It's an exciting milestone for me to have reached 10,000 followers on Instagram. A really BIG thank you to everyone who has embraced @thislifeisbelle. I've enjoyed sharing snapshots of our travels, work and family life, and I really appreciate everyone's support. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed along!
2018 has been a busy year so far, with lots of traveling squeezed in between lots of renovating. Here's a bit of a recap, with some of the most popular moments from Instagram...
Then in March we arrived back in France to move into our new home and start work on the renovations. It's been a magical few months; appreciating the joys of life in South West France, learning what it's really like to live in a tiny rural village, and developing a greater understanding of parenthood in France.
I have also found myself spending a lot of time in the kitchen, inspired by both the beautiful produce at our local farmer's market and all the passionate food-lovers that live in our region, the culinary heart of France.
We're also getting better and better at taking time to take it slow. It's been such a pleasure to be in Europe for the summer, and we've been embracing the warm weather and long evenings. The balmy nights have also inspired lots of creative mixology, and resulted in some truly delicious and original cocktail recipes, like this Mediterranean Gin & Tonic.
It's hard to believe we're more than half way through 2018 already. Where has the time gone?! Things don't calm down for the rest of year either, with a trip to Bali in August to oversea the building of the foundation for our villa.
Rosie is also growing up unbelievably quickly, and when we return to France in September she will be starting school at the local 'Ecole Maternelle'. She's really excited, and we're excited for her too - even though we're going to miss having her around during the day.
Later in the year I'm also going to be launching a new interview series, Conversations with Women. I'm excited to introduce some more voices to the blog :-)