Category: Family

Hape Little Red Bus Review

Hape Little Red Bus Review

As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I […]

Florence’s 6 month update

Florence’s 6 month update

So I’ve been a bit lapse on the whole baby update front just lately. Sorry poppet. I honestly cannot believe that you are six months old little girl, you are growing quicker than I can keep up with. In the last six weeks or so, you […]

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

The decorations are up, the cards are made and now it’s time to think about the presents! I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m too excited for Florence’s First Christmas or that I am just better prepared this year, but believe it or not I’ve actually almost finished my Christmas shopping already. I am going to be posting a series of gift guides for all the family over the next week or so, but I thought I would start with showing you some of the stocking fillers we’ve bought for Florence. There is a real mix of practical bits & bobs and toys here so I hope you can take away a little bit of inspiration for your own little one’s stocking too.

We are a family of readers and we really love the ‘That’s not my…’ series and so I’m popping a copy of their unicorn edition in Flo’s stocking for Christmas morning. It’s just the right size to fit in and who doesn’t love unicorns?  babys first christmas stocking fillers 4

Baby spoons are another hugely practical item for Florence’s stocking but one that we desperately need. I chose Boots ones as they are super colourful and the perfect size for her to grip.babys first christmas stocking fillers 8

How adorable is this little hand knitted woolly hat from Blue Bunny Boutique? It’s available in lots of different colours and has cute little bear ears! I cannot wait for Florence to wear hers on chilly winter days!babys first christmas stocking fillers 6

Sensory staples are a fab stocking filler idea as while they might not seem very interesting on their own, they’ll come in handy through the year for different DIY sensory toys! Buttons, feathers & water beads are always good things to have a stock of.babys first christmas stocking fillers 2

I picked up these two teething toys at a local Christmas market from Two Little Bears. I’d not heard f them before but they have the most adorable little shop & I am a sucker for a small local business so I couldn’t resist.babys first christmas stocking fillers 3

Now that she’s sitting up confidently she is able to play with toys differently to before when laying on her back or belly were the only option. We’ve added these cute little Hape vehicles to her stocking.babys first christmas stocking fillers 7

I am forever searching our house for missing dummies! How can it be that I’ve bought about 1,000 and yet lately we only have one! And Florence has perfected her ability to throw it across the room, car, shopping centre when she no longer wants it… only to desperately need it 10 seconds later. Kids eh? You just can’t please ‘em. To put this ludicrous dummy searching fiasco we’ve got a gorgeous little dummy clip from nibbling which has teether elements too! Bonus!babys first christmas stocking fillers 10

Florence adores bath time, in fact I think if she could she would just spend all day every day in the bath! I picked up these light up rubber ducks in B&M for £3.99, which I thought was a total bargain and they make a perfect stocking filler.babys first christmas stocking fillers 5

And last but not least are these adorable winter animal finger puppets from Primark. For only £3.50, you get five in the set and they can go in the bath too! We love the jungle, farmyard & Christmas ones we have already – they’re fab for story telling and they’ll be fab for our winter theme baby play in the next couple of months.babys first christmas stocking fillers 9

I hope this has given you a few ideas on what to add to your baby’s first stocking!

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Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

So, the other day I shared some of the photographs I shot of Florence during our DIY Baby’s First Christmas photo shoot and mentioned that I was keen to use them in a few different ways. Well, the first of three ways I’ve used them […]

DIY Baby’s First Christmas Photo Shoot

DIY Baby’s First Christmas Photo Shoot

So it’s here, December is finally upon us and this year I am beyond excited for the festive season! So much so that we put our tree up last weekend and we have spent every morning for the last couple of weeks listening to Christmas songs while we have our breakfast. It’s safe to say Florence has seen enough Mama dancing to last her a lifetime already. I will be amazed if she can’t sing ‘All I Want For Christmas’ off by heart by January! Perhaps it is because that this Christmas will be her first, my first as a mama that I am as excited as I am. For so long, All I really wanted for Christmas was my own baby, my own little girl and look! This year, my Christmas wish has come true! And because I want to capture every moment and because I can’t resist the urge to be that cliche Pinterest Mama I kicked off our first Christmas as a family with a little DIY photo shoot for Florence.n

Since having her, I’ve discovered a passion for photography, I rarely leave the house without my camera, I dream of one day owning my own studio and being mentored by my beautiful friend, Sarah. So far, I have mostly taught myself everything I know and I will be honest, it’s just a lot of trial and error, but I thought I’d share how we got these gorgeous sparkly shots. They’re perfect for personalised Christmas cards, ideal gifts for Grandparents when placed in a lovely frame or great to display in your home as a beautifully Christmassy decoration.Florence Baby's First Christmas 3

Florence wore a simple white long sleeved body suit, a pair of red & white stripe trousers (which were part of a 2 piece set) and a cute little Santa hat. I got the whole outfit from Tesco for under £10.Florence's Baby's First Christmas Photo shoot 3

So How did I Do it?

It’s actually really simple. All you need is a set of warm white icicle lights, a white duvet, a white background (I used my head board), some tape and a camera / camera phone. It also helps to do it in a well naturally lit room. These photos were taken with the window behind the bed.Florence's Baby's First Christmas Photo shoot 2

Tape the Christmas lights in a line to your back drop and place the duvet right up against it. If you have enough lights, you could do a second strip of lights for extra sparkle, but these were achieved with just one.Florence's Baby's First Christmas Photo shoot

I used a Canon EOS 750D * on the SCN kids setting to shoot these. Florence never sits still any more so this setting is fab for eliminating any blurryness and catching those beautiful candid baby face expressions. Editing wise, I’ve literally only enhanced the clarity on PicMonkey and topped up the brightness a little.Florence Baby's First Christmas photo shoot 2

I absolutely love how these have come out and can’t wait to hang them up around our home.Florence's Baby's First Christmas Photo shoot 4

If you do give this ago, I would love to see how you get on!PIN

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The Me and Mine Project {November 2017}

The Me and Mine Project {November 2017}

I feel like we have really turned a corner as a family this month. While I might still be in a bit of denial at times, our teeny tiny baby is now a chatty, climbing, almost crawling six month old and it would seem that […]

Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]