I’m not a big fan of gift registers for many reasons .
Whilst I understand their function I was brought up to believe a gift is given from the heart and so you should be great full for what you recieve.
I also feel it rude to demand a particular gift and quite uncomfortable for those who can’t afford items on your list.
As for the tradition of asking for cash ….that just makes me cringe.
Whilst planning our wedding goodies I happened to find some fantastic ideas to gift couples that I thought I’d share with you for if you like me and prefer to just ignore the registery and buy a gift to give.
These are too cheesey not to be cute. Not sure if I’d personally find them that adorable to wear out in public but they’d be great for a photo or seven.
These are my favourite and I plan on having some printed for us. Such a thoughtful and practical way to remember a special day.
Gift the couple a gift to match each sense.for example sound …a favourite cd, sight…a photo of them in a cute frame, smell …a Reed diffuser for their room, taste …a box of chocolates and touch …a fluffy throw for the bed.
Shell and stone pictures
Make a romantic image by using shells and stones to form a romantic picture. There are many examples online.
These can be created using free image generators online and can incorporate the couples names and sentimental details.
Every season I throw out a handful of shirts that I just won’t wear again
Repurposing them would be a much better idea.
So this shirt scarf is ideal to turn your unwanted summer shirts into wearable winter warmers.
Simply cut the arms and neck off. Leaving you with a double square of fabric.
Cut lengths on both the top and bottom edge and knot as above.
Stylish and economic friendly
If Santa had a master toy designer it would be Mellissa from Rumplestiltskin.
This talented lady not only sews up the most beautiful of plush toys, she also dreams up and designs her own patterns.
Each one sewn to meticulous detail and delivered with a piece of their own personality and her heart.
As an avid follower on her page I love to see the sneak peeks of a new creation on her table and delight in the final soft product she produces.
So many of her creations are given away free to those who need an extra cuddle and love and her dedication to her craft is not only admirable but truly a passion for good.
I awaited with antisipation when I heard I’d review one of her giant elephants. This honestly was a product I’d fallen in love with. So , when the box was finally here I rushed across the road to Postnet to collect.
Bears eyes widened as he saw the cardboard box , but that was nothing compared to the delighted chattering as he reached for Elis grey trunk. It was love at first sight.
The elephant is beautifully crafted. Each crease in his forehead is defined and bear has his name neatly embroidered on its foot. The flappy ears are his favourite and he likes to lie on its tummy rubbing the soft blue fabric of the inner ear.
The elephant is larger than bear and when seated is as tall as an arm chair. But you can order smaller sizes.
These elephants are not just great accessories for a baby room , the make a fantastic feeding pillow, first bean bag and best friend.
Thank you Melissa for gifting bear a treasured friend, soft hugs and a bean bag that he flops and lies all over.
To order one of Melissas gorgeous creations please contact
I love anything boho and handmade so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled onto Knot a Dream’s gorgeous facebook page.
I fell instantaneously in love and ordered a wedding backdrop with a tree of life macrame dream catcher as the centre.
But it was the baby swing that blew me away the most ….
Two days later I had the pleasure of meeting Rosinne, the creator of these masterpieces and her husband Alan.
Wow! What amazing people …. this dynamic dueo are punctual and organised.
Bear received his swing and I was even more impressed in real life , as the photos do not do the hours of patient knotting justice.
A strong sturdy base that he will be able to use until he is at least 3 or 4 years old.
It’s self standing when not hung and can be folded down and stored neatly.
The rope is neatly decorated and the 4 strong rope strands are securely knotted to ensure babies safety when hung.
I hung ours in a small tree and it held bears 10kg weight with ease. I felt safe placing bear in the string and it was great to see that even though he placed his head through the strings, with his legs between the seat strap he couldn’t easily fall through. The seat also remained stable as I placed him in and out of the swing.
The precision in each knot of the design is meticulous and the beauty of this product , hanging through the green branches , would enhance even the drabbest of gardens.
He , of course , was delighted and would have stayed all day in his swing. I have since hung it near our washing line so that he can safely swing whilst this mamma hangs the washing.😋
For more info and to view their beautiful products contact
I was very excited to collect bears NurtureOne Fuss Free Bib as now that I have an active crawling baby who wants to feed himself on my hands EVERYTHING gets messy.
The fuss free bib is made from a durable plastic and folds itself into a small pouch attached to the bib. The pouch is small enough for you to pop into a nappy bag or even your handbag and pull out when needed.
I also like the fact that by folding it back into the pouch , you are able to store these bibs on top of each other neatly. So great for other OCD moms like me who have nightmares over the neatest way to fold and store material bibs.
It slips on easily and attaches at the back with Velcro. I’m happy to say it will fit kiddies older than a year. Bear currently wears clothing age 12 to 18 months and the bib was comfortable with room to grow. It also covered all of his outfit.
Easy to clean and dries in minutes. I wiped his bib down with a wet cloth after breakfast but after lunch he’d smeared yoghurt all over it so I gave it a quick hand wash in warm soapy water , hung it up and when I went back 20 minutes later it was dry, ready for supper time.
The bib is not just great for messy eating but also for messy play time. A stress less way to keep your baby and toddler neat as they enjoy water play, paint , play dough or messy play.
I’ll be popping this into my bag and taking it along to bears Moms and babes classes for messy play time …no more dragging along a change of clothing for this mamma.
For more information on the product contact