Blogging Goals, Creativity and Why I’m Abandoning Numbers in 2018

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2017 was my second year of blogging and I was in full planning mode at the end of 2016. I was buzzing with ideas for content, and was busy setting goals for the year ahead. I followed all the good goal setting advice and made sure that my goals were all ambitious and measurable, and that meant I ended up setting a lot of goals around numbers. Because that's the measure of a successful blog, isn't it? Follower numbers, page views, rankings - I had all kinds of goals that I was determined to achieve in 2017. And the reality is that I haven't achieved any of them. There are all kinds of reasons for that, a newborn baby being just the ...

2017: Me and Mine

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I can't believe 2017 is drawing to a close, it's been a whirlwind year for us as a family and it feels like it's gone by inn a bit of a blur at times. It seems so strange now to think that we started the year as a 3, and now we're finishing it as a 4. What a difference a year makes! Ben has been the most wonderful addition to our family - it's funny how babies feel like they've been with you forever, and yet at the same time it feels like they were only born a few weeks ago. It's a year like this where so much changes that makes me so pleased that we manage to make ...

Filling the House with the Scent of Christmas

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I'm not much of a cook, but I do love cooking at Christmas - there's something about all the fragrance of all those festive spices wafting through the house and making it smell delightful. Last year Max and I made gingerbread men, and it was really lovely. I was still feeling absolutely awful from the pregnancy sickness, but I was so proud that we managed to bake them together, and it was something that both Max and I were determined to do again this year. But oh my goodness, baking with a 3 year old is a new experience altogether! Last year he was perfectly happy to be involved but was content with me doing the bits he couldn't. This year ...

Living Arrows 51/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Gingerbread making is one of our Christmas traditions now - I love smelling that spicy fragrance wafting through the house, it just says Christmas to me. But it was definitely trickier this year - Max wanted to be fully involved with every step and was hugely impatient to get to the decorating stage. But I love this moment of him stirring the batter. Iit was so sticky and really hard to stir, and I loved seeing him get his hands dirty with it - something he never would have done last year!  

#SharingtheBlogLove #71

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! This will be our last #SharingtheBlogLove before Christmas as Laura and I are taking a break to enjoy the festive season with our families. Thank you so much to you all for joining us over this past year - it really is lovely to see people linking up week after week, and we always love seeing new faces joining us too. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas with your own families - not long to go now! We'll be back for 2018 on 4th January and we hope to see you then!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #71

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! This will be our last linky before Christmas, so do make sure to spread a bit of Christmas love around with ...

How to Make A Christmas Wreath – An Easy DIY

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For the past 3 Christmases, each December I've made my own Christmas wreath. Every year I get lots of comments on Instagram from people saying they wish they knew how to make their own, so I thought I'd write up a little guide as it really is so easy! In past years I've used wire wreath rings and created a base using sphagnum moss and florist's wire, but this year I bought a foam oasis base and it really does make the whole job so much easier. Plus, the water in the foam will keep your foliage looking fresh for weeks to come.   What You'll Need Foam Oasis Base (I used these from Amazon*) Branches of spruce (either clip from Christmas tree or buy from ...

Ben at 6 Months

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I've not done regular monthly updates for Ben, but 6 months is a bit of a milestone and needs recording in some way. I genuinely can't believe we've hit 6 months already, I'm sure with a second child the time whizzes by at least 4 times as quickly! Ben, you are such a happy little guy - full of smiles and giggles. It's so easy to get a smile from you, even walking around the supermarket you can't help beaming at everyone who looks your way. I know if you're looking a bit grumpy that a quick round of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, or Pop Goes The Weasel will get you laughing again. But no-one gets a bigger smile than ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #70

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! December has hit and it's finally acceptable to be embracing Christmas! We put our Christmas tree up last week - it was a bit fraught, we ended up visiting the garden centre 5 times that day with various light related problems; buying more, returning faulty ones, buying even more! But it's up and looking pretty good if I do say so myself (although I'm sure every year we slide further into the 'homemade' route with our decorations - I can't resist all the ones Max has made! Max is super excited about Christmas and it's the excitement from your children that make Christmas so special. It's his Christmas party on Friday and he can barely ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #70

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   The Rhyming Mum The Rhyming Mum is fast becoming one of my favourite reads - the poems are so spot on and ...