I signed up to host this Carnival a year ago, when I was just an itty-bitty baby Blogger. I didn’t really know what it was, but figured I had plenty of time to work it out!

Well, that year flew past with unbelievable speed, and here I am hosting Mummy’s Little Monkey’s inaugural BMB Blogging Carnival!!! (Although I’m still not entirely sure of what I’m doing, so bear with me…)

I had a great response to my call out for submissions, so please accept my apologies if I couldn’t squeeze your post in this time around – I tried to include a nice wide mix of topics and posts, and it might just be that yours was similar to another, or didn’t quite fit the timescales or the brief. Also, my email address was slightly misspelled on the BMB site (my fault for not double-checking!!) so I may not have received your submission…

You’re all very welcome to pop over to Mummy’s Little Monkey’s weekly Blog-Hop Blow Your Own Blog-Horn and list your blogs there instead (or as well). It starts fresh every Friday, and I’d love to see you there!

So let me start by offering a quick explanation for this week’s theme – The Post I’m Most Proud Of.

As the posts would be coming from January/early Feb, I figured a lot of people were still coming back from their hols/recovering from their Xmas excesses, and might not be blogging as much as usual.

That’s why I opted for a nice, simple theme that everyone could relate to. It’s nice and open for interpretation – perhaps it’s the post you enjoyed writing the most, or the one that got the biggest reaction from readers, or even the one that was the hardest for you to write.

Anyway, enough from me – allow me to introduce this week’s fantastic Carnival entries:

The lovely Heather @ Young and Younger talks openly about her feelings of grief after losing her brand new iPhone4 to the bottom of her loo bowl

Liz from Living with Kids gives us a recap of her all favourite moments from 2010 – including a fantastic Bloggers’ trip to Florida that was almost scuppered by last year’s pesky volcanic eruption.

Victoria from She Was Not At All Domestic could be talking for many of us when she writes about the isolation of motherhood in It’s Lonely Being a Mum.

Pippa amazes us with her forward planning in a post outlining how she plans to occupy her little ‘uns during the February Half Term holiday. Best of all, all her ideas are reasonably priced, and she’s invited us to pinch them!

Emily from Pants with Names recaps a cringeworthy recent family trip to the museum. We’re only laughing because we know exactly how you feel!!

While Anna from Mummy Squared stands up for the ‘Only Children’ of the world, pointing out to all the doubters why it’s not lonely to be the one and only.

Ella from Notes From Home takes us on her poignant photographic journey of motherhood, proving that sometimes you only need a few words to tell a story.

I challenge you to read Marylin’s post on Soft Thistle and not get a little tingle down your spine. She reminds us that, despite all the challenges, motherhood can bring the greatest rewards.

Mums are their own worst critics, so I reckon we can all relate to Kelly’s post on A Place of my Own, as she talks about the sometimes unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves as parents.

Meanwhile Michelle from Mummy From the Heart has helped us kick off the New Year on a happy note, with her fantastic new weekly blog-hop Reasons to be Cheerful. 

Over at Bod For Tea prepare to laugh (or cry) as you read about Slip-Sliding out of a Demographic

It’s a new blog name, but the same great posts over at Simply Hayley. She’s talking about how much her local children’s centre has helped her out since the birth of her son, and what we’d lose if Government cutbacks forced any of them to close.

My Mumdom muses about how families have changed over the generations, and how to explain modern life to an inquisitive five-year-old in T’was Different in My Day. 

Donna from Little Lily Pad has shared her insightful look back over 2010 in Things I Have Realised.
Rosie Scribble made me go all mushy and misty-eyed reading about the delightful resolution to recent friction between her, and her 7-year-old daughter.

No more excuses all you gym dodgers. Domestique Goddesque encourages us to Use Your Baby Weight to Lose Your Baby Weight by actually incorporating your child into your at-home exercise routine. 

Carol at New Mummy has already come to terms with the fact that, when the time comes, she is Going to Hell for her sins, so we might as well have a laugh with her first, right?

While Cass from Frugal Family showed how sometimes you just can’t argue with kid logic in Ginger Pants.

Over at It’s a Crazy World Jontybabe is regretting all the grief she gave her mother as her own child hurtles towards her terrible teens. Her daughter’s autism makes this tough transition even much more challenging, but Jontybabe is still in control. Just.

Dieters, look away now! Helen from The Crazy Kitchen helps us prepare for Valentine’s Day next week, with this delish Chocolate Crispy Heart. It’s so simple you can make it with your little one, as her son Jack demonstrates (he also does a great job as an official taste tester).

Meanwhile, Jax gave me real food-for-thought (see what I did there?) with her post Childhood Isn’t A Rehearsal about trusting your children to make the right decisions, and allowing them to grow and learn at their own pace.

If you’re looking for the feel-good factor, Becky introduces a new Baby Budgeting series. Each week Sunday Inspiration will highlight someone, or something, that has inspired her.

Laidback Mum Emma talks about her own experience with baby M in To Breastfeed, Or Not to Breastfeed. Lots of Mummy Bloggers will relate to her struggle with the dreaded mastitis, and the pressures that women can put on themselves.

Helen at Petit Mom reminds us not to be complacent with Road Safety, and asks: Are you putting your little ones in danger, or passing on your bad habits?? 

Finally, Ellen from In a Bun Dance warns us of the ultimate fashion faux pas – are YOU guilty of wearing Woolflaps? 

So peruse, read, comment, and enjoy!!!! I hope you have fun at the Carnival. 

Mummy’s Little Monkey xxx  

PS: The next Carnival kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 15, at Bringing Up Charlie. Please email your posts to: thedotterel (at) googlemail (dot) com


  1. jontybabe - February 8, 2011

    Yay!!!! Thanks for listing my blog! x

  2. Marylin - February 8, 2011

    Thanks for the listing sweety! xx

  3. Liz (LivingwithKids) - February 8, 2011

    Amazing carnival and some great reads – well done you for putting it all together!

  4. Becky Goddard-Hill - February 8, 2011

    Thank you so much for posting my new Sunday inspiraion link. You have done a great jpb here jax

  5. liveotherwise - February 8, 2011

    Fabulous carnival, love the way you’ve introduced each post. Looking forward to sitting down with a cuppa and enjoying properly later.

  6. Liska - February 8, 2011

    I must have been one of those who typed the email address incorrectly.

    Some great posts listed; will certainly be having a read, although I am trying for an early night and got a scary (rtn to work) meeting with work tomorrow… so will read up tomorrow night

  7. New Mummy - February 8, 2011

    Thanks for including me. I know what I’m reading this week!

  8. Mummy's Little Monkey - February 9, 2011

    Thanks to all of you for taking part, and supporting the carnival – made my job very easy and enjoyable with so many great posts to choose from!!!!

  9. Kelly - February 10, 2011

    Thanks for including my post in your carnival. They are hard work to put together I know!

  10. ella - February 12, 2011

    Thanks so much for including me! x

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