Christmas, Kids and family life, Uncategorized

Kids Christmas Kindness Calendar

24 days in December, and every single one of them could be used by the kids to generate a little bit of kindness to spread throughout the world yes, I am ambitious about this you know, however some of these are easier to carry out than others for both my sake and the kids.

So come on, let’s spread the kindness joy!

What you will need:

  • Pen & Paper ( or computer)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Cellotape
  • Treats
  • Storage item Eg a Box/ Bsket or a board. I only used lthis frame as i have a room full of wedding props!

Before you start, write a list of kind gestures that you would like to carry out over the 24 days. I let me eldest help with suggestions too… We included…

  • Go for a walk and pick up any rubbish
  • Donate to food bank
  • Donate some clothes/ toys and books
  • Tidy my bedroom
  • Play nicely with my brother
  • Give a stranger a bunch of flowers
  • Plant some bulbs
  • Draw nana a picture
  • Make a Christmas decoration
  • Feed the birds

Simply write your kind gestures onto some paper or card or print them like i did.

Add a few little sweet treats and wrap it up.

Number each package so they have a little one to open each day, great way to practice their numbers too. I used Poundlands wooden advent numbers for £1

Once all wrapped and numbered its time to pop them in a basket/box/ tub whatever you have handy, lets not make it hard for ourselves.

I hope you have lots of fun creating memories with your little ones and i hope they have lots of fun giving back.

Kids and family life, St Patricks Day

St Patrick’s Day Green Glitter Playdough

Making play dough is cheap, quick and easy and lots of fun! This can be created in any colour just use a different colour of food colouring.

We created ours whilst the littlest napped!

What you will need:

-2 cups of flour

-2 cups of water

-1 cup of salt

-green food colouring

– green glitter

These are ingredients that you are likely to have in your cupboard already so basically a free activity!


It can’t get any easier..

Just combine it all in a saucepan and and stir on a medium heat until it forms a ball shape! Be warned it gets a little tough to stir after a while so you will need to use ur muscles!

If you find it’s too sticky add in some more flour in until you get the right consistency!

Add more food colouring to get the colour you wish, ours was a little on the lighter shade of green.Remove from pan and let cool.

Now it’s time to bring out the tools, we raided the baking cupboard and the playdough box for cutters, rollers, knives and anything else we could find!

Let the fun begin, Alfie played for ages with this, but just check your little one has no wee cuts on their hands, as the salt will sting them! ( speaking from experience)

This keeps great in an air tight container.

Have fun!



Kids and family life, St Patricks Day

Digging for Gold- St Patrick’s Day messy Play

The boys have been loving our messy play trays so I thought I would continue them…This is a really quick and easy one to create and takes 5 minutes to set up…What you will need…

  • Shaving foam (I used 1 1/2 cans)
  • Green food colouring (I used 2 little bottles)
  • Chocolate gold coins
  • Green glitter (optional but pretty)
  • A large container
  • Some spoons
  • Towels

Total cost approx £5

Empty shaving foam into container to desired amount and add enough food colouring to get the colour you want, mix with a wooden spoon.

Bury the gold coins.Add the glitter.Let the fun commence.

The boys had lots of fun digging in the foam for some leprechaun gold.We then brought in the utensils!Cleaning tips…

  • Pop down a towel or something to save your floor
  • Have towels or baby wipes to hand through our activity to wipe hands and faces etc
  • Clean tub and utensils straight away to avoid colouring ( I popped all in shower along with the kids… a whole other activity in its self hehe)

I hope you have as much fun as we did!


Stacey x

Kids and family life

Pancake Day Messy Play

With Pancake Tuesday fast approaching (Tuesday 5th March) I thought it would be good fun to let the littlest join in on the act.

If you would like to make a pancake day themed messy play tray here are some suggestions as to what you can use…

  • Some sort of floor covering (easier to clean up after)
  • A shallow plastic tray/container
  • Flour ( I used icing sugar instead as had an abundance of it)
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs (if you dare)
  • Milk
  • Lemon
  • Chocolate spread
  • Sugar
  • Frying pans/ pots
  • Cooking utensils, wooden spoons, whisk, jugs etc
  • Baby wipes
  • Towels

So I raided the cupboard for anything pancake related.. we even found a pancake related book what’s the chances (that’s Nana)

The boys just loved to just stuck in and make lots of mess, prob best not to create this activity if you are hungover or feeling nauseous, some mixtures concocted.

Be prepared for lots of mess and lots of fun!


Stacey xx

Home decor, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Centrepiece..(Heart Tree)

Looking to add some valentines decor to your home without breaking the bank?

Well why not try this little cute project for free..

All you will need is..

  • A vase
  • Branches
  • Hearts
  • Glue

1. Grab some thin branches from a near by tree, we gathered ours whilst out on a walk. Pop in vase.

2. Cut out some hearts from any card that you have laying around the house.

3. Glue hearts onto the branches of tree! I used as a glue gun as I had one but you can use blue tack, glue dots or whatever else you have to hand.

4. Enjoy your practically free decoration and the fact that you even got some fresh air too whilst looking for branches!

Kids and family life, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Messy Play

Last night whilst hoking in the larder for something for dinner I stubbled on a pack of jelly (surprisingly it wasn’t out of date), no one like jelly in our house so I decided it would be a good starting point for a ‘messy play activity’.

What you will need:

  • Some jelly (I used 2 packets)
  • A plastic container
  • Some pink and red playable items
  • Some patience’s
  • And lots of towels

Total cost (£1)

So I found a large plastic container and made some jelly in it, let it set over night and now it’s what to do with it… at this point it’s the case of anything goes.

It was like a fun game for Alfie before we even begun, I said ‘let’s play a game of hunting for any pink or red objects we could find’… this is what we came up with..

Simple really.. a few cookie cutters, balls and roses, we had some pink bowls and spoons too. Basically whatever u can find to hand. I added some confetti too as Sam is past the stage of putting everything in his mouth but you can create it to suit the age of your our kids..

Next it was time to get messy, I decided the best option was to pop it in the shower so all could be washed away easily after use and had the bath ready to go so they could be plopped in to or straight away.

Sam wasn’t sure to start and gave me the confused ‘so I am allowed to mess? look.

But soon got stuck in, both of them did, mixing, cutting,squishing it in between their little fingers and toes. They happily played for an hour.I hope you all have as much fun getting messy as we did and the clean up aftermath is bearable.


The Thompson’s xx

Home decor, Valentines Day

‘Valentines Woollen Hearts’

This is a little quick and easy activity that you can get the kids involved in, perfect for a snowy day like today.

Materials required:

  • Wool (any colour/ any quantity)
  • Cardboard (old box/packaging etc)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or glue dots

This project only took 20 minutes, we created our whilst dinner was cooking and one child napping!

This activity is really quick and simple and rewarding for both kids and adults!

Start by drawing your hearts on the piece of cardboard or use a template like I created myself simply on a word document.

Cut it out and glue one end of the wool to the middle. You can use a glue gun if you own one but I found the glue dots did the job!

Continue to wrap the wool around in a random manor until you are happy with the coverage then trim the wool and either glue it to heart or tuck it in under previous placed strands.

And Ta-da!! There you have it your first woollen heart!

Continue on with as many as you wish, Alfie decided to keep ours all red but I think a mix of whites and pinks along with the red would work well too.

Don’t forget to tag me in your socials so I can see all your wonderful creations!


Stacey & Alfie xx


Christmas Book Advent Basket

Yippie it’s time for lots of lovely festive stories!!! We love story time in our house, it’s the calm at the end of a usually hectic day!

The Christmas book advent calendar as been a tradition in our home the last 3 years! I created our first one when Alfie was only 4 months old ( think it was more for me than him)

What you will need:

  • 24 books
  • A basket/box/ crate
  • Wrapping paper
  • Numbered tags (optional)
  • String, ribbons, bows to pretty it up if you wish but not required. (Great if you have the time)
  • Now I will be the first to say ours could be a lot more creative but it was created in 20 minutes today in between post office run and a Christmas party!

First of all this doesn’t need to cost a fortune! Before you rush out to buy books, have a quick scoop round the kids bedrooms and book shelves, these don’t have to be Christmas books they can be firm favourites or books at the back of cupboard that you haven’t read! This year a spent £5 on a few new additions!

I decided to use an old broke laundry basket for our calendar but you can use whatever you have to hand, even an old cardboard box wrapped in some wrapping paper would work a treat!

Here is are the books included in our calendar:

Wrap each book individually with your chosen paper! Ours was 2 rolls so stripy paper from the works at £1 for 2 rolls and some brown paper I already had!

Once all wrapped you can pop on tags numbered 1 to 24 but I decided not to this year due to time and also I don’t think a 9 month old and a 3 year old will be interested in numbers when deciding on book to choose.

So over all cost of this was only £6 and took 20 minutes to complete! Think it took me longer trying to get a picture with boys but I think you can see that wasn’t really successful 🙈❤️

I hope you have lots of fun creating you Christmas Book Advent Calendar, I would love to see your creations! Why not tag @poppylaneweddingsandgifts or #poppylanebookadvent


Stacey, Alfie & Sam @ Poppy Lane

Kids and family life

How it all began…

My name is Stacey, mummy to Alfie and Sam and wife to a hard working man! We live in the countryside outside Londonderry and I work from home where I have a very messy studio and a little showroom!

My little family ❤️
Photo credit: Nicola Kelly Photography
I created Poppy Lane a few years back when I turned into a ‘silage widow’ one summer ( I am sure all yous farmers wives or farmers wives to be can relate) I start started out creating personalised frames and gifts and have gradually moved into event styling and prop hire, with the odd little gift being created when I have time!
After maternity leave with Alfie and the high costs of childcare I decided to take the plunge, and left my full time job to be at home with Alfie and focus on building the Poppy Lane Brand.
So where did the name ‘Poppy Lane’ come about???

I knew I wanted to start creating (wasn’t sure what) and wanted a name that didn’t tie me to one product type, so I wanted something pretty but vague… I pondered over a name for weeks and couldn’t come up with anything I like. At this stage I had my little Facebook page created and sitting waiting to be published it just needed a name! Then one day whilst washing the dishing in our little heart shuttered mobile home I was admiring the lovely poppies outside in the Lane and voila!!! Poppy Lane was created…. it was that simple!

The culprit!!!

The culprit!!
I adore my job and love helping you lovely bride and grooms create the day of your dreams! I put my all into each event that I do and treat it as it was my own wedding or event! On the run up to your event let me take the stress of the ‘Little touches’ away for you and just let them magically appear at your venue!
I appreciate all the support on my little Facebook, Instagram and now new website. Every little like, comment or share means so much to me! 😘

This little pic is the best I could find at 8am on a Tuesday morning but I feel it gives you a proper insight into the real life Poppy Lane….
messy studio full of organised chaos ✅
one child climbing on my back, the other stirring in crib just waiting to i start something before looking fed✅
and the standard messy bun get sh*t done✅
Lot of love
Stacey xx