Is it time to put your best boot forward? Wouldn’t that be a fabulous way to start 2018 and keep the New Year positivity going right throughout the next year?


Best Boot Forward

Do any of these questions resonate with you?

Have you got lost as the individual you are  somewhere in the  mix of juggling responsibilities?

Do you feel there must be a little more in life for you?

Have you given up on your dreams?

Do you crave just a little time for yourself or perhaps you are the opposite and would like to make new friends?

Do you look in the mirror and an inner voice starts criticising how you look?

Would you just like a little support as you take on new things?


Who can join in with Best boot Forward?

You are welcome to join in with Best Boot Forward if you are a woman who wants to make changes in your life or is actually doing so. Consider it a peer support network or a band of sisters who have your back.

How you can join in?

Read the posts on Indigo Wilderness and Kate on thin ice for inspirational ideas  and challenges.

Engage on  social media with the hashtag #bestbootforward and don’t forget we love to see you over on Instagram.

Join our Facebook group

If you blog as some of us do, you can link up with  our weekly linky which goes live on Wednesdays


Are there any rules?

Look after yourself and have fun with Best Boot Froward.. It is high time you indulged in things you enjoy or take baby steps to shake things up a bit.  You are an individual so it might involve hobbies, work, time with friends, volunteering, learning, date nights or whatever floats your particular boat.

Please try your best to visit and comment on one or more of the other posts linked up. We are all busy but you can make a real difference and feel good about yourself too if you support others along the way.

Is It Time To Put Your Best Boot Forward?


The first linky goes live on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Will you join us as we put our best boot forward?

Starting a new blog is a very exciting time and today Rachel shares her hopes for 2018 regarding her new blog

Starting A New Blog

“I am really excited about starting my brand new blog and nervous at the same time. I used to blog, it was quite successful but I had a mental blip and hated it. I was stressed, tired and depressed. I thought the only way out into the light again was to completely delete everything. All my social media accounts and my blog.

Looking back now I still don’t know if it was the right thing to do or not but I can not change the past. It must have happened for a reason and it has given me a fresh blank canvas to start all over again.

I don’t particularly have a blogging niche as yet. I have so many ideas going through my head so I will see where my ideas take me!

In my head I see myself with a successful blog and gaining an income so I can work from home freelancing but in reality I don’t have enough technical knowledge to freelance haha! I can barely manage to work my blog (embarrassing I know!).

I have set myself 2 goals for 2018 blog wise.

  1. I will start taking regular breaks away from any computer screens.
  2. To increase my self confidence, to be proud of my blog and just enjoy writing. I worry far too much what others think. That must stop!

I am really looking forward to 2018. I plan to attend BlogOn in May which I am super excited about. I did not attend any blogging conferences last year. We are also planning on going to DisneyLand Paris, we have never been before so we are very excited!”

Why not give Rachel some support at the start of her new blogging journey?



I think it was really brave of Rachel to speak so openly about starting a new blog. Will you be starting a new blog for 2018?



Today I meet mum blogger Katrina who shares the highs and lows of her blogging to date.

Mum Blogger


Why did you start to blog?

I started to blog when I had my son as a way to vent and moan and also boast and brag without bothering my friends daily who probably didn’t care.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I felt proud of my son and my achievements of being a mother and wanted to shout about it.

How do you feel about blogging today?
I love blogging but I sometimes feel I need a rocket up my bum to get motivated.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
Working with amazing brands that I could never of dreamed of working with.
What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?
I haven’t attended any yet it’s a goal for 2018 though!
Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?
I do have it linked to Adsense but have never made any money for the placements of the ads,
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Being consistent with uploads is hard to do.
What surprised you most about blogging?
The amazing people you meet along the way. If someone would of told me this whole new network of friends and people I would have done it sooner.
How do you balance blogging and family life?
I only blog when my son is asleep to keep the family time sacred.
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
If people stopped reading my content. That would be heartbreaking and make me think what’s the point.
What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?
Go with your gut. If you want to post something do it. Everyone has opinions and blogging allows us to share ours.
Is there anything else you would like to share?

That I’m grateful for Kate and the work she does for the blogging world and Facebook groups she really opens up doors and opportunities.

You can find my blog at

You can chat to me onTwitter @trinimamablogs
and see my images on Insta @trinimamabebe1
Are you a mum blogger? Would you like to share your story with me?
The Pramshed

Christmas is nearly here and I am looking forward to a gentle and peaceful one this year because that’s my kind of Christmas mixed with a few frolics of course.

To get myself in the festive spirit, I am taking up the lovely Christmas tag and thank Claire from The Pramshed blog for thinking of me. My first Christmas was spent in a children’s home of the convent variety so here is my first Christmas picture as far as I know just after my adoptive parents brought me home and when I was not yet officially theirs. Looks wise it could only get better!

My Kind Of Christmas

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

I can never get enough of the Christmas Carol and whatever version will do and I enjoy the book too. However, the one that appeals to all the family is the Muppets’ Christmas Carol. It is possibly the only time that I have enjoyed Michael Caine on screen too.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I was extremely lucky that my first son was born in November and we had snow on his first Christmas Day. I remember his half-sister holding him up to the window to show him. It is a precious memory as she left us a few months later.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

It has varied widely. Until my early teens, it was a traditional family Christmas at home in Yorkshire with my parents, brothers and Uncle Lawrence. At that point, Mum announced she would no longer be doing the full thing and we would eat out on Christmas Day from then on. So I have special memories of Christmas at home and in restaurants including the Three Nuns which my Yorkshire friends will know. I had a couple of Christmases with my brother Michael in London and remember walking in Kensington Gardens through the snow one sunny Christmas morning. Fond memories Michael in our first Christmas without you. I spent my 21st Christmas in Germany with my parents. I spent one Christmas in Carlisle with my landlord Alan’s family. I had a couple of Christmases presumably in Cambridge and Oxfordshire with my first live-in lover type person Dave. When he did the dirty, I had a Christmas alone back in Dewsbury. Christmas with Himself and the children are mainly Yorkshire ones but not any more!

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Has to be the Pogues – gives every woman an excuse to blast out “You scumbag!” and get away with it. Plus it plays to my Irish heritage and if you have not listened to the rest of the Pogues’ offerings, I highly recommend them.

Carols wise I love “O Come All Ye Faithful” with a good descant and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”

Must not forget “Last Christmas” either and hope it goes to Number One as a fitting tribute to someone lost too soon.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No. It is always Christmas morning for us and I worry that Christmas seems to start in July now which removes a bit of the special flavour of it for me.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Blitzen, Vixen, Dancer, Prancer, Cupid, Rudolph – erm! Cheating brings Dasher, Comet and Donner and who doesn’t need a kebab after a Christmas night out?

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Relaxation, family time and laughter.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

I have not got one yet but hoping to buy a real one tomorrow. I have had both over the years and usually as a long-held family tradition it goes up and is decorated on my birthday.

What’s your favourite holiday food/treat/sweet?

How do you narrow that one down? Chocolate log, Mum’s Christmas cake with cheese. Terry’s Chocolate Orange, sprouts. prawn cocktail, tomato soup. I could go on!

Be honest. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

I have always loved giving and still do. I like really listening all year and then getting something the person will adore. However, over the years, I have started to like to receive and do wish people would listen as well as I do rather than just buying really obvious stuff off the marketed supermarket shelf. Just saying Scumbag!

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

My doll’s house made by my Dad’s best friend who was a joiner with doors that you could slide right off and decorated superbly by his two sisters.

What’s your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Moscow just because I have always wanted to visit. Really it does not matter so long as I am with the right people.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?


This has changed over the years. It was always my job in my childhood home to wrap all the presents and I loved doing it and was so good at it. I was always very proud of my efforts. Nowadays, I don’t always bother to be honest going down the throw stuff in a big festive sack and keep it simple.

What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?

How on Earth can I choose one? I cherish them all. One I will share is how after Christmas lunch at home I used to join my older brothers and my cousin Sean for card games and they used to con me that I was drinking booze when actually it was just lemonade.

What made you realise the truth about Christmas?

What truth are we talking about? It’s about the birth of Jesus and then a man in a sleigh appearing in the sky.

What makes the holidays special for you?

I love how people start behaving as they should all year round with more time and care for other people. I enjoy that I let myself relax which I don’t do often enough. I enjoy that everything becomes funny for some reason instead of stressful. Memories and talking about Christmas past is very important to me too whilst also knowing and relishing that I am creating memories for my own children now.

Time for a little tagging so tell me about your kind of Christmas …


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Musings Of A Tired Mummy

Welcome to my Highs and Lows of 2017 tag for bloggers and anyone can use the questions as prompts for some thinking on the year 2017. It is good to look back and reflect on a whole year. It helps to put things in perspective. I will tag people to do a post using the same questions but anyone should feel free to join in so long as you link back to this post please. Just take the questions and answer them in a way that makes sense to you. Here is my 2017!

HIghs And Lows OF 2017

1. What was your happiest event?

Moving house to somewhere that suits us all so well. Finding a community that welcomes us with open arms.

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?

I lost my brother Michael in August. It seems so unfair that someone who was such a huge character and worked so hard all his life cannot enjoy a happy retirement.

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

Drunken and debauched night proving there is life in the old girl yet.

4. Who let you down?

I am learning in life that if people let you down you have the wrong people in your life or you are expecting more than they, for whatever reason, can give. As a result I will be making better choices in 2018.

5. Who supported you?

My husband and children.

My brothers. It is lovely that my last contact with Michael was a supportive email.

Online friends most of whom I wish I actually saw in real life at all or more often. Special women who when I hit rocky times are there until whatever hour in the morning to give me emotional back-up.

New friends and an amazing community that I am so lucky to live in.

College and school friends/

Home educators who keep me on track when I wobble about our choice to home educate my younger children.

6. Tell us what you learned

That I am braver than I think and can make a dream a reality.

That people like me and quite a lot actually – all I ever needed to do was to be myself. It just took me a while to work that out.

That real love never dies..

That I can be a huge success at work – again just a matter of self-belief.


7. Tell us what made you laugh

Laughter is a huge part of our family dynamic. We do a lot of analyzing of current affairs and television shows complete with strong opinions, wit and voices.

We have had more laughter this year than in a long time.

8. Tell us the things that made you cry

Losing a college friend for a really stupid farcical reason based on nothing at all. Much missed R!

Grief for the loss of my brother.

9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.

My oldest son is easy to be proud of – handsome, intelligent, sensitive and caring. I am proud of his GCSE results gained in a year where he missed so much school due to ill health.

My daughter feeling more safe and experimenting with a little independence like walking away from us on her own and dealing with quite a challenging situation with aplomb. I love her focus, her creativity and her kick-ass attitude!

My youngest son takes everything in his stride. I admire his self-confidence, humour and passion for cookery. I also love that he has so much wisdom and makes people behave better including myself, my husband and his friends.

10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.

Following up on a long-held dream and it working out well.

Having a higher bar in work situations.

Getting out and socializing more.


11. Tell us the challenges you overcame

I think home education is always challenging but I feel we have got more structured with it now and that suits us better. Having said that the children still have lots of time to play and to pursue their own passions.

Marriage and parenting are challenging but I am still here.


12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2018

To write fiction instead of just talking about it

To learn something new and perhaps do a course.

To continue and be even better at enjoying the present.

To continue to build on friendships old and new. To learn who is worth investing in and who is not.

To inject more fun into our home education efforts.

To remove one negative person and one negative organization from my life.

Over to you. Any blogger or reader can have a go at this one if they fancy reflecting back on the year. What were your highs and lows of 2017?

P.S. I have a little exciting announcement which has the potential to change your life for the better in 2018. Myself and the lovely Chloe from Indigo Wilderness are committed to positively improving our lives next year and encouraging other women to do the same. We are launching the Best Boot Forward campaign to help you take baby steps to what you want out of a brand New Year. That’s a little teaser – hoping you like the idea and all will be revealed about the details soon on our blogs.

How to take part in the tag and the rules.

Copy and paste the questions below and answer them on your blog linking back to this post please.


1 Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog and

2 Answer the questions

3 Tag to take part 5 or more bloggers asking them to take part and let them know on social media

4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

1. What was your happiest event?
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?.
4. Who let you down?
5. Who supported you?
6. Tell us what you learned.
7. Tell us what made you laugh
8. Tell us the things that made you cry
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud. Please miss this question out if you are not a parent.
10. Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.
11. Tell us the challenges you overcame
12. Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2018

Highs And Lows of 2017

To get this party started, I am tagging

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