Ever since Burton’s first Christmas, we have made our own Christmas Cards for family and a few select friends and dressed him up in a cute outfit and Jon has photographed him. Then using his mac he has transformed the already gorgeous photo into a festive Christmas card.

Here is the first one we made, Burton was 5 months old

to this the finished card

Last year it was a lot more difficult to take photos of Burton – he wouldn’t sit still or he wouldn’t smile at the right time!! Daddy is a bit of a perfectionist and a good amateur photographer and he was getting very frustrated that he couldn’t take the perfect shot! It didn’t help that Burton was not very well and had some red cheek rash type thing for the top weeks we tried to photograph him in his elf gear!

The first one we made was this one

But although it is lovely you can’t see Burton face on. So in the end Daddy had to do some photo shop amendments and use a smiley face from one shot and add to another body!! and the end result and finished card we used was this one:

This years card will be probably our most challenging so far, with a baby and a toddler to try and photograph together!!!

Watch this space!!

Anyway, it got me thinking about the fact that I am sure many of you dress your little ones up in festive fancy dress outfits – I mean its rude not to really! So I am going to open a linky below where you can add your photos of your Christmas Crackers 

Short Back & Sides Sir?

Many of you have visited my silent sunday post today and seen Burton sitting in the barbers having his hair cut (and thank you for all the lovely comments).

As several of you mentioned, yes he was ever so good and sat in the chair and did exactly as the hairdresser asked him (look down please, look up etc..). His Daddy took him and said he couldn’t believe how well behaved he was which is very good as it is only the second time he has been. Plus as we are potty training him at the moment, he was brilliant and having used the potty at home before he left, he managed to wait to go until he returned home again!! He also enjoyed sweeping the floor after his hair was cut.

Here are all of the photos from his trip to the barbers – he looks so serious bless him 🙂

but he was smiling by the end

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Flashback To The 70’s

I am very much looking forward to the Tots 100 Christmas Party at Butlins in Bognor Regis in December – like very excited!!!wooo hoo!!!

I haven’t been to a Butlins resort since I was 11 when I stayed at the Minehead resort and before that I stayed at Bognor Regis when I was 10 as my grandparents took my brother and I there for a holiday. The next time my step dad goes into the attic my mums house I will get him to get my box of photos down, which I know has some photos of my previous Butlins holidays.

Anyway, thinking about holiday camps reminded me of my first family trip to one. I do not know all the details but I think it was when I was

The Day I Went To Blogcamp

As soon as I found that there was going to be a Blogcamp in Bristol, I knew I had to attend. Afterall, it’s not often blogger events take place down here in the west country – you know, outside of the M25 (ahem!)

As usual I arrived late! Having had to drop Burton off at my Mums on the way I arrived about half an hour into the blogcamp, just as the lovely Christine Mosler started her talk on ethical blogging. She looked just I imagined and like a stalker, I tracked her down during the coffee break and introduced myself and got a hug and a kiss!!

Upon entering blogcamp, I felt like an excited school girl who was about to meet some old school friends. I kept looking around the room trying to see who I recognised from their blogs and/or twitter photos. Straight away I bumped into mum2babyinsomniac who had taken her daughter Iyla and was trying to keep her entertained at the back of the room! I also spotted WouldLikeToBe and Julia both of whom I have met once before. I recognised Purpleella, who true to her name was wearing 7 shades of purple, who was sat at the front and I waved even though she was probably thinking “who is that waving at me?” ! During the breaks that we had for refreshments (mmmm lovely spread) I did meet some lovely ladies : MummyWalker , AdeleUk, Loveinthenest and another lady whose name I didn’t get but she very kindly chatted to me while I fed Jenson and managed to get his puree all over him, me and the floor!

Of course, I wasn’t just there to meet people *ahem* I also attended to learn some useful tips about blogging. Blogcamp treated us to some wonderful speakers although with the exception of Christine I only got to hear the following two people:

Elisabeth Winkler (@ewinkler) – gave us advice on finding the right angle for our blogs and how we can even earn money. I have to be honest, I didn’t get to hear all of the matters she discussed because I was pacing up and down with Jenson!

Phil Szomszor (@theredrocket) – spoke to us about the world of PR and social media. This was the only discussion I actually got to listen to as I managed to get Jenson to nap for half an hour! It was really interesting to hear how PR companies view the blogging world and it really ma me think about the reviews I have done and may well do going forward as a result of his comments. I really wanted to join in with the discussion but with a sleeping baby on my person I didn’t dare for fear of waking him up!

And this is where my day at blogcamp ends as I had to depart before Lee Smallwood spoke due to a very tired boy, who I felt would prevent the other attendees hearing his words on the new Craig Campbell SEO.

I had great time though and met some really wonderful ladies and wish I had met some more, but having a baby does not make for easy social interaction!! Sally and her team laid on a fantastic event and I really hope blogcamp Bristol returns again so I can attend child free next time.

My one tip – I think we should have worn name badges so we could identify each other and make introductions easier and less intrusive.

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