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Thursday Photo #149

I sometimes wonder how much it’s right to share as a blogger. How much do people really want to read about what we’ve been up to at the weekend? And more to the point, do they really want to know about the ups and downs of our everyday life?

Trying to be useful

Since about the beginning of the year, I’ve been trying to stick to writing things that people will find useful. I still write about our week on a Thursday, but there’s not much more personal than that. It tends to be days out, travel and reviews of products or places. I also run giveaways for products that I think people would like to win. But am I becoming faceless?

I want my blog to be somewhere to record what we’ve been up to as a family. I want the girls to be able to look back on it and remember the fun things we did together. I want them to be able to read about the difficult times too, because I think as children get older it’s important that they know why we made some of the decisions they might have disagreed with.


What I don’t want to do is overshare the children’s lives or be negative about them. I’ve read some interesting posts lately about oversharing on the internet. And I understand the concerns. I feel that sharing our lives online is just a part of life these days. Whether that’s on a blog or social media, and I’m comfortable with that. But what I won’t do is buy into the ‘my kid’s an arsehole’ school of blogging.

We all go through testing times with our children. It’s part of life. They push the boundaries, we drink wine. They grow up, we all drink wine together and then it’s their turn to have children. Their children push the boundaries, they drink wine. And so the whole sorry circle goes on. But I’d hate for my children to look at my blog in years to come and think that I felt anything negative towards them when they were young.

Our week

I haven’t had the greatest of weeks. I’m not feeling the love for my blog at the moment, and I’m lacking somewhat in motivation for life in general. But I’m sure I’ll soon snap out of it. In the meantime, we had a brilliant weekend visiting friends in the Cotswolds and watching England put up a rather fabulous performance in the rugby.

This was followed by a lazy Sunday, which we all needed. We spent the morning making our Easter Table decoration. Do you like it? On Monday, I had a funeral to go to and Lia had to tag along. As always she behaved brilliantly in the church and I was really proud of her.

Craft for children - an easy Easter table decoration. This is a great craft for kids to get involved with. There are simple bits for them to do such as fixing stickers on, while you can get on with the more complicated bits like glueing and sticking. This craft incorporates nature and allows you to bring a little bit of Spring into your home this Easter.


Our Thursday photo #149

This afternoon, the girls headed outside onto the trampoline while I made tea. We were messing about taking some photos together and I quite liked this one of all three of us.



  1. March 16, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    What a great photo of you all! I think it’s good for us all to reflect on the direction of our blogs from time to time and decide whether it’s still right. I’ve blogged about the kids fighting from time to time, but on the whole I like to stay real and positive. I hope my kids will be happy with what I’ve written when they look back one day. X

  2. msedollyp
    March 17, 2017 / 10:16 am

    love the picture!! I think some people do blog in anger or as therapy for the negative and not always for the best, but not you, ever!

    Hope you find your blog n life mojo soon x

  3. March 17, 2017 / 10:40 am

    That really is a beautiful picture of you all. Hang on in there – I think your blog is fab, and it seems to strike just the right balance between sharing family life, and maintaining some distance. Sorry you’ve had a tough time recently, and that you had a loss. xxx

  4. March 17, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re having a ‘meh’ time with the blog and life at the moment, sometimes it goes like that doesn’t it? I completely understand. I also agree about the oversharing, I used to panic about that a lot on my old blog and I’ve decided this week that I would like to take it off the internet altogether. I want to clean it up and then make it into a book for my children when they’re older. I do think it’s important for them to see that life isn’t always rosy and that being a parent is actually bloody hard work! Otherwise they might get a shock when it’s their turn. Hoping you’re feeling more positive in the weeks to come. I love reading about real life – those are the posts I enjoy. But then again I’m a nosey so and so 😉 xx

  5. March 17, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I love that picture! Sorry to hear you are falling out love of with your blog a bit, I totally get this. I’ve been the same since Christmas and have been up and down with it. Hopefully you will snap out of it soon and you know I love reading your blog. I try to get a balance on what I share about the girls, generally I share the good stuff, but I will be honest when they are being pickles. But nothing that will embarrass them hopefully x

  6. March 18, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I think, and it’s just my random opinion after writing in pretty much the same style for the last 11 years, just be honest and write from the heart. I’m sure I’m accused of oversharing by some but I just write from my heart, bad stuff, good stuff, random stuff.

    As long as you remember to always be true to yourself and not to write anything you wouldn’t be happy talking about publicly then keep doing what you’re doing.

  7. March 18, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I’m currently torn about blogging about a serious teen issue for help and to help others but haven’t as it’s really feels not right on that teen. I hate public Facebook statuses of parents slagging off their teens too. Sounds like enjoying family life is just what you need right now x

  8. March 20, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Hi Nat, blogging about a personal matter has to be well thought out. I do share personal matters, especially when I think it may help others. There have been times and there still are times when I need to know that we are not alone with the issues we face with Gregs and I hope that my posts help someone in a similar position. As my son is older I do ask his permission before publishing.

    I wholeheartedly agree that it’s not nice for children to look back and read about what an arse hole they were or are. That’s not nice, and it’s not something I would do, but maybe other parents need to know that other people’s children aren’t perfect either.

    We all go through that not feeling the love for our blogs, from time to time, it’s natural and not the end. We put so much into blogging that sometimes it sucks the life out of us. You know that you will find your mojo again, both for blogging and for life in general, so hang in there. Your weekend sounds like it was the perfect medicine. You may even have to have a couple more doses! I have found so much more energy and general jolliness since the weather has improved, I’m sure you will too.

    Don’t worry about your blog becoming faceless, as I don’t believe it is. Every post you write has a little bit of you shining through!


  9. March 22, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I loooove that photo of you and the girls, such a perfect moment to capture. I think we all have those off days for both blogging and general life, it’s so hard to keep everything hunky dory all the time.
    I hate to get down all the time on the blog, although I do share about times when things aren’t brilliant, but I could never call my children names, they are just being kids, they don’t tend to do things like stay awake all night to annoy us, it’s just what they need. I’m sure I was exactly the same. Hoping spring is helping you feel a bit better, and all the cat fun on Stumbleupon too. 🙂 x

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