Friday, 6 May 2016

Friday Frivolity: Mother's Day

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In honour of Mothering Sunday this weekend - UK readers don't panic: ours was back on March 26th! - our host theme for the week is Mothers.

With that in mind, I'm going to share something with you all - a secret, if you will. I sometimes have a hankering to be a glamorous 1950s housewife. You know the type, with a gleaming kitchen, rosy cheeked children and not a hair out of place. Given that I'm writing this at midday and I still haven't changed out of my pyjamas, I'd say it's not a goal that's about to be achieved any time soon!

Still, luckily for me, Girl magazine ran a special feature to help me in my quest. Girl was the sister paper to the popular boys' comic, Eagle, but didn't have quite the same focus on action, adventure, and feats of derring-do. No, between 1951 and 1964, Girl regaled its readers with school stories, endless tales about nurses, and tips on how to wash up properly.

Mother Tells You How was the life hack column of its day, here are some of my favourites...

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Mother Tells You How To Make Unusual Sandwiches
'I'm so tired of ordinary sandwiches.' Oh, Judy. It's a problem we've all faced, eh?

Mother Tells You How To Lay A Table
These tables look lovely but just imagine all that washing and ironing. Thanks goodness for the wipe clean, all purpose tablecloth!

Mother Tells You How To Feed a Toddler
Mother would be very disappointed to know that I never eat anything without a glass of water to wash it down with.

Mother Tells You How To Make Christmas Gifts
I'm actually all for home made gifts - but I want to know more about Judy's friend, Bob. Who collects cheese labels? Even if they do have a gay book to stick them in. (Tyrosemiophiles, actually...)

Mother Tells You How To Make New Years Resolutions
Let's all try and stick to #7 - 'to help mother all you can and give her a treat occasionally.'

Now on to the link-up! :D

The Hosts:

Host: Jess from Babi a Fi
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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! This week Jess has been writing about how to Grow Your Blog with StumbleUpon and International Women's Day.

Host: Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom
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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things... friendship and connection, laughter, books and music, furbaby love, minimalism, wellness pursuits, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on! Check out her post on the 5 best Trader Joe's products you've never heard of!

Host: Audrey from Munofore
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Audrey is an awesome, eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! This week she's sharing photos of her favourite California native plants.

Host: Lisa from Syncopated Mama
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and wonderfully authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Check out her educational ideas and resources in the latticed learning series!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. :) Swing by HERE to express interest and ask any questions!

Featured Post from Last Week: 
In a fun twist, since we now have four hosts we will also have FOUR FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other three blogs to see if you were featured there! ;)

by About Life and Love.

This is a beautiful post about the importance of names, and why we shouldn't misuse them.

Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to three posts, and old posts are always welcome! There are three rules only:

Party Rules

If you want to let others know about the linky, feel free to grab the badge!

Babi a Fi


  1. Oh my, these are WONDERFUL! "ordinary sandwiches" ha ha ha!

  2. How fun! And I was wondering if you guys had Mother's Day, too, so now I have the answer to my question. :)

    1. Yeah, it's just a bit earlier. I think Father's Day is on the same day though. x

  3. I love the look of the comic strips, so funny. Happy Mother's Day to all you across the pond

  4. Such a great idea for a linky, will have a look and see if any of my posts will work

    1. Would love to see you link up if you get chance :)

  5. The comic nook strips are fab. Happy mothers day

  6. I did panic for awhile and thought that I've forgotten ;) Love the old comic strips. x

    1. I do that every year when I start seeing online stuff for mother's day! :)

  7. Loving the retro style comic strips, so fun! Great to find another link up too.

  8. All that table laying looks like hard work.

    1. I know! Even the one for the 'simple meal' looks pretty fancy to me. :)

  9. Oh yes I remember seeing an issue of Eagles but never Girls, it is an interesting comic although I think our values and customs as parents have changed since then!

    1. Just a little! :) I love the artwork in the old comics, I'd like to get some framed or something. x


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