Tips for a Fantastic Fifth Wedding Anniversary


Five years of wedded bliss is something that’s worth celebrating. However, not many people know much about the fifth wedding anniversary, or how to honour it in style. While a fifth anniversary might not be as big as the tenth or the fiftieth, it’s still an important milestone for you and your partner, and it comes with it’s share of traditions to consider. 

Whether it’s your anniversary that’s coming up, or you’re celebrating a friend or relative’s time with their spouse, we’ve got some top tips to help you make the most of this amazing occasion. 

Traditions Connected with the Fifth Wedding Anniversary

As you might already know, every wedding anniversary comes with its own fair share of symbols and traditions to consider. It’s worth checking these traditions out if you’re having a hard time picking a gift for your spouse or loved one, because you can find some wonderful gift ideas connected to the symbols associated with each year. 

The fifth wedding anniversary has the symbol of wood, which might seem a little basic to begin with. However, a wooden gift can be an excellent way to demonstrate the strength of your love’s bond. Remember, wood is durable and long-lasting. It’s also a great opportunity to get back to nature. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to escape to a log cabin or for a night in the wilderness, the fifth anniversary could be the perfect date. 

If you want a more modern or contemporary gift, such as these, then silverware has become the more recent symbol for the fifth anniversary recently. Once again, the idea is that you get flatware for your partner as a gift to remind them of the meals that they’ve shared together. 

Other Symbols Associated with the Fifth Wedding Anniversary

As wedding traditions have evolved and changed, there have been a few new arrivals on the market for the fifth wedding anniversary, starting with a specific gemstone to mark the occasion – which is the sapphire or the pink tourmaline. If you can stick to blue colours or pink shades in any jewellery that you buy for your spouse, then you’re on the right track. 

However, you can also associate the colour turquoise with the fifth wedding anniversary too. A gift made out of wood and coloured glass with various shades of pink and blue could be the ultimate gift idea. Why not get a beautiful handmade vase and fill it with the flowers of the fifth wedding anniversary, which is the daisy? 

In the language of flowers, the daisy is best known for loyalty, purity, and innocence. You might be five years into your marriage now, but your daisy reminds you that you’re still in the early days of your life together, and there are a lot of amazing experiences still yet to come. 

Gift Ideas for the Fifth Wedding Anniversary

Since the official gift for fifth wedding anniversaries is wood, you’ve got a lot of options available to you. You might decide to plant a tree together in your back yard or invest in planting a whole row of trees in an area that desperately needs them. An evergreen tree is a great way to represent the consistency of your love for each other. 

You could also consider making something for each other at a wood working class. It’s much easier to find classes online and in your local areas these days. The items you make might not be professional standard, but they’ll mean something special because they came from the heart. You could even think about making something together, like a new table or stool. 

If you’re going the silverware route for your gift, then you could try planning a special dinner together with all your favourite foods where you can think back over the time you’ve spent together. You can decorate the table with arrangements of daisies in wooden vases. Or you could take your meal out into the great outdoors for a picnic. 

Take a trip to a local log cabin or go glamping so you have some time to get back to nature. Hikes through the woods are an excellent way to celebrate a fifth anniversary, and you can always relax and make daisy chains in the sunshine from time to time if the weather is right. The options are virtually endless. You could also think about having someone make something for you out of wood or gemstones that helps to represent your love. 

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5 WAYS TO PRACTISE SELF CARE

Self care isn’t always about the pretty things that can make life look nicer, in fact there is much more to it. If you are thinking about making your own self care your number 1 priority then here are a few ways you can help yourself!

Bullet Journalling or Art Journalling

Both of these can release your busy mind. Focus on the page in front of you and what you need to organise or get out.

Bullet Journalling can help you organise yourself which will help alleviate stress or feeling like you have too much on.

Art Journalling can help you get your creative side back, carry a notebook and doodle. I have a little watercolour set that is handbag friendly.

Escape for a weekend

If you are like me and always find things to do around the house even if there is spare time then a trip away can really focus the mind on enjoying the moment. Book an apartment in a new city and experience what it has to offer. You don’t need to take the kids – why not switch a weekend with your partner and then focus on something that is entirely for you, visit art galleries or snuggle in the apartment and watch Netflix until 2am with the knownledge no-one will be jumping on your head at 6am!

Look after your mind

Self care isn’t always about a spa day.  There is so much more and mental health is one of those things you need to look after. Pick up a book or start a course – something that will get your interest peaked and work with your intellect. I love taking a new short course or picking up a book. I’ve just finished Witch by Lisa Lister and although it has taken me 3 months every time i picked it up those moments were just for me.

Look after your body

It is essential to your health and wellbeing to know and understand your own body. A monthly schedule for looking out for changes in your breast or even making the effort to love your own body on a regular basis is essential. I’ve been working with the fab sent to thrill who believe in encouraging us to love ourselves and be confident in our own skin.

Create a Ritual

Whether it is concentrating on your breathing first thing in the morning, a short online yoga class, that first coffee of the day or a bath make sure that before you start your day to do something unique to you. I love that first coffee of the morning and saviour it as much as I can. I find that something to start the day the right way makes my creativity flow better. Rewards dont always have to be at the end of the day.

So what rituals do you include in your self care plan?

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REVIEW // 360 BOTANICALS

REVIEW // 360 BOTANICALS

I love finding new, local products and recently a friend of mine contacted me to tell me all about 360 Botanicals. I bumped into Pip who runs the brand at RestFest recently and had a lovely chat with her about her products and you could see how much they mean to her.

Pip sent me her Super SerumSpa Aroma Spray, and I purchased one her her lovely Citrine candles recently. 

The super serum is a face oil. I have been using this daily and it has given a lovely brightness to my skin, The scent isn’t overpowering and the oil is light to use. I can tell the difference when I haven’t used it.

The Spa Aroma Spray is my go to for my daily meditation. I spray my room just before for a calming and tranquil smell. The scent is gorgeous in this spray and I often spray it on pillows and bedding to give them a lift,.

The Citrine candle has been part of my full moon journalling ritual. I love to have a special candle to journal with to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere for setting intentions or surrendering ideas. I love the delicate smell of this candle and it is lasting really well. 

Pip’s products are really high quality and all of them have a place in my self care routines. I love that the products are cruelty free and also local to me. A hamper of these products as a special gift would make me a very happy person!

You can check Pip out on Instagram here.

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The Sunday Update, 9th August 2020

The Sunday Update, 9th August 2020

Morning everyone,

The final school run

It feels weird writing on this blog as it’s laid bare ready for me to transition to from The Mumington Post. TMP went down on my hosting after a series of circumstances so it seemed as good as time as any to start something new and a bit more creative.

So, what’s been going on?

Well not so much and a lot of the same time. I feel as a family we’re, like many, in this big phase of transition. We are in the middle of Summer waiting for cogs to move and also some resemblance of what our new normal is.

What am I doing here?

For a long time TMP has been phasing to more of a review site and as I’ve been phasing out sharing our children on social media it became apparent that I need a new outlet, one where I can write freely about my upcoming projects, courses I’m taking and books I’m ready. Where as I could write this all on TMP it didn’t seem right for me to keep writing on a parenting blog about stuff that didn’t include parenting. It didn’t feel like a hard transition to switch and it still doesn’t – although it does feels sad to have lost so much early years content as well.

What will I write about?

This last few years have seen me do a lot of trying to bring back myself as an active participant in my own life rather than the just a mum tag. My Hi page will tell you about the journey up to here but post that I’ve been trying, where I can, to put the work in on me. I’ve signed up to courses to help my self worth, read books to expand my mind and encourage my creativity and imagination, talked to women about my own body image on Insta.

I’ll be sharing lots of different bits and it’s only right that I use my name for this blog rather than some phrase I’ve come up with. It feels more unedited, more raw and more personal. I hope you enjoy what I have to write!

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REVIEW // THE POSTURE KIT

One of my things to do for 2020 was to concentrate on feeling good about myself – inside and out. I’ve been working a lot on inner work with the help of Mel Wells’ Academy but there are physical things that I also need to work on.

After years of baby-wearing, pushing a buggy and lugging Micro Scooters around for the kids it is safe to say that my back has taken a bashing. Mike, a Brighton based Chiropractor and his partner, contacted me about a new kit they had put together. The Perfect Posture Kit is perfect for busy mums like me and others who suffer back pain from poor posture.

The Perfect Posture kit comprises of:

Posture Corrector

Resistance Band

Peanut Ball

All of this comes in a handy bag and is so lightweight it can fit into your day to day work bag or gym bag. The kit is £29.99

During December I used the peanut ball and resistance band on a daily basis and the posture corrector around 4 times a week. I found that my back aches eased and as the kit doesn’t require a huge amount of time it was easy to ensure that I used it daily.

I have slipped during January (new work patterns, new school routine and now the chicken pox!) but I have now popped doing the posture kit into my habit tracker to make sure I do it again daily. Knowing it made a difference before means I’m keen to make it a regular part of my daily habits.

I love that it’s not just a product you buy and then are left with no support. The videos on the website will help you in your journey to better back health.

I’ll update you again in a month with before, during and after photos!

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REVIEW // A LITTLE PICK ME UP

Earlier this year my lovely friend Katie sent me a copy of her first book A Little Pick Me Uo: Shining A Light On Your Darkest Emotions. 

Katie’s book focusses on sharing tools with women to boost their self confidence. She does this by sharing her own stories, thoughts and challenges which open the discussion into your own beliefs.

Each section of the book is relatable to the modern day mum/woman and I found it really useful in my own journey of self love. There are tools and tips that are really useful for moving forward. It really is engaging but also reminding you to be kind to yourself.

Katie’s book comes to end for me when I am thinking of a gift for friends. I’ve passed this book on now but after it recently being on Kindle I purchased it so I have it there to go back on. I have since purchased this for a gift and was thanked afterwards for it being just what they needed!

You can buy Katie’s book A Little Pick Me Up on Amazon or if you are a prime member you can read for free.

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REVIEW // AN EDITED LIFE BY ANNA NEWTON

I’ve always been a semi-minimalist. I like living with less and find that having too much stuff simply overwhelms me. But I’m not the kind of person you’ll find doing a 10×10 wardrobe challenge anytime soon, and because I am quite sentimental the KonMari method doesn’t work for me either (however, that folding technique is a game-changer!) An Edited Life sounds more me, or as Anna describes in her book, a slightly more chilled neat-freak.

Anna Newton is an award-winning online content creator, who has fronted her blog and YouTube channel The Anna Edit since 2010. She has been featured in Grazia, Stylist, The Guardian and named as one of Instyle’s 40 Must-Read Beauty Blogs.

Like so many of us, Anna is in search of that elusive work/life balance, managing work, her family, her social life, finances, the list goes on! While also trying to find a way to be more organised and less stressed. And like me, she realised that there is no one method that works for everyone. Instead of trying to follow other decluttering methods, which are often so prescriptive they make me feel even more overwhelmed, she talks about editing. By learning to edit the various aspects of your life you should then have more time to spend doing the things that actually make you happy! 

The book is broken down into three sections that cover life, home and work. Within each section there are hacks, lists and practical advice, with a checklist at the end, all aimed at helping the reader create a more organised way of living that is unique to them. Within the life section it looks at finances, social life, self-care and goals, within the work section it looks at organising your workspace and planning your working day (ideal for self-employed folk like me!) and the home section tackles streamlining your home and wardrobe and running your home. Finally, the end of the book has some action plans for both the short-term and long-term, as well as a resources list of other websites, books, podcasts, apps and printouts.

Because this isnt a structured method of decluttering, I have found it easy to jump straight to the sections of the book I want to particularly work on. For me, trying to sort out my work space at home has been a struggle so I found this really helpful, and I also liked the tips for organising out-of-season clothes. Others may prefer to work through the book from start to end. It’s entirely up to the reader! However you choose to use the book, you’ll find realistic, simple and practical ways of dealing with the overwhelm of trying to be better organised in life.

It is worth mentioning that Anna is not a parent and this book isn’t aimed at parents in particular. For example, if you’re a stay-at-home parent then the sections on work may be entirely irrelevant, but if you’re a parent who goes out to work, or works from home like me, then many of the tips are really good. For me, the sections about organising my social life were skimmed over, but otherwise I found that most of the book could be applied to my life, and I enjoyed the chatty writing style.

The book itself is a beautiful hardback printed with gorgeous high quality paper and has an RRP of £16.99, however Amazon currently has it listed at a lower price (affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2JSQIUe) and it is also available as an e-book.

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REVIEW // THE CURRY LEAF CAFE LUNCH MENU

Last Sunday we were invited to go to The Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton. The last time we had gone for a meal there was a date night a few years ago when I was pregnant with the youngest. I still lust over that Sea Bass with yoghurt now!

Recently the cafe has had a makeover and updated their menu with a new children’s menu. We were keen to see what Curry Leaf Cafe has in store for us especially as a family of 5 we can find it difficult to dine out for a reasonable amount of cash. 

So did we all eat for less than £50?

The new children’s menu is £5 per head with a choice of fish, chicken and aubergine dishes. Included is a very large portion of naan or rice, poppadom, yogurt and mint dip and an accompanying curry sauce. The portion was super large and definitely could happily fill an adult up! After the kids were able to choose a dessert of salted caramel or black coconut ice-cream or a mango sorbet. All included in the price.

Children’s drinks were an additional £1 – the kids loved the cafes signature Mango Lassi!

Total cost for the kids: £18

The new adults menu is also amazing. Lots of street food and thali options. I found it difficult to choose as there were so many amazing options – there was a varied price range which means they can cater o a set budget easily.

Gav went for an open naan bread called Fish Mancurian – £9.75 and I went for the Lucknow Lamb Curry Thali £12. Both of us couldn’t finish our meals and I think we could’ve easily shared the Thali! However we were offered a doggy bag to take all the uneaten food home which was a great touch!

I couldn’t resist a Mango Lassi (I think around £3) and Gav went for the Bedlam Pisner £3.

Total Cost for the grown ups: £27.75

So our total bill came to £45.75 which is a family reasonable price per head at less than £10! Like I said the portions were huge so even though we went for lunch this would easily be our main meal of the day. The kids all enjoyed it and said they’d be back again. 

The staff were also so lovely and attentive without being overbearing. They were happy to chat to us and the children which I always think is a sign of a good team when there isn’t any awkwardness around the children.

We will definitely be going back again and next week check out my instagram because the lovely team have given me a family meal to giveaway!

You can find the Brighton Lanes Menu here: https://www.curryleafcafe.com/brighton-lanes-menu

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A QUICK ODE TO MUMS

It’s really ok to start the day wondering how you’ll get through

It may be 5am but there is already so much to do

You pack up the lunches, hair goes in bunches

Under your feet the lego crunches

You grab a quick wash and scrape back your hair

In the hope that no one at the school gate will stare

It’s tough sometimes being a mum

It’s never quiet, there’s a constant hum   There’s 5 minutes to spare, is that a mistake?

Do you shower, or sleep or just eat cake?

Then there’s breast or bottle, always a debate

And yes some other mums just like to hate

But I say to you all before you start to judge

Have you ever felt like you are walking through sludge?

Have you ever felt a little bit lonely or down

That your smile feels like it’s sometimes a frown

It’s fine to just do what you feel like I say

Because around the corner there’s a better day 

I say to you all do what you need to get done 

But really what matters most is your home’s full of fun

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