Be In The Picture 6

At the start of each month, which comes around so quickly these days, I look back on the pictures I’ve taken for the month and each time I am surprised. Since starting to take part in Be In the Picture I make a big effort to ensure there are a few pictures taken of me for BattleKid to have in the future, even if it is in these posts.

We are almost 2 months in Portugal and we’ve all been spending a lot more time together as a family, which was one of our reasons for moving down here. We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather with just a few days where we’ve needed to shelter indoors with the air con on as the temperatures crept beyond 35ºC.

So let’s take a look back at the month. Earlier this month I’ve been trying to keep on top of both blog work and a course I’m doing but I’ve been finding it hard. I have been known to bribe a certain someone with Disney Cars 2 and the odd biscuit so I can get some work done. Bad mum, I know but sometimes it has to be done!

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All that effort was to get some stuff done before I jetted back to the UK for a weekend in London with 2 of my sisters for the Take That concert. It was a great weekend with visits to The Shard, The London Eye, Duck Tours and also the Ice Bar. We also hit Oxford Street for a bit of shopping, as you do!

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Sisters in London
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Outside the Shard
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Ice Bar drinkies
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Boy is it cold in the Ice Bar

After the fab weekend in London, the rest of the following week was all about relaxing and nice dinners as a family.

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BattleDad then had an overnight in London himself for a Guns and Roses concert and as soon as he got back he was packing up for yet another week in Paris to be at the client site. So, going solo, BattleKid and I decided to check out some of the local beaches early one morning while the sun wasn’t too hot. We visited Cacela Vehla but there wasn’t much of a beach. We did however discover a small one at Fabrica and enjoyed a morning on the sand collecting shells.

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Me and my boy at Fabrica
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Nothing like the sand between your toes before 10am

Once BattleDad was back it was haircut time for the boy. While we waited he offered to be a pillow!

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On the last Monday of the month, BattleDad finished his client calls by 5pm, so we decided to go exploring as a little boy had had a nap earlier so there would be no early bedtime. We headed for Manta Rota and discovered a glorious beach. We had a lovely evening on the beach.

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Kicking sand at Manta Rota
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Chasing the boy at Manta Rota

It was such a nice beach that I took my sister and niece, who were visiting, on their last day before they needed to be at the airport for their flight home to Ireland.

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Chilling on Manta Rota beach
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Being buried by the boy

I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying the fact I can wear summer gear! Even with a small bit of rain, I’ve been in t-shirts, summery blouses, shorts, skirts and dresses. I’m so used to it now that putting a pair of jeans on me in London felt so alien. I’m not sure how I’m going to fare in Bluestone in October or even Disneyland Paris in December, which we finally booked!

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Enjoying my summer wardrobe

So there you have it, June was a busy month and as you can see I’ve been making a real effort to get in front of the camera, with and without the boy. If you missed last months Be in the Picture, you can find it here.

Be in the Picture was created by Kerry of All About A Mini Norris and Alana of Baby Holiday in which they encouraged us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up

The Most ‘Instagrammed’ Landmarks in the World

Instagram is one of the most popular social media websites in the world with around 700 million active monthly users as of April 2017. It also has a total of around 40 billion photos uploaded to date, approximately 95 million per day. That’s an incredible number.

Instagram is now the modern day equivalent of the old holiday photo album you and your family used to have, with selfies, travel photos and dog pictures making up the 40 billion photos. If your travel pictures aren’t on Instagram, then did you really go anywhere? In this day and age, the answer for most is “No.”

It is also my favourite social media platform, where I could spend hours looking at beautiful photos. From flat-lays, to family photos, to iconic landmarks, Instagram has it all. While there are some landmarks from around the world that regularly appear in our Instagram feeds, there are some that don’t feature. Does that surprise you?

To find out which landmarks from around the world made in onto the list and even those that didn’t, why not check out this infographic compiled by Richard Pinches** of Meadows Farm Studios! This infographic reveals some of the top ‘instagrammed’ landmarks in the world, from France’s Eiffel Tower amassing around 3.6 million posts to Bulgaria’s Alexander Nevsky cathedral amassing only 7.8K posts. See which landmarks you know and maybe even which one’s you might have uploaded yourself!

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Next time you go on holiday, don’t forget to upload your photos to Instagram because if your photos aren’t on Instagram, then in our eyes you never went away in the first place. 

Cath x

*Collaborative post. However, no remuneration was received for hosting this infographic.

**Richard Pinches has been an active photographer for more than three decades. Having studied at Berkshire College of Art in Reading where he qualified in commercial photography. His college work experience was with ex BCAD Alumnus, Paul Howerd, who really opened his eyes to life as a professional photographer. Richard then set up his own studio – Meadows Farm Studios – in a disused barn on his parent’s farm in 1988. Now almost 30 years later, he’s still going strong.

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Living Arrows 27/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

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Last week we discovered yet another beach near us, Manta Rota, and what a beach it was. Miles of sand, gloriously warm water and all while in the beautiful Portuguese evening sun. We went after BattleDad finished his client calls, modelling our Saltrock t-shirts, and although we didn’t arrive until nearly 6pm, there were still lots of people still there and more arriving.

We had fun on the beach, the boys splashing in the water and I was glad I brought a change of clothes for a certain little person. We loved it so much that we even brought my sister and niece there on the last day of their visit before they were due at the airport and fun was had by all. I think we’ll be there again this week!

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Take Your Pic: Get Better Pictures with Your Phone

As bloggers we are always taking pictures, be it on our phones, on a DSLR or another camera. While we sometimes don’t carry a camera with us, we always have our phones with us. As a blogger, our phones are never far from our hands. It’s an occupational hazard and actually one that annoys me but something I can’t get away from. While you can’t beat a DSLR for great pictures, there are phones out there that can hold their own where picture taking is concerned.

So wouldn’t it be great to get some useful hints and tips to taking great pictures using our phones. Well Aura Frame – a new digital frame that pulls photos right from your phone – have complied a great infographic with just that: tips for getting great pictures using your phone. I employ quite a few of the tips when shooting with any form of camera such as rule of thirds and focusing on the eyes.

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So why not try these tips out next time you are shooting with your phone!

Cath x

*Collaborative post. However, no remuneration was received for hosting this infographic.

27/52 My Sunday Photo: 02/07/2017

So, what do you do when BattleDad has finished work calls on Monday evening, the boy had an hour nap and you’re not quite hungry enough for dinner yet? You hit the beach at 6pm.
We decided to check out the beach at Manta Rota on Monday evening and even though it was 6pm, it was busy busy. There were still lots of people there and many still arriving. Seems going to the beach in the evening isn’t unheard of here in Portugal.
And boy was it beautiful. Miles of sandy beach, warm water and glorious evening sunshine. And I was glad I had brought a spare set of clothes for someone as he thoroughly enjoyed splashing in the waves. So nice was the beach that I brought my sister and niece to it on their last day before they needed to head to the airport.
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