A big welcome to our 15th week of #SharingtheBlogLove and our weekly Blogger Showcase! I’ve had such lovely feedback this week from so many of you about this linky, it’s made me so proud that we have such a wonderful little community of linkers!
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!
I think a comfortable body image is something that most women struggle with at some point in their lives. I know that throughout my teens and twenties I was never happy with how I looked. It’s strange how pregnancy gives us a way to look at our bodies differently, to see them as performing a magical function, creating something special. But so often we throw this new appreciation of our bodies out of the window after birth, pressurising ourselves to ‘get back into shape’ and to fit back into our old clothes. Lauren’s post, Pre-pregnancy Jeans, gets this so spot on, urging us to stop berating ourselves and to love our bodies instead. I loved this in particular:
You are a mother, a protector, a queen and an absolute goddess for everything your body just accomplished, and you should be allowed to feel that way without worrying about your dress size. Because here’s the thing, it’s actually only you who cares. The rest of us can’t tell if the leggings you’re wearing are still maternity (so comfy!). The rest of us aren’t aware of how many pounds you weigh now versus how many you did before you conceived. The rest of us are probably just in awe of how well put together you seem, because as women we always see the positive in others but the negative in ourselves.
Please head on over and have a read of this fabulous post!
I remember when I was pregnant with Max I had my hospital bag packed and ready to go from 22 weeks, as I’d been warned that we had a high chance of him being premature. In the event, he arrived just 3 days before his due date, but despite being so well prepared, there were still things that I wished I’d taken to hospital that I didn’t pack. An eye mask and ear plugs would definitely be on my list for next time, and I don’t think I’d bother taking my makeup bag – it remained untouched our entire stay! Naomi’s post, Packing your hospital bag, really is the ultimate list for anyone preparing for labour. Undoubtedly you wouldn’t be able to take everything on the list, but this is a wonderful list to review and check you’ve got everything you think you might want on hand.
I have very fond memories of my student days, but there’s no denying that living with other people for the first time does reveal some unsavoury personal habits. I loved Sarah’s post about Why Living with Kids is like Living in Student Accommodation – I’ve never considered it before but it’s spot on!
I think it’s fair to say that it’s only very recently that I’ve got into photography, so I’m still getting to grips with it. Holidays are one of those times that you always want to capture fabulous memories, but it can be difficult to know quite how much kit to take. I love a nosey at other people’s setup, and Jodie’s post, Holiday Photography: A Guide to the Basic Equipment, allowed me just that. A bit about cameras, lenses, and extra accessories, without needing to take loads of kit – this little list will give you everything you need to capture some wonderful family shots on your trip.
Did you catch any of these last week? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!