Life Love and Hiccups

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

It's A Kodak Moment!

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It’s funny how times they change.

Once upon a time I was a stickler for creating memory books for my kids, full of photos and keepsakes and little notes about their progress.

Alright so once upon a time was in actual fact once… a long time ago… for my first child… and then the other two got totally ripped off because I bought myself an iPhone and a dslr and I no longer needed to put film into the shop to get my photos developed and so I just didn’t...  develop any photos that is.

Instead I just kept those photos on my phone or the computer and the closest I ever really get to sort of |kind of | not really at all developing them or creating any memory books was posting those photos to instagram and Facebook.

A little while back I did actually go to the effort of printing off some photos onto that ridiculously expensive photo paper you can get from stationery suppliers and I covered our fridge with beautiful memories of our boys and special people.

Ok so I wasted at least half a pack trying to get sizes and print settings right, but damn it - I love those photos.

They remind me of how lucky I am and they make me smile every time I open the fridge… which is very handy during witching hour when the kids are hangry and being particularly painful, because I can just look at those sweet smiling faces and remember that they are not always quite so turdish.
The problem I find with printing the photos for myself is that not only is the photo paper painfully expensive, the ink it uses up to print the photos burns a massive hole in my wallet too and well let’s be totally honest here… the chances of me getting around to actually printing them much... or at all, is about as likely as me giving up coping cordial.

It’s just not gonna happen!

This Father’s Day I wanted to put some special photos together of the boys for my hubby and my own dad and so when I was asked to try out the KODAK MOMENTS App I was all “hell yes! Perfect timing thanking you very much!”

Ok, so here’s the thing with this KODAK MOMENTS App – there is lots to love about it and how easy it is to use, but the best bit? Well that would have to be the ability to print photos straight from my phone, Facebook, Instagram or Dropbox in a variety of different sizes, have them shipped direct to my door and I don’t need to mortgage my house to pay for them as they are cheap as!

What’s NOT to love about all that?!

My Instagram is full of my most fave photos of the kids and I’m thinking I might get the kids to help me put together an album of our fave family memories for the hubby and frame some prints for their Pop.

The prints come in a whole host of sizes including the Instagram square images, the more traditional sizes and even poster sizes.

You can download the KODAK MOMENTS App on both iOS devices here and Android mobile devices here and it is totally free to download.

If you get cracking now, you can also raid your phone and Instagram for photos to order and have them delivered in time to get the kids creating something special for dad this Father’s Day.

What about you – Are you good with printing off photos?

Do you have photo albums for each child or guilty of doing it for just the first one like me?

Monday, 24 August 2015

Thems Be Rainbows There My Friends...

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Hi you guys.

It's a late night one from me because I'm just sitting here with so much running through this tired old brain of mine and so much I want say.

First of all though, I just wanted to start this post by saying that I am OK and Carl and the boys are all OK too, but life threw our family one hellava curve ball this past week when we found out my beautiful mum is unwell and it has left us all a bit shell shocked to say the least.

Life is cruel like that sometimes isn't it?!

You wake up in the morning full of expectations about how your day will pan out, but by nightfall, everything can change and you go to bed wondering what the hell happened?

No matter how much we think we are in control of our lives, the reality is we aren't. 

That's a hard one to swallow for a control freak like me. 

Not being in control that is.

I pride myself on the fact that generally when it comes to day to day stuff, I am in control. I'm organised and careful and considerate of how each day will run. 

But we can't control everything.

As much as I like to think I am Captain Invincible, the commander at the helm of my family's ship, the MC of my very own freak show, well the reality is that life simply insists on reminding us all every now and then that no one is invincible and as much as we may want to - we cannot always protect ourselves or the ones we love from what life has planned for us.

You can be mad, you can be disappointed, you can be so frigging pissed off you risk combusting with rage... yep you can be all that, but you still can't control everything.

I came upon a card yesterday that someone sent me a while back. It said;  

There are no rainbows without the rain. 

It's true, how can there be rainbows if there is no rain to highlight them?

The rainbows are there. 

They are always there... if you remember to look for them.

Even accidents or illness bring their own rainbows you know? 

Yeah, OK, I know that sounds totally and utterly insane and you could be excused for thinking I have been drinking that whackadoodle kool aid, but stay with me on this... when you or someone you love is unwell, it suddenly puts everything into perspective. 

You look at things differently and you refocus and re prioritise and let go of all the small crappy inconvenient things that you normally allow to weigh you down. 

You become more mindful of your own health and wellbeing and how there are people who count on you to take care of yourself.

Most importantly - you realise that nothing and I mean NOTHING is more precious than spending time with the people you love and telling them that you love them.


Thems be rainbows there my friends.

Please don't ever let life scare you so much that you forget to look for them.

Now go and hug your people and tell them that you love them OK?!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Leather Lusting

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Hello and happy Tuesday lovely people. 

If like me, you are harbouring a bit of a crush on all things leather lately, then I have a treat for you.

I have a whole flipping post dedicated 100% to all things leather.

Let's call it a leather love fest.

A leathery celebration. 

OK so just call it Sonia wasting time on yet another design crush.

What's a little leather lusting between friends huh?

As you will see I have clearly dedicated a little bit of time on the web lately to pinning some of my favourite leather finds. 

Sure I could have and should have been doing other things... like getting a head start on the spring cleaning, sorting out the linen cupboard and weeding the garden. 

Boring stuff.

Stab me in the eye kind of stuff.

Instead, I have been down the Pinterest rabbit hole getting all starry eyed and convincing myself I need a big leather armchair in my life.

Like an 'I will feed the family two minute noodles for a year so that I can afford that leather armchair' kind of need.

Oh the hide of me.

Sorry. VERY lame pun I know.

Just indulge me for today OK?!
Clockwise from top left:
Image source: Styled living room
Image source: Leather Mac case
Image source: Leather bedhead

 Clockwise from top left:
Image source: Leather daybed
Image source: Leather chair
Image source: Leather librarian bag
Image source: Living room

Clockwise from top left:
Image source: Leather biker jacket
Image source: Leather dining chair
Image source: leather cushion

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Are you the owner of a leather armchair?
What are you crushing on at the moment design wise?