Our Weekend

25.11.14

This weekend we didn’t really get up to too much. We played at home, caught up on exciting things like housework and went into town for some festive red cup drinks.

Of course no trip to town is complete without an extended visit to Waterstones (it’s like the kid’s second home!). They read, were read to, coloured, looked at the fish, made new friends, added books to their wishlists and had to be dragged out when it was time to leave!

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What did you get up to this weekend?


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Point + Shoot – 25th November 2014

25.11.14

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

My post this week features toy cars and book shopping – a standard weekend for us!

My favourite post last week belonged Polly Mixtures who’s Weekend in Brighton post was gorgeous, also the photos of her food had me watering at the mouth!

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!

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.

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Posted in category: Point & Shoot

PhotoBox Review and Giveaway

24.11.14

PhotoBox Christmas Cards

For the past few years I’ve seen my Stateside friends sending their personalised photo Christmas cards and looked on in jealousy. I tried designing my own, but I’m no good at that kind of thing, and I couldn’t find a photo printing company who had gorgeous cards to use with my photos. That is, until this year.

Photobox have teamed up with Paper Shaker and present you with a huge range of gorgeous card designs, shapes and styles.

I spent about 3 hours trying to decide which cards to choose, it really was a tough decision. I wanted to make a family card and then some for Annie to give out to her school friends because I knew she’d love for them to be personal.

For the family cards I chose a flat card designed to look like a blackboard. For Annie’s cards we also went with a flat card with a cute, bright design with a snowman on the front, she also dictated the message for the back.

I don’t know why, but I think flat cards look amazing. I understand they might be a pain to display alongside their folded compatriots but I just think they look gorgeous and, so unusual in the UK.

Also the eco-friendly side of me likes the reduced amount of recycling they generate, half the paper goes into making them which can only be a good thing in my eyes.

The design process was easy, lots of fonts to choose from and other images and embellishments you could add. Even if you and a family member chose the same cards, they could arrive looking totally different from each other.

The cards are really high quality and come in a little velcro box with envelopes. Having personalised cards printed really does remove a lot of the hassle out of Christmas cards, all I have to do is stick them in the envelopes, address them and bung them in the mail – perfect.

Annie was overjoyed with her cards and it is a daily battle to stop her taking them into school to hand out! I love how the cards turned out, they feel and look really professional and no one else will be sending out ones like this.

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PhotoBox A3 Calendars

I’ve never made a personalised calendar before, but I really needed a calendar to keep up to date with all the school goings on. I really liked how easy it was to change to photos around and to design.

They come with national holidays in, but they can be removed is you fancy. I personalised it to include all the school dates for Annie, which is really handy. For birthdays I put a picture of that person on the date so we’d have no excuse for forgetting!

I got one made for us and one as a Christmas present for someone who is probably be reading this post…!

The A3 calendars are gorgeous, there was lots of design options and it’s spiral bound with nice sturdy metal so it’s unlikely to be destroyed by the kiddos vainly staring at their own photos, Ez has already demanded that we cut off the large cover photo so he can have it up in his room!

The photos came out so well, Photobox didn’t alter the colours or temperature at all and they look exactly like they do on my computer screen.

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I am incredibly happy to be able to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two A3 calendars from Photobox. Entry is nice and simple, just use the Rafflecopter form below and complete as many steps as you fancy…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules:

  • Only one Rafflecopter entry form per household
  • Open to UK entries only
  • You must be over 18 to enter
  • The competition closes on December 8th at 12AM
  • I will contact the winner within 3 days of the competition closing
  • If I do not hear back within 7 days then the competition will be redrawn and a new winner chosen

Disclosure: I received the cards and calendar to do an honest review and I am not paid to host this competition.


30 Ways to Instantly Decrease Your Productivity

22.11.14

Hitting all your targets at work? Got a pile of washing up with your name on it that you just don’t fancy tackling? On a deadline that can’t be missed?

Here are 30 surefire ways to totally derail your day and reduce your productivity to almost nothing…

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1. Pinterest. I couldn’t count the hours I’ve spent on this site, scrolling through endless examples of what I should be doing instead!

2. Facebook. Stalk your ex, check every photo of you to make sure it’s flattering, post humble bragging status updates or simply keep hitting refresh on the timeline.

3. Stare out the window. Flaunt your unproductive nature old skool style!

4. Play a game on your phone. Go on, beat that level of Angry Birds that has held you trapped for so long.

5. Google yourself. You never know what you might find.

6. Google your boss, ex, that other Mum on the playground who is always a total cowbag. Again, you never know what you might find!

7. Doodle. It killed time back when you were in school, try your hand at it again.

8. Tongue Twisters. A fun way to achieve absolutely nothing.

9. Take the perfect selfie. Your Facebook profile picture could do with being updated.

10. Learn the alphabet backwards. Could come in handy in a pub quiz one day.

11. Edit every photo in your phone to look like it was taken in the 1800’s. Bust out that unused sepia tone filter in Instagram and share the heck out of your old timey pictures.

12. Write down each of the 50 States in America. This got me through so many A-level geography lessons.

13.  Touch your nose with your tongue. You’re doing this right now, aren’t you?!

14. Have kids. You won’t feel really productive for another 18 years or so, even longer of you have more than one.

15. Write a rude limerick. The more swear words the better!

16. Update, or create, a wish list. Amazon is calling your name…

17. See how far you can fly a paper plane. Do you know the best paper plane design?

18. Blow the biggest spit bubble. If it’s ok for toddlers, then why not you?

19. Sing a song. It’ll probably be from Frozen or Dispicable Me if you’re a parent, but rock out anyway.

20. Name every Bond Movie. Another technique I used to utilise in geography class.

21. Learn rude words in a foreign language. Useful and amusing.

22. Plan your dream holiday. Research hotels, flight costs, activities, local restaurants, make sure to use lots of in-depth research.

23. See how many times you can fold a piece of paper. You only need to fold it 42 times to reach the moon.

24. Nap. It’s easy, costs nothing, and can be done almost anywhere (except meetings – normally!).

25 Organise you mug cupboard. Most people have far too many mugs, rearrange yours in order of preference, colour or size.

26. Turn on the telly and channel hop. Turn on, tune in and switch off.

27. Have a really long bath. Soak, exfoliate, scrub, shave, primp and preen. Don’t come out until you resemble a giant prune!

28. Watch cat movies on YouTube. Few things more time consuming than animal videos on the internet.

29. Phone up an elderly relative or friend and ask them about their youth. (Sorry Nan!)

30. Write an inane blog post. See what I did there?! ;-)

What do you do to kill time?


Posted in category: general life

My Etsy Wishlist

20.11.14

With Christmas fast approaching I find myself browsing Etsy like a demon, trying to find that perfect present for friends and family.

I figured that given all that effort I deserved to make a wishlist of my own, so here are some of the gorgeous Etsy finds that I’d love to see under the tree on Christmas morning…

My November Etsy Wishlist

Where the Wild Things Are mug

18 FQ of Let’s Go fabric

Mountains at Starry Nights Original Watercolour

Tea-Rex Teabag Tidy

Kantha Throw

Polaroid Poster

White Cloud Spoon Rest

Felt Ball Garland

Custom Return Address Stamp

These are all gorgeous things, the sort of items I’d never buy myself and so would make perfect gifts.

The fabric is lush and I think it’d make a wonderful quilt for one of the kiddos. As for the custom return address stamp, I think it’d make me write more letters, being able to use this on the back of every envelope!

What kind of things would make it onto your wishlist this year?


Posted in category: general life