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Getting Down n Dirty on Daddy’s Birthday


Sunday was Daddy’s birthday – 42 no less!

The whole weekend was dedicated to this and included a romantic meal for two at Bella Italia, the casino, and a nice family meal a Nanny’s house.

We decided to get crafty for daddy’s birthday and Dexter and I made this on Saturday night. We dipped his little hands in water-based paints and Dexter was able to sign Daddy’s card himself.  Dexter giggled when his little cards went in the goo and seemed fascinated by the prints left on the card. The paint washed off his hands easily enough but I was still picking out remnants from his hair two days later.


I think this will become a little tradition now. Both Craig and I have birthdays very close to Christmas so the whole season is really expensive. Craig’s reaction to something so simple made me think that we should just ‘make’ our birthday gifts from Dex; they cost next to nothing and hold far more sentimental value than anything we would ordinarily buy eachother.

This year I was even lucky enough to get some Ring Cufflinks from the delightful and beautiful Vikki over at Love From Mummy – these are really special little keepsakes that are perfect for Daddy’s and Grandad’s. Craig doesn’t wear suits or shirts very often but does dress up for horse racing days and weddings. Now he’ll be able to take a little bit of Dexter with him when he goes which is seriously cool.



Craig did get other gifts from me, but I think Dexter’s gifts are his favourite. We topped the Sunday off with a film and an ‘early night’… just goes to show thar the best things in life are free.


Why we love Sundays!


With daddy home, we get to dress up and mess about with the camera! I bought this cute little hat weeks ago and couldn’t wait to shoot you in it.

We get to do bits and pieces in your room too. Daddy is nice and tall so can help me pin up decorations. I’ve wanted to put up this heart garland from Butterflies and Ballerinas for months and months but I’m a tiddly 5ft 4 and couldn’t reach far enough up the nursery wall. We also had some bunting to put up. Your room is now my favourite in the house and I love being in there.

Sunday is also Fun-day, we can get messy and paint knowing that daddy will be on hand with baby wipes when we’ve finished! I’ve been meaning to do your paw prints for ages but suspected you’d furl up and we wouldn’t get a print out of you. This was definitely a three person job and I’m glad we managed it before your 6 month birthday on Friday. We’ve decided to do these every 6 months now so we can see how much you’ve grown.

Finally – I get to wrap up Christmas presents – my favourite way to relax. Yes, it’s early November and I’m nearly done!

WINNER ANNOUNCED! – GIVEAWAY – WIN a Daisy Days Designs Personalised Toy Box! (C/D 9/11/2012)


*** CONGRATULATIONS to STUART BOND! I have emailed you with all the details. I’m even paying p&p so nothing to do at all other than choose how you’d like your box customised ***

How excited am I to have teamed up with the ever-fabulous Chloe from Daisy Days Designs?! Her personalised gifts are simply amazing and are perfect statement pieces for little people and adults alike.

I first came across Daisy Days Designs when Chloe was running a competition for a personalised gift box. I actually won it and was so delighted with my box for Dexter, I just had to showcase it on my blog. Dexter’s is a memory box but she’s now offering one lucky reader the chance to win a roomy toy box to house all their child’s christmas presents. These usually retail for £70 + P&P so it’s an awesome prize and I’m slightly miffed I have to give it away!

DAISY DAYS DESIGNS – An Extra Large Fairy Toy Box

Chloe’s creations begin their life as boring old MDF then are transformed into really stunning pieces. Every layer of decoration is lovingly handcrafted; from intricate little textured animals, to fairies, to butterflies, to flowers, even pirates if your little cherub so desires. Chloe can add anything you’d like to see to your toy box and can include your little one’s name to make it extra special. I’ve featured her fairy box here which will obviously best suit a little lady (I can already see the anti-pink brigade shaking their heads!), but this box can be any colour and style you’d like (Note the dimensions of this prize are slightly smaller than the one above at 600mm long, 300mm wide and 300mm deep (think long and narrow shape – perfect for under a window)).



Whatever your occasion, Daisy Days Designs has a unique gift to make it extra special. Her wedding memory boxes are to die for, her room decorations for your babies are the best I’ve come across, and she even has some suggestions for often-forgotten grandparents, aunties and other extended family members. Just think that you could have a memory box made for your teenager returning from their travels, or give one as a 40th / 50th / 60th birthday gift to someone who deserves it. Let us not forget that Christmas is on our doorstep!

If space doesn’t permit these lovely boxes, she also has a number of other gorgeous items to buy. Check out these gorgeous hanging letters – once again they can be completely personalised with any theme of your choosing!

DAISY DAYS DESIGNS - Hanging Animal Letters

DAISY DAYS DESIGNS – Hanging Animal Letters

This is essentially small business housed on Facebook. Just browse her photo albums and comment on the item/s you like the look of. She’ll price it up and come back to you via Facebook. All of the items you see are available to buy. Every piece is custom-made so if you see something you like, please don’t think that because it’s been made and created for someone else you can’t have one for yourself. Nothing is pre-made, it’s all made-from-stratch.

This is my first-ever giveaway and is only possible as a result of my loyal and devoted following. It’s hoped that I’ll run more of the these in the future if you all continue to support my little family and watch our Dexter grow into a happy and sweet little boy. As I’m so new at this, please contact me if you have any teething problems entering and I’ll sort them out asap.



  1. Simply leave a comment on this post with a link to your favourite item from the Daisy Days Design photo album – and the best way to contact you
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Open to UK residents only – sorry!

CLOSING DATE is 10pm GMT on the 9th November 2012

Each entry method above counts for 1 entry with a maximum of 5 for any one entrant (Please note: 2 are mandatory)

A winner will be chosen at random by me. I will make contact with the winner through the best contact method given (as per the first mandatory entry criteria listed above)

*** CONGRATULATIONS to STUART BOND! I have emailed you with all the details. I’m even paying p&p so nothing to do at all other than choose how you’d like your box customised ***

Collecting for Dexter’s new nursery


With an imminent house move, I’ve been out shopping for knick-knacks for Dexter’s new nursery. He hasn’t had much use of the one here in our current house as he’s been sleeping in our room. On the date we move, Dexter will be almost 20 weeks and we feel it’ll be time to introduce him to his very own room.

His new nursery isn’t huge, it’s a single room that will take his cot, a chest of drawers and a small wardrobe. Most of his larger toys (his playmat, his bouncer, tummy-time toys and sit-me-up cosy) will be housed downstairs in a toy chest as this is all open plan with plenty of room for the coexistence of adult spaces and ‘Dexter spaces’. We therefore need to make his nursery as comfortable and exciting as possible so he enjoys being in there.

What child wouldn’t want to sleep here?! From Nanny McPhee

I really love the look of toy-filled nurseries with there being something unique and special in every corner. Children’s rooms should be uncoordinated, cluttered and personalised in my opinion. Think the bedroom’s in Nanny McPhee and Horrid Henry. Their rooms are their own space and should reflect their growing personalities. It should provide a sensory experience for a baby /child with plenty to see and do to help them develop. Ultimately, I want Dexter to feel proud of his room so he’s learns to value his possessions and respect them.

I know, I know, Dexter is only 4 months old. But I want to kick off this creation so he can add to it as his tastes develop.  I’m a massive fan of Kath Kidston, Laura Ashley, patchwork and gingham – but I this isn’t my room and I don’t want to thrust my style on him (plus Craig would kill me if he saw flowered fabric in there). So instead we’re going for a homemade shabby look with the odd infusion of new technology. I only hope Dexter doesn’t grow up to be a minimalist and hate it!

Still from the Horrid Henry film – most mums would have a heart attack – I love it!

A week ago I tweeted that I wanted to find some UK retailers that specialised in homemade and handcrafted toys and soft furnishings. I got loads of responses from fellow mummy bloggers directing me to various Facebook shops, Etsy shops and websites. The choice was overwhelming so I’ve started cautiously. I’m certainly under no illusion that this project is work in progress and might never get finished.

So far, these are a few of my favourite things!

A competition win provided me with this personalised memory box. It’s entirely handcrafted and hand painted from a fellow blogger’s (Chloe from A Twenty Something Mum) Facebook business Daisy Days Designs. It is quite honestly, gorgeous. The level of detail that has gone into it is extraordinary; Dexter’s name has been embellished with sequins jewels and the little animals have felt detailing. I chose to leave the design up to Chloe as I fell in love with a box from her photo gallery on Facebook, but she also makes these to order for weddings, and other special events. In my opinion she also has the best handmade wooden block lettering which we’ll be buying soon. Full pricing and ordering information is available on her Facebook. Thanks Chloe for such a gorgeous prize xx

I also love this owl cushion from Knot Just Jigs. Currently priced at a very reasonable £13.99 without personalisation, £16.99 with, he’s a mixture of lots of different textiles and soooo soft Dexter can relax on him or cuddle him. I love the mix of muted blues and vibrant greens – it’s so irresistibly boyish and a fun addition to his bedroom. Knot Just Jigs also do other homemade designs which are equally scrumptious and have that vintage feel. Also available are a number of retro wooden toys, puppets, musical instruments and other goodies which are a distinct nod back to my own childhood. When Dexter is old enough for instruments – I’ll be revisiting this website in a heartbeat as I’m very keen to support UK businesses and love the idea of him playing with toys similar to those I had when I was growing up.

I also have these cute little car neon lights purchased from eBay. I’m under no illusion these are probably mass manufactured but I’m more than a little in love with them. I have this little fantasy that Dexter will ask for them to be put on at night-time whilst he falls asleep. If he’s been a good boy we’ll probably indulge him as they look so beautiful and provide a nice soft glow in his room (even though they’ll hike up the electricity bill considerably!).

Then there’s my embarrassingly large collection of wicker and wooden hearts and stars bought from my local antique shop in Reading – Fanny’s Antiques. I love this place to death! OH has banned me from visiting too often as I have a tendency to invent space to house new furniture.

I also want to build a photo canvas wall full of various sized prints, frame depths and orientations. I bought my first one from Photobox a few days ago and have been impressed by the price, speed of delivery and quality.  Not a day goes by without me getting some kind of deal delivered to my inbox from Photobox so it’s easy to do this inexpensively and it’ll be lovely for Dexter and us to have such special memories forever captured in print. This one was free with just a £7.50 p&p – this was due to it being my first order but a Canvas Lite will ordinarily cost from £24.99.

Finally, there’s Dexter’s memory box. I suspect every parent does this! We’ve collected newspapers from the day he was born, special edition magazines from the year (Hello! and OK! have done fabulous Jubilee and Olympics specials this year), photos, cards, gift tags, letters, and toys – all for Dexter to enjoy when he’s older. This box is enormous and has plenty of room for our collection. We got this from HomeSense in Reading, but as they continually rotate their stock, I don’t think it’ll be available anymore. Craigy and I love these stores though as the prices are great (60% off RRP) and there are some really great unique finds from all over the world.

So that’s it – a mega post by anyone’s standards! I know nothing matches and this would be a clash of styles for some – but he’s child, and children should be messy and colourful!

If you have any other suggestions of sites for me to explore, or own a UK business and think you have some items that might fit in with my little collection – please do leave a comment below.