Pageboy & Best Man

A couple of months ago Archie had the privilege of being a page boy for his Godfathers wedding. Archie’s Godfather is Callum’s best friend so it was only right he was also the best man.

I was an emotional wreck on the day, seeing them both in their matching suits looking adorable. To see Archie walk down the aisle holding the bridesmaids hands just filled my heart to the brim. I was so emotional I nearly cried. He was a superstar I could burst with pride.

We had a lovely day and evening, Louise looked stunning, Callum’s speech was perfect and there was plenty of Prosecco and dancing. I cant remember the last time I had such a good time.

Archie stayed all day and through to around 9 o clock in the evening where we escaped for a little bit, put him to bed with Callum’s parents and then we snuck back out to the party.

We have only just got the photos back from Ben & Louise’s special day so I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. I’m so honoured they asked my boys to be such a big part of this special day and I cant thank them enough.

 

Love Tilly & Archie xx

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Stocking Fillers For Toddlers.

A couple of days ago I posted a Toddler Gift Guide. In that guide I named 6 items that I have got Archie this Christmas from myself and Callum. This post is going to contain items that Father Christmas has got him in his stocking. I have tried to keep the cost down but those of you with children will know that its really hard to not buy when you see things you know your child will like (this is definitely something I need to work on).

Some of these things I have bought throughout the year when I have seen them or they’ve been in a sale and put away especially for Christmas so may not be available anymore. I’m going to try and link each item where it is from but if I cant then I’ll link something similar.

So here goes..

That is everything that I got Archie for his sack from Father Christmas. I hope you enjoyed reading about the types of things Archie is getting for Christmas and that it has given you inspiration for your children’s gifts.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

 

Letter To Father Christmas.

Growing up I used to absolutely love it when I got a letter from Father Christmas in the post. I used to think I was so special that he had taken the time to reply back to my letter.

Last year was Archie’s first Christmas and we started this tradition with him too. This year he is old enough to help do his own letter so we sat down together and wrote one.

I asked Archie what he would like for Christmas and as he is a little bit too young to understand, I named things to him that I thought he would like and the things he said yes to, I listed. I then wrote it out for him and he coloured on it and stuck on some of his Christmas stickers.

We sent our letter to Father Christmas using the Royal Mail service. This is a lovely service where you post your letters to their given address by the 9th of December and Father Christmas will send you a personalised response. This is a free service and only costs the price of the stamp on the envelope.

The address in which you send your letters to is: Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ. Dont forget to put your child’s full name and address on the back of the letter so Father Christmas knows where to write back to.

I hope you all get your letters off in time and receive everything you wished for on Christmas.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

Toddler Gift Guide. 

This year Archie is going to be 22 months old at Christmas. I looked online for some present ideas but for one year olds they were too young for him and for two year olds they were slightly too old.

I decided to put together a list of items that we have got Archie this year. We haven’t gone crazy on presents as last year he got far to many for his birthday and Christmas which he still plays with and we don’t have the room to store them.

We tried to go for things that he could play with throughout the year so things that were slightly too old for him now that would benefit him in a couple of months and things he can play with now.

We spent a fair amount of money on his sack from Father Christmas rather than presents from us as we knew this is something he would enjoy more and find more magical.

Below is a list of things we got Archie from us. I will writing a separate post with stocking filler ideas.

1. Micro Mini 3 in 1 Scooter – John Lewis £89.99

micro-mini-scooterWe decided to get this for Archie as he has a trike already and a ride on. This scooter is recommended for ages between 1 and 3. The seat and round handle can be removed when the child is able to balance properly and the handle bar can be attached for the child to use between  and 5 years. The seat is height adjustable which is a big hit for us as Archie is tall for his age. The scooter also comes in green, blue, and pink.

 

2. Fisher Price Talking Bing – Very £16.99

bingI actually got this for Archie from Sainsbury’s during the half price toy event a couple of months ago for £15. I have however found it on Very for £16.99 which is the cheapest place I can find it now. When pressing Bings tummy he sings and said lots of fun things. The recommended age for this is 2 years.

 

4. Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Mobile Phone £11.00thomas-mobile-phone

Archie actually saw this and asked for it when we was doing a spot of Christmas shopping in Boots. Luckily it is included in the 3 for 2 deal so I managed to get it for free. I have put this away as a little extra for him as I don’t normally let him get toys when he asks for them when were out shopping. He absolutely loves talking on the phone to people and will literally use any object and pretend it is a phone. It has a large easy to press keypad which plays sounds and lots of phrases from Thomas and Friends. Recommended for ages 18+ Months.

5. Diddy the Dinosaur & Mickey the Monkey Hand Puppets – WH Smith £7.9monkey-puppet9 each. 

Last year for Christmas I got Archie some puppets from WH Smith, a hedgehog and a fox, and he absolutely loves them. He thinks it is hilarious to have puppet shows and put on silly voices so I got a couple more for 38430077_1the collection. This year I have gone for  a monkey and a dinosaur. They are suitable from birth so that is a massive hit as any age can benefit from these furry friends.

 

6.Thomas & Friends Story Carry Case – M&S £8.99thomas-and-friends-book

As you can probably tell Archie is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine. I saw this carry case of 5 story books in M&S and just had to get it. I love that Archie can
carry this case around with him and take his books on his adventures rather than  have them shoved in my bag. This item does state that it is not suitable for children under 36 months but he will be supervised when using them.

 

I’m going to leave the Toddler Gift Guide list there as I have got Archie a few other bits but they are little little bits personal to him that he will love.

If you have any ideas of gifts you think Archie will enjoy then please leave suggestions in the comments below, his birthday is in February and I’m stuck for ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

 

The Shoe Box Appeal. 

This year I have decided to start a new tradition that will teach Archie all about giving, and what better way to teach this to him than to give to those less fortunate than us.

During the start of November I took Archie shopping and we went round supermarkets and toy shops to buy gifts for “our faraway friend”. We made presents, pictures, added photos and letters, gifts and toiletries for him. I explained to Archie (as much as you can to a 20 month old) that this little boy doesn’t have pennies so we’re going to send him some nice things so that he has something to open at Christmas.
I think this is a lovely idea especially  as it’s not that popular anymore. Every year during Primary school my school used to do this appeal and I used to love gathering all the bits and sending them off when I was a child and I think it’s lovely to start this tradition with Archie and teach him about those less fortunate and how we can help.

The organisation that does this is the Samaritans. They launched Operation Christmas Child which allows people to donate shoe boxes of gifts for children of all ages and they send them to those less fortunate.You simply pack a shoe box full of sweets, toys and toiletries and then donate a minimum of £3 to cover postage of your shoe box and they will send you an email in the new year to let you know the country your shoe box made it to.

We decided to make our shoe box for a little boy ages between 2 and 4. I thought this was a lot easier for Archie to relate to that he was sending some fun things to another little boy of a similar age. I sat Archie down and we watched a video on the Samaritans website which showed clips of children all around the world opening their shoe boxes so he could see where it was going. Please be aware that there are images in this video that could be upsetting to children. I had watched the video previously so I knew which bits to show Archie and which parts to skip.

I cant wait to get our email in the new year to let us know where our shoe box ended up. This is something that I think we will definitely be doing every year from now on. Its such a lovely thing to do and we had so much fun making the box together.

If you would like more information on how participate in Operation Christmas Child or even to just donate to the Samaritans then please just follow the links.

Here are some photos below of things we sent to “our faraway friend”.

Thanks for reading. Love Tilly & Archie xx

Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas is my favourite holiday and one of the things I love the most is the build up. This year Archie is going to be nearly 22 Months old so he will properly experience the magic of Christmas. I have decided to write a bucket list, just like my fall bucket list, of all the things I want to do either as a family or just with Archie on the lead up to Christmas.

If you have Instagram or Twitter please feel free to tag me if you would like to follow this bucket list too so I can see you all enjoying the Christmas festivities as much as we are.

  • Visit Santa
  • See Reindeer
  • Decorate a tree
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • Have a Christmas family photo
  • Send a letter to Santa
  • Watch Elf
  • Decorate a ginger bread house
  • Go sledging
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Read Christmas stories
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Visit loved ones
  • Make a wreath
  • Go on a carousel
  • Give a secret Santa
  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Elf on the shelf

I can’t wait to see all your Christmas Bucket lists and the things you get up to this Christmas and hope this festive season is full of fun for you all.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

24 Days Of Blogmas. 

Hi guys and welcome to this festive season.

To celebrate my favourite time of the year I have decided to participate in 24 days of Blogmas. I’m going to be posting a new post every day of December up until Christmas Day. Posts will be going up at 12:00 noon everyday.

I feel like I have completely thrown myself into the deep end as I have been a bit hit and miss recently with uploading posts. I thought this would be a nice way to capture our Christmas this year and to look back on and for you guys to see what we’re up to this month.

Please leave comments down below of any request you would like to see this month. I have quite a few planned already but always welcome your feedback.

Enjoy this festive season and I can’t wait to share what we get up to with you.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

Pumpkin Picking: Sopley Mill

About a month ago I wrote a post called Fall Bucket List, where I listed everything I wanted to do this fall. Slowly but surely I have been crossing them off one by one. Pumpkin picking is one of my favourite things to do in the autumn especially since having Archie. Its lots of fun and definitely makes for some cute photos.

For the last couple of years Callum and I have gone to a local pick your own farm called Dan Tanners (Sopley Mill)  to pick our pumpkins. Not only does it make for some cute photos, but were supporting the local community. I love the fact you can stroll around a field and pick your own perfect pumpkin whilst getting some fresh air.

This year I went twice with Archie, once with my friend and her little boy and the second with Callum and my sister. Archie absolutely loved it last year, he was sitting in the pumpkins, banging on them and giggling his head off. This year he wasn’t so sure. He didn’t particularly want to go near them and I had to really work for a smile from him. I don’t know if it is because each time we went it was close to his nap time or if he was genuinely scared of them.

Luckily with the help of some raisins for bribery and Daddy pulling him around in a sleigh we had the best time. We chose 3 pumpkins, 1 for each of us, and had a browse round the farm shop. I absolutely love all the locally grown fruit and veg and the homemade jars of jam and biscuits.

Here are some of my favourite photos of our trip to the pumpkin farm this year. I cant wait to do this every year and keep in tradition and see how Archie grows each year.

 

 

Love Tilly & Archie xx

Starting Youtube?

I started this blog back in 2013 as a way to document my thoughts and ramblings onto a tiny space of the internet. I never thought that 3 years later I would still be blogging and have people reading what I had to say.

Since falling pregnant in 2014, I turned this blog into a way of documenting my pregnancy and life as a new mum. In this time I have reviewed baby products and wrote monthly updates for Archie. I absolutely love that I have all this documented because even now I spend evenings looking back on the first few months of Archie’s life and what he was like back this. It’s so nice to be able to look back and remember him when the truth is, I most likely would of forgotten the little things.

My only regret is I wish I took more videos of him so I could capture the little gurgles he made and his first laugh, first words and first steps. This got me thinking about starting a Youtube channel. Both Callum and I have family who live all over the country and in other countries. Not only would it be nice for us to look back on Archie growing up, but it means the family can see what we’ve been up to too.

I don’t know whether to make the videos private so only friends and family can view them or to have them public. I worry that my life is too boring to put it out there for everyone to see but on the other hand, I think it would be fun too.

Let me know what you guys think and if you would be interested is seeing my rambling of my blog venture over to Youtube too. Also if you have any tips and tricks then pass them my way.

Love Tilly & Archie xx