Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Toddler Friendly Party Food



My girl loves cake, and dessert and fruit and chocolate and mainly anything sweet.

For her Birthday Tea I wanted to go all out with the sweet table. I will still be serving sandwiches, crisps and other party food but where I really wanted to go to town was with toddler friendly birthday treats.

I didn’t want to attempt anything that would be too taxing. I wanted simple, tasty treats that were delicious but looked amazing too.

Cup cakes
Rosalie’s wonderful Auntie Lucy made these gorgeous cup cakes. They taste as delicious as they look too!



Crispy cakes
I wanted to make these chocolate dipped crispy cake bars after seeing them on pinterest. You can find the recipe I used here.




Sponge fingers
These are super simple to make but look so good. I was inspired by some similar treats on pinterest made with pink wafers. I decided to choose sponge fingers so they matched our yellow colour scheme.


Jelly
A Birthday Party wouldn’t be complete without Jelly. My Nana made the scrummy yellow jellies to match our sunshine theme. 


Fruit wands
How cute do these look? Obviously when I saw these on Pinterest I knew I HAD to make them for Rosalie’s party. Ours were yellow themed of course, with grapes, pineapple and melon. I simply cut out my melon shapes and threaded the fruit on to the skewers.



Marshmallow pops
Again, how could I resist these marshmallow pops? They are basically giant marshmallows, dipped in white chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Simple yet they look so lovely.

Popcorn 
We are all big pop corn fans in this house and they are so easy for kids to pick up and eat.



Rosalie's Cake
Rosalie's Cake was made by my Nana. It's a simple sponge recipe with apricot jam and butter icing filling. I ordered the cake topper and 2 decorations from Clara Ivy. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

All these recipes are super easy to make. Rosalie even helped me make them which was such a fun thing to do togethee.

Will you be making any of these treats? What party food do you recommend for toddlers?



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Friday, 19 August 2016

2nd Birthday Gift Guide

Rosalie’s 2nd Birthday is in 4 days time. Ahhhhhh! As if I nearly have a 2 year old. There is nothing like a growing child to make you wonder where your life is going…

I thought I would put together a little gift guide of 2nd Birthday presents suitable for toddlers.


Crafty things 
Play-Doh
Rosalie loves play dough! I didn’t want to choose anything too complicated so I settled on this squeezy turtle. I have also bought her some alphabet cutters to use with the play-doh she has already.

I used to love stationary as a child and it looks like my 2 year old is no different. At least once a day Rosalie will ask to do ‘drawing’. We got her this new set of pens to do it with.

Easel
Again, the crafting. Rosalie has only just started to paint but loves it. Even if she does make a mess and get her arms all in it. With an easel you wouldn’t have to worry about that. Rosalie already has a chalk board on the wall so we won’t be buying this but I still think it is a great toddler gift and I am quite tempted...

Fuzzy-Felt
Who remembers fuzzy felt? I used to love this stuff and I am hoping Rosalie will too. Any craft activity that doesn’t make mess sounds good to me. Now if I could just persuade her that fuzzy felt is all a girl needs.

For the garden 


Rosalie’s Auntie Lucy has bought Rosalie a trampoline for her Birthday. Rosalie loves bouncing and I cant wait to see her little face when she wakes up to it on her birthday morning.

Rosalie’s big present from mummy and daddy. Complete with basket, tassles and a horn. Just what every toddler needs!

I do love a wendy house. They are just so cute. Toddlers love opening and shutting all the doors and windows. Rosalie has a wendy house at nick’s mum’s house and absolutely loves it. 

Hop Along Toy
Toddlers love any kind of ride on toy. You can get this hoppalong toy in so many different designs. Rosalie has this rabbit and a black and white cow.


For the home

I wanted to get a little shelf for Rosalie’s bedroom so she could display all her treasures. This melon shelf fits the bill perfectly.

Duvet Cover
Rosalie is in a cot bed and I have been looking high and low for a cool new duvet cover for her. I couldn’t find one small enough so I haven’t bought one yet. I like this care bear one but the smallest they do in this is single size.

I have wanted to get Rosalie this little table and chairs forever. I think it will be great for her to do her drawing on and it will look stylish in the living room too!

Rosalie loves opening and closing bags and case’s. She likes to put her little toys in there and then carries them around. I picked up this lemon case for Rosalie’s bedroom.


Toys




Care Bear
Rosalie enjoys watching care bears on the television and often asks to have it on. I wanted to get her a care bear soft toy. She also loves Yellow so it had to be funshine bear.
Ok, so this toy may be more for mummy than Rosalie but how cool is this? A little fairy plant pot, complete with fairy house and lily pad moat. I plan to plant this up with lots of gorgeous flowers too.

A few weeks ago on our recent trip to London Rosalie was enthralled by the little hamster toy in Hamleys. She spent ages chasing it round and round. I couldn't resist getting her one of her very own.
Nanny Tracy has bought Rosalie this epic dolls house for her birthday. Now I just need to find room for it.

Imagination and role play 

Rosalie likes to play Role play. She loves playing mummy and taking care of her baby and making dinner in her kitchen. I have bought her a nurses outfit to see if she likes dressing up too. 

Beauty Case
Rosalie always watches me put on my ‘hake up’ as she says, she also likes to be involved. I have bought her her very own wooden beauty case complete with make up and even a hair dryer. I'm hoping she'll stay away from mine then!

A few props to help when introducing this new imaginative game. I'm hoping she'll like playing nurses as much as she likes playing her other role play games.

I have bought Rosalie a yellow tutu for her to wear to ballet lessons as well as for dress up. She is going to be the cutest little sunshine!

I hope this helps you in your search for toddler gifts.
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Letter to my First time Mum Self



Did you know that 61% of new mum’s wish that they’d worried less in the first year with their new baby?

I was one of them!

I have written a letter to my first time mama self, telling her all the things I wish I’d known back then. It made me quite emotional to write this especially on the eve of Rosalie’s 2nd birthday. Where has my baby gone?!

You can watch my Dear Me letter over on my Youtube Channel.

I hope you like it.

I’d love to know what you’d put in your letter so let me know by leaving a comment below.



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