Mamatography 2014: Sign Up Now!

As regular readers will know, I’ve fallen off my own wagon this year, and just not been able to keep up with a photo every day. So, for those like me, we’re changing things up a bit for 2014.

You will be able to participate in one of three ways:

  • Photo a Day
  • Pick of the Week
  • Best of the Week

You do not have to decide in advance how you plan on participating, you can decide on the day you post the pictures on your blog. You can write about your picture, or just have a heading, or go totally wordless too. This means you can adapt it to run alongside other picture-a-day or wordless/wordfull Wednesday posts too, if you wish.

Here are examples for the options above:

  • Photo a Day

Pic a day

  • Pick of the Week


  • Best of the WeekCapture

However you choose to do it, the idea of Mamatography is to have a way to remember the every day, the mundane, the beautiful. If you only did laundry today, take a picture of that. If you did batch cooking, take a picture of that. That’s the idea behind Mamatography – being able to look back on your year, the bright and beautiful, and the mama-stuff no one takes note of. Include as much or little about your children as you wish. Document your weight loss, your sewing. Whatever takes your fancy!

What do you need to participate?

  • A blog – if you don’t have one, you can start one for Mamatography quite easily!
  • A camera or camera phone.

So, if you’d like to sign up to join us in this project for 2014, do so here, and we’ll send you a getting started email next week!

Pic Of The Week – Week 52 – The End

We had a pretty quiet Christmas, with just the inlaws here. We decided not to overwhelm Ameli with presents, so although there were about eight bits and pieces under the tree for her, we spread opening them over the course of Christmas eve and Christmas day so that she had a chance to actually play with each item before opening the next. I’m really pleased we did that as it worked really well and she got to spread the excitement out.

She also really loved ‘helping’ everyone else open their presents. This Christmas I passed on a tradition to her. Historically I’ve always handed out the presents – this year I let her do it. What better time for new traditions.

Thank you so much for joining us for our Pic of the Week this (last) year.  From next week on we’ll be returning to a picture a day in the form of Mamatography 2012. If you’d like to join us, there’s still time to sign up!


Pic Of The Week – Week 51 – Christmas Time, Mistletoe And Wine

Well, there hasn’t been much mistletoe or wine, truth be told, but there has been plenty fun and game. I find it rather hard to get my head around the fact that it’s the last week of 2011.  Where exactly has this year gone?! Well, it’s the second last Pic of the Week, since I run these a week behind and all and it’s been a great week.

We’ve painted baubles, we’ve painted an empty jar that now houses chalk and crayon bits, and glued Christmassy stickers on Christmassy shapes.

We also made biscuits:

The most precious part of this last series of pictures, to me, is that a few days later I was busy cooking breakfast and had shut the kitchen door. Ameli wanted to come in and started knocking on the door. I opened it and she stood there, looking up at me and said, “Mama, I want to come in. I want to learn.”


Thank you for joining us for our pic of the week!
(If you’d like to do something similar next year, sign up for the Mamatography 2012 challenge!)

Pic Of The Week – Week 50 – Tree Decorating

I had such fun putting up the Christmas tree with Ameli. It’s the first time she’s really been able to help or shown an interest, which made it all the more exciting for both of us. She’s become so expressive in her language usage and her understanding of things, and it’s just been an amazing time – her Daddy and I often just look at each other and shake our heads. How she understands so much is almost beyond me.Read more: Pic Of The Week – Week 50 – Tree Decorating

Pic Of The Week – Week 49 – Getting Festive


Ooooh…. We’re getting festive here! I blame all the end of year Christmas parties, and use the term blame very loosely.

Our Natural Parenting toddler group, Budding Babes had a fancy dress Christmas Party and I had managed to pick this dress up at a Charity Sale for £2 earlier in the year, so she went as Mrs Clause. The shawl is from a wedding she was a flower girl at last year, so it all worked together nicely.

In the box picture she was helping us set the photos with Santa scene  at the NCT Christmas Party and finally, even Mrs Clause needs a nap with her daddy sometimes!

Thanks for joining us for our pic of the week!


Pic Of The Week – Week 48 – Sculpture Park

I try to get Ameli out of the house every day, because if I don’t she climbs the walls and wrecks the house. Some days we have playgroups, story time or just go to soft play, but whenever the weather is good, we try to get outdoors and expose the tips of our fingers and our eyeballs to some Vitamin D. (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

This week we discovered a  Sculpture Park full of amazing – and some rather random – art work.  Ameli loved it. We spent more than two hours walking around by which time I was exhausted and ready to leave, but she was having none of it. I ended up chasing a two year old in and out of trees and around bits of metal and glass worth multiple thousands of pounds. I think we’ll return with Daddy next time!

Thanks for joining us for our week in pics.

Pic Of The Week – Week 47 – Dishes And Dinners

It’s not often these days that we get to eat out. It’s rarer still that ‘eating out’ doesn’t involve a play area. At one time, “eating out” meant one of us got to eat while the other walked Ameli around and then we’d swap so the other could eat. Fun times.
Read more: Pic Of The Week – Week 47 – Dishes And Dinners

Pic Of The Week – Week 46 – Staying Busy

We’ve not participated in the Hands on Play Challenge for a few weeks, purely for just being really busy. We’ll pick it up again one of these days, but in the meantime we’ve had other things going on.

We’ve started up our organic food order again, which means our weekly shopping spend is reduced as we don’t ‘pop out’ to the supermarket as often and as a result don’t buy a whole bunch of stuff we don’t need. I always thought you had to be rich to afford organic vegetable deliveries, but I tell you what – it saves us a fortune. I recommend trying it – especially since the vegetables actually last for a week or more!Read more: Pic Of The Week – Week 46 – Staying Busy

Pic Of The Week – Week 45 – Guy Fawkes And Fireworks

It was Guy Fawkes on the 5th of November – remember, remember?

Anyway, we don’t get to go out at night as a family often, it’s usually one of us that goes out and the other stays home with Ameli, so it was lovely to have an opportunity to go out together.Read more: Pic Of The Week – Week 45 – Guy Fawkes And Fireworks

Pic Of The Week – Week 44 – Play Parties

We’ve been so busy recently, and this particular week really topped it off, what with two trips to London in amidst the rest of it all.

Our first visit was to meet with the team from gNappies who came over from the US to visit as gNappies are being properly launched in the UK. I reviewed them about a year ago, and have been using gNappies, and love them, so I was excited to meet the team.

We met the ladies in the first picture: Kim Graham-Nye, Michelle Carver Schnoor, Jolynn Mitchell (who we didn’t meet) and Kelli McKee, and they were just so lovely, I kind of wished I could join their team just so I could talk to them every day. They also took so well to Ameli, she was completely at ease with them all.

The second picture is one of Michael from Baby Naturals – sharing a concoction of late foam and water, and a little bit of Rooibos tea from Ameli’s sippy cup with her.

Next is Michelle, a fellow Hyperemesis Sufferer, it turns out with Ameli and her now infamous ‘cheese face’ and myself.

And the main picture is one that’s really special to me: Ameli was drawing on some paper when this little girl arrived, and whereas she’s normally really possessive and not at all keen on sharing, she walked over to this girl, gave her the paper and some pens and said ‘Do you want to draw?’ They promptly lay down together and drew for probably half an hour. It was so sweet and I felt really proud of her!

The next trip to London was two days later – we went to a Fisher Price Play Party, which was great fun, if a little frightening for me (I’m not a fan of noisy toys, and I’m clearly in the minority as Ameli walked in there and disappeared, surfacing only when she saw me eating a snack and decided she wanted some herself.

In the pictures below are Hayley from Simply Hayley who kindly gave me some pregnancy fitness DVD’s that I’ve been diligently staring at, threatening to pop them in the actual DVD player some time soon, and the super sweet and suffering from bump envy Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings. (Pippa was the first ever person who came up to me saying “Are you Luschka from Diary of a First Child?” When I said yes she said she was star struck and didn’t know what to say. That makes me laugh whenever I see her – considering she’s won repeated awards on her blog since, and I feel the tables have somewhat turned. She’s blogebrity now.)
P.S. You can actually see I’m pregnant now, right? Not just fat anymore!

Bottom left is Ameli engrossed in something, finally having torn herself away from the Mickey Mouse dancing toy that she refused to let anyone else play with for most of the day!

Bottom right is Dr Deborah Weber who explained some of the work, research and study that goes into creating toys for the Fisher Price brand. She showed us images of their research centre – seriously the coolest playgroup ever.

Thanks for joining us for our pic(s) of the week!