Two days to go and it’ll be a brand new year, I do love a fresh start; it means I can put past mistakes behind me – hopefully I’ll have learnt something from them and I can move on and try to make it a better year for me and my family.
Mari’s World blog
I have a lot to thank for in 2012, my blog has really taken off well and all the hard work that has gone into it is now paying off. Mari’s World has been included in the Woman & Home top 100 Foodie and Travel blogs one of my favourite magazines! It was nominated and voted in the Circle of Moms Top 25 European blogs (Thank you for your votes) Over the year Mari’s World has hovered around the 50 – 75 mark in the TOTS 100 a table that takes into account almost 5000 UK blogs and it has been sitting around the 70 mark of the ebuzzing chart too in the parenting category with an overall position of 271 in their Top Blogs chart.
I have been fortunate enough to work with some excellent brands this year, a chosen Butlins ambassador we enjoyed two excellent holidays in Skegness and Bognor Regis. This year we shall visit Butlins for a third holiday hopefully at Easter. I have worked with John Crane as their Chief Reviewer bringing you an enormous selection of their excellent wooden toys. Panasonic chose me to be one of their Intelligent Living Mums and I am thrilled to bits with my new combination microwave oven and Britax asked us to be their ambassador and try out their group 3 car seats which are so safe and easy to use it’s unbelievable.
Editor of BritMums blog
My best opportunity of 2012 came from BritMums when they asked me to edit the BritMums blog for them. Since April I have taken on this exciting role and have been in touch with so many bloggers across the entire community and beyond. I was able to work at the BritMums Live event and see how much graft goes into making this one of the most enjoyable blogging conferences in the yearly calendar. I am so happy to have this chance and look forward to spending the next year with them.
Wishlist for 2013
My first enormous project of 2013 will be getting married in March! Now with Christmas behind me I can focus on that and hopefully make this a fun and happy day for our friends and family to enjoy with us.
With regards to my lifestyle I need to find a better balance in 2013, something I’ve been hearing from lots of parents recently. 2012 saw me working daily on Mari’s World and although the hard work paid off I am exhausted now and enjoying sitting back from it all and taking a deep breath. By doing this I can see I don’t want to slave over a computer all year but also enjoy my girls after school, catch the tiny moments that make the growing up process so much fun. Having two older children I know how quickly this magical moment passes by so I want to make the most of it.
I have Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, Pinterest accounts and Google + social media too and where I enjoy them all I have understood I can’t do everything. So I am dabbling in each area as and when I please rather than making a rod for my own back.
Thank you for all your likes, follows and general support in all of my social media areas.
I would love to get that book started I keep going on about each year, I would love to get to the end of 2013 and tell you I’ve got a first draft almost completed – or at least started. It’s all about time again and that’s the lesson of 2013, dedicating my time to my priorities. I have the idea I just need to find the time.
I want to get out my knitting needles or start a new needlework project, I still have to sew up my cushion so have two days to get it done before 2013 starts – can I do it?
I also want to read more books this year and listen to more music and so I am looking forward to starting JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy and listening to my brand new Emeli Sande CD who I think has a stunning voice.
Happy New Year to all from me and my family, I look forward to sharing more in 2013
I’m including this post in the next BritMums Carnival hosted by the lovely Jenny Paulin at Mummy Mishaps