then, BabyBlooms has branched out, with a range of lovely gift ideas for both mother and baby. In particular, the toiletry gift ideas are brilliant, gentle enough to be enjoyed by both mother and baby.

I have been test driving some of the beauty products that BabyBlooms currently stocks, either to sell individually, or as part of their baby and mother hampers. I have to say that I love the products, I suffer from sensitive skin and love something I can use that doesn’t leave either irritation or redness. In addition, I like things that Joe can also use, things that are family friendly even if you suffer from conditions like dry skin or ezcema. (You can read about some of our skin issues in a previous post here.)

It must also be said that the packaging in which you receive gifts from BabyBlooms is just beautiful. The Amanda Bradley illustrated boxes are lovely, pretty shop frontages on all four of the faces of the box that just helps to make any gift just that little bit extra special.





Replenishing Hand Cream and Soothing body Lotion

I am a huge fan of handcream, I carry a tub around with me at all times, and love to have it in pump action bottles in both my bathroom and kitchen. I truly believe that handcream is a must apply after washing hands to avoid dryness caused by water. The replenishing hand cream from BabyBlooms has a slightly oriental smell due to the use of lemongrass as one of the key ingredients. It is a non-sticky formulation that sinks into hands quickly, with only the lovely scent lingering. I love the fact it is handmade and full of natural products, including moisturising Jojoba, and that this is a product that can be used daily, if not several times daily, because it is gentle and soothing.


The soothing body lotion is a mixture of Calendula and Evening Primrose. It has a clean and fresh smell that is totally unisex and is very nourishing, my skin just drinks this up and it sinks in wonderfully. It leaves no residue, so you can put apply this after a bath and then put your pyjamas on straight away without leaving greasiness on your clothing. This is a gentle formulation, again handmade and natural, and this makes it a perfect body lotion for just about anyone.

Soothing Body Lotion- 250ml £12.50 Click to visit BabyBlooms

Soothing Body Lotion- 250ml £12.50 Click to visit BabyBlooms

Replenishing Hand Cream - 250ml £10 Click to visit BabyBlooms

Replenishing Hand Cream – 250ml £10 Click to visit BabyBlooms

Lip Rescue, rejuvenating facial moisturiser and baby care cream

These 20ml containers are great to keep in your handbag or baby bag as rescue remedies. The lip balm is very soothing, with a slight lemony flavour to it and a waxy consistency. It really is a great pick me up for sore lips – my little boy Joe often bites his lips and some balms and creams then sting, this doesn’t. You can pick this up for just £4.50, which I think is great value for a product that is totally natural in its ingredients, and is handmade too. It also only leaves a slight shine on the lips rather than any colour.


The facial moisturiser is like a drink for the face.  It is lightly scented and feels like a very soft, bouncy cream. This is good for every day wear – I have used it on the school run for cold mornings and my face has felt soft and protected, but I love adding a thicker layer at night as almost a sleep mask.


The baby care cream is good for anything that affects the skin, from nappy rash to excema. I have been using this on Joe’s skin after his bathtime to moisturise his skin, it leaves it feeling very soft and supple, and the skin also noticeably looks better and healthier.

Have you ever tried any products from BabyBlooms?