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What to watch on TV (and Netflix)

Lately, I have found myself spending more time away from my laptop and watching TV. I think my mind is so drained by the end of the day that I need to just vegetate and watch TV rather than try to do any blog work. With the recent end of winter programmes/ start of summer programme period I have found myself trying to find some new things to watch and so I thought I would share with you some of the programmes I have been watching…

LOVE ISLAND

If you haven’t heard of Love Island you must have been under a rock for the past few weeks! It seems to be taking over the majority of the reality TV loving population – even passing out Big Brother this year by the looks of it. It is pretty much exactly what you think… an island full of people looking for love (just so they can win £50k!). It’s on every night on ITV2 at 9pm.



PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

This programme has taken 7 years of my life. If the final episode this week doesn’t make my jaw hit the floor I will be disgusted! PLL is on it’s seventh and final season at the moment (all seasons are on Netflix). It begins with 4 girls whose best friend has died. They begin to recieve weird text messages with information only she could know…….

Another one loved by the masses. OITNB is based in Litchfield women’s prison and follows the goings on inside. I have just started to watch season 5, the newest one and I am hoping it lives up to the last one.

RUPAULS DRAG RACE

YAAAAASSSSSS Queen! I only began to watch drag race when Finn was born! Fast forward couple of months and I was totally up to date. There are 9 seasons in total now (and 2 all star seasons which are possibly even better!) – some of which are available on Netflix. It is a competition where drag queens compete to become America’s next drag superstar. And win $100,000! It is so funny and some of the make up skills are jaw dropping!

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

An oldie but a goodie – I remember watching this when it was on television years ago and loving it! To me it’s like FRIENDS, one of those programmes that stays with you probably for the rest of your life (does that sound kinda sad? haha). I decided to rewatch it and already there are so many parts I had forgotten about!

THE CLIENT LIST

Ok, so this is kind of a love-hate currently. I really enjoyed the client list. It is an easy to watch, light programme. It had enough drama and suspense to keep you hooked but wasn’t too hard to follow or anything. HOWEVER, there are only 2 bloody seasons and it ends on a massive cliffhanger!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m still upset about it?




Let me know what you’ve been watching in the comments below because as you can see a lot of my shows are coming to an end soon.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Netflix Picks

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our day will be spent hopefully going into the parade (or watching the Dublin one on TV – weather determining), a little stroll around town, grab some dinner and home to chill. Since having the boys our nights out are a thing of the past. We much rather relaxing on the sofa and getting sleep while we can. Crazy, I know! Anyway, I thought I would share some of the Irish gems on Netflix at the moment in case your night is as exciting as ours!

The Young Offenders

(We will 100% be watching this tonight! We went to see it in the cinema when it was out and honestly it was hilarious. Seriously – watch it!)
Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.  

The Siege of Jadotville

Nominated for seven IFTAs, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.  The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost.   A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power.  Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong and Sam Keeley.  https://youtu.be/9_JHsiQTTmg

Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girl’s attention.

Standby

A luckless tourist at Dublin airport reconnects with this love of eight years earlier, who is on standby for a flight back to the US

Brooklyn

The life of young Irish immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York.  But when summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.

The Guarantee

On 29 September 2008, the Irish government decides to bail out Ireland’s six largest banks, plunging the nation into financial crisis.

Haywire

A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realises she has been betrayed.

 

*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription in return for posting updates and reviews. However, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Netflix and Newborn

While having a new baby in the house has definitely been a huge adjustment I always make time for Netflix. Honestly, if Netflix wasn’t keeping track of what I have and haven’t watched, and which episode I fell asleep during I think I would be still be watching Pretty Little Liars on repeat – anyone else think the new series was a little bit pointless? Anyway, here are a few things I have been watching and what I have on my ‘to watch list’. The upside to night feeds – having total control of the remote control!

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RuPauls Drag Race

I watched the first episode of this the night before Finn was born and as you can imagine my mind was a million miles away. Since coming home with my little fire ball I have gone through all 5 seasons on Netflix and am now watching the current season. I love all things reality tv, make up and comedy and this has all of those things. Some of those drag queens do make up better than most women I know!

Jane the Virgin

I was a little late to the party on this one after seeing several others rave about Jane the Virgin. They were right! It is a telenovela style comedy drama. After deciding to remain celibate until marriage, you can imagine the shock when Jane discovers she is pregnant after a routine gynaecologist appointment. That is only the tip of the preverbal iceberg when it comes to what Jane is about to encounter.

Pretty Little Liars

If you haven’t watched PLL by now where have you been? I began watching when it first aired and have kept up to date ever since. I must admit that the latest series was far from my favourite and I found it all a little bit pointless – with me zoning out for 75% of each episode and still not missing anything. However, the finale did end on quite a cliffhanger which will have me tuning into season 7.

Frozen

No words needed. I am sure everyone and their mother knows what Frozen is about and has either sung it with their children or in the nightclub on a Saturday night. Yes, they play Disney songs in the nightclub now – at least thats what I’ve been told, I haven’t been inside one since my college days.

Gnomeo & Juliet

I am not a fan of the smurfs so initially I passed over Gnomeo and Juliet. I admit that one day I put it on for Aidan but when he went for his nap I was so invested that I just had to keep watching. It takes the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet and switches it up – with garden gnomes!

The Gift

Like 90% of couples, Clayton and I hardly ever agree on something to watch and when we do one of us either hates it or falls asleep (me). We both like thrillers so decided to give The Gift a go. The story is slow to start but then it is full of twists and has you changing your feeling towards the characters throughout. The ending was definitely unpredictable and memorable.



Still to watch…

Prince of Egypt

God I love this film! (pun intended!) I remember seeing this first in school and loving it. I want to watch it just for the beauty that is ‘When you believe’

Prison Break

I am definitely one of the last people to watch Prison Break. After saying a hundred times that I am going to start it somehow it always manages to get forgotten. Since they have said they are coming back with a new season I have decided (again) to watch the previous seasons.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I LOVED season 1 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! I still remember where I was when I watched the last episode. (I was on the landing folding clothes incase you were wondering). I had planned to spend last weekend with Kimmy, Titus and excessive chocolate but as I mentioned briefly above I have a newborn now who was far from co-operative! Maybe this week, Finn?

 

Now, I have a special request for Netflix. Could you please release more seasons of Paw Patrol because if I find myself watching that Halloween episode once more I may cry! Like, don’t get me wrong who doesn’t love a puppy Elvis or one with a pumpkin on their head but after 1,439,527 times the cuteness starts to wear off!

What have you been watching on Netflix lately? Is there anything you think that I should watch?

 

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Our Netflix Binges

Making a Murderer
So unless you have been living under a rock you will have heard about Making a Murderer. Everyone and their mother is watching it, literally – my mother is now watching it! It follows the trial of a once wrongfully convicted man, Steven Avery, as he now faces a new accusation – the brutal murder of a woman. As the evidence is presented and the statements are read the story only gets more and more shocking. I would recommend everybody to watch it as it is definitely eye opening to the many flaws in how justice systems operate.

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Jessica Jones
I am not a superhero/ Marvil fan in any sense of the word. While Clayton has watched all of the Marvil and DC series to date it has not been something I have ever been interested in. However, Jessica Jones seemed to receive major hype and build up in the weeks before it’s release and so I got sucked in. It also stars David Tennent who I loved in Broadchurch so I thought it was worth a shot. We watched the entire series in about 2/3 days! It had the right mix of suspense and mystery without too much sci-fi or supernatural stuff.

Jessica Jones

90210
I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to rematch my teenage guilty pleasure that was 90210. Like most things I completely forgot about it until Adele’s ‘Hello’ video was released which stars one of the characters from the old show. I have been really enjoying this during Aidan’s nap times. It is light watching in comparison to the others I’ve mentioned making it great for some mid-day binge watching.

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KIDS

Masha and the Bear
This is very much new in our house having only watched it over the past few days but my goodness does it make Aidan laugh. Honestly, I am not really sure why because there aren’t too many words in it but he finds the whole thing hilarious and will sit and watch it with a huge grin on his face.

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New Peppa Pig
I hate Peppa Pig! Even more so I hate re watching the same episodes of Peppa and her constant whining over and over again. So, when season 2 of Peppa was released I got a little excited to add some variety to her moans. As much as I hate the little pink pig she does something to toddlers that I wish she would teach me! He will just sit there is awe of her as she bullies her little brother, George…. Uh Oh maybe he is picking up tips?!

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Paw Patrol
The geniuses behind paw patrol have laughed all the way to the bank this new year with Paw Patrol toys being sold out everywhere from here to Timbuktu this Christmas. We are only recent jumpers to the bandwagon but those tiny, helpful pups are already a firm favourite round here.

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STILL TO WATCH:

Luther
It seems I am the last person left not to be watching Luther so I plan to give that a try once I finish my current 90210 binge.

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Narcos
Again, last to the party I believe. In my defence (sort of) I did start watching Narcos but I fell asleep reading the subtitles. I always read before I fall asleep so I have to remember in future I cannot watch Narcos in bed because my brain will shut off.

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COMING THIS YEAR

Pretty Little Liars – Season 6B
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 2
Orange is the New Black – Season 4
Better Call Saul – Season 2
Fuller House
Grace and Frankie – Season 2

Also, this week Netflix has announced that it is now available WORLDWIDE meaning that if you are living abroad (lucky you!) or travelling or simply on holidays you don’t have to miss out on your favourite series. You can binge watch in the sun – now that sounds like my kind of ‘Netflix and Chill’.

 

*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

What I’ve been watching | Netflix

There is nothing better than sitting down with a blanket and some munchies on these cold autumn nights – until you turn on the TV to realise once again there is nothing on! Thank heavens for Netflix! Here are some things I have enjoyed on there over the last while…

FILMS:

  • Not suitable for children
    ”Facing infertility because of his impending cancer treatment, a young hipster sets to impregnate a woman – any woman – before time runs out”

    Jonah, the young hipster, learns that he has cancer and the treatment will mean that he is unable to have children. With only a few weeks until his surgery Jonah sets out to try and have a baby – any way possible. Set mostly in a college type frat house filled with parties and care free youngsters this film changes those dynamics and shows lovely stories of friendship, longing and heartbreaking dead ends.
  • Scream
    ”Creepy phone stalker. Lunatic killer with a ghost face. Everyone’s a suspect. But you’ve never seen horror like this.”
    I have always been a fan of the Scream franchise, I remember buying all the DVDs back in my teenage years, so I was only too happy to return to the small town of Woodsboro to meet Sydney as her and her friends become entangled in the middle of a murder spree.

TV SHOWS:

  • Fargo
    ”Inspired by the classic Coen brother film of the same title, this new limited series embroils several quirky Minnesotans in a ‘different’ true crime.”I believe I mentioned Fargo in my last Netflix post so I won’t go into detail about it again but there is a second season on the horizon so if you haven’t yet watched this I highly recommend it.
  • Scream
    ”In this new TV series sequel to the classic horror franchise, a cyberbullying incident in Lakewood leads to a murder with echoes of the past.”Like I mentioned above I was a huge Scream fan in my teenage years so you can imagine my excitement when I heard they were making it into a series. Now, honestly, this is very much a teen drama but once you get past that it becomes a very intriguing storyline with many twists.. right up until the very end! It looks set to have another series too so fingers crossed.
  • Educating Yorkshire
    ‘This engaging documentary series follows the staff and students of a West Yorkshire high school, from playground high jinx to life changing events.”I have watched all of the ‘Educating..’ series. When we are in school we can’t wait to get out but now that we’re out we want to go back – figure that one out? Seeing it from the teachers point of view is interesting, mainly because I remember always thinking they were doing things just to be awful and mean.

KIDS:

  • Toy story
  • Monsters Inc
  • Curious George

DOCUMENTARIES:

  • Mortified nation
    ”This comic documentary follows the Mortified movement, a series of stage events where adults share awkward childhood moments in front of strangers.”Huge hat tip to theclothesline.ie for suggesting this. Several adults reading passages from their childhood/ early teenage diaries. So many relatable stories and even more hilarious ones! If any of you have diary entries you would like to send me I would be all too grateful for the giggles.
  • The Gabby Douglas story
    ”This biopic tells the story of Gabby Douglas, who became the first black gymnast to win the individual All-Around champion at the 2012 Olympics.”I am a major gymnastics fan and I watched Gabby take the gold during the 2012 London Olympics. Her story is very inspirational and her mother seems like a great woman. With the world championships starting at the end of the month this is a great way to get your wet your gymnastics appetite (if that’s your thing).

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Our at home cinema nights | Netflix

I was never a huge fan of the cinema but now the extreme and almost enforced silence is something that dreams are made of. With childcare, money and finding time actually getting to the cinema proves quite a struggle in our house. Alas, we do a DIY home cinema experience – lots of sweets, Netflix and nobody is allowed to talk. Here are a few movies we’ve been loving recently…

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1. Catfish

If you have never heard of Catfish, be it the movie or TV series, then where have you been? Catfish is the original, the story of Nev (Star of the TV Series) and his experience with catfishing. This movie will have you rethinking all those Facebook ‘friends’ you have never met… *If this movie doesn’t make you rethink your online relationship perhaps you should watch Talhotblond* 

8/10

 

2. Frozen Ground

In this fact-based film, a state trooper is trying to find evidence to pin on a serial killer he is sure murdered many girls. With the help of a 17 year old prostitute, who marginally escaped the killer.

7/10

 

3. Dallas Buyers Club

Ron Woodroof refuses to accept that he will die from his recently diagnosed AIDS. He begins to smuggle drugs he knows can help but are not regulated, or legal in Texas, to help both himself and many other AIDS sufferers.

9.5/10

 

4. Les Miserables

This 2013 remake includes a star studded cast from Hugh Jackman to Eddie Redmayne. If you are into musicals then this is a must watch but be warned I think only 2 minutes of the entire film is not singing. I managed to convinced Clayton to watch this and he even shed a tear at the end.

9/10 (8/10 from Clayton)

 

5. 22 Jump Street

After 21 Jump Street I was really excited for this to be realeased but with the under lying acceptance that equals are always a let down, right? Nope, if anything this movie was better than it’s predecessor. Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill are such an unexpected, but hilarious duo. 

6.5/10

 

6. Clueless

Childhood classic! If you are looking to be taken straight back to the 90’s then this is the movie to watch. The fashion, the lingo and the humour are set to have you feeling like a teenager all over again (but in a good way). An all round feel good, easy watch movie.

5/10 

 

7. Seven Pounds

Will Smith – need I say more? This is definitely my favourite Will movie (this and pursuit of happiness). I don’t know how to explain it in a way that will make you want to watch it without giving it all away. You are just going to have to trust me that this movie is one you will enjoy, remember and may have a small impact on how you live the rest of your life. *Warning: You will most likely cry – at least twice*

8/10

 

8. Saved by the Bell Hawaiian Style

Another childhood classic. When I saw this pop up on Netflix I immediately tweeted about it (obviously, I am a blogger!) and everyone seemed just as excited as me. Bitter sweetly it is just one movie but here’s hoping that Netflix adds all the Saved by the Bell series – can you image singing the theme song before dinner every evening again? Oh I am getting way to hopeful! (Kenyan & Kel Goodburger, Recess and many other childhood faves are there too but I haven’t managed to watch those yet.)

10/10 (Ok, that may be just the initial excitement probably more like 3/10 – how bad is that acting when you look back!)

 

9. White Chicks

As a pre-teen or tween I think they’re called now? My friends and I would quote this movie so often. It is a firm favourite of mine and always a safe bet when you’re in a slump. Two FBI agents must go undercover as two of the world’s most high profile, white, twins for ”the weekend” in the hamptons. Two men disguised as two women – what could possibly go wrong?

8/10

 

10. Monsters Inc.

Ok, so it hasn’t been our choice to spend hours watching this on repeat but it felt wrong not to include it since it is probably our most watched movie, at the minute. You can’t beat a Disney movie though no matter what mood you find yourself in, there will always be something that tickles your fancy. Aidan is obsessed with Monster Inc – he will watch it for hours but isn’t interested in any other movies yet meaning it is constant Mickey Mouse or Monsters Inc.

6/10

 

Have you got any movies that I should add to this list? We are also documentary fans and I will be doing a post on that soon – what’s your favourite documentary on Netflix?

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I was gifted a years subscription to Netflix and Apple TV however all opinions, as always, are my own, 100% honest views.

My Netflix Binge-watches

Binge-watching: To watch an entire series of a programme in a short time period. Usually only pausing for tea and toilet breaks.

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I am a massive binge watcher, more so pre-Aidan, obviously! That being said, when Aidan goes to bed me & Clayton have been known to have the 1am ”One more episode” conversation on many an occasion (and regretting it at the following mornings 6am wake up call). I love finding a series that gets me hooked and makes me want to just watch one more, and one more, until I run out (and sometimes weep). Netflix is heaven for binge watchers because it homes all the episodes of your favourite series in the one place, and even does the work of putting the next episode on when you finish watching one. Amaze-balls. Here is my Netflix binge-watch list which I have bitter-sweetly binge watched the entirety of.

1. Orange is the new Black

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Set in a womens prison, OITNB sees Piper, a privaledged New Yorker, end up serving time for her past. With so many different characters, inter twining story lines and comical moments it is no surprise that Orange is the new Black has been so popular. Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Netflix now with Season 3 airing on June 12th – I cannot wait!

2. Pretty Little Liars

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After the death of their best friend, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily begin to receive messages from someone threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. The blackmailer seems to know things only their deceased friend Alison should know. It is a murder mystery type series which will have you on the edge of your seat.

3. Gossip Girl

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I was very late to this one, but after seeing everybody talk about it I finally decided to give GG a go. I think I had watched the entire 6 seasons in a week. It is based around New Yorks elite, full of cliques, cat fights and Christian Louboutins. ‘Gossip girl’ narrates the series and is never far from any drama or scandal. (*may contain some serious eye candy*)

4. 90210

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A remake of the original Beverly Hills, 90210. It centres around siblings Annie & Dixon who move to a new state and therefore a new school. 90210 is filled with romance, heartbreak and lots of cliff hangers. It has been a while since I have watched this and think that I will rewatch it again this summer (at least that way I will experience some sunshine).

5. Dexter

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Dexter, a blood splatter analyst by day murderer by night. Dexter’s victims are people who have killed and somehow escaped justice, but how long can Dexter escape justice? Will his night time antics be discovered? I watched all 8 seasons of this in my third year in college – it may have meant that some school work suffered but it was totally worth it!

6. Fargo

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Based on the Coen Brothers film Fargo, this series adaptation is a different approach to ”true crime”. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman among many other familiar faces. It is a true story which makes it even more shocking but definitely one to watch.

7. Breaking Bad

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If you haven’t heard of Breaking Bad by now where have you been?! Probably one of the most talked about series of all time. Hal, a terminally ill chemistry teacher, joins forces with a former student to cook crystal meth and begin their own ‘dealership’. With many a cliffhanger and plot twist Breaking Bad is sure to be a series you won’t forget in a hurry. (Better Call Saul the spin-off series is also now showing on Netflix)

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Kimmy is rescued from a cult, who believed that the world had ended in the 90’s, and ends up in New York city. With no idea of mobile phones or that Whitney Houston had died, Kimmy and her room mate Titus along with many other unforgettable characters will have you laughing out loud. I got through this series in two days and I am sitting, fingers crossed for a second season.

9. Sherlock

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I have definitely saved the best for last. Truth be told I originally watched this series as it aired on BBC, meaning I had to wait 18 months between seasons (it was worth the wait every time). I have re-watched it all again on Netflix and it is still as good the second (and third) time around. Sherlock, is a modern day version of the classic Sherlock Holmes tales of Arther Conan Doyle and stars the fantastic Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes (like the man can do no wrong! Has he ever disppointed? Exactly!) and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson.

 

What have you been binge-watching? What should I watch next?

 

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a years subscription to write reviews, updates and such about Netflix. As always these are my own honest opinions. I had purchased my own personal Netflix subscription prior to joining the Stream Team.

15 from ’15

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

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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!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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