Family, Making & Baking


great Autumn books for kids

8th 11 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking, Forest School by elliekelly


I love reading and I love books.

When i was an LSA in my mums school one of my jobs was to do reading with the kids at a tiny table with tiny chairs outside the classroom in the atrium and i loved it. As someone who is dyslexia and struggled with reading as a kid it really helped me gain confidence.

One of things i was most excited about when i found out i was having Neive was reading to her when she was a baby, when she was older and could pick her own books like she does now and I am so excited about reading Harry Potter to her when she is older that we have a rule she cant watch the films until i have.

These are some of the books i have been reading too and looking at with Neive and my Little Explorers forest school groups this season.


The Squirrels who Squabbled by Rachel Bright & Jim Field

It a story about animals gathering food for the winter and how working together on mist things in life is much more fun that going it alone.

It Was a Cold, Dark Night by Tim Hopgood

A short story about a hedgehog called Ned who was looking for a home for the winter.



Autumn by Ailie Busby

A picture books all about the lovely thing to see and do in Autumn.


The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellseley

This book has lovely illustrations and is about a hedgehog who discovers it nice to have people around who can help you and whom you can help.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donalson & Alex Scheffler

A classic that is great for Halloween.


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Going on a bear hunt 


Ellie x


everything I wanted i have… and yet

1st 10 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

Everything i wanted i have…. and yet



Almost all the things i wanted last year, 3 years ago, 5 years ago (and i mean on the real list, not the win the lotto list) i have. And yet i have a whole new list and i’m not really appreciating the other stuff.


I momentarily appreciate it.  I look at Neive and think holy cow she is just the best thing in the whole world and I’m bloody lucky (we lost a baby pre Neive and then it took 18 months to conceive). I think wow don’t we live in a lovely area (we had a two bed flat before this and i love our garden and local walks), i remember i run my own business, scrap that, i run two businesses (and that was a mega dream of mine and they have been bigger than i ever expected).

But life just moves on and we want more things.

Is it the Amazon effect i wonder? Life just moving super fast.

I work fairly hard at keeping myself in check these days, i take a breath when there is a long queue in the shop, when i think customer service isn’t as good as i think it could be and when someone does something silly on the road.

I guess this is why mindfulness is becoming such a big thing. A way to take yourself out of yourself for a little bit, and focus on the great stuff in your life.

I’m going to have a little challenge with myself. A focus for me this October is going to be starting the day with a list of the things i am doing well, that I’m looking forward to and that are great about my life. And then I’m going to look at my days to do list and plan it out with the realisation that i will not get it done and it will all be just fine.

Hopefully that will ease the sense of dread i have been feeling about not getting thongs done or what the future holds.

Let see, hopeful it will bring with it some clam.

Ellie x





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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Ellie KellyHello & Welcome

I'm Ellie, mum to Neive who is 2, founder of Buttons Parties and Wonderwood Explorers. I like to let the seasons guide me though the year with play, making and baking inspiration. Get yourself a biscuit and come in for an amble around.

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