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Reuse, recycle. Making a conscious effort to strip back on the new and explore vintage.

It’s hard to break a habit that has existed for a lifetime. I’m trying to become more conscious of my spending and to strip back on buying new. Is another faux fur necessary? I’m looking to re explore my wardrobe and learn to love vintage again. To be at peace with what I have, work with what I have got and stop buying unnecessary purchases that I may or may not wear.

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To keep up with fashion is impossible, each week there is a new high street trend, catwalk favourite and so on. With a low budget and lack of time to explore fashion much any more, I’ve decided to strip back completely and to wear my old pieces that I have loved before. Albeit some. Items are still attached to there original tags, three years down the line.

It’s crazy to think how much we waste shopping and trying to keep up with latest trends and street wear. Each year the trends remain the same, I’m tired of the mundane and predictable online shopping. I want to update my wardrobe with one off pieces, urban renewal clothing and art deco style jewellery. I love the 70s and draw much inspiration from that era, the whole disco look just sucks me in. I need to hunt down pieces that I really love and feel that for one off pieces and pulling looks together, vintage has everything to offer and more.

The high street is forever adapting to update store fronts and bring in new stock to meet the changing trends and keep up with the cat walk designers it becomes an endless cycle and as soon as you get into one new seasonal trend, gingham for Summer, faux for Autumn and leathers for Winter, the cycle starts all over. It has become a bit boring, there are only so many times the cycle can repeat itself and I’m seeing the same items crop up over and over. Snore.

With this in mind, bored by the mainstream high street, I’m going to try something new, to have fun with my current wardrobe, to mix it up with not new, but vintage pieces found at local markets charity stores and online retailers such as Etsy, which I already love.

I’m looking to explore and update my style through the hidden gems I have had stashed away for months, to get the use out of previous worn once only items and to really fall in love with finding my own style and doing fashion my way. Not by the way of the magazines for a change.

My budget as a working Mum on a part time wage can’t keep up with past shopping habits and my iterest to keep up has long dimished. I don’t want to have the newest dress on the block, to continue to fall into the shopping trap, it’s a consumer market out there for sure and I’m done with it and the waste.

My love of clothing and personal style is as strong as ever, with a penchant for pretty dresses, glitter and chandelier earrings but my eyes have been opened to the online world of vintage, and I know fashion doesn’t have to be new to be cool, to be loved and that style varies for everyone, it is what makes us unique. I’m excited to dive further into my ever changing personal style with the help of vintage and preloved clothing and garments by my side. My style has changed so much over the years and I’m excited to find out what comes next. I like to mix grunge and bohemian. To mix party girl dressing with street wear. I don’t do too good at casual wear but it’s growing on me.

I’m going to look to update my wardrobe with classic and timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again, not just on a one off. I’m going to invest in key pieces and hunt down bits and bobs from vintage stores and marketplaces to update what I already own. I’m going to create my own style and I’m going to have fun exploring and playing around.

I could shop until I drop but frankly, my budget won’t allow much shopping at this stage, my priority is saving to move to a family home, saving for Eleanor’s future. I’ve set myself a challenge to buy vintage and old items only for the next three months to see how I do. No Topshop, no Urban Outfitters, and no Doc Martens (miss you already). Here goes, a challenge that I hope can shape the way that I shop for the future and can teach myself how to fall in love with style and get out from the consumer trap. With this challenge not only can I look to prepare for more important things but I can also save the planet a little and stop with the waste.

I’ve worked through my wardrobe over the past few months and done a real good cleanse, rid of anything I haven’t or don’t wear. I’m moving on with my life and in this case it’s out with the new and in with the old. Wish me luck. If you have any favourite vintage clothing and jewellery stores or wee treasure chests hidden away, please, share with me. I’d love to know and dive right in to a world of vintage and pre loved. Reuse, recycle after all.

 

Keren x

My Bridal style.

Hi again, as previously mentioned I am now writing as a married woman, a little crazy, right? Seems that it wasn’t so long ago I just started dating, Euan and now here we are. A home, a baby and a marriage. Life can be a funny thing and take you in all directions. Some you, I, didn’t even think were possible. I’ve always said I’d be open about our wedding arrangements, the day, the looks, the photographs, so here I am writing this blog for you all at 11.04pm as everyone else sleeps.

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I’ll not dive right into the whole Wedding day round up right now as it would be impossible to put it all down and give it justice with my words. I’m still trying to process the whole day, the hype and buzz around it all and I am trying to get used to being known as a Mrs, or a wife.

I’ll start off the batch of my wedding day blogs lightly, I’d like to share with you some pictures of my bridal style. Not your typical white wedding. Not quite the pristine Bride and not very traditional but I made my wedding day my own and composed my look in a way that fitted around my personal style.

I opted for a yellow dress, yes, yellow. A high street gown In my favourite colour with a cowl neck, low back and a side split up the leg. Ankle grazing in length and a satin material. There wasn’t much to my dress, it was sleek and simple. A classic cut and classic style. The colour spoke for itself. I teamed my dress with some glitter gold fingernails and a bouquet of lillies and foilage. Again, keeping it simple and classic.

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Worn with a champagne faux fur stole which I bought from an etsy store and accessorised with a blue brooch my Mother purchased for me. Along with my stole, I accessoried with some chandelier rhinestone earrings with a hint of blue and a rather large, rather shiny tiara which matched the earrings perfect.I had a garter but I chose not to wear this as it was noticeable through my satin dress and gave the effect of a lumpy leg.

The earrings and brooch worked with the whole something blue carry on and the tiara made me feel like a little bit of a Princess, even though initially I wanted nothing that would draw attention or cause a fuss. Here I am on my Wedding day wearing a yellow gown, and accessories that would blind you if you caught them in the light. You have to laugh at the irony.

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_20180905_020109I wore Carvela rhinestone shoes in a grey/silver tone with painted red toenails to finish off my look. Block heels and an open toe sandal, my perfect cinderella slipper and no toes were harmed while wearing them throughout the day, something I was very conscious off. Who wants blisters? Especially before embarking on a Honeymoon full of walking. Not me.

With my hair I was torn between an up do and wearing my hair down. So many hair styles, so little time. The night night before we married, the night before my hairdresser appointment, I played around at the hotel and decided to go with a hair up style. It was around midnight, I’d had some champagne and I was downright tired. The decision was made, I’d settled for the option of a good sleep over countless hair tutorials.

A low bun with no strays. The decision wasn’t easy, but I wanted a look that would be hassle free and require little maintenance throughout the day. An up do also meant that I could secure my tiara and it would remain in place (with the help of a dozen hair grips and spray).

 

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With a baby who lowers to grab, pull, you name it and a September wedding with unpredictable Scottish weather, I didnt want to leave my hair down and risk looking as though I’d been dragged through a hedge. I wanted to have wedding photographs that would do the day justice after all, you only get married once, believe me, once is enough too. I was shattered by the end of the evening.

For my make up look, I contemplated doing this in my own but opted for a full face of make up to be done at the local hairdresser salon, Linton and Mac. Boy  I’m glad that I did, I’d have never pulled together such a look on my own. My make up turned out just how imagined. A light coverage of foundation, a dewy glow with a hint of bronze and a gold smokey eye blended with light brown shades.

I opted against false eyelashes and went for mascara instead to give a less harsh effect, and finished off with a pink lip. Initially we tested out a nude lip but it was just too plain for the desired effect and blended into my skin tone which I didn’t want. It just didn’t look quite right but the pop of pink worked wonders.

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I left the salon feeling totally over dressed and done up for a Tuesday but delighted with how my hair and make up had turned out. I walked back to the hotel feeling shy, my make up was extreme in comparison to my usual two minute fix up job and I thought that everyone was looking at me, after all it was a Tuesday morning, not exactly the timeof day for a Saturday night glam session.

I can’t thank the girls enough for helping to fix me up and I can’t imagine a better team to have  chosen to help with my Bridal glam. Plus, the glass of prosecco at 10AM gave some Dutch courage and went down a treat. Prosecco at 10AM by myself? Perhaps shouldn’t make a habit of that or announce it as public knowledge. Anyway, 1000 hair grips, a tin of hair spray and an hour later, I was good to go. Thank you Linton and Mac for a great Morning pamper.

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Overall, I completed my look with a rhinestone birdcage veil which I fixed myself before headed to the suite to marry. I feel as though my Bridal style was quite 1920s flapper girl, and I pulled it together just as I wanted. Certainly not my every day style, nor something I could rock on an average day but on my Wedding day, I got to rock whatever the hell I wanted and I decided to go big or go home on the sparkles. I certainly wasn’t going home, it was an all out sort of day and I’d do it all again in a minute.

I can’t imagine myself ever having been the bride in the white dress with the bouffant blow dry. I done things on my own scale and I felt pretty damn amazing. My dress was ruined by the evening, with Eleanor spitting her medicine onto me, drool, you name it.

I was kneeling on the floor, playing with my baby and hitting the cake way too hard. I hardly held my bouquet, my faux fur got stashed under the Pram and forgotten and my tiara was a little lopsided by the end of the day. My high Street yellow dress had served me well and I had the greatest day. It wasn’t about looking perfectly polished or smelling of roses. It was about becoming a family with my family and close friends around, the meaning of our marriage is much deeper rooted than the dress ever could be.

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As a Mum of a one year old, I expected no miracles and even as a Bride, I was still very much on Mum duty. My tiara may have fallen but my smile never once did. Can’t believe I’m saying this but I am. Now a Mother and a wife. I share the same name as my Husband and Daughter and I have high hopes for our future as a family.

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Lots of love, Mrs Ross (I had to) x

A stay at the Japanese suite: The Carmelite, Aberdeen.

Ah, my first blog as a Mrs Ross, seems strange to write that down actually. I don’t know if I will become used to being a Mrs, or even a Ross. Wow. I thought I’d write a little blog about the stay at the Carmelite Hotel where we had our wedding meal and reception. I mean, it was too good of a stay not to write about to be honest.

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After a busy day on Monday, running around all over, tending to Eleanor and getting the wedding plans finalised, we were all set to check in to the Carmelite in Aberdeen for two whole child free nights. Unheard of! I was on a high and the excitement (and champagne) was flowing.

Having checked in at around 7pm,we headed out for a quick spot of dinner at a local burger joint to get some veggie burgers and fries; quick, easy and substantial enough to fill our tummies until breakfast.

Upon heading back to the hotel we had free reign and access to the reception room that our wedding was to be held in. A short spell was spent getting the room set up and organised. Slight decorations, blowing up balloons, you know the sort. Once completed and having the table set, we headed to the Japanese suite.

We viewed the suites back in January and decided to choose the Japanese suite as our wedding suite. It was warm and cosy, large and had a massive bath to soak in. I’m not going to lie, the bath was the selling point. With living in the flat, we don’t have a bath and it’s the one thing I really miss. Euan too.

First up, we got some music flowing, cracked open a bottle of champagne that we received on our engagement and went for a big soak in the tub with lots of bubbles and a lush bath bomb. Butter bear to be exact. It was a night of pampering and chilling out. Looking back over the years and preparing for our wedding day.

The suite was kitted with robes and slippers and some sweet machines, brilliant! Having a few champagnes too many we were chilled out and ready to head off for a big sleep. Probably the best sleep we have had since Eleanor arrived.

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At breakfast we munched down some Cereal and scrambled eggs on toast, washed down with coffee and refreshments. The breakfast offered everything that you could need, as did the suite.

The suite made for a really great wedding stay and has definitely made our time at the Carmelite so memorable. I can’t thank the team enough for the hospitality and the care that they provided. The room provided us with a comfortable and calm environment to wind down with on the lead up to our wedding. I had the most relaxing stay and would definitely return. I can’t soeka for Euan but I’m quite sure he would jump at the chance to return for a stay in the suite.

Though this is no review by any means, I’d highly recommend a stay at this hotel if you are looking to stay central in Aberdeen. It has everything you need, great food, excellent service and homely rooms with good sized baths to lay and soak after a hard day. What’s more to want? By the time we had left after a short 12 hour stay, I had three baths. I’m not kidding either. Most excellent, cheers 🥂 .

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Eleanor’s First Birthday.

IMG-20180831-WA0013Firstly, I’m going to apologise for my lack of online presence, it’s been such a busy eight weeks and to round it all off, the past two weeks have been full of celebrations and joy. Celebrating all things family and all thegood in life. With a lot of blogging to catch up on and some spare time to kill on the drive back to Amsterdam from Bruges, I’ll begin with the first in the run up of events. Eleanor’s first birthday, one of the best and most exciting days I have ever had. What a buzz around a First birthday, we had an absolute blast and I’m now more in love than ever.

Yes, you read correct, on the 31st of August my baby Daughter turned one and I don’t quite know how to handle that. A year has past so soon, so sudden and I’m not sure that I am ready to let go a little more. Motherhood, It’s a process and it’s an emotional challenge. It can be lonely, it can be scary but most of all  it can be so, so rewarding and the love that consumes you is something quite euphoric. My baby girl has brought so much to the World that I live in within in such a short year and had made the process of becoming a Mother so very easy for me. She leads the way, and I follow.

There are few words to explain just how Eleanor has changed my life in such a short space of time, all for the better. This tiny little baby appeared and suddenly everything becomes so different and the life you knew is no more. We have to change and adapt, grow and nurture, it’s not easy to get to grips with but before you know it parenting is second nature and I wonder if we need these tiny babies more than they need us. Or at least in some respects. What a crazy year it has been and I can only thank Eleanor for the life she has brought to me and the joy she has filled me with.

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As a new Mum, I’m so grateful to have the time that I do with Eleanor to raise and watch her as she grows. Keen to capture it all and document her firsts, her achievements and her happiness is just so important for myself and my Husband, Euan. Oh, yes, you read that right.. Husband. I’ll elaborate later.

To celebrate the first year of Eleanor’s life and the good she has brought to us all, we decided to have a morning of present opening followed by Eleanor’s favourite breakfast, pancakes and Yogurt. Messy but absolutely delicious, she is a girl after my own heart and our love of pancakes will bond us forever more. I picture life with Eleanor ahead and can see us sitting around a cafe table washing down our favourite food with different juices and coffees, it makes me smile to have all of these images and ideas of happy family life full my head and I feel warm.

My baby has brought so much to our lives and her soul is just so alive and pure. Charismatic, friendly, loving, cheeky and more, Eleanor really does make for quite a special little girl. I’d be lost without her and life would certainly not be half as bright. I can’t believe how such a small person can have such a big presence, Eleanor lifts and lights the room, I love her.

Looking like my big little girl, all dressed in her pink Birthday dress which I had purchased the day prior, what follows was a family day trip to a local family soft play center and outdoor play area, den in the Glen. A coffee stop on the way was essential however as without coffee i wouldn’t have made it.

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A place familiar to myself from childhood play dates. We walked around the grounds as it was a lovely and sunny day, pointed out each artefact and piece of nature to Eleanor and just went at our own pace taking it all in. I think I was trying to digest my baby being one to be honest, something that I am still trying to get my head around.

After a walk around, I nursed Eleanor in the car before heading into the soft play area for a wee seat, a spot of lunch and a play in the open space that was suitable for both babies and parents. The hall was busy, families were enjoying lunch together, babies were nursing or snacking and of course, the play area was full of small children and adults, running around, splashing about in the ball pit and having a good day to themselves.

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Having not been to soft play previously, I didn’t know what to expect really. A lot to take in and afterward Eleanor was so exhausted that we went out in a drive to Stonehaven to kill time and allow for a car nap. If left without a nap and over tired it can be an absolute nightmare and I wanted Eleanor to be able to enjoy her day as much Euan and I were, after all it was a day all about her.

In the evening we heading up to my mums to enjoy a birthday tea full of everyone’s favourite snacks and nibbles, Eleanor included. There were sandwiches, pizza, chips, falafel. You name it, we had it. An exceptional spread hosted by my Mother. I brought the birthday cake which I had baked the previous day, a lemon sponge cake in the style of a Victora sponge with buttercream..

The whole family had a great day of celebrations and feasting and Eleanor had a blast. Turning one hasn’t ever looked so good, our baby was spoiled rotten with love and attention while being catered for with all of her favourite foods. I’m usually quite strict with treats and snacks but a birthday is an exception and an excuse to go all out.

To wind down at the end of the day, we headed home and it was straight to bed. Yes, 8.30pm and my baby and I were off to enjoy a cuddle and a snooze together while Euan sorted out some bits and bobs. I don’t know how much longer my baby will nurse from me, accept my cuddles and hold my hand as she falls asleep but for now I’m not ready to wave goodbye to those special moments. I’ve let go of our first year together and that’s quite enough for right now. It’s been challenging, hard work and an emotional roller-coaster.

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There’s been good days, bad days, days where everything just falls out of place and goes wrong but I would do each day all over again if I could. As they all say, blink and you miss it and I can fully say that the statement is so very true. A moment will pass at the blink of the eye but a memory can last a lifetime. That’s what I’m keen to continue to do as Eleanor grows, to make memories and capture as much of our time together as I can.

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Happy birthday baby girl, for I love you so.

Cullen beach.

Last weekend, stumped for what to do with the nice weather but keen to explore we racked our brains for a baby friendly activity to follow through. Something new but fun, easily accessible yet an adventure for the family. Euan came to decide we would take a drive out to Moray and head for Cullen beach.

Loaded into the car, take away coffees at hand, we were set for the two hour drive to the beach and ready to have a day of fun. Eleanor slept the duration of the car ride and we played music whilst chatting away. A nice little break in all honesty, and having the time to just sit back and chill was pretty good.

IMG_20180728_192820_642.jpgNot to mention the lovely sights on the drive, out past the shire everything seems much more scenic. The homes are idyllic, landscapes are heavenly and the air seems so fresh. If it wasn’t that bit too far out I’d consider a move out that side of town,so much to offer and a whole lot of peace from the City hustle.

We made our way to Cullen and parked up at the golf club. I’d never been before, not even as a child but had only heard good things. A small town but absolutely perfect, many beautiful sights to take in, a small town square filled with old antique stores and cafes, let’s not forget the beach either.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0249.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0250.JPGThere was a wee carnival down by the beach but it wasn’t much of anything really, a small ride for children and a game of hook a duck situated beside a bouncy castle. Fine for bugger children but not really age appropriate for a baby (an excuse to return over the Summers to come). To begin, we sat down for a drink outdoor at the golf club and soaked in the rays while Eleanor had a snack.

A beach walk followed. Eleanor wasn’t in the best of moods, with teething and being hungry for her milk, she was a little grizzly. Euan carried her in the sling and we walked along the beach, playing with the gopro looking to get some action shots. I always forget we have the gopro and have been really trying to remember to carry it with us when we head out for family day trips, to capture all of the moments.

I stopped by some rocks and breastfed Eleanor by the sea, a safe distance from the tide though, don’t worry. Euan hunted for rocks and treasures while waiting. I enjoyed nursing my baby by the sea, I’m aware the days of nursing are over and that as she grows her interest is no longer dedicated solely to nursing. Moving around, playing and exploring new food is all the more exciting and fun.

GOPR0274_1532181371434_high.JPGI’m keen to bask on the last precious months of our breastfeeding journey before it comes to an end and a new journey begins. This means feeding wherever and whenever necessary and reeling in with the moments. I love holding her wee hand as she feeds, petting her head and running my hands through her golden hair,watching her expression and waiting for the drowsiness and sleep to cast a spell over her. Everything about breastfeeding, I love but I’ll explore in detail later, for now I’m all about sharing some beachy snaps.

We let Eleanor drop her toes to the sand but she wasn’t so convinced and would keep throwing her legs up to get them out from the sand, the texture must have put her off. We played and acted silly along the beach front and took on the views together. A chilled out day where we went at our own pace and enjoyed the company and rare summer weather.

As I said, we took the gopro and got some snaps at the beach before heading for a news around the carnival and the town centre. We didn’t leave with much, not even an ice cream.. the queue was out the door which with a baby is not ideal as they don’t really have the patience to wait, not even for ice cream. OK, OK, you got me, I don’t have the patience more like, I’ll stop blaming things on Eleanor, that’s a bit naughty but totally acceptable.

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I love nothing more than to be active and outdoors, I hope that this healthy lifestyle will be reflected onto my baby girl and that she will appreciate that life isn’t just about ipads and mobile phones, there’s so much out there to explore that doesn’t always mean from the comfort of through a screen. There is so much more to life and living than any lens can provide you with. Here’s to many more beachy days and family trips, adventuring the unknown together. Hope that everyone is having a lovely Summer time.

 

Keren x

Dad’s day off. Trip to Camperdown wildlife park.

Hey guys! A busy spell over here with us so I thought I’d share a little of what we have been up to. On Thursday, Euan had a day off so we were up and out at 7am ,ready to adventure on a day trip down to Dundee and hit the animal park at Camper down.

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We arrived in Dundee early, before 9am, and took advantage of a wee browse around the local shopping centre. Or at least I did, I left with a second set of ear lobe piercings.. talk about inpromptu. I blame a mum life crisis if that’s such a thing? Anyway, we grabbed picnic style snacks, some food for Eleanor and headed off to the park around 11AM.

The sun was out, the park was busy and the animals were out to play for the best part. We had the gopro set and ready to go, to capture any moments from the day. Waltzing around the park with Eleanor in her dad’s arms, watching all of the animals in their daily life was quite nice. A chilled out day going at a pace of our own and making me ever grateful for the little family that I call my own and everyday life.

GOPR0243_1532027445953_high.JPGEleanor wasn’t fully aware of all that was going on but she did enjoy watching some of the wild birds and the bears having a bath in the sun. I was quite impressed with the park, small and nothing crazy going on but enough to make the most of your time there. With it being a nice day, we took a slow jaunt around and stopped to look for the wild animals.

Come 2pm we decided to head back home and walk our dog Fern into the centre to grab an ice cream. It is of course so crucial to make the most of the nice weather back here when we have it and ice cream is never a bad idea.

A scoop of blueberry panna cotta for Euan and cookies n cream for Eleanor and I to share. My baby loves ice cream, in fact, her favourite word right now seems to be “Mmm”  a foodie in the making with a definite love for anything sweet. Definitely takes after myself with the food department for now, so long as she picks up a love for pizza and Hallomi we are onto a winner.

Back home, we sat down to a glass of wine and some chill time before preparing for the working day ahead. It’s nice to take a day off together and utilise as a family day now and again as time flies so fast, these moments are precious and not to be wasted. Family is the best part of my life and to take time out together makes my heart so fuzzy and full, I just love it.

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I hope that you guys are all good. Does anyone have any ideas of family activities with a small child? Particularly outdoors, as we just love to get up and get out.

 

Keren x

 

First birthday gift guide.

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With my baby’s first birthday approaching next month (how??), I’ve decided to draw some inspiration from such an exciting time and share with you some hand picked gifts to celebrate Eleanor’s big day.

My baby is turning one year old! Both exciting and nervous of a time, I’m so excited to see how her personality and development grows over the period of another year but I’m also a little sad to be waving goodbye to that ever precious first year. A time that I’ll never earn back and will miss sorely.

My once newborn has now become a fiesty little sass pot who loves to explore and turn an empty room to a chaotic mess in moments. My little girl who smiles at strangers and pulls me close for a cuddle of a kiss. Eleanor loves nothing more than to bop her head in time to music and to eat her dessert before her dinner (you go gal).

My beautiful baby has transformed for a frail and precious bundle to a fearless adventurer which both excites and frightens me for obvious reason. I’ll be sad to see the first year of her life out but like all things we must grow and change will always be welcome.

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With a birthday such a special time to celebrate and remember, I’ve chosen to share with you some handpicked gifts that Euan and I have picked up, ready to wrap for the big day. A little early, I know but when working with a tight budget and having little time to think, let alone plan, I find that being as organised as possible is always favourable.

We have opted to choose just a few select gifts, both educational and fun for Eleanor’s development. We didn’t want to go over the top and spoil her as I’d like for her to grow to be humble and modest rather than come to expect that she can have what she wants with a stomp of her feet.

The big birthday gift we have is a rocking horse. I don’t know who will be more excutwed, Eleanor or I and I just can’t wait to see her rock back and fore with nothing but pure glee. We had always had a rocking horse on our agenda as a first birthday gift, Euan hunted Hugh and low to find the perfect match which he did eventually off of a private seller on amazon. Both a bargain and a quality item, we are onto a winner.

Secondly, I chose to purchase a personalised wooden xylophone from my favourite online store, etsy. Handmade, wooden and beautiful in every way, I can’t wait to get stuck into this and beat away making some music with my music loving babe. I’m sure Eleanor will much rather chew the wooden sticks or attack myself with them but I feel it will be good for her to begin to explore with musical instruments and get a little creative. I’m sure come those late nights with her banging and making a racket rather than music I may regret this option but I feel this will be a beautiful gift that can be kept for a long time to cherish and play.

Books – books, glorious books. I’m a great fan of reading and I love to read Eleanor a book before bed. It settles her for bed time all while can be an enjoyable and special time for the both of us to wind down together after a busy day. I’m a huge fan of reading and feel that it is so important for a child to learn and to love to read. It can enhance development, knowledge and open a child up to a world of endless possibilities. I’ll not get into the list of the books I’ve selected but I handpicked four children’s books suitable and fun for Eleanor. I can’t wait to get stuck in.

As for the rest of it, I picked up a selection of hair grips and a headband along with two tshirts for her to rock into the Autumn months.

Again, we made a decision not to spoil Eleanor and be lavish with gifts as I don’t feel that at the age of one she really needs an extravaganza. A birthday can be very overwhelming for a child, never mind a baby and we plan to celebrate her birthday quietly as our own little family. Unsure wether to host a small birthday tea or to just have a trip out together as a family of three, I’m yet to decide but have time to sit down and plan a little something special.

How did you celebrate a first birthday? Or a birthday for a child? Looking for any ideas, hints and tips!

 

Keren x