Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wicked wednesdays

My wicked Wednesday is a bit of a throwback photo. This is Alfie when he was around three years old. I think I just popped upstairs for one minute and came down to find a little boy giving him self a pampering treatment with the sudocrem I forgot to put away. He also managed to cover his baby brother too! All in the space of a minute!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Pre Christmas Giveaway.


Recently I reached 100 followers on Facebook and wanted to say thank you by doing a small giveaway. I appreciate every single follower, and get so excited when someone new likes/follows my page. 

I picked up one of these amazing Christmas themed Yankee candle gift boxes for my first ever giveaway. It contains six sample candles in all my favourite scents and are all tied up with a golden bow.

How to enter

To win these candles, all you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below making sure you leave me a comment telling me what your favourite candle scent is. This competition is for UK entrants only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you again. I am so happy to reach 100 followers on my facebook page.

Gem x

*This competition is not sponsored by Yankee candle. Prize brought with my own money.

Monday, 17 November 2014

30 day photography challenge.

While I was sat researching some home decor ideas on Pinterest I came across this 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I have been made aware of the 365 day challenge, but I'm not sure I will be able to commit to that one just yet. Thirty days is a perfect timeframe for me. Also I am really trying to improve my photography so this is great practise. 
Each day has a subject/theme for you to take a picture of.  I will be posting these pictures each day from  tomorrow on my Instagram (gemmastevensxo). So, for those of you who like a challenge, pick up your cameras and join me. At the end of the 30 days I will group all the photos together in a blog post and I will make sure I add a linky for those you did it too. If you do join me in this challenge make sure you use the hashtag #30dayphotographychallenge when posting on Instagram or twitter.  

Gem x

Sunday diary: Seagull spotting and drawing Penguins


Yesterday we left the house to go for our usual sunday walk through the fields and ended up jumping on a bus into Plymouth. This is quite a regular thing for us to just suddenly decide to change our plans at the very last minute.

On the ferry over we decided what we would like to do. Plymouth is such a large city with so much choice of entertainment. The boys decided they would really like to see the poppies laid on the Plymouth Hoe war memorial. They didn't get to see them on remembrance sunday as it was so busy, so it was nice to show them all the names of those you died and who laid the poppies down for them.

You can't see them in the picture but there was people swimming in the sea, crazy. 

After a lovely walk along the seafront, we headed to our favourite Plymouth hotspot, the aquarium. We come here what feels like every weekend. The aquarium offer a very good deal where you pay for your first visit and then you can visit again for free for one whole year. We really make sure we use this offer as much as we can. 

The main reason for visiting the aquarium today was because the boys really love their arts and crafts room. Every visit they have something different the children can make. This is a brilliant idea to entertain the children and provides a relaxing environment for us parents. It can get a bit stressful with the crowds around the tanks. 

Todays makes were based on Penguins which Tom especially was excited about. They had a choice to make a penguin box, Penguin hanging decorations and Penguin stencils. As you can see from the pictures below we chose to use the penguin stencils to draw them.

The arty afternoon of drawing our little Montys made us quite hungry and when you are at the barbican, you have to get fish and chips. They are definitely the best chips I have ever tasted but of course not the healthiest meals. We can allow ourselves to have a treat now and again. 

Outside the cafe sits these vintage telephone boxes which the boys demanded they had a picture by. This is probably because they saw them in the Harry Potter films.

The below pictures were taken by my eldest son Alfie. He is really following in my passion for photography and he is definitely much better than me. 

Hope you liked this post. How did you spend your sunday?

Gem x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Black and White photo project #3

I took this photo today in Plymouth just as Alfie was telling his brother a secret. I love Toms cheeky face in this photo. I don't know what his brother said but it must have been funny. 

This post is linked with the B&W photograph project over at PODCast. 

gem x


Today we had a lovely time walking around the Plymouth Barbican. This was taken outside the rock pool cafe and I thought the colour of the walls would make a lovely family shot with my youngest.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Our weekend outfits week 1 with link up

Today we are going for a nice dinner with friends and family. I don't think the boys have ever looked so smart. Tom (left) is wearing a blue shirt from H&M with black skinny jeans and hi-tops also from H&M. Alfie (right) is wearing his favourite Mickey Mouse shirt and jeans from Primark. His shoes are from H&M. My entire outfit is from Primark. I had brought this dress for christmas but couldn't resist wearing it now. 

Our Weekend Outfits Link up

How to join in 
It is really easy to get involved with the Weekend Outfits Link up. Just link up a short post, with or without words, featuring a photographs of the outfits you wore at the weekend, or during the week is fine. The outfits can be from anytime, they don't have to be from the day of the post. 
I am going to run this link up every saturday and through to the friday after. If you include a link back to Gemma the family girl I’ll happily share your post for you. Also if you use the #ourweekendoutfits and tag the tweet with @gemma_stevens, I will give you a retweet. 
My favourite outfits of the week will feature in a blog post on Friday. 
Add your posts below and feel free to add my button to the bottom of your posts. I hope you have fun with this link up.

Gem x

Our weekend outfits