Friday, February 28, 2014

My First Hamper ♥

Yesterday I received my first ever hamper and one which I will remember for ever, not simply because it was the first I received but because of the special people which sent it to me. When I was three months pregnant I joined an Irish parenting forum called Eumom and found a group for my due date - February 2013. Myself and nineteen other mothers joined a Facebook group from this forum and we all became quite close during our pregnancies. The wonderful ladies in this group became my rock during my pregnancy, offering advice, sharing their stories and having general chit chat. I was delighted to have found such fantastic people and to have shared our pregnancy journeys with one another was such an amazing experience, I will never forget it. The ladies in my group didn't know about my second pregnancy, I didn't want to share it with them until I had had my first scan and was fourteen weeks along. I wanted to surprise them by putting up a scan picture and saying 'room for a little one?' but unfortunately I won't be able to do that now. I told them about all the events of last week and they were nothing but supportive to me, sending me messages, ringing me as I waited in the hospital alone and asking if I was okay on more than one occasion.

 You can imagine my surprise when my best friend Cher, one of the ladies who's in the group visited me yesterday and produced a huge basket hamper in front of me fulled to the brim with lots of lovely treats to relax and spoil myself with. Cher and the other ladies from the group had each donated money towards my hamper in the hopes of cheering me up and letting me know they were thinking of me. I was utterly surprised and amazed by their kindness. Inside the hamper was such a heartfelt card, I cried when I read it. These ladies are nothing short of amazing, such wonderful, thoughtful people who have made me feel thought of, loved and who have brought a smile to my face after a week of frowns and sadness.

Cher, Christina, Mo, Mags, Tracey, Anne-Marie, Karen M, Debs, Rachel, Karen McL, Steph, Melissa, Dom, Alexandra, Liz, Gemma, Monia, Susan and Kate thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I'll never forget this ♥

Thank God for beautiful and kind friends.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tyler Lee's OOTD - Sunshine & Rainbows ♥

It has been so long since I've done one of Tyler Lee's outfits of the day posts. Now that he's gone past the baby stage and turning into a highly active toddler it's so hard to get a still image of him. The only place he likes to sit and gather his thoughts is the garden and thankfully it makes a lovely backdrop for my pictures of him. Now that he's a little older I'm trying to experiment with new colours as I always seemed to have him in baby blue as a baby. I like him to look stylish and unique but also be comfy so his little boys tights are perfect for all the crawling, standing up and rolling around he likes to do. The rainbow design is so cute on the tights too, they look so playful. It's still quite chilly here so his chunky knit yellow jumper is perfect for keeping him warm. The jumpers sunny yellow colour adds a bit of sunshine to the dull, drab, grey days we're constantly having, it seems winter is going on forever. His coat is one of my favourite things I've ever bought for him, it's my beloved baby blue and is so warm and smart looking. Finally as he was stepping out in the stoney back garden I had to put some footwear on him so I choose his brown boots which look so cool but aren't very practical as they never seem to stay on! This look is so mismatched but I love it.

Tyler Lee's outfit:
Coat - Chicco
Jumper - Hand knit by our neighbour
Tights - Slugs n Snails
Boots - Penneys


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Postcards - Cheap Art For My Home ♥

I began collecting postcards way back in 2010 when I had taken up snail mailing a year earlier and began receiving postcards from my pen pals around the world as little inserts in their letters to me. My passion for postcard collecting then started and I began to favour the amazing photography and artwork postcards you could get rather than the traditional view card. I set up a Postcrossing account where you get an address for a random person in the world and send them a postcard, in return you get a postcard from some other random person in the world. The great thing about Postcrossing is that everyone who takes part is genuinely interested in postcards and you can state your preferences on your profile too, mine being angels, photography, vintage, folklore and fairies, Paris and pink as you can probably tell from the pictures below! I now have over 2,000 postcards and I thought it was high time to put some of them to good use and have them on view as art in my home.

As my house is a rental property I can't paint it how I want, I can't put hooks in the walls for hanging pictures so I'm stuck for decoration really. Postcards are such a cheap yet effective way to decorate your home. Some of the cards I now have on my wall would have looked gorgeous in frames too but I wanted to create a collage in my bedroom so I could wake up every morning and see some pretty sights instead of a plain beige coloured wall - how very boring, right?! I choose some of my favourite cards, got some blue tack and stuck them to the wall. The best thing about my 'art' is that I know which country each card came from, who sent it and have the memories connected to the ones I picked up myself, namely the Paris cards and the blonde Dutch girl card which I picked up in Amsterdam. I have so many other cards which I want to add to this little collage but it will take some time trying to fit them around and position them correctly on the wall. My beautiful and sentimental cards are a much lovelier sight than boring beige! 

Considering that the average price of a postcard is 45 cent that would make my little collage of art €22.95, a bargain price for something so unique and beautiful to decorate my home with and most importantly a decoration which no one else will have, I love having something unique, it makes it far more special.

Do you like my little collage? Would you or have you ever used postcards to decorate your home?

Stay pretty people!


I'll Always Remember You ♥

 I'll always remember you.
Even though you were part of my life for a very short time I will always appreciate the fact that you were mine.
You deserved a name, so I gave you one, a neutral one as sadly I'll never know if your spirit was male or female.
I'll always remember you when October comes by, especially the sixteenth as I was due to meet you that day but I'll never know if you're an early show or a keep me waiting kind of person. I'll also remember you on your brothers birthday, the day I realised you were leaving me for good.
I light candles for you to try and keep you near me, the flame representing you, burning for a short time and then being blown out, I wish you could have burned forever and let your light shine bright into my life but sadly it was not mean to be.
I'm glad that it's not people's bodies that go to Heaven but their souls as I imagine you as a tiny baby soul, safely cuddled up on a pure, fluffy cloud with the sun shining on you to keep you warm.
You were only part of my life for six very short weeks but the anticipation I had of meeting you was great and I did love you. I am wrong though, you will always be part of my life, not just those weeks of your presence on Earth.
Just because I never met you does not mean that I don't mourn and grieve for you.
I'm sorry I'm not there to mind you, it just wasn't meant to be but hopefully one day my soul will meet yours and we can be together, as we should have been.
I'll always remember you when a birds feather floats by me, when I see a robin in my garden, a butterfly flutters around me or a rainbow appears before me, that's how I'll know you're near.
Sleep tight little one until I come to cuddle you forever.
I love you.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Beach Baby ♥

This morning I took my babe to the beach for the first time, or rather should I say strand as most Irish beaches are full of nothing but stones, just like the one we took him to. The sun was shining and I decided we needed some fresh air so I took my babe to a local scenic spot on our island where you can see the whole harbour, the views there are absolutely breathtaking. My father used to take me to this same spot as a child to skim stones so it's nice that I'm able to take my boy here too although there was no stone skimming, more stone throwing into the water, I must practice the skill again!

 At first the baby didn't know what to make of the place, he was bemused by all the stones and the water lapping over the shore, it was so unfamiliar to him but after awhile he got used to it and crawled his way around the beach and man can that baby crawl, he's too fast for me at times and I have to run after him! As you can see from the pictures below he made tracks in the sand from crawling and got quite a bit away from me. He had a fit when I had to stop him crawling into the water, he's far too keen on swimming, doesn't he know we live in Ireland and that's the Atlantic Ocean he wants to dive into! Whoever said that terrible twos were bad obviously forgot about the divas that one year old's can be, or should I say divo as I have a boy? 

It was great for us to get out while the sun was shining and for my boy to experience a new place and new surroundings. I think we'll definitely have to take more trips to the beach, it's a great place to sit, relax, look at the sea and feel calmed by it all. There is something so serene about being by the sea and I loved just sitting there with my boy, it was so peaceful and we were the only ones on the beach, just how I like it! Hopefully he'll love the beach just as much when we go on holiday and he can actually swim in the ocean.


Tyler Lee's Play Area ♥

When Tyler Lee was born he staked his claim on the area between the couch and the fireplace in our sitting room straight away. First his big high pram was in this space, then his baby swing, then his bouncer and now the area has been transformed into play area as well as a holding area for his toys. I'm a big fan of white furniture and knew in my mind that I wanted white, cubed shelves so that Tyler Lee could pick which toys he wanted to play with himself allowing him to be independent and choose toys for himself during his playtime. He finds it so easy to get his toys now from the shelves bar the top shelf, he's not tall or strong enough to lift those toys down yet but he loves to crawl over and choose a toy for himself, he's most fond of the shelves with the stacking cups, the taggie monkey and the wooden tray with blocks. 

My house is by no means big and isn't spacious at all but I wanted to try and make a nice little place for Tyler Lee to enjoy and play safely and comfortably in. To make the area a little bit more comfy for him I laid down two rows of his soft alphabet puzzle mat and I leave these two rows there permanently, laying down more if needed. I leave his activity walker in front of the shelves as he loves to walk around with it now and it's easy for him to get at there. For his birthday he got the wooden activity cube so I thought it would be nice to leave it by his play area and he's been playing with it everyday since.

I needed some storage boxes to store some of his smaller teething toys and cuddly toys so I picked up a frog and ladybird box which are both toy boxes and seats when turned upright so they'll be great for him as he grows. They were super cheap too at just €2.99 each. There's also a cow version available which I didn't think we needed but now there are too many toys for the shelves so I think I may just have to get it. I'll be added four more cubes to the top of these shelves to make more space for toys which Tyler Lee will be getting this Christmas. I really love his play area now, it's bright, colourful, it's easy for him to get to his toys, it's easy for me to tidy once he's gone to bed and the space will grow with him. I'll have to get his beanbag out of the cupboard and add it to his space too so that it'll truly be Tyler Lee's little play and sitting area.
White cube storage unit - Argos
Frog and ladybird toy boxes/seats - Home Store and More
Alphabet Puzzle Mat - Smyths

What do you think of Tyler Lee's play area? Do you have one like this for your own children?


Monday, February 24, 2014

Living Arrows - Week 8 ♥

Your children are not you children,  They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

*By  Kahlil Gibran
I am taking part in I Heart Snapping's weekly Living Arrows project, a photography project to capture an image which represents childhood to you through the actions, likes, dislikes, looks and movements of your own children. Beloware my pictures for the eighth week of Living Arrows. I can't believe it's been eight weeks of this year already! I couldn't choose just one picture from my mini photo session with my boy from this week so I've decided to share a few shots from our little shoot. I took my boy out to our back garden and even though the weather was dull, grey and drizzling with rain he had a great time exploring and trying to eat all the little stones! I know when he's able to walk that he'll absolutely love it out there, exploring everything and watching all the birds fly by. It'll be a whole new space full of awaiting adventures for my little curious explorer.

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