A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, ONCE A WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

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Sienna: My imaginative, theatrical little girl. You are partly telling me off and saying I can not come back into the house, partly concerned about my standing as high up on my tip toes as I possibly can to try and take your photo, and partly warning me about crocodiles lurking in the grass in front of us. You often tell several stories all at once, and your favourite type of play is role play.

Finley: In an effort to encourage you to explore and study nature, I often get to practice being brave about insects with you. However, you already know that although I am highly enthusiastic about the creepy crawlies you find, I’m not fond of touching them. You built this little caterpillar, and his “Mum”, a nice house out of leaves, right underneath our mango tree.

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Christmas Eve really is very near. Like, very, very near indeed. Are you ready? I’m not. I’m behind this year. But I’ll get there. Doing what I can. Trying my best to enjoy one advent day at a time.

xoxo

PS. Make this. It’ll make someone happy.

A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, ONCE A WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

Inspired by The 52 Project

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Sienna: Borrowing/eating/decorating with my lip gloss.

Finley: He called out to me from the garden “Mamma, come quick, take a photo of us!”

The advent calendar tells us we’re halfway to Christmas today, and I must admit I’m not at all ready, and can’t believe the kids will be off school from Thursday. We have a few treats lined up for the next couple of weeks, including ice skating and gingerbread house decorating.

xoxo

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FESTIVE PHOTOSHOOT

Four Dubai bloggers from three different countries, all residents of one awesome city and with a shared passion for stylish interiors and design, came together for a festive collaboration. The result: a brilliantly fun get together, some carefully selected items, a lot of laughter, and a good dose of festive cheer, all put together to share our ideas and inspiration of how to do a stylish Christmas.

Linda (Live Loud Girl), Jacqui (Brooke Eva) Kath (House of Hawkes) and I can’t wait to finally share the photos from our festive collaboration with you. I was honoured to take part and super excited to capture all the incredible details, the awesomely delicious food from Tom&Serg, and of course get to know these brilliantly creative ladies.

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I’m usually somewhat traditional in my Christmas decorating, sticking to red and natural elements, so I absolutely loved being inspired and playing around with a completely different theme altogether; a chic christmas, styled in black, white, gold and a touch of green. I have now officially included all these items on my wish list. Especially those gold deers.

So, because all this festiveness this left me feeling all fuzzy and warm and creative and giving and fun and. You get the picture; feeling all kinds of festive. There’s a free download of my Deer illustration for you to print and enjoy in your own home if you want, as well as my tree design gift tags. All you need to do is click the link, and print! I used heavyweight Epson Matte paper, which works super nicely.

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Happy festive times, friends x

All these beautiful items can be found here: West Elm, D.Tales, The One. And those gorgeous nails? I know. N.Bar are so great.

A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, EVERY WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS

Inspired by The 52 Project.

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Sienna: We had the whole park to ourselves, just her and I. She sat down on a bench and patted the space next to her “Finley can sit here.”

Finley: This is not the kind of photo I imagined id be including in The 52 Project, when I started it, but then I hadn’t quite realised at the time what a comedy genius he is. We don’t set the bar too high for those kinds of things. But, comedy genius. 

I love laughing with my kids. I love watching them laugh. I love when they do something silly and make me laugh. They can be so silly. I love showing them, that it’s ok to be a bit silly, and to laugh at yourself. I love their unfunny jokes that could only ever be funny in a five-year olds mind, because singing about willies and bumbums are hilarious when you are five. Hilarious.

I don’t think there’s anything better.

xoxo

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