#BlogStars is Finally BACK After a Crazy Long Break With 20 Amazing Posts!
Frankly, the word break is almost embarrassing. It’s been months since the last time I put one of these together and I’ve missed doing this post. It really is one of my blog babies as it’s such a great feeling promoting other people’s content, not just my own all the time and an honour feature good writing. If I say so myself, this edition of my amazing posts round-up is ‘a bit good’ people. Tis a veritable gallery of amaze balls talent and content. There are belly laughs galore, total heartbreakers, useful blog tips and thought provoking posts.. If I had a cheeky sense of humour and no filter, I’d crack a joke about having had multiple bloggasms reading the incredible posts listed below, but you know I’d never do that. Ever. Not cheeky. At. All. And my filter is well adjusted.
So, a couple of bits before we get on with the #BlogStars show:
1) Featured Blog Stars, Grab Your Badge!
Do feel free to stick this on your featured post and/or your blog sidebar or both!
2) If you enjoy this post and want to share it anywhere on social media – blogger or non blogger – can I ask you to use the hashtag #BlogStars? Cheers Big Ears!
Amy Treasure What It Really Feels Like Long Term Trying to Conceive
Amy Treasure was one of the first people to lend me a helping hand when I was bumbling through the initial stages of taking my blog to the next level. Next time I see her, I’ll be giving her an enormous hug. Why? Because with this tremendous account of her battle to conceive again, one of the UK’s most successful bloggers has written one of the best posts I’ve read in almost 3 years of blogging. (And I don’t say things like that often because I’m a self-confessed language Nazi.) I stared at the screen with awe and emotion after reading this. Every word is perfection, the flow and structure superb, the story utterly gripping and the end…oh my… Ulltimately it’s a personal insight. It may be slightly graphic in parts but we’re talking making babies, not origami and frankly, this is REAL LIFE people! Not a puff piece about what handbag this Hollywood actress is currently ‘wearing’ or which latest human barbie doll that famous singer is screwing. Instead, what you have here is a profound article about the human condition, utter bloody will and sheer resilience. So if you enjoy reading engaging stuff that gets to your heart, I urge you to read this. Amongst the best two minutes you could spend.
Twitter: @AmyTreasureblog Facebook: AmyTreasureBlog
And Another Ten Things What Would Your Parenting Out of Office Say?
Heavens above, how clever and hilarious is this post? You know when you read a post and think er…hello?…why the heck has this not gone viral? Its style, tone, ingenuity and amusement level puts it right up there as one of the funniest I’ve read during this blogging lark. If you want short, sharp and entertaining, then click on that link and treat yourself. Idontgiveashitandjuststarvethen.com Ba ha HA!
Follow on Twitter @Another10Things Facebook And another ten things
Blind Intuiton: 12 Months Blind Happy and Independent
Where to start?! What a wonderful bitter sweet uplifting saddening inspiring (I guess Sarah will hate that remark but it is) breath taking and oh so many other adjectives post. I am almost having to sit on my own hands to stop myself typing the complimentary comments Sarah doesn’t like people making because of course when I read bits such as the fact that she runs…well…I can’t even finish my sentence because I’m in such awe. I get it. When life deals us the cruellest of blows, we have two choices: either curl up in that ball and stay angry and defeated for the rest of our life or pick ourselves up and just get the heck on with the business of living and parenting. Clearly this blogger/mother/wife/woman made the right decision. Awesome.
Twitter: @blindintuition Facebook: blindintuition
3 Little Buttons Blogging is like sailing on the ocean
This post put the wind back in my blog sails, excuse the dreadful pun. It’s not a long post at all and doesn’t need to be. Annette says what she needs to say (so instinctively as usual) with beautiful concise simplicity and I really do think she nails the description of blogging “From new little dinghies to established battle ships…” Pure magic!
Twitter: @3_littlebuttons Facebook: 3 little buttons
First Tooth Our Family in a Hotel Overnight Would Never End Well
Oh Lizzie Lizzie…whilst I am jealous you went to Lego Land when I’ve still not managed to get there despite scoring free tickets last year (ugh)…I am not jealous you went to Lego Land. What are you on about Ms Prabulous? This: “face mask” and “coco pops”. Eff me I laughed. To be fair, this post is about only one part of the First Tooth family stay that wasn’t so great but the rest of the visit went well. I’m very happy for Lizzie and all that but frankly, it’s all about the face mask and the coco pops for me. Priceless.
Twitter: @firsttooth Facebook: firsttooth
Irish Baby Fairy
Sorry…couldn’t decide on one post from this wonderful blogger (I’m a Pisces…decisiveness is not my forté).
A Man’s Role in the Labour Ward
This is brilliant. From start to finish, it’s just brilliant. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed because I honestly don’t know. I do love how the ironic belly laughs give way to beautiful useful tips (alright they’re a bit funny too) at the end; a wonderful, unexpected touch. And the quotes from the dads are just genius. I won’t spoil it for you but the ‘silent movie…Exorcist’ line had me howling. PS praise your partner as much as possible.
Breastfeeding Journey of a Midwife
[Hides behind sofa] Don’t hate me but there are certain topics I tend to scoot past when they crop up in my social media feed/linky circuit. Breastfeeding is one of them. Been there, done that, got the milk-stained tshirt. With a 12, 10 and 7 year old, my baby years are behind me and I’m in a very different stage of parenthood from many of my blogging peers. Translation: I’m ancient. BUT when I noticed this post by the Irish Baby Fairy I suspected I might be in for a treat. And I wasn’t wrong. This is one of those ‘is it bad that I laughed?’ posts because it describes an experience that was clearly not much fun for the person writing it. However, Lisa is just wonderfully funny and yes I did really chuckle in places (and wince in places too as the sheer pain of breastfeeding suddenly came back to me).
Twitter: @IrishBabyFairy Facebook: The Irish Baby Fairy
Mess and Merlot/Rhyming with Wine She Loves Herself
If it was possible to eat a blog post, this would be it (which is possibly a bit ironic given the subject matter). Simply one of the most beautiful blog posts I’ve read to the point where I struggled to think of how to describe it because I’m not sure I can do it justice. It is part of the clever and thought-provoking guest post series that the fab Charlie of Mess and Merlot is running about body image issues called She Loves Herself. Every post I’ve read so far has been engaging and touching and this one…awww…it just radiates dignity and positivity and gorgeousness. Frankly if you’re not in love with Dawn of Rhyming with Wine by the end of it [mimics audible gasp of disbelief]. The pledge to use actual makeup remover to take off makeup rather than her pillowcase (I howled!) and the mantra at the end blew me away (I’ve actually vlogged about that by the way).
Twitter: @MessandMerlot @rhymingwithwine Facebook: rhyminwithwine
My Little Babog Blogging Tips, The Ultimate Beginner’s, Business and Blogging Guide
Well if that isn’t a do what it says on the tin title, I don’t know what is! It really doesn’t matter how long I blog or how much I think I may already know, I never ever get tired of seeing Bloggy Tips posts and recently wrote one myself (it’s not shameless plugging when it’s on one’s own blog, ahem!). I’m sure there are those who get jaded as they’ve been around on the blog scene for a while but despite going for three years now, I’m still a blog advice junkie. And this post by Kellie fed my habit nicely. I can’t believe I’ve only just looked at her site when I’ve known of this award-winning blogger for a while but hey ho, life. Anyway I thoroughly recommend you read this, especially if you’ve not been blogging for long as I’m sure you will come across something you didn’t know or knew but had forgotten/not got round to putting into practice. Let’s face it; there is just so ruddy much to remember on the blog. Mental note to self: send Kellie a thank you card for the line about StumbleUpon. What she said!
Twitter: @MyLittleBabog Facebook: mylittlebabog
OMG It’s a Girl Why Did you Leave Me
This is the blog post that broke me. A post that will stay with me long after others have faded. I’ve actually just welled up again typing that. Written by one of my most supportive blog mates Alan, (he reads almost everything I write, never hesitates to share my posts and knows flattery works on me…I adore him!), it just made my heart ache. And ache. It’s an account of him finally meeting his birth mother again many years after she walked out of his life as well as the effect that her departure has had on him throughout his life and on his own parenting. I pretty much read it with my heart barely daring to beat. You may feel like avoiding it if you’ve run out of kleenex. To which I say, just go get the toilet paper instead…because deeply sad as this is, it is well WELL worth a read.
Twitter: @omgitsagirl Facebook: OMG It”s a Girl
Life Love and Dirty Dishes Push Present: Hell Yes
A quality offering from Claire. Again. Mind you that’s almost as pointless as saying the roads in central London get busy. Claire doesn’t know how to not do quality. So who better than Claire to talk about Push presents (no I’d never heard of them until Claire’s post but that’s not saying much because I’m always the last to know anything!). Honestly, she already had me with her description of that classy fella Kanye *sarcasm* and the bit: ‘may be a bit much before lunch’. The part that really made me laugh, however, was her mini rant explaining in no uncertain terms why pregnancy and birth are not a joint effort.
Twitter: @lifeloveanddd Facebook: Life Love and Dirty Dishes
Motherhood the Real Deal
The second time in this edition of #BlogStars where I struggled over which post to choose. There are two by my blogging bestie Talya that have stood out for me recently which show why she is just so flipping good at what she does because they are totally different:
10 Things Parents Hate about the School Run
I read this partly laughing my head off, partly going “Oh my God what? Parents actually do that?!!” (and I’m a parent myself ha ha) and partly thanking my lucky stars I don’t endure many of the points mentioned in this post. Talya just cracks me up; I can actually imagine her turning up at the gates, suddenly remembering an item that was due, being glared at by some self-righteous smart arse of a parent and just coolly pulling on her shades and hiding behind her oversized coffee and letting it wash over her! The bit about someone discovering the toddler alone and eating leaves. Ha ha!
I’m Stopping at One Child But Sometimes It Hurts
Now I have to say, I’ve not read many posts by my blog wife that are as revealing and personal as this. I tend to see her list posts (such as the one I just mentioned before) that are hilarious or her blog tips or perspectives on parenting. This gorgeous heart wrenching post about her decision to have no more kids was an eye opener for me and in my opinion, a rare insight into the woman/mother herself. That last line…I won’t spoil it for you but it’s breathtaking. Do yourself a favour and read this.
Twitter: @motherhoodreal Facebook: Motherhood the Real Deal
Mouse, Moo and Me Too So What’s Wrong with Your Husband
Yes I admit, I clicked. This probably speaks volumes about my character and suggests I have a voyeuristic nature (to my surprise) but I’m sure Samantha is not unhappy that I clicked because we bloggers want to get read don’t we? What awaited me was a surprising, bitter sweet, gently funny (semi informative too!) but somewhat sad post about Samantha’s husband. It really is worth a read for all these qualities and the overriding message which I won’t reveal here. (She’s just lovely too.)
Twitter: @MouseMoo_MeToo Facebook: @Mouse, Moo and Me Too
Not an Effing Fairytale Blog Mummy Princess Goes to F***ing Primark
“And the brave blogger award goes to…” Er, not me. Because I’m a total chicken and I put asterisks in ‘that’ word in the post title. I don’t type the F-bomb on my blog because despite having a truly hideous potty mouth in RL (and I mean hideous), I just can’t bring myself to do it on the blog. Terry-Ann swears a teeny bit on her blog. Not much actually. In fact, hardly at all. Seriously, go see for yourself. She’s ridiculously funny and hands down one of my top
three blog discoveries of the last few months Poor thing almost died in Primark by the way. Tis a tough life. You know…when you look nothing like Princess Kate, you have two spirited children and a lazy husband. That’s just made me want to swear…
Our Rach 10 Things NOT To Say to a New or Expectant Parent
Remember what I said earlier about generally sidestepping past breastfeeding posts? Not sure how to say this without digging an even deeper grave for myself but I almost didn’t click on this for the same reason. No disrespect to the talented fun Rach but when you’ve got kids as old as mine, most parenting topics have passed before your blogger eyes. That sounds so jaded doesn’t it? Anyway, the main thing is I did click on it and boy am I glad I did…because I ended up reading it three times. The bit about banking sleep made me chuckle and by the time I got to ‘naff off and worry about your own tits’ I was on the flipping floor. Even her ‘follow me’ Twitter thing on her blog is hilarious! She’s such good value this lass. Always.
R is for Hoppit The Pig in the Wig
Like a few others on here, I’ve featured this blogger before and there is just no way I can publish this edition of #BlogStars without featuring her standout parody/poem about the ‘man of the moment’ Donald Twunt. I’ve used the phrase ‘this is genius’ before and I don’t like over using phrases and diluting their meaning. But this blogger is just ridiculously clever (and I felt like writing a letter of complaint when she didn’t get through to the last five at the Brilliance in Blogging awards this year). So go read this. Then come tell me you don’t think this post/she is genius. I’m not a gambling woman but I’m willing to bet money you can’t. Hilarious and yet depressing at the same time, it is…genius.
Single Mummy Speaks Am I Just a Blogging Failure?
I had the pleasure of meeting this young lady at #BML16 earlier this year. I think I may have stunned her with a hug if I recall. She happens to be one of my favourite bloggers. Her writing is just brilliant and I never fail to come away from reading her material nodding my head in agreement or thinking ‘wow how does she write like that?!’ She also happens to be a blogger who has quite openly pondered what blogging is all about and has talked about that dreaded blog demon: angst. And voilà, this post. Once again, she hits the ball out of the park and I can’t help find it ironic (sad?) that someone so talented with such a knack for the right turn of phrase at exactly the right moment, questions her blogging abilities. There again, blogging does that to us all! To be honest, the title of this post shows that Min is actually very savvy.
This Mum’s Life How Not to Do a Spin Class
Ah Lucy Luuuuuuucy. If anyone can write a hilarious list of Do’s and Don’ts, it’s you! There again, I’d read anything by this blogger including her shopping list. This had me howling doing my linky reading on a Monday morning (you know while I was in my dry, fresh-smelling running gear…which I then got out of hours later without actually having run, ooooops). My faves were #1, #13 and #14 or more accurately #WhatAmISayingTheWholeThingIsFunny PS please consider publishing your grocery shopping list because it actually would be funny.
Twitter: @ThisMumsLife Facebook: @This Mum’s Life
The Unsung Mum Why Mothers are All Child Abusing Knobs
Well I considered just leaving my commentary on this post at: Oh. Ma. Laad. That. Is. Well. Funny. But this is clearly a bit meagre compared to the write up everyone else gets. Thing is this post is so good – and let’s face it the title alone is enough to make you click and if it isn’t HUH???- that all I really need to say is: it’s a brilliant take on a topic I see written about a lot when it comes to motherhood and the blogger cleverly avoids using the obvious title she could have chosen. Someone please give this woman a medal because I can’t think of a better way to end this edition of the #BlogStars. Ballsy, well written and funny. What more do we need to end with?! Go stalk (her words) Laura forthwith with great haste etc on
Twitter: @TheUnsungMum Facebook: @the Unsung Mum
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