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5 Most Popular Articles on Strawberry Squeeze in 2015

With the New Year looming, I’ve collated some of my blog posts that recieved the most love last year. Whether it was social shares, comments or average time on page – these came out on top.

It’s so lovely to see Strawberry Squeeze grow and see much of the engagement came from relatively recent posts. As many of you know, I had a situation in December where I lost EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY COMMENTS! In three weeks though, you lovely people have bought it back up to almost 300 already.

5 Most Popular Articles on Strawberry Squeeze in 2015 | UK Lifestyle Blog

 

How much do bloggers earn?

This was something I was super interested in exploring, and it kick-started my blogging tips and advice category. It’s always been such a taboo, but the reality is, people are being paid for posts and there are so many readers in the dark – I hope this demystified a few things for everybody.

DIY indoor rabbit hutch

Can I say I’m not surprised? Of course my gorgeous bunny was the most viewed pages this year, she’s adorable! 😉 She’s still absolutely loving her little condo, and is being spoilt as always. We’re always on the hunt for new projects for Petal, so keep an eye out, as we plan to build her outdoor run soon!

Cubot X6 smartphone review

Despite this guest post mocking my small hands, this has consistently been popular throughout 2015! It’s different to the majority of the home decor and womens lifestyle posts you usually see on Strawberry Squeeze, but it just goes to show that your readership isn’t always who you think they are!

Tips for throwing a housewarming party
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Possibly (definitely) my favourite blog post to put together. We were so lucky to partnership with first direct earlier in the year, and they helped us throw and film a great evening with our nearest and dearest.

Quick alternatives to a bathroom renovation

The home and garden category is undoubably the most popular of the bunch, so it comes to no surprise that one of the home decor and renovating posts received the most engagement. This is at the heart of Strawberry Squeeze, and this section will only continue to grow as we take on more projects.

What was your favourite post of 2015? Share yours below. ♥

2018-01-08T03:34:06+00:00 December 31, 2015|Uncategorized|
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Tis the season to be grateful – What I got for Christmas

Christmas was swell. I’m now eating chocolate, surrounded by candles, wearing my Champneys soft white dressing gown, smelling of Davidoff Cool Water Woman Eau de Toilette, about to bust open a bottle of Moët & Chandon. Who doesn’t love this time of year?! I’ve truely been spoilt ROTTEN!

My friends, family and boyfriend did incredibly well this year to make me the happiest girl in the world. My brother came down from London and we had Christmas lunch in my new house for the first time. Since I failed terribly at Blogmas, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon a little late and write a list of some of the lovely gifts I received this Christmas.

Tis the season to be grateful - What I got for Christmas | UK Lifestyle Blog

Fujifilm Instax pink mini film camera

Completely unexpected, my family bought me this gorgeous instant film camera in bright pink. I’m not usually a pink gal, but I fell in love with this in 2014 and had my heart on it since. This will come in handy when S and I set off on our adventure to Norway in January – but more on that soon!

Next heart embossed doormat

When you buy a house, you end up spending money on things that are quite frankly, boring. Occasionally, you forget to treat yourself to pretties for your home, when your constantly reading reviews for the best stain remover or the strongest bin liner. So, when you actually get something cute and practical – you just have to swoon! I LOVE THIS!

Merino mustard giant handknitted blanket

Handcrafted by my boyfriend, S. I’ve even got some videos knocking around of when he was at home making it for me, when I was at home – none of the wiser! It’s so warm and cosy, words cannot describe! Boy, is he good at surprises! It’s lucky, as I was on the edge of buying one myself. He’s so clever 🙂

Tis the season to be grateful - What I got for Christmas | UK Lifestyle Blog

A felt replica of Petal!

Okay, this is undoubtedly adorable – but actually very close to my heart too. I was confused when my brother said he collected my presented on Christmas morning, as it hadn’t long been finished. Much to my amusement, and shock, my ever-thoughtful brother had a felt replica of Petal commisioned by our friend Becky. Thank you so much!

Handmade in Cornwall silver stacking rings

I forgot to mention, all the gifts S got me (from stocking fillers, through to main presents) were handmade, by either him or someone else. He designed and commision a stunning set of rings to a silversmith based in Cornwall. I told you, he’s clever..

Tepee pet house

S didn’t forget Petal when he was buying handmade gifts. He picked up this awesome house for her and she absolutely loves it. This is easily one of my favourite presents of the day, and officially the best photograph of her. Waaaaa!

Tis the season to be grateful - What I got for Christmas | UK Lifestyle Blog

What did you get for Christmas?

2018-01-08T03:34:06+00:00 December 30, 2015|Uncategorized|

Five Ways To Keep Your Relationship Happy And Healthy

No one wants a breakup, do they? Well, maybe some men don’t know what they have until it is gone, but that is men for you! In the main, we all love to be in an intimate and loving relationship. Without it, it can feel like a part of our life is incomplete. If you are lucky enough to be in love, you should do whatever you can to keep it going.

Five Ways To Keep Your Relationship Happy And Healthy | UK Lifestyle Blog

The first thing you need to address is why your relationship isn’t as healthy as it was if that is the case. That doesn’t mean that you are in trouble either because a lot of relationships change or evolve over time. It is part of getting older and being vulnerable and comfortable in equal measure in your partner’s company. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get it back. If it is an issue, think how you can make it better. Do not be afraid to be proactive.

Once you understand the issue, your partner needs to know that everything is not perfect too. It might just be the biggest cliché in the world, but communication is essential in any relationship. If your other half doesn’t know there is a problem, how is he supposed to try and improve it? The bottom line is he isn’t, so you have to tell him. Once he understands how you feel, you can both work on building your relationship back to its previous point.

There is a big chance that none of the above applies to you. Does that mean you cannot learn a thing or two? No, you are just as susceptible as the couples who are going through a rough patch. The only difference is you haven’t hit yours yet! If you want to avoid that inevitable hitch in the road, try a nice surprise. Surprises keep things fresh and unpredictable, which is an integral part of enjoying yourself. Some of the best times spent are the times that you didn’t see coming.

Don’t get me wrong, sex isn’t everything – but introducing a bit of fun into the bedroom is a great way to forget little arguments, and gives you a moment to just reconnect and enjoy each other! If your new to sex toys, check out Smile Makers* they are perfect for beginners, and fun solo or together!

Five Ways To Keep Your Relationship Happy And Healthy | UK Lifestyle Blog

Alternatively, you could treat your other half to a holiday abroad or ticking off the bucket list. Treat your partner to a good time and they will reciprocate. Plus, spending time alone is a great way to bond and reconnect. So, if a cruise in Europe is your thing, compare cruises online for some bargains. Whatever your poison don’t overthink it, just get it booked!

If you feel the need, you can always book an appointment to see a specialist. If you both embrace your therapist, they can put your relationship back on track. Even if everything is going well, it is always nice to talk about your life to someone other than your partner. No one is saying that relationships are easy. I don’t think anyone is that stupid to be honest! But, they are worth the effort, especially if you have found someone you truly love.

2018-01-08T03:34:09+00:00 December 23, 2015|Health|
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