Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Onesie Love

Camouflage Onesie
Camouflage Onesie Tesco sale £6 Hat Primark £3 
Boys Camouflage Onesie

Childrens camouflage onesie

Tesco camouflage onesie

I think onesie's get a bad press, I think they are so much more than fluffy fleecy animal suits only suitable for lounging around the house with loved ones. They can be so adorable on children (I do however still reserve judgement on adults) they are just so comfortable and styled right look super cool,Tiger loves his!

When choosing a onesie for Tiger I would stay away from patterns that I would expect to see on PJ's or are too seasonal. I love this camouflage print onesie as its quite subtle and not over the top, teamed with this clashing wool patterned woolly hat makes me want to go 'awww lets go out to play' not time for bed!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - 'The' Mummy Lipstick!

I don't normally post about beauty products but when I fall in love I fall hard and I have to share the gorgeous Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (bit of a mouth full!) My sister originally introduced me to the Just Bitten Balm Stain and I've been hooked ever since! I don't always wear lipsticks, I don't like the fuss of making sure its still on, hasn't smudged and hate not been able to kiss my little lads without leaving lipstick kisses on them. Other than the fantastic range of colours from trendy wendy hot pinks to more natural tones, I love that Just Bitten Balm Stain is simple and quick to apply, leaves your lips feeling soft and lasts ages. They are such a great pick me up without the fuss, I treated myself to this hot pink as I've been ill with a cold, plus I am going through a 'horrible hair stage' so I just needed something to stop me feeling bluh! Okay it hasn't miraculously made my cold disappear but its stopped me looking so washed out.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain £7.99


Thursday, 21 November 2013

How to take photos of children

how to take photos of children
After our personalised Christmas card post I've had a few people ask how I managed to get a nice photo of all the children together or how I even take photo of the lads especially when they are running off and refusing to smile or pose. I'm no photographer although I love taking photos so have had lots of practice but here's a few basic tips I use.

How to take photos of Children...

Don't Force it - if the kiddies are in a bad mood, sleepy or hungry do it on a different day/time you want to look back on the photo fondly, I like to think of photo as a captured memory so make it a positive one.

Good lighting - if you can take the photo outside on a bright day then do! If not find a bright clear corner of your house (natural light works best)

Background - think about your background, do you really want that pair of knickers drying on the radiator behind you? Do you really want the radiator in it at all? Some backgrounds can be lovely, the kids out playing with the fallen leaves or just cuddled up on your sofa surrounded by cosy cushions. Just be aware of whats showing in the frame.

Props - using props are a great way to create atmosphere in a photo, it's also a fun way to keep the kiddies entertained during your mini photo shoot. For our Halloween photo shoot, Beaux just enjoyed playing with the pumpkins, he was smiling and happy, making it easier for me to get a natural shot.

Hold that pose - Yeah right!! My little lads don't stay still for a second so I find I'm just chasing them around, children are so carefree that their movement are fluid, they make great shapes and poses just being children. My favorite photos are the ones when a moment is captured and you can see their personality or how they are feeling through it.

Move - Take photos from different angles, just one step to the side from you can drastically change the appearance of your photo. Don't forget get up high or at eye level with your child.

Edit - There are so many free, user friendly editing tools . You can use filters to get an entirely different look and feel for your photo. Create a focal point or just crop away that sock you didn't notice before. I rarely post a photo I haven't edited first.

And if all else fails and the kiddies still wont co-operate then take photos of them when they are sleeping!! I think we've all spent hours just watching our babies sleep, so relaxed and carefree. I want to remember that forever! And you can still dress them up and they won't yank their cute hats off!! bonus!!

I hope you find my little tips on how to take photos of children useful. If you do try some out then please let me know how you get on.

how to take Christmas photos of children

How to take Christmas photo


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christmas Wish List! I've been a very good girl this year!

If someone could point my loved ones in the direction of this post I would be extremely grateful! I would be a very happy lady if only one of the pieces from my Christmas Wish List would end up nicely wrapped and put under our Christmas tree this year!! *hint hint hint* Did I mention I have been a very good girl this year?!!

Christmas Wish List
Cardigan River Island £55 Leather Jacket New Look £69.99 Statement Necklace River Island £18 Boots Office £45


Monday, 18 November 2013

Primark Chunky Knit Jumpers

Primark Chunky Knit Jumper

Primark Chunky Knit Jumper

Primark Chunky Knit Jumper

Primark Chunky Knit Jumper

I'm no stranger to Primark but usually I tend to buy the basics from there however I have been really impressed with their knitted range this year! Yes the prices are slowly but surely creeping up but I would say so is the quality, well of their knitted range in particular which is great especially as its freezing now and with Christmas coming up.

I went Christmas shopping the other day and bought Beaux a pair of crocodile knitted mittens, he will love them! The detail is great and so is the quality, they have a hand knitted feel to them, something your Granny would have knitted for you for Christmas so a great little stocking filler.

I love this Primark Chunky knit jumper on Tiger, it's so snugly! I love the fit and the block colors are a great twist on a classic, I really think its a lovely winter/Christmas piece to have. I haven't bought our Christmas jumpers yet but they also have some cute designs, again they look really well made.

So Primark I salute you and your knitted/Christmas range!!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

A chip off the old block - Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus Review

Imagine my absolute delight when Tiger requested a camera of this own, I guess he wanted to see what mummy gets all excited about.

I did a little bit of research and thought the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus would be appropriate for his age and found it at Argos on sale for only £39.99. He's already quite technology savvy knowing how to use an Ipad and Laptop and has seen me taking photos so often enough that he couldn't wait to start taking photos of his own.

The Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus was easy to get started with and I only needed to show Tiger once how to use the basic camera features, he was then easily taking photos, zooming in and out, reviewing, deleting any photos he wasn't happy with! *proud mummy moment!* I was really impressed with the twisting view finder to enable him to take his own 'selfies' by simply pulling it towards himself. We didn't actually get the instructions out before using it, which I think is a good indication of how user friendly the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus camera is. Tiger discovered the effects filter which can easily be chosen by twisting a ring around the lens and he thought it was hilarious when giving me a bizarre looking chin from the on camera editing section, all of which he discovered himself without being shown.

Other than the ability to take photos and videos, there are games on the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus, to be honest I didn't think Tiger would be interested in them as they are very basic and he is use to playing games on the iPad but actually he's been playing with them, especially on car journeys, he likes that he can take a photo of himself and use it as the character in the game.

Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus

Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus

Tiger has really enjoyed the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus camera and I have loved uploading and looking through his photos, it's a lovely insight to how he sees the world. I also love how it makes him look just that bit closer and take notice of the smaller and less obvious things around him.

The Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus camera ticks all of the boxes for me, it looks great, is really sturdy, easy to use and hold, takes nice quality photos and has cute features. It's perfect for Tiger at this age. The only down side for me is I would prefer if it had a mains charger rather than batteries (takes x4 AA which are included) but saying that we haven't had to change them yet.

So here is Tiger's debut, all photos have been taken by him and haven't been edited (unless he edited or used filters on the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus himself)

I asked Tiger what he thought of the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist plus and what he would change, this is his reply.

"I really like my new camera, its fun taking photos and making you look funny mummy! The games are really good and I liked making spooky movies with Violet. To make it better I would want to be able to watch DVDs on it too and want it in Green because that's my favorite colour or black so it looks just like yours"

Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus Photos
If you are still undecided about what to buy your little ones this Christmas or would like further product information on the Vtech Kiddi Zoom Twist Plus the Dream Toys List is now published on the Argos Website

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Argos, all images and opinions are my own

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Fantastic Rainy Day Out - Milestone Museum

I can't believe I didn't know about Milestone Museum before! I stumbled across a Groupon deal £12.00 for a family of 4 (under 5's are free) a few days ago and booked it not knowing much about it. I once went to the Ironbridge Museum on a school trip many MANY years ago and loved the little Victorian village museum it really made you feel like you were stepping back in time and Milestone Museum looked like a mini version of that.

It was a rainy wet and cold day, we usually struggle with unique things to do with the kiddies when we can't be outside. Milestone Museum is a perfect rainy day out as it is all under shelter. The Museum is fully interactive and great for both the children and adults alike, I was surprised that even on a rainy Saturday that it wasn't busy at all. Beaux could happily run about without the risk of being trampled on. We were given hand held audio guides which were brilliant and simple to use but there was so much to see and do that we forgot to use them after a short while, however if you were thinking of a more educational day out for older children or yourself then they would be perfect.

The Milestone Museum is set up like a small Victorian village and has everything you would expect to see to in a village, the attention to detail is amazing and the model villagers were brilliant if not a little too life like! One was placed in a court yard toilet and scared me half to death!! My favorite part was the costume tent, any excuse to play with clothes!

Victorian Children Costumes

The kids favorite part was the school and having a lesson by a very strict teacher! and of course the sweet shop! At the entrance you could exchange 70p for a ration token and coin, you could then exchange the coin for a small bag of sweets at the sweet shop which was another nice little touch.

We all enjoyed the fair games, again you can exchange your money for large 1p coins, each game worked out to be about 10p.

Milestone Museum

We arrived at Milestone Museum just after lunch and stayed for the rest of the day. It was so child friendly and it was great seeing the kids play, interact and unknowingly learn. The Mister and Violet are keen to return for their Mystery at Milestone event 27th Dec - 12th Jan unfortunately its only suitable for children 7+ so the lads won't be going but I'm sure Milestone Museum will definitely be seeing us again one rainy afternoon.
Milestone Museum


Monday, 11 November 2013

A Christmas Tradition - Personalised Christmas Cards

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making our own personalised Christmas Cards, I try to add a personal touch to all things Christmassy so why not our greeting cards? The Christmas cards are always of the kiddies and the older relatives love and look forward to receiving them each year. They don't tend to be on Social Media pages so never really get to see the hordes of photos I post of them almost daily! I've always saved one for my keep sake box and bring them out each year at Christmas as its amazing seeing how much they changed.

I love dreaming up a theme for my personalised Christmas Cards and this year it is Novelty Knits, there's nothing I love more than chunky hand knitted... well anything at Christmas time! I came across Novelty Knits on eBay and instantly fell in love with their hand knitted hats and when they arrived they didn't disappoint.

Personalised Christmas Cards

The detail is flawless, they are super soft and I could tell that so much love and effort had gone into them. The kiddies adore them too and although I wanted them as props they are so chunky and warm that they will be wearing them all the time in the lead up to Christmas.

Reindeer hand knitted hat
Reindeer Hand Knitted Hat £7.99-£10.99
These hats make perfect pre christmas presents to get us all feeling festive! But when Christmas is all over they have other lovely designs, my fav is the super cute frog hand knitted hat and please have a look at their newborn hand knitted rabbit suit, little bunny ears hat with a little nappy cover, so sweet!
Santa Hand Knitted Hat
Santa Hand Knitted Hat £5.99-£9.99

Disclosure: I was given these complementary hand knitted hats by Novelty Knits to review, all images and opinions are my own

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Non descript! Zara Shirt Dress

Zara Shirt Dress

Zara Shirt Dress

Zara Shirt Dress

This Zara Shirt dress is causing me issues!! As a rule I never buy clothes that I can't quickly and enthusiastically describe the colour of, this dress is one of them! Is it brown? Is it Browny Khaki? Beige? I just don't know!! I should have just left it on the rails but it was a bargain at a charity shop originally from Zara. I do like the shirt dress style, I thought I could dress it up or dress it down to make it a bit more me but it's proven difficult!! Even with my fav hot pink lippy, new fav block heeled boots and vintage colourful bag it's still a bit blah! I think I will give it one more go but this time dressing it down with maybe skinnies and High Top Converse? And if I still can't find the love then it's off to 'one of those black bags!!'

Friday, 1 November 2013

Little Chortles- All rise for the goodest one

Playing a game with Violet...
Violet: Oi you just cheated!!
Tiger: No I didn't, I'm the goodest one of them all!

Tiger on anatomy...
Daddy: Wheres your brain?
Tiger: In my head, in a net
Daddy: A net?!
Tiger: Yes that's what those squiggle lines on your brain are, a net!! It's in a net so your brain doesn't fall out of your ears and nose!!

On Good Music...
"This one makes my legs dance"

Tiger Logic...
Tiger: I know where Beaux has hidden the remote!
Mummy: Really? where? We've been looking for that for ages!
Tiger: In a place where it can't be found
Mummy: ?? Well do you know where it is?
Tiger: Yes, where it can't be found!
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