Isla’s First Trip to the Beach

I couldn’t resist sharing a few of these with you! We took the opportunity to head down to Omaha Beach while visiting some friends in France. It was Isla’s first time on the beach and it was such a beautiful thing to witness.

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Both Nanny & I forgot the towels so we were just going to let Isla have a little paddle and go. Isla had other ideas. She instantly fell in love & wanted to go for a swim!

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We played in the shallow waves for as long as I could convince her to stay, but she kept trying to make a break for deeper waters!

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Isla would have stayed all day if we had let her, but without a sunshade or towels we had to cut the visit short!

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Eventually we gave in and stripped off her jeans to go for a deeper paddle before giving in completely and putting her in her totsbots swim nappy & swimsuit!

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The difference a filter makes… Haha! It actually looked like the final picture but I couldn’t resist a moodier edit on the shots from my camera!

I can’t wait till next time & I’ve promised Isla that we will come prepared for a whole day of splashing & sandcastles!

 

11 Months

This month has been a whirlwind of amazing changes & experiences for Isla!

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She’s now a confident little walker, and is starting to give running a go! She’s the busiest baby I’ve ever seen & is constantly exploring. It’s been so lovely to see her style of play advance as she’s getting really into her duplo.

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We went to Hitchin Lavender Fields for these photos & it was an amazing experience. Such a beautiful place to visit & pick up a few bags of lavender while you’re at it! I thought I should actually get in a few photos for once! IMG_0284IMG_0302

Isla took her first trip on a ferry, went abroad to France and visited the beach which was just incredible! She couldn’t have loved it more – and refused to hold my hand after she realised I was holding her back from going for a swim! Our determined little lady kept making a break for it to try & go deeper into the water!

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Still the cheekiest madam, and even starting to say a few more words! She now says Hi, Hiya, Egg, Dog, Mum, Dad/Baba, Nanan (for Nanny!), Grrr (for Grumps!), Up, and puts ‘my’ in front of everything!

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Plans are well underway for her first birthday party & birthday photoshoot too! 🙂 I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Christmas Gift Ideas with SnapFish – Plus 50% Off!

Everyone has gone discount mad for Black Friday and I’ve teamed up with SnapFish to bring you one more! I love giving personal gifts each year so when they asked if I might like to make a photo calendar, I jumped at the chance!

The website is incredibly easy to navigate, upload your photos & edit your design. I designed one 14 x 11″ Classic Wall Calendar for my parents & one smaller Kitchen Calendar for us…

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You can customise everything from the boarders to the fonts and all the colours! I had so much fun playing around that I spent three evenings changing everything around & trying out different options before I finally settled on my choices! You could easily do it very quickly though if you are more decisive that me!

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I also ordered an ornament for the tree with our special photograph that I took for the Christmas Card – so you are getting an early preview of that too!

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The image I used is extremely sharp/high resolution and it’s unfortunately printed onto the ornament slightly out of focus but when it’s hanging up on the tree I’m sure it will look nice. I just wouldn’t recommend using an iPhone snap as it probably wouldn’t be high enough quality to look good.

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You can put multiple photographs onto each page & on the Classic Wall Calendar you can even add them to the boxes to celebrate special family dates too!

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The Kitchen Calendar is slightly less customisable but you can still add text under the picture.

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The four pictures I used below are taken with my iPhone so you can see they still look brilliant! This is actually one of my favourite pages in the calendar – so funny & full of personality! You can import your pictures directly in from Facebook or Flickr if you wanted too.

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Our Christmas portrait looks better than I imagined printed & I can’t wait to see how much Isla has changed this time next year when we are making our calendar for 2017!

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I had so much fun getting creative making my personalised photo calendars & the lovely people at SnapFish have very kindly given me a discount code so you can try it out too! You can get 50% off EVERYTHING until November 30th using their Black Friday code : SALE1115 & 50% off Photo Calendars until December 31st using my code: SFUK411.

Click here to see the last order dates before Christmas!

I had to show my mum the calendar early so I didn’t spoilt it for her when she reads the blog – and she cried when she saw it! It really is beautiful quality & I’m so pleased I chose SnapFish to create it.

What pictures would you use to create yours? Baby’s first year? Holiday photos? I want to see your creations! So tweet me @Poppy_Carter or on show me on my Facebook page!