Elf on the Shelf Plan

So last year, Elvis Twinkletoes was sent by Santa to keep an eye on Daisy. Unfortunately, Daisy’s mammy wasn’t very good at ‘helping’ Elvis and he remained on the sidelines for the whole of December. Thankfully, Daisy doesn’t remember and I don’t have to hang my head quite so low. So this year, I have a plan… ok it’s just a list so hardly cunning, but I’ll be prepared.Most of the ideas don’t require a lot of work or time, and can be done quickly after Daisy goes to bed. I ordered our Elf through Groupon, but I’ve seen them loads of places this year. I picked up a few accessories in a local Christmas shop but everything else is already stuff we have at home.

I’d love to know if you do Elf on the Shelf and what are your favourite ideas. Let me know and may the Christmas chaos begin!

  1. Elf arrives with advent calendars and letter from Santa
  2. Elf on a swing
  3. Reading Christmas books
  4. Making snow angels in flour
  5. In a sleeping bag
  6. Eating popcorn with a movie
  7. Rudolph noses
  8. In fridge with a blanket
  9. Magnet message
  10. On a sleigh
  11. Birthday message for Daisy
  12. Playing photographer
  13. Has a cold
  14. Eating sweets / chocolate
  15. Sleeping selfie with Daisy
  16. Playing building blocks
  17. On top of the tree
  18. Toilet roll down the stairs
  19. Tangled in fairy lights
  20. Spa day
  21. Dance party
  22. Balloons to celebrate first day of Christmas holidays
  23. Wrapped in sellotape
  24. Christmas Eve boxes and goodbye letter

Emma x

Valentine’s Celebrations

img_2601I’m a sucker for a celebration. If I can hang bunting and blow up balloons, I’m there. I also think it’s great to get your little ones involved with some themed activities, however big or small. We did a few things over the last few days that we would do anytime of year, but with a little valentine’s spin.

I bought a few new craft bits so we could make some valentine’s cards, which Daisy really enjoyed. Based on experience, a word of warning; do not go for a quick pee whilst your 3 year old has a pot of multi-coloured sequins to hand! I returned to the kitchen to find her not placing them on the card so gently as she had been, but showering herself in them instead, holding her very own mini confetti party. I’ll leave you to laugh at how long it took me to get those out of her hair!img1When Daisy was finally sequin free and looking less like she’d a night on the tiles, we decided to make some brownies. After several baking attempts in the past, I have no shame in saying that until Daisy appreciates ingredients need to be weighed and measured correctly, we will be using a ready bought cake mix. Just add an egg, water and butter you say? All hail Betty Crocker! img 2img_2604img 3img 4Finally, we had a little valentines themed breakfast on the weekend. If you’ve followed me for a few months, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of weekend family breakfasts; you can read a little more about what we do here. As always, it was nothing complicated and just thrown together in the morning. We all sat around the table, ate warm pain au chocolat and berries and laughed at Daisy dancing to Leon Bridges. img_2557img_2560img 5It just goes to show, you don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate and the impression it leaves lasts a long time. I’m sure Daisy will be asking to make brownies regularly and I’ll be finding sequins all over the house for weeks to come!

Emma  x

Our Wedding Day

So it’s a little over a month on from our wedding and it already feels more like a year ago. When people say it goes by in a flash, they weren’t lying! It really was perfect in every way and we managed to achieve exactly the kind of wedding we wanted. You can read about our wedding plans here.

We got married at 3pm in a local castle, and then on to our reception venue. It was really relaxed with a brilliant party atmosphere and plenty of love and laughter. I think that’s the beauty of modern weddings; you don’t have to stick to ‘rules’ anymore. I stayed at home with Jon and Daisy the night before the wedding, we didn’t have a wedding breakfast; just canapes and a buffet and nobody was made to make a speech if they didn’t want to.

One of my favourite things about the day was how personal it was. The wedding venue is somewhere we visit on a regular basis with Daisy, and both Jon and I went to school in the castle before they moved it. Our florist was a family friend and gifted us our flowers (which were amazing!). We both went in our father’s cars and my uncle drove my Dad and I to the castle. My brother’s were even the best men and I think it really shows in the photos how close of a family we are.

When we received the photos and were looking through them with my parents, my father commented how nice it is to see such beautiful photos with everyone we love in them. Aside from being married, that’s the absolute best thing about the day; celebrating love with your loved ones.

Thanks

Emma  x

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Wedding Dress & Veil – Perfection Bridal Cardiff

Suits – Slaters

Bridal Tiara – Debenhams (Jon Richard)

Bridesmaid Dresses – Marks and Spencer

Flower Girl Dress – Trina’s Aberdare

Flower Girl Tiara & Shoes – Monsoon

Flowers – Suzanne’s Florist

Make Up – Leanne Warren Hester

Hair – Iconic

Photography – SpringBoxPhotograhy

Ceremony Venue – Cyfarthfa Castle

Reception Venue – The Guest Keen

Wedding Cake – Costco (with Marks and Spencer chocolates & macaroons)

Cake Topper – eBay

Donuts – Krispy Kreme

Donut Stand – Homemade

 

 

 

 

Wedding Day Plan

If you’ve had a read of my post about our wedding plans, you’ll know that we’re having more of a wedding weekend. You can read a bit more about it here. For our actual wedding day, we wanted a late ceremony, followed by an evening party with our loved ones. We are getting married at Cyfarthfa Castle, a local museum and art gallery set in 160 acres of beautiful park land. It’s the park we take Daisy to regularly and both Jon and I went to the castle for the first two years of secondary school. Following the ceremony, we’ll have photos in the park grounds and then head to The Guest Keen Club for our party.cyfarthfa-castle-1536We haven’t got a particular colour theme, so everything is going to be quite neutral; lots of whites, wood and floral touches with a few metallic pops for a party feel. We’ve been picking up bits and pieces over the past few months, and our venue have a great selection to use. Lots of the decorations are things that we can keep and use around the house too. These were some fab finds from Ginger Ray.For our music, I’ll be walking down the aisle to A Gift of Thistle by James Horner. It’s from the movie Braveheart and is the most beautiful piece of music. I’m listening to it all the time so I can desensitize a little; I’ll be a blubbering mess otherwise! We’re walking back up the aisle to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, which ties in nicely with the Motown/Soul playlist I’ve been working on for our reception. These will all be playing for the canapes and toasts.Wedding Playlist.A five tiered wedding cake really wasn’t what we wanted and the idea of carting around leftover cake for weeks wasn’t appealing to us, cue Krispy Kreme. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we’re going to have Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts for our guests to help themselves to. We’ve got some little paper bags for people to take them away, but I’m pretty sure they’ll all be devoured on the night!

*Images from Pinterest

I designed and printed the invitations myself using this beautiful graphics pack from By Lef. I love how they came out and that I could add little extras to personalise them. The ‘Love according to children’ cards will also be displayed at the wedding. I’m also going to create some signs and thank you cards using the same template.We’ve still got a bit of planning left to do, but for the most part everything is sorted. After being engaged for almost nine years and having a Pinterest ‘Wedding’ board for over five years, you kinda get an idea of what your day will be like, so we’ve been really relaxed about the whole thing. It’s getting pretty close now though, so we better get ourselves in gear and finish the final preparations.

Emma  x

 

 

 

Hen Party Bags

Hi, my name is Emma and I’m a bit of a control freak. My two beautiful best friends are my bridesmaids, but I planned my hen party. Not because I don’t trust them, but because I just enjoy doing this kind of thing and admittedly, like to be in control of what’s going on. I didn’t have much say in ‘Derek the Dick’ mind, a 90cm inflatable penis, who absolutely made the weekend.I wanted to keep it relatively small, so there were twelve of us in total; just my close friends and family. We had a day/night out in Cardiff, which is just half an hour away from where we live. Lots of drinking, dancing, food and even a bit of karaoke.

As soon as I saw the ‘Team Bride‘ range over at Ginger Ray, I knew I had to get some of their stuff. Blush pink and rose gold? What’s not to love? I’ve got a few of their decorations for our wedding and everything is so pretty and well made. I’d really recommend checking them out!After settling on the sashes and glasses from Ginger Ray, I made some little hen party bags for all the ladies, with a few essentials and some fun bits and pieces. We had some of the trashy hen party stuff  (it’s not a hen party without a willy straw) and then used the sashes and glasses for a prettier look in the evening – although ‘Derek’ did bring our ‘classiness’ down a fair bit! Haha!Here’s what I included in everyone’s bags:

  • Team Bride Sash
  • Team Bride Glasses
  • Shot Glass Necklace
  • Willy Straw
  • Tiara
  • Team Bride Temporary Tattoo
  • Chewing Gum
  • Plasters
  • Bobble
  • Paracetamol
  • Water
  • Printable list of contents

Everyone also had four of the little cocktail cans and a strawberries and cream shot. Ugh! I’m reliving it now! We had such a good time and I’m still suffering now; this could definitely be the dreaded three day hangover. The sign of a good night eh?

Emma  x