Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and welcomed the new year with something sparkly. I woke up with a migraine, and all my New Year’s Eve plans were scuppered. I spent most of the day in bed, and finally managed to crawl to the sofa late afternoon, knowing I’d have trouble sleeping that night if I slept any more. I flaked out about ten o’clock, and then got woken up at midnight by the fireworks outside our house. Oh well, I’ve never been one for New Year anyway!
The start of January does mark my blog’s birthday though: PinksCharming.com is now a whole year old! So I thought I’d mark the occasion by doing a round up of my most popular posts, so that those of you who have joined us more recently get a chance to see the older ones.
By far and away my most read post is What I Learned from Being a Breastfeeding Failure. It’s definitely my most personal post, and seems to resonate with a lot of people. It was really hard to write, but I think getting it all off my chest (so to speak!) has helped me come to terms with it (although I think I will always carry some guilt about it, to be honest!)
Carrying on the personal trend, and my posts about my wonderful mum and brilliant dad were also popular, getting a lot of views. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have great parents, but I certainly am.
A more recent post on what I’ve learned from my first year as a Freelance Copywriter has had a really positive response.
I think a lot of people are in my situation: wanting to keep their hard-won career going, but desperately trying to balance it with spending as much time as possible with their small children.
My reasons to be thankful post also got a good response. I think everyone needs a bit of positivity in their lives, and this might make a nice New Year read, if you’re feeling a bit blue about Christmas being over (I am, it’s my favourite time of year.)
I wrote about our struggles with Ava’s eczema, and how we just about managed to get it under control. If someone in your family suffers from it, it’s worth a look, incase there are some ideas you haven’t tried yet.
I showed you how we display our baby scan photos, and lots of people loved it (but a few weren’t so keen!) When I wrote about a day in our life, it seems to have been a familiar story with those of you with small children – it’s chaotic, but a lot of fun! Apart from the melt downs. Them, I could do without.And my ‘experiment’ to see how we’d cope without TV for a whole week was also a popular read!
My Harriet Hedgehog Chocolate Cake Tutorial was a hit. I haven’t posted a recipe for a while, but I do have quite a few quick and easy eats in my archives, and lots of gluten free options too. One of my earliest posts was about the water saving freebies we got from Anglian Water – it was a really interesting visit, and if you’re in the Anglian area, they are still doing the scheme.
My post on how I enhance my eyebrows, to try and get the Jenna Coleman look, also got a lot of hits – it seems a lot of people may have over plucked their brows in the 90s! I’m hoping to post more beauty reviews this year, as it is one of my passions.
Of course most of my posts are about the funny things Ava and Thea do, and there are loads of them, far too many to list here! But this one, with a video of both girls talking about what they want to be when they grow up, is one of my favourites. We’ve had some lovely days out this year too, and one of my favourites was our visit to RHS Wisley. We all enjoyed it so much, it really is a beautiful place.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little round up of a few of my blogging highlights, thank you so much for reading, it means the world to me! If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see more of, please do let me know by leaving a comment, I love hearing from you!