Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 22


A big welcome to our 22nd 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. As part of the linky we’d like you to choose one post from each showcase post to head over and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love.


Lucy’s Locket

In this day and age I find it incredible that society still has such outdated views of what a Dad should be. So often we hear about Dad’s ‘babysitting’ their own children, and people seem to find it necessary to congratulate any Dad who appears to be a hands on parent.  Lucy’s post ‘Dad’s Day’ got this spot on for me. The admiration for Dad’s who take an active role as a parent isn’t just annoying for mothers, who rarely get that kind of recognition for doing exactly the same job, but is also incredibly patronising for Dads. Men are equally capable of parenting, we live in a world where Dad’s can be the primary caregiver, and where parents can split maternity / paternity leave equally – why do we still not regard Dads as equal parents?



Did you read a lot of parenting books when your child was born? I’m a big reader, and quite an anxious person, so I guess it was inevitable that I would end up reading a fair few parenting manuals. I loved this post from Kirsty, Read the Parenting Books, but do it your way anyway – it’s exactly the approach I ended up taking and since stepping back from the books I’ve been a much happier mum. I think books are great for research and getting a wide range of approaches, but ultimately there are always going to be methods that appeal to you and ones that don’t, as well as being able to tailor your approach to your own baby – after all, they’re all different!


Mudpie Fridays

I’m a huge fan of Christmas and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’m excited already! We have a beautiful wooden advent calendar that I’m planning to fill with little activities for each day – baking cookies, watching Christmas films, making Christmas cards. Just little things that all add to the excitement. I loved Clare’s post, 25 Advent Activities for a 4 year old, which gives loads of fabulous ideas for activities, as well as downloadable printable labels (pre-filled or blank for your own ideas). And if you don’t have a 4 year old, there are links to lists for 2 and 3 year olds too!


Raw Childhood


Have you heard of a Tuffspot? It basically a big tray that you can use for all kinds of messy play inspired activities. I had my eye on one all of last summer but never quite got around to buying one – it’s definitely on my list for next year. I loved Jade’s list of ideas for different activities – so much inspiration, whether it’s water, rice, flour, paint, it’s such a versatile piece of equipment that I reckon we’d be using it all summer long!

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

  • Baby Isabella
    November 24, 2016

    Great round-up post we love Mudpie Fridays ideas! We have a tuff spot at home too but sadly don’t use it as much as we’d like! Thanks for hosting #SharingTheBlogLove xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 25, 2016

      I guess the tuffspot is quite an outdoor thing though really, which does rely on the weather being nice (which is always a bit unpredictable in the UK!)

  • Lucy's Locket
    November 24, 2016

    Thank you for featuring my post 😀 Glad you could relate. That post was more of a quick thought than anything else, but a lot of people agree with me so I might write some more on that topic.
    I caught all of these last week except Mudpie Friday so I’ll check them out now 😀

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 25, 2016

      I’d love to hear more from you on it – I’ve still not managed to get my own post on it finished, somehow it’s really hard to get my point across how I want it!

  • Kimberley Ohjustmylittleblog
    November 24, 2016

    Love catching up with any posts I might have missed. As a reception teacher I’m always on the look out for more tuff spot ideas! x #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Emma Tustian
    November 24, 2016

    I love tuffspots as well but never got round to getting one – they can be pretty pricy!

    I was interested in the Dad’s Day post – my OH is not an equal parent and neither are many of the dads we know, although I do know one who currently does a lot more because the mum isn’t well enough. Equal parenting is still quite unusual in a lot of families so I guess that’s where they get the bad rap.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 25, 2016

      I saw your comment and thought it was interesting – I can imagine running a farm is a hugely time consuming thing though, which does make equal parenting difficult. I would say most of the parents I know though, although it’s fair to say that the mums do more, the dads are all very hands on, especially at the weekend, so I do think things are changing.

  • Jade - Raw Childhood
    November 24, 2016

    Thank you for featuring my post! 🙂 It was such a last minute post too and I have wanted to add lots more to it but I suppose it gives me the opportunity to do a second post! Tuff spots have actually come down a lot in price and you can bag one for under £15 on ebay in lots of different colours 🙂 Thank you for hosting another great #sharingthebloglove

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      November 25, 2016

      I noticed it was #1 and was wondering what you’d come up with for part 2! I’m definitely getting one for next summer, they look so versatile!

  • Twin Pickle
    November 24, 2016

    Looking forward to reading Motherhoodery as it’s in the same field as mine this week! #SharingtheBlogLove

  • Five Little Doves
    November 24, 2016

    Ooh lots of fab posts this week, I’m going to give myself a lovely half hour to read through them while my husband gets the kids bathed. Bliss! #sharingthebloglove

  • Mummy Times Two
    November 24, 2016

    What a fantastic round up. I love Lucy’s Locket and she raises such a valid point, dads should be seen as equals. It’s time our views as a society changed.

  • Mrsmummyharris86
    November 25, 2016

    This is a good pick! I’ve only just discovered Lucy’s Locket and really love her blog! #sharingthebloglove

  • Burnished Chaos
    November 26, 2016

    I loved Kirsty’s post about doing it you’re own way, so true x

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    November 27, 2016

    Thank you so much for hosting, I really enjoyed the Lucy Locket post! #sharingthebloglove

  • Organised Jo
    November 29, 2016

    I love all of these blogs, and they are great posts as always. Thank you for hosting #sharingthebloglove

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