Author: ami elizabeth

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

There we have it, day one of potty training complete. It wasn’t planned but when we woke up to yet another day of rain keeping us indoors it seemed like a sensible time to do it. And so we did. I started the day making […]

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me knows that planning parties is totally my ‘thing’, it’s just something I love doing. This weekend we celebrated Florence turning two with a fun filled farm themed birthday garden party. This year I also put a lot of emphasis on the […]

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

In just over a week my sister and I will be heading to Wembley Arena to see the Spice Girls perform as part of their reunion tour. To say I’m  a little bit excited would be an understatement.

As a little girl, I lived and breathed the Spice Girls. One of my most vivid memories of my childhood was sitting with my Nan and writing a letter to them all about my day and putting a Smartie each inside the envelope for them (I can only have been about 4, and while I loved them, I clearly still wanted the rest of the smarties myself.)

I had every CD and knew every song off by heart, watched the Spice World video on repeat, recorded every TV advert they were ever in, tuned in to every (child friendly) TV appearance, learned every dance routine, put on my own little Spice Girls shows with my friends and was lucky enough to get to go and see them perform live twice! Every birthday, Easter & Christmas was filed with some sort of Spice Girls memorabilia and I remember having a Spice Girls Birthday cake at my 5th birthday party – DAY MADE. The Spice Girls were my heroes and I sobbed my little heart out when the news broke that they were splitting up.

19 years on I’m still listening to their music. I still dance it out to Wannabe in my living room. It seems my love for the Spice Girls never ran out as my sister (who is 10 years younger than I am) knows every word to every song and my daughter (aged 2) joins in too. I’d be inclined to say that the five ladies who taught me everything there is to know about Girl Power, the importance of loving your Mama, that real friendship never ends and to never give up on the good times are top of the list on the role model front. Not to mention the fact that they are, after all the Queens of female empowerment.

So imagine my excitement when Florence handed me my card on Mother’s Day and inside were two tickets to go and see them again! I think it might be time to recreate this photo…

The Spice girls have reunited with Walkers in a bid to find their #BestEverFan and their campaign was launched on ITV last night when their new advert was aired in the AD break of Britain’s Got Talent – did it give anyone else all the nostalgic feels seeing them & ol’ Gary Linnekar back on the TV promoting the Nation’s favourite crisps as they did all those years ago?

The Spice Girls remaining tour dates are:

· Monday 3rd June – Coventry – Ricoh Stadium

· Tuesday 4th June – Coventry – Ricoh Stadium

· Thursday 6th June – Sunderland – Stadium Of Light

· Saturday 8th June – Edinburgh – BT Murrayfield Stadium

· Monday 10th June – Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium

· Thursday 13th June – London – Wembley Stadium

· Friday 14th June – London – Wembley Stadium

· Saturday 15th June – London – Wembley Stadium

It goes without saying that you should only buy from official advertised agents if you’re thinking of going along to one of their shows.

Say you’ll be there?

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

This is a paid collaboration with Walkers crisps. All thoughts and views expressed in this post are my own.

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Getting Started with Cloth Nappies

Getting Started with Cloth Nappies

It’s something I’ve been considering for some time, switching from disposable to reusable nappies. I figured even if I used one cloth nappy per day, it was 7 less disposables ending up in landfill each week, 365 every year. And when you put it like […]

With a Cluck & a Moo & a Cock-a-doodle-doo, Florence is turning 2! : Plans for a second birthday party

With a Cluck & a Moo & a Cock-a-doodle-doo, Florence is turning 2! : Plans for a second birthday party

I can’t quite believe we’re at this stage again already. In just over a month my biggest baby will be 2 and we plan to celebrate her birthday in style again this year with a Farm themed party filled with lots of animal fun & […]

Florence’s Herb Garden | #AD

Florence’s Herb Garden | #AD

You might remember the little sensory herb garden we made for Florence this time last year.

Now that she is almost two, Florence is starting to understand things a bit more and so I’ve really focussed this year on giving her ownership of her little patch. We’ve planted a combination of kitchen herbs and talked about the process as we’ve gone. We’ve talked about what plants need and the conditions they need in order to grow (obviously keeping it super simple and toddler friendly) and monitored them as our seeds turned from tiny little specs to seedlings, then stems and now full plants. She’s been so good at taking care of them and watering each day.

Trago Mills have put together this handy info graphic advising when the best time of year is to sew and harvest the most commonly used garden herbs to help you create your own kitchen garden.

Now that some of our herbs are ready for harvesting, we’ve been using them in our cooking. Florence loves to help me in the kitchen and it’s been so lovely to be able to show her the process of growing plants to eat.

We’ve also used them in our play, making sensory Easter Eggs, painted with them and even added them to our water play.

Do you grow herbs at home?

JUST SO YOU KNOW

This is a collaborative post in partnership with Trago Mills.

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Sean and I are big film lovers. Before having children we would go to the cinema at least once a week and it’s pretty much the only thing I really miss since becoming a parent. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Florence to […]

Florence’s 23 month update – one month ’til 2!

Florence’s 23 month update – one month ’til 2!

Little Florence. Look how you’ve grown! We are on the countdown to your second birthday and I’m in a little bit of disbelief that this time next month I’ll be the mum of a 2 year old! So much has changed for you in the […]