Mini Ventures | The Ordinary Moments #2
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09 Jan The Ordinary Moments #2

Last week was the first time I had joined up with Katie to take part in recording The Ordinary Moments of our week but I’ve decided to try and make it a regular thing.

I’ve had a really lovely week this week, which I think is unusual for most people at this time of year. Most Januarys for the last few years have been the same as everyone else, back to work and the reality of working 9-5 after a Christmas break. This week however has been my first week working from home for three days and spending two days a week with Izzy and Eve.

Monday was an inset day at school so I had the three girls and we went off to the Lady Lever Ary Gallery in the morning and spent the afternoon scooting.  I really enjoyed the art gallery and even got chance to see an exhibition I’d been after seeing for a while.

Lovely exhibition @leverartgallery #wirral #portsunlight #ontheglitz my three little girls loved it

A photo posted by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on

On Tuesday we spent the day at Chester Zoo and I noticed lots of things that were the Same but Different about Izzy and Eve my identical twins. IMG_7141 Wednesday was my first full day at home without the girls working on my new projects. I ran my first 10k of the year and was amazed and how quickly the day disappeared before I had to head off to collect the girls and take them to a soft play birthday party at 4.  I did however find out I had been featured in the Liverpool Echo as one of 6 top local bloggers to follow. It definitely made my day. Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 15.26.22 On Thursday we met my parents at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and whilst it was absolutely freezing we had a lovely day. I also had some more fab news and found out I had finally broken into the top 100 bloggers in the Tots 100 list, sneaking in at 99, but in there nonetheless!  On arriving back home I got more good news and read a lovely article by First Choice Travel who said Mini Travellers was one of 6 Top Family Travel blogs to follow in 2016. IMG_7187 I managed another 10k on Friday (it nearly killed me, not so sure about my half marathon plans) and then settled down to some work.  The day ended with some more good news as Expedia listed Mini Travellers in their 30 top bloggers of 2015 and listed Mini Travellers as their top family blogger. I was beyond thrilled.  I went out to celebrate with a good friend at Gusto and we put the world to rights (I’m sure you’re all thinking it feels a little better right now!)

No dry January here just good food and pink fizz! @gustoheswall #fun #food #wirral A photo posted by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on


We all slobbed about on Saturday morning until hubby took the girls to the park in the afternoon on their scooters and I got some time with a coffee, chocolate from the girls selection box and time to write some blog posts!

I appreciate parts of this post are a little braggy, but I am just so incredibly proud of how Mini Travellers is growing and it feels like it justifies my decision to change from lawyer to blogger and change my definition of all.

So those are my Ordinary Moments for this week, although some of them have been pretty special!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    Posted at 21:19h, 09 January Reply

    Not braggy at all, just thoroughly well deserved!! We went to the ice cream farm yesterday and it was equally as cold. SO .. of course .. we stood around eating ice cream :)

    • Mini Ventures
      Posted at 21:21h, 09 January Reply

      thanks lovely. The ice cream is so amazing though isn’t it

  • Kaye
    Posted at 08:09h, 10 January Reply

    I think the ordinary moments are among some of the best, that’s what life is full of really so if we can appreciate those we can appreciate anything. PS. congrats on the top 6 local bloggers, how fab! #sundaystars

  • Emma
    Posted at 08:19h, 10 January Reply

    Aw, this is so sweet! I love their little matching duffle coat, so cute! xx

  • Anna-Marie
    Posted at 08:58h, 10 January Reply

    Lovely post.. Well done on the 10k! I am still at that stage of trying to get of the sofa for a run! We still have so much chocolate in the house I think we will be stocked up till easter! Have a lovely week x #ordinarymoments

  • Tracey Williams
    Posted at 09:35h, 10 January Reply

    What an amazing week for you Karen and not braggy at all. We should shout loudly about our blogging achievements and to have 4 of them in a week is just amazing Karen. No wonder you had a well deserved night out with a friend. And well done on not one but two 10k this week. Sounds as if you have had a pretty perfect week all in all #Sundaystars xx

  • Crummy Mummy
    Posted at 12:13h, 10 January Reply

    Sounds like you’re getting some great media coverage – well done! #sundaystars

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    Posted at 12:57h, 10 January Reply

    Karen you’ve had an amazing week and I am so happy for you – you deserve it all! What a fab way to welcome in 2016 :) YAY!!!!! Happy new year indeed. Jess xx #sundaystars

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy
    Posted at 14:50h, 10 January Reply

    Sounds like a very busy week. Completely two 10ks so close together is certainly something to be proud of

  • New Mummy Blog
    Posted at 16:29h, 10 January Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous first week! Well done! You’ve hard work is so evident throughout, and it’s very much deserved credit. #sundaystars

  • Silly Mummy
    Posted at 16:48h, 10 January Reply

    Sounds like a good week! Congratulations on all your achievements! #sundaystars

  • Katie @mummydaddyme
    Posted at 18:38h, 10 January Reply

    Ah what a wonderful week Karen and not at all braggy, just very well deserved. It is wonderful to see the success of Mini Travellers and I bet seeing the success makes you feel even better about your decision with work. Your girls are absolutely gorgeous as well, it must be lovely to spend more time with them. Here’s to lots more success for your blog in 2016. x

  • Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    Posted at 19:46h, 10 January Reply

    Not bragging in the least, just reporting thoroughly deserved successes – congratulations to you for all of the wonderful rankings and write ups :)

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    Posted at 19:52h, 10 January Reply

    Karen you have had an amazing week haven’t you! What a way to kick off 2016, two 10ks as well, that is good going! xx #theordinarymoments

  • Something Crunchy Mummy
    Posted at 20:51h, 10 January Reply

    Lovely list! The ordinary moments are the best. #sundaystars xx

  • Ali
    Posted at 21:41h, 10 January Reply

    Wow well done you! Sounds like a great week all round! I’ve just found your blog through #theordinarymoments. I left law to blog too – crazy huh!!! x

  • Sarah Christie
    Posted at 07:43h, 11 January Reply

    Well done Karen what an amazing week and all so very well deserved. Bring proud of your achievements is not baggy at all you have every right to feel proud, it was incredible watching it all unfold last week xxx

  • The DADventurer (Dave)
    Posted at 10:38h, 11 January Reply

    Well that’s quite a week, congrats on the successes. And I was pretty chuffed that my ordinary week saw me dress the sprog and I on 4 out of the 5 week days and leave the house twice! Maybe I need to set the bar higher :)

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    Posted at 15:49h, 11 January Reply

    How brilliant!!! What a great start to the year, and definitely not braggy. If you can’t celebrate your blog successes on your blog where can you? You should be so proud of yourself. I’ve been such a sporadic blogger over the last 6 months since I started my blog I’ll be thrilled when I crack the Top 500 haha. I keep looking forward to the day where my little badge changes to have ‘Top 500’ in it haha. Your girls are so cute and I love all the adventures you’ve managed to cram into last week. We just went for a walk and I thought that was good for this dreary weather haha. You’re an inspiration xxx looking forward to following more in 2016

  • Tim
    Posted at 16:51h, 11 January Reply

    A lovely week indeed, and congratulations on Tots100 and your various media inclusions!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 January Reply

    Ah congratulations such a lovely week for you. We regularly go the walker art gallery but not the lady lever one I will have to give it a try! Xx

  • becca farrelly
    Posted at 14:20h, 12 January Reply

    Wow what an exciting time!! well done on your achievements, its great when all the hard work pays off, isn’t it?! Its nice to get back to the routine but I enjoyed having Christmas off from blogging I must admit :)


  • Kirsty Edwards
    Posted at 21:52h, 12 January Reply

    Congratulations on the achievements and having a good week. It’s great idea to record those ordinary moments too #sundaystars

  • Christine
    Posted at 22:56h, 12 January Reply

    What a great week you’ve had! Good luck with the running, I’m in training too so I know how you feel :-) #sundaystars

  • Kate / Pouting In Heels
    Posted at 12:18h, 15 January Reply

    HUGE well done on all of the achievements lovely lady! Sounds like it was one hell of a week and so deserved. Here’s to more of these this year! X #SundayStars

  • Katie
    Posted at 21:16h, 15 January Reply

    With such a great start to the new year you deserve to brag a little. Sounds like you had a lovely week all round :) #sundaystars

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