Every year I write a version of this post. Obviously 2021 is a complete wildcard so you may have to work around my advice this time! ...So have you planned your Mother's Day celebrations? If not, good luck with getting it together - although, luckily, I am here to help. To start, do something that … Continue reading It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow – get your shizz together!
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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In 1992, a Vanity Fair writer called Maureen Orth wrote what is still considered to be the most succinct account of the legal facts of the prosecution of Woody Allen by the state of Connecticut. You can read the original article here and I'll link to a couple of others throughout this post. There are … Continue reading What people forget about the Farrow / Allen court battle
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…
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…
As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!
I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…
Going up at home: Life at Merebank Towers is getting better in some ways. After a false fire alarm last Friday there was a lot of bonding while wearing pyjamas and warm coats. We discovered that a lot of people have illegal pets. The firefighters were, to a man and woman, all extremely attractive and … Continue reading An up and down sort of month or so…
Traditionally Simnel cake (those of you who love it can click on the link for a great, slightly abbreviated, version by Mary Berry) was the speciality that occupied home cooks in the run up to the Easter holiday. However, nowadays fruit cake has fallen out of favour as it's so heavy and not very popular … Continue reading An Easter cake for modern life…
Sometimes little things really restore your faith in people. I live in a tower block that had a lick of paint, a general spruce up and some clever marketing invested in it about 10 years ago - and nothing much since. Now the community is what makes it feel like a place you can call … Continue reading Swerving that ‘community spirit shite’…and failing somewhat