Here we are again at the start of a new year. This year sees my blog turn 3, baby girl turn 2 years old and of course the arrival of baby girl number 2 in April. It’s such an exciting year ahead!
Last year I made a quarterly plan for 2017 on how I was going to achieve my blogging goals. I completely smashed my earnings goal which I’m extremely happy about. So my ultimate 2017 blogging goal to turn the blog into a part-time job was successful!
I’m a huge stationery fiend and a few weeks back I had a dilemma that I’m sure most bloggers have. What planner shall I get for the start of a brand new year? There are many great ones on the market to suit all budgets. Some are generic, others you can customise to your own requirements.
I have been on a little gathering trip hunting down diaries and planners to review for you. There are many available out there and this list is just a few of them.
At just £1 each these beautiful diaries are A5 size and perfect for out and about. They have many designs available.
My Year In Review – 2017 has been an eventful year. Lots has happened. Happy and sad. I have decided to go back through each month of 2017 and tell you a little bit of what’s happened throughout our year. I did this last year – you can read that post here.
From the words of my favourite film – Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start….
Ah January, this month was a huge decluttering time. We knew our house was going to go on the market very soon so it really was just clearing up after Christmas and getting the house photograph ready! At this point I had been back to work for a few months after maternity leave so was now in some kind of routine. I was getting well into blogging and posting most days. Although I did have one huge hiccup when I got hacked. It was a horrible time and made me so upset.
You can read my post here on – What I learned from getting hacked and how to prevent it.
February was a special month. Baby girl turned 1 years old! Her first year had gone so fast. It’s amazing seeing her grow and develop into her own little character with a bright personality. We had her last Baby Sensory class on her 1st birthday which was lovely as they made it very special for her.
Next up in February was that our house was officially on the market. We had quite a few viewings to start off with, but it was from investors who wanted it for a knockdown price to rent out for the students and hospitals workers as we are very close by to the hospital. I was unimpressed with their offers.
If there’s one thing a lot of family gardens are missing, it’s a touch of class. There are so many classy ways in which you can upgrade your garden and make better use of it. The 5 ideas we’re going to discuss below will all allow you to add something new and valuable to what your family garden has to offer you.
Read on now and read all about them before deciding which of them should be implemented in your garden.
- Create Simple and Classic Ways for the Kids to Have Fun
Your kids are going to need some form of entertainment because this is a family garden after all. It’s your task to create ways for your kids to be entertained and have fun in your garden that are both simple and classic. A tree swing or a simple treehouse or climbing frame could add the classy forms of fun your garden needs most of all right now.
I’m a huge fan of learning, in fact I never stop. Since I left college I have completed various free and Open University courses to feed my learning craving. I’m hoping to pass this onto baby girl. I’m a huge believer of children feeding their minds of new facts, and new things. Especially when it comes down to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) subjects.
On Netflix Project Mc2 is a TV show set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves around the fields of STEAM, and the adventures of super smart McKeyla McAlister and her best friends, who work for a government organization called NOV8 (pronounced “innovate”), a highly secretive group of cool teenage female government operatives who are trying to protect the world.
Winter is practically here now in most parts of the country, which means that many of us in the gardening community need to transfer our plants from the garden, to the greenhouse. But before you get your plants all cosy for the winter, it’s important to give your greenhouse a good clean to remove the summer plants that will now be dying off, and ensure no nasty pests or bugs can find a hiding place.
Here are a few tips to follow to get you started.
- Take out your plants and equipment.
Choose a mild day and keep your plants covered, or even take them into the house to keep them safe while you’re cleaning. Remove all equipment, pots and other storage containers from the greenhouse, vowing to return only the things that are absolutely essential.
- Get your structural parts in tip top shape.
In order to maximise the short daylight hours we have in the winter, it’s important to make sure the panes inside and outside of your greenhouse are as clean as can be. Using specially designed cleaner helps to remove particularly difficult algae, mould, lichen and greenhouse sun shading, but be careful to avoid getting water on the leaves of your plants. Make sure to mend any broken glass to protect your plants from the cold, and clean down any metal or other structural parts.