One thousand blog posts

This is my one thousandth blog post.


Who’d have ever thought when I wrote those first initial “diary entry” type posts to help me remember the moments and milestones in Ben and Chloe’s lives that I’d be here – one thousand posts later, writing an award winning blog which has offered me countless opportunities and new friendships

Blogging has, in many ways, taken over my life.  I mentally write posts in the shower, in bed, whilst I’m driving or on days out.  I constantly photograph and film things (in fairness I was doing that anyway, I just have a platform for sharing them now and an audience who are interested).

I certainly never thought that blogging would become a paying job as well as a hobby. 

Over the last 999 blog posts I’ve shared the end of my final pregnancy and then regular Amy Watch updates as she grows, our seasonal Bucket Lists are now into their third year.  There’s been toilet training, first days of school, weekends away and adventures galore, along with updates about our on-going extension project, home style projects and the odd rant along the way.  I love looking back on my blog and thinking “What was I writing this time last year?”  My blog has given me space to record my thoughts and the adventures of our family, a legacy to look back on in years to come.

I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite blog posts from the last couple of years: 

Why we’re a Cbeebies household – I wrote this post a couple of years ago and it still pretty much rings true though we’ve now added in CBBC for Ben when the girls aren’t there and they definitely enjoy a film or two now that they’ve got longer concentration spans.

The days are long but the years are short – This phrase absolutely sums up my life right now.  I love my work / life balance and the fact I get to stay at home with my little ones so much, however there are days when I’m tearing my hair out and need to remind myself that these days won’t last and that I really do need to appreciate every second of them! 

Three under 5 – I wrote this post just before Ben turned 5.  The phrase “three under 5” seems to strike fear into people’s hearts and did mine when I first realised I was pregnant.  I saw another mum in the school playground earlier this year with her newborn and thought “Gosh, they’re close together, she must be mad!” and then realised that her age gaps were exactly the same as mine and people must have looked at me in exactly the same way.  Now that I have 2, 4 and 6 people don’t seem to be quite so shocked but it does make me smile on occasion when people ask me if Amy is my first.

Three is too many – After over hearing a flippant comment in the park, which in fairness was not actually anything to do with me, this post just festered away in me until I spilled it out all over my keyboard!

Fined for being late to school – my friend Pippa just told me that she likes the blog posts I write with my “teacher head on” – well this is one of those! 

Getting the snip – Word from the Mr – and finally, one of Dave’s very first guest posts on my blog – sharing his experience of vasectomy.

So, thanks for reading so far . . . stick with it, there’s more to come! 



  1. November 10, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Congratulations! You have worked so hard at those 1K posts – looking forward to the next 1000. Will you reach them by Christmas? 😉 x

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      I'm busy Helen but I'm not THAT busy.

  2. Pippa Ainsworth
    November 10, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    Congratulations on 1000 posts lovely. Here's to thousands more! I do enjoy your teacher head posts, I rely on you to understand a fair bit of the school stuff, as you know, and those posts are always an interesting read.

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      I shall endeavour to publish more for you lovely. I have so many in my head that I never quite get time to write!

  3. Dave H
    November 10, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Well done dude – one of my favourite and nicest bloggers around 🙂 Here's to another 1000!

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Aw thanks love *blush* 😀 x

  4. November 10, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    YAY! A huge milestone and I am so proud of you for this award winning blog. It will always be one of my favourites – not just because you have the cutest blogger kid ever either! x

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Donna, I really do appreciate all your support!

  5. Clare Nicholas
    November 10, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    A huge milestone.
    Well done lovely.

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Clare x

  6. Clare Nicholas
    November 10, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    A huge milestone.
    Well done lovely.

  7. November 10, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Well done Colette. Your blog is a credit to you x

    • November 10, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Jo x

  8. November 11, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Congratulations on 1k, what an achievement. I love your blog!
    Looking forward to reading your next 1k xx

  9. November 13, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Well done, that is a hell of a lot of writing. I am no where near that lol xx

  10. November 13, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Congratulations! I will come back and read some of your favourite posts tonight 🙂 xx

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Hope you enjoy them!

  11. November 13, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    WOW, congratulations to reaching 1000 posts! I get to about 200 and then start another blog! I must try to be more dedicated to one blog.

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      I can't imagine doing that, I rather hope this blog just grows and changes with us x

  12. Sarah Cantwell
    November 13, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    1000 blog posts! Well done mama! Look what you have achieved. I hope one day I'll be half as successful as you xxx

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you Sarah, that's a lovely think to say 🙂

  13. November 13, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    How exciting! It must be great to look back over ask your posts and see how your family has changed.

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      I think that's one of the things I love most! After all, that's why I started in the first place x

  14. November 13, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Wow!! One thousand posts that's an amazing achievement. Such a cute little record for your little ones to look over when they're older. I'd love something like that from my childhood x

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      I hope so Nicola! Fingers crossed they won't be too embarassed by it!

  15. November 13, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    1000 blogs!! Amazing well done you. Such an amazing thing and so many memories for you to look back on xx

  16. November 13, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    wow a thousand that is amazing! I enjoy reading your 'tell it like it is' posts like the three is too many one x

    • November 13, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you – I must admit those some of the posts I most enjoy writing! x

  17. Jenna Richards
    November 13, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Wow, what an incredible blogging milestone. 🙂 I'm glad this blog has brought you amazing opportunities and friendships.

    I'd quite like 3 children (although I reckon I'm likely to change my mind)! Off to read your "Three is too many" post.

  18. Mrs H
    November 13, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Wow, that is amazing. 1,000 blog posts. You have certainly been busy. I love the way blogging gives so much to so many people. It is so much more than a hobby. But unless you are a blogger then you never understand it. I've been trying to persuade Mr H to do a guest post on my blog for months. How did you manage to convince your Mr to write a post? Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  19. Kellie Kearney
    November 14, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Wow 1k posts CONGRATS! I'm at something like 200. I don't blog very often though in fairness.

  20. Zoë Forde
    November 14, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Wow, Congratulations! Huge achievement to have been at it for so long 🙂 well done x

  21. November 14, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    Congratulations on your 1000th post. I know what you mean about writing blog posts in your head. I get it a lot at 3 am. Annoying. Great round up too and I look forward to reading some more posts from you. Xx

  22. November 15, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Well done on all of your 1000 posts! You work super hard on your blog and it has paid off. Congratulations!

  23. June 27, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Wow – and now you’re on an unknown number far beyond it! And a successful You Tuber to boot. Thanks for being there – even if I didn’t comment on this at the time!! What kind of shi77y friend am I? 😀 xx

    • Colette
      June 27, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Aw lass you’re the best kind x

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