Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 14

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A big welcome to our 14th week of #SharingtheBlogLove and our weekly Blogger Showcase! It’s really starting to feel like we’re in the swing of things now – I’m more on top of commenting on your posts and getting things ready for the weekly posts in a more comfortable amount of time.

If you’re new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura’s favourite posts from last week’s linky. We love that each week we can choose a few favourites for you all to read, comment and show a bit of extra love!

 

This Mum Business

Let’s Talk Playing Out was a really thought provoking read from Jodie. I remember as a child we would spend our entire summer holidays ‘playing out’ in the street on our bikes with our neighbours. We didn’t have parents watching us, and we had a whale of a time exploring. There was just the one incident where my neighbour ate some deadly nightshade and we both ended up in hospital, but that’s by the by! I realised with a touch of sadness that there is no way that my son will have that opportunity. We live on a busy road (as opposed to the quite cul-de-sac I grew up on), but I don’t think I’d be allowing him to play outside on his own even if our road was less busy. It’s a different time now. What is it that’s changed about our society? Would you let your children play out?

 

Five Little Doves

I think so often when children start school we forget about the impact on the younger children. The ones who’ve had their entire lives with a companion beside them, and who no doubt feel quite lost when their best friend is suddenly gone for most of the day. I loved Laura’s post, And then there were two, which describes how quickly the dynamic between her youngest children changes as the oldest of the three heads of to school. I loved hearing how quickly the two youngest formed a strong alliance in causing as much mischief as possible! I guess that’s the beauty of family dynamics – as children grow up they’re constantly shifting, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes in huge ways, but we all adapt. As always, Laura has some lovely photos of her gorgeous kids up to all sorts of naughty (and cute!) things.

 

Bubbablue and Me

I often find that Max can be reluctant to take part in an activity if it’s a new situation, or if there are lots of other people around, so I found Emma’s post, Joining the Tennis Club and a Clingy Child, a reassuring and inspiring read. Even when you know your child is like this, I still find often I’m taken by surprise, and need to remind myself that I often need to give Max a bit of encouragement (and sometimes more forceful encouragement). But then once he’s made the decision to get involved he ends up having a great time, and that was the case with N and Emma. I loved Emma’s trepidation the following week, only to be surprised when N was off and joining in straight away!

 

Mudpie Fridays

I have a blogging confession to make: I have never run a giveaway! I rarely do sponsored posts or reviews, but the thought of running a giveaway alongside them has always struck me as complicated and intimidating. I loved this straightforward guide on How to Promote a Blog Giveaway from Claire, which takes you through everything step by step – how to set it up on your blog, how to promote it to get the most entries. It’s a post that makes me think I might consider doing this in the future!

 

Did you catch any of these last week? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!

20 Comments
  • Rebecca Taylor
    September 29, 2016

    Thank you for sharing these – off to have a ready now! 🙂 Thank you for hosting.x

  • Back With A Bump
    September 29, 2016

    Thanks for sharing these. Some more good ones to read. I love a helpful blog post and my giveaways have never been a huge success so this post was really useful. #sharingthebloglove

  • Organised Jo
    September 29, 2016

    Lovely selection of posts. Totally agree with you about kids playing outside, I used to do it all th time but very apprehensive about it for the girls. I also loved the promoting a giveaway post too, currently re-reading it in preparation for my first giveaway eekk! #sharingthebloglove. X

  • Nikki Hamilton
    September 29, 2016

    Thank you for hosting again this week. I read mudpie fridays post and it was really helpful! #sharingthebloglove

    http://www.sparklesatmidnight.com

  • Cecile Blaireau
    September 29, 2016

    off to share the giveaway post! always happy to learn more and you should have a go. It’s fun! Only if you want of course #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Tooting Mama
    September 29, 2016

    Super selection of posts. Love the giveaway (have commented on that previously) and have booked marked it! The Let’s Talk Playing Out really struck a chord. My kids are older and I am giving them more freedom and independence. I want to stop helicoptering over them. Thanks for sharing a great selection.

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    September 29, 2016

    Fab choices! You should be brave and do reviews and giveaways, they are not scary promise 🙂

  • Laura Dove
    September 29, 2016

    Ahh thank you so much for including mine! Especially about these two little mischief makers! Off to read the ones I missed, especially about the giveaways as I have done a couple but have no idea how to promote them! #sharingthebloglove

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      September 30, 2016

      You’re welcome Laura – I loved your photos of the two of them together, they’re an adorable pair of partners in crime!

  • Emma Tustian
    September 29, 2016

    Thanks for sharing my post. That’s just what I love about reading and connecting with other bloggers, that you know you’re not alone-there’s always someone else who’s been through it previously

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      September 30, 2016

      Definitely – it’s so easy to think it’s just you, but reading other blogs you realise that there are so many other people going through exactly the same thing. So reassuring and you don’t feel so alone!

  • Joanne Mallon
    September 29, 2016

    Great choices here. Looking forward to discovering some fab new blogs to read #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Hayley McLean
    September 29, 2016

    Oh fab choices, I loved Lauras post too! x

  • kristin mccarthy
    September 29, 2016

    I enjoy these too! There are a few I don’t recognize so I will have to check them out! Also- where is the features posts- I can never figure out where it is- this does not surprise me though,

    #sharingthebloglove

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      September 30, 2016

      Sorry if it’s not clear – the featured posts are the ones I’m talking about here, all of them should have a link to the post!

  • Kayleigh Woodland
    October 2, 2016

    Fab choices here. I read Five Little Doves, and then there were two…just beautiful! Off to share some more love now #sharingthebloglove

  • Emma
    October 3, 2016

    Thanks for hosting, I always find this such a great linky for comments and finding great blogs #Sharingthebloglove

  • MudpieFridays
    October 6, 2016

    Thank you for hosting lovely and for featuring my post. I love how varied it is each week. Popping over to little doves now. #sharingthebloglove

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