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The Perfect Polaroid Guest Book for Weddings

Choosing a Polaroid Wedding Guest Book for your Big Day.

Every occasion deserves to be remembered, and what better way to capture those precious moments than with a Polaroid Guest Book for your Wedding or Engagement Party.

Why have a Polaroid Guest Book at your Wedding?

Polaroid cameras and instant film (aka ‘instax’ now that Polaroid is no longer – RIP Kodak) has been capturing the imagination of people for decades. Instant Gratification: One of the most exciting aspects of using a Polaroid camera is the instant development of the photo. This immediate gratification adds an element of surprise and excitement to the photography process.

As part of your Wedding Day, holding a physical photograph in your hands is a nostalgic and tactile experience. Polaroids create tangible prints that you can touch, share, and display. While you have to wait weeks for your Wedding Photos, having your guests take polaroids and put them in your Wedding Guest Book means you can relive the day straight away.

Finding the Perfect Polaroid Guest Book for your Wedding or Engagement Party

We understand both the importance of preserving memories, and also creating something your wedding guests really want to fill in.

  1. Polaroid Cameras make a Guest Book attractive to Guests to actually fill in: For some, a wedding guest book full of prompts or questions to answer will be overwhelming, but the idea of taking an ‘instax’ photo and writing a little note is a lot easier (especially after a few drinks!)
  2. The 150gsm FSC certified offset paper (thick, high quality paper!) ensures no bleed-through and is thick enough to securely adhere Polaroid or Instax photos to the pages. This means you can confidently capture instant memories without worrying about damaging the pages or compromising the quality of your photos. Of course, there’s no bleed through (grab one of our Artline pens too!)
  3. Our guest book’s lined pages provide a structured layout that allows guests to add captions, well-wishes, or personalised messages surrounding their Polaroid photos.
  4. The minimalist inner page layout is designed to accommodate various events, making it suitable for weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers and more. With gold-foil detailed end pages showcasing hearts, infinity symbols, stars, moons, and our signature orchid illustrations, this guest book sets the tone for capturing cherished memories in style. So beautiful your guests can’t help but want to fill it in.
  5. Add your initials – our Personalised Wedding Guest Book is complete with your Initials, making it truly unique and yours.

Beyond the Wedding – the Guest Book that Keeps on Giving

Our Guest Book ‘With Love’ goes beyond the engagement party or wedding itself, offering endless possibilities for preserving memories. With any remaining pages after your occasion, you can transform the guest book into a photo album. Fill it with Polaroids of your honeymoon, or create an annual tradition of adding a Polaroid and a note from each of you on your anniversary.

This way, you can revisit and relive those cherished moments year after year.

You can also order our Personalised Wedding Guest Book.

Personalised Wedding Guest Book

Writing the Bride’s Speech: The Ultimate Guide to Your Wedding Toast

Crafting a wedding speech can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re the bride and all eyes are on you already. However, if you can possibly bring yourself to do so, making a Wedding Speech is a beautiful opportunity for you as the Bride to express your love, gratitude, and excitement on your special day.

With a little guidance, you’ll be able to write a heartfelt and memorable speech that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Emotional connection

The Bride’s speech offers a chance to speak from the heart and express your deepest emotions. You can share personal stories, memories, and moments that showcase your love for your partner. It’s a time to reminisce about the journey that led you to this day and the joyous moments you’ve shared together. Be specific about your adventures together, string along little anedotes (funny stories), things that have happened on travels, mistakes made and learned from, and friends who have been a part of it all.

Gratitude and appreciation

Take this opportunity to express your heartfelt gratitude to your spouse, family, and friends. Thank them for their love, support, and for being a part of your special day. Share how their presence and contributions have made a difference in your life. You can make all the guests feel welcomed and give your appreciation to them for celebrating with you, and give your thanks to the most important people (which might include each set of parents, possibly step-parents or grandparents too; your wedding party, and anyone else who helped you; and any children you and your groom already have.)

While there may have also been many helpful professionals who brought your Big Day together, your speech isn’t really the time to thank them – you don’t want to make this a tedious list of thanks, but rather a small acknowledgement of appreciation.

Words of love and promises

Make your person feel special – let your partner know how much they mean to you by speaking words of love and affection. Use this platform to make promises for your future together, reinforcing the vows you exchanged. Express your commitment to be their partner through thick and thin, to support and cherish them unconditionally. Instead of trying to write this in one sitting, use your wedding planner book or our couple’s journal to make notes along the way, write down each time they make you laugh or do something nice for you, or any time you remember something you really appreciate about them.

Making the Bride’s Speech Funny

If humour comes naturally to you, your speech is likely to be funny too, and your guests are the ones who know and love you best (so they’ll definitely laugh along with you). If you struggle to tell personal anecdotes, consider including some funny quotes or sweet sayings:

  • “The secret to a good marriage is to be a little deaf.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
  • “If at first you don’t succeed…try doing it the way your wife told you.” — Unknown
  • “The secret to a happy marriage remains a secret.” — Henny Youngman
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times—always with the same person.” — Mignon McLaughlin (this one’s in our ‘I still do‘ anniversary journal)
  • “To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” — Ogden Nash

Practical Tips to Writing the Bride’s Wedding Speech

Now that you understand the significance of your speech, let’s dive into some practical tips on how to write an exceptional Bride’s speech:

  • Plan your speech: Before you begin writing, outline the key points and messages you want to convey. This will help you organize your thoughts and ensure a well-structured speech. Consider including an opening, main points, and a heartfelt conclusion.
  • Start with a captivating opening: Begin your speech with a captivating opening that grabs the audience’s attention. You can start with a meaningful quote, a personal anecdote, or a reflection on your journey as a couple. Set the tone for your speech and let your genuine emotions shine through.
  • Share personal stories and memories: Make your speech personal by sharing stories and memories that highlight your relationship and your partner’s qualities. Talk about the moments that made you fall in love or the experiences that have strengthened your bond. Be authentic and let your love story unfold.
  • Express gratitude and appreciation: Take a moment to express gratitude to your partner for their love, support, and companionship. Acknowledge their efforts in planning the wedding and express how much it means to have them by your side. Thank your families and loved ones for their presence and contributions.
  • Speak from the heart: The most powerful speeches come from the heart. Be genuine in your words and let your emotions guide you. Your speech should reflect your love and admiration for your partner. Don’t worry about finding the perfect words—focus on expressing your true feelings.
  • Keep it concise: Remember to keep your speech concise and within a reasonable time frame. Aim for a speech that lasts around five minutes to ensure your guests stay engaged. Focus on the key points and trim any unnecessary details

Just a tip, you’re not the MC, it’s not up to the Bride to remind guests of the social media policy, let them know when the cake is coming, or ask them to sign the Guest Book – ask one of the Wedding Party to do this for you if you don’t have an MC.

Writing your Bride’s speech is an opportunity to share your love, gratitude, and excitement with your loved ones. Embrace the moment, speak from the heart, and create a speech that reflects your unique journey. With careful planning, heartfelt words, and a touch of authenticity, your Bride’s speech will be a cherished memory for years to come.

Remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s about expressing your love and making a meaningful connection with your audience. Enjoy this special moment and celebrate the start of your beautiful journey together.

Pictured: Our Personalised Guest Book – ‘With Love’

Personalised Wedding Guest Book

How to Write a Wedding Speech to Your Wife

Writing a wedding speech can be a nerve-wracking task, especially when it comes to expressing your love and appreciation for your new Wife on one of the most important days of your life. Your speech is an opportunity to celebrate your relationship and showcase the love, joy, and gratitude you feel on this special day.

If you’re using our wedding planner book, or couples journal, refer back through some of the notes you’ve made too.

To help you craft a heartfelt and meaningful wedding speech to your wife, here are some tips and advice to keep in mind:

1. Start with a Heartfelt Introduction

Begin your speech with a captivating introduction that sets the tone for the rest of your speech. Thank your guests for being part of this momentous occasion, and express your excitement and happiness at marrying your wife. Consider starting with a quote or anecdote that highlights your deep love and admiration for her.

2. Share personal stories and cherished memories

The best wedding speeches are personal and heartfelt. Share specific stories and cherished memories that illuminate your love for your wife. Recall the moment you knew she was the one, the first time you met her, or a special experience that brought you closer together. Highlight the qualities and characteristics you adore about her, such as her kindness, intelligence, or sense of humor.

3. Express Gratitude

Express your gratitude to your wife for everything she has brought into your life and for being the incredible person she is. Acknowledge her unwavering support, the laughter she has brought into your days, and how she has helped you overcome challenges. Don’t shy away from showing your emotions—this is a unique moment to express your deepest feelings.

4. Offer words of encouragement and unwavering support

Your speech should celebrate the love and commitment you share as a couple. Offer heartfelt words of encouragement and support for the future. Discuss the adventures and dreams you both hope to pursue together. Reflect on the challenges you have conquered as a team, and emphasize your unwavering dedication to facing any future obstacles side by side.

5. End with a toast

Conclude your speech with a memorable toast to your wife, your families, and your shared future. Raise your glass and express your boundless love and excitement for the incredible journey that lies ahead.

In addition to these general tips, here are some specific considerations when writing your speech:

  • Keep it concise. Limit your speech to a maximum of five minutes to maintain engagement and impact.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Rehearse your speech several times before the wedding day to build confidence and ensure a smooth delivery.
  • Consider your audience. Craft a speech that resonates with guests of all ages and backgrounds, avoiding inside jokes or overly personal anecdotes.
  • Inject humor when appropriate. Incorporate tasteful humor to add levity and captivate your audience, but never at the expense of anyone.
  • Use props or visual aids if appropriate. Consider incorporating meaningful photos or symbolic items that enhance the personalization of your speech.
  • Speak from the heart. Let your speech be a sincere reflection of your love, appreciation, and commitment to your wife.

Wedding Speech Example [To My Wife]

Dearest Wife – a title I will cherish and use abundantly in the weeks to come, I have been waiting to use it a long time,

As your partner, your confidant, and your best friend, I stand before you today to express my deepest love and gratitude. Surrounded by our loved ones, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being the most incredible person in my life. I cannot imagine a world without your presence, and I’m so glad you agreed to be my wife [if possible, use a funny anecdote, e.g. despite my …]

When I reflect on what I cherish most about you, it’s your gentle heart, your unwavering support, and your infectious laughter that brightens my days… [Provide specific examples].

As we embark on this journey together, I am filled with joy and gratitude that out of the billions of people in the world, we found each other. You are undeniably my soulmate. You have been my rock through every high and low, and with you by my side, I believe we can conquer any challenge that comes our way… [Elaborate on specific examples].

As we eagerly anticipate our shared future, I am excited about the adventures we will embark on together. I know that our lives will be filled with boundless love, ceaseless laughter, and countless possibilities. Let us [Provide specific example].

My beloved wife, I want to thank you for being my partner, my soulmate, and my best friend. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you wholeheartedly, and to treasure every moment we share together.

Here’s to us, my love, and to a lifetime of everlasting happiness and love. To our forever.


Remember, make your speech personal and genuine, capturing the unique essence of your relationship. On this remarkable day, as you write your wedding speech, always remember the importance of nurturing and prioritizing your marriage. Cherish each other, grow together, communicate openly, and embrace the journey ahead. Discover our couple’s journals, such as the ‘I Still Do‘ wedding anniversary journal, to help you continue building a strong and loving marriage.”

Feel free to personalize the example speech further, and ensure it reflects the unique dynamics and experiences of your relationship.

Making Barbie Wedding Dresses | Bridal Shower or Hens Party Activity

Bridal showers are a time-honoured tradition where friends and family gather to celebrate the upcoming wedding of a bride-to-be. A new creative activity idea for a bridal shower is making Barbie wedding dresses – adding a touch of fun and nostalgia to the celebration but also allows guests to showcase their creativity and craftiness.

Whether you’re hosting a themed bridal shower or simply looking for an interactive and enjoyable activity, making Barbie wedding dresses can be a memorable and entertaining experience for everyone involved. Make sure to grab one of our brand new Guest Books for the Bridal Shower, and use polaroid cameras to take a photo of each Barbie Wedding Dress created – it will be a fun reminder to look back on.

Making Micro Wedding Dresses for Barbie Dolls

Making Barbie wedding dresses involves designing and creating miniature bridal gowns for Barbie dolls. The activity can be set up as a crafting station where guests can unleash their creativity and design skills.

When hosting a Barbie wedding dress-making activity at a bridal shower, it’s essential to provide a wide range of materials and embellishments for guests to let their creativity flourish. Here is a comprehensive list of supplies and materials that can be used:


  1. Satin
  2. Organza
  3. Tulle
  4. Lace
  5. Silk
  6. Chiffon
  7. Velvet
  8. Brocade
  9. Cotton
  10. Shimmering fabric


  1. Ribbons (satin, organza, velvet, etc.)
  2. Sequins (in various shapes and sizes)
  3. Beads (pearls, crystals, seed beads, etc.)
  4. Buttons (fabric-covered, decorative, or novelty buttons)
  5. Rhinestones or gemstones
  6. Feathers (small feathers for accents)
  7. Faux flowers or fabric flowers
  8. Appliques or fabric motifs
  9. Miniature bows or rosettes
  10. Fabric paint or fabric markers for custom designs

Tools and Accessories:

  1. Scissors (fabric and craft scissors)
  2. Needles (regular and embroidery needles)
  3. Thread (in various colors to match fabrics)
  4. Glue (fabric glue or hot glue gun)

Additional Supplies:

  1. Pencils or fabric chalk for sketching designs
  2. Paper templates for creating dress patterns
  3. Small pieces of cardboard or foam for stabilizing the dress structure
  4. Trims and braids for added details (such as lace trims, decorative braids, or ruffles)
  5. Tiny buttons or snaps for closures
  6. Miniature veils or tiaras for bridal accessories
  7. Decorative ribbons for waistbands or sashes
  8. Colored thread spools for decorative accents

Barbie Wedding Dress Design Inspiration

Encourage guests to explore different design ideas and styles for their Barbie wedding dresses. Bring magazines or bridal catalogs with images of real-life wedding dresses to spark inspiration. Guests can incorporate various elements such as sweetheart necklines, ball gown skirts, intricate lace patterns, or modern minimalist designs into their creations.

Bonus points for Personalisation and Theme

Consider incorporating the wedding theme or color scheme into the Barbie dresses. If the bride-to-be has already chosen her wedding colors, provide fabric swatches or colored paper that matches those shades. This allows guests to create miniature dresses that align with the bride’s vision, making the activity even more special and personalized.

Display and Judging

Once the Barbie wedding dresses are completed, set up a display area where guests can showcase their creations. Consider arranging the dresses on miniature hangers or a small clothing rack. Allow guests to share the stories behind their designs and encourage friendly competition by organizing a judging session where attendees vote for their favourite dress based on creativity, craftsmanship, and adherence to the wedding theme. The Bride is the one responsible for choosing a winner, so organise a little prize in advance too.

Keepsake and Memory: At the end of the activity, remember to use a polaroid photo to take a photo of each guest with their creation, pop it in the Guest Book, and allow the bride-to-be to keep the Barbie wedding dresses as a cherished memento of her bridal shower. These tiny dresses can serve as a delightful reminder of the special bond shared between the bride and her loved ones during this joyful celebration.

Making Barbie wedding dresses as a bridal shower activity adds a playful and creative touch to the festivities. It provides an opportunity for guests to showcase their design skills, bond over a shared activity, and create unique keepsakes for the bride-to-be. Whether it’s a themed bridal shower or simply an interactive and enjoyable gathering, this activity is sure to bring laughter, creativity, and lasting memories. So, gather your supplies, unleash your creativity, and let the Barbie wedding dress-making begin!

How to Celebrate your Wedding Anniversary

Wedding anniversaries hold a significant place in our lives, allowing us to celebrate and cherish the love and commitment we share with our partner. They provide us with a beautiful opportunity to reflect on the memories and milestones of the past year while looking forward to the future together. As each year of marriage passes, it becomes more important to honor the bond and commitment that we have nurtured with our partner. It’s a time to express gratitude for the love and support we have received and to reaffirm our dedication to one another (and no, just posting a tribute to social media does not count as celebrating!).

When it comes to celebrating a wedding anniversary, there are countless ways to make the occasion special – you will know your spouse best, and what will make them feel special. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, what matters most is that the celebration is meaningful and personal to you and your partner, so as you read these wedding anniversary ideas, have your partner in mind – you will instinctively know what sounds right. This is an opportunity to focus on your relationship and to celebrate the love and commitment that has brought you together.

From exchanging meaningful gifts to planning a romantic date or even a memorable vacation, the choices are endless. Some couples choose to renew their vows in a heartfelt ceremony, while others find joy in simply spending quality time together, reminiscing about their shared journey and dreaming about the future they envision.

20 Ideas to Celebrate Each Wedding Anniversary

To inspire you, here are 20 ideas to celebrate and reflect on each wedding anniversary:

  1. Write heartfelt love letters to each other, expressing your deepest feelings and gratitude for your partner and the life you share. You could make this a tradition and write in the same book each year, like our ‘With Love‘ book – designed with wedding anniversary letters in mind.
  2. Plan a romantic dinner either at home, where you can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. If he or she usually does the cooking, it will be a welcome surprise to have you do all the meal planning, shopping and cooking.
  3. Take a weekend away to a place that holds a special meaning for both of you. It could be a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting or somewhere that holds cherished memories of your years together.
  4. Start a tradition of writing in a Wedding Anniversary Journal, such as the ‘I still do‘ or ‘our love story‘ journal, where you can document your thoughts, experiences, and special moments each year. This journal will become a treasured keepsake that you can revisit and reflect upon in the future, reminding you of the enduring love and commitment you share. Make sure you order with a few days to spare, to have your anniversary journal personalised with date or initials.
  5. After 5 or 10 years, you may like to renew your vows in a special ceremony or in a private and intimate setting that holds sentimental value for your relationship.
  6. Create a beautiful photo album or scrapbook filled with your favorite memories from the past year, capturing the precious moments you’ve shared.
  7. Embark on a dance class together, exploring a new style of dance or revisiting an old favorite. Let the music bring you closer as you sway in each other’s arms.
  8. Plan a picnic date in a picturesque outdoor setting, such as a serene park or a breathtaking beach. Enjoy each other’s company while savoring delicious food and basking in the beauty of nature.
  9. Symbolise your love and growth as a couple by planting a tree or creating a garden together. Witness the seeds of your relationship flourish as you nurture the plants and watch them bloom.
  10. Curate a playlist of your favorite songs or the music that holds special meaning to your relationship from the past year. Let the melodies fill the air as you dance, reminisce, and create new memories together.
  11. Plan a surprise date night, whisking your partner away to a special event or a secret location that will make their heart skip a beat.
  12. Unleash your creativity by writing a heartfelt poem or creating artwork inspired by your love and the journey you’ve embarked upon together.
  13. Take a cooking class or explore new recipes together, creating delectable dishes that ignite your taste buds and bring you joy in the kitchen.
  14. Create a romantic candlelit bath or plan a spa day at home, complete with soothing music, aromatic oils, and pampering treatments that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
  15. Connect with nature by going on a hike or nature walk, immersing yourselves in the beauty of the outdoors and appreciating the wonders of the world together.
  16. Give back to the community by donating to a charity or cause that is meaningful to both of you. Share your love with others and make a positive impact on the world.
  17. Create a time capsule filled with items that represent your life and relationship at this very moment. Bury it or store it away, to be opened and cherished in the years to come, allowing you to reminisce about the beautiful journey you’ve taken together.
  18. Set aside an evening to watch a romantic movie or revisit the film or TV show that holds a special place in your hearts. Let the stories on the screen inspire and reinforce your own love story.
  19. Embrace the joy of playfulness by having a game night with your favorite board games or video games. Laugh, compete, and create new memories as you engage in friendly competition with your partner.
  20. Create a memory jar or scrapbook, adding notes, photographs, and mementos that document the special moments and milestones of your life together. This will serve as a tangible reminder of the love and happiness you’ve shared.

In addition to these celebration ideas, it’s equally important to choose a thoughtful gift for your wedding anniversary (see History of Wedding Anniversary Gifts). Here are some suggestions to consider:

  1. Personalised jewelry, such as engraved rings or bracelets, that serve as timeless symbols of your enduring love.
  2. Create a custom-made photo album or scrapbook filled with your favorite moments together, preserving the beauty of your shared experiences.
  3. Delight your partner with a subscription to a wine or chocolate of the month club, allowing them to indulge in delightful treats throughout the year.
  4. Commission a custom-made piece of art, such as a painting or sculpture, that captures the essence of your unique love story.
  5. Raise a toast to your love with a set of personalised wine glasses or champagne flutes, engraved with your initials or a special message.
  6. Craft a personalised book that tells the story of your relationship, including anecdotes, memories, and photographs that showcase your journey together.
  7. Express your emotions with a heartfelt, handwritten love letter or poem, allowing your partner to glimpse into the depth of your feelings.
  8. Treat yourselves to a couples’ spa day or a luxurious massage package, offering relaxation and rejuvenation to both of you.
  9. Unwind in style with a set of personalized bathrobes or matching pajamas, creating a sense of comfort and togetherness in your everyday lives.
  10. Commission a custom-made, handcrafted piece of furniture that will become a cherished addition to your home, representing the solid foundation of your relationship.
  11. Surprise your partner with an exciting and memorable activity, such as a hot air balloon ride or a scenic helicopter tour, creating unforgettable moments together.
  12. Personalize a clothing item or accessory that holds significance for your partner, allowing them to carry a piece of your love wherever they go.
  13. Frame a personalized map of a special place that holds meaning to your relationship, reminding you of the adventures and experiences you’ve shared.

If you’re interested in learning more, see our list of traditional wedding anniversary gifts. Today, couples often choose gifts based on personal preferences and may incorporate both traditional and modern elements into their anniversary celebrations.

What to Write in a Baby Shower Guest Book

How to pen the Perfect Entry in a Baby Shower Guest Book!

Welcome to the world of baby showers, where love, laughter, and celebrations come together to honor expectant parents and their little miracles! But wait, there’s one element that adds an extra touch of magic to these joyous occasions for expectant parents to look back on — the Baby Shower Guest Book! It can be hard to think about what to write, whether a heartfelt message for the parents, advice for their bundle of joy, or a little letter to the child, so here are some ideas to get you started.

Choosing a Baby Shower Guest Book

At the heart of every baby shower is the celebration of the Mum to be, and desire to create lasting memories. From the heartfelt congratulations to the invaluable advice and warm wishes, each message in a baby shower guest book serves as a time capsule, encapsulating the love and excitement that surrounds the impending arrival of a little one. That’s why we created our versatile guest book, ‘With Love,’ designed to be the perfect canvas for any occasion, be it a baby shower, a wedding, or a milestone birthday celebration.

Our ‘With Love’ guest book is a beautifully crafted keepsake, featuring luxurious 150gsm FSC certified paper and a hard-cover bound in vegan leatherette. With its gold-embossed orchid design and minimalist inner pages, it provides an exquisite backdrop for guests to express their love and support. The versatility of our guest book ensures that it can be cherished and used for countless events, preserving the precious memories shared by loved ones.

Encourage Guests to Write – Set up a Guest Book Table

Picture this: a vibrant table adorned with an array of Polaroid cameras, colorful film, and a guest book just waiting to be filled with instant memories. Imagine your guests stepping up to the vibrant Guest Book table, excitement filling the air as they grab a Polaroid camera. With each snap of the shutter, they immortalize a precious moment—a beaming smile, a silly pose, or a heartfelt hug. These instant photos become a visual testament to the love and connection shared during the baby shower – they also make the process of writing a long letter in a guest book less intimidating – they can stick in their polaroid, and write a short note instead.

If you’re worried about the Guest Book table being bypassed, leave some sweet treats there, like these @amyssecretkitchen personalised cookies.

Pick a Prompt from a Hat for Inspiration

Written questions or prompts are the perfect way to inspire your guests and add a touch of intrigue to the baby shower experience. Set up a hat or a jar filled with carefully crafted questions and ideas, ready to be plucked by enthusiastic participants. These prompts can range from humorous and lighthearted to thought-provoking and sentimental.

As your guests pick a prompt from the hat, their eyes will light up with anticipation. Each prompt becomes a creative spark, guiding them to craft a unique message or moment to capture with their Polaroid camera. The prompts not only provide inspiration but also encourage guests to delve into their personal memories, offering a delightful twist to the traditional guest book activity. Prompt ideas follow ‘guessing games’.

Guessing Games

Elevate the fun and anticipation at your baby shower by introducing engaging guessing games that invite guests to participate and leave their predictions in the guest book. Have each page titled “Guess My ….?,” where guests can write down their predictions and the reasons behind their guesses, for gender, name, weight, etc.

These guessing games not only provide entertainment but also make the guest book a treasure trove of memories, capturing the excitement and anticipation surrounding the baby’s arrival. As the parents-to-be flip through the pages in the years to come, they’ll be delighted to see the range of guesses and heartfelt messages that were shared on this joyous occasion. So, let the games begin, and let the guest book become a gallery of playful predictions and cherished memories!

10 Ideas for Prompts of What to Write in your Baby Shower Guest Book

  1. Share a funny or heartwarming memory you have with the parents from before little one arrives.
  2. Offer a piece of advice for the parents-to-be on their new journey into parenthood.
  3. Predict the baby’s personality trait or talent they might inherit from their parents.
  4. Share a song that reminds you of the expectant parents or one you think would make a great lullaby for the baby.
  5. Describe a childhood game or tradition you think the baby will enjoy with their parents.
  6. Write a short poem or message welcoming the baby to the world.
  7. Share a favorite book or bedtime story recommendation for the little one’s future library.
  8. Share a piece of wisdom or a funny anecdote about motherhood/fatherhood that the expectant parents should know.
  9. Offer a creative suggestion for the baby’s future dream profession or a unique hobby they might pursue.
  10. Describe a special wish or aspiration you have for the baby’s future.

Baby Shower Guest Book Non-Traditional Alternatives

  1. Fingerprints Are Unique and So Is Fingerprint Art: Enlist your guests to create a one-of-a-kind work of art using their fingerprints. They can create a beautiful picture of a tree, balloons, or flowers and sign their names in their dried fingerprints or create a border of love around the artwork with their signatures.
  2. Build Love With Blocks or a Puzzle: Have your guests help create your baby’s very first set of blocks. Purchase plain or alphabet wooden blocks, or a premade Baby Shower Puzzle and provide paints or markers specific to materials like wood. Each guest can personalize a block, and when all is done, your child will have their very own unique set of blocks to play with.
  3. New Parents Recipe Book: Help the new parents-to-be with meal ideas by having guests create a recipe book. Ask each attendee to bring an easy meal idea written on an index card. Paste the index cards into a blank book, creating a personalised recipe book to help them get through those exhausting first few months.
  4. Bibs to Remember Your Shower: Purchase plain bibs and fabric markers, and ask your guests to create designs on them. You can also buy bibs with images already on them and have friends write messages on the backside of the bib.
  5. Create a Group Time Capsule: Purchase a container or box to serve as your baby shower time capsule. Each guest adds one piece of memorabilia from the year to the capsule, capturing big moments in time and creating a collection of memories to look back on in the future.
  6. Count on a Calendar to Get You Through Year One: Customise a calendar to serve as a replacement for your baby shower guest book. Purchase a plain calendar or have a simple one created with phrases like “Baby’s First Year“. Guests can add their creative touches to each month’s page, signing the front or working in teams to personalise each page. Throughout the year, the calendar will serve as a reminder of the love and support surrounding you.

These unique and creative guest book ideas can also be used together with a traditional guest book, allowing guests to contribute their heartfelt messages and well-wishes in fun and memorable ways. Both will become cherished keepsakes that you can look back on and remember the love and support that surrounded you during this special time.

Guest Book Wedding Prompts

Wedding Guest Books – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know

Wedding Guest Books are a tradition for many years, but what is the purpose of them, is a wedding guest book still necessary, and how can we ensure our guests actually write in them? We’ve answered these questions, and everything else you need to know about Wedding Guest Books.

When it comes to organising a wedding, there are so many different elements to think about, that some customs and traditions may end up falling by the wayside. But if there’s one tradition that remains as popular today as it was in years gone by, it’s the practice of having a wedding guest book.

For many people, a guest book is an important way of documenting who was present on their special day, and it can also provide them with a lasting memento of the occasion. But where did this custom of signing a guest book at a wedding come from, and how has it evolved over the years?

What is a Wedding Guest Book

What is a Wedding Guest Book?

A Wedding Guest Book is usually a custom made or purpose-designed hardcover book for wedding guests to write their names and pen words of well-wishes and wisdom for the newly married couple. Many couples also choose to include photos as part of their Wedding Guest Book, ask specific questions for Wedding Guests, or even ask them to make guesses about their future together. There are also hundreds of ‘alternative’ wedding guest book ideas which we’ll touch on too.

What is the History & Tradition of a Wedding Guest Book?

The use of Guest Books for Weddings can be traced back to the late 19th century, as mentioned in the book “Something Old, Something New: A Blessings Novel” by Beverly Jenkins.

It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the custom of signing a guest book at a wedding began to catch on, during the reign of Queen Victoria. This coincided with the rising popularity of photography, which allowed people to capture images of their special day to treasure for years to come. Before this time, weddings were typically marked with a variety of different customs and traditions, but the idea of having a guest book was relatively new.

Initially, guest books were fairly simple affairs – just a notebook or a bound album where guests could sign their names and offer their congratulations. However, as time went on, these books began to take on a more decorative appearance. Couples would often choose a book with a special cover or add their own personal touches, such as pictures or quotes that reflected their relationship.

Although some couples may choose to forgo the tradition, many people still use guest books at weddings as a way to look back on their special day and remember the guests who were there.

Do I still need to have a Wedding Guest Book?

With so many beautiful wedding traditions to choose from, it can be hard to choose which ones to include and which ones to omit. It is not always feasible to uphold all the traditions, as not every one of them will fit into your big day, or your wedding budget. Nevertheless, if you value nostalgia or prioritize community, then having a wedding guest book is a tradition that you shouldn’t overlook.

While having a wedding guest book is not strictly necessary, like the traditional ‘ledger’ it originated from it’s something that many couples treasure long after their wedding. A guest book serves as a wonderful keepsake that couples can look back on and reminisce about their special day. It’s also a great way to capture the love and support that guests have for the couple, and also provides something for the guests to do, in between canapes and speeches, or to have a break from dancing as the night goes on.

How to Make Sure Your Wedding Guest Book is Actually Used

Firstly, make your Wedding Guest Book visible and accessible. Place it on a table near the entrance or exit of the reception venue, and decorate the table with flowers or other decorations to make it inviting. You could even set up a photo wall nearby, to encourage guests to come over and also fill in the Guest Book.

Consider setting up a photo booth or providing a Polaroid camera for guests to take pictures and attach to their messages. Additionally, have a selfie station or photo booth – you can program both to print two copies of each photo, one to paste into the Guest Book, and one for the guests to take home.

Lastly, it’s important to have someone designated to remind guests to sign the book, such as the MC before the speeches, or if there’s an attendant to the photo booth, they can also encourage guests.

Remember, the guest book is a keepsake that the newlyweds will cherish for years to come, so encourage guests to take their time and write something meaningful. It may help to provide a chair for older or less able-bodied guests to rest in, near the Guest Book table.

Another suggestion is to provide writing prompts or questions to guide guests in what to write. This can include questions about how the guests know the couple or their wishes for the future.

P.s. Don’t forget the Pens! Grab a few easy writing, fast-drying and no-bleed pens.

Whose Name Goes First on Wedding Guest Book?

Traditionally, the bride’s name is listed first on a wedding guest book, followed by the groom’s name. However, in modern times, some couples may choose to list their names in alphabetical order or in order of who asked who to marry.

Today, the tradition of the wedding guest book remains as popular as ever, although it has evolved in some ways to reflect modern tastes and styles. From personalised message boards to interactive photo booths, there are now countless ways for couples to capture the memories of their special day and create a lasting memento that they can cherish for years to come.

Is it bad luck to put a date on a wedding guest book before the wedding?

There isn’t a widely recognized superstition or belief that says it’s bad luck to put a date on a wedding guest book before the wedding. However, some couples may choose not to put a date on their guest book if they feel superstitious.

If a couple changes their wedding date for any reason, having the date on the guest book could make it seem outdated or inaccurate. However, if you are planning on having a Guest Book for your Engagement Party or other pre-wedding events like bridal showers, it may be a good idea to personalise your guest book with a date.

What are some unique ideas for guest books that are not the traditional bound book?

There are plenty of creative and unique alternatives to wedding guest books that can help add a personal touch to your big day. Here are some ideas that you may consider (each title is linked):

  1. Polaroid Guest Book: Instead of a traditional book, set up a photo booth or provide Polaroid cameras and have guests snap a photo of themselves, stick it in a book and write a message next to it.
  2. Audio Guest Book: An audio guest book is a type of wedding guest book that allows guests to record an audio message instead of writing a message.
  3. Jenga Guest Book: Have guests sign individual blocks of a Jenga set, so you can read their messages every time you play the game.
  4. Message in a Bottle: Ask guests to write their well wishes on small pieces of paper and place them inside a bottle, which you can open on your first anniversary.
  5. Signature Frame: Have a large frame with a wide border and ask guests to sign the border with a marker. You can display it in your home as a memory of your big day.
  6. Wine Bottle Guest Book: Have guests sign a bottle of wine or champagne that you can open on a future anniversary.
  7. Artwork Guest Book: Provide guests with a canvas and art supplies to create a unique piece of artwork that they can sign.
  8. Travel Map Guest Book: If you’re a travel-loving couple, use a map as your guest book and ask guests to sign it with their favorite travel destinations.
  9. Thumbprint Tree: Have a tree design printed on a large canvas or paper and ask guests to “leaf” their thumbprint and sign it as the leaves.

What should we ask Guests to write in our Wedding Book?

Some guest books have pre-written prompts in them, but in designing our Wedding Guest BookWith Love‘ we opted for lined pages rather than prompts, for good reason. While all of our other journals and memory books have prompts, we decided that a Wedding Guest Book would be more personal if each guest could choose what to write, so instead, make a personal list of questions or prompts with the Book, to provide inspiration. You could put each suggestion on little business-card sized pieces of paper to match your wedding stationery or colour theme or provide them on a guest book sign to position near.

  1. Well-wishes and advice: Guests can share their words of wisdom and offer tips for a happy and successful marriage.
  2. Favorite memories of the couple: Guests can recall their favorite moments shared with the couple and write them down for the newlyweds to enjoy.
  3. Favorite love quotes or poems: Guests can share their favorite love quotes or poems that they feel represent the newlyweds’ love for each other.
  4. Bucket list suggestions: Guests can suggest activities or places for the newlyweds to explore together in the future.
  5. Funny stories: Guests can share amusing stories or anecdotes about the couple, adding a touch of humor to the guest book.
  6. Relationship goals: Guests can write about what they admire about the couple’s relationship and what they hope to emulate in their own relationships.
  7. Personal messages: Guests can write heartfelt messages to the newlyweds, expressing their love and appreciation for the couple.

Whatever messages are penned, a wedding guest book is a wonderful, tangible keepsake of your special day. It’s an exceptional reminder of your big day and you can look through and reflect on the messages for the rest of your lives.

Guest Book Wedding Prompts

How Many Pages Should My Wedding Guest Book have?

Ultimately, the number of pages in a guest book will depend on your personal preference and the size of your guest list. It’s important to choose a book that has enough pages to accommodate all of your guests, but you also don’t want to choose a Guest Book which will have so many pages, it will be left half blank. Unfortunately, it’s unusual for all guests to fill in a wedding guest book, so I would estimate based on between 60-80% using it, and most couples or families filling in one page together.

Our Wedding Guest Book is 100 pages, which we think will be suitable for most weddings of up to 200-220 Guests, while not being so long that it will be left with many empty pages for smaller weddings.

With Love‘ is also designed in a way that it can be used by the couple to continue well after the wedding, as each remaining page can be filled in with an anniversary note. As each page begins with “A Note To Say” and ends “With Love From” it is extremely versatile.

How to Set up your Wedding Guest Book Table

Setting up your guest book table is an important part of ensuring that your guests will participate in leaving their well wishes and signatures. Here are some tips on how to set up your guest book table:

  1. Make it visible: Place the guest book table in a prominent location where it can be easily seen by guests as they arrive at the venue, but not in the entranceway, where guests will only walk past on the way in, and way out. If the guest book table is transportable, consider moving it as the night continues, such as close to where guests are having cake, to remind them to sign as they eat.
  2. Decorate it: Add some decorations such as flowers, candles, or other decorative elements that complement your wedding theme. If you have time, you could even have a photo wall, or some framed photos on the table of favourite moments in your relationship history.
  3. Provide clear instructions: Make sure that there are clear instructions on how to sign the guest book. You may want to provide a sign or a note to instruct guests on what to do.
  4. Include a pen or marker: Make sure that there are plenty of pens or markers available for guests to use. I highly recommend our Artline pens – they dry instantly, have no bleed-through and are lovely to write with.
  5. Provide seating: Provide a chair or some other comfortable nearby the guest book table, so that guests can take their time to sign the book.
  6. Use props: If using a photo booth or having a polaroid camera, consider using props or accessories that complement your wedding theme, such as picture frames or props that guests can hold while taking their photo for the guest book.
  7. Assign someone to manage the guest book: Assign someone to manage the guest book table, to make sure that everything is running smoothly and to encourage guests to sign the book. Ask one of your wedding party to check in on the guest book at regular intervals, and if it’s not getting enough attention, ask them to pass it around with a pen.

How to Choose your Wedding Guest Book

If you’re still not sure which Wedding Guest Book is for you, here are a few considerations:

Choosing a wedding guest book involves considering a few key factors:

  1. Theme and Style: Choose a guest book that complements the overall theme and style of your wedding. Whether you’re going for a classic, rustic, modern, or whimsical look, there is a guest book out there that fits the bill.
  2. Size and Format: Consider the size and format of the guest book. Do you want a small, portable book that can easily be passed around or a larger, more substantial book to make a statement? Do you prefer a traditional bound book or something more unique, like a wood or acrylic frame or a set of individual cards?
  3. Personalisation: Look for ways to personalise the guest book, whether it’s by adding your names, wedding date or personalised initials on the cover, or by choosing a guest book that incorporates your wedding colors or theme.
  4. Guest Experience: Think about how your guests will interact with the guest book. Do you want something that encourages them to write long messages or something that allows them to simply sign their name and leave a quick note? Consider including prompts or questions to guide their writing, or incorporating interactive elements like a photo booth or fingerprint tree.
  5. Practicality: Finally, consider the practicality of the guest book. Will it be easy to transport and store after the wedding? Will it hold up over time? If it is going to be a piece of art, will it complement your home? Does it have enough pages to accommodate all your guests’ messages? Keep these practical considerations in mind when making your choice.
  6. Quality: Of course you are going to keep it forever, but if you are also going to be pasting photos in, ensure you choose a book with a high GSM (page thickness). Ours is 150 GSM, to ensure no bleed through, and so that each page looks as beautiful and crisp as the last. We also recommend our Artline pens, no matter which Guest Book you choose.
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How to Celebrate a New Mum this Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas & Ways to Appreciate Her Copy

Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate all of the amazing mums in our lives, and for new mums, it can be an especially meaningful occasion. If you are close to a new mum, take a moment to appreciate all the hard work and dedication she’s put into her new role. It’s not easy becoming a Mother, and she might be facing all sorts of physical and emotional challenges. So, instead of just buying her a gift, why not find a way to acknowledge her strength and resilience? Becoming a mum is a life-changing experience, after all! Let’s make sure every new mum feels appreciated and loved this Mother’s Day.

Whether you’re a partner, a family member, or a friend, here are some ideas for celebrating a new mum this Mother’s Day.

  1. Acknowledge a Mother’s hard work: One of the most meaningful ways to celebrate a new mum is to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that goes into being a parent. Take the time to thank her for all that she does, and let her know how much you appreciate her efforts. Being a parent is a tough gig, and being a new mum is a whole other level of challenge. From juggling the never-ending messes to keeping the little one fed and happy, it’s a 24/7 job that deserves some serious recognition. Take the time to show her that you see and value all the hard work and dedication that she puts into her role. A heartfelt note detailing all the amazing things she does can go a long way in making her feel appreciated and loved
  2. Give the gift of relaxation: New mums can often feel exhausted and overwhelmed, so giving the gift of relaxation can be a thoughtful and appreciated gesture. Consider giving a gift card to a spa, a set of luxurious candles, or a cozy bathrobe and slippers. Encourage her to take some time for herself to unwind and de-stress, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. If she’s an active relaxer, find a way to encourage her to relax in a way that she will enjoy, or if she has trouble relaxing, encourage her to find ways to wind down. If she enjoys writing, she may love writing in a journal, like our ‘note to self‘ which encourages mindfulness and self-reflection. Mothers so often are focussed on their children and partners, they forget to look after their own mental health, and reflect on what makes them happy, or what their goals are – both questions our gratitude journal prompts will guide her through.
  3. Create a personalised gift: A personalised gift can be a great way to show a new mum how much you care. Consider creating a photo book featuring pictures of the baby’s first year, or a custom piece of jewellery featuring her birthstone, or her initials. You can use ‘megan’ for a 10% discount on Happy Moose custom photo book, prints or art.
  4. Plan a special outing: New mums can definitely use a break from their daily routine and enjoy some fun activities outside of the house. How about taking the planning and organising out of the equation and treating her to an exciting outing? Take her on a tour of a local winery, pack a cozy picnic in the park, or explore a nearby museum or gallery if that’s more her style. Plan around baby’s schedule, so that she can sit back, relax and enjoy the moment without any stress or worries.
  5. Encourage her to spend time with her friends. As much as Mother’s Day is about being a new mum, it can be quite isolating from friends, so consider getting in touch with one or two of her closest friends, and organise a brunch or lunch with them to give her a break. It’s important to remind new mums that they are more than only parents, and that they still need to have lives of their own.
  6. Cook her a special meal: New mums are often too busy to cook for themselves, so cooking her a special meal can be a thoughtful and appreciated gesture. Consider making her favourite meal, or preparing a batch of healthy and nutritious snacks that she can freeze and reheat as needed. Don’t forget to include some treats, such as her favourite dessert or chocolates, or something she can have next to the bed at night when she’s feeding baby.
  7. Let her take the lead: Finally, depending on the mum, it may be best to ask how she wants to celebrate Mother’s Day – so check in with her in advance, let her know you want to make her feel special, and find out how best she would like to spend the day.
    Asking her what she would like to do and how she would like to celebrate can also make her feel more involved and appreciated. The key is to make her feel loved, supported, and celebrated on Mother’s Day, and every day.Some new mums may prefer a low-key day at home with their family, while others may want to plan a special outing or activity.

Of course, as well as showing your appreciation, you may also may want to give a thoughtful gift to make sure she feels pampered.

Here are a few more gift ideas for a new Mum this Mother’s Day:

  1. Give her the gift of entertainment and relaxation! A subscription to her favourite magazine or streaming service can give her a chance to unwind and enjoy some downtime whenever she needs it.
  2. A plant or some flowers can really brighten up any room and bring a sense of calm and tranquility. Choose a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to care for, like a succulent or a peace lily.A plant or flowers. Plants and flowers can brighten up any room and bring a sense of calm and tranquility.
  3. Whether she’s a fan of fiction, non-fiction, or self-help, a new book or audiobook can be a great gift for a new mum. It’ll give her a chance to escape into a different world or learn something new, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
  4. A simple yet stylish piece of jewellery or accessory can be a great gift for a new mum. Choose something that matches her personal style, or opt for a piece that has special meaning, like a birthstone necklace or a bracelet with her child’s initials.
  5. If the new mum in your life enjoys spending time in the kitchen, a cooking or baking kit can be a fun and practical gift. Choose a kit that includes all of the ingredients and instructions she needs to make a delicious meal or dessert, or put together your own kit with her favourite ingredients and tools.
  6. A postpartum care package, including items like herbal teas, natural skincare products, and other self-care items that can help the new mum feel nurtured and supported.
  7. A thoughtful book or e-book, such as a memoir or down-to-earth, relatable parenting book, to provide inspiration, guidance, or a relatable perspective on motherhood. If she loves recording baby’s memories and milestones, have a look at our Baby Book Your First Years too – for birth to give years.

21 Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary | aka a Yearly Love Fest!

Wedding anniversaries are like a yearly love-fest where you get to celebrate and cherish the incredible bond and commitment you share with your partner. It’s a chance to reflect on the good times, bad times, and everything in between that you’ve experienced together over the past year, and to look forward to the exciting future you’ll create together.

Each anniversary is an opportunity to show your partner how grateful you are for their unwavering love and support. It’s a chance to renew your vows and reaffirm your commitment to each other, or simply spend quality time together, reminiscing about your journey and dreaming about what’s to come.

Whether you decide to exchange heartfelt gifts or plan a special date or vacation, make sure it’s something that’s personal and meaningful to the two of you. After all, this day is all about your relationship and the love and commitment that has brought you together. So let loose, celebrate, and remember why you fell in love in the first place!

21 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary

  1. Pour your heart out and write each other love letters – express your feelings and gratitude for your partner and your life together. Write them in each other’s presence and enjoy reading to each other, or hide them somewhere private to be discovered on your anniversary.
  2. Plan a romantic dinner at home or at your favourite restaurant and indulge in delicious food, wine and conversation. Or, plan two – one each, and surprise the other.
  3. Take a trip or vacation to a place that holds special meaning for you both – rekindle the memories and make new ones together.
  4. Renew your vows in a special ceremony or intimate setting and reaffirm your commitment to each other. Think about why you wrote the vows you did, and how you are honouring your promises.
  5. Create a stunning photo album or scrapbook of your favorite memories from the past year – make it a beautiful keepsake to cherish forever.
  6. Get your groove on and take a dance class together – learn a new style or revisit an old favourite and dance the night away. See if you can remember your wedding dance!
  7. Fill in a wedding anniversary journal together each year, reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. Adding notes or photos to document the special moments of your life together – capture and celebrate the memories.
  8. Escape for the weekend and relax at a cozy bed and breakfast or indulge in a spa retreat.
  9. Enjoy a picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting, such as a park or beach – savor the views, the food and each other’s company.
  10. Plant a tree or garden together, symbolising your love and growth as a couple – watch your love and relationship flourish along with the plants.
  11. Create a playlist of your favorite songs or music from the past year – dance, sing and reminisce about the moments you’ve shared.
  12. Surprise your partner with a unique date night – take them to a special event or location they’ve always wanted to go.
  13. Get creative and write a poem or create artwork inspired by your love and relationship – express your love through your art.
  14. Cook up a storm and take a cooking class or try out new recipes together – get messy, have fun and enjoy the delicious food.
  15. Relax and pamper yourselves with a romantic candlelit bath or spa day at home – unwind, relax and enjoy each other’s company.
  16. Get some fresh air and go on a hike or nature walk – appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and each other’s company.
  17. Give back and donate to a charity or cause that is meaningful to both of you – share the love with those who need it.
  18. Create a time capsule, including items that represent your life and relationship at this moment – open it on your next anniversary and marvel at how far you’ve come.
  19. Get adventurous and try something new together – go bungee jumping, skydiving or take a hot air balloon ride and enjoy the rush.
  20. Revisit your favorite romantic movie or TV show – cuddle up and enjoy each other’s company while watching it.
  21. Play games and have a game night with your favourite board games or video games – compete, laugh and have a great time.

Whatever you do, the most important thing is to spend quality time together and celebrate the love and commitment that has brought you together.

Mental Health and Gratitude for Mothers: Tips for avoiding Overwhelm and Burn Out as a Mum

As a Mother, taking time for yourself can seem impossible amidst the chaos of daily life. Juggling parenting, work, and household responsibilities can leave you feeling exhausted and drained. Here’s a reminder of 6 things to keep in the back of your mind every day to avoid being overwhelmed and burned out as a Mum.

  1. Take a break, every day! As a mum, it’s easy to put your own needs last. However, taking care of yourself is crucial for avoiding burnout.It’s okay to step away from your to-do list and take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a quiet cup of tea in a stolen moment during the day, taking a yoga class, a bubble bath when your partner comes home, or a walk around the block (even if you hve to take a pram with you), prioritising self-care every single day will help you recharge and prevent burnout. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s essential!
  2. Don’t be afraid to delegate. You don’t have to do it all alone. Get your partner, family members, or friends to help out with the kids or household chores.
  3. Simplify your schedule: Between school drop-offs, work, and extracurricular activities, your schedule can quickly become overwhelming. Look for ways to simplify, such as meal prepping or outsourcing household tasks like cleaning. Remember, it’s okay to say no to things that don’t serve you or your family’s needs.
  4. Say ‘no’ when you need to. Set boundaries and say no to things that don’t align with your priorities or values (even when it’s coming from your Mother in law). Saying no can give you more time and energy to focus on the things that matter most.
  5. Practice gratitude. Focusing on the things you’re grateful for can help shift your perspective and boost your mood. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on the good things in your life, whether it’s your family, friends, or a simple moment of joy. Appreciate the beauty in everyday moments, like a child’s laughter or a warm cup of coffee.
  6. Connect with other mums: It can be comforting to know that you’re not alone in the daily struggles of motherhood. Connect with other mums, whether it’s through a local parenting group or online forums. Sharing experiences and advice can help you feel more supported and less overwhelmed.

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is all about focusing on the positive aspects of our lives, no matter how small they may be. It’s about taking a moment to appreciate the little things that bring us joy and happiness. And the best part? Research shows that regularly practicing gratitude can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and increase our overall life satisfaction.

Let’s face it, as mothers, we have a lot on our plates. Juggling work, household chores, and taking care of our kids can leave us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, but the simple practice that can really help is practising gratitude.

Making Gratitude a Habit to Boost our Mood, Positivity and Mental Health (aka How to Cope)

As a mother, starting a regular gratitude practice can help you to prioritise self-care and develop greater resilience in the face of stress and adversity. So, how do we make gratitude a habit? It’s easy:

  1. Start small by taking a moment each day to identify one thing you’re grateful for – maybe it’s the smell of fresh flowers, the taste of your favorite snack, or even just the warmth of the sun on your face. Once you’ve identified your moment of gratitude, take a few deep breaths and soak it in.
  2. Set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. You could do this first thing in the morning, right before bed, or even during a quiet moment in the day. With a little bit of practice, gratitude can become a daily habit that helps us stay centered, positive, and mentally healthy.
  3. Consider using a gratitude journal to track your daily reflections. Our gratitude journal is unique, with the gratitude prompts on gold foil stickers, to inspire you to write about something different each day you are grateful for.
  4. Involving your children in the gratitude practice can help to reinforce positive thinking and build stronger connections within the family. Encourage your children to participate in a gratitude practice as well, which can even help children sleep better at night (and what parent wouldn’t want that?)
  5. Mindfulness meditation can be a valuable tool for cultivating gratitude and reducing stress. Consider incorporating a few minutes of mindfulness practice into your daily routine, whenever you can find a quiet moment. This can help you to focus on the present moment and the things you’re grateful for right now.
  6. Take time to thank the people in your life who have made a positive impact. This could be a friend, family member, or even a stranger who has shown you kindness. Expressing gratitude to others can help to strengthen relationships and build a sense of community.
  7. And finally, when facing challenging situations, try to focus on the positives rather than getting bogged down by negative emotions. Using gratitude as a coping mechanism can help you to build greater resilience and bounce back from adversity. There is usually a silver lining to find in any challenging experience

  1. Start small: Begin by identifying one small thing each day that you’re grateful for. It could be something as simple as the first sip of coffee or holding your child. Try to recognise that gratitude for the simple thing, every time you enjoy it.
  2. Make it a habit: Set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. This could be first thing in the morning, before bed, or during a quiet moment in the day.
  3. Use a gratitude journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a powerful way to process emotions and gain perspective. Consider using a gratitude journal to track your daily reflections. Our gratitude journal is unique, with the gratitude prompts on gold foil stickers, to inspire you to write about something different each day you are grateful for.
  4. Involve your children: Encourage your children to participate in a gratitude practice as well. This can help to reinforce positive thinking and build stronger connections within the family, and gratitude can even help children sleep better at night (what parent wouldn’t want that?)
  5. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation can be a valuable tool for cultivating gratitude and reducing stress. Consider incorporating a few minutes of mindfulness practice into your daily routine, whenever you can find a quiet moment.
  6. Focus on the present moment: Rather than dwelling on past regrets or future worries, focus on the present moment and the things you’re grateful for right now.
  7. Express gratitude to others: Take time to thank the people in your life who have made a positive impact. This could be a friend, family member, or even a stranger who has shown you kindness.
  8. Use gratitude as a coping mechanism: When facing challenging situations, try to focus on the positives rather than getting bogged down by negative emotions. This can help you to build greater resilience and bounce back from adversity. There is usually a silver lining to find in any challenging experience.
  9. Cultivate an abundance mindset by focusing on what you do have rather than what you don’t have. Building a consistent gratitude practice takes time and commitment, but with dedication and effort, it can become a daily habit that helps you stay centered, positive, and mentally healthy
  10. Be consistent: Building a gratitude practice takes time and consistency. Commit to practicing gratitude regularly, even on days when it feels difficult or uncomfortable. Set a reminder in your phone for a certain time each day (perhaps when children sleep at night, or at a time when you know your partner can take over), and spend 5-15 minutes alone with your gratitude journal.

As a mother, it’s crucial to prioritize our mental health and well-being. Daily gratitude practice can serve as an essential component of our self-care routine, providing a valuable tool to boost happiness and resilience. By adopting a positive mindset and being present in the moment, we can navigate daily challenges with greater ease. Reflecting on the good things in our lives can guide us towards greater happiness and fulfillment. So, let’s make gratitude a habit and reap the benefits it brings to our lives.

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