Who’s coming to our little Instagram for business session at the lovely Fat Hen Wild Cookery School in St Buryan on Wednesday? A couple of spaces available for anyone that owns a small business and wants to come and meet other like minded people whilst learning how to improve their strategies and content on Instagram. Would love to see you there, link in bio for tickets or drop me a message.
What is it you’d like help with the most?
Making hay (sileage) while the sun shines... action stations on the farm at the moment as we put feed aside for late summer and probs beyond. Also, today’s ‘5 things to be cheerful about’ newsletter is out and contains a rather large hint as to the theme of my new book, plus a playlist that I promise will get you dancing around the kitchen like mad, and a few more good things. Sophie x
A hot chocolate and a big slice of cake was much needed today to bring me back to my senses after visiting an animal rescue centre. Harry and I were at serious risk of rescuing ALL the cats and dogs because they’re just so darn cute and loveable. I’m totally still thinking about one of the kittens we saw and why we didn’t take it there and then right now🐱🐶 (and yes, I had drank practically all of the hot choc by the point this photo was taken) #instagramfail
Friday night I was putting my little girl to bed and she has a Grow clock. Basically this is a clock that has stars shining for night time and the sun comes up when it’s time to get up. I do find it a little infuriating cause I can never seem to set it! I think it’s a boy thing not wanting to read the instructions! Anyway I am there trying to turn the bloody thing on and my two year old says “shall I do it Daddy?” I said be my guest never thinking she would get it to work... two clicks later it’s sorted ... I fear this is just the start of my technological block 🙈
By the way she has the selfie stick mastered already too !
Monday morning. A black bird is singing sweetly just outside my open window, while the faint glow of the sunrise is shining through the soft mist filling the garden. These early morning moments are such a favourite. 🌿
I’ve read a lot of posts this week all about this underlying feeling of comparison and inadequacy. Maybe there is something in the air as I’m no different and I feel like it’s been heightened this week for some reason. So I’m speaking to myself when I say this too but remember to always focus on YOU. You do YOU! There is no one else quite like you! You are unique, you are wonderful, you are beautiful and everything you need to be and more. It’s hard to always find the ‘umph’ to do everything you desire to do in life especially when general day-to-day life happens and before you know it another day, week or even another year passes. But know you are never on your own with this feeling. Now is never too late! I’ve learnt to try and just focus on my own life and what makes me happy and to be thankful for where I am right now and to remember that someone out there is praying for the things you/we have and could so easily take for granted. The world is big enough for everyone’s dreams to come true including yours so go get ‘em no matter what speed that is 💪🏻 and keep your eyes and heart focused on YOU! Happy Sunday my friends 😘 Big hugs 🤗
Thank you to my lovely friend @hello_kathryntaylor for capturing this 🍁
Two happy little girls 👭 had their grandparents 👆🏼 come to visit today, and everyone had a fab 🙌🏼 time together.
My parents 🧑🏼👩 were most amused 😂 by the live wires that are my children, did arty-crafty 🖌🖍 fun with them and even had chance to have a photo 📸 by our infamous wall!
When I became sick I felt like I lost my identity, so much was taken away from me due to physical illness which lead to my mental health suffering too. Creating content & telling stories on Instagram gave me a sense of who I was, both creatively & as a person again. It’s given me confidence to start accepting my body & the confidence to share my creative ideas and inner thoughts. I often hear how this platform is a negative space especially for body confidence & mental health but I really think it is what you make of it. I’m not immune to comparing but I’m careful about who I follow & try to notice & act if I start feeling negative towards anyone by reasoning with myself or ultimately unfollowing. I know full well that not everything is always as it looks in a photo. This picture of me is a great example; it might look like a slightly goofy girl having fun but the reality of this photo is that I was having one of the worst mental health days I’ve had this year. All while dealing with a body that’s immunosuppressed, constantly fighting multiple infections & worn out by Mitochondrial & Autonomic dysfunctions. I didn’t leave the house that day & I’m pretty sure I went to bed for a while after. Not that anyone could tell any of that from the photo. I guess that’s the only negative side to this app, how so much can go under the radar unless we talk about it. I’ve learnt that photos aren’t very truthful but I dearly love Instagram for all its given me. I’m still working on my physical/mental health but looking at pretty, inspiring photos is definitely my favourite distraction on a bad day as well as thinking of content ideas.
I think it’s really important to show we are human, we’re not picture perfect and our lives are often messy.
The lovely @paigejoannaa has started a campaign for December called #christmasconfidence the aim is to start different conversations about mental health & body positivity which I think is so important.
Paige’s campaign can be found on her page if you feel like joining in & starting a conversation about either body positivity or mental health. Or both as they go hand in hand. The more we talk about what’s inside our heads the better. ✨
The most beautiful Autumn day here in Manchester 🍂
I’ve been full of a cold all weekend, for which there is no better cure than getting some fresh air and a bit of sun on your face, we had a wonderful afternoon walking around the reservoir.
I’m also relishing all the last days of Autumn, the leaves are looking majestically colourful at the minute, like the trees are giving us one last final, epic fanfare 🍂🍂🍂
The happiest place ✨ It could’t have been a more perfect day at @waltdisneyworld. The cold(er) weather, the beautiful christmas decorations and the amazing fireworks to end the day. It gets to me every time 😭 And Happy Birthday to my second most favorite mouse @mickeymouse 🐭
Ive been trying to journal. I’ve never been one to write every thought down, and mull over my day. I usually process things by listening to music and having a good old think, but I was struggling to let go of thoughts and they were building up inside my mind. So now, most nights, whilst I drink my tea in bed, I write about my day and bid myself goodnight. It’s useful. It calms me, and I feel I can leave that day on a page, not forgotten, but not residing inside me anymore.
I am always forgetting to post on my grid even though for once I do actually have photos lined up! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s me, propping my phone up on a jagged looking tree because it felt like ages since I shared a self-portrait. I feel very much like a work that has stopped being in process for a while, tbh. I have gained weight, seriously slacked on any sort of exercise and really need a haircut. But I can still look at this photo and like it, because I’m posing just outside my new house in beautiful surroundings, feeling grateful for the life stage I’m at. It’s time to start looking after myself better now...but where to start?
Neopolitan dream 🍓🍦🍫 @museumoficecream
A little SPD note on this: swinging uses your vestibular system (your sense of balance). My vestibular system is a lil bit weird, I crave vestibular input, but I also can't tolerate too much of it! And because I also have very poor vestibular discrimination, my brain can't tell when my body has had enough, until it's like the point of WOAH THAT WAS WAYYYY TOO MUCH 😅 So on this day I made sure to only swing for a minute, which was very fun, and then stop, so that I could make sure I was still regulated for the rest of the museum! ✨
“Funny how this all started with an InstaStory Poll” — Mood: Extreme content. Proud mama bear moment after seeing everyone’s gorgeous artworks from yesterday’s x #diptyquesg Tile Painting Workshop in their flagship! We never could’ve expected the turn out to be so awesome so huge thank you to everyone who joined us, and even bigger shout outs to the brand team, @lhjoycelyn and @qiqihq for collaborating with @handfulofclay and I to make this happen ❤️ — to more awesome workshops. (More on InstaStory)
So who has their Christmas Tree up? Are you a November Christmas Tree person or December? 🌲 We typically do it the first Sunday after Halloween, but with our move it won’t be till the second weekend of December. Which feels so crazy to us...
I grew up craving the city. All cities. They seemed to me like endless possibility. ✨
I didn't even need to be a part of them, my most vivid memories are just walking around totally anonymous looking at clothing I couldn't afford & walking off the cheap fast food I could.⠀
So much has changed. I now crave peace but not anonymity. Nor cities. I crave the colours only sunsets and the sea can give. ⠀
But I think both are rooted in the pursuit of my own personal version of 'freedom'. It’s probably what motivates me most. I guess I'm just thinking about how much we all change but not nearly as much as we think we do. And that’s ok.
Snack Cups! This is one of my mom healthy food hacks. I put anything and everything in them for my kids and even myself. I buy them @walmart in the ziplock bag section. 💙
Yes, I am pretty anti plastic, However glass and stainless steel was not working for us, they get lost, break, or get gross if forgotten. So I switched to these and even reuse them if it a dry snack and we recycle them. ♻️
I make a trail mix every 2 weeks and fill the cups. Here I have raw peanuts, cashews, raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and some @enjoylifefoods choc chips. They are great for after school, on the go, ect.🥜🍫
I just get creative. Sometimes I stick a 2oz one in a 6oz one for a bigger snack or if I want some type of dip. sometimes I’ll use a snack ziplock if I have bigger things like celery or chicken sticks and just add the “dip” 2 oz cups. I even put my collagen protein in them to add to what I need. ✔️👊🏼
Your kids will even have fun filling them with you with their favorite foods/snacks. I throw a couple in my diaper backpack always so when we’re out and the kids are hungry, I’m prepared. I take them to church, gym, ect.💥🤘🏼
They are so easy and convenient, and create less mess, and more organization. Anything that makes my mom life easier, I am in... and this has. Try it!✅💯💁🏻♀️
Do you do this? What’s your favorite kid snacks? What would you put in your snack cups? 👍🏼
Thanks @primark 🛍 for bringing out the most awesome 🙌🏼 range for Christmas 🎄 this year, including this headband!
A simple Dutch 🇳🇱 braid around the front to a pony tail at the back, as the main feature is >obviously< the giant bow 🎀 on her headband!
Past few days things have been so on hold, my little lady has been poorly with tummy pains, we’ve both not got much sleep past few days 😴 Bless her heart just took herself to bed, so I’m attempt to catch up on some work and respond to some emails updating everyone on progress on projects! Fingers crossed for her feeling better for Monday 🤞🏻