Do You Remember When 2016 Happened?

This year had flown by and I’m completely aware it’s not quite Christmas yet but it’s about this time of year our TV screens start to flood in with reviews of the year.  As I’m about to have a blog shut down for Christmas I thought I’d get this in now and share some of the things that have happened in my world this year.

It’s been jam-packed and I’ve taken thousands of photos, I’ll share some of my favourites along the way…

Robot in his high chair covered in food
The Robot eating his first meals…

Let’s start off with a bit of a silly moment…  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a re-hashed Christmas Carol:

On the 1st Day of Christmas The Robot Sent to me:
A Bauble for my Christmas Tree
On the 2nd Day:
A Whole lot of Love...
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Robot playing next to tent with views of the hills in the background
Our Trip to Knoydart – setting up camp while the Robot plays on the grass

16 Wonderful Things from 2016

  1. Holidaying in Scotland
  2. Becoming Life members of SYHA
  3. I fell in love with Blogging
  4. The Robot is amazing
  5. Getting back on my bike
  6. Starting geocaching
  7. New friendships
  8. The Summer of Fun
  9. Daily gratitude in the form of Happy Days
  10. Total adoration and respect for Dave
  11. We got TV
  12. Many Days out
  13. Joining the Morecambe Bay Sling Library
  14. Playing!
  15. Being a Stay at Home Mum
  16. Christmas at Coombe Mill
A green valley view over the top of the hostel. The Robot is sat in his backpack on Daves shoulders
A mini trip away in the lake district and a Summer evening walk

My Top 5 Blogs

It’s always interesting looking at the stats on the blog, but without getting bogged down with numbers I’d thought I’d share with you my top 5 highest viewed posts. These are not including the competitions and reviews…

In 5th place is my recent post on SAD…  I was surprised by all the warm response I received on this, to get into the highest rank within a couple of weeks makes me the happiest of all!

Sometimes I’m Not OK, but that’s ok

In 4th place is our first cycle camping trip and a run down of the final few days of the #5×50 Challenge.   A challenge to do 5K of something for 50 days.  This was a beautiful camping trip and the Robots first on the back of a bike!

5×50 The Final Weekend!

In 3rd place is our Guide to Camping with a Baby – real basic camping.   We loved all our camping trips from last year and think that we learnt a few things along the way.   Hopefully helpful to anyone else wanting to go away for a camp with little ones.

Guide to Camping With a Baby

In 2nd place because I shared it EVERYWHERE is That Annoying Things Bloggers do – show us your Twitter handle!  A simple reminder to make sure your sharing buttons work on your blog!

That Annoying Thing That Bloggers Do… What’s Your Handle?

In 1st place is the start of the #30DaysWild Challenge.  Doing something outdoors for 30 Days over the month of June.  I kicked us off with my guide to going on a countryside walk with a small person.

Let’s Get Wild

Dave and the Robot next to an upside down bike. Dave is fixing it but the robot is looking on as if he is watching it
The Robot taking an interest in cycling!

Linky Love

Throughout the last year I’ve definitely fallen in love with blogging and one thing that I’ve enjoyed are all the linky parties. There are so many but I’ve whittled it down to a few favourites.  I wish I could join in every week but I really can’t give the time.  I tried to schedule them in but it’s impossible!    #FamilyFun takes up a lot of my time and I want to thank Sarah from TammyMum for being my co-host, she keeps me going!

Here are my 4 favourite linkys to join in with:

There are a few more but these are the ones that I hate to miss for too many weeks in a row!

The Robot standing in the middle of the room
He walks!

My Bestie Blogger Friends

There are tonnes of bloggers out there that I follow and talk to on a daily basis some really inspirational people who have made me stick at this.  However there are a few that I started my blogging journey with that I thought I’d give a shout out to because at 2am in the morning it’s always nice to know someone else is there for me!  If you’ve not read their blogs before I suggest you do:

  • Mummy in a Tutu – The powerhouse behind #TribalChat – So loving and giving – nothing is too much trouble.
  • Tammy Mum – My linky bestie but also straight talking and completely gets how I feel!
  • An Imperfect Mum – Total love for this lady – hardworking and so loving – wish you were nearer!
  • Squirmy Popple – Always 2 months behind the Robot is following in the Popples footsteps! Never fails to make me smile.
  • Babies Biscuits and Booze – So loving and keeping it real, so much talent.
  • The Parenting Jungle – A big bubble of love.  Cut to the chase funny.  LMAO.
  • Adventures with J – So much love and inspiration – keep it coming.
  • Occupation(M)other – Never short of an essay or two or three and loves an emoji or more – bring back the aubergine.
Dave and the Robot playing
Fun with Daddy

Tie it all up in a knot

Well I didn’t expect that to turn into a bloggy love fest just then.  A big part of the last year has revolved around my blog though so it’s hardly surprising.   2016 has been a brilliant year completely adjusting to life as a Mother.  We’ve had plenty ups and downs and everyday is a new learning opportunity.

My little man has blossomed into a toddler this year and it is pretty incredible watching a little person grow like this.  Dave and I are truly grateful that he is in our lives.  I’m so glad I can share it with you.

Robot looking excited
Catching the train to Lancaster – The Robot super excited about a train going by

What to look forward to in 2017

I’ve got a couple of projects planned for the New Year.  I’ll leave you in suspense but lets just say it’s definitely going to be good! Apart from one last #FamilyFun post this is me signing off for 2016 to go and eat my weight in mince pies.  Have a good Christmas and see you in the New Year…

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    1. isntitpretty

      Thank you Morgan that’s so kind. I’d love to have the time to link up to all my favourite linkys all the time but sadly not. Can’t wait to have some free time over Christmas to plot my next blogging ideas!

  1. What an absolutely gorgeous post. I my lovely am totally honoured to call you my friend and what a brilliant year you have had. I have loved watching you grow a song a blogger and your blog develop this last year. You should be very very proud as you have created something really wonderful here! Happy Christmas lovely enjoy your well earned break ❤️
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    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks Catie. It’s been you guys that have inspired me to keep going. Your blogs are great and it really pushes me to try harder. Can’t wait for the break, it’s going to be soooo goof!

  2. Ah Karen thank you for your lovely words that really made me smile and genuinely happy. Lots of linky blogger and friend love to you. I can’t believe how much the Robot has grown over the year…well I can but he looks so grown up now. Have a lovely blogging break and Christmas with your boys xx

    1. isntitpretty

      Thank you. I know so tiny! We had to prop him up in the high chair and everything. Now he regularly stands up in it and trys to get onto the table for every meal. We’ve even discussed letting him sit in a big person chair! eeek!

  3. What a wonderful round up, and a spectacular year you’ve had. I really enjoy reading about Robot’s and your adventures. He is such a cutie. I hope you have a very merry, merry Christmas, with all the trimmings.

  4. Such a lovely post Karen. YOu’ve achieved so much in a year with your blog and with your other interests – you should be really proud of yourself – oh and how the Robot has grown – just gorgeous! A lovely post to read and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journey over the year xx #FamilyFun

  5. I’m so glad you invited me to join your linky. It is incredibly supportive and visited by a talented lot. This post is quite simply gorgeous – so uplifting with positive thoughts and lovely photos. Thank you for having me and have a wonderful Christmas break. See you in the New Year. Alison x #FamilyFun
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  6. OMG I am one of those bloggers that doesn’t show my Twitter handle! The absolute shame! Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I am changing the settings now! Thanks also for your great work on #familyfun this year, merry christmas 🙂

  7. It’s been a great year for you for sure! Your linky with Sarah is one of my absolute faves and I’ve loved being able to join it this year. Thank-you so much for hosting and for having me! Also, I love reading about your adventures with Robot and can’t wait for updates as he develops even more next year.

    Have a great blogging break, Christmas and New Year. See you in 2017! #FamilyFun
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  8. Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment, i read this and enjoyed it immensely when you posted it. I’m just sad that aubergine emojis are rude, I genuinely just like aubergines. Im pleased to have found some time this evening to remind myself of some of your posts and also read some new ones that I missed along the way because you know life and shizzle (the Dave one is lovely!). I have so enjoyed reading your blog this year, your adventures are always entertaining and inspiring. More than that though I’m so pleased to have virtually ‘met’ you. You’re kind and lovely.
    Thank you for hosting #familyfun, it’s my first time joining with you and sarah and it has indeed been a lot of fun!
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    1. isntitpretty

      Thank you Lucy. I LOVE the word Shizzle, I haven’t used that in such a long time! You are more than welcome to come back and join in on #FamilyFun again whenever you fancy.

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