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10 Days of Photo Challenges

It has been a full on ten days since the last time I posted. The morning sickness accompanying this pregnancy is really taking it out of me.

I have been keeping up with my Photo A Day challenge. It has been interesting. I thought having a theme each day would somehow make my photos a little more exciting. I’m realizing that’s not necessarily the case. It can be somehow limiting. And there’s the challenge, isn’t it? How to make the theme interesting! Well, I’m trying, despite feeling constantly sick.

Here are the images from the past ten days:

Day 7 : Favourite ~ my favourite month of the year


Day 8 : My Sky


Day 9 : Daily Routine ~ rolling over to switch off the lamp before sleep


Day 10 : Childhood ~ I used to practice the lift with my brother


Day 11 : Where I Sleep


Day 12: Close Up ~ Peace Lily


Day 13 : In My Bag ~ King Cryolophosaurus is guarding my keys


Day 14 : Something I’m Reading


Day 15 : Happiness ~ watching Despicable Me with the boys who giggle all the way through


Day 16 : Morning ~ rain on flowers


All my photos during the challenge are taken with my iPhone 4S and the instagram application. If you’re an instagrammer like me, you can find me under the username njcardenas.

Have a lovely week!
xx Natalie.

Shoes and Husband.

Just a quick one with my two latest photos for the January Photo A Day challenge.

The first, my summer sandals.

Day 5 : Something I Wore


And second, my lovely husband.

Day 6 : Makes Me Smile


Though I’ve been feeling seriously sick for the past couple of days (you can read more about it here), moments like watching my husband and son walk off into the sunlight together make me feel so good, even just for a few minutes.

Here they are:


x Natalie.

The Beauty Of Teaching My Children To Sleep.

This week I am teaching my 14 month old son to put himself to sleep. It requires that I sit in his room, night after night, first by his cot and then closer and closer to the door until, nine nights later, I’m all the way out.

We used this technique with my older son and it changed our life. So I’m happy to be teaching my youngest baby boy the same. It means, amazingly, we will all eventually be going off to bed happily and sleeping through the night. It’s some sort of miracle technique.

And it’s given me an extra bonus this week! With thanks to my iPhone 4S and the WordPress application I can make good use of the time spent sitting by my son’s cot, blogging! Awesome!

And when I’m not blogging I see a real beauty in watching my baby fall asleep, so peaceful and content. I love seeing that my children are getting the rest they need to grow into spectacular human beings.

Here are my photos for Day 4 of the January Photo A Day challenge. I couldn’t pick just one (because I wasn’t entirely happy with either of them) so here are two!

Day 4 : Letterbox



xx Natalie.

One Adoring Mother

It’s Day 3 of the January Photo A Day Challenge with thanks to Fat Mum Slim!

When I thought about what I wanted to photograph for today’s theme, Something You Adore, I kept coming back to my children. At first I was reluctant to choose them as my subject for fear of being too obvious or cliche… Yet again and again I kept coming back to them. There is nothing in the world I adore more than my two boys (soon to be three. Boy or girl? I don’t know yet but it will be exciting when we find out!).

Yesterday I had a challenging day pregnancy wise. The morning sickness (which actually lasts all day) really kicked in. It was hard to eat, I was exhausted, nauseous – the whole lot. It continued today, not as intense as yesterday, but still enough to get me to question “Why am I doing this again?

Today’s Photo A Day theme helped remind me of the answer. I’m doing this again because I adore my children. There is no greater thing I have found in this world than giving and receiving love. And I have found a constant experience of that in my children.

So that’s why I’m doing this again. Adding to my brood of tiny beings of love.

xx Natalie.

Day 3 : Something I Adore


A New Year, A Fresh Start.

Happy New Year and all that jazz!

I’ve decided to begin 2012 by participating in a Photo A Day Challenge for January. I found this one on Fat Mum Slim and thought it looked fun! I love taking photos (3rd in line after singing and acting) and this will give me the oomph I need into blogging on this here bloggy-blog this year.

I realize too that this blog will be shifting this year. The content will be slightly different. I hope to include more posts about my family and what I’m learning, and also some posts on my music. Yes, folks, get ready for my music in 2012!

Here are my photos from Days 1 & 2 of the January Photo A Day challenge. I am suffering from morning sickness at the moment. You know, the kind that lasts all day? Yeah. That. My photos will reflect that, no doubt.

Day 1 : Me


Day 2 : Breakfast


Have a fabulous 2012!
xx Natalie.