UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 begins this week and Little Mix and the women’s England football team are asking for our support.

In this video featuring their hit-single ‘Salute’,  Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne call for women, girls and football fans across the UK to unite and show their support for England’s Lionesses by submitting a salute on social media using #Lionesses.

Salute was chosen for its empowering and inspirational message and fully supports the FA’s drive to encourage more girls and women to get into football.

I love it!

Alongside Little Mix, the video features a number of football stars including Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and world number two freestyle footballer Liv Cooke.

These are fabulous role models for our girls to be looking up to they are fit, healthy, competitive and team players.

In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup the Lionesses finished 3rd and they are hoping to do even better this year.If we can get behind them and fully support them with our salutes I am sure they will be even more encouraged.

Here is my daughter doing her bit!

Little Mix are totally thrilled to be supporting the lionesses and have said:

“When we wrote Salute we wanted to convey a message of all women being united, something we know all fans are when supporting England. Being England fans ourselves, we jumped at the chance for Salute to help unify support for the Lionesses. The World Cup a few years ago was massive for the Lionesses and they have smashed it since so hopefully the support will help them go all the way this summer.”

 

Let’s give them our support

England Women’s captain, Steph Houghton added: “The support of our fans is vital to everything that we do – we always play for our country and our fans’

So let’s get behind them and give them a salute and don’t forget the hashtag #lionesses

For more information, visit www.TheFA.com/ForGirls and follow @Lionesses on Twitter and Instagram.

 

For all
The FA, For All campaign launched earlier this year and sets out to double the number of girls playing football by 2020 in its Gameplan for Growth. It’s certainly inspired my daughter!

 

Salute to the Lionesses

 

Post written in partnership with Britmums and The FA

 

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I love nice watches and Swatch have always been one of my favourite brands. I love their innovations, the colours and  patterns of these iconic watches and the fun element of a Swatch watch as well as the practicality.

 

The new Swatch Skin collection

 

Last week I was invited to pop into the Swatch shop in Nottingham and have look at their new Skin collection. The Skin collection consists of 11 gorgeous watches. I was asked if I would like to pick one to review.

 

 

All gorgeous.

SKIN marks the dawn of a new era for Swatch’s thinniest model line. Inspired by the thrill of the unknown, the beauty of movement and the anticipation of change, Swatch’s SKIN collection introduces eleven minimalist styles in two new case sizes for men and women. The new look achieves simple, easy-to-wear elegance…

They really are beautiful watches, so slim and so light and very wearable.

Oh how I ummed and ahhed they really were all so very lovely.

I was so torn between the gorgeous Skinciel

 

 

and the oh so very wearble Skinpure

After much pondering I opted for the Skinpure it is so very light and thin and white really does go with everything. I just adore this watch. You really don’t feel like you are wearing one.

 

 

 

The whole range is beautifully classic and yet really modern too.

 

 

Prices range from £70-£85

I have barely taken the watch off since I got it. It’s great and you know hat I really have fallen in lover with Swatch all over again. I really like their bold designs too and their kids range. There really is something for everyone!

I will definitely be back as I have my eye on a very cool monochrome watch that may just ave to go on my birthday wishlist.

 

 

 

Do pop on over to Swatch to see their full range

 

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The SSE Wildcats scheme is the perfect way for girls to get into football.

The FA have a target of doubling girls’ participation in football by 2020. As part of that plan they are promoting girls only football initiatives this year, including SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. 200 clubs have been established across England throughout the spring and summer.*

The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends and at just £2 a session it really is an inexpensive activity to have a go at,

We were invited to go along to our local club and give SSE Wildcats a go. If you want to do the same and find out where your local club is do pop over to the SSE Wildcats web page and have a look.

It was absolutely pouring with rain when we set off but we were keen and my daughter was both nervous and excited.

She even made a little video!

So how did it go?

Well Lise was joining in with a group of children who had been playing together for a number of weeks and was understandably nervous about joining them. When I spoke to the  Notts FA organiser for girls football Leanne, she assured me the coaches and the girls were really friendly and relaxed and that the session would be a lot of fun.

SSE Wildcats

She was absolutely right!

Lise had such a nice time and was welcomed with open arms. There was lots of laughter, lots of training and a match! The coaches made it so much fun and taught lots of skills too.She would definitely go again and we were delighted to hear there would be sessions opening up closer to us soon.

We are big fans of football. My daughter plays every morning pre – classes in the school playground and I have seen the teamwork amongst the kids grow as they have played more and more and she is braver now and more considered as she plays.

This is definitely something she is keen to pursue so thank you to SSE Wildcats for inviting us over and I urge you to find your local club and pop along with your girls and give it a try

The SSE Wildcats slogan is “Have Fun, Make Friends, Play Football”and that’s exactly what the sessions are about.

The FA are completely committed to getting more girls involved in football you can read more about it by following this link thefa.com/forgirls

Your girls will LOVE it!

 

 

This review was organized by Britmums in partnership with the FA

 

 

 

 

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I have to admit I do have a bit of a thing for lunch boxes of all sorts and shapes and sizes and my children have had many.

This one though is probably my absolute favourite EVER!

How completely cool is this!

lunch box from Prezzybox, guitar lunch box

My daughter has been rocking one of these to school each day this week and it does look just like a teeny tiny guitar case

Isn’t it unusual and perfect for a kid who loves their music.

My husband is a big guitar fan and has been trying to convince her to hand it over to him.

There is space for everything you need, in this cute little box and it is really cool. It comes with 5 sheets of vinyl stickers, so you can customise your case in style.

It has an inner tin liner which ensures food is kept properly secured and it fastens really securely.

There’s even a hook to attach a shoulder strap, and a sturdy handle just like a real Guitar case.

The guitar sandwich box is available from  www.prezzybox.com for just £14.99.

It also looks really cool.

You can buy the guitar lunch box here for £14.99.

I do also have on e you can win! Just enter the rafflecopter here and it could be yours

 

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A wedding ceremony is a fabulous thing. Certainly, each bride dreams about a beautiful dress, an amazing ceremony, and a sweet honeymoon. However, all these things need a lot of money. Therefore, marriage is considered a very expensive event. Unfortunately, it can be costly not only for newlyweds but for guests too, especially for bridesmaids. So, what to do if you want to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of your best friend, but don’t have enough money?

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How to Save Money if You are a Bridesmaid?

These tips will help you to arrange funds wisely to get ready for the friend’s wedding:

  1. Make the hairdo and make-up by yourself. Certainly, you should have a special look this day. The basis of perfect appearance is a good hairdo and professional makeup. You can save a great amount of money by styling your hair on your own. There is a great number of popular hairdos for long and short hair among which you can choose, and make it easily repeat by yourself. The same trick is good for make-up; as any other girl, you should know better what make-up is good for you, so complete the makeup yourself or ask a friend you trust to save some funds.
  2. Rent a bridesmaid’s dress. Certainly, it is much better to buy a new bridesmaid’s dress for the wedding ceremony. However, the price may not satisfy you at all, especially if your best friend – the bride – has particular views on what her bridesmaids should wear on the ceremony. In such a case, you can get off the hook by renting a bridesmaid dress of appropriate color. Such an approach is also very pragmatic because there is no necessity to buy a dress for one day.
  3. Rent shoes for a wedding ceremony. You can do the same thing with shoes for the wedding ceremony. Rent a pair of shoes for one evening; it is not a big deal, especially if you have a meager budget. Another variant is to borrow shoes (or even dress) from your friends or mother.
  4. Plan a bachelorette party by yourself. If you have a low budget for the happiest event in your best friend’s life, a good way to save your money is to plan everything on your own. You can easily take planning of the bachelorette party into your hands. Acting this way, you will control your budget much better.
  5. Book tickets in advance. If your friends want to have a destination wedding in an exotic place, and you as a bridesmaid must go with them, use a great opportunity to cut your expenses down by booking tickets in advance. Certainly, the trip will be more expensive than a usual wedding, but you can find an affordable price even in such a situation.
  6. Share expenses with friends. If you have to go for a destination wedding with bride and groom, cooperate with other guests. You can book one room in the hotel with some other guest to share expenses. This solution will help you not only to save your money, but also to have a good time in a good company! So, use this chance if an opportunity arises.
  7. Look through a wish list first. It is a tradition to present something to newlyweds. Moreover, modern traditions imply the presence of a wish list created by a bride and a groom. Consequently, if your friend has such a wish list, be the first to look it through. Usually, such lists contain different things useful for a new family; so, you can select something affordable for you.
  8. Make handmade gifts if possible. You can create small handmade presents if they are appropriate in this situation, and save more money. Use all your creativity to find a good idea for wedding gifts!
  9. Save money in advance. It may happen that a young couple plans their wedding for distant future, but it can also be a good chance for you to save money if you want to be a bridesmaid at their wedding.
  10. Talk with the bride. All in all, if you have no financial opportunity to be a bridesmaid for your best friend, talk with her about it. Two heads are better than one; therefore, it will be easier for both of you to find a way out of this situation. Maybe the bride will agree to forgo some non-essential details to make your planning more effective and within the budget available to you.

Hopefully, all these little tricks will help you to participate in the marriage of your best friend as a bridesmaid. You will be able to look pretty and present good gifts even if you have a small budget.

 

 

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