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5 years of blogging

Make, Do & Push! is five years old today! I can’t quite believe it’s been five years since I sat down at the computer and penned my first post.

So much has changed in that time… I was pregnant with Busby when I started the blog. I was 25, living in Brighton with Nick, and entering the unknown wilderness of Motherhood. Everything was new and exciting… and scary!

I had an idealistic view of what I’d be like as a Mother; Mary Poppins with more baking and crafting. Sometimes (very occasionally) I achieve this, but most of the time I feel more like I’m wading through thick mud trying to keep them both alive, fed and vaguely entertained! There’s a lot more screen time, and there are far more fish fingers and beige potato-based oven food than I’d initially planned, and my house is definitely not as spit, spot, spic and span as I’d hoped… but we’re happy, and I’m learning that this is far more important than anything else.

Five years on and I’m married (to Nick!), we live in Yorkshire and have two children… with plans for a third! We’ve become home owners. I’ve suffered through two periods of PND. Survived 10 months without more than a three hour block of sleep.

I’m no longer working for the NHS and blog full-time. When I first started Make, Do & Push! I dreamt that one day I might be able to work from home; I’ve always wanted to write and have a creative job, and I feel so lucky that I can do this around (and with) the children. I love being able to do school pick ups every day. I’m so thankful for all of the amazing opportunities the blog gives us. And I’m so glad I’ve stuck with it for this long. It’s been a journey!

The past five years have all been recorded on here. The ups and downs. The highs and lows.

So I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who continues to read Make, Do & Push! – those of you who have been here since the very beginning, those of you who are new to the blog, and everyone else in between!

On Saturday night, Nick and I headed out to the Northern Blog Awards in Manchester. I was up for two awards – Best Parenting Blog and Best Instagram, and I’m so chuffed to say that I won Best Instagram for my photography! (Lovely Katie from Pouting in Heels won Best Parenting Blog, which is SO well-deserved!)

© The Vain Photos

It was a wonderful way to celebrate my five year Blog-o-versary and the award now has pride of place on my desk. Thank you SO much to everyone who voted me for me! Photography is such an important part of my life, so to win an award for it makes me insanely happy.

Anyway, I’m going to stop gushing now and make myself a cup of tea, so I’ll end this post with another huge thank you for your loyalty and views over the past five years! I can’t wait to see where the next five years take the blog!


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  1. Cel
    19th September 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Congratulations, Your blog has been great, especially during those long sleepless nights and the isolation of pnd, Thank you!

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