A Mother's Day Catch Up With Donna!


I'm so sorry I've been a little quiet lately, been in very intense preparation for our Pop-Up Shop that we are launching the Home and Eat Café and homeware store. It's in our local town of Bishop’s Stortford and we are incredibly excited for it. We will have our entire Mandy’s Heaven collection, just for all you ladies, on the 18th, 19th & 20th March so not long now!

I Won't Wear Sludge Brown's Donna Wears Our Ladies Knitwear

The reason in which we do this is simply because of the wonderful feedback and amazing loyalty that we receive from our wonderful customers, one of which is the beautiful Donna. Donna is the creator of the I Won’t Wear Sludge Brown blog, who was lovely enough to mention her love of Mandy's Heaven. So this week she's joined me for a little catchup all on the topic of Mother's Day.

star jumper from the ladies knitwear range

Donna looking fabulous in a sparkle star jumper from our ladies knitwear collection, an intricate necklace from our ladies jewellery collection, and a satchel from our ladies handbags collection.

Ever since I read her first blog, I honestly cannot wait to read the next and the next. It’s fascinating how she has adapted her skills from being a trained colour consultant to her own ideas on fashion combinations. We were fortunate enough for her to include knitwear, jewellery and handbags from our own collection. I must also say, she has inspired me in my choices for the next few instalments of our Mandy’s Heaven Collection!


Talking Mother's Day With Donna

When having a little chat with Donna, we unravelled a few tales of previous Mother's Day so I thought I'd let you all know how the conversation went....

Mandy: So Donna, as you have been a mum for the past 20 years (to a now 20 year old and 15 year old) and experience 20 Mother's Days as a mum, what has been the best (or worst, if it's really bad) mother's day gift that you have received over the years?

Donna: That’s an easy one! On my 17th Mother’s Day, my children presented me with a basket of 17 gifts. One for each year of being a mum. The gift had chocolates, candles, fizz, letters and photos. It was the most thoughtful gift that I've ever received and I confess to shedding a tear or two.

Mandy: Also, what do you think is the best or worst gift you have ever given your mum on mother's day?

Donna: Probably a necklace made out of paper scrolls threaded onto string when I was about 5. She ‘obviously’ loved it but I don’t remember her ever wearing it. I mean, would you really? Surprisingly it isn't in her jewellery box.

Mandy: What did you get up to this Mother's Day?

Donna: Not a lot actually. I am ashamed to say that I stayed in my pyjamas all day. My husband and children totally pampered me. They took the dog out, did the supermarket run, prepared a lovely antipasto lunch (with fizz) and a pea and prosciutto pasta dinner (with fizz). Obviously an Italian theme! And we rounded the day off with two hearty (read as heated!) games of Trivial Pursuit.

Mandy: In all the years of being a mum, have your children ever really embarrassed you, or put you in an awkward situation? If so, what's the story?

Donna: I think it’s a case of me embarrassing my children. My son once asked me what a mile high club was. That was awkward. I asked him what he thought it was and he said it’s where people go up in a hot air balloon and have a party. That’ll be it then!!!!!!

Mandy: Are there any prominent traits that you see from your own mother in you, or from you in your own children? If so, what are they?

Donna: Hmmmm that’s easy. Three generations of shopaholics. My mum, daughter and I all love clothes….with a passion. We can spend many an hour talking about our latest purchases.

Mandy: Lastly, what would you say is your most favourite thing about being a mum?

Donna: Watching my children grow in to lovely young people. Their wicked sense of humours that always make me laugh and their ability to mess up a bedroom merely by blinking (not).

A Final Word

It seems the nostalgia has hit me after speaking to Donna and I can’t help dedicate this blog to all of our mums, both of those who are physically with us and those who are with us in our hearts. All of those beautiful mum’s who give us constant guidance and love. Those gorgeous mums who have been our shoulder to cry on when we've had our lowest days. Those lovely mums who have always told us the truth, even when we haven’t wanted to hear it, and all of those amazing mums who even when we haven’t thought so, have always been our biggest fans. We love you! xxx

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A Mother's Day Catch Up With Donna!– Mandy's Heaven