What ignited and excited me in 2017?

At the beginning of last year I wrote a post entitled 'What will ignite and excite you in 2017'. I thought with it being the start of the new year I would take it upon myself to revisit that post and recap just what did ignite and excite me during the year. This is what I discovered.

Arts and crafts, books, walks and making our house a home have been the main things we've taken part in this past year.

January & February 

De-cluttering has been an on going process in this house throughout the year. I'm pleased to read that I'm not alone in this and this post by The Daisy Pages entitled Decluttering - when does it end? sums up that we never come to the end of this activity! Some vloggers fill a box a month and send it on it's way so this is something I feel is doable. The home is an ongoing project ever evolving and has our heart.


What ignited and excited me in 2017

In March we headed to Camp Wilderness where we took part in a number of outdoor activities and met numerous other bloggers including the fantastic Talya from Motherhood the Real Deal. 

April &May 

What ignited and excited me in 2017

In May we headed to Westonbirt Arboretum and fell in love with the place. Not only does it have the great Gruffalo trail but it is a great place to track the seasons. 


What ignited and excited me in 2017

We also took a break away to Windermere as a family and thoroughly enjoyed our stay that as soon as we got back hubby was desperate to get back there again. As for myself I would love to see the world.

July, August & September

What ignited and excited me in 2017

Adventures are one thing we love to undertake as a family and we had plenty of those in France. We love learning about the place we (and our family) live in. 


Two wonderful things happened to us in October that I thoroughly enjoyed. The first was BlogCamponBoard where I met several wonderful bloggers and was treated to a great day out.

Then later on in the month the family and I went to Roves Farm where we enjoyed their fireworks display. 


In November we were treated to swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks


Just before Christmas I was given the news that I didn't want to hear from my doctor. My sugar levels were through the roof! Therefore, all my blood cells appeared sticky and drunk on sugar! I'm angered by myself for over indulging on chocolate but also my genes too. 

While food may feel like my nemesis right now. There are lots of lovely calorie free things I have found to treat myself too such as being invited to Blenheim Palace where we took a festive walk through their grounds. Kirstie's Handmade Christmas made a return to our screens and I enjoyed making our home all festive and counted down the days with Makelight Advent

So what will 2018 have in store for me and my family we will have to wait and see. I'm certainly hoping for lots of positives.

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  1. When you look through a year like this, it can be overwhelming to see how good life is overall! Another blogging gift. #fortheloveBLOG

    1. Life certainly has had its positives although one negative stands out to me.

  2. I hope your sugar levels improve. You have had a lovely year filled with lots of wonderful days and activities, I have been decluttering too it must be a January thing. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  3. Hi Helena, I love looking back over the year like this as it's easy to forget positive things that may have happened. I really must get into the habit of decluttering more, I am a bit of a 'just in case' hoarder. I remember reading your Camp Wilderness post, I can't believe it was back in March! That is scary!... I'm sorry to hear about your blood sugar levels. I'd hate to do a blood test now as I love sugar and have really over done ti this Christmas.

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2018. Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  4. You have done some wonderful things over the course of the year, some lovely memories for you and your children to cherish.

  5. You have some lovely positive experiences to look back on, memories to cherish.

  6. I love reading posts like this, it's so lovely to look back on everything that has been achieved in 2017. I especially love your photos from Windermere, it's a place that I love to visit, too...but I don't get there nearly as often enough as I'd like. Thank you for sharing my blog post and I hope that you have a great 2018 xx

  7. Ah I went to blogCampOnBoard, it's in my hometown and was a great day. We ended up doing 2 Gruffalo Trails as J loved it so much #ShareYourYear

  8. Wishing you a very happy 2018! We love our local Gruffalo trail and I keep meaning to check out the one at Westonbirt, as I remember the forest there from when I was little. Camp Wilderness sounded amazing, and Windemere is on my list for our family travel plans - we went there pre-kids and loved it and I want them to see it all as well. I hope your sugar levels stabilise this year and you can get them under control. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  9. What a lovely way to document and look back over a year. We have a local Gruffalo trail and the kids, although perhaps a little old for it now, still love it! #thesatsesh

  10. So nice to have a look through your year - a great way to document all that you did! You got up to so much. The blog camp on board looked amazing, I saw a few pics from other bloggers. Thanks for linking up with #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. Looks like you had a really good year!! I love Windermere and have been twice this year!! #sharingthebloglove

  12. Sounds like a lovely year. Very active and filled with great places. Hope your blood sugar behaves again pronto though! #MMBC

  13. sorry to hear about your sugar hope 2018 settles that for you and I agree the to do lists and decluttering never ever end! #SharingTheBlogLove

  14. You have had an amazing year by the looks of it filled with plenty of excitement.

    Here's hoping 2018 is just as exciting for you.


  15. Sorry to hear about the bad news from the dr. but some really lovely photos here of super family memories and there sounds like lots of good moments in 2017. I'd love to go to lake windmere with our kids - I have fond memories from when I was a child. Happy 2018 xx #thesatsesh xx

  16. It sounds like you've had a great year. I was at BlogCamponBoard! Sorry I didn't get to meet you there. What a crazy day it was! I'm sorry about the blood sugar issues and hope those get easier for you. #thesatsesh

  17. What a fun year you've had, sounds like you and your family have had lots of great adventures.

  18. What a fantastic year you've had! Sorry to read about your blood sugar levels, I hope you can get this sorted soon. Realy intrigued by that Blogcamponboard thing!

  19. Camp Wilderness looks amazing, and hopefully you can start to get the sugar levels where they need to be, good luck! Thanks for linking up with #ShareYourYear!


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