Sunday, 27 September 2015
You know the one thing that sucks about being a photographer? I am never in any of the photos. Recently Dave and I were going through our summer photos and realized that I wasn't in any of them! I mean, I was obviously there, but when Iris looks back on these pictures when she's older, she will see none of me. Oh man, how sad right?!
I feel like most mums (or whoever is the main photographer in your family) fall into this invisible role. Especially once you have kids! You go from taking selfies all the time to taking photos of your kid and your loved ones with your kid, you completely forget to document yourself in any photographic way. I want to change that. Dave has been trying recently to get more photos of me, especially with Iris, and I think I want to go back to taking some self portraits more often. I want to be visible in my family photo albums!
Over the next few weeks I'm going to bust out my tripod and get some good self-portraits and maybe ask Dave to spend a few minutes getting some pictures of Iris and I together. In 2016 I'm gonna be all up in those family albums!
Friday, 25 September 2015
As I've mentioned before, I recently started doing daycare from home to make a few extra bucks. If you would have asked me a year ago if I pictured myself doing home daycare I would have said "No, definitely not!". Having worked in a few daycares myself I found it to be kinda boring and rather repetitive. I remember once being told after playing "monster chase" with a group of excited preschoolers that I wasn't to join in on their play, but that I was just there to supervise (BORING) or at another daycare we had to sit everyday in a dark room for an hour while the kids slept, doing nothing (BORING!). Not exactly what I pictured myself doing for the next few years. What did I picture myself doing? Not working, pursuing photography/ my creative hobbies, all while staying home with Iris. Ha! As thrifty as we are, it's hard to live off just one full paycheck. Do-able, but not worth all the sacrifices we'd have to make in order to make it do-able.
Anyway after many conversations I decided to re-think the daycare thing. I already had a friend and her sister who would be interested in putting their kids with me if I decided to do it, and (bonus!) they were only looking at care for 3 days a week. And doing daycare in my own home, where I was the boss actually started to sound quite appealing. I could plan all the activities/environments myself and when the kids slept I was free to get dinner ready or sit and read a book, yay!
I know staying at home with kids all day isn't everyones cup of tea, but for me in this period of my life I feel so lucky to be able to do it! I'm looking forward to sharing more about this later :)
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
I know! You're thinking VEGAN nacho dip?! Not possible. You may even think what's the point of nachos without cheese. I too was very skeptical. My neighbour recently lent me one of her cookbooks called "Oh She Glows" which I'm sure many many people have already heard about. This one happens to be all vegan food. I had flipped through it and was intrigued by this dip. But then I looked at the recipe and was a little weirded out by phrases like "soak your cashews for 2 hours and then puree" or "nutritional yeast will add a cheesy flavour!" whaaaaaat?!
Well I decided to stop being a wuss and try it out. I mean, it looked amazing in the book. So I soaked my cashews and picked up some nutritional yeast and you know what? This dip is amazing. And nutritional yeast totally adds a cheesy flavour! Go figure!
Also, this was Iris approved, score! I think she was really just into the dipping part of the meal but she seemed to enjoy it :)
I highly recommend trying this one out sometime, even if you're not vegan (I'm for sure not!).
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Haven't done one of these in a while! Here are some of the neat things I've found while thrifting from the past few weeks :)
Also pictured, a cozy grey pullover, a thick vinyl tablecloth for my craft room, and a small glass jug for Iris to practice pouring her own water with.