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In September, I took part in the #BISS campaign, for Good To Know online magazine-a platform for bloggers to get their voice heard! My post was chosen by one of the panel (The Unmumsy Mum!) to go through to the next stage. Should I win this next stage, the prize is a guest spot, writing for Good To Know!

Here is a link to the article, please have a read and let me know what you think!

The things no one tells you will happen after giving birth

Hey everyone! So I went full on Christmas last week for the roundup! I’ve mixed it up a bit this week, with a couple of bauble shots, and a couple of sibling hand holding shots-these cute moments are rare!! Check them out!! The #pinklinker tag is open for anyone to use, so please hashtag your posts up with it, and join the community1

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Photo credits:

Top left: Scandimummy (@scandimummy )

Top right: Firstooth (@firstooth_ )

Bottom left: Naptime Natter (@wendy_naptimenatterblog )

Bottom right: A Slice of My Life… Wales (@corneliusblog )

Check out these gorgeous accounts! And see you next week when there will not be many sleeps left until Christmas…!!!!

 

Is it too early? Is it NEVER too early?? Heck, well Christmas really isn’t that far away now, and you do need to get your list out there quickly, you know, so that your other half doesn’t forget anything (even if some of it is only theoretical!)So, no, it’s not too early! In the iconic words of the inimitable warbler, Mariah, all I want for Christmas is… Jeffrey Dean Morgan to arrive on my doorstep (naked or semi clad is a total bonus,) to tell me that we are meant to be together. And this would totally be allowed, because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is on my List. You know, the Friends style List that caused huge embarrassment for Ross, but ultimately, should anyone from ‘The List,’ proposition either of them, they get the go ahead from the other person to go for it. Jeffrey is top of mine, and Natalie Portman is top of my husband’s. If you don’t know who Jeffrey Dean Morgan is, he is currently playing Negan in The Walking Dead, (which I might have mentioned a few times possibly, that I’m a fan of…!) But I’ve also had a decade long stalkery crush on him since his days of Denny in Grey’s Anatomy. So there you have it-that is top of my Christmas list this year!

Total and utter fantasy aside, I have other things on my wish list, some possibly still bordering on fantastical, others hopefully more attainable! Here’s All I Want For Christmas, for this year!

1 Hoping I haven’t ruined Christmas for my youngest… Soooo, I had an agreement with him, that Santa was going to come and take his dummies away this Christmas, and give them to the new babies who needed them more than him. He unfortunately thought this meant he’d get new ones in their place… When I explained this wasn’t the case, he barricaded himself and his dummies in the bathroom, shouting about ‘Santa can’t get me in here,’ and has started a self titled campaign called ‘Say NO to Santa.’ This currently involves waking at 4am, and having to come into my bed, in order to stop the big, red villainous thief from taking his dummies. I have also had to carefully pen a letter stating that he has categorically changed his mind, and if the new babies need dummies, Santa will just have to get them from the dummy shop (aka Boots.) Crap. Please let him be over this by Christmas…!

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(Possibly the current situation for the littlest in our house…)

2 I hope people will treat my Christmas birthday oldest child’s birthday, and Christmas day, separately… I will always harbour some level of guilt that poor planning has left the oldest with a birthday very close to Christmas. I work hard every year to make sure the two are treated separately. This will be on my list every year…

3 I’d like a cleaner. Actually, there’s a fine line developing between wanting a cleaner, and being forced to move out because the house needs fumigating. It’s the source of much frustration and agitation from me, but always manages to fall to the bottom of my list of priorities…

4 Having fallen in love with a pair of Irregular Choice shoes I bought earlier in the year, I now have my eye on another pair…!

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5 I’d like for my dad to be able to work less, and start focussing on the things he loves doing. He chooses to still work lots, because he loves his job, but I think it’s definitely time to start wrapping it up dad, and doing some fun stuff-you aren’t getting any younger!

6 I’d really like for toddlerdom, and the threenage year, to be MUCH LESS HARD! Because actually, I want to enjoy my children, but they make it very difficult with their ninja assassin, planking tantrum, food renouncing, attitude to life! Can it just be a bit easier? Please…?!

7 I really hope that this year, my house that I love for all its character, will see fit to stop letting the roof leak… Every time we get a new leak fixed, there it goes, pouring in from somewhere else! If it could just stop, that’d be grand!

8 I think most of all, I’d like to feel a bit less crap about my parenting skills, and for my Feeling of Failure scale to be a bit more manageable. I hope my children continue to thrive, and be happy, and make me trust that actually, I am doing a good job with them. I hope that they, have the best Christmas ever.

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(Swooooooooooooooooooon!!)

 

 

The team at Vorwerk  asked me to take part in their #AllIWantForChristmas campaign, designed to uncover what is on the ultimate Christmas wishlists of some of the UK’s parenting and lifestyle bloggers in the run up to this year’s festivities-this post was sponsored by them.

 

Welcome to week 13 of the #pinklinker Instagram roundup! The tag is for absolutely anyone to use, for any theme, so please hashtag your posts up, and join the heck in!!

Ok, so I had a bit of a dilemma, do I go Christmassy? Do I not? If I go Christmassy now, will I be able to move away from Christmas for the next few weeks? Will everyone be totally Christmassed out by actual Christmas? Gaaaaaaaah, stop with the overthinking, GO CHRISTMAS! Because in my opinion, IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY!!!! So bring on the first #pinklinker Christmas themed roundup!

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Photo credits:

Top left: Rhyming With Wine (@rhymingwithwine )

Top right: Our Little Memories (@our_little_memories )

Bottom left: Somewhere After The Rainbow (@somewhereaftertherainbow )

Bottom right: The Ordinary Mum (@theordinarymum )

See you next week!