Friday, 19 December 2014

Point and Shoot

Wow last weekend really was a busy one!

On Friday night the hubby and I had a much needed night away. We stayed in a fantastic hotel and had an amazingly delicious meal.

Saturday was just a regular Saturday, we played together, went shopping and spent quality time together.

Sunday was the day that Christmas finally arrived to the Hijacked By Twins household! The hubby announced on Sunday morning that we were going to go Christmas tree shopping. Not for a usual artificial tree, but for a real one! Hubby has always known that I have longed for a real tree. So this year we made it into a big occassion for the family. We all got wrapped up and went to get our tree. The children loved it as much as the hubby and I did. We even bought a few new baubles to make it an experience that we would all treasure. After we had bought our tree we took it home and spent the rest of the afternoon decorating it. This is the first year that the twins have really understood Christmas and it really is such a magical time.

Here is our weekend in pictures...

Word of the Week - 19th December 2014

There is only one word that can sum up this week. That word is...


This is the fourth time that I have written my Word of the Week post. After changing my mind a lot as I was writing last night I shut the laptop down and decided I would write my Word of the Week this morning.

The words that could summarise this week are exhausted, traditional, Christmassy, anxiety, pride and accomplishment! Wow that is a lot words and a lot of emotions. Now do you understand why I chose indecisive?!?!

I have felt exhausted this week after a few late nights. Not late nights because I have been out but late night because I have been blogging until late and then struggled to sleep as I start thinking about what I need to get done.

Traditional as we have chosen a traditional, real Christmas tree this year instead of our usual artificial one. I have always wanted a real tree and on Sunday the hubby surprised us all by suggesting we all go out and choose our tree. It was a lovely family outing and we are going to make it into our family Christmas tradition to go real tree shopping each year.

Christmassy (if that is a word!) as now we have our tree the house is finally decorated. The children love the lights and the decorations. This year the twins understand Christmas a lot more which is lovely.

My anxiety has been up this week. I am assuming that it is because I am thinking about what needs doing before Christmas and the list does seem endless. However, today, I am feeling good and I can see that I am getting through the list and everything will be ready by the big day.

Pride sums up how I felt yesterday. We went to watch Joseph's Christmas service at the church. This year Joseph stood up and spoke his lines with more confidence than before. He does often lack in confidence but it is lovely to see that it is growing.

I feel accomplished as my Center Parcs Winter Wonderland is now live and includes my first blog video. I am also up to date with my reviews and collaborative posts which means I can truly relax over Christmas. I am planning to have a few posts scheduled so that on Christmas eve, or even the day before if I am lucky, I can shut the laptop down and leave it until after the weekend!

This week has been up and down and I have felt a mixture of emotions. Today is Joseph's last day at school before the manic few days before Christmas.

I hope you all have a....

As always I am sharing my word of the week with the lovely Jocelyn from The Reading Residence.

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 18 December 2014

5 Tips To Improve The General Running Of Your Blog

Starting and maintaining a blog may seem really simple, but it's amazing how many bloggers give up early on because they either get bored or underestimate the amount of work involved. In reality though, managing a blog can be easy if you follow certain advice - and here are five of my top tips that can help to improve the general running of your blog.

1. Schedule Posts
One of the reasons why so many blogs fail is that the bloggers can't find the time to post regular and relevant content. One thing that I do is to schedule blog posts. If I have some free time, I write multiple posts in one day, and use my blog dashboard to schedule these posts to go live at different times on different days. You can even schedule tweets and Facebook posts to publicise these new blog posts when they go live, meaning that you have fresh new content appearing online without the need for too much regular work.

2. Take A Look At Your Layout 
Load up your blog's homepage, and try and think objectively about what visitors would think. Is it too cluttered, or too full of ads? You'll want to gain the trust of visitors, so make it look as professional and clean as possible.

3. Promote Your Posts
How are you currently sharing new posts? I use social media as one of the key tools to shout about my new blog posts, and you should be doing the same. You could also consider signing up to blog directories, which will share new posts as they are published, and commenting on posts on other blogs (including a link to any relevant posts on your own blog) can also help to spread the word.

4. Keep An Eye On Your Analytics
I've installed analytics software, Google Analytics, that allows me to see where visitors to my blog are coming from, which posts they are reading and the search terms that they've typed in that have led them to my blog. By monitoring these stats, you'll be able to see which types of post get you the most readers, giving you an idea of the sort of content that appeals most to your audience and keeps them coming back.

5. Install Antivirus Software
When it comes to blogging, you can't be too careful as far as security is concerned. Choose the best antivirus software you can find to keep your blog safe; this will help to protect your passwords and make it more difficult for hackers to make changes to your blog or even destroy it completely.

Disclosure: Collaborative post