Whilst Ella’s birthday has come and gone, its made me think about all of her milestones so far. I recently came across this beautiful idea – baby milestone cards. These beautiful cards can be taken with your child to mark many of the big and small milestones that your baby achieves in their first few years. From their first smile, first tooth and first steps, these cards are a gorgeous way to make a simple event magical.
Eating solids? sleeping through the night for the first time? These simple little moments just pass us by!
Priced at $32.95, they are available from Little Me and Little You.
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Ella received dozens of books for her Birthday and I’ve been thinking about the best way to store them so that they get a good work out! As always, I have turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and have been blown away by the gorgeous idea of creating your very own wall library. By using simple spice racks, or a piece of dowel you can transform an every day bunch of books into a visual art work! By displaying books on your child’s wall, they can access them easily whilst transforming the space into a reading wonderland…..
A gorgeous reading nook….
Whether a large wall, or a small little space….I think this idea is gorgeous for any room!
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I wish I had found this App before Ella’s Birthday party! It is a simple yet, very practical idea to help your little ones learn how to blow out candles without having to waste dozens of matches!! This simple Friday Find is a free App that I personally would be willing to spend money on! With the ability for little ones to blow out candles by blowing into the microphone, they will be blowing out their own real candles in no time!
There are lots of similar Apps available, but Toddler Happy Birthday is a great one!
To download this App click here. Happy Birthday little ones!
Better late than never, once again my Friday Find is a little late. This week I posted a photo of Ella playing with our iPad and I received a number of requests asking about the App that she was using. Fisher Price have a number of fantastic ‘Laugh & Learn’ Apps that focus on the simple skill of understanding Cause and Effect. Understanding that touching the screen can cause shapes, animals and colour to move and make noise provides children with a sense of awe and wonder. Ella loves these range of Apps because they are filled with colour, animation and familiar sounds. Most of their Apps are free and also can be paired with a range of great tools including the Apptivity Monkey and Apptivity cases for iPhone and iPad.
The following Apps are Ella’s favourite….
Shapes & Colours Music Show – Babies touch the variety of coloured shapes, each singing and dancing with their own personality
Animal Sounds for Baby – Babies learn about different animals and the sounds they make
Where’s Puppy’s Nose – Learn about the parts of the body by following the cute Puppy!
I hope that your babies enjoy these Apps as much as Ella does!
*Images are sourced from www.fisherprice.com
Today I discovered that Instagram has gone online! This is fantastic! It means that you can browse those gorgeous pics directly from your home computer or laptop when you are not out and about. If you are a (newish) Mum like me, you sometimes find yourself at home in your pyjamas at midday. Sometimes, my phone is dead and I have time to do some work on my laptop, or browse Pinterest or Etsy (cue sighs from my husband). Instagram has finally gone online, and this is a great decision that brings this fabulous tool to the world of the www. A funny thing, that it started out as an app, and eventually moved toward being available on desktops and laptops. The demand must have been there, and although it is not a ‘life changer’, I for one, and really happy that they decided to make this move….
For those of you who have not yet ventured to the land of Instagram….get on it! We are coming up to a year of life with our gorgeous daughter and it’s lovely to browse through some of the following pics to see how she has changed. This is a (small) selection!
To follow us on Instagram, my username is http://instagram.com/katekorber
My account is private, so please don’t be offended. I only accept followers who know Ella and myself.
*Images are taken from my personal Instagram page.
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…..
Vintage Choo Choo Train...
and the good old Sweet Shoppe…this is our pick!
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.
This week’s Friday Find is short and sweet. It’s a simple one, yet it has made such a big impact on my day, life and living room. For the last few weeks I’ve been searching for a colourful, practical, stylish yet relatively inexpensive solution to the adventure park that has become our living room. When my cousin had her daughter, she always told me how her house became invaded by toys, and now I understand that feeling completely. Ella has amassed nearly a hundred toys, from rattles to blocks, stuffed toys to puzzles. Each night I pack them in the corner to once again remember what our living room looked like. Each morning they gradually spread across the room, into every nook and cranny of the house. I know that Ella is not yet putting ‘salada’s’ in the video player (Aussie in joke), but I tell you, this girl has got a clever way of getting the heaviest toy to the end of the house. Needless to say, that I have always worried that I will be caught out by that ‘last minute’ visitor and they will see the crazy chaos that has become our home. It makes me feel better however, that I know we are not alone!!!
I searched high and low, and today I came across a great product at the good old Reject Shop. Simple flexible plastic tubs that come in a variety of sizes, they are similar to the very stylish ‘Tub Trug‘, however these are pretty much the same look and feel, for almost a third of the price ($8.95 for a 38L tub). What’s even better is the colour range will suit almost any household. In the end, if they last the test of time, then great, but if they don’t (and find their way into our dog’s mouth), then they haven’t broken the bank.
At least I can now breathe a sigh of relief as our lounge room now looks a little ordered…until Ella decides to turn the buckets upside down.