I saw a great post looking back at the year on Penny from the A Residence‘s blog. I think in the cold dark months of January, it the perfect time to look back, and to help make plans for the coming year.
It was in January that I wrote about my blog and kitchen appearing in B magazine. This is the photograph that was used. I think my blog had been starting to have more of a lifestyle edge to, and it was this that gave me the final push to interiors and design.
In February, I at last taught myself how to ice cupcakes. I was so chuffed with my Mothers Day cupcakes, I must make them again this year.
It was also the month that a band of merry people joined Team Honk to raise money for Sports Relief. My section of the team walked the following month between Derby and Nottingham. I loved my costume just a little bit too much!
I’d wanted to learn to crochet for so long, and in March I finally figured it out. I’m still working on my granny square blanket though…
It was also a month of gardening, this photograph I took was featured on some B&Q advertising.
I also completed my bedroom makeover, it still brings a smile to my face every morning.
Miss A became the proud owner of a Maxi Micro Scooter, and our school runs became a whole lot easier.
I used the change in weather and the onset of spring to do one of my favourite things – photography.
It was a fun packed month for Miss A.
I was a Center Parcs family blogger last year, and in May we went to Center Parcs celebrate her 5th Birthday. Miss A rode her first pony, and is still talking about Bonnie now!
Half way through the year, and I started making travel plans. I am desperate to go back to Italy, but with all my family, hopefully this year I will be able to go back there.
It was definitely a year of craft with my newly acquired Cricut Explore.
We had an amazing blog opportunity with IHG hotel group and became rewards club millionaires. The next couple of months I had great fun spending them with my family.
I also wrote about my visit to France with Canvas Holidays, where I made great new friendships with bloggers. I also found a kind of camping that even I could deal with!
The summer holidays were full of sunshine, friendship and family time!
It was also when we finally completed the en-suite makeover, and I got my craft on again!
With the girls back to school, it was time for me to enjoy a photography course in Birmingham.
Also meeting the very lovely (who knew) Liz Jones.
I was working again with the amazing Royal Caribbean come October and I got to visit the biggest ship in the world – Oasis of the Seas.
A fairground ride on a cruise ship? Yes really!
It was time to make some home-made gifts for Christmas, first up was sloe gin, it tasted amazing!
Infused olive oils next.
Then I was off again on a cruise, but this time (and for the first time) I got to share it with Tall Dad. Quantum of the Seas was an amazing experience.
The sky dive was scary, petrifying even, but I loved it, and I’ll definitely not forget wearing that blue suit.
Or meeting these guys!
In the final month of the year, I went on an incredible trip to Africa with Coca-Cola, I still have to pinch myself that I had the honour of being asked to go over there to see the projects that Coca-Cola are involved in.
I then took two weeks off blogging, it’s the first time I have done that since I started 4 years ago, I think. It meant I could catch up (with my sleep) and enjoy family time.
What an amazing year 2014 was, and I cant wait to share 2015 with you!