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This Week #37

The weather is like the government - always in the wrong.
Life This Week

Marianna is so close to walking. She has taken a few steps unaided even! It's just building up her confidence now more than anything, because she's still really reluctant to let go when standing up. Another milestone this week has been saying her name for the first time. It's my fault for choosing such a difficult name - and then not shortening it - but when she does give herself a name it's usually 'baba'. We've been working on each syllable of Marianna and this week we got something approximating 'Ma-yi-ah-ah'. So cute!

In other news, work was pretty quiet. I had planning committee and did level 1 safeguarding children and young people training. We've been out with Marianna quite a bit instead, to the boating lake, town, etc, and I've been working hard on clearing the board on the competition database. Fingers crossed I'll win something.

Photo of the Week

A photo posted by Jessica Powell (@plastigffantastig) on

Suitcase shot for my guest post for The Rare Welshbit - Ten Top Travel Tips.

This Week, I 'ave Been Mostly...

☆ READING: The post that got 'Mommy Bloggers' everywhere talking - Josi Denise's essay on why all parenting blogs suck. They're all boring, fake, money grabbing and lack real engagement. Her own mommy blog gained her nothing... bar the thousands of dollars she raked in each month from sponsored posts and sugarcoated reviews.

My heart bleeds.

I don't know what marks parenting blogs out as especially naff but, unlike some viral flouncers, Josi is going to keep blogging to show us how we should be doing things. Meanwhile I'll continue sharing my boring sucky life with you all - if I've got to live it, the least the rest of the world can do is listen to me complain about it. ;)

☆ WRITING: 10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About LinkedIn. I've been spending lots of time working out LinkedIn so you don't have to.

☆ WATCHING: The Simpsons. It may have been going forever, but it's still good!

☆ LISTENING: Individuality by Area 7.

"Do you really care what other people think about you?
Does it really matter what they do or what they say?
You fought too hard to let them throw it all back in your face,
When their opinion never mattered anyway."

☆ WEARING: Bangles. At least until Marianna appropriated them.

☆ EATING: Chocolate cake.

☆ REVIEWING: Nothing this week.

On the Blog

This week was so disappointing. The Tots100 parent blog chart finally updated - and I dropped 80 places. :( It's not the be all and end all, I know, but it's still not the kind of statistic you want to see.

Still, other posts this week included The Mummy Tag and editorial calendar ideas for June.


  1. Yes, the Josi post really got everyone talking so don't even get me started. I hated to see, eventhough I'm not a mommy blogger the hate getting so much press but that's how the world works. It's so fun when the little ones do something new. #bigpinklink

    1. Yeah, it's always the negative and the controversial which gets the coverage.

  2. Well done Marianna for saying her own name - my niece has a very simple name and yet refuses to say it, though she'll say 'Aurora' happily - go figure! Your post has reminded me I haven't watched The Simpsons in ages - must remedy!

    1. Mostly Marianna will just say the first syllable of a word instead of the whole thing - she's just a bit lazy!

  3. I'm amazed that your little girl can say her name already! Well done to her! Our two have both been particularly late at the whole talking thing. Our youngest is 20 months and only has about 6 real words. Everything else is just "mmuuh" but he has a very articulate pointy finger. I know that he'll catch up eventually, but it's so exciting to hear them talk and be able to communicate with them rather than just transmit to them! Well done little lady! x

    1. Hehe, they do get very good with the pointing! Marianna can say quite a lot, but generally still prefers to point at something and go 'eh-eh-eh' like something off Little Britain. Most of the time I know what she wants, but if it's Rainbow on for the 7000th time I pretend I don't... :D

  4. Yay to Marianna for learning to say her name!! And also for trying to walk-it sounds like she is going great guns! Ok, I was going to say that I read a brilliant post by Slouching Towards Thatcham about why we shouldn't give a hoot about our tots100 position, but... I broke the top 500 this month for the first time, and totally had a little victory dance, so I can't really heed my own advice here...! But your position IS still amazing! I haven't read this post about parent blogs sucking-of course I'll have to check it out now! I love your response to that!! It does annoy me that parent bloggers get such a bad press though. I love these little round ups, and I love your photo of the week-too cool!!

    1. Aw, thank you - they're fun to do, and looking back on them it's amazing to see how much Marianna has grown and changed week to week! Hehe, I know; when I go down I tell myself numbers don't matter at all, when I go up I'm all over them. Hopefully it's just a temporary blip.

      It seems like a big attempt to get lots of attention / traffic mostly, but it still annoyed me to read because her gripes are largely with things she did. Nobody made her, and you certainly can't say all parent blogs are the same.

  5. Well done Marianna on finding your feet, it won't be too long now :-) I love how she says her name, ah the cuteness of little ones is never ending. #CandidCuddles

  6. Love the quote you've chosen it did make me giggle. Great that your little one is finding her feet but be careful once she's on them there's no stopping them. #MarvMondays

    1. I know - she's a complete mischief maker already!

  7. Normally I'd agree with you on the weather quote - living in Ireland 99% of the time it's raining. BUT we in the middle of actual glorious summer weather this week! Long may it last! I'm going to check out your LinkedIn post now. I'm not on that & not sure if it's worth my time or not! Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles x

    1. Hehe, we've had a nice few days here too - it's a strange occurrence! It's worth signing up imo, but there are better networks out there. x

  8. Yay for Marianna, walking and talking this week! Definitely a big week for her ;-) I love your weekly round ups, especially the reading writing this week posts - so useful! Thanks for linking this up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  9. We watch The Simpsons every evening in our house at tea time - it's probably not suitable viewing for a 4 and 1 year old but never mind!! #marvmondays


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