Friday 14 April 2017

#LITTLELOVES: Birthday Party, Quiet and Fun in the Garden

It's been a funny old week, as I've had some very rare time away from both Isabella and work. Isabella was in nursery for 1.5 days, so one of the days my husband and I had a working lunch together and for the half a day I went food shopping. It was so quiet and strange if I'm honest, pick up time couldn't come quick enough. It's made me realise I need to have some proper plans/jobs to do when I start maternity leave properly, as I'll have three days a week by myself and I don't want to waste that precious time.

Waitrose magazine. I know this is a bit of a random one, but I had some seriously rare time by myself so I went food shopping. Wild, I know. Food shopping in peace was a real luxury and I even had enough free hands to pick up a takeaway cup of tea from Waitrose! So when I got home I enjoyed browsing the Waitrose magazine, had the cup of tea and a couple of complete silence. Bliss!

Isabella's eye light up as she walked into her party room. While we were setting up her second birthday party she stayed with her Grandparents so hadn't seen the room until it was ready. As she walked into the party room (we hired a local hall) her eyes lit up, smile grew on face and she ran over to the cake table to have a nosey. She then continued to run between the bouncy castle, craft table and food tables, all so excited and loving pointing out all of the bunny rabbits. It made all the time, money and effort that had been poured into the planning of the party very worth while.

Absolutely nothing. Like I mentioned at the start of this post I had some time by myself this week, which has only happened a handful of times since Isabella was born a whole two years ago. At first the silence was lovely - I could think clearly, listen to the birds and simply relax. However after a few hours I began to miss the random chats, calling of 'Mummy' and general noisiness a toddler creates.

A whole load of party food for both adults and children. We did a toddler buffet and an adult one, as well as various puddings. We had planned to keep the cooking to a minimum, but inevitably what I did cook kept me busy for two full days before the party. I'm certainly not complaining, I love cooking, but my ankles/feet were feeling the effects of being on my feet for so many solid hours at 32 weeks pregnant! To read more about Isabella's second birthday party and the food we did then head over to this blog post.
Isabella's party dress from Next. I searched and searched for a dress that would fit in with the floral bunny theme of the party, but didn't come across anything I loved that was available in 2-3 years. As the party was quickly approaching I needed to find an alternative, with the hope I'd come across a dress that could be worn throughout the summer too. This beautiful Chambray Stripe Ruffle Collar dress from Next was just perfect for what ended up being such a sunny day. She also wore silver Oxford style shoes from GAP, white frilly socks and a light grey cardigan from H&M. The dress is in 2-3 years and is slightly too big for her, but one she can grow into over the summer.

We've spent a lot of time in the garden this week because for some strange reason I decided I wanted to surprise my husband by transforming a corner of our garden. Since moving in two years ago we've not really done anything in the garden, other than putting in a herb garden in the first summer we were here. I don't know why I thought doing this project would be a good idea at almost 33 weeks pregnant, but hey ho I just about managed it. (We'll ignore the awful trapped nerve pain, which now means I can barely walk!) I'm really pleased with how much better that corner of the garden looks and it felt good finally getting around to doing some gardening.

What have you been loving this week?

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Helen x

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  1. Sounds like a lovely week and takes me back to my life 12 months ago. Enjoy the start of your maternity leave. I got so much done and also had some me time on nursery days. I've literally had next to none since. Love the sound of the party. I have a 4th and 1st birthday party to plan in the next few weeks.

  2. We have spent loads of time in the garden this week, spring always makes you want to get busy out there! I absolutely love picking up a free supermarket magazine and coming home and flicking through it with a cuppa! Have a wonderful Easter weekend. Popping over from #Littelove

  3. Aww happy birthday Isabella! She looks so cute in the dress you managed to find.

  4. Wow, Isabella's birthday party looks gorgeous. I bet she had a lovely time! I love food shopping on my own, pure luxury! Enjoy your Easter weekend xx

  5. Go you - I'm 31 weeks pregnant and no way could I force myself to garden right now! Or do that much cooking - even Sunday dinner is getting to be a chore.

    The party looked beautiful, I bet your wee girl had a great time!


  6. This is a lovely round up! Happy birthday to your little one, it's looks like a fab party with some great food! I always crave time away and then miss my two as soon as I get it, it must be a mum thing! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx

  7. Love Isabella's party, you should turn your hand to party planning it looks brilliant! All that food looks rather yummy too! Hope you're having a good weekend x

  8. What a lovely week! I hope you're getting some rest now though what with all the party throwing and gardening! xx

  9. All the party details and food look amazing, well done you. I hope the nerve pain has eased a little x #LittleLoves

  10. It sounds like a really lovely week. I love her dress and the party looks really lovely! We've been spending a lot of time in our garden lately too. It's so nice to spend some peaceful time outside. I love that your read the waitrose magazine. I love getting the free supermarket magazines. They always have really great recipes and ideas in them! xx #littleloves

  11. I remember the glorious weather we had back in April then it disappeared but now it's back again in July! I bet the birthday party seems so long ago and she seems even more grown up compared to your new arrival :)


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