How is my baby ONE?! How did I create a human and push him out and then help him grow into the little boy he is today?
I think it’s safe to say we haven’t had the smoothest of rides. We’ve had some real struggles and still do! (I know there’s people out there with worse troubles than we’ve had).
We struggled with eczema which (touch wood) seems to be clearing up. Then there was reflux and the constant crying for months, then the breastfeeding struggles – him pulling off and screaming in public and me feeling like he wasn’t getting fed. Not to mention constipation issues once we started baby led weaning and the stress of that!
All in all it’s been a rollercoaster and going back to work has been hard and also good for me in many ways. In the round it’s been the most epic year of my life so far – so I just had to go completely OTT with his birthday celebrations!!!
Our favourite colours have always been black / white / teal and silver, so it was inevitable that would form the basis of the theme for his birthday itself!
Then there was all the presents to wrap, I sourced matching wrapping paper from John Lewis in teal / black and silver with teal ribbons.
No birthday would be complete without the 1st birthday photoshoot. After reading the feedback from “ohsomummy” on her cake smash and the quantity of cake her gorgeous man ate I decided to steer clear of cake smash and got for a more outdoors theme.
Again, we headed to the wonderful Sarah at peagreenboat photo for the shoot and it was incredible!
Today we had lunch with grandparents and then some homemade cake with the others. It’s been a magical and emotional day.
We have his party to look forward to on this weekend (typically forecasted to rain so we have had to move it indoors at the last minute!!) and it’s a beach party too!! Sighs!
Watch this space for more updates on how the party went!
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I Can’t believe it. I’m actually planning his first birthday and it’s actually only 4 days away now.
The party buckets are done and the presents have been purchased. All that’s left to do is make his cake and wrap the presents.
It’s safe to say I have my hands full of party prep! But, first things first – the photo garland.
I wanted to capture the past 12 months and I’d seen a few others do similar things on Instagram along these lines.
I decided to stick with the square theme and ordered Polaroid style snaps from Photobox and using twine and pegs strung the photos up along the length of the wire! Perfect display!! (Sobs into a massive bar of chocolate and glass of vino – especially at the baby photos).
Next up has been the party food! (Ok so I can’t prepare most of the food yet as it’s still a week until his actual party), but, I can start to arrange all the non perishables out! We were fortunate to be sent a box full of Bensons Juices for the kids to drink at his party. I can’t wait to see how well they take to testing out these Orange and Apple drinks!
We also had the buffet for labels perfectly crafted by Lottie and Lyla for the food. The labels match the beach party theme perfectly!
Last but not least is the time capsule, I was flicking through Instagram the other week (standard right) and I came accross this fab idea for a time capsule. The guests can leave Nandy messages for when he turns 18 on 27/07/2034.
To top it off we have created a little box for the cards to go inside and it can be “buried” and opened in the future for him to read!
I think it’s safe to say I’ve been a busy bee with all his preparations! There’s so much more to come – so watch this space for more inspiration / ideas / general updates!
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So it’s 10 days until Nandy turns one. how did that happen then!? It really makes me feel emotional can’t believe a year has gone by. Before I know it he will be 18.
To mark the occasion we have decided to visit our favourite photographer Sarah over at Pea Green Boat Photo (she took his bump and newborn photos too!) she has been known to work with Peter Andre and Emily and featured in vogue so we are in good hands! She will hopefully take a selection of photos indoor and outdoor (weather dependant) and so I decided to go for 2 outfit changes just encase.
My favourite colours for Nandy have always been black, white and teal so it made sense to stick to that scheme for the photo shoot.
I was fortunate enough to work with Pom Pom Studio on creating some beautiful poms to match the theme.
I also had the pleasure of customising some hats and crowns and a bib to match from lovely Instagram shops.
Everyone knows I love a spot of Instagram shopping so it made perfect sense to buy the clothing from those stores, especially ones we rep for including small ones apparel, I am Loved and Kids we Love.
OUTFIT 1 – SPLATTER
Custom Crown – Plenty of Pillows
Matching bib – Bibs and Booties
Romper – Kids we love
OUTFIT 2 – ONE
Ripped Leggings – small ones apparel
One tshirt – I am Loved
Custom Glitter Hat – Sweet and Berry
I simply cannot wait to capture these outfits in tomorrow’s photoshoot. I just hope Nandy behaves himself because he’s been grumpy all weekend. Also let’s hope the sun shines for us!
I hope you like these outfit ideas. Please pin on Pinterest! 🙂
I am all about the details, with my sons first birthday swiftly approaching it’s no exception to the rule and I have thought about every. little. thing!
You can imagine my excitement when The_Norm agreed to do some customised thankyou cards for his Birthday (Squeal).
If you haven’t already checked out The_Norm on Instagram yet then what are you waiting for!? Based in the midlands (just like me) Natalie is a mummy who has a talent for creating beautiful prints and cards.
Because the brief for Nandys’ party is a beach theme then it seemed only right that we commissioned the design for the thankyou notecards along these lines.
That’s when we came up with the saying “I hope you had a Whaley good time”. I thought it was a cute play on words and a little pun. The icing on the cake is that Natalie added on a cute little whale to just finish the thankyou cards off perfectly!
I can’t even begin to explain my excitement when I unwrapped the little package of cuteness that arrived on the doorstep. All perfectly wrapped in tissue paper and so perfectly crisp and clean.
Nandy is one seriously spoilt boy and his party has been planned in great detail all thanks to lovely mamas like Natalie and her talent.
Natalie has very kindly offered blog readers 10% off too! From Monday 9th July to 14th August 11:59pm, use NANDY10 for 10% off your entire order! Thankyou to The_Norm again for making everything so extra special for us!
Planning a beach themed party for your child? Stuck for ideas on party bags? Look no further…!!!
I planned the beach theme as Nandy turns 1 in July and hoped the weather would be hot enough to justify a beach theme!
I couldn’t just get away with handing out party bags after I’d been inspired by Pinterest to have buckets instead! It was just too relevant to the theme!
Now if you’re looking for cheap options then this isn’t going to be for you, being honest the cost of the party buckets must be in excess of £7 each child perhaps even £10. Multiply that by 15 children and it becomes an expensive option.
So what’s inside Nandys party buckets?
Inflatable beach balls
Beach colouring book
Shell or fish shaped crayon
Beach themed flash card
Beach themed foam bath shape
Deck chair striped candy bags with goodies inside
Plastic bath boat
Personalised thankyou tag
I sourced the sand bucket from Smyths toys for £1.69 each.
The flash cards were a steal at 20p a pack from the Range.
The foam bath shapes were £10 for a bag from Jojomaman Bebe.
The bubbles were from Tesco in their party aisle Approx £1 for 6.
The sunglasses were £1 each from Primark.
The deckchair style stripe candy bags were from Homesense. Approx £5 for 20 bags.
The shells and fish crayons were from Craystion station at approx 50p each.
The inflatable beach balls were from EBay at approx £1 each.
The colouring books were from Tiger at £1 each
The plastic boats were £1.50 for 4 boats from a local baby shop
The plastic sand moulds were £1 from Poundland for 3 moulds.
The thankyou tags were from Zazzle.
Now it’s only 3 weeks until his party – the countdown is officially on! I can feel myself getting emotional already!
Hubby says I’ve gone over the top on things but it’s not every day your first child turns one is it! I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
If you like this idea then please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, twitter and pin to Pinterest @lifeofnandy. Rebecca
Further to my post on “the dreaded return to work” I thought it was time to write an update.
During June I have embedded myself back into work using KIT days (for those of you who are not familiar with the concept of KIT days then they are keeping in touch days, days where you can bed yourself back into work without formally ending your maternity leave)
I have used eight KIT days during June, in which time Nandy has also started nursery.
So, how does it feel I hear you cry!? I wrote in my previous blog post about the positives people shared with me on drinking a hot cup of tea and actually getting time to be a bit more “me”. The reality is quite different in my opinion. I have drunk less tea since being back and had less me time than ever before!
Are you stuck for ideas on what to buy your little one for their first birthday? Well so was I! Therefore, I have decided to put together this handy little guide with some links as to items you can purchase for your little one (if you so wish!)
We love the Smart Trike in black and white colour – this one is so adaptable that it will last him ages! Perfect as a filler gift before a balance bike is bought!
Because Nandy is having a beach party themed birthday it only seemed appropriate to get him a sandpit to play in with his friends. We toyed with the idea of making one but it was just as cost effective to buy one ready made! There are plenty out there to choose from, with covers or without covers. Plastic or wood: it’s entirely your choice as to which design you go for!
IKEA PLAY KITCHEN
Not just for girls, my mum quaffed when I asked her to buy this for Nandy. She said “really?” But this little play kitchen is proving to be so popular with both boys and girls it would be daft not to buy it!
We are fortunate enough to have some little Tea towels made from Love Roo to match!
Nandy seems to be happier stood on his feet than he does sitting down these days, he is still a bit wobbly so this play table is ideal to help him learn to stand and keep him occupied at the same time. The cost of these play tables range from £20-£30 so not too expensive either!!
I hope you have found these ideas useful when trying to decide what to buy for your little one. It’s so easy to get stuck and end up buying clothes and nothing memorable.
Please don’t forget to pin this brief guide on Pinterest 🙂
Stay at home mum, Full time working mum, part time working mum, or on maternity leave… all the options! We find ourselves in need of a routine no matter what life throws at us right? Or is that only me?
Rewind 12 months, I’m heavily pregnant and considering “what I’m going to do with all this free time” now I won’t be working. I could literally laugh out loud at my stupidity! How stupid I was to think I’d actually have spare time.
Many of you may be able to relate to the negativity from non-bloggers about the reasons why I have an online blog. They simply raise their eyebrows at me as if to say “what is the point” or say things like “how do you find the time?!”. The simple answer is that my journey as a parent is being documented for me, my family and friends to look over in years to come, many a feeling and thought has been documented where it may have been lost without be blog. I do find the time, because quite simply put – I enjoy it, I am an organised person by nature and sitting on my butt and doing nothing for 12 months of my maternity leave would never have worked for me. I always need something to keep my brain functioning, so why not start a blog!
Here are my 5 tips for anyone out there considering starting up a parenting blog:-