Return To the Blog

Return To the Blog

So you might have noticed it’s been some time since I wrote a blog post or even uploaded an unboxing video to my YouTube channel.

Sadly there’s a reason for this and it’s been a huge combination of reasons.  From Chase’s additional needs becoming more time-consuming, my constant high expectations I place on myself and a dash of obsessive comparison disorder.

Obsessive Comparison Disorder

You know those moments when you compare yourself to everyone else? well imagine you do that constantly, all day every day. That’s in a nut shell what I was doing, and still do regularly.  Spending time on social media has a huge effect on me negatively sometimes.  I compare myself to other bloggers, other compers as well as friends and family.  Questioning constantly what can I do better to be as good as that blogger, what can I do with my creative entries so I’m more of a successful comper.  I must try harder I tell myself.  To the point i end up completely burnt out and unable to function properly.

So with all of these thoughts and the extra difficulty of my son’s care I decided to take a break.  I decided to start my blog for fun, a hobby for myself so I felt like I had achieved something outside of childcare now that I no longer worked. I had stopped having fun, blogging had become a chore.

Returning to the blog

I’m pleased to say that it’s time for me to return to (maybe not so) regular posts on the blog.  I’m going to put far less pressure on myself and remind myself of the whole point of the blog in the first place – it’s a medium for me to be creative and enjoy myself, not a place for me to compare myself to other bloggers and get stressed out that I’m not ‘doing it right’ – what even does that look like anyway!

What to Expect

Expect to see monthly unboxing videos coming back, but with a twist! I’m also hoping to start doing more posts and video about family gaming, days out and as the blog tag says – everything i love to talk about!

Thanks to all my blog and social followers who have stayed fans of the blog during the break and I look forward to posting new content for you all soon!





  1. Dionne
    August 3, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Glad to see you back. Looking forward to your next unboxing xx

    • August 3, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks Dionne, there’s so many people making them now that I’m going to make my next one slightly differently 🙂

  2. Gabriela Kroh
    August 4, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Good to see you back Nikki! I guess everybody does the same. I’m asking my husband all the time: -do you think is any other mum around better than myself? Usually, the answer is no, of course! But recently a friend of ours, got her son admitted in Oxford with scholarship! I’m now on second place according to my own husband! 🙂
    Now I need to work more in reading, math, conduct and manners in our not so civilised family. :)))

  3. Anna
    August 4, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Hi, I love reading your blog and also seeing how lucky you have been with your amazing prizes. I am a special needs mummy too so know too well the ups and downs of it all, some days I can take on the world and others i feel like its swallowed me up and spat me out !! Anyway keep going and enjoy all the special times together. x

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Anna. When I have down episodes they can last months m, frustrating but part of life!

  4. Rebecca Beesley
    August 4, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Thank you for your honesty Nikki. I went through the toughest time mentally and emotionally with depression at a time when I was at my most ‘successful’ with comping. It was triggered by a whole host of unresolved grief issues dating back many years but the more I used comping as an escape, the worse things became until I too was burnt out to the point of needing a break from it all. At the time I couldn’t find anyone who understood what it was like as they couldn’t understand why I wasn’t happy when I was winning prizes literally everyday so I think it is something us compers will have to speak more openly about as I suspect there are others out there too going through a rough time. Glad to see you back and hopefully with a happy balance xxx

    • August 4, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      I think there’s definitely more to be written about here, I don’t believe we’re the first (or the last) to experience this. Thank you for sharing your story with me x

  5. August 20, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    There will always be times when family takes over; no-one is ever going to mind if there is a gap between posts 😘 I love reading your blog but I know exactly what you mean sometimes there just isn’t enough time/energy leftover for anything above & beyond the essentials! Remember to take some time for yourself to just chill out too x

    • August 21, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Thanks for your kind comment Cara. I put way too much pressure on myself, trying to rectify that! 😘

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