Category: HOME & INTERIORS

Nesting, Nesting, 123: 14 ways to prepare your home for a new arrival | #AD Gifted

Nesting, Nesting, 123: 14 ways to prepare your home for a new arrival | #AD Gifted

With just one week until baby’s due date the notorious nesting instinct has well and truly kicked in and as well as setting up the bedside crib, washing and organising his clothes and baby proofing, I’ve been compelled to get clear and clean in ways […]

Imagining my Dressing Table of Dreams | #AD

Imagining my Dressing Table of Dreams | #AD

A dressing table of my own is something I’ve always dreamed of having since I was a little girl. I used to see them in the movies and in magazines and picture myself sitting in front of the mirror brushing my hair before bed and […]

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 garden which Florence is obviously able to play with, I wanted to create a little  garden patch of her own within the whole garden itself and I thought I’d show you how we made our own Little Tikes Turtle Sensory Garden.

We bought a Little Tikes Turtle Sandpit from Smyths Toy Shop, but if you’re lucky you can pick them up on facebook selling groups or gumtree second hand for half the price. You will only need the base bit so either discard of the lid or store it away somewhere. I am still trying to think up a handy use for it so we’ve kept ours. Sean drilled a few holes in the bottom of the sandpit to allow for water drainage so that it didn’t become swamped through rainy periods.

We filled the pit with a 125L bag of peat free compost before planting our herbs & plants. We chose to plant a variety of strong scented herbs opting for rosemary, thyme, lavender, basil & mint along with a strawberry plant and some pink & purple petunias in between which are just starting to come into bloom. For added colour I’ve sewn some seed packets I picked up from Wilko but have to confess, I have no idea which ones went in! I think some of them might be sweet peas? They seem to be coming along just nicely anyway. The turtle sandpit is conveniently accessible from all angles but I’ve also made sure to leave a patch without any plants at the front so that she can climb in and out to play & explore this little corner of our garden too.Little Tikes Turtle Sensory Garden 

We have also added some little bug windmills from B&M which she loves to watch spin in the breeze along with some hand painted Lady Bug Pebbles which are just waiting for their spots.

Each morning I’ve headed out with Florence – in all weathers! – to check on how it’s all growing, to water the plants & we even ‘tickle’ them for extra growing power. Of course, this is already a great source of sensory play for Florence as there are a wealth of textures on offer for her to feel, there’s an abundance of smells, and the herbs are completely edible so it opens up an opportunity to explore her sense of taste too. Once the all the flowers are in full bloom the bright colours will also be quite visually stimulating, but for now the windmills and little bug touches are doing a pretty good job! 

At just over one year old, the whole concept of what we are doing and why isn’t exactly understood just yet, but I hope that this Little Tikes turtle sensory garden of ours will act as a lovely baby friendly introduction to gardening and provide a whole host of play opportunities over time.

I’ll be back soon with a post on the progress of our garden as a whole as we’ve made so many improvements over the last few weeks but in the meantime if you fancy giving this a go yourself, I’d love to hear how you get on!

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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 […]

Creating A Toddler Friendly Garden

Creating A Toddler Friendly Garden

After what feels like the longest winter EVER, I am so looking forward to the arrival of Spring and Summer. With Florence turning one in May and already showing signs of being close to taking her first steps, I am excited to spend days out […]

How to make DIY Reindeer Food Sack

How to make DIY Reindeer Food Sack

While Florence is a little young to really understand what on earth is going on this Christmas,  I have made these cute little Reindeer Food Bags for the older children in our family and I thought I would share a little tutorial on how you can make them too. Alternatively, if you just don’t have the time but would still like to have one, you can buy one from my new facebook page here.  All the proceeds are going towards our big savings pot for our house!

All you need is:

1 x cup of porridge oats

Glitter

1tbsp cinnamon

Zip Lock Food Bag

Burlap square of around 9″ x 9″

Googly eyes

Red ribbon

Jingle bell

Hot Glue Gun

First things first, you will need to make your reindeer food. Mix your porridge oats, glitter and ground cinnamon together in a bowl. You could also use ginger or mixed spice depending on your preference. Pour the mixture into a zip lock bag, collecting it into one corner of the bag and tie the string around the top to make a cone shape.

Next, grab your burlap square and place the bag in the centre. Fold one corner of the burlap twice into the centre and then repeat on the opposite side. Roll both sides in to cover the bag.

Now fold the two ends up and pinch together at the top of where the bag is. Tie together with string and you should have the basic shape of your reindeer – the head and two ears.reindeer food sack 2

Next is the fun part. Using your hot glue gun, stick the googly eyes & Pom Pom nose onto one side of the head to form Rudolph’s face. Then simply tie your ribbon in a bow around the base of the ears to hide the string and add the jingle bell for decoration.

And there you have it, a super cute Reindeer Food Sack!

reindeer food sack PIN

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

Making our house a home this Summer – Planning the Living Room

It has been almost 10 months since we moved into our little house on the High Street and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has flown. As you know if you’re a frequent visitor here, I found out I was pregnant just five […]

Florence’s Hot Air Balloon Nursery

Florence’s Hot Air Balloon Nursery

When I found out I was pregnant, we had just moved into our house. We’d been looking for a while and I had got to the point were we really needed to take the next step to get our own place. When our offer was […]