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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Photoshoot and some Beautiful Dresses.

on Friday, 12 December 2014.

When my girls were smaller I used to get my little DIY backdrop out and try and take mini photoshoots of my them both.  I absolutely love taking photos of them (I think that's obvious!) but as they have gotten older and more mobile, I rarely try and take photos where they are actually posing, I actually don't get my 'big camera' out anywhere near as much as I used to as my iPhone is easy to take around with us- I much prefer being out and about and taking natural photos while they are having adventures or having fun.  They are less posed, the light is always better than indoors and I don't get those forced, fake grins that you inevitably get when you ask Mads to smile at nowadays.

However at Christmas we like to get the Grandparents and Great Grandparents a lovely photographic keepsake of our little ladies.  Whether that's a photo book or a framed photo, there is nothing they love more than getting a recent or up to date photo of them both.  Indeed my Mum's house is actually like a shrine to them both, my Stepdad jokes that we may as well move in as he see's them every direction he looks!

They all prefer the more traditional style of photo, rather than action shots, so around this time each year I do try and take some photos of them together, usually with varying success.  I decided the other day to have a little impromptu photo shoot of them both to try and get some nice ones for Christmas time.  It also seemed like a great opportunity to try out their new Poppy England dresses which we were kindly sent.  So armed with my camera and the dresses we headed off to my Mums house as the light in her house at 4pm in the afternoon is a lot better than at mine.

I actually adore all these photos I took.  Far from looking posed and unnatural, I think they look happy, smiley and full of love for each other.  I actually look at these photos and feel a lump form in my throat as they couldn't paint a more accurate picture of my girls at this present moment in time- they are the best of friends (most of the time) and they really are the most happy little souls.  What is it about putting on a traditional looking dress that makes them look so carefree, innocent and childlike?  

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 I'm just so pleased with these photos.  Technically if you look close they are quite grainy because it is just so dark at the moment but the girls were just so happy and loved putting on their dresses and being silly.  The Poppy England dresses are beautiful and we are going to wear them on Christmas Day as they are perfect for a special occasion.  The team there also very kindly sent us some cardigans as well but we forgot to put them on.  The girls are so lucky to have been sent such adorable dresses- we can't thank them enough.  

Here's hoping that the Grandparents will love their photos of our terrible twosome this year- I know I will definitely be framing one of these to go by my bedside table too! 

 

 

My Little Bits Of Life #4

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

It's been a while since I shared some little snippets of our life as captured by my iPhone.  Life has been so busy and hectic but as usual my phone camera has come along for the ride, I must admit to being really lazy with my big camera and not taking it out as much as I should, I therefore love the fact that I always have my phone on me.

I am still obsessed with instagram as ever.  It's the first form of social media I will look at in the morning, but I have to limit myself and not look too much or I would never get anything done.  I love getting a glimpse into other peoples lives through their photos and I follow some truly gorgeous accounts.  

Anyway here is some of our adventures and ordinary life through the eyes of my iPhone...

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1.  It was Mr E's birthday a few weeks ago and I set myself a challenge of making him a chocolate fudge cake as a surprise.  Bizarrely considering I am pretty usless in the kitchen, it tasted absolutely delicious and we finished it in one evening when we had a little party for him at my Mum's house- all my family were shocked to say the least!

2.  I love these little Hunter wellies of Mads- they are her spare pair that live at Grandma's house but I think I may need to steal them and take them back to ours.  Love the yellow!

3.  If you follow me on instagram you will know I have a relatively new obsession with taking photos of my girls outfits against our scabby garage door. (exotic location- not!) I know I will love looking back in years to come at what we used to dress them in.  This particularly day we had a 'cat theme' as we had just got our kittens!

4.  My Mum and I went shopping a few weeks ago and we couldn't resist buying these Matching PJ's from Jools Oliver's Little Bird collection at Mothercare- we are their biggest fans and the print on these PJ's are just adorable.

5.  I bought this stripy jumper the other day and I absolutely love it, love the heart detailing on the sleeve.  I really am enjoying wearing Autumn clothes this year.

6.  My big girl and I went on a date day to London for a screening of Frozen put on by The White Company, we made a day out of it and met up with one of my closest friends for lunch, and she came with us too.  I love spending time with Mads, we laughed all day long.

7.  I adore this photo of one of our usual garage snaps- I think it's the fact Mads is posing so much that makes it so funny.  She is obsessed with this top from Zara saying 'Still Living With My Parents'- I love it too actually.

8.  I am really lucky in that both my girls still nap but Mads normally has a shorter one than LL, so when she gets up she knows it's 'quiet time' and we snuggle until her sister wakes up.  Since we got the kittens they have taken to coming on our laps too- it's really rather sweet.

9.  I had been after a pair of Brogues for ages, so I couldn't resist when I found these in Primark of all places.  And only £12.  Bargain.

10.  Yet another Little Bird outfit, I bought this dress for LL months ago but she is only just wearing it now.  I love the colour and I could gobble her up when she wears it.  Just so cute.

10.  I do try and dress the girls in similar colours or styles if we go out for the day- I love these little grey jumpers they are wearing.  I wish they did LL's cloud jumper in my size and I am loving their winter boots!

12.  Likewise sometimes Mummy gets in on the action and dresses in a similar colour too. (Daddy doesn't and also wants to disown us when we do this!) ;) I am loving mustard this season, yellow is my favourite colour by far

13.  I am still in shock over winning a Mad Blog Award and my category 'Best Baby Blog' was sponsored by Mothercare.  A few days ago they sent me my prize- a whooping £500 worth of vouchers.  And as an extra gesture they had seen from my instagram how we are Little Bird's biggest fans, so they sent me a couple of outfits for the girls as a surprise.  Such a sweet thing to do and I was over the moon to receive the package in the post.  That's Christmas presents sorted, plus outfits for the next year! 

 

If you are on instagram do come and say hello, I'm @mummydaddyme - it's my favourite form of social media by far.

 

PS. Mothercare haven't asked us to write about them, I was just over the moon with the fact they had obviously seen what big Little Bird fans we are that I wanted to mention them and say thanks for sending the girls an outfit, and of course for my wonderful prize.  All other clothes and outfits have been bought with my hard earned pennies. (or maybe Mr E's- ssssh don't tell him!)

 

My Sisters In September.

on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

As you read this we will be at Center Parcs with Lucy and her family.  This weekend has been a bit of an intense one to say the least, we are having our bathroom redone which I am really excited about, but on Sunday when Mr E was ripping it out he hit a dodgy pipe and water leaked through to our living room below.  Having no water, plus trying to pack, and having our house turned upside down has been slightly stressful.  I thought I was organised and all ready to go, until I realised that my Siblings post was due this week.  Cue a little panic as I hadn't taken any photos for it.

But in actual fact, sifting through my phone in a mad dash to find any suitable, I couldn't have not used the following photos this month, even if I had taken the most beautiful photos with my DSLR.  These photos completely sum up my sisters this month.  I have a bit of a thing about using too many iPhone photos on my blog, while I love my phone and it is the camera I use 90% of the time, I often feel like my phone photos aren't the best and I should make an effort to take my big camera out more.  However I just haven't had the time, and as such my phone has been my only weapon of choice the last few weeks.  I have mentioned before that recently Mads has really got in to developing her own style and choosing what to wear, and as such I have been taking a photo of her each day in front of our slightly scabby garage door.  We take a couple before she gets fed up and says 'no more photos' but the last few times we have done it, LL has decided to get in on the act too.

They both stand there and giggle and pose, and every morning they ask to go and have a photo outside even if I wasn't planning on taking one.  Bizarrely they actually love it and it's the only time they will willingly let me take a photo of them!  It's become sort of a strange, weird little tradition, and one that really makes me smile.  Since LL started walking, their relationship has grown and developed and it's just the most incredible privilege to watch them together.  

So although technically I forgot this month, actually these photos couldn't portray my sisters any better...

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Jess and her gorgeous pair of siblings.  Jess needs no introduction, her blog is one of my favourites and has been ever since I started blogging.  If you haven't already been over there, you most definitely should!

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