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Perhaps, I’m meant to give a long spiel on how autumn turning into winter in the Lake District is all kinds of magic. But then, all I’ve got right now is, ‘oooff, look at the frost on those leaves!’

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One whole year of being a ‘mother of two’, my goodness I love them to pieces, but I’m not entirely sure I have ever been so tired and that’s saying something, as I live with a chronic illness! I hesitated posting this yesterday morning, as I looked at this photo totally objectively and wondered what people would see: A tired mother with unbrushed, ratty hair and her two girls on the morning of the littlest’s birthday. OR maybe: A woman who has things totally under control and so much leisure time on her hands that she can simply sit about on a weekday with her girls. Let me tell you, it is entirely the first and for those who thought it *might* just be the latter, a reminder that behind the photos in these squares, we are all of us just muddling along, and often these platforms create an illusion of ‘perfection’ in carefully curated snapshots, that we ultimately fail to see what’s REAL. I like to think that those who know me away from these squares, sees the same person when visiting my feed. Life in my real world and these little squares is, for the most part ‘good’, but just because I don’t shout about the money worries, the mental health struggles, the inevitable annual Christmas family pressures/logistics, the hot drinks and meals that have gone untouched, the unfinished sentences with my husband as a result of constant interruptions, the inability to grieve my dog because I never have a moment alone to think and process the loss, a baby who simply won’t sleep and a six year old behaving like a teenager, when all I’m trying to do is help her get better... it doesn’t mean it’s not there. I love this platform as a creative outlet, a place to make the odd bit of desperately needed dosh, as well as a way to connect with like-minded folk, but don’t let mine or other people’s photos trick you, we are all ‘perfectly imperfect’ and just muddling along! Xx

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“I’m thankful for all of it. The highs. The lows. The blessings. The lessons. The setbacks. The comebacks. The love. The hate. Everything.” - Safe to say, 36 wasn’t my year, but it has taught me more than ever to just breathe and have faith that, in time, everything will work out. Here’s to my 37th year, and maybe a bit more sleep and less illness and loss 🙏🏻 🥳

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It’s okay to cry. I will tell you over and over again. It’s okay to cry. ⁣ ⁣ Crying is not a weakness. If you are crying, it means you are feeling. And feeling requires vulnerability and courage. So crying, really, is strong. ⁣ ⁣ And if that isn’t enough to convince you, then know that crying actually helps your body at a physiological level in a few ways:⁣ ⁣ ⁃Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system to help calm us down. ⁣ ⁃Crying releases stress hormones like cortisol from the body. ⁣ ⁃Crying stimulates the production of endorphins (feel good hormones) to help reduce pain, improve your mood and make you feel better. ⁣ ⁣ There is no shame in your tears. It’s just your body doing what it knows how to do to process and move you through emotions. ⁣ ⁣ It’s also okay if you don’t or can’t cry. That’s okay too. There is nothing wrong with you. ⁣ ⁣ What’s your relationship like with tears and crying?

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Risked the millions of spiders in the garden and picked these from the garden yesterday, it feels slightly strange knowing that they’ve probably only got a couple of weeks left before the cold weather takes hold. ⁣ ⁣ A busy day today preparing for a calligraphy workshop @thehoop this evening. It’s my first evening workshop and first in a pub... I’m interested to see whether a glass of wine is a help or a hindrance when it comes to mastering the nib and ink.🙊⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #gatherandcurate #thefloralseasons #realflowersoftheseason #slowfloralstyle #awakethelight #chasinglight #aquietstyle #simpleandstill #capturequiet #calmversation #fosterthoughtfulness #simpleauthenticbeautiful #momentsofmine #myeverydaymagic #kindredmoments #momentsoftheday #hellostoryteller #theslowdowncollective #ofquietmoments #aseasonalshift #stylingtheseasons #darlingdaily #littlecornersofmyhome #byarrangement #finditstyleit #aseasonalyear #visualcrush #upandautumn

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Brightening up the gloom.🧡⁣ ⁣ Anyone know what blooms these are? I thought they may be a type of echinacea but I’m not certain. I love them, they look like dancers with their frilly skirts.⁣ ⁣ Remembered to write my list again yesterday so I’m starting today with at least a vague idea of what i should be doing.🙊⁣ ⁣ Happy Monday all.🧡⁣ ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #dsfloral #underthefloralspell #myfloraldays #natureinspired #gatherandcurate #thefloralseasons #flowersandotherstories #realflowersoftheseason #slowfloralstyle #quietinthewild #thewildnesstonic #momentsofmine #myeverydaymagic #kindredmoments #stillswithstories #momentsoftheday #hellostoryteller #theslowdowncollective #ofquietmoments #moodcollectors #openuptoautumn #brimfulofcurious #plantpackedparadise

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It’s November and that means it’s officially acceptable to break out the Christmas jammies 🎉🎅🎄 We couldn’t wait another day to see baby in his! #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear @cottononkids

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Charlie in her (my) favorite outfit form @cricketandruby and posing in front of this custom “Ocean City” with all those pretty blended grays. For once, I didn’t plan the outfit to match the artwork... funny how it just works out!😝 . Happy Friday friends! Hope your weekend is as cheery as this little nugget! . . . . . #letthembelittle #macramemovement #fiberart #fiberartist #artcurator #modernart #motherhoodrising #handcrafted #textileart #childhoodunplugged #kindredmoments #interiorboom #bohostyle #handmade #bohodecor #mybohovibes #modernbohemian #bohemian #tapestries #yarn #interior123 #moderndecor #phoenix #wallhanging #hospitalitydesign #monochromatic #minimalism #artinstallation #nurserydecor #handmade

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Had so much fun at @wndraleigh last night!! So grateful to be connecting with local friends, makes my heart so dang happy! 🥰

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How do you give back? . This season in particular there are so many opportunities to give back in various ways. One way we give back is by donating to the Spark of Love Toy Drive every year @ilovebigals. We all get together and use it as an excuse to spend time together, while humbling ourselves and doing something for others at the same time. All while teaching our children lessens and the importance of giving. . Do you do anything with local charities or organizations this time of year? I’d love to find more ways to volunteer or give back to the community!

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Throwback to when these munchkins roamed the 116 km of the Bowron Lake Circuit as wild little ragamuffins earlier this year. It was more than once we paddled past a campsite and people came running to see the canoe “with all the babies”! 😂 I’m pretty sure here they were tag teaming to scrounge for snacks from the nearest dry bag, regardless of who it belonged to.🙈 “Hey Ruby, you distract them while I find the Ju-ba-jubes!” 🐒 Am I right @wildpacificnorthwest and @thelanternway?!

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This month just flew by! Like how is it almost Thanksgiving!?! I started a new job this past week & it’s making my days pass a little a faster but also making me cherish the slow moments I have when I’m home. Side note who put up their tree!?! The place we get our tree from each year is still setting up so no tree yet 🤞🏼 this weekend.

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WANT TO WORK WITH BRANDS?⁣ ⁣ It’s time to stop, collaborate, and listen. You’ve got the platform, the profile and people who are eager to engage with your epic content… looks like you’re ready to start working with brands. 🙌🏻 ⁣ ⁣ But when you’re first starting out, you may think your blog is too small, or that you need to spend more time growing your Instagram before you will be able to secure any collaborations.⁣ ⁣ 🥳But I’ve got good news – you don’t need a huge following to work with brands.⁣ ⁣ In fact, micro-influencers are a huge trend for marketing in 2019.⁣ So, let’s discuss what you can do to work with brands as a small blogger!⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣FIND BRANDS TO WORK WITH ON: INFLUENCER NETWORKS⁣ ⁣ If you don’t know what an influencer network yet, an influencer network is essentially a marketplace where bloggers can find brands and their opportunities/upcoming brand campaigns. On the flip side, influencer networks are where brands go to find the influencers to potentially partner with.⁣ Some of them send only gifted products, some have minimum followers requirements:⁣ ⁣ @vampbrands @indahash @takumihq @collabary @theinfluenceroom @zyper_official @shoppinglinks @scrunchforinfluencers @endorsify @aspireiq @cohleycreators @bloglovin ⁣ 2️⃣FIND BRANDS TO WORK WITH ON: OTHER BLOGGER’S INSTAGRAM FEEDS⁣ ⁣ Another way to find brands to work with is by finding brands on other blogger’s Instagram feeds. If you see that a brand is sponsoring an influencer, they’re probably working with other influencers on a brand campaign. Reach out to them via direct message or email.⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣FIND BRANDS TO WORK WITH BY: PITCHING THEM DIRECTLY⁣ How to find email adresses, what to write in the pitch email and how figure of what you could charge, I'll share in my next post.⁣ ⁣ If this was useful, don't foget to save and share with your IG friends.⁣ ⁣ Welcome to #inspire_and_create hashtag challenge. ⁣ To see all photos follow the loop until you get back here. ⁣ ⁣ Next artist - @veronique.in.love ⁣ This week theme - SHADOWS. ⁣ ⁣ Swipe to see before. After editing in photoshop I used @sienna.and.i amazing presets “Enchanted garden” on my phone. ⁣

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Reading has become such a massive hobby of mine this year! I made a New Years resolution to read 50 books and I’m now at 56 😊 If you want to know what I’ve been reading head to my book account @natalieleannereads 💖 Will you be making any goals for 2020? . I’ve teamed up with some wonderful friends to show you that everyone is unique and creative. Welcome to our #inspire_and_create challenge. Every week we create photos according to the theme. This week's theme - SHADOW ✨ To see all photos follow the loop until you get back here. And don’t forget to show all of them some love. Next artist - @ozgeekinday ❤️ We would also like to see your works. Add our hashtag to your photo and we will choose favorites to highlight in our stories.

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Decorating the fence with home made edible paint 🎨

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Once upon a time, there was a boy... 👑 Always love to see them reading and surrounded by books. Reading alone, reading out loud to their little brothers, reading whenever they can... Just let your imagination run wild!✨🌿💙 #useyourimagination #childrensbooks #childhoodunplugged #laslapsloeb

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One whole year of being a ‘mother of two’, my goodness I love them to pieces, but I’m not entirely sure I have ever been so tired and that’s saying something, as I live with a chronic illness! I hesitated posting this yesterday morning, as I looked at this photo totally objectively and wondered what people would see: A tired mother with unbrushed, ratty hair and her two girls on the morning of the littlest’s birthday. OR maybe: A woman who has things totally under control and so much leisure time on her hands that she can simply sit about on a weekday with her girls. Let me tell you, it is entirely the first and for those who thought it *might* just be the latter, a reminder that behind the photos in these squares, we are all of us just muddling along, and often these platforms create an illusion of ‘perfection’ in carefully curated snapshots, that we ultimately fail to see what’s REAL. I like to think that those who know me away from these squares, sees the same person when visiting my feed. Life in my real world and these little squares is, for the most part ‘good’, but just because I don’t shout about the money worries, the mental health struggles, the inevitable annual Christmas family pressures/logistics, the hot drinks and meals that have gone untouched, the unfinished sentences with my husband as a result of constant interruptions, the inability to grieve my dog because I never have a moment alone to think and process the loss, a baby who simply won’t sleep and a six year old behaving like a teenager, when all I’m trying to do is help her get better... it doesn’t mean it’s not there. I love this platform as a creative outlet, a place to make the odd bit of desperately needed dosh, as well as a way to connect with like-minded folk, but don’t let mine or other people’s photos trick you, we are all ‘perfectly imperfect’ and just muddling along! Xx

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all the feels with these gender neutral & earthy tones! ⠀⠀ What’s one thing you learnt from your parents that you want to pass onto your kiddies? ⠀⠀ When I was a kid, mum would pick us up from school and always make sure each of us got asked about how our day was, including the kids we carpooled with - no matter how stressed or busy she was. Always made me feel so loved 🌟 💕. . . . . . . . . #wildchild #perthnow #madewithlove #babyfashion #shoplocalvicpark #outfitinspiration #kindredmoments #supportingfamilies #ourdailycapture #perthmums #mumtobe #itsamumslife #motherhood #shoplocalsydney #stylemybaby #motherhoodsimplified #thoughtfulfashion

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Today is National Agriculture Day so I thought it apt that I should post this other time lapse video I made last week when we were shearing!! 🐑 Shearing is a huge part of our year and one of our biggest profit drivers - so it’s important that we get it right!! We baled a total of 16 bales from the sheep that we have shorn so far this season - and we have another 300 sheep that need to be shorn too, as well as our lambs - all before the end of January!! 🙌🏻 We are still busy with supplying restaurants in the south-west with our lamb, and have got a few more meetings coming up! So watch this space!!

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The question is should I work or relax while I have the chance!?

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We spent some time with some of our favorite people in the snowy mountains this week. It was clearly REAL cute and so so fun. Too short, but enough fun to last at least a month! Thankful for these times for sure.

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today was such a fun filled day of jesus & connecting with people over oils 🌿 plus, i finally got to use one of my eye shadow pallets that has been packed away😍

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Literally cannot handle the cuteness of this family!! Smiles all around ✨🥰✨

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Actually in love with fall

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I adore everything about you lil Preston. You are such a mini trouble maker and I love that about you, always looking for some little adventure. 🦖 ~

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You’re looking at the first image I’ve created all by myself, on film, in over 12 years. ⁣ ⁣ ALL of my work in college was on film. Digital wasn’t really even a thing yet. At least, not an accessible thing. ⁣ ⁣ When I finally went digital, it was a huge struggle for me. Honestly, it felt wrong. I couldn’t wrap my head around photography... 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮?? ⁣ ⁣ And today, I remembered why. ⁣ #frigginfilm#ihopeitsokistoleyourhashtagyan

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He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 by @imagesbykayj⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #anchoredteesshop #handrawnhopefilled

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GIVEAWAY - Today is the big 3-0! 🥳😱 I woke up feeling extremely thankful and blessed. Its gloomy and rainy and I’m just in an amazing mood 🤩 In honor of my bday and thanksgiving next week, I wanted to give a little something back. So I’m going to be giving a Starbucks egift card away! Save it for all the crazy Black Friday shopping, give it away as a gift, treat yourself, whatever! All you have to do is: 1. Follow me 2. Tag some friends (the more you tag the better your chances will be) I will choose a winner tomorrow 11/21 #giveaway #starbucksgiveaway #dirty30 #birthdaygirl #coffeegiveaway #starbucks

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a fresh new itty bitty Emerson! I’m only sure of this because of the date it was taken because let’s just be real I have little xerox children and this could pass for any of them 😂 I really need to start labeling baby photos because in about 10 years I’m gonna have no idea which baby this is 🙈

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"I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever and being excited about all the amazing things you’ll do in life" ❤️ At times I want life to slow down, maybe to even stop still just for a moment so I can really take it all in. I don’t remember the exact moment you grew to be this big, but I do remember all of the moments in between. The newborn baby days may be long gone but it’s like I always say "You’ll always be my baby and that’s how it’s gonna to stay" 🕊 Photo inspired by @ktnewms Outfit gifted from @shopmatalan

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A sleeping baby is the new “happy hour” and when the both nap at the same time it’s like hitting the jackpot 😂🤣 They both looked so sweet I couldn’t not take a picture 😍❤️

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The last few days have felt so long yet so short. (Not like that makes any sense.. I think I'm tired 🧐) With Amelie being poorly, trying to work two jobs, boxing up for moving let's just say everything has been getting a bit mad ✨ Roll on the weekend! 😴😯 I'm just hoping Amelie will be well enough tomorrow as I'm due to be on a 13 hour shift 😏 #sleepymama #ineedallthemoneyicanget

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I posted this picture in my stories last week & thought it was too cute to not have on my feed! You’re welcome. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GraceynPiper #toddlersofinstagram #toddlerlife #toddlergram #toddlermodel #igtoddlers #instatoddler #girlmom #mamasgirl #momswithcameras #theheartcaptured #watchthemgrow #momsofinstagram #mommylife #mymotherhood #lifeasmama #momentsinmotherhood #ohheymamas #themommydiary #humansofjoy #kindredmoments #mymamahood

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T A B L E S C A P E S Working on some style plans for next year and so many people are starting to choose this colour concept. 💕 Photocredit @msmeganwilson Styling @ticketybooevents Florals @theflowerpatchuk

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The snow came back. We had an unusually cold fall, and snow was pretty early. It has been warmer than average these days and the snow melted. Well the magic happened today, and our world turned into this gorgeous magical place. The snow making that sound under your feet. You’ll know what I mean if you have experienced snow. We tried to catch snowflakes on our tongues and caught them in our lashes. We can inside with rosy cheeks, and cold fingers. But one very happy boy.

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Just a California girl, waiting desperately for the rain...so the puddle-jumping and umbrella using can commence. 🌧

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Four years old today 💚 my sweet sensitive little soul with a fire hiding inside. I’ve seen so many changes in you this year, watching you really become your own person. Fiercely picky eater and true homebody with the quirkiest sayings that are everyone’s favorites. A very intense tinkerer who loves to take anything and everything apart just to see how it works and try and put it back together again. Still gives the cuddles and always needs at least 15 hugs + kisses after I’ve already tucked you in for the night. You bring so much joy to our family and we’re so lucky to call you ours. Happy Birthday my beautiful boy 💚

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You could say she loves the snow❄️☃️💙 since getting @disneyplus this girls been obsessed with Frozen! She was more than excited to see all the snow we got over the past few days. She just had to play in it & I’m pretty sure she thought she was Elsa the whole time. 🤗👸🏼 Loved watching the joy shine through her sweet face!😍 Ps. How is it that kids never get cold when playing in the snow?! She would have stayed outside all night if we let her 😂

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—the truth is, babywearing is my village. it saved me as a first-time mama and is supporting me again as a mama of two. it was my crutch and confidence when I felt the darkness of postpartum anxiety and it led me to a community of like-minded mothers who reminded me that I wasn’t in this alone. carrying the girls has fit so seamlessly into our slow, ordinary, day-to-day. it has allowed me to soak in the fleeting beauty of this short time in motherhood; where my girls long to be near me, where they willingly snuggle in while exploring at their own pace, safely perched on my hip and close to my heart. babywearing might be for my babies, but it is also my safe place. . . . so grateful to @heirloomcarrier for sending us this gorgeous linen sling, helping me hold Maeve close for as long as I can ✨

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This morning I wished the barista a Merry Christmas - I know it’s too early - it just slipped out! But the celebration season starts early for our crew and the festive feelings were a-flowin’! The whole thing got me wondering, when do YOU start wishing your Merry’s, and greeting your Seasons? ✴︎ ✴︎ Sloan is looking extra comfy and cozy in her [ g i f t e d ] stylish leggings from @prairiemountainco - perfectly placed under the tree! ✴︎ ✴︎ ✴︎ #shoplocal #shopsmall #shopalberta #yyckids #comfycozy #toddlerfashions #toddlerstyles #kidwear #letthembelittle #myeverydaymagic #underthetree #loungewear #mystyle #choosejoy #memoirsofmotherhood #raisingmytribe #kindredmoments #thehappynow #canadianmade #supportsmallshops #momandpopshop #slowfashion #winterwonder #raisingmytribe #mommybloggers #mommydiaries

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We don’t really notice how much our children are growing and changing right before our eyes until we look at old photos, even photos from just six months ago or a year. Swipe to see what a difference a year has made for our family. Time is a crazy thing ❤️

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It’s Wednesday, feels like it should be Thursday, what the hell?! Longest week ever. Feel like I’ve not stopped since the weekend. No plans tonight 🙌🏻 Fajita tea because that’s a meal that everyone likes and doesn’t cause any backlash at tea time, then I’m just going to sit here and watch I’m a Celeb on catch up with a bowl of popcorn. Gracie has really got into it this year so it’s nice to watch it as a family!, An evening in front of the telly is definitely what I need. #seekthesimplicity #allthatsbeautiful #ourwhimsicaldays #simpleandstill #daysofsmallthings #kindredmoments #momemtsofmine #simplethingsmadebeautiful #igmotherhood #capturingthemoment #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger #mbloggersuk #mblogger #mbloggers #ohheymama #littlestoriesofmylife #mumsofinstagram #mamalife #mumlife #cherishthemoments #mamalove #capturingchildhood #snaphappybritmums #capturingthemoment #littleloves #myfamilyadventures #lifecloseup

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What’s your calm place? For me, it’s sitting down by the ocean and breathing in the smell of the sea; hearing the ripple of waves on the shore soothes me. ⁣ ⁣ Even when I can’t get to that place in person, sometimes in the midst of a busy day I’ll close my eyes and imagine myself there. I’ll bring to mind the sounds and smells, the bobbing heads of seals, and the feeling of sand between my fingers. And I can find a little more calm and ease there, even if I’m only there in my mind. ⁣ ⁣ We actually use this calm place tool in EMDR a lot, encouraging clients to use this technique of visualizing a calm place when they are overwhelmed by emotions. ⁣I’d encourage you to try the same! Ideally it should be a spot you’ve been before, with no other people present (animals are okay though). Close your eyes and imagine you’re there with all your senses and just breathe it in for a few moments. ⁣ So what’s your calm place? I’d love to hear about yours in the comments below!

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✨✨Last chance to enter the 3rd GRATEFUL for you GIFTAWAY✨✨ I’m teaming up with @sueshappythoughts to gift a bundle of THREE PAIRS handmade earrings!! Win one or two for you, and still have a gift for a someone you love❤️ ⠀ We are so grateful for you!! For following along, building up, supporting, and loving. Thank you, sister! ⠀ To Enter:⠀ 🌟Follow @sueshappythoughts and @mamainthemidst⠀ 🌟Tag a friend(s), each tag=1 entry⠀ ⠀ 🌟Want 5 extra entires? Share in your stories and tag us🌟⠀ ⠀ Thanks for being here with us, friends!!❤️⠀ ⠀ Giveaway ends November 21st at 12 pm. Good luck!!⠀ ⠀ This giveaway is not in anyway affiliated with Instagram. Must be 18 enter. US and Canada only. . . . You can shop all these looks on my Like It to Know It link in the bio or in the app! Follow me there for all my favs! Purchases through links do not increase chances of winning. . http://liketk.it/2H8kz #liketkit @liketoknow.it

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Day dreaming about warm summer days 🌼☀️ 📷: @diamondfox22 #winteriscoming #readybutnotready #flowerchild #summerlover

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Natural cleaning doesn't have to be complicated (no matter how many times social media has tried to convince me otherwise)!! 🧹 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Things you will need for natural cleaning products: - white vinegar/cleaning vinegar - bicarb soda - essential oils (grapefruit is my fave, it's good for cleaning and smells delicious) - spray bottle - lots of patience - grace for yourself ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Essentially, mix all the ingredients together in an amber spray bottle ($3 from Target Australia, just an FYI) and you've essentially got all you'll need for most cleaning. Making a paste out of bicarb and water or bicarb and vinegar will get soap scum out of your bathroom, too. Ta-da! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BONUS TIP: Combine bicarb and an essential oil of your choice in a shaker container (or if you're me, just a cup because you don't have a shaker). Leave for 30 minutes. Spread over carpet/rugs and leave to sit for 30-60 minutes and then vacuum up! This will leave your carpets nice and soft, but also help to get any pet smells out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #twentysomething  #melbourneblog  #millennialwomen  #isittheweekendyet  #thatmomlife  #tiredmummy  #debtfreedom  #twentysomethinglife  #homeorganization  #smallpleasures  #madeformore  #loves_australia  #peoplescollective  #kindredmoments  #alittlebeautyeveryday  #productiveweek  #twentysomethings  #20something  #honestmom  #millennialmom  #mommin  #lifeasmama  #millennialparenting  #millenialwomen  #getthingsdone  #budgetbeauty  #momssupportingmoms  #ig_discover_australia  #lovelywanderings  #momliferules

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This week my intention is to rest and rejoice. Simply be. No agendas and no more pressure of get things done. When I have time to sit with my thoughts like this I always end up making exciting discoveries. Here is the one I made yesterday. Would you believe if I told you this - I’ve had the idea of this podcast for more than 2 years. I know. It took me all this time to make it a reality. It makes me wonder what was happening there. What really stood in my way? I process my thoughts better when I am writing. What came to the surface was this: I was afraid of claiming my voice. I was afraid of the good old ‘what will people think and say’. I was afraid of criticism. I was worried that I will end up adding to the noise. I was scared that my ideas aren’t valuable enough. I was over-thinking the idea of originality. This awareness and honesty allowed me to really dig deep and question my motivations for making it into a reality. Why have I started one, really? • It is a more intimate and deeper way of connecting • To explore, uncover and claim my own voice • To establish my expertise and to provide value • To build confidence and courage, slowly and sustainably • To connect and share stories that matter • We need more voices of color to share their side of the story too!🙋‍♀️ . I have explored it in detail on the blog today. If you'd like to have a read, you know where to find the link. I am just glad that I took the leap somehow :) This is why I cherish those quiet moments and slowing down more. . What about you, what exciting discoveries have you made recently? . [Photo Credits: unsplash.com]

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Pondering how we will survive the 37C heatwave tomorrow. Perhaps a dip in the pool after school? 🤔

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Bᴏʀɴ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴀᴡᴇsᴏᴍᴇ🤟⠀ .⠀ Liam sure does look awesome in this outfit. Urban jeans and Dooli top. Shop now, pay later with Afterpay, Laybuy and Sezzle. ⠀ .⠀ 📸 @lifewithliamethan

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"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book" - by Dr. Seuss ✨🌿💙 Short but stunning story with so lovely illustrations... This is The Storm Whale 🐳 @benjidavies @simonandschuster #stormwhale . Lühike, aga armas lugu kaunite illustratsioonidega - see on “Tormivaal”. Meile meeldib, kui raamat on põnev, kaasahaarav, õpetlik veel pealekauba, aga mis oleks üks lasteraamat ilma piltideta... Nii palju muljeid ja arutelusid, nii palju loo edasiarendusi - kõik-kõik see võib tulla ühestainsast kujutisest! ✨🐳 @rahvaraamat #rahvaraamatukirjastus #fairytail

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Littlest (and cheekiest) love helping with the wool pressing this afternoon post shearing 🐑

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Children are perfect for teaching us when to slow down and enjoy the little things. Teaching us to stop and watch them do a new trick they learnt. Teaching us to play and bring out our inner child. Teaching us that laughter really is the best medicine. Teaching us that it's ok to feel vulnerable. Teaching us that we need to put down the phone/laptop and colour in Peppa Pig ( even if Peppa Pig drives you nuts ) Being a parent is stressful, its hard and exhausting. But it really is magical once we allow it to be. What have your kids taught you?

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𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐲 𝐈𝐯𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐟𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 💫 || @our.little.warrior has a huge collection of our bows, and we can never get enough of seeing her rock them! ⁣⁣#bowtiful ⁣⁣ 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘱 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 #afterpay

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“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a special love for hibiscus flowers. Seems this little one does too!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have a favorite flower? Like, the moment you see it your whole week is brightened. Tell us about it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 @meeghan243⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in bio and swipe left.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🐭❤🐷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #babiesofinstagram #candidmotherhood #childhoodunplugged #childrenoftheworld #childrensgifts #chubbybaby #giftideasforkids⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeinusa #handmadeisbetter #handmadeloves #handmadeshop #handmadetoys #kidsgifts #kidstravel #kindredmoments #mouselovespig ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #learningthroughplay #letthembekids #letthembelittle #organictoys #babytoy #babytoys #babytravel #babytraveller #babytravels #babytravelling #babytraveltips #babytraveling #babytravelessentials #babyonthego

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I used to be one of those holiday sticklers...you know the type...upset at the grocery store when they bring out the next holiday’s decor before the first holiday has even started? I’m happy to report that in the recent months, I’ve had a change of heart! I realize half the reason I despised this practice so much was that I’m always behind, stressed out, and doing everything last minute, which makes me really anxious to even have to SEE a glimpse of what I’m NOT ready for! As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m really working on streamlining Christmas this year! I’ve decorated a bit, and started purchasing gifts...I just might have a less stressful Christmas for once (and get to focus on what it really means), and that’s a huge deal for me. I think we should all feel empowered to decorate and celebrate when and how we want...the more, the merrier🎄 . A big beautiful thank you to @arbii_label for this stunning headband and @handmadestratton for this gorgeous dress! We are ready for all the holiday parties, go ahead and send the invites 😘🎄 . #christmasbaby #arbii #christmasstyle #childhoodunplugged #handmade #twirldress #christmasdress #shopsmall #handmadebaby #toddlerstyle #zarababy #condorsocks #babyheadband #momswithcameras #magicofchildhood #letthembelittle #kindredmoments #simplychildren #documentyourdays #allthehearteyes #pnw #candidchildhood #christmasparty #holidayready

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🐳 hello, 32 weeks!🤰🏻can’t believe we’re already here! 8 week countdown (if she’s on time, which I doubt) & I still can’t believe I’m even pregnant 🤣 #bebecita #8months #everythinghurts #iwantherout

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When it rains in Phoenix and temps drop, you get to use 1 of your 3 winter pieces 🤣

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My whole heart ❤️ OK I take back what I said about not wanting more kids. HAHA! Just kidding! Or not. 😂😂

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Perhaps, I’m meant to give a long spiel on how autumn turning into winter in the Lake District is all kinds of magic. But then, all I’ve got right now is, ‘oooff, look at the frost on those leaves!’

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Every night Pippa plays the “what does ... say” and every night in between asking what the sheep, the rooster and the horse (as well as the big trucks, the tractors, the dogs and the baby octopuses 🙈) say I ask what mama says. Pippa always tells me with a big smile that I say “älskar dig” (love you in Swedish) and every single night I feel my heart turn to mush because nothing could be more true and I hope she never forgets it.

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This guy is a mystery... And not one I think I'll ever solve. He's a real grace grower and a one of a kind. He makes me cry with both laughter and frustration! Oh how you have changed my world Arlo and oh how much I've grown in love ❤️

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¡Qué divertido es el otoño!🧡 . . . . . . . #mermaidphotoig #kidsmermaid #sesionotoño

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The joy and magic surrounding the holidays is seriously one of my all time favorite parts of being a mom. Not because of all the “things” - but because of the excitement. The cookie decorating and delivering. The toy donations the kids get to take part in. The influx of family movie nights. The amount of family we get to see and love on. Tyler being off from work and Riley being home from school. It’s seriously the most WONDERFUL time of the year & 100% the environment I thrive in. . . Also, this @kingofchristmas tree definitely doesn’t hurt my holly-jolly spirit!! 🎅🏼🎄

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My parents’ dog named Sam was also very curious about the new arrival. He spent many days after sniffing Athena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bijon #bijonfrise #dogbabylove #dogkid #nothingisordinary #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #kindredmoments #petitejoys #acolorstory #darlingmovement

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Here’s just some of the 80+ spoons that will be available at the Makers Market on the 30th November @relicsofwitney Come see them in all their woody gloriousness alongside other grainy woody good stuff…oh and I’ll be doing some live spoonin too (not that sort🙄) There will be loads of talented makers there, with all sorts of lovely handmadeness, so come and get your Christmas gifts sorted 🤩 . . . . . . . #holeandcorner #Kinfolkworkshop #moodcollectors #ccseasonal #craftmanship #nestandflourish #todaysgoodthing #capturemycraft #storyofmytable #distractionsandinspirations #aseasonalyear #gloomandglow #theartofslowliving #ihavethisthingfordarkness #cornersofmyworld #savourtheseasonalshift #seasonspoetry #simplejoys #kindlecuriosity #untoldvisuals #kindredmoments #seekinspirecreate #flashesofdelight #bevisuallyinspired #awakethesoul #wildforaged #thisautumnlife #thatvelvetfeeling #ourstudiotime #hiddengems

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It’s a BOY!!!!! 💙💙💙💙💙 . I would say I can’t believe it, but this mama knew in her heart all along that there was a boy growing in there. I have guessed correctly on gender with every pregnancy I have carried.... did you have a feeling on your bun in the oven when you were expecting?? . Aaron thought for sure he would be a girl dad and he’d be surrounded by girls his whole life.... so this was definitely a surprise for him! We are so overjoyed, so humbled, and just so excited to see what this new chapter will bring to our family. 💙 Tell me below if you were right and thinking Baby Marrugi was going to be a boy 💙, or a girl 💗 ⤵️

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Dimanche matin, les 20 ans, un brunch, dehors la pluie, allumer les jolies bougies, des miettes de joie à grignoter, être ensemble tout simplement ♡ . Sonntag morgen, die 20 Jahre, ein Brunch, draußen der Regen, die hübschen Kerzen anzünden, das Glück wie lauter kleine Kekskrümel naschen, einfach nur zusammen sein ♡ . . . . . . . . #lebenmitkind #familienleben #niedersachsen#viedemaman #enfamille #jungsmama #familienzeit #schönezeit #theeverydayportrait #unseralltagistihrekindheit #bebe2016 #mamasein #glücksmomente #bedürfnisorientiert #geschwister #glücklichsein #mesenfants #familieistalles #mamancomblée #embracingtheeveryday #monfils #rememberingthesedays #mytinytribe #kindredmoments #livingwithkids #thingsiwanttoremember #alltagmitkind #schnappschuss #thisjoyfulmoment #momentsinmotherhood

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“I’m thankful for all of it. The highs. The lows. The blessings. The lessons. The setbacks. The comebacks. The love. The hate. Everything.” - Safe to say, 36 wasn’t my year, but it has taught me more than ever to just breathe and have faith that, in time, everything will work out. Here’s to my 37th year, and maybe a bit more sleep and less illness and loss 🙏🏻 🥳

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I hope they always know I love them more than anything else

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𝑾𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒆𝒅 4 𝒇𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒑, 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆🥴 𝒎𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔😂 - - #lightroompresets #presetslightroom #pnwblogger #photofilter #presets #aestheticblog #photoinspo #oregon #portlandblogger #portlandoregon #bloggerbeauty #littlestoriesofmine #lifestyle #bloggerslifestyle #inspiremyinsta #bloomandgrow #thatauthenticfeeling #followmyinsta #likesforlikes #likes4likes #instastyle #feelfreefeed #click_visions #aquitestyle #instalike #instagood #instamood #kindredmoments

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