Monday, 15 June 2009


a stunning photography blog, with some lo, for good measure

Saturday, 13 June 2009



I did we love summer for Mojoholder challenge 113, another fantastic challenge blog, the link is on the side.
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My Boys

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Perfect Love

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All The Fun of the Fair

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Fields of Gold

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Scrappycats Challenge


Scrappycats set the weekly challenge on the UKS site. Its the first one I completed in months.
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Pencilines Challenge 138


Pencillines sketch challenge 138. such a great challenge blog, there is a link on the side if you want to see it. I got the title 'You are so beautiful to me' from a song.
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Friday, 12 June 2009


Scrap it Like You Mean It Week 19 scrap the outdoors (catching up). This is one of Houssems Brother Bessam, his nephew Jad, Rayan and I in Algeria this April. We were at a new kids fun park.
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Rayan not happy at all sitting in his buggy! This one is for week 24 Scrap it Like You Mean It, using felt. Some of the kit is from the scraproom.
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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

I Think Rayan Has Been Reading This, Not A Wink of Sleep Last Night!

"A Baby's Perspective on Sleep Training"

OK, here's my situation. My Mummy has had me for almost 7 months. The first few months were great--I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, day or night. Then something happened.

Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep thru the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I've talked to other babies, and it seems like it's pretty common after Mummies have had us for around 6 months.

Here's the thing: these Mummies don't really need to sleep. It's just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep--they just don't need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan I call it the Crybaby Shuffle.

It goes like this:

Night 1--cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it's hard. It's hard to see your Mummy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, it's for her own good.

Night 2--cry every 2 hours until you get fed.

Night 3--every hour.

Most Mummies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights. Some Mummies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mummies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don't give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!!

If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW IT'S HARD! But she really does not need the sleep, she is just resisting the change.

If you have an especially alert Mummy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mummy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it. Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it.

BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with.
> My sleep sack tickled my foot.
> I felt a wrinkle under the sheet.
> My mobile made a shadow on the wall.
> I burped, and it tasted like pears (I hadn't eaten pears since lunch - what's up with that?)
> The dog said "woof" (I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL.)
> Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room.
> Too hot, too cold, just right--doesn't matter! Keep crying!!

It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am.

You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mummies' internal clocks.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

New Layouts

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Thanks to Olive for the lovely kit.
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Page one of a soon to be dlo
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Im going to make a second page for the 'This is great fun' lo. Because I got some great splashing photos.
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