It has been a year since I wrote my very first post.  OK, it may have been another 3 months before I found the courage to go public, but still, a year!

 

I didn’t really have a plan when I started.  I knew nothing about running a website.  I just knew that I enjoyed writing and maybe in some ways it was about finding my voice again. I love being a stay at home mum, and as much as it does have it’s challenges, it doesn’t always stimulate the brain cells.  In fact, I think a few may have been damaged from too much Cbeebies!

 

So I started my blog, and people responded to it.  I’ve done many a happy dance when my work has been published by the likes of Mumsnet, Huffpost, Britmums, Netmums and Parent Dish.  Words I wrote getting published!

 

I’ve even had the opportunity to work with some fantastic brands and try some amazing products.

 

I nearly went grey over night when I went self hosted.  I did a bit of a re-brand and I’ve even written a bit of code!  I’ve learnt so much this year and found a fantastic community of bloggers that make me strive to be a better writer.

 

This month I ranked #470 in the Tots100 parent bloggers.  There are over 8000 parent bloggers, so although I’ve still got a long way to go before I’m in the top 100, I am in the top 6%.

 

I love writing my blog, but it’s down to you, the people reading it, that I have made these achievements this year.   Thank-you to all of you who read my blog.  Especially the one’s who share it and comment ;).  If you didn’t share it, people wouldn’t read it.

 

As a thank-you I’ve put together a competition with some fantastic must have parenting prizes.

 

Firstly allow me to share with you my top 10 most popular posts.  There’s some funny, a little bit of soppy, and a few hot issues too.  If you fancy a read just click on the image…

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BREAST BOTTLEMummy Friends 1Rules for LifeRookie MistakesSoft Play 3Best present EverdEMENTIABaby Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the competition…

 

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What a swag!

 

Munchkin are giving away 5 amazing parenting must have prizes.

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  • 2 x White Hot Plates
  • 3 x White Hot Bowls,
  • Travel Booster Seat (Two items in one: portable toddler seat and multi-compartment bag),
  • Miracle Sippy Cup
  • Set of two Crumb Catcher Bibs.

 

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Munchkin develops clever, innovative products for babies and children that anticipate and serve parents’ needs by thinking of “the little things.” We are passionate, creative, and believe in only making the best products that are trusted and effective. We invite you to explore our website and help us rid the world of all things mundane to make parenting safer, easier & fun! You can find out more at http://www.munchkin.com/uk

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Dribble Stop Tops is a company run by two mums who had a mission to find a solution dribbling problems.  Dribble Stop Tops look and feel like a normal baby vest, but hidden inside is a pocket lined with waterproof, but breathable, material.This acts as a barrier to stop dribble soaking through to baby’s delicate skin.

 

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Dribble Stop Tops are offering you a pack of tops in your choice of size and colour.  You can find out more about Dribble Stop Tops here.

 

 

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Made By Aiza are giving away an 8×10” ‘You are my sunshine’ print, printed on archival matt paper.

Aiza is a graphic designer who is passionate about typography, and draws inspiration from colours and shapes, to create bold, fun prints.  All prints are printed on acid free paper so the bright colours stay bright.  You can find out more here.

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oliviaO’Nessys Ltd are giving away an Olivia Rag Doll.  She is hand made in Sri Lanka and is produced with Fair Trade principles.  She is made entirely from fabric and wool from raw materials that are produced locally and does not have poppers or buttons that a child may be able to prise off.

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O’Nessys specialise in Wooden, Eco and Fair Trade toys. ranging from push and pull toys, to castles, Noah’s Arks, dragons, pirates and all things fairytale. They also have a magical range of hand-made wooden furniture.  Find out more.

 

 

Mrs Goose Designs are giving away a short sleeve body suit with the design of your choice.

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monkey short sleeve

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Mrs Goose Designs is an original collection of playful unisex children’s clothing – distinct for its colourful, animal inspired design patterns, which are quirky and educational in nature.  The collection is designed in Britain and produced with 100 % organic cotton, known for its softness and comfort.

 

 

 

 

The imaginative designs are all personally created by the Founder of Mrs Goose  – full-time mother of two – Jessica Griffiths. Having created them in a range of functional t-shirts and playsuits for children from 0-3 years old, the range is currently exclusively available via the website:http://www.mrsgoosedesigns.com

 

 

BubaBloon have a prize of a pink and blue toadstool design 12” original BUBABLOON®

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BUBABLOON® has been brought to the bouncing and floating to life by Elena Torres and Lorna Edwards.

 

Available in a host of  bright, bold and whimsical colours and designs, the cover is ‘Made in Britain’ and is a non-tech toy that makes any standard 12 inch balloon play safe for babies, toddlers, big kids and grown-ups alike.   BUBABLOON® offers a sensory experience for little ones, no matter their age or ability, encouraging exploration, large-muscle movement and fine motor skills.  Made from 100 per cent poplin cotton, the machine-washable cover comes in a handy little pouch and can be used time and time again, making it perfect for indoor/outdoor play or as a light, space-saving toy when travelling.  Visit their website to find out more.

 

Go ahead, enter!

 

All you have to do to take part is follow me and the companies taking part in this competition on twitter and like our Facebook pages.  Just follow the prompt below.

 

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Please note the prizes will be dispatched to the winner direct from the various companies supplying them.

 

Competition closes on the 11th July at 12:00am.  The lucky winner will be notified within 24 hours.  Open to UK entries only.

 

A huge thank-you to the very generous companies that have taken part with their fabulous products.

 

Tell all your friends!

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54 Comments on It’s My Blog Birthday – And I have Prizes!

  1. Sue Carter
    July 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy blog birthday! Thank you for the. Giveaway x

    Reply
  2. Jessica Woods
    July 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Thankyou to all the great companies for a chance to win x

    Reply
  3. Tracey Foster
    July 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday and also thank you for an amazing giveaway 🙂

    Reply
  4. Alison
    July 10, 2015 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

    Happy blog birthday! And what a brilliant giveaway. Congratulations, and thank you for running it.

    Reply
  5. kim neville
    July 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy 1st Blogiversary. You have done well 🙂

    Reply
  6. Dawn Andrews
    July 8, 2015 at 2:19 am (2 years ago)

    Happy first birthday!

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  7. Janet Carter
    July 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello, Happy Blogiversary and thank you for such a lovely giveaway

    Reply
  8. Stewart Osborn
    July 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply
  9. Natasha
    July 7, 2015 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations and happy blog birthday! You’ve achieved so much in just one year, you should be proud 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #happyquacks x

    Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  10. Su
    July 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Blogging Day Claire! I have just started and there is sooo much to learn. I hope that I can achieve as much as you by this time next year too! 🙂
    Su recently posted…Socks: A Random Act of KindnessMy Profile

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Good luck. It’s a fantastic community.

      Reply
  11. Laura
    July 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy Blog Birthday ! Thank you for this fantastic giveaway 🙂 fingers crossed x

    Reply
  12. Danielle.a
    July 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello and Happy bloggerversary. Hope you have more wonderful years x

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much 🙂

      Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  13. sharlene speakman
    July 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm (2 years ago)

    hello happy birthday thank you for your generous giveaway 🙂

    Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Its such a great community. x

      Reply
  14. Sherry
    July 3, 2015 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations and happy blog anniversary! It goes so fast doesn’t it? Mine is a whopping 6 months old now and I have just found you through the #PoCoLo linky. I’m planning on having a read through your best these when I’m back home this evening x
    Sherry recently posted…Ladybug Letters – 2 Years 7 MonthsMy Profile

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    • Claire
      July 3, 2015 at 11:44 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. Hope you enjoy 🙂

      Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  15. Stacy Sorrell
    July 2, 2015 at 10:19 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday x

    Reply
  16. Kay Panayi
    July 2, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    These all look fab

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  17. Little Treasures
    July 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday! You really have done fantastic in a year…well less than publicly! You’ll soon be in the top 100 you watch! Time is the key isn’t it…not sure when I’ll find that ha! #twinklytuesday
    Little Treasures recently posted…1 year of bloggingMy Profile

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  18. Lucy Bishop
    July 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great giveaway! Fingers crossed! x

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      🙂

      Reply
  19. claire woods
    July 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi,

    Reply
  20. Kath S {isitwineoclockyet}
    July 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on your anniversary – it is scary at first isnt it?! I keep thinking about self hosting so would be great to hear from you with any tips and recommendations you might have. Heres to the next year 🙂 #toddlerapprovedtuesdays

    Reply
    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Self hosted gives you a lot more freedom. There are some great plug ins to enhance your blog. All I would say is do it when you have a bit of time to get it sorted, and maybe write a short post to your readers let them know. If you want any specific info drop me an email 🙂

      Reply
  21. Ruth Harwood
    July 1, 2015 at 7:28 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, and happy birthday blog 🙂

    Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  22. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    June 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy one year! What an amazing one it has been for you! I have entered this fab competition! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
    Lisa (mummascribbles) recently posted…Twinkly Tuesday 30/06/2015My Profile

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    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t think I can remember life before blogging!

      Reply
  23. Tracy Nixon
    June 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello, Happy Blogiversary and thank you for such a lovely giveaway!

    Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

      You are welcome 🙂

      Reply
  24. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    June 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, well done you on all those achievements. Fantastic giveaway.

    I hear you. I clam up when people in real life try to talk to me about my blog or posts. I’d much rather read a comment than hear one, oddly.
    Mama, My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows recently posted…Of Course I Work OutMy Profile

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    • Claire
      June 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

      It all still feels pretty new and I don’t really know what to say to people!

      Reply
    • Claire
      July 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  25. Chloe
    June 30, 2015 at 6:46 am (2 years ago)

    Happy blog birthday. You’ve achieved so much in one year, you must be so proud. 😀 xxx

    #twinklytuesday

    Reply
    • Claire
      June 30, 2015 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. I am, although I find it hard to talk about when people ask me about it!

      Reply
  26. tracking petsgps technology
    June 30, 2015 at 5:07 am (2 years ago)

    Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some
    help from an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where
    to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you
    tracking petsgps technology recently posted…tracking petsgps technologyMy Profile

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    • Lifeloveanddirtydishes
      June 30, 2015 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

      I knew nothing when I started. But it is easy to pick up. WordPress is a great platform. Going self hosted gives you more flexibilty with what you can do. There are some great blogs out there that offer great blogging tips. It’s where I’ve picked everything up from.

      Reply
    • samantha carter
      July 6, 2015 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      hello xx

      Reply

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