Me and Mine: Family Portrait Project: July

This months Me and Mine was taken on Arthur's 3rd birthday. We took a boat trip over to sunny St Mawes for a special birthday adventure :)

Mummy Loves...

* Cornish Summers

* Celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary :)

* Frozen (The boys love it and will actually sit for more than 10 mins watching it... hooray!!!)


Daddy Loves....

* Football training (apparently getting back to full fitness!!)

* Seeing a real helicopter rescue on the beach!

* Bedtime chats with Arthur


Arthur Loves....

* Walking the plank!

* Gruffalo Birthday cake

* Frozen


Billy Loves.......

* Treasure Hunts

* Gruffalo Cake

* Spotting unexpected aeroplanes /helicopters

dear beautiful

Birthday Adventures

This month has been jam- packed with kiddie birthdays so we have embraced the party spirit and spent some beautiful sunny afternoons mingling with pirates, princesses and a few fairies along the way - As you can imagine I have been in my element!!

This week was extra special as it was Arthur's 3rd birthday and we celebrated by going on an adventure across the high seas! 

After a night spent comforting a teething Bill we armed ourselves with some strong coffee and a few blasts of sea air later we were good to go! Both boys were beside themselves with excitement on the boat ride, Arthur was busy spotting pirates, lighthouses and castles and Billy was a complete liability, trying to step off the boat straight in to the sea!

After a few hours of sunshine, rock-pooling and a birthday lunch it was time to head back home for another round of present opening and a slice of Gruffalo cake :) We find a piece of cake provides the perfect ending to an adventure!

and as for the best cake face...... you decide?


Arthur in Neverland

Anyone stuck for a party theme this summer? Why not take a leaf out of this creative Mummy's book and turn your garden in to your very own piece of Neverland?!! A touch of magic guaranteed for all your guests!

Take a look at the pics below for lots of Peter Pan inspired party ideas.... It is such a great theme for fancy dress, fairies, pirates, Peter Pan himself, Captain Hook?

Arthur's face beamed as he explored 'Neverland' . He took a stroll down to The Mermaid's lagoon to listen to the stream and check for crocodiles (of course!) How magical to have a stream running through the bottom of your garden?

He sunbathed lazily  in the 'Lost boys camp' and played pass the parcel in Tink's Fairy House :)

All the party guests were treated with beautiful handmade maps to help them find the hidden pirates treasure..... (It was a very talented household!! Talk about upping the ante for future parties!!)

The eager pirates/fairies etc  were rewarded for their treasure hunting skills with their own miniature chests full of chocolate coins. The sugar burst fueled their energy for more adventurous pursuits such as walking the plank, feeding the crocs or having a bash at splitting open the pinata (very popular with the pirates and their swords!)

Arthur wasn't keen on leaving 'Neverland' - but I managed to bribe him with a slice of Pirate Ship cake (made by the Birthday girl's Grandad, ahhh :) and a Peter Pan goody bag....

It was such a magical afternoon, the children (and adults) were blown away by all the creative touches and it was so wonderful to see the children's imaginations well and truly captured.

We hope you have been enjoying lots of summer parties too?  What is your favourite party theme?


This months Siblings picture was taken on our journey up to Center Parcs for my Dad's 60th celebrations. I was giving the boys a bit of a chance to stretch their legs and let off some steam (something we usually need to fit in most days!).

This picture makes me smile as it shows how much Bill looks up to his big brother. He really is his shadow and longs to be just like him. Arthur is the first person Bill asks for when he wakes up 'See Aruh!' he demands and he always shrieks with delight when he spots him as if they have been parted for weeks rather than just one night!

Arthur is slowly beginning to see Bill as a potential playmate and loves playing chasing games with him -  until Bill forgets the game and wanders off in the opposite direction :) Arth has started to initiate games with Bill too and will now go and fetch his scooter and Bill's Scuttlebug so that they can race - or collect their milk together - very cute! you can see from this month's snap if nothing else they both have a shared love of hats to bond over!

dear beautiful