Bespoke Anniversary Retro Sweets Gift Box

We are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary this month. It says that traditional gifts for 6th wedding anniversary ate sugar or iron. We decided to get ourselves a wood fire pizza oven (so there’s the iron part!) But I also wanted to do something fun for my husband for the sugar tradition!

As you guys know I have started up my gift business and one of my featured items is bespoke gift boxes. So I thought! What’s better than an anniversary gift box filled retro sweets for my sweetie loving hubby!

I painted my gift box a lovely gold and white with a gold lace trim and personalised the top of the box with Happy Anniversary! I collected a nice bundle of 80s sweets (which I had to sample some myself!).

The sweets will be demolished by my family in the next week but the gift box will be something my husband can use to store items in for the future. And that is the hope of these gift boxes, that once the items inside have been used the actual box can be used over and over again for various things.

What Does Being An β€œInstaMum” Even Mean?

I have heard this term since I started my Instagram account way back in 2017! I had a private account for years before that…barely used it and had no idea what a hashtag was! πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Fast forward to 2017 and a signed up as a MLM distributor for a makeup line…I know! What was I thinking!? πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I realised Instagram would be good for it so I created a public account and called myself Lots of Lippy! πŸ’„ If you go back far enough in my account you will see me modelling the lippy! 🀣

I learned ALOT about Instagram from my Lippy account and enjoyed connecting with other accounts and people. I stopped selling in the Spring of 2018 and just posted things that my family and I were up to and my everyday musings and people seemed to like this and I enjoyed making friends with mums, parents and people who got me and what I was about. So I changed my account name to Stephie Stories and the rest is history!

I’m still navigating the Instagram Seas and I don’t want to piss anyone off but sometimes I do feel like the community can be a bit hard to crack! I see loads of cool women and mums all bonding with each other over shared interests, being invited to the “in” parties and being called out on Follow Fridays.

I’m happy to say that I have made some amazing InstaFriends who I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for my account and I do truly think of them as friends. When I started my Instagram account not many of my “real life” friends were on it and that’s pretty much still the case. And if they are on Insta they aren’t very active. It’s been hard trying to find my InstaTribe but I think I am slowly building a group that not only comprises of Mums, but health bloggers, fashion bloggers and writers (Mum are not one dimensional and neither is my account). πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Speaking of the Instagram events…I have yet to be invited or go to one. I would LOVE to meet up with some of my other Instagram friends that I follow and chat with so maybe I need to bite the bullet and organise one myself! πŸ’ͺ🏻 I adore meeting people and hearing their stories as everyone’s stories is different and oh so interesting!

If I organise an event, will you all come?! πŸ˜‰

Instagram has allowed me to connect with some amazing accounts. Discover some amazing people and find people with similar interests. This platform has inspired me creatively when I desperately needed it. I craved the Arts! I craved performing again, creating etc and Instagram and YouTube have given me an outlet for all of this and more. To “meet” likeminded people and be inspired again.

People say Social Media isn’t good and should be limited. I disagree to an extent! There should be balance in your life between the online and the every day life. I do t like my boys to see me on my phone much when they are about so I limit my phone time to before they wake, nap times and evenings mostly.

But through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube I have reconnected with long lost friends, become creative again and got my Stephie MoJo back that I had lost along the way after giving birth. It’s let me connect with like-minded mums and dads and build a community of friends all over the World and all from my SmartPhone! πŸ™ŒπŸ» God I love the 21st Century! 😊 Although, there is something comforting about a rotary phone, the 80s and a simpler time! I guess when I fall out of love with all of this is the time to stop and I’m definitely not there yet!

I guess, to answer my question above, being an InstaMum is sharing all the good, bad and funny parts of being a Mother with a community of people. A support network, when some days can feel isolating I always know there is another Mother or Father out there whose feed I can go to and gain comfort in the fact I’m not alone. I love our little community! ❀️

The Journey So Far….

It’s been 6 months since I started my blog and YouTube Channel, so I thought I would take some time to reflect on the journey so far.

I’ve had my Instagram account for over two years now and it’s been growing very well over that time. I find that it’s nice to have this blog as an outlet when I want to write more than my little square on Instagram can contain and it’s a nice way to tie the two together.

I’ve found YouTube a little harder to get going. I’m not sure why except perhaps time? It’s find it’s easier to shoot a video but it’s much more time consuming to edit it down to something that others would want to watch! As an actress I’m LOVING being in front of a camera again (even if it’s just my iPhone in my kitchen!) so I’m hoping my videos are coming across as fun for you as well. I’m trying to show a range of subjects and topics and not just stay with motherhood and parenting (as there is much more to a mum than that!).

I’m hoping my YouTube Channel will grow into a one stop shop for people. A place where mothers can come and watch a video on a Primark haul and then one on me musing on the life of a 4 year old and maybe a review on a go to product that parents definitely need in their parenting arsenal!

I’m loving the fact that I am documenting more of my life as a mother and more of what we get up to a family. The good and the not so amazing. I want this blog, channel and everything that goes with it to be an honest documentation of our life. I know that the phrase honest parenting has been done to death but I believe that we all need to see that it’s not all rosy all of the time; it can’t be, that’s pretty impossible but I hope I can give my own take and account on this parenting malarkey.

Anyway, I’m enjoying my little corner of the internet more than I thought I would and becoming more and more confident with each video shot and each blog written. Thank you AGAIN (I know I say it ALOT) for joining me on this journey! I wonder what the next 6 months will hold!