Taking The Camera Off Auto, James Bay & Whipped Cream #littleloves

Taking The Camera Off Auto, James Bay & Whipped Cream #littleloves

Wow another week has passed by and it’s Friday.  I love this round up post to remind me to take stock of all the little things that made up our week.  It always puts a smile on my face.  The lovely Morgana is back from holiday now so we’ll be linking up with ‘But Why Mummy Why‘ again.  Let’s do it..

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I received ‘the busy girl’s guide to digital photography‘ from my husband back in February.  You know what it’s like though when you’re a Mum, I haven’t really sat down with it properly.  Yesterday I sat there with the book and my DSLR and I have finally worked out how to get off Auto with my camera.  It took quite a lot of practice to get my head around it all.  I used one of the children’s Peppa Pig toys as a model (the toddlers were not co-operating) and once I’d mastered figured out how my camera works, I was able to take some snaps of the babies.  I am a LONG way off being a dab hand with my camera, but I am so happy that my journey has finally begun.  I love being creative, and I know I will feel a lot more satisfaction when I look at my photography, knowing that I helped create it, rather than just pointing and clicking.

Watched

Pretty Little Liars was back on Netflix this week.  I’ll be honest when I first started watching it, I watched it because I didn’t have much else to watch.  The plot is addictive, it’s kind of like a teen movie with thriller elements.  We’ve not known who the villain is for 5 seasons, although there’s been reveals along the way that made you feel you knew who it was.  There was a big plot twist at the end of Season 5 and Martina and I have been waiting with baited breath for the Season 6 premiere.  Normally we have to wait until September for new seasons from the U.S to start but they have called this the ‘Summer of Answers’ it began airing 2nd June so I’m excited to see what we find out.  I know I’ll still be left questioning a lot but half of the fun for Martina and I is the constant guessing.  She finds it hilarious that I’m always coming up with new theories of who ‘A’ is.  We loved watching the first one, and I won’t include any spoilers.  If you are a viewer and didn’t know it was back head over to Netflix right now.  It was a brilliant Season premiere.

Also, last Saturday Isis and I went to watch ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ check out our review below

Wore

I finally made some time to have something done for me.  I am now sporting some HD Brows, I think they look amazing.  I never knew that my eyebrows could look like this.  I have seen HD Brows look great and I’ve seen some look terrible.  I went to my cousin’s boutique ‘Peach Beautique’ and I am so, so happy with the results.  I will not go anywhere else now.  They look so natural, and really show off the shape that can be achieved if you know what you’re doing.  My eyebrows have always been blonde (James calls them invisible) so I usually just put a bit of mascara on give some shape.  Apologies for the miserable looking, no make-up selfie below but I am absolutely made up with them.

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excuse the late night grainy photo from the flip side of my camera phone

Heard

Our wire that connects to our phones has broken in the car, so instead of listening to our Spotify playlists, we’ve had the radio on this week.  I’m quite pleased as I’ve found some music I just wouldn’t have heard otherwise.  I will be buying a new wire today though as the girls want to listen to the ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack so will make sure we have that before they are collected this evening.  My favourite song from our week listening to the radio is the lovely James Bay.  I love his voice.

Made

We ordered a ‘Magic Bullet’ last week and it arrived this week.  Martina and I have been having fun experimenting with different recipes.  It really does make everything so much quicker and easier.  We’ve had omelettes packed full of vegetables, quesadillas for the children packed with veggie goodness, gluten-free blueberry muffins.  There are so many things that we can do.  We will probably vlog some of our efforts as we’ve been enjoying doing that.

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We also made a big old mess when we did the ‘How Well Do We Know Each Other’ challenge.  The children enjoyed smashing us in the face with a plate of whipped cream when we got the answers wrong.

and lastly…

I’m preparing for Judah’s 3rd birthday later this month, so I am having a day out today with a friend.  I cannot remember ever doing this since children.  I managed to steal some time away for lunch the other week with my friend Rachael, today I am trying a little bit longer.  It isn’t something that will be a habit, but because of the nature of my shopping trip I can’t have Judah with me without spoiling the surprises.  I gave Martina the day off yesterday to prepare her for having a longer day with the children on her own today… wish us luck, that she copes and I’m not having a panic attack being out without them.  I’m being picked up around 9:30 and will be back after lunch … eek!

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Mia Wray, Little Magic Pieces and the end of Depression #littleloves

Mia Wray, Little Magic Pieces and the end of Depression #littleloves

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Friday again already. Here is our weekly round up with the lovely Sian at ‘Potty Mouthed Mummy‘ as the beautiful Morgana is off sunning herself in France.

Read

Again, a lot of blogs this week.  I don’t really ever pick up a book.  I really enjoyed the ‘Country Kids‘ round up this week over on Fiona at Coombe Mill’s blog.  I am getting excited about the Summer and seeing what you lovely lot have been up to is inspiring ideas of things we can do on our two weeks with all the children.  One of my favourite posts was the genius idea to have a ‘Farm Party‘ for their child’s birthday.  We won’t be able to do this, this year, but it is definitely stored in the memory for next year.  Go have a nosy at Let Kids be Kids, there’s also a lovely video.

Watched

I’m up to date and awaiting so many new seasons at the moment so I’ve not really had the desire to even switch on the good old Netflix.  I’ve been busy working away on video editing and my blog so I’ve barely had time to chill.  I like this though, sometimes watching lots of programs reminds me of when I was depressed.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a good switch off, we certainly need it as Mum’s but this week has shown me I must be happy as I haven’t even noticed that I’ve not been watching anything.  When I break for lunch I go hang with my beautiful children, but when I have needed to zone out whilst I eat I’ve been watching YouTubers.  My new discovery is ‘In the Frow’ Victoria is a fashion lecturer in Manchester and her YouTube video on her iPhone 6 tour gave me some fantastic new apps.  I’m really excited by Moldiv.

Wore

I have been enjoying the sunshine and heading out more with the children.  I dared to let Martina have the camera whilst we were out walking this week and she captured a few of me with the babies.  When I posted them to my facebook I had a few people comment on the blue New Look v-neck and how it suited me.

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Isis Mae was wearing the beautiful Watermelon headband handmade by Dovile at ‘Little Magic Pieces’ in our latest YouTube video.  She has done the ‘My Favourite Things’ tag…

Heard

We’ve been listening a LOT to the beautiful Mia Wray, she has original songs, but also creates stunning covers.  We’ve been using her for all our memory videos on YouTube.  Here is her beautiful version of ‘Shake It Off’. We’re a bit obsessed with her.

Made

A huge mistake!!!  Yesterday we headed out to meet friends as it was pre-arranged, even though the weather was forecast to be atrocious.  So the children were in their wellies and wrapped up warm with layers on.  Well, the sun shone all day, and I didn’t have my suncream with me.  It’s usually in the baby bag.  Thank goodness it wasn’t too hot, as my beautiful baby has a little sunburnt face this morning.  I guess it’s the first time Eden’s skin has been exposed to sun without protection of any kind.  The others are out the odd times in the sun.  It’s not bad thank goodness, but I just feel horrendous because my baby has a sunburnt face, so we will be staying indoors today at least whilst I slap after sun on her throughout the day and if we go out tomorrow she will have the usual Factor 50 on whatever the weather.  I will NEVER make the mistake to not have the suncream with me again.

and lastly…

I have noticed this week and I don’t want to sound too dramatic here but if you knew the journey that I’ve been on…. I FEEL again.  I don’t just FEEL, I feel happy.  I have been so numb for so long.  Not that I wasn’t enjoying life, my lovely family would melt my heart, but there is now a vast difference.  I feel as though I’m finally healing, after years of hurt and years of restoration (amidst the busyness of having children) I just feel so happy.  All the time.  I feel like I’m me again.  It has been an epic journey and if I’m honest one I never thought I’d be free of.  I’m not saying it will all be smooth sailing from now on, I’m still taking medication but I FEEL.  I am so grateful that my husband stuck by me through hard times and my draining personality as I battled depression.  I’m just grateful to my God that heals and kept me through all the heartache and never let me forget He had a plan.

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Blog Love, Zara Haul, Shopping Small and Child Growth Hormone Deficiency #LittleLoves

Blog Love, Zara Haul, Shopping Small and Child Growth Hormone Deficiency #LittleLoves

Hello, welcome to this weeks ‘Little Loves’ post hosted by the lovely Morgana over at ‘But Why Mummy Why‘.  I’ve had an eventful week and this round up is really helpful in making me remember to focus on the positives.  I love it, so here goes…

Read

I have been reading a lot of blogs this week.  I seem to have not done much of anything else.  Usually to unwind in the evenings I maybe watch something on Netflix, or even sometimes zone out playing *coughs* Minion Rush (I’m blaming Judah for this recent addiction), but this week I’ve barely left the world of blogging.  I’ve just been really enjoying discovering new blogs, Let’s Talk Mommy’s by DeleteAd” href=”#42734652″> ‘share with me’ blog hop is a great one for this, so many people come and link up maybe one or two posts.  I’ve found ‘Ghost Writer Mummy’s’ blog extremely educational this week.  I seem to learn something new everytime I head over there.  I particularly liked this post reminding antenal Mothers to be proactive in educating themselves and having CHOICE when it comes to their decisions for their baby.  I wish I’d read this whilst I was pregnant with Judah.

‘To the mother who is yet to be’ 

Also, I’ve been proofreading for our beautiful Italian Aupair, who I’ve encouraged to start blogging her journey, she intends to by DeleteAd” href=”#6486877″> travel the world inspired by ‘Eat Pray Love’.  I explained it’s an amazing way to keep her memories and photographs in one place, and will be something to show her grandchildren *winks*.  Please have a read by clicking HERE and sending her some commenting Blog Love.

Watched

As I said I’ve not been doing my usual Netflix rampage this week, but I have been watching a LOT of vlogs.  I’ve just started vlogging…. please check out our YouTube Channel and I’ve been watching lots of other vloggers.  Now I know I’m ridiculously late to the party and I definitely already knew her name but I watched this video from the beautiful Zoella last night and I was laughing so hard my husband didn’t know what was going on (he was trying to sleep, oops).  I genuinely cannot remember the last time I EVER laughed so hard.  James wasn’t sure if I was crying…. haha

Wore

Again, I’ve been mostly glued to a laptop most of this week, so I haven’t really been anywhere exciting to document what I’ve worn.  However, a couple of weeks back I wrote a post about Online Clothes Shopping for Children and whether it’s important for children to have unique clothes and shopping small at the likes of WAHM’s boutiques such as Little and Fierce Judah and Eden’s purchases have been arriving so they have modelled some toddler fashion for you…

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Trying some clothes out from his Zara haul

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Eden is marking her 18 month milestone by raiding our fridge and wearing new clothes that arrived from ‘Tui-B’ in the post the day before.  She has an ‘Anarkid Organic’ geo print top on (complete with an ‘I’ve been measured’ sticker from the hospital), the cutest ‘Saplings’ trousers that have a heart on her bum, the only shoes we could find small enough to fit her (watch our recent vlog [at the bottom of this post] to find out who makes them), and a cute headwrap by ‘Sunday’ the label.

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Heard

I’m so lucky that my husband shares random love of all things I find annoying with the children.  They keep singing this song and I don’t mind hearing the children sing it, but I would never watch the video with him and the children, but yet, I’m sharing it here.  Listen for a few seconds if you dare to see how annoying it is

I’ve also been asked to sing at a local hospital radio station and share a bit of my story, so I spent a bit of time trying to find a song I would like to do.  After raving about Brooke Fraser and her new album on my Little Loves post last week it reminded me of how much I loved her earlier work.  It’s a gospel show (as most of my readers know I’m a believer) and so I thought maybe this song would work, it’s called ‘The C.S Lewis Song’ as it’s written from his beautiful quotes.  I’ll also sing one of my own (but I won’t subject you to that here).

Made

As I’ve already said, I have spent a lot of time editing and making videos for our YouTube channel this week.  After some very disappointing news at the hospital this week I’ve decided to start sharing our journey about Eden’s potential Growth Hormone Deficiency.  I’ve called the series ‘Thumbelina’ as she was nicknamed by my cousin. She has grown recently and I was convinced they would sign her off, but alas that was not the case.  I have been struggling to find any relatable research on the internet this week, so I decided we would document our journey so that if others find themselves in our position they are not alone in learning facts and making the decisions involved.  The Endocrine Specialist did recommend the Child Growth Foundation to read up on, so that will be my mission for next week.  I have already contacted them and asked for some information to be sent out, so here we go…

and lastly…

Yay, it’s half term and I know a lot of you will be off on holiday, so have an amazing time.  I’m looking forward to stealing the girls for some extra days this week, and lots of fun.  We enjoyed a family picnic last week and I’m hoping for many more, come on sunshine!
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Vlogging, a New Job, Children’s Fashion and Once Upon a Time #littleloves

Vlogging, a New Job, Children’s Fashion and Once Upon a Time #littleloves

Joining in with But Why Mummy Why and  #littleloves again this week.  I love this linky and enjoy reading the other posts.

Read

As always I suck at this section, although I do read a lot of blogs.  been filling in paperwork for my new job, wuhoo!!!  I had to do a DBS and medical forms, various things like that.  I really enjoyed reading (and watching) Lucy at Dear Beautiful’s 4 months pregnancy update.  What a great idea.  If you haven’t read it yet then click here.

Watched

I have been watching ‘Once upon a Time’ on Netflix.  I lost interest really in this last season but kind of stuck with it.  I’m pleased to say that the Season 3 Finale this week has finally brought some excitement back in, and I’m now looking forward to Season 4.  I like it when programmes mix it up a bit.  I loved Season 1, but then it became just ‘ok’.  It’s something the husband likes watching too though as anything with villains and powers is his cup of tea.

I also have been watching a lot of vlog videos and have started getting my camera out again and filming a lot more of the everyday moments with the children.  I made space on my iphone by finally moving all my photos and videos onto storage, so I have been able to capture the children a lot more in the natural moments.  Being inspired by the Let’s Talk Mommy interview with Lucy at Dear Beautiful, and watching many other videos by other vloggers, this is something that we will be doing a lot more here at dontcallmestepmummy.

Wore

I finally found my Prada sunglasses again, yay!! The husband wasn’t impressed that given I paid a lot for them about a year ago, they had disappeared.  Oops (must keep house tidier).  Luckily, Martina found them for me the other day and they have been able to make an appearance again.

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Eden is deliberately in Martina’s shadow as she doesn’t keep sunglasses on

Heard

I’m a huge Brooke Fraser fan, and this week her ‘Brutal Romantic’ album was finally released in the UK.  One of New Zealand’s finest, I love her voice, and she writes so beautifully.  This is a different sound for her, but it’s very catchy and great for the summer.

Made

I haven’t been very crafty with the children this week, but I have been having fun editing videos of the children, as I’ve been experimenting with different software.  I’ve always used Adobe Premiere Pro as a former Media student.  However, after being recommended to try iMovie I had a go.  It was very frustrating trying to upload things from my camera and iPhone onto my iPad, but I guess if we invest in an iMac it would be a lot easier.  iMovie really does do so much for you that takes a lot more time on Premiere.  Ok you don’t have as much control over the niggly bits, but I’m not making feature films, I’m documenting our memories, and I can do this a lot more if it’s not going to take 9 hours each time.

I would put my video experiment here but I’m not happy with the sound quality, as I lost interest when I needed to download music that iMovie would allow me to use *ahem* can’t escape copyright as easily with iMovie.  Watch this space though as we will be having a lot more videos captured.  Which will be great for family members that can’t be with us all the time (Grandparents and my sister who works abroad most of the year).  Subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here to watch the girls ‘please subscribe’ video.

and lastly

I have been spending a lot of time looking at children’s fashion this week. I wrote a post about it and have bought Judah and Eden some much needed clothes.  I am excited for them to arrive.  They have both grown recently and have literally grown out of their clothes.  You can read my thoughts about whether it’s important to have unique clothes for your children or not if you click here.

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Carrie Underwood, School Tours, New Jobs and a big old mess #littleloves

Carrie Underwood, School Tours, New Jobs and a big old mess #littleloves

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in with this link up, but I noticed that all the links I partake in at the moment are grouped at the beginning of the week…trying to space out my blogging to make it more doable and I love, love, love this weekly round up… thanks Morgana.

Read

I’m always shocking at this category as I don’t really make it a priority to read other than with the children.  I read blogs, and my way of switching off is watching mindless television that requires no concentration, so other than reading a prospectus for the school we intend to send Judah to, I’ve just not been reading.  I am very much into finding information when it’s needed, I can read for hours about ‘phonics’ if I’ve decided that’s what I’m doing… speaking of which, I have been doing lots of reading with Judah as he’s been completing his ‘Reading Eggs’ lessons.  Has anyone else used this?  We love it already and are only into day 3 of our 14 day trial, we will definitely be subscribing.

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Watched

I have been re-watching ‘Prison Break’ on Netflix with the hubby as he hasn’t seen them all.. thankfully I watched ahead whilst feeling unwell this week as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I was literally sobbing like a baby at a certain point.  If you’ve seen it you’ll know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t then I don’t want to spoil it.  Completely and utterly sobbing though (this is what happens when it’s that lovely monthly time) so much so, that when Judah saw me, he asked me what was wrong.  I blubbed out that I was watching something really sad that had made Mummy cry and he burst into tears *bless*.  Next time I will ask Martina to hold out bringing them to see me until I have stopped blubbing.  (She has looked after them a lot this week as I’ve been unwell).

Wore

Yep, as I said I’ve not been very well so I have been sporting various looks from the pyjama range.  I spent all day Monday tidying out the bottom of wardrobes etc. and found some of my old favourite shoes.  I wore my chestnut Bailey Button Uggs as we toured the school we’ve chosen for Judah but then put them back away for winter as it really isn’t Ugg weather no matter how comfortable they are.

Heard

Isis has really got into Carrie Underwood which I hugely approve of as I find her lyrics clean and wholesome (typical Mum) and as Isis rightly says ‘I love her voice’.  I like her having variety in her music tastes, she also loves Kings of Leon who we have to censor a little bit now that she’s getting older… I don’t really want to explain what the lyrics to ‘Milk’ are about… our fave at the moment though is this…

the video is beautiful too, it appeals to the dancer in our girls.

Made

Again unfortunately not much going on here.. I let Martina make the Peppa Pig muddy puddle cakes that were from a box with the children so that they had an activity to do whilst Mummy was unwell.  Other than that, I pretty much made a huge mess whilst sorting things in the spare room that need to go to the charity shops.

and lastly..

We have been making huge plans as a family this week, looking into a few new seasons ahead in various capacities.  I have an interview next week for a job three nights a week which would mean a household wage increase without time away from the children.  I may need to nap a bit but we will see how we adjust as we have Martina here, and the children will still have me in the home, I may just need an afternoon nap sometimes.

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