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Mini-Manual – Heart Health

– Spring Cleaning Tips for your Kitchen

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. How’s your’s holding out? Try these simple tricks to avoid cardiac arrest and get your home in better working order.

metm17.jpg– Cut the Kitchen Clutter
Is everything in your kitchen where you need it most? Spend 15 minutes rethinking your kitchen – and another 15 minutes implementing the changes – and you’ll save plenty of time.

– Time to Regroup (Your Groceries)
The coffee is next to the baby cereal which is nowhere near the sugar (for the coffee, silly). It’s time to rethink your pantry shelves and regroup logically. The same goes for the fridge. Who knows, being able to find what you’re looking for may also inspire you to try out new recipes – and not just the puréed variety.

– Organise your Freezer
Try to keep control of the contents of your freezer. If you’re feeling eligible for the Little Miss Perfect award, you could make a list of its contents and tick off things as you use them. We know, in an ideal world … Or if you’re just like the rest of us make sure you clean out your freezer every few months. And get rid of that thing in the back corner.

– Stock Up (Your Pantry)
List all household items you use on a large scale, such as kitchen towels, rubbish bags, toilet paper, etc., and do one shop to stock up on them. Better yet, make a monthly list on an online shopping site and set yourself reminders. Buying in bulk saves you time and money.

– Multi-task
Use the minutes while waiting for pasta to boil to do small household tasks such as descaling the kettle or cleaning the filters of the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

What Mini says:
Why does she keep trying to tidy my mess? Chaos rules!

Our Mini-Manuals are filled with tips for life avec bébé. Read the Mini-Manual on Green Living and Taking Great Baby Pics.


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Mini-Manual – Tips for Taking Great Baby Shots (Part 1)

Introducing the Mini-Manual
A little longer than our usual missives, the Mini-Manual provides practical, how-to advice on life avec bébé. As we approach the silly season, this Mini Manual looks at taking great baby shots.

Feel the urge to take endless baby pics but fed-up when your works of art are not quite what you’d imagined? Use our tips to become the next Anne Geddes (cute get-ups optional).

1 – Natural lighting
As you’ve probably worked out, babies are especially sensitive to bright light. This includes harsh sunlight and flash photography. If possible, take photos during the day either outside in a natural setting or out of direct sunlight but with all the indoor lights on (this gives a softer tone on baby’s fair skin).

If you’re feeling more adventurous, take photos early in the morning or late in the evening right before the sun sets. Use your flash outside to produce stunning results.

2 – On your knees
Now may not be the moment for those 4 inch heels … get down to the level of your tot. It will make them more comfortable and give you a better view of their features. Never photograph from above. (When taking photos of a baby on its back, stand directly over the baby and shoot straight down.)

3 – Mood
We’re not talking candle-lit dinners to set the tone! But be sensitive to your baby’s mood. If you want pictures of a smiling baby then don’t start a photo session when your little world wide wailer is cranky. But do capture a range of emotions – all moods can make for beautiful pictures. And be sure to get rid of any distractions – too many people, anything that moves or makes a noise.

(A good tip is to shoot using the LCD screen and not the viewfinder so that the tyke can see and react to you. Do whatever it takes to make your little one smile!)

Don’t limit yourself to colour photos. Black and white pics have a timeless quality perfectly suited to baby photos. And with photo-shop you can really have some fun!


What Mini says:
“Alright Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.”

In Part 2 of the Mini-Manual learn to Set the Scene and take Action Shots. Don’t miss it!

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