My mini me

Back in October while I was pregnant I wrote a post called "Daddy's double or Mini Mummy" because throughout my pregnancy I was always wondering who our baby would resemble. For the entire nine months I was trying to imagine his face inside my tummy. He had a name for nine months and I so wanted to put a face to that name.

When Noah was born everyone commented on how much he looked like Nick. We even nicknamed him Nick Jnr or NJ as he really was Nick's double. Now as he is getting older he is really starting to look like me when I was a baby. I think the resemblance is uncanny but I may be biased because I secretly wanted him to look more like me. Why is that? Why do we like it when people say our children look like us and actually feel a little hurt when they say they don't. Or is that just me? 

What do you think? Is Noah a Mini Mummy? I think so!  

Review: Your Image 2 Canvas

If you know me at all you will know my love for photography. There isn't a day that goes by without me taking two dozen photo's, mainly of my Son. Whether it be on my iPhone or with my Nikon DSLR, there's always some sort of camera at hand. When Your Image 2 Canvas contacted me asking if I would like to review one of their canvas prints I was more than happy to oblige.

I knew that I wanted a canvas of Noah, that was a given. But which one do I use? I have thousands! I absolutely adore the photo that I chose of Noah and I. It was taken on my iPhone and isn't the best quality image but I love the photo that much that I decided to go ahead and use it. 

I simply selected the image I wanted and the rest was out of my hands. I didn't have to order it myself as they did that for me but I decided to take a look on their website anyway so I could post my opinion. I found the site very straight forward and easy to use. There are numerous different canvas options available from sizes, depth, finish. I was excited to see which my canvas would be, it was like a lucky dip!

Here is what makes Your Image 2 Canvas better the rest;
• 100% pure cotton white canvas

• Printed at 1440 dpi 
• FREE UK 24 hour delivery
• Handcrafted pine frames
• Price match promise – They will beat any other quote by 10%
• Same day despatch (orders before 3pm will be delivered the following working day) *Monday to Thursday
• No hidden extras! The price you see is the price you pay (all prices already include VAT)
• Genuine Epson Inks guaranteed not to fade for 75 years

I absolutely love the canvas! Even though I sent them a poor quality image they made it look the best they could and I am impressed. It is currently up in Noah's nursery but as we are moving house shortly who knows which room it will end up in. One thing is for sure it would look perfect in any room. I was extremely happy with the service and product and I wouldn't hesitate
 in recommending Your Image 2 Canvas to everyone!


Our family walks

One of our favourite things to do as a family is to simply go on long walks together. It's good to get out stretch our legs, get a bit of fresh air, enjoy the scenery and to just spend quality time with one another. Our favourite place to do this is at Townley Park which is right behind the house that we are about to buy. It was one of the factors that made us want the house even more, having this beautiful park and forest right on our doorstep. Yesterday we went on a walk through Townley park, up into the forest and took a few photo's a long the way. I thought I would share some of my favourite shots from the day. 

What is your favourite thing to do as a family? Do you enjoy going on family walks? 

Noah makes art

I would like to say I am an artistic person but that would be lying. I have always enjoyed drawing, painting and creating but that doesn't mean I am any good at it! Photography is my creative medium and I will stick to that. Stick to what I know. 

Lately I have been seeing lots of photo's of babies of a similar age to Noah enjoying a spot of "messy play". Initially the thought of a baby and paint left me feeling very apprehensive. I imagined thick staining paint all over my child, his fingers in his mouth, paint all over the sofa and so on. I was reassured by other Mum's that there's nothing to worry about as long as I pick up the child safe, non toxic paints. They were right, it simply washes off with a baby wipe and I didn't have to worry about any going into Noah's mouth! 

We picked up a pack of finger paints, coloured card, felt tip pens and paint brushes from The Early Learning Centre this weekend. We decided to embrace the mess and go for it! Noah was going to experience paint for the very first time and create some Easter cards. 

I made sure I caught Noah in a good mood and stripped him down into his vest. He sat waiting in his swing, paintbrush ready whilst I prepared everything. Large plastic mat on the floor, paints open, jug of water, paintbrushes out, card folded, we were ready to go!

Nick kept a firm grip on him while I painted his hands and got the card ready. He wasn't really phased by having his hands/feet painted and was fascinated with the bright coloured card. 

I let him explore the card with his painted hands but he wouldn't just touch the card he wanted to take it out my hand and waft it around! I also attempted to get hand and feet prints from him, which every parent knows is easier than it sounds! 

I had folded 10 pieces of card to make into Easter cards for our family. About 4 cards in and Noah was getting a little fed up. He wasn't unhappy but I could tell he was getting a little frustrated. The paint had begun drying on him so I doubt it felt nice. Still he soildered on and he created ten messy pieces of art. 

I was going to write "Happy Easter" on the front of the cards or draw on a chick or bunny but decided to leave them as they were cause although they just look like messy splodges to others they are pretty special to me. They are Noah's first paintings! I put two aside for myself, one went straight into his memory box and another I am framing!  

If you are thinking of having a play with paints with your little one then I urge you to. Not only is it fun but you are also creating lovely keepsakes. I can't wait until Noah is older and we can dig the paints out again and have crafty afternoons with one another. I would love Noah to have a creative side and enjoy arts and crafts just as I did when I was a child.