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.
When was the last time that you had some “me time” or did something that was just for you?
I sometimes find that, being a mum to two small children, it's easy for me to forget about myself and what makes me feel good. So much energy is directed towards making the children happy and keeping them clean and well fed, that by the end of the day all I want to do is crawl into bed and pass out.
Weeks (or months) can go by, without so much as a thought towards my own well being. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change it for the world, I love raising my children and seeing the lovely little humans that they are becoming. But sometimes, doing little things for myself is absolutely needed, to keep functioning as a person.
When you are a new mum, all of the lack of attention to your own self care can create a “not feeling like yourself” kind of vibe. It's nice to find ways to start feeling like yourself again.
I often get messages from people asking me how I do it all and fit in work with raising two small children. The truth is, it isn't always that easy, but you do find ways around it. I thought I would talk about how I have found something that vaguely resembles balance over the years and what our day to day often looks like.
Written by Rebecca Raynham.
Photos by Dan Raynham.
Last weekend, we took a trip to a nearby town and, dare I say it, it felt positively Spring-like! It was so mild and I was comfortable walking around in just a chunky jumper, with no coat on.
We had a great day visiting the castle and museums, eating street food and checking out the local shops and architecture.
Days like this make me excited for the warmer days to come.
Mother, musician, artist, fashion lover.
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