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We all love to take a trip down memory lane once in a while and that’s what I am doing today. First up I was thinking about my blog and what I’m doing here, where I want to go, what I want? Naturally then I start to look back to my first blogging experiences. Way back in 2003 I started an online diary of my trying to conceive journey, not so much a blog, but I guess it was really. I had my own website, not a blog site and I had to write in the entries back to front so that they would appear chronologically! I still have the transcript somewhere. Here is a little snippet found on the Wayback Machine.
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Then I had a Babycentre blog when my wish finally came true and I became pregnant with Star (I found out on Boxing Day 2004)
My first actual blog was started in August 2008 and to be quite honest it was really boring to start with, then my mum was diagnosed with cancer and suddenly my blog became my crutch where I could record my feelings and let it all out. It was very intense in the few weeks leading up to her passing, yes it was a total of four weeks from being admitted to hospital, diagnosis then death. Then straight afterwards I was hit with another tragedy. The following months my blog gave me an outlet for my grief and emotions, I was truly grateful for it.
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Then I settled back into the more boring every day stuff. My blog was a diary, nothing more nothing less. Then I went to Blog Camp and found out that people were actually making money from their blogs and getting to review fabulous items. I went home and decided that’s what I wanted to do. First step was to start a new blog. I already had a baby blog (baby number five was born 2010) a business blog (my shop was born in 2009) a cake blog and my original personal blog. However, in my mind, none of them seemed the right sort of blog for doing reviews and writing posts for payment.
So that sort of brings me back to where I am now. Why do I write my blog?
I love writing! I know I’m not a brilliant writer, I’m not witty or funny, or clever or opinionated, I’m not one for stirring up trouble or emotions. I just like to write things down, anything really. I really do actually enjoy writing reviews, in fact I’ve been writing reviews for far longer than I have been blogging. Many moons ago, way back on Windows 98, I joined a website where you could write a review and earn a couple of pence every time someone viewed it. (oh yes, those were the days!) You even had to pay for your own product to review!!
I’ve always kept journals, or diaries. I have a shelf in my wardrobe stacked with handwritten ones. Yep, I started before the internet was around.
So I guess it’s natural that I blog, for me anyway. I blog because I write and because I like to write about the things I do and the things that I have in my life. I like to write about my precious family and what matters to us. So forgive me if I’m not unique, or full of fascinating information. Forgive me for not being funny and giving you a giggle every time you visit. Forgive me for not showing how to make fabulous craft items or tell you the very latest trends in make-up or fashion. Forgive me for not having the foggiest idea when it comes to interior design (eeek, and I have an entire house to decorate come September!!)
I’m just me and I write my blog because I like to write. I like to connect and tell you about me and my family. It’s not exactly going to rock your world, but you may learn a thing or two along the way.
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If you are interested in reading the story of my mum’s cancer you can find the archive here.
Inspired by the Center Parcs November challenge we went for a walk to the local park. It was our first visit as we have only just moved here. I’m sure we will be going there again and again. We picked the perfect Autumn day, sunny and (mostly) dry.
As we walked to the park we took in the sights of Autumn all around us.
When we arrived at the playground, the littlies had loads of fun. It felt strange to me as I recognised the park instantly even though I’d believed I’d not been there before. When I was little my Dad would take me to a park every Saturday afternoon, we would visit lots of different parks but this one had been my favourite because it had a Helter Skelter. Sadly the Helter Skelter must have been long gone, but there were many features that I remembered, even the little car park where my dad used to park his Robin Reliant. Today the playground is fresh and new with lots for the littlies to play on, and as there were so few children there (just one other little girl and her mum) there was no waiting for swings and things.
After playtime we went on a forage for leaves and things that reminded us of Autumn. The children had fun running through the leaves that had fallen off the trees. We also found acorns but I told them to leave them for the squirrels to store for winter. There were a few conkers too and pine cones.
When we left the park we decided to visit the old church before heading home. It truly is a scene from the past and this weekend we are going back there for an old fashioned Christmas craft fayre.
Finally, we headed off home, but there will still things to see, like a bonfire on the allotments and trees filled with red berries, and tons and tons of leaves to walk through.
The most unusual name in my family is my little great niece, Nevaeh (pr.Nev eya) have you heard that name before? I hadn’t. Now read it backwards. She’s a gorgeous little girl, truly heaven sent.
The infographic is provided by Bounty. All other thoughts and comments are my
Jelly shoes are made of pvc plastic, which is soft and pliable, easy to wear. They became popular in the early 80s and made comebacks in the late 90s and 2003. Now they are making another comeback as more styles are introduced.
original jelly shoes were cheap and cheerful in an array of colours. Today they are much the same only with much more style. Love them or hate them Jelly Shoes keep bouncing back into our shops (maybe they should be made of rubber next?)
To go back to the 80s, how about these Juju Jellies
For the fashionistas you can purchase a pair of mulberry jelly shoes for £100.
For a wide range of Jellies go to Next
my favourite are these gorgeous silver beaded jelly shoes
My little girl loves these pink heart jellies
and for my little boy, he loves crocodiles