Monday, 30 March 2009

Website updates

Morning all!

I've finally uploaded the new Precious Parcels menu which has four, yes FOUR new categories! "At work" "Wooden bunting" "Gingerbread men" and "Handmade cards".

So far I've only managed to upload the wooden bunting but it does look fab if I do say so myself ;o) I'd love your feedback....

Blue & white bunting with blue wooden stars.


Pink & white bunting with pink wooden hearts.


Personalised Blue & green bunting


Personalised pink & lilac bunting

You can take a proper look at http://www.preciousparcels.co.uk/

The weekend!... How beautiful was it yesterday! Bloomin freezing though. I kept feeling the need to open the patio doors and take a stroll around the garden, only to be reminded that despite its beauty, it was actually minus a thousand degrees and the cold air just triggered off my cough. - Not fun, so I enjoyed it through the window! lol

George was at his Grandparents in Cheshire yesterday with Carl and although there's always plenty to be getting on with while he's out the way I still feel lost without him and it takes me an hour or two to figure out what to do without him climbing up me! Back to normal today though.... sticky fingers, tantrums, things getting broken and a few new funny words. I wouldn't have it any other way! :o)

Have a great Monday...

Nat x

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Race for Life - 2009!

I'm taking part!

I've done zero exercise since George was born and so I'm getting in training. It might not be a marathon but the important part is where the sponsor money goes!...
Cancer Research UK is an amazing cause and I ask you, PLEASE spare 30 seconds and a few quid towards saving lives! Your money really will make a difference. Please....

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Mother's Day madness

Hi Everyone

I've not blogged for a while. Two reasons... 1) I've been feeling under the weather and 2) I've been rushed off my feet. Back now though and ready to share some happenings.

I'm not whether I'm totally dim or I just lack faith in my website but I genuinely wasn't expecting the amount of orders I received for Mother's Day. It was like Christmas chaos all over again! I'm not complaining and I thank all of you who visited, ordered from me and recommended me. It's been amazing. The orders have continued to come in this week though so I'm super chuffed.

Exciting changes!
I'm adding at least 2 new categories and lots of new products this week, so if you like my work keep an eye on the website on Thursday and Friday of this week.


I received a gift from Lily-Rose Designs this week for George to trial. Its called the Dummy Fairy gift and its absolutely beautiful!! The packaging it arrived in was stunning and impressive but the gift itself... so unique and gorgeous.

I'll let you know how the trial goes but I already highly recommend taking a look http://www.lily-rosedesigns.com/

George continues to amaze me and comes out with at least one or two new words every day. His favourite has to be baby or "baaayy-beeeee!" His Grandad is certain he's following in my footsteps and actually saying "Eeeee-bay!" lol.

If George sleeps in until 7.30am its amazing so imagine my delight on Mother's Day when he decided to sleep until 8.40am! Surely the best present ever!?

Don't forget to visit - http://www.preciousparcels.co.uk/ later in the week for some exciting new products!

Natalie x

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Comic Relief - Friday 13th March 2009

If you've not yet donated to Comic Relief this year here's a great fundraiser for you all!...

"PhotoFairytales: Make me look Funny!"

Visit the PhotoFairytales Comic Relief page, donate just £2.50 then email a photo of yourself, or perhaps a family member, friend, colleague or even your pet and let them create a silly image!

What are you waiting for!? Visit http://photofairytales.shopping.officelive.com/comicrelief.aspx and make someone look funny for money!

Precious Parcels - Less than 2 weeks until Mother's Day and less than a week left to claim FREE postage on your orders. Take a look at these unique Mother's Day gifts and use the code displayed at the top of that page to claim FREE p+p.

http://www.preciousparcels.co.uk/mothersday.html

Great article featured on the Long Island Exchange website last week. I now ship worldwide so its great to have an overseas article out there. Have a read!....




http://www.longislandexchange.com/articles/family/moms-running-business030509.html

Right, plaques to paint and George to feed!...
Have a great day.

Natalie x

Monday, 2 March 2009

Fish cakes, a lost card and THREE ex-husbands!!??

Hi Guys

I was really busy last week so didn't get a chance to post. Anyway, I'm here now and ready to up date you.

So, business.... Precious Parcels is gaining more visitors each day which is great. Quite a few things going on at the moment including a soon to be launched "Design your own plaque" page, a menu re-shuffle, quite a few new items and a few other bits and bobs that I don't want to commit myself to by telling you so you'll just have to keep checking the website :op


Had a fab article on MothersWhoWork.co.uk and received lots of great feedback as a result so thanks to everyone who read it and dropped me an email.

There's also a Precious Parcels competition running on BabyWorld.co.uk from 1st March - 31st March. 20 baby plaques up for grabs so take a look! http://www.babyworld.co.uk/compsminusfirewall/competition_mar_09/competition_precious_parcels.asp

On Saturday night I decided to make some fishcakes. Sent Carl out for the necessities and got to work.
The taste result..... FANTASTIC! They were bloomin gorgeous. The cleanup result..... Horrific! I'll never be making them again because the state of the kitchen was phenomenal! I've cooked easier and tidier four course meals!! I could have done with a chisel on the worktops and I'm still finding flour on things this morning! Scrummy but never again.


For those of you who didn't catch the funny conversation I had on Twitter last week I'll repeat it, it tickled me for the rest of the day.
It starts with me reading a post by EmmaCakebread:
"Thinks the new Walkers flavours of crisps are all sooo wrong! yuk!"
So I replied:
"me too! Well, I've tried 3 of them and was not impressed at all."
A few minutes later she types:
"lol x - so frustrating arent they!"
Which, to say the least confused me a little but carried on replying to emails.
When I returned to Twitter, I realised that shortly after Emma had written about the yukky crisps, she typed:
"Thinks her Ex-husband is being a bit of a tw@!!!!"
So I've now realised that Emma thinks I've "tried" 3 ex-husbands and wasn't impressed at all.
Laughing my head off, I quickly type:
"You do know I was talking about the Walkers crisps and not ex-husbands????? x"
Emma replies:
"LOL no I didnt! thats why I laughed! thinking you'd tried 3 ex-husbands! PMSL!!!! SORRY xxxx"
At this point I start getting messages from people:
"Ohhhh, I thought you meant ex-husbands too!" and "Sorry Natalie, I thought it were your ex's you weren't impressed with"

So to clarify, I've tried 3 of the Walkers flavours, not 3 husbands!..... x x

I'll finish this post by calling Carl a total idiot and quickly telling you all why (love you really!)
He pops to the cash point quite late last night and returns only to tell me he's lost his bank card. He got to the cash point and realised it wasn't in his back pocket so went back and searched the car. No luck!
So I get my shoes on, search outside the house, up and down the pavement and even drive to the car park next to the cash point, point the headlamps to where he said he parked, and crawl, YES crawl! on my hands and knees to see if its been dropped under any of the parked cars.
While I'm getting messed up, Carl has turned the house upside down trying to find it, been out the door with a torch and we still can't find the missing card. We've both checked his pockets, traced his steps and nothing.... Later on while we're still frustrated and looking for his bank card, I look at him and say "Carl, has that shirt got a top pocket?"
His mouth drops, obviously realising what a total plonker his is, runs out the back door shouting "Oh my god, you're gonna kill me aren't you!" and returns to the cash point.

Unbelievable.

Natalie x