The littlest one turned two on the 21st September and to celebrate we had a party at home for her with a bright pastelly, rainbow theme.
We had a very exciting delivery last week from Cissywears ~ the absolute Wendy house of dreams!
I’ve been a shopgirl for a large part of my life, working in a Department store as both Fashion Manager and VM before I began my Velveteen Babies journey, and part of me still loves the excitement of going ‘shopping’ instead of scrolling the internet, although it doesn’t happen much now I have kids.
Cissywears was one of the very first children’s design shops I ever discovered and I’ve loved watching her journey over the years and seeing how trends in kids design have progressed, remember when absolutely everything had to be black and white?!
I love how the Wendy house is the perfect combination of style and substance, and my three are absolutely in love with it.
A year ago we lived in a terraced house and had no outdoor space. One year on, we have a patch of grass and big imaginations and made the most of a sunny dreamy afternoon.
Last Weekend we drove out to local beauty spot, and favourite adventuring location of our boys to meet Terri who brought along her camera and clambered around muddy puddles and boggy grass with us.
Terri is such a warm and friendly person, we were all immediately at ease with her, and she just instinctively knew where would be best to shoot. There wasn't a single moment of awkwardness and the children loved messing about and playing up to the camera! (I have trained them well it seems). She's captured their personalities and brought a tear to my eye with her talent and beautiful captures so I thought I'd share a few with you all.
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You can find Terri at www.terripashleyphotography.co.uk
Last week I asked my Instagram friends for some 7th Birthday present suggestions for my Son Felix.
We already have cupboards full of Lego, Playmobil and Superhero figures, so a fresh take on gift buying was needed.
Fortunately I've managed to source him some lovely things to open on his big day and I thought I'd share with you all (plus some other suggestions) as it might be helpful.
Headphones. An Amazon purchase. We are heading to Cornwall in May and it’s a long drivr from Yorkshire. Think these may save my sanity as he’ll be able to play games and listen to music without annoying us!
So all the above are all wrapped up for this guy tomorrow (8th April) but I was given a few more ideas which I’ve shared below. Felix wants a fish so his main gift is a fish tank and we are going to bring home a fishy friend to live with us tomorrow!
We had so much fun collaborating with The Bonnie Mob for an Easter shoot for their blog, so I thought I'd share it here too.
We adorned our wooden adventure playhouse in Easter decorations and managed to grab a slither of Sunshine.
We’ve now been garden owners for 8 months, so this is the first Spring time in our new house. It’s so good to have outside space to prepare an Easter Egg hunt, and for us all to enjoy being together when the Sun shines and have friends and family over.
I love nothing more than lots of pastel, and decorating for a celebration, so I’ll be hanging up decorations and setting the table with the fun Meri Meri tablewear from Little Lulubel. The children will adore the bunny cups and napkins, and all the sweet colours.
We have decorated our Plum Play adventure treehouse in the garden with all our pastel decorations and the children will no doubt insist on holding their own tea party up there away from the grown ups!
Thanks to Biscuiteers, Creightons Chocolaterie, The Bonnie Mob, Meri Meri, Little Lulubel and Cottage Toys for supporting. Organised via Mackie PR.
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We moved house last year from a Victorian Town House to a mid century semi, but the main reason for moving was to give our growing family a garden and a place outdoors to play.
Having three lively children, a garden was definitely a priority, and we inherited a south facing plot of lawn and patio. I was determined to treat the children to some quality outdoor toys, and the first thing I bought for them was a mud kitchen from Plum Play UK.
Since getting the Mud Kitchen, the children have played with it through Autumn and Winter and have had so much fun with it. It comes complete with metal pots and pans, and a planter which we filled with herbs.
The benefits to the children playing outside through the seasons has had such a positive impact on their behavior. They are happier and feel satisfied when they've been outside and as a Mother, I feel that time outside away from screens is so beneficial.
After the success of the Mud Kitchen we recently welcomed the Adventure Playhouse to the garden too. It's incredibly sturdy and the perfect hideaway for the little rascals. It has a slide and plenty of room for all three children to play imaginatively inside the space. We decorated it with Velveteen Babies garlands (not suitable to be left outdoors) and battery powered outdoor lights.
As well as the obvious reasons of popping the loud restless children outdide to play, there are several health benefits too- improved vision, breathing fresh air which promotes a healthy body, more vitamin D, longer attention spans, improved social skills and boosted learning.
So happy healthy kids = happy parents, and for me, investing in beautiful, considerately designed play equipment for the garden that will be loved for years to come is for more important than buying yet more plastic or indoor toys that are quickly discarded.
Plum Play are currently running a fabulous giveaway to win a Create Your Own Springsafe Trampoline and 2 Fitbit Zips. Head over to https://goo.gl/UTZzJz to enter and be in with a chance.
'A Mother who radiates self love and self acceptance actually vaccinates her children against low self esteem.'
I have a vivid memory of being around 5 years old, sat in a dark storeroom surrounded by fashion mannequins and thinking it was all a wonderful adventure.
What I didn't realise at the time was that I was probably off school with a bug, and that my Mum had probably had to take me to work with her (she taught Fashion Design at the time), and she was probably feeling frazzled and a bit stressed out about the situation.
As a working Mum myself, I now 'get it'.
I count myself very lucky to have an incredibly supportive Mum who has always done everything she can to help me. I was adopted at birth and she has raised me to believe in myself and surrounded muself and my brother (and now my children) with security and unconditional love.
She retired soon after I had my eldest child (no coincidence I'm sure) and it has led to my children enjoying a unique and special relationship with her and my Dad. I found the early days of first time Motherhood quite lonely, and she was always the first to come and scoop myself and baby Felix up and take us out for much needed coffee and cake.
Roll on 7 years, and two more children, I know I couldn't have entertained the idea of having a family of 5 without her help and guidance. She helps with childcare so that I can develop my business and is my post run queen. She has a magical relationship with each of the children and has a lovely bond with Willa who is her little sidekick.
Every Mothers Day I like to spoil her rotten now that I'm in the fortunate position to do so, a way of saying Thank You for all the millions of ways that she helps us.
Luckily notonthehighstreet has so many original, thoughtful gift ideas from the UK’s best small creative business.
Celebrating my amazing Mum means so much to me and the kids, I really do like her to feel spoilt and that some time, thought and care has gone in to her gifts and card.
Mothers Day falls this year on Sunday 11th March. This pennant and so many more thoughtful gifts and cards are over at notonthehighstreet.com/mothers-day .
Thanks to my amazing Mum, I totally 'get' it now.