Little Miss at 11 months

Dear Little Miss,

My beautiful baby girl almost a year old already. You have achieved so much this last month to make Mummy and Daddy proud. You have been taken the odd steps for the last six weeks or so but this month you finally worked up the courage to take more precious first steps. I love seeing the excitement on your face when you realised that you have walked a little bit further than before.  You are also babbling more in response to what we are saying. I love having lots of conversations with you. One of your favourite things to do is dance. Every time you hear music  you will bounce along. You even have your own speciality move, a fist pump. You and Little Mr have three songs that you love to dance along too together.

Our feeding journey is still going strong , in fact I am feeding you now as I write. You are a little monkey at bedtime though. You like to wake up every couple of hours to feed at the moment which is a little trickier now I am back at work. However your brother was the same so I know it won’t last long and secretly I enjoy all of our extra nighttime snuggles. It’s hard to believe a year ago we were preparing for your arrival, it seems like you have always been here.

Lots of love
Mummy and Daddy
xxx
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A rainy afternoon

After a busy morning at football club and then a visit to the shops we headed home as the weather was miserable. Now any one who knows Little Mr knows that he is obsessed with planes at the moment. He was a little adamant following the shops the he ‘needed’ an airport for his planes. But  with Christmas on the Horizon and Little Miss’ first Birthday around the corner there was no way I was going to buy him more toys so I suggested we make our own. 


Little Mr loves to get creative so we started by turning a cereal box inside out (much easier than painting the glossier side)and painting it black. I had seen a post on Pinterest many weeks ago where they had used fairy lights along a runway strip. I bought a few packs of battery lights last Christmas for a pound a pack and they were just perfect for the job.

I added the runway albeit very quickly as I had a grumpy baby and a toddler eager to play planes. I quickly pierced 8 holes and inserted the lights. I added a little tape to the back of each one to keep them in place. And voila our cereal box was ready to play with. 

This was such a quick activity and Little Mr thought it was great.  I am planning on using our cereal boxes in some more creative ways over the coming weeks.

Have you made anything with a cereal box?

We are Toyologists

We are very excited to announce that we have been invited to become part of the Toys R Us, Toyologist scheme. We have proudly added our shiny new toyologist badge on the right. Have you spotted it?

We have already received our first product and Little Mr has already set upon testing it out. He is very excited about this opportunity as are we. We can’t wait to share with you in the coming weeks.

Dresser Refurb

I have been looking for a dresser for what seems like a life time. The ones I have seen and loved have always cost a small fortune, however recently I stumbled accross a post on facebook of all places advertising an Ercol Welsh Dresser at a fraction of the prices listed on ebay. I jumped at the chance to buy it and within 12 hours it was sitting in our kitchen. In my eagerness to get started I forgot to take a picture before I dabbled at sanding the dresser down but you can get the jist of how it originally looked. The gentleman we bought the dresser from told us it had belonged to his mother and had always been in her living room for as long as he can remember, with many a family party held around it. He wished us many happy years with it which I though was really sweet.
Having recently returned to work I am still adjusting to working 10 plus hour days again so I soon set my hubby onto the job.
We originally used an electrical hand sander but found we prefered the control and finish we achieved through good old fashioned elbow grease so opted to hand sand it.
We then drunk lots of wine and painted the dresser in a fab stone Farrow and Ball colour. After hours of scouring Pinterest for ideas I finally settled on the colour Purbeck Stone.
My favourite part was oiling the top of the dresser which we left sanded. I love how the grain really shows up.
Originally we toyed with the idea of selling it as we dont really have the space but I have fallen in love with it now so it wont be going anywehre.
Here is the nearly finished dresser. It needs another coat really.
Have you ever painted or changed a piece of furniture? I would love to see pictures or posts.

Autumn Days

Little Mr loves being outdoors and a current favourite activity of his is to venture out on a nature walk. It is rare that we all get the opportunity to  go together though and this weekend Little Mr requested a nature walk so we made the extra effort to go. We are lucky where we live as there are lots of different woodland areas within a short (unless accompanied by a toddler) walking distance.
We had great fun collecting sticks, conkers, leaves amongst other things. Little Mr is a typical little boy and loves sticks, wherever we go he has to find a ‘new’ one to add to the ever growing collection in our back garden.
Today we were our Autumn walk was inspired by Julia Donaldson books with lots of Gruffalo hunting, and broom stick riding. Never would I have thought I would be flying on my broomstick through the woods but its amazing what you do to inspire weary little legs to keep going.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the afternoon. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.