A tribe, a thank you & a reason to blog

This post is a bit of a jumble, really, of lots of thoughts I want to share. It’s kind of threefold – why I want to continue blogging, a thank you, and in praise of virtual friendships.

Sometimes I feel like sharing my blogs and expecting anyone to read them is silly. In a world where there are millions (I guess) of parent bloggers and each week I am discovering new ones, it is definitely a saturated market. I read blogs by people who earn money from their writing, who work with huge brands, win awards and have made blogging their career. I read blogs by people (like myself) who don’t really go in for the constant social media promotion and write what they feel like to a relatively small readership. And I’ve read blogs everywhere in between. What unites them all, though, is they’re amazing. Honestly, each week I am blown away by the incredible things I read; I am often moved to tears or hysterical laughter. In almost all of the blogs I read I recognise something that I can liken to my own experiences as a parent or experiences that family members have been through.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I love a good blogger tag (as you know…) and the lovely Brenda at Kids, Coffee and Chaos nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love these tags for getting to know other bloggers and spreading the #bloglove. It’s the standard format, I answer the questions put to me by Brenda and then write my own questions for the bloggers that I choose to nominate. Thank you so much for the nomination – please go and check out the Kids, Coffee and Chaos blog as it’s so honest and funny. The Sunshine Blogger Award post is a good one to get you started. Brenda is also a really supportive and kind member of the blogging community! Snaps for Brenda (yeah, I watched Legally Blonde recently…) Continue reading

An ode to Center Parcs

We recently had 5 days, just the 3 of us, at Center Parcs. I absolutely loved it and felt so happy and relaxed that I was prompted to write this ridiculous ode one evening:

 

I wish we could stay at Center Parcs forever. We’d have leisurely strolls through the woodland, push TM on the swings, swim twice a day and share our patio with ducks, rabbits and squirrels. We’d read books while the baby crawls around the (fairly baby friendly) chalet, sipping prosecco and watching the sun set over the trees. We’d take the boy to the play centre to mess around with soft play and ride on toys (not very often, that shit costs extra).

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Motherhood and creativity

I appear to be in a bit of a rut currently and I haven’t been writing much – which is quite unusual for me! I wrote a post a few months back for one of my favourite bloggers, Lucy at Occupation: (m)other, as part of her Creative Mothers series. In lieu of writing anything new and in the hope that it reignites my creative flame I thought I’d share the post on here. PLEASE check out the rest of the series as I am in seriously good company and there are some fantastic posts from amazing creative mums! The original post can be found on Lucy’s siteContinue reading

Joy

I have been fairly quiet on the blog recently and next week I am on holiday, so I just wanted to write a little post before I disappear offline. This is actually the first time I have shared one of my poems on the blog, although I did have one published online when I participated in Occupation: (m)other’s Creative Mothers series a few months back. I write poetry all the time but I think most of it is probably crap. This isn’t necessarily my finest writing but I think the sentiment comes through. I wrote this after an afternoon full of giggles with my boy and after reading my gorgeous friend Lucy’s lovely post about laughter (two links to her blog in one opening paragraph, I really must be her biggest fan..!) Continue reading