Catching up: Part 1 Lime’s Birthday

Ohhh, it’s been quiet around here, hasn’t it? Hope you all haven’t deserted this little place just yet. 🙂

So what have we been up to? Lime has been keeping us busy, learning new words every day, loving the swings and slides in the park and having play dates with her friend Aiden.Me, I’ve kinda got sidetracked back in I think May or whatever when my desire to watch Brokeback Mountain again took over and after I’ve watched it I got carried away with things related to it. I don’t think I’ve ever read as much as I did in the past few months :s

There are a few events I have to catch up on: Lime’s birthday in August (this one), our visit to Brighton and the Paralympics… I hope to have them all up by the end of the week. (Ha, here’s to wishful thinking.)

Remember last year, we had some friends and my family around for a picnic in the park. This year, we did almost the same thing but with different guests.

Jenny, Nicki and Uncle Michael
Lime had fun at the swings, wearing her Lime-dress, just like last year
The children had some fun of their own…
‘The Gay Kite’

The day was beautiful and we had lots of fun eating sandwiches, home baked cake and playing Crazy Golf.

This would be me, trying to avoid the sun
The husband, his parents and grand-parents, Jenny, Nicki and random people. Lime’s friend Aiden and his mummy are just out of shot
Tiger Woods, eat your heart out!
Friends. Lime & Aunty Jenny

After the crazy golf we went to the Castle where for four Sundays in August one can enjoy some outdoor music. Here’s us, doing just that.

We had a lovely day. The weather was perfect, the food was good and plenty and the company was wonderful. Thank you to all who came and/or sent cards. 🙂

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Then&Now
 
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The Presents
Lime received some fantastic presents. Thank you to everyone who thought of her this year. 🙂
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Note: This entry has been backdated.

Simple Help for Busy Mums

Hello to all mummies!

When you have a lot of children – you can forget about yourself. Comfort? Rest?! Are you kidding? These things are in your dreams for the next few years when you’re a mum… or maybe longer, it depends. Are you familiar with the situation when you have no time, but a one big trouble called “being a good mother who can do lots of things at once”? If so, keep reading.

I have two beautiful twins. Yes! Exactly! Probably when you read this you can feel a deep sympathy to me and wonder how I was able to keep up with everything and haven’t gone crazy… Well, there is no doubt, it was really hard, but I found a way; I managed to be a good and caring mother and I had enough time to give love to both of my beauties!

The first thing I did was the hiring of a nanny. It was a young nice lady, who helped me a lot with my children, I trusted her and felt really safe. However, she came only for a daytime and I found it a bit problematic to care for both of children at once. You know what I’m talking about if you ever cared for a baby. When the one sleeps, the other wakes up and it goes on and on. My husband was sick of these sleepless nights so he searched through the internet for any advice. How I love my lovely for his care, he always finds the best ways to solve the problems. This time he found a smart Wifi baby monitor. (OMG! Ladies, I just ask you to google for this stuff right now!) It saved our pure sleep and gave us a chance to enjoy at least one more hour of sleep each single night due to the function called “Night Vision”.

As we have twins, we bought two Comfort cams and put them in the rooms of our babies. For now, there is no problem with a night-time sleep. We installed two apps (on my husband’s phone and mine) to monitor the rooms at one time. It’s amazing! It was a usual thing when Cindy (my lovely) loudly cried or woke up and, as you can guess, automatically awoke her sister. But, finally, all these horrible nights were absolutely in the past. I can always come to the room to my baby and be sure that there is no way to disturb the other’s pure dream. Actually, you can even sing lullabies to your lovely one without going to his or her room. It’s perfect. This stuff is super easy to use and it has a lot of useful functions.

I really appreciate the developer’s work as for now I can also see my second daughter playing with a nanny at the time when I feed the first one in the other room.

Also, I can always track the situation at home when I’m out. Another great thing is that when my husband is on his business trip he is still able to see his babies any time he wants to. Yes, sure, Skype is also a great tool to show them to my husband, but I use each single free moment to sleep, not to chat or something. So the only important thing in the usage of this cam is to be connected to the wifi.

If you have a wifi you have a power to control everything with the Comfort cam. The Comfort cam is a great helper! It really works and helps to be in the present moment with your kids in the daytime and it’s a super cool guardian of your children’s sleep at the nighttime. I highly recommend you to try it! I couldn’t be silent and not share this information as I wish you to become as happy as me and what is the most important, to enjoy the time of being a mother.

Bye, bye, mummies! Wish you to be the best one on your amazing journey called “Caring Mother”. Hope, my feedback was very useful for all of you.

All the best!

360 camaras

Top 7 manually tested 360 cameras to boost your virtual reality experience

In the past week, I have been writing about 360 cameras. When we talk about 360 cameras then the main thing that concerns is the quality of the image or the video. Quality matters a lot to me. The quality of 360 cameras depends upon the number of lenses. Single lens 360 camera usually produce high-quality images. But double lens cameras has to stitch images to produce continous images.

Previously we have talked about virtual reality, best 360 camera, and top 3 360 cameras. Today I have extended the list of top 360 cameras. I have added few more high-quality cameras in my top list.

360fly 4K HD camera:-

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This camera is my favorite when it comes to 360 images. It is my favorite in this list. I am currently using this camera and it’s changing my life. It has some brilliant qualities like it is shockproof, with 64GB built-in memory. It also records videos in high quality with resolution 2880 x 2880. It also supports iOS and android devices and compatible with PC and MAC. It has a powerful battery of  1780 mAH. The main thing people complain about it is the price. It comes with a retail price of $471.99(best things come up with some price).

RICOH THETA S:-

This camera is one of the best 360 cams in the market. The Japanese company RICOH launched this product first in October 2013. At that time, 360 was not the breaking news. But the insight of RICOH gave them an edge over competitors like Samsung and Nikon. This product is now in its third generation RICOH theta S. This camera can really store some awesome spherical images for you. With attractive design. The design of this camera is really attractive and it comes up with 8GB built-in memory which can store up to 15000 photos for you. You just need to take some pics and its mobile app does the rest.

It comes up with a price of about 300-350$ a bit economical than  360fly 4K HD. It also supports android and Ios devices.

Samsung Gear 360 review:-

360 camaras

Samsung has been a leader when it comes to technology and user experience. They just keep bringing awesome gadgets in the market. This time they have come up with Samsung gear 360. This gear can shot videos and capture pictures in a spherical view. It has two cameras which can shoot a 360 image but you can also use it to capture 180 images just by turning off one( yeah, draw back the feeling of control!). Although, it is a great gadget but drawback it just only supports Samsung devices Samsung Galaxy S6-S7, S6-S7(Edge), S6 Edge and also phones supported by Samsung gear manager app. So it is not for users like Apple and other brands.

It comes up with the price of between 300-350 US dollars

Kodak SP360 4K:

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This camera by Kodak has 235-degree lens. It stores content in UHD format at higher frame rate. This camera is really durable and can survive extreme environmental conditions. It also has a mobile app and it stitches images by a software. It has a price between 450-500$.

Kodak PIXPRO SP360:

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This camera is also really reliable. In case you can’t afford Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K

Then this comes as a blessing for you. It has video capturing properties of 1080p. It also shockproof and can capture all your moments without any disturbance. It comes with an affordable price of 200-250$.

Yashica YAC-436:

Yashica YAC-436 comes with a really low price of 130-150$. It has 220-degree lens This incredible gadget takes horizontal panoramic pictures. It has 1.5 LCD display and can be connected to wifi and process images in the smartphone.

LG 360 CAM:

 

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This CAM has 200-degree lens. It has 2 sensors of 13MP. It takes 360 images with 2K images. It is compatible with most of the high-quality smartphones. It has a high price 140-150$.

These are few best 360 cameras out there to capture your moments. I am currently using 360fly 4k HD. But you can choose which is best for you. If you are using one of these cameras do share it with me I would love to hear from you.

Real Estate Marketing Seminar

Last Saturday, me and my friends Sophia and William attended a seminar on marketing. A week before that, I received an email from an agency which conducts free workshops and seminars about certain topics. I was thrilled to find out their new workshop will be about marketing and how to start your own business. I quickly called Sophia and William and told them the news. I know they will be interested too as they are the type of persons who are always open to business opportunities.

Aside from its free registration fee, we were thrilled that they have a number of notable speakers too. I was excited to learn new things from them.

The first speaker talked about marketing in the publications field. While I am a writer by heart, I know I can’t land a freelance job in the field because I have no experience on marketing publication titles. William told me he is interested by the way. He was a former account executive in a start-up company in the publishing industry. In the open forum he also shared how it was a tad difficult to market the print publications compared to online ones nowadays. He said that because of the traffic requirement which can now be reached through investing in hiring SEO experts and all, the marketing side is always easy. On the other hand, the print publication are said to be dying slowly, what with the advancement of the internet. He hopes he can still land a nicer job in that related field of marketing. As you know, William previously quit his job to travel in South America.

For Sophie, she loved the marketing insurances part. She was definitely wowed by the promising opportunities of selling insurances while also getting for herself and her family member. I know that this is an investment for her future and for her loved ones and she believes a lot of families would benefit from having insurance. Marketing insurances will be an easy feat for this girl, believe me.

The third one was about real estate marketing. This one, I think, was the most remarkable for me. I wanted to know more about real estate marketing. I was once an agent of a real estate company. However, I stopped when I gave birth to my child.  I remember the first time I landed a real estate deal. It was my husband’s former high school classmate. We met and she told me her requirements in looking for a new home after they decided to move out of her parents house. She said it should house her six kids and their dogs. I was glad I was able to help her find a nice and suitable home. She is now a good friend of mine and my child’s godmother.  Her kids too are nice friends with my child.

The real estate marketing topic was definitely my favorite. That was something that served as a refresher course. It also ignited again my passion in talking to people, and making good deals with them.

Catching up: Part 2 We were there! Paralympics 2012

The husband’s parents had purchased tickets for us, my brother-in-law and themselves. We arrived 3 or 4 hours before the 7pm entry.

It was a lovely, warm day in London and it seemed everybody else had the same idea (arriving early, that is) so we just wandered around, took lots of photos and shared them on instagram (You should be able to check them out here, just scroll down far enough 😉 ) and then decided to have lunch.

All the stands sell the same drinks at the same price which I think is a good idea. A 500ml bottle of still water was £1.60. Too much but ok for where we were. I had a tomato+mozzarella pizza, 10inch, £7.50. Yummy but oh so overpriced. Wow.

After lunch we just hung around, checking out the area and enjoying the glorious sunshine.

Lime met a horse and there seemed to be no fear when she touched its nose. 🙂

Come 7pm we finally made our way to the stadium, Entry B. We had to go through another ticket check after the initial one that got us into the park.

Yes, Lime handled the ticket check all by herself. The lady was very impressed. 😀 Me too, hehe. The guy in the line next to her said: He’s a trouble maker, he is. Yeah, uhm..not really. ;/

Once inside, I needed the loo (Note to the Olympic park architects: they’re rubbish: too small, no space to maneuver and generally just grubby, ew. I had to change Lime on the floor in one of the cubicles because, to this day, we haven’t figured out, whether there were any Baby changing stations or not). Also, at one point later on my brother-in-law (his name’s Mike btw) and I went out to get some drinks and snacks but omg the queue for the coffee was just insane! We skipped that and just got snacks and water. Ugh. ><

The stadium seemed small but at certain angles huge. When we walked in, they were playing Coldplay’s Paradise which just fitted amazingly well. I swear, the crowd was singing along. Goosebumps. All throughout the games the music was fantastic, actually. If they had a CD I’d buy it.

We saw a lot of great stuff that night with lots of Paralympic as well as World records. (Here’s a view of the schedule that evening: View 1,View 2, View 3 and View 4) And I gotta tell you, it was absolutely amazing. I had not expected this event to be so thrilling and exciting. The crowd roared when the Brits where on as well as when someone did a great job or got their medals. There was respectful silence when needed (like in the T11 etc races which is Visual Impairment or the Men’s 4x100m Relay T11/T13 race). My favourite moment was when T Guilhermina won the 100m T11 for Brazil, what a character! 😀

Here’s a guide to the classifications for Athletics, which is what we saw:

In athletics, the sport classes consist of a prefix T (for track) or F (for field) and a number.
T/F11-13: Visual impairment. The three sport classes 11, 12 and 13 are allocated to athletes with varying degrees of visual impairment, with sport class 11 indicating athletes with the lowest vision. All athletes in theT11 sport class run with a guide runner and are blindfolded. Athletes in sport class T12 may also choose to run with a guide.
T/F 20: Intellectual impairment. Athletes in this class are diagnosed with intellectual impairment and meet sport-specific minimum disability criteria in 1,500m, long jump or shot put respectively. Athletes with an intellectual impairment are limited in regards to intellectual functions and their adaptive behaviour, which is diagnosed before the age of 18 years.
T32-38 and F31-38: The 30s sport classes are allocated to athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia. The impairments typically affect the ability to control legs, trunk, arms and hands. The lower the number is, the more significant the activity limitation. Athletes in the sport classes31-34 compete in a seated position; those in the sport classes 35-38show a better function compete standing.
F40: Athletes with short stature compete in this sport class.
T/F42-46: These sport classes are designated for athletes with limb deficiencies. In the sport classes 42-44 the legs are affected, and in the sport classes 45-46 the arms are affected. All athletes compete standing.
T51-54 and F51-58: The 50s sport classes only include athletes competing in a wheelchair, with a lower number indicating a higher activity limitation. Athletes in classes T51-52 have activity limitations in both lower and upper limbs. Unlike athletes in the sport classes T51-53, athletes competing in T54 have partial trunk and leg function.
For field events, the groups are more differentiated. Athletes in sport classes F51-54 have limited shoulder, arm and hand functions and no trunk or leg function. Athletes in the class F54 have full function in their arms and hands. Trunk and leg function increases through sport classesF55-58.

Lime loved it. She still gets excited when she sees photos from the day. She clapped along whenever there was clapping required and she joined in when the crowd erupted in a fabulous mexican wave.
And one point she went to sleep, as you can see here, well kind of… ;p
We stayed until the very end, which was when they ran videos of random celebrities asking whether we had fun and wishing us a good night and See you tomorrow! Eh, no. I only have tickets for today but thanks. 😉
Sadly, Lime’s uncle was still at work when we took this photo so he’s not in it. 🙁
It was a great day and so much more than I expected. Thank you again to my In-Laws for the tickets and the company. 😀
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PS: photos and videos were recorded with my HTC and my mum-in-laws Samsung phone so quality is not amazing, sorry. 🙁

Now that’s a first

Today it has been 2 years, 4 months and 6 days that we’ve been a family of three and today was also the first time that the husband and I had a chance to (really) go and do something just the two of us. So we went to the cinema to see End of Watch (eeeeeeeek! I am a HUGE Jake Gyllenhaal fan and couldn’t wait to see this film. It is excellent. Go and see it! :D)

Everyone can be a VIP

Do you love prams, buggys, strollers and anything else that concerns the first 3 or 4 wheeled transport in your baby’s life? Then you might be very interested to hear about the Pushchair Trader VIP Lounge. Oh yes.

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Last year, Pushchair Trader recruited several eager and excited mums (yes, I am one of them) as their Secret Agents to test drive their new and exciting website. It was fabulous fun. A couple of months or so after recruitment and all sorts of tests to see if it can withstand the onslaught that surely followed Pushchair Trader opened to the public.
If you’re after a pushchair but are not sure which one, if you don’t know if your chosen one is up to your standards or if you’re just nosey and want to check out what’s new on the market, then PT is the place to be. PT regularly test drive and review the newest pushchairs. They also recruit mums all over the UK to test them.
Are you looking to sell your unwanted or unused pushchair or even buy a new one on a budget? Once again Pushchair Trader (hint: the clue is in the name 😉 ) are the place to be with their Selling&Buying pages.
Do you need a buggy board, a footmuff, a parasol or any other pushchair accessory? Then check out the fabulous PT store!
But, and here’s the bait, one of the biggest attractions to Pushchair Trader must surely be their competitions. Last December they ran a 24 Day competition in which you could win a different pushchair every day for the 24 days in the run up to Christmas. Amazing. At the moment they are running a Bump to Toddler Competition worth an amazing £3111! There’s only 6 days left, so make sure you get in there.
So what’s all this VIP palaver about then? Well, if you sign up as a VIP you pay £10 for a year’s worth of membership (that is just under 3p per day) and you get:
Doesn’t that sound convincing? I think it does, which is why I have signed up. 😀
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To follow Pushchair Trader on Facebook, click here.
To follow them on Twitter, click here.
PS, have I told you that I have already won a stroller with Pushchair Trader? And that was even before I became a VIP…
Lime in her Cosatto, August 2011

Treasure Island Toys Competition

I am posting this as part of a competition on Treasure Island Toys:

Treasure Island Toys (www.treasureislandtoys.co.uk) has been a popular online store for many parents in the UK since 2008, but as of November 2011 the site became an entirely different sort of online experience.
Treasure Island has created what they like to call a ‘Fun and Party Search Engine’ and is unique in the fact that not only can parents buy toys, furniture and birthday presents from the website, they can now arrange parties and days out for the kids, by finding children’s entertainers, party venues, kids attractions, evening classes, workshops and much, much more – all in one place!
By entering a postcode or place name, parents can find a whole range of child friendly activities and more which are in their local area. They then have the ability to refine their search by using hundreds of different keywords ranging from Ballet, Balloon Modelling and Paintball, right through to Peddle Boats, African Drumming, Theatres and everything inbetween.

The website uses the latest technologies to make it super quick and utilises great features like ‘Favourites’ lists, videos of entertainers, date ranges for events, reviews, social networking (Facebook/Twitter/Google+) integration and much more.
The website is also what is known as a ‘wiki’ site, meaning that anyone can add a listing to the website for FREE, quickly and easily by themselves. So if you are an entertainer or are a parent that knows of any great kids’ attractions and local events in your local area, you have the ability to add them in seconds and let other parents benefit from your knowledge.
With thousands of listings already on the website, and more being added each day, we are confident that Treasure Island is the place for parents to go when in need for some great ideas to keep the kids entertained.
For parties see www.treasureislandtoys.co.uk/parties.aspxFor fun days out see www.treasureislandtoys.co.uk/fun.aspx

I am sure Lime would love the prize that can be won, a ‘Wonderworld Eco House‘ complete with furniture and more. I know I would. 😉

The prize

 

Small Style No 23

Welcome to {Small Style}. This is where Lime shows off her outfits every Thursday (and any excuse for me to show off my babe ;p) Do join us by linking in the comments. This whole thing btw started over at Mama loves Papa…

 
 
 
Lime’s Winter hat collection. From left to right:
Longsleeve: H&M
~ Top Row ~
Creme/Horse&Cart: this is old and used to be my brother’s
Blue hat: H&M
Red&White/Hearts&Snowflakes: might have been from a market, used to be mine but now too small
~ Middle Row ~
Christmas Pudding: John Lewis (present from Uncle Mathias)
Colourful hat: present from the Husband’s colleague
Blue/Bear, Fox&Racoon: H&M
~ Bottom Row ~
Owl: Bespokebabyroom (shop has closed but there’re loads on Etsy or Folksy)
Dinosaur aka Sea Monster: Q&S
Leopard cub: Q&S
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Bear: Q&S
 
 
 
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Small Style No 24

Welcome to {Small Style}. This is where Lime shows off her outfits every Thursday (and any excuse for me to show off my babe ;p) Do join us by linking in the comments. This whole thing btw started over at Mama loves Papa…




Longsleeve Top: Mothercare
Fleece Dungarees: Mothercare (thrifted, with tag still on)
Legwarmers: eBay
Booties: Moccis

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