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This is us 💗😅 Wet, windswept & happy, exploring the west coast of Ireland ✌🏼⠀ .⠀ If you know me personally you know ‘quality time’ is my love language and when I think about #abundance this is what I see. ⠀ .⠀ I see TIME, adventures, exciting and beautiful places... but mostly I see the people I love, my sisters, my friends, my family with me 😁⠀ .⠀ And I love this picture so much because I know I’m creating that in my future by appreciating the moments I have of that NOW 🙌🏼 ⠀ .⠀ #LawOfAttraction#LikeAttractsLike#WhatYouAppreciateAppreciates ⠀ First post for @bossbabe.inc 💪🏼⠀ #TheBossBabeSociete 💫
#Repost @ajourneytoadream (my personal account, coz I’m feeling brave 😆✌🏼) ・・・ Proud. Just really actually PROUD 😁⠀ .⠀ And it’s ma personal page so I can say what I want 😜 It’s taken 5 and a half years to get to the big #royalmail bags of @ittybittybookco orders going out 2/3 times a week from our wee home studio, and it’s been SO HARD to build this business whilst trying to be the person/mother & wife I want to be! I’ve done so much wrong, and have learned enough now to know I still know nothing in the grand scheme of things 😂 ⠀ .⠀ But when I look at this picture I’m just so happy. It encompasses it all, the joy, my personality ✌🏼my best friend and husband taking the picture, the business milestone and a huge part of my drive #RaisingTheFuture ⠀ .⠀ It’s so important to celebrate yourself and let yourself feel proud when you’re doing well especially in front of your children... parenting is more about who we are than what we teach them, because they learn the most through watching us right? That’s why I LIVE in my @mre.soeur sweater because it’s a constant positive reminder that I am actually raising the future - the most important job there is ☺️💕 What a complete privilege, he makes it easier to be the best version of me because that’s all he deserves 💫 .
Proud. Just really actually PROUD 😁⠀ .⠀ And it’s ma personal page so I can say what I want 😜 It’s taken 5 and a half years to get to the big #royalmail bags of @ittybittybookco orders going out 2/3 times a week from our wee home studio, and it’s been SO HARD to build this business whilst trying to be the person/mother & wife I want to be! I’ve done so much wrong, and have learned enough now to know I still know nothing in the grand scheme of things 😂 ⠀ .⠀ But when I look at this picture I’m just so happy. It encompasses it all, the joy, my personality ✌🏼my best friend and husband taking the picture, the business milestone and a huge part of my drive #RaisingTheFuture ⠀ .⠀ It’s so important to celebrate yourself and let yourself feel proud when you’re doing well especially in front of your children... parenting is more about who we are than what we teach them, because they learn the most through watching us right? That’s why I LIVE in my @mre.soeur sweater because it’s a constant positive reminder that I am actually raising the future - the most important job there is ☺️💕 What a complete privilege, he makes it easier to be the best version of me because that’s all he deserves 💫 .
You might have seen our little ads pop up on Facebook this month, it’s been a big step for us! 😅⠀ .⠀ Thank you to everyone who liked, shared or commented on them I never expected such a sweet response and support, you guys are the absolute best 💗 I was pretty nervous about promoting our products like that (and let’s be honest, I was nervous about spending that kind of money too 🙈) . But it’s been an incredible learning experience!⠀ .⠀ I personally think for small businesses like ours the future is online and we have to get our heads around different advertising options in order to reach new customers 🌎💫⠀ .⠀ But I’m interested to hear what you guys think? Do you have any ideas on how to reach new people? Maybe more organically/naturally? How would you love to hear about a new business? 🤔 ⠀ .⠀ Feel free to DM if you’re not keen on sharing here! I would appreciate all feedback! This is a key topic in small business 💗
I had the most beautiful surprise land on my doorstep from a very important person in my life ✨✨ She knows how much I love the @ittybittybookco company and she does too! So she sent me a motivational postcard from them! Made my day and brightened my mind! #LifeOverload #love #ittybittybookco #quote #inspiration #motivation #blog #blogging #mentalhealthawareness #follow #supportrealcompanies #supportrealpeople #cute #help #realrecommendations #influencerwannabe #real #love #martinlutherking #run #fly #walk #crawl #keepmovingforward #Tuesdaytroubles #
Life's too short to have ugly cushions!! 😉 LOVE the new cushions from @ittybittybookco 😙💕#myhappyplace #irishlinen #cushions #farmhouse #jackrussell #ittybittybookco #homedecor #linencushions #interior #interiordesign
Half way through another market weekend! 🙃⠀ .⠀ I know LOADS of you locals have never been to @stgeorgesbelfast 😱 Why not?! It’s great! Come on down next weekend! Friday 6-3 (we are NOT trading on Fridays) Saturday 9-3 & Sunday 10-4 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ Here are some reasons to tempt you, just off the top of my head... ⠀ .⠀ 💫 Amazing speciality teas and coffees ⠀ 💫 Beautiful original paintings and crafts⠀ 💫 Live music 🎶 ⠀ 💫 It’s indoors- no rain!!! ⠀ 💫 Great atmosphere and relaxed vibe⠀ 💫 There’s always plenty of craic ⠀ 💫 Friendly traders (see above 😉) ⠀ 💫 Cronuts- half donut, half croissant ⠀ 💫 Huge selection of vegan, GF etc food⠀ 💫 Face Painting for kids and adults 🙌🏼⠀ .⠀ But the main reason you should come and check out St.Georges for yourself is that it’s unique, it’s something to be experienced... I just think it’s a ‘must see’ of Northern Ireland and you shouldn’t miss out just because you’re not a tourist!!! ✌🏼 ⠀ .⠀ If this post brings you to the market for the first time, or the first time in a long time, come say hi at Itty Bitty Book Co’s Happy stall and choose a free postcard from us 😊 (Astra & Al✌🏼)
Restocking day in Belfast today, first stop Linenopolis Store in the @linenquarter with 20 more wall banners (they now stock Happy Place in Irish and English 👌🏼) then over to @studio_souk with a big box of Itty Bitty Books 📦😅 all before a visioning workshop at 930! ⠀ .⠀ I love the days where you feel 🙌🏼💡😁💕💫💯💪🏼💥🤩 I think it’s super important to celebrate those days/moments and hold on to those good feelings for a while - by sharing them or journaling about them. Because I KNOW when we’re having the opposite type of day we can definitely let those feelings linger... 😕⠀ .⠀ If something great happened to you this week or you’re feeling especially good about yourself, take a minute to enjoy that joy! 💕😆 ⠀ .⠀ Ps. I love our new 100% biodegradable plastic bags ♻️🌎💚 little things make a big difference!
The Gift of Encouragement (Mini) is a little box of support for someone who needs to know you are there for them 💕🎁 At £15 plus P & P this gift box is a gem. In the gift box is a candle (Sea scent - refreshing) and a gratitude journal. Both products are made in Northern Ireland. To order 'The Gift of Encouragement' you can message me directly through FB or email purplebuttongifts2017@gmail.com #30daychallenge #fielddayireland #ittybittybookco #weneedtoencourageoneanother #agiftjustbecauseyoucare
An email I received yesterday ☺️ (shared with permission) 💕⠀ .⠀ Hello Astra,⠀ ⠀ My work colleagues sent me your Itty Bitty Book of Strength after breaking my leg and I just thought I'd let you know that the one quote that stood out for me personally was...⠀ ⠀ If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward - Martin Luther King Jr.⠀ ⠀ Thank you, Neil :-) ⠀ ⠀ ps. I just started walking today.⠀ .⠀ 💗🙌🏼😭✨ Yay Neil! 👏🏼 And what lovely and thoughtful work colleagues you have! ⠀ .⠀ We absolutely LOVE it when we hear from you guys about how a gift was received or how something we made helped you in a small way... it’s why we started Itty Bitty! ⠀ .⠀ Because every little good thing counts, every tiny act of kindness or smile shared or spark of inspiration created, they all add up and make a positive impact on our lives 💗⠀ .⠀ So thanks again for your email Neil, you made my day a little bit lovelier ☺️
Everyone knows someone who’s going through a hard time 😔 It’s not always easy to know how to support them and show we care...⠀ .⠀ Since starting Itty Bitty back in 2013 I must’ve had thousands of conversations about this topic! I’ve shared in a blogpost, my top 10 ideas for supporting someone through a hard time 💕⠀ .⠀ ✨ Tap the link in bio, then ‘blog’ ✨⠀ .⠀ These are the things I feel are simple (and cheap) enough for most of us to do yet impactful and might really mean a lot to the recipient. ⠀ .⠀ You guys know I’m a big believer in little things 😊 Please have a read and let me know what you think. If you have ideas for more little things that have big impact you can share in the comments here and hopefully we’ll all be inspired to make someone feel a bit more loved 💕
Some happy vibes for your #MidWeekSlump 😆✨⠀ .⠀ Our positivity book is great for a little pick-me-up! I know each page by heart but it still makes me smile every time 💕⠀ .⠀ Book set available online- worldwide shipping 🌎 link to website in bio ✌🏼
Two of my favourite postcards from @ittybittybookco they make a perfect gift, wall hanging or framed 💚
No #BackToWorkBlues here ✨✌🏼⠀ .⠀ I love the energy we come home with after a trip away 😁 I’m still buzzing and am overflowing with gratitude that our wee business of spreading the positivity, is growing and expanding 🌎💫⠀ . #DontQuitYourDaydream .⠀ More west coast pictures coming soon 💚☺️
Yeh this actually is the life ❤️ I spent the best weekend with my favourite people. We ate, we walked, we talked, we watched Bargain Hunt 🎸🤟🏻😎 #radsnapsEm #radsnaps18
Look how sweet my helper is 💗☺️ We popped up to @linenandlatte after the market to drop a few bits off and catch up with the lovely Teresa. . If you haven’t been to this wee spot, I really do recommend the trip, it’s in #Glengormley 👍🏼 The food is great and the shop displays are beautiful, always something new to look at! I could spend hours in there! The pictures really don’t do it justice- it’s more of an experience ✨
This post is dedicated to the Kayes family 💗 ⠀ .⠀ We met the happy husband and wife 5 summers ago when we were just started out with Itty Bitty. Baby Ché Phoenix in a sling at our St.Georges Market stall, total newbies at business and parenting 😅⠀ .⠀ They were so happy. Exploring Ireland, in holiday, literally living their dream. We clicked and every year since they’ve come back to their ‘home home’ and always come to see us 💚 Last year I got to meet their lovely daughter when she accompanied them on their, now yearly trip. Such fun, full of love people- the kind that don’t hold back when they hug you 🤗 (I love people like that)⠀ .⠀ Do it with meaning or not at all!⠀ .⠀ This year they arrived without Ed 😔 He’d passed away in May. But not before he made it clear that the two of them were to keep coming back to Ireland, his ‘home home’ to keep living life to the fullest and keep doing what they love 💗⠀ .⠀ We cried together and hugged lots, shared our stories and the past years events. I am just so in awe of the strength they have, happiness IS a form of courage. Don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise.
Congratulations @linenopolis on your fabulous launch night and beautiful new store 👏🏼✨⠀ .⠀ For us to be showcased alongside such talented and creative linen artists, designers and makers is a real honour ☺️ .⠀ Linenopolis, in the #LinenQuarter of #Belfast is part museum style historic showcase and part unique linen products store. It’s the biggest collection of its kind, with over 30 different makers from all over Ireland. A real celebration of contemporary linen uses! And a wonderful addition to Belfast’s central business district 🙌🏼⠀ .⠀ The thing that I loved most was how carefully curated the products on display (and sale!) are. From cushions to clothes, tea towels to jewellery and scarves to wall banners, each piece shows something unique 👌🏼⠀ . ⠀ Hollie and I, along with my cousin Lucy (who’s a temporary Itty Bitty team member) had an amazing time at the launch, thank you so much for inviting us @linenopolis and best of luck for the first weekend!
I received the most cute and thoughtful gift 😍❤️ Sometimes we just need a little reminder of how amazing we are and the positives in life ✨ 🔸You get a adorable tiny book of positive quotes and affirmations which you can fit in your purse, pocket, bag or drawer. Particularly in love with this memorable gift as it is designed and made in Ireland, locally printed in Belfast and set in a 100% recycled box! 🔸 I would defo recommend either as an enlightenment for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a loved one. The @ittybittybookco makes daily positive affirmations possible and provides beautiful and unique gifts for all. I urge you to check out their website ➡️ https://ittybittybookco.com I revived the itty bitty book of strength but they have plenty of options on their site. #LifeOverload #lifestylebrand #life #blog #blogging #reviews #gift #love #cute #thoughtful #sentimental #positivity #ittybittybookco #affirmations #positivevibes #presents #notanadvertisement #ireland #belfast #recycledpackaging #itsoknottobeok #newblogger #impressed #lifeistooshortbehappy #getatit #getbuying #christmasisntfaraway 😂
Three of these gift boxes are going out tonight.....The Gift of a Moment 💕🎁💕🎁 #fielddayireland #missmckeowns #ittybittybookco #somethingtomakeyousmile #justbecauseyoucare #thinkingofyou 🎁 #supportlocal #smallbiz
I delivered our linen banners to an exciting new pop up shop in Belfast City Centre! Right opposite @grandcentralbelfast .⠀ @linenopolis is a celebration of the history and current uses of linen from all over Ireland 💚✨ They’re launching a unique space where you can explore the stories and makers of linen products and of course purchase the very best of the best 😉⠀ .⠀ René is the woman behind this project, her passion and vision is infectious! (Even when she’s exhausted 😆) I can’t wait to celebrate the launch of this space next week with all the other makers and some esteemed guests including Belfast Mayor 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ Hollie and I are representing Itty Bitty for the launch party then we’re heading to a #SeriousPlayLego workshop 😆at @bullittbelfast 👌🏼 because we DO take play seriously at Itty Bitty and it sounds SO FUN! 😁
Hello 4000 Instagram Followers! 😁👋🏼⠀ .⠀ What a cool thing, to have 4000 real people joining us on this journey of promoting positivity, learning about business and focusing on the good things! Thank you all - we really appreciate you 💗⠀ .⠀ I know we could have grown our social media faster (we’re in year 6 now 😱) but my philosophy is that Instagram is a place to showcase the work we do and connect with likeminded people (not to primarily gain ‘followers’). ⠀ .⠀ I only have a certain amount of hours in each day, and I’m learning more and more how best to spend those hours. Which ways to spend time to bring more happiness, creativity, adventure and personal growth to our family. (you guessed it, more time on instagram doesn’t do that 😬)⠀ .⠀ The funny thing is, shifting our focus to real life, gives us more value to share here so our genuine community grows and engages more anyway 💁🏼‍♀️ ⠀ .⠀ So in conclusion; THANK YOU for being here! And I promise to keep sharing our journey, what we learn and what we create in a non spammy, honest and open way 😊✌🏼💕
Awesome Eggs. || My super bud Ché gave me some eggs from his chickens and they are awesome! I always try and get organic when I can but these are by far the best I've ever had. Even the colour of the egg's shells are wonderful. Cheers Dude! #thebeardedcandlemakers #ittybittybookco #makersgonnamake
Camping with friends. || Last week me, Teddy and my @ittybittybookco friends headed to the mountains for a camping trip and what a trip it was. Pop on over to @ittybittybookco account and check out their latest post all about it. #thebeardedcandlemakers #ittybittybookco #campingwithfriends
Woodland Wonder. || Going over some photos from my camping trip with @ittybittybookco last week and can't quit believe we woke up to this..... #thebeardedcandlemakers #ittybittybookco #woodlandwonder
#stgeorgesmarket happy vibes ✨ Here 9-3 today and 10-4 tomorrow 😊 Our Mourne Mountain camping pictures from to come next!!! 🙌🏼
Recently repackaged - these fab little sets from @ittybittybookco are now at the very reasonable price of £9 for the set of 3 #positivity #ittybittybookco #thoughtfulgifts #giftshop #lovely #local #bestlittlegiftshopintheworld
Camping in the Mountains. || Last night my awesome friends from @ittybittybookco and I (along with Teddy) went camping in the mountains. We arrived to glorious sunshine and awoke to a misty wonderland. There is nothing like 24 hours in the mountains to recharge the batteries. #thebeardedcandlemakers #ittybittybookco #friends #mistymountains
Inspirational quote postcards from @ittybittybookco 💖
We’re feeling very grateful to our friends and family this week as well as our online community 💗 The amount of love that’s come our way is amazing! Thank you all ☺️ And while we’re on the topic of support... ⠀ .⠀ ✨ How important is it to have friends? ✨⠀ .⠀ I have been researching this lately (it’s been such fun!) since next Monday is #InternationalFriendshipDay and I’ve written a quick blog post about what I’ve found out ☺️ Link in bio 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ Some of what I found blew my mind, friends really can change how we see the world 💕⠀ .⠀ Is there someone who’s been there for you during a tough time this year? Whoever you think of, send them some love in the comments 😊
We had a pretty big reminder today of how vital self care is... ⠀ .⠀ Everyone is fine 💗 (thank you to all our market friends for the help and support today and for closing up our stall) We are definitely going to be focusing on creating healthier habits around work and rest for our family. ⠀ .⠀ Lesson learned today. Self care isn’t a luxury, and you don’t need to feel completely exhausted to be doing your body and mind damage. We all know what feels right for us and what doesn’t, listen to yourself and make adjustments before the universe does it for you!⠀ .⠀ This post isn’t for drama or attention, we are all really okay. But I share these realities because I know from the outside our business and family life can seem easy, stress free and almost perfect. Social media never shows all of the story. We share the highs and I want to share the lows too for balance and authenticity. Sometimes we get stressed, work too hard and I guess this time we needed a health scare to remind us of what’s most important.⠀ .⠀ Have a lovely weekend and please rest if you need to! #SelfCareIsNotSelfish
Shell's Seaside Café candle. || This was one for the first professional photos of our candles by @katshootsweddings / @katmervyn from way back and still one of my favourites. I'm really feeling the vibes from this candle too. It's been a while since I was over on the west coast and lighting this brings me back to cold water surf sessions followed by the ritual trip to @shellscafe to fill our bellies while we go over each wave caught and mourn each wave lost. West Coast.. I hear you calling. @ittybittybookco when are we going back.... #thebeardedcandlemakers #shellscafe #ittybittybookco
#TBT reminiscing on how we became besties with this awesome human ☺️⠀ .⠀ It was Michaels very first day of trading at #StGeorgesMarket and he got given the table beside us, Al was at our stall that day and they got on like old friends. He came home telling me all about this lovely guy who was super excited about his new business, so genuine and just as buzzing as us when we first started 😁⠀ .⠀ When I finally met Michael it felt as though we already knew each other! We talked about real stuff immediately - food (obvs!), following your passion and being brave, we have so much in common that conversation was as natural as with family, I love when that happens 💗⠀ .⠀ Over the years (3/4ish?) it’s been so nice to have someone to share the small business journey with, who truly understands the lows and celebrates the highs with you. We also realised that although our businesses are very different, a huge amount of our customers overlap and love both businesses which we think is pretty cool 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ If you don’t already follow @thebeardedcandlemakers and you like supporting people chasing their dreams, beautiful pictures of Ireland and wanna meet the worlds most lovable dog, head on over now and say hi!⠀ .⠀ Last random thing - turns out Al and Michael went to the same high school! At the same time, just a year a part! Guess who’s younger! 😅🙈
Did you know we can do next day delivery?! 📮⠀ .⠀ I know at least a few times a year I have to panic buy for a birthday I’m not organised for, and I hate giving gifts that feel impersonal or that I’m not excited for them to open… So if this is you too - I get it! 😊⠀ .⠀ We are happy to write a personal note for you and dash to the post office so you can skip the panic and rest assured that your gift will seem perfectly planned, well thought out and be personal 🙌🏼💕⠀ .⠀ If you order from our online shop before 12pm and select rush delivery we’ll post your order the same day and as long as the shipping address is in the UK or NI it’ll arrive the very next day! ⠀ .⠀ Top tips 😉 Our self care boxes are great for anyone going through a tough time, Irish linen wall banners perfect for cosy homes or our Inspiration Box of Itty Bitty Books for an all round, unique, uplifting gift 🎁
Al is out in the workshop screen printing the next batch of #HappyPerson tees tonight 😁⠀ .⠀ I wore mine today and noticed 3 different people read it and smile. I love how that happens! ⠀ .⠀ One person was a very elderly man, he took a second to read it then gave me the biggest most genuine smile. Our eyes met and I smiled back. I feel like he was thinking ‘good on ya!’ 😆 ⠀ .⠀ Intentions are so powerful, so what better way to start your day than physically putting on a t-shirt that says Happy Person?! In my experience it’s definitely harder to have bad day when it’s started with such strong positive intention 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ Picture of the lovely @ceebee_x in #Edinburgh 💕
We had the loveliest custom order recently 😊 ⠀ .⠀ A lady had bought an Encouragement Gift Box (pictured) and thought wouldn’t it be great to gift every new Midwife that joins her team with an inspiring, positive and welcoming present 💗 ⠀ .⠀ So she ordered a bulk amount of our cards, books and mini prints and she’s going to include them in her own little boxes for each new team member! How sweet is that? ☺️⠀ .⠀ If you’d like a bulk amount of any Itty Bitty goodies let me know and I’ll give you a custom price. We love to see how you guys spread the positivity in your own lives & workplaces 🙌🏼
When I'm feeling anxious, (and this week I'm desperate but all will become clear why soon 🤐),I reach for my Itty Bitty Book of Positivity! Sooooo glad to have this in my arsenal of self help tools....it resets my brain and I focus on what COULD happen instead of being nervous incase it doesn't....and if it doesn't go my way this time, although I will be disappointed I believe everything is meant to be, so I'll reset myself and try again! Eeeek! #cryptic #crypticmessages #selfhelp #selfcare #positive #positivethinking #positivevibes #ittybittybookco #madeinireland 🍀
I’ve loved watching the #pride celebrations happening across the world this summer & I can’t wait for ours in Belfast, Saturday 4th August 🌈💗⠀ .⠀ Some people think you shouldn’t share things like this on your business page, maybe they’re right because yes, people unfollow when we express our feelings on equality. But you gotta stand up for what you believe in, and where else would we share it? This is where we connect with the most people and also, I’m not scared of loosing those peoples interest. It’s not for them, it’s for you guys who want to celebrate diversity with us and show your support for the LGBT community 🏳️‍🌈 ⠀ .⠀ So let’s bring it back to basics. Let’s keep being kinder to EVERYONE. Because If you think about love is a ridiculous reason to hate 😆⠀ .⠀ Last year before the Irish marriage equality referendum (🙌🏼) Al designed a few campaign graphics to help spread the message. It was so cool to see his designs encouraging people to vote for change as fb profile pictures and being shared so widely. ⠀ .⠀ Graphics are still downloadable from our blog if you want - link in profile 😊
If this doesn’t scream FRIDAY FEELIN I don’t know what does! 🙌🏼☀️⠀ .⠀ Sometimes children look like they might burst with happiness don’t you think? Ché Phoenix has always been an expressive child and had random outbursts of excitement and joy, he even giggles in his sleep, I’m not kidding, he still does it! Kids know instinctively that life is supposed to be happy, fun and filled with love 💕 ⠀ .⠀ I hope you seek out some extra fun this weekend, search for that feeling of joy that is normally reserved for kids and crazy people. I’m going to 🤪✌🏼 ⠀
We love a good #throwback , here’s me trying to understand the Duke and him trying to understand Al! 😆⠀ .⠀ In 2014 the Royals came to visit Belfast and a showcase market was put together at St.Georges, a handful of stalls were selected for the Queen and Duke to stop by so we got to do a short pitch and introduce our business 😅⠀ .⠀ It was pretty exciting tbh and really lovely to be recognised as a business that is worth showing to the Royals - especially during such early days… ⠀ .⠀ I remember having to breastfeed Che Phoenix right before they came round and thinking ‘do I just keep feeding him and risk flashing the Duke or stop and have him scream the place down’ 🤷🏼‍♀️ … the joys of working mum life hey! 😆 Luckily he fell asleep (He’s just behind Al in a pram in this picture) 👍🏼
Our mini wall banners are back in stock! Swipe left for a closer look 👀 ⠀ .⠀ Happy Place in English and Irish are definitely the most popular but we couldn’t let go of Seo An Saol ‘This is the life’ so it’s staying too!⠀ .⠀ Our pennants are made from 100% Irish Linen ☘️(Traditional linen that’s made in Ireland! Surprisingly a lot of ‘Irish linen’ isn’t actually Irish at all!) The linen is sewn in our studio by Hollie and screen printed by Al, we use the highest quality, environmentally friendly water based ink for the designs. The banners are then strung with 100% flax twine and the tags are added to finish the process. Our branded roller tubes keep them safe till they get to you👌🏼⠀ .⠀ We love seeing them displayed in your Happy Places and hearing how they make you smile and brighten up a room, so please keep tagging us in your photos! ⠀ .⠀ Available to buy from our website, Etsy shop or #StGeorgesMarket
That’s another awesome market weekend over! Thanks so much to everyone who called by the stall, it’s always so lovely to meet you guys 😊⠀ .⠀ If you’re thinking of coming down to #StGeorgesMarket in #Belfast this is what our stall looks like ✌🏼 Saturdays 9-3 & Sundays 10-4. You’ll find Al under the happy sign, he’s fun to chat to and you’ll find all our products to browse. .⠀ Uplifting gifts and positive messages 😁 Coz we could all do with more happy moments! ⠀ .⠀ Enjoy your evening and I hope the new week starts off well for you tomorrow 💗 If you find yourself lacking in motivation though, don’t worry, just pop back here because I’ve started doing a #MondayMotivation post each week 👍🏼
It’s the weekend again 🙌🏼 ⠀ .⠀ Folksy summer time music is drifting back into my life big time! Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros & Paper Kites specifically 🎶💕 ⠀ .⠀ Any similar band recommendations? Please let me know before I ruin these 2 by playing them to death 🙈 ⠀ .⠀ This design is available in sizes A4 & A3+ on our website. Makes a lovely house warming or engagement gift 👌🏼
Life is full of ups and downs, instead of trying to create a life without the hard times, why not try to see them as part of a beautiful life ✨⠀ .⠀ Hard times can bring us closer to our friends and family, give us chances to build up our courage and they increase our compassion... Boy do we need more compassion in the world 💕⠀ .⠀ I’m not saying there’s a reason for everything. I’m saying that you can find something inspiring or uplifting in everything. ⠀ .⠀ During my hardest time, what helped was knowing my mistakes were because I was being brave. I was living my life and the failure was proof that I wasn’t wasting it by playing too safe 😊⠀ .⠀ If you’re struggling right now, I hope that you can find something meaningful in it, or at least the will to #KeepGoing because in my experience life balances pretty well - beautiful times are coming for you 💕
Our one family rule 😊 Ché Phoenix heard this every single morning before school. I think it’s so important that our kids know we value their kindness, they’re building their own value system and need constant reminders from us as to what things should be at the top. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ For us this simple rule covers nearly everything. In any situation I can ask “Is that kind? For everyone?” or “Is that fun? For everyone?” and it’s always clear that kindness is first 💗⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Schools out for summer holidays here and we got his report on Friday (😍😭🙌🏼). He’s so proud of himself and we are too! It’s easy to focus on the academic achievements but we made sure he knew that his teachers comments on what a good friend he is and how kind he is are just as important to us ☺️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Whatever you’re up to this week, be kind and have fun! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Ps. Last year when we were redesigning the positivity book we asked CP what quotes he thinks should go in it. He said this one and ‘I love Christmas’ 😂 😬
My new favourite stall and online shop @ittybittybookco for the most amazingly cute positive message cards, books and tshirts. Plus the most amazing idea 💡 called Happy Mail! Monthly subscription of positive energy through your mail box. Eek love it 💕 #ittybittybookco #happyperson #positivevibes #positivemessages
Never. Give. Up. Posting this here as think we all need to remind ourselves that we are worth it. I know what stress & life can make you feel like. There is always someone that will be willing to listen. Life is a gift, don’t give up. #strength #posiitivevibesonly #justsaying #listen #suicideawareness #bethereforeachother #ittybittybookco
Always looking to the next adventure 🌿💫 He gets that from us, I know 😆 #IttyBittyFamily ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ We try to model a balanced life for him though, with enough calmness and intention. It’s taken me most of my life to learn how to stick with an idea, be patient and committed, see it through to something amazing ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I’m constantly pulled to new ideas, I’m sure that’s a common trait for entrepreneurs, the new idea always seems like more fun 🙈 But there is no ‘easy’ nothing is 100% fun for more than a short while right?⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Learning to stay true to our visions, embrace the challenges we face and celebrate the victory’s over them is what will keep us content and satisfied. The feeling of making progress towards a worthy goal is one of my favourite definitions of happiness... 👌🏼☺️
Guys! 😭 All your comments and congratulations and support is just incredible 💗 Thank you thank you thank you!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This week I gave an interview with True North, all about following passions, making big changes in life and the realities of what that looks and feels like. I love those chats! 😍 It also gave me a chance to look back over the last 5 years. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ What stood out the most was that we really do overestimate what we can achieve in one year but underestimate what we can achieve in 5! So patience and perseverance are key! If you’re starting something new, expect that you’re probably not going to be instantly good at it 😆 But don’t let that stop you! I know I wasn’t good at running a business! (Still not great but working super hard at learning as I go) ⠀ .⠀ . ⠀ The other thing was how much it helped to have people who believe in you, and who SAY encouraging things. Online, in person, anywhere- you have no idea how much it might help or how much the person might need it. Every nice interaction helps build us up ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ One that always stands out and I still tear up thinking of was when, around our second year, at St.Georges, Danielle from @flaxfox told me how much she admired what we were achieving with such a young family and that she knew it’d get easier for us and not to give up. 💗 At the time I was struggling (sleep dep is no joke) and didn’t feel like I was doing anything admirable, her words gave me such strength, but she had no idea. To her it was just a fleeting comment in a quick conversation. But to me it was exactly what I needed to hear and I’ll never forget it ☺️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Because I know first hand what beautiful people you are, I just wanted to encourage you all to keep being kind, say kind things every day, to everyone you can, keep lifting each other up 💕 and I’ll do the same ✌🏼
🌟 THE BIG NEWS! 🌟⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Sorry for being so secretive but we wanted to wait until contracts were signed before sharing 😬🎉⠀ .⠀ .⠀ With the help of the awesome team at Sales Plus, Itty Bitty Book Co has secured an Ireland wide distribution deal with GILLS PUBLISHERS. Gills imo are pretty much the leaders in book distribution in Ireland! They have accounts with hundreds of big high street shops and small independent stores!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ In the coming months our books could be popping up in Easons, WHSmith, Avoca 😱 So keep an eye out 😁⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This means that our Itty Bitty Books can get in front of thousands more people! Way more than we could by ourselves. We’re 5 years old now as a business and are getting to the point that our teeny home studio and our #IttyBittyFamily need help so we don’t burn out! 😅⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Being able to partner with such a well established and respected local company is just a dream come true for us. It’s also something we’ve been working towards for the last year. We’ll be handing over the logistics of acquiring new Irish retail customers and fulfilling those bulk orders. 💪🏼⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I hope this change will free us up to spend a little more time on product development, new designs and who knows maybe we’ll even get a day off each week?! 😂 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I’m not sure if the magnitude of this will come across to people outside of the business but for us it feels like the absolute best thing ever! 💗 For so long we’ve tried to do everything ourselves and worked harder harder harder. Thankfully we realised, before it was too late, that if we kept doing that we’d loose the passion, energy and drive that started Itty Bitty in the first place! At the same time we were determined not to budge on our ethics (like outsourcing to Asia or selling out for a deal that would undercut our existing retailers), that’s why we are so fricken delighted with this opportunity! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ As always thanks for your incredible support and encouragement! We really feel like we’ve found the most awesome tribe of likeminded people since starting this business ☺️ You guys are the best! ⠀ .⠀ . Love & positive vibes! Astra & Al ✌🏼✌🏼
It’s Fathers Day on Sunday! Order today for UK delivery on Saturday 📮 We’ve got lots of great designs that we know dads love! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Check out our website for full range or pop down to #StGeorges on Saturday and get something in person 👍🏼⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Dads absolutely deserve to be doted on for all they do, and all they bring to our lives 💕
How cute are these itty bitty books I got for my birthday 😍😍 from the lovely @laurajaynerosbotham and Wednesday is the day to pick out a good quote 😉 Do more of what makes you happy 😃 happy hump day peeps 😁 @ittybittybookco . . . . . . . . #aliceandivy #quoteday #positivity #encouragement #strength #quotestoliveby #inspire #ittybittybookco #makesomeonesmile #happiness #goodthoughts #motivate #thoughtsoftheday
How come as adults we don’t do the things we thought we’d do as kids? 🤔⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I mean, as kids there were simple fun stuff that we wished we could do, or do more. Things that we thought ‘when I’m an adult I’m definitely gonna do that’... But so much of the time we don’t do those things, even though we’d still enjoy them!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ What’s the point in being an adult if you choose not to use your freedom?! 😕⠀ .⠀ .⠀ An example in my life was getting another kitten. Our cat Cara died about 3 years ago and for the last 2 years I’ve wanted another cat. I love having a cat in the house, they make me smile and laugh multiple times a day! I love having something cute and playful and cuddly around, it’s just such a simple joy 🙂⠀ .⠀ .⠀ But for 2 years I didn’t go and find another cat?! I hummed and haaa’d, thought up reasons why it was impractical or why we should wait (I know, it’s a cat not a child ffs 🙄). We’ve had Marley a week now and I just wish we’d got him sooner! I’m determined to stop putting things off that I know will make me happy! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ What did you look forward to being able to do when you were a kid? Do you do it now? I’d love to know 😊
A light brekkie with a heck of a lot of Monday Motivation • • • • #makinlemonade 🍋
I had a beautiful experience last week where I was reminded that staying true to your heart, your femininity and your authenticity is always the right decision ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I had a meeting last week, the biggest most important one of my life so far! 😬 Going into the meeting I knew there was going to be me, and 3 professional, successful business men all over 50. I could have prepared by buying a ‘suitable’ outfit and practicing how to negotiate and seem like I was more mature and experienced than I am... But I didn’t and I’m so glad! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I borrowed a smart but flowery and comfortable outfit from my bestie, rehearsed calming and positive affirmations and ate and slept well in the days leading up to it👌🏼 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ In the meeting I didn’t try to join in conversations that were over my head, I let my personality and excitement show, I let my consultant negotiate on my behalf, I asked questions even if they showed my lack of knowledge... I was able to be authentic. Because I’d given myself permission to be a newbie, to be inexperienced, to be imperfect! I knew I was going to do my best and that would be enough ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I took all the pressure off myself and it went so perfectly ☺️ I felt real friendliness, patience and respect in that meeting. I couldn’t be happier to be going into business with these people and I really think that starting with showing kindness to myself was a big part of the success! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ So excited to share the next stage of @ittybittybookco with you all!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Photo credit @iamhertribe 🙌🏼💗✨
Everyone, Meet Marley 😸💕 The newest member of the #IttyBittyFamily ☺️ He’s the sweetest most playful (hard to photograph 😅) kitten in the world and we LOVE him! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Productivity in the studio has definitely been down this week but we don’t mind one bit 😆 As well as this little honey arriving, I also was down in Dublin at a meeting that we’ve been working towards for over 6 months! I can’t share details until it’s all signed & sealed but AAAAAAAAAAGH!!! 😁😁😁 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Big big things are happening and I’m just bursting with gratitude 💗 5 years it’s taken to get to this point and I hope this doesn’t sound cheesy but it’s so true... Things of value generally don’t come easy, they take way more time, effort, money and sacrifice that you expect 😅 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ But we’re not interested in an ‘easy’ life, we want a life filled with passion, risk, ambition, challenges, highs, lows and to make a positive impact 😁✌🏼 .⠀ .⠀ #IttyBittyGoesGlobal #DreamBig #DontQuitYourDaydream
How are you today???? You hear so often ‘at least you look good or #butyoudontlooksick and I swear somedays I feel I will slap someone for saying that. Most people aren’t being judgemental and saying how can you be so ill if you look good, most are saying it as a consolation. Most of the time I’d rather look how I feel because then I think they would get it more. Today is one of those days. The rest of this week I’ve have my makeup on. I’ve been chirpy and look relatively healthy. Today I look like I feel. I woke up to puffy dark eyes. My skin feels sensitive. And even though I managed to wash my hair. It is scraped back and still wet. I feel exhausted and irritable today. I love my job but today I am counting the minutes until I can get my pyjamas on again. I felt this coming on yesterday evening and was in bed before 9. I used to fight this and keep pushing. But I’ve learned my body won’t thank me for that. So I rest and take it easy when my body needs it. There’s no point making myself feel worse. Especially when I’ve two more days of work after today. Anyway. Remember we can’t look amazing everyday lol. 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍#chronicpain #chronicillness #chronicpainwarrior #fibromyalgia #lupus #lymedisease #arthritis #tachycardia #chronichypertension #highbloodpressure #belfastblogger #irishblogger #bblogger #bbloggers #positivevibes #ittybittybookco #gratitude #positivity #positivequotes #discoverunder100k #discoverunder5k #lbloggersuk #myeverydaymagic #everythinghurts #painsucks #spoonie #chronicfatigue #bepositive #mentalhealthawareness
I always find that when you live the life of someone who is chronically sick it affects you mentally. It’s not something you can just snap out of no matter how many times someone tells you that you need to. I have suffered with depression for almost 6 years, it didn’t cause my health decline it was because of it that I went to a dark place. I am in a much better place than I was but everyday brings new challenges, it’s not easy However I have to say one of the biggest things that have helped me is @ittybittybookco and their awesome positive quotes. Today I have started the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge again. I’d like to share this experience with all of you 😀. Maybe you can join this journey with me. 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 #chronicpain #chronicillness #chronicpainwarrior #fibromyalgia #lupus #lymedisease #arthritis #tachycardia #chronichypertension #highbloodpressure #belfastblogger #irishblogger #beautyblogger #bblogger #bbloggers #positivevibes #ittybittybookco #gratitude #positivity #positivequotes #discoverunder100k #lbloggersuk #myeverydaymagic #everythinghurts #painsucks #spoonie #chronicfatigue #bepositive #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth
It’s the weekend!🍦☀️ We’re at the market as usual but I’ll also be journaling, strategising & mentally getting ready for the big things that are coming our way 😁⠀ .⠀ .⠀ We have been talking about #IttyBittyGoesGlobal in a jokey way, but also at the same time working our butts off to make it a reality. We’ve had a very clear vision this last 12 months, and now, next week we have a meeting that could be the start of the next level ✨🌍 I’m so excited that I’m not even nervous. I believe it’s the right time 🤗⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Have an incredible weekend friends!
A friendly reminder that looking after you, is the most important thing in the world 🌍💗✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ You deserve love, kindness, happiness and fulfilment. Whatever is higher on your priority list than you, I can guarentee will be positively impacted by you taking better care of yourself.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ We’ve all heard the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ and ‘fill your cup first’, it’s a good point but a positive psychologist I follow has a different focus. He reminds us that if you know how to fill your cup or ‘how to turn the tap on’ it doesn’t really matter how empty your cup is.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This is a refreshing perspective if you feel like you’re a cup with a giant hole in it! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Self care is what tops up our cups so we can keep giving, loving, providing and sharing without overwhelm and burnout ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Don’t forget self care can be anything that you do for YOU, anything that makes you happy, relaxed and revived ☺️
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” ~ Martin Luther King JR 💚🍀 ✒️ @ittybittybookco providing me with endless happiness. Go check them out, and be a Happy Person 😌 #peacewall #belfast #ireland #history #thetroubles #peace #martinlutherkingjr #quote #quoteoftheday #stayhappy #ittybittybookco
✨ Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Round 2 💗 Our first round of this went so well that we’re doing it monthly! (Quick reminder that our Happy Mail Subscription is currently available to try for free 🙌🏼 See two posts back for details)⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This is how to play 😁 1️⃣ you tag friends who you think deserve a little surprise gift & some kindness, for extra feel good vibes say why you think they deserve it! 2️⃣ We’ll choose someone at random & send them 2 Itty Bitty Books, one from YOU the person who tagged them, & one from us 3️⃣ The one from us will have a ‘Dear Stranger’ tag & they must leave it for a stranger to find as a random act of kindness 🌈🙌🏼⠀ .⠀ .⠀ RAOK are proven to make both parties feel happier! ✨ With our giveaway YOU also get to share in it by giving someone you love a shout out, & we get share in it by facilitating the whole thing! WIN🙂WIN🙃WIN🙂WIN🙃 happiness shared 4 ways!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ One comment per entry. You can also enter on Facebook. Winner will be announced on Instagram & Facebook on Friday 25th May ✌🏼
Sunshine in the sky AND sunshine through my letterbox today ☀️ Thanks @ittybittybookco 💕 . . #positivevibes #ittybittybookco #sunshinethroughmyletterbox #behappy #passiton
Thank you @ittybittybookco for your generous and surprising gift. You’ve made my day! #grateful #gratitude #happy #positivevibes #positivity #inspirationalquotes #gooddeeds #ittybittybookco
Look at this little sweetheart! 😍 Seeing kids playing in the #HappyPerson tees is one of my absolute favourite things these days! . . Thank you @rachelfraedrich for sharing this I can’t believe how grown up she looks, such awesome children you have 😉💗 . . (#HappyPerson tees are currently SOLD OUT sorry🙈! Will let you all know as soon as they’re back)
“How do you stay so positive?” . . This question or a version of it, is probably the thing I’m asked the most. I’m going deeper in a blog post I’m writing atm but I’ll share my number 5 tip ☺️👍🏼 . . 5️⃣ To lift my mood sometimes I physically make something beautiful and look at it 😆 (Why I chose this postcard picture!) It could be rearranging a shelf, getting flowers for a vase, tidying a room or a desk. I know Else de Wolfe probably wasn’t being this literal but it works for me! . . What helps you stay in a positive mindset?
Birthday gifts 😁 so chuffed with my garden botanical sign, my new @ittybittybookco banner & journal, a gorgeous ring by Angela Davison (see her stall at St. George's Market) and my beautiful May birthday stack from @karma.jewellery #birthday #birthdaygirl #karmajewellery #ittybittybookco #positivity #shoplocal #stgeorgesmarket #belfast #family
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