Mucky pup

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One thing I really love – letting Daisy get extremely mucky at dinner time and then putting her in the bath for a good scrub! We love bath time in this house! We spend it having fun with her bath toys and playing with all the bubbles. It has to be one of my favourite times of the day! What’s your favourite time spent with your little(s)?   

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The rotating book shelf : our favourite reads #1

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I’m a huge book worm! I love books! Not so much anymore as I rarely really get the time to sit down and read a book.. the time I get to myself I tend to do other things that i deem a little more important. I make sure we read to Daisy on a regular basis though and I’ve found that she absolutely LOVES books! She will hand me or Andrew a book and say ‘gen’ for ‘again’ when it’s finished. She also sits there and babbles to herself whilst she turns the pages! – it’s adorable to watch. Her book shelves in her room are one of my favourite little corners of the apartment and so I thought I’d share a few of our favourite books at the moment! We tend to change it around every 2 – 3 weeks or until we’ve read them so much that we know all the words..! 

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The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judie Abbot 

This book is wonderful! Daisy has recently learnt to ‘kiss’ and so this is our perfect read at the moment. It’s such a poetic and beautifully illustrated book with cute rhyming and basically just lots of kisses! ‘’ Bye-bye kisses, fly-high kisses, eye-dry kisses, all my kisses’ A lovely book to cuddle up to of an evening – the perfect bed time story! 

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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

It was the illustration of this book that really drew us into buying it! It’s a cute little book about a bear that is basically looking for his hat! The humour of the story is probably aimed more towards toddlers rather than really little ones, but they’ll most likely probably still enjoy it! I love the simplicity and cute-ness of it! ‘’Have you seen my hat?” “No, I haven’t seen your hat.” “OK. Thank you anyway.” It’s oh so simply but just adorable too. 

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The next two on the shelf are A Bit Lost and Oh No George by Chris Haughton 

I love the retro feel to these two books. The illustrations are so fun and the stories are so simple but so exciting for a toddler or young child. They are funny and witty with bright colours and clearly illustrated. The stories are so straight forward and uncomplicated, great for young children.  These both come in hard back and soft back. I prefer the soft back as it’s larger and the pictures are so cute they deserve to be seen larger! 

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What are some of your favourite books? Is it the illustrations that catch your attention?  

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{The ordinary moments} #1 ‘Sunny slide rides’

I’ve decided to participate in ‘The ordinary moments’ link up from the lovely Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me. As Daisy’s getting older it’s the ordinary moments that cause me to stop in my tracks and get completely lost in her and her little world. My favourite day? Definitely a Sunday. It’s our day of relaxing and playing together. Just me and Daisy! Today we took a 2 minute walk to the park opposite our apartment and played on the swings and all the other play equipment. We watched the trains shooting past on the viaduct and played with the older children going down the slides.  She loves people at the moment. She loves people more than toys, more than playing! She enjoys watching them as they talk and play away. She’ll occasionally shout over at them to try and get their attention. They will then look at her and she’ll give them the biggest grin she could possible give! My social little bunny! We then went home, put some washing on, ate some lunch and made some cakes. I love days like today.. peaceful and lovely. 

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Fly on the wall photography

Since studying photography at university and graduating with a first class honours degree I’ve only recently started thinking that maybe I will incorporate more photography related posts into my blog – because let’s face it – I take so many photos and considering I don’t work as a full time photographer I may as well put my photography skills to use somewhere! My favourite type of photos are the ‘fly on the wall’ type photos. I love taking posed photos too, but the type of photography where people don’t really pay attention to you taking their photo is my favourite. This is so easy to do with babies as all you need to do is sit back and relax, watch them play, and snap away. I leave my camera on the side and often find that I’ll pick it up to snap some casual photos of Daisy playing – like the ones below for example!  

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Equipment –

For these photos I used a lens with a shallow depth of field (50mm f1.4). The shallow depth of field is what makes the ‘blurred’ soft background. I find that’s the best to shoot with when wanting lovely portraits or photos where you want to focus on one thing in particular (in this set of photos it happens to be Daisy). I have a couple of different cameras but I find it is definitely the lens that has more of an effect on photos rather than the camera itself – yes you get better quality with a better camera – but this only really counts if you are having it blown up rather large. 

Lighting –  

Natural light at around midday is always perfect for me. Especially as my apartment gets a lot of the sun and seems to be lovely and bright. I have a studio soft box light too that I will get out here and there when the light seems a little dull. If I don’t get that out I will just set my ISO number a little higher. The ISO number is what controls how much light is let in. In basic terms, the higher the ISO number is the brighter the picture will be, and the lower it is the darker it will be. Using the light from a large window is another great way of gaining good exposure.

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Tips –

Snap happy! If you have a big memory card just completely go for it! Snap away to your hearts content. I take so many photos for just one single moment because you could have the best photo ever but have the model’s eyes closed or something could be getting in the way of that photo being perfect. If you’ve snapped so many then you’re sure to get at least one great shot!

Think about the set up! Are there things laying around in the background that are going to take the attention away from the subject. Is the light too dark? Think about what you are shooting and the best way to capture the kind of photo you are aiming for. 

Format! What format are you shooting in? Think about using a fast shutter speed or sports mode for little ones that are on the move. Is it night time? Think about using the right setting for night time photos.

No flash! I really, really, really dislike using the built in flash. I think it makes photos look plastic and not as great as they really could look. Without flash I feel the images are much softer and more pleasant to look at. Each to their own though! 

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I hope this has helped or inspired you to take some fly on the wall photos! I will be posting more photography related blog posts in the near future. I’ll be talking more about photoshoot, the camera equipment that I use, affordable camera accessories and some tips for effective portraits 🙂

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10 Minute pitta pizza

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So, I’m not really the most imaginative individual when it comes to cooking, but I’ve been trying to really make the most of what is already hiding in the cupboards instead of wandering around my kitchen stating that I have nothing to eat! So this is my new favourite lunch time snack! Pitta pizzas, so incredibly easy but so so yummy if you are a pizza lover like me. All you need is: PITTA BREAD, TOMATO PUREE PASTE, CHEESE and then any other toppings that you want on your pizza! 

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So you oh so simply spread the tomato puree paste over the pitta bread and chuck on whatever toppings of your choice. I really like plain and simple cheese and tomato pizza so I just added cherry tomatoes and cheese. The other night I made some with chorizo on which tasted nice too. These would be a great lunch time snack for getting kids involved, they can chose their own toppings and be as creative as they want whilst getting to taste the outcome too! So I added my toppings, scattered some cheese on top and put them in the oven for ten minutes or until the cheese had fully melted. Ta da! Done! So easy but so tasty. 

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12 month photo update  Dear little Daisy,So I’m finally getting round to writing your 12 month/1 year photo update! I feel like you’ve changed so much in this past month alone. You have such a funny little character. I can see and feel that you understand me more and you’re at that age now where you can show little bits of appreciation here and there like kisses or cuddles and it makes me so incredibly happy and proud to be your mama! I’m so happy I managed to take a monthly photo in the same spot every month for a whole year! I really wondered if I’d be able to keep it up as getting you to sit still nowadays is almost impossible! But we did it! Woo!Sleep – It’s strange. I’m not sure how sleep is meant to be for a one year old. Yours isn’t bad but it isn’t great. You still sleep in our bed and I have to admit that I haven’t made the effort to put you in your cot yet. I love co-sleeping even though it would be nice to have the bed back to ourselves at some point. We will get you in your bed when the time is right, but for now, it’s nice how it is. You nap for 90 minutes in the morning and then 90 minutes again late afternoon, you’re pretty good with your naps although I do have to be in the room until you fall asleep or you just won’t go off at all. You go to bed at 7pm and wake up at 7am which is lovely. You’ll occasionally wake up during the night for a dummy (pacifier) but that’s about it. Words – One word from me… chatterbox!! You say so many words right now and you love to copy people. Some of the many few words you like to say on a daily basis: mama, nana, papa, dog, duck, quack, no, again, dodo, (which is what we call a dummy) bot bot (for bottle), yucky, There are probably a few more I’ve missed out, you seem to be saying a new word every day recently. You’re favourite word to say at the moment is ‘no’ haha. I tell you not to do something and you look straight back at me, shake your head and say no! It’s hard not to laugh as you’re just so darn cute. Another favourite is giving kisses.. if I ask you for a kiss you’ll lean in, kiss me on the lips and say ‘mwah’!! Food – You LOVE food. You get a little fussy with dinners and are a huge fan of pasta based dishes. There isn’t much you don’t like but sometimes you’ll refuse to taste things until you get a tiny bit on your lip and realise it’s actually quite nice! With Easter just gone you had a little bit more chocolate than you should have but that’s alright, we brushed your teeth twice as well! A whole year has gone by and I love you more and more each and every day!Lots and lots of love, Mama xGET SOCIAL | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

12 month photo update  Dear little Daisy,So I’m finally getting round to writing your 12 month/1 year photo update! I feel like you’ve changed so much in this past month alone. You have such a funny little character. I can see and feel that you understand me more and you’re at that age now where you can show little bits of appreciation here and there like kisses or cuddles and it makes me so incredibly happy and proud to be your mama! I’m so happy I managed to take a monthly photo in the same spot every month for a whole year! I really wondered if I’d be able to keep it up as getting you to sit still nowadays is almost impossible! But we did it! Woo!Sleep – It’s strange. I’m not sure how sleep is meant to be for a one year old. Yours isn’t bad but it isn’t great. You still sleep in our bed and I have to admit that I haven’t made the effort to put you in your cot yet. I love co-sleeping even though it would be nice to have the bed back to ourselves at some point. We will get you in your bed when the time is right, but for now, it’s nice how it is. You nap for 90 minutes in the morning and then 90 minutes again late afternoon, you’re pretty good with your naps although I do have to be in the room until you fall asleep or you just won’t go off at all. You go to bed at 7pm and wake up at 7am which is lovely. You’ll occasionally wake up during the night for a dummy (pacifier) but that’s about it. Words – One word from me… chatterbox!! You say so many words right now and you love to copy people. Some of the many few words you like to say on a daily basis: mama, nana, papa, dog, duck, quack, no, again, dodo, (which is what we call a dummy) bot bot (for bottle), yucky, There are probably a few more I’ve missed out, you seem to be saying a new word every day recently. You’re favourite word to say at the moment is ‘no’ haha. I tell you not to do something and you look straight back at me, shake your head and say no! It’s hard not to laugh as you’re just so darn cute. Another favourite is giving kisses.. if I ask you for a kiss you’ll lean in, kiss me on the lips and say ‘mwah’!! Food – You LOVE food. You get a little fussy with dinners and are a huge fan of pasta based dishes. There isn’t much you don’t like but sometimes you’ll refuse to taste things until you get a tiny bit on your lip and realise it’s actually quite nice! With Easter just gone you had a little bit more chocolate than you should have but that’s alright, we brushed your teeth twice as well! A whole year has gone by and I love you more and more each and every day!Lots and lots of love, Mama xGET SOCIAL | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Me & mine | April

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I’m quite a camera shy kind of person which is ironic as I’m a photographer! But I guess that does make sense, I’m definitely made for behind the camera as apposed to in front of it! Out of the hundreds of photos I have of Daisy I don’t really have many of us together, or us with Andrew, and so I’ve decided to participate in this lovely ‘Me & mine’ link up! Gifting you lovely followers with my face at least once a month 😉 you lucky things. So here is April’s photo! We went swimming this morning and whilst waiting for Andrew to get changed (men, right?!) I thought, what better opportunity for a little self portrait. 

dear beautiful