There are some instagram accounts that you come across and you can't help but smile, you're left with warm fuzzy feelings, and wish you could climb into those little squares of happiness to join the fun... Five Little Birds is just that! A lovely mama of four, Rosie and her family fill their days with musical adventures, reading tales, and foraging in their garden... oh and laughing... there is lots of laughing! Her instagram states it perfectly... they spend their days "capturing the magic of childhood"...
We chat to Rosie about what makes her and her lovely family tick...
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your gorgeous family...
I am currently a stay at home Mum but up until my daughter was born I worked as a play specialist on a children's ward. Now with four little ones keeping me busy I have delayed returning to work but I do teach ukulele twice a week at the local primary school. We are big fans of music in our house and currently have piano, flute, drums, ukulele and piano lessons going on for someone on any given day. My husband also plays the saxophone. We try to live a fairly simple life and focus on experiences more than things. But in saying that, I prefer quality products and love to support small business when I do purchase things.
When did you get stared with sharing your story and what do you enjoy the most about it?
I started on Instagram a couple of years ago but it took me a while to figure it out. I have really grown to love it and value all the wonderful friendships and connections I have made. Just today we received the most beautiful parcel of handmade items from a lovely Instagram friend in Iceland. I also love how the Instagram community supports mums and brings people together through creativity.
I love the sense of freedom that your images have, you can almost hear your children's laughter leaping from the images! Describe to us your favourite way to spend the day...
We love spending time singing and playing music together. We also really enjoy getting out in nature, and in Summer we pretty much live at the beach. I like to let my kids get creative with paints, glitter and play dough and we LOVE to read.
What inspires the lovely images you take?
My children are pretty much my inspiration. I like to get the older ones involved in the pictures we take and let me them share their ideas. I am also inspired by the amazing community of Mums on Instagram, who remind me daily that life is short and these are the days.
What are your favourite items for to purchase for your kids?
Books are a big favourite and I also have a hat addiction. I love wooden toys and things that are made to last (with four children I definitely look for quality). Whenever we have a baby in the house my husband jokes about the amount of swaddles and baby blankets that start appearing, but you can never have too many muslins!
Where are your favourite places to shop for kids?
I love to support small businesses and enjoy markets, etsy and little shops I find on IG.
I know music plays a big part in your life - what is your favourite song?
I have so many, but I got married to "Your love gets sweeter" by Finlay Quaye and "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson also has a special meaning for me. Favourite singers include Ben Harper, Adele, Ray Lamontagne, The Lumineers, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a ballerina (explains all the living room dancing I still do)
If you were to make a make the ultimate cupcake, what flavour would it be?
Peanut butter and chocolate
Follow Rose and her four gorgeous side kicks over on @fivelittlebirds.