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Four ways to keep a toddler entertained indoors

Four ways to keep a toddler entertained indoors

As the bad weather comes its hard to find ways to keep the little’s entertained to stop yourself from going stir crazy (let’s be honest). Getting the kiddie winks to stay entertained PLUS them learning at the same time equals verrrrry happy mama. Winnerrrr.

What do toddlers love? M e s s. Oh boy, are they lovers of mess. Tipping their toys ALL over the house, storing them in your food cupboards, shoes and anywhere they can find a hiding place. Any moms idea of a nightmare right? An organised mess though? Give me a HALLELUJAH!! Want an easy day tantrum free? Fear not ladies/fellas I’m here to save the day. I gave this a go with my little and she loved it a LOT! I’m sure every crazy, mischevious, energy filled toddler (which is pretty much all of them right?) would absolutely love it too.

1) So first off, put that worried about mess mama/dada to the side and get prepared for a fun filled day. I did get a little messzilla and popped an old sheet down to protect that little old floor of mine and it worked a treat. I set up the mess filled floor a little something like this. And then let your little go to town.

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Oh and a little tip, paint is involved so make sure they’re wearing something you don’t mind getting ruined.

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Just roll with their creativity, I promise it’ll keep them entertained for a good few hours.

2) Throw a few objects into the mix. Painting with brushes is one thing but letting them try with other objects can be fun and a learning experience for them too. Winner! (Can you tell that’s becoming my new favourite word?) To fit in with the “fall” theme, little E tried painting with apples and conkers, it got messy but she loved it. Just cut an apple in half and use it as a stamp with the paint, so simple and makes a cute pattern for them to have fun with.

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Eeeeek look at those messy hands! She was absolutely loving life, I may or may not have been twitching a little whenever she got a little too close to my kitchen cabinets BUT no paint got anywhere other than, the paper, the sheet and of course, alllll over her.

3) Draw an object on a plastic zipper bag and pop some paint inside, zip it up and let your little one play to there hearts content. It’s good for them getting used to different textures with absolutely ZERO mess, can’t go wrong with that.

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4) Jelly and water time. This requires a few hours notice to make the jelly but once that is done you really are on to a winner. I recommend putting some mats down to prevent mess and slippiness (Trial and error, believe me it hurts to slip on jelly haha).

Throw a few bowls and utensils into the mix and you’ve got the perfect entertainment. They can use their hands if they can brace the mess or just play with it using the utensils and tubs. What child doesn’t love playing with a bit of water too? Mix these two together and your child could be entertained for hours, no joke. Maybe plan this one just before bath time though, I warn you it gets messy!

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Children learn the most when they play and when they have to use their imagination. All you need are some paints, paper, paint brushes, paper plates, jelly and some household items. What’s stopping you? I promise you won’t regret giving it a try!

Happy embracing messy play babes.

ohthatstacey

xo

 

Esmé is O N E ♡

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Hiiii everyone! Hope you’re all having as much of an amazing weekend as I am!

If you follow me on any of my social media sites then you will know that it has been my little girls first birthday and we had a party for her yesterday. I couldn’t not write a blog post about it, so here we are. I did a total DIY party and thought it would be good to share my successes and fails with you all, especially the parts that I think turned out pretty well.

I think when it comes to a first birthday you have to schedule each task that you need to do to help it all run smoothly. I found this helped for me but on a daily basis I am a total to-do list slut (ha ha) anyway. I got myself this perfect large note pad from Sainsbury’s that only cost £4, total bargain and super handy.

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Aaaaand its marble.. What’s not to love?

So, after I got myself organised and purchased everything I needed it was time to put my ideas together.. YIKES! I was at the venue from 10:00am until 17:00pm and it still wasn’t entirely finished but believe me when I say, it was SO worth it! The first thing I tackled was this beeaaauuutiful balloon arch that I am absolutely in love with and will definitely be attempting it again at other parties.

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It took about an hour and a half and two people’s breath but the outcome was just perfection and actually quite easy to achieve. I got some thick string, extra thick twine is perfect and these three coloured balloons, rather large which I think really helped with the end result. Once the balloons were blown up, I poked a hole in the end of the balloon at the bottom of the knot so that the balloon doesn’t pop and poked the string through. Repeated the same with all the balloons and they kind of placed themselves in to this beautiful arch shape, which makes me think having large balloons to work with is key. I tied the middle of the arch to a handle on the back drop and placed the ends of the arches on to the podiums. And the number one balloon added one of the finishing touches purchased from an instagram store @lulabellesxo (they sell gorgeous birthday decor). On the actual day I added some fresh flowers and leaves to finish off the look.

The table shown in the picture was the table for the little kiddie winkles and Esmé got to have the “throne” right under the balloon arch which made BEAUTIFUL pictures may I add. And those plates, all the heart eyes for them! They’re just pineapple plates placed over round pink plates from good old e-bay, cheap as chips and such a gorgeous affect (thought I best change up the description word to make things a bit more interesting haha). Also, what you may not be able to see in the photo is cellophane is over the top of the table to stop the babas from eating the table confetti, to protect the table cloth aaaand it also helps to scoop all the rubbish up at once and plonk it in the bin.. Win win!

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Here is a little close up of Esmé’s “throne” and the balloon arch. The flowers really pop out in this photo. That beautiful flower you can see is actually a wand and is just incredible, made by a lovely #momboss @vintage__belle if you have a daughter I definitely recommend checking out this insta shop because the pieces are just absolute perfection. HOWEVER, I can not be held responsible for what it does to your bank account!

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Next up, is the drinks table which always needs a little something to jazz it up in my opinion. I got this gorgeous birthday print and bunting from another lovely insta shop @lottieandlyla they fit in perfectly together and were also colour coordinated into the theme! I popped the print into a gold frame that I found and I really think it finished off the look. With some baby pictures and some pink flowers, what could go wrong really?!

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I didn’t do any games because most of the babas were too little and Esmé wouldnt have really understood what to do but I did have this little chilled out corner in the hall. Just added a teepee and popped some gold pom pom balls onto the top to fit into the theme, threw in some cushions and blankets with a little toy horse and it was an absolute hit with the littles…

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As you can see, it was definitely a hit with the birthday girl who dive bombed into it as soon as she had chance haha!

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I added a little photo booth area with a stand full of photo booth props which were super easy to make, you just stick little bamboo sticks on to the type of style card cut outs you want and tadaaa.. Endless amounts of fun. I popped up a tassel garland with some balloons and even added some of the spare pineapple plates and think it turned out really well and added to the whole theme of the party. This gorgeous pair seemed to have enjoyed themselves, the props must taste good too haha.

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I wanted to get some confetti helium balloons for the food table but totally ran out of time (what was I saying about how well a schedule works?) But actually think this worked out rather well. A few baby pictures and a one balloon.. Oh AND THAT CAKE!!! I will get on to that later. For the food, I did all finger food because I personally think that is easier. I can do a separate blog post on the food canapés that I created because we would be here all day otherwise. Comment below if that is something you would like to see. Little sneak peak… The food was a MASSIVE HIT! Processed with VSCO with m3 preset

Near the entrance I popped up a small gift table. I got a chalk board, I love the vintage feel to them. Placed a one balloon there with a flamingo print and I personally think it just added a little something extra in to the hallway along with some odd balloons placed here and there it looked super effective!

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Back to the food table, I made these cute little glass jars that are literally the easiest thing to create. I just got three food jars, cleaned them out and peeled off the label. Smothered the bottom of the jar in PVA glue and then poured glitter over each section so that it was even, let it dry and this was the finished result. I got the pom pom flowers from another gorgeous insta shop @la.pom.pom and these cute little glitter number ones are just card stuck on to bamboo sticks. I popped a few of them into some food plates and it looked super effective if I do say so myself.

Now, on to the cake. OH MY. OH MY. OH MY. I could have cried when I seen this cake because it was EVERYTHING I imagined it would be aaaaand more! I sent my ideas across to the ever lovely Georgina @sugarcrushbakes on instagram and she made my dreams come true. She even HAND MADE the flamingo topper. Honestly, just absolutely amazing. I will definitely be heading to Georgina for any cakes that I need in the future and recommend that everyone else does too. Not only does it look incredible but the taste, oh my word. It’s bannoffee cake and I can’t even explain to you how scrumptious it truly is so y’all have to go and grab yourselves one to give them a try! Promise you wont regret it 🙂

The birthday girl had just the most amazing day and so did I. Surrounded by family, friends, good food and disney music, exactly how a celebration should be. Is it too early to plan for the second? (haha).

Any ideas that you have from your little ones first birthday parties please share them with me! I absolutely love a good party and babies of course. Looking forward to the many more parties I’ll have to plan in the years to come.

Now, I’m off to get some sleep because this mama is tiredddd. This party planning isn’t for the light hearted that’s for sure!

Ohthatstacey

xo

Getting my craft on

I love getting crafty. Pinterest is my absolute best friend, I’ve had my fair share of pinterest fails but this was definitely a pinterest win. I seen a letter flower on pinterest and fell in love with it and thought I’d try making it myself. With no instructions it was actually a lot easier than what I thought. A lot have people have asked where I bought this little gem from so I thought it was about time to show you all how super EASY it was to make. Time consuming but suuuuper easy.

So to start I bought a large cardboard box, what size you buy really depends on how big or small you want your letter to be.

Then I penciled the letter E on to it, you can get some templates online if you might struggle with that bit, I say that because I’m surprised I even managed to get the E to a way I was happy with. So if that helps, use it! It’ll probably make the whole thing move along a bit faster. Obviously I then cut the E out 🙂

I bought a bunch of fake flowers from hobbycraft and I think they fit just perfectly. Definitely the exact look that I was aiming for.

I placed the flowers temporarily where I thought they might work, then one by one I poked a hole in the cardboard and pulled the wiring through like this..

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Once I was happy with where the flowers were placed I snipped the excess wire leaving a small amount at the end as is shown in the picture above and bent it over so that it would stay and not fall through the hole. I’m sure there’s other ways to do this, maybe a glue gun? But I found this the easiest most least fiddly way that worked for me!

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I then poked a hole through the cardboard at the top either side and tied some twine to it so that it could hang on the wall as such.. again there may be different ways to be able to get it to hang but I went with this as it was easiest for me.

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And walaaaa.. this is it hanging proudly in Esmé’s nursery. I L O V E it but would also love to know what you think!? I have a few more craft ideas up my sleeve and cannot wait to show you all! Getting creative is one of my most favourite things to do!

ohthatstacey

xo