Ice-Cream Make Believe


The gorgeous weather has reminded the kiddos of a game they used to play last summer.

Under the ‘tree house’ is an area they like to pretend is an ice cream bar.

They take it in turns to sit on the stool and ask for an ice-cream and the person on the inside fills up a plant pot with weeds, grass and wood chips. They then hand it over in exchange for a handful of coins – aka more woodchips!

This game can go on for almost an hour, asking for random ice-cream flavours, and creating the order, then swapping over.

Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (1)Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (2)Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (3)Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (4)Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (5)Ice-Cream Make Believe | Playing in the back garden | (6)

I love listening to them playing this game, the conversations and watching them interact, it strikes me that they really are miniature adults, practising for the real world.

What did you get up to this weekend?

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Posted in category: Point & Shoot, The Kiddos

Point + Shoot – 07.07.2015


Thank you to everyone who joined in with Point + Shoot last week.

My post this week is all about a summer game my kiddos invented and have rediscovered this weekend.

Our favourite post from last week comes from Caroline at Our Family Ties.

Photo's of my daughter for Point & Shoot Linky, photography, portrait photography, children's photography,

I am very happy to announce that our favourite post each week will receive an awesome colour bright photo mug from the lovely peeps over at Photobox.

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.


Posted in category: Point & Shoot

How Writing Lists Beat My Writers Block


The last few weeks I’ve been feeling generally low and finding blogging ‘tricky’, writing and photography just wasn’t as much fun as it should be.

I came away from BritMums feeling really enthusiastic, but on getting home I found I still had writers block.

By last weekend it was really getting me down so I did what I do best – I wrote a list!

I find that when I’m feeling low the best thing to do is write down every problem, come up with possible solutions and then compile a list of those, with added schedule if needed.

I broke out my coloured fineliners and started listing.

How Writing Lists Beat My Writers Block | blogging | depression and anxiety |

I got everything off my chest and down onto paper. Doing this often results in me realising that some of my ‘problems’ aren’t really that big at all, or discovering that what I thought was bothering me wasn’t the issue, it’s something else entirely.

Once I’d written everything down I then went through in a different colour and wrote a list of potential solutions underneath.

Then, in a third colour, I wrote out some sentences summing up each issue and what I would do to solve it.

Once I’d done this the problems had been solved and my solution was obvious. I needed to write a schedule that clearly detailed when I would write, when I would brain storm ideas and when I edited photos etc.

As I had no time in the day and didn’t want to spend time away from the kids I decided to get up 30 minutes earlier each day and write between 5.30-6am. Then once the kids were in bed I’d edit photos and schedule any social media posts for the next day.

I know this wouldn’t work for most people but I love having a routine and often flounder when I don’t have one. I just needed to re-establish a schedule and suddenly everything seemed easier and writing became fun again!

How do you beat writer’s block, or pick yourself up when you’re feeling low?

A Sunday Photo – 05.07.2015


The reason I take journalistic style photos of the kiddos is because, after 6 and 3 years of having their picture taken daily, they’re understandably fed up of me stalking them with a camera.

But sometimes they will not only ask me to take their photo, they will also tell me what to photograph and they will be happy the whole time.

This was one of those rare occasions and, as such, is now one of my favourite pictures.

Here are my two nutters, in all their ‘hamming it up’ glory, holding hands and looking happy :)

A Sunday Photo | Siblings wearing Twirlywoo Headbands |

Happy Sunday!

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Posted in category: The Kiddos

GoPro Videos To Inspire And Amuse You


There is no greater time sink for me, than watching GoPro videos on You Tube.

I love the professional ones, people snowboarding down inaccessible mountains or diving with whale sharks, but what I really love, are the funny ones, or ones that are vaguely do-able at home.

The water blob one is not just funny, it is also something I’d love to try, but it looks like you need to be a kid at an American summer camp, so I think I may have missed the boat on that one.


If it involves a squirrel you can bet I’m going to watch that video at least twice, these two make me giggle more than they probably should.

The kids love this video of a frisbee playing dog, and what’s not to love? This is something you could replicate relatively easily with a GoPro, providing you have a dog who loves to play fetch.

I used to love making videos of the kids in their walkers, but if I’d had a GoPro just think how much more exciting they could have been, baby eye view, mount a camera on the dashboard of the walker or the base turned backwards and shooting the little feet, the possibilities are endless (almost).

My final offering today is my favourite GoPro animal video, a skateboarding cat! It’s another video that you could replicate and put your own spin on, and it’s cute as anything.

The kids and I love this one and it’s easy to see why, the light is great, the cat is cute (and can skateboard!) but it’s two things that just shouldn’t go together. Cats are known for being aloof, yet here is one having fun, away from home and acting more like a dog.

All of these videos are ones that you could make yourself, assuming you had a giant water blob or a frisbee loving pup, but that’s the great thing about the GoPro, you don’t need to be a professional snowboarder or skydiver to produce awesome footage that generate thousands of views on YouTube, and provide laughs at home.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to smear my GoPro in peanut butter in the hope a photogenic squirrel will come and play!

What’s your favourite GoPro video?

Posted in category: Video