Wow, yesterday marked the first anniversary of my blog! And what an adventure the last year has been. I started writing a blog as a creative outlet and a form of therapy, really. I’ve always been passionate about writing and found it very cathartic. I also like playing around with techy things and like to get creative, so it seemed like a good project for me.
I was in the process of recovering from something of a mental breakdown due to myself being ill after birth and Autumn becoming critically ill a couple of weeks later. A blog was somewhere I could go to distract myself and focus my thoughts on. I planned to eventually tell my story in the hope that it would help people, and I did in the form of two posts: Autumn and the Ovarian Cyst and When Mummy went crazy with anxiety. The support I had from people after writing those posts and messages from people they’d helped were quite overwhelming!
Starting this blog was life changing for me. I went from being scared to leave the house or drive, to driving myself to baby groups within weeks. Within a couple of months, I was going further afield and visiting family 7 miles away! Autumn’s Mummy stopped me from being isolated. I went from waking up each morning feeling scared, to wondering what excitement the day would bring. This was in part due to amazing support from Family Action too, as I wouldn’t have been brave enough to get out driving on my own.
As the year went on, more and more exciting things started happening. I was invited to press launches, sent products to review and got to work with brands and businesses I’d long admired. As well as that, I’ve met so many amazing people. It is all hard work and as fun as it is, it can get stressful when you’re trying to balance the rest of your life and meet deadlines. Unless you blog, I don’t think you realise how much time it takes. There’s no such thing as a freebie, you work for it; spending hours writing about it, photographing, editing and working on SEO (search engine optimisation) for your blog post. However, it has been truly amazing despite my occasional stressy moments! It has helped to bring me out of my shell and I’ve done things I never thought I’d do!
To celebrate our first birthday in this little corner of the internet, I wanted to put together a little giveaway for my readers!
Firstly, I have some prizes very kindly donated by The Food Nutritionist. These comprise of a lovely kitchen towel and oven gloves which usually retail for £20. If you haven’t already seen it, Jeraldine’s website is amazing! She teaches people about the health benefits of eating ‘real food’ and helps them to become healthier, offering a number of services. Please do check it out.
Also to be won are £20.97 worth of bathtime fun goodies from Paladone! These include a light up bath duck, an aqua coconut shy and a soggy moggy bath plug. It’s sure to entertain the children for a while (or you, I won’t judge!)
There are also some goodies I’ve added to the mix! These include some face masks to relax with:
It’s so dull at this time of year, that I thought some fairy lights might brighten things up a bit:
Nice undies are one of the little luxuries I enjoy. So here’s a £10 Boux Avenue card to treat yourself with:
Last but not least, I’ve added some lovely shea butter body moisturiser by local company, Fenton’s:
The prizes I’ve added are worth around £20, bringing the total value of these prizes to over £60! I hope whoever wins really enjoys them; good luck everyone!