Monday, 26 January 2015

My 2014 Highlights

It has been over a month since my last blog post and for that I am very, very sorry! I wish I could explain my sudden absence from blogging, but I can't. To put it simply, there was no particular reason/excuse other than I just needed a little break... Especially after posting nearly every day for Blogmas month haha!

Anyway, I am back, with a new look blog design(again) and a refreshed attitude to blogging. I thought it would be a good way to kick off my new year of blogging with a re-cap of some of my personal and blogging highlights of the previous year. So here is my 2014 in a nutshell...

Review of Penllwyn Lodges Wales
❥ January 6th was my birthday, and my boyfriend surprised me with a short weekend break in a lodge at Penllwyn Lodges in Wales for my birthday - you can read my blog post about that here.
We're engaged, I got engaged!
❥ I got engaged in February, whilst we were on yet another weekend break, this time was at the Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park in Northampton (my blog post/review here).
Cath Kidston Outlet Haul
In March we took a trip to Bicester Shopping Village and I fell in love with almost everything in the Cath Kidston Outlet store! Later sharing a small homeware haul on my blog featuring a couple of little things I bought there. We then stayed in the newly built Premier Inn hotel at Dudley - where we took our first ever trip to Frankie and Benny's for a nice meal and a few delicious cocktails!
UK fashion blogger lauras all made up
❥ I began to include more fashion and outfit posts on my blog in April, which went really well whilst it was sunny outside and I could feature some really pretty dresses, but now that its cold and dull, I struggle to find nice winter clothes to wear! I also set up my Product A-Z/Directory (which is located at the top of my page in the navbar) where you can find a link to every product I've ever reviewed all in one place!
1000 followers milestone, blogger followers
Cadbury world review
❥ May saw my little blog hit 1000 followers on Bloglovin' and GFC and so I celebrated with a fantastic giveaway in collaboration with Fragrance Direct!

I took my younger brother and sister to Cadbury World where we stuffed our faces with lots of chocolate, although it was far too hot to be in a chocolate factory haha.
❥ In June I was offered a free weekend lodge stay at Billing Aquadrome, to compensate for the crappy "Caravan" they put us in the previous time we stayed, when I had in fact booked a superior lodge. So that was a nice break in the sunshine anyway(again I did not share this on my blog for some reason?) This also happened to be the month when I decided it was time to move out my parents house and get my life together!

❥ July was very uneventful - probably because I didn't go out anywhere(saving my money as per previous status).
Blue Ford Focus Zetec 1.6
❥ August was a big milestone... because I paid off my car finance early! I paid it all off within just 1 year, although I had originally budgeted it over 3 years! So my gorgeous Blue Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 is all mine! You can read my post here about that, and other things that happened to give me the kick up the behind to move out of my parents house!
Aberdovey beach Wales
❥ In September me, my brother and sister had a little day trip with our Nan and Grandad to Aberdovey in Wales, it was a lovely day out in the sunshine by the sea, and we even went for a little paddle lol. It was a nice break just to get away from everything for the day! Also I started to buy bits and pieces ready for when I moved out - my bedroom very quickly became too messy to even sleep in lol, as I went a little overboard with preparing/packing to move out!
we have kittens
our first home! home tour
❥ October...very eventful! The stray cat we took in at my parents house gave birth to four beautiful little kitties! Which we hoped to take a couple with us when me and Ashley moved in to our first home! We got the keys on the 27th October! You can check out my Home Tour if you like? :)
our new kittens, kitten blog, kittens blog post
❥ Our new Landlady allowed us to have pets in the home, so we picked up our troublesome twosome - our new Kittens Felix and Bella in November, and brought them into our new home!
Blogmas, christmas decorations, first christmas in first home
❥ December, I took part(and very nearly completed) BLOGMAS! I enjoyed decorating our whole house with Christmas decorations, and finally had a lovely Christmas with my family on Christmas day!

All in all, a lot happened for me during 2014, and I am hoping that I can achieve more things during 2015! Hopefully getting a better job, doing something I enjoy! We will see how that goes! 

What were your highlights of 2014? & Here's to a happy and eventful 2015!


  1. looks like 2014 has been a great year for you, congrats on the 1000 followers and your engagement! :) and the kitties look so darn cute, im in love :)
    lets follow eachother! just let me know and I will follow back :)


  2. Very cute pics! :)

    Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know if you’re up for it :)


  3. Everyone is allowed a little break from blogging every now and again! I love your highlights. You had a wonderful year :)

  4. You had a very eventful 2014 - you certainly did more than me anyway :)
    I love the look of that trip you had in Wales, and I can't believe its almost been a year since you got engaged.
    Your nails looks amazing on that photo (so does your ring)
    Looking forward to your blog posts this year - don't worry about the break, we all need one sometimes.

    x x x x