I can’t believe it has been a whole year since I started my blog! The years seem to be going by faster but I swear this year has gone the fastest. Between changing diapers, watching Barney and cutting up food into tiny pieces I’ve also tried (sometimes failed) but tried to keep up with my goal of three posts a week. What I’ve found in my role as stay-at-home mum is that although I love being home with Grace and wouldn’t have it any other way, I’ve also needed something else. Staying home day after day -trying to get out as much as possible, but if you’re a mum too you know how hard it can be sometimes- well, you start to feel as though you lose a little bit of yourself, maybe it’s a bit of your identity, maybe your independence, I don’t know. I’ve found that having a blog has been a great way for me to claim a bit of that back. I have control over my little space on the internet and it’s a place to put down whatever I’ve wanted to. I had mixed feelings starting my blog back in March last year about what exactly I was going to write about. But as time has gone on I’ve found it a really great place to express my personal style which has always been important to me. I love everything to do with fashion, and had intended (before meeting Eric and having Grace) to use my degree in Fashion Marketing to get a job in the industry. Although that didn’t happen, my blog has been a great way to express my passion and I love coming up with new outfit ideas week after week. But my blog hasn’t only been about my personal style, It’s also been a great way to note important mile stones in Gracie’s life, as well as family life such as vacations etc. and that’s something I wouldn’t necessarily have spent as much time documenting. What’s nice about this past year – for me – is that I have a diary of events at my fingertips, and it’s a really lovely thing to be able to look back on. I’ve also loved meeting new people through blogging and found it has been a great supportive community. I’ve met certain people I know I’ll have as friends for life and that’s a really wonderful thing. But blogging has also had its challenges. Keeping up with material, and pictures, keeping up with social media and all it’s different channels is hard, and what I’ve learned is that you can never keep on top of everything, and have a life, it’s impossible. So it’s important to figure out your time distribution, and where you want your focus to be. For social media this has been Instagram and Pinterest for me because what I do is so visual. This is where I’ve found a great blogging community and also where I get daily inspiration from others. Social media has been a great addition to blogging. But none of this could be possible without having a photographer to rely on, and although there have been several people who have taken my pictures over the past year my blog couldn’t have taken the route that it has without my amazing husband who relentlessly takes my photos week after week.. even though I know sometimes he’d rather be getting some extra skiing in, or be watching a game of football, so thanks babe, I couldn’t have done it without you! But after all of this, blogging wouldn’t be worth it without you, my readers, so thank you for checking in week after week, thank you for your comments, emails and social media follows, it is so very much appreciated and why I’m so excited for what the next year has to bring. Thank you… and here’s to year two!