Hiding Out

27.02.15

Ez wanted to hide out on our bed under my flowery quilt.

We hid from wolves and were saved by a friendly bear who gave us ice-cream and cheese.

Then he wanted to hide from the Jellyman, I asked who the Jellyman was and what he did.

“The Jellyman looks like strawberries.
If he sees you he kidnaps you and takes you to his house.
Then he measures you and puts you in a machine, in a hole, in a pig butt.
And then he puts you in a different machine that puts you in the bin and hurts you.”

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I explained that I didn’t let Jellymen in my house, they were too mean to be allowed inside, and when we were outdoors I’d protect him.

Then we yelled and shouted at the Jellyman to go away, and once he’d gone for good, we hid from the wolves again until the friendly bear, with his dairy based treats came to save us.

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Posted in category: Ezra

Introduction to Tiny Adventures

26.02.15

With spring barrelling towards us we have been looking for things to do at weekends and evenings, to get us out of the house and maybe trying something new.

Because I love giving things over the top, grand titles I have named these trips and events, Tiny Adventures!

Tiny Adventures Badge | snowingindoors.com

They’ll range from little outings, like a walk up the hill to spontaneous road trips somewhere fun or, even, nights away.

We’ll mix up free adventures with more expensive ones and let the kids have a hand in choosing what we do.

We’ve decided that we’ll implement a couple of ‘rules’, a bit like fight club, but without being sworn to silence, or the punching!

The first rule of Tiny Adventures is trying new things
The second rule of Tiny Adventures is saying yes
The third rule of Tiny Adventures is having fun

I hope that these ‘rules’ will encourage me to step outside my (small and restrictive) comfort zone so the kiddos see me joining in.

I also hope that it’ll help the children keep an open mind and do things they normally just grumble about with a smile instead.

Tiny Adventures will fit in perfectly with our summer bucket list this year and I will admit to already compiling a list of potential activities.

Do you go on Tiny Adventures with your family?
Any suggestions for us to try?


Posted in category: Tiny Adventures

My Favourite Spots for Indoor Natural Light Winter Photography

25.02.15

When the time comes to move house I have added a ‘must have’ that I never even considered when we bought this house – interior natural light!

Our house faces south, so our garden has pretty awful light over the course of the day in the summer and spends a lot of it’s time in shade.

In the winter I scrabble around indoors to find ‘magic spots’ where I can take photos of the kids without having to resort to using flash.

The french windows in the kitchen are my go to spot for winter / grey day photos. They’re large and even on darker days they normally let enough light in for photos.

Stick the kids in front of them and make them face the garden and voila, some natural light on a dark day.

My Favourite Spots for Indoor Natural Light Winter Photography | snowingindoors.com

The trouble is the doors lead into our unused, leaky, single skin conservatory which restricts the light in the kitchen. Also they face north so aren’t spoilt with lots of direct light.

The other spot that can surprise with the amount of light it ‘collects’ is Annie’s bedroom. It looks over the back garden so doesn’t have a lot of direct sunshine, but the window is quite large and some afternoons it really lights up.

Also the kids would rather have their photos taken in here thanks to the many toys and books spread over the floor!

My Favourite Spots for Indoor Natural Light Winter Photography | snowingindoors.com

In a pinch I can stick the kids right next to the lounge window for a moody photo.

The trouble with this is they have to be super close to the window if the sun isn’t shining so I have lots of photos of them staring out the window! Luckily I haven’t had to resort to this one yet this year though.

So there you have it, my go to spots for indoor winter photography.

Where do you take photos when it’s grey and murky outside?
Do you search out natural light or stick the flash on?


Posted in category: photog

Spring is Springing

24.02.15

This weekend we saw more signs that spring is almost within touching distance.

Ez decided to wear shorts when he woke up (just like his Dad!), we got out in the garden and did some tidying up after winter while the kids swang and bounced and the days were noticeably longer than the weekend before.

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It felt good to be outdoors, feeling the sun on my skin. It made me realise how much I’d been avoiding leaving the house over the past few weeks and inspired me to keep taking positive steps forward.

We have a fair bit of work to do in the garden. The woodchips need refilling, the beach hut needs a good clean inside and re-waterproofing, the edges of the lawn are shockingly overgrown and the sandpit sand will need totally replacing thanks to a broken cover and dirty neighbourhood cats!!

What did you do this weekend?
Did you manage to enjoy getting outdoors?


Posted in category: general life, Point & Shoot

Point + Shoot – 24.02.2015

24.02.15

Thank you to everyone who joined in with last weeks Point + Shoot, Aby and I are really enjoying reading all your posts and finding new blogs.

My post this week is all about catching more signs of spring and how that lifts my soul somewhat.

Our winning post from last week is by Ali from Mum In A Nutshell. I love the light and the shadows of the people strolling on the beach. I am also slightly jealous that this is only 10 minutes from her house!

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Don’t forget, our joint favourite photo / post from the week will win 12 Instagram prints from our lovely sponsor, printed.com, so even more reason to play along.

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