And that was 2016


And just like that the year 2016 has come to an end. It’s been a good year for us as a family, we’ve had lots of fun with many family days out, adventures and travels. And whilst I am really looking forward to the new year and the opportunities it brings, it’s a great chance to reflect on what has happened throughout the year.

Me and Mine 2016

Our 2016 Me and Mine photos

At the beginning of the year, Shilts (my husband) began his new career as an Academic. He left teaching in schools behind and became a Senior University Lecturer. He’s had a fantastic year, has enjoyed the freedom of being able to independently run his own schedule and has had some brilliant feedback from colleagues. I’m very proud of him and he’s undoubtedly a much happier person (and a lot less stressed) for making the move from teaching.

2016 was the year our little boy turned three and he started pre-school in September. It’s been a huge learning curve for us all as he adjusts to a new routine and life in school but on the whole Olly has loved pre-school, made some lovely friends and is coming on leaps and bounds with his reading and writing. Olly is growing into such a wonderful little boy, he’s really observant and such a clever little thing. I forget sometimes that he’s only three but I am the most proud Mummy. I love him so much, he really does bring out the best in me.

Our family have enjoyed some wonderful adventures this year and have been to Lytham St Annes, Lincolnshire, Windsor, Dawlish in Devon and had a wonderful week away in beautiful Fuerteventura. We have plans to go away next year and have plans in place for Olly’s 4th birthday in February and hopefully a Summer holiday in sunnier climes.

For me, 2016 has been a year full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel a bit of a failure (weight gain, still no second baby and a worklife balance I’m not happy about) and determined to make some positive changes in the new year and on the other, I’ve realised I’m a good person and have so many talents and skills that I should be using. 2017 WILL be the year of change so I’m looking forward to making positive changes for me and my family and finding the courage to do so.

My confidence goes hand in hand with weightloss and whilst I felt absolutely amazing during our holiday to Fuerteventura and embraced my tankini body, since returning I’ve took my eye off the ball and need to seriously refocus. I’ve been spinning far too many plates and the diet plate (and my confidence) have slipped and smashed spectacularly. I’m heavier than I want to be but refuse to feel guilty about it. I just need to get my shit together and stay away from the rubbish and look after myself. Turns out old habits do die hard and sometimes it’s hard to shake them off completely.

For my blog, 2016 has been a really successful year. I have worked with lots of fantastic brands and companies working on campaigns, reviews and days out. We have been Drayton Manor Family Ambassadors, Sea Life Birmingham ambassadors, worked closely with Huggies DryNites, Britax and Boots Soltan to name just a few. One of my blog career highlights this year has been working with Slimming World and being invited to their Head Office for a tour and Christmas lunch. It was such a fantastic day and I met the most incredible, inspiring ladies and gents, it was a real highlight.

My blog has been such a big part of my life over the last year, I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has taken their time to read it and make it the success it is today. Thank you so much and wishing you all the very best for the new year. I’ll be writing a post on my big plans for 2017 this week and hope you’ll join me for our adventures in the new year.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year

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  • Reply Sam | North East Family Fun 31/12/2016 at 3:54 pm

    Here’s to 2017 – I have a feeling it will be your year xx

    • Reply Emma 02/01/2017 at 2:17 am

      Thanks so much Sam, all the best for the new year xx

  • Reply Donna 01/01/2017 at 12:06 am

    I am wishing you a 2017 full of good things Emma. 2016 has been great for you guys but 2017 will be even better. Lots of love to team Shilts – and a very Happy New Year x

    • Reply Emma 02/01/2017 at 2:16 am

      Thank you so much Donna, lots of love to you all too x

  • Reply Katy Stevens 01/01/2017 at 7:35 pm

    Sounds like it has been a fantastic year for you. I hope 2017 is kind to you also!

    • Reply Emma 02/01/2017 at 2:16 am

      Thanks so much Katy, Happy New Year x

  • Reply Plutonium Sox 03/01/2017 at 4:45 pm

    I’m glad you’re embracing everything positive about you, I’ve felt really lucky to get to know you via our blogs last year and I DO hope we’ll finally be in the same place at the same time at some point in 2017!

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