Tied with a Bouw turns one!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I cannot believe today marks one year since my very first blog post... and what a year it has been! Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this spot, my little corner of the blogosphere, would bring me so much joy, make me many new friends from all around the world, allow me to express myself creatively, share snippets of my life and inspire me to want to inspire others. To you my readers, thank-you for your encouragement and support over the last year and for finding my rants interesting enough to want to return and read more... even after a whole year I still can't believe people actually READ my blog... crazy!!! It has been SO lovely getting to know you all. Here's to the wonderful world of blogging that allows us to form friendships with people we have never even physically met and spoils us all with the luxury of escaping to a happy place with the simple click of a mouse. AND here's to wishing Tied with a Bouw a HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY and many more!!! With much love... Son x

P.S Happy Australia Day to all my fellow Aussie's! x

Allegra Isobel Bouw is 8 weeks old!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Creative Mumma and one of my fav fellow bloggers, Nicole from Bubby Makes Three, is the inspiration behind the below idea! Nicole records the growth of her gorgeous bubba boy, Elliott, by taking a monthly pic of him and then photoshopping his age onto the photo. Brilliant right?! Well I've decided to take a leaf out of Nicole's mummy book and do the same for my beautiful Allegra! Here are a couple of snaps taken of Allegra who turned 8 weeks old a few days ago! I might be biased but is she not gorgeous?!

Allegra Isobel Bouw


Everyone is always shocked when I tell them how old Allegra is! Maybe it's THAT head of hair?! She is thriving indeed and obviously getting everything she needs (and some) from Mummy's milk! My little baby is not so little anymore. Although it's funny you know, I never really felt like Allegra was much of a 'baby' baby at all... does that make sense? To me she is a beautiful old soul with such a strong character. She really is quite the little lady already, so switched on and not wanting to miss a thing. I feel like her and I have always known each other and that she has always been a part of my life. It is such a special thing to feel so connected to my darling daughter. I love her so much. Our little miss has brought us so much joy in just these passed eight weeks and I look forward to sharing snippets of that joy with you all! x

Thank-you Jennifer Ramos!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Unless you have been sleeping under a very large rock for the passed few years, I don't think I need to introduce Jennifer Ramos to anyone frequenting the blogosphere. We all know that she is a blog goddess/designer-extraordinaire, one very talented gal indeed. And what I also know is that she is as lovely, as thoughtful and as giving as she comes across on her blog. Jen and I have shared a few emails over the months and late last year, I did Jen the teeniest favour and sent her an issue of CLEO Malaysia (which she sweetly blogged about here) that she was featured in as she was unable to get her hands on a copy all the way from Nevada.

I of course expected absolutely nothing in return... SO you can imagine my absolute delight when weeks later a mystery package arrived in the mail. Inside was a gorgeous card (designed by Jen herself) some gorgeous little socks for Allegra and a wrapped item from Antropologie!!! Yes Anthropologie! I have long admired MANY goodies from this well know store but have never made a purchase. Not one. So I was super excited to see what was beneath the wrapping! Inside was this darling and unique 'Looking for a friend' stuffed horse for Allegra! How special! I love that is isn't your typical stuffed animal toy not to mention it is just perfect for her nursery! Although the colours do go beautifully in our lounge room too... Allegra may have to share horsey with Mummy :)

'Looking for a friend horse' from Anthropologie.

How thoughtful is that?! What a gorgeous gift from a gorgeous and generous woman! Thanks again so much Jen, Allegra and I are very thankful indeed! And to you my land of blogs... thank-you for the random acts of kindness that blogging brings each day... you and my fellow bloggers will never cease to amaze me! x

I'm home!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Hello! It's been a while I know! Mr B, Allegra and I arrived back from Australia yesterday morning after spending a wonderful four weeks back home in Melbourne! I will share some more pics over the coming days as well as some of the amazing goodies Allegra received from family and friends that are going to look just perfect in her nursery! Unfortunately I have been battling a nasty fever for the passed five days that I just can't seem to shake so plan to spend the next few resting... the perfect excuse to cosy up on the couch with my laptop and catch up on a months worth of blogs! For those of you who left questions on my recent posts, I will do my best to answer those too, so please check back in :) x

One year ago today...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

One year ago today I married my best friend, the most gorgeous, funny, supportive, loving man in MY world. One year ago today I became Mrs Bouw!!! I was just reminiscing about our special day and thought I would share a few pics taken on our wedding day, the 9th January 2010! To see more details from our wedding you can visit previous posts here, here and here.

Just Married!

Moments before becoming Mrs Bouw!

The perfect day!

My dress from Simonelli Bridal Couture

Mr B surprised me with an enormous bunch of beautiful flowers (see below!) and the two of us and our darling baby girl Allegra enjoyed a delicious and relaxing lunch at a winery this afternoon.

The bouquet is almost as big as me!

Me and my love, Mr B! x

Happy first wedding anniversary my darling!!! I am one very lucky lady and I love you with all my heart. What an incredibly amazing year it has been... here's to many many more!!! x

A quick hello and a few holiday snaps!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hello hello! Us Bouw's are still off enjoying our holidays BUT I have been feeling a tad guilty for neglecting my little blog so thought I would pop in to wish you all a Happy New Year and also to share a couple of pics of my new little family taken over the last few weeks!

Tis the season to stuff ones face *drool!

Allegra's first Christmas and very own personalised
Santa sack... she was/is one very spoilt little girl!

Mr B and I weren't suppose to be doing gifts for
each other this year so you can imagine my delight
when he presented not one, not two but THREE
of these divine boxes... yes, I was very spoilt too!!!

I love my hubby!!! xoxo

Santa... Bouw style!

Allegra and I receiving presents from Santa!

Mr B, little miss Allegra and I on New Year's Eve!
And yes, I know her hair is out of control tee hee :P

Boxing Day... Our beautiful baby girl @ 30 days old!

Cuddles with Mummy!

She really is the sweetest thing...

Cuddles with Daddy!

Cheeky girl @ 39 days old!

Too precious!

And lastly, me and my little lady on New Year's Eve.
It was so special seeing in the new year
with Allegra in my arms!


I won't officially be back for another week or so but will do my best to stick my head in when I can... we are having too much fun enjoying the festive season as well as loving every second of being new parents to our little darling! She really is something else!

I look forward to catching up on all my blog reading soon... apologies to the blogs I follow regularly for my lack of comments of late!

I hope you are all having a brilliant start to 2011!!! x

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