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 🙂



Cress planting with kids

13th 03 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly



This activity was a big hit and Forest School a few weeks ago and one that kept giving joy. I have been sent a photo of the cress growing by one exciting child and another one  brought his back to show us how big it had got before he took it home and had it in an egg sandwich.

What you need:

  • Something to plant the seeds in. These are muffin cases (with a water resistant coating inside) but you could also use egg shells or yogurt pots
  • Decorations for the pot or egg shell
  • Cress seeds
  • Compost

All you need to do then is decorate the pot, add in some compost and them sprinkle the seeds on top. Give them a water and leave them in a warm sunny spot like the window ledge.


We has already spent some of the morning talking about buds and how things can be hiding inside other things so the children getting to see the seeds sprout a plant was a great next stage for their understanding of this concept.



One of our Little Explorers had enough cress that all the family of 6 had some with their tea and I had lots of reports of yummy sandwiches.

Neive currently has hers growing in the kitchen window so I’m looking forward to showing her what the tiny seeds will become.

Ellie x




Balloon Ice Ball

9th 03 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly

  This is such a lovely outdoor activity and craft to do with kids. I did this with my Forest School club a few weeks ago and they loved finding all the treasures, getting a bit wet filling the balloons and then opening them to see how magical they looked once frozen. I also loved […]

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How to pick a child’s party venue

16th 02 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  You don’t know what you don’t know. So, when it comes to planning a child’s party, if you haven’t done it before then there is a whole lot to learn and I hope this post helps when picking a venue. Home – I think your home is a lovely option for younger children and […]

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How to measure your success

6th 02 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly

  With your own ruler. In the dictionary is says “the attainment of wealth, position, honours, or the like” I used to measure my business / life like this. How much money have I made, what new things have I brought, do I have more clients, have I worked with bigger brands and more celebrities this year than last. It’s exhausting. It’s a […]

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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 […]

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What I’v learned – Branding

29th 01 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly

  The most important step in starting a new business or moving a business forward. In 2011 I started Buttons. It was not a big grand plan. The aim was to work from home so i could have a dog and be in a the position i wanted to when i had kids. I made […]

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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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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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