Oh man, is it Friday today? I have lost count of the days. Hours have blurred into days into weeks. My head has been spinning for about 8 days now, no joke. We have been over exhausting ourselves the last two weeks somehow when I said we weren’t going to be doing this anymore it, happened. While I am not complaining that I have work to do, it’s hard to go from semi busy to over busy in one week. I have been working on a lot of work for client’s sites instead of just mine own which I love. But on top of that, my Dad is still in hospital from his life changing stomach surgery so I am texting, calling, and emailing my mother every moment I can. Then we have had three children’s parties in the last week, one included me having to jump on large trampolines for an hour with littlest because she wasn’t old enough by herself. Never again without no liquids for a week prior. We also had to prepare for world book day, pancake day, and parents evening. Add in the kids swimming, Spanish and sport activities, phew, I am wrecked today. I could keep going on but I think you get the picture. It’s been crazy in this house. I always find too when we are super busy like this the house is a pig pen. Everything just explodes everywhere because no one has time to pick anything up. It’s in and out constantly day after day.
With that being said, I have also been taking photography classes from the lovely Sara Jayne – Keeping Up With The Jones Family. I have been playing with aperture mode and manual mode for over a year and my photos just weren’t improving. I just couldn’t teach myself how to get the balance of that triangle and lighting etc. (not that I can now it’s a work in progress). I just started so you haven’t seen much difference in my photos but I am hoping you will soon. While I still struggling with lighting and getting the focus exactly where I want I am able now to go full manual without auto forever. I also can blur the background and get a bigger variety of photos of my children playing which is fab. I would have never taken a photo of my two in my front lawn with the street behind because it looks bad in photos but I can blur that out and still capture them being silly after school with their umbrellas or riding their scooters on the driveway. While I have SO MUCH to still learn, and improve on, I had to shout out that Sara is amazing she helps every step of the way with every question answered and will work on whatever you really want to focus on to get where you want to be. I just started but I am so excited that maybe one day I can be really proud of the photos I take.
THIS WEEK I AM LOVING…
I am just finishing King’s Cage, I know that’s all you hear me talk about here for weeks but its’ huge. And as I said above I am super busy this past week. I did scoop a new book up at the grocery store. I love those random easy reads that I throw in while picking up the bread and milk. All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon seems like a good weekend book with a good double life story.
It’s almost UK Mother’s Day. I am lucky enough that I get two Mother’s Days. I think I deserve it having left my own country, everyone I know and my culture for my husband’s to become his wife and mother to his children. It’s only favor that I get that extra pamper. hahaha We have this discussion pretty much every year since I became a mother. Normally, for one he gets me a card and chocolate and the other he takes us all out to eat as a family. So we don’t go big on presents but just little things that say, thanks Mom. I absolutely love Hotel Chocolat. I have teamed up with them almost every holiday and special occasion to share my love for their chocolate with all of you. Mother’s Day is no exception. One lucky mother will be tucking into this delicious Mother’s Day Hotel Chocolat Sleekster box of chocolates. Enter to WIN below.
Along with sharing my lovely #littleloves each week, I also love doing vlogs for them too. I love them in post form as much as I do vlog form. So I have decided to do a monthly #littleloves roundup on the last day of the month as well as my weekly posts but making sure to keep them different. I find you get more detail with the vlogs for each section and it’s funny sharing just that little bit more. Here is February’s Little Loves and this time it’s full of a shopping haul too.
My littlest is taking over this section this week. I couldn’t help but share her new Mini Boden outfit. I love their sales they have such vibrant beautiful clothes. I think my wishlist for them is very long for myself too. I even bought a gorgeous orange jacket from Mini Boden for myself realizing I could wear the children sizes. My list just got that much longer. OOOps. How adorable is MM here? I know, I am bias.
We took crafting to a new level for the Mark Warner Mum application. So many have done some amazing videos and creative posts, it’s been fab reading them all. I never classified myself as crafty but boy did we give it a whirl. Two days of crafting straight and a fun, silly photo shoot later we had made over ten craft projects including: sewing, glueing, cutting, cardboard, fabric, paper, markers, crayons, glitter, cupake liners, printouts, and cotton balls. My craft tools doubled and the kids had an absolute blast playing with all our creations afterwards. Would love you all to check out what we made here.
It’s been amazing over on my instagram hashtag community #LIFECLOSEUP. You can see the snips of spring coming into everyone’s feeds and their pastel, bright photos for Mother’s Day and Easter coming up too. I love this time of year on instagram where the darker days slip away and everyone’s feeds feel happier and lighter. Here are this week’s favorite instagrammers, do click the instagram button below and come say hello or the link above to join our little community that is steadily growing fast.
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