Four Things I 🖤 – 19th February 2018 | Gratitude Journal

⊱ཞ🖤 No. 1: Tooth ~ Fairy ཞ⊰

I cannot contain my excitement! I just pulled out my baby’s first tooth! So now she wants notes instead of coins for her piggy bank!!… how much will that be once we are done pulling out all the milk teeth? … and how much should it be per tooth? 100 bob? Should I be looking at this as an investment into my geriatric years, is there a geriatric tooth fairy out there who pays you when you lose a tooth because of old age? If there’s a grannie out there who can let me know what the going rate for geriatric tooth fairies in 2018 is, I’d appreciate it because then I can extrapolate it to my sunset years!

I wonder what I’ll do with the  Zizi’s tooth, should I keep it… funny how my mom kept most of my milk teeth in a little vial… whats funnier is that first forward a couple of years later and I’m telling my then boyfriend that if he’s so lucky he might be the one who gets my vial of baby teeth!!!! Uh! YES he was freaked out!!!!! I don’t know why I thought offering my baby teeth to someone was in any way, shape of form a good idea!

Now  that I’m pulling out teeth, I am more confused than a chameleon in a bag of skittles as to whose daughter this  ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ is because I still feel like I’m 21… even though my logo (have you seen it? If not check out my home page!) proclaims different! We’ve just come from a mini photo shoot, with my little almost grown-up monkey modelling her first missing tooth smile!

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⊱ཞ🖤 No. 2: Growing Older ཞ⊰

I don’t know what all the kerfuffle about age is! I am absolutely loving growing older, I am finding that with age, I am more comfortable in my skin, I am more self assured, I feel less like a fraudster although I heard that its a well known secret amongst adults that we are all walking around wondering ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓calvin.jpg

I’ve also come to accept the fact that I’m not Nutella, therefore I can’t make everyone happy. Oh and I realise this does not apply to everyone over thirty burrrrt I’m also glad that ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓

The only walk of shame I’m experiencing is the fifth trip to the buffet line!!!

Oh! Oh! one last major plus of growing older ⇒ Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either! Right Lizzie & Nancy???

⊱ཞ🖤 No. 3: Photography ཞ⊰

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved photography, I can still remember when I got my first camera, it was one of those cheap Kodak – wanna be film cameras … and the exi-aty ( yes excitement & anxiety) of film developing day not knowing how how many shots would be overexposed, you dint even worry about unflattering photo’s, it was like selfie Russian roulette, whichever photo’s you took, flattering or not would wind up in the album… imagine posting the first selfie you take on instagram! Ahhh! that was the life!

I got myself my first DSLR in January 2018 and from the first time I turned it on, I have shot in manual mode and I am enjoying it so much….This ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓was the first picture I took using the DSLR and I tell you as soon as I saw that hint of bokeh in the background I had drank the DSLR Kool aid, bought the T-shirt and changed my name to Aiko. I am now in the Nikon commune and there’s no way of getting me out!!!

First picture taken using a DSLR
My little monkey

This ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ I also took the first day of operating it… I went to the YouTube school of photography!! I mean YouTube should be issuing degrees considering even people who are in school go on YouTube to learn about what they’re learning in school!

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Jasmine Rain

This particular video, I have watched on loop! Because the instructor is soooooo gooooood! I would absolutely recommend it if you’re learning how to shoot your first Nikon DSLR. I am still in the exposure triangle kindergarten so not all my first shots look like these ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑, there have been as many misses but thankfully the hits are more and to be honest at first I was just winging it: life, motherhood, eyeliner, photography. EVERYTHING! But I have to say the more I shoot the less I’m winging the photography! I mean this ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ shot of my Cajun Cauliflower & Carrot Stir Fry says it all right?!

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⊱ཞ🖤 No. 4: Mango Passion Juice ཞ⊰

I can forgive the hot spell we are currently experiencing even though it will not let my foundation stay put… I mean if I ran as much as my foundation does when I step out in this heat, I’d have abs for daaaaaaaaaaaaays! or at least really strong calves! But I’m fine with the heat because every fruit out there has fructose levels that are off the chains!!! I have already waxed lyrical about my love affair with mangoes here, so it should come as no surprise that mango juice is being consumed in my house like a student loan with zero% interest payment! I happened to have the passion fruits which I tossed into the blender with the mangoes… I have no words… mangoes and passion fruits make the best fruit baby ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓! And I know I went on and on about how I love both dark and light photography here, but the scales are tipping, and I bet you can guess in favour of which!

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