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 […]

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 can remember and I cannot even begin to tell you how much we love you.

At one year old, your cheeky little personality is really starting to shine through. You are so incredibly funny, and your little quirks have me and your Daddy laughing every single day. You know how to play a crowd and love being the centre of attention. You’re also doing a good job of living up to your ‘Drama Baby’ status you first picked up when you were in my tummy. Oh my, my, you certainly know your mind and you can throw a tantrum to rival even your Aunty Libby! 

This last month, it feels like you have grown at the speed of lightening. You have finally have taken your first steps and are now a fully fledged walker. It’s still quicker sometimes to just crawl but for the most part you waddle your way around wherever you go. You now point to things you want with your pointy finger and have finally mastered using your shape sorter!

Chnaging your nappy and getting you dressed has become somewhat of an olympic sport these days, and during the day if we are at home you will do anything in your power to avoid having to put your trousers on so often you just run around in your nappy.

I’ve been making a real conscious effort to try and get out and see more children so you can play.  You still absolutely love music and dancing. We have started going to a weekly Music class and even just in the few weeks we’ve been going you have really started to join in with the actions and playing with the other children. We’ve been seeing more of our friends and your cousins too.

Now that the weather is better – she types as thunder and lightening fill the sky outside – we’ve been able to be outside so much more and you truly are at your happiest when you are out and about and able to roam free.

Our new favourite place is the farm and now that we’re members we go there at least once a fortnight. You love running around the play area and giggling at the naughty goats who manage to make Mama jump every single time!

We’v also been to the beach with Aunty Tasha, Uncle Dean and Maisie. We had a lovely day at the sea, playing with the pebbles and paddling in the sea before exploring the town. 

You have grown so much, no longer a teeny tiny baby, you are now confidently toddling around on your own two feet getting into everything and anything and definitely keeping us on our toes!

These are a few of your favourite things…

Dogs, mostly Alfie, but dogs in general are enough to make you fall over giggling!

Teddy bears

If you’re Happy and you Know It


Cuddles & kisses


Days at the farm

Blueberries – God help anyone who tries to eat any of your blueberries!

The ‘Ready….’ game you play with Daddy

Alfie’s lead

Bath time

I am so excited to watch you grow and to see who you become. We love you so very much, little girl, so very very much. Happy Birthday Sweetheart.

Love Mama x

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Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

So here we are in May. Where on earth has the last year gone? I remember this time last year so clearly – I had just begun maternity leave and we were making the final preparations for Florence’s arrival. Now, in just 3 weeks, our […]

Florence is 10 months old

Florence is 10 months old

It’s bee a while since I wrote your last update and my goodness, as I look back we’ve had quite a few months! You have come on leaps and bounds over the last twelve weeks and are becoming more toddler and less baby by the […]

Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

It’s hard to believe we are already five months into Florence’s weaning journey. While it might have been controversial we absolutely did the right thing by deciding to wean at four months, there is no way she would have lasted to the advised 6 month mark and she absolutely loves her food. .Since starting our weaning journey I have had so many messages and comments about how much of a good eater Florence is along with lots of questions about how we’ve tackled the introduction of food, and so I am going to be sharing a series of posts about feeding Florence over the next few weeks. I’ve written about our first few weeks of weaning here.

Today I wanted to share with you a highly requested post on what Florence eats in a week. At 9 months she consistently has 3 meals a day along side 5 6oz bottles of formula and a cup of very weak fruit squash or water. You will see below that we give Florence a combination of finger and spoon fed foods as that’s just what worked for us.


BREAKFAST:  1/2 Weetabix with formula milk & 1/2 a ‘The Red One’ Ella’s Kitchen pouch

LUNCH: Cocktail Sausages, Cheddar Cheese Sticks, Red Pepper Sticks & cucumberweaning

DINNER: Mini Pizza, Potato Waffle & Garlic Bread


BREAKFAST: Pancakes, Ella’s kitchen pouch & StrawberriesUnbelievabowl 3

LUNCH: Pasta with grated cheese & cucumber.

DINNER: Mild Chicken curry, Bombay Potatoes, Cauliflower


BREAKFAST: Toast with marmite & a pear

LUNCH: 1/2 Baked Potato with Dairy Lea Cheese, Cucumber, Celery & Red Pepper Sticks

DINNER: Ella’s Kitchen Banana & Mango Pouch and 1/2 banana


BREAKFAST: Crumpet, 2 strawberries & 1/2 banana

LUNCH: Ham, cocktail sausages, cheese chunks, strawberry & pineappleIMG_6950

DINNER: Pasta Bolognese  & Petit Filous Yogurt


BREAKFAST: Baby Banana & Blueberry Pancakes with Ella’s Kitchen ‘The Pink One’ pouch.banana pancakes

LUNCH: Dairy Lea Soldiers, Strawberries & Raspberries

DINNER:  Morrocan Cous Cous with Chicken


BREAKFAST:Eggy Banana Bread, Apple slices & Strawberries

LUNCH: Chicken & Mushroom pasta with grated cheese, cucumber & cherry tomatoes

DINNER: Chicken Fajitas (Chicken chunks, peppers & cheese spread wrap), Raspberry Petit Filous.7 month update


BREAKFAST: Hard Boiled Egg & Soldiers

LUNCH: Sunday Roast – Sliced Turkey, Roast Potatoes x 2, Brocolli Floret, Cauliflower Floret, Swede & Carrot mash

DINNER: Scotch Pancake, Mango & Watermelon Chunks

Weaning Accessories used in this post:

Vital Baby Unbelievabowl 

Easy Mat Mini – Get 10% off and free shipping when you enter AMIELIZ at the checkout. – I receive comission for every order placed at Easy Tots using this code.

Cath Kidston Melamine Tray

Keep an eye out for some quick and healthy snack ideas in my next Weaning post. 

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Florence’s 7 & a half month update

Florence’s 7 & a half month update

So, little girl, you’re officially 7 1/2 months old and as usual I’m late with your little update. The last month has been one of the busiest since you were born and I feel like we’re only just starting to slow back down after the […]

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

I cannot believe just how much you have grown over the last six weeks. It seems like you are learning something new every single day. You are sitting up unsupported for longer lengths of time, are so much happier and willing to play on your […]