Mothers Day Gift Guide

This year will be my first year as a Mummy on mother’s day & I’m looking forward to celebrating with a family lunch with all the Grandma’s and my beautiful Isla. I thought I’d give you a little inspiration incase you were planning on showing your love with gorgeous gifts as well as cuddles, kisses & homemade cards!

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1. The White Company – Deep Waistband Pull-Ons – Dark Charcoal Marl – £45

As a new Mum it’s unbelievably difficult to actually get dressed every day, so these are the perfect, super soft, comfy trousers that you can get away with wearing & people won’t judge you… Just grab the dry shampoo & go!

2. Prestat – Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle 175g – £12.50

These truffles are so perfect you won’t be able to resist! Prestat chocolates have been enjoyed by Queens, Princesses & Presidents – so why not add your Mum to that distinguished company!

3. Tiba + Marl – Elwood Changing Backpack – £120

Once you’ve had a baby your baby bag basically becomes your handbag for the next few years & for the most part that means style goes out the window… But not anymore! I am obsessed with these backpacks – it is top of my Birthday list! (Am I too old to still have a Birthday list…?) I do so much baby wearing & and having a backpack instead of over the shoulder would make a huge difference plus this one comes with a laptop sleeve, bottle insulator & enough space to carry the millions of things you need to survive a day out of the house with baby!

4. Laura Lee – Medium 9ct Rose Gold Initial Coin Necklace – £295.00

I’ve loved Laura Lee jewellery for years & have a few of their pieces already. I’ve been thinking for a while how much I’d love a necklace with Isla’s initial on it & I immediately thought of the delicate rose gold coin necklace. So chic and simple!

5. DIPTYQUE Candle – £40

Always a perfect gift. Luxurious & a great way to spoil someone special!

6. Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription – From £50 for 3 months

Why give her just one bunch of flowers when you can surprise her with 3? It’s such a great idea as she doesn’t even need to be in when they are delivered as they can be posted through the letter box. They even come with instructions for how best to arrange them!

7. Liberty – Theodora Roberts Revival Radio – £225.00

Barney got me a Roberts radio for Christmas a few years ago as the most beautiful surprise & we now have it on in the kitchen everyday. It makes such a nice change to fill your home with music instead of the noise of the TV! This beautiful Radio is covered in the iconic Liberty print which I really just can’t get enough of!

8.Olympus PEN Digital Camera – E-PL7 – Was £399, Now £299 in Jessops

Capturing memories is one of my greatest joys as a mum & having the perfect tool to do that is essential. This stunning little compact looks incredible but is also so easy to use to achieve amazing results. The E-PL7 features a flip & tilt 1.04M dot touchscreen LCD & even has built-in Wi-fi which lets you instantly share and post your images online via your smartphone. It has a continuous shooting option of up to 8 frames per second, so you’ll never miss a shot & features 14 Art Filters for adding creativity to stills & movies.

9. Kate Spade New York Stationary Collection – Pictured: Notebook – £22 & Thermal Mug – £16

I have accrued quite the Kate Spade handbag collection & now they have brought out a stationary line I know I won’t be able to resist. They make the perfect gifts as everything is cute & quirky, with slogans like ‘Eat Cake for Breakfast’ – I think every woman should have a little of that in her life! 

 

Those are my top picks for store bought gifts – but breakfast in bed, coupons for cuddles & special art work ready for framing are also right up there with the best things a Mum could receive! Having a baby of your own really makes you understand just how much your parents did for you. I’m going to be thanking my Mum, not just on Mothers Day but every day for putting up with all the tantrums & the sleepless nights! Along with the million other things she did for me & continues to do!

How will you be celebrating the wonderful Mumma’s in your life? Share your pictures with me on Instagram @AdventureswithIslaBlog or on Facebook!

New Year

What a year 2015 was, my little photography company grew… as my stomach did… Creatively, professionally, and personally it was possibly our best yet. Welcoming Isla into the world was obviously the highlight. Our hearts have been filled with more love than we could ever imagine and it just grows with every day! I thought I’d recap my favourite moments, with photographs, of course! 🙂

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12 weeks in…

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Our little family…

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Voting with my little girl… (and our pregnancy announcement photo!)

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Barney recorded his album at Abbey Road…

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We enjoyed a beautiful Summer living in London…

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Bump and Sophia Webster Banana Sneakers…

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Our Maternity Photoshoot…

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Barney & I at our beautiful baby shower!

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We bought our beautiful house… just in time… and painted a chalk board wall in the kitchen.

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The last month of pregnancy was spent with the wonderful company of Mrs. Henderson Presents in Bath. In this picture I’m sat next to Barney, in the pit, with the band for a show – 39 weeks pregnant!

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The first photograph of Isla…

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Isla got to meet some very special new friends…

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Isla’s first swim!

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Our Christmas Card…

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Celebrating an amazing year together!

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Cheers!

2016 is set to be even better, watching our beautiful girl grow & with Barney as the Musical Director of Mrs. Henderson Presents as it transfers to the West End!

I hope you’ve had an amazing year & are ready to fulfil some beautiful resolutions.

My resolution is to be present & love every day with my gorgeous family! (Plus I’m going to try to do 366 days of 1 second videos with the app 1SE! Check it out – it’s a great app! Not sponsored – I just love it!)

Christmas Gift Ideas with SnapFish – Plus 50% Off!

Everyone has gone discount mad for Black Friday and I’ve teamed up with SnapFish to bring you one more! I love giving personal gifts each year so when they asked if I might like to make a photo calendar, I jumped at the chance!

The website is incredibly easy to navigate, upload your photos & edit your design. I designed one 14 x 11″ Classic Wall Calendar for my parents & one smaller Kitchen Calendar for us…

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You can customise everything from the boarders to the fonts and all the colours! I had so much fun playing around that I spent three evenings changing everything around & trying out different options before I finally settled on my choices! You could easily do it very quickly though if you are more decisive that me!

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I also ordered an ornament for the tree with our special photograph that I took for the Christmas Card – so you are getting an early preview of that too!

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The image I used is extremely sharp/high resolution and it’s unfortunately printed onto the ornament slightly out of focus but when it’s hanging up on the tree I’m sure it will look nice. I just wouldn’t recommend using an iPhone snap as it probably wouldn’t be high enough quality to look good.

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You can put multiple photographs onto each page & on the Classic Wall Calendar you can even add them to the boxes to celebrate special family dates too!

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The Kitchen Calendar is slightly less customisable but you can still add text under the picture.

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The four pictures I used below are taken with my iPhone so you can see they still look brilliant! This is actually one of my favourite pages in the calendar – so funny & full of personality! You can import your pictures directly in from Facebook or Flickr if you wanted too.

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Our Christmas portrait looks better than I imagined printed & I can’t wait to see how much Isla has changed this time next year when we are making our calendar for 2017!

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I had so much fun getting creative making my personalised photo calendars & the lovely people at SnapFish have very kindly given me a discount code so you can try it out too! You can get 50% off EVERYTHING until November 30th using their Black Friday code : SALE1115 & 50% off Photo Calendars until December 31st using my code: SFUK411.

Click here to see the last order dates before Christmas!

I had to show my mum the calendar early so I didn’t spoilt it for her when she reads the blog – and she cried when she saw it! It really is beautiful quality & I’m so pleased I chose SnapFish to create it.

What pictures would you use to create yours? Baby’s first year? Holiday photos? I want to see your creations! So tweet me @Poppy_Carter or on show me on my Facebook page!