A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way.
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!
Do you have a special holiday place that you return to over and over? Mine is Tuscany – I got engaged there, and we’ve returned there so many times. I loved Clare’s post about their Villa Holiday in Tuscany – it made me want to hop on a plane right now! We tend to stay in a particular part of Tuscany every time we go, so it was lovely to read about what sounds like an amazing villa in a different area. I think a villa works so well for young families – I love a relaxing BBQ in the evening, and just sitting outside with a glass of wine once the kids are in bed.
I loved this quote that is at the heart of Laura’s post, Life After Loss: A Grateful Heart:
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”
I think so often we can get caught up in negative emotions – anger, sadness, hurt – but it can have such a dramatic impact on you if can you turn those emotions into something positive. Laura is one of the most inspiring people I know; she writes about baby loss in a way which makes the pain so palpable, and yet you come away from reading her posts feeling positive and full of admiration for her and her family.
“Is my child normal?” was one of the questions I asked over and over again in my son’s first year of life. Until I realised that it really doesn’t matter – he is who he is, and he’s pretty awesome for that. So Emma’s post, Child Development Myths: Is my Child Normal, hit a chord with me. There were lots of things on there that would apply to my son too, and I found it really reassuring that even if your child doesn’t fit the ‘normal’, there are plenty of upsides to that as well.
This post couldn’t have been more apt right now – “I’m Sorry Little One”. Being a mum second time around is a very different experience – on the one hand you’re more laid back, but there is so much guilt for the lack of time you have, for rushing them around, and for just not giving them the same experience that their older sibling had. For never getting to experience being the centre of your world. I thought this was a really heartfelt post that just got to the heart of being a mum second time around.
Did you catch any of these last time? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!