First time in Disneyland Paris and it was AWESOME! Spent a day in Disneyland Paris, watched the street parade and the nighttime illuminations, visited some shops and restaurants, went on some rides – even waited for nearly 1 hr for one ride! If you want to do everything you would need two days but we were happy with what we saw and did within the day. One day is too short to enjoy what Disneyland has to offer. If you can spend a few days, you will not stress.
There are big milestones and little wins, that together add up to ensure a healthy, happy child. If you want your child to be an early beginner in cycling, but not sure WHEN and HOW you choose to teach your child to ride a bike, I hope this video helps you get started.
Hey Everyone! It’s that time again!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I am so excited about this New Year. Join me as I surprise my little one with a birthday breakfast on her third birthday. I hope this video gives you some birthday breakfast surprise ideas for your loved one! XOXO
This BLOG is all about a Mama and her Daughter trying to find a place in this World, we will be blogging/vlogging about our Travels, Daily Life and Experiences. Hope you enjoy! If you like watching us, please Like, Comment and “SUBSCRIBE” to get notified every time I publish a video 🙂
This was definitely the most challenging XMAS scene I have ever directed, staged and starred in 😄😄, BUT it’s the one I will remember forever. First time decorating a Christmas Tree. We wish all those who are celebrating a magical day filled with love, happiness & lots of presents Xxx
Let me take you on tour through the real Netherlands and help you experience the true essence of Dutch culture for yourself.
So what does a girl do with a week in The Netherlands – well she walks, she watches, she shops, she eats, she keeps it simple. The Netherlands is one of those countries that doesn’t really require an itinerary- just being there is fun enough. So I’ll simply leave you with this video and 5 must do’s (at the end of the video).
Parents ofyoung childrentend to worry a lot about whether or not their kids are making adequate gains as they launch into their academic careers.
“Can Johnny read the list of 100 high-frequency words?”
“Does Betty know how to count to 500?”
“Is Tom doing quantum physics yet?”
While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics.
For example, astudy published in 2015showed that even while controlling for family demographics and early academic ability, the social skills observed in kindergarten showed significant correlation with well-being at age 25.
That’s a lot of staying power!
Regardless of how advanced of a reader they were or how much money their parents made, kindergarteners who demonstrated social competence were more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, get a job, and stay out of jail than those who showed a lower level of social competence.
So while many parents and schools may be feeling the pressure to cut back on play and social interaction in order to get more “hard skill” instruction time in, it’s actually those “soft skills” that are most predictive of long-term success.
Here are five important social competencies you can foster in your child.
1.How to play well with others
Playis a powerful catalyst for development in the early years.By playing with others, children learn to negotiate, problem solve, take turns, share and experiment.You can help your child build these skills by making time for free play with other children.
While dance class, soccer practice and choreographed play dates may have their own value, children need plenty of time engaging in unstructured play with other children, where they may be supervised—but not instructed—by the adults around them.
2.How to problem-solve
It is tempting to swoop in at the first disgruntled squawk and make everything right again.We confiscate the object of the argument, set timers, or send children to play in different areas.We’re good at problem-solving because we get SO MUCH practice as parents!And while some of this may be necessary for survival, our kids need some of that practice too.
So the next time yourchild has a problem, invite them to take part in that problem-solving process.Ask your child to describe what’s going on, brainstorm solutions and try one out.You’re still an active player, supporting your child through the process, but rather than doing all the solving yourself, let your child own the problem by asking, “What do you think you could do about that?”
Teaching a child to be a problem solver also means that we teach them how to fail and try again, which is another critical “soft skill.”When we ask children how their solution is working out, we give them an opportunity to evaluate their experience and make improvements when necessary.We’re teaching them that mistakes help us learn and move forward.
3.How to label and recognize feelings
Children who are perceptive to the emotions around them are also better able to get along well with others.You can foster this skill by calling attention to emotional cues and naming emotions.You can do this not only in your home (“I’m looking at your brother’s face right now, and I don’t think he’s having fun.” “You looked so happy when you won, your smile was like a laser beam!”)but by also talking about the emotions in stories as well.(“How do you think he felt when that happened?”)
Storybooks are FULL of conflict and emotion—it’s often what drives the plot.
These conversations about observed emotions are often easier because your child isn’t tied up in the turbulent emotions themselves.From this comfortable vantage point, they’re able to be more thoughtful about the emotions on the page and then apply their understanding in real life.Another thing to keep in mind is that research has shown that excessive screen use may interfere with a child’s ability to recognize emotions in others.So make sure that your kids get plenty of time playing and interacting face to face with other humans, rather than with pixels and lights on a screen.
4.How to be helpful
Being helpful to others requires children to look beyond themselves and recognize the needs of others.By noticing and complimenting your child when you notice helpful behaviors, you encourage them to continue.
Give your child simple opportunities to help within your family—putting away groceries, getting the baby’s fresh diaper ready, or helping a sibling to get dressed—and then be generous with your gratitude afterward.
Point out the helpers around you and show gratitude together to instill a value of service.This may be as simple as thanking the bagger at the grocery store or taking cookies to the fire station.It can also take a fanciful twist.
5.How to control their impulses
Impulse control is a part of the executive functions directed by the prefrontal cortex of the brain.This area doesn’t completely develop until well into early adulthood, but some of the most rapid development happens in the early childhood years.That’s why children need opportunities to practice this growing skill.
Movement games that require a child to stop and go like Red Light/Green Light, Dance and Freeze, and Simon Says give kids practice quickly shifting gears and controlling their impulses to move.
Pretend play is also a great way to build these skills.By taking on a new character and an imaginative storyline, children have to plan before acting, take turns and make rules to follow.They also practice thinking outside of their own perspective and act as they think another would, rather than simply following their own impulses.
Our fast-paced society may give you the impression that your child needs to learn more academic skills—and sooner than ever before.However, the reality is that the “soft” social skills they gain in early childhood—through the slow, simple processes of playing and interacting, engaging with their families, and paying attention to the world around them—will serve them much better and for much longer.
There is such power in nature.It’s always in motion, isn’t it? This summer, I am going to reconnect with nature by taking my daughter on nature walks. Hamburg is a beautiful, clean city, and Planten un Blomen is an even more beautiful spot right in the middle! We visited the botanical garden in April this year when the Cherry blossoms were out and were so impressed that we wanted to take our daughter again and again.
The botanic garden Park Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers in English) has fountains, a playground, and a rink for ice skating. The park is famous for its water-light concerts, public theater and music performances. In addition to the gardens, there is a large playground in the southern area of the park.
Absolutely recommend for people who are looking for a quiet escape right inside the city! You can relax on the many chairs or on the grass admiring the city view from the lovely park with lots of flowers, trees and plenty of water. Ideal for families with young children to enjoy fun in the water and on the playground. It’s rather big so bring plenty of time. On a sunny day, you can spend many hours here (Suggested duration: More than 3 hours).
Just a short stroll from the city Planten un Blomen is the place to relax under Mediterranean fig trees or at the Japanese teahouse. The park offers manicured flower beds, herb gardens, and vast lawns. Idyllic ponds, as well as themed gardens, are a popular time-out spot for business people and university students alike. And with access to central Hamburg, the park is never far away. 🌳🍀🚶🏻♀️
Enjoy crossing the water using the stepping stones with the ducks and turtles swimming through.
A must do to in Hamburg in order to feel the city and its spirit. Soak up the sun, have a picnic or rollerskate, relax on the chairs by the koi ponds, watch your children play, or engage in water sports with your family or enjoy ice cream or drinks in one of several spots throughout the park, or simply walk and admire. You never run out of options in the 47 hectares (116.1 acres) urban
Klosterwall 8, 20095 Hamburg
The park is open all year round and there is no entrance fee.
Photographing a music festival is one of the best experiences you can have as a gig photographer. The opportunity to shoot a variety of artists in one location can be hugely rewarding and great for your portfolio. However, the days are long and demanding, and the schedule relentless. In this article, you will learn some of the best tips to help you make the most of your festival shoot and how to enjoy it!
Making the most of your festival experience as a photographer is more than just turning up to the main stage and shooting. You’ll need to prepare for a very long day of shooting. Depending on the size of the festival the facilities for press and photographers can vary greatly. These days, unless you are shooting some of the big festivals, you’ll be lucky to get free water or somewhere to shelter.
Let’s look at preparing your kit bag:
1 – Camera
For most gig shoots you can get away with one body but if you can, take a 2nd body. If your primary body fails you might miss several days of photography. Also, a 2nd body with a different lens on will make switching focal lengths easier. If you don’t own one, borrow a body if you can. If you can’t borrow one, consider renting a 2nd body for a couple of days.
2 – Lenses
One of the big differences between shooting a gig at a local venue and a festival is that you will likely be a larger distance away from the stage. If you don’t have a fast, long focal length lens like a 70-200mm f/2.8, consider renting one from a company like Lenses For Hire.
3 – Batteries
Don’t expect there to be facilities where you can charge your camera batteries so make sure everything is fully charged and have a spare. It’s worth taking one of those portable battery packs to recharge items like your mobile phone or even your camera battery if it supports USB charging.
4 – Camera Bag
You will spend more time carrying around your camera gear than using it so be sure to pack everything into a comfortable bag that also allows you easy access. Choose a bag that has straps and supports in all the right places and will generally put up with most weather conditions.
Pack Other Equipment and Items
While camera equipment is arguably very important, packing these other items will make sure you are fully prepared.
5 – Lens Wipes and Micro Fibre Clothes
Whether it’s rain or flying beer, there is a good chance that your camera or lens might get wet. Keep a stock of lens wipes and microfiber clothes handy.
6 – Snacks
Though the variety of food and drink that can be found at festivals is mind-boggling these days, it can be expensive. Since the days can be long you could easily end up eating all 3 daily meals there. Save some cash and take your own water and food/snacks. Being hungry and thirsty will ruin your creativity and motivation, so stay fed and watered.
7 – Money
While taking your own food and drink will save you a lot of money, be sure to take some cash. It’s handy for emergencies when your own provisions run out, or you just want to treat yourself to a delicious cheeseburger or a refreshing summer drink.
8 – Clothing
When shooting a festival, the days are long and you will spend long periods of time either walking from stage to stage or standing about. You will want to wear very comfortable, but practical clothes. Comfortable walking boots, layered clothing, walking trousers, and waterproofs are your best friends. European festivals are well known for the mud and rain, and you will be miserable if you are soaked through and have muddy feet. If you are shooting on a sunny day, don’t forget sunblock.
Once you’ve got all your kit sorted, you need to have a plan.
Develop a Plan
Though you could just rock up to the gate and wonder about the festival for a few days, working out a few key items will allow you to better use the time you do have there.
9 – Work Out Your Schedule
Not all festivals will publish the running times of the acts, but you can at least review who you need to or want to shoot. Depending on the size, layout and running times of the festival, it may not be possible to photograph everyone. So, write a list of the artists that you either must and/or want to shoot. If there is a published running order with times please keep in mind this is always subject to change so be prepared to modify your schedule.
10 – Social Media Tags
If you are planning on sharing any of your images live from the festival now is the time to take note of any associated hashtags or account names. You probably won’t have a lot of time between artist performances so save yourself a bit of time and take note of some key social media tags. For each post, you’ll want to tag the band and the festival. Take a read of 12 Things To Do When Starting Out in Gig Photography for some tips on sharing your images.
11 – Getting There
Obviously, you know where the venue is but do you know how you are getting there? What are the parking restrictions? Do you need to pay for and get a parking permit in advance? How far are the stages from the car park? Take all these things into account and leave plenty of extra time.
12 – Collecting your Pass
Do you know where and from who you need to get your pass/ticket/wristband from? Sometimes your ticket will come in the mail, but your photo/pit pass will need to be collected on-site. Either way, give yourself plenty of time to sort this out. being stressed and anxious won’t help you resolve any issues more quickly.
13 – Site Map
If you can get a site map in advance so you can see where all the stages are this will help in the planning of your schedule
14 -Check Out Historical Photos
Unless this is the first year of a festival there will likely be a few images of the previous year’s somewhere on the internet, including the festivals own website. These images will help you understand what the layout looks like, key shooting locations, stage sizes etc.
At the Festival
You’ve done all your preparation, you arrive at the gate, get your pass and you’re in! Here are some things for you to think about:
No, this isn’t about checking your Facebook or Instagram feed while you’re there but your interactions with the other people that are working there. Some of the people you will find worth making friends with are:
15 – Fellow Photographers
You are unlikely to be the only photographer at a festival so there will always be someone to talk to when your hanging about the side of the stage waiting to get into the pit. Aside from it being a great way to do a bit of networking you can often pick up some useful information. By speaking to your fellow togs you might find out about schedule changes, cancellations, or even when the pyrotechnics in the front of the stage might go off! After you’ve done a few gigs and festivals you’ll start the see the same faces making the whole experience a bit more fun.
16 – Security
If you’ve read the article 12 Things To Do When Starting Out in Gig Photography, you’ll know how the value to the importance of the photographers’ relationship with security staff. While they are unlikely to give you access that you aren’t authorized to have, knowing your security staff will allow for an easier transition between stages and they are also a great source of useful information.
Tell the Whole Story
While the obvious draw for people when they come to a festival is the music, there is often so much more than going on.
17 – Check the Other Stages
Most festivals have a wide variety of acts on. Everything from circus performers, comedy acts, kids entertainers, DJs, open mic slots, etc. Make sure you go away from a festival with a wide range of photographs that help tell the story of the event.
18 – Shoot the Small Things
There is more to festival photography than getting an epic shot of a famous band. While you’re hanging about waiting for the next band or act to come on stage check to see if there is anything else worth photographing. For example, is there a collection of nice guitars or drums sitting on stage that makes for a good image?
19 – Photograph the Crowds
No festival photography story would be complete without shots of the crowd. The best time to shoot the crowd is just after a song has finished as this is the most likely time they will have their hands in the air. If you have a 2nd body make sure you have your wide-angle lens on so you can quickly turn around from the main stage and grab that wide-angle crowd shot.
20 – Talk to People
While you are walking between stages be sure to have your camera ready. It’s always worth walking with a smile and stopping with a chat. You will meet some amazing people and because you are relaxed they will be giving you a much better image.
Don’t Just Shoot from the Pit
There’s no doubt that shooting from the pit will provide you with some great angles and opportunities to capture amazing images. But have you considered:
21 – Shooting from the Mixing Desk
The mixing desk is a great location to get those epic crowd and stage shots. Try standing in front of the desk area and holding your camera above your head (live view and a tilting screen really help here). It may also be possible to get into the mixing desk area. It’s often on an elevated platform giving you a much better shot.
22 – Shooting from Side of Stage
This area is typically more controlled than other areas, but if you can get access shooting from the side of the stage can give you some really interesting shots. Images of the band or artist playing to a massive crowd make for some great shots.
If neither of these locations are directly on your list of areas you can access it’s always worth introducing yourself to the stage manager or someone on the mixing desk. Tell them who you are, and what you’d like to do. It won’t always result in access, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know if you could have.
23 – Get Sharing!
Nothing beats being the first photographer to get an image out onto the internet. So, if you have the capability, get your images out into your social media channels as soon as you can. Make sure you tag the band and the festival as well. The sooner you get your images out the more likely the band or festival will also share it.
Back at Home or the Office
24 – Import, Backup, and Tag
You’ve just spent 3 days in a muddy field and shot over 2000 images. The first thing should do is to get those images onto your computer. Import them straight away into Lightroom (or just onto your hard drive) so you have another copy. You should then kick off your backup routine which should be robust enough that you will have another copy of the images, and if possible and offsite/cloud copy.
Once you have multiple copies of your image data be sure to take some time and tag all your images with some metadata. At a bare minimum, you should tag them with the festival name and the name of the band or artists. No one likes doing this but it will make image selection and search much easier.
If you’ve gone home every night or had your laptop, you should do this every day of the festival.
25 – Select and Process Like A Pro
Unless you have a specific requirement to publish a number of images of each band or artist, you should ideally only select 2 or 3 images for processing. Be hard on your own work and only select images that will really make the cut. After a few solid days of festival work, the thought of having to process hundreds of images will be daunting and you may struggle to start.
By selecting on a couple of images of each band and some crowd shots, the overall number of images you will process will seem much more manageable and achievable.
If your publication, festival, or a band come back to you for more images, process some more then. Hopefully, you will have tagged all your images so finding the right images will be easy. If you are using a program like Lightroom, most of the time you can copy the develop settings from one of your previously develop photos.
It’s Hard Work but Fun
Photography of a festival is hard work, but hopefully, the tips above will let you plan and execute your festival shoot a little more effectively. But most of all, just make sure you enjoy it!
Do you have any festival photography tips? Was there anything on that list that you hadn’t considered? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’ve been curious what to do after exfoliating face, the main takeaway is to stay moisturized! After exfoliating, the skin is going to be at a more sensitive state than usual. This is why it’s important to give it time to recover, by allowing it to calm and repair itself with a hydrating Emulsion.
Whatisanemulsion, andhowisitdifferentfromamoisturizer? In this blog post, I will break down everything you need to know about emulsions, a hero product in the K-beauty routine.
🌼 Emulsions are lighter versions of moisturizing creams. Unlike most heavy facial creams, emulsions are typically water-based, which means they go on lighter and thinner than creams. Emulsions absorb into the skin much more quickly and don’t sit on top of the skin the same way some creams do.
Emulsions offer many of the same benefits of a cream, just in a lighter formula. They’re formulated to act as a moisture lock that seals in all the hydration and benefits of your essence and serums. Many people use emulsions as a continuance of their treatment products, not just as a moisturizer.
Emulsions are the in-between product between serums and creams. It’s not quite as light as a serum, but not quite as heavy as a cream. Similarly, it isn’t as concentrated as serums, but more targeted than heavy creams.
1. For very oily skin, emulsions can be an great option as your final moisturizing step before applying SPF.
2. For combination and acne-prone skin, you can use an emulsion to target oil, blemishes, and excess sebum.
3. Normal skin types can still obtain benefits from emulsion even if they don’t have a skin concern they want to target.
4. For sensitive skin, emulsions are perfect to promote healthy, nourished skin without irritating it or penetrating deep enough to provoke inflammation and redness.
5. And if you’re in my camp and struggle with dry skin, emulsions are seriously a life-saver.
Just like treatment products, what emulsion you use and how you use it really depends on your specific needs. But whether you’re trying to find a lighter moisturizer for humid weather, or you’re looking for another layer of moisture to keep your skin from drying out, emulsions can certainly find a way into your routine. And, take it from me, you’ll be happy once they do.
Last week I went to Animal park Hagenbeck, the wildlife park in Hamburg and had a thoroughly enjoyable few hours photographing in the lovely landscaping with lots of mature trees and gardens. The best time to visit the zoo is now when the days are dry and sunny, it doesn’t rain as often and the temperature is pleasant. Plan your day with the help of a 10-day weather forecast app. Make sure to allow enough time at least 4 hours to the 19-hectare animal park with more than 1,850 animals from all continents, including one of the largest elephant herds in Europe. While enjoying a stay in the cosmopolitan city, be sure to find some time to visit the park. Those with younger travelers in tow will especially appreciate the chance to interact with newborn animals ranging from penguins to lion cubs.
With lots of snack spots and clean public toilets, with easy walking paths and numbered map one could easily spend a whole day there. They also provide wagons for kids at the counter. Parking is across the road and is €4 for 24hrs and the zoo easily accessible by U-Bahn and buses from the city.
Walk around and enjoy!
It was nice to see the quality of care given to animals, the animals look all happy and cared for. Great animal enclosures that really bring you into “their” environment. Different species are conserved in their natural habitat and there are many animals roaming freely in the park, you can get too close to them. Don’t miss the polar area where you can go in/out/down below the polar bears, penguins, and walrus, the orangutan house, the elephant freewheeling hall.
I couldn’t visit the tropical aquarium and the souvenir shop this time, so next time I visit the park I will have more to share and update.
Have been to several zoos in various countries but Hagenbeck is still one of our favorites. Make sure to bring some carrots or peanuts to feed the elephants!
Admission to the zoo and aquarium is €30 for adults or €21 for children ages 4 to 16. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs €85. Tickets can also be purchased separately for just the zoo (€20 for adults or €15 for children) or aquarium (€14 for adults or €10 for children).