Friday, 24 April 2015

A Boat-Trip around The Palm, Dubai

Last weekend I left both children with their Daddy, and snuck off on a hen do for the day! As ever, it was chaos beforehand – the babysitter I’d arranged to help called in sick, and I’d completely failed to do any food shopping, so the boys had to eat beans on toast for lunch. But the moment I got onto the boat, I forgot about all the mummy-guilt and completely relaxed.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ivo's Room - Decorating a Toddler's Bedroom

When we moved out to Dubai, we didn't bring any furniture with us, so it was something of a scramble to get our new four-bedroomed house furnished. We bought lots second-hand, but it means the boys' rooms are a bit of a mixture of various odd bits of furniture. I wish they were better decorated, but I'm not sure about the best way to go about it - particularly because I don't want to spend lots of money.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Digger Themed Party Decorations

I'm a big fan of DIY decorations and stationery, but with two under two, I have limited time on my hands. So this year, instead of designing everything myself, I bought a brilliant party pack from Gardella Global on Etsy. It includes a personalised invitation, a thank you note template and lots of decoration ideas, including cake toppers and water bottle wrappers. Aren't the little wheelbarrows sweet? And I love the dumper trucks.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

My Essentials for Baby Feeding On-the-Go

Now that Arthur's entered the wonderful world of weaning, I've had to renew my stocks of little pots, spoons and bibs. I've no idea where they all go - I bought tonnes when Ivo was this age. Here are just a few of my faves for feeding on the go. I haven't got the Thermos yet, but several of my girlfriends have this pink one, and I've been eyeing it up with envy!

{I want this!} Clockwise from top left 1. Tommee Tippee Bibs, £3.97 | 2. Nuby iMonster Snack Pot, £3.15 | 3. John Lewis Feeding Bowl Set, £8.95 | 4. John Lewis Spoon Set, £3.95 | 5. Annabel Karmel by NUK Mini Ice Lolly Set, £4.99 | 6. Nuby Flower Snack Pot, £3.15  |7. Thermos Stainless Steel Food Flask, £18.23

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ivo's First Birthday - A Peter Rabbit Themed Party

With Ivo's second birthday fast approaching, I've decided it's finally time for me to blog about the party we held for his first birthday! I chose a Peter Rabbit theme, because his favourite toy is the classic Jellycat Bashful Bunny, plus the date of his birthday fell on Easter. I had such a good time planning all the details! I got into crafting in a big way for my wedding, and I definitely treated this party as another opportunity to DIY lots of decorations. All of this despite the fact that Ivo had no idea it was his birthday. Take a look at my Peter Rabbit Pinterest board for my sources of inspiration, and see what you think of the end result below!

Monday, 6 April 2015

An Unexpected Favourite for Baby Feeding

Before we started to wean Arthur, I'd forgotten what a hassle it was feeding food on-the-go. With milk it's just a bottle, some powder and a muslin and bingo, you've got a happy fed baby. With mush it's a whole different story. If there's no highchair available, the mess can be the thing of nightmares.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Perfect Summer Sandals for Your Toddler

Okay, so it might not feel like summer in Britain right now, but I'm all about feeling positive and being prepared. So it's definitely time to start getting your toddler's wardrobe sorted out. Here in Dubai, it's just starting to seriously warm up - it was 34 degrees and humid yesterday, a bit of a reminder of what's to come. Ivo lives in his Crocs at the moment, and I'm slightly concerned they're not all that good for his feet, so I've been on the search for an alternative, and I think I might have found it.