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Simple and Affordable Bridesmaids Thank You Gift Ideas

Saturday, 19 May 2018

This year Jack and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary. It really does feel like only yesterday we were busy planning everything, and getting excited about all the little details! We were on a tight budget - especially as Parker was born just a few months before our big day.

But we quickly found there are so many ways you can save some pennies, while still creating some beautiful memories though. Favours and thank you gifts, although important, are definitely items you can save a little bit of money on. So I thought I'd share a few simple and cheap bridesmaids thank you gift ideas, incase you're also on a budget and looking for some inspiration!

Sentimental Gifts

If your bridesmaids are close friends and family, then you cannot go wrong with a sentimental gift. Something they can keep and treasure, as not only a memory of the wedding, but of your friendship. Alex gave her bridesmaids quotes or poems that reminded her of them. She printed and framed them herself too, so it didn't really cost a penny!


If you are having a destination wedding, why not give your bridesmaids customised luggage tags like Emma received. It's definitely unique, but inexpensive to create. 

Jewellery

A bracelet with an engraving, such as the date of the wedding or special message, is a lovely idea. You can find items across all budgets for this type of gift too! Nicole headed to eBay and found little bracelets with a charm on for around £2 each.

Laura gave earrings in the shape of a bow to her bridesmaids, and said 'the card behind it said "Thank you for helping me to tie the knot"' which is such a lovely touch!


Fun Gifts

Not all gifts need to be sentimental and cutesy, you can definitely go down the more novelty route as well! Why not give a friendship survival kit, with items such as a tissue 'to wipe away tears of laughter when we are together', and a jigsaw piece, as they 'are a very important 'piece' of your life'. I know my bridesmaids would have loved to receive something like this.

You can even incorporate parts of your wedding into the gifts, like Julie did for her bridesmaids. She gave them a pair of pink wellies each, as they had photos in a field. So the gift wasn't only practical, but fun and rememberable too!

What did you give your bridesmaids as thank you gifts?

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Lilah at Four Months Old

Friday, 18 May 2018

I honestly cannot believe our little Lilah Bear is already four months old. The days may pass slowly, but those weeks really do fly by. And with Lilah being our last baby, I reaaaaally not okay with it! We're now completely out of the fourth trimester, and she is most definitely not a newborn anymore.

She's grown and changed so much this month, and it's been so lovely to watch. The milestones are just as sad as they are exciting though. Of course we are the proudest parents when she learns something new. But knowing it's the very last 'first', I just want to cling onto this baby period as much as I can.


At 17 weeks Lilah weighed 13lbs 11oz, and she's slowly creeping back up the centiles to the 50th. She's still in a mixture of 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing, although I'm not sure how much longer she'll last in the smaller size pieces. We've moved up to size 3 nappies after countless poop explosions too!

As she's a third baby, Lilah really does just slot into our daily routines perfectly. She's now having 8oz of milk every 4ish hours, which makes the days so much easier to plan around. She's still waking around 7am, having bottles at 7am, 11am, 3pm, and then going to bed after her bottle at 7pm. We're still dream feeding her around 10pm, but she can bit hit and miss with this one.

This month has brought the delights of the fourth leap and four month sleep regression. Thankfully sleep at night hasn't been disrupted too much - she does stir quite a few times, but the dummy and Whisbear usually gets her back to sleep. But nap times are bloody awful! She will cat nap for about 20 minutes, and then be wide awake but still exhausted. I'm really hoping we get the long naps back soon, as I think we'd all benefit from them.



Lilah has learnt so much already during these developments though. She's definitely found her voice, and squeals and shouts so loudly now. She wakes up the happiest in the mornings, and tells Jack all about her day when he comes home from work. She giggled for the very first time this month too - for her big sister of course!

From just being able to roll from belly to back last month, Lilah is really on the move now. She rolled back to front at 16 weeks - a complete shock as I didn't think she was supposed to have mastered this just yet! She's like a little roly poly bug, and will roll within minutes of you putting her down now. And although it's exciting, it's meaning she's being sicky more and my goodness are nappy changes harder too. She's constantly wanting to be upright now too; trying to sit herself up whenever she's on her back. Where did my baby go?!

She's grabbing and reaching for toys now, and absolutely everything ends up in her mouth. I'm still unsure if teething has begun, but she is pretty dribbly so I don't think it's far off. Her favourite thing to chomp on is your fingers - I think we need to invest in some good teethers asap!