2015 was a big year for my blog, I wanted to reflect on some of the lovely things that happened during the year, so I will not forget what a difference blogging made to our lives.
In terms of cold hard stats I am a bad blogger and don’t record them, which makes talking about growth difficult. I do know two stats; in December 2014 I was ranked 68th in Tots100, with a Twitter following of 7k. This year I am ranked 27 in Tots100 and my Twitter following has grown to 14.4k.
We started the year with a review trip to Bluestone in Wales, which was Baby’s first holiday and we had such a wonderful time. It was also the first time we reviewed a holiday.
Through my blog I won a holiday to the amazing Treworgey in Cornwall. It was such an amazing holiday and I couldn’t recommend Treworgey highly enough if you are looking for a break in Cornwall. They have such spectacular facilities.
Some emails that land in your inbox are very exciting and one of the most exciting of 2015 was being invited to Rome by Bridgestone tyres! What a phenomenal experience; one which I am very grateful for. I have never travelled abroad on my own and have never been to Rome, so it was an amazing opportunity for me.
Before the summer break we had our first ever family caravan holiday in the Isle of Wight with Park Resorts. It didn’t go quite to plan, but every break is a blessing.
Baby and I entered a tea party competition and were thrilled to win. With the vouchers we won, we bought Baby a portable DVD player and a new camera lens for mummy.
At the beginning of August we were official Camp Bestival bloggers and had a wonderful time at our first family festival. Mr Hubby and I have been to festivals when we were younger, but never a family one and it was definitely an experience we would love to repeat.
September saw us heading to France to review a Eurocamp break. We were very excited as it was Baby’s first time abroad. We saw some fabulous sights, two of the best being Mont St Michel and St Malo.
At the end of September we enjoyed a weekend break with team Snowing Indoors in an amazing BlueChip Baby luxury house, located in Brixham, Devon. The house was stunning and was a short walk from the beach, meaning we could easily enjoy time on the seafront and a good potter around the harbour.
As October begun we were sent to Barcelona and had a wonderful time reviewing a travelsupermarket break and a couple of great days out at Barcelona Zoo and the Aquarium. Barcelona is stunning and we would love to return.
During 2015, I was also a brand ambassador for Huggies, Tommee Tippee and worked with many other fabulous brands.
I was signed by MODE management and recently worked with them on my biggest contract to date for Aptamil.
I have always been scared of public speaking, but recently I overcame my fears of public speaking, when I spoke live on the Radio to Anne Diamond to raise awareness of PND. I was also featured in the Daily Mail talking more about PND.
In December I took on the role of BritMums Newbie Round-up Editor, which I am so thrilled about, as it lets me champion and highlight up and coming bloggers, which I love.
Earlier in the year together with two blogging friends, I set up a collaborative blogging magazine Live. Love. Blog. It is having a little break at the moment, but we have LOTS of plans for 2016.
More recently in collaboration with Amy from Mr and Mrs T Plus Three, we set up a hashtag on Instagram celebrating our #LittleFierceOnes, which in 7 weeks has amassed nearly 1200 pictures and is such a lovely community.
Through 2015 we have also had the pleasure of working with lots of other brands, both big and small and have loved doing a wide variety of projects for them. Being a blogger means that you never quite know what you will be doing next and that variety is truly fabulous.
It also goes without saying that blogging has given me the very best friends that anyone could wish for and these friends are the biggest blessing.
I hope you all had a fun, happy and successful 2015 and here’s to an awesome 2016 for all of us.