Monday, 11 September 2017

It's Nearly My Birthday - The Wish List

I really love buying gifts for people. Luckily for me, August and September includes no less than five birthdays and one wedding anniversary (hi Joe!) to pick the perfect present for. When it comes to myself, however, I really struggle to find something that I would like. I think a lot of it is due to being a parent, and how I'd much rather spend my money on keeping the boys clothed and fed, but another part is just that I'm really indecisive. It pains me to pick something to have for dinner, so picking a gift I'm meant to love and treasure forever is a bit of leap for me! 

But not this year. This year, I actually would like a few things! They're mostly clothes, which is always a good shout, I find. I've been banging on for months about how I want to create a capsule wardrobe, and out of all these picks I think only this Alda dress by Boden would fit in with my planned aesthetic. It looks perfect for work and even for a smart/casual type event - not that I frequent many smart/casual events, mind! - and even better, it's iron-free! Gotta love anything that you can just pull on and go. Another bonus? It has pockets. You know I'm one of those girls that loves a dress with pockets. 

My next two clothing picks are from two awesome mama-run brands. Since opening my own little store, I've really come to idolise anyone who can open a store and make it work. Cos it's bloody hard. Anyhoo, much like the tote bag I designed to help women, Black & Beech designed this mega rad A Mother's Place t-shirt and I need it in my life. Parenting and politics are such a HUGE part of my life, and I love that Stacey who runs B&B is so fully dedicated to making people open their eyes to the injustices in the world, and isn't just trying to profit from the latest 'in' cause. The Sister.Hood sweater is next on my list as I've wanted to grab something from Mutha.Hood.Goods ever since they were suggested into my instagram feed, and if this jumper alone can show my support to the sisterhood - and Gemma who runs the show - then, yes please!

Another gem found via instagram is Mother Pukka - who is trying to make flexible working a thing here in the UK. Because it isn't. And because I've been turfed out of work each time I decided to extend my family. Anyhoo, that's a story for another day I think, so on my birthday wish list I am including Parenting The Sh*t Out Of Life by Mother and Papa Pukka. I mean, the cover alone is pretty dreamy, but all the reviews I've read so far make this sound like the book for a mama like me who is just about getting on with things, even if I do have a shoddy milk-stained vest top lurking underneath it all. 

I don't really read a lot of non-fiction, so I've decided to add a few more for my birthday. How to be Champion by Sarah Millican simply because I haven't read an autobiography in years and I really love Sarah. Maybe it's because she's a northerner and I feel like this connects us on a deeper level. Maybe it's just because she's really funny and after the year that has been 2017 (thus far) I feel like we all need a mighty good laugh, and Sarah's the one to bring it. On a completely different level altogether is Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis. Dylan is at an inquisitive age now, and he often asks about right and wrong, and notices that some people don't have any houses yet some people have lots of houses. I think when I was six, I was more obsessed about getting a pony than about fighting inequality, but I'm so glad we're on the same page now. Hopefully, this brief history of capitalism will not only help me - and Dylan - to make sense of this troubling time, but also inspire us to continue creating a better world for the future.  

I feel like six items is more than enough for a birthday wish list, especially when it's not even a milestone birthday! Have any of my picks made it to your wish list?

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