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Your best pictures in a book

Like any other mom I am literally obsessed about taking pictures of my children, many times a day. Sometimes I take one after another only because my son slightly changes expression and I want to snap every single one of them or my daughter smiles making different faces. My husband still wonders how I can run out of memory on my phone so quickly!

When I’m in my bed, at night, I like to look through the pictures I took during the day and then I like to share them with the world. I put them on my social media channels where friends and family can see them or I send them via email.

Out of all the pictures I take, I put the best ones (obviously) on my Facebook and Instagram accounts but I always think that it’d be nice to have them all printed. Well now I can print my Facebook photos!

I discovered this great online photo book service called Printrbook that allows you to easily pull your pictures from either your Instagram account or your facebook account (or a combination of both) and make a cute photo book!

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The book is a compact collection of all your best photos. You have two options regarding the number of pictures you would like to print, each book can contain either 25 or 50 photos. The book itself measures 10cm wide by 11cm tall which is a great size if you want to give it to someone as a gift. For us for example it’s ideal as we can just post it to the grandparents who keep asking to see picture of their beloved nephews and better appreciate a photo book than a picture on a computer.

On the Printrbook website I found simple instructions which guided me to either add captions I had on each picture or to add the date when the picture was uploaded on my account. I could choose to have either 1, 4 or 9 photos on my cover, plus I could add a Title to the book as well, which was printed on the front page. And obviously before going to the checkout I could see a preview of the whole photo book.

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It took me literally 15 minutes from choosing the pictures to ordering the book. I found pretty straightfoward to create the photo book and for me this is a plus as I usually cannot deal spending time with layouts, sizing pictures, etc.

The only downside which I could think of, is that seeing the size of the book, it could perhaps be a little bit cheaper. A 25-photo book is £12.99 and a 50-photo books is £15.99. Having said that shipping anywhere in the world is FREE.

AND if you would like to create your own Facebook photo book , the guys from Printrbook.com have been so kind to create a special discount code for my readers only.

To get 10% off your own photo book (Instagram, Facebook or a combination of both) you only need to add the code “mamma10” at the checkout. Just remember this code will expire the 17th of July.

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Keep snapping and keep sharing your memories!


	

Magic playdates

For the last couple of weeks the weather has been pretty awful so we have spent our afternoons mainly playing indoors.

While we were waiting for our friend Max to come over to play, Bee dressed up like a fairy and took care of her Magic Fairy garden. It was a present for her birthday and together with Nonna, she planted the seed for the grass to grow. Although she keeps forgetting to water it (!!) the grass now is pretty high so both Leo and Bee spend their playful afternoons imagining faires coming into the little garden and hiding precious jems in the grass (or driving a car like faires normally do obviously!)

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“Is anyone hiding there?”

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Because they had been waiting for Max to arrive for a while, the kids started to be hungry so I thought why not have a quick snack before Max comes. Usually in the afternoon we have either pancakes or yoghurt and today we tried for the first time the new Petits Filous Magic Squares in Strawberry & Vanilla Flavour and Raspberry & Vanilla flavour.

IMG_3643Bee was pleasently surprised by the little square inside the pot

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Happy faces all over! Leo finished the whole pot in 3 big spoons!

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IMG_3672And even tried to get a little more from Bee’s pot

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When Max finally arrived obviously there was no way that Bee and Leo would have just sit there and watch Max eating his own Petit Filous so they got another one each!

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Sometimes I think it’s so easy to make kids happy with the simplest things. The magic mix for us is having a lovely friend to play with, giving them a toy which builds their imagination and feeding them with a good, healthy snack. My kids can carry on playing for hours so mamma can finally have a break (and why not some Petit Filous too ;))

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Fingerlicking snack!

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I think this video of Bee is pretty funny.  Notice how she mixes up her two languages towards the end when she says “and then we are going comprare ancora (to buy more of) the same” LOL

 

This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge by Petits Filous

Living abroad

After having seen Bee crying while saying goodbye to my mom and my sister who recently left to go back to their home in Italy, I can honestly say that one of the downfalls of living abroad is seen my children getting upset every time they see someone leaving after having spent some time with us.

This time was even harder, because it wasn’t only Bee  who got sad but Leo too. He has now reached an age where he can actually realise when someone is not in the house anymore. For instance the day after my mom left he was going room after room calling “Nonna” or  in the car he would suddenly call her name…

It’s heart breaking…literally…

But we made a choice to live here, away from our family and friends and unfortunately we just have to, literally, live with it.

Beatrice and Leo love be surrounded by people, friends, family and they get very attached to everyone who comes to visit us from abroad.

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Last month was a big month of celebrations  in our house. We had both my family and my in-laws here to celebrate Leo and Bee’s birthdays. We spent time all together, we laughed, Bee got to take turns and slept in bed first with one Nonna then with the other and both my children got super spoiled with cuddles, kisses, presents. They got away with going to bed too late or eating too many sweet.

They obviously adore having family here and when it’s time to say goodbye it’s just so so hard… for all of us…

When people ask me if I’d like to go back to live in Italy I always reply that although I miss so many things about  “my previous life”,  now my new life is here in Scotland. Both my kids were born here and I would not have stayed here that long (In August it’ll be 14 years of me living here eeek) if it didn’t feel like home.

At the same time, I cannot help but feel nostalgic thinking that I cannot just jump on the plane every time I miss them…sometimes I happen to wonder what it would be like to go back, having Sunday lunch with the family, see friends for dinner while granparents look after the children, spend Christmas with all my cousins and uncles…

I try to see the positive in this though.

Every time we meet it’s special! Sometimes I actually feel we love our family even more now because we cherish so much the limited time we spend together that we make every minute unforgettable. And I honestly think we create amazing memories every time we are together!

One of the best things  it’s the countdown for their arrival day… and when we wake up and it’s almost time to go to the airport, the excitement is sky high!

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Every time we go and fetch our family from the airport we take the kids and we prepare big “welcome” posters and we take balloons and hearts and flowers and when the airport doors open our hearts beat faster because we cannot wait to see our loved ones faces in between many faces.  And when they finally come out usually Bee runs towards them and jumps on them! Ohh how I get sooo emotional and my heart fills with joy!!

The day after their arrival is a continuing celebration! In the morning the kids cannot wait to wake up  and go and play with them , show them their toys, their draws.

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When someone come to visit us we try to spend our days visiting amazing Scottish places, admire all together beautiful scenaries or have wonderful experiences like the time when we went to feed the lambs which were only few days old!

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Although it’s hard to say goodbye to the people we love, I try to remember all the experiences that we share together and when I miss them I smile and feel lucky because no matter what, we are blessed to have people who love us so much.

 

 

Seychelles Mama