As you may know I have a love affair with chalkboard and have quite the stash of chalkboard contact paper. But you may also know that DIY chalkboard paint has been popular for a minute, and I have finally made my own! Because finding unsanded grout in France is next to impossible (how does one even translate that?), I used calcium carbonate to make mine, and for an extra twist I made a chalkboard canvas!
This formula worked extremely well, producing a very smooth and creamy paint. I am pretty hyped that now I can mix up my own chalkboard paint in every colour of the rainbow!
I'm not a fan of posed photos. I try to avoid them as much as possible! What I want to capture is real life, as it happens. When Kieran is engrossed in doing something, I don't want him to stop to give me a cheesy grin, I want to capture the real smile or other expression on his face. Here's how I do that.
Catch him in action
This requires preparedness. Make sure you have your camera handy, and set to sports mode or a fast shutter speed. Now wait until your child is engaged in a fast moving or fun activity. You will need to take several photos, but I guarantee you will end up with some pricelss shots.
Like this one:
or this one:
Start a conversation
On the rare occasions that I take a posed photo, this is what I get.
Look familiar? That is the fakest smile ever!
To avoid the "this is my cheesy camera smile" phenomenon, I start engaging him in conversation. It could be about the activity we're currently doing, or just any topic I know he will enjoy. As we chat, I keep snapping. Invariably I end up with a perfect natural smile.
This was the scenario when I took Back-to-School photos last week.
First some monkeying around:
Then as we chatted about the fist day of school and other things he relaxed and I got this prize
Play a game
If all else fails, there's always peekaboo! At five Kieran will still laugh uproriously at this game, as evidenced by this little photo session next to a tree.
Just say no to posed photos! Help your friends do the same by pinning the image below.
Do you have any tips for getting gorgeous candid photos of your kids?
Ahhhhh. Yes. In my mind I am still in Barbados, lounging on the beach, eating my favourite foods, and feeling totally relaxed. The reality however, is that I am back at home, and gearing back up to attack work and regular life. Here are some articles that are helping me get back in the groove.
It took a while for me to realise that I am highly sensitive in some areas. I can't handle too much loud noise, I don't like for my hands to be dirty (ick!), and even though I love you, I really can't be hugging you all the time. Lots of bells went off when I read 15 Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent over at Sorta Crunchy. Self-care as a parent is so important, it's equivalent to the "put your oxygen mask on" first scenario when flying.
While traveling this summer, I left my A5 Filofax at home, because I really didn't need to use a planner every day. After all, I was on vacation. But I knew I needed to have a notebook to keep track of stuff, make notes, and stay on top of the few tasks I would still need to do. I decided to try out bullet journaling for the five weeks I'd be away.
It was the perfect system to keep me on track, since it is a simple list style of to-do lists and other notes. I used a midori style set-up that I made myself with two small notebooks and a leather cover.
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