Once a year I spend a month making a point of getting in a photo every single day.

I’ve been doing it since 2015 and it is always a challenge to come up with ideas for photos so I don’t just end up with 30 identical portraits or selfies.  See, I don’t just want a photo of me for the sake of collecting photos of myself, I want to record my life as it is at that point.  I want something more from the photos than just pictures of my face.

I actually went looking on google recently to try and find some inspiration for self portraits and ideas for photos I could take of myself and couldn’t find what I was looking for.  So I’ve come up with my own list of ideas.

If you’d like to try and get in more photos both with and for your children, here is my ultimate list of ideas for photos you can take of yourself, or that you can get someone else to take of you.

The ultimate list of photo ideas to get yourself in more pictures

 

The classic portraits

  • A full body posed photo.  Either taken by someone else or by you with a remote/timer
  • A posed headshot or head and shoulders portrait
  • A posed, everyone-look-at-the-camera family photo
  • A more relaxed family photo where you’re looking at each other and interacting rather than smiling at the camera

Classic portrait ideas to get in more photos

 

Photos of you on your own

  • Reading a book by yourself, in your favourite spot in the house
  • Getting ready for the day in front of the mirror.  Drying/brushing your hair.  Putting on your make up.  Whatever you normally do each day.
  • Holding your favourite mug
  • Close up self timer/remote photos of your face/hands/hair
  • Close up detail shots of jewellery that you love to wear
  • Your shoes/boots while out on a walk, taken by you simply looking down
  • A phone selfie
  • A mirror selfie
  • Close up of details on a favourite piece of clothing
  • Enjoying your favourite snack
  • Working on your laptop/making something
  • Making a meal
  • Overhead/over your shoulder photo of you preparing a meal/making packed lunches
  • You doing other household jobs like loading the washing machine
  • Your shadow
  • Your silhouette – by a window, outside, at sunset

Ideas to get in more photos

 

Photos of you with your family

  • Feeding your baby, whether it’s breastfeeding, bottle feeding or spoon feeding your baby who is weaning
  • Enjoying food with your children
  • Cuddling your children on the sofa
  • Reading a book with your children
  • Cuddling your children in bed
  • Watching TV/the iPad in bed with your children
  • Playing with your children while they’re in the bath
  • Drawing/colouring with your children
  • Playing a board game
  • Helping with homework
  • Helping your child brush their teeth, get dressed, get ready for the day
  • Baking together
  • Your view of you holding hands with your child
  • Shots taken from behind of you together

Ideas to get in more photos with your children

 

The thing to think about, if you want to be in more photos that really mean something to you, is going beyond the standard posing and smiling for the camera type photos.

Start thinking about the normal, everyday parts of your life that you might like to capture.  And don’t disregard the ‘boring’ things, the chores and routine things you do every day or every week.  One day those things will change too and having photos of them will be amazing for sparking memories of this stage in your life.

I have photos of me loading the washing machine with Nerys.

Not the most exciting thing, and definitely not the prettiest of photos, but I love them for the memories they bring back of her as a toddler so keen to help me with everything I did.

Use this list as a jumping off point, then take some time to think about the things in your life at the moment that you might miss one day.

Then get to work recording them in photos, for you and for your family.

The children are on their half term holiday this week and oh my word they have been so lucky with the warm, sunny weather.

We’ve done a tour of the local parks over the last few days, taking in Singleton, Brynmill, Cwmdonkin and Victoria park.  We went to Victoria park at the weekend after their swimming lesson and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take our family photos for this month on a day that we could get out without big heavy coats on!

Me and mine Feb 2019

Me and mine Feb 2019

Me and mine Feb 2019

 

As I was setting up the camera to take these photos Nerys came and asked if she could be the one in charge of the remote trigger again, she gets so excited when we let her do it.

Looking at the photos she did a really good job I think, you can’t tell that she’s got the little remote hidden in her hand, can you!

We’ve still got a few days left of the holidays to enjoy before we’re back to the school routine and most likely counting down the weeks until the Easter break.  The children do both enjoy school and are generally happy going in each morning, but we do all still look forward to the holidays when we can spend more time together and just relax a bit.

I do wonder what March will bring after this pretty strange spell of sunny weather we’ve had.

What are the odds that we’ll all be back in the big winter coats for next month’s me and mine photos?


			
			

When it comes to owning a car, we all dream of buying one new one, however, we all know that they can be expensive.

With new DVLA number plates coming out soon, and plenty of places to buy a new car such as Peter Vardy Holdings, there are a few things you should consider if you’re thinking of buying new, which I’ve highlighted below.

Buying a new car_ What to know

Holding Value

As we all know, cars are the type of item that begin to lose value straight away. This is particularly true when you buy a new car, as it’ll depreciate in value as soon as you leave the dealership. Because of this, think about what car to buy based on how well it holds its value.

This means that when you finally decide to sell, you will have lost as little money as possible. Cars by Mini, Audi, Volkswagen, Lexus, Ford and Vauxhall are all very good cars when it comes to holding value.

 

Best Time to Buy

Knowing the best time to strike is key to ensuring you get the best car for your money. This will all depend on the type of car that you want. Therefore, once you’ve done your research and decided on the vehicle that’s best for you, have a look to find the best time to buy that specific model.

Things that can impact this are payday weekends and the style of the car, as convertibles will be more expensive in summer, meaning winter is the best to buy. Also, think of buying in the months that see quarterly sales, such as March, June, September and December.

 

Needs

Make sure you cover all your needs when it comes to the vehicle and don’t compromise. By this we mean don’t opt for the car that looks better and costs more, but doesn’t offer you the space or mod cons you require.

By doing this you’ll end up realising you’ve made the wrong choice a few months down the line, ending in you needing to get a new car that caters to your needs.

 

Additional Costs

So, you may have the money to buy a new car, but don’t let that go to your head. Once you’ve purchased the car you’ll need to run it. Because of this, make sure you do your research beforehand, finding out how much petrol or diesel the car will use and how much it costs, and how much it’ll cost to have insured.

You should also check to see how reliable they are, because you don’t want to end up paying to have it fixed regularly, which could cost a small fortune.

 

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When it comes to interior design, it can be hard to achieve that completed and tidy look without the use of a professional interior designer. This is because an interior designer is aware of all the tips and tricks it takes to make a room complete. One of the best tips is to upgrade the finer details as this can make a huge difference to how a room looks but it is often overlooked with people focusing on the colour, rugs, artwork etc.

Upgrading the finer details of your home

 

Moulding

Moulding can look fantastic in older homes and a great way to add visual appeal and elegance to the ceiling (an area often overlooked in interior design). There are all kinds of style and types to choose from so you should be able to find one which suits your style and looks impressive.

 

Door handles

The door is another often overlooked feature of a room but the first thing that you look at before entering and the last thing that you see before leaving. There are a few ways to make your door more attractive but upgrading the door handle to something stylish and classy is the most effective. Similarly, changing the cabinet handles can make a big difference in the kitchen and anywhere else with cabinets.

 

Electrical sockets & switches

Most people do not think about electrical sockets and switches when decorating a room yet these can take up a fair amount of space and your eyes are often led there through cables and wires. Upgrading by choosing more attractive materials, patterns and colours can make a big difference and make the room look more modern. Places like Schneider Electric have a wide range to choose from which can upgrade any room.

 

Curtains/Blinds

The curtains/blinds are an area that takes up a huge amount of wall space but are often ignored. Choose large drapes from a nice material for the winter months and then replace these with something lighter in the summer to add style and practicality.

 

Lighting

Lighting sets the mood and atmosphere so it is incredibly powerful in interior design yet many homeowners leave the lighting as it was when they moved in. Experiment with a range of light sources and try different lamp shades to create the desired atmosphere in the room that you are decorating.

 

It is the finer details that really complete a room to give it that professional look and these are just a few ways that you can achieve this while decorating.

 

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We made it to half term!

The Christmas holidays feel like so long ago, and the children are well and truly ready for a break from the school routine this week.

We had a lovely weekend to start the holidays too.  The children had a sleepover at Nana and Pops’ house on Friday night, then they were home in time for Nerys’ party on Saturday afternoon.  We just had her little group of friends round to the house again like we did last year and they all really enjoyed themselves.

They made some bracelets, played pin the horn on the unicorn, pass the parcel and musical statues and generally had fun playing together all dressed up in their princess dresses.

Steve had the brilliant idea to take Rhys on a long walk hunting for Pokemon for the duration of the party which, considering the shrieking and general levels of excitement at the party, was a wise move.

On Sunday we had a slow start to the day then it was swimming lessons followed by a visit to Victoria park by the beach.

Living Arrows

 

It was such a gorgeous sunny day, there were quite a few other families out in the park, playing and having picnics, but it didn’t feel crowded which was great.  The children could play on all the equipment that they wanted to, and Rhys made a new friend which was so lovely to see.

I’m finding myself stepping back a bit more with him, letting him get on with things by himself and it was so interesting to watch him slowly start chatting to this little girl in the park.

There have been so many times that I’ve wished I could be a fly on the wall at school to see what they get up to when I’m not there!

 

Now we have a whole week ahead of us to relax a bit, most likely visit a few different parks while the weather is still lovely and sunny and enjoy celebrating Nerys’ birthday some more – I can quite believe she’ll be five this week!

Are you on half term this week too or are your children back at school after a break last week?

 

Living Arrows

For many of us, our home is our sanctuary. However, full-time parenthood can be busy. And so, we often struggle to fulfil our DIY duties.

But there are some tasks that need to be dealt with immediately. Keeping your living space free of damp and moisture is one of them. Both can affect your health and your wallet.

Luckily, there are quick and effective ways to protect your abode and save money.

How to keep your home free of damp and moisture

 

Check for Damp and Mould

For a damp and moisture-free home, this can be the best place to start. Check for damp and mould regularly, and you can easily avoid this problem.

You may even be able to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Typically, damp is caused by leaking pipes, rising damp (which usually occurs in basements), or roof damage. You can maximise the healthiness of your home by performing inspections on a frequent basis.

To stay on top of this task, why not create a damp and mould checklist? You could print this off and display it in your home. In doing so, you’ll be able to make sure that you minimise any risk of it entering your property.

 

Prevent Condensation

Excess moisture is one of the main causes of damp and mould. And this is largely caused by condensation.

This occurs when an indoor area can’t store any more moisture. Also, it can accumulate over time. There are daily activities that could stop this from happening. Opening windows while you shower, or cook, are two examples.

Likewise, leaving doors open can improve ventilation around the house – and this could prevent moisture from building to excessive levels.

If you live in a basement flat or a particularly damp area, make sure to do this as often as possible. That way, you can maintain a dry, clean and happy home for years to come.

 

Heat Your Home

Another way to inhibit the build-up of excess moisture is through heat. When it’s cold, droplets can form on indoor surfaces, such as mirrors, windowsills and walls.

A well-insulated, heated property is less likely to suffer from this. Is your home typically chilly? If so, you can alleviate its potential for growing damp by increasing its warmth.

You needn’t ramp up the heating, though. Something as light as an electric heater can help you to achieve this.

Specialists that deliver reliable heating sources, like Coopers of Stortford, can mean the difference between a dry and a damp home.

With the right tools and knowledge, you can guarantee that mould never enters your house or apartment.

Once you know how, you can easily keep your home damp and moisture free. Thanks to these tips, you’ll be able to stop this from ever becoming an issue. Therefore, you may never have to deal with – meaning less worry and more time to enjoy where you live with the people you love.

 

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It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this time is from Steph at Steph’s two girls.  I love this photo of Steph and her girls, and her caption is kind of what Show You Were There is all about.  So often it’s only when we go to find a photo of ourselves for something that we realise how few we have.  It’s so important that we make a real conscious effort to get in front of the camera more!

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Today has been a good day. Hooray! I had a new hairdresser come to the house to cut my hair. Afterwards, Tamsin said it looked much better, while Sasha said it didn’t look any different 🤔😆 Before the hairdresser arrived, I spent about half an hour looking through old photos to see if I could find one of me where I was happiest with the haircut I had. There were so few photos of me over the years that I found it quite a challenge! So I went to husband and asked him to start taking more photos of me with the girls. Suspect he’s already forgotten. Anyhow, I figured that I do want my girls to be able to look back and find happy memories which I’m in too, so here’s my first attempt 😁 The weather has been gorgeous today so they decided to play Swingball together in the garden. Eldest is run down with a cold following the end of her Gang Shoe last week, but a bit of fresh air did her good I’m sure. And as you probably know, Sasha never gets out enough, so it was lovely to see them both laughing and having fun.

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Next up is this lovely family photo from Emma at Sophie Ella and Me.

It’s such a gorgeous moment captured, and I really love the light and tones in the photo.

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Today has been a pretty good one so far! The girls slept through and gave me a lie-in until 9am 🙌🏼, I lost 3lbs at slimming world this week, then went straight to the hairdressers to get my hair done (it feels so much better!). While I was there, I received a call from our solicitor to say we have completed on the house! It’s such a relief, as we’ve waited over a year for this moment. I’m so excited to collect the keys in the morning! So I think Toby and I are going to go out for a meal tonight to celebrate and I might have a gin or two 🍸🎉. I hope you’re all having a lovely day! ❤️ • • • #themagicineveryday #besttimescaptured #letthembelittle #littlefierceones #candidchildhood #uniteinmotherhood #theordinarymoments #childhoodunplugged #lifecloseup #developinglife #myhappycapture #littlelivelaughlove #ourcandiddays #momswithcameras #raisinggirls #girlmama #dailyparenting #candidchildhood #momswithcameras #littleandbrave #letthembelittle #oureverydaymoments #motherhoodrising #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #childofig #pixel_kids #showyouwerethere #parentsinthepicture #motherhood_magic

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My third pick this time is from Katy at Hot Pink Wellingtons.  I always love seeing Katy’s photos and this one of her with her youngest son is no different.  It’s so lovely, I would absolutely be printing it if I were Katy!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Jen at My Mummy’s pennies.

You can’t beat a proper hug like this when things are a bit tough, and I love how it looks like they might topple over in a minute from hugging so tightly.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

 

Now my turn.

I was sent some clothes to review recently and we headed to the park so Steve could take some photos for me.  Now, I’m not a natural model, I clearly don’t know how to pose like the other girls on Instagram.  But I do like the photos that he captured.  They look like me.

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If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for’ then take a look at this post or email me at thisgloriouslife@gmail.com for more information.