Family fun in Liverpool at the British Music Experience

Family fun in Liverpool at the British Music Experience

I’m always on the look out for fun things to do as a family in the North West of England, especially for the summer holidays. Liverpool is a city we’ve visited a couple of times now and whenever we go I always wonder why we don’t come more often. It is a wonderful, vibrant city packed with lots of activities and places to visit. On Saturday we were invited to try out the British Music Experience, hosted in the Cunard Building, and their newly launched summer holiday programme.  

family fun liverpool british music experience

We are a family of music lovers so this kind of attraction is right up our street, so to speak. With an  walk through of the history of British music from the last 70 years as well as the chance to play instruments and record vocals in the Gibson Brands Interactive Studio!

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

We had interactive guides full of music and talks on each decade of music, we all enjoyed listening to them even my 6 year old who’d put on the music while exploring the exhibits. I must admit I enjoyed the 1980s onwards the most, it was a real trip down memory lane and I loved sharing it with my girls. From the Spice Girls costumes, to Live Aid memorabilia, there’s so much to take in. 

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

Throughout the holidays there is a storytelling session at 1.30 with percussion and chances for the children to join in with. This is especially good for those with younger children.

family fun liverpool british music experience

There’s even craft station where there’s the chance to make dream catchers.

family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

The bit we loved the most was definitely the Gibson Interactive Studio, complete with drum kits, keyboards, electric guitars, bass guitars and a vocal booth.

family fun liverpool british music experience

]family fun liverpool british music experience

family fun liverpool british music experience

 

After hours of music we enjoyed some time in the Star Cafe, coffees for the grown ups and lemonade for the girls. I love the style of the cafe and it made me think about painting our dining room in this colour!

family fun liverpool british music experience

We loved our trip and I’d definitely look at going again, it would be great to take friends and family who are staying with us. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in contemporary music, and wanting some family fun in Liverpool.

family fun liverpool british music experience

Find out more about the British Music Experience here.

Tickets are available to buy online here and from the Box Office at The British Music Experience. Ticket info -Adult £16, Child Under 5 FREE, Child (5-15) £11, Concession £14.50, Family Ticket £43.

We were given complimentary entry to this attraction, as always all views are our own.

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My Favourite Colourful Family Life Instagrammers

This isn’t a list full of huge Instagrammers with hundreds of thousands of followers, these are a few of my favourites that make me smile with their content and fantastically colourful feeds. Some will be well known and others are gems that should have way more followers than they currently do. As well as sharing a few photos from their accounts I’ve asked each Instagrammer for their top tips and favourite hashtags for a little insider knowledge that we can all learn from.

Colourful Family Life Instagrammers

 

Lucy | @Dear_Beautiful_

Lucy’s youngest girl has THE best bedroom, I mean just look at the rainbows! I really enjoy Lucy’s instagram, not just because we’ve been friends ever since I started blogging but because it’s a lovely space that reflects her family. The pops of colour and the beaming family photos are a joy to look at and shine so brightly as I scroll through Instagram.

Lucy’s top tip – ‘Don’t let the algorithms sap your joy. Post what you love and what makes you happy. Like and comment on the photos you love and that make you happy. Instagram is, and always has been my happy place. And to keep it that way I have to let all the follower-engagement-likes-unfollowing-dramas go.’

Favourite hashtag/s#colourcolourlovers because it’s so pretty and I love #meandmimeproject not because it’s mine but it makes me smile to see so many happy family photos.

 

Hannah | @MakeDoandPush

Like so many of my favourites, Hannah has such a knack for capturing bright and fun moments. Her photos are full of colour and fun and I love her photographic style. Not to mention how cute her kids are!

Hannah’s top tip – ‘My top tip would be to mix up your hashtags every couple of weeks to see which ones are working best and to discover new ones.’

Favourite hashtag – ‘My favourite hashtag at the moment is #mycolourfulkids (created by @ladybirdsadventures) because it basically sums up everything I love posting on Instagram.’

 

Gill | @Gill_C

Gill’s wall is just so vibrant and happy, she is so clever with her use of colour within each photo and her wall as a gallery. Too much colour can be overwhelming but you don’t get that from her account, her clever composition and use of space mean that each picture can be enjoyed. Her daughter is very much like my youngest with their love of tiny colourful toys!

Gill’s top tip – ‘If you’re going to post lots of colourful things then pick out 2-3 colours to focus on (but don’t get too obsessed with something ‘fitting’ if you like it then post it anyway!).

favourite hashtag –  #walltravelled – colouful walls from around the world.

 

Molly | @MollyjForbes

I love Molly’s instagram, you know me I’m a fan of keeping things real (but still pretty!) and Molly definitely does that. Her girls remind me of mine when they were younger and they share the same love of the colour yellow! Molly mixes up her wall with photos of her family and photos of her own style, clothing wise. Weaved through it all is her love of bright colours and a sense of fun.

Molly’s top tip and favourite hashtag – ‘At the moment I’m really enjoying #whatmamaworemonday. A tip from me would be, engage, engage, engage. Comment on hashtags and keep looking up your favourite accounts and liking and commenting (don’t just wait for them to turn up on your feed) and give regular shout outs to other Instagrammers you love.’

 

Jenny | @LetsTalkMommy

You’ll know by now that Jenny is a ‘real life’ friend of mine, but don’t think I’ve included her because of bias. One look at her Instagram and you’ll see it’s bursting with colour and family fun. She is such a bright and shining person in real life and her photos really reflect that.

Jenny’s Instagram tips – ‘My tip is to create new friendships with engagement. Don’t just like and comment in bulk. These are the people that will continue searching back for you and will like and comment regularly not just as a one off. If you use hashtags, which I absolutely love, ones like my own hashtag #lifecloseup, have great support. Don’t just use hashtags, join in the conversation and be active in the hashtags you use, this will help you get more engagers from this hashtag coming back to you too. Try to love Instagram for what it used to be not what its turned into. Let’s keep sharing what we love.’

Favourite hashtags – #letthemplay #littlefierceones #myweekofhappiness #joyfulmamas #lifewithatoddler #lifewithkids #mummyshot #siblingsproject #meandmineproject #curiouslittleexplorers #rememberingthesedays #myfamilyadventures #littleloves #onemillionmagicalsmiles

A huge thank you to these lovely Instagrammers for letting me use their photos and for sharing their advice. I do love the blogging and Insta community for this kind of thing.

For more Instagrammers I love check out my post on my favourite UK Inspiring Instagrammers

 

DO YOU FOLLOW ANY OF THESE?

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITES?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

 

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Putting the sleep in Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

In the early days of being a parent you wonder whether you will ever really sleep again. A basic human function that was once taken for granted becomes a kind of Holy Grail. You think of those dreamy nights and lazy mornings with a kind of wistful nostalgia or crazed hysteria drenched desperation depending on just how sleep deprived you might be feeling at that time. You start having competitive parent discussions at baby groups about just how tired you are and how little sleep you’re getting. Jealousy and disbelief descends when you hear a smug, ‘my baby sleeps through’ uttered from a smiling mum who’s hair is brushed and make up deftly applied. I swear the first few months of my girls’ lives are a fog to me. 

Now that my girls are six and nine a full nights sleep is generally had and definitely expected. The thought of having another baby and going back to sleepless nights actually scares me! I think these days because I expect to sleep that on the nights I can’t or when I struggle to fall asleep I find it incredibly frustrating and definitely struggle to work the next day. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t sleep well it completely impairs my ability to function as a human being. I can’t think straight, I’m irritable, actually I fear that I become the worst version of myself. How I, and those around me survived that newborn baby stage I honestly do not know. Like I said it’s all a big foggy!

I must admit that since we’ve moved house I’ve struggled to settle to sleep, I think being surrounded by boxes and not having a proper bed didn’t help because since our new bed was delivered and we started to get more organised I’ve felt a lot more relaxed. Change, it seems, impairs my ability to settle and rest, I guess I’m quite like a child in that way! Having a good bed, and mattress are just pieces to the puzzle that make up good sleep.

It’s not just about what we need to have or do for good sleep but also what we need to avoid. Caffeine, my best friend, swiftly becomes my darkest nemesis when consumed after 2pm in the afternoon. I’ve learnt that if I have any coffee after that point I can guarantee that very little sleep will be had. I end up lying awake for hours on my phone which, according to research is one of the worst things we can do as the light tricks our brain. I’m always up for finding out how to get a better nights sleep, and this video is really helpful, I mean, who knew that cheese actually helps!

 

There’s more tips in this handy article too, How to Sleep Better

What do you think?

What are your top tips for a good night’s sleep?

 

This post is conjunction with Tempur but all thoughts are my own.

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Must See US Dramas On Netflix – My Top 5

All work and no play can make one a rather dull girl, so when I want to relax Netflix is often where I turn. There are so many films and programmes on there it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to even begin. I get so many requests on social media for recommendations on what to watch that I thought I’d do a series of posts dedicated to various genres with what I think are must see series or films. I’ve already shared my favourite comedies now it’s the turn of my must see US dramas on Netflix, I also include a few more at the end that are lesser known but in my opinion just as worthy, and yes, I included them because I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5!

US Dramas on Netflix must see

House Of Cards

 

This is US drama at it’s absolute finest, from the breaks to the fourth wall with Frank Underwood’s monologues to the casting and script, it is exceptional. My husband recommended this series to me after he began to binge his way through it. I loved it so much I ended up overtaking and beating him to the end! I’ve been desperate for the next season ever since, thankfully the wait is nearly over as Season 5 airs May 30th. If you like your dramas gripping, political and cutthroat then this will be heaven.

Watch House Of Cards on Netflix

Seen it? Liked it? Try Homeland, The Killing, The Good Wife

Breaking Bad

Okay, so if you haven’t seen this one, where on earth have you been? Seriously though I wasn’t sure whether to include this one as I imagine most have seen it already, but I in good conscience I can’t have a top 5 and not have it in there. If you haven’t seen it and you like your dramas gritty with some humour thrown in then this is really a must watch. I can count on one hand the number of people I know that don’t like it so I urge you to give it a go.

Watch Breaking Bad on Netflix

Seen it? Liked it? Try Better Call Saul (though I personally didn’t like this spin off), Walking Dead, Bloodline, Dexter, Narcos

 

Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black Season 5

This is another iconic series, and I think one of the first things I watched when I signed up to Netflix, is the outrageous OITNB. Set in a female prison, it certainly caused quite a stir with it’s strong female cast and explicit sex scenes, not to mention it’s dialogue on race, religion and sexuality. I binged season 1 and 2 and eagerly awaited season 3 but I must admit I think it was the weakest season and I was rather disappointed with it, as plot wise it felt that nothing much happened. It found it’s feet in season 4 though and certainly didn’t pull any punches.

If you’re all up to date and an avid fan you’ll be pleased to read that Season 5 hits Netflix June 9th.

Watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

Seen it? Liked it? Try Breaking Bad, Narcos, How To Get Away With Murder

The OA

THE OA

I will openly admit that this is a Marmite kind of choice, I personally loved this series but I also know a whole lot of people that would disagree with me rather vehemently. If you like your thrillers gritty and supernatural then this is one for you.

Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven missing years with anyone except four teenage boys whom she tells her story to in order to recruit them for a mission.

Watch The OA on Netflix

Seen it? Liked it? Try – Stranger Things, Sens8, Orphan Black (though this isn’t a US drama), The Returned, Travellers

Stranger Things

I cannot begin to express how much I loved Stranger Things, it took everything in me not to stay up all night and binge watch the whole lot. Instead we rationed it out, one episode a night, and I was still utterly bereft when we finished it. Like The OA it is science fiction, but if you science fiction normally isn’t your thing then please do not let that put you off. The young cast are phenomenal, a group of young boys set out to find their missing friend and uncover so much more than they and the town bargain for. It’s iconic and and a must see for any 80s/90s kid purely for the nostalgia, and well, Winona Ryder at her absolute best.

Watch Stranger Things on Netflix

Seen it? Liked it? Try – Travellers, Black Mirror, The OA

 

Now I’ve shared my must see US dramas on Netflix I’ll be sharing my favourite UK dramas soon, so keep an eye out for that one. Looking for something funny instead? Then check out my comedy recommendations by clicking the button below.

Top 5 comedies on netflix

What do you think of my choices?

Have you seen any of them?

 

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Living in limbo land

I’ll hold my hands up. I’m starting to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed with waiting to move into our new home. I’m trying to work and focus while surrounded by boxes and mess and it’s getting to me. I think if I had a regular 9-5 job where I could just check out and focus on something else away from the house for most of the day I’d find it easier. We have been given a new move day but this won’t be confirmed until later this week so I’m in limbo, not knowing whether to crack on with getting the rest of our lives packed into cardboard boxes or just to wait. I don’t know about you but when I’m about to move I just check out of our house mentally and I’m already thinking about the new one. I find motivating myself to stay on top of jobs like thorough cleaning and tidying a bit of a battle. I’m fully aware that this is reeks of first world problems and all that but alas it’s how I feel!

In an attempt to pull myself out of this I want to focus on the fun we’ve had in this house and the bits of it that I’m going to miss. We moved into to this house when our eldest was just a toddler so we’ve been here for about seven years. It’s the only home she remembers and is the only home that our youngest has ever known.

When we bought it there was nothing wrong with it structurally, but it just wasn’t to our taste at all decor wise. Due to me being a student at the time, and my husband just starting out with his business we didn’t have money to spend to do the things we wanted to do. All our pennies had gone on the deposit with nothing left for renovating. This meant having to put up with the house just not being very ‘us’ and I’ll admit while being at home with my youngest I really got fed up with it!

The living room and dining room space were the first that we properly renovated back in 2014, the rooms needed completely replastering, the carpet ripping up and well, everything, changing! I have very few photos of what it used to look like, purely because I hated it that much I tried so hard not to take many photos in there!

One of my favourite changes – getting rid of the smelly wee stained carpet and replacing it with grey laminate flooring.

We also had shutters put in  our bay window the following year, 2015. We love the shutters so much that we are having them fitted in the front downstairs window of our new home.

Our living room and dining room makeover

Freshening up our living space

Last year we finally had the horrible small bathroom renovated, and where there once was brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles now it’s got beautiful white subway tiles with grey grout and a fantastic shower.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

Renovating Our Small Bathroom

It’s weird, I finally feel that we are making our stamp on this house only to move out of it! You might wonder why we’re moving at all, but the main reason is desire for a set aside office room and a fourth bedroom that can be a permanent guest bedroom. We live far away from all our family and a lot of friends so having space to properly host them is so exciting for me. I can’t wait to properly host and entertain in our new home, I love having people to stay and having a proper guest room makes this so much easier.

With it being a new build we can really make the house our own, but without having to live in a house that decorated in someone else’s taste. This home is a blank canvas for us, and as fan of white walls anyway it feels more me than any home we’ve ever been in. I’ve already started blogging some of my plans for the new house, like the shared workspace, and no doubt there will be many more to follow.

Even just writing this post has helped my anxiety and stress levels, though it probably helps that I’m sat in a cafe not at my desk that’s surrounded my big brown boxes!

Now, fingers crossed I can stay level headed this week ready for our much hoped for move early next week!

 

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My Top 5 Netflix Comedies

Looking for something funny to watch but not sure where to start? Don’t worry I’ve done the hard work and research for you and put together a list of my favourite top 5 Netflix comedies that you just have to watch. It’s such a hard job, but you know, someone has to do it.

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Grace and Frankie

In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.

To be completely honest, I started Grace and Frankie with rather low expectations, but five minutes in and I was hooked. It is laugh out loud funny and has definitely made me face up to what it’s like to be an older woman in our society. The whole cast is fantastic and you’ll find yourself trying to work out if you’re a Grace or a Frankie.

Watch if you like… your comedy to have a lot of laughs but more depth than a sitcom

Watch with… your mum

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

crazy exgirlfriend

Rebecca Bunch is climbing up the career ladder in a big city but feels unfulfilled, after bumping into an ex-boyfriend from camp when she was a teen she ends up changing her whole life and moving to his town. The things she does force me to watch through my fingers and cringe while laughing along. She is by definition a ‘snowflake’, very self involved and on the pursuit of ‘love’ whatever that is and whatever the cost. Oh and did I mention there were musical numbers? These are the jewel in the crown of this programme but also they will either make you love it more or realise it’s not for you. It’s similar to Kimmy Schmidt in that way… though Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs are a little more risque… like the one about Period Sex. (I KNOW!)

It took me a few episodes to full get into this series and then I was hooked. Once I got used to them breaking into song every now and again I really enjoyed it.

Watch with…. your best friend

Watch if you like… ‘GIRLS’, ‘LOVE’ and musicals (what a combo!)

 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

After living in a cult for fifteen years or more specifically in an underground bunker, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. I LOVE this programme, which is weird because I probably shouldn’t. It is bright and fun and ‘nice’ and has musical numbers, I’m fairly serious, critical and wear a whole lot of black, but it is so endearing and just so funny you cannot help falling in love with Kimmy and rooting for her as she finds her way in New York. The supporting cast are excellent and provide just as many laughs as Kimmy. 

Watch… on your own or with a group of friends who love it as much as you

Watch it if you like… musicals

 

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet

Now this is an odd one and you will either love it or hate it, it’s the marmite of Netflix comedies. Yes, Drew Barrymore is a zombie, and yes, it’s gross at times BUT it’s also really funny and even heart warming! Be warned though, my husband and I are long standing Walking Dead fans but even I retched in a couple of the scenes. Don’t be put off though, as beyond the whole Drew Barrymore people dead and needing to eat people thing it actually has stronger themes of discovering who you are and pitching together as a family and making things work. It’s not joke after joke kind of funny but definitely has plenty of hand on mouth, laugh out loud moments.

Watch with.. your partner or good friend

Watch it if…. you don’t mind gore and like a laugh

Odd Mom Out

Oh, this mom is my spirit animal for sure. During a couple of scenes I nearly stopped them so I could play them to my husband. Living on the Upper East Side in New York, Jill navigates her way through the wealthy mommy clique, that includes her sister in law. Sure this comedy relies on some played out stereotypes, but for me it’s no less funny because of it. I found the first episode a little too ‘try hard’ with too many jokes shoe horned in making it feel a bit like a stand up act. It definitely relaxes into itself as the season plays out and I cannot wait for the next season to be available.

Watch with your… mum friends

Watch it if… you’re a mum that rejects the whole ‘perfect’ mummy drama 😉

 

There you have my top 5 Netflix comedies, not all are Netflix orginals but you kind find all of the on Netflix UK. I would have added in Community which I LOVED but unfortunately Netflix no longer has it. I’m so relieved I managed to finish the last season of it in time before it went. Next on my list is Jane The Virgin, I watched a couple of these ages ago but I’ve heard such good things about it recently I’m going to dip in and give it another go. I must add that I watched most of these on my own so my watch with are obvs just suggestions! Feel free to binge away on your own.

Have you seen any my top 5?

Got any you would add to my list?

 

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My current favourite inspiring UK instagrammers

inspiring instagrammers with tips and hashtags

This isn’t a list full of huge Instagrammers with hundreds of thousands of followers, these are just a few of my favourites that make me smile with their content and beautifully curated feed. Some will be well known and others are little gems that should have way more followers than they currently do. As well as sharing a few photos from their accounts I’ve asked each Instagrammer for their top tips and favourite hashtags for a little insider knowledge that we can all learnt from.

Inspiring UK Instagrammers

 

Kerry Villers | @KERRYVILLERS

 

Kerry is a fellow blogger and I’ve been following her on Instagram for quite a while now. Her thoughtfully curated feed is so beautiful, there’s so much light and creativity to her shots of her home and family life. Follow her if you love a bit of greenery, light interiors and a glimpse into family life.

Kerry’s top tips – 

“I go through phases of either loving Instagram or finding it a bit of a drain. Worrying about numbers is one thing that ruins the fun for me. More recently, I have tried to worry less about numbers and think more about the kind of photographs I would like to take. The photos I enjoy taking may not get as many likes or attract as many followers as others, but that’s OK. I have also stopped following some of the popular advice to like and comment on so many photographs in a hashtag after posting a photo, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I think that advice can work, but I found it sucked the joy out of Instagram for me. 

I recently found the bookmarking function on Instagram and absolutely love it. I bookmark the photos I find particularly inspiring and look back through them when I am feeling a bit meh. I find it helps me to think of ideas for the kind of photographs I might like to take and provides a reference point to the kind of style I like and admire. Emily Quinton advises to make Pinterest boards of your favourite Instagram photos, but I’m not organised enough to do that, so bookmarking has been a god send. 

If you’re struggling to find accounts you want to follow, go through your favourite accounts follow list. You will find a ton of great accounts there. 

Antonia from Tinker Tailor Online recommended using an app called Mosaico in a recent blog post. It’s amazing. It has the same grid layout as Instagram, so you can see what your next photo would look like in your feed, or what it might look like if you deleted a photo. Worth the £5.99 purchase price, in my opinion. 

Listen to Me & Orla’s podcasts – Hashtag Authentic

Engage with your followers. There is nothing worse than liking and commenting on photographs time and again, only to get nothing back. Plus, why are you doing it, if not to engage with people?” 

Favourite hashtags –  #littleloves, #lifecloseup, #myeverydaymagic #cornerofmyhome

 

Tigerlilly Quinn | @TIGERLILLYQUINN

 

We’ve both been on the blogging scene for a few years now and I would call Fritha a friend, though I must admit still have a fan girl moment whenever I meet up with her in real life. She is such a beautiful authentic soul and this is reflected in her relaxed and colourful feed. With over 30k followers I am not the only one to love Fritha’s account that  simply bursts with family adventures, stylish and creative fashion and every day life in Bristol. The hashtags #dresscolourfully and #thebrighthome are both run by Fritha* and she has individual instagram accounts for each to showcase the communities.

Fritha’s top tips – “Don’t get sucked into comparing yourself to others or focusing on the numbers. Engage as much as you can and slowly but surely you’ll see that return on your account and followers will happen naturally”

Favourite hashtags – #dresscolourfully #thebrighthome

 

Old Fashioned Sus | @OLDFASHIONEDSUS

 

Fellow north of Watford instagrammer, Susie, shares her home town of Manchester in her feed. Weaved in with her love of vintage fashion and styling Susie gives us a glimpse into her life and loves. Expect rich architectural shots and interiors full of texture and beauty. Champion of the breton tee, Susie also runs the hashtag #bretonloversunite where she invites fellow breton striped fans to join in and hashtag their breton striped pics.

Susie’s top tip – “My biggest tip is be yourself! Also posting around the same time each day helps you get into a routine of connecting, I try to post before I get the kids up for school.”

Favourite hashtags – “These change all the time but I’m going to biased and say #wallsofMCR which is my newest baby and there’s loads of amazing walls in Manchester to see!”

 

The Ordinary Lovely | @THEORDINARYLOVELY

 

Rachel and I entered into the parent blogging community at similar times and both of us are now on blogs that reflect our lifestyle rather than one centred on being a mummy. She made the leap before me and was so helpful when I made the transition. Through her instagram account Rachel shares her home and interior style with us in such a fresh and inspiring way. She has fantastic taste that works for family life yet doesn’t compromise either style or practicality. Her feed is so fresh and bright, sharing beautiful home style as well as family adventures and trips. 

Rachel’s top tips – “I’ve read so many articles and so many posts about how to increase your Instagram following, but very few touch on using it simply because you love to. Using it because you love to share photographs and stories and because you love to look at photographs and read other people’s stories. Even if your goal is to have a mega huge following and work with lots of amazing brands, never forget that you’re building a personal photo album and no matter the quality of the images and no matter the amount of likes you receive, at some point in the future, you’ll look back on a technicolour history of precious memories and moments.”

Favourite hashtags – “My own feed is full of family adventures and colourful interiors … the first is my life and the latter, my hobby. I use hashtags for both so that I can look up and connect with others who share similar interests. #UKexplore is my very own hashtag (with Karen from @Mini_Travellers) which is all about days out and beautiful places to visit across the UK. And I love #realrooms in order to have a nosy around other people’s homes. It’s addictive viewing.”

 

 

Kelly Goyette | @KELLYANNGOYETTE

 

I am fairly new to Kelly’s feed and it was love at first sight. She has such a beautiful eye that captures even the tiny moments of her family’s life. I personally find Kelly’s feed inspiring and it definitely challenges me to up my ‘instagame’! Now I just need to convince my children to love being in front of the camera..!

 

 

This is the first in my series of Instagram favourites. Every so often I’ll be highlighting a few themed favourites, such as inspiring home style accounts, mama style, etc. I hope you enjoy them!

 

Do you follow any of these?

Who are your favourites?

Let me know in the comments below

 

(* #dresscolourfully is co-run with @hungermama and #thebrighthome with @lottie_storey)

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