Author: ami elizabeth

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

A step back to move forward: A Little Life Update

Things are about to look a lot different around here as we prepare to make some pretty big life changes. We are swiftly outgrowing our little house. I honestly underestimated just how much room little people take up and with our plans to expand our […]

5 ways to celebrate baby’s first birthday

5 ways to celebrate baby’s first birthday

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since we were celebrating Florence’s first birthday. We made memories that will be treasured forever over her birthday week and I think it is safe to say that she celebrated in style! I thought I […]

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Florence was bought a trike for her birthday by her Grandparents & and Great Grandma and I really wanted to tell you all about it, because it makes such a great gift for little one’s and Florence absolutely loves it.

The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike is suitable from aged 9 months to 3 years with evolving features to grow as your child develops and learns new skills. We’ve only used the first position so far, in which little ones use the foot rest as they’re pushed along rather than the peddles themselves but Florence absolutely loves this alternative to the pushchair!  Since she was given it, we’ve basically taken it on pretty much all of the little trips we’ve made around our village – toddler classes, pops to the shop, dog walks to the park and even to the doctors for her 12 month jabs. I think if I could guarantee she wouldn’t need a nap, I probably would have taken her into town on it too. She loves being able to sit upright and look all the way around on the go and it puts her in the perfect dog watching position.little tikes 4-in-1 Trike

When it comes to safety, it very much feels like every base has been covered. There is a five point harness and safety bar to prevent little ones from falling or climbing out on the go and as well as the non slip pedals and fold away foot rest for littler legs, there is a fully adjustable sun canopy designed to protect up to 99% of UV rays. 

It is very easy and light to guide and push with either one or both hands and I was really surprised how well it copes on all sorts of terrain. It’s actually easier to push on gravel than our pushchair and just doesn’t seem phased by any changes in terrain. I was initially a bit concerned about the lack of brakes but having tested it, the trike tends to just stay put when you let go rather than roll away which I think is a genius feature. It’s also quite quiet when you push unlike others I’ve seen so that’s always a bonus. 

The trike also has a handy storage bucket at the rear which can hold everything you and your little one could need for a trip to the park, including dolly – of course.  There’s an ideal little drink cup holder too which seems to hold a whole host of different kids cups (we’ve tried the munchkin 360 cup, the Nuby Incredible Gulp & a Skip Hop straw bottle). 

Overall, the Little Tikes 4-in-1 trike is a super sturdy and practical alternative way to get around for toddlers. I love that it offers plenty of opportunity to learn as Florence grows and she seems to absolutely love trundling along or even just sitting in it! I have lost count of the amount of times we’ve wheeled her around the garden on it too! 

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We Made a Mini Sensory Garden in a Sandpit

We Made a Mini Sensory Garden in a Sandpit

Not so long ago, I told you all about our plans to transform our garden from a drab and swampy mess into a toddler friendly play space for Florence to take advantage of through the summer. While I have planters across the middle of the […]

Rainbow Themed Party Food Ideas

Rainbow Themed Party Food Ideas

We chose a rainbow theme for Florence’s 1st Birthday party and along with the decorations and games we also tied in the food with it. I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and loved creating the menu for her big day. I thought I […]

Florence’s Rainbow Themed Birthday Party

Florence’s Rainbow Themed Birthday Party

I can hardly believe it’s over! I’ve spent the last month or so planning Florence’s first Birthday Party and on Saturday all of my plans came to life. 60 of our friends and family came to celebrate our little girl turning one and we honestly had such a wodnerful day. The weather was beautiful and Florence was in her absolute element being surrounded by people who were there to see her and partied hard until she finally crashed at 11pm! I thought I would share with you what we got up to at Florence’s Rainbow Themed Birthday Party.

The Decor

The cake table was decorated with a rainbow balloon arch. We hung 100ft of giant multi coloured bunting around the garden and gazebos which filled the sky with rainbow flags and hung lanterns from the tree above the music wall. The children ate at a specially made table which was decorated with a rainbow coloured balloon table runner and corresponding plates & cups.


The Games & Activities

All of the children were asked to choose a party box when they arrived and instructed to go and find the unicorns who were guarding the special treasure! There were books, gold coins, play doh pots, rainbow drops and rainbow coloured ducks. 

We filled up the paddling pool & tuff spot with water and rainbow coloured toys so that the littles could splash about and cool down.

There was an arts and crafts table where the children decorated clouds with glitter & sparkle. 

I created a Rainbow Sensory Play area with books and rainbow scarves and shakers and a wooden stacker. There was also a ball pool filled which was certainly a hit with the littles! 

And fun was had by all on the climbing frame Sean & his brother have built! The children spent hours going up and down the bumpy slide, playing in the play house, the little cafe, making music on the music wall and digging for gold in the sand pit. 

The Dress(es)

We had so so many compliments on our outfits! Florence wore a beautiful handmade rainbow scalloped dress from Wild Things Dresses and I wore a dress I bought from Shein. 

The Food

We served a rainbow themed feast for the children and later on a bbq for the adults. I’ve shared a whole blog post on all of the food we had on offer here

We had the most amazing day and we feel so blessed that so many people came to wish our Florrie bum a happy birthday. 

*If you didn’t already know, I run Pinnable Parties and I would love to help you make your children’s party dreams come true! I hope this post has inspired you if you are looking to throw a rainbow themed party for your little one.

 

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DIY Summer Cake Smash / First Birthday Photo shoot

DIY Summer Cake Smash / First Birthday Photo shoot

Last week, in preparation for Florence’s first birthday we headed out to a local park for a little DIY First Birthday photo shoot and an attempt at a cake smash. Having turned to Pinterest for some inspiration, I knew exactly the look I was after. […]

Darling Florence, Now You are One

Darling Florence, Now You are One

Oh little girl, I can’t quite believe I’m writing this already. Today you turn one. A whole year. Words cannot describe the joy you have brought into our lives. You’ve filled a piece of my heart that had been void for as long as I […]