Category: Family Life

Our Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

So summer is officially here and I am determined to fill the next 10 weeks with adventures with my little family. We’ll be on a bit of a budget because we’re still saving so I’ve picked out a bunch of mostly free things we can […]

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

With William now almost four months I am loving introducing him to different play. I especially love watching Florence playing with him. We’ve been sent some really adorable soft play balls for the children to play with from Dooballs from BabytoLove and over the last few […]

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 decorations and such were completely plastic free. It had been months in the planning and I made most of the decorations myself, with a little help from my sister.

The decor

I made some fabric bunting out of red gingham, white and polka dot fabric scraps which we hung along the big washing line above the kids table. We had a farmyard backdrop with straw bales in front of and  some more paper bunting dotted around. I also made farm animal party hats and little paper plate chickens. The games and food table really added to the decor too.

The cake

We were let down by the lady who was supposed to be making our cake at the last minute so Sean ended up trying his hand and baking & decorating a birthday cake of dreams. It’s safe to say he didn’t disappoint and made this awesome farm animal masterpiece which tasted delicious too!

The Food

I love planning party food, I’m not sure what it is but I find coming up with all the different themed bits for a party feast so much fun. We laid out a farm themed menu with many of Florence’s favourite foods. I also made these cute little food labels.

The games

With twelve 2 year olds running around, I decided to make it quite a relaxed day rather than having lots of structured games.

There was a treasure hunt where the children were given a little personalised egg box ready to fill with all of mother hen’s lost eggs! Dotted around the garden were six stations for them to collect their treasures from. Each child got to take home a little Lanka Kade wooden animal, some farm stickers, a chocolate animal, some bubbles, some sunflower seeds and a puzzle.

I made a farm animal tin can alley out of some of William’s empty milk tins.

We turned the playhouse into a stable and filled / surrounded it with hobby horses & rocking horses. It was a big hit!

For the babies, there was a cuddle corner with lots of cuddly animals and farm themed books.

There was also a water table duck pond and a farm tuff spot made with cereal.

Florence had so much fun and it was so lovely to have so many of her little friends there.

*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 farm themed party for your little one.

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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 […]

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 last few months, but the biggest thing of all was becoming a big sister – a role you’ve taken pretty much in your stride. Granted there have been a few instances where sibling jealousy kicked in (more on that later) but for the most part, you have been so very gracious. The love you have for William absolutely fills my heart and I truly think that you were born to be a big sister!
We had a couple of particularly challenging weeks this month when it came to behaviour and boundary pushing but I think it was just a delayed reaction to William’s arrival, boredom and our complete lack in routine. We’ve returned to a couple of classes we had stopped and I’m packing our weeks full of days out and play dates and it’s made all of the difference to your mood and definitely decreased the tantrums… which by the way are fierce! 
Now that the summer is showing signs of arriving we’ve been spending the days we are at home in the garden. Nanny has made a little play area for you out in the garden so you (and William) can play without being interrupted by the dogs.
We have also made some new friends who are local to us so have been to a few things with them too. I was feeling all the mum guilt about you not really having many little friends so it’s been lovely to watch you play with them.
You are learning so much so fast just lately and have now mastered naming & identifying colours, can count up to 9 and you’re vocabulary is just growing & growing. You chat away constantly and can hold a sort of conversation in your own little way. I still have to translate for people who aren’t with you all the time but I’m so proud of how you’ve suddenly come on with your speech. You also now sing along to your favourite songs, Baa Baa black sheep, incy wincy spider, Mary Mary Quite Contrary & twinkle twinkle – it is unbelievably cute. Not to mention Sleepy Bunnies! 
You love to speak on the phone to anyone who will listen. If ever anyone phones mummy or daddy you tend to steal the phone, walk off and chat away to who ever is on the other end for ages.
You love drawing and glueing and painting. You’ve definitely inherited your Daddy’s creative genes! 
You have begun to really get lost in your play. You take your teddies & dollies for picnics, make us all tea & cake about 100 times a day and happily take your Hey Duggee figures on little adventures around the house. I love watching you play and act out different scenarios with your toys. 
We decided to try and see if having a duvet rather than your Grobags might help you stay a bit more settled overnight so I ordered you a special Hey Duggee bedding set and a little cot bed duvet. You love it and now only wake up once or twice each night which is a big improvement.
You’re mad as a hatter, a wonderful whirlwind, feisty & wise and our perfect little girl. We love you little one, more than you know. Here’s to your last month as a one year old!
Mama x
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What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

With Easter a mere two weeks away, I’ve been gradually putting together some activities to do in the lead up to the big weekend as well as gifts for the children to have on Easter Sunday. As I know that family & friends will likely […]

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

So you guys seemed to love my DIY reindeer food sack  tutorial at Christmas so much, so I thought I’d try and recreate something similar for Easter. These little Bunny treat bags are just the cutest and add a lovely extra touch to your Easter […]