Leyla’s 8th Birthday


It was Leyla’s 8th birthday at the end of last week. I can’t believe that she is such a big girl now! It seems like yesterday I was rushed into hospital to have her! I almost had her at home after being sent home earlier in the day and being afraid to go back in just in case they sent me home again. She has turned into such a lovely little girl. She can have a hard, gobby front sometimes and she can be a handful but underneath she is so loving and sentimental. She is pretty shy but once she is your friend, she will do anything for you. She is like me in a lot of ways, so sometimes we do clash, but she knows that I would do anything for her, and always be in her corner.


I was 24 when I had Leyla and I truly believe she saved my life. It is no secret to those who know me that I was anorexic before I got pregnant. I think the fact that there was a baby inside me was the only thing that was ever going to give me the motivation to get better. It wasn’t just my body anymore! Her middle name is Grace and I always call her my saving grace because that’s what she is. I don’t think I would be here today if it wasn’t for her, and then later Naomie and Kieron. They are my everything and I am so lucky to have all of them.


For her birthday, I decided that she deserved some pampering, so I arranged for her, Naomie and one of their cousins to go and get their nails done. They went to a gorgeous little place in Shrewsbury called The Salon and they had a lovely afternoon! I can’t fault The Salon. Even after a disaster with a taxi, which ended up with us being 40 minutes late, they still gave us our appointment and did all three girls nails beautifully. Leyla went for pink sparkly and Naomie went for red sparkly, both to match their dresses.


Instead of a party, we went for a big family meal and Leyla invited some of her best school friends. Leyla’s nan had ordered a cake to be made especially for her, a pretty sparkly heart shaped cake which the restaurant staff brought out for her and which Leyla was delighted with! She had a lovely day.


In honour of her birthday, I thought it would be fun to ask her a few questions and then I have something I can look back on next year, to see how much she has changed.

  1. What is your favourite colour? Lilac
  2. What is your favourite toy? Seker
  3. What is your favourite fruit? Apple and mango
  4. What is your favourite TV show? Teen Titans Go
  5. What is your favourite film? Goosebumps movie
  6. What is your favourite game? Tag
  7. What is your favourite animal? Chihuahua
  8. What is your favourite song? Rockabye
  9. What is your favourite book? Goosebumps
  10. Who is your best friend? Mia
  11. What is your favourite drink? Coke
  12. What toy do you take to bed with you? Seker and Leah
  13. What is your favourite meal? Spaghetti bolognese
  14. What do you want to be when you grow up? Singer
  15. Do you have any pets? Cat called Jareth

Happy 8th birthday, Leyla!

Love adele

My Week: Tax Returns, Cuddles and Birthday Preparation


This week I have mainly been doing my tax return, so unfortunately I have not had much time for crafting. The girls were at their dad’s house last weekend so it would’ve been the ideal time for me to get on with some new designs but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. Me and Kieron had a lovely weekend to ourselves though, having lots of cuddles while he was awake and me working away, crunching my numbers, while he napped. He is 3 months now, so officially not a newborn anymore. He is so active and alert now, it’s lovely to see. He has started smiling lots and babbling to anybody who will listen. He is so friendly, he charms everybody he meets. He has just started noticing his toys too and will sit and chat away to them.


It is Leyla’s birthday this Saturday so I need to make her a dress to wear for her party. She has asked for a dress made with some pretty purple fabric in my stash so I need to get on it as soon as possible. I have a few orders to get out first though. I always end up leaving birthday dresses to the last minute then stressing through them. I seem to do it every year! Luckily the type of dress she would like is one that I have made many times before so it shouldn’t take me too long to make. Fingers crossed.

Wish me luck!

Love adele


Family Christmas Traditions


This week I have been thinking lots about family christmas traditions. Up until this year, we have only had a couple of things we do every christmas. My girls are older now so I want to up my game a bit and create magical christmas memories for them to treasure.

My christmas decorations usually go up in the last week of November. I was totally late this year after having my son and moving house so they weren’t put up until the second week of December. I love my christmas decorations, I think they make the house look amazing. I always have a red, white and silver theme. Some things I buy new and most things I reuse from the years before. I love to get all of the old grotto pictures and put them up around the front room, it’s so nice seeing the kids when they were younger and they really enjoy looking at them.


I made quite a few decorations myself and we have an elf that sits on the tree and watches the kids to see if they are good. He reports back to Father Christmas and this helps decide whether the kids are on the good or naughty list. I can’t remember where I got the elf from. I think it must’ve been a gift from someone but I can’t remember who. My girls love looking at him and seeing if he’s moved and telling him that they are good.

Ever since Leyla’s first christmas, I have made sure that every year the kids have had new pyjamas and a book on Christmas Eve. I didn’t realise how many other people did this too. I like to make the pyjamas somehow christmas related for the Christmas Day morning pictures but I know that not everyone cares about that. I have also always picked a book about christmas because I think it gets the kids into the spirit of christmas and gets them excited.


This year, as the girls are 6 and 7, I am going a bit more all out with the Christmas Eve bags. Kieron is just getting a little christmas sleepsuit, as he will be just short of 12 weeks on Christmas Eve so there is not really much I can give him. The girls bag will be much bigger. They will be getting a joint gift bag with a pair of reindeer pyjamas each, a christmas book each, a cup each with a hot chocolate sachet and a chocolate bar in, a little bag of homemade reindeer food (glitter and oats – so easy!), a magic key as we have no fireplace, a little plate for them to leave Father Christmas his treats on and some popcorn. I will find us a nice christmassy film to watch on Netflix and it will be lovely.


We usually leave Father Christmas a few cookies and a glass of milk or mulled wine and a carrot and reindeer food for Rudolph. I love the plate I found this year to put the treats on! I found this last week in Wilkinsons and thought it was cute.

I like to keep Christmas Eve a family day, with no running around getting last minute things done. I try and make sure that all of the wrapping and jobs are done by the 23rd. Bedtime on Christmas Eve is obviously not easy, with the kids being so excited, but I try to get them in bed early so I can have an early night ready for what is usually a very early morning on Christmas Day.



On Christmas Day, I always make sure that one of their presents is a nice outfit and pair of party shoes that they can wear on the day. I usually make or buy a beautiful red party dress. This year, with it being Kieron’s first christmas, I made him a crocheted Father Christmas outfit to wear.

We are going to my parents house for dinner and afterwards we will play games and sing karaoke and have a nice family evening together with more mulled wine. I can’t wait!

What are your family christmas traditions?

Love adele