A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. It was such a lovely set of posts we had linked up last week – I could have chosen so many to feature! I hope you enjoyed the ones you read, and that you enjoy our featured posts here.
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 (one from mine and one from Laura’s) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It’s always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they’ve had from you guys!
Like most 3 year olds, Max is a huge fan of imaginary play, and will spend ages playing shops and kitchens. If your little one is the same, then Laura’s DIY Play Shop and Theatre will be right up their street! I’ve seen so many of this type of thing but they tend to be so expensive to buy, so this DIY version is perfect, and I love that you can flip it around so easily to become a theatre. Laura’s added so many cute little touches to it, and she has a pretty amazing selection of play food too (is it just me who loves collecting play food? We have pastries, ice creams, biscuits, as well as the usual fruit and veg!)
Anyone who has been blogging for a while will understand the amount of work that goes into it. It’s not just a case of writing and hitting publish; there’s so much behind the scenes work in promoting, networking, taking photos. It really can be a full time job! So I really related to Susie’s post, Do I Want to be a Blogger with a Newborn Baby? Having a now 3 month old baby, I went through all of these questions when I was pregnant, and I’ve definitely taken a step back from blogging lately. But even when time is so limited, there’s still a desire to write and to keep things up on the blog front – it’s addictive and cathartic, and is what keeps me going on the difficult days.
Do you have any really special childhood memories? For me, a trip on The Watercress Line stands out really clearly in my mind. We had been planning on taking Max last year on Christmas Eve, but sadly he came down with chickenpox so we had to miss out. We’ve booked again though for this year and I can’t wait!
I’ve heard lots about the Thomas the Tank Engine days at The Watercress Line, but before I read Ray’s post, A Day Out with Thomas, I have to admit that I didn’t realise just how much they have to do on those days. It’s so much more than a quick trip on a train! It’s that kind of nostalgic fun that kids and adults both love.
I felt so emotional reading all of the starting school posts last week – I don’t think as parents we’re ever ready to wave them off to school, but knowing that it will be me waving Max off this time next year made them all extra emotional for me. I’m definitely not going to be ready! Jaki’s letter to her son is a beautiful read – emotional, heartfelt, and positive, and I definitely had a few tears in my eyes reading it. I’m going to be an absolute mess this time next year!
Did you catch any of these last time? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!