Today marks the 2nd birthday for my little blog. I can’t believe it was two whole years ago that I first put finger to keyboard and started this adventure. When I first began, it was purely because I had a love of writing and home design and I felt I could combine these two passions and do something that I might really enjoy. I also felt that by sharing our home updates, I would be inspired and motivated to continue to work hard at creating a home we all really love and feel happy in. It’s so easy to put things off and coast along without really achieving much and I thought this blog would provide the push we needed to get things done! I definitely feel that it has done that and the fact that it’s both a new year and my blogging birthday provides me with the perfect opportunity to review what we have done around here this year and perhaps even set some goals for 2016. (Click on the highlighted words to visit the relevant post).
Ironically, I started the year by sharing our kitchen dreams and lo and behold, here we are a whole year later having made zero changes to our kitchen! It has been a year of indecision for us on the home front. We seem to be fighting a constant battle between our desire to improve our home and the desire to make memories with our children. We are aware of the fact that our budget won’t stretch to both so the decision is a difficult one (and one we have gone backwards and forwards at least 10 times in the last 12 months!) At present we are hoping to upgrade our kitchen but have decided against extending the property in order that we can still travel with the children and make the most of our time as a family. But watch this space – nothing is ever set in stone around here it would seem!!
I used the new year and the fact that I’d been blogging for 12 months as the impetus to finally share our ‘Home Tour’ and it’s quite satisfying to look back at that post and see how much has changed already! Home Tour update coming some time soon.
I also talked in January about some of our favourite tools for battling clutter and finished up the month with a quick update to some old frames in preparation for the ‘gallery wall’ we were planning in our kitchen/breakfast room.
February was a fairly quiet month and we finally got our gallery wall finished. I was so pleased with how it turned out and every time someone comes into our home, it inspires conversation and compliments. I’m thinking about changing out some of the photos in the next few weeks as I want it to continue to evolve and reflect our lives.
March was a month of personal changes around here. Some decisions were made and then unmade, we seemed to be surrounded by friends having babies and I shared a cute and easy baby gift tutorial. I also talked about my love for panelling and shared some top tips for saving money on your grocery shop. (I really need to take some of my own advice on that one at the moment!)
In April, we took a trip to London and I was inspired by some of the lovely items in the historic ‘Liberty’ department store to try re-creating a pen pot using some wrapping paper I bought while we were there. I also shared our tactic for keeping the car clutter under control as well as finally finishing a project I had been putting off for months by updating our dining chairs with chalk paint and fabric.
May was a very busy month of getting organised. I launched my weekly organising challenge in which I challenged myself (and you!) to organise one area of our home each week. During May, I tackled the under-sink cabinet in our kitchen, our food storage tubs and our living room cabinet. I also shared my top ten tips for selling on ebay as well as my favourite five home accessory sources, beds, places to buy kids furniture and scented candles. We finished the month by starting to think about moving our son from his current bedroom into our guest room and I talked about the inspiration behind the changes we had planned.
We continued our organising efforts in June by focusing on our under-stairs cupboard which was crying out for attention and finished up our organising efforts by tackling our linen cupboard. I shared our first update on our son’s new bedroom and took the paint brush (and roller!) to an old chest of drawers – I was pretty pleased with the results!
I finished up the month by sharing 10 top ideas for teacher gifts to give us all some inspiration for the end of the academic year.
July was a month of family celebrations and I made a gorgeous birthday cake for my sister’s 40th (if I do say so myself!) which was so easy but looked really pretty and was the perfect centrepiece for a summer party.
I made a final organising push and got our paperwork up together ready for the summer break. I was so glad I had made an effort to get organised when the summer holidays rolled around and we were spending so much more time in the house. I finished the month by creating holiday chore charts for the children to encourage them to pitch in and avoid the house turning into a disaster zone over the summer break! (Those are definitely coming back next year, they certainly helped!)
September was all about getting organised for a new school year and I updated our weekly planner and shared it with all of you (including a free download!) We also got very busy making changes to our son’s bedroom (update two, three and four) and we lived with some chaos for a few weeks while we got things cleared out, sold some of our possessions and finally got to work painting and panelling the new room.
In October, I shared my hard-earned tips for surviving stomach bug season and we FINALLY finished the new bedroom! Cue dozens of photos and a tutorial for that ‘faux’ panelling we all fell in love with.
I also wrote an article for Wayfair about decorating for the long term when your boy is growing far too fast!
In November, I asked for your help in coming up with some healthy snacks that would appeal to my two very fussy eaters and you came through in style! I still haven’t written the follow up post but it’s coming! (Along with the striped curtain how-to I promised months ago!)
I finished up the month by sharing some of the things that had been bringing us happiness in November and enjoyed taking some time to focus on the positive during a very busy period!
Finally, in December I shared 20 ways to get your home ‘Christmas ready’ and wished I had followed my own advice later in the month when I was severely behind with my Christmas prep and wishing I had a few more
weeks days to get organised!
It was a crazy busy month and I only just managed to find time to pop in and tell you about some of our favourite Christmas traditions before taking some time out to enjoy the festive season. It has been a magical few weeks and I am determined to really make the most of these precious moments with our (not at all) little ones while we still can.
I hope you have all enjoyed a happy, blessed Christmas filled with precious memories and love. Thank you so much for reading, commenting and encouraging me throughout 2015. I wish each and every one of you a joyous, healthy, prosperous new year in which all of your dreams come true!
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