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Last Minute Valentines Gift Guide For Her

Last Minute Valentines Gift Guide For Her

With Valentines day just a matter of days away, I’ve put together this last minute gift guide for those of you who are still looking for a little bit of inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect present for the lady in your life. […]

6 Ways to Survive the February Blues

6 Ways to Survive the February Blues

February is a funny old month, one which seems to arrive with no warning and knock you off your feet when you’re least expecting it. I suppose it’s the weather, the gloom, the passing of Christmas and the novelty of the new year wearing off […]

Blogging Goals for 2017

Blogging Goals for 2017


I’ve been in and out of this blogging game for quite a while now. A good few years. To start with I worked with bloggers to build my brand, then dipped my toe in the water for a bit, stepped back and focused on other things and came back with a bit of a half hearted attempt to make amielizabeth.com sing at the beginning of 2016.

Since announcing my pregnancy back in October, this little blog of mine has become what I always wanted it to be. A diary of the good and the bad, a chance to record memories which will one day be looked back upon with fond familiarity.

This year, I really want to build upon that even further and boost my confidence when it comes to recording the every day things that make up our life here and so I’ve decided to set myself some goals to help me along the way.

T A K E  B E T T E R  P H O T O ‘ S | I can’t deny it, sometimes the photographs I put are far from what I’d call blog worthy. With high up windows, getting natural light for decent photos can be a real challenge, especially during the winter months. We are going to invest in some soft boxes and also try and experiment with a few daylight light bulbs in order to combat this issue and showcase products and home features a little better. Also, we’d really like a new camera ready for when the baby arrives in order to capture his / her first moments in tip top quality but without a big budget we are struggling a little – any recommendations would be gratefully received.

P O S T  M O R E  R E G U L A R L Y | I’ve made no secret of the fact that my blog is a place for me to offload ad write about what feels right at the time, but this last year it’s fair to say that my posting pattern has been a little sporadic. While I quite like the authenticity that creates for my blog, I would quite like to get myself into a bit more of a pattern when it comes to posting. As I mentioned above, this is a place for us to record memories and with our life about to change dramatically with the arrival of our first baby I don’t want anything to go by undocumented – I’m told too often how quickly they grow up! With that in mind I would like to post three times a week with a mix of family, beauty and travel posts, but I also don’t want this hobby of mine to become a chore so will be mindful of the fact that if I don’t feel like writing one day I wont force it.

G E T  M Y  S O C I A L  M E D I A  S P A R K  B A C K |  When I first entered the world of twitter and blogging, social media was a much more ‘social’ environment than it is now. I made some of my dearest friends when working with the blogging community whilst running Beebies and it’s sad to think that that spark, that organic feel of things has gone a little. Now a days it seems like everyone is out for themselves a bit online and there’s no real socialising anymore. This year, I would like to find that again and start to make some real meaningful connections.

C R E A T E  M O R E  O F  A  B R A N D | I’ve recently renewed the look of the blog with a new logo and layout. I created the new logo in PicMonkey using a few different techniques I’ve picked up along the way. This tutorial really helped when adding the gold shimmer to the text and I found a great website with all sorts of fonts – I finally decided on Mrs Glow. In the next few weeks, I am going to take on the task of going back through all of my photos and re-watermarking them so that they match the new design and then hope to continue building upon the new look Ami Elizabeth brand throughout the year.

Have you made any blogging goals for 2017? I’d love to know what they are and whether you have any tips for how I can achieve mine.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the year!

 

 

2016 in Pictures | A Year of Change

2016 in Pictures | A Year of Change

I thought, as the year draws to a close I would write a little annual summary. It’s fair to say, I think, that 2016 has been a year of unexpected changes for us as well as a time for achieving things I never thought  I […]

Help a Homeless Person this Christmas

Help a Homeless Person this Christmas

Last year, as I walked through our town centre with arms filled with Christmas shopping and treats I passed a young homeless woman. I was taken aback by how much seeing her sat there, her pet ferret huddled in her jumper, got to me. Christmas […]

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Ah it’s that time of year again where I get to to get a bit creative with decorations and gifts. This year we’re hosting Christmas dinner and so I wanted to give our guests a little something as an after dinner treat. On the hunt for inspiration I took to Pinterest and found these and so thought I would adapt them to make some Christmas Hot Chocolate Stirrers.

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It was actually easier than I thought it would be.

Melt your chosen chocolate down over a bain marie.

Fill 10 plastic shot glasses to the half way point and stand a wooden lolly stick in the centre of each one.

Place them on a tray in the fridge and leave for two hours to set.

Meanwhile, fill a festive chocolate mould with the remaining chocolate and leave to set.

Once set, you’ll need to remove the Choc Shots from the glasses. Grab a cup of fairly hot water and dunk them into it holding in place for around 10-20 seconds – this should melt the outside layer of chocolate just slightly so that you can gently remove the shot from the cup.

Now, with any extra melted chocolate you have, stick the characters from the moulds to the top of the chocolate shots.

These would make great table place names – just wrap them  in cellophane along with some mini marshmallows and a candy cane and attach a name tag to each one.

Pip Squeak!

 

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Christmas Markets in Kent and why everyone should pay them a visit

Christmas Markets in Kent and why everyone should pay them a visit

I do love a good Christmas Market! Sean and I have been to two already this year and I am seriously working my diary around the upcoming ones local to us. Here’s a list of Christmas Markets in Kent for my local readers and a […]

Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

You know those evenings when all you want to do is wrap yourself up on the sofa, light the candles on the fireplace and sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of comfort food to warm your belly? This is one of […]