A Sunday Photo – 19.04.2015

19.04.15

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Annie and I have been butting heads recently with her behaviour.

This picture was taken one evening after a day spent fighting with each other.

We’d gone outside just the two of us to talk about what had happened and afterwards, when we’d made up, and both vowed to try harder, she wandered off and picked me a gorgeous flower.

I hope she always knows that no matter what happens, she will always be my favourite girl in the whole world.

Linking up with…
OneDad3Girls

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How to Create Better Home Movies

17.04.15

If I get a spare 30 minutes, I am most likely to be found taking or editing photos. More recently I am as equally likely to be found doing the same with video footage.

A couple of years ago I shared my top 10 tips for making family movies. I still stand by everything I said in that post, I’ll just wait here while you go back and read it,

…well, go on…!

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Since then I’ve carried on with my monthly family movies and have found the following points to be useful too.

When Shooting Your Video Footage

1) Shooting video is a lot like photography, the more you can get right ‘in camera’ the easier it is and the better it will look.

2) Keep an eye on the horizon and try to keep your camera level, wonky lines can be really distracting.

3) Shoot for the emotion and don’t forget to capture the little moments, the hand gripping the balloon string or tiny feet on the pedals of the bike.

4) If you get the chance, try recording the same scene from a variety of angles. This helps keep your footage visually interesting and encourages you to see a scene from new angles and points of view.

5) Just like with photography, your subject doesn’t always need to be staring down the lens with a fixed grin in place, try recording them when they don’t know you’re there.

6) Don’t get bogged down with videoing the scenery too much. The trees in a forest are gorgeous yes, but the compelling video clip is your child trying to climb one, or sat up on a branch.

7) Think about the ‘story’ you want your family movie, or video clip, to tell. For example, if you’re redoing your garden, don’t just shoot your other half standing on the lawn, video them picking up the shovel, turning over earth, the kid’s with buckets full of earth etc.

8) Most importantly, make sure you appear in the video too at some point. Think about watching the movies back in 20 years with your kids and realising there is no visual representation of you at all.

 When Editing Your Movie

1) Whatever editing software you use, read up on it then experiment with what you’ve learnt, play around, try altering the timing of a clip, speeding it up, or, using slow motion.

2) Try interspersing your video footage with photographs, especially if they will help ‘tell the story’.

3) Every clip you include in your final edit should have a purpose such as being funny, moving the ‘story’ forward, evoking an emotional response etc.

4) In the same vein, once your clip has done it’s job, stop it there. My family movies used to be bloated, with extraneous footage, such as the kids doing something daft and then turning and walking away. I really didn’t need to include the 43 seconds of their backs walking off, it had no purpose.

5) When choosing a soundtrack, pick one that either links to the footage, a song you listened to that month for example, or choose one that mirrors the emotion in the movie.
As much as I love Nine Inch Nails, probably not the best choice for my family films!

I hope you find some of the tips above helpful. If so, I’d love to see any videos you’d make, please feel free to add them to my new Monthly Movie Linky when I introduce it in May, or link to them in the comments below.

Any other tips you’d add to this list?

Linking up with…

The List

 That Friday Blog Hop

Adventures with a Silly Baby

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Pimp My Stroller Review and Competition

16.04.15

When Annie was tiny, my brother bought her a toy buggy for her birthday.

It was well loved by both kiddos and, thanks to being left outside too many evenings, had reached the end of it’s lifespan, so when I was offered the chance to review one of the gorgeous buggies from Pimp My Stroller, I immediately said, ‘yes please’!

Ezra had been asking for a toy buggy of his own for ages and I was planning that this would be the method we could use to wean him off riding in his buggy on the school run.

We were sent the brightly coloured, Mowgli and before I could finish removing it from it’s box, Ez was off, choosing a toy to push around.

Each fabric seat is handmade and they come in a range of beautiful and funky patterns. You can also buy a ‘pimp pocket‘ that hangs over the handles on the back for all those important bits and bobs that your kiddo can’t leave home without.

This has proved to be really useful as Ez likes to collect stones on our walks ambles and now they don’t end up in my pockets!

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I thought I’d make a video to show just how happy Ez Bear is with his Mowgli Stroller, notice the crazy grins and the inability to walk sensibly, both sure signs that he is a very happy kiddo :)

Also note that he has ‘blinged’ his stroller out with a blue balloon, just to make it truly personalised.

Ez started preschool this week and normally would have been clamouring to ride in his buggy, but now, he just grabs his toy stroller and walks off without complaint. He has walked each day, there and back, as well as to collect his sister in the evenings, without a single whinge thanks to the Mowgli stroller.

Ez Bear is very happy with his stroller, and I am incredibly happy that we’ve been able to stop using his big buggy in such a painless manner.

I am really happy to be able to offer one lucky reader a gorgeous Trigger Pimp My Stroller of their own!

To enter simply complete as many entries as you fancy using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Rules:

  • Only one Rafflecopter entry form per household
  • Open to UK entries only
  • You must be over 18 to enter
  • The prize is for the Trigger stroller, no substitutions or alternatives will be offered
  • The competition closes on May 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
  • Delivery of the prize is Pimp My Stroller’s responsibility

Disclaimer: Please note we received this stroller free for the purposes of this review. 


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Vogue’s 73 Questions

16.04.15

I was recently tagged by the super-awesome You Baby Me Mummy to answer Vogue’s 73 questions.

I’m not a vogue reader (surprise surprise!) but I watched some on YouTube and they’re brilliant, my favourite has to be Amy Adams, I love her!

1. What’s your favourite movie?

Return of the Jedi

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

Bridesmaids

3. Favourite Hitchcock film?

It’s been ages since I watched one, but I remember loving Rear Window

4. A book you plan on reading?

The lovely Clare at Maybush Studio recommended I read High-Rise by JG Ballard, so that’s next on my ‘to read’ list.

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Child In Time

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Brooklyn 99

7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?

10, I figure you’ve got to be positive, you get out of life what you put in

8. iPhone or Android?

Like you need to ask, iPhone every.single.time

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?

@BabyMac

11. What’s your favourite food?

Roast pork, lots of crackling, yorkies, roast potatoes, broccoli, roast carrots and parsnips with buckets of gravy.

12. Least favourite food?

Fish

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Cajun chicken, roasted peppers and very little cheese

14. Favourite drink?

Peach iced tea

15. Favourite dessert?

Warm apple pie with vanilla ice-cream

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk

17. Coffee or tea?

Black tea

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?

It’s easy to end up feeling isolated

19. What’s your favourite band?

Modest Mouse

20. Favourite solo artist?

Courtney Barnett

21. Favourite song?

Today it’s probably Shake it Off by Taylor Swift!

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

David Bowie

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Guitar

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

My next tattoo will be a quote just inside my elbow and at the same time I’m getting one near my wrist too

25. To be or not to be?

To be

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

I’d love to go whale watching

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?

Jon took me snowboarding for my 21st birthday, that was pretty epic

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

I have no idea!

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

Reusable potty training pants – I’m all about the practical prezzies ;-)

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Articulate

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

Canada (but I’ve only been once!)

33. What’s the last country you visited?

Wales

34. What country do you wish to visit?

Australia

35. What’s your favourite colour?

Canary Yellow

36. Least favourite colour?

Green

37. Diamonds or pearls?

Neither, they’re both too flashy

38. Heels or flats?

Flats

39. Pilates or yoga?

Where’s the, ‘sitting on the sofa with a cuppa watching someone else exercise’ option?

40. Jogging or swimming?

Swimming

41. Best way to de-stress?

A good book, comfy chair, big mug of tea and a couple of rich tea biscuits

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Invisibility

43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Moist (it’s also the yuckiest word too!)

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Sweet peas

45. When was the last time you cried?

Last time I was poorly and was feeling a tad emotional

46. Do you like your handwriting?

No, I never have, but no amount of practice will improve

47. Do you bake?

Barely ;-)

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

My lack of confidence / self-belief

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?

I am a good Mum

50. Who do you miss most?

My Great Nanny Rose. She was an amazing woman, she treated me like I was a grown up even though I was just a daft kid, she listened to me and was my friend. I miss her far more than I’ve ever admitted.

51. What are you listening to right now?

House of Cards is on the telly as I write

52. Favourite smell?

Warm pavements after a summer rain

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My Mum

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

Jonny

55. A sport you wish you could play?

I’d love to be able to play basketball

56. Hair colour?

Faded pink

57. Eye colour?

Dark Brown

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings!

59. Favourite season?

Summer

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Caitlin Moran, Stephen Fry and Kevin Spacey

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

The Beatles

63. Where were you born?

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Vancouver, the year before Annie was born

65. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Lip balm is adventurous as I get, I don’t use make-up and I’d have no idea how to even if I wanted to!

67. What book have you read again and again?

Lots, I’m a firm believer in re-reading good books, right now I’m reading Dandelion Wine for the umpteenth time

68. Favourite bedtime story?

The Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

‘The Happiness Machine’

70. Favourite sound?

The kid’s giggling

71. Favourite animal?

Panda

72. Who is your girl crush?

Felicia Day

73. Last photograph you took?

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I tag the following lovely bloggers if they fancy playing along:

Clare from Maybush Studio

 Aly from Bug, Bird and Bee

Elfa from Californian Mum in London


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My Kids and Their Weird Eating Habits

15.04.15

Both kids have developed some odd tastes recently.

Food you think any sane person would love, they turn their noses up at, yet they love things no self respecting person should!

Food they used to love now gets pushed to the side of the plate, it’s hard to keep up with them.

Annie’s likes most things, the weirdest ones I’ve mentioned below.

She has an unwritten rule, if it looks weird then she won’t eat it, if she’s already decided she doesn’t like the sound of it, she won’t try it and if she’s feeling grumpy then it’s every man for himself!

She also refuses to eat some perfectly normal, delicious food that leave me wondering if perhaps she was swapped at birth!

Likes:
Haggis
Egg white
Liver and bacon

Dislikes:
The orange bit in Jaffa Cakes
Hot cross buns
Pears
All soups
Pasta in anything other than butter!
Toast (but only at breakfast time)

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Ez Bear is just as weird with his foodie likes and dislikes.

He loves spicy food, I think it’s because when I was pregnant with him I craved curry for the last two trimesters, the hotter the better.

The rule of thumb with Ez is, if it’s on his Dad’s plate but not his, then he will ask to try some and 99% of the time will love it.

Likes:
Haggis
Horseradish sauce
Bacon flavoured crisps (but only because he’s convinced they’re made of bananas)
The jelly in a pork pie

Dislikes:
Hot cross buns
Peas
Roast potatoes
The jelly in a pork pie (it all depends on how ‘wibbly’ it is)

Not that I can complain of course, I was the pickiest kiddo ever and my tastes haven’t really widened that much. If health and weight weren’t an issue I’d live on crisps and french bread, om nom nom!

Do you or your kids have any weird tastes?
Anything you definitely wouldn’t eat?

Linking up with…

Super Busy Mum

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