An update, a look back and a cheeky birthday

Well hello there my little blog! Long time no see.

It's been a bit of a quiet December here, so I thought I should post one more time for the year with a bit of an update and a reflection of the year that was. The end of a calendar year also marks the end of another year of blogging, that's been four years since I started Teacher Types (a very easy blogiversary date to remember) so it's time to get back into it and set some goals for 2018!

So 2017 for me was the year of the juggle. The spinning of the plates. Motherhood, part time teaching + extra relief days, and maintaining the blog, and I think I've managed to do it all! I actually had a really good year.

I wrote 85 posts in total, with January and February being the busiest months (I must have started the year more enthusiastically than I finished it lol), and here are my top 5...

Kid & Hub Opened in Adelaide!

We absolutely love Kid & Hub! They have had such a successful first year of business with their movers and makers classes a big hit for both of my kids and we love their new and improved play hub!

The Aussie back to school blog hop

This was a great collaboration and an awesome collection of blog posts which is actually quite relevant for this time of year, and as most of you know, Miss M starts school next year so I'll be sure to re share some of the fantastic posts on Facebook.

Play ideas from your kitchen cupboard

You guys always love play ideas - especially on Instagram, and this one was a guest post by Amy from The Egg box Parent. Check it out and then open up your pantry to see what you can set out for your little one.

Our Best Lego DUPLO play ideas

I was so excited when Amy & Nichole from Early Learning 101 asked me to be a guest judge for their DUPLO themed week (actually I think it was my suggestion for a theme now that I think about it). There were so many brilliant ideas from the Instagram community.

Speaking of Lego, this Christmas Miss M graduated from DUPLO to the big kids Lego. I was actually really impressed with her fine motor skills and how she was able to follow the instructions.

Homemade bath bombs for Mother's Day

Science and Mother's Day came together this year with these cool homemade bath bombs. It was such a cool activity - Miss M and I did a practise run at home first :)

Meanwhile over on Instagram I have grown to over 12 thousand followers which is just so exciting and humbling! I really enjoy hanging out over there - thanks to everyone who says hi and leave me a comment or sends a friendly message my way :)

Here's my top nine from 2017...

Well yesterday was Little Man's second birthday which was such a special celebration (although never again will I host Christmas and have his party at home in the same year). I was planning on it being a super hot day - and having a bunch of water play activities for the kids, but Mother Nature must have heard "water" and decided to send rain + 20 degree temps. But it still went really well and the kids had a ball!


A few special mentions that I must finish with. Big thanks to the team at Teach Starter who partnered with me for the second half of the year. I have absolutely loved trying out all of your brilliant resources and sharing how we've used them. Looking forward to more in the new year!

Another thank you goes to Sara from Kid Magazine who invites me to write for her every two months. She consistently sources brilliant content month after month to bring the best advice, products and ideas to everyday parents around the country. Well done Sara!

I've also been a regular writer over at Baby Hints & Tips, a brilliant online parenting community with new fresh regular content always going up by a variety of Aussie writers. I always love to share bits and pieces of advice as a #teachermum over there ;) Thanks to editor in chief Tanya for having me as part of her team.

Thank you also to all of the brands who I have worked with this year and small businesses who have kindly sent me their products for review and feature on the blog. I truly appreciate your support and faith in me and what I do here. Of course I can't go past thanking my lovely readers and followers. You are who I do this for.

Next year is going to be a big change for our family with Miss M starting school. I am teaching one day a week in Reception (prep) and my other day is Junior Primary music which I'm really excited about! Just like this year I'm hoping to pick up extra relief days here and there teaching across the school (yes even high school!!).

So I think that's it for now everyone! I hope you have a wonderful evening what ever you may have planned and a fantastic start to 2018!

Lots of love,

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