Honest Mum Blogiversary Cake

The title of this blog post might sound a little silly as what follows is an answer to a question not usually, if ever come to think of it, is asked of me (no doubt because I’m pretty well known for my deep, unwavering love of blogging and vlogging) yet it’s one I want to document, for me as much as for you.

Since devouring George Orwell’s book Why I Write many, many moons ago, I’d promised myself to always unflinchingly unravel my purpose when it came to creative pursuits and life, really. To always self-reflect, to continuously assess my raison d’être, hopes and dreams as a way of making sure where possible, I stayed on the track of loving what I do. Accepting the journey wouldn’t be easy, but that it would always be worthwhile.

My blog turning 6 feels like the perfect time to share my inner thoughts, to dedicate a post to all that blogging has brought my life and to illustrate the impact Honest Mum has had on my family and I, in black and white.

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I want this post to be an archive if you like, a moment in time and (digital) space where I firstly say a great big thank you to my gorgeous readers (because without you, it’s me just throwing things out there without a conversation, a dialogue) so THANK YOU and also as a a way to record this blogging milestone. Another entry-a rather special one- in the online diary of my life. My vehicle of expression.

That’s what this blog has always been about: a sounding board, a means of communication, a memory keeper: a way to share our lives through moving image, words and pictures. A chance to capture the right now. A way to look back on what mattered then. Therapy. Comfort. An online stick of rock if you like with my personality running through it.

I actually spent the other night re-watching daily vlogs I made earlier this year, of just the kids and I messing about most days and I laughed and also cried my heart out. These entries are the equivalent of the VHS videos my Dad would shoot of my brother and I as kids-and then later, the films I’d create as a tween  (I was Kylie, my brother Wogan) and later still, as an award winning filmmaker and director. These are the pieces that will always matter most, to me, at least.

So here it is, my wondrous, pinch myself blogging journey tapped out from tired, faded keys on my laptop- to you. Everyone of you who drops by, every day or once in a blue moon, you matter to me more than you will know, honestly, so thank you.

Like everything I write, my hope is that this piece might well encourage others to start their own blog too, to pick up a camera, to vlog, share, laugh, strive and simply find joy in what they do.

Perhaps it might encourage others to seize working online in this vastly stimulating, flexible and empowering way of working- or maybe, and I wish this with all my heart, this might inspire others to take a risk, to write, hit publish and find out what they’re made of, to embrace all that is possible and awaits them-to discover and redefine who they are,  to be who they want to be-just as I did and have done every single day since starting back in November 2010.

I’ve kicked this celebration off with 10 key bullet points on what blogging has given me and why I blog before going into greater detail below.

I truly hope you enjoy this post-forget ‘enjoy’, I hope you gobble it up (like I’ll be doing with this cake) and then salivating, you go enter my celebratory competition at the end where you can win a year’s supply of chocolate (!) thanks to Hotel Chocolat.

So, blogging has given me-

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1. A voice. An opportunity to consistently hone my craft, a chance to create and curate.

2.Confidence.

3. Joy.

4. A renewed sense of identity.

5. A career I love which is empowering (and a piece of the internet to call my own).

6. Friendship.

7. Travel.

8. Opportunities and collaborations I could never have dreamed possible.

9. A tool in which to discover new passions.

10. Connection. Filmmaking is emotion on screen as is blogging and vlogging. If you don’t share, how can anyone care?

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I started this blog feeling lost and lonely, broken to be honest, a former filmmaker then, suddenly without a voice and no direction – a new mum who wasn’t sure she was cut out for motherhood, the one thing she’d always wanted.

I’d suffered from a traumatic birth with my first son Oliver and after a move from London to Bristol (before eventually settling back in my hometown of Leeds) and feeling like a fish out of water with a baby who suffered from colic and hated sleep, I frankly felt exhausted and also bored with this new life-motherhood felt so mundane in those early days and months, especially without close friends to share this brave new world with as I was the first to have a baby.

I felt ‘dark-cloud-above-my-head’ LOW and simply craved a space to call my own, a chance to channel my creativity, my thoughts, a means to connect with others who might be feeling like I did.

At that point, not on set, living day to day, simply surviving, I needed to express myself more than ever but had no tool nor platform to do so.

Not until I started blogging.

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I look back at that time and compare it to now, right NOW, and thank my great friend Amancay Tapia (who is soon to have her own baby) for persuading me to start. To buy a domain name and just crack on with writing down my thoughts and feelings. To tell the world what I was telling her. That motherhood was different to the movies. That life had changed. Forget change, life as I’d known it, was now unrecognisable. I needed the confidence to admit it was OK to feel I wasn’t who I once was. To question that perhaps I wasn’t alone. That others felt like I did. And then through the power of blogging and twitter, I realised I definitely wasn’t alone. Not by a long shot.

From feeling like one mama against the world, scared to share how hard life felt at the time, to now with hundreds of thousands of followers and readers, I’m pretty lost for words other than to say I feel so grateful. I’m MASSIVELY touched you choose to visit my site, my world, and read about my life- and that you hopefully feel something too when you do-that you’re entertained or moved or even hungry whilst you’re here.

Mostly, I hope you feel less alone and better about your life. That you see universal truths on parenting, friendship, motherhood and more and know, truly know, that we’re all in this together. I hope you feel we’re mates. That’s what so many of you tell me when we meet at events or even randomly on the street. You tell me that you feel you know me and you understand me.

So thank you for letting me be me. Thanks for coming to my virtual house for tea and thank you to the internet for letting me set up shop here (literally), giving me the freedom to write and write some more.

And that’s not all it’s done. This space has offered me friendship: real, sisterly ‘can’t live without’ kind of friendship with women I’ve met online and love with all my heart.

It’s also brought me self-acceptance, to know it’s OK to be me, and with that, a whole new career to boot, one which merges my skills and experience as a screenwriter and director and has made me who I am today: a full time blogger and vlogger.

I still remember having to explain to others what a blogger was way back when in 2010. Now my own Dad wants to start his own!

And to write for a living is a joy, it always has been, because I started this to write-writing is like breathing (or eating!) to me, it’s something I HAVE TO DO. I’m a digital storyteller, the same storyteller I was before the birth and rise of blogging, as a filmmaker, but now I’m communicating on a much smaller yet no less powerful screen.

It feels like for the first time in the arts, anyone can thrive. All you need is a something to say, a commitment to saying it, a strong work ethic and a whole lot of tenacity to boot.

This democratic internet is a place where anyone with a laptop and a strong enough desire to do so, can create content and be seen, heard and shared.

And here I am, having gone full time 4 years ago now, working for myself, my own limited company, as the CEO of my own brand. Ooh la la. I think my 21 year old self might just be high-fiving me right now.

What shocks me, still, is that such a devastatingly low time in my life has brought so much happiness to my family and I. That all that darkness was in fact fertile ground for bright big sunflowers which eventually bloomed and continue to, year after year (and now for 6 whole years)… That just pushing myself out of my comfort zone (it was scary hitting publish then and so often still is now) can lead to so much change, for me, my kids and hopefully others reading this here blog.

I still remember to this day the two people who commented on my first posts on FB: Kari and Carrie’Ann. They’ll never know how much strength they gave me in those first few days of launching. Along with others commenting on my very first blog post, I kept on publishing and didn’t stop.

I must note too that very early on, two amazing things happened when it came to blogging. Within just 2 weeks, I was approached by a forward-thinking advertiser and after 4, I became a finalist at the BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards (at a time they were still virtual too), the latter, the catalyst I needed to get back on set as a director.

Suddenly, I felt my voice mattered again and I had the strength to direct again, later going pro as a blogger and vlogger and BritMums have continued to inspire and support me ever since. I received the BritMums Best of the Best 2016 Award and Best Social Media at their now IRL awards in the summer and recently wrote for them sharing my PR tips for bloggers….These nods, from the first which helped me to piece together my broken confident, to now, whatever I achieve today helps me to push forwards and achieve my dreams. That support, your comments, the connections I make a long the way have all collectively led to a renewed sense of self and an entirely new career: a flexible full time way to work I love so much I literally jump out of bed each morning, excited for the day ahead.

 

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My purpose, above all, has always been to help others, to inspire them to embrace the digital space, to recognise their own potential and to know their own self worth.

Working online has brought greater equality to the workplace and if more mums start blogs and e businesses because they can see it working for me, then my job here is done.

And the reason I can keep doing what I do is because of you.

You guys made, and keep on making me feel I belong. The fact you care about my point of view and believe in me after a lifetime of trying to fit in, means I’m still massively surprised that I showed you who I am and you let me in.

More than that, you liked me for who I am.

I want you to feel the same about yourself. That you are 100% absolutely good enough as you are. Because you are.

…Through these blank empty web pages I’ve filled-sometimes 5 days over in a day (I’m definitely prolific thanks to my screenwriting days) I’ve trucked unflinchingly onwards from goal to goal, tipping toes in new and often deep waters, just GONE FOR THINGS, picking myself up from mistakes or rejection and simply cracking on.

I’ve made many deep and loving friendships, some which started from day one, others, more recent, flourished from the humble beginnings of 140 characters on twitter or an emoji on Instagram and led to many milestones and fun times I’ll never forget.

I’ve crossed to-do list boxes I’d never dared to dream possible- and some, MANY of course which still await patiently, a dim light for example that one day which might be switched on like the feature film I hope to direct.

I’ve collaborated with true legends I’ve admired forever: heroes like Jamie Oliver and Antonio Carluccio– women who have affected many aspects of my life since tweenhood and beyond-from Anastacia to Alesha Dixon and Dawn O’Porter to name but a few.

My family and I have travelled and explored so much more of the world than we would have done thanks to blogging- and I hope we’ll see much more-those experiences remain imprinted on our hearts and minds, experiences which made us wide eyed and wild-running across golden sands in the South of France, dancing at carnivals in Jamaica and staying in exquisite hotels in London like our special times at The Royal Garden -what a time it’s been to be alive.

I’ve presented and appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Sky News and even featured in British Vogue…I partnered up with my great friend Jessica Huie MBE to create our workshops Passion into Pounds, firstly in collaboration with Stylist, now with the British Library…I was quoted on the cover and interviewed inside my friend Natasha Courtenay‘s brilliant book The Million Dollar Blog and luckily, so much more I’m scared I might miss something out… Typing all those words out doesn’t quite feel real yet they’ve happened thanks to simply being brave and starting Honest Mum.

To having the greatest manager in Neil Ransome at the renowned agency, Insanity, who understands me fully, endlessly believes in me and has helped to take my career to the next level.

I’m grateful for the moments, every single one.

Lastly and most importantly, this blog has allowed me to connect with others. With you.

It’s reintroduced long lost family members in Australia to our family in the UK (thanks to a Greek Cypriot recipe-true story), it’s helped others all over the world (as you’ve told me) to feel more confident in their bikinis (from a photo of me in mine which went viral) and it’s helped so many start up blogs and businesses which makes me so, so happy (thanks for all your comments, emails and testimonials, you rock!).

I craved that connection with others when I started Honest Mum because truth be told, I didn’t connect enough with others when Oliver was born.

Thanks to facing the fear that no one might read a word, or worse, I might be judged, and just putting myself out there, I found the community I wish I’d had around me, at that time.

It’s funny how life unfolds.

We really are the active protagonists in our very own narratives. We create or go in search of what we do not have.

I love that blogging allows us to be in control of our own destiny. That we’re in the driving seat, in charge.

The more you put in, the more you get out. A simple, rewarding equation that should be true of all the arts but sadly, isn’t. Well it is here.

…People, sometimes, and kindly, refer to me as groundbreaking when it comes to blogging. I simply believe there mustn’t be any limitations or restrictions placed on any one of us, not in this parenting blogging sector or any, and I love that today, thanks to working online, opportunity really is limitless and can seized by all.

And the beauty is there’s always enough internet to go around.

That creativity in this domain is boundless and connection with others can be more meaningful than ever.

I believe, and know, that like film, you can and will be transported across time, geography and space thanks to social media, blogs and vlogs-tools which can endlessly feed your imagination, inspire, educate, inform, tranform and change your world and the world in general.

Through reading others’ deeply personal stories, you see your own reflected right back at you.

And in those moments, I hope you too, like I do, will feel like you belong.

So that’s why I blog. For me. And for you.

Thank you,

Love,

Vicki/ Honest Mum x

P.S Huge thanks to the gifted cake maker Andrea who is so talented and so busy she doesn’t even need a website who created this brilliant celebration cake for me! It’s simply amazing!

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109 Responses

  1. Jess Powell

    Congratulations on 6 years – and here’s to many more!

    Your blogging story has inspired me so much over the last couple of years; I was entering a ton of competitions when I went on maternity leave waiting for my daughter to arrive, and that was how I originally found the blog. I really enjoyed reading it and eventually I decided to dip my toe in the blogging water for the first time since my teens. It’s been such a big part of my life since, just having somewhere to ramble and get my thoughts out. When I started wobbling over what and why I was writing it was actually another of your posts – one on writing for yourself first and foremost, because all the blogging advice in the world doesn’t matter if you’re not enjoying it – that really hit home most. So, yeah, ramble over. I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope you had a great blogiversary!

    PS. That cake is AMAZING!

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  2. bella bazley

    Happy Anniversary, I always love popping into your blog to see what is happening and your family must be so proud of all your achievements. Well done. xxx

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  3. Nicky Kentisbeer

    Vicki, Congratulations and here’s to what’s coming next.
    The cake is amazing and so indicative of where you are now. It must make you feel proud just looking at it and thinking ‘ooh that’s me!”
    I still consider myself a relative newcomer to the scene which is certainly very different to when you started I’m sure. I always pop back and read your inspirational posts – I love a bit of personal development and I always check in to see what your take on things are. It’s always good to fill your boots on self-improvement and self-care, so I can rely on you to give me another slant on things. I see you as a ‘go to’ person in that respect. Nicky x #brillblogposts
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  4. Susan Mann

    Happy blogoversary. It’s been a pleasure to follow your blog over the years and see it and you grow. One of my favourite things about blogging is the friendships we have made x
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  5. Emma Peach

    Happy blog birthday! I started my blog after having my daughter, which was quite traumatic as she was premature. She had terrible colic and hardly slept, so consequently neither did we. Nothing can ever prepare you for it but somehow you get through it. Starting the blog and taking up running kept me sane!

    Emma xxx
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  6. Mackenzie Glanville

    Such fabulous post that gives so much insight to what blogging means to you. Your passion and drive really shines through your words. You have every reason to celebrate and be so proud of who you are and yes Hi 5 yourself!!!! You are an inspiration to so many and also to your own children. I started 2 years ago and I know you know what I mean when I say that it has been life changing for me. I went from feeling lost when my youngest started kinder and turned into confident woman who now inspires people and I se my daughters following their young passions because their mum is. Well done! And yes that CAKE WOW! #Brilliantblogposts
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Mackenzie, I feel so moved reading your words, well done to you darling, you are amazing and thank you for your kindness and support, it means so much to me xx

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  7. Beth

    Happy 6th Birthday! I’m new to blogging and yours was one of the first family/lifestyle blogs I read which really inspired me to get seriously in to blogging myself! I’m learning loads every day and hopefully in the future I can be even half as successful as you. It has clearly taken a LOT of hard work and determination and you should be so proud! Here’s to another 6! xx

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  8. Mim

    Oh I just loved reading this – 6 years oh my word! Everything you have achieved in that time is just amazing and so well deserved – you’re one of the hardest working women I know! Well done lovely and keep going 🙂 x x
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks so much Mim, it’s been an amazing 6 years and I can’t wait for the next chapter! Some super exciting news to announce soon x

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  9. Lianne harris

    That cake looks amazing!!! Happy 6th bloggerversary!
    Blogging has helped me through new parenting issues and I love how it helped you build your amazing empire.
    Fingers crossed I’ll be half as successful as you in six years!
    #brillblogposts

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    • Honest Mum

      Aw thanks for this Lianne, I don’t have an empire but one day, darling fingers crossed. You absolutely can achieve anything I have and more, thanks for your lovely words x

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  10. Ashley Beolens

    Well done on 6 years, you have truly carved a place for yourself in the, sometimes dog eat dog, world of blogging (and justifiably so too) while also helping others with advice 🙂
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Ashley, I love what I do and adore helping others. There are so many amazing, talented, warm and giving people in this blogging world-I never think of the negative side-I keep doing what I love whilst supporting others. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  11. Helen

    Huge huge congratulations on all of your fantastic (and very well deserved) achievements, as well as marking this wonderful 6 year milestone. You bring so much inspiration and empowerment to so many of us, and I can’t wait to see what your next 6 years (and more…) brings. Lots of love, Helen xxx p.s fabulous cake!!!!!!

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    • Honest Mum

      Thank you my darling Helen, your words mean so much. You endlessly inspire me too sweetie. We ate the cake last night! I’ve kept the mini sugar me but Oliver ate my nose! Hahah! Lots of love xx

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  12. Anastasia (@Natbeesfashion)

    You are a library of blogging knowledge Vicki!
    I’d love to become a FT blogger myself but it’s difficult and I dont think I have the strength to quit my job yet.
    My blog turned 9 last September so maybe I should write a smilar piece..
    xx

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    • Honest Mum

      Huge congrats Anastasia, 9 is amazing, you are a complete trailblazer, please let me know when you write your posts, I’d love to read it. Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  13. Helen Stratton

    I am glad you wrote an answer to a question that wasn’t asked! I found that an interesting and really honest (like your name) read. Your one of us!!! xx

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  14. Michelle Reeves

    My darling Vicki mahoosive congratulations on your 6th blogoversary! Keep doing the do my lovely – you inspire so many of us, pursuing your passions, living your truth, and that cake *swoon*. Much love gorgeous xxx

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  15. Jo Hutchinson

    Congratulations for your wonderful blog and what a beautiful and perfect cake.

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  16. Michelle

    I’m at the start of my blogging journey with a bad case of PND and reading this has really opened my eyes to how important my own little place on the web is for my healing, therapy and purpose. Thank you for such a lovely read and best of luck with the next 6 years #brilliantblogposts

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Michelle, I am so sorry about what you are going through, I hope you have help and support there. It took me so long to reach out for the help I needed with PTSD. Therapy and my blog helped me through it. Sending you love and strength xx

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  17. Heidi Brown

    Aww I have said before you really are an inspiration,especially to a newbie blogger. You come across so geniune, a huge congratulations for making it to 6 years, heres to another and more!

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  18. Notmyyearoff

    Happy anniversary lovely lady. I started reading your blog in December almost 6 years ago when I had Z and was just lost. Your birth trauma posts have helped me SO much and I don’t think I can even tell you how much your c section posts from Xanders birth helped me. I must have read it at least 5 times before having my own planned section that finally gave me the closure I needed, so thank you 🙂 may you have every success ever you’ve ever wanted on this brilliant blog of yours xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh darling, your words have really moved me. To know I’ve helped you means so much to me. So happy to have met you at BML but we need to meet again and chat properly. I love your blog, lots of love xx

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  19. Caroline

    You’re such an inspiration Vicki. What you’ve achieved in the last 6 years is amazing and you have definitely earned that incredible cake! Congrats. xx #brillblogposts
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  20. five little doves

    Congratulations on six amazing years! You are my blogging inspiration, without a doubt. Reading through some of your achievements makes me realise that there are so many opportunities out there if we grab them with both hands and although right now blogging is something I do on the side, one day I’d like to really make a go of it! #BrilliantBlogPost
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  21. Twin Pickle

    Congratulations!!! And celebrations! Good job mama 🙂 #brilliantblogposts
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  22. Kat

    What an inspiration! ☺️ I am coming up to my 1 year anniversary and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. I also started in my first months of motherhood and have found it has empowered and strengthened me beyond what I could have expected! I’m so glad I started and I’m really looking forward to all the exciting things the next year has ahead. Thanks for sharing!

    Kat x
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  23. Lucy At Home

    It’s amazing to read how far you’ve come. I’m only 6mths into blogging and have started reading your blog now, when you’re taking amazing trips all over the world and doing fabulous collaborations, so to me it feels like you’ve being doing this forever. It’s really nice to hear more of your back story and how you’ve worked your way up. I know you don’t need me to say it, but you definitely deserve your success – I love the easy, free way that you write, and you’ve obviously worked really hard. Congratulations on reaching 6 years!! #BrillBlogPosts
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  24. Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    I just couldn’t stop looking at that cake. Amazing! 6 years and still going strong, without a doubt you are an incredible inspiration. It was really interesting to read about your journey and how far you have come. #BloggerClubUk xx
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  25. Emma T

    I love how you’ve embraced blogging from the beginning, and I think giving ourselves a voice for whatever reason helps spur us on.

    Love the prize on offer too.
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  26. Everything mummy

    Love this Vicky!!! Congrats on 6 years and everything you have achieved in that time, you’re amazing. Honest mum was the first blog I read a couple of years ago and instantly I felt inspired to start my own blog. Be great to catch up soon lots of love xxx

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Amy that means so, so much to me. I love your blog. Would love to see you again. Will never forget your kindness when my phone died after the BIBS and you offered for me to stay in your hotel. You are such a wonderful person xx

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  27. becca farrelly

    Wow what a 6 years its been for you! Your cake is stunning! Its amazing when you look back to the start of your blogging and see just how far you’ve come 🙂

    #brillblogposts
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  28. Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com

    Happy blogiversary Vicki!!!!! Massive, massive congratulations for all you have achieved over this last 6 years. Loved reading this post. SO INSPIRING!!! Loved that bit about your 21 year old self high fiving you, especially. And that bit about how some of the darkest days in your life were in fact the fertile grown for growing amazing sunflowers – what a lovely picture 🙂 Here’s to many, many more fabulous years of blogging and vlogging at Honest Mum. Can’t wait to see where you go next! 🙂 Xx
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  29. Mirka Moore @Kahanka @Fitness4Mamas

    Massive congratulations darling! It’s been a great journey for you, and I love the fact we are true friends, and that I “met” you through blogging, and then a few times in reality. Cannot believe it’s gonna be 8 years for me soon…. I love watching how you are growing and cannot wait for more! You are a fab inspiration to us all! LOVE Hotel Chocolat and LOVE the cake! xxx hope to see you soon, it’s been too long xxxx LOVE YOU babe! xxx

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    • Honest Mum

      Thank you my sweet girl, you and the others great friends I’ve met from blogging mean everything to me. Hope to see you soon, miss and LOVE you xxx

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  30. Rebecca

    Oh my gosh well done for getting recognition so super quickly you awesome Mama!!!! I started three months ago and am hoping that 6 years down the line I can be in a similar position… blogging is such an amazing community and I love it so far! The opportunities and doors it can open are incredible; bring it on! You are such an inspiration to newbies like me so thank you <3
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh thank you my darling, the blogging world has evolved so much and now everyone advertises online making it a super job for anyone who wants it. Your blog is fab as are you. Thank you for your kind words xx

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  31. Babes about Town

    This has to be one of, if not my absolute favourite post of yours ever. I love it when you spill out from the heart and I love YOU lady. So happy that Amancay made you start blogging because without it, we might never have met and you have undoubtedly been hugely influential for me too. And yes your blog makes me hungry. And happy. And gives me that sense that creativity matters and we can all drive towards our dreams, at our own pace, carving out that unique space for ourselves in the big wide world wide web. You have defined ‘epic’ as a blogger and I continue to watch in awe and excitement as you stride on to bigger things what seems like minute by minute. It’s a joy to know you and to have you in the blogging world, keep on inspiring and shining. And please, that cake maker’s details in my inbox NOW, that cake is to die for… almost too beautiful to eat! Love #guru 🙂 x
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    • Honest Mum

      Uju you’ve made me cry. You are my #guru, you inspire me and I love you so much, you and the girls are sisters to me. Thank you for everything, your talent which touches my heart, your endless support, all the laughs we have-the friendships I’ve made thanks to blogging mean everything to me. Love you, always xx

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  32. Mess and Merlot

    Congratulations Vicki! A gorgeous and inspiring post. You’ve achieved an enormous amount in 6 years of blogging through hard work, determination and of course talent. Personally I’m drawn to your blog because your beautiful personality shines through! Always realistic but positive, honest but empowering and ALWAYS supportive of women who build each other up when the chips are down. Well done on such a fabulous blogging career so far and many bigger and better things which I have no doubt lie ahead! Cheers lovely, enjoy the amazing cake and hopefully some celebratory bubbles too! # BrillBlogPosts
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    • Honest Mum

      Aw thank you my darling, I adore your blog and reading this comment has truly moved me. Thanks for the support, always. To know others feel empowered and supported here means the world to me. That’s always been my mission. Sending you love xx

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Susanna I remember that day like it was yesterday, you were so kind and generous to meet me and give me so much great advice. I will never forget yours and Jen’s amazing support from day 1. Much love and hope to see you soon xx

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  33. your DIY family

    A big, fat congrats on your 6th birthday! And what a post – blogging is so many things and you’ve hit the nail on the head – it can be anything you want it to be for you and for your readers. I am so glad we’ve met through blogging and I’m so proud to call you a friend. You are one amazing, unstoppable, inspiring lady who, as I’ve said before, never does anything in half measures. So proud of you. All my love xxx P.S. I wish I lived closer, I NEED to eat that cake! xx

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    • Honest Mum

      Haha that made me laugh and really touched me Nomita, so glad and proud to call you a friend too-wish we did live closer together, all of us, we could have partied tonight! The cake is epic huh xx

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  34. Laurie

    I’m not here for the chocolate! I’m here to read this inspiring post . It’s amazing how far you’ve got in blog world Vicki. Well done!
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com
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  35. Juliet McGrattan

    What can I say? You are incredible. A true ‘rock’. Yours was one of the first blogs I ever read, back in the days I didn’t even really know what a blog was! You gave me the confidence to start but also the confidence to make mistakes. I’ve learnt so much from you over the years and was stunned by your generosity with your advice and encouragement. HonestMum will always be a special place and you are a special person. Wishing you a very happy 6th blogiversary and raising a glass (of tea; it’s 7am) to many more.
    btw – that cake is utterly incredible – even the camera is accurate!
    Lots of love Juliet xxx
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Juliet that means so much, you are a special lady yourself. We have to arrange another meet up with the kids, it was such a wonderful day together, lots of love and huge congrats on everything you’ve achieved, you are amazing xx

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  36. Cherry at The Newby Tribe

    What a lovely and inspiring post. You were one of the first blogs I read when I was beginning out (only 5 months ago now) and have definitely inspired me to enter this wonderful world of blogging. #brillblogposts
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  37. Caroline

    Aww love this! Esp about having an online record of the past 6 years – i already forget things my kids did as babies and like time is passing by too quickly… Wrote my first blog for my website yesterday! Felt nice writing!
    What an exciting 6 years you’ve had – huge congrats xx
    BTW that cake is seriously BRILLIANT! Xxx

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Caroline, that’s amazing and so exciting that you started yesterday, this is the start of such a wonderful journey and having the memories to reflect on, is so moving, an online diary to treasure xx

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  38. Lela

    Vicki, I absolutely ADORE this. So proud of you. So humbled by your honesty. So completely in awe of how ‘you’ this freaking cake is! You are a complete, unabashed diamond. So, so much love and congratulations.

    xo
    Lela

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Lela, you are making me cry, love you and so grateful and happy we met thanks to our digital lives. Thanks for always inspiring me and being a true friend. You are a diamond yourself, love you lots xx

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  39. Barrie Bismark

    Great post. Very inspiring. I started my blog during a particularly difficult time in my life. Now, I can’t stop writing! #brillblogposts
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  40. Susanna

    Lovely post Vicky. As you know you totally inspired me to start my own blog. During a very dark period of my life I sat up through so many nights reading your blog. Eventually I realised I had to start my own blog as a way of rejoining the world. And start my own blog I did ! I’m loving every minute of it as it now gives me a new positive focus on life. Enjoy that amazing cake hunny. You deserve it ! xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Susanna, you have made me cry, can I use this in my testimonials section please?I will email you too in case you miss this reply. Thanks so much again, your blog is wonderful. I’m so touched my blog helped to inspire you to start your own xx

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  41. Abigail Cullen

    I personally love Hotel Chocolat, but I am yet to try their chocolates, as I usually buy their chocolate, in the form of a slab.

    It would be lovely to try out the whole range as a taster.

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