It’s my three month blog anniversary! Yep, you’ve had notifications of new posts pinging into your email for three months. This is a big deal in the blogosphere. They say getting over the three month mark is monumental as a lot of bloggers give up after this short time. Blogging is intense and all consuming. It’s not as easy as writing something and throwing it up on the internet, well, it can be for some. For me, I want my website to look good, appealing and enticing. I want you to stay and read from page to page, not just single posts. I want to relate to you and share my experiences with you no matter how hard it may be for me to open up and be honest, sometimes brutally so. I’m hoping, that as you read my posts from day to day, that you’re nodding along and saying, “yes, she gets it, that’s how I feel.” I’m hoping that something I say strikes you and resonates with you. I hope it sparks a conversation with your friends and family. Sharing this intense journey of how parenthood has changed me has been amazing. It’s helped me understand who I am as a mother and a person. It’s helped me find myself in this journey that swallows you up like quick sand. There is a person behind this blog and I want you to know her and know that what she writes is from the heart. I want you to know that I write for you as well as for myself.
The ever beautiful Jane from Maflingo, threw me in as her sixth choice for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Tag, because she’s wonderfully nosey (you’re only supposed to pick five but has an itch to know more!) I am only too happy to oblige because I love Jane and I love to talk about myself… obviously! I’m a blogger and I think that’s what we’re best at! I am in the middle of planning a number of blog posts on the emotional fallout from A’s emergency C Section delivery, which is difficult and quite heavy, so I was delighted to be nominated for something lighthearted in comparison. And this is the first time I’ve been nominated for a blogger tag so clearly I’m not going to say no to such a wonderful accolade! So on to the Challenge.
This week on In Conversation With, I had the pleasure of speaking with the beautiful Julie from Fab Working Mom Life. Julie is a working Mom, a blogger and a mother of one. I know exactly the daily grind Julie goes through as I’m a full time working Momma Bear also. It can be very difficult to keep the house and home going and ensure you’re not neglecting yourself, your partner and most importantly your children. But some how we manage it, and sometimes we need help. Julie’s blog is fantastic and I feel like I can relate to a lot that she says. Keeping our identity in parenthood is so important. Read on to see what Julie has to say on being a working mom.
Since A discovered that Momma and Papa Bear were completely separate entities to her, she has become my shadow. As soon as she started crawling, I would hear a gentle tip tip tapping on the wooden floors as she followed me. When she learned to walk, she would waddle wherever Momma Bear went. And now that she has mastered running and shouting, I hear a chorus of “Mommy, wait for me!” anytime I try to leave the room. I don’t mind my ever-fixed shadow being glued to me as I make my way from room to room – despite it being mildly inconvenient at times. What is a challenge, is the effect this parental preference has on B. Do you have a child who favours one parent over the other?
Welcome to this weeks Sunday Sit Down. Grab a cuppa and a comfy chair and sit down to read. OK I will be the first to admit that this is not the happiest of Flash Fiction pieces. As with last week, I uncovered this piece after it had been left hidden away at the back end of my hard drive! I enjoyed re-reading the imaginary, and I remember the hopelessness I was trying to capture when I was writing it. Let me know what you think of Pendulum.
We are finally on another weeks holidays! Thank Pete for annual leave. Working full time really makes B and I appreciate the days we have off with A. We’ve been planning this week since the beginning of July and coming up with ideas and fun things to do each day. Yes, it is another Staycation. And why not? There are so many fantastic things for us to do. Money is a smidge on the tight side as we are getting some essential maintenance and upgrades done on our house. Never fear! We have come up with some really fun and cheap days out for next week. We are blessed with so many things to do! Here are our top five free Fun Days Out in North County Dublin and some ideas if you have a bit of pocket money handy.
Being Momma Bear has changed me. I’ve changed drastically and dramatically and for the better. We grow up, drag ourselves in to the world of adulthood and expect nothing. For some people things don’t change. They blend from one decade to the next with the same ideals and shoes. Others change quickly, become bigger, better versions of their younger selves. And then there are new parents. The change is sudden and immense. The growing up and learning is vast. Parenthood is like an affliction that changes the internal mechanisms of your body and brain – in a positive yet frightfully severe way. Has parenthood changed you?
Awards you say? Why, yes, please! Do you remember when, in a mad flurry, I scribbled a post about how my young blog was longlisted for the LWI Blog Awards last month? Well, this young and fresh blog has managed to zoom on forward and has been shortlisted for said awards. In two categories no less! This little old blog author is leaning on a pole on cloud nine trying to look cool but clearly can’t keep her feet on the ground! I need your votes to help me swing it to the finalist stage! Oh pretty please, I know you want to vote for me!
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Jordanne who is an aspiring photographer and authors the blog The Life of a Glasgow Girl. Jordanne is mum to one little boy who is the light of her life. She involves him in her photography which I think is a fantastic idea and has me considering buying A her own little camera. Jordanne talks about the pressures of parenting and working from home and shares her thoughts on parenting in the digital age.
Yikes! I am the worst at DIY. I have been known to take quite a lot of short cuts when it comes to those small and annoying jobs that need doing. I own three hammers, a wicker basket with miscellaneous nails, screws and what nots. Let’s be honest, I really shouldn’t go anywhere near my DIY stash and just wait for the handyman. I can hang pictures, decorate superbly well. I’m all about the feng shui (… I’m not. I place furniture at angles and misuse space but it’s my space and I love it). I’m pretty nifty with a paint brush and a wad of sand paper. The fun stuff, if you ask me. So needless to say, when something goes awry, it’s usually left on the long finger until we have enough jobs worthy of our handymans time! Since we moved into our country bungalow last year there are plenty of little itty bitty jobs that annoy me. They need to be fixed but are too small to get someone in and too annoying for us. The list keeps getting longer. This weekend I managed to tick a few things off the list with Sugru. What’s Sugru you ask. Well, oh me, oh my, it’s a mouldable glue that even I can’t mess up! Read on for our review and a giveaway…