Monday, 1 September 2014

It is ok to loose friendships..

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I have lost a lot of what I thought were close friends over the past few years and I think it is an age thing, time of life with kids and possibly even a sideline of being a working Mum but it still makes me a little sad..

There are friends I thought would be with me forever, that I shared some really personal sides of me with that just simply don't seem to care what I feel anymore. I have reached out, emailed and suffered sleepless nights with anxiety over what I did to have them act like this...

BUT when I reflect on the ones I have gained in that time I feel so blessed, the people I work with who even though I don't see I am in constant contact via a quick email or text, some of the sellers on DTLL, the gorgeous on line community that have supported my journey

I trust and confide in them, the shit work stuff with the jaw dropping open up a hole and pull me in stuff. It is because I trust them and adore them like family.

In the past few years I have done nothing with any intention I do everything just because I wanted to do so. Of recent I have had some really touching things written or said to me and it makes me proud, it is a beautiful sentiment to be thought of in those ways and made me realise I don't need ALL those mates I had, I just need the ones that make me want to do nice things for. 

What is better than loving to do things for someone else more than yourself ?

Cherie and I emailed the other day about this and a little lightbulb just switched off so much of the anxiety I have had of recent regarding lost relationships so I decided to share in case anyone else had been feeling the same.

Its quality over quantity huh? Have you shifted friendship circles with age? or am I alone? 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

My top tips for easy beauty..

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So we at DTLL Love Nikki of Bellamumma and when she asks me to share my beauty secrets in a glow and tell then write such a lovely intro I love her just a smidge more!..




She also has the most beautiful new site, um hello I am swooning at just the header!!



Pop over here to read the full story ..

Monday, 25 August 2014

Who cares about the numbers?

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Whilst I was judging #fmsphotoaday I spent a fair amount more time than I usually do on Instagram.. I suggested last week that it opened my eyes to the good and bad.

The good on Instagram has always been good, the support and community is quite fabulous and just the fact that so many people connect through visual art is for me a magical thing..

The thing that saddened me was something that probably more angered me.. its not a biggy but I just couldn't understand why you would do it?

In photography games be it #fmsphotoaday #7vignettes #weekof... #everydaystyle all those fun tag alongs.. the idea is you use your own content so when someone steals an image it just seems dumb (especially if the owner of the comp then shares it as so good and they get found out) or if the image IS yours why use the hashtag of the game if you don't want to be part of it or have in regrammed?

I suppose it is just like the twitter/fb/pinterest etc platform when everyone appears to be polarised by their numbers so they are looking to gain numbers. I totally found new people to follow via the hashtags so yes it works but do you want people following you if  you have no connection?

I saw some total glamour girls tagging themselves in on some very inappropriate hashtags and I just find the need for numbers so weird #followforfollow WTF?!

I have focused DTLL numbers on pure quality and never quantity as it means we are speaking to the right people, who wants to spend time chatting to someone who doesn't want to listen?!

Anywho, rant over I just wonder if someone can explain the need? 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Win a Gorgeous Mini Masterpiece From Zonkt

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Kids don't stay kids forever and their little brains get moulded by the people and things around them.. the one thing that they do in the early days is express them self through drawing.

I love that they paint in their colour of choice for that phase in their life, that suddenly colouring between the lines becomes possible and even a priority, they draw what they dream and it their personalities are undeniable in those depictions.

Zonkt Design gives you the ability to immortalise these passing phases in a manageable way (lets face it a filing cabinet full of artwork is never going to be seen and is a waste of space). Kim takes those artworks, shrink wraps them with love which just happens to make them look even more loveable and then frames it up for you to display proudly somewhere other than the front of the fridge.

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As always we are collaborating with one of our divine blogging family Bron from Maxabella Loves to giveaway one lucky person the opportunity to create their own Mini Masterpiece in the size of their choice..

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