Saturday, 18 April 2015

Elephants and Stars | Nursery Ideas



Just before I saw and bought the whole range of Little Bird by Jools nursery set, I had planned to decorate the nursery quite differently.

I was going to use three colours suitable for girl or boy; coral, lemon and turquoise, with an elephants and stars theme.


Some ideas:


I also adore these handmade balloon lights by Alina


I also really love these button elephants I found on this fab blog:


I think this theme is very unusual, quirky, and extremely cute.

What do you think of an elephants and stars theme?


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Epic Toad



A quick post on this gorgeous Saturday morning to share with you what we ate for dinner last night (because it was so good).

I had sausages in the fridge (posh pork and apple to be precise) and I was stood in the kitchen pondering how to serve them when I spyed a box of eggs on the window sill ; BINGO - Toad in t'hole it is.

I couldn't remember making it before (but I must have, I am 30 years old for Gods sake) so I followed Jamie's recipe, fully expecting a toad fail but actually experiencing a toad win! It was soooo tasty!

This is why I love Jamie's recipes; they always wind up amazing.

Because it was a spontaneous toad, I had to make a few little tweaks of my own - I used balsamic syrup instead of vinegar and added a little water, and since I had some in my hand, a dash of red wine also found its way into my onion gravy.

I was really shocked when Pete suggested I soak the onions in balsamic vinegar next time I make it (this from the guy who thought the herb mint was the perfect accompaniment to fish!) which I think is a fine idea!

Overall I was so pleased with the result; a light fluffy yorkshire with a deep and rich onion gravy. All that was missing was mashed potatoes.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Unusual Mess Mat

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Weaning is fun but very messy!

Previously, I was using a bin bag on the carpet, and then sat Arturo in his little Mamas and Papas chair for meal times but the bin bag wasnt exactly winning me any style points.

I found this gorgeous wipe clean mess mat in Aldi for £3.99 which is actually an outside tablecloth but is just perfect for a messy baby.

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I love the fact that it looks like a crocheted blanket which matches my vintage twee living room perfectly. I saw a few other funky designs too like balloons etc but be quick because you know the randomness of Aldi - things are there one day and gone the next!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Sail Away | Baby Style

The world's cutest sailor?

Mamas and Papas is hard to beat for affordable quality and gorgeous designs.

This blue and white striped sailor inspired outfit also comes with a matching bib and I love the little quote which is absolutley right !

Monday, 13 April 2015

Snow Bear | Baby Style


I think I will be dressing my boy as bear until he is 18!

This fleecy white buttoned jacket with ears is from Nutmeg (Morrisons) and is one of my favourite shops for baby gear at the minute.

Too cute, right?


Friday, 10 April 2015

10 Days New // Newborn Photography by Carina

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A newborn photoshoot in Manchester.

You may remember my gorgeous maternity photographs I shared when I was pregnant, and today I am excited to show you the result of Arturo’s newborn shoot we had when he was just 10 days brand new.

Again, we chose the talented Photography by Carina to mark this very intimate occasion as we were so happy with the results of our maternity shoot. Carina advised us to wait no longer than 10 days postpartum as babies tend to develop baby acne at this time, and newborns are much easier to manipulate into posed positions when they are still all froggy and groggy.

I’ll be honest with you; 10 days postpartum I did not feel like brushing my hair and putting some blusher on, never mind having to have my photograph taken as I had just been through a long and difficult labour (which you can read about here). I think most new exhausted mums, regardless of their labour experience, would not really feel like having posed photographs.

Boy, was I glad I did!

I am so pleased with the results. Carina has totally empathy for the new mum as she has a little boy herself. Like the maternity shoot, Carina came to our house and used natural light. The experience was a very relaxed and pleasant affair as Carina took everything very, very slowly, all around the endless breaks for changes and feeds. I was mortified when Arturo did a poo on Carina, but like a true professional, she didn’t bat an eyelid.

How cute is the pea-pod outfit? My sister knitted it for her little boy, and Arturo is now the proud owner.

I can’t believe how tiny my baby boy was brand new, and I am so glad we have those first few days captured in these beautiful photographs we can treasure forever.

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Old Flat Cap | Baby Style

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My close friend Michelle couldn't resist picking up this little flat cap for Arturo and I don't blame her - he looks adorable in a little old man kinda way!

Styles with his navy dungs and stripy tee I think he looks very Emmerdale Farm, but when I add a neckerchief and white jacket, he looks extremely theatrical.

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