This weekend we went to a Harry Potter Ball. It was a little bit rubbish (I’ll update about it soon) but the girls had a good time AND took a lot of selfies. This is them both ready for the Ball, just before we left the hotel.
I had a different picture to share with you this week but when I went to upload it, I found this on my phone. I don’t even know when the girls took it, though I know it was taken in the car during this week. I thought it was something a little bit different for a change so this is my Project 52 picture for this week.
This week’s picture was taken at one of many open evenings that we attended for planning Megan’s secondary school next year. All the previous ones had been just Megan and I but this one we had to take Lily along with us. Not surprisingly, Lily has already decided that this particular one is the one she wants to go to!
I want to make it quite clear before I make this post, that I am really not a selfie person at all. I find it completely embarrassing to take selfies, not to mention I very rarely wear makeup so I just end up feeling worse about myself if I do take them. However, I do love to take GROUP selfies – and that’s why I love the idea of a selfie stick!
I first saw selfie sticks, about 6-8 months ago, floating around on the internet. The idea of a stick that meant you could take better selfies sort of fascinated me, even though I didn’t really think I’d have a use for it. That said, we’ve had numerous Murder Mystery parties where taking a group picture has been a nightmare, so deep down I figured that maybe I would have a use for it after all. In October of last year, we went to Edinburgh on holiday for the weekend and while visiting the Elephant Cafe we saw two girls using a selfie stick. I have to admit I laughed but they were good hearted and chuckled too. I think you have to know (and be okay with the fact) that you look kinda silly using them! Anyway, when I was offered one to review, I figured “why not?”. We do have a lot of parties where it would be fun to have said stick and perhaps even in Florida it would come in handy!
The selfie stick I got came from 7DayShop.com and can be found here. The one I got was called a Monopod and came with Bluetooth remote. It sells for £9.99* and comes with everything you can see in the pictures above. It was really easy to use and connect to your phone via bluetooth, meaning that you could take the pictures easily and without any effort. Though there was an app you could use (free to download), we found that it worked just fine on the iPhone camera app, so long as the bluetooth was all synced up. The stick extended to 95cm so it was great for making sure everyone was in the frame!
Unfortunately our next Murder Mystery isn’t until March, so I wasn’t able to use it on a large group (I can’t wait to try though). Instead we just used it as a family (Chris spent a whole morning playing with it when it arrived) and when we went out to breakfast on Valentine’s morning we also took it with us.
As someone who dislikes selfies, I’m definitely not going to be using this alone – but then I don’t really think that’s the point of them anyway. I can’t wait till our next murder mystery party to give this stick a try – or perhaps stand in front of Cinderella’s castle in Florida and take a picture of our whole family.
This week I tried to pick a couple of pictures that I haven’t placed on Instagram or elsewhere on my blog. Lily’s pic is her trying Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. Megan got great pleasure from watching the faces she was pulling and orchestrating which bean she would eat next. Megan’s pic is actually a selfie of us both. We were waiting for Lily to brush her teeth and go to the toilet, before reading a bedtime story. Megan has been doing a selfie project on her own blog – Little Princess Blogs – and I think it shows now in her poses!