20th June 2017 by - No comments

This year my darling husband and I will be celebration our 14th Wedding anniversary. Over the past 14 years I have had gifts of jewellery from my husband, but the one piece of jewellery I cherish most is my engagement ring.

An engagement ring is not just a piece of jewellery, it is a symbol of your love for each other and in my opinion should be chosen by the bride. It is a very romantic gesture for the groom to choose the ring, but it is the bride who has to wear it and enjoy wearing it for the rest of her life. So either the groom has to very cleverly ask the right questions to find out the bride’s favourite style of ring, or just let the bride choose.

My engagement ring is a round cut sapphire, surrounded by diamonds all mounted on a platinum setting. I fell in love with my ring from the first moment I played eyes on it, and  14 years on it still gives me butterflies when I look at it.

When choosing your ring, be it as an engagement ring, wedding band or a ring to celebrate a special occasion, make sure you look in shops and online. There are so many great online jewellers who offer very reasonable prices and amazing styles.

The Company –


Wonderfully Diamonds prides itself on producing magnificent jewellery in a wide variety of original and stunning styles. With a wealth of experience and supreme artisanal expertise, they can transform your jewellery dream into a sparkling reality.

Wonderfully Diamonds, can provide a vast array of certified diamonds, ranging from 0.3 carats, up to 5 carats. They also offer a variety of cuts to suit every taste – from the popular, timeless Princess or Pear cut, to perhaps something more quirky and completely original. Experts are happy to work with you to design and create a beautiful bespoke wedding ring that will perfectly complement your engagement ring and captivate all who see it. The ‘Wonderfully World of Bespoke Experience’ includes a design consultant who will expertly guide you through the whole process, from choosing the perfect diamond or gemstone to helping you to create a unique piece that embodies your personality and uniqueness. Free of charge, you can view a CAD image of your design. Once you are completely satisfied with the image, they’ll provide you with a free quotation before you commit to ordering.

Verdict –

The Wonderfully Diamonds web site is so easy to use and the product range available is amazing.


Diamond Engagement Rings, Rose Gold Engagement Rings, Platinum Engagement Rings, White Gold Engagement Rings, Diamond Wedding Rings, Sapphire Engagement Rings, Women & Mens Wedding Rings.

Wonderfully Diamonds launched their e-commerce brand just last week on June 15th.


Sapphires have always been a favourite of mine, I think any girl growing up in the UK had a love for Princess Diana’s beautiful sapphire engagement ring. Deep blue is also my favourite colour.

I am now looking for a sapphire eternity ring to accompany my engagement ring and diamond wedding band. It is very fashionable now to stack rings. Looking on Wonderfully Diamonds website finding my style of eternity ring couldn’t have been easier.

So if you are looking for that special ring or piece of jewellery and are short on time to visit jewellery shops, Wonderfully Diamonds is a great place to shop online –

https://wonderfullydiamonds.com/engagement

 

https://wonderfullydiamonds.com

19th June 2017 by - No comments

Summer has definately arrived in London. My idea of heaven is sitting in my garden in one of our super comfortable rattan chairs, with a cold drink and a good book!

What could be more relaxing? Well a good book and a cold drink by the sea would also work for me, but sadly our school holidays are a few weeks away yet, so the garden will have to do.

When a favourite author brings out a new book the anticipation of starting it makes my day even more exciting.

The Book –

A collector unearths the find of a lifetime: an eighteenth-century portrait of a man uncannily like him.

While wandering through a Paris auction house, avid collector Pierre-François Chaumont is stunned to discover the eighteenth-century portrait of an unknown man who looks just like him.

Much to his delight, Chaumont’s bid for the work is successful, but back at home his jaded wife and circle of friends are unable to see the resemblance.

Chaumont remains convinced of it, and as he researches into the painting’s history, he is presented with the opportunity to abandon his tedious existence and walk into a brand new life…

Verdict –

There are certain authors whose style I love. Authors who bring out new books and I just cannot wait to read them.

Antoine Laurain is one of my favourites. I also follow his Instagram account avidly for breathtaking images of Paris.

The Portrait is another super original quirky tale unlike any other. What I love most about Antoine’s books are their ability to suprise you with something new unlike any other book on the market. The storyline is always fun and will keep you very entertained.

The Portrait is available for purchase now on Amazon & in all bookstores nationwide.

 

16th June 2017 by - 2 Comments

I have been blogging for over 2 years now! Time truly flies when you are having fun!

Over these two years I have been lucky enough to juggle motherhood and do what I love best – write. I review products, review books, review movies, review beauty products, share recipes, give tips on parenting, tips on gardening, tips on being a mother.

I have also been lucky enough to meet the most wonderful people from all walks of life, some of whom have become friends for life.

What I love about social media and technology in general is how it has given me the freedom to reach out to the world from the comfort of my own home. Despite the restrictions of school runs, kids clubs, homework, cooking, cleaning.

But where will blogging be in 5 to 10 years time? This was a question posed to me by the Innovation Company who are conducting a study into the views of bloggers on the future of blogging. A question which I have been pondering over and here are my views.

Will ‘bloggers’ still be around in 5-10 years time?

In short yes. I believe they will be around, but what will they look like? I believe this is a more important viewpoint.

I believe they will look very unlike what we see today (especially on the 10 year horizon) and even on the shorter timescale. Technology is moving so quickly and becoming so prevalent, especially among the young, that what we categorise, or even pigeonhole as ‘Blogging’ will be second nature to these new generations. It will be their ‘communication’ means in most cases.

We are already seeing ‘Vlogging’ shoot up the ranks. With Video Blogging accounting for increasing percentages of the overall Blogs created year in year out. This will only increase. There will then come a time when written blogs become old fashioned.

People are so short of time these days. Everyone is in a mad rush to get more information in the fastest, most efficient way possible. Even today I get requests from my followers to do a video blog of my recipes so they can watch and copy them, as they just don’t have the time to read and digest the information.

There may even come a time when ‘holograms’ are projected into the home of the follower to actually demonstrate things to them. So for example, someone wanting to create one of my recipes would be able to have a laser hologram of me in their own kitchen demonstrating the recipe for them to follow. Almost like a cookery lesson in your own home. How cool would that be?

Will WordPress still be King in 5 to 10 years?

I use WordPress like many other bloggers, not only is it convenient, it is free. One of the most important factors for us very underpaid bloggers.

I believe WordPress will be around, but it is unlikely to be ‘King’. There are just too many new sites, technologies and mechanisms rising for people to easily produce content, especially now there is video based content. Take Twitter with ‘Moments’ or Instagram with ‘Stories’. These are the Blogs of the future and come as second nature for people who are online.

So WordPress needs to act and act very fast to keep up.

Podcasts will be there but will they necessarily take over blogging?

I’m not so sure. I think Video is the key. And YouTube/Twitter/Instagram are the Blogging giants for the future, and of course Zuckerberg’s Facebook.

The ultimate question though, when we think of Blogs in the Year 2020 say, is which technologies we can not yet consider? Take Artificial Intelligence (AI) for example. There is increasing examples of parts of article creation being automated, especially in the Finance sector. How long before we have whole editorials created by a Machine, this could also replace blogging.

Already the Art of writing itself is being automated. Take www.grammarly.com as an example. How many newsroom journalists or exam ready University students are putting their coursework through these very low cost (sometimes free) online check tools? How long before AI is not just checking but suggesting and even creating these new Blogs?

Did you know that AI can predict your personality traits better than your spouse or partner, your friend, even your family? That’s one of the key insights shared just last week at Pegaworld in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

So what will stop AI from reviewing products, demonstrating recipes and so on.

How will the future of blogging affect me – The Mummy Blogger?

Well in the short term not hugely. I am a mummy, babies will continue to be born, they will poop and need to be fed and cleaned like babies today. And mummies & daddies will look upon other mummies and daddies for tips and advice. So bloggers will always be needed. As long as robots cannot give birth to babies, mummy bloggers will need to be human.

The question is how can technology help get this information from the bloggers to the followers in the quickest and most efficient way? This is where technology comes in. So Video Blogs, Robots, Holograms. All ways in which bloggers – the human touch in getting reviews, information, tips across – can reach the information thirsty followers.

Conclusion 

In conclusion I believe the strength and power of bloggers will continue to grow. Blogging is not a fad or a trend that will sizzle out, it is a trend that is growing and will continue to grow over the years.

Technology will help bloggers to get more hi tech, to utilise tolls more efficiently, to get information out quicker.

I believe the next 10 years will see the growth of Vloggers, Bloggers and Robots – all working together as one.

I have written this as part of Innovation Company’s study of what bloggers see as the future of blogging.

http://innovationcompany.co.uk/