May the fourth be with you!
Dear mummy, I know how much daddy loves STAR WARS I though it would be nice to do a post just for him. In his honour.
My daddy’s obsession started when he was just a kid he loved watching all the STAR WARS films and playing with the great 1980’s toys. Growing up in the 80’s was a fab time to be a kid. Great films, great cartoons, great toys and you could roam the streets with make believe lightsabers made of sticks and not get done for ASB. My mummy on the other hand was raised up watching STAR TREK with her daddy (one of my grandfathers – who I never had the pleasure of meeting) and watched it religiously.
When my daddy grew up ….*when*!?! Pah! He had a job which could fund his STAR WARS obsession, he bought full scale lightsabers, an authentic Obi Wan Kenobi costume and DVDs of his favourite films. My mummy has recently bought him tickets to STAR WARS Celebration in London 2016.
You see my mummy thinks he looks a little like Ewan Mcgregor, Obi Wan Kenobi in Episode 3. He’s grown a beard and has the same hair colour and bought the clothes and props. You may ask why is he doing all this? Well, he’d like to join Rebel Legion, associated UK Garrison, a troop of costumed volunteers who attend events all in the aid of charity. They give up there free time to bring joy and happiness to children and adults alike and regulary attend events for Naomi House, Starlight, Cancer charities and Children’s charities.
We’ve seen them in action at Winchester Science Centre, Highclere Castle and in Festival Place, Basingstoke, helping to raise money and raise the profile of local charities. It sound like a great hobby to get involved with, satisfying your urge to dress up and have some form of escapism from the mundane week and bring happiness to others. STAR WARS makes my daddy happy.
My mummy thinks it’s a great idea. So here’s my daddy in action – cool eh? We hope UK Garrison can give him a spot on their books.
The dilemma is…will I be a STAR WARS fan or a Trekkie, maybe I’ll like both!?!
Love Bella x
Push Kate Push
5 reasons why we’re excited to see another Royal Baby!
1) We love getting sucked up in all the buzz of the coverage on telly. My mummy is a sucker for live coverage and live news feeds. #RoyalBabyWatch
2) It’s a royal baby! Any new arrival is special, but this one makes history. The baby’s sex makes no difference to the line of succession. We’re fans of the Royals in this household (I know a lot of people out there aren’t) we love celebrating our history and national pride.
3) The not knowing….is it a girl, is it a boy? eek exciting. Maybe another future prince for me to marry!
4) What will Kate be wearing when she presents the new baby to the world, who will be the visitors?
5) ….all the months and years to come watching this new baby grow up to be fourth in line to the throne. Will the be a wild child or a reserved royal? Who knows..
Bella x ….or Lady Isabella in future?
Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Jewellery
Dear Mummy, you’re not a massive jewellery wearer so it surprised me when you stumbled upon a local company at a table-top fair whose designs you liked. See, you’re drawn to quirky things and when it comes to the jewellery you wear, it is very minimalistic and funky. Your not a big fan of floral and delicate. It might have something to do with the fact that you’re a bit ‘grungy’ and wear black a lot! ;)
Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers are a local company based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, they are one of the numerous imprint jewellery makers in the area, but what makes them stand out from their competitors is the unusual range jewellery products they ‘stamp’ on. Sheri, the owner, is a mother of two children and knows how important it is to capture your children growing up. Time goes too fast, so recording their little fingerprints/footprints in silver is a beautiful way to capturing that moment forever. A great heirloom for future generations too. She produces beautiful and individual pieces and is very passionate about her job. Everything is handmade, fired and locally produced and Sheri is a member of the Guild of Keepsake Artisans. She’s not part of a franchise either.
Each piece you see on her website is cast, engraved and polished to a very high standard. As its handmade it is also is very tactile and organic looking which adds to the appeal. Any irregularities are part of its charm.
We had a nice little chat with Sheri at Ainee’s Bazzar and we were impressed with one design in particular. It’s was a very simple rectangle column pendant called a Ingot Fingerprint Pendant which costs £95.00. My mummy was drawn to it instantly as it was so unusual. She liked the fact that my name could be added to the reverse too. The pendant and chain is made out of 92.5 sterling silver and has a good weight to it. The process to get it ordered was really simple. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers sent us out a print-taking kit.
We were sent the moulding kit to do ourselves in the comfort of our own home a couple of days later. It arrived in a little envelope with 3 clear pots and one side of A4 instructions.We had enough impression putty to take 3 impressions of each fingerprint and the full instructions were very helpful. We had to mixed the blue putty with the white putty between our fingers until it was soft and pliable. Then quickly I had to fingerprint it. I kept squirming and treated it like play dough…so once I had fingerprinted it, I wanted to squash it! DOH! Two attempts later we had a print. Thankfully we didn’t run out of moulding putty! Phew! We couldn’t really see how good it was, but sent it back in the envelope to Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers once it had hardened (took about 10 minutes). We had to sign a form to say we were happy to proceed. Sheri used that little mould to create my mummy’s unique piece of jewellery. Depending how quick you are with getting the moulds back the whole process can take between 14 – 28 days.
We eagerly waited the finished article. It came through the letterbox a couple of weeks later and was presented in a beautiful gift bag and box. My mummy opened the box and was thrilled with it, however daddy said the imprint could have been clearer, but that’s as much to do with my fighting fingers and my mummy rolling and mixing the putty numerous times and not Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers fault. It was enough to show my little finger print in the silver and that was enough for my mummy.
Daddy thought it looked like a dirty smudge on the pendant but my mummy was happy and as she has to wear it, that’s all that mattered. Even with few lines or undefined ones you still get a lovely finger shaped dimple imprint and I was fascinated with it and kept wanting to place my thumb in the imprint to compare. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers does say on their website that in most cases the fingerprint is very clear but it does depend on age and the depth of lines on the finger. Tiny babies will have less defined prints as the lines will not have developed.
It’s lovely that my mummy can wear a momentum of me around her neck and that it is abstract enough that you can’t instantly recognise what it is….a real selling feature for her. My mummy is now thinking of ordering more when I grow-up for Grandma and Grandpa.
If you’re looking for something standard and flawless then we would recommend going to HS Samuel, but it you are looking for something handcrafted, quirky and unusual then this is the place for you! The price is not cheap, but the memories attached to the experience of making the moulds and the end jewellery creation makes up for it. Everytime my mummy looks down at it she will remember the day we help make this piece of unique jewellery…and that’s priceless.
You can find Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers on Facebook.
We hope you like our pendant and review!
Love Bella and her mummy x
Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review.
Basingstoke’s NCT Easter Party
Dear Mummy, a couple of weeks ago we visited the Basingstoke NCT Easter Party. We had such a great time we had to tell you all about it. For those that don’t know what NCT is, it’s a charity set up to provide support to parents and families up and down the country. It stands for National Childbirth Trust. We’ve been firm supporters of our local Basingstoke NCT Branch since my mummy joined her antenatal class over two years ago.
My mummy met some wonderful people who were first time mums (like her) and who she continues to hang out with and are now friends for life. She had such a positive experience being on the course that she believes it directly influenced her positive birth experience too. Her NCT friends and the support groups were there for her when she had a rough couple of months in early motherhood and have continued to give her support.
We’ve been to nearly new sales organised by NCT groups in the past and picked up some bargains but now my mummy and daddy wanted to go to one of the NCT’s organised parties to help raise money for the charity. It’s been a great way of meeting other local people and seeing what children’s activities are available in the local area.
Entrance to the NCT Easter party was £5 a ticket per child, which gained us entry to Lychpit Village Hall and adults were free – so we brought Grandma with us as well. Included in the ticket price was a free easter goodie bag on completion of the Easter Egg Hunt and the opportunity to immerse ourselves in 3 FREE 20-30 minute taster sessions put on by some local businesses. This was a great way to see if any of these activities appealed to me.
We had to pre-book onto these taster sessions via email in advance as the organisers didn’t want over crowding on the timed sessions. Eeek we were all so excited! The taster sessions included activities ranging from messy play to cake decorating to dancing! Sound like a perfect way to spend a morning, my mummy thinks. All my little friends were there as well, so we got to hang out while our parents chatted over a cuppa and a slice of glorious home-made cake. The lemon drizzle was to die for and was made by one of my mummy’s friends.
The NCT Easter party was held in a lovely hall, which looked a little bit like a converted barn, with wooden beams and exposed brick walls. All the taster sessions were played out in different corners of the barn along with a crafting table, a raffle table and Routine Riots who attended to face paint and blow balloons for the children. Routine Riots were also accompanied by no other than the real Rapunzel! I couldn’t believe my eyes having just watched Tangled the previous day. She was stunning and the dress was beautiful. I had my photo taken with her by a local photographer who was covering the event called Little Tot Shots. We haven’t seen the photos yet, but have been told that they look great!
Before we could sit down and have a natter it was time for me to put my apron on for the first session which was with the creative Splatter Monkeys. The name kinda gives it away what this session was…..messy play! Splatter Monkeys are based in Basingstoke at Viables Craft Centre right next door to Pots2Paint and run sessions during the week for little ones. It includes messy play, sensory play and general creative freedom. Lots a messy play without having to tidy up after yourselves…..? My mummy likes the sound of this.
We only found out that day that Splatter Monkeys also can travel to your home as well and hold sessions for parties. This is such an awesome idea! At the NCT Easter party I had a great time playing with the dyed spaghetti and rice, playing with water and foam, and covering myself in paint. But not to worry! I was wearing a provided apron so I didn’t get any mess on my clothes. I played with the other children until my free taster session was over and had a great time. It’s convinced my mummy that we need to visit Splatter Monkeys soon for a longer session.
After the messy play session we had a breather and my mummy enjoyed so cake while Grandma took me outside to explore the Easter Egg hunt. We picked up a clue list and hunted high and low for the Easter eggs. Quick as a flash we’d finished, as we could hear other children shouting where the eggs were hidden and I just followed their voices. We exchanged our score sheet for a goodie bag filled with crayons, bubbles and treats. Well worth the £5 ticket price!
Then all of a sudden I could hear music coming from inside the hall. I love dancing and as quick as a flash I ran in and joined the second taster session organised by Kids Kan Dance based in Basingstoke. We followed the instructors lead and danced around the hall, waving musical instruments and silk scarfs. I danced with my (boy) friend, much to daddy’s dismay! Everyone else thought it was kinda cute! We might have to book ourselves onto a course after this! www.kidskandance.co.uk
We had a bit of a gap after the dancing so I decided I wanted my face painted. I knew straight away who I wanted pained on my cheek…….Olaf from Frozen.
I’m in love with this little snowman chappy, his big carrot nose and white snowy skin. Routine Riots did a great job for painting my face and even added sparkle so he twinkled in the light! Only for £2! Even my parents were impressed. I glanced at myself in the mirror then went to go and show my friends. He looked so pretty! My first EVER face paint and one for the family album.
The kind Tot Cross Buns were next up and even though we haven’t booked on to this timed session they had a spare seat, so I sat next to my friend and decorated my cookie and coloured in my gift bag. I stamped my bag with paint and vegetables cut out into interesting shapes. I had great fun eating my way through the edible decorations! They too are based in Basingstoke and run baking classes for little people like me, to give us a greater understanding of food and what certain foods are. Very educational. They also do cookery parties for little ones! It’s not all cake you’d be glad to know – they cook homemade meals with children too!
We had a great couple of hours and met some wonderful local businesses. Hope you like reading my little overview x
Love Bella x
Dear Mummy, we’ve been to Marwell Zoo many times before, but this was the first time that my mummy had her super-duper camera with her. She likes to think she’s David Bellamy and provided a running commentary on every enclosure we went to. I think daddy was getting sick of her towards the end of the day!
We love Marwell Zoo and last year we wrote loads of reviews. We met the penguin handlers and stayed in the Marwell Hotel. So please pop over to see what Marwell’s all about. Today we are just showcasing some of the beautiful animals you can expect to see at the Zoo…that’s me included too RAAAAAA! We hope you like our photo round-up of our day out at Marwell Zoo. If you’re looking for an adventure in Hampshire then this is the place for you!
First we saw the Meerkat exhibit en-route to Café Graze. As we headed straight for a scrummy lunch when we arrived at the zoo.
Then we saw the leopards chilling out on their treetop ledge.
Next door we saw the Giraffes who were outside sunbathing and then got called in to have their tea – so we watched them eat.
Then we walked round to see our friend Ralph (he’s the one wearing the wetsuit about to dive), you can read more about him here!
Just before the park was closing we managed to see the Snow Leopards too!
We only went for an afternoon on this occasion but had a wonderful time! We will be back in the Summer :)
Love Bella x