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Snapshots & Scenes from January 2018

Where has January gone? I don’t know about you, but we’ve been really busy and as a result, January has just flown by. We’re getting closer and closer to spring!

The Snapshots and Scenes post I put together every month is my favourite thing. It all started a few months ago when I first filmed little snippets of our daily lives. I’d never really done that before. I had tried to capture the milestones, the ‘big’ moments like the first steps, the first bike ride without stabilisers, bits of Christmas concerts and daring first attempts on the zip wire at the park. What I wasn’t recording was the everyday stuff, the ‘little things’ that make me feel so happy.

Last summer,  a group of fab creative bloggers and I came up with Snapshots & Scenes, a monthly project focusing on video and photos. The idea is simple: as you are enjoying the little moments with your family, record them on camera or film and share your favourite bits with us, ideally through photo and video.

On the day of every month, I put together a short video of no more than 60 seconds, to capture the essence of the month just gone. I generally start with what seems like hours of footage, and although it’s tough to select a clip rather than another, or to trim it so much that only 1 second remains, it’s also pretty satisfying to see those snippets of our daily lives, the absolute gold nuggets from our month just gone. I have a lot to learn, so bear with me, but I’m having fun! Just scroll to the bottom to join us!

Our January was all about

  • A Day at Center Parks
  • Leaving France after a great holiday
  • Going back to school
  • Cooking together
  • Coughs and runny noses
  • Reading Eggs
  • 1-to-1 time with mummy
  • Baking
  • Learning to dance using the Switch
  • Snow
  • Laughter
  • My birthday
  • Time with friends
  • Train journeys
  • An evening at the cinema courtesy of DFS
  • Working as zookeepers

Snapshots & Scenes… What’s that?

‘Snapshots & Scenes’ is a monthly project to focus on telling a story through video and photos. It can be a summary of the past month or highlight a special occasion or the little things.

Who can join in?

Absolutely anyone! We would love to find out about your little and big adventures, see what you did in June and hear your stories.

Who is behind Snapshots & Scenes?

Here is the team behind Snapshots & Scenes. My co-hosts are all talented photographers who have a lovely story to tell and it is a real honour to be amongst this inspirational bunch.

Kerri-Ann – ‘Life as Our Little Family’

Jenny – ‘Let’s Talk Mommy’

Chloe – ‘Sorry About the Mess’

Sara-Jayne – ‘Keeping Up With the Jones Family’

and little me!


  1. 01/02/2018 / 9:21 pm

    I really love this idea of doing brief snapshots/video clips of your month! Your photos are beautiful, by the way! You have a great eye, and a fantastic way of really capturing the feeling of the moment!

    • Mel
      01/02/2018 / 11:28 pm

      Thanks Amber, that means a lot! Taking photos of children is not my forte, but I try hard 🙂

  2. Michele Dennis
    01/02/2018 / 11:21 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful month full of lasting memories! I love your photos and what a great idea to capture those little moments that will now last a lifetime!

    • Mel
      01/02/2018 / 11:29 pm

      Looking back, I can say we really had a fab month. I love this monthly blog post and video.

  3. 02/02/2018 / 12:22 am

    Those snapshots are beautiful and the video is a fun one to watch. It’s really nice to have fun and enjoy the days with the kids.

    • Mel
      03/02/2018 / 1:01 am

      Thanks Alison. They grow up so quickly! It’s really important to enjoy every moment with them 🙂

  4. 02/02/2018 / 1:14 am

    You have beautiful children and the video was just so heartwarming to watch! It has great length, nicely captured moments, very very well done!
    Makes me want to be a parent too 😍

    • Mel
      03/02/2018 / 1:01 am

      Thanks Macy! I love a video that’s short and sweet 🙂

  5. Dr. Ashley
    02/02/2018 / 2:57 am

    Love all of the photos! Lots of beautiful memories 🙂

  6. 02/02/2018 / 11:41 am

    Wow, it was such an amazing month for you, Train rides are great fun for kids. Enjoyed this blog and pictures of adorable kids.

  7. 02/02/2018 / 7:19 pm

    Sounds like it was a very fulfilling January for you and your kids. I think my daughter would be jealous most of being a zookeeper. That sounds like such a lot of fun, even in a limited way.

    • Mel
      03/02/2018 / 1:03 am

      It really was a brilliant experience, and certainly a memorable one for my little girl and her friend!

  8. 03/02/2018 / 6:17 am

    Looks like you had a great month with your family. wishing you lots of luck and happiness for February, too.

    • Mel
      07/02/2018 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks a lot. So far, so good: no illness, colds or vomiting yet, whoop whoop!

  9. 03/02/2018 / 12:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, that last picture is beautiful. I love the video, how cute they all are in the bath! Sounds like it was a busy January! Linking up with Snapshots and Scenes. xx

    • Mel
      07/02/2018 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks Anna-Marie. I love these 4. They’re just too cute. One minute, they’re all the best of buddies, and the next, they are bickering 🙂

  10. Elena
    03/02/2018 / 5:26 pm

    It seems like January was not only busy but also fulfilling month for you and your fa,ily. I love the photo of your son taking a photo up close, so concentrated 🙂

    • Mel
      08/02/2018 / 12:09 am

      It was a really good month, and I’m really proud of my little man for being so creative and determined to take a good photo 🙂

  11. 04/02/2018 / 8:37 am

    Oh my heart can’t take all this cuteness!!!! I haven’t seen this series on blogs before but it’s a perfect idea to do with my toddler!

    • Mel
      07/02/2018 / 9:44 pm

      We’d love to have you join in. It’s a really simple one. You can use photos and videos you use on our phone and simply write a few bullet points about your highlights for the month. It’s my favourite post to put together every month 🙂

  12. 04/02/2018 / 9:01 am

    Wao such a beautiful first month of new year 🙂 I enjoyed the post and pictures are very lovely <3

    • Mel
      08/02/2018 / 12:18 am


  13. Blair villanueva
    05/02/2018 / 12:50 am

    I like this idea! This could help to look back the fun days of last minth and plan for the more adventurous month. Thumbs up!

    • Mel
      08/02/2018 / 12:17 am

      Thanks lovely!

  14. Jenine
    05/02/2018 / 5:57 am

    I love this idea of the monthly snapshot videos! What a great way to look back on that month’s memories. It looks like January was joyful <3

    • Mel
      08/02/2018 / 12:13 am

      It’s really greta to have all those simple, ‘normal’ moments recorded on film. I love watching them back!

  15. Enricoh
    06/02/2018 / 2:02 am

    Se manifiquè moments captured. Great views and vibes

  16. 07/02/2018 / 8:27 am

    What gorgeous everyday scenes, I love all the baking and your big boy photographing the fruit! Magical x

    • Mel
      07/02/2018 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks sweetie. He was so into his project to get decent food photos. He’s now entered three into the Food Photographer of the Year in the under 10 category, bless him! xx

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