You Rocked

On the whole 2014 you rocked but I had higher hopes for 2014. I honestly thought it would be the year that everything slotted into place, we could feel slightly more comfortable and settled, I wasn’t expecting to go from month to month not knowing what money we would have coming in to the extent that we now have no choice but to move out of our home immediately. I am actively looking for a job but with two sickly children I have no idea how it will be possible.

I feel totally disappointed that I have had to defer one of my university modules because of all the stress, my little brain can only deal with so much, and whilst I was doing the degree so that I have greater job opportunities it looks as though it will take me at least an extra two years to finish it now.

And when I ‘lost’ a friend and ally overnight my faith is humanity was sorely tested once again. …their choice but it has made me sad, and just exacerbates the loneliness I’ve felt since my mum died. Hey ho.

I obviously set myself up for disappointment, the children and I are dealing with some major issues at the moment and the start of 2015 isn’t looking too great but we will get through it, we always do.

But, I do like to focus on the positives, there are people going through a lot lot worse than us and I am totally aware of that, even feeling guilty for getting down about what is happening here.

2014 You Rocked!

You rocked

So, let’s get to the good bits. I never imagined at the beginning of the year I would be travelling to Walt Disney World Florida, I still pinch myself. It was the trip of a lifetime and I am so so grateful to have been asked to go.

Walt Disney World Florida

The trip was amazing, I experienced so many new things that I never expected on a holiday to Disney, ate the best beef I have ever had (still thinking about it!), made new friends who have become great Instagram buddies and met in the flesh some old buddies, Laura and Becky.

Walt Disney World Florida

I also went for a bit of R&R to Ibiza thanks to a very good friend, it involved a bit of juggling with the children but it was just what the doctor ordered. Sun, sea and sangria were much the order of every day…and there is something so decadent about drinking wine at lunchtime without having to think about watching children, it was bliss!


And then I was lucky to end the year with a quick trip to Dublin to try out all of it’s lovely food on offer.


Loved the grey stone buildings in Dublin.


I get many offers to review items and I couldn’t possibly do them all but I have been sent some amazing things this year, my favourite appliance was the Tefal Cook4Me .

I also was the very lucky recipient of not one but two Pamper Parcels from my friend Rosie’s amazing new venture. They make beautiful gifts, I highly recommend them.

Pamper Parcels

I couldn’t have got through the year without some special people though, Susan has been so supportive even whilst going through a pretty tough time herself. She is so lovely, kind and thoughtful.

The children have also enjoyed some lovely times including a London break and meeting the great Pikachu!

PokemonA huge thank you to Sally, Liz and David who never fail to help me out when I am in need of technical help, which happens quite frequently. I really appreciate it.

Oh and I mustn’t forget that I actually cooked for Michael Caines which was a terrifying thought but a fantastic experience. MeHow many people can say that they’ve cooked for a Michélin starred chef? And I have also cooked with Lisa Faulkner a couple of times this year too!

These wonderful products and amazing experiences will get me through the next few months whatever life throws up at us, thank you for being a part of it.


Happy New Year 2015  X



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10 thoughts on “2014 You Rocked, on the whole…

  1. Glad that so many wonderful things happened in 2014 to balance out all the difficult ones – I really hope that 2015 will be better, especially hoping for better health for you all and maybe a reprieve on the move xx

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm
    1. Thank you very much! Fingers crossed xxx

      Posted on January 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  2. What a lot you packed in to a year that absolutely flew by! Like you say, there is always someone worse off but you do well to look at the positives. Wishing you all the very best for 2015 🙂 xox

    Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm
    1. Thanks very much Lisa, you too. X

      Posted on January 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  3. Every year has the good and the bad, I suppose. And choosing to recall the good bits is the best way to go about it.

    Happy New Year. xo

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    1. Happy New Year Gigi. xx

      Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  4. Happy New Year! Delighted to have shared in our wonderful Disney adventure. Wishing you a wonderful 2015 xx

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm
    1. Thanks Becky, you too. X

      Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  5. What a year!! Wonderful photos!
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2015 x

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    1. Thank you, you too! X

      Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm