January Instagram challenge 

I started doing the FMS Instagram Challenge on the first day of 2017. I used to be religious about keeping up, keeping relevant, keeping brand aware and just trying to keep it together at all really.
I beat myself up if I missed a day – bear in mind that my daughters were 5 and just 3 years old when I started the project – and I was relentless. I fussed over everything.
I kept up for a while but you can’t enjoy something if you torture yourself over it, can you?
Anyway, this year I thought I’d give it another go. I started on the 3rd of January (you can have a look here) and, yes, I did play catch up – but not because I felt compelled. This time it was for fun.
Then, on the 4th of January we were told that the kids were coming home for school again – so we decided to do a family FMS challenge too. We set up a page – The Family Blakemore – and just played around.
On the 16th of February Child 1’s photo – ‘Something New‘ won. 4 years after I first entered my 9 year old daughter won. I’m very proud and excited for her… And also a little bit jealous!
Anyway, here are the pictures from January 2017. My style and content has changed a lot since then but it’s fun to look back and see how life has changed sometimes, isn’t it?

Sophie's Voice

​New Yearstarted for me with another Instagram challenge – which I managed to complete on time and with a little imagination, I hope you’ll agree.

On to February now – I’ve got a doozie lined up for the 14th…

Enjoy!


Day 1 of the January Instagram challenge – ‘my fave colour’

Midnight blue.

Day 2 of the January Instagram challenge – ‘delicious’

Salt and pepper tofu.

Day 3 of the Instagram challenge – ‘circle’

Chanel Chance. My favourite perfume comes in an iconic circular bottle. It smells of sunlight and fun.

Day 4 of the January Instagram challenge – ‘animal’

This year I am dreaming of owning an Airedale terrier.

Day 5 of the Instagram challenge – ‘a fave thing’

Broccoli and red pepper quiche from @roughhandmade on Penny Lane. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from my home and my 3 year old daughter is eating…

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What people forget about the Farrow / Allen Court battle

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Mulled wine – not just for Christmas

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Blogtober 2020 – the prompts…

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Stanning on Generation Z – spoiler alert: they’re lovely…

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How Liverpool copes with tragedy…

The anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster is always a pensive, reflective time in Liverpool. The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during the semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on the 15th of April, 1989. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster … Continue reading How Liverpool copes with tragedy…

A quick review of my Coronavirus beauty regime…

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What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

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Here comes the sun…

A Sophie’s Voice tradition – the annual commemoration of Child 2’s arrival.

Sophie's Voice

It’s Beatles Day. I live just off Penny Lane – and have done, on and off, for nearly 23 years. I used to love The Beatles. I still love Penny Lane. I love the bakery where I buy my pastries. I love the corner shop (that isn’t on the corner) where I buy the milk. I love the pub where we get Saturday lunch occasionally. I loved the Washerama when I didn’t have a machine and it was still open. I love the giraffe statues my children admire on the walk to school. It’s really pretty fantastic. 

However, due to constant exposure to the Fab Four, I never choose to listen to their music. What’s the point? It’s shoved into my ears constantly anyway.

Except this song…it’s too beautiful to ignore. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I sang it to my youngest daughter at seventeen minutes past midnight on the…

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