5 Years – 5 things blogging has meant to me

It’s five years since I started my blog Lizzie Somerset and I couldn’t be more thankful.  I thought it would be fun to share five things blogging has meant to me.

5 years, 5 things blogging has meant to me

I can actually stick at something

I’m in reflection mode; and I’ve been walking on air to realise that I have managed to stick to something (that has been so hard and frustrating at times) and not given up.  Five years is the longest I’ve stuck at anything.

As someone with the perfectionism trait, I’ve started and stopped so many hobbies and challenges in my life.

I started this blog on 13th August 2013, with two children under three.  I thought it would be ‘fun’ and I so wanted to be as happy as all the other bloggers were (or seemed to be).   Well, it wasn’t long until I realised that I fell short of the standard that was actually needed to blog successfully (and I so wanted to be successful).

It’s good to be vulnerable (& protect yourself at the same time)

I never thought in a million years that I would still be blogging today; to be honest, there are so many times when I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up.  I stayed up late blogging and made myself exhausted (as if I wasn’t exhausted already with two kids at home 24/7).  There were also times I felt like a complete fraud, totally vulnerable and uncomfortable with the need to blog versus the need to look after my children.

I really felt conflicted between wanting to blog and be creative and needing to do the mundane and lovely things with my children. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t seem to find a way to make it work.

And yet, during all of this, I was changing.  This has been the personal growth I’ve encountered as an indvidual.  I count blogging as the #1 reason that I started watching TED Talks including Brene Browns first talk on vulnerability and shame, a talk that changed my life forever.

It’s possible to blog, be ‘successful’ and do it your way

I started out without charging anything for my blog posts, but soon found out that you could charge and got far too excited about this fact.  I got stuck down a rabbit warren of trying to become like other people’s blogs.   In the end it stole my joy, I’d forgotten the reason I started blogging in the first place; to remember the small things that bought me and us joy in our very ordinary days at home.

I made a really hard decision to go with my heart, stop charging and reset.  I’m glad I made that choice to reset and think about what I wanted the future to look like for myself and my family and how I wanted to feel when I blogged.

During my reset I worked with a life coach called Michelle Reeves who is also a friend, and who I highly recommend if you are stuck and/or overwhelmed.  We worked really hard together to uncover what my actual big hairy goals look like and how I can achieve them.

She taught me not to look side to side (at other bloggers and how they’re doing things) but looking straight ahead at my goal and remembering my core values is to stay at the top of my priorities at all times.  When we start to get out of whack, it’s probably because we’re working outside of our core values or not putting self care high up enough on our lists.

Success for me did not look like success for someone else.  It’s my own personal goals that matter.

If you love writing and connection, blogging IS for you

Back to the actual writing now… the reason I started blogging in the first place.  I have loved writing about my lifestyle here in Somerset with my little family of 4.  It’s really spoken to my sense of adventure! I’ve realised that my values are heavily influenced by trying new things (while also sticking to some old things at the same time to keep me grounded); going to new places with my family has made us thrive.

If I’m invited as a blogger that gives me real courage to try new things because I know that when I’m writing about them for the benefit of others I will make sure to test out and notice everything.  It’s a great way to stay in the moment with mindfulness too.

Although I might be scared and nervous going somewhere or meeting someone different it has helped me to go outside my comfort zone and to try new things.  I never thought that I would run through a lavender field with my family with a photographer taking pictures of us!! I’m so grateful that we have these memories that we can put upon our wall to remind us that when we are courageous amazing things can happen.

A family of four walk through the Somerset Lavender fields on a hot summers day during this family lifestyle photo session in Somerset.

When I think back to the milestone moments like BritMums Live, Blognix Retreat and meeting and interviewing notable entrepreneurs I pinch myself with what this blog has achieved.

Even going to London to support my friend at her book launch is a great success for me, I love to support others and seeing other people thrive makes me truly happy.  I love it when people work hard with tenacity and determination and see reward for their labours.

No blog is an island, we need each other

I have realised that no blog is an island, we need the blogging community and to find our tribe.  It’s become bit of a cliche but its true.  However, I need you to know that my tribe are not one big group of people, but rather individuals who keep me going with small encouragements along the way.  Your tribe doesn’t have to look like someone else’s.

The last 5 years have had a fair few down times and many highlights too.  Up there in the highlights are being invited to the APEX Hotel opening in Bath (where I rubbed shoulders with Bath City’s great and good), possibly a modern day version of society meeting.

Opportunities that would never have happened, like being PR and content for Love for Somerset, an Instagram community of Somerset lovers, with amazing creatives Kim Stone, Rob Smith and Matt Spracklen on some incredible elevations, and we have so many exciting plans and goals for the future.

Moving forwards now I’m really excited about the future of my blog; sharing more about what I’ve learnt about faith and personal growth and how they can be intertwined.

I will write about women in leadership, about how we need to halt the impostor syndrome from stopping us from moving into what makes us come alive.   I also will talk about self-care as individuals but also as women.  Most importantly I feel God has put on my heart to be an ally for the LGBT QI community and to show them His love.

Some thank yous…

I know this isn’t an Oscar speech (although it’s turning into a bit of a Gwyneth?!) but I need to thank some of my blogging friends who saw my potential and have been my cheerleaders even when my goals and dreams look so different to theirs:

Karen from 365 Pearls of Wisdom, thank you for actually wanting to be my friend IRL, you have encouraged, cheered me on and been an amazing friend.

Vicki Psarias Broadbent from Honest Mum, you inspire me every day to be myself and stay motivated.  You are the one person who still consistently comments on my tiny blog and I think YOUR kindness is greatly underrated by many. I’d thoroughly recommend Vicki’s book (affiliate link) ‘Mumboss: The Honest Mum’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home’!

Michelle Reeves from Michelle Reeves Coaching I am indebted to you more than you will ever know to the life I now live with joy everyday.

Ceri Gillett from This Welsh Mother, you are one of the funniest people I know, thank you for believing this blog could ever be a biz + I love your #accountstunes on Instagram Stories, best thing ever.

Rebecca from Mrs Jones London you heard my ideas and ran with them, I’ll love you forever for that and your smile is literally the best in the blogosphere.  Thank you for being my sophisticated London friend.

Of course I need to thank my husband Jon, and our beautiful children Harry & Katie.  Without my secure and nurturing home life I couldn’t be all I was made to be.

Many have encouraged and nurtured me and many haven’t.  I’ve encountered jealousy, the ‘who does she think she is’ fraud comments (yup, irl).  But the messages when a post or something I’ve said helped in some way are what keep me going, and that’s what blogging has meant to me!

I’m so grateful to everyone who has encouraged, liked, shared, and followed and I promise to keep providing great content of a high quality – this will always be my top priority.

Here’s to the next five!

To celebrate hitting five years, I’m giving away an Amazon e-card to the value of £20! To be in with a chance of winning, enter via the ‘Gleam’ widget below – there are lots of ways to enter, so good luck! (Full T&Cs available on the widget, giveaway ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday 21st August 2018.)

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243 Comments on 5 Years – 5 things blogging has meant to me

  1. JANET HUMPHREY
    August 14, 2018 at 10:37 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new Kindle books thanks for the chance

  2. Alica
    August 14, 2018 at 10:46 (1 month ago)

    Books, books and more books 🙂 Thanks for the chance x

  3. joanne beale
    August 14, 2018 at 10:54 (1 month ago)

    I would buy a boxset of an old tv series

  4. Susan B
    August 14, 2018 at 11:00 (1 month ago)

    Happy blog birthday!

    Yes, the Honest Mum is an amazing lady. I salute her.

    I would buy my cats a little treat because seeing them happy is worth more to me than a new item of fashion or beauty.

  5. Keith Hunt
    August 14, 2018 at 11:10 (1 month ago)

    Audiobook

  6. Stewart Smith-Langridge
    August 14, 2018 at 11:11 (1 month ago)

    some old (70s) music in physical CD format

  7. iain maciver
    August 14, 2018 at 11:11 (1 month ago)

    some books

  8. Kim Neville
    August 14, 2018 at 11:18 (1 month ago)

    I would put it towards a new Fitbit

  9. amy Fidler
    August 14, 2018 at 11:20 (1 month ago)

    I’d buy some books as an avid reader

  10. mark Richardson
    August 14, 2018 at 11:34 (1 month ago)

    a couple of CDS

  11. Tanya
    August 14, 2018 at 11:40 (1 month ago)

    New bedding 🙂

  12. Tracy Nixon
    August 14, 2018 at 11:49 (1 month ago)

    A new sandwich toaster!

  13. Ritchie Dee
    August 14, 2018 at 11:58 (1 month ago)

    A kettle

  14. bev
    August 14, 2018 at 12:10 (1 month ago)

    oooh new books!

  15. Solange
    August 14, 2018 at 12:26 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new DVD’s.

  16. ROBERT MCINTOSH
    August 14, 2018 at 12:32 (1 month ago)

    A new sofa throw

  17. amanda w
    August 14, 2018 at 12:43 (1 month ago)

    i need some new picture frames so would treat myself to a couple of fancy ones!

  18. Lucy
    August 14, 2018 at 13:06 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new CD’s for my car 🙂

  19. David Williams
    August 14, 2018 at 13:12 (1 month ago)

    Books or dvds probably.

  20. Lindsey Stuart
    August 14, 2018 at 13:12 (1 month ago)

    I would buy myself a new airer for my clothes to dry indoors, very handy! Especially with all the rain we are having.

  21. kev banham
    August 14, 2018 at 13:20 (1 month ago)

    id put towards a new shaver

  22. jules Eley
    August 14, 2018 at 13:38 (1 month ago)

    I would buy myself some new perfume as I have just ran out :\

  23. Amanda Baggott
    August 14, 2018 at 13:39 (1 month ago)

    I’d buy some new gardening bits

  24. amy clark
    August 14, 2018 at 13:47 (1 month ago)

    id let my son pick something as a treat

  25. Lisa Tang
    August 14, 2018 at 13:50 (1 month ago)

    new curtains

  26. Ashleigh Allan
    August 14, 2018 at 14:14 (1 month ago)

    I would buy a family board game

  27. Fay
    August 14, 2018 at 14:26 (1 month ago)

    I would put it in my savings towards new furniture

  28. Michelle Ferguson
    August 14, 2018 at 14:29 (1 month ago)

    I would get some books for my hubby

  29. Dale Dow
    August 14, 2018 at 14:44 (1 month ago)

    it sounds random but rechargeable batteries as my son goes through them with his x-box controller! It would save me money in the logn run

  30. Margaret Clarkson
    August 14, 2018 at 14:47 (1 month ago)

    Books, as always!

  31. Daniel Harrison
    August 14, 2018 at 14:48 (1 month ago)

    I would love to make my Blu Ray collection a bit bigger, it looks pretty scarce at the moment!

    On another note, congratulations on the 5 years!

  32. Susan Smith
    August 14, 2018 at 14:53 (1 month ago)

    Some die cuts for my christmas card making

  33. Ana Nunes
    August 14, 2018 at 14:55 (1 month ago)

    some things that i have in my wish list but i never had the money to bought

  34. Tracy Newton
    August 14, 2018 at 15:01 (1 month ago)

    I would get my little man some Lego. I might even be tempted to put it away for Christmas.

  35. Janet Birkin
    August 14, 2018 at 15:39 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat my grandchildren

  36. ann goody
    August 14, 2018 at 16:00 (1 month ago)

    I would treat my self to a new wheat bag to treat my poorly shoulder

  37. Charlotte G
    August 14, 2018 at 16:39 (1 month ago)

    I’d buy something for my new baby due in November 🙂

  38. Lorna Ledger
    August 14, 2018 at 17:06 (1 month ago)

    I would put it towards curtain poles

  39. William Gould
    August 14, 2018 at 17:11 (1 month ago)

    I would give it to my wife, who is saving hard for a much needed new sewing machine!

  40. Simon C
    August 14, 2018 at 17:12 (1 month ago)

    I’d buy gifts for the kids. Maybe a Thomas train set; they love that kind of thing.

  41. Debbie Finnerty
    August 14, 2018 at 17:16 (1 month ago)

    I would treat my son to a small lego and I would treat myself to some chocolates

  42. Jay
    August 14, 2018 at 17:16 (1 month ago)

    I would get books or music

  43. Michael Rattray
    August 14, 2018 at 17:30 (1 month ago)

    Whisky glasses

  44. Kim Murray
    August 14, 2018 at 17:35 (1 month ago)

    Love reading – so books would be perfect x

  45. katie
    August 14, 2018 at 17:57 (1 month ago)

    some new pillows I think

  46. Hazel Rea
    August 14, 2018 at 18:16 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new socks and leggings.

  47. Margaret Gallagher
    August 14, 2018 at 18:49 (1 month ago)

    New skincare – would be beautiful Thankyou

  48. Emily walker
    August 14, 2018 at 18:51 (1 month ago)

    I would treat myself to some cooking goodies

  49. ruth robinson
    August 14, 2018 at 19:02 (1 month ago)

    id love some perfume

  50. Annabel Greaves
    August 14, 2018 at 19:06 (1 month ago)

    I would love to treat the house to some new homewares

  51. Catherine S
    August 14, 2018 at 19:09 (1 month ago)

    I’d buy some books for my twin toddlers

  52. Angela Treadway
    August 14, 2018 at 19:53 (1 month ago)

    i would buy some outdoor toys for my boys x

  53. Martina Pichova
    August 14, 2018 at 19:54 (1 month ago)

    It would go towards my daughter’s birthday present.

  54. Gina M
    August 14, 2018 at 20:44 (1 month ago)

    I’d great myself to some new stationary for work!

  55. rebekah summers
    August 14, 2018 at 20:45 (1 month ago)

    some books for university

  56. Laura Bryant
    August 14, 2018 at 21:11 (1 month ago)

    A baby carrier

  57. Christine Caple
    August 14, 2018 at 21:25 (1 month ago)

    I would treat myself to some new books

  58. Laura Todd
    August 14, 2018 at 21:50 (1 month ago)

    Some books to relax with

  59. Carolyn E
    August 14, 2018 at 22:11 (1 month ago)

    I read this in the middle of the night after I crept out of bed because I couldn’t sleep. I love your comments and have rethought blogging vs success vs time etc. it is too late to read all your links here tonight, but I will be doing that tomorrow ! Thanks.

  60. A S,Edinburgh
    August 14, 2018 at 22:12 (1 month ago)

    I’d use it to get some unusual groceries in; their food section has a lot of different things I’d like to try.

  61. Natalie Crossan
    August 14, 2018 at 22:22 (1 month ago)

    Some new books for my holiday x

  62. KEV C
    August 14, 2018 at 23:03 (1 month ago)

    I’d spend it at their digital music store 🙂

  63. Alice Gilkes
    August 15, 2018 at 00:29 (1 month ago)

    With autumn coming up, I’d treat myself to a nice new jacket which I have had my eyes on for a while now.

  64. Vivien Taylor
    August 15, 2018 at 06:33 (1 month ago)

    A Coffee gator coffee canister

  65. tina Glover
    August 15, 2018 at 07:54 (1 month ago)

    I would use it for back to school items for my daughter. She needs a new school bag and stationery x

  66. Claire Woods
    August 15, 2018 at 09:03 (1 month ago)

    Some new books to read.

  67. Tiffeny Brown
    August 15, 2018 at 09:09 (1 month ago)

    If I was lucky enough to win I would treat myself to a new book and candle 🙂 x

  68. Abi Birch
    August 15, 2018 at 09:25 (1 month ago)

    Would love this! I would treat myself to a DVD and some chocolates 😍😍

  69. Amandeep Sibia
    August 15, 2018 at 10:01 (1 month ago)

    Some books for our son!

  70. Jo
    August 15, 2018 at 10:02 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new music

  71. Emma C
    August 15, 2018 at 11:41 (1 month ago)

    I’d get some new books

  72. Ceri
    August 15, 2018 at 12:25 (1 month ago)

    Love you xx

  73. Julie Howarth
    August 15, 2018 at 12:42 (1 month ago)

    Some new books…love reading

  74. Jade Hewlett
    August 15, 2018 at 13:28 (1 month ago)

    Some new books

  75. Joo Dee
    August 15, 2018 at 17:42 (1 month ago)

    oh so many things!!! but need some printer ink

  76. Sarah Fielding
    August 15, 2018 at 18:49 (1 month ago)

    Some new plantpots for my new flat!

  77. Sheena Batey
    August 15, 2018 at 19:15 (1 month ago)

    Some make up to refresh my look

  78. Jade Bremner
    August 15, 2018 at 19:15 (1 month ago)

    I need a few travel bits for my first ever trip to Poland would be great to not have to worry about travel plugs and pillows lol

  79. Tasha
    August 15, 2018 at 19:58 (1 month ago)

    Some new books

  80. Kay Sherman
    August 15, 2018 at 20:48 (1 month ago)

    I would treat myself to a new Disney figure as I’m a collector

  81. Nikki Phipps
    August 15, 2018 at 23:18 (1 month ago)

    I’d love to buy some Lego for my two children 💗 x

  82. Sinead ORourke
    August 15, 2018 at 23:24 (1 month ago)

    A baking bowl as I love baking.

  83. Rebecca Smith
    August 15, 2018 at 23:59 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself some books

  84. Jenifer
    August 16, 2018 at 08:05 (1 month ago)

    Happy 5th blogging birthday!

    I’d put it towards a new fancy lens for my camera x

  85. Carole Nott
    August 16, 2018 at 11:13 (1 month ago)

    I would use it for some new books

  86. Rachael Medley
    August 16, 2018 at 12:05 (1 month ago)

    I would buy some little toys for my 5 month old, Elizabeth x

  87. gemma hendry
    August 16, 2018 at 12:54 (1 month ago)

    i would like to treat my toddler daughter

  88. Emma Whittaker
    August 16, 2018 at 14:29 (1 month ago)

    Its my partners birthday on the 18th Aug so I would treat him to something nice 😍

  89. Sophie Roberts
    August 16, 2018 at 15:52 (1 month ago)

    I’d put it towards something for my new home!

  90. Ellen Sheppard
    August 16, 2018 at 17:40 (1 month ago)

    I have an 80s party coming up so would put it towards a Madonna like costume 🙂

  91. Heather Haigh
    August 16, 2018 at 17:42 (1 month ago)

    I would buy a new filter for my camera.

  92. Jo Fowler
    August 16, 2018 at 18:27 (1 month ago)

    I’d be looking for a new toaster. Ours has become a bit erratic either burning it or just lightly warming it

  93. Stef Acaster
    August 16, 2018 at 19:31 (1 month ago)

    Some new books

  94. Angela W
    August 16, 2018 at 20:01 (1 month ago)

    I would buy something for our wedding, possibly the bubbles I am wanting x

  95. Anthony G.
    August 16, 2018 at 20:59 (1 month ago)

    (I thought my answer was going to be oh-so different from most people…) Books!

  96. Maria hackett
    August 16, 2018 at 21:41 (1 month ago)

    I would spend towards a Bookshelf. Thank you.

  97. Tee Simpson
    August 16, 2018 at 22:34 (1 month ago)

    I would love to buy new skincare.

  98. astrid c
    August 17, 2018 at 05:39 (1 month ago)

    i would probabley save it for christmas 😉

  99. Charmaine Dance
    August 17, 2018 at 18:18 (1 month ago)

    A book for me I love to read

  100. Nicola McConnell
    August 17, 2018 at 20:02 (1 month ago)

    Probably some books to read on my commute to work.

  101. Sam Parkes
    August 17, 2018 at 20:57 (1 month ago)

    An Amazon echo been after one for ages

  102. Kim Carberry
    August 17, 2018 at 21:46 (1 month ago)

    Happy birthday to your blog…
    I would treat myself to some new headphones. I am so over hearing my girls arguing. Hooray for the summer holidays. lol x

  103. Christopher Read
    August 17, 2018 at 22:15 (1 month ago)

    I’d spend it on some old tv shows on Amazon video 🙂 Thanks for running this comp and happy blogging birthday!

  104. Alison Johnson
    August 17, 2018 at 22:28 (1 month ago)

    Some cross-stitch kits

  105. Abigail
    August 18, 2018 at 02:02 (1 month ago)

    A sketchbook and some oil paints!

  106. Caron Twyman
    August 18, 2018 at 08:34 (1 month ago)

    I would like to buy some parenting and autism books.

  107. Rai
    August 18, 2018 at 09:58 (1 month ago)

    Books – you can’t beat amazon for finding the books you want.

  108. Lisa Rowsell
    August 18, 2018 at 12:59 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to some more books.

  109. Christina Palmer
    August 18, 2018 at 14:09 (1 month ago)

    I would trat myself to some new CD’s

  110. Ema J Lowe
    August 18, 2018 at 14:42 (1 month ago)

    its been a while since ive read a book, I would treat myself to a few good reads

  111. Zoey P
    August 18, 2018 at 17:42 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to redkern silver shampoo

  112. Ali Thorpe
    August 18, 2018 at 18:29 (1 month ago)

    A house plant.

  113. Emma Howard
    August 18, 2018 at 18:35 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to new DVDs

  114. Elaine Kidd
    August 18, 2018 at 19:02 (1 month ago)

    I would treat myself to some expensive fancy wool to crochet myself something nice.

  115. Danielle Spencer
    August 18, 2018 at 20:59 (1 month ago)

    I would love to treat myself to a new bedroom duvet cover set.

  116. Jo Glasspool
    August 18, 2018 at 21:01 (1 month ago)

    Some books for my Kindle.

  117. john prendergast
    August 18, 2018 at 22:28 (1 month ago)

    xbox one game

  118. Mandy Betts
    August 19, 2018 at 07:40 (1 month ago)

    A good book I think

  119. Arpana
    August 19, 2018 at 08:04 (1 month ago)

    I would use it to buy kitchen accessories so I can make healthy meals at home!

  120. sheri Darby
    August 19, 2018 at 10:47 (1 month ago)

    Some good books

  121. felicity Williams
    August 19, 2018 at 11:07 (1 month ago)

    Some perfume x

  122. Sandra Jo Siddall
    August 19, 2018 at 15:16 (1 month ago)

    I think I would put it towards a bottle of Samsara perfume 💖

  123. Anneka
    August 19, 2018 at 15:17 (1 month ago)

    Happy 5th birthday! Congrats! If I were lucky enough to win I would treat myself to an essential oil diffuser! To help me relax and wind down 😍

  124. Liam Fitzpatrick
    August 19, 2018 at 15:17 (1 month ago)

    I would get myself some new crockery for my done up kitchen

  125. Marie Rungapadiachy
    August 19, 2018 at 17:10 (1 month ago)

    I would probably buy a new filter for our extractor fan.

  126. melanie stirling
    August 19, 2018 at 17:34 (1 month ago)

    I would buy books,I love my books!

  127. Julia Kerr
    August 19, 2018 at 17:36 (1 month ago)

    Books, a!ways books 🙂 I can never have too many!

  128. James Travis
    August 19, 2018 at 18:23 (1 month ago)

    Put it towards a Amazon Fire TV stick

  129. SUNITA VERMA
    August 19, 2018 at 18:58 (1 month ago)

    I would treat myself to a gel nail polish to add to my small collection. Thank you

  130. Carla mooney
    August 19, 2018 at 19:05 (1 month ago)

    I’d treat myself to a new tradition as I normal treat kids all time

  131. Ellen Stafford
    August 19, 2018 at 19:41 (1 month ago)

    I would buy Shenmue I and II game on the PS4. I loved it on the Dreamcast and would love to replay them before the 3rd one comes out.

  132. Nikki Hayes
    August 19, 2018 at 19:58 (1 month ago)

    Books – my wishlist is long and my purse is small 😀 Happy 5th Blog Birthday!

  133. Emma Smiley
    August 19, 2018 at 20:19 (1 month ago)

    I’d put it towards a new actifry

  134. Kirsty Jackson
    August 19, 2018 at 21:15 (1 month ago)

    Congrats on a great blog! £20 would get my boy some stationary for the new school year (which will no doubt be lost by Christmas!)

  135. Phil Darling
    August 20, 2018 at 05:27 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d get some books on medieval history – happy days

  136. Chloe Brill
    August 20, 2018 at 06:09 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy some flapjacks

  137. Jo m welsh
    August 20, 2018 at 06:37 (4 weeks ago)

    I’ve just started crocheting so would get some wool or a book to help.

  138. Erica Hughes
    August 20, 2018 at 07:00 (4 weeks ago)

    Still trying to kit my son out for secondary – keep thinking of things I’ve forgotten. If there is any left I’d buy me some books.

  139. jo liddement
    August 20, 2018 at 07:24 (4 weeks ago)

    I would put the voucher towards a Tiffany floor lamp that i’m saving up for.

  140. Mark Mccaffery
    August 20, 2018 at 08:17 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy a new mobile phone charging cable.

  141. Margaret Mccaffery
    August 20, 2018 at 09:12 (4 weeks ago)

    I would treat myself to a new novel.

  142. Sarah Hughes
    August 20, 2018 at 10:04 (4 weeks ago)

    I’m a bookworm so I’d treat myself to some new books

  143. Miss Tracy Hanson
    August 20, 2018 at 10:46 (4 weeks ago)

    Would love to put it towards the DVD of the film THE MEG. Loved it and wanted to go and see it again the minute it had finished.

  144. Rebecca Cusick
    August 20, 2018 at 13:15 (4 weeks ago)

    Either new books or some new bedding! Fingers crossed x

  145. charlaine cross
    August 20, 2018 at 14:03 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy books for myself and girls

  146. Gillian McClelland
    August 20, 2018 at 14:16 (4 weeks ago)

    I would get my dog a new bed

  147. Sarah Mccaffery
    August 20, 2018 at 14:29 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy something for the grandchildren.

  148. Pauline Dring
    August 20, 2018 at 17:09 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy audiobooks if I am the lucky winner of the Amazon voucher

  149. Laura Pritchard
    August 20, 2018 at 17:38 (4 weeks ago)

    Some new books for me!

  150. Jennifer Bruce
    August 20, 2018 at 18:02 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d love to treat myself to some Hotel chocolat! Absolute fave

  151. Christine Chambers
    August 20, 2018 at 18:33 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy some wedding decorations

  152. Charlene Merrall
    August 20, 2018 at 19:03 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d get some new books! I have about 30 in my wish list at the moment!

  153. charlotte
    August 20, 2018 at 19:22 (4 weeks ago)

    i recently bought a Polaroid camera so id by some film for that

  154. Katie Walker
    August 20, 2018 at 19:39 (4 weeks ago)

    Some new sheets have my eye on some cotton ones

  155. Theresa THomas
    August 20, 2018 at 19:51 (4 weeks ago)

    Loads of books

  156. Lisa Hall
    August 20, 2018 at 20:08 (4 weeks ago)

    James Patterson or Sue Grafton books!

  157. Ashley Murray
    August 20, 2018 at 20:08 (4 weeks ago)

    I would treat myself to a few new bits for my baking!

  158. Laura Pyper
    August 20, 2018 at 21:13 (4 weeks ago)

    books for my kindle

  159. Nancy Bradford
    August 20, 2018 at 21:30 (4 weeks ago)

    My daughter has an important exam coming up so I would get her some revision aides for that.

  160. paul jackson
    August 20, 2018 at 21:32 (4 weeks ago)

    an old tv series dvd boxset

  161. Alison Macdonald
    August 20, 2018 at 21:38 (4 weeks ago)

    A posh reed diffuser 😊

  162. amy bondoc
    August 20, 2018 at 22:12 (4 weeks ago)

    i love to read so would buy books x

  163. Jessica Slater
    August 20, 2018 at 22:32 (4 weeks ago)

    I would put it towards a new mattress for my grandparents bed.

  164. Sarah WM
    August 20, 2018 at 22:33 (4 weeks ago)

    I’m not sure what I’d treat myself with, but I know I’d spend it on me! I never EVER buy anything for myself!

  165. Lynn Neal
    August 20, 2018 at 22:39 (4 weeks ago)

    A new perfume for Autumn!

  166. Gemma Holland
    August 20, 2018 at 23:13 (4 weeks ago)

    I would put it towards a new kettle. Thank you

  167. Mrs Sarah Roberts
    August 20, 2018 at 23:43 (4 weeks ago)

    l would love to get some of their Sylvanian families sets for Christmas for my grand daughters.

  168. Tania Watkins
    August 20, 2018 at 23:49 (4 weeks ago)

    Books books books !

  169. Lucy Mitchell
    August 20, 2018 at 23:50 (4 weeks ago)

    Some new bedding!

  170. Susan Clayton
    August 21, 2018 at 00:43 (4 weeks ago)

    OOOhhh it’d have to be a bottle of Tarquin’s Cornish Gin!!

  171. jacqui rushton
    August 21, 2018 at 03:07 (4 weeks ago)

    Some new books!

  172. Emma Hussain
    August 21, 2018 at 05:50 (4 weeks ago)

    We’re just about to move home after 23 years, so I’d put it towards new curtains

  173. bex allum
    August 21, 2018 at 06:20 (4 weeks ago)

    Some treats for our new puppy!

  174. Rebecca mercer
    August 21, 2018 at 06:53 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards xmas presents

  175. Claire Johnson
    August 21, 2018 at 07:21 (4 weeks ago)

    DVDs for a family movie night

  176. janine atkin
    August 21, 2018 at 07:24 (4 weeks ago)

    id treat myself to a couple of boooks

  177. Shannon Mostert
    August 21, 2018 at 07:35 (4 weeks ago)

    Box set for me and my man to indulge in 💙

  178. Ken Nicholas
    August 21, 2018 at 07:38 (4 weeks ago)

    A book or two, or maybe a boardgame

  179. Julie Edwards
    August 21, 2018 at 08:06 (4 weeks ago)

    I would love to buy myself some more pagan books.. crystals… oohh spoilt for choice

  180. Lucy Hale
    August 21, 2018 at 08:09 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to some body straps for my microphone gear. I’m my own camera and audio tech as well as presenter, and holding all the equipment is a nightmare! This would come in fantastically handy. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  181. Sally Collingwood
    August 21, 2018 at 08:11 (4 weeks ago)

    Would buy a new DVD series

  182. Simon Tinsley
    August 21, 2018 at 08:21 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat my wife to a video game she has been looking forward to for a while now – Dragonquest XI on the PS4. I find treating others is just as rewarding as treating yourself.

  183. Emma Walton
    August 21, 2018 at 09:04 (4 weeks ago)

    There are a couple of books I would like to add to my collection.

  184. Robyn S
    August 21, 2018 at 09:16 (4 weeks ago)

    Definitely some new books for this major bookworm!

  185. Laura Norcop
    August 21, 2018 at 09:45 (4 weeks ago)

    I actually spent time on my Amazon wishlist recently so I have things already lined up 🙂 mostly little things but things I’d really like – guitar plectrums and a slide, some new strings and a chord book is what I’d spend it on. I’m playing my guitar more now as it settles my 6 month old (and makes me feel better too!)

  186. Melissa Lee
    August 21, 2018 at 09:46 (4 weeks ago)

    I would love some hair curlers I’ve had my eye on for a while – thank you for the chance

  187. Maria Jane Knight
    August 21, 2018 at 10:01 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy myself Drakes new album.

  188. paula cheadle
    August 21, 2018 at 10:56 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to a nice bottle of Gin

  189. Samantha Buntain
    August 21, 2018 at 11:00 (4 weeks ago)

    Some sun cream and after sun for my first holiday abroad in 4 weeks. Me my partner and our son are going x

  190. Denise walton
    August 21, 2018 at 11:05 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy some wool I’m knitting blankets and toys for Christmas gifts

  191. Sheila Reeves @cakereev
    August 21, 2018 at 11:28 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to some of the books I’ve got in my wishlist – allow myself to spend the money on me!

  192. Tess D
    August 21, 2018 at 11:43 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to some new music and books x

  193. Charlotte Burford
    August 21, 2018 at 11:51 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d stock up on some kindle books for my upcoming holiday!

  194. Jeanette Leighton
    August 21, 2018 at 12:04 (4 weeks ago)

    I would get something for my children

  195. CAROL PATRICK
    August 21, 2018 at 12:31 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy a nice new electric kettle for the kitchen.

  196. Rhiannon Hodge
    August 21, 2018 at 12:49 (4 weeks ago)

    Some new paints and canvas

  197. Anthea Holloway
    August 21, 2018 at 12:56 (4 weeks ago)

    I would get some books particularly the Booker Prize books of recent years.

  198. Angela Kelly
    August 21, 2018 at 12:57 (4 weeks ago)

    I’ve got my eyes on some new books.

  199. Gavin
    August 21, 2018 at 13:06 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy my wife something

  200. Julie Thomas
    August 21, 2018 at 13:10 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d love a new cross stitch kit so would treat myself (is that naughty)? The fun would be in choosing, that would be so difficult to do!

  201. Rebecca Lis
    August 21, 2018 at 13:39 (4 weeks ago)

    A new book

  202. Martha Chisholm
    August 21, 2018 at 14:15 (4 weeks ago)

    Loved this article. It’s so hard to stick to things you really want to do, life just keeps getting in the way. ‘Don’t look side to side at others but straight ahead at your goal’ has to be the best bit of advice I’ve ever heard! Amazon spend would be on my grandson, and I’ll be passing on that piece of advice to him too..!

  203. sharon martin
    August 21, 2018 at 14:28 (4 weeks ago)

    a new book or two

  204. Ian Campbell
    August 21, 2018 at 15:00 (4 weeks ago)

    Lots of solar lights to brighten up the garden and some delicious foodie treats for a late summer picnic 🙂

  205. Victoria Prince
    August 21, 2018 at 15:56 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards a fancy toaster I’ve had my eye on but not been able to justify the cost!

  206. Caroline
    August 21, 2018 at 16:15 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy my son a Pokemon Elite Trainer Box

  207. Irene Murdoch
    August 21, 2018 at 16:20 (4 weeks ago)

    I would put it towards a comfy dog bed for our pup.

  208. Beverley Cousins
    August 21, 2018 at 16:21 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards a pram for my first grandbaby who’s due in November. Yay, can’t wait lol

  209. Alice Colling
    August 21, 2018 at 16:34 (4 weeks ago)

    Wine and a good book.

  210. Kate m Jones
    August 21, 2018 at 16:41 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to some nice bath goodies & a good book, so i can relax with some me time while the other half tends to our new born!

  211. Linda Ford
    August 21, 2018 at 16:42 (4 weeks ago)

    I would use the voucher to buy us all a book each, we love to read!

  212. Debbie Preston
    August 21, 2018 at 16:53 (4 weeks ago)

    A NEW HANDBAG!

  213. Hayley Todd
    August 21, 2018 at 16:56 (4 weeks ago)

    I would treat myself to books, I am a book and art addict, and would love this boon on the Pre-Raphaelites.
    The Pre-Raphaelites: Their Lives and Works in 500 Images: An Illustrated Exploration of the Artists, Their Lives and Contexts, with a Gallery of 290 of Their Greatest Paintings

  214. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    August 21, 2018 at 16:57 (4 weeks ago)

    i would treat myself to some new sunglasses for my holiday x

  215. Jacqueline Roberts
    August 21, 2018 at 17:05 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards a dashcam for my sons first car

  216. Emily Fowler
    August 21, 2018 at 17:06 (4 weeks ago)

    My favourite cruelty free mascara 🙂

  217. Margaret jones
    August 21, 2018 at 17:47 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d love some new cushions

  218. Rebecca Morgan
    August 21, 2018 at 18:02 (4 weeks ago)

    Happy 5 years Lizzie! A brilliant blog and I love all that you stand for and your honesty, it’s refreshing in a world of “instagram perfect” content!

    So glad to have met you at Blognix!

  219. Simone Griffin
    August 21, 2018 at 18:22 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy my hubby to be some protein powders

  220. Laura Findlay
    August 21, 2018 at 18:40 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy some new books for my Kindle. Happy 5th Birthday x

  221. Ali Fanstone
    August 21, 2018 at 18:45 (4 weeks ago)

    I would treat my grandaughter as its her birthday soon

  222. Monika Bascombe
    August 21, 2018 at 19:08 (4 weeks ago)

    Probably some jigsaw puzzles

  223. Hannah Carroll
    August 21, 2018 at 19:25 (4 weeks ago)

    I would but some prints for our nursery that we’re decorating at the moment! x

  224. Clare Hubbard
    August 21, 2018 at 19:29 (4 weeks ago)

    Some Lego, I love lego, find it a great thing to concentrate on when stressed.

  225. Janine H
    August 21, 2018 at 19:33 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d probably put it towards a new toaster or microwave, both which have recently broken

  226. Lindsay Brown
    August 21, 2018 at 19:50 (4 weeks ago)

    Id buy some new dvds x

  227. Lorna
    August 21, 2018 at 20:02 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards a new gopro.

  228. Catherine Bullas
    August 21, 2018 at 20:15 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards a fitbit.

  229. lucy beckett
    August 21, 2018 at 20:17 (4 weeks ago)

    This sounds random but i want a milanary book 🙂 i would love to know how to make hats!

  230. Adrian Bold
    August 21, 2018 at 20:24 (4 weeks ago)

    I would put it towards a new external USB drive.

  231. Amy Jo McLellan
    August 21, 2018 at 20:31 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d like some new books! 🙂

  232. gaynor Vincent
    August 21, 2018 at 20:35 (4 weeks ago)

    I would treat my son to a new ruck sack for school!

  233. Naomi Williams
    August 21, 2018 at 20:50 (4 weeks ago)

    New bathroom accesories

  234. Lucy Irving
    August 21, 2018 at 21:04 (4 weeks ago)

    a chair

  235. Kim D
    August 21, 2018 at 21:12 (4 weeks ago)

    Accessories for my new bathroom.

  236. Deborah Clarke
    August 21, 2018 at 21:31 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to some pamper products as I’m always running around after everyone else and could do with a treat and what a treat this would be.

  237. Holly Thompson
    August 21, 2018 at 21:37 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards some Benefit foundation!

  238. Lindsey Martin
    August 21, 2018 at 21:50 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it towards fairy lights for our garden.

  239. Robyn Clarke
    August 21, 2018 at 21:53 (4 weeks ago)

    I would buy some crochet books, I hardly ever treat myself and this would be perfect.

  240. Kerry Webber
    August 21, 2018 at 22:13 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d buy some pods for my Tassimo coffee machine!

  241. Jennifer Baker
    August 21, 2018 at 22:17 (4 weeks ago)

    Something for my holiday xxxxxx

  242. Scott Fallon
    August 21, 2018 at 22:27 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d put it by for Christmas presents.

  243. Heli L
    August 21, 2018 at 22:40 (4 weeks ago)

    I’d treat myself to NYX SATIN VS. VELVET VAULT 12 mini lipsticks.

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