02-01-12 Love Mummy Weekly Showcase

A very warm welcome from a very new looking Love Mummy Blogs! I do hope you have been redirected and pinged over to here without too much trauma.

We are now united with the other categories in one place here at Love All Blogs. Do not fear the Weekly Showcase still runs exactly the same way with the usual layout and the same way to join in. To read all about the new ‘perks’ of using Love All Blogs please click here

One final reminder that is you are subscribed to Love Mummy Blogs Weekly Showcase post you will now need to re-subscribe to Love All Blogs where each week there will be one Weekly Showcase post emailed out.

02-01-12 The Weekly Showcase

Ladies, gentlemen, photographers and…erm, well, any kind of blogger you can think of really: there is a new blog on the block! Love All Blogs is born of the brainchild showcase blogs of Mammasaurus, and as you may know by now, Mummy and I put together the weekly introduction for the Mummy Blog showcase.

Now, it is a New Year, and so Love All Blogs is a new way to combine all the various showcase blogs. No matter what type of blog you have, you can submit any relevant post to any of the categories. That means that if you are a photo blogger who has posted a recipe, you can submit to the Cookery showcase. If you are a craft blogger who likes the occasional dabble into Fashion, submit your post there, and so on.

What’s more, there is a new membership page, where you can check out the latest blogging news, get tips on improving your blog, or just gossip with other lovely bloggers. You still join in the showcases in exactly the same way as you used to (if you’re new, check out the link at the bottom of this post), the showcase goes out every Monday, and the deadline for submissions is midnight on Fridays. So what are you waiting for. Forage through your blog, dig out every type of post you have and click, click, click!

Personally I am going to make it my aim to submit a post in every single showcase over the course of the next year. I’m sure there will be a market for the following:

What do you think – a bestseller? Either way, click on the tab above to join in the new link-up site of 2012!

Intro. by Actually Mummy.

fun-as-a-gran – GOSH share Disney memories appeal

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is trying to raise £1million with the help of us the general public, but at no cost to us the general public. This event is being sponsored by Disney, and it is very very simple all you have to do is share YOUR favourite Disney memory with the rest of us.

Disney are donating £1 for every memory that people share, so looking for 1 million people to share their first/best memories of Disney. But for the month of December they will donate £10 for each memory. So come on why would you not want to click a link and write a sentence, not a bad rate of reward for a minute of your time.

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Miss Holly Blog – Oh Santa, Part Three

Miss Holly Blog

All day we rehearsed what Santa was going to say, and then an episode of Meg & Mog (which I only just realised thanks to my sister is on every day on Tiny Pop) featured a baby octopus. So no longer was Holly wanting ‘a doctor’, she now wants ‘a baby octopus’.

Standing in front of Santa, on his sleigh in the grotto, it was fab, utterly utterly fab – and she said those words. Santa looked at me as if to say “Did she really say that?!” and I clarified that yes, Holly would love a baby octopus. He handed H a present, to which she said “is this a baby octopus?” looking hopeful – just to have it quashed again by being told unfortunately no, it wasn’t.

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bothabunch – Tuesday truth… more capable than?

I don’t know about you but when I think about my children one of the first things I think of is how much potential they have (I know I might be biased but I don’t think so!). There is no limit to what they can do with their lives. Every day I’m amazing at some new skill they’re just learned and how quickly they pick up new things.

I think about what I can show/teach them next, what area’s I want to encouraging them in and what lesson’s I would like to organise for them to take part in to gain new skills.

I have total confidence in their ability to try to practice and then master new skills. Why then don’t I have that same confidence in myself in trying and practicing and mastering new skills. When did I stop learning and trying new things. When did I stop encouraging ourselves to go out and start something new. When did we/I start putting myself at the bottom of the list when it comes to doing extra curricular lessons or activities and finding time to try new things!

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MotherWifeMe – The big fanny issue


A man walks around a children’s playground shouting, “I’m looking for Noo Noo”

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Actually Mummy… – Wot So Funee?

Actually Mummy...

As most of you know by now, I am a loquacious girl. I even know what that means. Basically, I talk a lot, and now I know how to read, I also write a lot. I write notes to my Mummy, notices for my door, cards for my friends, and sometimes lists.

Now very often when I have written such a masterpiece, M&D take one look and burst out laughing. Very rude in my opinion. The same happens to the Bug. Being younger than me he can’t write, but sometimes he says very clever things. What do M&D do? Burst out laughing. Then they tell their friends and they all have a good laugh. I don’t get it. What exactly is so funny?

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Pesky Pippi – “Mom, I Know A Lot About Sex” (Says My 6yo)

We heart Austin Powers. These two lines are uttered–with giggles–for days on end after watching:

“Do I make you horny baby?”
“Shall we shag now, or shag later?”

You have to admit, sex is pretty funny. And it shouldn’t be a taboo topic. I wrote about how the birds-and-bees talk should be an everyday talk, not just one awkward conversation. Read that post here.

Just playing Dance Central 2 on Kinect with my kids and we are shaking our junk like nobody’s business.

Just talking about the number “8″ and my 6yo son will say it looks like two balls. Not tennis balls, the other balls.

Just watching the TV show Big Bang Theory and chances are, you’ll hear the word sex…or you’ll hear the word coitus if Sheldon and Amy are talking. 🙂

And when my child asks me “Mom, am I sexy?” I exclaim, “You sure are!”

So last night, while I’m making dinner and my six-year-old son is drawing a winter scene, I ask him: “What do YOU think sex is?”

He goes, “It’s when boys and girls kiss when they are naked….with champagne.”

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Pinkoddy’s Blog – Breaking the rules

Pinkoddy's Blog

“Have you ever had to think “outside the box” when it comes to breastfeeding? Do you think there are certain breastfeeding “rules” that are meant to be broken? Do you fit in the typical nursing mom mold? Share your thoughts here!”

I guess I do break the rules. I’m not exactly sure what the rules are though to be honest.

Eating properly. Erm I don’t tend to make time for myself – it’s probably one of my biggest downfalls. I always make sure I have breakfast though. When considering whether I ate properly “enough” to feed my baby I decided that it worked in third world countries ok. Now I know it hasn’t harmed my boys.

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Bloggomy – Should it be a life for a life? A thought raised from a radio news story

This post may offend some people, it is not meant to and I apologise if it does but I feel sick to my stomach.

Today I did something I have not done since I was 6 or 7 years old. Driving back from dropping the children at school I found myself going “la la la la” at the top of my voice so I did not hear the radio announcer on the car radio.

What would cause a grown woman to act so childishly?……

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Not As Advertised – The Teen Party – I survived but Son2 almost didn’t

Not As Advertised

So, the day of the much anticipated teenage party arrives. Son2 is cool about it as usual. I am running about checking he’s thought of everything before I realise that it’s his party and if he can’t be bothered to pre-plan, then neither can I.
Apart from, of course, ordering in all the food and soft drinks that will be inhaled by the party goers. This is my job, to be welcomingly silent, remain in the kitchen and produce copious amounts of refreshments.
As I’m setting out cans of drinks (less easy to spill than glasses, I reason), Son2, 12, enters the kitchen. He’s not been having a good time lately, his Asperger’s has rather taken over.
“I’m going to sit on my bedroom balcony for a bit,” he announces. Distractedly, I reply that he doesn’t have a balcony.

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Bibsey – blogging about life after birth – 20 December 2011 – a funny old day

Bibsey - blogging about life after birth

Today I get to have a little boast about my girl, because she is just a brilliant little girl who lights up our days and destroys our nights. *yawns and dislocates jaw*

And because sadly today would have been my due date. No doubt it would not have been THE date. But it was the date that the doctor gave us. That was before they told us it was not to be. So, instead of doing what we might have been doing, we got the shopping done, and sorted the car out and swapped the gas bombona (which ran out this morning causing much consternation over the lack of a cup of real coffee) and generally got on with things smiling and laughing and stuffing copious snacks as we went.

A good day. Thank you my darling sweetheart. xxx

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HowToWriteBetter – How to make it FUN for your kids to say Thank You for their Holiday gifts


Although some kids are pretty good and quite cheerfully write nice letters to people who have sent them gifts – however inappropriate – the majority, in my experience, wriggle and squirm in the days following Christmas whenever the subject of writing TY notes is raised.

I remember that one only too well. Just when you should be thinking about the New Year and extracting the most from whatever remaining school holidays I had, I was shackled down by my parents and made to write TY letters to these relatives and friends, some of whom I had never even met. Not fair!

But necessary all the same. How do we make it easier for them? I know they should really write out proper letters, original in thought and execution, but failing that here are a few hints that might make your kids’ TY letter writing a bit easier this year….

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Older Single Mum – New Year, New Everything?

Older Single Mum

As our walking continued and the sun smiled down on us, so did the Fates. I didn’t ask for much that day. It’s kind of a New year ritual of mine to give thanks for the kindnesses, blessings and progress during the previous year and set out ‘intentions’ for the next. I think it was generally work related – something to do with writing, but it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly what, now. I certainly never mentioned the ‘L’ or ‘B’ (‘Love’ or ‘Blogging’) words! They simply did not occur to me.

But in 2011 – unheralded and unexpectedly, the powers that be rewarded me for my patience, perseverance and courage and sent me …

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BargainMummyBuys – Cheap and Easy Meals

I have now been on maternity leave for over 9 months so am now receiving no money at all so we are completely dependent on my husband’s salary. Course this would be the month the tax office decide my husband has underpaid them by £300 but that’s another story. Therefore we are now trying to live MEGA frugally whilst still having enough money to go out and enjoy ourselves a bit.

So this week, rather than going to the supermarket, rushing round in a state of panic throwing as many things into the trolley as quickly as possible (think supermarket sweep with kids) before someone (possibly me) starts screaming; today I PLANNED what I was going to buy. I wrote a list.

Here is my menu (for family of 4)

Day 1 – Sausage casserole
Pack of sausages (cheaper in butchers)
1 carrot
1 swede
1 parsnip
sweet potato chips.

Fry sausages in a pan until browned, chuck in rest of chopped ingredients, pour over boiling water, add stock cube, bring to boil then simmer for an hour.
20 mins before hour is up cut sweet potato into chip shapes, shove on baking tray and drizzle oil over top. Roast for 20 mins.

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HPMcQ – you don’t have to take your pants off to have a good time no no


right so one friend having a panic over dummies and bottles – check – top tip given

another one now having a panic about whipping off that stinky nappy at night-time – check – top tip below to care to share

i was given this top tip by my husband’s colleague and what blooming good tip it was and bloody hell it worked.

did you dream feed?

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Our Pea Green Pod – Our Pea Green Christmas

Our Pea Green Pod

Christmas inside Our Pea Green Pod was wonderfully cosy & relatively peaceful (if you drown out the giddiness of Eldest kipper due to being entirely spoilt!)

I cooked my very first Christmas dinner (duck, rather than the traditional turkey) which was surprisingly successful & we have been enjoying duck sandwiches & bubble & squeak for the past few days! We had a real tree which smells divine & a mountain of presents, the like of which I have never seen in my life. The girls were very spoilt indeed…

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Cheetahs In My Shoes – Playing Giraffes

Cheetahs In My Shoes

“Mummy, can you play giraffes?”

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DorkyMum – DorkyMum’s Blog Carnival

A couple of weeks ago, the BritMums blog prompt was to hold your own blog carnival – a post highlighting all your best posts from the year. I didn’t get round to doing it at the time, but as it’s coming up to the end of the year (and the 8 month anniversary of the DorkyMum blog!) I thought it’d be a fun thing to do.

When I started a blog back at the end of April, I just did it because I wanted to write. At that point I didn’t really know what it was going to be about… and if I’m honest I still don’t! Unlike a lot of other bloggers I wouldn’t say I have a niche. There’s a bit of parenting stuff on here, some occasional photography, a splash of poetry, a smattering of politics.

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A Mummy Too – Joel’s first boardgame

A Mummy Too

Joel had never played a board game before last week. We’d played Connect Four, Noughts and Crosses, that sort of thing, but not with total understanding, and we’d never attempted a proper board game with dice, counters and a race to the finish line.

So, was Joel going to understand the rules?

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Adventures of an Ordinary Parent – Toys, tantrums and the worry of over-indulgence…

Adventures of an Ordinary Parent

Christmas is now well and truly over for us. Both sets of grandparents have been seen and all presents exchanged. It has been exhausting and, I’m not afraid to admit, a little challenging.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spoil those you love and the magic of Christmas is so special to see in the faces of children. But, I think it all became a little overwhelming for our nearly three-year-old. Over the last few days we have had fun, frolics…and tears and tantrums. Merry Christmas indeed!

Don’t get me wrong, Sophia and Dexter have both had a fantastic Christmas…Presents came in what seemed like never-ending waves…we now have enough toys to start our own creche! The problem is there are so many toys lying around that the children don’t know what to play with first, never mind the fact there’s no room to get the toys out properly. This is very definitely a case of Christmas excess.

And there’s something else. As I have mentioned, we’ve had our fair share of temper tantrums…

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Hello Wall…. – New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, New Year’s Eve and time for reflection and projection. Before I list the many things I really should step up in 2012, I like to reflect on the past year and think, not about its bad points, but its successes.

For me, the highlights were:

Buying a house
Getting an iPhone (trivial I know, but I do love it)
Moving house (and county)
Finally (after 20 years) living within an hour of my BFFs
Starting my blog
Settling children into new school/nursery
Getting Fergus – pesky but very gorgeous pup
Finally lost the baby weight and then some
Going to see Strictly. There is a void in my Saturday night…..

Nothing particularly world-changing, but enough for me. So, what does 2012 have in store? Who can tell, but *drum roll* my resolutions (in no particular order) are:

Go to http://thevoiceofsarahmiles.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-resolutions.html to find out what they are…..(don’t get too excited now)

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