Monday, December 6

Mother’s joy

- March 8, 2012

We love our mums. From stylish working mums Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie, to new mum Beyonce and second-time mum Amanda Holden, these ladies show us that women can be successful in their careers while keeping a strong hold on family life too. Juggling work, rest and play, our mums do it all. Gratitude and thanks should be shown throughout the year, but when life just happens, and things are too hectic, Mother’s Day (Sunday 18 March) is there as a reminder to show your mum how much she is cared for.

This Mother’s Day, why not go one step further and help mums around the world by supporting Maternity Worldwide? By donating money to the local charity, you will be ensuring a safe birth for mums in some of the poorest countries in the world, where survival during childbirth is only one in 16. A certificate will be sent to your mum this Mother’s Day, showing how you have helped to save a new mum across the globe.

In Brighton, there are plenty of Mother’s Day ideas to make her truly special. Instead of taking her out for a meal, why not bring dinner to her? Carluccio’s fabulous hampers treat Mum to a luxury meal without her having to lift a finger, and all in the comfort of her own home (there’s also some delicious chocolates in the hamper for an after-dinner treat!).

For mums who love to relax and be pampered, The Treatment Rooms,?Enzo and the Uniquely Organic EcoSpa offer some great therapies to take advantage of. If a jewellery keepsake will make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, then check out local work from Alexis Dove in Lewes. Unique, affordable and stylish, it may be difficult to choose just the one piece!

Alongside these, we have gift ideas from The Perfume Shop, Next and Champneys. And if traditional flowers is the gift she will love, then head to Gunn’s Florists in Brighton for a personalised bouquet. It’s time to thank Mum and make her day!

Alexis Dove
Alexis Dove is an award-winning jewellery designer based in The Needlemakers, Lewes. Her styled and welcoming studio contain bell jars and vintage cabinets displaying a variety of exclusive designs and gifts, perfect for any age.
All of Alexis’ collections are handmade at her traditional workshop, which can also be found in the shop. Here you can see necklaces, earrings and bracelets with motifs of wild roses, bellflowers, seashells, vintage inspired keys, butterflies and buttons being created and perfected. New this spring are plump rabbit and owl pendants and earrings. They’re the perfect way to accessorise your 2012 spring wardrobe.

Within the shop you will also find a special consultation area where clients are welcome to discuss exclusive commissions for engagement, wedding and commitment rings, remodelling family jewels or designing a personal piece of jewellery for a loved one making something truly special.
All rings, pendants and earrings are heavily influenced by Alexis’ love of jewellery from Antiquity. Handmade to a meticulously high quality, her jewellery has a quirky, slightly vintage sense of style that is very much her own, but is also very on trend. Her shop is like a museum in itself and with so much to see you are encouraged to leap into spring and explore the studio to find the perfect Mother’s Day or Easter gift. Prices start from £40.
Alexis Dove Jewellery, The Needlemakers, Lewes, BN7 2NZ, 01273 945786, www.alexisdove.com

Maternity Worldwide
Save a mother’s life for Mother’s Day! Maternity Worldwide is a Brighton-based charity which aims to reduce maternal mortality in childbirth in some of the poorest countries in the world. Just £15 can ensure a safe birth at one of their projects.

In return for your donation your mother or loved one will receive a personalised certificate showing that you have ensured a safe birth in her name for Mother’s Day!
In some countries where Maternity Worldwide works, the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth can be as high as one in 16. Show your mother you care by ordering a Safe Birth Certificate today. For more information and to order please see their website.
www.maternityworldwide.org

The Treatment Rooms
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day at The Treatment Rooms, Brighton. Whether it’s a gift for a new mum or elderly mum, they have treatments and products for everyone. Gift vouchers are available online with free UK standard delivery. Choose from an hour of pampering with the Rose Facial at £57 or three hours of bliss with a facial, massage and wrap at £179.

The Treatment Rooms also has the gorgeous Little Heart, Revive bath oil at £12.50. This is free if you purchase two of the Aromatherapy rose body products! You could even come along with your mum and share the double treatment room.  
The Treatment Rooms, 21 New Road, Brighton, 01273 818444, reservations@thetreatmentrooms.com
www.thetreatmentrooms.com

Carluccio’s ‘La Festa Della Mamma’
Carluccio’s authentic Italian food hamper – the ‘Festa Della Mamma’ – is brimming with a host of tasty ingredients to create a delicious Italian meal, providing the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Show how much you love her and let Mum put her feet up and relax while you do all the cooking! Hamper includes: asparagus risotto, fresh egg pasta served with rich tomato, chilli and basil sauce for main, pears in Moscato wine and a box of Carluccio’s gold-foil wrapped milk chocolate hearts with a soft gianduja filling. Handmade dark chocolate dragée complete the hamper and ensures Mum receives flowers on her special day.
£25.95, available from Carluccio’s food shop in Brighton and online at www.carluccios.com


Bikram Yoga Brighton
On Saturday 17 March, bring your mum along for a good old detox and sweat for a Mother’s Day gift. Try a free class at Bikram Yoga Brighton in Portslade. Class times are at 10am and 12.30pm. Plus, take advantage of their special introductory offer on the day: £20 for 30 days. Call to book your place!
Bikram Yoga Brighton 26-28 Franklin Road, Portslade, 01273 420279 www.bikramyogabrighton.com
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