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A year of 'Sand In My Toes'!

Wow, I can't believe it's been a year of blogging about being a first-time mom, Little Dude's milestones, and Dubai's many colours. Yes, Sand In My Toes is a year old today! I had quietly started putting up posts since December 2012, but only on this day last year did I transfer to this domain name. I'm celebrating my first year anniversary as quietly as I started, but I would like to thank each and every one of you who stopped by to read my thoughts, opinions, musings, and ramblings! 

first year anniversary of sand in my toes

Looking back, I have realised that this blog has become an important part of my life - more so, since I don't have a job apart from this. But, of course, there's nothing more important than creating special moments with Little Dude, and taking on the challenges of motherhood as best as I can.

I will write more about this past year of blogging soon, but for now, I'd like to share my five favourite posts:
  1. It never gets easier, only better
  2. Life lessons I want my child to know
  3. Parenting in a big, bad world
  4. Whatever your choice, you're a hard-working mom!
  5. Thankful for being a mom
I guess I'm a mother who thinks too much! But how can I not worry about the kind of world my child will grow up in, or the people he will encounter, and the decisions he will have to make? I think it's part and parcel of being a parent, and I know I will never be 'carefree' again.

On another note, I did love writing about the humourous aspects of parenting - such as The guide to mom superpowers, Baffling toddler behaviours, and The story of my trip to mom-jail! After all, if we didn't laugh at our fumbling and mistakes as parents, we wouldn't retain our sanity!

I would also like to re-introduce my blog to those who haven't explored it fully. Here's what you'll find here:

Parenthood - Parenting posts from the funny to the serious, to the useful tips.
Toddlersims - Funny, surprising, and mysterious is how I describe toddlers!
Toddler Tales - Snippets of what I'm learning all the time from Little Dude.
Dubai Living - Tips for those living in, and travelling to Dubai, as well as my posts on life here.
Blogging - Blogging and social media tips from a non-expert...me!
A Day Like Today - An ongoing guest posts series about special moments shared with your kids. I'd love more contributions!

I have already shared my blogging goals for 2014, but in short, here's what you can expect from me this year:
- Toddler crafts and activities
- Travel and outdoor posts 
- Guests posts showcasing different perspectives

I have discovered so many wonderful bloggers, that I can't list them all here, but you can see some of them on my sidebar, and some on my Awesome Blogs page. I have been lucky to have my work published on some of these awesome blogs, and here are three of my favourite published posts:
There are more in the pipeline, and if you'd like me to write for your blog, drop me an email.

It's been a wonderful journey, and I'm looking forward to writing more, meeting more people, and making more discoveries!

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26 comments

Tim Havenith said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm a first time visitor and enjoying my stay. I'm liking your blogging tips.

Kim Carberry said...

Congrats & Happy Blog birthday to you! x

Morgan Prince said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

I'm a new(ish) visitor but I love your blog. Good job. :)

#MagicMoments
Morgan x

Coombe Mill said...

Delighted to have found your blog and Happy blog Birthday. I'll look forward to another year

cellulitelooksbettertan said...

Happy blogiversary. I'm also a first time visitor and a mom to a toddler. We might have a lot in common. Hope this year is full of great stories!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Tim, I hope you'll return!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Kim!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Morgan, it's been good connecting with you!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for the wishes, Fiona!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, and welcome! Yes, I'm hoping there will be a lot of stories :)

Lisa Witherspoon said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Mike said...

Congratulations on your first Blog Anniversary, Tarana! I've always wanted to meet someone who actually lives in Dubai because I find it absolutely fascinating there through pictures or tv to this point only. We all think too much at one time or another so don't feel alone there. It refines your parenting skills as well to make sure you're giving your child the best! Keep up the great work! :)

Tas D said...

Happy Bloggerversary!! You blog is always an enjoyable read :)

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Lisa!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you for your kind word, Mike!

Tarana Khan said...

Happy to hear that, Tas!

Stacey Guilliatt said...

Happy blogoversary! :D
#MagicMoments

GJT said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! It's a wonderful milestone. Keep up the great writing!

Sara Murray said...

Congratulations Tarana xx Here's to the next year of fun :)

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Stacey!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for the wishes and lovely words, Gina!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you Sara, looking forward to it!

abigail said...

Happy Blog-Birthday!

Jaime Oliver said...

YAY!! Happy Blog Birthday honey and thank you for writing such a beautiful post for my blog this week.

thanks for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Jamie!

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