Merry Christmas from us!

Seeing as it’s Isla’s first Christmas we were always going to get a little creative & I couldn’t resist turning my little angel into a little elf… Here are just a few from our MANY photoshoots over the festive season!

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Bucket, tree (and basically everything in my house) from John Lewis… Outfit from BabyGapIsla-adventures

Elf onesie from Tesco
Bow headband from Next

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Outfit & Cardigan from Ralph Lauren Baby
Blanket from Cath Kidston

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And our christmas card..
Stocking from The White Company
Star Lamp from Made.com

All photography by me… And seeing as I’m officially back from Maternity leave in January, feel free to check out my website. 🙂

www.poppycarterportraits.com

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas with all your family & a wonderful new year! Did you dress your little one up for the festive season? Tweet me with your Christmas photos at @Poppy_Carter or post them to my Facebook!

One extra gift…

I absolutely love christmas and every year spend far too much money spoiling my family with beautiful gifts but the gift I have the most fun putting together isn’t for anyone I know… Every year I put together two gift boxes for the homeless and go and give them to someone in need.

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I set myself of a budget of £10 per box, but always end up going just a little over…

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Super warm hats, socks, gloves and new underwear are all great things to add to the box. As well as waterproofs, an umbrella or a new lightweight backpack.

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I was advised by Shelter, the wonderful homeless charity, on what to include. They recommended not putting anything too flashy or expensive looking as you could make the person who receives your gift a target. You can get all of these from Primark or even the £1 shop who are selling thermal hats & gloves at the moment.

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If you want to include toiletries keep everything mini and lightweight or they may end up being thrown away as they are too heavy to carry around.

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I’ve used old shoe boxes and wrapped them nicely, but packing them up in a cheap backpack would work perfectly.

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When I go to give my gifts I always also include a 2l bottle of water – as dehydration is a huge problem for the homeless as well as a Pret Christmas Sandwich and some fruit. Try not to include too many sweet things as most homeless people suffer from dental issues.

If you don’t have time to put together a christmas box, you could just offer to buy someone you pass every day on your way to work breakfast or lunch? Or you buy a christmas gift pack directly from Crack + Cider… £60 for the full ‘Warm & Dry Set’ but there are lots of cheaper options on their website too!

There are so many other ways to help the this christmas, you could donate to Shelter or volunteer, or give a gift to someone in need with Save The Children.

Are you volunteering this Christmas? Or sending out an extra gift or two to the homeless, elderly or children in need? Tweet me a picture at @Poppy_Carter or post it on my Facebook!

3 Months

Another month down & Isla is growing beautifully! She seems to be learning something new every day & is really practising her chatting now with lots of ‘Goos & Gah’s’ – especially to Nanny & Grumps! We get smiles all day long & even squeals of excitement so I think we aren’t too far away from her first giggle now! We took her swimming for the first time this month & she loved splashing about with Daddy & Grandma.

1-ad.jpgOur tree, lights and most of the decorations are from John Lewis, with additional decorations from The White Company & Selfridges. Stockings from The White Company.

Christmas is coming and we are all ready to go – with far too many presents for a little person who won’t even know whats going on!

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Such a cheeky girl! (Bauble from Selfridges & outfit from H&M.)

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Baby’s first candy cane… Luckily her motor skills aren’t good enough to successfully find her mouth! 🙂