Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Forward to 2015…

On the 2nd January 2014 I sat down and wrote this post.  In it I outlined what I hoped 2014 would bring our little family.  That week I had handed in my notice to work, something which was scary and exciting in equal measures and I had no idea how it would work me working freelance and for myself.  I also wrote about how I was determined to try and lose weight and to change my lifestyle, something which I have never been able to stick to before.  It’s now the 1st January 2015, the start of a New Year and time to say goodbye to 2014.

What can I say about 2014?  It was a truly special year.  We had no significant milestones or events, but we have grown as a family and it has been really exciting.  I feel like I have learnt so much about myself and where and who I want to be.  About the balance between being the best Mummy I can be but yet finding an identity that isn’t utterly defined by my children.  When I handed in my notice I had no idea what to expect but it turns out it was one of the best things I ever did.  I work harder than I ever have before, way more so than in my old job where I could more often than not switch off at the end of the day.  I have to fit in work around my girls, with them going to nursery two long mornings a week, but other than that I do things whenever I can- mainly at nap times and during the evenings.

I have to sacrifice occasionally- I often go to a local hotel to sit in the bar and use their wifi on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when I really want to be at home or having fun with my little family and some evenings Mr E and I don’t talk a word to each other hardly, but for the most part working for myself is more than I could ever have hoped for.  It’s flexible, I love the clients I have, and coupled with blog opportunities means that I am helping support our family and bring money in each month.  I say it a lot but I genuinely feel thankful every single day for what my blog has brought into our lives.

I turned 30 in March and this definitely made me reflect on life.  I started running back in January last year and if you had told me a year ago I would still be doing it I would most definitely not have believed it.  I have never stuck at fitness fads for more than a couple of weeks before this year, but I have two half marathons under my belt and plans to do lots more in 2015.  I have a whole post on a year of my fitness mission coming up in a few days but I most certainly have stuck at it, I have lost two stone and although I have periods where I don’t exercise (hello Christmas) and my weight fluctulates a little, overall its become a way of life for me now.

This year we finally became a little more comfortable with money.  Don’t get me wrong, we certainly aren’t flash but our ridiculously high five year fixed mortgage rate ended and so we have a little bit more than we are used to.  It had been a tough few years, especially with Mr E basically being made redundant when I was on maternity leave with Mads, so while we still are very careful with money, the pressure has eased off a little.

As such we have had done some updating to our home this year- we had our living room redone in a yellow and purple theme, we completely gutted and redid our bathroom (I love it so much!) and we also had our bedroom redecorated in a pink, white and gold theme too.  We have plans in 2015 to put the girls in a joint room so we can get our study back so expect a few more interior posts coming up!

We have had some amazing adventures this year, I feel so lucky to have made some incredible memories as a family.  Travelling has always been a passion of mine (I worked in the travel industry for six years) and so I love that we are taking our girls on adventures.  We went on some really love mini breaks in 2014-  a magical weekend away to a treehouse in Wales, a weekend glamping adventure, a trip to Center Parcs with our Besties and a trip to Brighton with my sister.  I’ve also been honoured to work with some great travel brands this year, including being chosen to be a Mark Warner Ambassador and work on a campaign with KLM where we went to the beautiful city of Amsterdam.   I hope that we will continue to travel and make adventures in 2015- already we have a holiday booked, a hopeful trip to Disneyland Paris and a potential trip away with our besties again, as well as my first girls weekend since I was at uni bar hen do’s!   In November I became part of an exciting project- Space In Your Case is a website dedicated to family travel that I am part of with three other bloggers and I am excited to hopefully see that grow over the next year- I am honoured to be a part of it.

It’s been an amazing year but it’s not been perfect.  I am well aware that with a blog you only see a very small part of someones life.  While I will always be honest and talk about the not so good times as well as the fabulous ones, inevitably when you post about adventures and memories, they generally will paint a picture perfect document of family life.  And sometimes I feel like people may think it’s a little nauseating- but this is our life and for the moment we are happy.  We are lucky, we are blessed and life is good.  Of course life is mundane and sometimes stressful- we argue, we have family dramas, we have life worries or money worries, but for the most part it is good.

This year I have struggled with my health a fair bit- I have touched on it here and there on my blog but in January I started getting sick and having tummy pains- they go away for a while and then come back with avengence.  This hasn’t been easy and I have had some tough times this year, but luckily I am under consultant care now and hopefully they will get to the bottom of it soon.  At the moment I am having a good stage so let’s hope it continues for a while.  After all your health is by far the most important thing of all and we will never take it for granted.

So what do I want from 2015?

It sounds a cliche to say it but I just want my family to be safe and happy.  Ultimately that is all that matters to me.  You take away the opportunities, the fun days out and the material posessions and all that matters is our family.  As I get older, I inevitably reflect even more.  Becoming a mother has made me realise how quickly life can change for both the better and for the worse and I just want to enjoy the little things and the ordinary moments with my family.  I am not one for particularly making resolutions, but I do make goals.  My main one for 2015 is to enjoy every minute, I have done that this year, but I want to put my phone down a little more, to really play with my girls and to try and switch off as much as I can.  Myself and Mr E work so hard and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I want to try and find a balance so I can enjoy the evenings with him more.

Blog wise, I want my blog to grow of course I do, however in 2014 I decided just to blog when I felt I had something to say and I am sticking to that in 2015.  Sometimes I feel like I should write about more topical things, or do more posts that people may find interesting- like gift guides, blogging related things, style posts, recipes or things like that, but if I am honest I just can’t get to grips with them.  I often worry my blog content is pretty boring if you aren’t a long term reader- I just write about our life nowadays, but I find it hard to think about what else to write about.  I sometimes think I should be blogging every day or writing more reviews (some of my favourite bloggers post most days), as I really admire the people who do, but I can’t seem to do it.  Therefore I shall continue just writing about our adventures and slightly boring, mundane life and hope that people want to continue to read them.

I would like to improve my photography and also learn more about video.  I am loving taking videos of our adventures and learning more about it, although I am a complete beginner.  I wish I had started sooner as while photography will always be my number one passion, there is something so lovely about looking back on our videos.  I would love to grow my You Tube channel, but I really have no clue what I am doing.  I am still going to be recording our Ordinary Moments each week as I love that I am documenting things I might otherwise forget, and I am still going to be taking part in Me and Mine and Living Arrows too.

Fitness wise I want to continue the way I have been, although I have been a bit lazy the last couple of weeks.  I started off the year doing quite a few tummy exercises with my kettlebells, but I got lazy towards the latter part of the year.  I want to try and get abs as they were starting to peek through but have now got hidden behind an over excess of cheesecake and Quality street at Christmas time.  I have a few more races that I have signed up for, including two more half marathons.  I started off the year drinking lots of water but the last few months I have become awful, I hardly even drink a glass a day.  I am going to really make an effort to drink more water and less Diet Coke- of course I won’t be able to give up my number one vice totally, but I do need to cut down a little.

I want to make more time for my friends, for my husband and for my girls.  I know I am a pretty good wife, Mummy and friend, but I want to be better.  I need to take more time to call friends I haven’t seen in a while, to touch base and tell them I am thinking of them.  I have a husband in a million who supports me every single day, and sometimes I need to look after him a little more- even just little things like cooking more, letting him sneak off for a bath in the evening or sending him a little card to tell him how much I love him.  Just little things to show I care.

And that’s it.  Like I said, the main thing I want to do is enjoy life with my little family, to continue making memories and having adventures, and to make the most of every minute.  They may be simple goals but they are the ones that mean the most.  If I succeed these things in 2015, then I couldn’t be happier.

Thanks for the memories 2014…

Here are a few of my favourite posts and photos from the last year…

Just click on each photo to read the post.

5 years


dec sisters fav pst

christmas favourite post

a scarborough trip

child friendly amsterdam1


a bathroom renovation

a motherhood





a colour

a before and after pic

these kind of days

a magic adventure

and it was all yellow

pink white gold bedroom

intense fav post

sometimes you just need to forget



retro inspired living room makeover

30th Birthday Weekend






 Happy New Year everyone…




  • Such a gorgeous post as always. Happy new year. x

  • Caro says:

    I don’t think your blog could ever be regarded as boring or mundane. To me, at least, it is exactly what I love in a blog – real, personal life. I’m actually a bit sad about the apparent demise of much personal blogging. Yours is one of the few blogs where I real pretty much every post – personally it’s the reviews and gift guides etc that I always skip over! I also love your photos and videos. I hope what is to come is plenty more of the same!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you so much Caro- Happy New Year to you and it will be really interesting to see how blogging grows and changes this year.

  • Fola Lewis says:

    That was a very inspiring post. It’s great to see you able to set and meet your goals, change the path you were heading and look back on it in the knowledge you made the best choice for you and your family. I’ve been struggling with some of the choices for a long time and am a little overwhelmed with it all now so hoping your words can be just the encouragement I need to step up and make the changes I so desperately need to.
    Keep writing and have a fantastic 2015!

  • Kay says:

    I’m excited to see more of your videos! This is something I too want to work on, but I find filming on my “big” camera hard work so I’m looking to get smaller one… I actually love that you blog for you, all your posts are beautiful written and not forced (hope thy makes sense). I’m sometimes guilty for blogging for the sake of blogging which isn’t good!!

    Happy New year lovely, all the best to you and your familyxxx

  • Donna says:

    You know I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and have nothing bad to say about it – the posts about your life and your family photos are why me and so many others come back regularly to read. You don’t need to change that and it would be a shame if you did so I am glad you are going to continue the same way this year.
    Your fitness mission has been one of the most inspiring things for me this year and I am hoping to keep running three times a week, lose a little weight and get fitter this year – wish me luck! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Donna you always write comments that make me really emotional. I have been loving reading about your fitness mission too- good luck with it! xx

  • Mikki says:

    Love this 🙂

  • Amber says:

    Your blog is such a treat to the eye. I always feel like a child in a sweet shop when I visit – so much to see, and I want to immerse myself in it all. I’m sure that a life so rich in beauty can’t possibly be mundane – at any rate, the blog isn’t.

    Happy New Year! Keep doing what you’re doing. x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Oh thank you for this lovely comment Amber. Your photography and blog is gorgeous- it’s a new one for me but I am loving it already. x

  • The L's Mum says:

    Great post. I have been reading your blog since I started back in February 2014. I love the your style and your pictures and how you make the ordinary things simply lovely. Because that’s what it’s all about really. Living your life and doing ordinary things but making sure you strive to do these things in extraordinary ways. 🙂 Happy new year and good luck with your goals for 2015.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you so much, I definitely strive to make our ordinary life beautiful, although of course it is always picture perfect. 🙂 Happy New Year to you too! x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Well I do love reading your blog and I think it is just perfect as it is. I love your travel posts and enjoy your photographs – they are inspiring. Wishing you all the best for 2015 and may all your hopes and dreams come true. Let me know when you decide to book Disneyland Paris if you need any tips! We loved it when we went there. x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you so much Laura- and I definitely will need some Disneyland Paris tips so I will message you- that would be great as I am really lost about it all.x

  • I think finding that balance of having more family time and giving them a little more attention is on my wish list for 2015 too. Lovely to read a positive happy post about reflections and hopes. Happy New Year my lovely friend xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you lovely and I loved your New Year post too- so inspiring. Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous boys. xx

  • Jenny says:

    Happy New Year beautiful! What a gorgeous post. You shared so many amazing memories and adventures here I just could get lost in your posts and photos forever. To my family’s dismay they are captivating. lol My wishlist for 2015 looks similar. More family time, I spent a lot of 2014 growing my blog and business and learning more than I ever thought I would learn but I also don’t want to miss out while they are young as they grow so fast as we have both seen in our little ones this year especially. Glad you are continue with your ordinary moments this will help me remember and reflect on them each week as I should when life gets us busy and going! lol Your words are inspiring too I have a new health mission as I was so ill for so long I really need to make changes in my life about it to prevent it ever coming back! or hitting me as hard. You are so amazing with your running and I love your fitness posts too. Gorgeous reflection and looking forward posts Katie. Loved every second of it. Off to get lost in more of your older posts. I could reread them time and time again. (stalker I know) but I know you so it helps to not be creepy about it. hahaha Can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for you all and our amazing girlie trip away!!! HOORAY!!!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Your comments always make me want to cry Jenny! You did so well and worked so hard on your blog in 2014 so I hope you find a little bit of a balance this year. And I look forward to reading it as I always do and checking out your gorgeous family. xx

  • I love everything about this post and feel the same in so many respects. Your blog is not mundane or boring, as you know I love it and adore reading about your beautiful family. I hope 2015 brings you everything you so richly deserve x

  • Making time for friends, family and my husband are high up on my list this year too. I loved what you said about cooking more, or letting him have a bath or sending my husband a card…I so need to do this and make an effort to appreciate friends that have always been there for me.
    I could never write everyday! I would be scraping my brain to try and think of things and it would probably be a load of rubbish! I’m determined to do a half marathon and a triathlon this year! Happy New Year! x

  • I can relate so much to this Katie. Spending quality time with the ones who mean most, capturing a life balance, and feeling fitter too! (post-baby mummy tummy is weak!).

    I think your blog is remarkable, lovely and honest. Everyday things that mean the most. I think you’re a great role model for lots of bloggers out there, you’ve taken your blog to the next level, won awards, gained a more enjoyable job choice not to mention the perks/adventures. you should feel so proud 🙂

    I look forward to talking more & reading your blog in 2015 X

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Oh thank you for this Nat, you made me a little teary. I look forward to reading yours in 2015 too, your photography is beautiful and I love stopping by to read your posts. x

  • Carie says:

    I think your aims for 2015 sound very similar to ours – above all I just want to spend time together as a family, while we’re still in the days before they all want to be heading off in different directions doing different things. And for the record one of the reasons that I love your blog is because you write about family life, and especially because our girls are such similar ages too -like other people have said, it’s the gift guides etc I skip over (which is why I don’t bother with them myself!!). I’ve always thought that a blog is such a time and energy commitment you should only ever do it because you love it!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Defintely I couldn’t agree more Carie- I don’t want the days off us being together full time to be over so I am going to have lots of adventures with my biggest girl and the rest of us this year. And I agree with everything you have said about blogging too- it definitely is a labour of love. x

  • Emma says:

    What gorgeous photos Katie and what an amazing year you’ve had. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

    I’m very much looking forward to our joint adventure later in the year and my girls can’t wait to see Maddie and LL again. xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Em and it has been a rather lovely year. We are so looking forward to it too, I can’t believe we are going at the same time again. I look forward to making lots of memories with you all. xx

  • Gorgeous photos and an amazing look back! I really wish I could post more frequently on my blogs but just can’t do it, I don’t know how I could think of enough content to post daily although I would love to, plus I’m a bit lazy and spend too much time watching telly in the evening 😉 And that fitness photo is amazing, You weren’t big to start with but the way you have toned your tummy is amazing!! I must do it!! xx

  • Another Bun says:

    This is lovely, and your photography is just gorgeous x

  • Kerry says:

    I’ve been blog stalking for a while -haha – I LOVE your blog, it’s real, it’s beautiful and so inspiring! I’m determined to get fitter and shift the 2 stone I’ve put on so I’m looking forward to reading more about your fitness mission too. Happy New Year to you! Kerry x

  • Charlotte says:

    Happy New Year hon! Your writing is definitely not mundane! Keep doing exactly what you are doing! I have missed many of your featured post as I have been a bit lost this year. Off to catch up on them now. Hope 2015 is wonderful for you! xx

  • I think those simple goals sound very fine indeed. Hopefully you get to the bottom of those pesky health troubles. Your fitness journey has been incredible to watch and what a difference it has made.

    I don’t think your blog could ever be boring and that’s the beauty of it, so very right to keep on posting as you do lovely! xx

  • Mind if I copy and paste your goals for 2015 on my blog as I think you’ve summed them up word for word (minus the YouTube channel … I’m not sure the world needs to hear more of my odd accent).

    Blog-wise, I recently went through a similar thought process to you, wondering how often and what topics. My path was pretty much chosen for me though as I have so little time that I can really only post twice a week. Any more than that and it eats in to time that I’ve set aside for other things, and I need those other things in my life to be a more rounded person. I found myself with a list of about five things I could write about in any given week and when I could only pick two, it ended up being really simple things that I’d done with the boys. Or little recipes and crafts that I thought would be nice to share with other people who don’t have a lot of time, like me. It’s hard sometimes to let ideas go but I think I’ve ended up with a space on the internet that feels more special to me because the content’s not diluted in any way. Hope that makes sense 🙂

    Anyway, it’s be lovely to get to know you more in 2014 and I wish you the loveliest 2015 xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Oh Rachel thank you for this lovely comment. I think your new blog is absolutely fabulous and so you- I am so glad you decided to change it. I love reading your posts and your photos are beautiful. I agree, likewise, and I hope we get to meet up again in 2015. x

  • Happy New Year Katie! I think that I, and most people come back to your blog again and again just to read your family stories. You write from the heart and your posts always make me reflect on my own family and how lucky I am, There is something about your writing that is so comforting and I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures and ordinary moments in 2015. I hope your health starts to improve, hopefully it’s going in the right direction now and all the best to you and those gorgeous girls of yours xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you Hayley. I do genuinely feel lucky for my little family although of course I have my mundane days- I just hope people don’t find it too nauseating. I hope they get to the bottom of my tummy problems too- Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous boys. xx

  • Happy new year, Katie! Looking forward to reading more about your lovely family in 2015! x

  • Such a lovely post and I really think that one of the things people love about your blog is that you write with so much love about your family and what you’ve been up to, that’s what makes us come back and see how you’re getting on.
    Happy New Year Katie, I hope 2015 is a great one for you and your beautiful family xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you Jo, I really appreciate the comment, I am glad you come back. 🙂 Happy New Year to you to and I hope that you have an amazing 2015 too. xxx

  • Heledd says:

    You are such a beautiful and talented writer. I’ve really enjoined reading this post (and for that matter every other post I’ve read on here over the past year). Sounds like you’ve managed to achieve most of your goals for 2014 and I’m sure you’ll do the same in 2015. Having also given up work in 2014, I can relate to all your fears – but now I think we can both agree that we made the right decision.

    Thank you for being so kind and supportive. I wish you and your family all the very best in 2015 xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thanks for such a lovely comment Heledd. I feel like I definitely achieved most of what I set out to do for 2014 which is the first year I have ever done so. 😉 You are more than welcome, I have loved reading your blog over the last couple of months and I am looking forward to reading more in 2015. xx

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Happy new year Katie!!! Hope 2015 brings you every happiness you and yours wish for and need. I hope they get to the bottom of your pain and they manage to fix whatever is causing the pain xx

  • Alex {Bump to Baby} says:

    Your blog is the least boring blog out there Katie. It is absolutely amazing and you should never ever worry about that! Your post is so inspiring (as usual), you’re a very inspiring lady and seem to conquer whatever you put your mind to. I hope you and your family have an amazing 2015! P.S. I would still so love to meet somewhere soon whenever we can arrange it 🙂 x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Oh thank you for this Alex- you are so lovely and supportive and I hope you know I love your blog just as much. I would love to meet somewhere soon, let me message you! xx

  • What a great post, I do love year review posts, there is something so special about them, full of positives and happy memories.
    I love the photos, they are so amazing especially ‘this is motherhood’
    I hope you have a great 2015 and I look forward to reading all about it on here.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Jenni- I definitely think it’s nice to reflect and look back on the year we have had, I love reading these kinds of posts myself. Happy New Year to you. x

  • Happy New Year lovely lady! I hope 2015 is a another fab year for you, and I hope you get to the bottom of your health issues. I don’t find your blog mundane, and I think it’s great you stick to what you want to write about, rather than what you feel you should be doing. I’m taking a leaf out of your book for this coming year re pleasing myself, and doing some more family posts and focusing on interiors which is a passion of mine, as opposed to ‘filling’ the blog with other stuff for the sake of it. I want to have more confidence to keep it personal and a happy space, although I often struggle with this as I worry it comes across as ‘twee’- I shouldn’t care what others think and should write as I want! You are very inspirational lady, and always come across as very supportive. We really need to arrange that coffee when you’re next down in London! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you for a lovely comment Becky. I am glad you have decided to focus more on your passions, I think when people write about things that mean something to them then you can really tell. I will look forward to reading your posts over the next year and yes definitely we need that coffee! xx

  • Mummy Says says:

    Katie, what a lovely post. It’s so nice to look back on the year and you and your little family have had a lovely one. Please just keep doing what you are doing – we love it and you are an inspiration. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2015 xx

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