Friday, 24 March 2017

#LITTLELOVES: Preparing for her Little Sister, Party Bags and Twinning

It's been an alright week, due to the sad news of last week it has still been pretty emotional. Though the planning of Isabella's second birthday party is keeping me very busy, as time is even more limited now. It's reminded me how much I love planning events for our family and friends. The organisation, planning procedure and sourcing decorations is so much fun!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

TUTORIAL: Free DIY Watercolour Bunny Invitations using PicMonkey

Birthdays, baby showers, weddings, christenings, anniversaries - there are so many events that we send out invitations for. Ordering personalised invitations is such a beautiful way of getting exactly what you want, but can quickly become very expensive. This is where Picmonkey can step in and be your invitation knight in shining armour, along with this tutorial. Picmonkey is a free photo editing website where you can edit photos, create collages and pay a premium for access to even more incredible features. As a blogger I do pay for their 'Royale' Membership, but for this tutorial you certainly don't need it.

Monday, 20 March 2017

SECOND BIRTHDAY: Bunny Party Pinterest Inspiration Board

As we are now into Spring it has finally dawned on me that our baby girl will be turning two in April! Not such a little baby anymore, in fact it won't be long and she'll be a big sister. How will I already have a two year old? It's clique I know, but time really does fly when you have children. I think the saying that the days are long, yet the years are short couldn't describe parenthood anymore perfectly. Last year I was well into party planning mode by now, as it was a welcome distraction from returning to work. This year is a different story though, time is limited and pregnancy fatigue means no late nights planning away. I'm determined to not let this stop us creating a fun birthday party for Isabella turning two!

Friday, 17 March 2017

#LITTLELOVES: Birthday Celebrations, French Toast and Spring Vibes

This week hasn't been the best if I'm honest, we've had some very sad news from my husband's side of the family and its meant we've been a bit all over the place. Sad news aside I had my 28 week midwife appointment, which included a length 2 hour wait as I turned up to my appointment to find the hospital had completely shut down and that all appointments were at a new hospital on the other side of town. Eventually I had my appointment with one of the nicest  midwives I've ever encountered, it was just a shame I was trying to rush as I needed to get back to work! Everything was measuring ok, baby's heartbeat was strong and off I went with a new pee pot (oh the glamour).

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

ICELAND DAY FOUR: Road trip further West and Blue Lagoon

On our fourth day in Iceland we started off by going for a drive further west. There are so many almost empty roads to drive along, take in the views and pull over for photographs. The landscape changes so dramatically and I can imagine that when snow covered it looks very different again. Just going for a drive is really worth it if you've hired a car because there are many areas tours don't

After heading back to Reykjavik we decided to have a wonder into the city for lunch. We had found this delicious sounding restaurant that only served two types of soup, perfect for the cold days. It's called Svarta Kaffid and is the one place we ate in Iceland that I would say is a must if you're visiting! Homemade soup is served inside a loaf of bread, which is the right proportion between bread/soup if you ask me. They have a different meat and vegetarian soup on everyday, which were both delicious on the two times we visited. I had broccoli soup on the first visit and carrot and ginger soup on the second. My husband had a South American soup filled with lamb, beef, paprika and lime on the first visit, which he said was incredible. It isn't overly child-friendly because the soup in bread is very large, but you could always share or we decided to take Isabella a picnic lunch.

After lunch we went back to the apartment for a rest and Isabella had a nap, before heading to the Blue Lagoon. Originally I wasn't that fussed about going to the Blue Lagoon, swimming isn't really 'my' thing. However when my husband managed to get tickets (Tip - book early) I did become excited, mainly because Isabella loves swimming. It's quite a drive out of Reykjavik, in fact it's very close to the airport so logistically it would make sense to coordinate a visit with either the day you arrive or the day you depart.

When you arrive you're shown to the changing rooms, there aren't any family changing rooms so I took Isabella in with me. There were a couple of changing cubicles, which were luckily free as I didn't fancy getting changed in front of everything with a toddler in tow. The wristband you're given upon entry locks your locker, as well as acting as a tab for the bar. You then have to shower before entering the Blue Lagoon; you are meant to shower naked but a lot of people weren't. After reading a lot of advice I slathered mine and Isabella's hair in the free conditioner provided in the shower. Apparently the minerals in the lagoon can make your hair very crispy and dry, so they recommend wearing it up and covering in conditioner. Luckily we didn't have any issues with our hair after the visit, in fact after having conditioner in my hair for well over an hour I had such soft hair!

You can either enter the lagoon from inside the building or walk outside, but be warned it is cold outside! Once in the water you're greeted with the most beautifully warm milky blue water. It's seriously magical. The steam means that you don't really notice how many other people are in the lagoon, which is lovely. There's a bar you can swim up to where we had a blueberry smoothie and it also sold waterproof phone cases. We hadn't thought enough in advance and didn't have any way of making our phones waterproof and therefore safe to take into the lagoon. EVERYONE is taking photos and it's really worth it. We did risk it and take our phones in to take a couple of photos before placing them back in the lockers. But if I was to go again I'd buy one of those waterproof bags to pop your phone into, saves the worrying.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon was probably my favourite part of our holiday, we all had such a good time and couldn't recommend a visit enough.
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Helen x


Monday, 13 March 2017

ICELAND DAY THREE: Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church

Our third day in Iceland landed on a Sunday, so most places didn't open until 12pm and even then there were a lot of shops/cafes/restaurants shut. Obviously a lot of the attractions in Iceland are outdoors and therefore don't have opening times as such, making it great for a long weekend. A few years ago my husband and I went to Barcelona for the weekend, only to find out when we got there that barely anything was open to see or do on the Sunday.
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