FYBF – 2012 Highlights

by mamagrace71 on December 21, 2012

So here it is folks, 2012 in a nicely rounded up FYBFpost. Just need the red ribbon around it and send it off to the past!

January:  After the sudden defunct of my previous blog, With Some Grace was launched on the twinlets’ 2nd birthday. Oh happy day!

Being on a bloggy hiatus for the month prior, it was nice to read all the lovely comments of welcome on that very first post.  Nothing like warm fuzzies from  knowing people had actually missed me.  Naw…

February:  The twinlets started daycare! That very first day, I sat in the car and cried a fountain for approximately 15 minutes.  Then, wiping my tears, I drove to the mall to cheer myself up with some retail therapy.  Easy cure for a Mama’s Seperation Anxiety.

March:  DPCON12 or bust, baby!!  200 or so “mothers and parents who blog” gathered in Melbourne for 2 full days of seminars, workshops and helluva lotta drinking, um, I mean catching up!

Brenda Gaddi was a machine on rocket fuel making sure the entire event ran smoothly. And I should know.  She was my roomie.

A huge emotional high when I caught up with Deb, Kate and Lee.


April:  Sometimes we do certain things, not truly understanding our intentions.  But we just know in our hearts, if we don’t at least try and experience, we’re not following our intuition.  Or something New Age-ish like that.

Picking up a random flyer from the local butcher, I went along to a meditation course.  While it wasn’t life changing, it certainly made an impact on how to approach life with a little less stress and mental clutter.

"Just about to start a meditation course..."

May:  When Brenda asked me to take over FYBF from Glowless, I was reluctant.  How was I going to fill such big rockstar boots?  So, I decided to wear Princess Leia Buns instead.  I still have them.  They’re due for another appearance, yes?

Oh, and the phenomenal Prince concert. I can now die a happy 80’s tragic.

June:  FYBF welcomed its very first Featured FloggerCarmen from Musings n’ Mayhem!

And remember my Rocky Balboa moment when I froze my tatas off? Yeah, you do…

July:  Blogopolis was another bloggers conference and back in Sydney.  Met Catherine, Rachel, Lisa, Kylie, Melissa and many more crazy gals for the first time.  Woot!  I think Veronica‘s forgiven me for stealing her glass of wine…ahem.

August:  Tackling my 3rd City2Surf in a row, I crashed and burned, stuffing up my PBT.  But the disappointment was short-lived when I caught up with one of my favourite bloggers, Trish.

We both ran for Team World Vision and met up at the finishing line for a long catchup chat.  You’re an inspiration, Trish!!!


September:  We launched our very first FYBF Instagram party!  ‘nuff said!


October:  Problogger. My third bloggers conference for the year and I found myself back in beautiful, yet cold Melbourne.

Chris Guillebeau was one of the main speakers who captivated me.  He reminded me that the success of a blog is not in its stats but its community.  Concentrate on your content and what you have to offer to your readers and everything else will fall into place.

Got to put on fancy mo’s with some cool chicks like Melbourne Mum and Martine.

Photo booth 1

November:  Ah, Bali!   Full of adventure and moments of perspective.

There was sun, stifling heat, lots of pool time and a lost wallet, even.

But the orphanage visit, the smiling faces of the children who have been abandoned, will forever be embedded in my memory banks.

It’s a mystery as to who decides what lot we’re born into.

Dharma Jati 1

December:  I’m gonna cheat a little here and mention the FYBF Christmas party (even though it was held on the 30th of November).

#FYBFXmasparty collected 62 photos and a whole bunch of nutty bloggers (yes, I’m talking to you, KellyTracey and Vanessa! )

And there were even some sexy Panda Eyes, courtesy of Jess.  Grrrrooowwwl!

Phew! Another fully-charged, crazy year (almost) done and dusted!

Whatcha got for me?

1. Follow With Some Grace.

2. Sign up to the awesome Digital Parents community ( if you haven’t already done so). DP was created by Brenda Gaddi who happens to be the creator of FYBF. She’s also created 4 gorgeous kidlets. In case you’d like to know. Or maybe not. But we’ll share that info just the same.

3. Add your post URL to the linky. Please only link up one post.

4. Grab the funky FYBF button and post it on your sidebar. Help spread the blogfloggin love.

5. Visit the blogs of your fellow FYBF’ers and share the comment love.

6. Share some more comment love. It’s proven to make your wrinkles disappear…overnight. #truth


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Cathy December 21, 2012 at 6:25 am

Think I’m going to enjoy these year in review posts! You’ve certainly had a busy one! I stayed up until about 1am and got mine together as promised :)
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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos December 21, 2012 at 6:42 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful year Grace.
While I get the opportunity, I just wanted to let you know that I’m so glad you were a part of my life this year!
Thanks for all the laughs, the fun antics on Instagram, and the lovely comments :)
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www.thebellarosecafe.com February 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I never thought I would find such an everyday topic so enthralling!


Josefa @always Josefa December 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

You have had an incredible year Grace!
Loved reading your post
Merry Christmas and look forward to more amazing FYBF in the New Year
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Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

Oh wow – great year!
I forgot to do this!!
Maybe I can do my year in reflection tomorrow
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
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Lara @ This Charming Mum December 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

What a year! Thank you for providing space for FYBF and FBLS in amongst all your commitments. You’ve really helped me to find my feet in the blogger community. Best wishes for a fantastic 2013! Lara x
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Seana Smith December 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

Enjoyed reading your 2012 roundup post Grace. I’ve had plans to write the “best playground posts of 2012′ and “best recipes of 2012′ posts but haven’t done any of it and it’s not looking likely now. This always happens, the twinnies have been on school holidays since Dec 4th and NOTHING gets done!

Never mind, we have been on a wee adventure, always a good thing. Hope you really enjoy Xmas and New Year with the kids and that your surfer gets to catch some waves.
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Deb @ Bright and Precious December 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

Wow Grace, what a HUGE year you’ve had! Reading your highlights took me back to all the moments you’ve had. You’ve achieved so much and done so well. Really, YOU are an inspiration. xxx PS Love that photos of us. :)
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Mumabulous December 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

Grace – its been a pleasure to get to know you this year. Wishing you and your three gorgeous boys a delightful Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013.
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SarahMac December 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

Thanks for hosting these Grace, and for all the work associated with it! I’m just a newby but I’m very grateful and hope to be hanging around lots in 2013.
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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset December 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

What a great year Grace! I’m glad you started withsomegrace.com and took over FYBF or I may not have gotten to “know” you! Look forward to following along and seeing what 2013 brings for you (assuming the world doesn’t end tonight that is).
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Mandie December 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

Massive year! So lovely getting to know you over the course of the year, Grace, Looking forward to hanging out (virtually, and hopefully one of these days IRL) with you through 2013 and beyond xx
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Dani ~ Fitness Food And Style December 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

Love the reflection Grace and I have nearly got mine finished which I’ll do in my next post when I wrap up the year that was FF&S or rather 6 months recorded and the rest I’ll just have to wing it ;-)

Thank you so much for everything and hosting the fabbest FYOB parties!!! You truly rock!!! Can’t wait to hang out next year and hope to see you at the DP conference.

Wishing you and your amazing family a wonderful Christmas and continued happiness, health, success, love and plenty of laughter in the New Year!!!

Love & friendship,
Dani xxx
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Rachel from Redcliffe Style December 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

What a great year you have had! 2013 has a tough act to follow. Rachel xx
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Dani ~ Fitness Food And Style December 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

Gorgeous lady not sure if my previous post shows??? Here’s a another quick one just in case.

Beautiful reflection!!!! Love it!!! I’ll do mine in my next post as I completely forgot when I pressed the publish button last night!!!! Plus still working on mine ;-)

Wishing you and your beautiful family all the very best for Christmas and have a sensational New Year?!!

Thanks so much for a wonderful year and hope to meet up in 2013.

Love & Friendship,
Dani xxx
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Rita December 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

Grace, this was such a great idea! Wow! Meditation class! That’s interesting! Just taking this opportunity to say thank you very very much for your support for my blog, for FYBF, for Facebook Lovin Sunday… Wishing you all the best for the New Year!
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Née December 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

Wowsers it’s been a big year for you! Hope 2013 is filled with as many great moments xx
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Ai Sakura December 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

Great reminiscing the past year with you Mama Grace! 2012 certainly seemed like a high for you, and hope it gets even better in 2013!
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Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions December 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

Excellent year Grace! You’ve done a wonderful job of hosting Flog Yo Blog Friday and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and some of the other bloggers I’ve found via FYBF.

I hope you and your family have a fabulous Christmas and New Year and that 2013 brings you much joy!
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Emily December 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

What a big year! Thanks for hosting FYBF, Grace. I love your blog and am so glad to be able to link up with you!

Catch you next year x
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Emma December 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

great year, and thanks again Grace. I made a mistake and posted my highlights a dew weeks ago, but re posted today :)
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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right December 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

Loved reading your year Grace. I don’t recall if the force was strong with Princess Leia, but it certainly is with you. Brenda/Obi-Wan Kenobi chose the FYBF guardian very well.

Your line “It’s a mystery as to who decides what lot we’re born into” really stood out. It’s something I think about a lot. We should never be too smug or too possessive of our country, we just got LUCKY.

Thank you for being such an important person in my first year of blogging. You’re a wonderful woman and I’m so glad I met you. xxxxx
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Rhonda - Silly Mummy December 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

What a year. I look forward to following you for another year and more!
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Miilena January 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

A sto ako pravam pkktaroi razgovori na primer od 10min maksimum? Dali dobivam povekje razgovori togas od 200 ili nema vrska dolzinata na razgovorite? Vazno deka na sekoj povik ke mi se presmeta 2,5 den,pa od tamu sleduvaat 200 povici mesecno?


Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye December 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

The idea of trying to write a post that recalls monthly highlights is far too overwhelming for me at this point. It has been a wonderful year though. Bring on a fresh and energetic 2013!
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Rhianna December 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Awesome recap Grace. Thanks for being such a great FYBF host. Wishing you all the best for 2013, may it be filled with fairy wishes and butterfly kisses
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Wiseman January 7, 2014 at 1:43 am

Your cranium must be priecttong some very valuable brains.


Janet December 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Three blogging conferences – I’m so jealous!!!! Hoping I can get along to a couple of meetups and maybe one conference in 2013 …
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Kyla @ Three Quarters Full December 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Great reacap Grace, I went to write mine but realised that 2012 felt like being stuck in a plane circling Heathrow in winter – a dark and gloomy holding pattern with a little light shining on occasion and figured it was probably better not to put it out there. Hoping 2013 will be a much more colourful year.

Thanks for being such a great host, wishing you & family all the best for Xmas & New Years.
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G @ Of Ink and Flowers December 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Awesome recap of year. It sounds like you had a great one. Jealous (in a good way) of all your bloggy conferences. Hoping I can get to one next year.


rhian @melbs December 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

What a great year you have had. Lots of blogging conferences that sound like a lot of fun. I am glad I found you and can link up. This was a really good one for me to do, to take stock of the crazy year I have had too.Thanks for the opportunity to link up.
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year xx
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Renay@mummysmiracles December 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

What a wonderful year. I’ve been a bit lazy, or should I say busy and haven’t linked up today but I wanted to say a big thankyou for all you have done for us this year and Merry Christmas x
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Kelly HTandT December 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Wow Grace, what a year you’ve had! Especially for the blog. I can’t believe you made it to THREE conferences! Lucky girl. I’m dying to go to DPCon13 because I am DYING to meet you in the flesh. Fingers crossed yeah?
Congratulations on a fantastic first year of With Some Grace, here’s to many more :)
And yes, we all cry on the first day of day care xxx
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Twitchy December 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Hi Grace, I love your wrap up- I wish I could participate today but instead I’m doing the equivalent of a driveby because ohmygodmychildrenarehomefortheholidaysforweeksandweeksonend. Also I already wrote for the AIOOW website, here http://wp.me/p2rac2-e7 in case anyone’s interested- the wrap of our first year at high school. But I’ll be back next time!


Jodi December 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

It was a pleasure meeting you this year. Wishing you the happiest of Christmases and look forward to catching up with you again in 2013. Thanks for being a wonderful FYBF host! :) xoxoxo
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Zanni, Heart Mama December 22, 2012 at 6:49 am

What a big year Grace! You’re definitely going splendidly with your blog so congratulations! Xxxx
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Shari December 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

Wow Grace! What a huge year you’ve had!! Here’s cheers to an awesome 2013 too!! x
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iSophie December 22, 2012 at 7:15 am

You have been super busy! You have been so gracious to other bloggers, on FYBF and FBLS, amoung other things, truly selfless. You are a real treasure.

Thank you! And a big Merry Christmas to you, your hubby and those gorgeous twins of yours.
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Danya Banya December 22, 2012 at 7:36 am

What a great year you’ve had Grace. You’re a rockstar yourself! It’s been lovely following your blog, and lovely linking up each week – this is one of my favourite linkys. You’ve certainly done a great job in building your community. I’m *hoping* to go to the DP conference in March – my first conference. But there’s a big massive IF involved. So, we’ll see…..
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Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hi again!
I got my highlights done. The 2012 year in review I mean …
On my page today.
Thanks for the reminder!
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
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Kimberley M December 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

I haven’t gotten around to doing my best of post for the linky (I promise today!) but I loved yours. Not least because I was in it, kinda. Love your work Mrs Grace – meeting you this year was DEFINITELY one of my highlights. Kx
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Martine@themodernparent December 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

What a fabulous year Grace….I love that photo of us from Problogger…and I loved hanging out with you. Hope to see you some time in the New Year xx
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Cybele @ BlahBlah December 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Lovely lady!
Thank you for introducing me to fabulous world of linky parties. Note to self: I will read the instructions first, not after linking! Not that I am ever a-cart-before-the-llama-kind-of-girl or anything ; ) First your pants then your shoes…
Have a delicious silly season with your surfin’ boyz and see you in the NY


Veronica @ Mixed Gems December 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Wow! You make summarizing a year seem so easy! It’s been great seeing you swing that blogging mojo about this year, especially since you weren’t sure you’d climb above laying low. Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday break and see you soon.
P.S: I’ve almost got a post done but with running around in Mwlbourne, I’m not sure I’m going to make it. 3 hours and counting down.
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Kirsty @ My Home Truths December 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

What a huge year Grace! I remember crying the whole day when Delilah first started daycare too – thank goodness for retail therapy and for lots of tea and comfort food!!!
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