What’s Hot & What’s Not – Week 2

Hi and welcome back to my new series ‘What’s Hot & What’s Not’. Each week I am going to stop, take a breath and try to note down the highs and lows of the week. If you missed last week’s instalment then you can read it here.

What’s Hot

  • The highlight of the week came from attending BritMums Live in fancy pants London town last Saturday. BML16 was my first blogging event and it was as exciting and nerve wracking as you might expect. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, met lots of new people and generally had a brilliant day. You can read about my experience here.
  • Sophie has definitely turned a corner with the whooping cough and has finally stopped coughing to the point where she stops breathing. It was such an awful thing to watch her go through and I’m so pleased to see her on the mend.
  • For the first time this week, Sophie is taking notice of the bedtime story. I have been reading the same story (Guess How Much I Love You) to her every night before bed for about three months now. This week she finally sat up (literally) and took notice of the book. All these little milestones happen so fast and I just wanted to note that one down.
  • I have noticed a big spike in my stats this week – almost double the usual amount! I think this is down to my new, more frequent posting schedule. Blogging is hard work sometimes so it’s really exciting when you start to see the rewards.
  • I’ve lost three pounds this week! *does happy dance*

What’s Not

  • On Saturday I received a text telling me that my Granny had passed away. Without a doubt, this has been the worst part of the week. She was much loved and will be so very missed. I don’t want to say too much about it but it’s been a pretty rubbish week to be honest even with all the ‘what’s hot’ listed above.
  • The EU Referendum vote really upset me. I can’t imagine a Great Britain isolated away from Europe and it makes me sad and worried for my children’s future here in particular. I wrote a post about it here if you want to read it.

So that’s it for this week. How was your week? What were you high’s and low’s? I’d love to know so leave a comment.

See you next week




  1. June 30, 2016 / 20:09

    Eek! Been a good week for you then! Whoop whoop to your lost three pounds, though I think that I may have found them! I love little milestones too, there is one book that we have that Mini laughs at as soon as I say the first two words! Love it!

    I’m sorry to hear about your Granny though, love to you and your family! Lucy xx #triballove
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  2. Julia
    June 30, 2016 / 20:17

    3 lbs off is great!

  3. June 30, 2016 / 20:49

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your Granny lovely. My Grandma also passed away a couple of weeks ago and it’s so upsetting. But it was fab to meet you at #BML16 and massive congrats on your stats too, so well deserved with all the hard work you’re putting in xx #triballove
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  4. July 1, 2016 / 08:04

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran, I’m sending you good thoughts and wishes, I know how hard this is. When my Grandpa died, my whole family struggled for a while. So anyway, hope you feel better soon.

    That is absolutely adorable that your daughter is beginning to notice the book you are reading her, I’m so excited for Bear to start understanding things like this! Side note: I’m loving this idea, it’s a great way to jot down your life because you’re right it passes by so quickly! #triballove

  5. July 2, 2016 / 07:10

    Oh gosh, I’m glad little one is feeling better though sorry to hear about your Granny. πŸ™ What a week of ups and downs. #fortheloveofblog
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  6. July 2, 2016 / 07:50

    I am so sorry to hear about your Granny. Take good care of yourself.

    And well done for losing some weight, indeed a hppy danc eis the minimum. When can I do mne?! Thanks again for hosting x
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  7. July 2, 2016 / 07:58

    So sorry to hear about your granny, that’s rotten x

    Great news about the whooping cough! And the book – Mother loves that book today and when I was first born, would get tearful when she read it to me (toughen up woman!) Glad you had a fab time at BML too. And woo-hoo – well done on the pounds! Whatever you’re doing is brilliant. Mother has given up bread and that one small thing seems to be having an effect x ##fortheloveofBLOG

  8. July 2, 2016 / 08:25

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran. Mine passed away when I was in my early thirties and I still think of her alot and how much influence she had on me. Sounds like a turbulent week all around, but those little moments when a child starts to take notice of things they didn’t before, make the parenting side of life a joy when everything else seems so uncertain. Jo x

  9. July 2, 2016 / 08:27

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about your Granny. Sending you a big virtual hug. Glad to hear that Sophie is getting better from the whooping cough though and well done on the spike in your stats. #fortheloveofblog

  10. July 2, 2016 / 08:51

    So sorry to read about your granny- that is terribly sad. you had some terrific highs in the week as well and glad your little girl is better. Well done for managing to write with all that is going on XX Lou at http://www.peppermintcove.com #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. July 2, 2016 / 09:00

    So sorry again to hear about your Granny. Take the positives from this week and try to let them outweigh the negatives. Sending hugs xxx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  12. July 2, 2016 / 10:01

    So sorry to hear your sad news, Fi – sending love. Wonderful idea for a post and I love your ‘what’s hot’ – well done on the focus on blogging and reaping the rewards – fab news #for theloveofBLOG
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  13. July 2, 2016 / 11:00

    So sorry to hear about your granny. Thinking of you and sending big hugs. It must have been hard hearing that while in London xxxx So glad that there were lots of positives in your week but nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one xxxxxxxxx
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  14. July 2, 2016 / 11:12

    So sorry to hear about your granny. I can understand the sad news must be eclipsing everything else at the moment. It’s so hard when we lose members of the older generation, and our lovely great-grand parents for our kids.
    I am also sad about the EU refurendum, but on the plus side, I’ve got more interested in politics, and trying to make a difference when there’s so many difficulties in the world.
    And on the positive side congratulations on doubling your stats, an amazing achievement!
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  15. July 2, 2016 / 11:35

    I too am feeling meh about Brexit. I think I’ve had a ‘what’s not’ week really. Glad to see you have a lot of hots this week though. πŸ™‚ #fortheloveofBLOG
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  16. July 2, 2016 / 12:33

    Ooh I am so so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My condolences πŸ™ #fortheloveofBlog
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  17. July 2, 2016 / 13:26

    Very sorry about your Granny. I’m also very worried about the future following Brexit. Scary as the more I read, the clearer it becomes that the people leading that campaign had no real plan and still managed to hoodwink over half the country. I feel a little ashamed of our nation and feel like we owe our neighbours an apology.
    It’s good to see your happy list is the longest! Seeing all you seasoned bloggers attending the BML16 event has made me wonder where I’ll be in a years time… hopefully still blogging, much improved and also sporting my glad rags at an award ceremony?! A girl can dream!

  18. July 2, 2016 / 13:31

    So sorry about your loss. I am glad your daughter is starting to feel better, and it is wonderful she listened to the story.
    Been a boring week for me really, just blog stuff and housework lol x
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  19. The Tale of Mummyhood
    July 2, 2016 / 13:41

    So glad to hear that BML was fun, it looks and sounds like a great event! Also so glad to hear Sophie is on the mend, this must be a huge weight off of your mind. My sincere condolences for the loss of your Granny, I hope you and your family are all doing ok.


  20. July 2, 2016 / 15:03

    I am glad your little girls is on the mend, whooping cough is nasty. I’m Sorry to hear about your gran. #fortheloveofblog
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  21. July 2, 2016 / 15:12

    Sorry to hear the sad news about your Granny. Me and Baby Munch love I Guess How Much I Love You too. So cute your little one is starting to follow tje stories x

  22. July 2, 2016 / 19:05

    Firstly- so glad your little girl is getting over whooping cough, it is horrible, bless her! That is so also so hard to hear about your gran, mine is my rock so I know this is devastating. Thoughts are with you all, and lastly, your blog is great- that’s why your stats are up, honestly loving your posts and not because you run a linky but because I enjoy them πŸ™‚ Sending some cyber hugs your way for a tough old week this week! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  23. July 2, 2016 / 20:49

    Aww I’m so sorry to hear about your Granny, I hope you’re doing ok. Congrats on the weight loss and the boost in blog traffic. So glad to hear Sophie is feeling better xx #fortheloveofblog

  24. July 2, 2016 / 22:16

    Guess how much I love you is my sons all time favourite. I think the repetition appeals to young ears. He has a nut brown hair that he sleeps with. Just like his little best friend. #fortheloveofblog

  25. July 3, 2016 / 01:39

    I am so sad about the referendum too. We are moving our family back to the UK in three weeks and any anxiety I had has now tripled. On a positive note, I will definitely be creeping your other posts to find out how to increase my measly stats! x PS – congrats on the -3lbs!
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  26. July 3, 2016 / 09:04

    Sorry to hear about your Grandma. Glad to hear that your daughter is on the mend, as whooping cough is so scary. BML16 sounded like good fun. It must be so lovely to meet up with people you’ve met online. I hope next week is a good one. Alison X #forthrloveofBLOG

  27. July 3, 2016 / 16:18

    I’m sorry to hear about your Granny but great news about the whooping cough. It’s awful seeing your little ones poorly! Fingers crossed she will be back to 100% in no time #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. July 3, 2016 / 21:49

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I have also just lost someone – my uncle – so I know how you are feeling. Hope all is okay. I am glad that the rest of your week was good tbough!

  29. July 3, 2016 / 22:36

    So sorry your granny has passed away and I share your sadness about the EU result. Its a very scary time. But…I was so pleased to finally meet you at BMLs! I keep thinking about how much I enjoyed meeting everyone. I really hope you have a better week this week and your stats keep up their spiky trajectory πŸ˜‰ #FortheloveofBlog

  30. July 4, 2016 / 20:07

    I am so sorry to hear about your granny, my thoughts are with you. I feel the same about the eu result πŸ™ x #fortheloveofBLOG

  31. July 9, 2016 / 22:11

    Sorry to hear about your granny but glad to hear Sophies whooping cough is getting better. I am also really upset about the EU Vote….so much uncertainty for our future now and it makes me really sad… Sorry my comment is so late! This is for last weeks #ForTheLoveOfBlog
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