First Year Favourites & Giveaway

Hi guys, Glow Steady is one! For those of you who didn’t see my last post, today is my one year blogging anniversary and I’m going to be sharing my first year favourites. This was really hard for two reasons, 1) I had absolutely no idea how to cut this down. I nearly ended up with about 10 subcategories and 2) I have the worst memory. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something brilliant.  

I’m going to share my favourite posts of mine, my favourite recipes (I know that’s cheating) and then some of my favourite bloggers and posts I’ve read in the last year.  

My Favourite Posts of Mine 

1 This Month… I want to get serious about female health 

I mentioned in my last post that posting this one was a big deal for me, so I’m not going to go on about that again. But I was so happy with how well that one was received.  

female health

2  £20 Grocery Challenge 

I’m cheating again as this was a three part series not an individual post, but there’s a myth that being vegan has to be expensive and that’s not the case at all. I was really happy with how this series turned out and I’d love to attempt something like this again. Posts like these that involve a budget as a challenge have become more controversial recently as it isn’t a challenge, it’s a necessity for a lot of people. When I did this, I set myself the challenge of trying to make it as healthy as possible while on a budget, rather than just buying the cheapest options available. Let me know your thoughts on whether you think it would be a good idea to revisit this.  

£20 Grocery Challenge

3 I Reviewed It, Do I Still Use It? 

I started a new series and you liked it. It’s always great when you try something new and it goes down well. A lot of you thought it was a great concept and I’m looking forward to doing part 2 soon. 

4 Save, Spend, Splurge 

I really need to rename this list because everything I’m mentioning is a series not a post. You may or may not have realised that I love skincare. You’ve probably noticed that I like expensive skincare too. When I started this series, I was looking forward to discovering new products and finding great cheaper alternatives. It was also an opportunity to show that you don’t have to break the bank to look after your skin. I haven’t done one of these in a while but I’d love to pick this series back up again at some point.  

Save, Spend, Spurge Hydrating Serums


5 Am I Expecting Too Much?  

This was me having a rant about the accessibility of food available in public places when you have dietary restrictions. Nothing inventive, but I needed to get it off my chest and it’s an issue lots of people have to deal with.  

My 5 Favourite Recipes  

I know I’m cheating by putting them into a separate category, but I dedicated an entire month to creating a new one every day. And I spend a lot of my time thinking about what to make next, so I thought they deserved their own category.  

1 Frozen Granola Clusters 

They were just a tiny piece of nutty goodness. My favourite post from Recipe A Day May for sure.  

granola clusters

Wimbledon Cupcakes 

So, in this post, I talked about how hard it was to mix icing the exact colour of tennis ball and get the yellow to green food colouring ratio right. Then we had a lovely discussion in the comments about what colour tennis balls were. When I asked that question, I really wasn’t expecting that many people to share their thoughts on whether they see them as yellow or green, but the fact you guys took the time to consider it put a smile on my face. 

strawberries and cream cupcakes

3 Popcorn Bars 

I think you can probably tell how little sugar I’ve consumed in the last 6 or 7 weeks by the recipes I’m choosing here, but I was so happy with how these turned out as I didn’t have much of a plan before making these. 

Popcorn bars

4 Chilli and Tamari Baked Aubergine 

It’s the only way I can eat aubergine. This recipe made me like a new vegetable, that’s worthy of a top spot, right?? 

5 My Go-To Salad 

The number of times I’ve made this dish over summer, it would be rude for me not to include it.  

My 5 Favourites You’ve Written 

1.  Black Tulip Beauty – Sick to Death of High Street Sizing 

I loved everything Alice had to say in this post and found it really engaging. It’s such an important subject too!  

2.  Bryony Baker – Thoughts On Not Being A Size 8 Anymore

Again, on a very similar subject as the last one, this was more about embracing changes and I loved Bryony’s positive attitude here.  

3.  Soph Hearts – Internet Drama 

All the reasons not to get involved in Twitter drama and rising above it. Well worth a read to avoid conflict. 

4. Simply Mich – I Feel Lost

I loved this post so much. It really hit home as I felt like this post and the thoughts she expressed here are something we all go through at one stage or another. I highly recommend reading this if you’ve just graduated or are in your final year and are having a mini crisis about life.  

5.  Jenny in Neverland – Blogging For Bloggers

This isn’t necessarily about this post specifically, more Jenny’s blogging related posts overall. Jenny is a blogger I look up to a lot, her organisation is beyond phenomenal and I always learn something or take note of a valuable tip when she does blogging related content.  

My Favourite Blogs 

I’m not making this a top 5 because that’s too much pressure. And I know I’m going to forget people in this list, but I’m trying to avoid making this post 3000 words long.  

Alice – Black Tulip Beauty 

A great round up of amazing posts like the one above and other amazing lifestyle content.  

Jenny – Jenny in Neverland 

For all of the reasons listed above again  

Emily – The Vogue Veggie 

If you like my recipes, you’ll love hers. They’re delicious and she has the best food photography.  

Eva – What Eva Wears 

I love the way Eva structures her posts. She’s a fashion blogger but talks about a lot of relatable real life issues and her tone is always perfect.  

Abbie – Abbie Jade Wanders  

A more recent discovery for me but I adore her travel posts. I always get a serious case of wanderlust when I read her blog. Or a pang pf jealousy because I skipped somewhere amazing when I visited that city. Either way, her posts are great and she takes amazing photos.  

Jas – Thoughts From Jasmine  

Another amazing lifestyle blogger. She does a variety of posts but again, I like her content because of her tone. I always feel like her posts hit the mark perfectly. 

There’s so many more I’d love to include but I feel like I’m running the risk of listing everyone I’ve ever met.  


To mark a year, I wanted to give something back. I found choosing what to giveaway really difficult. As I cover a range of topics, from recipes, health related posts and beauty, I wasn’t sure what to focus on. As a result, I ended up going for a few smaller things that cover all aspects. Skincare is very personal, and what I love may not work for you, so I opted mainly for minis of a few of my favourite things and a full size of a new favourite too.  

I’m yet to create a recipe book of my own for you, so you’re getting this great beginner friendly vegan cookbook, a meal planner and shopping list pad and a few of my favourite sugar free treats. The meal planner is magnetised so you can stick the pad on your fridge but then rip the top sheet off and take your shopping list with you when need it.  

Items included:  

  • Mini Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm  
  • Mini Moisture Surge Overnight Mask  
  • Ultrasun SPF30 lip balm (this wouldn’t be my giveaway if we didn’t include SPF something) 
  • Revolution Hyaluronic Acid Serum  
  • A range of sheet masks  
  • Mini The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 
  • A selection of Nakd Bars 
  • Urban Fruit Strawberries  
  • Vegan recipe book  
  • Meal planner sheets 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway closes 11:59pm 13/10/18. UK entries only (sorry to my international readers) 

Good luck! 

Once again, thank you for the support in the last year and thank you for reading! 

Until next time,  




  1. Michelle Blackadar
    13th September 2018 / 7:07 pm

    love love love this post! thank you for the mention, im so so glad you enjoyed that post it’s nice to know people resonated with it because i felt like i was just rambling lol! again, congratulations on hitting one year(: xx


  2. 13th September 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! You have some really great series ideas!! Definitely subscribing so I can get the latest! And I love that you gave your favorite bloggers. It’s a great way for them to get some love and for us to find new blogs to read!! GREAT POST!

  3. 13th September 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Omg thank you so much for mentioning me in this, it’s so cute! Congrats on one year and you’ve had some amazing posts! I personally thought your £20 posts were very insightful. I’ve seen the debate surrounding similar posts on Youtube, but I felt that yours was done very sensibly and approached it with sensitivity. I would love to see it!

    Jas xx |

  4. 13th September 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Loved reading this post! I also love the look of those popcorn bars, I’ll have to try that recipe. The blogs you’ve mentioned are some of my favourites as well and your giveaway is amazing, congratulations on hitting 1 year!

    Samantha |

  5. 13th September 2018 / 8:37 pm

    Sophieeee I honestly had absolutely no idea you liked my blog so much!! This has made me feel so bloody happy as reading your posts always make my day and I adore the variety of content you create, you’re just all round brilliant! Thank you so SO much! I’m so happy for you and your blog and so incredibly happy I came across it! Wishing you so much success in the hopeful many years of blogging to come!
    Alice Xx

  6. 13th September 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Congrats on one year!! You’ve come so far already and are honestly such an inspiration, wishing you all the best for the future girl. Your popcorn bars were one of my favourite recipes too x

    Morgan //

  7. 13th September 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Oh thank you so much for featuring one of my posts in your favourites, what an amazing surprise, you’ve made my day! Congratulations on a year too lovely, this is such a great roundup! The giveaway is amazing and I’ve just entered! I can’t believe I wasn’t already following your beauty IG, I’m not sure how I missed it!

    Soph – x

  8. Jay
    13th September 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Amazing post andassive congratulations to you.

  9. 13th September 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Love this post! I love that you’ve included all your favourites too, happy one year!

  10. 14th September 2018 / 10:46 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Also how come I haven’t heard of the popcorn bars before

  11. 14th September 2018 / 11:48 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning me in this post and I’m soooo glad you like my blog and especially my blogging related posts (because those are the ones I definitely like writing the most!) You’ve definitely become one of my favourites in the short time you’ve been blogging too. I’ll definitely be entering the giveaway, thank you! <3

  12. 14th September 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Congratualtions on reaching your first blogging anniversary!
    This is such a wonderful giveaway, I will be entering now (:

    Alys /

  13. 14th September 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Happy one year birthday! You’ve got so much done in a year it’s inspiring! Love the recipe posts, there was a few there that I haven’t read yet so I’ll delve into them!!

  14. 15th September 2018 / 5:18 am

    MAJOR congrats to you for reaching your first year anniversary with the blog! I think it’s amazing that you’ve grown this blog so much and I enjoyed reading your post since my first comment, hehe. I really appreciate how you were open in the female health post. You give very valuable thoughts in your blog posts. Every time I read your blog, I get a bit hungry, hehe. It’s cool that you have a giveaway going on! Good luck to all of the participants! (I like to give other people a chance to win :)).

    Nancy ♥

  15. 16th September 2018 / 11:56 am

    Congrats on reaching a year, that’s a huge milestone! Loved the idea of this post as a reflexion, it’s too easy to get caught up in blogging and forget everything you’ve achieved. Those recipes look so tasty too, I’ll have to check some out.

    Megan //

  16. 16th September 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary, such a good and varied blog. I have entered your giveaway and shared your post x

  17. 16th September 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Congrats on your one year blogging anniversary! Amazing giveaway too! Those Wimbledon cupcakes look insanely good!! x

  18. 17th September 2018 / 7:06 am

    This is such a clever post! I really liked it! Congrats on your one year blogging anniversary

  19. 17th September 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I haven’t read all of your favourite posts but I will get on that soon. I loved the post about female health, you should be really proud of that one, I don’t think I am brave enough to write about it. “I reviewed it, do I still use it” I love this idea too, I don’t review that many makeup products but I am pretty sure I hardly use the ones I have reviewed. Looking at the pictures of your yummy food again as gave me the appetite to go and finish my dinner! I still don’t know what colour tennis balls are, my mind changes all the time. The gifts in the giveaway look amazing, congrats on one year of GlowSteady!! xx

  20. 18th September 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Happy Blog-versary! I loved reading this post and finding out some of your favourite posts and bloggers (I’ve bookmarked some to read later).

  21. Gemma
    28th September 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! Woow I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved, thank-you for sharing your favourite blogs. I’ve only recently come across your blog but I love and I have already learnt so much about youu. I wish you all the best of luck for the future.

    Gemma |

  22. 6th October 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Your £20 food challenge was my fave to read!

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