Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Five Summer Baby Photography Ideas

Many of us now are having professional photos done of our children and outdoor shoots are becoming more and more popular. With the summer season here, it is a great opportunity to use the elements of the season to get some really beautiful pictures that will help you remember those happy, sunny days. A summer photography session for babies is a great idea as there are loads of fun and sweet things you can do to make those snaps even better. Here's some ideas together for doing just that to get you inspired for your shoot.

Using summery food and drinks for yummy snaps 

Capturing baby’s first taste of ice cream is always a funny experience as you will see them fall in love immediately...whilst making a complete mess, of course! Other foods like watermelons slices can make for some really sweet photos as they’ll look so little compared to the big fruit. You could even make baby-friendly mocktails and serve them in plastic cocktail glasses for the shoot! There are some fab child-friendly mocktail recipes here.

Outdoor fun and play for natural photos 

Summer is a time where your little ones will be making the most out of the great outdoors and will be having the time of their lives. Capture them when they’re having lots of fun and being natural; playing with summery toys like paddling pools and swings and slides. Natural photos are perfect for capturing true personalities and will serve as a life-long reminder of the things your little one adored when they were very teeny.

Lovely summer clothing and accessories 

Your little one will no doubt be spending the majority of the summer season strutting their stuff in...well...not very much really! Taking snaps of your little one as they lounge around in what they feel comfortable in, in the heat can be really sweet, as it’s the only time of life where you can feel completely comfortable in the bare minimum! Dressing them up in bathing suits and using other summery accessories like over-sized sunglasses, flip-flops and big, floppy hats can all make for some really cute snaps, too.

Using vintage props and scene setters for a different affect 

Your baby photographer will have lots of tricks up their sleeve, especially if you opt for a really good one like those employed by Venture. Great photographers will have access to lots of fun, vintage props such as lemonade stands which look really sweet and things like fishing props and scenes for your little one to be a part of.

Opting for the humour aspect with a summer twist 

Summer is all about fun, so why not go for funny pictures for your baby’s summer photo shoot? As briefly mentioned above, opting for things like over-sized sunnies can be really funny and sweet. Cute but funny fancy dress outfits are always great in the summer shoots, too. Two personal favourites of ours have to be this little mermaid baby outfit, and this baby shark outfit which would both make for some adorably funny photos!

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Activities for Long Car Journeys With Children

activities for long car journeys with children
Last month we visited Cornwall with friends for our summer holiday and so braved the seven hour drive down to St Ives with Miss H (3 1/2), Little J (2) and their four friends (aged from two to four). It was interesting to say the least, but I had been researching a few weeks beforehand for lots of ideas of how to keep them quiet on the journey down there. Here are what we did:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday To Prince George

As I'm sure you are aware, unless you've been living under a rock, Prince George turns one today. It does make me reflect on the past year and its ups and downs. This time a year ago we spent the day with friends visiting a nearby funfair and I had just attended a local blog conference and was buzzing with ideas. In the next twelve months I was diagnosed with ME, my dad had chemotherapy, we holidayed in Fuerteventura, my little miss turned three, my baby boy turned two and we holidayed in Cornwall. It is always funny to look back and see how much you've done in just a year.

One thing I became aware of is home insurance - recently some friends of ours experience a house fire in a house they rent out. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but the place was completely destroyed right through to the brick work and needs gutting. It makes you think what would you do in these situations and to double check you have the right cover in place, just in case.

So as we watch images of a beautiful, calm and well behaved little prince, we all know that behind closed doors every toddler can wreak havoc. In fact, damage by animals and children are a common cause of home insurance claims. As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday boy’s big day, home insurance specialist, Together Mutual Insurance, has compiled some top tips on safeguarding the home from little fingers and big problems.

Happy Birthday to Prince George, we hope he has a lovely day!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Mums' Time Out

It is easy when we are mums to get bogged down in the day to day life of being a busy parent, and forget about ourselves. Often this can lead us to feel we have lost our sense of self and feel left behind with nothing to feel is our own. It is therefore important for us to reclaim our own time back and do the things we enjoy, in order to be the best mum we can. But in this busy world and with tiny people hanging onto our skirts, this can seem an impossible task. Here are some suggestions to get the best out of your situation.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Best Day Ever

Ever since she was three months, Miss H was interested in the TV. When Mickey Mouse came on she would sit in her bouncer chair and kick her feet, giggling away. However Little J really wasn't bothered at all. That is, however, until he discovered a certain fireman. When he was about eighteen months old I was flicking through the channels when Fireman Sam came on and for whatever reason I left it. And from then on he was hooked. To the point that he often throws a fit if there is anything else on the TV and 'Sam,' or some version of it, was his most commonly used word. Now whenever he sees a Fire Engine or a fire of any sort he calls for Sam to come and save the day!

So when we saw the local fire station were holding a fun day, we knew we had to go. In fact it's been in the diary for weeks and I was so looking forward to seeing his little face.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beautiful Boxes With Freckled Frog

Over the last few months I have been gradually working on Miss H's bedroom. In May we bought her a full size bed and new bedding and since then I have been upcycling bookcases and photo frames and collecting various treasures for the finishing touch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Low Energy Play: Foam Rainbow

This month's low energy play comes from a pin from Fun At Home With Kids. This one seemed like it be more work than I was looking for, but actually turned out to be pretty simple. All you need is washing up liquid, a whisk (preferably electric) and food colouring.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Giveaway With Cuddledry

Last month we were very grateful to receive some lovely snuggly towels from Cuddledry and they improved bathtime no end, making the getting out part fun, as well as the splashing around. We also tried out the Cuddletwist and H loved wrapping her hair inside it to dry, just like mummy does with her big towel. It also meant she didn't have wet hair dripping down her back as she dried off.

Today Cuddledry are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Cuddletwist for their little Cuddler. These super soft towels are made of natural bamboo and are 60% more absorbent than normal cotton towels, so perfect for your little diva!

To be in with a chance of winning one of these towels, simply follow the Rafflecopter below.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer In Cornwall

Soon after last year's holiday to Fuerteventura, my friends and Mr H and I decided to spend our summer holidays all together. With all of us having children under four we understand the ups and down of these young years and are there to give each other a hand, or a time out, as it is needed. When my friend came across St Ives Bay Holiday Park in Cornwall, it was quickly booked and anticipated in our calendar for 2014. I have to admit I was anxious about the 6-7 hour car journey down there, but looking forward to spending some time with friends, and some much-needed time as a family.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Out Of Office

Thank you for stopping by, we are currently away enjoying beautiful Cornwall for a week, so it may seem a bit quiet. Fear not, normal service will resume on our return!

Happy Hollybobbs!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Britmums Live 2014: My Highlights

Last week seven hundred parent bloggers swooped on London and into The Brewery for the biggest blogging conference of the year. It is an event we all look forward from the day the tickets are released and plan down to the last minute.

Britmums Live 2014 Main Room

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cosatto's #NewStuff Celebration & A Giveaway!

Yesterday a few of us were invited to the always-fun HQ over at Cosatto. It is so nice to have a brand based in the north that we can actually go visit, get to know and spend some time with and I'm very fortunate to have formed a lovely relationship with them.

The Cosatto Ooba PArty

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Britmums Live 2014 - My Experience

I don't really know where to begin with this post and I have a feeling it may be a bit of a ramble, so apologies.

On Friday I excitedly hopped on a train down to London once again for the monumental blogging event of the year - Britmums Live. It is the event of the year in our little world and one so many of us look forward to for the full twelve months prior - as soon as we book our tickets the day they go on sale and set a reminder in our phone for the date train tickets become available. It is a day that sees hundreds of us plan our outfits, glam ourselves up and flock upon the Brewery in London. We all sit in a room, side by side, cry, laugh and learn together and our community becomes strengthened with every word and every embrace. It is immense.

And this year it all proved too much.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Ideal Home Show Manchester

the Ideal Home Show Manchester
A couple of weeks ago my mum and I spent a lovely day together at The Ideal Home Show, courtesy of Dulux. Both of us have wanted to go for a few years and so it was a great opportunity as we both love homewards and decorating our homes!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bathtime With Cuddledry

Funny Girl at Bathtime

Bathtime is one of both the children's favourite times of day, but particularly J, who has always been a water baby. Whilst H can be a bit awkward with water over her face, J will happily splash, swim, soak himself and as we learnt on a recent trip to Wales, throw himself in the swimming pool without any thought!


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