My love affair with Instagram

Less than 18 months ago, I tentatively dipped my toe into the water of Instagram. It was a social media platform I knew nothing about, except that it revolved around photographs. And I’m no photographer, in fact my mobile phone is my go-to camera in most situations. But still, I quite liked the idea of a chewing-gum-for-the-mind style social network where I could interact by looking at people’s photos rather than putting the effort into creating witty content and trying to engage people in conversation. After 12 months, my Instagram followers on my Plutonium Sox Instagram account were building quite…

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Our Nickelodeon top 5

Since joining the NOW TV blog squad, Nickelodeon has been a bit of a revelation. We are really enjoying the variety of the programs and the fact that over on their website, there are games they can play that are associated with the shows. The girls are still quite young for some of the shows on the main Nickelodeon channel, but luckily on NOW TV, we also have the option of watching the Nick Jr channel. For Lia in particular, this has really sparked her interest. Predominantly due to the presence of a certain Dora the Explorer. So, here are…

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The one-a-day list

“Follow your dreams” I hate that phrase, its so overused that it no longer means anything. But we do all have dreams. We have grand plans, little schemes and exciting ideas. The things that we really want to do that we know would make us happy, but we put them off for another day. Another day becomes another week, becomes another year. Then suddenly, something happens. The world can change in an instant. In the beating of a heart, the slamming on of brakes or a snap decision. And in that moment, your dreams can become reality, or they can…

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Thursday Photo #93

This week, I’ve taken a bit of time off work and we have filled the week with lovely days out and time together as a family. I have enjoyed it so much, I can’t wait for my next week off with the girls. We have managed to cram in the Sea Life Centre, @Bristol, Drayton Manor and Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. We also managed a quiet day at home for some recovery time in between all the excitement. We have finally got around to investing in an iPad, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Whilst I hate the…

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Travelling through fear

There is an ingrained societal belief that travelling alone is dangerous. A lone traveller is vulnerable, especially a female. We could get lost, kidnapped, coerced, raped, murdered. The prognosis is grim. So, we don’t travel. We stay at home and follow the expected path. Or we travel with friends, family, boyfriends, husbands or on arranged tours and with groups. As the years pass, the yearning to travel grows. But so does the fear. Fear is a learned response, children are not born fearful of travel, freedom or being alone. Fear breeds in adults. We believe it is common sense to…

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