‘One Two Three Swing’ at TATE Modern & River Thames Stroll Day Out

Hey Beautiful People,

I know, I know…I have been AWOL, but adulting has got me focused on anything else other than updating my blog / socials.

But…I am back.

Please forgive me if I do a little bit of catching up with what I have been up to and I will start with an activity I did with my family back in February during the school half-term.

The weather in London suddenly got a break and there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky. It was cold, but the sunshine was glorious.

AAAAANNDDDDD…..LONDON IS BEAUTIFUL when the sun comes out to play.

So, my family and I went out for the day. I love art installations and Tate Modern had a very interactive one called “ONE TWO THREE SWING” by Danish artists’ collective called SUPERFLEX. You can read all about it here.

After visiting Tate Modern, we took a stroll down the river side of the Thames and we found that the tide was low and we could actually go down to the banks. This for me (and the kids) was a first and it was nice.

All in all, I didn’t know how the day would turn out, but I managed to capture a few pictures and some footage for my Youtube channel. So here goes…

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St Paul’s Cathedral – Up close and from a distance. Told you London is beautiful when the sun comes out to play.

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One Two Three Swing Installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – I just loved how interactive this art installation was and I wish there are more like this in the future.

The kids enjoying the artwork. It was actually kind of fun swinging with another person. See me having a go in my video below.

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This huge ball was actually swinging above people sitting on the colourful carpet as part of the installation. Pretty cool stuff!

If you haven’t been in the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern, this part of the floor slopes. If you watch my video, you will see my kids actually rolling down it. The Turbine Hall is a very impressive space even when it is empty. You can just get lost in your thoughts in whilst you are in there. I just love it!

Last shots of the day…

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The skyline of London with St Paul’s, The Leadenhall Building aka “The Cheesegrater” and 20 Fenchurch Street aka “The Walkie Talkie” seen on the horizon.

_MG_0363Random kayakers on River Thames shot from the banks of the river.

Looking back at these images just reminded me of how much I love photographing London. I even started a series of images under Snapping London and I think I will definitely get back to it. This one of St Paul’s that I shot back in 2009 as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, brings back awesome memories of just being in the moment and meeting new people with similar photographic passions.

Do you think I should revive my Snapping London series?

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Lumiere London 2018

This is an annual event that happens in January in London. In 2018, the art light installations were up for four nights from the 18 – 21 January and they were switched on from 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

This year, the family and I braved the cold streets of London see the light installations. Looking at the Lumiere London map, I settled for King’s Cross area as it was an area where we could see a few installations and the station wasn’t far. Just incase the little legs of my babies decided enough was enough. We were meant to go to Trafalgar Square, but the cold, cries of “I am hungry” and the crowds just let that plan slide. There is always next year…no?

Here are a few shots I took of the installations and a vlog with more. So, scroll to the end to watch it and ENJOY!

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IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival (France)

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Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (The Netherlands) – this was one of my favourites.

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada)

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On our way how, the tunnel to the station had this wall of light. I wasn’t sure if it was part of Lumiere or not. It was cool though!

What fun and exciting things are happening where you are?

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IT’S OFFICIAL…

…I am a PHOTOGRAPHER!

Not that I wasn’t before, but it will all make sense shortly.

Ok…let me explain, I have been really caught up with events and my attention to this blog has slacked big time. I have a very good excuse though and I hope you will all forgive me.

Well, since my last blog post, I have gone and graduated, with honours, from University. I even did a whole vlog about it and in case you missed it…here it is:

So, I am forgiven, right?

I have been busy preparing for life after university and adulting, that this blog had to take a back burner for a while. I am back though and I will try as much as possible to keep you lot updated.

So yeah, my graduation happened and as a present to myself, I went away (without the kids) to visit my family in Poland (vlog on this coming soon). It was a much-deserved break after slogging away in Uni for the better part of 5 years. I am now back and ready to hustle.

Going to university was not a decision I made lightly especially when trying to be a wife and mother, it can get really tough. How I managed to get through it all, only God knows, as I was on the verge of quitting a few times. I wrote about joining here and the lessons I learnt here.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

So there you have it, folks, I am now officially a Photographer and it’s on paper. I am super proud of myself for seeing this part of my journey through despite the ups and downs.

Here is to life after uni! 🍻

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Review | My Cleanse Experience – Simple Green Smoothies

DISCLAIMER: This is my personal review of the Simple Green Smoothie Spring Cleanse aka Fresh Start Spring Cleanse 2017. Some of the words used here are from SGS to guide the cleansers (like me) write a personal experience on doing cleanse.

In My Own Words

I have been following Simple Green Smoothies since 2015 when I was looking for ways of improving my diet after having my second child and also introducing vegetables into my kid’s diets. After doing a few internet searches, I found Simple Green Smoothies. As much as they are based in the US and I live in England, that did not matter as I like how SIMPLE their recipes and guides to a healthy you are. It so happened that when I signed up for their newsletter, they were about to start their 30-Day Smoothie Challenge in October 2015 and I knew that would be the start of an interesting journey when it comes to healthy eating.

Well, that is a story for another day.

Fast forward to 2017, here I am looking for a way to get my healthy eating habits back on track and I get a newsletter from SGS about the Spring Cleanse. I have seen them do a cleanse pack before, but I was so reluctant to try as I was so busy with my studies, running a household and just trying to stay on top of things. Now that I have more or less finished my degree, I decided that the timing, although not perfect, was as good as any. So I took the plunge and signed up for the Fresh Start Spring Cleanse aka #FS21. The cleanse was a 21-Day programme from 3 – 23 April 2017, but you can still join the cleanse and start when you are ready. The disadvantage with that is that you will not be part of the Facebook Group that was created for the cleanse as it helps with getting support from other people trying the cleanse. My opinion would be to wait for the next cleanse as you would definitely benefit from having that moral support from other cleansers. The temptation to fall off the wagon is great and seeing that you are not the only one struggling when temptation rears its ugly head can be a relief.

So, for me, the best way to give my review of the cleanse was to do a video diary. Just me talking about how I feel whilst doing the cleanse, the recipes that I liked and didn’t like and the lessons I have learnt along the way.

Apologies for the long review. Also, some part of the edit the audio does not sync with the video and I could not fix it. So, for that, I am sorry! 🙈

Towards the end, I did the following as per SGS’s questions for the review:

The Intro – Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? (ex: where you live, family, job, kids, pets, passions, dream vacation, anything that excites you really )
My Hesitations – What hesitations did you have about buying Fresh Start?
Favourites from the Cleanse – What was your favourite part about the cleanse?
Recommendations – If you had a friend who’s not sure if they should do Fresh Start, what would you tell ’em?

In the words of Simple Green Smoothies

Fresh Start (spring) is a 21-day cleanse created by Simple Green Smoothies. This positive transformation program is for you IF…
• You’re ready to stop making excuses and take charge of your health.
• You want to feel energised, confident and well rested, so you can feel amazing in your body.
• You’re willing to skip highly processed ingredients and empty calorie meals.
• You believe health is a journey and you’re looking for a system that you can stick to without feeling deprived.
• You’re willing to invest a little extra time in the kitchen, knowing that healthy and nutritious meals take some extra lovin’ in the oven (no more “cooking is a chore” excuses).
• You’re excited to get out of your comfort zone (trying new foods, resisting temptations, giving up caffeine and alcohol).

Join the cleanse: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/cleanse

So, have you done a cleanse before or are you planning to? Please share your thoughts.

I hope you enjoy watching the vlog.

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