Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Pink House - Reclaimed Wood coffee table DIY by Amy

As I mentioned in my kitchen post, we've been trying to reuse and recycle materials wherever possible.  Please excuse the rubbish photos in this post but I think they give a nice overview of the process. 

Here is the wood as it was before:


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bexphoto Family Photography - Launching Soon!

If you read this blog you know I love photos!  I always include photos in my posts and like it or not I usually share plenty.  Although I'm trying to be more selective here these days, I still love to share lots of my own photos and I started up a new photography website to feature more of them.  I've had a photography website for years but it used to be a place to sell my landscape and nature prints and showcase a few of my galleries before I started taking photos of people.  I always used to say "I don't do people." but that all changed when I had kids of course!  Nowadays Bexphoto.com is more of a photography blog but I plan to sort it out a bit while I think about investing in another proper site.


Since my photography for this blog has evolved and improved, I have also started doing more product and event photography with my recent festival reviews being a good example.  This led to my first client, Into Mills, who wanted photos of her home wares for her new website and I also had my first sale of some of my event photos to Tick Boom Photography for use in her own promotional materials.



This boosted my confidence in thinking maybe I could do this professionally.  People have often asked me if I would start doing photo shoots as I take so many photos of our own family but I always said no as I worried that making one of my major hobbies "work" might take some of the enjoyment away and the thought of it made me very nervous.  But recently I've been thinking about it more and more and, well, I finally decided to take the plunge and ask my friends if anyone wanted to book in a reduced rate session.  Luckily they did!  I already have 3 family shoots booked in and last night confirmed another booking for the first client I don't know who happened upon my photos via Facebook!  In the meantime, I've completed a newborn session and more recently, my first family session.


I absolutely loved doing a newborn shoot with my beautiful friend Laura and her gorgeous new baby, Zachary.  I'm really excited to go back this week for their full family session!


And this weekend I had a mini family session in the woods with the awesome Gemma and her gorgeous family!  Doesn't she just look like a model with her hair swooshing as she strolls through the woods, baby on hip or in hand.  Beautiful!

I can't wait to see where this new endeavour takes me!  I think it's going to be a lot of fun!  I'd love to know what you think of my client sessions so far?  Is a lifestyle family session something you've had done or fancy trying?  We absolutely love the ones we have done as a family every year with Laura.

You can follow my photography business on the Bexphoto Instagram and Facebook page and check out the photography blog over at Bexphoto.  And of course, if you're interested in booking me, please send me an email!

Friday, 15 September 2017

England's Medival Festival - review

I would have never thought of going to a Medieval Festival as we're not really into battle re-enactments, etc.  Or so I thought!  We were invited along to review England's Medieval Festival and had an amazing time.  There's so much more going on than you might expect and it was perfect for a weekend with kids, the twins loved it and so did we!


There were literally dozen of things we could do with plenty of entertainment for little ones.  (I warn you now, I took photos of everything!)  We actually really enjoyed the twice daily parades and battle re-enactments at the castle with big bangs and arrows flying.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Buxted Playpark - review

We've got a lot of great parks around us here in Uckfield and we often visit various ones but there are some I've never been to.  I thought I'd review our favourites and start exploring some new ones too. I've already written about Luxford Park when I reviewed Holly's Outside the Box clothing range (the kids loved it and it made a great backdrop), but one of the handiest for us is Buxted play park.  Right next to the doctor's surgery, it's very handy if you also need to pick up a prescription (although swings come first).


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Bright prints for the twins' bedroom gallery wall

This post contains affiliate links.  

You may remember the gallery wall I made above the twins' cots in their nursery.  I filled lots of white frames with various brightly coloured prints as well as a few of my maternity photos.

Photo by Laura Aziz {baby, picture this}

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Into The Trees Festival - Event review

After having an amazing time at Elderflower Fields, our first family festival back in May, we were thrilled to be invited along to their sister event, Into The Trees, and it didn't disappoint.  A smaller festival without camping, Into The Trees is focused on kids enjoying nature and the amazing location of Ashdown Forest.  The event in September is two days of fun at the same venue, Pippingford Park, arranged on a smaller scale and with even more focus on being in the woods and getting back to nature.  A family ticket for both days was just £22 and under 5s went free, such a bargain with so many free activities included.


Friday, 8 September 2017

My House in August - Instagram challenge

In August I took part in an Instagram challenge and I wanted to share my entries here as I really enjoyed it and I'm now doing September's version too.  It's a daily hashtag challenge in the same vein as Style Me September by Hilary which I did way back when.  This one isn't about fashion though, it's about home style.  #MyHouseInAugust had daily prompts of ideas to share and combined it with a giveaway too!


Hosted by A Little House in London and On a Wing and a Chair, the prompts can be interpreted however you like.  They gave away a neon light in August and September's prize is a stunning blanket which I'd love to win.  Here's August's list and the rest of my entries last month...

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Local Roasts - Ringles Cross Pub - Sunday Lunch Review

I've been thinking about starting a Sunday Roast review series for a while.  It's a topic I often see come up on our local Facebook group page and I find it interesting hearing people's opinions on where the best local roast can be found.  It's definitely a subjective thing so I thought a detailed series of reviews with photos and our opinions could be useful for locals (and visitors) looking for a place to spend a lazy Sunday lunchtime enjoying a good roast.  We've already sampled a few local Sunday Roasts which have been recommended to us and found varied options so depending on what you're after, there's bound to be one you'd enjoy.  

The first to feature in my new series is Ringles Cross pub who invited us to review their Sunday Roast for a feature in my Uckfield News column as they are listed in the Uckfield Directory.


Monday, 28 August 2017

Book reviews by Amy

I know, I know, I promised more house updates but you know when you’re just itching to talk about something? Well, as is often the case with me, it’s a book. Specifically it’s The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North. 

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Jousting at England's Medieval Festival

We're having an amazing time at England's Medieval Festival although I have to admit that wasn't my  best night's sleep in the tent 😉⛺️

Anyway I only have phone photos to share so far and you may have seen some on Instagram but I wanted to share this video here as I had trouble uploading to Instagram.


It was so exhilarating to watch, I had actual goosebumps when they came cantering into the arena!

I'll be sharing photos soon once we're back home in the land of wifi and my laptop!

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