For as long as I can remember Notonthehighstreet.com has been my go to for all things inspiration. For family events and party planning, for making our house feel like a home and now for Mothers Day. I have to admit, I have a pretty poor record of being that daughter that always remembers to get something on Mothers Day. If Mum’s lucky, she’ll usually get a card, a kiss and a cuddle, which to be fair isn’t a bad deal. But this year I’m looking forward to not being the daughter (there are two of us) that looks like she didn’t make an effort. Because this year thanks to Notonthehighstreet.com who are championing all sorts of mums across the nation with their #ForMumsWho campaign which I am a part of, I actually have a present, and it’s a pretty good one too. One that I wouldn’t mind myself (hint hint husband).
The hardest, but more rewarding job in the world..
After all, it’s the least I can do after knowing just how much it means to actually get a thank you from your child now that I’m a mum myself. I’m discovering that being a mum, can at times be such a thankless job, especially when your children are so little. It is of course the most rewarding job and privilege in the world, but it is also the most difficult. So saying thank you to a mum on Mothers Day actually means a whole lot more than the thank you itself.
It’s a thank you for all those late nights, early mornings and horrendous sleepless nights. It’s a thank you for worrying about us when we’re sick and cuddling us when we’re poorly. It’s a thank you for making us laugh and smile and always feel loved. For being our unofficial hair stylist, therapist and bff. For magically making clean clothes appear and dirty ones disappear. For being our cheerleader, biggest fan and always being on the sidelines watching. It’s for being our taxi and chauffeur, taking us to as many classes as we can squeeze in after school when we we’re young, and picking us up from nightclubs at stupid o clock when we were teens. It’s a thank you for always cooking our favourite meal when we least expected it, and for buying us the things we wanted the most, even when you couldn’t really afford to. But most of all, it’s a thank you for bringing us into this world and for being the best mum you can be.
As a deaf woman, I like to think that my mum breaks the mould of the stereotypical mum. Despite her disability, my mum’s the mum who fought for us to have the best education, then supported and cheered us through each and every year until we were old enough to stand on our own two feet. But she’s also the mum who needed us to be her ears, and her mouth when she couldn’t hear or talk very clearly. Her disability doesn’t make her any less of a mum, it makes her special because she is a strong enough woman to say when she needs our help as much as we need hers.
I hadn’t really appreciated how difficult being a deaf mum must have been until I became a mum myself. I guess that’s part of what I love about her, that she overcame her adversities to give her family the best of her and the world. I love that she took us places, did things with us and showed us the world even though it was probably quite overwhelming for her. It’s probably a big part of the reason why I am a constant wunderluster. I can’t sit still. I hate sitting still. Our love for going to places and travelling is my favourite thing about our relationship. It’s what we have in common.
Thoughtful unique gifts for every mum
Like most mums, my mum always put us children first, getting us the nicest and usually most expensive things, and its been no different with her grandchildren. So I wanted to buy her something nice, but something different, something that you can’t pick up on the high street. Naturally I turned to Notonthehighstreet.com because I knew that not only would they have thoughtful unique gifts for every mum, but that they would also be from some of the UKs best creative small businesses which is why I love shopping there.
I always feel so inspired by a search on Notonthehighstreet.com. I never usually know what I’m looking for when I start, but I always finish it finding exactly what I’m looking for. Like this beautiful personalised metallic leaf make up bag that I found for Mum. The perfect little make up bag to take with her wherever she goes. It’s so pretty, perfectly unique and very her. It’ll be such a treat because I’ve filled with lots of lovely new make up bits that I know she would never treat herself. I’m really excited about giving it to her because I love it and know she will too.
So the only thing left to worry about now is what my Mr (and little ones) might be getting me this Mothers Day. As long as he’s read my post on the 8 things I’d like this Mothers Day and checked out the Notonthehighstreet.com Mothers Day edit I think I’ll be in good hands. So for any mum’s out there reading this, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and for any Dad’s out there reading this, you know what to do!
P.S. In case you were wondering, that’s not my dad in the picture. Its Frank Bruno. Yes, my mum’s also the mum who liked to take us to fancy places. Lucky us.
Discover unique gifts for every mum this Mother’s Day, 26th March at Notonthehighstreet.com
Disclosure; This is a collaborative post with Notonthehighstreet.com, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.