Life Lately: The April Edition

Can we all just take a moment to mourn April, which passed us by way too quickly?  I know, I know, all bloggers say it but my life is really flashing before my eyes this year.  I blinked and somehow we’re in May.  That’s almost halfway through 2017.  At least rate, I’ll be collecting my pension before I know it.  (Well, I will be if they don’t raise the pension age to 95 by then!)

I interrupt the regular blog programming to take a pause and take stock of the month that has just passed.  It’s been a bit of a blur but I’ll do my best to give you a quick round up of April’s happenings.


As usual, it’s been a bit of a hectic month.  Luckily we had the Easter holidays to make sure we had some quality family time.  We finally all got to the cinema to see Beauty and the Beast, had a few family days out to Newstead Abbey and Chatsworth, took Mini Mess to her first school birthday party and much more besides.


It has been a pretty amazing month for the blog, which has really helped to boost my moral and motivation for blogging.  After a bit of a dry spell I’ve started to get invited to some blogging events and they’ve been brilliant.  Blogging is not all about the free stuff, but when you’re invited to events and work with brands it can help to make you feel like the work you are doing is worthwhile.  Not to mention the fact that it’s always great to have something interesting to write about.

April also saw the first time I paid for an advertising slot on  When deciding on who to advertise with I could only choose Jemma from Dorkface.  She was one of the first people who really taught me how supportive bloggers can be for each other and I knew I wanted to support that right back. As a first advertising experiment I would have to say it was a great success and I certainly hope to do it again in the future.

Partially due to advertising, and hopefully better content and promotion April saw my best ever blog stats.  I know it’s not all about the numbers, but seeing that little graph go upwards is certainly never going to be an unpleasant sight.

My three most popular posts from April were:

Dear Diary: If only I’d worked harder

Fashion | An Everyday Princess look feat. Lindy Bop

Beauty Review | Lush The Golden Egg Bath Bomb

Looking forward

Thanks to a pretty great April, I am so excited for May.  I have another couple of great blog events lined up, as well as (hopefully) some great new content.  I don’t currently have too may personal plans, so hopefully this will leave plenty of time for rest and recreation.  Then we have the half term to look forward to right at the end of May.

I hope you all have a fabulous May and I’ll see you for another catchup in a month’s time.



  1. Abbeylouisarose says:

    Congratulations on a really successful month, Stacey! I’ve heard so many people say that Jemma’s advertising has given them a massive boost, I am very tempted to book a package myself! It’s great to hear that you’ve been attending blogger events as well, I always find them really motivating – talking to other like minded bloggers is just wonderful! I hope May continues along the same vein!

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  2. Lucy says:

    Congratulations on the growth of blog stats! I think I will always be a little blogger and never invited to anything but just love writing and the supportive friends I have made! xxxxxx

  3. Rachael | Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    Hmm I’m interested in trying Jemma’s advertising, if it helped you! I’ve tried it with bigger and smaller bloggers last year and it was seriously a waste of money. No fault to them they kept up their end of the bargain but I gained no traction and barely any visits from it.
    It was nice to see you in April again, hopefully it won’t be long until we cross paths again!
    Rachael http://helplesswhilstdrying,com

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