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My Little Bits Of Life #6

on Friday, 05 June 2015.

I have taken my 'big camera' out and about quite a bit recently, a lot more so than the last few months. I think it is mainly down to the weather being a little nicer, it motivates me to take it out and about more. Of course I use my DSLR a lot, but I still do find that my iPhone is the camera I use the most just on a day to day basis. 

Here is a peek into life as seen through the eyes of my iPhone...

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1. Little feet in Converse and retro knee high socks are just about the cutest thing ever I think. 

2. When I randomly came across this t-shirt I just had to buy it. Mr E gave me the most bemused look when I put it on. (I only wear it to sleep in although it's an actual t-shirt) We often have strange conversations in the car and the other day we were driving past Heathrow Airport and I said to him what would you do if actually when I said I was with blog friends or at blog events or conferences, I was really a secret plane spotter? He looked at me and said 'I would be relieved and think you were cooler than you are now.' Ha ha.

3. A few weeks ago I went down to London to film at YouTube which was exciting. I was invited to be involved in a project with Ladybird Books and Toddler Fun Learning where I had to read some stories on camera. It was surreal and so much fun, like pretending to be a kids tv presenter for the day. Let's just say CBeebies won't be knocking on my door anytime soon.

4. I love this photo of my girls cuddling in the afternoon sunshine- we went for a walk in the big country park near where we live.

5. How amazing are these smiley jumpers from Tootsa MacGinty? I adore bright, primary colours and I also love to dress the girls in coordinated clothes, so I fell in love with these. We have had lots of compliments when they have been out and about in them.

6. Another one of my favourite outfits at the moment- I think this little pink jumpsuit from Zara is one of the cutest things I have seen. LL also loves wearing sunglasses as well as hats, it's funny cause a lot of my friend's children won't keep on either.

7. When I went to Greece a few weeks ago on a press trip, Alison and I stumbled on this red wall at a local vineyard and being the dedicated bloggers we are we just had to stand next to it! ;) 

8. My fitness mission has not been going too well at all recently and I am finding it hard to stay motivated. However when I do go for a run I am enjoying it, it's just that my diet isn't particularly healthy at the moment. But I ran in the sunshine the other day and had to stop and take a photo of this beautiful view.

9. I love this photo of my girls. My Mum has a crazy dog called Teddy who wouldn't hurt a fly but is just so hyper and LL gets a bit nervous around him when they are outside as he runs amok. Mads decided to hold her hand to help her walk down the garden and keep her safe. 

10. Big sister reading Little sister a story.

11. I took this photo when I was in a really sentimental mood. I wrote on instagram 'Mads is feeling a little under the weather since she got up from her nap earlier. Because her hair is so long she has never been particularly keen on having it washed but tonight she really wasn't feeling it. So her Daddy got in the bath with them and let her wash his first. I almost didn't share this photo for fear it was too personal, but actually really this is just our every day. These most ordinary of moments are so tender and beautiful. There is nothing more beautiful to me than a man who is madly in love with his children and who is not afraid to show it. Especially a man whose own 'father' walked out on him when he was three and who he hasn't seen since. What an incredible man he has missed ot on the privilege of loving. The love he has for our daughter is perfection. This is just a grainy iPhone snap of an every day moment, but actually it means more than that.' 

12. For a while now Mads has been going to nursery one morning extra than LL to prepare her for school and also to give me some time with my smallest girl. But now we are fast approaching the school countdown in September, we have decided to stop Mads on a Friday as we want to spend as much time as possible with her before life changes dramatically. Last Friday was the last day I will have with LL on my own for a while, although come September she will have me all to herself in the week bar the two days she's at nursery as well. We snuggled on my bed for ages. I really love this photo. 

13. I still love taking a photo of them against our garage door every once in a while, this time I got in on the act too!

14. Happy smiles. These two and their happy smiles are contagious.

15. Last weekend was a really lazy one for us so we decided to head to a little town a few miles from where we live. We fed the ducks and went for a cake. I still think our most favourite days are ones where we don't do anything particularly exciting. 

16. I must admit, I am weirdly not a flower person. I love daffodils when they are in season and of course when Mr E buys me flowers (which isn't often as I prefer some chocolate or diet coke as a little gesture!) I do love them, but I am just not particularly bothered about having them in the house. However I have just discoved freesias and I absolutely love them, so much so that I have been buying a couple of bunches most weeks. 

 

 

If you want to see more of my iPhone pics, you can find me over on instagram- I'm @mummydaddyme.

 

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My Little Bits Of Life- The Holiday Edition

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

On our recent holiday to Lanzarote, I took a lot of photos on my iPhone. I took a lot on my DSLR as well of course, but especially when we were out and about sometimes it was easier to just take my phone with me. I love doing these sporadic snippets of life through my phone, it's still the camera I use the most and it was no exception on holiday. Of course if I make an effort and take my big camera out then I always love the photos, but I do think phone photos capture more things in the moment as they are so quick and easy.

I absolutely love buying outfits for my girls, it definitely is a big weakness of mine, plus we are exceptionally lucky in that they get bought a fair few things from my kind family, but I especially love choosing what they are going to wear on holiday. Just like our garage door pictures at home, we got into a habit while we were out in Lanzarote of taking a photo each evening before we went out. We did the same when we were in Rhodes last year and I love that we have these silly little photos of our holidays to look back on. A fair few people have asked me where I got some of their clothes from, so I will try and link to where I got them from. (Don't worry I'm not about to turn into a fashion blogger but I hope it helps if you are after any Summer outfit inspiration!)

Here is 'My Little Bits of Life- The Holiday Edition'...

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 1. How cool do my little dudes look in their sunglasses? LL's little flower dress is from Tesco and Mads watermelon vest (which I LOVE) is from Next. My playsuit is from Next but it's so last season.

2. Is it a bit embarrasing to wear dungarees at the same time as your daughters? Oops. Mads and LL's little dungees are from Primark and were super cheap but I love them- they are bright neon and have rose gold buttons. I still haven't decided if I can pull of the dungarees look but I am embracing them all the same!

3. I still love 'matching but not matching' the girls outfits- their whole outfits in these photos are from Next, I love the fact that you can buy matching clothes in different colours from there. My dress is from Mela Loves London. 

4. I ran every day on holiday, only 3 miles a day, but it was amazing to get up and run down the promenade, there were so many people running and it really was so motivating. The scenary was beautiful, I would definitely stay motivated to run if it looked like that every day. I ate so badly on holiday, after all if you can't indulge on holiday when can you? It was good to feel like I was at least being a little healthy by exercising for a bit each day.

5. I really love this photo of my posers looking cool in their matching swimming cossies and their sunglasses- so funny. Their swimming costumes have little fruit all over them and are really adorable- my Mum very kindly bought them from Tesco for them.

6. We went out for some cocktails and ice cream at a nice little modern bar on the seafront called Blue Horizon- the girls loved the big beds that you lay on.

7. We bought these little towelling sailboat dresses from Next last year and the girls have lived in them when we have gone away- sadly they are getting a bit tatty and too small now, I will be sad to see them go!

8. We really do try and keep to the girls routines even while we are away, so they napped every afternoon on holiday. It meant that Mr E and I got some well needed sun bathing time. I took my laptop with me because I thought I had work to do, but I actually ended up only turning it on once- we both really switched off which was lovely. I even read four books!

9. We went for a walk along the beach one evening which was lovely- Mads shorts and LL's playsuit are from my absolute favourite Little Bird at Mothercare- for someone who loves retro styling I couldn't love their clothes anymore. My trousers are from Topshop and when I bought them Mr E said they looked like a pair of old curtains from the 70's!

10. Yet more wall posing- I adore these little dresses from Next, we bought them a few months ago to go away in January so I don't know if they are still in stock but I really love the bright colours- they are so cute.

 11. Lovely Little Bird outfits again- I don't think I could love their things much more if I tried. My dress is ridiculously old and from good old Primark.

12. More Next outfits- it's hard to see from the photos but Mads dungarees and LL's top have a really cute neon bird print on- if you are looking for Summer stuff you should definitely check out Next this season, we have found some lovely things. My playsuit is from H and M.  

13. There's nothing better than sitting in the sunshine watching your little family playing and drinking a diet coke!

14. 'Baa' is definitely well travelled but I am not sure he is impressed with some of the adventures he ends up on- he took a little dip in the pool and we had to hang him on the line to dry. When it came to bedtime he still wasn't completely dry so I had to spend twenty minutes blow drying him with a hair dryer- the things we parents do for our little people!

15. I am obsessed with frozen yoghurt so was pleased to find a little shop called Smooy- the girls were so excited to choose their own toppings and of course went for the most unhealthy sugary ones they could find.

16. All ready to go home on the last day- when we were at the airport their Pink Lining cases made a lot of people smile and I have to admit they did look rather cute dragging them around behind them. Their outfits are from Little Bird again- I adore LL's little blue pinafore dress.

17. I love this photo of them- sandcastle building is a serious business it seems. 

18. When the flight is delayed there's only one thing for it- out come the electronic babysitters! Luckily it wasn't delayed for too long and we were soon on our way back home. Boo.

 

If you want to see more of my iPhone photos I am over on instagram- I'm @mummydaddyme. Next part of our holiday to Lanzarote coming up next week when I stop watching The Following in the evenings and get round to making another video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Little Bits Of Life #7

on Tuesday, 24 February 2015.

I'm well over due a little update on life through the eyes of my iPhone.  I love doing these posts, just capturing little snippets of what we have been up to over the last few weeks.  While I love my big camera, I do find that nowadays I only really take it out when we go away for the weekend or out for the day, or if I know that we have something exciting on.  I know that I will use it more come Spring and Summer when we are outside, but when we just go places indoors I feel a bit of a wally pulling out a massive camera with a big lens on the end.  Therefore my iPhone is being used more and more- and I recently got an upgrade to the rather large iPhone 6.

Here is a fair few bits of life through the eyes of my phone...

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 1.  My obsession with taking photos in front of our garage door shows no sign of stopping.  I love that I will be able to look back on them in years to come and notice a real difference in how much they changed and grew.  Plus I love dressing them and it will be great to look back on all their little outfits.  Like these adorable teddy hoodies!

2.  These pretty tulips at my Mum's house made me feel all Spring like.

3.  LL was poorly one day so had to stay off nursery- we had a great day snuggling on the sofa together while I attempted to work on my laptop- we even ate lunch on there which was a real treat.

4.  We are loving our Subaru XV and going on #XVAdventures - it's definitely become part of the family.  I had to snap this photo of it after I got it cleaned, looking all shiny in the morning sunshine.

5.  My girl's favourite kind of lunch is what we call a 'picky picky' lunch- basically a whole load of unhealthy bits and bobs.  I bought these plates from my lovely friend Fritha's shop- they are so bright and colourful which suits me down to a tee.

6.  One weekend we all got dressed and I noticed we were all colour coordinated so I made Mr E take a photo of us- while I often coordinate Mads and LL's outfits, I definitely didn't do this on purpose!

7.  Ever since I was pregnant with Mads I have become obsessed with baths- I love a long soak with bubble bath.  Since we got our bathroom done I love them even more, I love my little floating shelves full of trinkets, the photo of LL is my favourite photo I have taken I think.

8.  We love going to my Mum's on a Monday- we always have a Monday morning date with her but recently in a bid to save money (far too many lunches out!) and in order for me to do a bit of work, we have been going to see her at her house.  I captured this photo of the girl's relaxing and playing with their Toy Story characters- these are the current obsession in our house.

9.  Oh the Gap tights with the bear on the bum- nothing cuter!  Especially when they are colourful and stripy.

10.  If we are not busy or away at the weekend then a carpet picnic has become a tradition- I don't know why but we all love it.  Why is lunch more special when you bring the picnic blanket in?

11.  I love this selfie of myself and Mads.  She is so beautiful, inside and out, and I am so proud of her.  It's still quite hard to get her not to pull a face when I take a photo so I especially love this one.

12.  My fitness mission has gone a little awol the last few weeks- since Christmas and our holiday.  I am back on my running streak which is good news as of the last week or so, but I am also trying to drink more water, so when I spotted this camera beaker I had to get it.  So far I am failing miserably, my diet coke obsession is getting worse, but at least I have a snazzy glass when I do drink water!

13.  Isn't it funny how the weirdest toys become the most popular?  We got this cheap Peppa Pig drawing board for LL on the plane and the Lightening McQueen plastic phone we found in a trolley in Tescos of all places but for some reason these are their favourite things at the moment.  We always 'bring one toy' with us when we leave the house and 9 times out of 10 these are the ones they choose at the moment. 

14.  I love this little black and white outfit of LL's, in case you are wondering it's from Next.  The little brogues and hat are from H and M- we pretty much never leave the house without a hat on nowadays.

15.  As a family, a little tradition of ours is to go for pancakes whenever we go away or have a special occasion- so naturally we love Pancake Day.  But for some reason we are AWFUL at making them, even Mr E who is a pretty good cook, seems to struggle with pancakes.  This year was no exception- but we slathered on loads of Nutella, 'squirty' cream and salted caramel balls, and they still tasted ok.  They just looked like something on the bottom of your shoe.

16.  Not to be outdone on the selfie front, LL and I had to pose for one too.  Love my smiley girl!

17.  Mmmm tapas, one of my favourite type of meals.  I had to go for an all day meeting in Manchester a couple of weeks ago, and I had a impromptu sneaky date with my lovely chum Charlotte.  

18.  Those teddy dresses/skirts again- far too cute!   We bought them before Christmas from Marks and Spencer if you wanted to know, and a couple of people who saw my instagram of these went out and bought them recently- apparently they are now in the sale!  Even better.

19.  I love love love this photo of my twosome- we were going out for the day and they wanted to each pack a little bag with their snacks in, LL is obsessed with Peppa Pig and Mads loves a bit of 1D, so they love taking these little lunch bags out with them.

20.  We were getting ready for nursery one morning when I noticed they had got back into bed and were watching the iPad.  I just thought it looked so cute the way they were lying there together.

21.  I picked up this hat for about £3 from Boo Hoo (it's an adult's one!) but I love it cause we always joke to Mads she is having a bad hair day with her unruly curls.

22.  I think these might be my favourite outfits of theirs at the moment- I just love mustard, it's my favourite colour (well anything Yellow really) and I just think they look so cute all styled together.  I also love Mads hair in little plaits.  Most of the clothes are from Next, bar Mads trousers and boots which are from Zara.  LL's little shoes are from Mothercare.

23.  Yum to breakfast meetings- Caravan is such a great spot to meet if you come in to London at Kings Cross- I have been there for a few meals now.

24.  Happy colours for Spring- loving this red and yellow combo!  I don't think I will ever tire of coordinating these girls although I am sure they will hate it one day.  Until they tell me otherwise I am going to enjoy it though. ;)

 

If you want to see more of my iPhone pics, you can find me over on instagram- I'm @mummydaddyme.

 

PS We paid for all the items in this post, I just wanted to include the links to some things in case people want to know where they are from.

 

 

My Little Bits Of Life #5

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

Considering how many photos I take on my iPhone a day I am pretty useless at remembering to put them on my blog.  I started doing 'My Little Bits of Life' to record all those mini moments from my phone photos that don't warrant a post of their own.  

My phone is still definitely the camera that comes around with me the most.  I have my big camera, which will always be my favourite, but when I am out and about, especially in the week on my own with the girls, I find it a lot easier just to take my phone- I am always so worried I am going to drop or lose my DSLR.  

Here is a little snippet of our ordinary lives as through the eyes of my iPhone...

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1.  Taking photos of Mads and LL in front of my garage door shows no sign of waning.  I don't know why I do it, I just love to take a photo of the outfits they are wearing that day as I think it will be a lovely thing to look back on when they are older.  Plus for some reason they really love taking a photo out there and on the days I don't they always ask me too!  I orignally got this little jumper with the words 'I Love You Love Me' for Mads but it doesn't fit her even though it's aged 4!  I love it though, it's from House of Fraser.

2.  A couple of weeks ago Mads and I went on a Mummy/Mads day to the theatre, I absolutely love spending one on one time with each of them but it doesn't happen very often.  We went with three of her little friends to watch Octonauts and she loved it, plus we went to Giraffe for pancakes!

3.  I bought these for Mr E, but pretty much ate them all myself. (standard)  They were the tastiest things ever, I am obsessed with anything cookie dough related so was excited to find them.

4.  Talking of sweet treats, Mads, the girls and I have a naughty habit of going to Tescos and picking up Krispy Kreme donuts on days when we are just chilling out.  Very unhealthy but oh so good.

5.  Another day, another outfit.  We are still utterly obsessed with the Little Bird range and these trousers of LL with the little braces are my favourite thing she owns I think.  I have just bought a pair for Mads too. 

6.  A couple of weeks ago I went into London for a day of meetings, a couple with some of my freelance clients and also a Space In Your Case related meeting that Alison came along with me to.  We then briefly went to Covent Garden and met Poppy, a new friend we both met when we went on the Thomson Airways blogger trip to Palma.  I lost my macaroon virginity and we posed in front of the beautiful Christmas Tree. 

7.  We go to our local Garden Centre a lot, but we love it even more when it's festive.  The girls love checking out the Christmas village and pointing out all the different parts.

8.  I often get asked when we are out and about by random people how I get my girls to keep their hats on- I don't know why but they love them and wear them all day, even in the house.  Yet LL will kick up a fuss over the smallest hair slide in her hair- it's very strange!

9.  My little trinkets shelf is looking very festive- I found these cute little mini snow globes from Paperchase and I love them!

10.  My Mum found me this Christmas jumper for £2.99 on eBay.  An absolute bargain if you ask me- it's so horrendous it's amazing.  I wore it on our festive day which made Mr E cringe a little.

11.  Mads has an incredible bond with our kitten Walter.  She loves them both but he is the more affectionate of the two and follows her everywhere.  She loves playing with your ear and has done since she was little, she basically just continuously pulls it which is a strange habit, but it is her comfort.  Walter will even let her do that to his.  The cats drive me mad as being kittens they are so naughty, but I am so glad we got them as they are such a lovely addition to our family. 

12.  My favourite colour is yellow so I am loving all the mustard in the shops at the moment.  I love this photo as LL looks like a little old man I think.

13.  I was so excited that my Mum found this in the loft- it used to hang on my nursery wall all those years ago and I love that it looks so retro now.  We have plans next year at some point to put the girls in a joint room together so I am saving this to go on the wall in there.

14.  It was my sister's 21st at the weekend and we had a great evening celebrating.  I love this toilet selfie (classy) of the two of us.  My jumper says 'This is not a Xmas jumper' and is from River Island- I had to buy it, I have no idea why but I just love it. 

15.  I love the girls Christmas jumpers too- we are definitely going all out festive in this house this year- although I can't persuade Mr E to wear one.

16.  Still on the festive theme, Mads, LL and I did some baking at the weekend.  Even though I hate cooking and am pretty terrible in the kitchen, we are enjoying baking together more and more.  We made these little gingerbread and vanilla cupcakes and even got some string to make scarves for our little men- Mads loves them and was so proud to show her Grandma when she came over.

 

If you are on instagram do come and say hello- I'm @mummydaddyme.

 

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