Outer Space Themed 5 Year Olds Party

Last month I threw a Space themed party for my son who turned 5.

He has been Space and planets mad for a while now so I thought this would be a perfect time to do it.

It was so much fun planning his party. His party was on a Sunday morning and for months before I had been planning his intergalactic party. I thought I’d write down some details of the party for you.

Here’s how we set up the tables for the parry lunch. I had these grand ideas of loads of confetti on the table and then my husband reminded me we would have to clear it all up at the end of the two hours. So I’ve saved them for another time.

I organised Froggle parties for the entertainment. They cater for so many ages and types of party. We obviously chose their Space themed party which included games, magic, bubbles, dancing and loads more. The kids we’re thoroughly entertained for the two hours. And my son left his party with the biggest smile on his face.

I found an amazing lady called Nic on Etsy. (I LOVE ETSY!) Her company is called The Daphne Tree and she specialised in hand stitched tees. I told her I would like it to be a rocket with the number 5 and she did the rest. My son absolutely loved it and it still looks amazing. Even after washing a few times.

His party lunch consisted of the regular food favourites. Sandwiches, grapes, hula hoops, baby bel, party rings, chocolate fingers, carrots, sausages and CAKE! 🎂

Speaking of cake! The lovely Amanda from Cakes By Amanda made the most brilliant space and planets themed cake with chocolate cake and cookies and cream butter cream filling and covered in the bunnies butter cream. I wish it would have been gluten free but I had to sample the teeniest bit anyway and immediately was jealous that I couldn’t have more!

We handed out party bags filled with info cards on the planets, a stretchy alien some other things and also some sherbet dip because they are a blast from my childhood! 😉

All in all it was a great 5th birthday party for my lovely boy. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and we all did as well.

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Steph xx

Bespoke Anniversary Retro Sweets Gift Box

We are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary this month. It says that traditional gifts for 6th wedding anniversary ate sugar or iron. We decided to get ourselves a wood fire pizza oven (so there’s the iron part!) But I also wanted to do something fun for my husband for the sugar tradition!

As you guys know I have started up my gift business and one of my featured items is bespoke gift boxes. So I thought! What’s better than an anniversary gift box filled retro sweets for my sweetie loving hubby!

I painted my gift box a lovely gold and white with a gold lace trim and personalised the top of the box with Happy Anniversary! I collected a nice bundle of 80s sweets (which I had to sample some myself!).

The sweets will be demolished by my family in the next week but the gift box will be something my husband can use to store items in for the future. And that is the hope of these gift boxes, that once the items inside have been used the actual box can be used over and over again for various things.

My First Time At B&M

Today I uploaded my FIRST B&M haul on my YouTube Channel! B&M HAUL | MY FIRST VISIT | JUNE 2019. I can’t believe it’s taken me until the ripe old at of 41 to discover the wonders of that store!

I had, obviously, heard of B&M and seen what bargains some people had bagged but I just either forgot about going or wanted to go without the boys so had to pick my days! Today was THE DAY! 🙌🏻😁

If you want to see what bargains I was able to score, please check out my video 🎉

Thank you for watching!

Steph xx

Some Days….

Wow! No one told me that some days being a parent would be an emotional rollercoaster. Of course I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park but after today I realise that the whole adjusting to being a mum is an ever evolving thing!

My boys are now 5 and 2 and today I had one of those parenting days when you just feel overwhelmed and at the end of your tether. The toddler is properly having his terrible two tantrums over tiny things and my 5 year old is finishing his first year at primary school so is pretty tired in the afternoons which ends up in arguments and tears with both boys.

My lovely toddler is also a sweet loving boy who also can’t leave me EVER. So today when I was emotional I heard Mummy, Mummy, Mummy…constantly. It was overwhelming.

I was on my own for most of the day which meant that I had no help or relief all day. Most days that is totally fine but today was different. I really thought I was having an anxiety attack. Thinking about all the jobs and different things I had to accomplish and realising that by 2pm not much had been done.

When I have days like today I find I have renewed admiration for my mum. I always say to her…”now I get it!”

My boys are just being little boys and I do understadn this but sometimes navigating your parenting journey while walking on egg shells around two irritable humans is a scary, scary place!

Creative Outlet

I have always had that creative bone in my body. I have always wanted to express myself creatively be it through singing, dancing acting or making.

I have been lucky in my professional past that I was able to make a living doing what I loved. I booked acting roles, singing appearances and theatre teaching jobs which all required long hours but were rewarding. It was always lovely to take a step back and look at what I had accomplished. I put everything on pause when I moved countries, met my husband and had our first child.

Even before I had my son I had been creative but I found that when he was born all my energy had to go to him and also keep me functioning (especially in those early days).

We are so lucky in this country to have the option to take up to a year’s maternity leave. I wasn’t ready to leave my son after the year was up so I ended up becoming a stay at home mum. Then I had my second son and (only now) five years on, do I feel mentally ready to be able to focus on other passions I have besides raising my children (who are and always will be my number one passion in life).

Hopefully this time next year my little business will be in full swing, I will have auditioned and booked acting roles for the first time in TEN years and I will have a creative space and outlet. I have so many ideas that have been going around my heads for months now – I feel I just need to head space and time to put them all in to practice.

I sometimes wish I had my mum and sister around to help. I have close friends about who I consider family but they also have young children of their own and there is something less presumptuous about asking your mum to watch the kids for a couple hours while you work on your creations and go out auditioning than it is asking your friends to do the same. I know they would but I always feel it a big ask – especially when I know that we are all in the same boat. My husband works long hours and can travel for work so as a result I’m by myself most of the day. Carving out time to make my business work and come to life and ALSO get into the acting world again will take time and energy that I worry I don’t have at the moment. I know it will come and when it does I’ll be so excited to see it all come to life.

That First Scan

When I look back on my pregnancies and finding out about my babies I always think about our first scan. The first time we heard our babies’ heartbeats and saw them in their little sac. It is a surreal, scary and emotional time and it lasts just a handful of minutes.

From sitting in the waiting room anxiously waiting for my name to be called; to lying on the table with the loud, scratchy paper beneath me while the sonographer squeezes a cold, jelly like substance on my little bump.

It seems like hours but in reality it’s just a few minutes. And then there is the waiting. The silence where I held my husband’s hand too tight and closed my eyes until I heard that fast beat and cautiously opened my eyes and saw my baby for the first time.

I cried both times seeing and hearing my little baby boys and then I bombarded the sonographer with question after question.

That first scan makes the the hypothetical; real. Turns the fun conversations about starting a family to reality. But it also makes you exhale and hopefully start to enjoy your pregnancy journey.

I know that the 12 week scan can turn to heartache. I wish it didn’t for lots of families but I know the pain will come from not hearing the tiny beat and hearing some awful, heartbreaking words from the sonographer. My thoughts are with all those mums and dads