Best of #a blogging good time March

27 March 2017

Dear friend,

Welcome to the "best of...#ablogginggoodtime."  Katie and I are overwhelmed by the number of fantastic posts linked up each week and in an effort to give something back I decided to run a monthly feature to showcase some of the brilliant bloggers who regularly link up with us.

The diversity of posts linked up every month is amazing...everything from recipes to poems and lists, heartfelt and inspiring stories to hilarious tales and brilliant tips. Thank you so much! I know that we both struggle every week to pick out a featured post.

This months featured posts include:  

Milestones: the ones they don’t tell you about

There’s an obsession with milestones. From the moment they’re out, we’re waiting to see our little ones focus, smile and laugh, then role, grab and crawl, cruise, clap, wave, dance, eat, build, sort, waddle and speak. Should parents be so keen? Why don't we hear about the downsides?

We might be keen on seeing the milestones because we’re building little people, so we like to see when the next brick is firmly in place; or we’re being competitive with other parents because our kid is obviously the best. Dads are generally allowed to be more open about this, although I’ve seen a few mums beam when their baby roles over and 4 months and the 5 month old next to them is struggling to lift its head.

This is just brilliant and I absolutely loved how Dave likened it to upgrading your phone, classic! 


You may have seen a post I shared a little while back on Instagram about ‘Embrace‘ the movie. I wonder if anyone googled Taryn? Or even saw the film? Possibly not, but I get it, everyone’s busy and has so much to think about, let alone time to watch movies. But it’s something I feel so passionately about. So I thought I would bring Taryn’s story and message to you.


Mother of three, living in South Australia, found herself at the point where she hated her own body. After her third child she couldn’t see past stretch marks, droopy boobs and wobbly bits. So she embarked upon an extreme training regime of diet and exercise. And achieved the ‘dream body’- she even entered a body building competition.

I loved this post. Very inspirational and I totally get this as I had a mum who really struggled with her weight (Still does) and I have fought against this my whole life. I don’t own scales!!! I never ever have. I have boys but I think this message is equally as important to them!

13 Important Things You Should Know About Growing Old

This ageing gig. Gosh, is there anyone in the history of humankind who has found growing old easy?

Freddie Mercury once sang Who Wants to Live Forever? I do Freddie, I want to live forever. I write this days away from my XXth birthday. That’s what I’m calling it from now on, XX. (Remember that.) Yes, I’ve arrived at the point I never understood when I was young and said I’d never arrive at (surprise surprise): not wanting to disclose my age. More on that shortly. Let’s just say I’m old enough to have seen many a trend come into fashion, go out of fashion and come back in again at least twice.
Now, we’re all different. I’m sure there are those who aren’t bothered about growing old

(although Just Saying Mum sounds about as thrilled as me in her hilarious post). In fact, some people are able to laugh about ageing like the lovely Laura of Five Litttle Doves (although if I was still only thirty-frickin-six, I’d be laughing too). So maybe it’s misguided and presumptuous of me to describe the following list as things you should know about growing old because you may not agree. I just thought I’d let you know what I’ve experienced as it may serve as a warning of what’s about to come (if you’re younger than me). Equally, it might reassure you that you’re not alone (if you’re older than me)! So, read it and weep. No, learn. I meant read it and learn…

As a woman of a certain age I loved this and could identify with so much too (especially the failing sight). I particularly loved your parting paragraph as  I really feel I am extremely lucky to still be here! 

When Discrimination Strikes: The Curse Of Being Tall

Oh my darling, sometimes it’s hard to be tall. I know that. You’re only 2 and yet everybody expects so much of you. It’s not their fault. They think you’re older; 3… maybe even 4.

Toddler Group

Today, I felt my heart breaking a little as I saw you trying to fit in our new toddler group.

I saw the mum who glared at you as you collided with her little girl. I heard her moaning to her friend about “that child” who was charging around without looking where she was going. But that’s what 2 year olds do. It’s because you’re tall. They think you’re old enough to know better.

I know it was an accident. 2 year olds can’t predict when and where moving objects will cross their path – they just focus on their destination and run. And more than that, you struggle to stop yourself once you have momentum on your side, and your reaction times are still slow.

You’re only young, after all.

I can recognise a lot in this post because my eldest is also very tall. He also happens to have autism. Tall kid = higher social expectations. Taller kid with autism = recipe for disaster. I just wish people would stop judging by appearance especially when some disabilities are invisible.  

The Tab That’s Open On My Laptop

There’s a tab open on my laptop. I don’t want to close it down. It’s there for me to keep popping back to. For me to keep mulling over. I can see it out of the corner of my eye each time I log in. Not Chloe or Mulberry or Selfridges. Not even Chanel or Gucci. Though I am totally lusting after the entire Gucci SS17 collection. Not fussy. Any item yes please and thank you. How to become a UN Relief Worker. That’s the tab.

Helen is one very special lady! Every time I read something else from her or about her I am amazed! 💙

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