Lifestyle, memories, Wedding

Bridesmaid’s Gifts

As most will know by now, my wedding day is fast approaching, and so I’m currently sorting and organising all the little details for the big day. One of which are bridesmaids gifts for my two sisters.

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Even though the wedding itself is small and relatively low key, it was my wish to give my bridesmaids a little something to say thank you, with sentimental items they could keep as a memory from the day itself. I created a little gift bag each for my sisters, Emmelia and Sharnee, as shown in the image above.

To hold all of the items, I thought a personalised accessory such would be perfect, and could be used for many different uses should the girls wish. Graphic Impact have lots of different colours and fonts to choose from, which is a really nice way to make your gifts that little bit more special and unique. I knew my bridesmaids would love the colour and design of these medium accessory bags in navy with the copper glitter name detailing.

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These personalised accessory bags are from Graphic Impact.

The bridal party personalised champagne flutes were a little DIY make. I purchased the flutes from Wilkinsons, and ordered the rose gold vinyl decal from The Foil Stationary Co, before individually adding each of the decals onto the champagne flutes. I also made one for the mother of the bride and bride for the morning of the wedding.

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I wanted a little keepsake for the girls that would remind them of the day and their bridesmaids experience, and think these cut out heart, hand crafted clay trinkets with embossed bridesmaid detailing are just perfect. Topped with twine and sunflower yellow ribbon, they are the perfect addition to the bridesmaids gift bags. It was amazing working with such a lovely lady behind a small UK business to create these, she listened to my vision and the results are perfect!

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These clay hearts are from Made With Love, who can also be found on Instagram (made_with_love_87).

The gifts were finished with some white rose petals, pink heart chocolates, a bottle of wine and a small bracelet. I hope my sisters enjoy their bridesmaids gifts as much as I have enjoyed putting them together! Thank you for being my bridesmaids!

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Thank you for reading. 

Lifestyle, memories, Motherhood

Florence’s 6 Month Update

Our darling little Florence is six months old. How on earth has it been six months already? Now, I can already imagine your eyes rolling by what I just said, and I get it, it’s how time works… but when it’s your tiny little baby it just seems to go by so quickly.

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Florence is an absolute delight. Full of personality, and will quickly let you know if she wants something or if you’re not doing what she wants. She can sit up unsupported, and is now very comfortable on her tummy to play. She can move herself backwards whilst on her tummy, and has bum shuffled once or twice. She can get herself onto her hands and knees and then rocks back and forth as if she is dancing. All of this suggests it won’t be too long before she is on the move.

Her favourite toys are musical ones, however Florence will take every opportunity she can to get a phone or remote control, the toy ones just don’t cut it! She absolutely loves when Kaden comes home from school, as he usually spends some time playing on the floor with her. Both Kaden and Mitch can have Florence laughing in seconds, and it is wonderful to watch. She recognises voices and the faces of people in her life the most, and is always quick to give a smile. She loves the attention.

Now I’m actually writing this whilst she’s asleep in my arms, because she’s incredibly clingy and doesn’t like being put down for more than five minutes at a time. Don’t even try to put her down once she’s asleep, because the second she realises what you’re attempting to do she will pop one eye open as a warning, don’t even try it mummy! She’s still only little and will sort herself out when she is ready. Until then, we’re happy with how things are…

Apart from sleep. Or lack of, should I say! Since Florence was born, she has established and maintained a routine for sleep, which hasn’t yet improved (my fingers remain crossed on this one!) She sleeps for two hours at a time then wakes for a feed, then sleep for two hours, feed etc.

Although Florence is still exclusively breastfed, we have started to wean her with both puree and baby led weaning methods as she likes both. Her favourite foods so far are blueberries and sweet potato, but there has been nothing that she has not liked as of yet. More often than not, she wants whatever I have on my plate!

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In just six short months, Florence has made us a family of four, had a joint Christening with her big brother Kaden, learnt to smile and laugh, how to sit, play and interact. Mitch, Kaden and I have been overcome with love and emotion for Florence, as has everyone who has had the chance to meet her.

We have lots of exciting things ahead of us to look forward to this year, and we are so excited to watch you learn and grow.

Happy half birthday little one.

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Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide: Newborn

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small, UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, therefore each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas and supporting those smaller shops. This is the third blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide series, and is a Gift Guide for Newborns.

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1. Zip Up Sleepsuit 

ZippyUp have created the ultimate ‘dad-proof’ sleep suit for newborns, that feature a simple two way zip rather than poppers. These are warm, 100% cotton, comfortable and practical additions to a babies wardrobe, one that would make a lovely gift for any new parent.

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This ZippyUp sleep suit, along with others can be found at ZippyUp.

2. Pineapple Print 

Do you know someone who hasn’t announced the gender and won’t until you see the baby? Although a lovely idea, that can make gifts rather difficult. This pineapple nursery print offers an alternative to clothing for newborns, and is a safe bet as prints can be simple ways to decorate a nursery or bedroom.

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This pineapple print, and other prints can be found at MamaDesigns.

3. Bear Dungarees 

I don’t think I can do a gift guide without having clothes mentioned at least once! BornHygge have some lovely pieces in, and because it’s an independent store, it is unlikely that the parents will have received the same clothes from someone else as a gift!

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These dungarees, along with other clothing can be found at BornHygge.

4. Baby Milestone Cards

Nested Fox have created a pack of 50 gender neutral baby milestone cards. They are unique in their design, in that there is space on the reverse of each card to write about that milestone. As well as this, under the cards, in the box itself there’s another unique addition to the pack; a space to write your child’s name, date of birth, weight and where they were born. This is such a lovely extra that I’ve not seen in other baby milestone card packs and is a lovely idea as it makes it something you can keep and give to your little ones when they are older.

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These baby milestone cards can be found at NestedFox.

5. Pink Noise Whisbear Sleeping Aid 

Not getting enough sleep is expected with a newborn, however there are products to make getting the baby off to sleep that little bit easier. The Whisbear is a sleeping aid that plays a soft, pink noise for 40 minutes when turned on, and then is able to react to a baby cry and play for another 20 minutes to help soothe the baby back to sleep. It has magnetic paws that make it easy (and safe) to attach to the cot or other product to be near the baby. It can also be used as a sensory toy! This is completely safe to use from birth, and is a gift that parents will continuously thank you for, for making bed time that little bit easier!

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    This sleeping aid, along with others, can be found at Whisbear.

6. Pineapple Muslin Squares

If you’ve read my blog post ‘Top Tips for New Mums‘ then you’ll know how much I recommend having plenty of muslin squares. They are handy for just about everything, and you can never have enough! These pineapple black and white muslin squares are double layered, super soft and 100% cotton.

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These muslin squares, along with other products, can be found at MamaDesigns.

7. Black and White Baby Sensory Cards

These are a great gift if you’re looking for that something different that you know the new parents probably haven’t picked up already for their new baby. These are a practical, yet very useful and appreciated gift as babies can only see black and white to start and this really helps their development. The pack comes with seven reversible black and white images, so technically fourteen different pictures.

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These sensory cards can be found at Bebedoubaby.

Thank you for reading. 

Lifestyle, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Older Boy

As we’re now in November and Christmas is almost upon us, it is only apt that I offer my opinions on Christmas gifts through a series of Christmas Gift Guides on my blog. Over the year I have found some amazing small businesses online that sell lovely goodies, and I’d love to share some of those with my readers. Therefore, each of the Gift Guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. The first blog in this series is the Christmas Gift Guide for Older Boys. Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 17.42.07.png

  1. Personalised Christmas Jumper 

This personalised Christmas jumper is a cool gift for someone who wants something a little different as oppose to the traditional Christmas jumper. The jumper can be purchased from 6 – 12 months through to 12 – 13 years old. I know that Kaden will love wearing this for his School Christmas jumper day! Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 18.07.21.png

This product can be found at WithlovefromJJ.

2. Children’s Personalised Clothes Hangers

These can be made in any colour and with any initial to personalise. This would make a lovely gift along with clothing to make it extra special for a little one at Christmas. This lovely store has lots of different wooden goodies that would make the perfect gifts for a nursery or child!

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This product can be found by searching @Thelittlewoodenden on either Facebook or Instagram.

3. Slime Baff 

If you haven’t already seen, my previous blog post is a review on the Slime Baff and another of the Zimpli Kids products. Kaden loved experimenting in the bath with the Slime Baff! This gift would be great as something different and exciting for children.

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This product can be found at ZimpliKids

4. Personalised Initial Tracksuit 

This is such a nice gift idea for a young boy, as it’s both practical and useful but also something with a twist so it is still interesting for the kiddies! Kaden loves the idea that his tracksuit has his initials on and can’t wait to wear it and show it off!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

5. Personalised Star Initial Jumper 

This jumper is a lovely gift in which the personalisation is well styled and subtle. It has lovely details on the elbows to mirror the front of the jumper. Kaden loves his and will definitely get a lot of wear out of it!

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This product can be found by searching @Diddles&Squidge on either Facebook or Instagram.

6. Personalised Name Cushion 

There are many different cushion choices on the website, but I’ve chosen to include this particular one as I think it would look great with the personalised bedding set, also from. The.Crashers!

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The Crashers are very kindly offering my readers a 15% discount code– valid with the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers

7. Personalised Story Book 

This is a lovely gift for the young people in your lives, a personalised story in which the children themselves feature in! On the website, you are able to personalise the character that will appear throughout the story book, as shown below. There is also an option to add a personal message, which will appear at the start of the book.

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The story book will take your child or loved one through a special story in which they get to see themselves included throughout. What a great way to get children reading, and a lovely memory to keep!

This product can be found at Chapterful.

8. Personalised Bedding Set 

This is a lovely, different gift for a little boy that seems to have everything! It adds a very simple, but cool effect to a little one’s bedroom without being too in your face. It is available as both single and double bedding.

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The Crashers are offering a 15% discount to my readers, through the code YLM15.

This product can be found at The.Crashers.

9. Personalised Initial Name Jumper 

Just when you thought I couldn’t add anything else personalised to this Christmas Gift Guide, I did! I love the design of this jumper, and think it would be such a lovely gift for a little boy!

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This product can be found by searching @dudesdudettes on either Facebook or Instagram.

 

Thank you for reading. 

memories, Motherhood

The Christening

16.09.2018 

Baptism of Kaden & Florence

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We celebrated the Christening of both Kaden and Florence last Sunday at St Thomas’ Church, followed by a small party afterwards. We had such a lovely day and cannot thank everyone enough for coming to celebrate our faith and our children on that special day. It was the first time the families had all been together, and was lovely!

The church service was short and sweet, with a really wonderful vicar leading the baptism. Kaden was brilliant and enjoyed having the attention on him, especially when the vicar let Kaden splash him with water too!

We had chosen Godparents for the children, and would like to thank them for accepting their roles in our children’s lives.

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Florence wore a beautiful white Christening gown, the exact one her Nan Lorraine wore for her Christening day years ago. Although she slept through the majority of the day, she was a little star and couldn’t be more loved by all.

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Kaden thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of his family and friends together for his special day, and was even more overjoyed at all the Lego he received as a result!

It was such a special day spent with the people we love the most, and will definitely be remembered and spoken about for years to come.

Thank you for reading.