How I Rediscovered My Instagram Love

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A while back I wrote about how I'd fallen out of love with Instagram. I know I wasn't alone in that - the algorithm changes and the follow/unfollow culture meant that so many people were becoming disillusioned with the platform. I'd found my follower numbers plummeting and I wasn't picking up any new followers either, so the whole thing started to become very depressing. But lately I've been feeling the love again, and I put that down to a number of ways in which I've changed my approach.   Relaxing my approach to what I post I admit it - I got caught up in all the advice to only post your 'best' photos. I'd ponder over whether a photo was instagram worthy, ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #63

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! I hope you're having a good week so far. We went pumpkin picking at the weekend and came back with 3 huge pumpkins, so I'm looking up carving tips ready to get carving as it's definitely not my strong point. Have you got your pumpkin yet?   A moany note: PLEASE READ!  Laura and I don't usually feel the need to check on everyone's commenting - we both know that life can sometimes get in the way and that people do their best to get to them in time. But this week we noticed on checking the featured posts from last week I couldn't see many comments at all and that's really disappointing to see. Please make ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 63

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! Passionfruit, Paws and Peonies I feel like I'm a bit lost lately in terms of fashion - I looked in the mirror ...

Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm

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Last year was our first time going to pick our own pumpkin and Max loved it so much he asked to do it again! I was amazed that he'd remembered doing it, but since I loved it too, how could I refuse? We usually head to Garson's PYO farm in Esher for things like this, but I'd heard great things about Pickwell Farm in Hampshire, so we decided to make a trip of it and head down. We arrived and it was clear that pumpkin picking has now become a big hit in this country - it was really busy! We collected our wheelbarrow from the entrance and wheeled our way out to the field. I loved the little walk out ...

Exploring Cornwall’s Beautiful Gardens – Trebah Gardens

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Anyone who reads my blog knows that I absolutely love a big garden to explore. They're perfect places for us to enjoy as a family - I love getting outside and seeing all the beautiful flowers and drawing inspiration for our own garden, and Max loves to dart down every path, exploring. The unique climate in Cornwall means that there are so many beautiful gardens to explore, and with each trip we make we're ticking more off the list. Our favourite discovery of this trip was Trebah Gardens which I can't recommend enough if you're visiting Cornwall.   Trebah Gardens I'd been  recommended Trebah as a great place for families, and was drawn in by the exotic planting and the promise of the ...

Living Arrows 42/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   We love our now annual trip to the pumpkin patch! Max was determined to pick out the best 'Max sized' pumpkin that he could pick up and hold, and he found the perfect one! I love this shot of him, he was so chuffed with it!  

From a toddler to a little boy…

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Do you ever feel like life has just shifted up a gear and suddenly everything is just whizzing by? Since Ben has come along, I swear Max has changed into a little boy right before my eyes. I've missed all those little changes and all of a sudden he's all little boy and there's nothing remotely toddler-like about him. It hit me full in the face this week when we visited a local soft play that I've been meaning to take him to for ages. Like most sane people, I'm not normally a fan of soft play. It's just something that you sometimes have to endure on a rainy day, when the memory of the previous awfulness has faded and you ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #62

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! Are you in full on pumpkin and autumn colours mode yet? My instagram feed has exploded with pumpkins and I think we're off to pick ours this weekend - it's something that Max remembers from last year, and he's been asking to do it for ages. I love the changing of the colours in nature at this time of year - it feels so comforting and just makes you want to head outside to enjoy it all, before returning home to snuggle under a blanket.   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 62

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! Organised Jo I've been desperate to get a dog for so long, but it's never really been the right time. But I ...

Postcards from St Ives

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  When it came to planning where we wanted to go on holiday this year, there was no question. We took Max to St Ives in Cornwall for his first little holiday when he was just 7 weeks old and we had an amazing time. So much so that we've returned many times - we love making memories down there, and so it was an easy choice for this year's holiday. We wanted to introduce Ben to one of our favourite places and make new memories as a family of four.     There's something so special about St Ives; the light, the beaches, the laid back vibe. It's easy to see why so many people return year on year. And I love it ...