Eloise: Third Birthday



We had a really special day celebrating Ellie’s 3rd birthday, and I wanted to put up some pictures of her party.  At 3, she is obsessed with Rapunzel and was very specific about wanting a Rapunzel Tower cake which OMG was so daunting and very hard.  I had tried to find a toy Rapunzel Tower (because cheating is my thing!) that I could just whack on top of the cake but I didn’t get one in time.  Luckily, with some handy engineering from my hubby we got it done.  Don’t look too closely though lol.

I found the theme really easy, especially once you start looking on Pinterest, there are many, many Rapunzel party ideas. We had saucepans everywhere, and used a saucepan to bash the pinata with.  We played ‘Pin the Nose on Flynn Ryder’ and had a Hair Braiding station, and sidewalk chalk to paint with. None of this will make sense unless you have seen the ‘Tangled’ movie.  Which most of the guests hadn’t BUT ANYWAY 😂

My favourite though, was surprising Ellie with a real life  Rapunzel Princess who sang songs, read stories and did some face painting for the kids.  It was so amazing seeing the shock on Ellie’s face and the awe from the kids.  Ellie was very shy but has since spoken of  how much she loved Rapunzel and how she would love her to come back.  We used Unreal Kids Parties, and Terri was just fantastic.  She dresses up as so many different characters and does an amazing job of each.  I couldn’t recommend her enough.

Ellie has already decided she wants a Cinderella cake for her Fourth birthday.  I better start practicing now.  Till then!


little love: eloise – three

Now that Ellie is three, we move onto her doing the updates, instead of me, as I did with Judd.  It’s too funny 🙂  Her birthday party post will come soon!

Ellie - THREE

  • What is your name?  Ellie.  Taylor.
  • How old are you?  Older. I’m THREE!
  • What is your favourite colour?  I’m pink.
  • What is your favourite toy?  Cocohontas.
  • What is your favourite fruit?  Well… strawberries!
  • What is your favourite snack?  Tanies.  (Sultana’s.)
  • What is your favourite drink?  A pink one.
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?  Watermelon
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?  Tanies.
  • What is your favourite thing to eat for dinner?  Pizza.  Wow I love pizza.
  • What food do you really dislike?  Milk.  I don’t like milk.
  • What is your favourite TV Show?  I do like the Night Garden.
  • What is your favourite thing to wear?  Jammies.
  • What is your favourite game?  Sophia Etch Sketch.
  • What is your favourite animal?  Ummm a shark!
  • What is your favourite song?  The Riverbend!  (Then proceeded to go into a rendition of Tangled). “and at last I see the light!!  And it’s like… the hoooooog has lifted” (she has a little trouble pronouncing F lol)
  • What is your favourite book?  Rapunzel
  • Who do you love?  Mummy I love you so much in the world.
  • What is your favourite memory?  *Looks at me blankly*
  • Who is your biggest hero?  *Looks at me blankly*
  • What makes you happy?  My hair.
  • What makes you sad?  I would like a baby sister.
  • Who is your best friend?  Belle.
  • What is your favourite thing to do outside?  Jump on the trampoline.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Mummy?  Go to the beach.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Daddy?  Read a story.
  • What is your favourite thing to do with Juddy?  Judd’s swimming lessons
  • What is your favourite holiday? The chocolate eggs.
  • What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My little rapunzel.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?  I don’t want to grow up.
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  I’d swim in the ocean.
  • What do you want for dinner for your birthday?  The restaurant.
  • What is your favourite present?  My crown.



Smith’s First Birthday

Smith’s First Birthday was a ‘Wild One.’  I came across this theme and absolutely loved it as the boys love the “Where the Wild Things Are’ books.

I wanted a simple cake as I knew I wouldn’t be as likely to pick the next cakes and Ellie – who is coming up to her third birthday – has picked a very ambitious / stressful cake for me to make!  This camping theme, with the candles huddled on top of the cake was something i saw on Pinterest and loved as it really matched Smith’s woodland room that we’d just finished.  Inside was layered with a Chocolate cake, Caramel cake, Salted Caramel Cake, and White Chocolate.


A lot of the decorations were taken from quotes from the book, We had ‘vines that hung from the ceilings’ as well as sticks and twigs, which were actually the edible wafers.  The cupcakes were the boat Max sailed across the sea, and we had bubbles that said ‘To tame the Wild Things’
I put signs around the food and drinks with the quotes as well – ‘I’ll eat you up I love you so’ etc.
We gifted the ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ book as party favours.


Teepee was made for Smith’s room from Teepee Sarah, who I found on Instagram.  Wood style plates and cutlery were from Kmart.

Smith LOVED the cake pops, which were SO simple, just mud cake, dunked into white chocolate and I topped with fondant crowns.


Campfire Cupcakes were made with flakes and coloured buttercream icing.


Smith loved when we sung Happy Birthday.



The inside of the cake!

It was such a great day and Smith really had a great time, especially eating the cake pops 🙂  I just thought this was a really fun and easy theme to throw together.  Then Judd’s kindergarten started reading the book and doing a lot of activities (they even had the Wild One characters as plush toys – OMG jealous) so I was able to give them all of the decorations, which they used to turn one of the corners of their classroom into the Wild theme.


little love: smith – month fourteen


– 9kgs and 77cms long
– Size 0 clothing
– 10 teeth, which is the same as last month, with another two slowly on their way.
– Walking! Has just been working out how to turn while he walks. Judd and Ellie love when he walks to them. Smith loves walking out to Daddy when he gets home from work, like the others now.
– Along with the climbing, and now the walking, the bumps and bruises are a constant here. He has started standing up to dance on the ottoman. I opened the door to the front yard to him (which is enclosed) ran inside to turn off the stove and when I came back he was in the trampoline. Face palm.

– even though he is walking and climbing a lot, he is still a really clingy babe, and spends a lot of time at my feet or in my arms and spends the whole time with Daddy when he is home. Mark has issues with his wrist due to Smiths insistence to be held constantly and in a particular way. When Ellie comes for cuddles and Smith notices he will start screaming and will try to sit on top of her to edge her out of the way.
– Starting to eat more again, YAY! Loves anything buttered really.  And then on the other hand, loves edamame and Mum’s healthy salads.
– And now that he is eating more, he has started sleeping slightly better. Although for three weeks of the month he would only sleep for 40 minute stints and insisted on sleeping with me from about 11 at night. Like full tantrum, wake up the other kids insisted. I have since worked out that Smith likes complete silence for day sleeps – he will sleep for at least 3 hours if I can keep it quiet, and that then follows into sleeping better at night. A silent house with two other kids has to be my biggest battle right now. I just want to get him used to sleep again and then hopefully I can introduce the noise during the day.
– Loves pretending to sneeze so that we say ‘bless you!’
– Loves singing ‘Three Little Ducks’ and doing the hand actions and loves doing the Quack, Quack, Quack. Also says the last word or every line when we sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
– Gives a good High Five. I think Mark will teach him knuckles next.
– Started raiding the pantry like everyone else. Our grocery bills are crazy and I know they will just get worse.
– Happily gives kisses when asked for them. If I get greedy with them, which I do tend to do, he will tell me NO! and shake his head.

– such a crack up, always trying to make us laugh and giggles so much during the day. When he’s about to have a feed, he gets so excited he starts giggling.

– Loves a good dance party with the kids and will have a crack at singing into the microphone.