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Mum’s beautiful photos show the incredible bond between her biological and adopted daughters

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Barely Different Haven and Semenesh’s love is more powerful than their differences (Picture: Anna Christine Photography)

Photographer and mum Anna Christine has captured the special bond between her two daughters in a series of adorable black and white images.

Three-and-a-half-year-old Haven is Anna’s biological child, while her five-and-a-half-year-old sister Semenesh was adopted from Ethiopia five years ago.

Despite their differences, they’re as close as sisters can be.

Anna, who’s mum to three children and lives in Washington, began taking pictures of the little girls together two years ago. She told My Modern Met of their bond: ‘They have a wonderful connection and play together every possible moment.

‘Although there is sometimes arguing, the majority of time is spent in deep imaginary play and they get along beautifully. They’re each others closest friends,’ she adds.

Barely Different (Picture: Anna Christine Photography)

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Jaws #MovieReview

Originally posted on Dan White's Blogs:

Film 185 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1975’s “Jaws”. This Steven Spielberg thriller is based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name and is about a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beach-goers on Amity Island prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. This was my first time seeing this film and I loved it. Who hasn’t sung/hummed the music? Who hasn’t quoted the line “you’re gonna need a bigger boat”? This is a film that still holds up after 40 years. This film turns 40 on December 25. Yes, this film was released on Christmas Day 1975 in cinemas… in England at least. It turns 40 in American on June 20. If this film has taught me anything, it that I’m not cut out to be a fisherman. I would…

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George Clooney thinks we need to stop using our phones so much

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George Clooney would like a future where we don’t stare at our smartphones so much (Picture: AP)

George Clooney has said he hopes we become ‘less in love’ with our phones and new-fangled technology.

When asked what is ideal future would be, the Oscar-winning actor revealed he feels we should all stop gazing at screens and start actually talking to each other.

Speaking at the press conference for his new film Tomorrowland A World Beyond, George said: ‘I would hope that as we get a little older and get a little more used to some of our new technologies that we move away from them a little bit.

‘I was at a fundraiser with the president, and everyone there was shaking hands [while holding their phones up]. They can’t say they met the president. They can say they filmed him.

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This mum’s blog documenting her kids’ tantrums is hilarious

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Collect photo of Emma Conways' daughter Erin during a tantrum. Emma is a blogger who created a post with pictures of her children having tantrums.  May 14 2015.  A mum fed-up with sickeningly sweet parent blogs has become an internet phenomenon after launching a website featuring hilarious snaps of children ñ at their WORST.  See NTI story NTIKIDS.  Emma Conway, 37, started posting pictures of her four-year-old daughter Erin and two-year-old son Ethan having tantrums, making terrible models and messing up the family home.  The down-to-earth mum, from Birmingham, also wrote brutally honest posts about the realities of bringing up children and the chaos of running a family home.  Incredibly, just months after starting her blog, thousands of other parents were inspired to send her pictures of their own little terrors.  Her blog, called brummymummyof2 has become so successful she even has her own YouTube channel and is followed by more than 12,000 people across the world. Because sometimes, even matching jewellery doesn’t make you happy (Picture: Emma Conway)

With all the fancy parenting blogs and Instagram accounts of stylishly dressed toddlers, it’s easy to forget that sometimes, kids are terrifying monsters.

Thankfully, one blogger is here to change that.

Emma Conway is a mother of two from Birmingham who created the blog Brummy Mummy of 2, dedicated to sharing all the not-so-glamorous parts of raising children – including their frequent tantrums.

Her blog now has over 12,000 followers around the world, with loads of parents inspired to share photos of their own kids’ emotional meltdowns as a result.

Collect photo of Emma Conways' daughter Erin during a tantrum. Emma is a blogger who created a post with pictures of her children having tantrums.  May 14 2015.  A mum fed-up with sickeningly sweet parent blogs has become an internet phenomenon after launching a website featuring hilarious snaps of children ñ at their WORST.  See NTI story NTIKIDS.  Emma Conway, 37, started posting pictures of her four-year-old daughter Erin and two-year-old son Ethan having tantrums, making terrible models and messing up the family home.  The down-to-earth mum, from Birmingham, also wrote brutally honest posts about the realities of bringing up children and the chaos of running a family home.  Incredibly, just months after starting her blog, thousands of other parents were inspired to send her pictures of their own little terrors.  Her blog, called brummymummyof2 has become so successful she even has her own YouTube channel and is followed by more than 12,000 people across the world. Car rides are always a bit upsetting (Picture: Emma Conway)

Not happy.

Collect photo of Emma Conways' daughter Erin during a tantrum. Emma is a blogger who created a post with pictures of her children having tantrums.  May 14 2015.  A mum fed-up with sickeningly sweet parent blogs has become an internet phenomenon after launching a website featuring hilarious snaps of children ñ at their WORST.  See NTI story NTIKIDS.  Emma Conway, 37, started posting pictures of her four-year-old daughter Erin and two-year-old son Ethan having tantrums, making terrible models and messing up the family home.  The down-to-earth mum, from Birmingham, also wrote brutally honest posts about the realities of bringing up children and the chaos of running a family home.  Incredibly, just months after starting her blog, thousands of other parents were inspired to send her pictures of their own little terrors.  Her blog, called brummymummyof2 has become so successful she even has her own YouTube channel and is followed by more than 12,000 people across the world. A tantrum is definitely brewing (Picture: Emma Conway)

Definitely not happy.

Collect photo of Emma Conways' son Ethan during a tantrum. Emma is a blogger who created a post with pictures of her children having tantrums.  May 14 2015.  A mum fed-up with sickeningly sweet parent blogs has become an internet phenomenon after launching a website featuring hilarious snaps of children ñ at their WORST.  See NTI story NTIKIDS.  Emma Conway, 37, started posting pictures of her four-year-old daughter Erin and two-year-old son Ethan having tantrums, making terrible models and messing up the family home.  The down-to-earth mum, from Birmingham, also wrote brutally honest posts about the realities of bringing up children and the chaos of running a family home.  Incredibly, just months after starting her blog, thousands of other parents were inspired to send her pictures of their own little terrors.  Her blog, called brummymummyof2 has become so successful she even has her own YouTube channel and is followed by more than 12,000 people across the world. Nope. (Picture: Emma Conway)

Tantrum mode: activated.

Collect photo of Emma Conways' daughter Erin during a tantrum. Emma is a blogger who created a post with pictures of her children having tantrums.  May 14 2015.  A mum fed-up with sickeningly sweet parent blogs has become an internet phenomenon after launching a website featuring hilarious snaps of children ñ at their WORST.  See NTI story NTIKIDS.  Emma Conway, 37, started posting pictures of her four-year-old daughter Erin and two-year-old son Ethan having tantrums, making terrible models and messing up the family home.  The down-to-earth mum, from Birmingham, also wrote brutally honest posts about the realities of bringing up children and the chaos of running a family home.  Incredibly, just months after starting her blog, thousands of other parents were inspired to send her pictures of their own little terrors.  Her blog, called brummymummyof2 has become so successful she even has her own YouTube channel and is followed by more than 12,000 people across the world. You can practically hear the tears (Picture: Emma Conway)

Feeling a bit on the fence about it…

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Helen and Kirsty do the Midnight Walk

hello from me to you:

Tomorrow!!!!!
So while you’re out on the town tomorrow spare a thought for our little legs walking 7 miles. Instead of buying 6 pints or 3 bottles of wine but one less and donate the spare to us tongue emoticon
(Or buy 2 less and spend the remainder buying me a drink I’ll need it afterwards!!)
And a big huge thank you and hugs to everyone who has sponsored us so far either on paper or online or the few unknown donators who put coins in a tin where Helen works which in itself came to £17
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Originally posted on Helen and Kirsty reviews:

So tomorrow is the big Midnight Walk for St Gemmas charity. They are a hospice that help people towards the end of their battle with cancer. I’ve lost people from cancer before, mostly elderly relatives and they were cared for by Macmillan Nurses (who do a fab job) and the NHS hospitals. This year however I lost a good friend. Someone I’ve had many long talks into the night with, a former mentor and a confidante. I miss her a great deal and wanted to do something to honour her.

It’s the little I miss just as much as her hugs. Always buying me Pepsi Max from the pound shops. Making me eat Gregg’s buns on payday. In return I would buy her little cakes and we would have a stash of them behind our desks for others to help themselves too. She was always better than me at bringing…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – a few things to keep in mind

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It’s Mental Health Awareness week and the Mental Health Foundation wants us all to think about mindfulness.

This is all well and good – I’ve got nothing against people meditating on their lunch breaks or turning off their phones to appreciate their quinoa salad.

But, as someone who is bipolar, I can’t help but think there are some things that deserve the limelight more – things that everyone should be aware of when it comes to mental health.

Like the fact that, according to Mind, 75 per cent of people with mental health problems get no help at all. None.

They’re just struggling on, regardless, trying to get through every day.

Or the fact that, in its pre-election manifesto, the Conservative Party said it would increase funding for mental health care.

That’s something to look forward to, then, given that, during the last government, mental health trusts in…

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Behind the Scenes, My Food Photography Set-Up

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I’ve had quite a few inquiries about my images and posts over the past few months, and I thought it would be a nice idea to post some of my set ups for you guys to see. There aren’t really ‘secrets’ to good food photography, but in the beginning I felt there was some kind of hidden information I needed to advance my skills. I kept hitting a metaphorical brick wall with my photography, and I just couldn’t seem to mimic those food photos I aspired to. I kept reading articles with titles like “secrets of food photography” and “all you need to know, blog food photography”. But the ‘secret’ is… there’s no secret. The three keys to producing enticing looking food photos are: a tripod, the right light, and some version of Photoshop for minor edits. With these three things you can succeed at the very least as a beginner.

The light. My…

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An Open Letter To All Of My Friends Who Take Selfies

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:

Dear Friends Who Take Selfies,

I want you to know that I love it when you post pictures of yourself. I know selfies get a lot of bad press, but I think they’re rad. They give me a little window into your life, and you’d be amazed at how much I can get out of one little photo.

I love your pictures because I love seeing what you’re wearing – the outfits you build give me ideas about how to mix it up with my own wardrobe, and seeing you work your shit gives me courage to try clothing that I otherwise might have thought was too outlandish or revealing.

I love seeing how you do your hair and makeup. You look like a hot babe and I wish you would make YouTube tutorials explaining how you get your eyeliner just so. I want you to post pictures every time you change your…

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The real-life 50 First Dates? Meet the woman who ‘forgets’ who her boyfriend is every week…

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This Morning Jenny Gisby suffers from Functional Neurological Disorder, which causes short-term memory loss (Picture: ITV)

You might have chuckled your way through the comedy 50 First Dates – in which Drew Barrymore plays a woman who forgets who her boyfriend (Adam Sandler) is on a daily basis.

But it’s not quite so funny when it happens in real life – as it does to this woman, who has admitted that she frequently forgets the identity of her other half due to a debilitating neurological condition.

Speaking on This Morning Jenny Gisby – who suffers from Functional Neurological Disorder – revealed how the condition, which at one point left her in a coma for several days, has also caused seizures resulting in short-term memory loss.

However it was after one particular fit that her memory went completely – and she was left with no idea of  who Stuart Balmforth, her boyfriend of three years, actually…

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