Get Your Photos Out!

Is the digital age the end of photos?

Now you may read this and think ‘No I have loads of photos!’.

But where are those photos? I am guessing on the most part you’re a social media sinner like me. I have 100’s of photos, but you will not see many of them around my house. They are trapped in my laptop, on my Facebook, or overflowing in my Photobucket…

It seems many of us these days are lazy snappers, we will whip our phone out and take photos. We will even upload them and share with friends. But gone are the days where we wait impatiently as Boots develop them and we open them up ready to cringe at the embarrassing photos as they are first glanced upon.

Those embarrassing photos, yes they can be deleted quickly, that is not really the problem. It is those gorgeous photos of our little loved ones that get left in phones, get tweeted or liked, but we don’t appreciate them in our own homes.

There are so many ways to display photos these days. You can go online and find people who can print your photos direct to canvas by uploading an image.

My favourite way though, is a good photo frame.

No longer do we have to suffer the plain 6 x 4 mahogany frames that you remember from your childhoods. Instead you can choose from a range of eye catching frames. They will draw your visitor’s eyes, and even yours as you walk around your home. Filling you with that warm feeling when you remember when…

Grandparents especially have lots of photographs about their houses and often have books filled with photographs. This beautiful Grandchild photo frame is something simple, but one that will be adored by any grandparent.

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Our little ones, they grow up so fast. We get so caught up in the day to day activities of being new parents that we can forget to organise our photographs.

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Then a couple of years down the line you rack your brains trying to remember exactly how old your little one was when he first started sucking his thumb or the day he first smiled at you.

These memories are ones you should cherish, because it won’t be long before they are bigger than you. So cherish being a parent, display your bundle of joy with pride in a cute first year photo frame and you will be surprised how much they change in just one year.

Finally something so simple, but stunning at the same time. Perfect for that first baby photograph to take pride of place on the mantel piece, or placed at your desk at work. It is cute, small and simple.

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It is worth it to take the time to print off images from your social media site. There are even booths in super markets now that do the job for you. If you find getting your photos printed difficult there are websites such as Snapfish and Photobox that will do the printing and post them right to your door.

Get your photos out and display them with pride!

 

Bring on the Baby Showers – Games and Gifts!

Once an American tradition, it seems us Brits aren’t far behind and the Baby shower is becoming increasingly popular. It also seems that it is not just an event for the expectant mums of the world, as now dads are starting to take part in the party.

So where do we start? What do we do? And who plans it?

Well we are here to help with some ideas for games and gifts to make your expectant mum’s baby shower something creative and full of giggles.

We get started with the etiquette of baby showers, and who should actually be throwing them for mum to be. Tradition would suggest that anyone but the expectant couple and preferably not a relative to avoid it looking like the family is asking for presents. I would suggest ignoring tradition on this occasion and anyone who wishes to throw mum to be a party should do so… All expectant mums should be spoilt.

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Image courtesy of Alison Jackson for Shloer

Now for the fun part of the planning…..The GAMES!

We are all kids at heart and baby shower games (although a bit tongue in cheek) are all funny and light hearted. Here are a few of my favourites.

Delectable Dirty Nappies

Though completely harmless, this may not be for the squeamish. You need to buy a variety of chocolate, e.g. Mars bars, Galaxy, Flake, Milk way… As many varieties as you like but try to get differing chocolate all will become apparent.

Before the party, you need to melt the chocolates down in the microwave one by one (Be sure not to leave the chocolate in there too long as it will burn quickly). Number some nappies, so if you have six different chocolates you need six nappies. Then smear a chocolate bar in each nappy. As you will probably have guessed by now, the aim of the game is to sniff the ‘dirty’ nappy and guess what chocolate the ‘poo’ is.

Play Doh Babies

The challenge is to set… 5 minutes to sculpt a baby out of play doh…… GO! Mum is judge of this creative game, and you can all have a giggle at each other as you attempt to sculpt a baby. This is a fun light hearted game that everyone can play, even those with a squeamish disposition. Good luck on this challenge.

Bobbing for Nipples

This is a tongue in cheek game that is great fun (and a hit with the dads if they are joining the party). You need a paddling pool and some bottle nipples (teats). The aim of the game is similar to bobbing for apples. You have your hands behind your back and you take turns getting the nipples out with your teeth. This game can be done in a number of ways, either by timing, or competing against another. Either way this one is a giggle that everyone seems to enjoy.

So they are just a few games that you can play, of course they are many more but those are my favourites.

Remember the Gift

You can’t turn up to a party without a little something for mum or baby. I always struggle with this, as you never know what they already have, and you can ask the ‘What do you need?’ question, but then its not a surprise when mum opens her present. So why not step away from the presents they need (I always say that’s what the grandparents enjoy buying anyway)and try something special, something different. A little keepsake, a photo frame maybe? Or a money box for baby?

Whatever you decide, please look at some of the ideas in the Angel Gifts shop. We strive to offer a wide range of beautiful baby gifts.

Have a wonderful shower, hope these ideas have helped!

Celeb Baby News This Week – Zara Philips and Kate Middleton

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Zara Philips is Pregnant

Buckingham palace announced today that Zara Phillips, granddaughter to the Queen, and Mark Tindall, ex England rugby star, are to have their first child together.  This news comes before the imminent arrival of Kate Middleton’s baby, due at some point this month.

Despite it being announced that she is 3 months pregnant she has continued to compete in some risky equestrian events, on Saturday at a competition in Banbury she fell off her horse but was reported to be ‘fine’.

Zara and Mark’s baby will be born 16th in line to the throne, and with their parents sporting background you can expect them to be a superstar in the future.

Baby will make their appearance in the New Year and will be the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Forth great grandchild.

The Prime ministers official spokesperson said that the announcement was ‘quite terrific news’.

Despite the arrival of Baby Tindall, Zara still intends on competing in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 wanting to improve on the silver she received in London 2012.

I am sure we all wish them the best in the future and that Baby Tindall arrives safe and well.  Who knows who will be next in the royal family?

Baby born using new IVF screening technique

A baby has been born in the US using a new method for screening embryos during IVF which could dramatically reduce costs.  It is thought that only 1 out of 3 embryos have a chance of being s

uccessful due to abnormalities during the process.

For most women who go through this process is a gruelling process, and to have to go through it twice or even three times after being unsuccessful can be heart-breaking as well as financially debilitating when all you want is that little someone to love.

Baby Connor in the USA shown below was born after this successful study where doctors picked the embryo that they thought had the best chance.  However it will now take extensive research to prove that this method is successful.  Here’s fingers crossed… 

Kate Middleton pregnant bumpKate Middleton Due date approaches.

It’s any day now, and the reporters are getting edgy, who will get the first snap of Baby Royal.

Photographers have been camped outside the St Mary’s Hospital where Kate will Give birth for a week now, yet she is not due til July 11th.

If Kate were to go into labour early she would be flown to the hospital by helicopter, and it has been seen that the parking bays at the hospital have been taped off with signs stating that they have been reserved for an event until 31st July.

We wish Kate good luck, and await the arrival of Baby Royal, Prince or Princess….