We are a very outdoorsy family. Dan and I love hiking and have trekked over many a lone trail over the years and Alfred and Freya seem to have caught our love of the fresh air and being outdoors. Going on micro adventures is our happy place. Our little slice of peace and heaven, if you like.
We will explore anywhere - from towns and cities to places that are more wild. Some walking is easier done with the kids in our back carriers, but some rough terrain is also doable with a pram… if you have the right kind of pram, that is.
Happy New Year everyone! I took a little break from the blog and a mini break off Instagram over Christmas and the New Year and I must say, it felt good!
I love social media and all of the connections and friends that I've made on it, but it's so good to sometimes take some time out, to refresh my brain and give it a bit of a rest.
I don't know about any of you guys, but I sometimes start to struggle a bit at this time of year. It often starts at around Christmas time and ebbs and flows for a few weeks in to January/February. I think, for me, it's a combination of the shorter days and lack of vitamin D, being inside more, socialising less (because everyone keeps getting ill... as I write this, I have a raging ear infection) and possibly just because I hate being really cold.
I really dislike that I feel like this during the Winter, so over the past couple of years I have made a few changes to try and help combat it. I thought I would share them with you all, as even though everyone is so different, someone might find it useful.
This post is sponsored by Rosemood.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I have a thing for stationery and cards. I blame it on my mum. Along with her love of crockery (which has also been passed on to me), she adores stationery and has always had a copious supply of stationery products. When I was a child, she would enthusiastically take me to the shops, the week before school started again after the Summer, so I could replenish my supplies. I would take my time choosing the pens, rubbers, notebooks and rulers. I loved organising them in my bag when I got home and couldn't wait to use them at school. This may have made me a bit of a geek, but I didn’t care.
There's been a lot of talk this year about the Instagram algorithm changes. And then the changes made to the changes. I won't go into it all, as I'm sure everyone reading this knows everything by now and has read about fifty articles and blog posts detailing the same things.
Even more recently and more interestingly, big companies like Unilever have pledged to stop working with influencers who have fake followings.
This is BIG news and wonderful news too. It means that the cheats will be pushed to the side and influencers whose accounts are genuine will have a chance to shine. Hooray!
Which leads me onto the next thing - follower numbers and levels of engagement.