Lifestyle, Motherhood, Pregnancy

2017 Recap

What a year! 2017: The year I became a Mother.

It’s been an incredibly fast, but special year. Each year seems to fly by faster than the previous. They say it’s a sign of age… so I just hope I’m getting wiser!

Half the year I was pregnant and the other half I’ve been a Mom… it’s been one of my biggest adventures yet!

I love doing a round up of the year, especially as there’s an exciting tingle in the air as 2018 is standing stage right, waiting to make it’s grand debut at midnight tonight.

Here is my 2017 in review and it was definitely a year of posts that reflected my life – lots of pregnancy and motherhood:







This was when my blog took a mini break as I was on maternity leave. I did, however, get one or 2 posts out.






  • I decided to go public about how I was struggling to lose the baby weight and it was actually wonderfully refreshing (a little nerve wrecking) to share. I made it my mission, and by making it public it also holds me accountable!
  • I updated the mission here and here. 
  • I posted about how I want to raise George. Raising Respect. 


In doing my recap, I’ve realised something.

80% of my highlights were about my experiences and my honest, vulnerable posts; not the products I’d tested and tried. While I really enjoy sharing products and outfits that I love; I definitely want to write more about my experiences, life in general and find the balance. I guess I want to go back to basics, back to how my blog started before there were words like “influencers” and “sponsored posts.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to work with existing and new brands, but in a story telling way!

Thank you to each and every one of you for coming back to Vanilla Blonde and reading my posts. This year was sporadic in posts, with the new baby, but I appreciate your loyalty and understanding!

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and prosperous 2018! xxx




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  • Reply Caley

    I love your real life and experience post Bails, so keep it up!
    What a fabulous year of becoming a mama, wishing you a fabulous 2018!x

    January 1, 2018 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Loving see your highlights of 2017. All the best for you and your Family for 2018 🙂 x

    January 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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