We are back!! Welcome to Week 33 of the #ItsOK Bloggers Linky!
How was your summer? I feel like I’ve missed you guys – you know, in a I’m-not-a-weirdo-honest, kind of way!
Are you all back into a routine now? I’ve had a lovely summer, albeit with absolutely no child-free time since the second week of July, I am CRAVING just a single morning of not being a human climbing frame.
I found myself actually being envious of friends who were dropping their kids off at childcare and going to work for the day. Have a read of this to see what I mean – A stay at home mum’s love/hate relationship with the summer holidays
My eldest started school last week, so that was a little bit emotional. He hasn’t looked back at all, and is loving it. His first morning was made even better by us girls going for a champagne brunch!
And stop the press, yesterday he TRIED SCHOOL DINNERS! I was so unbelievably surprised and proud, I literally could have burst. (If you knew him, you’d see why). And hilariously today he’s come out telling me that he LOVED the dippers he had and that I just HAVE to buy some. I’ve not got the heart to admit that they were Quorn and not chicken nuggets 🙂
Anyway, let’s get down to it. Thanks for joining us again at the #ItsOk Bloggers Linky if you’re one of our regular bloggers. If any of you are newbies – welcome, and if you have no idea what you’re doing, you’re in good company with me. Especially after the whole summer off. I’ve totally forgotten to even write, let alone run a linky.
We’re looking forward to reading your posts, but remember to keep them on-topic. Real life parenting stuff only please. No reviews, no crafts, no non-parenting waffle!
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. Although Kate is currently taking a few weeks off but will be back next week. Woop woop!
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. Just do what you need to do to get through the day – and if that means cracking open the wine during the kids’ teatime at 5pm, then so be it!
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!
Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML
3.) Make sure to comment on the host’s post, the post before yours, and one of your choice. We’ve noticed a lot of people aren’t doing this, and that’s pretty crappy.
4.) The linky will run every Wednesday morning at 7am until Thursday evening at 11.55pm.
Share the #ItsOk linky love
5.) Tweet us (@twinstantrums @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.) Nicole is 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, and we’ll delete anything non-parent related. We’re all about Mum (and Dad) life, warts and all.
Even I can follow these rules, so it can’t be that difficult! (Although getting my bloody badge to work is another thing entirely…) 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!