Why Having a Baby Made me Fall out of Love with Blogging (And How I’m Moving Forward)

Top UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Jaclyn Ruth

2017 was the first year in my (nine!!) years of blogging that I experienced a true wobble – where I had more than just the odd fleeting thought about giving it all up, where I  seriously considered living my life without sharing it on the internet (I know!! What would that even look like??) and where I spent a great deal of my time and energy worrying about the direction and future of my online space.

I’ve had times in the past of course where I’ve felt a little lost with where the blog is going – confused as to…

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5 Ways to Spruce up Your Bedroom without Decorating

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

We moved into our new Manchester home back in mid March. We’re now in June and, well, let’s just say the progress has been slow when it comes to unpacking, re-arranging, decorating and making it feel like home.

For a while this was really getting me down. I’m definitely one of those people for whom the state of my home environment has a real impact on the way I’m feeling. ‘Tidy home, tidy mind’ is a phrase that definitely applies to me and as a born organiser, I’m always itching to get everything in its place as soon as possible….

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A Scotch Beef Sunday Roast

Top Uk lifestyle blog, Jaclyn Ruth

Hola, hope you all had a fantastic bank holiday? For those of us in the UK, well the gorgeous weather definitely helped didn’t it? We’ve just come home from celebrating our friends wedding – a two day Indian/Jewish extravaganza – which was muchos fun. In fact, it’s been a bit of a struggle coming back down to reality today so sitting here writing this post at the kitchen table with the back door wide open, the sun shining in and a breeze wafting through, is at least making the length of my work to-do list seem less daunting.

For those…

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Evie Turns One

Top Uk lifestyle blog, Jaclyn Ruth

The more appropriate title for this post would be ‘Evie turned one’ as we’re now almost two months into her second year, but that’s how behind I am with blog posts right now. Let’s just blame the house move shall we?

Anyway, my baby turned one.

Yup. It happened. One whole year since she was placed in my arms for the first time with a cord still tethering the two of us together. How’d that happen? I’m not even sure if I can call her a baby any more – does the baby stage officially end at one? I guess…

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Raspberry Gin Fizz Cocktail (and My Ultimate Lunch Party Menu)

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

It may be raining heavily outside, but I’m coming at you with a wonderfully summery cocktail recipe today. I actually first put this beverage together around Valentines and it was such a hit, I thought I’d bring the recipe to the blog, seeing as spring is (almost, hopefully, let’s just ignore the rain and snow shall we?) upon us.

It’s forming part of a dream lunch party menu. The sort of menu I might never cook and the sort of party I might never host, but one which, while I sit here surrounded by boxes in our new – very…

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Fringe Benefits | A Recent Hair Story

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Ok. Let’s talk hair.

Throughout my adult years I’ve had pretty much every hairstyle and hair colour going – from black to blonde (with fiery orange and various shades of dip dye/ balayage in between) and from very long to very short with lots of mid length bobs, layers, fringes and waves along the way.

I’m thinking of putting together a little hair story – maybe the last ten years in hairstyles? If I can find photographic evidence that is deemed blog worthy I might just treat you all to a little trip down memory lane.

Anyway I digress. Basically…

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All Change (again!) | Life Lately, Some News and Where I’ve Been…

Top Uk Lifestyle blog, Jaclyn Ruth

Well hello there! I’m sitting down at my laptop with a cuppa and I’m ready to have a big ol’ (good old days of blogging style) ramble. It feels like forever since I did that… and you know what? I really want to do more of it.

Because I’ve been a bit quiet haven’t I? In all aspects of online life – I haven’t been blogging as much as usual, my Instagram rarely gets updated these days, my baking club is on an extended break and I haven’t written a newsletter in about two years.

I’ve been doing A LOT…

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Honest Parenting | 8 Reasons Why Life with a Baby is Tougher in Winter

Reasons why parenting is tough in winter, Jaclyn Ruth lifestyle blog

With Evie being born in February, I feel incredibly lucky that we managed to spend the first 9 months or so of her life avoiding any really nasty weather. Now obviously I have absolutely nothing to compare to, and I can’t say whether having a baby in spring is any better or worse than having a baby in summer, autumn or winter. But, having now experienced two months of parenting during the cold, dark and depressing days we call a British winter, I’m eternally grateful that our daughter arrived when she did.

Because parenting in winter is tough. REALLY tough.

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Updating Our Nursery to Suit a Growing Personality

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Take a look at the original nursery makeover post

Well January is rolling on as grey and miserably as ever isn’t it? I hope you’re all surviving the first full week back into the daily routine?

I was thinking back to this time last year, and it struck me that we managed to decorate two rooms of our house, pretty much from scratch, within the space of the January slog… and while I was heavily pregnant (I mean my involvement was limited but still, I was there directing and pointing and shouting…

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A Look Back at 2017 (And A Slow Start to 2018)

Baby's first Christmas, Jaclyn Ruth

I realise 2017 round up posts are two a penny amongst bloggers at the moment, and I also realise I’m rather late to the party with mine (5th January? Please! 2017 was soo last year!) but despite having grand plans to hit the ground running the minute we got back from staying with family on the 2nd, and tackle January with gusto, the last few days have actually ended up being a bit of a wash out and I guess you could say I’ve had a pretty slow start to the year, and therefore a slow approach back into work…

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‘Tis The Season | A Stylish Christmas Table Setting

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Today marks my last Christmas post of the week, and what better to end with than a bit of gorgeous table setting inspiration for your Christmas dinner.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my daily Christmas posts this year? It’s actually been really good for me to set myself this challenge of posting regularly, and I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve achieved. The posts haven’t been as long, well thought out or well written as perhaps mine normally are but maybe that’s ok?

Anyway I’m indulging my inner creative again with this one and have styled up a simple yet elegant…

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‘Tis the Season | Decorating for Christmas

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Giving the house a festive makeover is definitely one of my preferred Christmas jobs. Alongside the present wrapping, I find it strangely therapeutic and I love seeing all of my ideas come together. I’d happily have a wreath on my door all year round and I adore the house being lit up with twinkling fairy lights.

These days however, I have significantly less time for any sort of interior styling and with Evie around (who seems to leave a trail of mess everywhere she goes), most days I’m just happy if there’s no stray bits of food on the floor….

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