I wanted to do a round up style post for 2015 but wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach it. The lovely Sadhbh from Where Wishes Come From is hosting her annual linky so what better way to round up my year than by joining in with my 15 things from 2015. Be sure to check out her post and feel free to add your round up post to the linky too.
1. Most Popular Blog Post:
At the beginning of the year I wrote a post during one of Aidan’s night time parties, I did not expect the response it received. My ‘How to Prepare for a Newborn‘ post was shared on the front page of Mumsnet, My Kidstime, by several other bloggers and many other online platforms. It is a humorous look at the things they ‘forget’ to mention in all the parenting books – which I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one experiencing. 12 months on and the laundry pile is still as high!
2. Favourite Post
This may be my pregnancy cravings speaking but the post I revisit a lot is my Chocolate Cupcake recipe. I originally made these for the Glensik blogger competition but they have been made over and over again since and are often requested by people who have tried them previously.
3. Favourite Photo
Technically this isn’t a photo it is a digital image but it is based on a photo, which I also love. This print from Votre Portrait is one of my favourite possessions, I admire it every day.
4. Best Adventure:
Taking Aidan on his first foreign holiday (assuming Wales doesn’t count as foreign?) was definitely an adventure. We went to Nerja in Spain for 10 days at the end of June. We though June was a good time of year as it wouldn’t be too hot – we were very wrong! Temperatures were 33-36 degrees the entire time we were there! Luckily Aidan didn’t mind the heat and honestly just slept through it mostly. We had a villa with our own private pool so it meant that we could still be out enjoying the sun while he was inside watching TV or having a nap. However, sometimes he napped in the pool too!
5. Favourite Craft:
After seeing The Dadventurer’s canvas he made with Baby L I had to give it a go myself. I didn’t actually write a post on it but here is a link to Dave’s post for you to check out. It was an extremely messy but fantastic craft to do with a baby or toddler.
6. Most Common Theme:
The search term most popular from google, which pops up several times a week landing people on my blog is ”immersion”. Yes, immersion. They end up on my post about ‘Irish slang’ which has also proven to be a very popular post this year.
7. Favourite Vlog:
I really struggle to manage the blog and the Youtube channel at the same time. I love both but right now I think blogging better suits my life. With vlogging it is an all day, constant job with several hours editing at the end where as blogging can be done around Aidan’s schedule and tantrums. This year I hope to find a balance between the two because I do love having the vlogs to watch back but end up abandoning the camera by mid day after dealing with Aidan’s early onset ‘terrible two phase’.
My favourite video from this year is between ‘SURPRISE‘ and ‘POOLS, PLANES AND PROMENADE‘ both captured two very sepcial weeks this year and they alone remind me of why I want to keep up vlogging.
8. Favourite Celebration:
This is a tough one because there are two very special celebrations that happened this year. Firstly, in May Aidan turned one. We had a lovely party for him some of which I captured on video. It is definitely a day we will always remember.
Secondly, in June my Grandad turned 80 and the entire family went away for the weekend. It was so nice to spend time with everyone together. We had a lovely meal together over the weekend, all the ladies visited the spa and the babies had a ball playing with each other (with a toy shop only metres from the hotel you can only imagine how spoilt they were). We also brought home a new family member that weekend – we just didn’t know it yet.
9. My Best Move:
This year I rebranded the blog. While El and Baby A was a suitable name in the beginning it wasn’t a good fit in the long run. After lots of thinking I decided on Bumps and Roundabouts as we cannot ‘outgrow’ it and also it doesn’t limit me to any specific types of posts.
10. Favourite Freebie:
Bluestone! I cannot speak highly enough about Bluestone. We had such a lovely week there and we have all said we can’t wait to go back. If you are looking for family friendly, relaxing and very unique holiday then Bluestone is definitely one to look at.
11. Best Blog Moment:
Being on the front page of Mumsnet was such a great moment for the blog. I was only blogging a few months at the time so to see my work recognised in such a way was a huge honour.
Being a finalist in the Irish Parenting Blogger awards back in April is definitely something I am extremely proud of. As fantastic as it was to be named as a finalist, the night and the community of IPB that I met at the event were definitely one of the highlights of my year.
12. Worst Blog Moment:
Making the move from El and Baby A to Bumps and Roundabouts was quite a stressful migration. Although everything went relatively smoothly it was like starting from scratch with several sites like Tots. It was quite disheartening to log in and see all my previous rankings take such a hit. I don’t spend too much time stressing over these rankings but it is nice to see the numbers go up when you put the work in.
13. Favourite Title:
‘We’ve been keeping a secret…’
Obviously, announcing that we are expecting our second baby was really exciting. I made a video to announce it and wrote a post too. That seems like only yesterday but in less then 10 weeks our second little man will be here, hopefully.
14. Favourite Blog-Series:
I am going to cheat on this one a little because I haven’t really followed any blog series or partaken in any linkies in quite a while so I decided to talk about my favourite series. This year I discovered ‘How to get away with murder’ and oh my god I am hooked! Every episode leaves you on the edge of your seat and makes for great binge watching. Series 1 is on Netflix and I definitely suggest checking it out.
15. What My Blog Did For Me In 2015:
Both my blog and Youtube channel gave me a place to record my pregnancy, Aidan’s milestones and our many adventures of the year. It has given me a place to put memories that I probably didn’t even realise would be so special at the time. It has given me a space to revisit in times of sadness, hardship or darkness and gives me one hundred reasons to smile. There is no freebie, ranking or popular post that can trump the everyday moments I managed to capture on camera or in a post.