Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blink

There comes a point in every writers life that they come to a complete stand still.  A total mental block.  Writers block.

I am stuck.

::blink:: 

And I am unsure how to move forward. 

I think it is a combination of...

::blink::

My train of thought is gone.  What was I saying?

Aside from the usual "life" reasons, {I am tired, I can't concentrate; I have distractions} I think a lot has to do with trolls.

You see, a couple of months back, I received some "hate mail" and even though I "got over it", I think it has stopped me in my tracks.

I have lost my mojo.  What should I write about?  Maybe people don't want to read my dribble.  Is anyone really interested in what I write?

Every time I sit at the computer, I just stare at the screen. 


::blink::

I have lost my heart for it.  Which saddens me.  I need to find it again. 

::blink::



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Friday, April 19, 2013

PosterCandy ~ Turning your Instagram Photos into Wall Art. {Review & Giveaway!}

I joined Instagram 2 years ago.  I wanted an easier way to capture, store and share my photos.  I loved the artistic flair that Instagram gave my photos and was instantly addicted.

You can find me at @fivelittlereasons

2 years on and I am still addicted.  Problem is I kept wanting a way to display my favourites.

I tried making a photo collage in photoshop.  It took aaaages and wasn't perfect.  The costs involved was also a downside.

So I went searching for someone to do it for me and do it to my high standards.

And then I found.....


I am giddy with excitement to tell you all about PosterCandy!!

Using their simple 4 step process, I created my instagram PosterCandy within mintues.




PosterCandy accesses your photos straight from your Instagram account.  So simple. 


There is 5 sizes to choose from and you can display as little as 12 photos - right up to 176 photos on one poster!  And the quality is next to none!

I am totally impressed.


PosterCandy start from $19.95 and the sizes are designed to fit cheap ikea frames.  Brilliant.

The team at PosterCandy were so friendly and the printing and postage was very quick!

Check out these gorgeous PosterCandy's!




PosterCandy would look perfect in any home.  I am creating one for each of the Five Little Reasons with their baby photos.  I am also creating a large poster of all the photos I have of the Five together for my mum - perfect for Mothers Day!

Find PosterCandy on FACEBOOK where you can get more ideas!  My favourite was a Movember inspired poster that a customer made.  30 days, 30 photos!

They are also on Instagram - @postercandy

I would love you to show them some love!


My PosterCandy creations!
My 50 x 50 PosterCandy.

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I am very excited to tell you that I have one 50x50 PosterCandy to GIVEAWAY!



To Enter:

To enter, check out PosterCandy and comment on this page with your favourite size PosterCandy and what you would showcase on your Candy and why. Entries close midnight Friday 26th April 2013 AEST, and winner will be announced (based on most interesting comment) on Sunday 28th April 2012 here on FiveLittleReasons.

Terms and Conditions:

1. One entry per person allowed.
2. To enter, simply check out PosterCandy comment on this page with your favourite size PosterCandy and what you would showcase on your Candy and why.
3. Include your email address or a link to your website where I can comment or find your email address.
4. This competition is open to Australian and New Zealand entrants.
5. This competition is hosted by Danielle via the FiveLittleReasons blog at fivelittlereasons.com.
6. The prize consists of an PosterCandy 50cmx50cm print from PosterCandy, RRP AUD$29.95.  Postage included.  Total prize value $39.90.
7. Competition opens 9:00pm Friday 19th April 2013  and closes 11:59pm Friday 26th April 2013 AEST.
8. This competition is a game of skill and the winner will be based on the most interesting comment as judged by the FiveLittleReasons team, and notified by email and via a post on FiveLittleReasons on Sunday 28th April 2013.
9.  Winner will be given a unique code to use at the checkout after creating their own PosterCandy and will be valid until 6th May 2013.




Please Note that this competition is closed and the winner is:




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 As another awesome treat...

PosterCandy have been so generous and are giving Five Little Reasons Readers a Buy one Get One FREE offer on 30x40 and 40x50 posters!


The BOGOF code is:  fivelittlereasonsADGF (case sensitive)

Terms:
  • BOGOF is for PosterCandy sizes 30x40 and 40x50. 
  • The free element of the BOGOF would be the smaller ‘Candy
  • Postage is not included
  • For Australian & New Zealand residents only
  • The BOGOF is not limited to the same design.  Either create 2 different designs or print the same design twice.
  • Must be used in 1 transaction
  • Not redeemable for cash
  • Code is valid until 5pm AEST 30th April 2013
  • Head to PosterCandy on Facebook and show them some love. 



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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Open Roads, Farms and the Sea.

The Mamavan has been getting a work out this holidays.  We live in such a wonderful part of the world, with so much to explore.  And of course, we love to explore!

There is something about an open road.  Even though I get car sick, I will never tire of packing up the car and just driving.


We arrived at Maleny Dairy Farm and put on our gumboots.  The Reasons were a little hesitate, but after reassurance from Brett, we started walking up the long driveway.


So much to explore.




The Dairy Farm was having an open day so there was loads of fun for all!


These two are like an old married couple.  Oliver helping Camille through the long, dense grass.
The highlight was finding a very fresh calf.  Oh my.



The memory of this photo will stay with me forever. 
Oliver was having a long winded conversation with Brett as to why it would be a great idea to find a new home for Bones (our dog) so that we can take the calf home. 
"Wouldn't that be a great idea Daddy!?" 


This boy is blowing my mind with how grown up he is becoming.  I am starting to see a young man emerge.  Happy to sit and think.  Happy to be by himself.  Happy to wonder.  Happy. 


We then headed into Caloundra for a fish and chip dinner by the sea.  After dinner had been scoffed and the Reasons were long gone, playing on the playground, Brett and I sat watching a cruise ship pass by.  The start of someones dream holiday. 

It was a perfect moment in time.  Perfect.  I mentioned to Brett that this particular spot was my happy place.  A place that we have visited only a few times, but a spot that was somewhere that made me truly happy. 


 

 


With the Reasons falling asleep while watching The Lorax, we drove the 2 hours home in a comfortable silence. 



Yet another Five Little Reasons Adventure success. 







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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spending Time

One thing we are really good at, is spending time together.  I mean really spending time together.   Laughing with each other.  Telling stories.  Playing.  Just being.

It is a very important part of our family life. 

Getting out into the world and exploring our wild selves is what our family life is all about. 

Just being with eachother.

And this weekend was no different.

We packed he Mamavan with drinkbottles, snacks, and the Reasons and with a loose plan in hand we drove. 


It had been a while since we went up the mountain.  A place we have always loved. 

We pulled up at Hangliders Lookout and like wild animals just set free the Reasons ran off into the grass. 



Don't be fooled - the hill is quiet steep.  It took Camille a little while to get her balance and while the big four danced about, she kept telling them to "be careful". 



I continually marvel at the little people we are blessed to be sharing our lives with.  Watching their souls blossom.  Watching them bloom into people we are proud of.




Watching their individuality grow.





 Watching them interact with one another.


Remember this flying baby?

2 years ago.  To. The. Day. 

She is no longer the flying baby, but a beautiful little girl.






 As we watched the wall of rain come towards us, I felt peace again.   I finally felt the wall become a mist of rain.  No longer hard and high, but transparent, unclouded and soft.

I am starting to feel like myself again.  And it is good.



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