I went on a little Instagram rant just a couple days ago. You see, the gold algorithm subject that has viciously affected so many finally pushed my buttons. It wasn’t about the numbers and views, oh no, i couldn’t care less about those. I mean, i don’t post regularly either way so i totally get why people wouldn’t engage. But even though i’m behind the scenes these days, i got eyes and ears everywhere.

Long story short, what’s bothering me is the way my  home feed is laid out. Good God, if you watched my stories you’d have seen the screen rec i did with the same and same brands showing up and then 6 posts in row by instagram – one – after – the – other. It is a delicate subject because these days i truly feel socially (media) old. I’ve been around since Instagram wasn’t a thing and our phones weren’t used as cameras.

I’ve missed interacting and actually seeing my oldest Instagram friends pop up and felt completely bombarded with all these ads and brands that i followed for pure inspiration. In the 30 minutes in a day i have to spend, i don’t need that. So how is this algorithm actually for our own benefit? Sorry, don’t see it.

Last few thoughts on how everything has changed. When social media didn’t matter and we just had our blogs. And then we used social media to attract audience to our blogs and now using social media to built careers. Oh things change so fast and the need to slow down pops up in every corner.

Late night shenanigans, when Jason is asleep. Forever inspired by the moon energy and of course my representing Season of the Witch Pinterest board. Wanted to play with something a little darker and mysterious, noir aesthetic for this one. I couldn’t decide in the end which version i liked, so i’m sharing them all with you 🙂 The totem one is currently my phone wallpaper.

Everything is based on a picture i took a couple of years ago and was laying around in my vsco library. Until.. i was out of things to pin and stories to watch this weekend and played around a bit. Kinda ready to bring back a little more darkness and mystery in my life again. Let’s say i started with a black tulle dress with silver sequins that resemble a lot of my totems <3

Boy we’ve been busy!!! And for such a good reason!

This little baby has been almost a year (if not more) in the making. I’ve put all my love, experience, research into use after receiving a number of inquires for a web design course. And here it finally is! I’m over the moon to be able to finally share this with you. It happened really suddenly so i’m still pinching  myself.

This course is for the graphic designers, giving you all the tools, process and knowledge needed to create a custom, responsive web design.

We’re launching it in late November, and have an early bird offer with 10% off, that will expire on the launch date. You can learn all about the content and modules here.

Oh wait and see what else is in (the courses) store!

Oh how precious the first days of Fall are! Last Sunday, i asked Theo to take us to the mountain where we could show J all the beauty and have him smell the fresh air and feel the cold on his skin. Let’s face it – there’s not too much down where we live. What we didn’t expect was to from 20 degrees (C) to 4! We weren’t properly clothed so we skipped the top of the mountain and stayed down where we could feel our toes.

We’ve never visited the mountain Ainos this season and absolutely loved all the warm colours and the moss. Probably one of its most magical time of the year. Jason absolutely loved every bit of the walk in the woods and even complained when we had to drive to a different spot. We both ended sleeping for an hour and a half on our way back home, in the back of the car.

Such a good day.

These days, i take my camera out only once a month, and that’s for J’s monthly photoshoot. This month i thought i should share it with you, since he looks so grown up compared to his 4mo. My camera is always in hand and everyday i document his life. Really early in the game i discovered the Peekaboo, which i simply adore. So at the end of every day, i sit down and edit J’s photos and upload them all where my family can see him.

Living on the island had only downside and that’s that we don’t get to have our families with us all the time, especially now that Jason is in our lives. Don’t be fooled though, they cannot stay away from us! Which is why we get visitors almost once a month. We’re already looking forward to this winter with him, seeing how he’ll react to a trip to Athens, different environment lots of people and noise, and of course Christmas and the fireplace and snow.

Oh.. don’t get me started! I can day dream all day!

This month

 

You laugh all day long! You love when daddy kisses your neck and you laugh pretty much at every i do. And trust me, i’m at my goofiest just for you! You are probably teething these days, so suck and bite everything you find, which is what probably makes you a lot more cranky. You’re still sleeping with your mom and you’re still not sleeping well at night nor during the day *you little devil*. You have improved a lot however and love the stroller and the rides in the car, and you even sleep in a lot of times – yay!

You rolled over from your back to your tummy a few days ago, and now you won’t stop. You even wake yourself up rolling over, and i find you puzzled and crying, but oh so adorable.

Jason last month

 

He was such a cute bubbly little guy! He had just started laughing really loud and we couldn’t stop making him laugh with every chance we got. He really hated being in his stroller or riding the car and would cry sometimes after his bath. He loved standing and sitting and pulling mommy’s hair

Holly shit, Jason turns five months in a couple of days. Five months! My mind doesn’t have the ability to realise that i’m a mom of a five month old. And at the same time, this is all i love being at the moment, his mom 🙂

I clearly need to find a way to balance J’s posts and design posts, or even make more of Jason’s posts ahah. In a few days, we will start solids and both happy and terrified at the same time. We’ve been breastfeeding exclusively all this time. No bottles, no sterilising or pumping, he’s been on me 24/7 and all i see is the beauty in it – zero exhaustion. But all of that will soon end, as we’re starting to get into a feeding schedule and breastfeeding on demand will soon be no more.

Between all these emotions (us females can do lots of them at the same time) – i feel so very proud of my body for being able to feed a baby for 5 months. Being so petite, i never expected to give birth normally to a normal size baby and of course having milk during all this time. I’ve heard and read so many stories of mom’s struggling to have milk or not having enough of it. I’m so blessed to keep going strong for him and hopefully for many more months.

I feel like i have learnt so much in this process and have grown and gotten stronger in so many ways. Oh how many articles i’ve read and how much help i’ve asked for. Know that there’s always a way if there’s will and determination. And of course, i am always happy to chat and share some of my experiences!

I’ve been trying to learn a few lullabies to sing to J and i’ve mastered the “Hello to the Sun” one this morning while showering. There’s something about this one that i would listen even if i didn’t have a baby. So while singing it to Jason earlier, i swear to God this happened.

He started staring at me, and his eyes filled with tears.. and then his lower lip started trembling by the end of the song while he still kept listening! In the end he started crying a bit however ahah so my bet is that either he was surprised to hear me sing or my voice is really really bad lol.

It is a sunny day however and i really wanted to letter something today. I took these flower pictures back in Athens while we were waiting for J to arrive. I have tons of small pink roses and sunny white ones (not sure how they’re called?). So expect some moody designs coming your way soon!