I spend a lot of my writing time on book and music reviews and researching exotic travel destinations (alas, I don’t actually get to go to those places, in case you’ve been wondering!). So when it came to choosing my five favourite posts from the past year, I started with our Sunday Arts and Travel sections.
I get very enthusiastic about particular books – ask me from one week to the next for a recommendation and it is likely to be something different each time. No, I’m not fickle, there’s just so many fantastic books out there! However, if I had to choose just one it would be Alice Melvin’s The High Street. It’s a charming book that will be read over and over again and the unexpected ending is a bonus.
Choosing my favourite travel post was tough, particularly as there were some fabulous beach destinations in the line-up (such as Bora Bora and Mexico). Despite my preference for holidays that involve hot weather, sand and poolside lounging, my top pick is Iceland – what it had to offer as a family travel destination took me completely by surprise and I’m determined to one day visit the ‘land of fire and ice’.
For a purely nostalgic pick, let me remind you of the rainbow jelly oranges. Jelly ranges are my favourite (and only) party trick and invariably a parent will look at them in amazement and ask “How did you do that?!” They’re very easy and a winner with kids.
Last year we introduced you to Tootsa MacGinty, a unisex range of kids clothing. I love the concept behind Tootsa MacGinty – the clothes are designed for rough and tumble while still maintaining a design aesthetic that appeals to little kids – bright colours, happy patterns and a smattering of cute animal motifs.
I like a robust ‘discussion’ which is why my final pick is the post I wrote about the website, The Shape of a Mother. In fact, I barely had to write anything – Babyology readers and Facebook fans quickly made their feelings known about the shape of post-pregnancy bodies!