SOPHIE'S BIRTHDAY WISHLIST

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Holy smokes guys, can you believe my little angel is turning 5 on Sunday?! I feel like I was busy writing her birth story a minute ago. Like every single mom on the planet, I feel like time is moving too fast. With every eye-roll and sassy comment, I feel those tween years racing up to meet us. Yes I know she's only turning and I am possibly being quite dramatic, but it really does go too fast. Next year we're heading off to grade R and I am just trying my best to hold onto these precious years with both hands. 

We are usually quite relaxed about birthdays, in fact, you won't even see me doing a blog post about parties, mostly because I feel quite selfish about certain moments and also because I don't think about my blog at all when it comes to the girl's parties. I try so hard to just make it as bright and sparkly and innocent as possible. This year we are super excited about one big change to our party planning and prep. We're throwing Soph's birthday at The Play Shed and the best thing about this is how amazingly organised and on the ball Jeanne is, we literally don't have to do anything beyond supplying a few minor bits of decor and a cake. So I'm chalking that up as a quick mom win! 

As usual, Sophie's list of demands is pretty extensive this year, but for the first time in forever, she's been so focused and sure of what she wants. Usually, she just rambles off a list of everything and anything. Right now she is completely OBSESSED with all things Barbie. We watch the Barbie Princess and the Popstar movie every day and even though Soph can't hold a tune to save her life, she is determined to start her own band. So most of what she wanted this year revolved around musical instruments. But there were a few other surprising things. Here is the short version of her birthday wishlist. 


ALL THE BARBIE THINGS 

All Barbie everything. I am not even kidding. I have post planned for some time next week about why Barbie will ALWAYS be welcome  in my home, we love her. I grew up with every kind of Barbie available in the 90's and Soph is just as obsessed as I was. Barbie has become a lot more inclusive in recent years too. Sophie's been browsing Takealot and saving all the things she wants, basically its: 


LONG SLEEVE DRESSES 

Oh, guys, my little girl is the girliest girl on the block. She literally cried her little eyes out every morning if I say she can't wear a dress to school because it's too cold. So of course, she has been nagging non-stop about getting long-sleeved winter dresses and stockings so she can always wear a dress. Cotton On has some absolutely amazing dresses in stock right now. Most of them are R199 which is a really fair price for such pretty little frocks. There is such a huge range, but these 4 are firm favourites of mine. 

All of the ones pictured are from Cotton On. You can shop them (and more) here > 


NEW BOOKS 

Reader's Warehouse makes it really easy to cultivate a love of reading in your child because their books are so affordable. Sophie and I are what I would call, hyper-consumers of literature. We love to read. We love to get lost in the pages of a perfect story and in addition to her all pink bank and her winter frocks, the one request Soph has made quite frequently, is for new books. I recently read a great roundup of empowering books for young girls and I these 6 were the most age-appropriate ones for Soph but the whole list is quite amazing. Here's the link if you're keen to grow your daughter's collection > 


While we are quite tamed with Sophie's party, we almost always go quite overboard with her gifts. I always think that Christmas is the time for moderate gifting (simply because there are just so many gifts to be purchased) but birthdays are special because it's the one day that is 100% about you. So while I doubt we'll get Soph every single thing on her list, I know we'll probably cover most of it, because hey, you only turn 5 once right? Right? 

Nikki 
Xxx 

PS: this does not sit well with my minimalist beliefs lol

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