16 Great Things That Happened In 2016

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If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you'll know that 2016 has without a doubt been the most difficult, frustrating and devastating year of my life. I will always look back at 2016 as a horrible year, as the year that broke my family's heart and tested our strength. But in reality, alongside the heartbreaking lows, there have also been some pretty good highs too. And I don't want those moments to get lost in the sadness of everything else. I want to be able to remember them too.

So today I've put a little list together of 16 great things that happened in 2016. I'm so grateful for everything on this list, and I'm hoping and praying that 2017 brings more of the good stuff...

1) Baby Buddy was born

newborn babyIn Februrary my cousin gave birth to the very gorgeous baby Buddy! It has been so lovely watching him grow up this year and he really is such a happy, smiley little baby.

2) We bought a house!

IMG_3249Picking the keys up to our very own home was definitely one of the most exciting things that happened this year and it still makes me so proud. It might not be perfect, but it is ours all ours.

3) We booked our wedding

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother major life one - back in January we booked our wedding! We've been planning on and off all through the year and I can't bloody wait to walk down the aisle and marry my best mate in 2017.

4) We visited Copenhagen

nyhavnCopenhagen is a city that has been on our bucket list for a really long time and we finally got to tick it off this year. We had a fab time and are planning on heading back next year.

5) We did a lot of DIY

IMG_3723Okay, so we might not have thought this one was so great at the time, but I am super proud of all the hard work we have put into our house this year. I can't wait to finish doing it up in 2017!

6) I met lots of lovely bloggers IRL

belgrave music hall best bars in leedsThis year I got to meet lots of my favourite bloggers in real life and I'm lucky enough to call many of them friends now. Meeting a circle of awesome, like minded gal pals is one of my fave things about blogging.

7) We visited Milan

duomo milanI bloody love Italy and have been desperate to visit again for the past few years, so our sunny trip to Milan was definitely a highlight of 2016. Such a fab city!

8) We were reunited with our bestie

IMG_5770In July our friends Steph and Seb came home for a visit. They've been living in Aus for over a year now so getting to catch up with them and give them a squeeze was so lovely.

9) We travelled in the UK more

imageOne thing Sam and I really wanted to do this year was have more UK based weekends away. We've racked up trips to London, Liverpool and the beautiful North Star Club and are keen to do more next year!

10) I went to Ibiza with icelolly.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was such an exciting one for me - I went on my very first bloggers trip to Ibiza with icelolly.com. We had such an amazing time and I tried lots of new things like parasailing and paddleboarding - it was a definite "pinch me" experience.

11) I chose a wedding dress

suzanne neville wedding dressOne of my fave things about this year was spending lots of time with my Mum and sister trying on wedding dresses and having girly weekends. Finding "the one" was such a fun experience and I can't wait to wear it.

12) I got to work with some fab brands

#jet2sunchesterThis year has brought lots of exciting opportunities for this little blog and I have loved working with some fab brands, attending super fun events and stretching myself out of my comfort zone. More of this in 2017 please!

13) I visited Paris twice

parisThis year I was lucky enough to visit one of my fave places twice - once with the girls in July and once with my family in October. Both trips were the perfect blend of city sightseeing and Disney fun.

14) We found out that there are more new babies on the way

15403606_10211607058998796_2503667032916771542_oOur family will be expanding next year with new babies due on both mine and Sam's side of the family. I can't wait to fall in love with some tiny little people and get lots of squishy newborn cuddles!

15) I read A LOT of books

world book dayI set myself a challenge at the beginning of the year to read 52 books in 2016 and I have done it! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading more this year and I want to continue next year.

16) I spent lots of time with my family

14883560_10154558219950242_1864925411783556822_oSome of my happiest memories this year have been the days I've spent with my lovely family. Those guys really are the best and I'm looking forward to having more fun with them next year.

Writing this has made me realise that while 2016 has had it's incredibly shitty parts, it hasn't been all bad. What have been your favourite bits of 2016?