Xavien’s Golden Safari First Birthday

Xavien’s Golden Safari First Birthday

Well I must say that this past year has flown by! I feel like I just blinked and my tiny newborn turned one. I always knew that I wanted to throw a themed party for hist first birthday. I feel like for boys you are limited with ideas!

During the year we used to take Xavi to the Zoo and I always loved the greenery, animals and being out in nature. Its something I really want to expose him to as he grows.

I also wanted something that wasn’t traditionally done for a first birthday. So the Gold Safari idea was born! A mix of greenery, animals with classy gold finishing.

I went about making mood boards before I contacted all the local Perth business to help me bring the vision to light. I choose to use small businesses run my mums, as I really wanted to support local.

I began organising everything at least 3/4 months out! I also did a lot of things myself and was very particular about every detail.

For the kids we hired a ball pit, slide, pony cycles and had stickers and zoo animal masks for them to play with. They loved the pony cycles so much! I would definitely use them again!

I didn’t want to do lolly bags for the kids so their gift boxes contained:

  • A plastic zoo animal
  • Play doh
  • Bubbles
  • Zoo Tattoo
  • Custom cookie

The masks, bubbles, stickers and tattoo were from Discount Party Supplies. They have so many different themes and party supplies on their site!

I choose Halo Events as my event/styling company and they also provided the animal props, ONE table, big balloon displays, welcome stand and all the setup. They were so incredible to work with and as always, did an amazing job.

All the other amazing businesses are listed below (Instagram handles) and I would highly recommend everyone I used and would use them again. All of them went above and beyond to help and bring the Gold Safari vision to light!

Photographer Zahra Creative

Venue @rafflesperth
Event Planner @haloevents_perth
Table Arrangements @the_bloom_box
Kids Table/Chairs @allegraandgrace
Ball pit, slide, rug @milaandchloe
Balloons @theballoonfairy
Cake and cupcakes @queenofcakesperth
Cookies @therusticteaparty
Tableware and Gift boxes @Favorlanepartyboutique
Signage @truestyledesigns
Cake topper @footandflame
Photo drop ( Leaf drop) @tleafcollections
Time Capsule ( Wooden box) @lepetitcadre
Pony Cycles @ponycycles

 

Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

If you have been following me for a while, you will know I tend to be very organized and plan well ahead!

Preventing stretch marks was definitely on my list of things to try and avoid. My mum had stretch marks and many forums will tell you it is probably hereditary! I disagree.

Now, I already had stretch marks on my hips from when I was a teenager and I had gone through a growth spurt. They are white now and barely visible. So I was thinking there would be a good chance of me getting them during my pregnancy!

So here’s what I did!

  1. I used Dove Triple Moisturizing Body Wash every shower
  2. Applied Mio Tummy Rub Butter and Oil morning and night from end of trimester one
  3. Applied The Stretch Serum in the last 8 weeks of trimester three
  4. Drank 2.5lt of water daily during my pregnancy
  5. Exercised

The result was I had no stretch marks at all during my pregnancy! However after bub was born I noticed I had four small marks on my belly ( hardly noticeable) which I’m okay with!

I had no stretch marks on my boobs until after my milk came in! They have come up around my nipples and underneath but I have heard from a lot of woman, they tend to go away after breastfeeding. However if not, I’m fine with that too.

I’m continuing with my creams now on my tummy and boobs and will for the next 4 months or so.

If I’m concerned about stretch marks at a later date I will get them lasered. Until then a spray tan covers them!

So all in all, even though I was very proactive with prevention and I’m happy with the outcome, I still have some stretch marks.

However, every woman and every body is different. Some women get them and some don’t, but there are lots of things you can do to prevent them or minimize them.

I look at my body and my marks now and I embrace them because I was able to create, nourish and bring a little human into the world and when you see their little faces, nothing else matters.

Much love xx

Nursery Drawer Organisation

Nursery Drawer Organisation

There is so many ways you can organise drawers! For me personally I spent quite a bit of time deliberating the best way to do so. If you know me by now, you would know I do go through quite a process before I execute!

This was no different. I planned out what was going where and how the flow looked and felt to me and if it was going to bring ease into my life ( which is the most important factor).

My way may no suit everyone but I hope it gives you some inspiration or ideas if you don’t know where to start!

I decided to purchase my drawers separately, for a few reasons. First being they will be stored in my walk in robe and not on display in the nursery. Second the drawers that matched my cot and change table were nearly 10 times the price! So I went with IKEA and put them together myself ( If you managed to watch my insta story at the time it was a frustrating but empowering exercise).

What I used:

x 2 MALM Chest of Drawers IKEA

x 6 SKUBB Drawer Dividers  IKEA

x 1 Pack Clear Mailing Labels ( If you want to label your drawers and/or Dividers ) Officeworks

x 4 Large Storage Baskets ( Use to store Nappies/Large size clothing/Bits and Pieces) Kmart

Chest of Drawers No.1 :

  1. Sleep/Dream Suits and bibs
  2. Socks, mittens and hats
  3. Newborn
  4. Wonder suits/All in ones
  5. Tops/Sets/Shoes
  6. Pants/Shorts

The first set of drawers are all clothing items. I decided to do a Newborn drawer to help make the first month easier – so I literally only use one drawer. Inside I have used the dividers to seperate by type of clothing. Singlets/basics/wonder-suits/sets.

With the other drawers I have gone by type of clothing, then into size and used the drawer dividers to label them for ease.

The dividers are great and you can change out the sizes easily and the labels are easily pulled off and transferred.

When little boo is out of his newborn clothes I will use that drawer for Sets ( for example) and go by size, like I have for the other drawers. Of course the clothing selection will get bigger so eventually it may be one drawer per type and you can opt out of using the dividers. They easily unzip and lay flat when not in use.

Chest of Drawers No.2 :

  1. Towels
  2. Face washers/ Burp cloths
  3. Blankets
  4. Linen ( For Cot/ Bassinet and Change table)
  5. Baby Carriers
  6. Storage

These ones are pretty self explanatory. I used the drawer dividers for the linen drawer so I can easily identify the differences. The last 2 drawers I have used for things like instructions/warranties/gifts that can’t be used as yet etc..

Hope this helps you! All in all think about how it works to make it easy for you and have FUN!

 

xx

 

 

 

 

Change Table Organisation

Change Table Organisation

Finally I have set up all the bits and pieces I need for my change table! For those people that know me well, I tend to be highly organised, often times over the top.

So when it came to setting up my little boo’s room although I was excited, I know how I am – its a process! There is first a vision, followed by the pre planning, the draft plan, the approved plan, the execution and then the review! I am happy to say though Im pretty much finished!

I thought I would share the table setup for anyone else that needs inspiration!

I chose a white Boori change table to match my white/grey/natural themed nursery.

I also opted to buy a nappy caddy, I loved the idea of this due to the fact you can pick it up and take it to any room in the house to change your bub. I chose the ubbiworld white and grey nappy caddy that comes with a drawer and change mat.

The bubsfirst change mat was also an amazing find! I loved this for a few reasons! Its designed by mums and its unique to any other change mat cover. It was created to save time and hassle of nappy changes because it has a wipeable bottom half and a soft mink top half! It also comes in a range of colours to match any nursery.

I also opted for a mobile to be hung above the change table to help aid in distraction/stimulation for bub when its change time.

Baskets are available in all shapes and sizes, feature a handle on each side and are from my favorite place Kmart

Shelf 1:

My nappy caddy featuring, nappies, wipes, cotton buds, eco nappy balm, eco baby moisturiser, hand sanitiser and burp cloth ( especially for little boys – you can use the cloth when your mid change to avoid any accidents!)

Basket 1: Nappies

Basket 2: Burp cloths

Basket 3: Extra balm, moisturiser, cotton buds, massage oil, comb/brush, nail clippers

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Shelf 2:

Basket 1: Swaddles and extra burp cloths

Basket 2: Thermometer, nasal aspirator, extra baby products

Basket 3: Wipes, nappy bags, disposable change mats

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