I'm excited to be hosting my first Britmums Carnival. I decided not to set a theme but called for you all to send in some of your best posts from the last month. And you did not disappoint.
Roz talks about trying to move into a new home in her post Jobsworth, Jobsworth, it's more than me jobsworth. I'm sure we can all relate to something similar!
Over on Crystal Jigsaw, Kathryn makes an excellent point in her post; my blog, my rules. Here, here!
Kel's post confirms that the world is going totally mad when it comes to Health and Safety. I've encountered this situation before and it really isolates those parents who want to spend time doing something fun with their children.
This post from Angie really got me to thinking and I'm sure it will get a lot of opinions. Her post entitled Wrong talks about her daughter getting a tattoo and why Angie consented to her getting it even though she is under 18.
Liveotherwise is pondering feminism. This post had me thinking and I'm sure it will get others thinking too, especially those who are parents to boys.
This is a post that I'm sure a lot of parents will be able to empathise. Family Four Fun talks about trying to find a school place for her son at a school they all love. Sadly, the schools they like are oversubscribed. School placement is quite a stressful time!
In this post, Mum of 4 Wife of 1 talks about her son's Aspergers Syndrome and other people's opinions on his diagnosis. Sometimes families just want support and not someones tuppence worth.
This post from Actually Mummy really got me thinking. It's an excellent post about putting an end to childhood marriage and supporting International Day of the Girl.
A Baby on Board shares a visit to the Tate Modern in London with a baby twist. Who'd have thought taking a baby to an exhibition would uncover so many wonderful things for a baby to enjoy?
Arts, Crafts and Baking
Red Ted Art shares a fantastic craft idea for making your own wrapping paper. Great idea, especially with Christmas just around the corner. It also looks easy to do and I do love easy crafts.
With plenty of rain on the forecast, Life at the Zoo has shared their recipe for Simple Jam Tarts. These sound super easy to make and look delicious.
In the spirit of Halloween, Muddling Along Mummy has shared her recipe for dairy free Halloween Pumpkin Seed Brittle. A great idea to use up all those scrapped out seeds and the finished result looks like it would go lovely with some ice cream or in a fancy bag as a gift.
Kids Chaos shared some spooky Halloween cupcakes to give us all some inspiration for baking and decorating. The cupcakes do look quite freaky but you know me, I'd never turn down a cupcake.
Stickers, Stars and Smiles shared their story of their daughter's birthday. I've never heard of a pineapple corer either so I thank you for sharing this post and giving me my lesson of the day. And making me laugh too.
This next post really made me laugh. A lot! I loved Coombe Mills post, Well Hello Rambo! Who'd have thought there was such planning involved in the act of lambing?
Nikki really made me laugh with her post "In a Minute" and "For God's Sake" I think we can all relate to this post in one way or another. I'm quite bad for telling my kids, "Just a minute!" I'm sure that will come back to haunt me in a few years!
An incident many of us can relate to I'm sure, is the story from FatMummySlim and getting into a situation with her little girl at the park. I laughed quite hard at this one.
Mummy Alarm talks about her daughter's first doll and the name she has chosen for her doll. Except her Daddy doesn't like the name too much and would rather it was called something else. Go and have a nosey at the name and see whether you agree with Amy or Daddy.
I loved this post from Just a normal Mummy. It's the sort of thing I like to do in my notebook at home but I never get around to blogging them. This post will make you laugh!
Most of us should be thinking about Christmas by now and Wendy's World is no exception. Already her children are browsing the catalogues and circling things. I was giggling along in agreement at some of the points in Wendy's post and I'd quite happily settle for her choice of Christmas present.
Make You Smile
Dorkymum shared her post dedicated to her mum. This is a lovely post! Mums really are the best.
This is such a beautiful post and I had a tear in my eye reading it. Aida is feeling truly blessed to be Harry's Mum and reminded me to forget about the every day things and just enjoy being able to be a Mummy.
Mummy and Boo have invited us all to Boo's baptism. This is such a lovely idea and I can't wait to see all the updates on Boo's special day.
At first this post from Baby Steps had me shaking in my boots and intrigued to find out what was going on. But it made me smile in the end and I'm sure you will too.
Dining In shared a lovely post all about her week with her Grandchildren, a trip to a musical and some lovely dinner.
Hints and Tips
I think we are all looking for ways we can save some pennies and The Diary of a Frugal Family is sharing her top 3 tips for saving money. Can you add to the list?
Are you looking for a new book to read? Maggy shares her own personal review of the book The Time Traveller's Wife. This is a book I tried to get into but it was way to confusing for my poor brain to handle. I watched the film instead. Maggy seems to have enjoyed the book though! Have you read it?
Helen shares her experience with potty training and how it can make some people quite competitive. Potty training is a pretty hard going time for everyone involved but Helen's attitude towards it is quite positive!
Susanna shares some excellent tips to keep your children safe online. The Internet is an amazing tool that we can all use and enjoy but children can be quite naive and these tips are ones that I'll be using when Wee Z and Miss C start using the Internet.
Liz over at The Mum's Blog shares her rather funny and tongue in cheek tips on what not to do on social media including not involving drink and social media. It's a bit like drunk-texting except more world wide!
And there you have it! My first Britmums Carnival. Thank you all for such fantastic posts and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. You can check who is hosting the next Britmums Carnival on the Britmums blog and get your posts in.