Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pregnancy Update; {Baby Elf Gender Reveal}

Hello friends,
Today I am here with a super quick blog post, but it is the long awaited gender reveal of Baby Elf!
Trent, LuLu and I are so incredibly proud & excited to announce that we are expecting a little baby BOY to make his arrival, hopefully in December! 
We are so overjoyed to be adding a little man to our family and we can't wait to meet him!
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Have a lovely week.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pregnancy update; 16-20 weeks {Baby Elf}

Hello friends,
So, since we last spoke a fair bit has happened in regards to my pregnancy. So let's dive right into it!

Pregnancy news;
  • We have found out the gender which I think I'll announce on here next week or very shortly, so stay tuned! 
  • I had a 4D scan done, that was different - I never had one with LuLu. 
  • Towards the end of July when I was 18 weeks pregnant, we went to a birthday party for LuLu's best little friend, it was her first time attending a proper birthday party so she was so excited. We were there barely an hour and suddenly I got super intense and bad pain in my right side that radiated into my back, like it was bad enough that I wanted to basically collapse but I went to the bathroom and tried to breathe through the pain and just keep myself together. I wasn't doing anything crazy to bring the pain on, just standing in one spot cutting out some decorations. I phoned my sister & spoke to my best friend about it & thought I may quickly go to the local hospital in that town to be checked out (we weren't in our town, we were in a smaller town about 45 mins away) - I phoned the hospital and they weren't that keen on seeing me as I was "only 18 weeks pregnant and they couldn't do anything for me if I was losing my baby". So that was lovely and just what you need to hear when you are pregnant with pain. I took some panadol & had some water, the pain did eventually subside - but this pain was bad when it was there but I knew I wasn't losing my baby which is why I decided to stay - I took it very easy for the rest of the party and we were ready to leave if the pain intensified again. We enjoyed the party & left once the cake was cut and gifts were open and headed back to Toowoomba. Towards the end of the party the pain had started to return, but not as bad & I phoned the hospital I'll be delivering at on the drive back home, I decided to go in just to be safe. LuLu was left with my parents & Trent and I went to the hospital. To be honest it was not an awesome experience when I first arrived, because I was under 20 weeks pregnant at the time the midwives didn't really want to see me as once again I was told my pain was probably due to miscarriage & it wasn't the right place for me - I knew I wasn't miscarrying but I knew something wasn't right. But thankfully my doctor insisted I was seen and my sister was also a great help in ensuring I be looked at. (It helps being related to a midwife!) If this was midweek I would've gone into my doctors surgery, but this was a Sunday so my only option was hospital. 
  • Thankfully I did go in as I ended up spending 2 nights in hospital. I had fairly constant pain & discomfort in my abdomen and also large traces of blood in my urine. They did find a kidney stone in my urine, so my pain & the blood was put down to kidney stones. I don't know if that was the problem though, I had no issues using the bathroom & my ultrasounds for my kidneys were perfect. So UTI was ruled out as well.
  • The following Friday (29/July) I had my morphology scan, where the gender was once again confirmed and our little Baby Elf was deemed "very healthy" - a perfect little baby. 
  • Yesterday (3/Aug) I had my OB appointment, after discussing with him and telling him since leaving hospital I am still in pain regularly through out each day, I am uncomfortable and I'm starting to get shooting/twinge like pain into my crotch area, as well as some pressure there - I have been diagnosed with an irritable uterus. Which for me is incredibly worrying. It can mean early labour - like very early or just a few weeks, but I am determined to keep my little Elf in and have my Christmas time baby. So whatever I can do to help myself, I will do. I have been advised to rest, a lot. No exercise, no strenuous activities, limit stress, no heavy lifting and try to take it easy. As for pain management, there isn't much that I can take as my doctor informed me during that appointment that even panadol is no longer deemed safe in pregnancy. So to be on the safe side I will stop taking that (when I did take it, it was very occasionally and not a regular thing) and just use a warm (not hot) heat pack to help control my pain & discomfort. So that isn't great, I am in pain regularly and have no real way to manage it. I have been given a script for some strong pain relief if I need it, but I am very cautious when taking medication especially when pregnant or breastfeeding - I don't even paint my nails when I am pregnant! So I will just try and push through and find natural & drug free ways that help me handle the pain - the heat pack does help a bit so that's good. 
  • The best way I can describe how I feel is, I feel 30+weeks pregnant when I am only just now 20 weeks pregnant. I feel slow, sore, exhausted and uncomfortable.  
  • I am still incredibly nauseous & vomit pretty much every single morning at least once. I take zofran to manage this. I have tried going without it recently to see if I can, but by 10-10:30am I being sick pretty badly (as well as my normal straight out of bed be sick routine). So I think zofran & I maybe besties for the rest of this pregnancy.
  • Heartburn & reflux has started. Mainly in the evening & it doesn't matter what I eat, a drink of water can cause it. 
  • I get some pretty terrible headaches.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Nosebleeds. 
  • Aching hips, knees & ankles. No legs cramps yet thankfully, I did experience those with LuLu but hopefully I may skip that symptom! 
  • I am slow, I can barely keep up with Trent & LuLu lately.
  • Pretty intense abdominal pain on a regular basis, that can radiate around to my back.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Shooting/twinging/twitching type of pain from my abdomen down into my crotch area. 
  • Some stomach tightenings. 
  • Pressure and pain that comes & goes in my pelvis/crotch area. (Basically the area from my belly button down is being absolutely ridiculous!) 
  • I don't have much of an appetite lately. 
  • I did go through a phase of loving salad sandwiches, but in the last day or so I've gone off them.
  • Vanilla ice cream - yum! 
  • And that's about it - I don't feel like eating, I eat because I know I have to but I don't really feel like much or crave anything except a small dessert of ice cream in the evening. Besides from baking I despise cooking at the moment, so thinking of dinners & cooking them is a struggle - I do it, but I don't enjoy it. 
I feel a bit down, I am in my second trimester I should be feeling pretty terrific. I should still have my energy & be able to keep up with Trent & LuLu, but I am struggling. I want to really enjoy these last few months as just the 3 of us but I'm not. I am either flat out exhausted or in pain. I hate being cooped up inside and doing nothing. I love getting out doing things, having a productive day and having fun. So the fact I can't really do much of any of those things really has gotten to me a bit. The news of having an irritable uterus is also not great, as much as I'm not meant to stress - it is stressful. I don't want to have my baby early, no one does. So I have to really make looking after Elf and I a huge priority. Other than just being frustrated at my own health, I am doing ok. I just wish I was well, I can deal with just "all day morning sickness" because I've been there before, I know how to manage it - but with all these other problems it is really effecting my day to day living and it has made me a bit down. This is all just recently happened though, so I am sure after I have had some time to process it all & just come to terms with it, I will be fine.

Bump & baby photos;
18 weeks, the day before I had to visit the hospital. This day was a lovely day at my family's farm.
Baby Elf, growing bigger each week! 
A little sneak peek of what our baby Elf looks like, so adorable. I can see LuLu a lot in this little picture. 

This post wasn't intended to be along the lines of "pregnancy sucks, poor me" - I am not necessarily complaining - I am just saying what is happening & being honest. It isn't the best case scenario at all, it is fairly scary for me personally - but there are worst things that could be happening and everything may turn out just fine for us, I am so focused on keeping my baby in for as long as possible and just doing what is best for us. I don't mean to sound ungrateful for this wonderful blessing, if any of you think I am - because of course I'm not. I am very thankful for Baby Elf, I do wish my pregnancy was a little easier or I felt a bit healthier but it's the journey I've been given and I have every bit of faith that we will both be fine. 
(I would really appreciate any extra prayers or some positive thoughts if that is your thing sent our way! I truly believe it all helps!)
So friends that is where I am at, my next pregnancy update will most likely be in a months time after my next OB appointment unless something happens in the meantime. 
I would love to hear from you if you've had uterine irritability and how you handled it & your story and if you've had fairly constant and intense pain in pregnancy how you managed it. Please leave a comment below or on my social media!
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Have a lovely week.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dreaming of warmer days... {Beach trip March 2016}

We are well into Winter now, the days & nights have turned chilly - a big change from that unseasonably warm Autumn we had.
To bring some sunshine into this cold & dreary days I thought I would share some (long over due) snaps from our family holiday to the Gold Coast that we took back at the beginning of March.
This was our 2nd family holiday to the beach. Almost every morning I was up early walking the beach and photographing the sunrise...

Day 1;
We drove to the coast. We had fish & chips for lunch at Pete's Seafood Market and went to check in at our hotel. We spent the afternoon at the pool & beach.
Day 2;
Was spent doing some tourist'y fun things in Surfers Paradise and in the evening we went to play mini golf.
Day 3;
We headed to Sea World for a fun filled day!

Day 4; 
Was spent at the beach and we even did some stand up paddle boarding!
Day 5;
We spent the day with my sister & brother in law, went shopping at Harbour Town, had dinner with them & then headed home at night time. 

The view from our room.
Mini golf time!
Beautiful blue skies for a lovely day at Sea World.
Watching the seal & dolphin show with her little schleich toys. We bought her these before the holiday as little toys to play with in the car trip.
The dolphin show as normal was very entertaining.
I was hoping to show LuLu the polar bears swimming in the water, but we checked back multiple times during the day and this is where they were... Sitting in the sun enjoying a nice fish!
The touch tank was a big hit!
We loved watching the penguins. 
A day at the beach!
Trent & LuLu stand up paddle boarding.
Saying goodbye to our view.
Some of the sunrises I captured;
I hope you all enjoyed this little look into our family holiday. 
We are hoping to get away again with just the 3 of us before Baby Elf arrives, but that most likely won't be until the weather warms back up again!
Are you enjoying this cold or are you wishing for warmer days?
Let me know by commenting below or one of my social media accounts;
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Pregnancy update; First trimester. {Baby Elf}

Hello everyone and welcome to my first pregnancy update on this site! 
I am currently about 15 1/2 weeks pregnant, which means I have recently finished the first trimester - hallelujah! 
Now I thought I would do pregnancy update blog posts - I don't think I'll be doing videos at this point. I wont say I will never do them, but at this point in time it just isn't right for me.

So let us get into this I need to bring you all up to speed, a lot has happened! 
Lets rewind...
I found out I was pregnant, before I had missed my period... But I did not think at all I was pregnant. Confusing, I know!
Firstly we have been trying for a baby for a fair bit of time, more on that another day though. 
Anyway, I have the 'Maybe Baby' ovulation saliva microscope, the whole of March it told me I was not ovulating, so I just chalked that month up as a loss & was planning to see my OB about fertility advice in the coming weeks - but then when my period was almost due it showed the ovulating result, "ferning"... I thought that was incredibly strange and after some googling done by my sister & I we discovered that it can actually be caused by pregnancy! I didn't want to get my hopes up at all, but my sister was very confident I was. This was around the 13/14th of April. 
The morning I was due for my period (15th of April) I did a test & sure enough - positive! 
I booked in immediately for a doctors appointment that day & requested 2 blood tests over a few days. This is not always necessary, but I needed to check my hCG levels were rising at a good and acceptable rate before getting too excited. (The levels all came back very good) 
I had 1 blood test that Friday & the following on the Monday.
The very next Wednesday (20/April) was my first obstetrician appointment with my new OB. My first OB that I went through with LuLu has since retired unfortunately. 
After that obstetrician appointment I was put on daily doses of megafol, aspirin & progesterone. I had fortnightly check ups until 12 weeks & I also had regular blood tests. 
This was all done to ensure Baby Elf was staying strong & healthy & that my pregnancy was progressing well & normally. 
At our 12 week appointment we had our nuchal scan, which we passed perfectly. Baby Elf is looking like a very strong, healthy and active little baby who should arrive just before Christmas, around the 22nd or 23rd of December. 
As for gender of our baby, one doctor said boy & the other said girl - so we've narrowed it down to those 2 options. So hopefully at our next appointment we will find out!
In the past few weeks I have been incredibly unwell with cold/flu symptoms and also had bronchitis which required a course of antibiotics. I got over one lot of being unwell just to become unwell again. I feel like when I am pregnant my immune system just turns to rubbish! So being actually sick, plus all day morning sickness & exhaustion just wore me down a fair bit. I am much better at the moment, mainly just sinus & my allergies seem to flare up super easy.

  • If you followed my pregnancy journey with LuLu (Rexy) you may remember I was very unwell with her pretty much the entire time and this pregnancy is shaping up to be the same. The first trimester was rough with all day "morning sickness", I still am unwell with all day nausea & I throw up pretty much every morning at least once, but it is getting slightly better. I have been on anti-nausea medication zofran mainly and occasionally maxalon. Maxalon though makes me very drowsy so I try to avoid having that. 
  • I've also experienced pretty severe exhaustion in the first trimester which for me is incredibly frustrating. I am someone who loves getting a lot done each day & being a very active Mum, but I have had to take some time to look after myself and be a bit easier on myself so I can rest. Often it is just LuLu & I during the day, she knows when I need to rest and sit down and also is incredibly caring if I am being sick. She has such a kind heart for such a young child! But I have been going a bit stir crazy with just sitting around, I like getting stuff done or doing activities! But thankfully now my energy levels are improving! 
  • To go along with the exhaustion I occasionally have a bit of insomnia, where I just lay there in bed at night wide awake. Which drives me insane because I am so incredibly tired. 
  • Another sleep related symptom is I have been having some crazy dreams. 
  • I have had a few minor nose bleeds.
  • I occasionally feel light headed & dizzy, but I think that goes along with me throwing up and feeling weak.
  • And just in the past week or so I have started to have reflux at night time.
  • I've also recently been getting massive headaches which are very close to migraines.  
  • I have not had a ton of cravings. Mainly food aversions. 
  • Cooked vegetables make me feel sick - like peas, corn etc. I can eat salad fine but hot/steamed/boiled veggies just make me want to hurl! I still eat them but it is not pleasant! (I had the same issue while pregnant with LuLu)
  • Similar to LuLu one of the main things that helps with my nausea is hot salty chips, this time from Super Rooster (a local take away store). 
  • I've also been enjoying chicken & gravy rolls and spuds in the park! Not necessarily healthy and these aren't everyday foods, but they are meals I really look forward to eating!  
  • Also very early in my pregnancy I really loved hospital sandwiches (more on that soon)
  • Similar to when I was pregnant with LuLu, I don't feel like big hearty meals - more light & summery foods. Often all I can think about for dinner is BBQ chicken & coleslaw burgers! It is the middle of winter, I should be cooking hot meals and I do for Trent and LuLu but I don't enjoy them at all! 
  • I am also very uninterested in cooking dinner, it actually makes me feel very nauseous at times. 
I feel ok. We had a bit of a rough time getting this baby and I will go into that in a separate post, so there is an incredible amount joy & excitement about this pregnancy, but there is always that thought of fear - like is everything ok? LuLu is so sweet & very excited, she talks to Baby Elf daily. She will make a beautiful big sister. I still worry about how little Elf is doing because at this point I am still not really feeling any movement, I think once I feel some movement I will be a bit more "at ease". I have found myself a bit emotional at times, I've taken somethings to heart a bit more than I usually do. I've also found myself even more protective with LuLu, like even more than normal! Mumma Bear instincts!

Other pregnancy news;
  • I was actually pregnant at the same time as my sister! I was very early but it still was nice. I was 7 weeks pregnant when I helped her with her labour & was in the delivery room photographing her birth. It was a very special time. And I spent a fair bit of time at the hospital with her and ate a lot of hospital sandwiches! Which was great, because at the time they were one of my main "cravings". 
  • We heard the heart beat for the first time on the 10th of May 2016.
  • LuLu has come to many of the OB appointments with us, she loves seeing Baby Elf on the "TV" when I get a scan. We also try to schedule all my appointments around Trent's roster so he is always there. 
  • We have already set up the baby room. We moved the nursery from beside the playroom to the opposite end of the house. Basically we swapped my study/craft room with the nursery. For LuLu when she used the nursery this set up was ideal, but with a new baby & a toddler playing a toy room it maybe too noisy. It isn't decorated or anything yet, we will wait to find out the gender first. But all the furniture it set up down there.
  • Our Christmas in May celebration was actually the day we told my brothers about Baby Elf. 
Belly shot;
Here is the belly progress... 

I think that's all of it, pregnancy+Mum brain is a nightmare for trying to recall information!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask & I will try my best to answer them in my next pregnancy update!
Also if you are pregnant too, I would love to hear how you are doing!
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Have a lovely week.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Interactive colouring in! {Crayola review}

This blog post is brought to you by Nuffnang & Crayola.
Hello friends!
The weather lately has been so cold & dreary where we live - just grey & drizzly wintery days and poor LuLu has had her first serious winter sickness & I have also been unwell (we cannot catch a break) - so we have been stuck inside and a little bored & miserable.
But we discovered a fun activity to do which allows us to stay inside, rest, be creative and use a little technology. 
Crayola Color Alive is a fun new product, it takes colouring into interactive play. 
With these unique colouring in books you get the FREE app to download, 7 crayons (but you can also use any crayons you have on hand) and 1 of the included crayons is a special unique colour that unlocks amazing animated effects. 
You can bring your child's colouring-ins to life, in 4D with the Color Alive app. You can activate special virtual effects where you use the magic crayon, take pictures with them, interact with them and play. You can even save them to bring to life & use in pictures later on! This is the future of colouring in. 

Now LuLu who has just gone 2 1/2 is still a bit too young to play with this on her own. I coloured this image in to show you all, but she helped with colour selection and helped in some parts. She also could not operate the app by herself, but this colouring in book & app is marketed more towards children 4+. I think children around that age group would love this, LuLu loved seeing the little fairy in pictures with her and thought it was very magical. She is also very interested in drawing at the moment so she enjoys colouring a lot. 

I really think it is wonderful Crayola has combined a classic favourite child's past time with technology. Technology is the future and children these days are so tech savvy from such a young age - this really is the perfect combination of creativity & technology. It makes colouring-in interactive play! 
If you would like to check out the Crayola Color Alive colouring books they are available at major leading retailers for $7.99 each. (App is available on iPad, iPhone & Android) 
Some of the other great titles available;

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our plans for Christmas 2016.

Hello friends!
I know my blog has been very unusually quiet over the past month & a bit. 
But I promise you it has been for a very genuine and important reason.
Besides the reasons listed here I have also been doing something very important... 
This Christmas we will be adding a little more love to our family.
I am 14 weeks pregnant today! 
The 3 of us are all very excited & overfilled with joy and so thankful to God for this wonderful blessing! 

If you have been following my blog/videos for a few years you will know I did regular pregnancy videos with LuLu (Rexy), I am not sure if I can commit to regular videos again this time around - but would you be interested in fortnightly or monthly pregnancy updates, perhaps a few videos if I can? Please let me know what you would like to see!

Regular posts will start back up again next week, I truly thank you for your patience and understanding during my absence. 
It has been a very exciting, busy, exhausting & lovely time recently for our little family. 
If you would like to stay up to date with the more day to day happenings, please follow my social media...

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Have a lovely day,

Friday, 3 June 2016

Update {June 2016}

Hello friends!
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that in May I needed to take a short break from my blog and also posting heavily on social media.
It was for a few reasons, firstly I just feel social media and the online world can be so time consuming & distracting and I wanted to be more focused on the now. I wanted to be more present with my life and I think a break was needed. I think it's healthy to take a step back from distracting things sometimes. 
A few other contributing reasons were that Trent was starting a new & longer day/night shifts at work (the original shift he use to do back a few years ago) so we had to adjust to that because now we have a toddler. My sister had her precious baby boy & I wanted to be there in case she needed me at all and now at the end of all this I've become sick! Silly winter! 
But I am starting to feel better each day and we are all getting the hang of this new routine. So YAY!
I think it is so incredibly important to take time in life to refocus and zone in on what is truly important. 
I'm not saying this blog isn't important - it is. But family to me always comes first.
And in life we hit so many different seasons and in each season sometimes we have to reevaluate our priorities and make some hard choices. We can't always do everything and it is ok to sacrifice certain obligations to put my love, energy and time into what truly matters in life. To me family will always be number 1 - always. 
So I apologise for being a bit absent on here over the past few weeks, but I also trust that you respect why I was missing!
Now to get back into the swing of things I would love some blog post requests! Is there anything you would love me to write about, any questions you want answered or any topics you would like be to discuss?
Make sure to follow me on my social media as I try to post there daily!

Snap Chat; Bindy_30

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day. {To Noodle}

Firstly, Happy Mother's Day beautiful ladies! 

For this post I am teaming up with Anne from Domesblissity, we are having a linky party where you can share your stories about your Mum, motherhood and your positive experiences about being a Mumma! I would love to read your posts, so please link up below! 
Anne is a fellow Australian blogger who I've been following for quiet a few years & is someone I now call a friend! I love reading her encouraging posts on homemaking, life, saving money/living with less & Motherhood. Her site is a treasure trove of knowledge & I love browsing through Domesblissity!

This Mother's Day is particularly special for me, this is my sisters very first Mother's Day - she just about to became a mum, like any day now! 
I thought I would use this post to write a letter to my sister, on becoming a mum for the first time and also on her first Mother's Day.

To Noodle,
Happy Mother's Day! 
Any day (or moment) now you will be holding your precious little man in your arms and I'm so excited for you! 
Welcome to Motherhood, I am so overjoyed to do this season of life with you. 
Becoming a mum is the best thing, it's life changing, terrifying, wonderful, mind blowing, challenging, fun and the greatest thing! 
Parenthood is a love like you have never felt and it will also push all your limits & emotions to every extreme. 
Being a Mum, I truly believe is the greatest thing I have ever done - I am positive you will feel the same way with baby Yogi.
If I could pass on any advice to you it is; 
  • Trust yourself and do what you feel is right. Someone will always have a different opinion on your choices, that is ok - but listen to your instincts. You already know what to do, it is intuition. I truly believe you are fully equipped with all the intuition you need. You can do this. You are going to be wonderful Mother! 
  • Soak it all in. It all speeds by at a shockingly fast & fairly depressing rate - one second you have a newborn, the next you have a 2 and a half year old. And while you love watching your child grow & change into a real little person, you sometimes do long for one more newborn cuddle or one more day where you can just sit on the lounge all day and cuddle them & admire the beautiful little person you created. So, take too many photos, write down the little moments, take videos - do what suits you to capture these fleeting moments. Sometimes the days (nights) feel very long & the next second it's all over and you are chasing a toddler around! So enjoy each stage, every stage has its own challenges and joys, but just enjoy it! 
  • It is ok to ignore the laundry sometimes and just sit and cuddle your baby. I encourage it, the laundry will always be there - your baby will only need you, want cuddles & be tiny for such a short time, always make the baby your main priority - you will never ever regret it.
  • It is also ok to pick up the phone and ask someone for help or ask them to come over - to help you tidy up, to hold the baby while you shower, ask them to get your groceries or even just ask them over to have a conversation. Do not ever be worried about asking for help. (This is also me volunteering to help you in anyway you need!) 
  • Take a moment for yourself as often as you can. Our free moments are now suddenly very rare. Have an extra long shower, take the dogs for a walk alone, walk through the shops a little slower or take someone up on that offer to watch your little guy while you pop to the store to have some lunch with your husband. Having moments alone refresh & recharge us. Sometimes we need to look after ourselves first in order to be good Mums.
  • Always remember the challenging times pass. Parenthood is like a rollercoaster, most times it is exciting & fun and you love it, then there are challenging days - they test you, but they are short lived - it always gets better. 
  • Our mindset as Mothers is powerful. The way we feel controls the entire tone of our home. Sometimes it is so hard to seek out the positives, but when a day is challenging or it has been a rough week, sit down & think about what went right, not just went wrong. Try and list just a few positives. Doing this can really help you see the joy and refocus your attention. 
  • Believe in & trust yourself, this comes back to point 1. You already know what to do, listen to your instincts - they are always right. You are a Mumma bear, you know what to do!
Nikki, I know you know all this, I don't think you need any advice - but it is there, just in case!
You are going to be a magnificent Mumma bear to your little Yogi bear. You will be so loving, fun & active and you are already so full of knowledge. You are so ready for this new season of your life and I am so incredibly excited to be right beside you during it!
Happy Mother's Day Noodle, over 20 years ago we would've been playing with dolls and pretending to be Mums and now we are real Mums! And let's be honest - you always were the better doll Mummy than me, so I know you will do amazing! 
My heart is bursting with love & excitement for you, Happy first Mother's Day Nikki.
I cannot wait to meet your tiny little Yogi Bear.
I love you.
- Bindy xo

Friday, 29 April 2016

Mother's Day Craft. {2016}

Hello friends!
Mother's Day is quickly approaching, which is exciting. My sister should have had her little baby by then, so it will be a very special Mother's Day. 
To celebrate Mother's Day, LuLu & I made some cute cards for my Mum & Grandmother (her Ninna & Great Nin). 
We just used a sheet of A4 sparkly glitter card, but you could make this craft smaller for a card. 
Our card is a bit more like a poster to hang on the fridge and wall! 
It is a card that also gives the lovely ladies in our lives a special bouquet of flowers!

This craft is very simple and you only need a few basics things and the main item you probably have in your pantry!
You will need;

  • Cupcake/patty pan liners.
  • A piece of paper or card. (Any size you like, a plain card or an A4 sheet)
  • Green pipe cleaners, paint or felt for the stems.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Glitter or buttons or any other embellishments you would like to decorate the centre of the flowers with. 
  • An extra piece of paper to add a message. (optional)
  • Pens, markers, crayons etc.
  • A magnet if you want to make it hangable on a fridge. 
  1. Pick out your cupcake liners and flatten them, LuLu loved doing this! 
  2. Lay out your design on the piece of card. This is the part where if you want to trim the flowers with scissors, you can now. Laying it out is helpful so this way you can plan how they will look and they will fit. LuLu picked the colours of the flowers and I stacked them together, while we were doing this craft we were going over our colours and also talking about patterns (dotty, swirly etc) 
  3. Glue your flowers together and then to the card, I found glue stick wouldn't work and we used craft glue. 
  4. Embellish the middle of the flowers with glitter or anything you find pretty. We of coursed used glitter - because glitter is always necessary according to LuLu.  
  5. Attach stems, we used green pipe cleaners & hot glue (I did that). I find pipe cleaners wont stick with regular craft glue. But painting, drawing or even using a felt stem would work as well. Work with what you have. 
  6. Attach a Mother's Day message. We attached a small banner to the top and have written a message on the back of the cards. If you wish to attach a magnet, do so to the back of the card. And ta-da a bright and lovely bunch of flowers that will brighten someones day. This card could also work as a birthday card or just a sweet little gift to remind someone you love them!
This craft is very basic, but I think it is very sweet & any Mumma, Grandma, Auntie - whoever would love it. They are beautiful bright flowers that will never die! The best kind!
If you make this craft I would love to see them, please show me on my social media;

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I hope you are all having a lovely week.
This weekend is my husbands birthday & my sister is due very shortly to have her baby - so it is a very exciting & lovely time for us all!
Take care friends!