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How sweet it is….

How sweet it is….

On Saturday we held Ella’s 1st Birthday party! Although her real birthday isn’t until tomorrow, the day was perfect to celebrate with family and friends. With over twenty babies and young children arriving on the dot at my Mums house in Essendon, the party was our first taste of what is to come in the years ahead. This blog is my chance to document and capture wonderful memories as Ella grows up and I cannot believe that the milestone of her first birthday party has come and gone. After weeks of preparation, for what we hoped would be a ‘low key’ affair, the day was a great success. I certainly have a new found respect for parents who host birthday parties, and at the end of the day we shared a quiet celebratory drink with my Mum and Dad, as Ella slept peacefully.

I know that Ella won’t remember the day itself, but I hope that the following pictures help her to realise that there was a lot of love in the air. And it was all for her….

Ella was dressed in her first party outfit by her Aunty Mon and Jane – a gift for Christmas was a beautiful white silk dress with humingbirds. Her shoes were also a present from Aunty / Cousin Lisa – a tradition in our family…IMG_3354


Nearly walking….


Ella’s Sweet Shoppe – all the work was worth it! a Big thanks to Vens Paperie for the decoration inspiration!



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The Cake!!! Peppa Pig thanks to Cake 2 the Rescue!


Ella’s 1st Birthday Memory canvas….inspired by this one on Pinterest!


Laughing with Great Nanna Nola….


Cuddles with Daddy…


Happy Birthday!!!!


A big thankyou to my Mum and Dad for hosting, and for Dan’s parents for helping to make the day possible. A huge shout out to my sisters and my friend Cait, for helping to laminate, cut and primp all of the decorations! Thanks also to my friend Amy, for the cake tips! And finally, a big thankyou to all of our family and friends who came to celebrate….it was a wonderful day to remember. Ella was so spoilt and I’m sure that she will look back over these photos in years to come and see how much she is truly loved.

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Win your own Cake 2 the Rescue Kit to help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday!

Win your own Cake 2 the Rescue Kit to help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday!

tumblr_mdibghSKqU1qg45v4To help celebrate Ella’s 1st Birthday next week, the amazing girls at Cake 2 the Rescue have given me the chance to run my very first blog competition and give one lucky reader your choice of a Cake Rescue Kit! After purchasing my own kit to (hopefully) create my own little Peppa Pig masterpiece, Lisa & Lou (aka the Baker Girls) asked me if I would like to continue sharing the love, by offering another Mum or Dad the chance to make their own!

So, it is with great pleasure that I present my very first blog comp. To enter the competition, simply click the form below and answer this key question:

‘What is your favourite Birthday memory that you wish to re-create for your child?’

From Birthday cakes, to McDonald’s parties, lolly bags to jumping castles, we all have memories of those fabulous times each year. Whether it be a memory of your own birthday, a relative or friend…share your memories to score your chance at winning one of these fabulous kits. Ella, her Dad and myself will act as judges and the winner will be able to choose their own kit for their own child!

Please note that this competition is open to Australian Residents only, and entering the competition means accepting the Terms and Conditions as set out in the following form.

Good Luck!!!

To enter the competition, click here!

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Friday Finds: Birthdays c/o Etsy

Friday Finds: Birthdays c/o Etsy

This week’s Friday Find is a little late. This week I went back to work three days a week, and although it’s great to get back and into the swing of things, it’s meant that the house work and time with Ella has taken up most of my time over the last few days. This week I wanted to share with you some of the fantastic finds I have discovered on Etsy. As we prepare to celebrate Ella’s First Birthday in a few weeks time, I’ve turned to the amazing world of hand made decorations, ornaments and party favours that are available on Etsy. Needless to say, we are trying to keep things simple for her first experience of having a party, but the colours of pink and red are certainly going to adorn every inch of my Mum’s house.

Inspired by a friend’s recent celebration, I found this beautiful personalised bunting. You can choose from a variety of beautiful fabrics, and personalise the wording with your child’s name. A simple ‘Happy Birthday Ella’ was chosen to adorn this gorgeous decoration from Giddygumdrops…


Although we want to keep things simple….the idea of a gorgeous ‘candy bar’ for our little girl, is something that we think she would love. Full of sweet treats, fresh fruit and of course, that good old birthday cake, I’m hoping to re-create our own ‘Ella’s sweet shop’. You can spend a fortune getting someone to do this for you, or you can turn to Vens Paperie. This fabulous service allows you to choose from a range of various party themes, and with a click of a button you can have your own personalised cake toppers, food cards, water labels, thank you cards and more. All you need is your own printer and a little time to cut and organise your cards to make your very own candy bar.

Some of the themes include…

The Farm Barn Yard theme…..

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Vintage Choo Choo Train...

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and the good old Sweet Shoppe…this is our pick!Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 1.20.39 PM

The DIY Birthday will never be the same with these fantastic and affordable ideas! Here’s hoping that I can recreate it just like the photos!!!


*Images are taken from the links available within the above text.

Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.43.49 AMWith Ella’s first birthday just a few weeks away, my mind has landed in the world of Birthday Cakes. Growing up, we always got out the good old ‘Womens’ Weekly  Birthday Cakes‘ book and spent days picking and choosing our dream cake. I remember vividly the ‘witch’ laced in liquorice, the ‘duck’ with a potato chip beak and the good old smarty train. Most Aussie kids do not remember their birthdays without fond memories of this great book. I’m not sure if my baking skills are up to scratch to venture into this timeless tradition just yet, so thank goodness I stumbled across the fabulous ‘Cake 2 the Rescue‘ thanks to an old friend Veronica on Facebook!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.23 AMCake 2 the rescue does just that…it rescues time poor (and skill poor) Mums and Dads who want their precious kids to have that ‘amazing cake’ on their Birthday. Without the hassle of forking out hundreds for an intricate cake, Cake 2 to the Rescue provide you with all you need to bake your very own masterpiece. Founded by two Queensland Mums – Lisa and Lou, aka ‘The Baker Girls’, this great service was created following their own experiences of frustration as they tried to make their kids the perfect cake.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.38 AMThe idea is simple…you choose the design (over 7o), and for a very reasonable price (starting from $29.95), they send you all you need to re-create the cake of your dreams. From the ingredients, to the candles and disposable, grease proof baking tin…this is a miracle in the post.  Inspired by a friend’s effort in making her own Peppa Pig cake (from scratch I might add), I have decided to give this idea a try and order my own Peppa Pig pack. I’m hoping that my excitement will be met with equal satisfaction when the final cake is complete….all I can say is…watch this space! I’m certainly hoping that this little package in the post ‘rescues’ this new Mum!

To view the many great designs available from Cake 2 the Rescue…click here.

The are also on Facebook where you can view testimonials and great ‘baking’ experiences.


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