Real Families: Family Photography at Home. By Silverstar Photographic

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Good Morning all! How are we all today? We are all well here at Boho HQ. Today we have some gorgeous family images kindly shared with us from Silverstar Photographic. I love family shoots. Having a child myself I know how important it is to document them from day one as they grow so fast! I am sure Matilda will love looking at these when she is older.

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A few words from the parents Jeannette and Huw

We booked the shoot with Michelle when Matilda was 10 weeks old because we wanted to make an album for my mum for her birthday. My mum did the same for my grandma when I was born and my grandma thought it would be nice if we did the same for her to continue the tradition. Michelle was amazing. She just captured our interactions with Matilda in a very natural way. We did not feel like we had to pose at all and I think it shows in the pictures. Matilda gave us lots of smiles during the shoot and has continued to do so ever since. She is 4 month old now and loves nothing more that giggling and playing with her mums nose. – Jeannette, Huw and Matilda.

A few words from Silverstar Photographic

The shoot was in my home town of Knowle in Solihull and in their family home. It was nice to shoot them in their own surroundings, this made Matilda feel more at ease. The family were absolutely lovely and a few minutes before I was due to leave Matilda screamed the house down so I was very lucky to catch her at her best that day.

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Recipe Love : Pepparkakor (Spiced Swedish Christmas Biscuits)

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Happy Wednesday people! Can you believe that next Wednesday is going to be Christmas Eve! I am so excited yet so disorganised as I still have a few presents to buy and all to wrap! Am I the only one out there that has so much to do?

Today we have Myriam Perez from Bizcocho Pastries back on the blog to give us a taste of a traditional Swedish Christmas biscuit. Last time she shared with us the gorgeous Date and Walnut Cookie recipe with us. Today Myriam shares with us Pepparkakor! How lovely do these look?




  • 130g softened butter
  • 500g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup
  • 6 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 250g soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

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Top 10 Christmas Jumpers For a Last Minute Buy

Top 10 Christmas Jumpers
Happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you are all well. Today I want to send massive hugs to Kelly H who unfortunately had to spend a couple of nights in Hospital with little Dexter last week as the little mite has not been very well.  We are sorry that there were no posts on Friday and Monday but I promise that the rest of this week is jam-packed. With this in mind I am going to share with you some lovely Christmas jumpers to keep you warm this winter. Hopefully you will all have purchased your colourful sparkly number but if not here are a few last-minute ideas. I have checked and all these are in stock (as of Mon AM) but be quick they sure won’t be there long!

We would love to know your favourite or even tag yourself wearing your favourite jumper by using the hashtag #kellysbohoxmas so we can share some of your lovely images.  Keep warm!

Jumpers to keep you warm at Christmas Topshop       BHS

Christmas Jumpers           Both from Burton




Real Travel: Portugal

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The only thing about writing Thursday’s travel posts is that it really makes me want to book a holiday. We have had some amazing travel images grace the pages of Boho Life and today we are so pleased to share with you these gorgeous Portugal images from Bohemain Weddings. What I especially love is that most of these images were shot on film. I love film photography and I am sure you will agree the colours and grain look amazing!


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I’ll pass you over to Michael from Bohemain Weddings…….

The Algarve in Portugal, specifically Carvoeiro is a place that we have travelled to many times. We like the fact it never changes, is never overcrowded and still has that village feel. It has a small beach, interesting local shops and some amazing restaurants with great seafood and stone steak. It’s a really good place to explore during the day or in the evening, often with live music and a friendly atmosphere wherever you go. We recommend ‘A Gale’, for authentic Portuguese cooking, the stone steak is amazing. O Indiano is the most amazing Indian restaurant ever, Chicken Goa to die for!

We travelled there for a short break in late September 2014, but we are not ones for sitting still for too long as we like to explore. At the top of the village there is a lookout point, this not only gives amazing views or the coast line and sea below but also contains a little restaurant and cave (the type smugglers might have used in the days of sail ships). (more…)



Basic Steps to Fitness – Outdoor Exercise – Cycling

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Half way through the week already and only 15 days until the big day. December has really flown by.  I am sure you will agree. Today we have Alice from Helloveloblog on the blog and she is kindly sharing with us her cycling experience. Alice is going to be on the blog over the next few weeks sharing her exercising experience ready for all those New Years Resolutions!



It’s certainly true that you never forget how to ride a bike. If you’re reading this thinking you’d be interested in cycling again for fitness, to lose weight, to beat the traffic on your morning commute, or even as a hobby with family and friends then well done you! Cycling is a wonderful, social, healthy sport, that’s a lot kinder on the body than say running, and it can suit all levels.
Whether you want to be the next Victoria Pendleton or you just want to do your own thing, cycling is very inclusive. I’m going to be doing a few posts over the next few weeks covering the basics of getting into cycling. I’m incredibly passionate about getting more women cycling, so I hope this inspires you to give it a go!

First off in my mini-series is: Bike handling
I know this may seem a strange place to start, because you’re probably thinking you already know how to ride a bike, but I want to share with you a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt from my (many) biking years to help you really cycle efficiently, safely and smoothly.
N.B this is not just aimed at those with whizzy road bikes. These skills apply to whatever bike you ride.

  • STEP 1) Get the right gear: Gearing is something you learn over time until it becomes an instinctive change that you do simply by reading the road. The general rule is that the front gears (located near your right foot and pedal) are for the biggest shifts; such as dropping to your lowest gear for a big hill. You will have two or three gears to pick from here, with the smallest ring being the easiest to ride in. You can change up and down on the front gears by shifting the mechanism on the left hand side of your handlebars.
    The back gears (which you’ll find on the cog within your back wheel) are your precision gears used to alter pace or make pedalling a bit easier when it feels tough. These are changed using the mechanism on the right hand side of your handlebars.
    The best way to use your gears effectively is to practice moving up and down on the front and back. Also try to pre-empt a gear change by reading the road and the terrain. If it looks like a hill is coming your way, change down accordingly in advance so you’re not doing it when you hit the gradient. This causes you to lose speed and puts pressure on the chain stopping it from dropping in to gear smoothly.




Real Families: A Super Cute Baby Shoot. By Ever Thine Photography

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Good Morning to you all. I hope you are all well. It’s going to be a lovely day today at Boho HQ as Kelly and I get to meet up to discuss business plotting and plans for the future. I can’t wait! We chat every day over email and it is lovely however, it’s really great to meet up now and again to discuss all things business as well as a lot of personal talk too. I am sure we are going to have a lovely day.

Todays post has been brought to us by Lucy from Ever Thine Photography. A lovely baby shoot. I am sure you will agree that this little cherub looks adorable! And what a gorgeous dog!

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A few words from Lucy

Taking these photographs of Baby Albie was so much fun! I met him and his lovely mum Katie whilst I was doing an exhibition in MoonKo in Sheffield at the beginning of October and arranged the baby portraits with her. I don’t have a studio – I like to try to make my photographs as organic and natural as they can be, so I headed to the family’s house for the shoot. We set up an area for Albie to sit and play in his kitchen, where he was so comfortable and happy and where there was gorgeous wintery light streaming in through the french windows at the back of the house. I focussed on photographing him just being him, rather than trying to manufacture anything – he is definitely already cute enough and didn’t need posing! He sat happily for a whole hour, which I’m not sure would have happened if he had been in a studio or somewhere he wasn’t so familiar with. We had great fun – and even included a few outfit changes as well as cameos from Albie’s best pal Flash the basset hound. Family portraits are lovely in any season, but in the run up to Christmas the photographs can be used as lovely gifts to send out to family and friends and it is a good marker if family’s have yearly baby portraits taken.” (more…)