The April #photographing happiness theme is STORY.

All photographs tell a story but for some reason, I put extra pressure on myself to decide what story I wanted to tell first, to plan it out. I know now that I should have been photographing the story that presented itself to me, rather than trying to force one.

I didn’t take a whole lot of photos this month but I think the ones I did take, tell my day-to-day life story. We had some adventures with my Mother who visited from overseas, Easter with our daughter, a four-year-old’s birthday party and a few shots I took for my blog.

Has anyone read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*$k” by Mark Manson? He talks about how anxiety is on the rise and links it to social media. He says we compare our ‘average’ lives with everyone else’s highlight reel so we worry that our average life doesn’t stack up. We stress. When instead we should be celebrating our perfectly average lives because we are lucky to have them. I feel lucky when I look at these.

Shot on a Cannon 70D, edited in Picmonkey.

Let Lulu: Serving Up Love & Support

*Not Sponsored* I’ve been a customer of Let Lulu and wanted to write about it. Owner Kate Ritchie generously offered to let me try some meals (which were delicious!) but that did not affect this story or my opinion.

What would it mean to you had a week’s worth of dinners? Imagine what you could do with all that free time? 

  • Deciding what to make.

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This fig paste is so easy to make and absolutely decadent on any cheese platter, on toast or even over vanilla Ice Cream! You can’t screw it up!

Our neighbors have a crazy-ginormous fig tree that spills over onto our side of the fence. This year the yield is out of control. We’ve had to net both sides to keep the fruit bats and possums from feasting all night long.

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Light

This month’s theme is light. Rachel from Sesame Ellis is getting us to look at how and what we photograph before getting into the more technical lessons (past month themes have been perspective and beginnings). This is such a fun and pressure-free way to enter into this year-long photography project.

I’ve started keeping my camera in the kitchen for easy access and it’s a big help when inspiration strikes.

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relax

To maximise enjoyment of items on this list, take part while children are in bed or in front of the television. Go on already, you deserve it.

Many of these suggestions won’t be mind-blowing or original. What I suggest is that by being mindful, attentive to detail and really deliberate about each of these ideas, it will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

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Last week I attended Spotlight’s launch of National Craft Month.

The event was set in a funky, industrial part of town, which I feel naturally lends itself to creativity. There is so much you can do with a shell and raw materials! I mean, check out the pendant light in the photo above.

I digress.

The venue looked completely gorgeous and showcased many products and crafts that you can find in Spotlight stores.

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Sunday I completed a painting I’ve been working on since Christmas. I’ve been absolutely dying to hang it up and it’s been a struggle to find the time to work on it between the pregnancy, visitors and life in general.

It’s finished, hung and I’m happy to have it off my easel in one way yet in another, I’m itching (and a bit nervous) to start the next one.

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a Massage At Home!

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Let’s face it, adulting is tough. Maybe I’m just speaking for me but between parenting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, running a business, exercising, laundry, finding time for the hubs- it leaves me little time for myself.

Now that I’m pregnant with number two I’m absolutely wrecked and finding it daunting just to do the basics. Well, last Thursday I got a special treat. A prenatal massage without even leaving my house.

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Pancakes. Usually something I have once a year on my birthday but lately, my daughter has been bugging me to make them daily.

I usually make a sugar-free version with wholemeal flour but today I went a step further and added a vegetable. Pumpkin. It adds a sweetness and moisture our regular hotcakes have been missing.

This recipe is simple and makes lots so you can stick the leftovers in the fridge and nibble on them for a few days.

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The 12-week rule is mainstream. It’s constantly on social media; parents posting joyful, clever, pregnancy announcements…but only after the first trimester is done and dusted.

Questioning the guideline will lead people to explain that there is a higher risk of miscarriage within the first 12 weeks. This answer always bothers me because it implies miscarriages should be kept secret too. What about women who prefer to have social support through such a difficult time?

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