What’s Hot & What’s Not – Week 1

What’s Hot and What’s Not is a new thing on A Mum Track Mind. Each week I am going to write a quick list of my high’s and low’s (what was hot and what was not) from the past week; a sort of online diary if you like. I find that the days are just whizzing past. I can’t seem to keep up with what day I’m on, least of all remember what happened last week.

I’m on maternity leave with my final child *sobs* and I told myself that I would stop and savour each day, no matter how shitty (literally) and yet I find myself busier than ever. A mixture of sleepless nights, long days running around after my crazy family and the all-consuming business of blogging is making it difficult to stop and smell the roses, or nappies or whatever. Anyway, I just want to write it down so I can look back and remember all hotness and notness (not a word but it should be) that made up 2016.

What’s Hot

  • Seeing my Domain Authority (DA) jump up a lot higher than I expected. I’ve been working really hard on this so it was lovely to see such an unexpected rise.
  • Mr S bought me a beautiful bunch of flowers just because.

What's hot

  • Booking our family summer holiday. We are taking the kids to the South of France for a week of sun, sea and sand in August which sounds amazing.
  • Looking forward to #BML16 – I’ve been excited for this for months!
  • We had a lovely Father’s Day family meal on Sunday at the Mother-in-Law’s. Fab company and I didn’t have to cook or wash up – bonus!
  • Zak was awarded his Silver Award from Scouts this week – a big achievement and a proud moment.
  • My linky #fortheloveofBLOG trended on Twitter all of Saturday morning! Just a bit exciting!

What’s Not

  • Sophie has whooping cough. This has without a doubt been the worst thing about this week. Nobody wants to see their children sick but we have had to fight for the diagnosis which has made it much more stressful. Sophie is fully vaccinated and yet inexplicably has still contracted the infection. It’s a horrible illness and we have a long way to go before she makes a full recovery. Fingers crossed no more hospital stays though!
  • I’ve been comfort eating, which means I’ve put two pounds on instead of losing them this week. Booo.

So that’s it for this week. What was hot and what was not so hot for you? Let me know in the comments box below.


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  1. June 23, 2016 / 18:31

    Yayyy to flowers for not reason! So romantic! And Yayyy to Zaks scout badge! Sorry to hear that Sophie has been poorly, it’s just utterly dreadful to see your little ones poorly, no wonder you have been comfort eating, I don’t blame you! I hope that she feels better soon. Much love! #coolmumclub
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  2. June 23, 2016 / 19:31

    Oh no – poor Sophie with whooping cough! Really feel for you it can be nasty. Other than that it sounds like a great week – well done Zak! Trending on Twitter is amazing too. I hope you enjoy BML I am sure it will be amazing. Don’t worry about the comfort eating – you deserve it! #stayclassymama
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  3. June 23, 2016 / 20:35

    What a fab way to keep track of what’s going on! Welldone on the linky! Such a fantastic achievement xx #stayclassymama

  4. June 24, 2016 / 19:58

    A lovely idea Fi, I think keeping an online diary is so important as I agree with you time is flying! I love the flowers, they are gorgeous and very jealous that you have a holiday booked for more sunshine! I’m really sorry to hear about Sophie, I hope that she makes a quick recovery for you soon. You can take your mind of things tomorrow at #BML16, looking forward to seeing you there. Claire x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  5. June 25, 2016 / 07:15

    So worrying with a poorly little one you must be exhausted with just that- hope she is fully on the mend. Many high points to your week too and now I can fully empathise with the energy for blogging and lack of time- we have massively increased our social media following but it has been really hard work increasing content but given us a great emotional boost! That was our high! Have a great time at #BML16 we are envious and hope to come next year if they will have us!!! Lou and Abby at http://www.peppermintcove.com

  6. June 25, 2016 / 07:28

    Time goes too fast so it’s lovely to keep a note of how things have gone. Poor thing getting whooping cough, that’s not nice at all. Fingers crossed she feels better soon xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  7. June 25, 2016 / 07:54

    Hiya I’m so glad your ‘hots’ outweigh your ‘nots’! Not surprised you have been comfort eating with the stress of Sophie being poorly hospital stays are NOT fun.
    Great you have booked a hol, we haven’t yet hoping for a last minute deal to get away somewhere! My ‘hots’ have been looking after my baby niece this week while my sister packed for holiday, we had great fun with her and she was as good as gold. My ‘nots’ have been really uncomfortable sensation in my mouth, a week ago I had a filling but something doesn’t feel right so I think I’ll have to bite the bullet and call them for advice – HUGE dentist phobia.
    Have a great week xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  8. June 25, 2016 / 08:10

    Love the online diary feel of this post! Will look forward to future editions! Hope your little girl is ok xxx #fortheloveofBLOG 🙂
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  9. June 25, 2016 / 08:53

    Some flowers for no reason is the best and BML16!!! I am so jealous. Hope you will enjoy, you must be there right now while I am writing!!!
    Poor little thing with whooping cough. Hope she will feel better soon xx

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  10. June 25, 2016 / 09:20

    Aww, hope the little one feels better soon, there is nothing worse than sick kids. The flowers are beautiful, it is so nice to get something just because. Have a wonderful time at BML16 x

  11. June 25, 2016 / 09:42

    Great idea! Those flowers are lovely, and I love the not vase, vase…if that makes sense!
    What’s hot for me – great weekend away last week with my little family. What’s not hot – I slightly over indulged and put on 3 pounds! oops.

  12. June 25, 2016 / 09:53

    Beautiful flowers and some great achievements. So sorry about the whooping cough. Hope she gets well soon and enjoy #BML16
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  13. June 25, 2016 / 09:53

    Beautiful flowers and some great achievements. So sorry about the whooping cough. Hope she gets well soon and enjoy #BML16
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    June 25, 2016 / 11:32

    I love getting flowers, even better when they are ‘just because’. So sorry to hear about Sophie, I cant imagine how awful that must be for you all, I hope she starts to recover soon. So looking forward to reading all about BML16, enjoy!!


  15. June 25, 2016 / 13:33

    I love this post; great little roundup! Look forward to next weeks 🙂 x

  16. June 25, 2016 / 13:47

    I love the idea of the what’s hot and not every week; look forward to reading it Sounds like you’ve had a busy week!

  17. June 25, 2016 / 13:49

    I love this post idea! Sounds like you have a busy week. Look forward to reading it again next week! 🙂

  18. June 25, 2016 / 18:12

    What a fab post. I love that your ‘what’s hot’ list outweighs the ‘what’s not.’ South of France sounds awesome. And love the flowers (Father bought Mother a bottle of gin today as a treat. She was delighted 😉 ) Hope your little girl gets better soon x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  19. June 25, 2016 / 19:36

    This is a great idea! Fab list. So sorry to hear your little girl has whooping cough though. How utterly horrid for her. Must be so hard for you as Mummy to see her so poorly, and it is unbelievable that you have had to fight for the diagnosis AND she had the vaccine. But hopefully the road to recovery is on track. Really hope you have a lovely weekend. X #fortheloveofBLOG
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  20. June 25, 2016 / 19:41

    What a great idea! Yay to the flowers, and the scout badge and to going on holiday soon 🙂 Hope Sophie gets better, whooping cough is horrid 🙁 #Fortheloveofblog

  21. June 25, 2016 / 19:54

    Amazing isn’t it how all those lovely things (or hotnesses – also not-a-word-but-should-be) can be overshaddowed by one thing, but I know I for one worry myself sick when one of the kids isn’t well so I feel your pain this week chick! Chin up, she’s hopefully on the up now. And congrats on your DA jump!

  22. June 25, 2016 / 21:35

    Sorry to hear about the whooping cough, how scary and horrible. The flowers are gorgeous though! Hmmm, I ran my farthest distance which was a high point, low point was the start of the four month sleep regression and knowing exactly how horrendous it is from the first time around! Hope your girl improves soon. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  23. June 25, 2016 / 22:35

    Those flowers are gorgeous! And I can totally relate with the last baby “mourning”, hope that whooping cough improves soon!.. xx #fortheloveofblog

  24. June 25, 2016 / 23:09

    We’re also going to France in August and I cannot wait. A holiday is long overdue. I love the holiday feeling- definitely a ‘hot’! I’ve been following the tribe’s BML16 updates on social media, looks like you are all having a fantastic time! Congratulations on trending! I love this linky and am happy for your success.
    Sorry to hear that your baby has whooping cough. Must have been awful and a worry for you. Hope that she makes a full recovery soon. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  25. June 26, 2016 / 04:57

    Gosh I’m so sorry Sophie has whooping cough. How worrying – it’s awful when our kids are unwell isn’t it? But you have loads of ‘hot’ things on your list which is fab! Yay to the DA and the trending! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG
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  26. June 26, 2016 / 08:37

    Those flowers are beautiful – always so lovely having flowers in the house. Such a good idea to write down the small things , good and bad, because I know what you mean about the time flying by. It’s so scary. I saw my son in his first school play this week – a real highlight and he did amazingly well. So proud ! #fortheloveofblog

  27. June 26, 2016 / 09:50

    What gorgeous flowers! I was going to say it sounds like a lovely week until I got to your downsides. Whooping cough is horrible, my husband had it as a newborn apparently and was really ill with it. I hope Sophie’s all back to normal soon.

    Well done on the DA – mine is inching up frustratingly slowly! #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. June 26, 2016 / 13:13

    The flowers are beautiful! Poor Sophie 🙁 I hope she is feeling better soon x #fortheloveofBLOG

  29. June 26, 2016 / 16:01

    Sounds like you have had a mixed week! I have had a bit of a busy week this week with the highs definitely being having my family up this weekend! The low is being at work right now 🙁 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  30. June 26, 2016 / 19:19

    Hi Fi! So lovely to meet you at last at BML16! This is a lovely idea for a post series. Pooey to the whooping cough, though. But, hey, flowers for no reason (well apart from you obviously being marvellous and deserving of them, I’m sure) is definitely a poultice to dealing with poorly kiddies. #FortheloveofBlog

  31. June 26, 2016 / 20:09

    Oh no sorry to hear about the Whooping cough, how awful.
    Aside from that what a lovely list of lovely things. I hope BML was as fab as you hoped (was lovely to spend some time with you!). Flowers? For no reason? I may have to leave this blog post open around the house for a few days, hint hint! Great idea to remember the bits and bobs of life that whizz by.
    Hope Sophie is well on the way to feeling better now.
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  32. June 26, 2016 / 21:30

    Aww I love the flowers, so pretty! Exciting that you’ve booked your holiday, I would love to be going abroad this year. I hope little Sophie feels better soon, it’s so horrible when your little ones are ill. Thanks for reminding me I need to make an appointment to get my whooping cough vaccine. Exciting times that the linky was trending!xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  33. June 27, 2016 / 17:10

    Whooping cough can be so scary, i dont blame you at all for gaining a couple during this week; i think any mom would do the same!! Love to your little ones!! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  34. June 27, 2016 / 18:38

    Live the concept of hot and not! I like to find happiness and don’t pick out the bad bits… Well done on trending, I was away so I didn’t help! Oops, could’ve made it awesome! Hope your little girl gets better X #forloveofblog
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  35. June 29, 2016 / 14:14

    I’m sorry about the whooping cough, it’s so hard when the children are sick : (. I’ve been dealing with a very sick 6 month old baby and have not slept in three nights! Well, broken sleep really. AND had to leave work to pick him up at nursery, he’s not allowed back for two days, eek! Anyway, that’s great about your DA and your linky : ), I love your linky, great name and great community. I like this round-up of your ups and downs, awesome idea! Thanks for the update and sharing with #StayClassyMama!
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  36. June 30, 2016 / 09:14

    This is a good idea for a post, it does help to remind you of the little things and the big things! Oh your poor baby with whooping cough, I hope Sophie is feeling much better now. It’s so horrid when they are poorly. Well done to Zak on his Scout’s badge. Sounds like you’ve had a good week bar the illness. I so hear you on the comfort eating, I don’t know what is wrong with me at the mo, I just keep on snacking!


  37. July 2, 2016 / 06:50

    Oh poor Sophie! Hope she’s on the mend soon & you, you have every right to comfort eat if that helps you through it
    They are lovely flowers, and yay the BritMumsLive!! I can’t believe it was a week ago now! I’m intruguid what you’ve done for your DA? I think I must have some bad links, and my WordPress account didn’t link to my blog until a few weeks ago which wouldn’t have helped ooooops!
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  38. July 3, 2016 / 22:19

    Mr S. is a keeper (you’ve probably sussed that.)
    It was great to meet at #BML16 !
    Whooping cough despite vaccination is evidently quite common – just not so bad (honest.) Back in the day, it must have been awful!
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