How Do We Say “I Love You”?

We are one of those families who don’t show love by giving gifts but by doing things for each other, little things to make each other smile, laugh, to lighten the load or simply show each other that we value and appreciate each and every member of our family.

When it comes to gift-giving we do this in order to treat each other, again to make each other smile. A box of chocolates does not say I love you for example, but someone taking the time to look for a person’s favourite kind, just because, does. You see, we say we love you through our actions, rather than what we buy for someone.

That said, if treats and sweets make someone smile, well that’s just lovely!

Gifts that say “You are Special”

Apt seeing as Mother’s Day is around the corner but valid for any day of the year, my lot know me very well and know what puts a smile on my face. 


I’m very easily pleased! I love alternative teas and it is usually my youngest sister Lauren who will pitch up with a box of something new to treat me, just because. The last box she brought was of Buttermint Tea via Twinings and I’m hooked!

A Gift For Another

For several years now Roy and the boys have gifted me an alternative gift for Mother’s Day, a gift from Unicef, such as a bundle of measles vaccinations that means another mother benefits too.


I’m a voracious reader and always have a wishlist of titles I’m wanting to read which makes great fodder for gift-giving if Roy or the boys like the idea of treating me.



There’s something magical about cut flowers. I love discovering new favourites and always smile when I walk into a room and find a vase of something colourful. Whether they are daffodils or my favourite Sweet Williams, flowers such as these from Flying Flowers are a lovely “I appreciate you” gift, especially when they are randomly given without warning. I love surprises.

A Lie In

Ok, this isn’t a bought gift as such but as someone who rarely lies in it’s a fabulous treat. Roy disappears downstairs with the boys, comes back with breakfast and a brew and I get hours of lazy peace and quiet. Priceless!

What sorts of gifts or treats make you smile?


Achica – Luxury at Budget Prices

A few weeks ago I was offered a voucher code to use on Achica so that I could browse, order and then hopefully enjoy the Achica experience.

Achica is a site cram-packed full of fabulous homewares, gifts, items for kids, personal items and pretty much anything else you can think of. It is a place where you will find expensive boutique items, top brands and more at knocked down prices. Every day new sale events start, offering you a wide range of items for usually a week at a time. Items are limited (fair enough seeing as some these items are reduced by hundreds) however this doesn’t negatively affect the shopping experience in any way.

Just some of the items on offer at Achica right now.
Just some of the items on offer at Achica right now.

The Site

Achica is a members-only site however it is free to join up and there are no fees etc. Navigating the (very attractive) site couldn’t be easier and adding items to the basket and checking out is a simple but secure process.


If you want something from Achica tomorrow you may be disappointed. As items are often sent from the individual brands and then onto Achica for checking and packaging and THEN onto you the process may take a week or two. That said the items are worth waiting for and expected delivery times are made very clear for each item when ordering.
You may track your order via the online account, I received email updates regarding my order as well as a smooth delivery with text alerts and more. Yes it took a while to get here but the money saved is worth the wait.

My Order


A microwave! Not any old microwave but a pretty microwave that would fit perfectly into my kitchen. I’ve actually been looking for one like this for ages however they’ve all been in excess of £100 (I don’t use a microwave often enough to justify that!).

This particular microwave was £110 full price if I remember right knocked down to £69.

As you can see the delivery date range is shown on the actual product page. I think it fits into my kitchen quite well!

achica micro


What do I Really Think of Achica?
Honestly I have to say I’m a fan. I’ve used it before in the past although there seems to be an even bigger range of items available now. I love the moneysaving aspect, how easy the site is to navigate and above all having the opportunity to find new and different items for the home or for gifts.

Achica asked me for an “open and honest” write-up based on my experience of this shopping review and I have to say that they deserve nothing less than 9/10 (you have to be fairly spectacular to get a 10!).