2014 in a blogging nutshell

2014 in a blogging nutshell

2014 in bloggingAs 2014 draws to a close I thought I’d write a round-up of how my 2014 has gone in blogging world.

I’ve been writing for Mum in a nutshell for 6 months now after retiring my old thrifty mum blog and deciding that I wasn’t quite as good at pinching the pennies as I thought. I’ve expanded my blog voice to thoughts on parenting, recipes to make life a little easier and an online diary of my new addition Baby R.  As I’ve read and discovered similar mummy blogs, Mum in a nutshell has evolved into a mix of the light-hearted side of parenting with the introduction of #WickedWednesdays  where I’ve shared photo’s that should have been discarded with the touch of a (delete) button and have made me chuckle. I’ve no idea whether the amusement is contained to my own wicked sense of humour or if you too have found them as funny as I have, but none the less they’ve gone live!

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As a mum to 3 boys, I’ve had a few comments and questions on the subject of life with single gender siblings. Here was my response to anyone who was wondering what I thought in Life with 3 sons  it’s not an angry self-defence driven post, just an honest snippet of how I’m more than happy at what life has dealt me.

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Baby, Tween & Teenager

While we’re on the subject of boys, I also wrote an open letter to my 2 older sons after a few days of playing referee to their squabbles. It’ll be years before they read it, if they ever read it at all, but it felt good to get my thoughts down on ‘paper’ and reflect on what having a sibling really meant to me.

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While reading through other blogs, I stumbled upon a fab & fun way to report on how my week’s gone in the link up ‘My 3 things’. It’s given me a chance to draw out what didn’t go so well, hopefully learning a lesson or 2 and not ballsing things up again (confession, it doesn’t work!) whilst giving myself a pat on the back for things that went well. Unfortunately my ‘what didn’t go so wells’ were always easier to write than my ‘did wells’. I’m no Miranda, but through writing my weekly self improvement plans, I realised I’m not the organised Mum I thought I was! (click hint, there’s a different plan on each word)

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As a Mummy blogger, I get the chance to review products and share my thoughts on my blog. I am quite choosy on what I review as I only want to share products or places that I enjoy writing about. I love putting a post together but if I think I’ll just be writing because I’ve been given something for free, there’s no fun in it. (although the offer to test out a women’s Pee Cup, could have been great amusing, had I not given my blog a G rating!)  Here are my 3 favourite reviews on things that I’ve put through their paces this year. Slate Top Tables, Milk and Mummy and Tommy and Lottie

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Now I’m all grown up and using WordPress to blog from, I’ve got big plans for the coming year.  I’ve introduced some new and improved recipe pages to share some of my weaning recipes and family meals and I’m hoping to write about some more heartfelt topics as well as continue to mock my long suffering family in photo form.

All that leaves me to say is Thank you for popping by and having a peek, whether you’re a season ticket holder (that’ll be you, Mum) or a stopping by and saying “Hi” reader, I wish you lots of luck and happiness for 2015.

TTFN!

Ali

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ps. It’s been a rapidly improving blog, stats wise, but in the move from Blogger to WordPress I lost all my comments so any old posts are looking a little lonely, if you were wondering.

 

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13 Comments

  1. 4th January 2015 / 10:30 am

    A lovely round up of your year! I’m mum to three boys (3yo, 2yo and 5wk old!) and get all the questions and comments as well, so I feel you there!!! #sundaystars

    • 5th January 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you, I guess we’ll have it for many more years to come. What fab age gaps your boys have!

  2. 4th January 2015 / 11:27 am

    Sounds like a wonderful year! I hope 2015 is just as kind to you and your family.

  3. 4th January 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I have two boys and love it, they are so adventurous , love the table that is a great idea x

    • 4th January 2015 / 8:02 pm

      It’s had a few un desirable words written on it as only boys would!

  4. 8th January 2015 / 1:39 pm

    A brilliant round up of your year, you don’t look old enough to have a teenage son! 🙂 my eldest is six and already seems to be growing up too fast. Love your photos. Thanks for linking up with Sunday stars x

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you! (I’d like to say i was a teenage mum but I’d be lying. )

  5. Honest Mum
    8th January 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Loved this post and discovering more about you. Your sons are utterly beautiful. I adore having two boys and actually I find it’s only baby boys that make me feel broody as I can relate. What a gorgeous post! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  6. Honest Mum
    8th January 2015 / 1:42 pm

    PS the link to your post mentioned earlier isn’t working, would love to read it x

    • 8th January 2015 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks for letting me know, I’ve recently switched from Blogger to WordPress and there are a few gremlins. It gave me a chance to update it as well. All done now. (would love to know what you think, I lost all my comments in the switch over as well.)

  7. 13th January 2015 / 1:18 pm

    What a lovely read. My fav photo has to be the one with your littlest boy in the middle. Fabulous smile. Seems like you enjoyed linking up – I enjoyed doing it too – gave me time to comtemplate last year. Thanks.

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