Happy new year! I hope you are feeling great about 2016 and that the year is full of joy and positivity. I’m raring to get going (those Christmas decorations are coming down as we speak!) but first I wanted to do a whistle-stop look back at 2015 for The Mama Story. It’s been a busy year – I started 2015 under the old Little Star & Me name before switching to The Mama Story last January, launching new branding in the spring and then moving to a self-hosting WordPress platform at the beginning of the summer. Phew! Here’s a month by month look at the best bits:
I kicked off the year with the first of my monthly ideas for seasonal things to do posts, 10 Things To Do With The Kids In January and also joined the Living Arrows weekly photo linky for the first time. We had trips to the theatre to see The Gruffalo’s Child and to Wendover Woods to do The Gruffalo’s Child Trail.
The most popular post of the month was about Baby Books (I, errr, still haven’t finished Seren’s baby book I have to admit!).
I wrote about Seren’s pre-school vaccinations and her first trip to the dentist. We went to the Imagine Children’s Festival on the South Bank in half term. February’s most popular post was about the Baby Massage class I did with Imogen.
We got our craft on in March with Mother’s Day paintings and making papier mache eggs for Easter. We visited Whitewebbs Museum of Transport and got out all our spring themed books. 9 Things To Do In March was the most popular post that month.
I took part in the Springtime Surprise Project, we made made flowers out of paper and egg boxes and I wrote about taking a career break. Imogen got her first shoes and we reviewed a Turtle Tots baby swim class – that was the most popular post for April.
May was a huge month. We had a holiday in Norfolk and Imogen celebrated her first birthday with a party and a trip to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. My post on 10 Holiday Uses for Muslin Cloths was the most read post that month.
We visited the V&A Museum of Childhood in June, as well as having lots of half term fun. I wrote about my trip to the spa at Sopwell House. The most popular post was about Imogen being poorly as a newborn.
We started the summer holidays in July, Seren and I went to see The Guffalo Live and to the book launch for Jack’s Acrobatics. Imogen came with us to splash in the fountains at Granary Square. At home we made s’mores and watched snails in the rain! July’s most popular post was our review of Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall.
The holidays were in full swing and we went to see Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and The Three Little Pigs Musical. We went fruit picking and made jam and had a late summer trip to the seaside. Julia Sedinkina took some beautiful family photos of us at Forty Hall.
We started to look ahead to Seren starting at the school nursery and the most popular post that month was our review of My Nametag’s Hello Kitty Collection.
September was a huge month, Seren turned 4 and also started her pre-school year at primary school. I wrote about trips from the previous month to Wendover Woods for the Superworm trail and splashing at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. I went to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court and the whole family went to see ESKA at Canary Wharf.
The most read post was 10 Things To Do In September.
In October I wrote about Seren’s balance biking experience at the Olympic Park, our anniversary night out and our trip to the Pumpkin Festival at Willow’s Farm. We had half term and I wrote a lot about Halloween – party ideas, facepainting and a playlist!
I started to look ahead to Christmas and the most read post was 21 Ways To Save Money At Christmas.
We went to see Stick Man in November and I wrote about seeing The Scarecrow’s Wedding and visiting ZSL London Zoo and The Natural History museum the previous month. I wrote about Seren’s first half term at pre-school and my thoughts on how to choose a primary school.
I wrote a post that I thought just a few local friends would like, 50 Things To Do In Enfield Before You’re 5, but it had thousands of views the weekend it was published!
If it didn’t involve tinsel and glitter in December then it didn’t get written about! We started out with a fabulous trip to the Santa Spectacular at Willow’s Farm and went to see a local Cinderella panto too. I made cheese pastries, peppermint bark and Christmas crayons. I got quite a bit of ‘me time’ too. I wrote about 10 Ways To Make Christmas Easier With Babies / Toddlers and 10 Signs You’re A Parent At Christmas.
The most popular festive post was my guide to the best of what was on the telly for kids over Christmas.
Thanks so much for reading, commenting, sharing and following me on social media. I really appreciate it. Please keep reading for 2016, I’ve got lots of exciting plans for the new year including more collaborations and regular features on family meal times, party planning, parent talk and family things to do in London.
Here’s to 2016!