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Trash the Dress Ideas

So, would you destroy your precious wedding frock all in the name of a photo shoot? Well, not many of us would, but the Trash the Dress trend is all the rage in the U.K. at the mo.

This latest trend in bridal photography hit the U.S. 10 years ago, in Las Vegas, where brides would deliberately wreck their beloved garb with water, paint, mud and even fire in a bid to prove their devotion to their newbie hubbies, since the dress could no longer be worn again.

The first UK photographer to capture the romantic ritual was Arran Tomlinson. This ritual of ruining a wedding dress on purpose soon after a couple’s big day is a loving tradition supposed to represent loyalty, as the ruined dress can never be worn again. What’s more, it’s big business for photographers.

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Royal Baby Name Predictions for 2015

Hurrah! For a second time, the UK is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new prince or princess. And, yet again, us Brits, not to mention the leading UK bookies, are hazarding guesses at what Wills and Kate will name its youngest addition to the British Royal Family.

While wholehearted royal watchers can have a flutter on the time and date of birth, gender and weight of the baby, it’s the baby’s name which attracts the keenest interest with UK bookies taking bets on everything from Ringo and Caledonia, to James and Elizabeth.

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World Book Night 2015

First celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5th March, World Book Night is the international day of celebrating books. In 2012, this day of celebration was shifted to 23rd April and was brought into being by Jamie Byng, MD of Canongate.

During a round table discussion at the Book Industry Conference in May 2010, it was agreed that grown-ups should read books a lot more. Julia Kingsford, who was head of the table at the time, is now World Book Night’s Chief Executive.

Taking inspiration from World Book Day, the notorious children’s reading celebration in the UK and Ireland, this night-time commemoration is for adults whereas the day is for kids.

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The Latest Arrivals Revealed...

Need something fresh and new in your life? We’ve gazillions of new gifts up for grabs, from Disney dolls to budgie signs and everything in between.  Here are some of our new arrivals below – we’re sure you’ll uncover a few things you didn’t realise you needed if you’re looking to treat yourself. Here’s what’s hot in terms of new gifts 2015...

Personalised Disney Cinderella, Snow White and Belle Dolls

Is there a little Disney devotee who adores the likes of Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, Cinderella and Snow White? Treat them to one of these super-sweet personalised dolls. All soft and cuddly, their dresses can be embroidered with your little one’s name – there’ll certainly be no mistaking who she belongs to.

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Tasty Treats to Tuck into Once Lent Is Over

What have you given up for Lent? Booze? Chocolate? Meat? Pizza? Chips? According to Twitter, the top category was ‘food’ and the top 10 things folk have given up this year are:

  1. School 6,280
  2. Chocolate 4,291
  3. Twitter 3,785
  4. Alcohol 3,208
  5. Social networking 3,090
  6. Swearing 2,884
  7. Soda 2,464
  8. Sweets 2,118
  9. Fast food 2,056
  10. Coffee 1,702

So, once you’ve finished depriving yourself of the things you love, here are 10 tasty treats you can devour as soon as Lent is over on Thursday 2nd April. After all, it’s nearly Easter, right?

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Presents Ideas for Hard-to-Please People

Is there a hard-to-buy-for person in your life? Most folk have a friend, partner or loved one who’s a bit of a ‘mare to buy presents for... who constantly insists for the receipt but glares when you propose they write a list.

Whatever the occasion, be it a birthday, retirement or anniversary, we’ve done our best to pacify hard-to-buy-for people with the below offbeat offerings. It isn’t as tricky as you might think to find a decent pressie for the fussy friend, pernickety parent or choosy child on your shopping list. So, feast your eyes on our awesome new gifts, perfect for picky people everywhere...

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Kid-Friendly Baking Ideas for Mother's Day

Baking’s a brilliant way to introduce little ones to cooking and teach them some important kitchen skills. It’s inexpensive and easy to make yummy cakes and biscuits and it also means you know exactly what’s gone into them. What’s more, baking with kids can be a fun activity to do when it’s pouring with rain outside, or just to keep littlies entertained throughout the school holidays.

So, without further ado, GoneDigging serves up some tasty recipes youngsters will love – they’ll be especially nice to eat on Mother’s Day, not to mention at birthday parties, after school and more. Best of all, they’re recipes little ones can help with – some are even fitting for older kiddies to make themselves!

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While Isla Sleeps

While Isla Sleeps are one of the exciting new brands to join us on GoneDigging and we caught up with them to find out more about them and their lovely personalised children’s gifts.

It was started by friends Becky and Clare in 2010 while they were both on maternity leave. At first they juggled returning to their jobs and building While Isla Sleeps but now they work on the business full time. Their backgrounds are in retail and business analysis, but making things is something that they have enjoyed doing for many years. They’re self-taught and have learned much through experience, and as the business and their children grew, it was a scary, but obvious decision to try a change of career.

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What Mum Doesn't Want for Mother's Day

What Mum Doesn't Want for Mother's Day

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GoneDigging’s Top Celeb Mums

So, who do you turn to when you need some reliable advice about motherhood? Your mum? Your best bud? The web? Or a celebrity? It seems the below stars and mummies are the number celeb females we’d most like to get baby-related advice from. And us lot at GoneDigging HQ are a bit partial to looking at the latest snaps of celebrity mummies with their lovable mini-me’s. Celebs like Fearne Cotton, Kate Middleton and Adele truly relish ‘mummyhood’ and remind us that being a mum is one of the most satisfying honours in the world. So, let’s crack on with it – here are our favourite celebrity mums…

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