Well that’s it, we are half way through the year, how did that happen! It feels like I blinked and missed June. I was hoping for a quieter month after the busy time of birthdays and going on holiday, but June was a time to catch up on everything else and felt just as busy.
So how am I finding Instagram at the moment? Well, my engagement is still low, It feel like I’m not getting the likes I used to get before the algorithm changed. I have continued to post once a day, but it’s been hard to find the motivation to do that. I don’t know about you, if you are on Instagram, but the lack of engagement does make me think why do I bother. But then I give myself a stern talking to, pick myself up and get on with it. It isn’t just about the numbers, it’s about curating a place for memories, and a place for me to show something which I enjoy doing, which is taking photos. Something I believe in is consistency is key, so I hope my perserverence will pay off soon.
So onto June’s top 5 most liked pictures. Like I said above, I thought my engagement was low, but actually it’s alright. I think what’s happening is I am focussing on the day I post a picture, not looking at it over a longer period. The new algorithm means sometimes people won’t see your pictures for a day or two, and they are still getting likes.
So in fifth place it was a throw back Thursday picture to our camping holiday in France last year. Camping is such a great way to create family memories, like this one. This was taken on the gorgeous beach at Benodet in Brittany. I loved that holiday, its when I fell in love with France.
We love camping, and in fact we have been talking about where we are going to go during the summer holidays. I think we may try somewhere around the North Devon/Somerset border. We have never been that way before so if you have any recommendations for campsites they will be greatly received. We have created some great family memories on our camping trips, like this one of the girls on the beach in Benodet, (Brittany, France) last year. So when @halfords_uk got in touch & asked me to share what we packed to help us create these memories I couldn't wait to share them. I've put together a checklist of things to take so if you are off camping this summer do check it out, the link is in the bio. #ad
In fourth place it was the picture I posted on Fathers Day. I had actually taken this a couple of weeks before and I knew I had to snap it when I saw them stood there. This is my hubby, the wonderful Dad that he is, doing what he loves, spending time with the girls.
Happy Father's Day to this one. The girls and I appreciate everything you do for us, like cleaning out the car after the world of snacks have been eaten in there and all the shopkins have been brought along for the ride! I really feel for him today though as he has had to work this weekend but we can make up for it later. The girls and I love you to the moon and back, and can't wait to spend this summer with you creating more family memories. Xx #welovetorbay
Now the picture in third place is just delicious! This was taken at the most amazing shop in the city of Quimper, which we visited when we stayed in the house of dreams in France during the May Half Term. I have never tasted French macaroons before, and my I wasn’t disappointed. A box of 16 wasn’t enough.
Our French trip wasn't just about the amazing views, houses or the quality family time. It also involved a lot of delving head first into the food culture. Fresh prawns with the most smooth & hip busting mayo ✅ croissants, pain au chocolat & pain au raisin for breakfast every day ✅ sitting outside a cafe drinking Grande Cafe Creme ✅ popping the cork on a wine bottle at lunchtime & continually drinking until the sun set ✅ Moules & Frites ✅ and finally taste testing these most melt in your mouth delicious macaroons!!! Yes I might have brought a box of 16 and devoured the lot, but wow, just wow!! If anyone visits France & finds this shop (Maison George's Larnicol) please pick me up a years supply!! I would be eternally grateful ☺️
In second place is a shot I took when I was being shown around a local holiday park with a group of Devon bloggers. Beverley Holiday Park is situated on a hill in Paignton and it gives you just spectacular views across Torbay. If you ever looking for a caravan, static caravan or tenting holiday in South Devin I highly recommend it.
How about this for a view of Torbay! I found it yesterday while being shown around the lovely @beverleyholidays Park in Paignton. Now I would be so happy to wake up after a night in the tent to this. I also got introduced to Glaravaning too, I mean static caravans with hot tubs, what more would you want. Check out my insta stories to see our whole trip or click on the link in the bio to see a little vlog I put together. #ad
So now to the picture in first place. This one was taken on another beach in Brittany, but this time during our holiday in May. This beach at Pentrez was massive, so much space for the kids to run around. And this is when I snapped this one. It was during a game of frisbee, and little one launched herself at hubby. I love it!
Little one has got her phonics screening this week. She has been working hard at learning her sounds & words & I'm sure she will do just fine, but I can't help but be a little bit stressed for her. She is too young to feel any pressure, & I really hope she doesn't pick up on any from me or school. Love you little one, we are here to lift you up & support you all the way through this education journey.
So there you go. My top five pictures in June. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
Message for the bloggers who read my blog
Lastly, to all the bloggers out there. A few people have mentioned this type of post would be god as a linky? What do you think? If you would take part in a monthly top 5 Instagram pics linky leave your name in the comment section below.
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