Mini Makeover: Spring Photography Challenge

It’s nearly Springtime here and we’re all suffering from a bit of cabin fever from the cold weather. Once Spring has finally sprung (hopefully next week) and the green grass is back, it’s time to head outside again and start enjoying the warmer days and the gorgeous flowers that start to appear everywhere. It can seem a bit silly to just head out of the house for no real reason, so I thought I’d challenge you to capturing some moments that say “Spring” to you in your part of the world. (If you’re heading into Autumn, you could try this challenge for your season too!)

Mini Makeover: Spring Photography Challenge on Style for a Happy Home

What you’ll need:

  • A Camera or a Camera Phone for taking the photos
  • Some Spring Appropriate Clothing (it can really vary, so whatever works depending on the day)
  • Some Walking Shoes to keep you comfortable
  • Somewhere to Explore (gardens and parks are good places to start, but even your neighbourhood might have something that says Spring to you)
  • An Hour of Your Time or more if you wish
  • Some Tunes or Some Great Company to keep your spirits high
  • A Lighthearted Attitude to the challenge though trying this challenge may prove to improve a bad day

How to:

Pull on your favourite Spring clothes and comfy walking shoes, grab your camera or camera phone and your tunes and head on out to where you’re going to start the challenge. This challenge isn’t about being the quickest or even about being the best, it’s just about you slowing down to enjoy the environment outside and just being in the moment.

Walk around to get used to your surroundings. Take out your camera and look for the things around you that scream “Spring” to you. What colours are they? What memories do they bring back from years past?

Try to take some photos, not only of what you know and love, but stop and look around to see if there’s anything you don’t recognise. Is there a flower you’ve not noticed before, or a tree that you don’t know the name of? Are there children playing or something different that catches your attention? How many different colours are around you?

Remember to keep moving, even at a leisurely pace so you’re seeing and experiencing different things. Is there something quintessentially [insert your town name here] about what you are seeing? If you wanted to introduce someone to your town in just one or two photographs, is there something around you that you would include?

Make sure that the tunes (or your great company) are still making you feel lighthearted and happy, and continue on. If you’re curious, why not take some photos of things you don’t know much about so you can research them later? You don’t have to, of course, but you might find something interesting about why they are where they are. You never know!

Once you feel you’re ready, you can head back home, but before you do remember to take a couple of big breaths in the Spring air and fill your lungs with the fresh air that’s not so bitingly cold as the Winter.

This challenge could be a great one for you to do with your family. Everyone either gets their own camera or their own turn with it, and you can come back and see what everyone took photos of and why it represents “Spring” to them. This is great for days when you all need some time out of the house and could be something new to try together.

What I love about these kinds of challenges is that no two people come up with the same things. It gives us a little chance to express our creativity without it being overwhelming and we don’t have to share it with anyone we don’t want to. It can be quite fun to just head out the door to see what you haven’t really noticed about your neighbourhood before. We miss so much when we’re in a rush, this is the perfect antidote to that.

Will you give this a go? Where’s your favourite place to explore where you live?

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome

Make 2014 an Organised Christmas (free printables)

Christmas might seem like it’s still ages away, but with the pace that this year seems to be moving, I fear that it will be here before we know it. Once again I’m going to jump in quite early and try to get everything sorted before the end of September – if not everything purchased, at least have gift ideas that I can implement as the weeks roll on. That’s just 5 weeks from today! Yikes!

Make 2014 an Organised Christmas (free printables) on Style for a Happy Home

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how frustrating it was for me the year that I left my online ordering until the last week of November and some of the Christmas gifts didn’t arrive until mid January and I had to rush out during the week before Christmas to find something to replace them. I think I may have even got creative and made some gifts from things I found at the supermarket. That was 2009, and since then I’ve tried my best to not let it get away from me. Leaving it to the last minute is so stressful.

These days when I buy a new diary for the start of the year I like to put a note on September 1st to start my Christmas shopping. I don’t always jump straight on it, but it is so much easier when you have time to think up some wonderful gifts and actually have time to buy them or make them. This year all my nieces and nephews will be 10+ so I really need that extra time to think of something for the tweens and the teen (who is really an adult at 19, but shh!).

I was thinking that some of you might like to get ready early this year (if you haven’t already started), so that Christmas doesn’t feel like a super mad rush and you can feel thankful that you don’t have to battle the crowds so close to the day. To help both you and I out, I have updated last year’s Christmas Printables and this year I’ve even made them a free download! Yay!

An Organised Christmas Printable 2014 from Style for a Happy Home Free Printable!

There are 6 printables in this set along with the instructions on how to use them. I’ve put them in the order I would use them, but you can print whichever ones are best for you.

An Organised Christmas 2014:

  1. Christmas Presents List
  2. Christmas Online Shopping List
  3. Gift Wrapping Shopping List
  4. Christmas Present Making List
  5. Advent Calendar Planner
  6. Christmas Menu Shopping List

We all celebrate the silly season differently, but these should help you to get a head start on what needs to be done so that it may be as stress free as possible. I can’t promise that families will behave the way that could, but this at least takes care of the gift giving and menu part. haha

Get the An Organised Christmas 2014 download here.

Happy early Christmas planning! Will you come back in 5 weeks and let me know how you’re going with it? I’d love to hear!

Note: Please don’t pass this printable on as your own or sell it on. Feel free to send people here to download their own copies. Thanks so much. Also, the information is as accurate as possible. This may assist some people more than others. :) D x

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Gift Ideas

*This post contains a ModCloth Affiliate Link

Hello! Happy Saturday!! This month of Fun for Everyone is quickly drawing to a close, with only one week left, so this week I thought I’d share a great round up of fun gift ideas for different members of your family. It’s always hard with these round ups to cover all bases, so I went with some fun gifts that you might otherwise not think of. The gift giving season is coming closer and these might help you to start thinking about what you might like to gift this season. Here are my favourite finds for the week.

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Gift Ideas on Style for a Happy Home

 

  1. Puffin Classics These are beautiful cloth bound Children’s Classics that would be perfect for both kids and kids at heart (this collection is from Anthropologie, but you can get the books individually from most good bookstores) Buy Them HerePin It Here
  2. Triwizard Training Top This is great for your Harry Potter loving fitness fan! Lots of fun sayings and colours to choose from Buy It HerePin It Here
  3. Tardis Teapot For your Dr Who fan! This is not only super cute but also very practical! (*ModCloth Affiliate Link) Buy It HerePin It Here
  4. Personalised Mug This is great for anyone who has a specific drink order. Also great for those who have to take a mug to the office! Buy It HerePin It Here
  5. Pineapple Baby Moccs These are just too cute and such a lovely gift for a wee one who is learning to walk. Buy Them HerePin It Here
  6. Embroidery Initial Necklace These make a really thoughtful gift and are made to order so you can get the initial you want. Buy Them HerePin It Here

What are your favourite gifts to give? Would you like any of these for you?

You can follow my Gift Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the ModCloth Affiliate Program. If you choose to click through the link of the Teapot in this post and buy I would make a small commission. As always, I am only an affiliate with companies that I think have great products. Having affiliate links in some posts helps towards keeping this blog going. (If you click through the pin, you will bypass the affiliate link). Dx