new year goals and a third birthday!


Three years ago today I published my first post in this little space.  At the time I remember wondering if I’d manage to make it past that week, rather than contemplating any further.  It was to be a nice hobby, nothing really else.  A way to fill my empty days and give me a creative outlet in the empty nest years.

Three years on and I can’t imagine life without LATLW now.  It is so much more than my blog now, and encompasses us all wholeheartedly.  But more than that, it is so affected and influenced by you guys too.  I’ve made moves into areas that I never imagined myself in, have been encouraged to have confidence in my own abilities so much more and, I guess, have allowed myself to have ownership over what I do as well.  It’s an exciting time to be working in this industry of digital media, and there are some amazing women (and men too, of course!) doing amazing things.  Long gone are the days when we need to be shy or bashful about forging a career online.  It’s very much prevalent now, very much an expanding and booming industry, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

Going forward, there are numerous little goals that I hope to work towards.  In June last year, when we rebranded, I decided to make much more of a lifestyle focus on here, primarily concentrating on travel, style and interiors.  The family aspect is so readily at the heart of everything of course – my gang are so completely a part of me and everything I do – but equally, there is often so much more to us as mums than we maybe allow ourselves credit for.  Talents and abilities and passions and creative outlets that are worthy (no matter how frivolous!)  It’s escapism, as much to write it as to read it, and I hope that you can always take what you see on here with the lighthearted nature that’s intended.  There are bigger issues yes, of course there are, and I’m always so very mindful of them, but I’m discerning in what I discuss and make comment on.  Perhaps for no other reason than the fact that we are bombarded with the negative in life.  I hope for ten minutes of your day you maybe enjoy a rest from that.  I know I so often look to other blogs for that soul salve.

So what will 2017 bring?  I’m excited to work on lots more style content, and develop this on social media too.  I’ve been loving getting to grips with Instastories this past few months, and am vlogging in short bursts over there most days.  The feedback has been so kind, and it has really encouraged me to have confidence in that aspect.  Something I never imagined ever feeling comfortable with!  YouTube is potentially on the horizon, but I think perhaps I’m happy to just focus on my social media platforms this year and see where that goes.

In terms of travel, I’m really keen to make this a huge focus this year.  We are so passionate about travel photography, and experiences in general, and really witnessed the difference that it made in our children last year.  My motto this year is ‘less stuff, more time’, and I’m keen to just make quality moments with my people in exciting places.  We have a few trips planned already and I’m excited to bring you with us.

On the home front, we’re at a bit of a plateau with Little Wood now.  Our next jobs will be big, expensive, time consuming ones and I think we’re just content to let ourselves have a little rest from all that this year.  We are determined to rabbit proof our garden this Spring/Summer though, and make in-roads into sprucing up our immediate landscaping.  It will be a job, but it’s something that really is required, if we’re ever to have any plants survive ever again! 🙁

Apart from that I hope you’ll enjoy this next year of posts and pictures, trips and travels.  Thank you, as ever, for being my very favourite part of this whole process.  Every time I get an inkling to just retire and live in solitude (ha!) someone will message or comment and I feel all inspired and encouraged again.  I can’t count the number of times that you guys have saved me from the delete button.  You’re the best!

Happy Birthday LATLW.  Happy Anniversary my lovely friends!

Here’s to this year of being three!

E x


  1. January 4, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I have really enjoyed your blogs from the early days. To me it is all so whimsical as romantic and is absoluately soul salve for me! It’s lovely to read all about your adventures into interiors, your dreamy decor and decorating, party ideas, and travel. I’m glued to your instastories – I’ve been sneaking off from my brood just to have a quick listen. You’re very engaging and inspiring your family are very encouraging. I love the romance of it all, childhood sweethearts building their dream house and raising their little family together. ( I’m sure it’s not always smooth sailing ) but it’s a real pleasure to get a bit of insight into your lives and creative mind. Long last LATLW

  2. January 4, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Yay! happy blogaversary lovely! Can’t wait to see you delve into this year and all the fun and beauty that you and your tribe exude. xo

  3. January 4, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Congrats on creating such a beautiful blog and for doing it only three short years! I look forward to what 2017 has in store for LATLW! Xx

  4. Linda
    January 4, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Happy blog-birthday! I’ve been enjoying your blog — as well as your Instagram — for a little over a year now. I used to work as a journalist in a hectic newsroom, but am now an at-home parent who does some freelance work. I miss my working days and am terrible at keeping house, so your pretty pictures and great sense of style provide me with some inspiration and motivation. Thanks, Emma!

  5. Suzanne
    January 4, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I do take your blog for what it was intended – a chance to escape life and breathe. I know that family life with 3 kids simply cannot be all hearts and flowers (mine certainly isn’t!) because you’re all normal people. Looking forward to what’s in store at LATLW in 2017 🙂 Happy anniversary. xx

  6. Louise
    January 4, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I love the idea of a soul salve! Your blog and instagram pictures and stories are very much that. A little escapism and often inspiration, admiration and some style copying too! Plus Northern Ireland looks so lovely and your photos of the mountains and the sea the other day were just breathtaking. What a fantastic place to live. Looking forward to reading about LATLW in 2017. All the very best to you.

  7. January 4, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Three years?? Where has that gone! Happy blog anniversary, looking forward to reading in 2017. Oh, and I so need to get onto Instastories – one day..! x
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  8. January 4, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Amazing how far you have come in three short years. Keep at it, looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store xo

  9. January 5, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Can’t wait to see what this year will bring you all. One of my very favourites. Happy new year to you all xx

  10. January 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Congratulations Emma on your lovely blog. I have been reading probably since the beginning. Since starting my family now 5 years ago and three little kiddies later, I have lost track of time somewhere in between. Always an inspiring read. Thank you.x

  11. January 7, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Happy anniversary! I LOVE reading your blog and seeing all of your images in Instagram – it’s my little escape from the noisy, chaotic-ness of my world! I’m three months away from my blogs’ first birthday – it’s really inspiring to see what you’ve achieved in three short years. Looking forward to see what 2017 has in store for you – travel photos in particular will be lusted over and fuel for my already significant wanderlust.

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