Recently I wrote about my thoughts around Instagram and how it makes me compare myself to other families. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gorgeous snaps in idyllic settings but I also love those real shots too! I received an overwhelming response to the post, which varied from those who felt the same as I do, to those who love sharing their best bits. Then there were a few who explained quite rightly that they love both types of photos, but understand the work that goes into the perfect ones.
So this week I put it to the test. Emma and I got in the kitchen and had a go at baking for the first time, as part of Wren Kitchen’s A Kitchen Lived In Campaign. We were given a huge box of amazing kitchen utensils and gadgets as well as kitchen based toys for Emma, which she is loving! In particular, she has found a new love for the plastic spoon we were gifted…I think it makes her feel like a big girl as it’s a much larger spoon than I’d usually use. So together, we baked chocolate chip cupcakes and she absolutely loved it! It was a really fun thing to do together, and she found it fascinating dipping her hands in the mixture…sensory play right?
The lovely team at Wren Kitchen have been working hard on a wonderful project called ‘Little Kitchen – Big Ideas’, which I think is pretty amazing for mums like me who struggle to know what to cook in the kitchen. My little lady was always a brilliant eater until she hit 10 months old, and then BAM fussy eating began. Every meal is completely unpredictable – some can go amazingly well, while others not so much…so to have all these ideas on tap is just invaluable to me. Their blog is full of videos and recipes to get your little ones involved in the kitchen, and to make mealtimes fun and enjoyable. There is also a free download-able e-book with wonderful recipes too – we tried the brownies and they were delicious. You can keep up to date with the campaign by following #LittleKitchen on social media, so do have a little look.
The verdict on getting those Insta-perfect shots while baking with toddlers? Hard work it is! It took two of us trying to distract Emma and coax her out of having a complete meltdown. After we took some pictures, I had a look at whether I could take some of the shots onto Instagram, despite the absolute chaos we had caused in the kitchen. I think it was a success and here’s a few pictures from our afternoon together making yummy cakes…
So after our fun escapades creating these shots, I’ve learned that just as someone mentioned to me – these perfect Instagram shots are much more hard work that they look! For me it’s all about balance, and enjoying the moment together regardless of the mess and chaos (within reason of course). A huge thank you to the team at Wren Kitchen for collaborating together in this fun challenge!
I was not compensated for this post but all words and opinions are my own