2017 | A Year In Review

I am linking up with Lauren’s Share Your Year link-up

2017 has been a busy and bizarre year for me. Here is what we got up to. I am linking up with Lauren’s link-up to Share My Year and as her format makes so much sense, I am going to do the same.

JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH

January started off with both amazing news and really sad news. Olivia was born at 6.52am on the 8th of January and then my Dad passed away early on the 9th of January, having been in hospital since the 23rd of December with a foot infection that unfortunately turned into sepsis. January was a really busy month as we had Steve’s grandad’s memorial service, my Dad’s funeral and my own birthday.

February was quite a busy month. I became a Britax mumbassador once again which has seen me review the Britax Holiday stroller and give away one of their car seats. We also had our first family day out to Paradise Wildlife Park as their ambassador. Unfortunately my ambassadorship is now over but we hope to head their again soon.

March was quite a quiet month – we didn’t really have any days out as Jack was busy with school but we did review and giveaway a few things.

Favourite posts: How Much Do Children Really Understand?, Our First Family Day Out At Paradise Wildlife Park, Mums; Hallmark’s Hidden Heroes

APRIL, MAY & JUNE

In April, we headed to Legoland for the very first time and Jack loved it there – we are planning on heading back very soon. Blog wise, we had some cool Lego to review and had quite a busy month.

In May, I was starting to find it tough without my Dad – it finally seemed to sink in and now that Steve and my Mum were both back at work and Jack was at school, I was finding life to be a little lonely.

June was an incredibly busy month. Right at the beginning of the month, we visited Chessington World of Adventures with our Merlin passes. We also went away over the Father’s Day weekend – my friend works for Haven and gets really good discounted deals so her, me, Steve, the kids, my Mum and our other friend all went away over the weekend. It was really nice to go away and spend some time with friends and family. I also managed to keep really on track with my weight loss which was good.

Favourite posts: Visiting Legoland This Easter With My Merlin Annual Pass, Finding It Tough, What It Is Like Being A Mum Of Two

JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

 

July was a little quiet. We started weaning Olivia, we took Jack to the cinema for the first ever time where he saw Despicable Me 3 in 3D. It was nice to have a quiet month as we knew August would be fairly busy,

August was a busy month with Jack being off for the school holidays. We went to the cinema again to see The Emoji Movie and we even visited Alton Towers. We also spent a lot of time with family.

September saw Jack entering Year One and my first month as the breadwinner of the family – stressful times. Jack did a charity race for Cancer Research UK, set up by my Slimming World consultant, Em. He raised over £180 – I am so proud of him. We also did quite a few YouTube video reviews – something Jack is keen to continue in 2018.

Favourite posts: 5 Funny Things About Jack & Olivia, Now You Are Going Into Year One…, Back To School As An Adult, How Jack Raised Over £180 For Cancer Research UK

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

October saw my Dad’s birthday roll around for the first time since he died. It was a little strange but myself, Steve, my mum, my sister, my brother and a sister in law met for a few drinks on the day and to celebrate his life. Jack received a Hatchimals Surprise for review – I was so happy to be able to surprise him with this as it was something he had been asking about for ages. He was very lucky to receive quite a few items to review over this month – only problem is that space is becoming an issue now since his birthday and Christmas have now also passed!

We visited Warwick Castle during the October half term for their Halloween events but were disappointed in the lack of stuff for Jack’s age group. We hope to head back very soon and hope that there is a little more for him to do when there isn’t a Halloween event on. We also went trick or treating on Halloween evening and met up with a friend of Jack’s to go visit houses and get some sweets. Jack had so much fun!

November was the month we went to our local fireworks display and headed to the fair, Jack received a kids smartwatch to review, I published a Christmas gift guide or two in preparation for the festive season and again Jack had some fantastic toys to review – as did Olivia!

December has been, of course, a busy month. We started off the month with Jack’s birthday and his birthday party. He invited a select amount of friends and had a laser inflatable party which was one hour of laser in the inflatable with 2 x 25 minute games which was then followed by 30 minutes of food. Jack had a lovely party at the weekend then celebrated his birthday on the Monday. He got to wear a crown in class and they sang happy birthday to him in his class. His school also do some lovely things for the children during their birthday week – they can invite a parent in to have lunch with them on their birthday plus one friend of their choosing (if their birthday falls at the weekend or during the holidays, the school will arrange a date with them to have their birthday lunch) and on the Thursday after their birthday, they have a birthday assembly in front of the school and their parents alongside other children who have had a birthday in the same week. They get to take one of their presents in and talk about it, they receive a card from the school and get to blow candles out on a cake.

I published my last few gift guides, I had some amazing giveaways running with Sarah from Life In A BreakDown, I even gave away a Britax carseat worth £250 to a lucky reader who I know has received it and is happy – always a great feeling to know someone is so happy with a prize they want from me.

We headed to Toby Carvery when Christmas shopping one day and then to Frankie & Benny’s where Olivia enjoyed her first proper meal out in a restaurant.

I talked about my business aims for 2018, my 2018 travel bucket list, where I get my inspiration from as a writer and my 2018 fitness goals. I was keen to talk about what I wanted to achieve in 2018 and what inspires me in my work. I have got so much I want to do next year, I really hope I can.

We had a lovely trip to Willows Farm for their Santa Spectacular where the kids met Santa as siblings for the first time. We had a lovely time with family for Christmas (the kids received so many presents) and can’t wait for New Year’s. We haven’t got much planned, just a trip to another Merlin attraction should the weather allow, and staying in to watch the New Year’s celebrations on TV.

Favourite posts: You Are Growing Up Too Quickly, My Son, Kurio Watch 2.0 | The Ultimate Smartwatch Built For Kids, My Business Aims For 2018, My 2018 Travel Bucket List, Where I Get My Inspiration From As A Writer, My 2018 Fitness Goals

My year has been varied – happy at times, absolutely devastating at times, busy at times, quiet at times. I wonder what 2018 will bring.

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16 thoughts on “2017 | A Year In Review

  1. It truly has been a busy year and January sounds tougher than the other months, glad you guys met up for your dad’s birthday to remember him.
    Wish you guys an incredible year and soon you guys will be celebrating little girl’s 1st birthday

  2. You’ve had a rollercoaster of a year, and I am so sorry about your dad. I hope 2018 brings some great opportunities for you and that Jack and Olivia continue to develop into the lovely kids that they appear. Sending much love to a lovely friend. Mel x

  3. Such an up-and-down year for you, with many highs and lows. Its lovely that you all got together to remember your Dad. We do something similar every year for my Grandad.
    C x

  4. Oh love. My dad died last year and it was virtually impossible to function for most of the rest of the year. I take my hat off to you dealing with all of that in the space of a few weeks. I hope 2018 is a more stable year for you.

  5. Wow, I hope this January is quieter than last year’s! I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your father but how wonderful that you just got to celebrate your little one’s first Christmas!

  6. I’m sorry about your dad, I can’t imagine how you must have felt with all the new baby emotions too. Love that you did so much theme-parking this year though, v jealous! I’m off to read your goals posts now too!
    Thanks for linking up!

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