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!
- Elf arrives with advent calendars and letter from Santa
- Elf on a swing
- Reading Christmas books
- Making snow angels in flour
- In a sleeping bag
- Eating popcorn with a movie
- Rudolph noses
- In fridge with a blanket
- Magnet message
- On a sleigh
- Birthday message for Daisy
- Playing photographer
- Has a cold
- Eating sweets / chocolate
- Sleeping selfie with Daisy
- Playing building blocks
- On top of the tree
- Toilet roll down the stairs
- Tangled in fairy lights
- Spa day
- Dance party
- Balloons to celebrate first day of Christmas holidays
- Wrapped in sellotape
- Christmas Eve boxes and goodbye letter
Yay! Zac’s nursery is finally finished and I’m so excited to share it with you. The room itself is a typical box room, just under 2 x 2m aside from the doorway. We have a built in wardrobe in there already which is brilliant for storage, but it’s a really small space!
As part of our partnership with Mamas and Papas Parent Approved Panel (you can read a bit more here), we were VERY kindly gifted nursery furniture and some interior accessories too. You can have a read of my review and see a video of the room here.
When I’m decorating a room, I start by saving photos of things I like to an album on my phone. I find this really helps me see if things will go together and get a better idea of the colour palette. Here’s the one I saved for Zac’s room.As soon as I spotted the Circus Print sheets from Mamas and Papas, I was sold and ended up basing the whole room around them. I saw these wall sticker letters and fell in love, ordering the word ‘circus’. They come in lots of different colours, but I wasn’t sure how they’d look in real life. I went for white and painted the warm red stripe to put them on. These were so easy to apply and make such a big impact!
I’m so pleased with how everything turned out and it’s such a cosy little space now. I’d love to know what you think!
Sources listed below (some affiliate links).
Mia Classic Cot Bed Package
Mia Dresser & Changer
Circus Print Cot Sheets
Yellow Stripe Cloud Cushion
Geo Print Rug
Luxury Changing Mat
Circus Print Sleeping Bags
Lion Head Wall Art
Mint Letter Board
Shower Me With Love Print
Cloud Shelves and Hook Set
Circus Letter Wall Stickers
Free Standing Plush Giraffe
Monkey Soft Toy
When Daisy was a baby, I had a baby wrap for her and a standard baby carrier, but didn’t use them an awful lot. I always found the wrap a little stressful, especially with a crying babe and the standard one we had was all buckles and rough material… not the ideal place to cuddle your little one.
We’ve been using the Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier for the last few weeks now and I can honestly say, it’s amazing! It’s saved my sanity on more than one occasion; I don’t know what I’d do without it!Firstly, the fabric is soooo soft! It comes in a few colours; we opted for Midnight, which is a gorgeous dark blue with fine stripes running through it. It’s got plenty of stretch and one size fits most; I’m around average size (with a few extra post baby rolls!) and there’s loads of surplus fabric when pulled taut.
My favourite thing about it is how easy it is to use. You simply pop over your head so the Caboo logo is centred on your back, slide your little bundle in with legs either side, position the fabric over their back and pull the sides tight. Lastly, you tie the additional piece around your back and that’s it! To take your baby out, pull the side rings to loosen and lift out. Zac doesn’t even wake up when we take him out, as it’s so seamless!The design is fantastic as it puts Zac into the most comforting position, right on my chest and ‘close enough to kiss’ as they advertise. I think his record for staying awake so far is around five or six minutes, so it’s perfect for those days where he’s a little grouchy or just wants to snuggle.
I’ve been able to carry on with housework, do the school run, go shopping and even get some decorating done all while he’s snoozed away in there. When Jon is working late, having my hands free is brilliant for Daisy’s bedtime. I can give her my full attention, helping her to brush her teeth, tuck her in and read a bedtime story without asking her to “wait a minute”, something I’m conscious of since Zac has joined the family.As Zac grows, he’ll be able to go into the side position as well and comfortably look around at the world. I genuinely couldn’t be without the Caboo now and it goes everywhere with us. Forgetting the carrier is just as bad as forgetting nappies in this house, it’s an essential.
The Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier was kindly gifted to us by Close, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Get your own Caboo +Organic Striped Multi Position Baby Carrier here.
I posted a while back about our plans to update Daisy’s bedroom before the baby arrives (you can read a bit about it here). Well, we FINALLY got it finished recently and I couldn’t love it more! It had always been a bit dark and moody, in spite of all the pink, glitter and girliness, so I wanted to make it a lot lighter.We started by painting the whole room white (just your basic trade pot of white paint, nothing fancy!). Straight away, the room was bigger and brighter. We updated Daisy to a new big girl bed from the mothership that is Ikea (I would highly recommend these day beds if you have the space). It’s a single bed as standard with two stacked mattresses, but pulls out to a double. It’s already proved handy for any guests and for weekend sleepovers, with a movie and snacks. It also has three huge drawers for storage; I changed the drawer pulls to some jute knot ones I found in TKMaxx.I found these super cute printables on Etsy and sprayed some metal shelves gold to pop a little against the white walls. I used some cushion covers I already had to make the bed cosy and more of a settee during the day. Plain white bedding means I can swap out the cushions and throws anytime to change things up a bit.I found this amazing peacock chair on Gumtree for £20 and updated the £25 Ikea Rast chest of drawers with a splash of yellow paint and some gorgeous drawer pulls from Homebargains. I also painted the inside of the door in the same yellow.We moved Daisy’s play kitchen to her room to give her a bit more space in the playroom and it’s worked great. She plays with it far more now, as it’s separate from her other toys. It may also have something to do with the new bits and pieces I got for it, including tea towels, utensils and a little dish brush.It’s such a sunny space now and feels like summer even on the rainiest days. Daisy loves spending time in there, playing, reading and watching the sheep and horses on the mountain out of her window. I’m still considering a feature wall of some sort, but for now I’m so, so pleased with it.
We had a plan to decorate Daisy’s bedroom for her before the baby comes along – as a bit of a present to her and hopefully an incentive to keep her in there a bit more at night! It hasn’t ever been decorated specifically for her, it was painted gray as a spare room and when we moved her into it (as it was bigger than her old room) we just kept the gray walls.The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I definitely want to make it lighter and warmer in there. Whilst looking at bedding the other day, I made the mistake of asking Daisy what colour she wanted in her ‘new big girl room’, to which she replied… “Purple!” Hmm… This however quickly changed to “Yellow!” and now I’m pretty sure she’s following my decor habits in that I get bored quickly, and want to change things up on a regular basis. So, I’m going to stick to what I normally do, keeping the basics quite neutral and then add some colour with accessories, which we can change out anytime.
We’re going to be getting a new bed eventually and I knew a while back I wanted one of the IKEA day beds that extend to a double if needed. This one is on the shopping list, the floor is a lovely wood effect vinyl and we have a fluffy cream/white rug in there too, which will probably stay, as well as the giant tissue paper flower I bagged from an M&S window display!Her IKEA kitchen is in her room now to make more room in the playroom (you can see the updates for that here) and the only other furniture will possibly be a chest of drawers. There’s a little nook area for a wardrobe that doesn’t work too well as it’s a bit too deep, so I’ll be kitting that out with rails and shelves to make the most of the space.
I’ve already got some gorgeous curtains that are sort of a watercolour print in purples, pinks and peach, and the dreamy storage stool below from my January Favourites. I’m still undecided on wallpaper/wall decals/paint effects etc, but really fancy some sort of feature wall. I’d like some quirky wall prints too and LOVE these ones on Etsy, which are downloadable too, so you just print them yourself.Let me know your go to shops for children’s decor or any feature wall ideas you used for your little ones. Pregnancy has me undecided about everything, so I need all the help guys!