Its official, I’ve been blogging on My life In Rose Tinted Glasses for ONE YEAR!! I have to admit blogging is way more complicated than I ever imagined!! I was one of those people that was under the impression that I’d make a free blog on wordpress or blogger, begin to write stuff that I hoped other people would find interesting, I’d share it on facebook and if I got 100 views that day I’d be pretty confident that I’m doing well… Yeah, blogging really isn’t that straight forward!! You eventually want to buy your own domain, go self hosted, include adds and affiliate links, write quality content more than twice a month (twice a week is really the expectation), learn basic SEO skills, get thousands of views a day, continue to grow your social media platforms, take the most Pinterest worthy photos, get sponsors and collabs… the list is forever growing!! The thing is though, I really enjoy blogging even with all the unwritten rules that go with it!

Blogging to most looks glamorous and ‘easy’ but its neither of those things, blogging takes time, a lot of time and can sometimes be quite stressful if you put too much pressure on yourself. In my first year of blogging I have learnt that its not always going to turn out how I want it to, I might struggle for material sometimes and thats okay, everyone does! Not everyone in the blogging community is going to like me and really, thats okay too. I might write content that people skim through or don’t find interesting, but others will! Not every post I write will go viral and be an overnight success! I might not always take the best photos but we can’t be perfect all the time can we? And I’m NEVER going to have a friend who chills with me 24/7 taking the most professional, cute looking photos of me for my blog!! And yet, even though sometimes hard, blogging is still something I love to do!

Throughout this first year I’ve grown in confidence, I feel less awkward and anxious in social situations than I did before and its really helped me to find myself again (how cliche can I sound right?). I’ve made some incredible friends and had the chance to meet a few too!! My writing style has improved and I’m writing more content a month than when I first started. I even became a blogging contributor on which I thoroughly enjoy! I now have a clear vision of how I want to improve my blog over this next year and I thank each and every one of you that stops by every now and again and hope you continue to read my ramblings!

Now we get to the fun part, here are some of my favourite posts from the year that you may have missed…  enjoy!!



Then I had that post that went viral… This was something I was so not ready for, it was just a post I’d written to put something up on the blog. It was a hit and really helped me get to the 132k+ views that I have today!

This was a post that really didn’t need much from me but turned out to be a hilarious compilation of embarrassing moments from people of all walks of life. I wrote this pretty early on when I started the blog so a lot of you missed this one!

Here is a post where I got a little real about parenthood and its day to day struggles, I wrote this after reading a hideous post from someone without kids complaining about her friends with children not having time to do anything else but be a mum… I’ll leave it there!

Now this is a post that I felt compelled to write, at this point I wasn’t sure how personal I wanted to be on the blog so I pulled it back a little. This post really helped me get back to being me again!

This was a little post I wrote on life lessons, not wanting to bore people with an explanation for each of them it became more of a list albeit a motivational list!!

Here is the post where I decided being a little personal on the blog couldn’t be all that bad so I gave it a go and its one of my most motivational posts yet!

This was a post I felt I just had to write after spending the afternoon at a soft play centre. Parenting can really bring the worst out in some people… This one was a massive hit and sadly enough a lot of other mums could relate!

I also wrote that post on spotting fake friends and why you shouldn’t have to put up with them!

These are just a few posts that you’ll find on my little blog, once I had a clear focus on what I wanted my blog to be it became a lifestyle blog where I now write anything from what you see above to recipes, makeup tutorials & reviews and so much more!

Again, thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my blog, you’re all awesome!! Thank you to everyone who is so supportive and motivates me when I need it, you’re all such great friends! And finally, thank you to everyone who subscribes, shares and truly supports my blog, its definitely not easy so you guys make it worth it!!




  1. kira January 27, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! I have read your blog quite a lot over the past year and have really loved it! Blogging can be a lot more time consuming than most people expect making it pretty difficult at times! All the best for your second year of blogging!

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Awwww thank you so much Kira!! It really can be difficult, how do people who work constantly do it!?

  2. Gareth Torrance January 27, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Happy blogiversary! One year is a tremendous achievement (coming from someone who hasn’t even hit 6 months yet)

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Oh it feels like it!! Thanks so much Gareth, keep on going you’ll do just great!

  3. Jade Bremner January 27, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Happy Blogiversary. I hope you have many more years to come with a good successful blog x

  4. Rhian Westbury January 27, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for one year, your blog looks amazing for that. Happy blogiversary x

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Awwh thank you Rhian thats such a compliment!!! I love it there is so much more to do!!

  5. Sarah Bailey January 27, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Congratulations on your one year in blogging! It really is quite an accomplishment as you have learned there really is a lot to this blogging business. I wish you many more years of success x

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! You have been a big help in this with your constant support to other bloggers, even clueless ones like me!! Xox

  6. Whatlauraloves January 27, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! My first ever post was a total shambles so I can relate but we all had to start somewhere didn’t we! xxx

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Hahaha we absolutely do!! I’m glad it wasn’t just me, you can really notice how far you’ve got when you evaluate where you was to where you are now! xox

  7. jojo140883 January 27, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I love your truth about parenting post! Happy Blogiversary hun, keep up the good work x

    • cheskaaanels January 27, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you lovely!! Glad to hear people are enjoying some of my content! 🙂

  8. Stressed Mum January 27, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Happy one year blogiversary it is such an achievement, I hit mine last year and felt like I had achieved something to be still writing my blog, still have people read my blog and that I was enjoying it. It is hard work but also rewarding x

  9. joannavictoria January 27, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Happy one year blogiversary. It is so true that it looks easy to some people but they don’t realise the hard work it takes to keep a blog going. Here’s to many more years of blogging.

  10. hann182014 January 27, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Happy one year blog anniversary. You’re doing a great job at blogging x

    • cheskaaanels January 28, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Awwh thank you lovely!! Its great to feel encouraged!

  11. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) January 28, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Happy 1st Blog birthday – can you remember your life before blogging took over? The years will just fly by now and its amazing how many new skills we learn by blogging

    • cheskaaanels January 28, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      It is!!! Oh what is life without blogging???

  12. stephanie January 28, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Congratulations on reaching your one year milestone! It’s an amazing achievement – here’s to many more years blogging! x

  13. Ana De-Jesus January 29, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Holy shit that is amazing gurl, how many views did your viral post get? I think the closest to viral that my blog got was when I got over 1,000 views in one day when I posted about embracing my small boobs and my struggle with dealing BDD . Congrats on one year hun xx

    • cheskaaanels January 29, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      I know it was so unexpected its currently had 108k views! During the first 24 hours posted it got 48k so I was ecstatic! Oooo I love that post of yours, you always write so beautifully! Thank you lovely xoxox

  14. lisalambert38 - January 29, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Happy 1st blooming birthday I thought it would be a breeze too and learned quickly it was hard work but I love every second of it I’m 1 yrs 3 maths old

    • cheskaaanels January 29, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Oh thats awesome congrats on your achievement too!

  15. Agata @BarkTime January 29, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! I hope years to come will give you as much enjoyment as the first year of blogging.

  16. Anosa January 30, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Happy Blogavesary, you have learnt important lessons in blogging already. I didn’t learn much until my second year when things started to make sense and I decided what I wanted to do with my blog. Wishing you many more years of blogging

    • cheskaaanels January 30, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks so much!! Hopefully going to make some changes this year so its all exciting and slightly nerve wracking!

  17. Jessica & James January 30, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Omg happy blogaversary! Honestly loved this read, love how real and expressive the you are with everything. You’ve achieved so much in a year and we’re so proud to be following your journey!

    Jessica & James |

    • cheskaaanels January 30, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Awwwh guys I love you both!!! Thanks for being amazing supporters and friends you have made my first blogging year such a gooden’


  18. fashionmommywm January 30, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Congratulations on your first blog birthday, a lovely achievement.

  19. Rachel January 31, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Ahh Happy Blogging Birthday! Congrats, it’s such a great achievement! xo

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