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January Review: Income Report & Stats

If you’ve been following Busylazymum.co.uk you’ll know that I used to do an income report and life got a little hectic and the reports stopped. I’ve decided that I will do a monthly review instead of an income report. Each month I will list the posts written that month and include my best bits, an income review and blogging statistics.

January Review

It’s been a quite month for blogging, I have only written 5 posts but I think they’ve been good quality posts.

My most viewed post from January was my VR Here review with 198 views.

Blogging Statistics

Total Visitors 14,216

Total Visits 43,284

Social Statistics

Facebook 164

Instagram 150

Pinterest  30

Twitter  150

Income Report

*The following income is what has been earned this month, due to payment dates some haven’t been paid as of yet. Also some of this income will have tax deducted via PAYE.*

This month through mystery shopping I have had lots of free (after reimbursement) food shopping, a couple of hot drinks and a hair cut.

Mystery Shopping £89

Mystery Shopping Reimbursements £61

Sponsored Post £60

Total Income £149

I have not included the reimbursements in the total as this is money that I needed to spend in order to do the assignment therefore it isn’t a boost to my income. Speculating to accumulate.

Today is my New Years Day

Today is my New Year’s Day. The holidays are over. Alan’s gone back to work, the boys have gone back to school and we’re all back to reality.

2017 Review

2017 was a crap year for me and my family. One bad thing after another. There were a few good things that happened.

Alan & I started a new business hiring out hot tubs which had its teething problems, but we are looking forward to building the business this year.

We got on the property ladder and brought our  lovely house. This had been a big goal for a few years and I had felt that I needed the security of owning our own house after having a rented property sold from under us when Lewis was only a few months old. Buying our first home has certainly been the most stressful thing I have ever done, I wasn’t prepared for there to be so many ups and downs. We lost what we thought was our dream home; a lovely huge 4 bed house which needed completely renovating. But when that fell through we found the house we brought not quite as big but it didn’t need anywhere near as much work  and has a lovely big garden with lots of potential.

Alan took part in Tough Mudder, Total Warrior and the Great North Run. I am so so proud of him for completing these even when he was in agony with a back problem he’d been having physio for. These events lead to lovely weekends away in Maidenhead, The Lakes & Newcastle.

2018 Goals and New Years Resolutions

  • To try harder to concur my social anxiety.
  • To spend more time making memories with my family.
  • To make up for not having an abroad holiday in 2017.

2017 Blog Review

My blog didn’t go as I hoped last year. I didn’t get chance to put in the time it’s needed but I am happy with its growth considering.

I last reviewed my stats on 28th October on our first blogging birthday and I set the following goals for the next quarter.

  • Hit 10,000 views
  • Reach 100 followers on Instagram & Pinterest.
  • Reach 200 followers on Facebook & Twitter.
  • Increase DA.

Although it’s not quite 3 months since I set these goals I feel the new year is the perfect time to review them and set new goals for the next quarter.

Blog Statistics

  • 12,101 Visitors 🎉 GOAL ACHIEVED 🎉
  • 39,196 Visitors
  • DA 13 🔸Ok, so my DA hasn’t changed, but I have made steps to improve such as guest posts and taking part in linkies and will continue to do so. 🔸   🔴UPDATE🔴 10th January: My DA has increased to 14! 🎉GOAL ACHIEVED 🎉

Social Statistics

  • Facebook 163 likes
  • Instagram 144 followers 🎉 GOAL ACHIEVED 🎉
  • Pinterest 25 followers
  • Twitter 215 followers 🎉 GOAL ACHIEVED 🎉

Next Quarter Goals

  • To reach 15,000 views.
  • To reach 200 Facebook followers.
  • To reach 250 Twitter followers.
  • To reach 175 Instagram followers.
  • To reach 50 Pinterest followers.

What goals or resolutions have you made? Leave me a comment.

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A Valentine’s Day Gift for all the family.

 

Valentine's Day Gift

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I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Whilst I love the idea of a day for me and my husband; that doesn’t have to be the 14th February. I hate that it’s become so commercialised that people just waste their money on buying a Valentine’s Day gift that is just going to collect dust or end up in the bin. Buy a Valentine’s Day gift that’s not a waste of your hard earned cash, something with a purpose.

My plan for Valentine’s Day

I think we’re going to order ourselves a takeaway and download a movie to watch. Get rid of all the fuss of getting a babysitter and waiting around for a taxi that we’d have if we went out.
You could do something similar…
Cook yourselves a nice meal or order your favourite takeaway, get that movie you’ve wanted to see for ages and just chill out. If you wanted to really treat yourselves you could upgrade the TV to a Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV; a Valentine’s Day gift that will last longer than most and has a purpose for all the family.

Have you heard of Ultra HD 4K TV’s?

Quality of Ultra HD 4K technology is fantastic. I’ve been doing some research on them and Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV’s have won awards from What Hifi? You can find more information and reviews on them here. I was shocked by how inexpensive they are!! You can buy a Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV for around £500 depending on the screen size, how fantastic is that! Find the Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV range on Amazon here.