This weekend, instead of celebrating Father's Day with my Dad, I celebrated it with my Mum with a weekend away in York, more on that later... As much as I love my Dad, it's always been my Mum who has been at the centre of mine and my sister's universe after my Dad moved out when I was 12. I know I don't often talk about personal things on my blog but it's something I want to do more in the future so what better place to start than my amazing mum?
The lovely people at Littlewoods invited me to share something that my Mum has taught me as part of their #MumsKnowBest campaign so I thought I'd go 9 better and put together a list of 10 things my Mum has taught me over the years.
Always be creative. She always encouraged us to draw, paint, sew, knit, make, cook and bake, whether we were 2 or 22. Creativity has always been a part of my life and it's almost entirely down to her.
Be confident. Even though she isn't the most confident person in the world, she has always taught me and my sister to be confident in our body, our abilities and ourselves.
To love music. Music has always been a big part of our lives, from singing Alanis Morisette at the top of our voices when we were little to her taking us to see The Spice Girls to our annual trip to Latitude Festival (this year is number 8!), our home (and car on road trips) is always full of music.
To watch films. To be honest, I probably shouldn't have watched The Thing when I was in primary school, but it made me fall in love with films. From an early age we watched films that some of my friends haven't even seen yet, going to the cinema was a treat and she took us as much as possible. Going to the cinema with my mum and sister is still one of my favourite things to do!
To always make everything from scratch. I got quite a shock when I got to uni, laden down with bags of fresh veg and meat to find out that everyone just ate takeaways and frozen ready meals. My Mum always made sure (and still does every time we go round) that there is a freshly prepared meal ready and waiting. As well as cakes, loads of cakes.
Rise above it. This was one for our teenage years, whenever anyone at school was being mean or something hadn't gone our way, we just rose above it.
It'll be fine. This has been our motto for the last 10 years or so, whenever anything is going wrong or something isn't quite right, just say 'it'll be fiiiine' and you know it will be.
Family is everything. Even though we're spread out across the country, we're a very close family, we're all very silly but we're all here to support each other.
Independence. My Mum is the one who encouraged me to get a job when I turned 16, I even started working at the theatre where she worked and it has always taught me to be independent.
Never drink red wine that is under 12.5%, it's just not worth it.
Find out more about the Littlewoods #MumKnowsBest campaign and join in here, what has your Mum taught you over the years? I'd love to hear a little tip!
*Littlewoods treated my Mum to a voucher in return for this post, but I'd have written it anyway because she's the best.