One week into 2018 and I finally feel the Christmas chaos is behind us and we are back into our routine. I'm not usually one for setting resolutions - before the kids I managed to stop taking sugar in my tea but that's about it. This year is different. 2017 was a great year for us overall. We moved house. The kids settled well in school/pre-school. But while my business exploded and my blog grew, I very much felt like it was all happening without any control. This year I want to steer it down the right path. Sophie from Life as Mrs D has written her 18 goals for 2018 and I've been inspired to write mine to help keep me focused this year.
My blog is fast approaching 3 years old! How time flies!
With time comes change. My 2 girls are growing up. Little E has just finished her first year of Reception and Little I is a very feisty 2 year old. And of course baby number 3, this blog, has changed with us. We are still reviewing prams, cribs, bottles and all things baby through little nieces and nephews who are lighting up our lives. But closer to home we are enjoying finding new places to explore, places to eat and the best toys to play with. We've been lucky enough be part of the Baker Ross blogger progamme for the last couple of years and Little I is starting to love arts and crafts as much as her big sister.
And a big change has occurred; I'm working again. Freelance from home and even though I am too busy to dust (who dusts these days right?) I'm loving the new challenges and I feel a bit different about life, appreciating having the skills to be able to work for myself and give the girls a few special treats. But, naturally, It can be a struggle to juggle it all at times and get the balance right. Finding time for me is still important and I love writing book reviews and sharing my favourite recipes. Afterall we are all so busy we don't want to waste time on the duds!
I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog and share the experiences of our changing family. I certainly love having you visit and a big thank you to all the brands who I have collaborated with over the past few years. There are some brilliant products out there and I love sharing my finds with my readers.
One year ago today I published my first blog post!
I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child and I wanted to share my experiences with other parents. It began as mainly a pregnancy diary where I vented about SPD, the trauma of getting an elective C-section on the NHS and heartburn! Little I completed our family on 18th February 2014 (on Husband's 30th birthday) and the blog focus has shifted with her arrival. The reviews of maternity clothes and C-section support belts have morphed into prams and highchairs. Running alongside it all 3yr old Little E's adventures have been charted. The good, the bad and the downright awful moments of life with a Threenager!
There have been lots of highlights including being invited to be ambassadors for some great brands; Chicco, Baker Ross and Cow & Gate. We have also been asked to put lots of different products through their paces from breast pumps to fairy houses. My absolutely favourite blog moment was my tour of the Tiffany Rose maternity occasion wear design studio seeing the current AW14 collection being designed. Being handy with a sewing machine myself it was a dream to see a professional studio in action. To date 113,000 unique users have visited the blog (!) and by far the most popular post is my review of the Chicco Urban travel system.
I am celebrating my Blog Birthday this week with some competitions! The first is a family ticket for 4 to Diggerland worth £78.90! It is live here and runs until Wednesday 8th October. On Wednesday a new competition launches to win 1 of 3 Chicco music band tables worth £39.99 each! Make sure you join in as you could be a winner!
I've just hit 20 weeks pregnant with my second baby (bump as she/he is unimaginatively yet affectionately referred to) and it has occured to me that I will not have my best friend and gaggle of NCT buddies on maternity leave in the same sleep deprived boat this time around. So I need somewhere to vent about life with a two, going on 22, year old and an ever expanding waistline which will soon result in another little bundle of personality.
I have also learnt a lot raising my little girl, who i shall refer to as Little E for purposes of this blog, to toddlerhood. So it is nice to imagine I can pass a little of that on to other mum's of somewhat hyperactive, clever, exasperating and extrordinary children.
I hope you enjoy reading, laughing and probably crying a little along with me.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.