How much is too much?
Introduction kindly written by Misha from The Bling Buoy
Brand new! 0-2 months
the year i quit my life – the year i quit my life: the premise
The workforce of the world is cluttered with people who are trapped in the cogs of the social machine, enduring jobs they hate. Our fear of the unknown oils the spokes while our consumer driven culture, constantly encouraging us to buy more and charge it to our false economy, incarcerates us, preventing us from walking out on our bosses to try something new. As the years pass, we slowly yet surely accumulate more shackles, tying ourselves to a life we never actually chose. And as one day gives way to the next, we become increasingly afraid of setting ourselves free.
Mummy Of Many Talents – Have I been loaded with the PIP exploding implants
Today I will make a very important phone call, one that has the potential to either ease my worry or set my already racing mind into a state of over drive! Today I will call Transform, one of the UK’s leading and biggest Cosmetic Surgeon groups within the UK, to ask if I was given PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) breast implants.
As I’m guessing many reading this will already know given the extent of worrisome media coverage, that PIP implants have been linked to a major health scare
Parenting on the Front Line – The importance of a family routine
A recent study by The Princes Trust has found that children who have a regular routine are more likely to succeed academically than those that don’t.
This does not surprise me at all. I grew up in a fairly poor, working-class family in a area of the country famed for under-achievement. My parents were big fans of routine and we all turned out alright.
3-6 months old
musodad – The reasons why Parent Bloggers are cooler than Rock Stars
Last month the NME published their ‘2011 Cool List’, the list of the 50 coolest “Rock Stars” on the planet right now.
Without doubt everyone featured is pretty cool but I often wonder who NME use as a benchmark to compare these cool Rock Stars with. With no spokesperson available for comment (to be honest, I didn’t even ask!), I decided I would take it upon myself to find this ‘control’ group. The first group I could think of was, unsurprisingly, Parent Bloggers.
But who really is the coolest? Well, ladies and gentleman, today we are going to find out.
Flossing the Cat – SCHOOL RUN
There are few things I hate more in life than the school run.
1. The mindless tit-fest that is The Sun ‘newspaper.’
2. Gwyneth fu**king Paltrow. Don’t get me started.
3. People who don’t pick up their dog crap (why is it always fluorescent?)
4. Going to the dentist (don’t mind needles and pain – just don’t like being told how to brush my teeth, ‘in a circular motion’, when I’m 42)
5. The Royal Family.
Mammasaurus – How does blogging effect your relationships?
The eyes roll back, there’s a sort of huff sound and he’ll start fidgeting and yawning. ‘Don’t worry’ I reassure him ‘Just 2 minutes that’s all’. Twenty minutes later, 6 Twitter conversations, 4 subscribed blogs read and commented on and a quick mooch on Facebook and I close the laptop to ‘Oh are you sure you’ve got time for me ?’
Inwardly I am saying ‘We were just sat there watching crap tv for the sake of it – does it really matter?!’ but a simple ‘more wine love?’ leaves my lips.
Purplemum – Parenting Is Hard Work (even on Prozac!)
I wonder will I ever do all this without feeling like hiding in the garden shed while the kids go feral. Perhaps this is just the norm for me for the next few years. It’s awful I know to admit all this, to not be gooey with delight at the joys of motherhood. I love my children, its just sometimes the responsibility is overwhelming. Here’s hoping that as I recover, and my depression and anxiety lifts this all gets a little more doable. Because one things for sure, I’m going to be doing it.
Kids One Stop ShopBlog – Love Your Local… Library
One of my biggest luxuries is buying brand new books. If I am in the mood I can read a book in one day which can be an expensive habit. Joining my local library was the best thing I ever did, you’ll be surprised what services they have to offer:
Obviously you can take books out for free. I take a mixture of novels and practical books like recipe and craft books.
A mums internal monologue – it bloody hurt!
I haven’t written anything about Christmas or The New Year, no welcome 2012! from me. I was quite content to just allow it to happen with out thinking too much about it or about last year. Thought I’d have no expectations and therefore be surprised, or better still, low expectations and be pleasantly surprised.
No new year resolutions, except not to have a new born baby in 2012! However I suppose I’ll have to come to terms with the fact that this time of year I will always be thinking back to January 2011. Tomorrow is my sons 1st birthday…
A Bavarian Sojourn – Sledging Saturday
I told you it wouldn’t be long before we were up some mountain again… I had thought we were just going for a drive on Saturday to the mountain region, to further investigate the best places to take The Small People for their first ski experience. How we ended up in a cable-car trundling up a mountain, with two sledges wedged in for company I have no idea! I guess I should have known it would happen….
Here come the Girls – Love Eclectic Blogs
I’m on a mission this week. The new Love All Blogs site is up with a showcase for lots of bloggers with 19 different genres. I have a rather eclectic blog, I try to stick to a niche subject matter but it’s not how my mind works, I’m afraid. Until there is a Love Eclectic Blogs (which knowing mammasaurus there probably will be at some point) I thought I would try to join every showcase on Love All Blogs with something for each category.
An Essex Wife – Who is An Essex Wife?
I’m Alice, a former teacher, now retrained as housewife and mother.
My favourite things in life, after my little family of course, are great food, great wine and great company, closely followed by vintage clothing and statement shoes. I’m a strong believer in keeping your own identify when becoming a parent and combining being a wife and mother with being my most fabulous self is something I strive to achieve on a daily basis.
This blog shares
Older Mum (In A Muddle) – Bloody Baked Beans And Secrets I Shouldn’t Divulge
I am cunning as a crafty fox and the mouse in the Gruffalo. During the heady early days of my relationship with Younger Dad I slyly tricked him into believing that giant dinosaur hamsters once roamed the earth. He bought it hook line and sinker. Bless him. He was so loved up and misty eyed that he was rendered defenceless against my wily tales. He was not amused when I fessed up. Now whenever he is hit upon by a viral bout of gullibility I always remind him much to his continued annoyance of the ‘dinosaur hamster’.
Military Dad – Video Games
I love video games. When I was young, I was the first kid in my class to get a Nintendo. Coincidentally, this was the first, last, and only time that I was actually considered cool. My younger brother and I would take turns playing classics like Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt.
In the 25ish years since, I’ve owned a lot of different consoles. I’ve owned all three generations of the PlayStation, a Super Nintendo, and a Wii. I will even admit that I bought a Sony Dreamcast before they announced they were going to stop making games for it.
A Hell Of A Woman – Of blood and other matters
…As mentioned in my previous post here, I’m not right in myself at the moment. I’m not even sure if I can put into words what that sentence actually means but if I’m honest, at the time of writing that post, I was at a real low. I felt like I’d suddenly dropped into some kind of black hole that had sucked all the joy and life out of me, and it scared me.
Musings of a stressy mummy – Ten steps to being the perfect neighbours
Neighbours, in my personal experience, they are a bit like Marmite. There are the neighbours that think that they live in a detached house miles away from anyone (when in fact they live in a terraced house!) so that they can do whatever they want whenever they want, the generally nice but extremely noisy ones, the quite unpleasant and very noisy ones and the ones that treat you like long lost relatives and insist that you constantly live in each others houses. Based on my experiences, here are my ten rules for being a good neighbour:
7-12 months old
DorkyMum – Mummies who Multitask
Back when DorkySon was just a few months old, I had a moment. I was walking down the street, and for the first time I felt like I’d really made it as a parent. Why? Because for the first time I was managing to push a pram and drink coffee out of a cardboard cup at the same time.
In my hormone-addled head the definition of a Mummy Who Had Got Her Shit Together was exactly that – someone who could steer her baby while simultaneously sipping a hot beverage.
HPMcQ – highs and lows 2011
have pondered about this all week, pondered too long really and in hindsight should have just sat and written my first thoughts. so i scrapped what i had written and am just going for it
Science Sparks – making a catapult – looking at elasticity
Elasticity is the ability of a solid to return to its original shape after being subjected to strain. Most solid materials demonstrate elasticity, up to a point called the elastic limit. When the load is higher than the elastic limit damage to the material occurs.
To demonstrate elasticity we made a catapult.
BargainMummyBuys – How to start blogging…
It’s been over 6 months now since I wrote my first blog post and I can’t believe how much I have learned in that time, or how much blog envy I would get when looking at other peoples blogs. There is so much I would like to do with my blog (if only I had the time) like design a proper logo and sort out the layout, but the main thing I have learned is that your blog is only as good as the content in your posts.
Jennifer’s Little World – Adventures with Playdough
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to playdough. I like to keep all the colours separate, and one colour has to be put away before another comes out. Our extruder is brilliant, but I do obsess over making sure that every last piece of playdough is removed before we put it away. Playdough doesn’t last forever though, and Harry’s original playdough is starting to get a bit grotty and hard. So I decided it was time to chuck it out and replace it with some new stuff, and before I did that we had one last play with it.
Dear Beautiful Boy – phone photos
Personally I love that we are never very far away from our cameras these days.
I think we get so many more fantastic photos as a result.
Since starting One Beautiful Year
I have easily taken ten times more photos than I would normally,
and I normally take a lot.
Goldilocks And My Three Bears – What A Rebel!
Ah, the good old days. When I was still a rebel – you know them ones!
Backtrack to the end of summer, 2004. Me and a few friends would come out of school and sit in the shade of our favourite tree. KC would whip out her guitar and play for us, we’d all be singing. Never one for staying in school, me and a few friends would skip a few classes, chill out – my best friend and I managed to stay on break for over an hour
Emily’s Page – New Poem: Do you know how much I loved you?
Do you know how much I loved you?
Do you know that I still care?
Do you feel the same connection
That I truly think we share?
These separate lives we’re living
Will they ever become one?
I let you think you’re just a friend
It isn’t any fun…
Copyright 2012, Emily Page
Actually Mummy… – Destabilised!
I did it! Six and a half years in, two and a half since my ‘bicycle birthday’ I finally wobbled my way to independence! There have been many slanging matches along the way, several threats to give my bike to the charity shop, and numerous months when my wheels lay quietly at the back of the garage, waiting for me to be ready.
Simplyoutnumbered – One piece of advice.
I came across a blog post on Just Us Kids Online Blog which really made me think. She was inspired by The Things I’d Tell You‘s weekly prompts.
Last week’s prompt was: If you could only offer your children one piece of advice, what would it be?
I’ve been thinking about and there is so much I would love to tell them. I think if there was just one thing I could say it would be: To be open – open to people, God, to new ideas and experiences but mostly open to love.
You’re not from round here. – The broad bean monster
The broad bean monster lives in my house.
“I don’t like carrots”
But you liked them yesterday.
“I don’t like those bits”
Mushrooms used to be your favourite.
“I won’t eat that”
Parsnips are lovely. You used to like them.