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Bamboodies at the Beach

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After our bamboodies arrived in January, we were so excited to try them out at the beach. It was a beautiful day at Kiritihere, and they were perfect for later in the day when it started to get a bit cold.

I have been so caught up with everything else that I have not managed to share this with you until now, but I figured it was perfect timing seeing as eco peko is currently having a sale on their bamboodies! Baby bamboodies for $15, child bamboodies $20, and adult bamboodies for $25. If you do not already know about eco peko, check out their shop and my previous post about them. We love eco peko.

Before heading onto the beach, we needed to make a quick stop at the New Zealand dolphin under threat sign. If you do not already know about this serious issue with only 55 left, please check out my post to help protect the Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphins. The Let’s Face It visual campaign reached their original goal and have increased it again asking for more petitions.
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See how amazing our bamboodies are! We absolutely love how they are lightweight and soft. They kept us nice and warm, and Zaedyn even decided to go playing in the water with his. We couldn’t leave the beach until Daddy took Zaedyn down the sand dunes full of giggles and smiles, and we also found some rubbish that other people had left which definitely did not belong on the beach. We went around collecting a few things to take away with us because we did not want to leave the beach with all of this plastic to harm the environment and wildlife. As we went to leave, we even had to wait for many sheep waiting to cross the road safely. What an awesome day at the beach as usual!
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Don’t forget to check out the bamboodie sale over at eco peko. Our bamboodies are natural with a starfish, but they also come in turquoise with a nautilus shell and burnt orange with a coral trout ūüôā

Watching the Waves

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Zaedyn loves to show off his puku

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Developing the Negative

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Processed & Mounted Beach Prints

Developing reel, developing tank, roll of film, an opener, scissors, and dark room…check. Anything else? The sense of excitement as well as an overwhelming feeling develops the first time you process your own roll of film. Or at least in my case it did. Photography as an elective at University left me in this dark space about 6 years ago, fiddling around with a roll of film and lots of care as to not damage or ruin all of my efforts. I wouldn’t get a second chance. There was not an undo button as with digital, and this led to mixed emotions. It is actually a bit amusing to look back and think of all of us in the class standing there in the room full of light practicing loading the developing reel over and over again if needed. However, if you think about it, it really is an amazing thing to be able to prepare the film in pure darkness.

Anyways, I managed to successfully prepare my film and move on to processing and printing. The understanding of photography lies in some of these basic concepts learned while developing your own prints. It is absolutely amazing to watch the process of your paper being agitated, allowing for your image to appear and to be analysed and re-analysed for things such as exposure and contrast. I cannot say that I remember everything, but I remember how much I enjoyed the complete process from taking photos all the way to mounting. Okay, I may have been a bit frustrated from time to time at the amount of adjustments and not getting things right, but overall the satisfaction of making my own prints was above all of the time consuming aspects. The more and more I think about the process makes me love photography even more than I already do. I still wish that I knew more, although I know that there is nothing stopping me from finding out and extending upon my experience.

Although the photo above does not portray the quality of the prints, these were some photos I took in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Bolsa Chica, and Huntington Beach, California and processed myself. Love those offshore surfing days from the Santa Ana waves. Amazing how many memories, stories, connections, and emotions evolve from a photo. The photo in the middle on the right with the telescope was taken aboard the Queen Mary, looking back toward Long Beach where I was born. There is just something about this photo that I love. Once we left home, my parents redecorated one of the bedrooms and framed some of these prints for the wall which has made them even more special to me.

I love photography and have spent a lot of time taking photos for fun. However, I do not feel as if I have explored enough with photography and the possibilities that I know are available. I was really looking at gaining a minor in photography at University, but getting engaged while studying abroad and coming back to finish my two years left into one, did not allow me any spare time. I have continued my passion for photography and always seem to carry my camera around for those many moments where I am usually always inclined to take photos. Not just one either. My computer is filled with photos, many being only slightly different to the next, but I can never decide which one I like better. I am really looking forward to hopefully getting a new digital camera as I have had mine for some time now. Remember the Canon Digital Rebel XT? Yip, I am still using one. I am open to recommendations for those of you willing to share your knowledge and personal use with digital SLR cameras. Any photography tips, tricks, and useful information is also welcome. Feel free to share :).

Charlie Banana

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¬† ¬† ¬†“Sale items REDUCED AGAIN!! ¬†As we are overstocked in small swimmers we need to clear I have reduced ALL prices again!” reads Tweedle¬†Limited’s Facebook Page. Now at only $8 NZD, these Charlie Banana 2 in 1 Swimmer & Training Pants are a great deal. With summer not too far away, I couldn’t resist buying a few for Zaedyn and possibly some as prezzies. It was hard to decide on sizes, but knowing that Zaedyn has a small bum, I am glad that we bought mostly Medium. I am sure that he will grow into them a bit more before summer. Can’t wait to try them out at the beach.

¬† ¬† ¬†In our original hunt for nappies before Zaedyn was born, we had bought some Charlie Banana nappies from Fishpond only to be told that they were out of stock and would not be available. I am excited now to at least try some swimmers out. The lining is even 100% organically grown cotton and the outer layer is waterproof. Most swimmers are not actually absorbent, but the Charlie Banana swimmers are very well designed as well as eco-friendly. The bright colours originally attracted me to this brand. For those of you who know me will know that I love green, and Zaedyn’s new bright green Charlie Banana swimmer is by far my favourite. Look how cute he looks modeling it and pretending to surf on his Indo Board.

Don’t forget to check out Tweedle‘s website for great deals on¬†Charlie Banana swimmers, cloth nappies, leg huggers, and more. We have always had great service from Tweedle, and the products are shipped out and arrive the following day. We are almost out of Rockin’ Green so we decided to add some to our order and try out Earth, Wind, and Orchids. Although I seem to be spending lots of money at the moment, I am impressed with all of the good deals and products that I keep finding. Continue to follow along as I will keep you posted with a few more items that will be coming our way.

Surfbaby NZ

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Surfbaby Triple Stringer Longboard Chalkboard, 100% Organic cotton My Dads a Better Surfer Than Your Dad Tee, Surfbaby cap, and Alphabet Surf book.

¬† ¬† ¬†Organic New Zealand made surfer and Kiwiana baby apparel and products for little surfers and surfers to be. For parents who want to pass on their love with the ocean and surfing to their little ones, Surfbaby has an exciting and growing range to choose from. With a new Surfbaby Family taking over, I look forward to seeing new items and old ones return. Last Christmas we missed out on Stoked shirts in Zaedyn’s size, but they are back again!

¬† ¬† ¬†Zaedyn currently owns a¬†Surfbaby Triple Stringer Longboard Chalkboard, 100% Organic cotton My Dads a Better Surfer Than Your Dad Tee, Surfbaby cap, and Alphabet Surf book. From Aerial to Zzzzzz, the Alphabet Surf book is an easy read full of surf lingo to teach your little ones. Zaedyn’s Surfbaby cap has been so useful, wearing it at some of his favourite beaches around the world while being SunSmart & pretty rad. Hope that you will check out the¬†Surfbaby¬†website and¬†Facebook¬†page for more information and products for your little surfer.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap and pointing to the waves at San Onofre, California.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap at Marokopa, New Zealand.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Zaedyn Tai’s Hang Ten

Zaedyn Tai Windsurfing in Rarotonga.

Zaedyn Tai at Raglan.

Zaedyn Tai surfing at San O.

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Follow the Sun

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‚ô•¬†At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. ~Unknown