Gone But Not Forgotten

I’ve thought a lot about writing this post.

I haven’t posted on here for over 6 months. Things all got a bit much and days turned into weeks, which turned into, well, 6 months.

I started putting so much pressure on myself to post that it wasn’t enjoyable anymore, it was a chore.

2014 was a busy year for me; the blog started taking off, I had a new job, I was planning our wedding, I started a new business, and I had a bad injury to get over. So blogging just fell by the wayside a little bit and before I knew it, it felt like it was too late. Like when you mean to text someone back for something important, but something comes up and you forget, and then time goes by and you feel like too much has passed, you know what I mean?

But, unbelievably, people are still reading what I wrote last year! People are still visiting, liking, following and commenting! And that’s what has really spurred me on to write this post.

So. Things are going to be changing around here, for the better I hope.

I’m still going to be writing posts, not because I have to, but because I WANT to. I’m not going to pressure myself into posting X amount of posts per week, and I’m not going to pigeon-hole myself into JUST baking, beauty or whatever. Yes, this was mainly a baking blog, and you’ll still see some great recipes on here, but going forward, I’m going to post about the things I love, as and when I want to.

I hope that’s ok with you guys and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with you!

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Gone But Not Forgotten

I’ve thought a lot about writing this post.

I haven’t posted on here for over 6 months. Things all got a bit much and days turned into weeks, which turned into, well, 6 months.

I started putting so much pressure on myself to post that it wasn’t enjoyable anymore, it was a chore.

2014 was a busy year for me; the blog started taking off, I had a new job, I was planning our wedding, I started a new business, and I had a bad injury to get over. So blogging just fell by the wayside a little bit and before I knew it, it felt like it was too late. Like when you mean to text someone back for something important, but something comes up and you forget, and then time goes by and you feel like too much has passed, you know what I mean?

But, unbelievably, people are still reading what I wrote last year! People are still visiting, liking, following and commenting! And that’s what has really spurred me on to write this post.

So. Things are going to be changing around here, for the better I hope.

I’m still going to be writing posts, not because I have to, but because I WANT to. I’m not going to pressure myself into posting X amount of posts per week, and I’m not going to pigeon-hole myself into JUST baking, beauty or whatever. Yes, this was mainly a baking blog, and you’ll still see some great recipes on here, but going forward, I’m going to post about the things I love, as and when I want to.

I hope that’s ok with you guys and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with you!

Gone But Not Forgotten

I’ve thought a lot about writing this post.

I haven’t posted on here for over 6 months. Things all got a bit much and days turned into weeks, which turned into, well, 6 months.

I started putting so much pressure on myself to post that it wasn’t enjoyable anymore, it was a chore.

2014 was a busy year for me; the blog started taking off, I had a new job, I was planning our wedding, I started a new business, and I had a bad injury to get over. So blogging just fell by the wayside a little bit and before I knew it, it felt like it was too late. Like when you mean to text someone back for something important, but something comes up and you forget, and then time goes by and you feel like too much has passed, you know what I mean?

But, unbelievably, people are still reading what I wrote last year! People are still visiting, liking, following and commenting! And that’s what has really spurred me on to write this post.

So. Things are going to be changing around here, for the better I hope.

I’m still going to be writing posts, not because I have to, but because I WANT to. I’m not going to pressure myself into posting X amount of posts per week, and I’m not going to pigeon-hole myself into JUST baking, beauty or whatever. Yes, this was mainly a baking blog, and you’ll still see some great recipes on here, but going forward, I’m going to post about the things I love, as and when I want to.

I hope that’s ok with you guys and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with you!

Pet Pawtraits Competition

There’s a competition at the moment to find the best picture of a blogger with their pets and the winner wins a £200 voucher for their pet! The competition is called Pet Pawtraits and is on behalf of Animal Friends Pet Insurance.

I just HAD to enter a picture of Lola and Sherlock (unfortunately I have to be in it too but never mind!).

So here is my entry – I love this picture of the three of us! Fingers crossed…

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Top Of The Blogs

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Since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve had quite a lot of people, particularly friends and family, ask me which other blogs I would recommend. So I thought it’d be good to give you a list of my favourite blogs.

Before I started writing Eat Sleep Bake Repeat, I’d been follwing blogs for about a year. I use Bloglovin’ to keep up to date; if you don’t use it, and you follow blogs, you should. It’s an app which you can download onto your smartphone which tells you each time your favourite blogs publish a new post – you’ll never miss out on a post again, and won’t get millions of emails every time individual blogs update.

So I’d been enjoying these blogs and finally decided that it was time to get in there and start my own. These are the ones which inspired me to go for it, and which I love to read

<p>A Beautiful Mess

This is a really popular blog, written by two sisters in the USA. It’s really varied with recipes, DIY, craft projects, fashion and lifestyle. It’s got a lot of followers (they’ve even got their own app) and have some really interesting features on there.

Hannahhotcakes

Hannah is actually a friend of a friend and hers was the first ever blog I started following. It’s very down to earth and personal. I love hearing about her life and seeing the recipes she posts – I’ve made a few of them and they always turn out well. It’s nice to read a blog by someone “normal” and not one of the career bloggers who just do it for money!

Cake vs Scales

I feel like this blog is made for me a little bit – Katie is really healthy (I try to be but it doesn’t always happen) and she gives loads of motivational tips which can boost me when I can’t be bothered! Saying that, she isn’t a super health freak and does tell us about her failings, which make her easy to relate to. Keep it up Katie 🙂

Tinned Tomatoes

This is a veggie blog with some great ideas and recipes on it. Being a vegetarian myself it’s always nice to have more ideas! Jacqueline, who writes the blog, was so friendly when I set up my own and gave me some really good advice. Check this blog out for easy to follow and delicious food ideas.

Baggy Bulldogs

I just had to put this one in here. You may have seen pictures of Lola, our British Bulldog, on this blog. I completely love her. Baggy Bulldogs is a blog totally devoted to funny and cute pictures and videos of this awesome breed! One day, maybe, Lola might get her own post 😉

Sally’s Baking Addiction

OMG, the most awesome baking ideas and recipes. Sally is a creative genius when it comes to baking (how she isn’t the size of a house I’ll never understand). Plus her photography skills are MAAAAAD. I want my blog to be like hers! She even has her own cookbook coming out soon – how cool is that?!

A Thrifty Mrs

I LOVE LOVE LOVE a bargain, and this blog has plenty of them. There are freebies, money saving tips and sales alerts on this blog. I wouldn’t be without it and over the past year I’ve saved a fair amount by reading this blog.

Lily Pebbles

Again, a really popular blog which is pretty much all based around beauty and fashion. Some of her posts are a bit high-end for me, but she has some really great finds and tips and I’ve definitely learnt more about beauty since following her blog.

Miss Budget Beauty

As the name suggests, she writes a lot more about budget beauty products, which suits me down to the ground. I find her blog so useful, especially around Christmas time when she did some great posts about gifts to give in a certain price range.

Scarletscorchdroppers

I’ve only been following this blog for a couple of days but it has already made its way to my top ten. A fab baking blog filled with lots of the best looking cakes ever – you will want to make every single recipe, I’m telling you now. Read this blog at your peril, it will make you fat, and poor (from the amount you’ll spend on ingredients!).

So there we go, those are my top ten! What are your favourite blogs? What do you think of these?

The One Hundred Club!!

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This is just a little post to say a big THANK YOU! I’ve hit 100 followers and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you.

When I first started writing this blog only two months ago I didn’t really think anybody would read it, so to have reached one hundred follwers feels like a massive achievement.

I hope you’re enjoying it, and I welcome any feedback from you – I love reading your comments so keep ’em coming!

If you have any post suggestions or recipe requests, I’d love to hear about them. You can contact me on here or email me at meow_2u@hotmail.com.

Kim x

Happy New Year!

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Well, the new year is upon us! Happy New Year to all of my readers and followers, I hope you had a lovely night last night no matter what you did.

I may have mentioned that NYE is my birthday. It’s a RUBBISH day to have a birthday because people are always busy and it’s hard to get a group together. So this year I staked my claim early and said I would have a little gathering. Last night we welcomed into our home a few of our close friends and celebrated 2013 being a great year, and all that’s to come in 2014.

Personally, 2013 has been a great year for me, the highlights being buying our first home together, going on some great trips and Mike asking me to be his wife!! Yay! 2014 will be a busy year of wedding planning and house decorating, and this time next year I’ll be a married woman 😀

I’m not normally one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I have been having a think and I’d like to share with you a few changes or aspirations for the coming year….

1. I am going to cut out some dairy products. I’m intolerant to certain dairy. This includes cream, ice cream, soft cheeses, milk, and chocolate in larger quantities. I’m quite naughty in that I normally eat these items anyway, because, well, they’re yummy!! But continuing to eat them has begun to really affect my health, so I’m cutting them out and will slowly re-introduce them in 6 months time or so. Same goes for fizzy drinks.

2. I will try to stop swearing so much! Self explanatory!

3. I will continue to write and grow this blog – it’s only been going for a couple of months but I’ve really enjoyed writing it, sharing my recipes and hearing your feedback. May Eat Sleep Bake Repeat continue through 2014.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Have you made any or are they not for you?

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