Today I wrote an email to Laura's teacher because I was feeling emotional and verbose. I'm not sure what she'll make of it but it read like this... [pictures added to illustrate my badly made points] Heading: Laura's Prize for Progress Hi Miss B, I just wanted to let you know how happy we are … Continue reading Child 1 wins a prize… (part 2)
This afternoon, after a truly epic - but in the Towering Inferno sense of the word - scholastic year, Laura (this post will probably be too heartfelt for me to maintain the Child 1 moniker) came home from school for the first time with a proper award. Not 'tried hardest this week', 'best behaved' (which, … Continue reading Child 1 wins a prize… (part 1)
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?
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…
Day 1 of the January Instagram challenge – ‘my fave colour’
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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By now lots of you have probably already tasted a flavour of Twins The New Trend - Tim and Fred Williams - via the viral video of them discovering Phil Collins (if you haven't I promise it's better than I make it sound) but all their content is worth checking out. Imagine twin brothers sharing … Continue reading Stanning on Generation Z – spoiler alert: they’re lovely…
After a few enquiries, here's a quick look at my beauty essentials during lockdown - nothing very exciting, I'm afraid. I have been wearing precisely no makeup - until this week's Instagram takeovers. I'm not one of those people who gets a nice warm feeling when I've got my face on. If anything I'm a … Continue reading A quick review of my Coronavirus beauty regime…
Yesterday a lovely colleague texted 'hahahahaha oh my god that's so dramatic' in response to one of my Coronavirus related messages. She was totally right, to be fair. However, I've just been to the adhoc school 'break up' park play session with a load of the mothers who keep me on an even keel most … Continue reading What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…
I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…
This week's shopping list was dictated to me by an old favourite dress finally starting to fall apart; messy hair, don't usually care - but decided to try a new idea; wanting to wear trousers more and needing better knitwear in the freezing office and, finally, the first Christmas party I've been invited to in … Continue reading Stuff I bought this week…
This was some week. It's had everything from sequins and sparkles to a very real need to buy rubber gloves - and a shitload of bleach - that I foresee in the near future. The glamour you see on my social media platforms (well, sometimes) comes out of the front door that I have to … Continue reading From cutesy to chaos in a few easy – but inadvertent – steps…
After a hot day chez S's V, I feel duty bound to write a small PSA. It's hot, it's sunny, it's not what most British people are used to - even after a beautiful summer last year. We generally haven't assimilated the knowledge required to deal with these conditions, despite numerous warnings and sustained efforts … Continue reading Sun care for civilians…