Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 18


A big welcome to our 18th week of #SharingtheBlogLove and our weekly Blogger Showcase!

If you’re new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura’s favourite posts from last week’s linky. I loved reading all your posts last week – it was another week with a great variety of posts to choose from and it really is a pleasure to be able to share the blog love each week by choosing our favourites.


The Butterfly Mother

Did you catch Sam Faiers in The Mummy Diaries last week? I missed it, but it provided some thought provoking reading from Laura at The Butterfly Mother with her post, Honest Mums vs. Perfect Mums. I think like most mums, I was definitely guilty of having an image in my head of what I would be like as a mother – an image which was shattered when the reality was completely unlike what I’d expected. I think that the slick image of the ‘perfect mum’ is one that society clings to, and one that is completely unhelpful for new mothers to set their expectations by. In a world of perfection, I think it’s fair to say that there’s been a backlash against that, with so many blogs springing up which tell it like it is – I think there is a big appetite out there from other mums to hear from people who are experiencing the same things as them, not just glossing over the hard bits. What do you think? Do you like your mums glossy and perfect, or with a dose of reality about them?


Mummy Miller

I love RHS Wisley – I think Max and I make a visit at least once every two weeks. It’s absolutely vast, and despite our regular visits, we still manage to find areas that are new to us. So it was lovely to read a similar post from Louise, An Autumnal Walk Around RHS Wisley, where she explored the orchards, just as we’d done a few weeks previously. And it made me feel a bit better that someone else manages to discover a new place despite being regular visitors too! Expect gorgeous autumn colours, cute baby shots, and some gorgeous photos.



I’m a big sucker for Cornwall (we’re off there in two weeks!), and I’ve heard great reviews of the Watergate Bay Hotel, but I’d not realise quite how amazingly family friendly they were until I read Kirsty’s review, Watergate Bay Hotel – A Child-Friendly Sanctuary. This is clearly a hotel that gets that balance between ‘luxury’ and ‘family friendly’ spot on, from the completely free Ofsted registered Kids Zone, to early dinner for kids, to Parents’ Kitchens on each floor, equipped with all the baby paraphernalia you’d need, they really do seem to have thought of everything. And with a stunning beach on your doorstep and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen just a stroll away, what more could you want?


Kippers and Curtains

Another fabulous autumn colour post – I just can’t get enough of them! I loved Sarah’s post about Winkworth Arboretum – a place which is actually really close to us but for some reason I’ve not managed to make a trip yet. The reds, yellows, and oranges look spectacular, there’s some very autumnal funghi, dogwood berries, and even a crayfish find – amazing!


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

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    October 27, 2016

    Doesn’t Sarah always have the most divine photographs, always love her posts. Thank you for hosting lovely #sharingthebloglove

  • Back With A Bump
    October 27, 2016

    Some more great posts for me to read! #sharingthebloglove

  • Kat
    October 27, 2016

    Thanks for this round up! Some new reads for me! 😉
    Kat x

  • Nyomi
    October 27, 2016

    I like a mix of perfect and honest! #sharingthebloglove

  • Emma Tustian
    October 27, 2016

    I’ve just been over to The Butterfly Mother’s post. Interesting read, but I’m amazed at how many people take these programmes and then translate that to real life. Maybe I’m a cynic (I’d say realist) and presume that it’s fluff and media made to show only the good bits, and that reality is unlikely to be like that for everyone. I obviously have good friends too, who basically joked about all their bad experiences. So I had the expectation that it was going to be hard, and for us it turned out the opposite (mostly)

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 28, 2016

      I’d say I’m quite cynical, but I have to admit that becoming a mum really knocked me for six – perhaps because I didn’t have any friends who’d gone through it. I didn’t expect it to be a walk in the park, but there was so much that I struggled with, I know that I’d appreciate a programme that showed it a bit more like it really is, and I think that if the only choice available is the ‘glossy’ side of things, it can be easy for people to have that as an expectation. I think that more of a balance has to be a good thing!

  • topsyturvytribe
    October 27, 2016

    Thank you for hosting and sharing some great reads! Off to read about Watergate Bay Hotel as well have friends in Newquay and will visit then at some point #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Chloé Weir
    October 27, 2016

    My daughter was born on Watergate Bay beach – looking forward to reading that post! #SharingTheBlogLove

  • Topfivemum
    October 27, 2016

    Looking forward to joining you for the first time this week. I’m also going to check out your featured posts, can’t wait to discover more amazing blogs!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    October 27, 2016

    Fab choices! You have so many lovely places near you, I always see them over on Instagram. I’ve not taken the girls to Cornwall yet, very tempted next year X

  • Mum's The Word
    October 27, 2016

    I love Sam Faires baby diarys and can’t wait to watch the mummy diaries too 🙂 #SharingTheBlogLove

  • Laura Dove
    October 27, 2016

    Fab selection! I loved the one about honest v perfect mums too! Always love Sarah’s posts, her photographs are so beautiful!!

  • Susie Hawes at This Is Me Now
    October 28, 2016

    Great choices – loved the Honest v Perfect mum one x #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Louise George
    October 28, 2016

    A lovely selection of posts – off to check out the one about Winkworth Arboretum and find out if it’s close enough to use to make a visit at some point. Thanks for hosting #sharingthebloglove

  • Mary Peterson
    October 28, 2016

    Thank you for directing us to these posts, Katy! I love all things fall, so I will definitely be checking those out. As for the perfect mom post, this will be a must-read for me. I always pride myself in not being a jealous sort but the “perfect moms” occasionally make that demon come out. I like my moms flawed (obviously so) like me, or else I find them completely unrelatable. Thanks for hosting #sharingthebloglove!

  • Peachy
    October 28, 2016

    Just read Honest Mums vs. Perfect Mums. Thanks for pointing it out. It was a good read. #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Twin Pickle
    October 28, 2016

    Lots of trips out this week, fab! #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Naomi
    October 29, 2016

    Oh brilliant! I’ve been really slack on my blog-reading recently – work + blog + kids is just a bit much – but it’s half term so I’ll catch up with these. Thank you #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Tooting Mama
    October 30, 2016

    Brilliant selection, love the perfect mums post – a good honest post about the rawness of motherhood. #sharingthebloglove

  • Kirsty - Motherhoodery
    October 30, 2016

    Thank you so much for choosing me as a featured post this week 😘 x

  • Tammymum
    October 30, 2016

    I loved The Butterly Mother’s post too. I think we all need a dose of honesty and reality to make us feel we’re all human and in it together. That being said I also appreciate a picture perfect blogs or parenting that all pretty and happiness – I think we know well enough that life isn’t like that but I can just appreciate the aesthetics for what they are… #sharetheblogginglove

  • Carol Family Makes
    October 31, 2016

    Thanks for highlighting the RHS Wisley post from Mummy Miller – it was absolutely gorgeous! #SharingtheBlogLove

  • MudpieFridays
    November 2, 2016

    Thank you for hosting lovely I’m off to read about Winkworth as when we visited I was disappointed but I think that’s because I had the buggy and it was before the leaves started to change. If you are really close then we are not far either – really should meet up xx #Sharingthebloglove xx

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