Birthday Party Thankyou notes with The Norm 

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! 

Rebecca 

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Beach party theme Party Buckets

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
  • Sand mould
  • Sunglasses 
  • Beach colouring book
  • Shell or fish shaped crayon
  • Beach themed flash card 
  • Beach themed foam bath shape
  • Bubbles
  • Deck chair striped candy bags with goodies inside 
  • Plastic bath boat
  • Personalised thankyou tag 

Bucket contents

  • 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 

Bento Box Ideas for Babies 

Not long ago I discovered the wonder that is the bento box! I sourced this epic one from yumbox @eatwelluk. 

It was such a great buy and I haven’t looked back.

Each day we pack Nandy off to nursery with a different selection of snacks. It works perfectly for my Husband as it encourages him to pack a healthy choice of meals for him to eat. 

We tend to focus on adding at least one of these food types:-

  • Fruit
  • Dairy 
  • Veg
  • Carbs 
  • Eggs 

Below are some visual ideas on what you could pack if you are baby led weaning your little one:-


Mixed berries, rice cakes, cheese spread sandwiches, cucumber sticks, Petite filous strawberry yoghurt and babybel. 


Banana malt loaf, raspberries, baby pasta with a tomato and lentil sauce, cheddar babybel, Petite filous strawberry yoghurt and blackberries. 


Cheddar babybel, egg, marmite sandwiches, banana yoghurt, berries and a banana 

The uses for these bento boxes are absolutely endless and I’m so glad I invested in one!

If you have any ideas then please share them with me in the comments!

Don’t forget to pin the ideas on Pinterest! 

Rebecca 

All the feels of a working mum 

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!

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First Birthday Gift Ideas 

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!)


A TRIKE

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!

SANDPIT

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!

PLAY TABLE 

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 🙂

Rebecca

The Mum Routine

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.


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5 Tips for starting a ‘Mum Blog’ 

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:-

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5 ways to enjoy your Shared Parental Leave 

Shared Parental Leave is a new government lead scheme whereby employees can share their Leave with their child. When I fell pregnant with Nandy I promised hubby that he could take 3 months off and I would do 9 months. When the hormones set in and I realised how much I enjoyed being a mum I changed that, I stuck with the shared Leave but we decided to take a month off together instead.

That’s right – you can take the Leave together!


So I’ve had 44 weeks off work alone and hubby has had 4 weeks at the same time as my remaining 4 weeks – making the 52 week entitlement.

So how to make the most of that time together?

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Kokoso Baby Hair and Body wash review 

So Kokoso have only gone and done it again! They’ve finally released their much anticipated baby coconut oil hair and body wash!


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Bobo & Boo bamboo Dinnerware Review 

Nandy hasn’t used proper cutlery or dinnerware yet as he is quite a messy eater and still learning the ropes with finger foods, I am however, keen to get him started on learning to use dinnerware and cutlery as soon as possible.

Luckily we were fortunate enough to be sent the “Pacific Blue” Bobo and Boo dinnerware set for children from Eatwell U.K. to try out!

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