Hey there lovely parent bloggers, how’s it going?

Welcome to Week 18 of the #ItsOK Linky.

How’s your week been? Mine was considerably shite, after our home was turned into the House of Sick with the three year old passing on his stomach bug to Twin One who got it BAD!

Twin One lying on wooden floor with stomach bug

But it was finished off with a fab weekend at the wedding of one of my best mates, and I got to be bridesmaid. Fake tan and all!

Fake tan and Twin one

My lovely parents were called in for back-up on both fronts, so I thought it was about time I bigged them up online by writing Six Reasons Grandparents Are Awesome.

Anyway, thank you for joining us again if you’re one of our regular bloggers. If any of you are newbie parent bloggers – welcome, and if you have no idea what you’re doing, you’re in good company with me.

#itsOK linky

Onto the linky! 

My lovely co-hosts are parent bloggers Kate from The Mum Conundrum, Carly from Mom of Two Little Girls, Nicole from Tales from Mamaville, and Jacqui from One Messy Mama.

Nicole hosted the Linky last week and has chosen chose The Desperate Housewife’s post Wanting Your Child’s Life To Be Different. Well done, Tracey! You can grab your badge here.

 

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee


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Hey, ‘It’s okay!’

If you’re a first timer to the linky, find out all about it here. We’re basically saying it’s okay to not be okay sometimes – particularly when it comes to parenting.

Danger nap for the #ItsOK linky postTwin Two liking to eat sand for the linky post

It’s okay to let your three year old have a danger nap so you can get stuff done, even though you know it’ll bugger up bedtime. And it’s okay that your 20 month old twin, who last month developed a taste for gravel, has now decided he likes sand too.

The rules

We’re all pretty relaxed here at #ItsOK, but for the linky to work we have a few rules:

1.) You can add ONE of your posts to the link-up – any post you like, as long as it’s on a real life parenting theme and you haven’t posted it on the #ItsOK linky before.  But as parent bloggers, I’m guessing that’s pretty simple.

2.) Before you add your post to the link-up, make sure you pop the linky badge, using the html below, on your post. It’s not as scary as it looks, honest. Even I managed to do it! Copy the code from this page, then open a new browser tab, go to your site and navigate to the post you want to share on your site. Go into ‘edit page’, change the view (in the top right hand corner of the writing area on WordPress) from ‘visual’ to ‘text’.

Scroll to the bottom of the text, and paste the code in there. If you change your view back to ‘visual’ again you’ll see the linky badge in all it’s glory at the bottom of your post. Ta-dah!!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee


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3.) Make sure to comment on the host’s post, the post before yours, and one of your choice.

4.) The linky will run every Tuesday morning at 7am until Thursday evening at 11.55pm.

Share the love

5.) Tweet us (@twinstantrums @TheMumConundrum @MamavilleTales, @momof2lgs and @onemessymama4) with the URL to your post. Make sure you include the hashtag #ItsOK so that we know you’re one of those lovely parent bloggers types and tweet us your linky post, and not just telling us about your random day… Remember this step – if you don’t tweet us, it’s tricky for us to share.

6.) I’m hosting this week so will comment on all your posts, and they will be retweeted and shared on Facebook. If your post is featured as one of our favourites then you are very welcome to display our lovely ‘#ItsOK Featured Blogger’ badge on your sidebar.

7.) Come and join our lovely Facebook group, and we’ll share your posts on there, as well as on the #ItsOK Facebook page – pop over to like and follow us where we’ll share the best parent blogger posts from each week’s linky too.

8.) Are you on Pinterest? Come on over and follow our #ItsOK board, we’ll share your posts and you can plunder all the super-useful/funny/interesting reads and finds we amass too.

Parent bloggers keeping it real

The #ItsOK linky is all about celebrating real-life parenting. Please link up with posts on this theme ONLY. We’re not too keen on random sponsored posts. We’re all about Mum (and Dad) life, warts and all.

Even I can follow these rules, so it can’t be that difficult! Any problems, just give us a shout.

It’s a great way of finding other blogs to read, and realising somehow or other we’re all in the same boat – and #ItsOK!

Happy linking!

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