Well 2015, good riddance! I thought I’d do a year in review with you guys to go over the moments, posts, and memories that made 2015 the year that it was.
What a year. On a personal level, I am very much ready for 2015 to be dead and buried. On a blog level, 2015 was awesome and I can’t wait to see what we can do in 2016.
Last January I was able to leave an abusive workplace situation and started what I thought would be my career (finally!). Nope. As far as the blog goes, PMQ for two announced that it would be working with the Canadian Military Family Magazine as a regular contributor.
February was the first month it really felt like winter here in Quebec. We got more snow than I wanted, and it also reached -30 c consistently. It’s also the month that the Target closures were announced, and I put out this piece on how to shop the liquidation, but it’s also valid for any big sale.
I also hosted my annual ladies tea party. I’m considering doing it again this year, it all depends on my work schedule. If you’re interested in hosting your own, here’s my post on Tea for 15!
March also saw the big move from www.pmqfortwo.wordpress.com to www.pmqfortwo.com. That was a month-long process that was as painful as it was necessary. Who would have known that reformatting posts, images, structures etc was so time consuming?!
April gave us a spectacular easter table, but also a trip to NYC! That was such a necessary escape from Quebec, but I had to be on call for work the entire time and we came back exhausted but energized. All before DH left for Wainwright in May.
DH is usually gone during the spring, and last year was no exception. In Mai I took the time to attend the Great Glebe Garage Sale, prep the front porch for spring, and work on projects like the screen door we’ve wanted and much more.
June was wet and cold – much like the rest of our summer – which put a lot of our summer build plans on hold. We don’t have a year-round garage, so building things outside can be very tricky if you have nowhere to do it. We did however, manage to build our amazing harvest table, host our annual summer BBQ, and add feet to our buffet.
July featured my first big blogger collaboration and blog hop with the Canadian Home decor and DIY bloggers pinning party, I also built our rolling laundry table, and shared a personal post with you guys where DH answered some questions about me!
In August we started celebrating PMQ for two’s second anniversary with giveaways and some time spent looking back on how it started and where we were going. I also redid my campaign style jewelry table and hosted my parents for a weekend where we attempted our first Clam bake. I also changed jobs in august, and went from working at home to working retail. That was a hard one to process for me, and my ego took a massive hit. But hey! Bills gotta paid and PMQ for two doesn’t run itself for free.
September was a weird month. We started with my husband’s birthday, and it was on schedule to end with Blog Podium 2015 (and in review). The month, and my much needed trip to BC/California got turned on its head when we lost our friend, our brother. That sent us careening to one side while we all scrambled to get home and then to Ottawa to deal with the funeral.
October was much of the same. My birthday came and went, as did thanksgiving, and ALL of the hard work I had done to prep for Blog Podium was wasted when I didn’t have the time or energy to follow-up after the conference. I seem to have redeemed all my blog’s good karma though with a couple of big wins for me. I won the Apartment Therapy The Big Reveal contest *International Renter’s category. A week and a bit later I found out that I had been selected for a before/after feature on Martha Stewart. com p.s that one has 307 shares! woooo!
I also had the opportunity to shoot some interstitials with Makeful media while in the Ottawa area, and I can’t wait to share those with you guys.
I also put out some great content like my jewelled skull post which was a HUGE success on craft gawker.com
November kicked-off the holiday content blitz, and also started with my septoplasty. My DIY Starburst wreath was by far the biggest hit that month, but all my holiday content is available in the project gallery.
December was a rough one for some reason. I pushed really hard in November and by December 1st I was burnt out. I still had our house tour and gift guide to publish, as well as our Christmas party . Many cookies were made, glasses of wine poured, and hours spent at work answering silly questions about tablecloths.
If you’ve read this far in my Year in review, congrats! Oh, and all these sweet photos came from my instagram feed, so if they’re new to you that means you’re missing out! Come find me on instagram.
I’ve got a doozie of a personal post coming in January, so stay tuned for that. Like I said in my previous post on champagne glam, I’ll be “closed” from January 1st until about the 15th. I have some goal setting, blog planning, resting, and creating to do and I need a bit of a break to do it all. I’ll be updating through Facebook and instagram as usual, so catch me there!
Live boldly, and step forth in 2016 with both feet!