My New Blogging Photo Set Up |

I am so jealous of those with beautiful laminate flooring, I have forever lusted over a grey washed laminate floor for my front room, as you will know I have a HUGE obsession with grey and recently painted my front room feature wall Mineral Stone Grey. Unfortunately with renting a house there isn’t a lot you can do to it, well I say that I bet some landlords will let you change the flooring but in the end it will only benefit them in the long run.

I have seen various bloggers photography and they usually have the marble worktop or gorgeous flooring featuring in their photos, I usually take my photos on my grey IKEA fluffy rug but it’s not quite cutting it anymore, after reading a blog post a while a go which I can’t for the life of me remember who it was, I saw that you can create that look with literally less than £20, you can do it with wallpaper, vinyl & laminate samples. I headed to B&Q and had a look at their laminate flooring, I saw their Berkeley Effect Antique Finish Laminate which is beyond stunning and picked up 6 samples of that costing £12, £2 each which is equivalent to a drugstore foundation. My husband glued and attached them to some MDF to make it a little stronger, awaiting it to be cut down to size but it is honestly the perfect size for blog photos and barely cost a thing, grab some fresh/fake flowers and there you have it, a nice little set up for more professional looking photos. Step aside crappy blog photos there’s some new boys in town.

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I’d love to build up my photography & editing skills, do you have any goals for your blog?

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Can using phones/tablets actually be educational? Featuring Kidloland

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There’s a huge debate when it comes to children and technology, some parents allow their kids to use tablets, TVs etc and some it’s a complete no go which fair enough everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to bring their children up to how they wish, myself I see no problem with Scarlett using them. Scarlett watches TV and plays games including educational games on my phone but she isn’t stuck to the device 12 hours a day everyday, we still teach her so much but it has contributed and helped her thrive.

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Kidloland* is an award winning downloadable app for phones and tablets aimed at 0-5 year olds which includes 1000+ nursery rhymes, songs, stories, activities, games for kids on their app. The app is really easy to navigate through for both parents and children, Scarlett has had absolutely no problem with using it and finding what she wants.

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The main menu of Kidloland includes, Nursery Rhymes 1-20, Stories, Phonics, ABCD Songs, Games, Learn to Trace, Nursery Rhymes 21-25, Surprises,Chomping Monsters, Popping Time, Activities, Magic Words, Create & Play Occupations, Create & Play Places Around Us, Wheels on the Bus, Weather & Seasons, Dinos, Old MacDonald Songs, Vehicles, Animal Kingdom, Fruits & Vegetables, Row Your Boat, Numbers 1-100, Lullabies, Colours & Shapes, Months & Days and Christmas Songs.

 

Whenever me and Scarlett are out and about especially when it comes to using public transport for long time periods I think it is important for us to have entertainment as she gets bored of books and me pulling funny faces after a while, she’s probably thinking what the hell is mummy doing half the time. Generally Scarlett tends to use Kids Youtube where she finds things like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol but this absolutely drains my data use age when we are out and about but with Kidloland within the app you are able to download the items so that whenever your on the go or have no internet your child can still use the app, so there is no worrying about using all your data.

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What I love most about Kidloland is that it is really interactive, it’s not just getting her to sit in front of a TV and watch it like you would with shows like Paw Patrol, she has to interact with the app for example learn to trace, on the screen it comes up with a letter of the alphabet, it requires you to trace the letter with your finger. Scarlett is in love with this app and mummy plays along with it too.

App is free to download, subscription packages available at £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months.

Kidloland is available on IOS and Google Play Store & Amazon App Store.

What are your thoughts about children using phones and tablets?

*This post contains PR sample*

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3D Printed Fairy Door

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Coming up with new ideas for children’s Christmas presents is incredibly hard, well at least I find it to be, I find myself searching my brain constantly and it probably doesn’t make it any easier with my daughter Scarlett being 2 as she can’t really suggest what she wants. Searching the internet endlessly for ideas I came across fairy doors, which I believe are around £10-£15, I think it’s such a cute idea and perfect present for children to keep their little imaginations running wild. The idea of them is to pop them against your skirting boards and it creates a magical door way to fairy & elf world.

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Lucky for me though my model maker husband has various 3D printers and suggested that he would 3D model and print it using REAL wood infused filament. For those of you who are interested, the process taken to make it included modelling a simple shaped door in a programme called Fusion360 and then using a clay sculpting programme (Zbrush) to carve out the shapes and the detail such as the rocks and wood grain. After completing it, the door was then printed on one of his 3D printers and finished painting in acrylic paints, he created a video on the making of it here:

Want one for yourself? we’ve also got one to give away to you beautiful bunch, just enter below alternatively you can grab one on Etsy.

Fairy Door Giveaway!

International Giveaway

Check out Model3D here

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Childrens Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s December!!! Seriously where has this year gone?! it’s flown by, so that means it’s time for Christmas. I used to always dread Christmas time since my mum passed so i’d often work Christmas Day with working in the care sector but since having Scarlett I get so excited for her, now she’s almost 3 years old she knows what Christmas is, it is truly amazing seeing her eyes light up.

The only downside to Christmas now is that I have absolutely no idea what to get her, so I complied a list of her favourite things such as shows etc and bought her at least one item of each. I’m sure I am not the only parent that struggles with what gifts to buy their kids so I thought this gift guide might help.

Trolls headphones (£19.99), Amazon Fire kids tablet (£100), Mermaid knitted blanket (£11.98), Shopkins set (£4.49), Shopkins pjs (£6.49), Trolls bedding (£10.49), My little pony (£14.99), Paw patrol toy (£9.99)

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Children’s Christmas Eve Box

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My husband stumbled upon a Christmas Eve box for children last year filled with all sorts of goodies that your baby/toddler/child can open on Christmas Eve to get into the Christmas spirit and in my opinion it’s a bloody good idea. We did one last year but because Scarlett was only 9 months at the time she was a little young for it, though non the less she enjoyed watching The Snowman in some gorgeous thumper pjs in the middle of a chaotic house move, yes we did move on Boxing Day! eek.

So, we want to make it a tradition that every year she has a little special box that the elves bring her before heading off to santa to get her presents ready for the morning! I think i’m more excited than she is to be honest.

What’s in the box?

The Grinch DVD (£3, ASDA)

Frozen Colouring Book (£3, The Entertainer Shop)

Bic Pencil Crayons (£1.50, Wilkinsons)

Fleece Pjs (£6.99, ASDA)

Thorntons Snowman Chocolate (£2, ASDA)

It doesn’t have to burn a hole into your pocket and cost the earth and you can tailor it to what you like!

What do you think?

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