A Year In Blogging

Forward-Not-Backwards

There’s no greater way to take stock of the last 12 months of your life than by looking over a blog.

While my mind tells me that 2014 was all work, work, work, Mummy Central tells me different.

I find looking back over the previous year a cathartic process, showing me what I’ve learned and how I want to move forward into this one.

 

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Being an invisible co-pilot on your teen’s road trips

With ever-busier roads and young people so keen to jump behind the wheel and start navigating them, it’s never been more important to get driver safety into conversation at an early age.

Statistics compiled by ingenie in their 2014 Young Driver Report indicate that 20% of serious road incidents involve under 25s. In 2013 alone, 1,290 young drivers were killed or seriously injured.

Alongside these unsettling statistics, the report provides real-life data about the way young people drive and how the UK’s bleak traffic accident figures can be reduced – with telematics insurance, one of the biggest moves towards better road safety.

What is telematics? Well, it’s all to do with a little black box fitted to a car, which transmits feedback on how the vehicle is being driven, via an app.

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A Word for 2015

There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about choosing a word for 2015.

It’s all part of the Unravelling the Year workbook by Susannah Conway – where she encourages us to set intentions instead of impossible-to-live-up-to resolutions.

This seems like a good alternative – a word to live by for the coming year, to hopefully help me be healthier and happier. If you don’t believe in resolutions, I thoroughly recommend giving this a try.

And after a lot of thought the word I’ve chosen for 2015 is Acceptance.

That’s not to say there aren’t things I want to change. I do. I’m not accepting the status quo.

But I think struggling against things which are out of my control have caused me too much heartache over the last few years. Failing to accept how my own actions are contributing to some of my unhappiness has made things worse.

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The Last Nativity

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“They won’t stay babies for long” people said. “Don’t wish the years away.”

And I nodded, peering at them through sleep-deprived eyes, stinking of poo and wondering when nappy rash cream became the only skincare I had time to apply.

There’s so much about the early years I’m really glad is over now, if I’m honest.

But the nativity is something I’m going to miss.

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A Festive Carnival

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Are you feeling festive yet?

I have to admit, I’m one of those annoying people who starts looking forward to Christmas around October-time.

And now we’re in full-on countdown to the big day, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

There’s just so much magic around at this time of year. And blogland is no different.

Which is why I jumped at the chance to host this week’s Britmums carnival of festive posts.

Whether you’re a festive fairy or a grumpy little elf, there’s bound to be something in this little bag of tricks to thrill you.

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Review: Wooden Pirate Ship Set

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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of the plastic rubbish that so many toy shops offer to kids over the Christmas period.

Your little ones convince themselves they must have these items. And you buy them.

Then halfway through Boxing Day a piece breaks off. Your child shrugs, discards the toys and moves on to play with something else.

You might as well have set fire to your cash.

I’ve always found that good quality wooden toys are a hit with my boys – plus they’re hard-wearing enough to withstand their rough play.

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Thinking Outside The Box This Christmas

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This guest post comes to you courtesy of the lovely Nikki over at Stressy Mummy.

She’s a mother-of-four kids, aged from tots to teens, and a teacher turned freelance writer and social media consultant.

Check out her blog next time you have the chance. But in the meantime, she has a few Christmas gift ideas to share.

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Deal or No Deal?

BlackFridaycollageI’m always looking for ways to save money on stuff.

But I imagine I wasn’t the only one watching in horror last week as the Black Friday crowds stampeded over each other, in the hype to get a discount deal.

What sort of discount? Most of the shoppers being interviewed for the news channels had no idea.

They’d just heard there might be some good bargains inside, and so they waited and then threw themselves into the scrum as soon as the doors opened.

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Let’s End Going Home Alone

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Do you know what I find the saddest thing of all about Christmas?

It’s the fact that charitable giving and goodwill go up a notch at this time – showing that we generally don’t think of others for the remaining 11 months of the year.

And for those who are suffering, the festive season only seems to heighten their isolation, their poverty, their hopelessness.

So when the Royal Voluntary Service got in touch to tell me about their campaign to help the elderly who may be facing coming home from hospital all alone, I was happy to tell you lot all about it.

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Share the Magic with Disney

Woolly and Tig actor Colin McCredie with daughters Maisie, 11, and Betsy, 6.

Woolly and Tig actor Colin McCredie with daughters Maisie, 11, and Betsy, 6

We were invited along to the Glasgow Disney Store last week for a very special launch.

I’m only sorry we couldn’t make it, because I know the boys would have had a great time.

But I wanted to share with you a little of what the Disney Store gets up to at this time of year. We’ll certainly be paying our local outlet a visit very soon to get involved.

This year, The Disney Store is supporting In Kind Direct, for its annual Share the Magic charity campaign, which launched with Scottish celebrities and their families attending Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre Disney Store.

The Share the Magic initiative invites families to post their own Letter to Santa at Disney Stores across the country and online at disneystore.co.uk. For every letter posted a soft toy is donated to a child through Disney Store’s chosen national charities, up to a total of 25,000 across the UK and rest of Europe.

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