MY ONE YEAR BLOG-IVERSARY!

Sunday, 13 July 2014





Wow! This weekend my little blog has reached it's first milestone! I have been blogging for a year now! It has been lovely to look back on my first year, you can read my very first blog post here.  I started this blog as an online journal to document my life with my family and for the first year this blog has very much been a hobby for me, I felt rather than heading in feet first I would give myself a year to learn all about the blogging world and do some courses and develop my writing skills.

So lets rewind twelve months and I will let you know how I started. I decided to blog to record those special times with family,  I love documenting my life with my loves and writing about my beloved mum, moments can pass us by so quickly, It is so important to me to record them in one special place. The blog posts I find really easy to write about are the family posts I can honestly say they come straight from the heart.

I get a lot of inspiration from fellow bloggers, for me the perfect evening is settling down with a cuppa or glass of wine! To catch up on a few of my favourite reads if you haven't already I would recommend popping over to some of my favourite blogs!

junkaholique
The Beetle Shack
Makelight
Seeds & Stitches
Decor 8
Me & Orla

I get inspiration for my writing from lots of things that's pretty much how I came up with my name, my family, my home, holidays, milestones, my friends, a weddings, birthdays, pretty flowers. cooking crafting or restyling a room or a simple trip to the park with my little ones I can honestly say after blogging for a year I love recording special moments and things that are important to me.

Techy stuff - haven't got heaps of information on this I use Blogger and soon to move on to my own domain for my web address. I find blogger really user friendly and straight forward another bit of vital advice is back up your files, blog and photos,  We have invested in Seagate and it gives me so much peace of mind for photos and my blog.I would be gutted, so gutted if I ever lost all the information on my blog so every post is backed up on there.

Apps - My two favourites apps for photo editing  are A Beautiful Mess App and a new one called Little Moments App both are great for editing images on my iphone or creating something for my blog.

Images and editing - I use Pic Monkey very user friendly and photoshop with my hubbys help! I take photos on my iphone or Nikon bridge camera.

Design/Templates - Etsy all the way! There are so many fabulous graphic designers, I used  Etsy for my logo and template, both designers were lovely to work with and affordable. So if you are looking for a template or logo I would recommend heading to Etsy.

Courses - Blogging Your Way by Holly Becker was a fantastic course for me, I learnt heaps from Holly and the tutors and it gave me so much inspiration.

I also really enjoyed The Prettiest Workshop and you can read all about it here it was hosted by Emily Quinton of Makelight and Allison Sadler of The People Shop it was such a gorgeous workshop and I have got to say I really did get heaps out of it, both ladies shared lots of hints and tips on styling, I learnt more about Instagram and useful apps to use and Emily shared photography skills it was a great day and very valuable for a new lifestyle blogger I am hoping to do another course next year to develop my skills.

Linkys - Its has been great to link up with fellow bloggers, here are a few of my chosen linkys I try to link up with when I can.

Meal Planning Monday
Stills - Weekly Collection
Love Your Home
Me & You

So that's wraps it up really, I hope you found some of the information useful and enjoyed finding out a little bit of information behind the scenes of My Sweet Things! As mentioned my first year has really been a hobby for me. So where do I want to take it to next..... I would  really love to grow readership and develop this blog. I do need to be prepared for the hard work ahead of me and it takes time to build a successful blog, but if only a handful of people are enjoying my posts at the moment I am happy with that :) It takes time, so my plan is to carry on writing, documenting our life, everything that inspires me, my home and a few more recipes, more giveaways and try and find some time to attend some of the amazing blogging events out there and meet some more bloggers.

I feel ready now after one year of learning and treating this space as a hobby to take it to the next level. So I guess my advice to any new bloggers out there is take your time, enjoy your writing and use social media as much as you can, I am not great at this and its something I really want to work on going into my second year!

So to celebrate my first year I have a fab giveaway, a way of saying thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, follow me, comment, like my facebook page, follow on twitter and instagram I am so, so grateful :)






So here is information of my giveaway the most important bit the price, yay! It is £20 to spend in my store Simply Chic

To enter please follow me on Bloglovin  Instagram  and follow my facebook page for instagram followers please repost the giveaway photo. To give you plenty of time I will be running until Monday 21st July and  I will announce the winner on Instagram, facebook and my blog.

We are off to Devon tomorrow for a week of quality family time and a festival yay! After our time in Woolacombe we are heading to Somersault next weekend so I will be back soon to tell you all about our adventures! And Thank you. thank you so, so much for all your support, your comments, your follows and for reading it means the world to me.

Much love,

Cathy xo

Schools out for summer :)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014




Oh my, the last term seemed to whizz by and tomorrow will be the start of our summer holidays. I really can't believe my little boy has finished his first year in Reception, it has seemed to whizz by. I will be honest it did come with a few stresses and for reasons I don't really want to go into on my blog we have decided on a new school for George from September.

George and Tilly are both at their new school today on settling in sessions as Tilly will be joining the nursery three days a week. They were both so excited this morning it is in such a fantastic setting with lots of outdoor space the school and nursery feels so homely, the teachers are lovely and so are Georges new class mates so for me all the boxes are ticked and I know they are both going to love it there.

So am I really ready for the summer holidays!? No, not really! We do have two holidays planned a week in Devon then a week in France towards the end of the school holidays but everything in between I need to plan for. I am putting together a list of fun things to do and places to visit. I want both my little ones to have a great summer. As for me I will try to not get too stressed with juggling Simply Chic, housework, cooking and everything else that us mums need to keep up with!

Are you off with your little ones this summer? If you have any fun activities to share do let me know.

I will be back over the weekend as my little blog is one year old this Saturday and I will be writing about my first year of blogging, what I have learnt and what I have planned for my little blog oh and a giveaway so check back soon!

As always, thanks for reading.
Cathy xo

Mum

Sunday, 6 July 2014

This weekend has been a tough one emotionally, Saturday would have been my beautiful mums 70th birthday. All I have thought about all weekend is what a wonderful party we would be having for her, mum really did love to party. Mum was 67 when she closed her eyes and it has been almost three years and some days I feel the pain of the loss gets harder. I really wish she was here to enjoy her grandchildren and also enjoy 'the golden years' with dad, life is so unfair.

I haven't got a stills collection this week, I really haven't felt like taking any photos, but here are a few of my favourite photos of my lovely mum to share with you.

 
 
Happy birthday my angel, you are always in my heart x x x x x x
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my posts it means a lot to me.
 
Love Cathy xo

Interior Wish List

Thursday, 3 July 2014

There are so many things I would love for our little nest right now, but there are always other things to spend our hard earned cash on but I really do love buying things for our home and hey we all need treats from time to time!

I do really love the H&M interior range  range and I think a lot of their pieces are very affordable and the great news is they do have a great sale  happening right now. Here are a few of my favourites from the collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Images credit H&M Home Department

I am linking up with Love Chic Living - Love Your Home linky



Love Chic Living and Love Your Home

Stills - A weekly collection

Monday, 30 June 2014


Seven Things,  Seven Photos,  Seven Days










My weekly collection 

1. New cushions, yes more new cushions!! One of the perks of being the shop keeper at Simply Chic I get to enjoy some of the stock in my home!

2. As well as a cushion obsession it expands to mugs!! 

3. This book was 50 pence from our local charity shop and my little ones are really enjoying it.

4. I treated myself to some beautiful peonies in town yesterday, I needed a treat, shopping with two little ones was driving me crazy!!

5. Zoning out in front of the TV as refusing to nap! On her special cushion as she calls it. Oh no Tilly has a cushion fetish too!!

6. Sports day, George did so well, he was a little star. 

7. And it's started already, Tilly is steeling my shoes!!

This week I am linking up with the lovely Emily of The Beetle Shack If you haven't already I would definitely recommend popping over to her blog. 




Maybe you might fancy adding a 'Stills Feature' to your blog, do let me know if you do I am always on the look out for new blogs to read. 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Cathy xo

Monday meal planning

Monday, 23 June 2014





Oh my, don't the weeks just fly by!! Well we did quite well last week sticking to our meal planning. So this week is another week of a few more slimming world meals thrown in, although I do tend to put all my week of good healthy eating to waste and have a blow out over the weekend! So here is what we are having this week.

Monday -  we had left overs from yesterdays BBQ

Tuesday - Chilli bean, quorn chilli with rice

Wednesday - Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce.

Thursday - I have a supper date with my lovely friend, so it will be a quick pesto pasta kind
of dish for John and the kids.

Friday - Ham & cheese omelette and slimming world chips  or something easy (John out on social which involves a three course meal)!

Saturday - Plan to take kids out for tea

Sunday - If the weather is nice another BBQ!

Linking up with At home with Mrs M

Have a great week everyone!




Stills weekly collection

Seven Things, Seven Photos, Seven Days
Totally inspired by one of my favourite bloggers Emily from The Beetle Shack I bring you my weekly collection of Stills. What I love about fellow bloggers 'Stills collection' is the images are so natural, they are the small things in life that pass us by, or things in our home or garden that we love and want to capture, I do try and capture moments on Instagram, but as this blog is my online journal I really want to capture more 'natural' images on here and it will help me appreciate the previous week its all about the little things in life that make it so precious. 
So here is my first week of my stills collection.
 











 1. Dad did a fantastic job helping us in our garden and treated us to some tomato plants and lettuce seeds        which I planted and they are doing great.

2.   My radio, pride of place in the kitchen.

3.   We visited Bailey's Home Store a few weeks ago, I treated myself to a new vegetable scrubber!!How glamorous! My new tool reminds me of our day together!

4.    A kitchen shelfie!! I posted this on Instagram earlier today.

5.    Tilly's tidy bedroom - (not for long!)

6.    Sibling's bath time.

7.    A family day out - I don't think George was too impressed having his photo taken mid ice cream!! Ha, ha!

Have a great week everyone - I am aiming a mid week interior post so make sure you check back soon!

Much love
Cathy
xo 

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