Family, Making & Baking


going greener

17th 09 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly


I can’t call this blog zero waste as I’m a long way off. In the past i have been so overwhelmed about where to start that i haven’t started at all.

Doing my Forest School training and starting Wonderwood Explorers has opened me up to new people, new ways and i think changed me for the better. My life view is tilted a bit now and part of that is knowing i cant keep my head in the sand about how much stuff i buy, how much stuff i throw away and the effects that has.

From reading new blogs, listing to new podcasts, watching documentaries and planning forest school sessions I have started (very slowly) to make some changes.

I thought i would document these in case anyone else is looking to do the same and is unsure where to start.

I actually started by making a list of all the single use plastics i use in my work and one by one swapping them for better options. I am going to do a blog on this at a later date as this was a real eye opener.

After i got start on that, i moved on making a list of the single use plastic in our house and finding swaps for them.


“On one day last year, 2,500 plastic bottles were collected from the banks of the Thames –

water bottles were the most common type found”


Plastic water bottle – reusable 

I have been doing this one for a few years now. A good friend gave me a metal water bottle and this is what i fill and take with me to work and days out.

Cling Film & food bags – Beeswax food wraps

These i love. They range in cost from £3.99 on ebay for one to £20 for a high end pack of 3. My husbands work sells them and he got a pack of three for £15. Mine smelt quite strong when i first got them and i was a little be unsure if this would transfer to the food. But the wax smell faded pretty fast and it was never an issue. I have been looking into how you make your own as well so I’m going to give that a go later in the year when i need some more.



Straws – Paper straws

I haven’t gone the full hog and got a metal or bamboo straw as we don’t use them that often but i have popped a few paper straws in Neive’s bag so if we are out and the cafe only has plastic ones we can use one of these instead. The irony is i have popped them in a plastic bag 🙁 But the bag came with our food delivery and again it seemed more mad to throw it away than use it.

Soap & Shampoo bottles 

This one is on my list but i haven’t swap over yet. I think I’m going to start slow with a bar of soap and then move on to bar hair conditions and then when I’m really brave a shampoo. If your looking for some more info on why to swap from a gel to a bar this is a good post . I know what this lady’s sister means about squeaky soap so it might take me a while to find one i like.

Toothbrush – Bamboo brushes

The toothbrushes we have are still fine but when they do need swapping i have some lovely bamboo ones waiting for us. I got them early as there was 10% off at the no plastic shop and with them costing £3.99 each I didn’t want to miss the offer. I will do an update on instagram when we get around to testing them out.

Baby Wipes 

I’m going to try and make my own baby wipes!!!    I know, who even am I!

I watched a video ages ago about a lady making her own (it was a save money tip rather then reduce plastic), I’m up for both. This is the video I’m going to follow . I have ordered some of the reusable travel pouches she has in this video. £3.80 for three inc delivery and I’m going to see what Tupperware i have that might do before i look into buying on of these. I will do an update on this DIY on insta as well.



Anyone have any tops tips? I would love you to share them with me.

Ellie x




summer play ideas list

19th 07 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly


I have my summer sand bucket list all done, this covers all the big things i want to do over the summer. Things to see, places to go ect.

This is my play ideas list. I haven’t been great at keeping one of these over the last few months and I know it helps me feel inspired at play time with her rather than getting distracted by Instagram.


Sand Play – Neive is really getting into sand play now so I’m going to set up a sand play with loose parts. The Imagination Tree has a fab blog on this.

Chalk – I drew a little road on the patio the other day and she LOVED it. I’m going to go all out with this one a day and set all the cars outside and draws lots of roads out.

Bath Time – We have not done any bath play in ages 🙁 Neive is a bit obsessed with ducks at the moment so I’m going to get some craft foam and cut out some duck shapes for her to stick on the wall. This is inspired by a fab book we got for her birthday from the Works 

Messy Garden Play – I got the idea of making some jelly for Neive to play with outside from this post along with colouring some uncooked rice with food colour and hiding her toys in it.

Ice play – we have done this quite a few times now but I’m going to try an ice bath in our trug outside with toys in for some sensory play and then I have seen some fab frozen hands (frozen water in a glove) that I want to try out as well as painting with coloured ice cubes.

Mud Kitchen – Neive loves the mud kitchen at Forest School so I am going to set one up for her at home. We have the prefect area for it now we took a bush out and I just need some bowls, spoons and cups and she will have a blast.

Baking – I love baking with Neive (I need to steal for it first and remember to remain calm) but I do love it. I’m inspired by Cath from Baking With Kids insta account. I’m going to pull a few things out of her feed and make them with Neive. The party popcorn is top of the list and Neive loves pop coor (as she says).

That should keep us both busy for a bit! This afternoon we are doing the jelly play, we made it while getting lunch ready and hopfully it will be set when she wakes up from her nap.


Ellie x




summer sand bucket list 2018

12th 07 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I made a list of all the things I wanted to do last summer and I didn’t do to badly, over half. Without a list I’m a bit like jelly fish just floating around from one week to the next. A trip to a Lido was on last year’s list that never happened, but […]

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ice bath play

18th 04 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I got the idea for this bath play from a lovely lady on instagram. I dunked a few of Neive’s plastic toys in water and popped them in the freezer overnight. Bing needed a little help to stay under the water 🙂   Neive was fascinated as soon as I showed them to her and […]

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homemade shortbread

9th 04 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking, Parties by elliekelly

  This could well become an obsession. Oh dear. I really didn’t think making shortbread was going to be as easy as it was. My mum and husband have both made it before, but I had never given it a go. Until now that is, and it’s SO flippin easy! It’s definitely going on my […]

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Easter Egg Bath

2nd 04 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  It has been ALL about Easter in my house this week, I’m making the most of work being quiter and Easter is quite possibly my favourite holiday. I love Christmas but it’s all work, work, work in December and April is a much calmer month. I got my inspiration for this bath when I […]

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st patricks day fun

17th 03 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  Happy St Patrick’s Day We had a little hunt for tresure at the end of a rainbow this monring. I thought it only right to mark the day seeing as Neive’s daddy is Irish. We made it outside just before the snow started and Neive filled her bucket up with gold. She is quite […]

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glow in the dark bath

15th 03 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I have been planning some fun things to do with Neive on a Sunday evening for the week ahead. One my list for this week was a glow bath. I have done a glow stick bath before but thought I would up my game. I did some on line searches and found a post […]

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Handmade Gifts – cloud decoration

2nd 02 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I love crafting. I don’t really have a favourite type of craft, I just love to try new things out. I think my plan to handmake lots of gifts this year is going to really help me get back into crafting and making. This is decoration I made for my friends little boys 1st […]

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Handmade Gifts – Cookie Jar

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   The second gift I made for my friends little boy (see the Story Stick gift in this blog) was two cookie jars. One a choc chip cookie monster jar and one smarties rainbow jar. It took me a while to find a recipe that sounded good and then […]

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Ellie KellyHello & welcome to my blog

I'm Ellie a lover of celebrations, bunting, balloons and bubbles. This is my party and lifestyle blog. I'm married to Mr Kelly, we have a 4 year old Border Terrier, Milo and a baby on the way. Put on your party hat, grab a bit of cake and take a look around.

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