Family Life


my podcast list

15th 03 2018. Posted in Family Life, What I'v Learned by elliekelly


My husband said to me the other day “why don’t you listen to fun podcasts”. Which I though was pretty funny as I was telling him about the latest Rachel Hollis podcast and how I was going to do her 5 to thrive for 30 days (drink more water, get up an hour early type stuff).


I love the podcasts I listen to though and to me although lots are business related I do find they really enjoyable. I love learning so if I can do that while I’m on the way to a job or walking my daughter to sleep for her nap then that is a total win for me.

I have just added a few more to my list but if you a working mum like me (esp. if you run your own business) then maybe you’ll like some of these as well.

Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon – she interviews people who work mainly online. I find her interview really interesting and great selection of guests.

DAIS with Rachel Hollis – She runs a media company in LA and I found her via Facebook back when she ran an events company. As she would say he is a Hustler and although our lives are a million miles apart she has some great tips for getting stuff done that resonate with me.

Happy Mum Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher – She is so down to earth and feels like a friend next door so it’s fun to hear about how she deals with motherhood and she has some lovely guests who all have different options and ways they have dealt with it.

The Scummy Mummies with Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn – These two got me though night feeds and make me laugh. Need I say more!

The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke & Ben – This is a new one to me but I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m the type of person who need reminds of how to make my life more resemble the life I want. They interview lots of different people on all aspects of Slow Living and it has opened up a new way of doing stuff for me.

Hashtag Authentic with Sara Tasker – Another more online / work one but great subjects and really interesting people. Nice and relaxed but full of info.

Happy Place with Fearne Cotton – this is very new one to me and the first i have listend to is Fearne chatting to Dawn French, who i LOVE (who doesnt) so it’s really good so far. Relaxed, intesting to see how she finds her happy.

And lastly

Desert Island Discs with BBC radio 4 – This is a classic and i love it. Kirsty Younge is fantastic and her guests are so mixed. My dad did a double take when I told him I listen to this 🙂



Handmade Gifts – cloud decoration

2nd 02 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home 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 birthday.


I have made the felt clouds before for Neive’s mobile so I went back to watch my YouTube video to remind myself what to do. The design is a mashup from different pintrest cloud decorations while looking for some inspiraiton. I loved the rainbow ribbon details I saw on some crafts and I really felt like making some pompoms. I also love these hoops and plan on making a few other things with them this year. If you love crafting and haven’t work with felt before it’s a great medium to work with and really versatile.

You can see how I make the clouds on my other post here. And them I simpley glued in some ribbons and sewed along the bottom.

These mini pompom are so cute and easy to make. You just need a fork and some wool. Here is a video I used on YouTube.


What to make next?





Handmade Gifts – Cookie Jar

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home 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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Handmade Gifts – Story Stick

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   My first handmade gifts of the year were a joy to come up with and make. And I have to say a kinda perfect one to start with. My friend’s little boy just turned 4 and has a lot of new toys to play with from Christmas and […]

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Intentions for 2018

4th 01 2018. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  I set Goals for my business, but I don’t make New Year resolutions. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s the setting yourself up to fail part. This year after some inspiration from Dawn French (I have her Me . You dairy) I have made a list of intentions. Maybe they are the the […]

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Summer Sand Bucket List

28th 07 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  When I was a kid the 8 weeks I had off for summer seemed like an eternity. Now I can’t even seen to fit in a picnic before the summers out. Not this year! I am making a list of all the family things I would like us to do, and of course that […]

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Bocketts Farm – family day out

14th 07 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  As well as Neive’s party we did want to have a quite family day with her to celebrate, at the last minute we decided on Bocketts Farm in Leatherhead. We thought something with close up animal opportunities would be better than the Zoo at her age and none of us were quite up for […]

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Eric Carle 1st Birthday

10th 07 2017. Posted in Buttons Parties, Family Life by elliekelly

  That was the fastest year EVER!   I know it’s a cliché and everyone tells you how quickly they grow up but I really couldn’t comprehend just how fast time was going to go, or how fast Neive was going to grow up. She is walking around and it seems so normal that it’s […]

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Baby friendly holiday Isle of Wight

28th 04 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  We got back last night from a short Family holiday on the Isle of Wight to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. With two dogs, four adults and one baby it took quite a bit of searching to find the right place. I had to write about this place as the owners really put […]

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First blog as a mummy

4th 02 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

    So after a very long time away from blogging I’m back, and now I’m a mummy!! I had Neive (Neive Isla Kelly, 8lb) on the 24th June and I can’t believe she is already 7 months old. How time has flown. I took a few months off work while the team looked after […]

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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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