Friday, 29 August 2014

A Guide to Taking the Perfect Selfie!

Who knew that taking a photograph of yourself would become such a massive craze? In fact, it’s become such a big deal that the word ‘selfie’ has now been added to the Oxford dictionary. So how can you get in on the act?
Here’s a simple guide to taking the perfect selfie

Make sure it’s you who takes the photo
So often you see photos described as a selfie when actually it’s just a normal photograph taken by someone else entirely. It’s called a selfie for a reason; you take it yourSELF! Don’t go passing a normal photo off as a selfie or you’ll be sent to the depths of photography hell until the end of time.

Don’t just take it of your face
Unless you’re showing off a new lip gloss or badass scar, we need a little more to the selfie than just your face. Either get someone else in on the picture or take it so we can see where in the world you are.

Be mindful of where you are
If you’re going to take a selfie then think about where you are. We don’t want to see your bathroom or the inside of a toilet cubicle in a nightclub.

Beware of photobombers
This can work one of two ways. Either someone photobombing your selfie will completely ruin it or if it’s a particularly brilliant photobomb then you could become an internet sensation. These Australian hockey players were photobombed by none other than the Queen!

The better the location, the better
We’ve already mentioned that we don’t need to see the inside of toilet cubicles in your selfies, so try and make the location as amazing as possible to make your selfie stand out from everyone else’s. Take a leaf out of this guy’s book who took a selfie at the top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Consider where the Sun is
Proper photography tip here. When taking your selfie, think about the position of the Sun. If the Sun is directly behind you then it will make you look like a silhouette and you won’t be able to make out your face. Conversely, if it’s directly in front of you then you’ll probably be squinting. Try and have the sunlight coming from one side if you can.

Use a front facing camera if possible
Most selfies are spontaneous and are therefore perfect to take using the camera on a smartphone. What’s really handy, however, is if your smartphone has a front facing camera. If it does then you can actually see your end result before you take the photo. Most front facing cameras aren’t as good as the normal camera though, so it might impair the quality a little.

Immortalise your selfie
Once you’ve taken your selfie you then need to immortalise it and make sure everyone in the world sees it. Obviously you’ll need to post it up on Facebook and Instagram (once you’ve chosen your filter, obviously) but if it’s a particularly good selfie, then you could always use a service such as Zippi and whack it on a mug/t-shirt/mousemat/cape/etc.

Do you have any tips that I've not mentioned? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Jada x

No, not another nomination.

I'm sure everyone on this planet have heard about some medical or charity fact over the last week. Today I want to share one here on my blog - Cerebral Palsy. I'm not asking you to throw water over your head, down a drink in a minute, or even be silent for a day. I would just like you to take a few minutes out of your time, to read the facts stated in the info-graphic below.

Jada x

Cerebral Palsy Facts & Figures – An infographic by the birth injury solicitors at The Cerebral Palsy Site.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown - Day 16 - Reveal Day!

Wow, what an amazing time we've had during the last 16 days revealing each figure from Series 11 with you all! We're sad to see the reveal over but also equally excited as it means all of you can now go and purchase Series 11 Moshling's yourself as from today - the 29th of August, Series 11 Moshi Monsters are out in toy stores and supermarkets nationwide!

This series concentrates on Free the Moshlings which has all been a bit of a secret up until today! Click on the link to follow the Free the Moshlings link and help rescue the Moshlings from Doctor Strangeglove! All you have to do is play the game and you could be in with the chance to win a day as a Moshi Monster Toy Apprentice!

Name: Weegul
Rarity: Common.

Weegul the Wobbly Dobbly is a demanding, persuasive and spoilt Moshling who is fangtastically cute but goopendously demanding, especially if she doesn't get her own way! When Weegul is not asking passers-by to plop glacĂ© gooberries on their wafery horns, they're insisting on having their cushions plumped up and their backs scratched - not very demanding ay!?

Weegul loves anything and everything however, she's a bit contradicting because she doesn't like walking and chocolate chips!

That's it now folkes, the last Moshling to be revealed from Series 11. It's been a pleasure to be able to be part of yet another reveal, and hopefully we'll be able to share Series 12 with you, whenever that may be!

Please don't forget to check out the special Free The Moshlings website, and remember packs are out now in stores nationwide starting from as little as £2 for two Moshlings!

Jada x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown - Day 15

We're trying to slowly wean ourselves back into a routine in time for the school runs here in the Unique Young Mum household, if we're not naturally waking up early to the birds outside, we're sure getting up all right with the sounds of birds on our alarm clock singing to us!

This series concentrates on Free the Moshlings which is all a bit of a big secret at the moment! The website will be officially live on the Series 11 release date which is 29th August, in the meantime make sure to check back here every day for a daily release of another brand new Moshling!

Name: Freddy
Rarity: Common.

Freddy is a devoted, boisterous and protective Seb-Swaddling Guzzler who is meant to deliver the mail, but he can't actually fit many letters in his bulging beak because he is always finding strange little critters called Sebs to take care of! If you spot Freddy without a Seb in his beak, look under his cap where you'll be sure to find one snuggling underneath!

Freddy loves sand sculptures (do you reckon he's seen the ones on Weymouth beach?) and fish heads, but might be seen with his beak up to ghost pirates and disposable diapers because he doesn't like them!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for day 16 - the final and reveal day of the Moshi Monster Series 11 Countdown Reveal where I will be revealing the last brand new Moshling from Series 11 to you all!