How much fun is this for an idea?
(You can find the original post here, together with a link to the props used)
You can also get these downloads from Etsy
Definitely a fun morning for the school holidays!
Not sure which is cuter… puppies or children – I’m also not sure which is more work – we don’t have a puppy (yet), but I’m convinced the puppies are harder work (which is probably why we don’t have one yet, even though we’ve been threatening for literally years now). I think what would convince me for sure is if I could get my hands on one of these Labradoodle pups. (Yup, they’re a cross between Labs and Poodles and flip aren’t they cute… (if anyone in SA knows where we can find one to add to our family do let me know)
This pic comes from Pinterest
How much of cuteness are these two… (Image from Patagonia Gifts)
Growing up we had Boxers, and I just love them. I would so love to get a Boxer, but don’t trust the height of the fence that surrounds our property…
(Image from Better Photo.com)
Doesn’t this image just make your heart jump for joy…
(Image also from WeHeartIt)
(Image from WeHeartIt)
And while we’re on the topic of cute little puppies… remember that your local SPCA will have so many animals that are desperate for a family that will love them. If you’re thinking of getting a dog for your family, think about rescuing a dog…
I just love love love these words….. this song… My little monkey really is my Sunshine and I try and tell her every single day…
Print available from Etsy
How amazing is this birthday cake for a ‘You are my sunshine birthday party!’ from The Party Wagon
These amazing biscuits are from the same party from The Party Wagon
How cute is this “you are my sunshine” dress up costume from Parenting
(Image from Tumblr)
I came across this pin on Pinterest, it looks like it’s a scanned in page from a magazine ‘Parents’ from Sept 2008. I did like the ‘memo’ and so thought I’d use the words for my post today.
“You have a lot of lessons to teach your little one, but she has a few words of wisdom for you too.”
1.) Stop freaking out about the mess. There’s always time to clean, but how often to we get to make mud pies?
(Image from Rhythm of the Home)
2.) Love me, even when I’m naughty. I’ll only be this age once.
(Photo from Under the Sycamore)
3.) Be patient, I do everything for a reason, but I don’t know enough words yet to give you an explanation.
(Photo from Under the Sycamore)
4.) Let me do it. I know you can do it faster and better, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.
5.) Don’t expect too much of me. I want to do all that you ask and make you happy, but I’m still little.
6.) Keep your promises. It’s all about trust. When I’m a teenager, you’ll understand why it’s so important.
7.) Don’t try to reason with me when I’m having a tantrum. Trust me – I can’t hear you over my own screaming.
8.) Don’t let me think that you’re perfect. I’ll feel a lot better knowing I’m not the only one making mistakes sometimes.
(Image from Flickr)
9) Set limits, I can’t actually eat a whole box of cookies – I just want to see if I’d get away with it.
(Image from Pinterest)
All princesses would need a wand – tutorial is from Zakka Life
And of course a crown… This one from Etsy would be perfect… Might just need to add an extra number onto it though
I wonder if I’ll pass the test by the end of the week and feel the pea under my bed
(Image and crochet crown from here)
Anyone planning a princess party, should pop over to the Amy Atlas blog for some stunning party inspiration, like this place setting…
Oh I just love this baby announcement from Tiny Prints…
(Image from here)
Cute cake for a princess..
(Image from Pinterest)
Not my normal post today, but definitely one that is very close to my heart. I’m not going to start posting about Christmas just yet I promise, but the deadline for this amazing project / charity (Santa Shoebox Project) to support is the end of October…
“Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalized gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children; while at the same time helping parents teach their own children about the joys of giving.
Participating is a profoundly valuable and personal experience as the donor knows the name, age and gender of the child that he/she chooses to donate to and the name of the organization that cares for the child.”
I really do want to instill the value of compassion with our monkey. I think it’s so important for her to understand from an early age that our beautiful country is unfortunately full of people and family’s that are under priviledged. Families that don’t have an income, children who don’t own a pair of shoes, who don’t know the joy of owning a toy, let alone opening a stocking full on Christmas morning, and Mother’s who don’t know where the next meal is coming from for their families. I want Layla to understand this and my wish is really that as she grows up she has only respect and compassion for people that are less fortunate than us. For me, this project is just the most amazing gift we can give – not just a gift we can give to these special kids, but a gift we can give to our own family.
I ask you to please pledge a shoebox for a child this Christmas…
(All images are from the Santa Shoebox Website)
So I’m in the process of revamping my office space - I decided it was well over due that I made my space where I spend most of my days inspire me and not be a place that consists of walls, a desk (two actually – one for me and one where the unfinished filing sits),
some way too much filing and not enough ribbon, glue, pretty paper etc..
Here’s some inspiration that I’ve found recently….
Both these images come from here
And then there’s this ‘old beverage cart’ that’s been revamped… There really are some talented people in this world don’t you think! Image from “Tiny Craft Areas to Inspire” from Everything Etsy.
Seriously…. one day I’m going to have a sewing machine in my office space… That’s a promise… watch this space!
(Image from Tumblr)
I need a craft cupboard like this! (Image source)
oh well… let’s see how this project goes… so far the painting that started on the weekend is on hold until next weekend, my desk is facing the wrong way, files everywhere. In other words, it’s looking NO where close to any of the pics above.. I’ll post some photos, hopefully soon, of how it turns out…
I WISH I could take credit for this post, but there’s no way I could come close… I found this post on From Dates to Diapers and the original post is from here. I just loved the full list of ’50 Rules for Dad’s of Daughters’.
I’ve ‘copied’ a lot of the list, but tried to personalize it for the Dad in our family… All credit to the original writer though and please do visit both these websites for the full list and more great posts.
Going to do this immediately… well as soon as I’ve got the balloons! Love this idea of filling balloons with play dough for an awesome sensory soft and squishy sensation. (originally seen on Play Create Explore)
And while we’re on the rainbow scene… how cool is this rainbow mobile from Etsy
So I saw this photo on Facebook over the weekend that a lovely friend (who happens to be a lovely photographer) of ours took of another lovely friend’s sweet toddler. The ‘model’ in the shoot also happens to be the cutest ‘almost 2 year old’ in our lives – either way though, whether you know them or not, I’m sure you’ll agree that this shoot is just too gorgeous. Just loving the colour combination. (ps – the newborn on Megan’s maternity and newborn page just happens to actually be the cutest baby in the whole wide world, no doubt about it… being her mother I can 100% confirm this. Gosh, I forgot how tiny our little monkey was at 4 days old!!!)
Ok, then this photo is from one of my lovely Twitter friend who often makes me jealous talking about the gorgeous kiddie birthday party she takes photos at… Anyway, perusing through her website I came across this photo which I just love!
And lastly….(who knew I had so many photographer friends!)
The lovely husband and wife team from PeppermintPix do amazing outside shoots (they do a whole bunch of different shoots, but for me their outside family / kiddie ones are just the best!)
So if you’re looking for a photographer…
If you’re in Durban….. Megan Hancock Photography
Durban & Joburg…… PeppermintPix
Cape Town…… Cazpix Photography
And then just for some Thursday kicks and tricks, I though I’d add a few more photos that I’ve pinned on Pinterest that I love..
(Image source: Pinterest)
This has to be another favourite of mine – I keep threatening to try this at home!
Image Source: Andrea Burns Photography