Workspaces to inspire you

Workspaces to inspire you

As most (some?) of you know, a few days a week I work from home in the blog office. From there I do all sorts of things including this blogging thing, I consult to small businesses on their social media and I build websites. Fun, right? It’s one of my favourite places to be and over time I’ve managed to set it up in a way that I love. But that wasn’t always the case. At all! When we moved into our home (two years ago!), I chose the old converted single garage as the space for my office. It had smelly carpet (too damp for such things) and aged paint, dark blinds and loads of potential. A makeover was…

Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to my latest obsession; creating an awesome Instagram theme. I fell down the rabbit hole that was VSCO filters on Pinterest, yes there are entire boards full of filter suggestions and theme ideas, and here I am. Welcome to my brain, and sorry about that. And from those Pinterest boards and filters, it was all downhill. Some of you may be asking what IS an Instagram theme? Good question. You know when you arrive on an Instagram profile and the combination of those images just feel like they belong together? They’re colour themed, look amazing together, similar even, and all of a sudden you just can’t resist the account. It calls to me.  That look is a…

The Instagram Shadowban got me but I bounced back!

The Instagram Shadowban got me but I bounced back!

Something started happening about a month ago (for me). I saw a decline in interaction on my Instagram account and felt like I was in front of the same 15 people over and over again. It turned out; I’d been shadow-banned. Woot. Just what you need when trying to build an audience, not being able to reach people; so frustrating. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been chipping away to get myself off that blacklist and back to business. Within this post, I’ve shared a few ideas I have around why my account was shadowbanned, some other posts that may assist you identifying if it happened to you, the things that seem to have worked to get un-banned and…

A day in my blog office

A day in my blog office

See what I did there? Optimal. My blog office daily routine is a little less “on-task” and a little more easily distracted. It’s all about being realistic because there are days, many of them in fact, that this just doesn’t happen. Such is life. Setting out with an idea of what I want it to look like helps me be more productive, get more done and know what’s coming up next. What does blog life look like? It goes a little something like this; I work about 15 hours a week outside of my home, usually across three short days. I work the rest of the days, in my blog office, on my blog and social media business. The combination of the…

Suger+Ink: Welcome Back – Season 2 Ep 1

Suger+Ink: Welcome Back – Season 2 Ep 1

Annnnnnd we’re back! For those who are into the Suger+Ink podcast, or want to be, we are live with season two. This welcome back episode covers off on our summers (I did a fair bit of complaining about the heat), blog updates and plus size industry news. Considering the topics you’d think I was pretty chill and not ranty, right? Well, as usual in relation to this, you’d be wrong. So wrong. It happened. What can I say, I’m really into being ‘sooo over’ stuff thing. Haha. While discussing the coverage the blog received at the start of this year, I couldn’t help but share my views on why some people suck. And more than that, why they’re dangerous. Suger+Ink has…

Body Image Podcasts I’m loving right now.

Body Image Podcasts I’m loving right now.

If you think blogs are a great at changing your ideas about body image wait until you hear these killer body image podcasts! They are going to go head to head with that little voice of yours and kick its ass. Are you ready for that? Let’s just say that I was a bit of a podcast newbie. I’d downloaded a few after a blog conference once but couldn’t really get into the format. It’s not my fault, I doze off when someone reads me a story. It’s a throwback thing, I’m sure. Since starting my very own podcast SUGER + INK last year with Samara of Blonde Ink, I’ve delved into the world of podcasts. And short version? Now, I love…

How to Cheese Platter like a Pro.

How to Cheese Platter like a Pro.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m a wine and cheese platter kind of girl. I’m assuming if you hang around here with me, maybe you are too. You are, right? I knew it. All the best people are, even if there’s no wine, just cheese.If you’re here, maybe you want to upskill your platter game? Let’s talk cheese platters, shall we? Meet Tess of Success Undressed who has a #cheesesuccess hashtag on Instagram, join in! How to cheese platter like a pro! Have a signature style. Everyone thinks they’re a platter superstar (you know who you are!) and that their platter cannot be rivalled. We all like what we like and have our signature style about it. I…

Closet clean out update!

Closet clean out update!

If you can even cast your mind back far enough you’ll remember my declaration that my wardrobe NEEDED a clean out. Urgently. So, did I do it, or did I totally flake out and NOT do it? Place your bets ladies and gentlemen, this is the closet clean out update. Firstly, you know it took me a while. That post was written and the tips to getting it done given months ago! MONTHS and months ago. But I did it. Finally. I culled my wardrobe and I was pretty darn ruthless. Anything that doesn’t fit me now, went. Anything that I hadn’t worn or considered wearing in recent memory, went. I probably still have more clothes than the average woman,…

You don’t have to be perfect to be a good role model.

You don’t have to be perfect to be a good role model.

A reader of this blog, who shall remain nameless at her request, is struggling with how to be a good role model for her daughters. She does what she can to eat well and get her body moving but can’t seem to break through this idea that it isn’t enough, that her life is setting a bad example. I wanted to talk to you all about that. Firstly, know that in the Suger News survey your concern, this concern, came up over and over again. How do I show my kids the way? How do I feel at home with myself? How do I set a better example of a healthier lifestyle? You are not alone. There are many, MANY…