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The first ever TAS awards

Here at The Adoption Social we’ve been thinking about running our own awards for a little while, to celebrate the awesomeness that is you.

We have so many amazing bloggers in our community, tweeters too, that we want to honour tas awardsthem, so, this is what we’re going to do…

Below are a number of categories that we’d like you to nominate within. Please make just ONE nomination within each category, using Twitter or Instagram handle, or blog address as appropriate. Nominations are open 1-15th December. Nominations prior to or after then will not be counted.

We’ll be announcing the shortlists on 21st December and you’ll be able to vote up until 4th January. Our awards ceremony will then take place on Thursday 7th January, 9pm on Twitter. (For those not on Twitter, we’ll drop you a line by email).

So here are the categories:

Twitter titter award
Who always makes you giggle on Twitter? Is there someone in your feed who is guaranteed to make you laugh? Then nominate them for the Twitter Titter award.

The lol award
I bet you read loads of blog posts don’t you? But which one post has made you chuckle the most? Which one did you share because of the hysterics you ended up in when reading? Nominate that post (not blogger, but specific post) for the funniest blog post award.

‘Best bud’ award
You know sometimes you turn to Twitter and there is always someone there to support you or chat with. But who is your best Twitter friends? Who can you guarantee to reply and give you a pep talk or smile, or just a friendly ear to listen? That person most likely to reply to your tweet?Nominate them for the ‘Best Bud’ award. (Please submit twitter handle i.e @adoptionsocial).

‘That’s My Life’ blog award
You know those moment where you think yes, that describes my life perfectly? The one that you identify with completely. Well, nominate that post for the ‘That’s My Life’ award.

Photogenius award
Where do you see the best images? On Twitter, a blog or Instagram? Are there some stunning photographs on a blog you like? Nominate them for the ‘Photogenius’ award.

Big Up a Blog award
I think most of us have our favourite bloggers? Nominate them now for the best overall blog award.

Most Supportive Adoption organisation
Received great support from an organisation? Then tell us about it and nominate that organisation for our ‘Supporter of The Year’ award.

Remember nominate between 1st – 15th December, sending your nominations to theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

#Taspic – #Feeties Roundup

It’s been brilliant to see lots of people joining in our #Taspic photo challenge.  We’ve seen #feeties in all shapes and sizes, from the tiniest of toes to the loveliest new shoes and even the odd paw.

So here is a small selection of some of our favourites,feeties collageRow 1 left to right – @Mendingmum, @onroadtoadopt, @suddenlymumof2

Row 2 left to right – @purdy2233, @mizzanels, @kittyTrill

Row 3 left to right – @puffindiaries, @suddenlymumof2, @buildingafamily

We’ve contacted everyone included in the collage to ask for permission to use their picture. If we ever use an image of yours which you’d rather we didn’t share please contact us and we will remove it. However going forward by using our hashtag #Taspic we’ll take it as consent to include pictures unless we are otherwise notified. So if you’d like to ensure your pictures are not shared on our site, on twitter or any other form of social media which The Adoption Social uses, please notify us.

So lets carry on the #FEETIES fun for May.

From Monday 1st June our #Hashtag will change but look out for a post nearer the time to reveal your next challenge.

And we’ll let @hlmeadows have the last say with her favourite socks. 

My favourite socks. #feetie #taspic

A photo posted by Hannah Meadows (@hannah.meadows) on

#taspic – New Monthly Photo Challenge


We’ve decide to introduce a little bit of photographic fun into your lives.

Some of you have been very dedicated to #takingcare100 and also the #FO5photo challenge was a lot of fun too. So to join in we are bringing you our own monthly picture challenge. A one word or one phrase challenge for the whole month.

So what to begin with????

In an age when the “selfie” is everything, yet our own anonymity and that of our children, is so important, we need a different way to represent ourselves.I’m a big of a fan of the feet photo.  So instead of a #selfie we take a #feeties . 

It’s very simple, just direct your phone towards your feet and snap.

So this month (rest of April and also all of May) we would love to see as many pictures as possible of where your feet find themselves, where they take you, how good they look, possibly a favourite shoe, or are your feet clad for a special occassion/job/journey. What are your feet standing on? Finding different backgrounds for your feet can be fun.

Please share your pictures with the #TASpic and #Feeties.taspic

You don’t need to be on Instagram to join in, share your pictures on Twitter with the hashtag too.

HOWEVER for those Instagram lovers out there, using popular hashtags can be a great way to:-

a) gain additional followers.

b) be inspired by what others are doing.

So for this type of picture here are some hashtags to use.





Oh and if you just want to share a picture with us and the community, even one that’s not related to the challenge, be sure to use the hashtag #taspic

I love Instagram

Today we’re re-publishing one of our most popular posts. Sarah from The Puffin Diaries shares her love for the photographic, social media app, Instagram.

It took me some time to get into Instagram, it was one of those things that I saw lots of other people sharing pictures of their child via, on Facebook and Twitter. I just thought to my self, there is no point if I can’t post pictures of my children. But how wrong was I, there is so much more to the wonderful world of Instagram.

I take pictures of feet…



I take pictures of food…


I take pictures of my cats…probably a little too much.


and I can still take pictures of my children, in a creative way.


And I think that is why I love it so much, it is a great creative tool, where you can communicate with others, as you do on other types of social media.You have a profile, follow others and have followers like any other type of social media and you find all sorts of people to follow from all over the world, sharing little moments of their lives in pictures. And you can do it all from your phone.

So hopefully I’ve sold it to you, so here is a simple guide on how to use it.

Taking a Picture with Instagram

imageFrom the App, select the central blue icon with a circle in, bottom centre.

imageThe camera screen will then appear and you take your picture by tapping the blue circle. Once you have picture you like you click Next in the top right corner and the editing screen will appear.

imageAlong the bottom of the screen are the different filters, it’s fun to experiment with these. I prefer to add a filter after I’ve editored the picture using the functions you find when you click on the spanner top right. 


 Here you can alter the colour quality and sharpness amongst other things. Press Next when you’ve finished.


Finally you can add a caption and also decide where else you’d like to share the image.


Originally posted on July 30.

Here at The Adoption Social we have recently joined Instagram, follow us here

You may also like to follow my puffindiaries account and boysbehaviour

Snap Happy from The Puffin Diaries

SNAP HAPPY, a new post that you can all join in with. 

Today sarah from The Puffin Diaries has chosen one picture from her Instagram to show you, with a bit of a story behind it.

brothersThis picture was taken last year when we were on holiday in Portugal. Two weeks away in the sun filled us with a promise of happy family times. It was so far from this idyllic family holiday that even the boys know it wasn’t a good holiday. You know what I mean, when the children still have great memories of what you thought was hell, well this was sooooo bad the kids knew that it wasn’t a good time.

It’s that age old thing, there we are in a beautiful villa, with a pool and a tennis court, set into the hills, with beautiful surroundings and the only feature you are actually really appreciating is that you have no close neighbours. No one to hear you screaming at the children, or them screaming back with the tongue of a navvy, and don’t forget those moments of prising them off each other, placing them over your shoulder or under your arm and escorting them inside,  before they kill each other.

The bloody pool inflatables were often to blame. There were so many in the pool it was hard to find a clear opening to jump in. But even with a dolphin, a crocodile, a ring and two lilos, no that boat was the only thing either of them EVER wanted. And so the war began.

I sobbed a lot that holiday, by the pool, on the beach, in the car, in restaurants. I tried to relax, I employed a nice Thai lady on the beach to give me a massage. Tink however didn’t like the fact that I wouldn’t speak to him during it and sat on the end of my sun lounger complaining about the fact, all the way through the treatment. After, my back all covered in essential oils, he kicked sand all over me and told me to F**k off, to the absolute horror of a large jovial Portuguese family next to us.  I left that beach caked in sand, head bowed low, sobbing.

We separated them one day, dad took Stig on a boat trip and Tink and I went shopping. Later we met dad and Stig down at the harbour and had a drink. As we walked back to the car the boys walked ahead chatting happily to each other. Then the unimaginable happened, they actually reached out for each other and placed their arms around the other. I was stunned, moved and reached for my phone. I was so glad I was able to capture that beautiful moment, it reminds me just how close they can be at times and gave me a happy forever moment from the holiday from hell.

Do you have a picture you’d like to share with the story behind it. If so please email us theadoptionsocial@gmail.com


Introducing Instagram


Heard of Instagram but not really sure what it’s all about?

Well, it’s basically an app for your phone (Iphone or Android) whereby you can take photographs and edit them, or edit your existing photographs.

Once you’ve done that you publish them to your very own Instagram timeline.

A little like Twitter, you can follow other people and therefore their photographs appear in your timeline. Other people can follow you, and your images then appear in their timelines.

You can ‘like’ or comment on your own photos, or those in your timeline. And again, like Twitter, you can tag your images with #hashtags and tag other users by including their Instagram @ handle in your comments.

The editing capabilities in Instagram are limited, you can change the overall look of your photograph by selecting an effect – some make it look old, some brighten your image, some turn it black and white, there’s a range of effects. You can also choose whether to include a frame or not, but you don’t get to choose which frame is used. You can also blur parts of your photographs, which helps both obscure parts of an image you might to keep private (your children’s faces for example), and it can also draw focus to something, by removing or blurring distractions. You can brighten a photograph and rotate it too.

That’s pretty much it, but it’s enough to turn a dull picture into something a little more special. Here are 4 versions of the same image…OK, so it’s not a great image, but you get the idea…

4 different effects

When you upload an image to Instagram you are given the option to share the image to various other places – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and even FourSquare, so your friends on those platforms can see your photographic efforts too.

I rarely include photos of my children on Instagram but if you want to, there is a helpful security setting which you can turn on – this means only those you approve can follow you. It’s a simple yes/no to accept/reject potential followers.

Very recently, Instagram have also launched a video aspect to the app, where you can take or view videos as well as images, but I’ve yet to test this feature.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth it, then I’d say yes!
For me, it’s a really simple way of quickly improving my photographs, and sharing them with other people who like photography. I can include images from my blog which helps with drawing people to my blog, and I can create a ‘look’ if I want, styling my images similarly so people instantly know they’re mine.

I have different people following me in different places, so having the ability to share a photo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all in one go is great for me.

I can do it on the move, and because copies of all my Instagrammed pictures appear in my phone’s gallery, I can very easily add them to my blog too.

If you want to get into Instagram, then you’ll need to download the app from the Android Play Store or the Apple store. You can follow myself (@BoysBehaviour) and Sarah (@PuffinDiaries) to get you started too.

For more information on Instagram, go to www.Instagram.com.

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