Originating in America, cake smash photoshoots have been taking the UK by storm as parents look for a fun and memorable way to mark their child’s first birthday. The craze involves letting your one year old loose with a giant cake while being pictured by a photographer, creating some cheeky, adorable and messy shots that you can treasure forever.
Every home should have at least one feature wall, maybe even two – just not in the same room. A feature wall draws the eye, and adds personality to any room. You can create a feature wall with a simple pot of paint or wallpaper – it’s totally down to you.
About six months ago we started thinking ahead to how we should celebrate Max’s 1st birthday. As most of you will know by now, he’s our miracle baby, so when it came to picking the theme for his party there was one obvious choice – it had to be a rainbow birthday party!
This morning we did something that I’ve put off for the past year – we braved our first ever local baby class. Until now I’ve avoided such classes like the plague. Visions in my head of them being full of cliquey mum’s.
If your home is relatively small, you might find yourself wondering how you might make good use of the space. It can often be frustrating, especially when you want to renovate or make some kind of change to your home, but don’t feel entirely able to. But there are always ways of getting around a lack of space.
At bedtime, the activities you do with your child should be done with getting them to sleep in mind. Most parents will tell their child stories or sing to them to help them get to sleep. In a lot of cases, this sort of activity will be perfect and it gives you a chance to spend some quality time with your child.
For some reason the bathroom is commonly thought of as less important than other rooms in the home. This might be because it’s not a room that we spend a lot of time in – we’re only really in there when we have to be.
One of the joys of moving into a new house is that it’s a blank canvas, just waiting for you to put your own personal stamp on it. There is no right or wrong way to go about it; either you decorate while you unpack, or you just put the furniture in a place that works.
Most mothers know the term ‘baby brain’. We either assume it won’t affect us, or that it’ll be a short-term thing. Those of us who have done our research may even believe it’s nothing more than a myth. Many people claim baby brain makes mothers forgetful and scattered.
A great way for your child to learn more about the world around them is to spend more time out in the garden. Introducing them to new plants and wildlife, giving them the opportunity to touch, taste and smell new things, will broaden their knowledge and help to keep their busy minds active.