8 of My Favourite Blogs

19.12.14

I love reading blogs, having a cheeky glimpse into someone’s life or home without having to use a telescope appeals to the potential stalker side of me!

So today I thought I’d share 8 of my favourite blogs with you, in the hope that at least a couple of them will be added to your favourite blog list too…

8 of my favourite blogs | snowingindoors.com

* You Baby Me Mummy: Aby is a really good friend of mine and has, in the past 18 months built up a fantastic blog. She writes on a variety of topics and has recently started a very useful series on blogging.

* Mammasaurus: Annie has a beautiful blog, she takes wonderful photos and has created one of my favourite linkies, How Does Your Garden Grow? She is also a ridiculously lovely human being with a wicked sense of humour.

* Amalah: One of my first blog addictions, Amy is absurdly funny, has overly cute kiddos (one of whom has a fantastic name!) and often makes me laugh so hard I startle a child or choke on my cup of tea.

* Tara Whitney: Tara is a photographer in Southern California who does amazing things with light. Her pictures are just breathtaking and I would sell my soul to be able to take photos half that good.

* Maybush Studio: I first found Clare’s blog while browsing home renovations online, her family remodelled their home to create a gorgeous North American inspired house, I tell you, if we ever decide to re-do our home I am totally picking Clare’s brains and stealing her good ideas! She also helped me through making (half of) my first quilt, the woman is a star. She is another great photographer who’s son has one of the cutest grins on the internet!

* The Bloggess: Jenny Lawson likes to swear, collects taxidermied animals, torments her husband Victor via text message, got a photo of Wil Wheaton collating paper and has written one of my favourite books.

* Baby Mac: Wins the awards for my favourite Australian blog and favourite podcast ever! I want to move to Australia and be her friend and yes, I am aware how stalkerish that sounds ;-)

* Fat Mum Slim: Chantelle is another Australian blogger, whos advice on blogging and iPhone photography is super helpful. She is also the creator of the #PhotoADay challange on Instagram.

I read a lot of blogs and it was hard to pick just 8 favourites, next time I think I’ll have to post my favourite blogs by topic to ensure I don’t miss anyone out.

What are your favourite blogs to read? Can you recommend one new blog for me to check out?


Posted in category: blogging

My Big Kid

17.12.14

Ez never fancied learning to drink from an open cup. I’ve learnt that the Bear needs to do things in his own time so I took straws everywhere we went and never pushed the matter.

I found Annie’s old Doidy cup in the cupboard last week and when Ez Bear saw it he asked to use it.

I wrapped him up in a towel and let him work it out himself and sure enough he nailed it. He now uses it every mealtime and I’m sure it won’t be long before we can ditch the sippy cups for good.

Ez was really proud of himself and informed us all that he was now a big kid, drinking from his big kid cup.

I was perfectly happy with all of this until the other night when I said his name and he answered me with, ‘not Ez Bear any more Mummy, I big kid now, you call me big kid’.

I will admit that every now and again it hits me how fast both kiddos are growing up and I get a little lump in my throat. This was one of those occasions, especially as he picked the name Ez Bear himself when he could barely talk.

Ez has really changed the last 8 weeks. His sentences are longer, he’s started singing songs and makes up his own versions of Twinkle Twinkle. He has developed a massive obsession with Christmas and all things Christmassy, particularly Christmas trees and baubles.

Of course he hasn’t ditched the name Ez Bear, but the reminder that one day he will, stopped me in my tracks and reminded me to make the most of each day, because I’ll miss the Bear.

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Are there things your kiddos want to ditch as they’re growing up but that you’re not ready to let go of yet?


Posted in category: ezra

LED Hut Light Review

17.12.14

One of the things I love most about Christmas is having a legitimate excuse to deck my house out in twinkly, festive lights.

So I, of course, jumped at the chance to review the amazing LED Cluster Christmas Lights for LED Hut.

The lights are 3 metres long, but what makes them so special is that there are 288 LEDs crammed into those 3m, this provides a fantastic bright and vibrant effect.

The lights can be used indoors or outside and are made to a really high quality. The colours of the bulbs are vivid and they flash in a hypnotic fashion (unlike some lights I’ve seen which leave me with a headache!).

There is an additional 5 meters of cord to the plug so there’s plenty of scope for placing the lights somewhere perfect without worrying too much if there’s a plug socket nearby.

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After Christmas I’m going to move these out to the garden and stick them along the wall of the workshop so we can have them on when we have BBQs in the summer, I think they’ll look great and provide some gorgeous, twinkly light when the sun goes down.

I was impressed to note that the LED Hut website offers a 5 year warranty on it’s bulbs, an offer I’ve not seen any other company match. It certainly fills me with confidence that they’re a company who trusts their product is of the highest quality.

Disclosure: I was sent these lights free for the purpose of conducting this review. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own. No monetary compensation was given.


Posted in category: review

Their Faces

16.12.14

This weekend I spent a lot of time looking at the kiddos and studying their faces.

Keeping an eye on Ez Bear’s bruised nose from his fall, trying to work out what colour his eyes really are, his mouth surrounded in crumbs and stroking those adorable little cheeks.

When I talk to Annie her face changes in an instant, from serious and solemn, to bubbling over with laughter to pouty and then thoughtful. Her lip is sore again from the wind, her eyelashes brush against her face when she blinks and when she’s recalling facts she glances off to the side and my heart skips over this tiny gesture.

The kid’s are growing up and their faces are changing so much, losing the little chubby cheeks, growing into the faces of children, no longer toddlers, certainly not babies.

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I still see so much of their Dad in their faces, but every now and again I spot a glimpse of me when I was little and I smile, happy over the fact that they look a little bit like me.


Posted in category: Point & Shoot, the kiddos

Point + Shoot – 16th December 2014

16.12.14

Hi everyone! Thank you to all who joined in last week, I loved reading your entries, seeing what you all got up to.

This week’s post from me is all about faces specifically those of my kiddos.

Our winner from last week is the gorgeous photo below from Mum in a Nutshell. Congratulations you win 12 gorgeous Instagram prints from printed.com.

I have noticed a lot of my comments ending up in people’s spam this month so if you don’t see a comment from me, please check the bin!!

How to Play Along

  • You can link 1 post a week!  Be sure to paste the Point + Shoot badge on the post you’re linking up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

  • Comment on the current post to say hi!

  • Comment on at least 2 other links – share the love, it is what linkies are all about.

  • It would also be great if you could share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #PointShoot) on your social media channels to help grow the community. Aby and I will also retweet your posts if you mention us in your tweets! (@youbabymemummy/@snowingindoors)

  • Finally, if you could please follow You Baby Me Mummy (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) and snowingindoors (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) that would be fantastic!

  • Our joint favourite photo will win 12 Instagram prints from our new sponsor, printed.com.

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything. If you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.

snowingindoors


Posted in category: Point & Shoot