The ultimate Mother's Day hampers

"You don't need to get me anything for Mother's Day, don't be silly!" said every Mum ever. But really, what kind of mother wouldn't love the opportunity to pop her feet up for the day while you provide her with a constant stream of tea and she eats the box of choccies you got her? They deserve it too. Much like valentine's day, I think Mother's Day is a great excuse to pay a little more attention to showing someone just how much you appreciate everything someone's done for you. In this case they actually made you. So, they should definitely be treated like a queen.

I feel like it's hard to go wrong when it comes to buying for your Mum. As long as you steer clear of, I don't know, polishing wipes or adult nappies, you're pretty much safe. Still, it's nice to put a bit of effort in. Which is why I tend to give personalised hampers to the ladies in my life. Since we've only got a week to go, I thought I would share with you three different hamper ideas. Because who doesn't love tea, food and pamper sessions?

For the Mum that loves tea...

My shower essentials

Let's get one thing straight before we start this: I am 100% a bath girl. To put it more specifically, I'm a Lush bath girl and I will happily spend all of my dollar on something that makes the water pink/sparkly/smell like sweets. But alas, I'm living that student life, which means a shower so small it has caused numerous elbow bruises.

Before I even came to uni I invested in some delicious shower products to make the whole not having a bath thing that little bit less traumatic. I still mourn for my Comforter Bubble Bar, but with a shower cream that shares its scent, life ain't so bad. I thought I would show you all how I make my showers (almost) as luxurious as those candle lit soaks and all of my favourite products, minus hair care which you can find here.

Compliments that aren't about appearance

In a world full of edited Instagram selfies, it's sometimes hard to remember that it's not all about the perfect contour. Granted, getting told you're beautiful feels pretty damn good. But I've always thought that the most touching compliments are those that have a bit more substance. The kind of perceptions that take more than just the eyes. That's not to say that I don't tell people their outfit is on point or that their hair looks fabulous - I love to make people feel good in their own skin. But I think it's always good to remember what kind of compliments would make me smile the most. I want to inspire you to share the love today, so here are 14 things you can say to show people how bomb they are, without even mentioning their eyebrows.

"You inspire me to create more"
"You have the perfect voice for reading audiobooks"
"Your laughter is contagious"
"I'd give you my last profiterole"
"I would trust you to look after my dog"
"I like you, even when I'm not drunk"
"I would love to talk to you about your political outlook"
"You make me feel more positive every day"
"You're the first person I would call if I was in trouble"
"You smell amazing"
"I want to talk to you about your favourite book"
"I bet your parents are so proud of the person you have become"
"Your face just lights up when you're doing something you love"
"You're my muse"

My favourite teas

I'm not usually one to help solidify stereotypes, but I fear this post will do just that. Honestly though, how could I grow up in England and not have a deep rooted adoration of tea? I think there were actual tea leaves floating through my blood stream when I was born. I so rarely saw my mother without a mug in her hand, that I thought it was some kind of rite of passage. I was literally born to tea.  

As much as I do love a classic British cuppa though, I've branched out over the past year or so and gone all exotic with my tea choices. By exotic, I mean I don't always have to add milk or sugar. It's revolutionary! Just in case some of you are as addicted as me, I thought I would share with you some of my absolute favourites.

20 before I'm 20

It's my birthday week! And in my world that means that all of my friends have to sing to me every single day for seven days straight. Honestly, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the fact that this is my last year as a teenager. One side of me is like a five year old (secretly eats Nutella out of the jar by the spoonful) and the other is like a 90 year old (snuggled in bed by 9pm reading). Either way, I'm very excited to see what life has in store for me throughout my 19th year on this earth.

For those of you that are old school Curly and Wordy readers, you may remember that a while back I made a list of things I wanted to do before I turn 20. Whilst a lot of the ideas stayed the same, there were quite a few on there that I simply didn't care about anymore. So, I scrapped it and I'm starting again. I know that kind of goes against the 'rules' of 'bucket lists' but, what can I say? I can't be tamed.

I want to document my way through completing these '20 before I'm 20', so if you don't see a post declaring that I've ticked something off at least once a month, feel free to shout at me!

3 ways to look after the little things

I probably don't need to remind you how much I love a good pamper night. I pretty much insist on having one at least every two weeks, whilst shouting the words "treat yo' self!" despite ever looming deadlines. And I don't do these things by halves. I'm talking hour long foot soaks, Lush face masks and crappy film's galore. I would happily indulge my desire to pamper on a daily basis if I could, but alas I have other priorities that aren't chocolate scented.

Even when I don't have time to do a head to toe pamper sesh, I still try to do a little something each day to make me feel slightly more like a princess. Plus, apparently if you "look after the little things, the big things will take care of themselves." If that's not a killer excuse to do a nail soak, then I don't know what is! With that in mind I decided to share with you some of my favourite ways to show love to the little things, all as part of 'Love Yourself February'.

Valentine's Gifts to Yourself

I know, I know, a student like myself should not be promoting frivolous spending. But sometimes, you just have to treat yourself. At home pamper evenings and Tesco value baked beans are all good and well, but I'm not one to deny that retail therapy is occasionally the way to go. Whether or not you have a bae to shower you with gifts, consider Valentine's Day the perfect excuse to treat yourself like a princess. I'm not suggesting that you blow your whole student loan/two month's worth of wages on a Dior bag. I'm just saying that giving yourself a gift is no bad thing. If you're not use to such luxurious living though, here are some ideas (aka my current wishlist)!

Happy Valentine's Day my lovelies!

Love Yourself February: Soul satisfying Oreo truffles

After this disgustingly healthy (but also very yummy) smoothie recipe, I promised there would follow a wholly different kind of valentine's treat for "Love Yourself February". It may not contain matcha/quinoa/agave. It may not show all that much love to your insides. But it will certainly show some love to your soul. I'm talking about Oreos, people!

Granted, they aren't the best looking bunch. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And if the beholder has a serious sweet tooth and can't resist the chocolatey creaminess of Oreo truffles, then these will most definitely be thought of as beautiful. Plus, if I had been a 'proper blogger' and tested the recipe out beforehand I probably could have made them look at least a 7/10. Who has time for that though? Especially when all you want to do is share this yumminess with the world immediately.

Love Yourself February: Self-love writing prompts

As I mentioned in my last post, I love reading. But if there's one thing I love ever so slightly more, it's writing. Thank God I have this little corner of the internet to quench my creative thirst, eh? Whilst reading helps me to reflect on life (and is also a great way to spend the last few moments before sleep with a cup of peppermint tea), writing lets me get those reflections out of my brain and onto paper. It's like free therapy with the added bonus of maybe even writing something worth sharing with the world.

Love Yourself February: Love stories everybody should read

At first glance a list of lovey dovey books may not seem to fit in with this new series, but hear me out. I whole heartedly believe that every book you read becomes a reflection of yourself. Again, stick with me here. The fact is, everybody reads into texts differently. Which is why one person on my Lit course may love Pride and Prejudice, whilst the other can't stand to read so much about Mr Darcy without wanting to spew. Such opinions allow us to get to grips with our views of the world on a more tangible level. So basically, when you're learning about a character, you're also learning about yourself. That's pretty rad if you ask me.

Plus, reading is fun.

Since it is the month of romance (I totally typed that in a French accent), I decided to put together a list of love stories that I think everybody and their cat should read. Don't worry, not all of them are what you would expect. And there's not a Julliet in sight.

Love Yourself February: A not-so-naughty Valentine's treat

God, I love smoothies. I love green smoothies that taste ever so slightly like grass. I like smoothie bowls that I can post pictures of on Instagram. And I definitely like the smoothies that I call 'smoothies' but are really just chocolate milkshakes.

I have a total sweet-tooth, which means I'm automatically drawn to pancakes and muffins at breakfast time, but if I'm wanting to show my body some love then liquified fruit is definitely the way to go! Not only does it satisfy my craving for anything that will rot my teeth, but smoothies are also one of my favourite ways to cram in the nutrients and bump up my 5-a-day. Which is why I thought I would share with you all this super simple Valentine's Day Raspberry Smoothie. And yes, it is only Valentine's themed because it's pink. You caught me.

Love yourself February

As the gigantic displays of red teddy bears and fake roses in your local supermarket have no doubt informed you, it's nearly Valentine's Day! And you know what that means: a barrage of blog posts about what to buy your significant other, makeup looks for the big night and adorable DIYs to make your room look like February 14th threw up on it.

Well, this isn't one of those posts. Mainly because I'm crap at thinking of even one gift to buy my significant other, I can't do makeup despite the considerable amount of time I've spent watching tutorials and I struggle drawing stickmen. Don't get me wrong, I still plan on indulging in reading all of the above posts. I'm just not the best qualified to add to the pile! With my own inadequacies in mind (Please note the sarcasm. I practice nothing but self-love.) I got to thinking about how I can do a series that's related to Valentines Day. Frankly, I refuse to miss out on an excuse to buy heart confetti and pink glitter for 'blog photography purposes'.

After wondering whether I could perfect a half-cut crease with pink glitter pigment (and realising there was no chance in hell), I came up with "Love Yourself February". From today all the way through until the 14th I've decided to dedicate every single blog post I write to helping you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because you're so damn amazing. Forget the fact that you still have no idea what to get them. Push aside your 'forever alone' self-pity. It's time to show yourself how much you care!

Time fillers that are worth your time

I would love to know how many miles I have cumulatively scrolled on social media due to boredom. Or maybe I wouldn't because it would just prove to me how much of my time I've wasted on various explore pages. I think for a lot of us, it's almost an instant reaction now. If we have a spare 30 seconds, a lot of us are refreshing Insta.

Recently though, I've been trying to find more time fillers that are actually worth my time. As much as social media can be a great source of inspiration, when I'm just mindlessly scrolling, it most definitely isn't doing me any good. After watching the video I mentioned in my 'positive thoughts to take into February' post I decided that I want to spend every moment that I can doing something that makes me happy, stimulates me and leaves me feeling inspired.

Positive thoughts to take into the month: February

I like the fact that a new month is a chance to hit refresh and switch up your mindset to one that best facilitates your success. The concept of January being a month of change is great, but I kind of think it can make people forget that life is literally one, long process. And it's hard to set an end goal when you've only just started the journey. Although I did set some resolutions at the beginning of 2016, I plan on constantly adapting them throughout the year depending on how life is treating me.

I guess this is a very rambly way of explaining that I want this new feature of mine to inspire you to go into the new month just like you would a new year: with excitement and intention. I want it to be a little hub on my tiny corner of the internet that is full of things that have changed me in some way for the better. Consider it your new go-to in times of mental drought or just as a bit of stimulation to start the 1st of every month as positively as possible.