#BIBs2017 Finalist - A Heartfelt Thank You

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Well this is a blog post I certainly didn't think I would be writing. On Monday afternoon and email landed in my inbox. Now I don't get much time during the day as I spend it with Edith so I quickly glanced at it. Suddenly I realised that it was a serious one. I opened it up and there in writing it said "Celebration!" and then went on to tell me that I am a Brit Mums Brilliance In Blogging Award Finalist in the family category. I'm not going to lie, it kind of didn't sink in. I thought to begin oh that's good. And now I feel so thankful, so proud and a little bit nervous. I really can't believe that my blog is up there.

I've been blogging for over 5 years and it started as a fashion blog and a way to express creativity. It filled the void I needed. I had lost my Dad two years previously and having something to focus on was a great thing. It also filled the void for my creativity. I was in the middle of a photography degree at uni. I hated it. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I expected to be creating beautiful images but it just wasn't like that it was full of critique and often quite negative. It drained me, creating blog posts gave me energy again.

My blog has seen me through moving from my family home, living with my then boyfriend (now my husband!). It's seen me through two miscarriages, a healthy pregnancy, the birth of my beautiful daughter, who we longed so much for. It's seen me through the newborn days, planning a wedding, getting married. It's seen me through becoming self employed, hell it's turned into my job. I owe this blog an awful lot. It's kept me sane, it's kept my creativity levels up and it's inspired me to push myself further and create a wonderful life for me and my family. 

This finalist status makes all those late nights, meeting deadlines, going out just to take photographs and even making my husband wait to eat meals, so I could photograph them first, worth it. 

I owe everything to you guys my beautiful readers. Thank you for your support, it honestly means the world to me. 

I also owe my husband and daughter and awful lot, as without them I wouldn't be a finalist in the Family catergory. 

I'm up against some big names, but hey, everyone likes an underdog right? I would love your support on this one too. Do you think you could spare a moment to vote?

Once again a huge thank you. You don't know how happy you've made me.

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I'm Launching A Brand New Set Of Stock Photographs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Well here we have it, a brand new set of stock photos. The last ones went down so well and I really wanted to make it a seasonal thing, so I've launched this new set of summer stock photographs. These ones are different in the sense that there are less flatlays, that's intentional because you can still buy the Springtime Collection which is full of flatlays and more about outdoors, which is perfect for summer.

The stock images launch TODAY. And you can purchase them through my shop. And because I love you guys and because I'm extra nice you can take 10% off them with LAUNCHDAY1 (valid for the next week). That makes them just £3.80.

As before please leave me feedback and let me know what you want to see for Autumn and I'll get planning.

The code also works on my July Phone Photography Course. Which you can find here and read more about my courses here.

ALSO - Can I just say a HUGE thank you to you all. I'm a BIBS 2017 Finalist and I can't quite believe it. If you could head over and vote for me and a few other lovely bloggers that would be so amazing!

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A Trip To: Urban Jungle, Norwich

Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm playing catch up with posts at the minute as we ended half term (two weeks ago now!) with quite a few trips out. Urban Jungle has been one of the places I have spied on Instagram and being the hipster that I am, I knew I had to go. It took a while, I've been eyeing it up for well over a year, but we finally got there. We headed out for an afternoon there with a pit stop for some lunch on the way home. It was such a lovely trip out but boy was it hot. I can totally see why the plants do so well, it was such a sun trap!

Urban Jungle, for those of you not in the know, is a garden centre but oh no it's not just a garden centre. No tacky gifts or toys or things you just don't need, Urban Jungle is full of plants and to make things even better it's full of tropical plants and more importantly. Cacti. Oh yeah. The Instagram lovers dream. Honestly this place in heaven on earth for gorgeous photographs, so much so they have many local fashion photographers shoot there. I can totally see why. The place is stunning.

Of course we weren't just there for the gorgeous photography opportunists, we also wanted to look at the beautiful plants. There are so many. Indoor plants, outdoor, roses and cacti. As well as lemon and olives trees. Surprisingly I came home empty handed but only because most of the plants I loved were ones you would plant in your own garden (rather than having in pots in a rented house). As soon as we own our home we are heading back there and it's going to get expensive haha. 

Honestly I could have come away with it all. My mum picked up a beautiful little plant for her hanging baskets and we just has a wonder round. Edith loved it. She loved the cafe with the bridge. Saying hello to the "bishies". We definitely want to head back again and stop in their cafe as the coffee and cake looked amazing.

It was a day well spent.
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