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Hello July!

Well hello July! I seem to start every one of my round-up posts with this statement but genuinely can’t believe we’re halfway through the year. It’s been a bit of a chaotic year and I’m so enjoying having more time at home with Emma and the boys. The difference it has made to my sanity is amazing and I’m also noticing Emma grow with confidence every day. Now, there is every chance her confidence would be growing as a matter of course but being able to see her so often means the world to me.

So I thought I’d continue to do my monthly round-up as I really enjoy looking back on it. Since I’ve been working at home more, I have noticed that I need these little reminders a bit more often to keep my spirits on track. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to in June.

Hello July image

on the blog

The Bloggers’ Retreat – This one was the highlight of my month! I was invited to go on a Bloggers’ Retreat in Hampshire to unwind and spend some kiddo-free time away. There was lots of gin cocktails and so much laughter involved; I absolutely loved it. Of course we did blog talk quite a bit but I came away so inspired about what I’m doing from some seriously talented bloggers.

Brilliance in Blogging Awards – I got some amazing news this month that I am a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) Awards. I was stunned to read the email that I’ve made the shortlist for Fresh Voice. What an honour to be amongst so many wonderful bloggers.

Me and Orla Instagram Course – I mentioned last month that I’ve been doing an Imstagram course. It’s all about using florals in photography and has been brilliant. If you’re ever wondering whether to do one of Sara’s courses, do it! She is such a supportive and encouraging mentor, I’m learning so much.

at home

Sleepovers with Nanny – Another wonderful thing came out of the Bloggers’ Retreat and that was discovering that Emma loves sleepovers! It was the first time my other half and I had been away from her at all so it was relief to know how well it went. And this is very exciting news for us!

Securing work away from the blog – As soon as I tried to start freelancing on my blog, I knew that it would be wise to supplement it with other work. The good news is this month I am now helping a few businesses with their social media. Hooray!

Potty training is upon us – The time has come. Emma is pulling at her nappy and declaring her poo poo’s left right and centre. I always thought I’d wait until the signs appear and here they are staring us in the face. Wish us luck, I’m sure it’s not the last you’ll hear of it along the way.

things to look forward to

Family Birthdays – July is always birthday month in our family so we have a couple coming up. Hopefully the sun will return and we can celebrate over a BBQ and some Pimms. But who knows what the weather is going to do. I also have a very special blogger friend’s daughter’s 2nd birthday that I can’t wait to go to.

Summer Holidays – We’ll soon break for the school holidays which is always a busy time for us. So at the moment it’s all about the planning and we’re hoping to go on our first festival as a family. It’s all up in the air still but I can’t wait to see how Emma enjoys camping!

Our First Theatre Trip – I’m really looking forward to taking Emma to the local theatre next week. It’s been booked in for a while and I wonder whether she’ll sit still for it. I hope so, as the show is an exciting one and will be appearing on the blog soon.

So that rounds it up for us – our month of June was a pretty busy one but we’re excited for those summer months to begin! Hope you’ve had a good one too, would love to know what you’ve been up to in the comments below.



  1. July 4, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Sleepovers with the grandparents are the best thing ever! My kids sleep over at my mom’s at least 4-5 times a year. My husband and I get a night out, and we get to sleep in. Heaven! #dreamteam

  2. July 4, 2017 / 7:05 am

    I love the picture of Emma jumping on the trampoline! It sounds like you had a great month and have taken a lot of positive steps in your new blogging/freelancing career. I really hope you win at the BIBs! #DreamTeam

  3. July 4, 2017 / 7:23 am

    A lovely round up post! I love your plans for the summer! Have a fun August! #Dreamteam

  4. July 4, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Oh sleepovers with grandparents are just the best! We don’t get too many but we had one in May and Mr C and I escaped to a hotel. It was just what we needed to recharge the ole batteries x

  5. July 4, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I can’t wait for the holidays! We’re off to Devon for a week to see friends and family. Your plans sound lovely – enjoy the Pimms! #DreamTeam

  6. July 4, 2017 / 10:55 am

    What a fabulous month – the blogger’s retreat sounds fun! Congratulations on making it to the finals of the BiBs that’s amazing 🙂 Best of luck with the potty training xx

  7. July 4, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Oooo looks like a bright bubble of nature and fun! Now the weather has calmed down it’s lovely to actually be outside, exploring! Have a gorgeous July! #DreamTeam

  8. July 4, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Sounds as though you’ve had a wonderful month! Good luck with the potty training and enjoy time with that beautiful girl x

  9. July 4, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Have a wonderful summer! Like you, I can’t wait for the holidays to begin 🙂 Congratulations on your BiBs nomination. It’s a great list to be on 🙂

  10. July 4, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Great news about the social media! Well done! July sounds like it will be fab! #dreamteam

  11. July 4, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Oh wow! What a busy June you had and what beautiful photos and memories. I love the photo of Emma on the trampoline, she looks like she’s having so much fun. Huge congrats on your nomination #DreamTeam x

  12. July 4, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I love doing a monthly roundup too. It is great to remember those ordinary moments that make our lives special. Some beautiful photos and great blog successes. Thank you for hosting #DreamTeam

  13. July 4, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Ahh such a lovely idea to look back on the month that you have had and document it. I love looking through my photos and seeing things we have done. 🙂


  14. talkingmums1
    July 4, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    What a lovely round up of the month. It sounds like you have loads to be proud of and celebrate, well done x

  15. July 4, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Happy new month Bridie, yeeey for sleepovers glad Emma likes them and hope July brings you lots of happiness and great memories xx #dreamteam

  16. diynige
    July 4, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Time does go quickly that’s for sure, I’m a little jealous of the grandparents sleepovers we never have those. Well done on your shortlist hope you win well deserved thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  17. July 4, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Ah sounds like a great month, the instagram course sounds interesting! #dreamteam

  18. July 4, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Such an amazing month for you! So many congratulations are needed : ). It gives me hope to know that Emma likes sleepovers so one day Bear will too and I will have a peaceful night’s sleep (although to be fair he has been really good for a while now!).

  19. July 4, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Oooh the Instagram course sounds fab (I’m a bit of a late-comer to Insta, but it’s now my new favourite platform!). And, I’ve already said it but MASSIVE congratulations on the BiBs, lovely. It’s also great to know that you little one is happy to have sleepovers – get planning your next break! Hehe #dreamteam

  20. July 4, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    A bloggers retreat day sounds wonderful, congrats on the nomination and good luck with the camping #dreamteam

  21. July 5, 2017 / 7:12 am

    The bloggers retreat sounds lovely, and congratulations on securing work away from your blog. It sounds like you have lots of lovely things to look forward to; I hope the theatre trip goes well! #DreamTeam

  22. July 5, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Such a gorgeous collection of photos! Love that you’re helping other businesses with their social media – me too – feels so good to use the skills I’ve learnt in the last year to help other businesses. And when it involves taking photos and using instagram I am more than happy! #DreamTeam Oh and enjoy your camping!

  23. July 5, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Gosh! You’ve been busy! Congratulations on the nomination, how exciting! Have fun at the festival, I’m sure this will be great fun. #DreamTeam

  24. July 5, 2017 / 11:02 am

    It sounds like you had a lovely month. Good luck with your BiBs nomination #DreamTeam

  25. July 5, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Sounds like you have a busy month ahead!! Always fun , hope your little one enjoys the theatre!! I took my daughter at a similar age and she is completely in love with the theatre now still at 9!! #DreamTeam

  26. July 5, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a great month. Congratulations being a BiBs finalist, totally deserved! Have a great time at the festival and the theatre x

  27. susielhawes
    July 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Ah what a lovely round-up, I love these types of posts and infact you’ve just reminded me I haven’t done my July wish list type post! Ooops! June was very busy for us, being away for three weeks and hardly any blogging, so I am looking forward to getting back into it, and I have some exciting months ahead. Congrats on BiBs, I’ve voted for you! Oh, and I’d love to hear more about your freelance social media work, did you just approach some local businesses? I’m thinking of doing this but don’t know where to start!? #DreamTeam

  28. July 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Fab collection – definitely tell it is getting warmer X #dreamteam

  29. July 6, 2017 / 12:20 am

    It seems a if July is certainly going to be a busy one, I love a good ole roundup post! Ooo I bet Emma will love the theatre…

  30. July 6, 2017 / 2:49 am

    You had a crazy awesome lot happen to you in a short span blogging babe!


  31. July 6, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    We’re sad that we missed the Bloggers’ Retreat in Hampshire, as we just live around the corner from it! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time though and the weather was kind x #DreamTeam x

  32. July 6, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    What a lovely month. I cannot believe how quickly this year is going by! I love the idea of a monthly round up. #dreamteam

  33. July 6, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had lots of lovely things happen in June and lots of things to look forward to now we’re in July. #DreamTeam

  34. July 6, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    #dreamteam have you stopped commuting now then Hun? I love the idea of a theatre trip – feeling inspired x

  35. July 7, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    it sounds like you’ve had a brilliant month with lots of good stuff to come too! I’m looking forward to reading your post about the theatre =] #dreamteam

  36. July 7, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Wow you’ve had a jam-packed month! Some amazing things on that list, it sounds like you’ve accomplished a lot in 2017 already. Congrats again for the nomination – my votes are in! #dreamteam

  37. July 8, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    You have had such an incredible month in June Bridget and you deserve every ounce of that success! The blogger retreat sounds so heavenly. Here’s to a very exciting July for you too! xx #DreamTeam

  38. July 8, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I can’t believe how busy you have been in June, and well, what a month to remember! Award finalist, blogger retreat, working on some very cool projects… so well deserved. The world is your oyster and the #dreamteam is right here cheering you on xx

  39. July 8, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    I really loved the sound of the bloggers retreat, it looked amazing!! We’re also a fan of grandparent sleepovers, they’re great #dreamteam

  40. July 9, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Aww you’ve had a lovely month! I’m so pleased for you with the BiBs too! Happy July! #DreamTeam xxx

  41. July 9, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Ahh what an amazing month you had! It was SO lovely to spent time with you on the retreat, and everything crossed for the BiBs!!! #dreamteam

  42. July 10, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Wow you are busy. Fab pictures and it looks like you have lots of fun in store #dreamteam

  43. Mom Of Two Little Girls
    July 10, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Great round-up. My girls love sleep-overs! Love them! Unfortunately as their parents we do quite enjoy having them with us too and so they don’t get to sleep out half as often as they’d like! lol

  44. July 16, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Sounds like June was a really amazing month for you, congrats on all your blogging achievements. Your insta is beautiful, I’m off to Google these courses!xx #dreamteam

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