The Weekend Photo Project: April

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seriously, i think you need to sack me from coordinating #twpp…

I have now fallen so seriously behind in The Weekend Photo Project.  It’s a good thing there are some school holidays coming up so that I can play serious catch-up!

A big thank you to the guys over at Flickr – Mark Marshall, Matt Broad and Steve Cansfield - for keeping the ball rolling in my absence.

you guys rock!

If you’ve been considering joining in with The Weekend Photo Project, here are some of the places you can share your photos:

Blog: If you have a blog, post your photo there.
Flickr: Add your photo to your Flickr photostream. Create a set dedicated to The Weekend Photo Project and add it to The Weekend Photo Project group.  Don’t forget to tag it with #twpp.
Instagram: take your photo, pretty it up! Caption and hashtag #twpp.  Share.
Twitter:  You can share on Twitter by uploading your photo and adding #twpp.
Tumblr: Add your photo to your Tumblr feed.
Facebook:  You’ve a few options here.  Simply share with your friends on your own personal page, or you can upload it to my biz page.  Add the hashtag #twpp when you upload so that we can see who else is playing along (now that FB does hashtags!)
Pinterest: Add your photo to The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board.  You’ll need an invite to do this, so simply follow the board and I’ll send you one asap.

Wherever you share though, please use the #twpp hashtag so that anyone can search your photos.

Want to check out other people’s photos?

Please do!  Leave a comment, a smiley, a link – whatever!  Again, the more people we can get involved, the better.  Let’s build a community of busy people who love photography.  Share your love!!

I’ve missed a weekend…

No problems. We’re all busy folk and sometimes our weekends get away from us before we know it. Just keep an eye out for the next weekends prompt (live each Friday at 2 p.m. on the blog – hint, hint… subscribe so you don’t miss them) and start planning your photo for that weekend.  We all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of your lens.

The links:

The Weekend Photo Project on Flickr 

The Weekend Photo Project board on Pinterest

my business Facebook page

The Weekend Photo Project on the blog

And please share this project with your friends.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, leave me a comment on the blog, Facebook or email me.

now go have some no-pressure fun with your photography again

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Taking Stock #004

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2015 started off strong, filled with family that I love and a resolution to take things a little slower

Life, in her gloriously magical and mystical ways, has forced me to do so – even though I fight her tooth and nail, because I’m so damn stubborn…

So Taking Stock #004 finds me waiting on results from blood tests, with fingers crossed that the doctors are wrong and that Life will cut me a break, because I really am a good girl.

Making: time to rest
Cooking: easy meals from The Tired & Hungry Cook’s Companion
Drinking: 2 litres of water a day + lots of ginger tea
Reading: the last book in the Maze Runner series – The Death Cure
Wanting: whatever is making my joints ache to not be arthritis
Looking: forward
Playing: around with paper
Deciding: on whether to update the online shop with new stock
Wishing: the weather stays warm just a little longer
Enjoying: the company of friends
Waiting: for holidays and sleep-ins
Liking: my Monday’s and Friday’s at home – time to catch up on all things domestic
Wondering: if Daughter will be getting her wisdom teeth out these holidays
Loving: the cooler nights and warmer days
Pondering: life
Considering: ….
WatchingWalking Dead, Orphan Black, Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy
Hoping: that it isn’t arthritis
Marvelling: ….
Needing: to tidy up my work space
Smelling: a dog that needs a wash!
Wearing: my Birkenstock Gizeh’s – so comfortable
Following: the path Life has laid down for me
Noticing: just how much my Boy Child has grown – seems like I’m buying him new clothes every other month because he’s outgrown them
Knowing: that nothing is life is to be taken for granted
Thinking: that there is always lots to do and never enough time to do it
Feeling: tired alot
Admiring: the changing colour of the leaves
Sorting: washing… always with the washing
Buying: a Street Swag for my birthday present – I’ve got everything I could ever want, so I’m giving to others instead
Getting: groceries for dinner tonight
Bookmarking: lots of crafts and diy’s for ideas of what to make
Disliking: bad news
Opening: mail
Giggling: at a baby elephant having a bath
Snacking: on crystallized ginger and unsalted macadamia nuts
Coveting: a new lens for the camera…
Wishing: for a day or two at the beach…. by myself
Helping: kids with assessment tasks
Hearing: the sound of a saxaphone being practised

photo credit: bed via photopin (license)

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Why I Won’t Vaccinate My Children

Let me preface this post with this statement:  this post is based on my personal opinion and experience.  I am in no way advocating pro- or anti-vaccination, and respect the choices that parents make when it comes time to vaccinate their children.

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This is a post that has been weighing on my mind over the last couple of weeks.

It won’t be a post full of statistics.  It won’t be a post that says you should, or you shouldn’t, immunise your children.  It will simply be a post expressing why I have chosen to not continue with vaccinations for my children.

My hope is that it will encourage others to make an informed choice on whether or not to vaccinate their children, based on reputable and evidence-based research.

My story is as follows…

my children have been vaccinated up to their 4 years immunisations

I vaccinated my children in their infancy because I believed it was the right thing to do.  It was what was expected of a responsible parent – to protect your child from childhood diseases – and to protect those in the community who were at risk from those diseases.

The visits to the doctor for those needles were ones that I dreaded.  My kids would scream (whose didn’t…!?) and I would feel terrible because I was causing them pain in that present moment.  But we still went through with it, because it was the right thing to do.

They had no major adverse effects.  Lumps and bumps at the site of the injection, the odd raised temperature and irritability, but otherwise immunisations passed without event.

then at 33 year of age I got chickenpox

Husband was away at a 2-day course for Uni.  I thought I had a sty on my eyelid, but by the time 48 hours had passed and I was picking up Husband from the bus, I knew I had chickenpox.  After the original pox on my eyelid, they started in my hair, and after 2 weeks had finally finished their pustule-advance at my feet.  I had chickenpox where ladies shouldn’t ever get chickenpox, and I still thank my Husband for his attentive administration of paracetemol and Phenergan that kept me comfortable, and sedated, until the worst of it had passed.

i passed the chickenpox on to my children – they were aged 6 and 2 at the time

Both of them had Husband and I had chosen not to have them vaccinated for chickenpox, as we believed the risks involved in contracting this particular disease were minimal.  Both of them had a mild dose and they pulled through with a minimum of fuss, and we felt confident in our decision to not vaccinate them.

fast forward to Daughter aged 12

She got sick.  Really sick.  It was a scary time for us.  But it was the initial diagnosis of mumps that set me on my journey of evidence-based research about vaccinations.

I questioned how it was that my Daughter – who was fully vaccinated – was able to contract mumps and get so very, very sick?

All of the literature I’d read when I’d had my babies vaccinated had led me to believe that vaccinations were the cure-all for these diseases.

It was around this time too, that she was offered the Gardasil vaccine.

Now this one scared me.  It was new.  There were news reports of serious side-effects and deaths among girls who had received it.  I followed up my concern with a lot of reading of studies and reports that helped me to make the choice not to vaccinate Daughter with this one.

Her immune system was already compromised with what we later came to call ‘Patrick’ – a virus similar to glandular fever, but one for which there is no test (and interestingly no vaccine…) – so not having her immunised at this point in her life was a no-brainer for us. Why put her system through an addition stress when it was already stressed enough?

Which made me start thinking about when they were babies, and the stresses that having their developing bodies injected with vaccines had put them through.

With the Little Man being in Year 7 this year, he is being offered several vaccinations.  And interestingly, Daughter is being offered the MMR vaccine this year – her final year at school.

neither of my children will receive an immunisation this year

I’m still not convinced – from the readings and research that I have done – that Gardasil is safe for boys or girls.

And I’m curious why the MMR vaccines aren’t on the  New South Wales vaccination schedule.

I’m not going to go into the statistics on vaccinations.  With some careful research, you can learn all about the pros, cons, safety and side-effects yourself.

I am going to say though, that both of my children are healthy.

We are firm believers that your body’s natural state of health is good health, and with a good diet, enough sunshine and exercise, good sanitation and methods of dealing with the stresses of life, you can keep yourself in good health.  If you are in good health, then you’re going to be less likely to get the diseases that children are routinely vaccinated for.

i know that this is a simplified and idealized way of putting it and many would shake their heads at me at this point

Only time will tell if our decisions were the right ones.  The fact that my children are in robust health, while children in our community – who are only recently vaccinated against – are contracting these diseases, reinforces my belief that I am doing the right thing.

Immunisations are something that we’ve spoken openly about with the kids – letting them know why we’ve made the choices we have.  Daughter was the only one in her cohort who didn’t receive them, and I have a feeling that the Little Man will also be.  We share the research with them.  We explain why good health is so important.  And we know that if our circumstances change, then we will have to re-assess our situation.

Until then, my children will not receive vaccinations.

As I stated at the beginning of this post, this is simply my story and I am in no way advocating for or against you immunising your own children.

Each of our kids is special and precious and unique – and as a parent, we do what we believe is best for them.

I would love to hear the stories of others though – whatever the reason, choice or outcome.

please share your story here – and be assured that it will be read with compassion and acceptance

Much love, Txo

Photo credit: Foter / Public Domain Mark 1.0

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The Weekend Photo Project: March

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Despite every good intention of taking a photo every weekend (or week!) for The Weekend Photo Project, it simply hasn’t happened, and now I’m going to have to do a major catch-up….

I originally started The Weekend Photo Project as a way to encourage myself to take photos weekly.  Being a busy working Mum to 2 kids sometimes meant that I wasn’t picking up my camera for weeks at a stretch.

good in theory, but I really just need to stop and make the time for photography

So I start my catch up session now.  Each afternoon, regardless of how much I have left to do for the day, I am going to take 10 minutes to be mindful and make beautiful photos.

If you’re a little bit like me, with lots happening and never enough moments in the day to do what makes your heart sing, I’d love it if you would join in The Weekend Photo Project with me.

I’ve met some wonderful people along the way as a result of this project, and even though we’re a very small group, we really do look out for one another – we’re more like a family really.

Here are some of the places you can share:

Blog: If you have a blog, post your photo there.
Flickr: Add your photo to your Flickr photostream. Create a set dedicated to The Weekend Photo Project and add it to The Weekend Photo Project group.  Don’t forget to tag it with #twpp.
Instagram: take your photo… pretty it up! Caption and hashtag #twpp.  Share.
Twitter:  You can share on Twitter by uploading your photo and adding #twpp.
Tumblr: Add your photo to your Tumblr feed.
Facebook:  You’ve a few options here.  Simply share with your friends on your own personal page, or you can upload it to my biz page.  Add the hashtag #twpp when you upload so that we can see who else is playing along (now that FB does hashtags!)
Pinterest: Add your photo to The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board.  You’ll need an invite to do this, so simple follow the board and I’ll send you one asap.

Wherever you share though, please use the #twpp hashtag so that anyone can search your photos.

Want to check out other people’s photos?

Please do!  Leave a comment, a smiley, a link – whatever!  Again, the more people we can get involved, the better.  Let’s build a community of busy people who love photography.  Share your love!!

I’ve missed a weekend…

No problems. We’re all busy folk and sometimes our weekends get away from us before we know it. Just keep an eye out for the next weekends prompt (live each Friday at 2 p.m. on the blog – hint, hint… subscribe so you don’t miss them) and start planning your photo for that weekend.  We all understand that sometimes life gets in the way of your lens.

The links:

The Weekend Photo Project on Flickr 

The Weekend Photo Project board on Pinterest

my business Facebook page

The Weekend Photo Project on the blog

And please share this project with your friends.

If you have any further questions or suggestions, leave me a comment on the blog, Facebook or email me.

Now go have some no-pressure fun with your photography again.

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{beautiful to me} Manuela Adreani

while browsing through our local bookshop the other day, Daughter and I found came across this copy of Alice in Wonderland.

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The cover illustrations spoke to us, and after a flick through it, we decided to have a further look at the illustrative works of Manuela Adreani.

A resident of Turin, Manuela began her career as a graphic designer before moving into the world of freelance illustration.  Her work has a simple whimsy to it, while her colours are muted and textured, which (I personally think) lends well to the genre of fairytales.

We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her works whilst we browse other book shops!

my cat & I

my cat & I

dragonflies

dragonflies

my dog

my dog

star white kids

star white kids

You’ll find Manuela Adreani’s blog here, her Instagram profile here and her Pinterest profile here.

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The Weekend Photo Project: February

The Weekend Photo Project: Februaryt promts

how did you manage with the January prompts?

I’ll admit that I got off to a shocking start… it was the 22nd of January before I finally got my arse in gear and got some of my photos on to Flickr.

I know that last month I said I would get all of my #twpp photos on to Instagram as well.  Not sure that’s going to happen now.  Instead I’m going to post my Weekend Photo Project photos to Flickr and play along with Fat Mum Slim (and the thousands of others) with the Photo A Day challenge.

Anyways, February’s prompts are a mix of technical and fun again.  Trying to keep it light and simple this year also.

i wonder what wonders we’ll all find this month?

Want to join in and share your Weekend Photo Project photos?  Here’s where you can -

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

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