#BlogCrush – week 11

#BlogCrush

I’m back!

I know I was technically back hosting last week but I scheduled last week’s linky post way in advance so it doesn’t count. I had the best time ever in Italy, what a beautiful country and after 10 days spent with all my in laws I can say I really feel like I had a proper holiday as everyone was more than willing to look after the boys. I hope you all had a wonderful time over Easter and are getting back into the swing of things now the new term has started, I have really struggled getting Leo to play school on time this week.

Before I get on with the linky, I wanted to share a few snaps from our holidays with you all as I haven’t got around to blogging about it yet ..

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Teaching Leo to swim

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Beautiful scenery in Perugia

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Our beautiful villa

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Alex on his first ever holiday

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Alex’s first swim in an outdoor pool – not overly impressed!

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More gorgeous scenery and 2 of my gorgeous boys

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What a view

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We loved the pool

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The Colosseum in Rome, it was pretty amazing

Ok, that is enough with the holiday spam, now on to the linky. If you are new here, #BlogCrush is a linky with a loving twist that I co host with Lucy from Lucy At Home. This linky is like no other as along with linking up one of your own posts you are also asked to link up a post from another blogger too. So, if you are here because someone tweeted you saying you are their #BlogCrush then congratulations, you have obviously written something amazing.

If you are a regular linker, welcome back! I love seeing bloggers returning every week to the linky and sharing so much love by commenting on lots of posts – you all ROCK!

Featured #BlogCrush posts

This week my #BlogCrush is Real Mum Reviews. I could so relate to this post as Alex has been hit hard with a sleep regression, I’m exhausted and I am fed up of being told to just sleep when he is sleeping – 10 reasons why ‘Sleep when baby sleeps’ is a STUPID thing to say

Lucy’s #BlogCrush is Dawn from Rhyming with Wine – Supermum (a paraody of Julia Donaldson’s Superworm)

Congratulations to you featured bloggers, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky – week 11

This week I am linking up my latest post Just another lonely Mum , this was quite a difficult post to write and I wasn’t sure if I was going to publish it. In the end I decided to share it in the hope that another lonely mum might read it and not feel so alone.

Lucy is linking up her post about joining Instagram (make sure to give her a follow!) – Oh Instagram, you have me quaking in my boots.

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It is time to get linking! #BlogCrush is all about sharing the bloggy love, Lucy and I have noticed a few people not following our main rule of adding a post written by another blogger, can you please make sure you do this as it is the whole point of this linky. We don’t like being the blog police but it is not fair to just drop your own link when #BlogCrush is all about sharing content written by others as well as yourself. Also, my badge code doesn’t work sometimes, if you have any problems please massage me and I will try to sort it. THANKS!

Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

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Just another lonely mum

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A couple of months ago I was noticing a lot of talk online and on TV about loneliness and motherhood. Channel Mum launched their #YANA (You Are Not Alone) campaign, Holly and Phil had a chat about it on This Morning and The Duchess of Cambridge has recently spoke about how isolating motherhood can be. I decided not to share my thoughts on this as, to be honest, I didn’t want to upset myself by digging up all those feelings I try to ignore and plastering them here on the internet for the world to see. However, the point of all of these campaigns was to help bring mums together, to show them that feeling lonely is something that happens to so many of us once children arrive and there are lots of us out there looking for a mummy friend to share this crazy ride with. I am one of those people. So, in the spirit of honesty and to hopefully bring comfort to other mums feeling like me, I am going to share my story of loneliness in motherhood, fingers crossed I can make it through typing this post without bursting in to tears. View Post

Could using essential oils help my baby nap better?

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Despite my blog being called Naptime Natter, neither of my children are very good at napping. Leo is 3 and a half now and can be forgiven for not wanting to sleep in the day anymore (not that he loved napping when he was younger anyway) but Alex’s lack of napping is a lot harder to accept. My baby boy is only 6 months old, he should be having 2 reasonably long naps a day but I am lucky if I can get one 20 minute snooze out of him these days. Naps in the house just do not happen unless I feed him to sleep and then I find myself trapped under my sleepy boy for ages, the pile of washing still untouched and the dirty dishes left to stew in the sink. The only way I can guarantee Alex to have a sleep without having him stuck to me is to go for a long pointless drive in the car or to walk him in the pram for longer than the amount of time he will eventually spend asleep. I have tried lots of ways to get my boy to just go for a sleep in his damn cot but no amount of back patting and shushing is working. I have recently read that using essential oils can help your baby to sleep better and I have reached the point now where I will try anything to get Alex to take a decent nap. I am not an expert when it comes to essential oils but, after doing my research, I am going to start using them in Alex’s bedtime and naptime routine (note to self: start naptime routine) to see if what I have read is true. View Post

#BlogCrush – Week 10

#BlogCrush

Hi everyone, happy Friday!

Welcome back to #BlogCrush , the linky with a difference that I co host with the wonderful Lucy from Lucy at Home.

I am writing this post in advance again this week as I only got back from my holiday yesterday (I hope!) and I didn’t think I would feel like blogging as soon as I got home after 10 days in Italy – I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I am looking forward to reading all your posts and to see what you have all been up to over Easter.

Featured #BlogCrush posts

This week I don’t have a featured post as I was away last week, to find out Lucy’s featured post check out her host BC in the linky below.

Congratulations to you featured blogger, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky week 10

This week I am linking up a post from a couple months a go as I have not done any blogging while I have been on holiday. Its an oldie but I am really interested to find out all of your thoughts on this – The pill for men, will it ever exist?
So, it’s time to grab our #BlogCrush badge and get linking!
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Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

 

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#BlogCrush – Week 9

#BlogCrush

Hi everyone, happy Friday!

Welcome back to #BlogCrush , the linky with a difference that I co host with the wonderful Lucy from Lucy at Home.

I am writing this post over a week in advance as I am currently on holiday in Italy! Lucy is hosting on her own this week so please make sure to give her post lots of love as co hosting a linky is hard enough, doing it all alone is going to take a lot of work. Thank you Lucy for keeping #BlogCrush going this week while I am sunning myself (hopefully) and exploring the beautiful cities of Italy.

Featured #BlogCrush posts

My #BlogCrush this week is The Squirmy Popple, I totally agreed with all of this! – Why women deserve better maternity pay

To see Lucy’s featured post check out her host BC in the linky below.

Congratulations ladies, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky week 9

If you are joining us for the first time, hi! #BlogCrush is like no other linky you have joined before, instead of just linking one of your own amazing posts you are also able to link up a post written by another blogger too. So, if you have read something this week that has really struck a chord with you, a post that stood out amongst all the others you have read then Lucy and I would love you to share it with us.
This week I am linking up a simple and fun baking recipe, it is definitely worth a try if you like baking with your little ones – Easy Batman biscuits to bake with the kids .
So, it’s time to grab our #BlogCrush badge and get linking!
Naptime Natter

Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

 

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Easy Batman biscuits to bake with kids

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My boy Leo is obsessed with Batman. OB-SESSED! Whenever he plays little imaginary games I can always hear him chatting away about Batman and The Joker. He asks me to make up stories about Batman fighting all the bad guys and he loves playing with his Batman and other superhero Duplo figures. So, it is not hard to imagine how excited Leo was to go and watch The Lego Batman Movie earlier this year – he loved every second of that film and is already asking when we can buy it on disk (DVD to us grown ups). After our cinema trip to watch Lego Batman I decided to treat Leo to some homemade biscuits, another one of his favourite things, and together we baked these ridiculously easy batman biscuits. If you have a little Batman fan in your life too, I can guarantee these biscuits will go down a treat. View Post

#BlogCrush linky – Week 8

#BlogCrush

Hello Lovely people!

Welcome back to #BlogCrush, the linky that I host with lovely Lucy from Lucy At Home.

If you are joining us for the first time, hello! #BlogCrush is all about sharing the blog love and is the only linky out there where you can link up a post from a blogger you love as well as one of your own. There is a lot of self promotion in the blogging world (it is a must if you want to be heard) but the blogging community is also full of lovely supportive people too. If you have read something amazing this week then Lucy and I want you to share it with us, link it up as your #BlogCrush, give it the attention it deserves and make sure you tweet the blogger so they know how much you enjoyed their work. View Post

#BlogCrush linky – Week 7

#BlogCrush

Hi everyone, happy Friday!

Welcome back to #BlogCrush , the linky with a difference that I co host with the wonderful Lucy from Lucy at Home.

If you are joining us for the first time, hi! #BlogCrush is like no other linky you have joined before, instead of just linking one of your own amazing posts you are also able to link up a post written by another blogger too. So, if you have read something this week that has really struck a chord with you, a post that stood out amongst all the others you have read then Lucy and I would love you to share it with us. Thanks to everyone who joined in last week, I loved reading all your posts, discovering new blogs and finding out who everyone is crushing on.

We have had a pretty relaxed week this week. I had my parents here over the weekend and it was lovely to spend Mother’s Day with my boys but with my own lovely Mum too. I risk sounding like an old woman right now but what has been going on with the weather? Seriously. One day me and Leo were at the park in T shirts and the next we were getting soaked on the play school run. I am looking forward to some proper sun in a couple weeks time when go on our travels to Italy. Hope you have all had a great week and have a lovely weekend planned.

Featured #BlogCrush posts

My #BlogCrush this week is Four Princesses and the Cheese. I loved this post, it is all about the lies and the little threats we tell our kids to try and have an easier life, I could totally relate and actually use quite a lot of the ‘bullshit’ on my three year old – The verbal bags of bullshit that we carry

Lucy’s #BlogCrush this week is Mission: Mindfulness – Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

Congratulations ladies, if you would like you can grab the featured badge below to display on your blog. Also, if any of you noticed one of your posts featured as someone’s #BlogCrush in the last link up, feel free to grab the badge too 🙂

Naptime Natter

#BlogCrush linky week 7

This week I am linking up my latest post on mental health after pregnancy – Am I getting better? and Lucy is linking up Five incredibly useful linky tips for bloggers.
So, it’s time to grab our #BlogCrush badge and get linking! (p.s there were a few problems with the badge last week, please let me or Lucy know if you have a problem and we will try and fix it for you. I am still trying to figure the techy side of this linky business out so please bear with me!)
Naptime Natter

Here are the rules ..
* The linky will run every Friday 6am – Sunday 9pm (UK time) 
* You can link up 2 posts per week – 1 of your own posts and 1 post by a blogger that you love, your #BlogCrush
* Please add BC in the inlinkz form when you add the link for your blog crush post
* Add the #BlogCrush badge to the post you are linking up from your own blog.
* Tweet @naptimenatter and @lucy_at_home on twitter and we will retweet your links
* Also, tweet your #BlogCrush to let them know you have added them to the linky
* Comment on one of my posts and one of Lucy’s posts, 1 personal post and 1 blog crush post – that is a total of 4 comments please. This  linky is all about sharing the blogger love so if you want to comment on more posts too then please go ahead 🙂
* Lucy and I will comment on all the posts and share them all on our Twitter accounts.
* Each host will choose a favourite post and feature it in the next linky post as well as linking it up as their #BlogCrush post in the following week’s linky.
* If you could also follow Lucy and I on social media then we will love you forever. Naptime Natter twitter , Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Lucy At Home twitter , facebook

Happy linking lovelies!

 

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Mental health after pregnancy – Am I getting better?

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It’s been a little while now since I last wrote about my anxiety and post natal depression here on the blog. It’s not that I’ve not wanted to talk about it but I’ve been so busy writing about other stuff and the kids have been keeping me on my toes, finding the time and motivation to talk about my mental health has been difficult. Anyway, since that day I found myself drowning in my sadness and anxiety in December I have been working hard, with the support of my husband, to try and get myself back on track. I’ve been trying everyday to be my happy self again and I think my efforts are starting to pay off.

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5 reasons all busy mums need a pair of Converse

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Ever since my teens I have been obsessed with Converse All Star trainers. I am not sure where this love comes from but it probably has something to do with when I wanted to be a rock star and convinced my parents to buy me a guitar when I was about 12. Obviously dreams of rock star fame faded but my love of converse shoes has continued to grow and now, aged 25, I am a proud owner of three different pairs. My faithful converse have served me well since becoming a Mum and I am totally of the opinion that all busy mums need at least one pair of converse in their life. Here’s why.. View Post

#BlogCrush linky – Week 6

#BlogCrush

Hello Lovely people!

Welcome back to #BlogCrush, the linky that I host with lovely Lucy from Lucy At Home.

If you are joining us for the first time, hello! #BlogCrush is all about sharing the blog love and is the only linky out there where you can link up a post from a blogger you love as well as one of your own. There is a lot of self promotion in the blogging world (it is a must if you want to be heard) but the blogging community is also full of lovely supportive people too. If you have read something amazing this week then Lucy and I want you to share it with us, link it up as your #BlogCrush, give it the attention it deserves and make sure you tweet the blogger so they know how much you enjoyed their work. View Post