So it’s 12 months, give or take a day, since sit I sat down and penned a blog post on what I hoped 2015 would bring. Not being really sure if the whole mummy blogger thing would still be part of my life (I don’t mind that phrase, I know some hate it, but I’m a mummy and a blogger so why not)
It was a hobby, keeping my mind busy while I took some maternity leave, a way to keep the cogs turning and all my early years training fresh. Little did I realise on taking a step into the world of blogging after momentary conversation with a crazy lady (who would become my closest and most precious friend) would open up the doors to world of opportunity, determination, burning the candle at both ends to meet deadlines but ultimately a passion for writing.
Through Mum in a Nutshell I have shared my turmoil of accepting the change in relationship with my bedroom hiding teenager (which took its spotlight on America website Blogher) I’ve finally summed up what skills I have honed being a mum to 3 boys and had moments of hoping to inspire others with my own take on positive parenting in posts on How to Raise Happy Children and The Perfect Formula of Raising a Teenager. Both of which I have had to revisit many times personally. These were my most popular posts of the year so huge thanks to you my lovely readers for sharing, sharing and sharing again!
Regular readers might also noticed but I’ve also veered off into writing more lifestyle based posts. Staying true to my proclamation of being a family and lifestyle blog I introduced some how to and tips for cleaning and getting organised as a busy mum and my love of all things home has crept into these virtual pages as I’ve begun another round of makeovers around the home.
So what are my plans for 2016 and Mum in a Nutshell? Well as the new year beckons so do many new years resolutions. It’s been a busy year and all work and no play make Ali a grumpy bum. Family time is becoming more and more precious with my two older boys growing up way too quickly so I am on a mission to make memories in 2016. This means a family holiday is long over due along with some weekend breaks which I have no doubt will be shared simply as they are the perfect photo taking opportunities!
I’m also hoping to branch out even further into writing more lifestyle posts sharing more useful and helpful content which will make life a little simpler.It’s hard to pin down Mum in a Nutshell into one particular niche in the blog sphere, as the title suggests, it’s everything which encompasses life as a mum (and dad for that matter) so be it sharing life with a toddler, using my personal and professional knowledge, letting you know about new and upcoming products through reviews and informative posts or just letting you know that life as a parent is just the same for me as it is for you, warts n all.
I failed miserably at the 365 photo project and as much as I love taking photos, I won’t be taking part again in 2016, but one I will be embracing is the Miles for Mama challenge. After loosing my FitBit then being poorly for a few weeks, my fitness challenge took a back burner but as it’s for such a worthier while charity (Mama Academy) I have the full intention of taking my Mountain Buggy on long power walks over the Jurassic Coast once again to help clock up the 10,000 miles in 10 months challenge which I, along with several other bloggers have pledged.
Friends and family, you have been warned, I will be knocking at the door looking for sponsors in the coming months. If you would like to support a valuable and small charity which was set up to empower parents and midwives into reducing still birth rates you can add your tuppence worth here.
So that’s my 2015 and plans for 2016, in a nutshell. All that leaves me to do is to wish you a very happy new year and thank you for supporting Mum in a Nutshell, you’ve been awesome and I couldn’t have done it without you!