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Mother’s Day 2013 – Amelia Carey

February 28, 2013

Mothering Sunday is approaching (10th March FYI) so it’s time to start celebrating our Mums! In case you’re struggling with ways to show your Mum just how much you appreciate her, we have a few ideas we’d be happy for you to steal.

First of all, make sure you head to to take a look for yourself at our huge selection of gifts, we have everything from mugs to bags.

Everyone’s mum is different, and we all have a different budget and style, so read on to discover everything from cute little gifts to grand gestures, all of which will be guaranteed to bring a smile to your Mum’s face.

So let’s start small, it doesn’t matter if you can’t afford much on Mother’s Day, the best gifts are always the most personal ones. Even if something doesn’t cost a penny, if you put a lot of thought into something, it will always be appreciated much more than something expensive and unoriginal. One thing we’re not short of at Newrooms is mugs! With so many designs and patterns to choose from you’re bound to find something that your Mum will love, and it won’t break the bank. Is your Mum a lover of all things British? These London Bus mugs are fabulous!


One of the nicest and probably cheapest ideas, is cooking. Grab your apron and make your Mum breakfast in bed, cook up her favourite meal for dinner or even have a go at cake. Everyone loves to eat, and personalised cakes or favourite meals always go down a treat.


A lot of women are like magpies, they see something shiny and they have to have it. If your Mum’s anything like that, jewellery is always a good shout! This colourful charm bracelet by Mojo could be the one.


If you want to get your Mum something extremely personal that will maybe even bring a tear to her eye (in a good way), nothing beats a photo album filled with pictures of some of your favourite memories. This Ted Baker album is a personal favourite of mine, very cute and stylish, but the real winner will be the photos you put inside. Choose the most sentimental, tear jerkers you can find!


Now it’s time to step it up into the big leagues! Give the gift of relaxation with a day at a Spa, after all being a Mum is never easy, however old your children are, so allow your special lady a day off to get her pamper on! This kind of gift can cost anything from £20 to £659, but make sure you shop around because you can get some great deals. And remember, whatever the price, everyone’s happy when they’ve been pampered and spoilt.

Finally, I love the idea of giving someone the gift of an experience, rather than a material object. They say people are happiest when they spend their money on experiences rather than material objects, and think about it, memories are worth so much more than handbags and cars. There are so many experiences you can give as gifts, everything from holidays to restaurants to adrenaline filled activities. For the real daredevil, bungee jumping or skydiving is a must, but there’s plenty to choose from.  Take your mum for a delicious meal or spend a day together doing something fun, whatever it may be she will be sure to cherish the memory forever!

The main thing to remember on Mother’s Day is that it doesn’t really matter what you give your mum, as long as she knows that you love her and appreciate her.


Brownie in a Mug

December 9, 2012

Christmas is a time for family, presents and of course, food! What better time to stuff your face with chocolate and mince pies? One of my favourite treats is brownies, the melt-in-your-mouth, gooeyness is just too divine to refuse. I recently discovered a new way to make brownies, it’s quick, it’s easy and it requires very few ingredients. I would like to introduce you all, to Brownie In A Mug! (It’s also helpful that the recipe only makes 2 mugs worth of brownie, to avoid inevitably eating your whole batch of goodies). Everyone’s eating cupcakes these days, mix it up a bit with a fabulous brownie in a mug.

They’re so fast and easy to make, perfect for if you fancy a quick and tasty snack, or if you’re not the most capable baker!

To make these irresistible treats, you will need:


  • 50g of chocolate (we used milk but you can use dark or white, whichever you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar (caster is best, but granulated is fine  too)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Nutella

(this recipe makes two mug’s worth of brownie)

And of course, you will need a mug! We used this gorgeous Catherine Colebrook mug available online at


So, you’ve got your ingredients, you’ve got your two microwaveable mugs, and you’ve got your microwave. Let’s bake!

First of all, place a tablespoon of butter into each mug, followed by 25g of the chocolate, broken up into small pieces. These will then be microwaved separately for 40 seconds, to melt the butter and chocolate together. After microwaving, stir until blended together (try not to eat this concoction, sounds gross but it is extremely delicious! If not slightly sickly)

chocolateandbutter                   microwave

Next, stir 2 tablespoons of sugar into each before beating the egg in a bowl, and adding half to each mixture. Now add a tablespoon of flour to both, and stir everything until mixed well and smooth.

sugar    crackegg   stirinegg


Finally, the Nutella. Place one and a half tablespoons in the centre of the mixture (this will melt into the centre of the brownie, absolutely scrumptious) Cook each mug in the microwave (separately) for 1 minute, told you it was quick!


And there you have it, gorgeously gooey and definitely delectable Brownies. You will not be disappointed, impress your friends and relatives this Christmas with a heavenly Brownie in a Mug. We hope you enjoy!

finishedbrownie              finish

Brownie in a Mug recipe found on…..road tested by Amelia Carey (@newroomsame) and Eleanor Ashton (@newroomsel) !