#EatSleepBlogRT – Week 18

#EatSleepBlogRt is back! Apologies for late comments and tweets this week, I have been very poorly so blogging has not been top of my list…. I will make sure I am on it this week! I will catch up on all owed comments and tweets ASAP, can’t wait to see what you guys have written. In other news Pudding is one on Friday and I have no idea where this year has gone 😳 and Christmas is less than two weeks away. Don’t forget that next week will be the last #EatSleepBlogRT until the New Year.

Pop over to Catie’s page to see her top post. I will be updating my page in a while once I have completed my commenting – I will tweet my Top Post so the person doesn’t miss out on their badge.

Our amazing Top Tweeters this week were @heatherkeets, @buzymumsonia & @lisapomerantz – Grab yourself a badge each ladies you are a Tweeting Stars!

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Get yourselves linked up and rest assured I will be getting to all those comments!

Big Loves
Zoe

Petite Pudding

Linky Rules

      • You can link 2 post – all subjects welcome
      • Linky runs from 8pm Sunday until 8pm Tuesday.
      • Please put our lovely badge on so that we can show off its fabulous design!
      • Comment on the post before yours.
      • Retweet at least 5 posts on twitter using the #EatSleepBlogRT hashtag (including the hosts posts)
      • Hosts will retweet when you link up (if you tag us in your tweet) and when we comment.
      • We will pick one post each week as our featured post
      • A Host will comment on all posts linked up.

Simple right? Lets get out there and set the Twitter world alight with our blog sharing!


#PuddingPoses September Round-Up

Can you believe it is the end of September already? Goodness I don’t know where the time goes! We have had some gorgeous pictures this month for #PuddingPoses. Here are some of my favourites from my own feed:

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Its getting harder and harder to pick each month with so many lovely pictures of your little ones being tagged. I love this from Dear Bear & Beany – we can never leave the park with out at least one stick (which the dog inevitably chews when we get home).

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This from The Parenting Jungle is fabulous. What a scary little tiger! Although I know from experience the joys of face paint are sadly lacking when it comes to bathtime….

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What a fantastic shot from Bringing Up Georgia. Looking gorgeous in her new knitted sweater and really rocking that Autumn vibe.

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My favourite capture this month is from A Mum Track Mind. It has been hard picking just one to showcase from this fantastic Instagram feed as all the pictures are beautiful. But I have chosen this gorgeous close up.

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So that’s it for this month. I hope you continue to tag us using #PuddingPoses and I can’t wait to see what next month brings as we really head into Autumn.

Bloggers Block – Things to Do when your Mojo Mooches off

Argh the last few weeks I have been blogging away, hardly finding the time to get all of my ideas out. But this last week. Oh man its like a huge fog has descended. I have nothing remotely interesting to say. I could tell you all about how Pudding is now crawling – check out Instagram to see the amount of mischief that little lady is getting into. Or I could happily tell you all about Pie’s first week at school. But in all honesty I don’t think my story telling is quite up to scratch and I wouldn’t do either justice. So whats a blogger to do when their mojo mooches off?Image result for lost mojo quotes

Well you may have seen that the last couple of weeks I have been handing out some blogger wisdom. If you are new to blogging or you aren’t a blogger you might not realise all the stuff that goes on in the background to make a blog successful. Unfortunately its not all about writing a piece and pressing the publish button. Hundreds of thousands of blog posts are written every day. Most of which go unnoticed by the vast majority of people. So if you don’t have a new post to write there is loads of stuff you can do to improve your visibility.

Tips to help you get your blog on when your mojo has gone
  • Spruce up your old posts – sort out those old blog posts that you are all but forgotten on your blog. Add some new images, add a pinnable image. Design an infographic to go with the post.  Then launch it like it’s a new shiney post. Tweet it, share it on Facebook and add it to stumble, All the things you would do with a new post, without the actual writing part!
  • Get on to Pinterest – there is some great stuff on Pinterest. Get pinning, researching, make a new board. Spend some time just enjoying other people’s work. You know the more you pin and share on pinterest the more visible your pins will be. You might find that one of your posts starts to get noticed a bit more.
  • Connect with other bloggers – sharing is caring in the blogging community. Put your keyboard down and spend some time reading other people’s material. You might find a new blog you love. You may even find some great content that inspires you to develop a point of view you had previously over looked.
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  • Join some blogging Facebook groups – these are great for sharing your content. Join some threads, rshare some love. Brilliant for post promotion and getting your face known in the wider blogging community.
  • Respond to your comments – I am hands up terrible for this. Wish I could keep on top of the comments on my blog. I have hundreds to respond too. I love reading the comments people have left and I always intend to reply to them. Go spend some time speaking with your audience. Find out what they like about your posts, whether they have posed any questions you want to answer in a follow-up post.
  • Have a play on Canva – this is my biggest time waster. I can spend ages playing about with graphics and ideas. You could design a new logo, or a new badge for a guest series. I often find I make the graphics before I write the blog post. It gives me time to let my mind wander around a subject.
  • Edit your photos and post on Instagram – get your Instagram profile looking beautiful by spending some time tarting up your pictures. Also a good time to go through and dish out lots of hearts and comments. Remember what I said about sharing is caring in blogger land?
  • Learn about some of the other social media platforms – I like to read about what makes the other areas of social media work for bloggers. Set up a Bloglovin account and try to build up a following there (if you work this out let me know!). Get active on Google+ or even LinkedIn. Share your content across new platforms, make new connections.
  • Send out some PR requests (if you like working with brands) – either over Twitter or direct to companies you would like to work with. Draft an email and get it out. Go and grab yourself some opportunities. Join The Blogger Programme and Bloggers Required to see what opportunities they have that you can pitch for.

There you are a few ideas to keep yourself busy when your blog mojo has a vacation. Of course you could just take a blogging holiday completely. A rest from the world of social media and blogging could be just what you need. Forcing yourself to be creative when you have nothing pressing to say is not in the best interest for your blog. Take a step back, relax. All work and no play remember….

#EatSleepBlogRT – Week 6

Welcome back to Week 6 of #EatSleepBlogRT, this was out best week ever with 47 posts! Don’t forget this is the retweet linky so make sure you are sharing all the other fabulous blog posts over Twitter! My lovely co-host is taking a break this week, but I am pleased to say that Rachel from RachelBustin.com has agreed to help me out. Rachel will be commenting and retweeting your posts so don’t forget to tag her when you link up @rachelbustin.

I have now read and commented on all your posts and of course retweeted them, it took me some time this week but there were some great posts. My favourite this week was from  Rach at Our Rach Blogs with he post about the responsibility of journalists. I have to say on my first read through I didn’t really see what the issue is. But after some careful thought I realised that there is a responsibility on all writers to not promote ideas that are potentially dangerous. If you didn’t get to read the post, take a look, its quite thought provoking. Grab yourself a featured badge lovely.

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Our Top Retweeter this week was @myrealfairy with 31 retweets, can anyone steal her retweeting crown??? Please grab the Top Tweeter badge and thank you for your amazing blog sharing!

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This week I am linking up my post about whether mum bloggers are helping to influence womens rights in the 21st century. I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on this. For those who fancy something a bit light hearted, I have also linked up my post laughing at my day of mishaps, who doesn’t love a sticky bum right?!

Right that is enough waffle from me – get linked up and get those retweets going!

Love Zoe


#eatsleepblogrt

Welcome to the #EatSleepBlogRT linky! We know there are loads of linky’s out there so we have designed this one to help drive more traffic to your blog by asking people to retweet posts on Twitter as well as to comment. As hosts we will retweet your blog when you link up and when we comment. So that is 4 retweets already! Sharing is caring so the more retweets you do the better. The person with the most shares on social media will also get a backlink the following week as well as our favourite post.

Linky Rules

    • You can link up to 2 posts – old or new of any subject. Please only link one review/giveaway each week.
    • Linky runs 8pm Sunday – Tuesday 8pm
    • Please put our lovely badge on so that we can show off its fabulous design!
    • Comment on at least two posts (they don’t have to be the hosts post but we always love it when you do!)
    • Both hosts will comment on all the posts linked up by the following week (if we are a bit slow some weeks, bare with us we are busy ladies, we will get there I promise!)
    • Please retweet at least 3 posts on twitter using the #EatSleepBlogRT hashtag (if you don’t use the tag we won’t know who was the most sharing caring person!)
    • Hosts will retweet when you link up and when we comment. We will also retweet if you tag us in the posts you retweet (crikey thats a lot of retweets!)
    • We will pick one post each week as our featured post
    • The person who retweets the most will also get featured with a back link
    • Tag @petite_pudding & @rachelbustin when you link up

So their you have it – simple right? Lets get out there and set the Twitter world alight with our blog sharing!

Petite Pudding

 


Mummy Bloggers; a 21st Century Feminism Movement?

Feminism is a word that I have found on the tip of my tongue recently. I read more stories of women treated unfairly during pregnancy. More reports about the ongoing debate around the gender pay gap. Yet as I look around there is a shift in political power towards women. With Theresa May in the top government seat, Angela Merkel leading the way in Germany and high hopes across the pond that Hillary Clinton will be the first female American President. The status of women is changing. It is a brave new world for women everywhere and we need to stand up and grab it with both hands.

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Never would I have labelled myself a feminist. Certainly not the bra burning images that sprung to mind when I first thought of feminism. But on closer inspection of the true definition of feminism I can state proudly that I am firmly in that camp. Equal opportunities for all, no one gender or race above any other. Unsurprisingly I find many of my blogger friends hold my beliefs.

Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination. – by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010

Blogging has provided an excellent platform for women to share ideas as well as the highs and lows of raising a family. It has given Mum’s everywhere a voice. Advice flows freely, bad days are shared and good days are triumphed. Communities are built online providing support for both personal and professional issues. Letting all mums know they aren’t alone, that whatever they are going through someone has been there. I have received fierce and loyal encouragement from my fellow bloggers.

The rise in ‘mummy bloggers’ has increased dramatically in the last few years. Although not many are well-known outside of their own sphere many are taking on the tough feminist questions and providing new ideas and concepts. Some have developed into business owners and flourished as entrepreneurs. Proving that women can be just as successful as men on a level playing field.

The few headline successes have inspired others to take to a keyboard and add their own voices to the collective. Demanding the attention of the world to look at women’s every day struggles to have children, to raise children, to work and to mother. Highlighting the shortcomings of childcare in supporting mothers to return to work and to help change the perception of stay at home mums. Mummy bloggers everywhere have climbed on their virtual pedestal to shout: ‘Hey its not all roses over here! We need support from the government and employers to achieve our full potential. We need to be recognised for the sterling job we are doing raising the next generation’.

I know that many people are fed up of hearing the same old rhetoric from Mummy Bloggers. Hearing people say that there is a limitation in the content we can write irritates me. Most of us realise that we are never going to be superstar bloggers. That’s not why we do it. We do it to be heard, to know that we can say what we need to. Because no one can change the world overnight. But if enough people can stand up and say this needs changing then eventually it will be.

I would like to think that my daughter has been born into a world where she will believe there is no difference in what men and women can achieve. That she can reach for the stars and they can be hers. Whether she wishes to be an astronaut or a stay at home mum. Anything is achievable for her.

100 years ago no one would have believed that a woman would hold the office of Prime Minister, let alone potentially be President of The United States. Here we are on the cusp of amazing things for women and although Mummy Bloggers may not be leading the charge they are definitely giving it some momentum.

#EatSleepBlogRT Week 5

Welcome back to Week 5 of #EatSleepBlogRT, another great week for posts with 32 link ups in total. Don’t forget this is the retweet linky so make sure you are sharing all the other fabulous blog posts over Twitter!

I did manage to be slightly more organised this week, possibly because Pudding has had a growth spurt so has been taking 2 hour naps! I have now read and commented on all your posts and of course retweeted them. My favourite this week was from Laura at The Butterfly Mother and her great post about the silly ideals we have about how we will raise kids before we actually realise what parenting is like! If you missed this post have a read here. Grab yourself a featured badge lovely.

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Our Top Retweeter this week was @butterflymum83 with 29 retweets, can anyone steal her retweeting crown??? Please grab the Top Tweeter badge and thank you for your amazing blog sharing!

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This week I am linking up the latest in my newbie showcase, featuring a lovely new blogger who is a regular on the linky ‘The Mindful Mummy Mission’. Please have a read and show her some support. I have some more spots opening up in the next couple of weeks so please let me know if you want to join in. You can drop me an email to contact@petitepudding.com. I am also linking up the August Round up for #PuddingPoses, don’t forget to tag us in your September baby photos for a chance to be featured!

Right that is enough waffle from me – get linked up and get those retweets going!

Love Zoe

 


Welcome to the #EatSleepBlogRT linky! We know there are loads of linky’s out there so we have designed this one to help drive more traffic to your blog by asking people to retweet posts on Twitter as well as to comment. As hosts we will retweet your blog when you link up and when we comment. So that is 4 retweets already! Sharing is caring so the more retweets you do the better. The person with the most shares on social media will also get a backlink the following week.

Linky Rules

    • You can link up to 2 posts – old or new of any subject. Please only link one review/giveaway each week.
    • Linky runs 8pm Sunday – Tuesday 8pm
    • Please put our lovely badge on so that we can show off its fabulous design!
    • Comment on at least two posts (they don’t have to be the hosts post but we always love it when you do!)
    • Both hosts will comment on all the posts linked up.
    • Please retweet at least 3 posts on twitter using the #EatSleepBlogRT hashtag (if you don’t use the tag we won’t know who was the most sharing caring person!)
    • We will retweet when you link up and when we comment. We will also retweet if you tag us in the posts you retweet (crikey thats a lot of retweets!)
    • Each week we will pick one post each to feature.
    • The person who retweets the most will also get featured with a back link
    • Tag @petite_pudding & @mrs_rachb when you link up

So their you have it – simple right? Lets get out there and set the Twitter world alight with our blog sharing!

Petite Pudding

 


#EatSleepBlogRT – Week 4

Welcome back to Week 4 of #EatSleepBlogRT, another great week for posts with 27 link ups in total. I was pleased as I worked my way through reading all the posts to see lots of people commenting. Don’t forget your retweets though, remember its all about sharing the love!

I have attempted to be more organised this week and failed miserably! I have now read an commented on all your posts and of course retweeted them. My favourite this week was from  What My Fridge Says, I just loved her story about her little man and his new friend Kirsty. If you missed this post have a read here. Grab yourself a featured badge lovely.

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Our Top Retweeter this week was @teammomlife  again with 16 retweets. Please grab the Top Tweeter badge and thank you for your amazing blog sharing!

Petite Pudding

 

I have had a busy week this with my amazing radio debut on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live! If you haven’t heard my dulcet tones you can check it out here. This week I am linking up the latest in my newbie showcase, featuring a lovely new blogger. Please have a read and show her some support. I have some more spots opening up in the next couple of weeks so please let me know if you want to join in.

Right that is enough waffle from me – get linked up and get those retweets going!

Love Zoe

PS I am working again today and won’t be at my laptop until 8.30ish but I will retweet once I have poured a large glass of vino!

#EatSleepBlogRT

Welcome to the #EatSleepBlogRT linky! We know there are loads of linky’s out there so we have designed this one to help drive more traffic to your blog by asking people to retweet posts on Twitter as well as to comment. As hosts we will retweet your blog when you link up and when we comment. So that is 4 retweets already! Sharing is caring so the more retweets you do the better. The person with the most shares on social media will also get a backlink the following week as well as our favourite post.

Linky Rules

    • You can link up to 2 posts – old or new of any subject. Please only link one review/giveaway each week.
    • Linky runs 8pm Sunday – Tuesday 8pm
    • Please put our lovely badge on so that we can show off its fabulous design!
    • Comment on at least two posts (they don’t have to be the hosts post but we always love it when you do!)
    • Both hosts will comment on all the posts linked up by the following week (if we are a bit slow some weeks, bare with us we are busy ladies, we will get there I promise!)
    • Please retweet at least 3 posts on twitter using the #EatSleepBlogRT hashtag (if you don’t use the tag we won’t know who was the most sharing caring person!)
    • Hosts will retweet when you link up and when we comment. We will also retweet if you tag us in the posts you retweet (crikey that’s a lot of retweets!)
    • We will pick one post each week as our featured post
    • The person who retweets the most will also get featured with a back link
    • Tag @petite_pudding & @mrs_rachb when you link up

So there you have it – simple right? Lets get out there and set the Twitter world alight with our blog sharing!

Petite Pudding


#EatSleepBlogRT Linky – Welcome to Week 1

Week 1 – Introductions

Hey there!

Welcome to our first week of #EatSleepBogRT – we are excited to have you join us for the relaunch of #PuddingLove with our fabulous and permanent co-host Rachel from Life of My Family and Me. Hopefully this linky will be even better with an even more fabulous community.

Please check out the new rules below because we have had a bit of a re-jig. With more and more linkys out there we wanted to make this one a bit different. So although we still ask you to comment on a few posts this linky is more about retweeting and sharing others comments. It still has the essence of #PuddingLove at heart in that it should be a linky you give as much to as you can but if you just need a quick linky one week that is ok too!

For my first #EatSleepBlogRT post I have chosen this weeks Newbie Showcase post from @thesunshinespot. Be great if you can check this out and share it a few times. Nice to help other newbies to get the word out about their hard work!

Right that’s enough from me – get yourself linked up and retweeting!

Zoe x

 


#EatSleepBlogRT

Welcome to the #EatSleepBlogRT linky! We know there are loads of linky’s out there so we have designed this one to help drive more traffic to your blog by asking people to retweet posts on Twitter as well as to comment. As hosts we will retweet your blog when you link up and when we comment. So that is 4 retweets already! Sharing is caring so the more retweets you do the better. The person with the most shares on social media will also get a backlink the following week as well as our favourite post.

Linky Rules

    • You can link up to 2 posts – old or new of any subject. Please only link one review/giveaway each week.
    • Linky runs 8pm Sunday – Tuesday 8pm
    • Please put our lovely badge on so that we can show off its fabulous design!
    • Comment on at least two posts (they don’t have to be the hosts post but we always love it when you do!)
    • Both hosts will comment on all the posts linked up by the following week (if we are a bit slow some weeks, bare with us we are busy ladies, we will get there I promise!)
    • Please retweet at least 3 posts on twitter using the #EatSleepBlogRT hashtag (if you don’t use the tag we won’t know who was the most sharing caring person!)
    • Hosts will retweet when you link up and when we comment. We will also retweet if you tag us in the posts you retweet (crikey thats a lot of retweets!)
    • We will pick one post each week as our featured post
    • The person who retweets the most will also get featured with a back link
    • Tag @petite_pudding & @mrs_rachb when you link up

So their you have it – simple right? Lets get out there and set the Twitter world alight with our blog sharing!

Petite Pudding

 


#PuddingLove Week 13

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#PuddingLove Week 13

Back for Week 13! Not quite such a busy week last week with only 22 posts. Never the less quality trumps quantity. I enjoyed reading each and every one last week and I know Rachel did too.

Any way on with the business end of things. Rachel’s top post last week was from @mousemoo_metoo I can totally see why she picked this hilarious post! If you have a threenager you need to read this! For me this week I have chosen ‘Bath Time: I shall Just Sit Here and Smoke’ by @DiscomBuBulated. This post really tickled me, such a clanger to be dropped by a five year old! Well done ladies – grab yourself a Top Pudding badge.

My post this week is the first in my Newbie Bloggers Showcase! We think Agatha & Mary are very witty and well worth a read. Hope you agree! Would be wonderful if you went over an followed them on Twitter. it can be so hard for new bloggers to get started so we are enjoying running this new series. If you want to get involved then please send me an email to contact@petitepudding.com

I will continue to retweet again when we have commented on your posts and pin them on the Pintrest board. If you don’t follow the board at the moment it would be great if you popped over and found us. Please don’t forget to pop our badge on which you can now find below with all the linky rules. Don’t for get to tweet @petite_pudding when you link up for an extra retweet.

Right enough waffling on from me! Get yourselves linked up and I look forward to reading your posts. If you are a new blogger and need some help then tweet me, I will do my best to guide you!

Love Pudding’s Mum xx



Rules

1. Please put our lovely badge on your post – we don’t mind where you put it, but it took Mummy ages to make it so we would like to see it displayed! You can grab the code below.

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2. Please only link one post, at the moment we are only accepting 40 posts as Mummy and I want to try and read and comment on all of them. Now I am not a fast typer so Mum’s got her work cut out!

3. We ask that you comment on at least one post and share that post on Twitter using #PuddingLove, it doesn’t have to be the Hosts’ post (obviously we would love it if you did). Remember you get what you give so if you comment on lots of posts, hopefully you will get lots of lovely comments back.

4. Posts do not have to be limited to parenting or children, variety is the spice of life, so link up what ever you choose!

5. Finally please share on Twitter using #PuddingLove and @petite_pudding for a retweet

The Link-Up will run from 7pm Sunday to 8pm Wednesday night, so that should give everyone plenty of time to get involved and link up their posts. We will aim to get all post comments done by the following Saturday.

We will announce our #TopPudding on Twitter on Sunday when the link up goes live, if you are chosen feel free to grab the Top Pudding badge below and proudly show it off!

Petite Pudding

#PuddingLove Week 12

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Photo Credit: Beth Botterill via Compfight cc
#PuddingLove Week 12

Wow here we are celebrating our 12th week! The moving of the linky to Sunday has been a roaring success with 33 link ups this week. Some were a bit later on so if you get chance to go back and give the last 4-5 posts some love that would be great. I am pleased to announce that Rachel from Life of My Family and Me has joined us on a fortnightly basis to co-host. She will be here tweeting, sharing and commenting her heart out this week! We are pleased to have her on board to give us a hand as our linky grows. If anyone else is interested in co-hosting on the weeks that Rachel isn’t then please get in touch. The more merrier!

Any way on with the business end – some great posts again for our last link-up and so many to choose from! I really enjoyed @mylittleyarnbaby‘s post on how to make fairy doors, think we will be trying this over the next week. I also found @parentingjungle and her about helping her little man get over the loss of his toy really moving. But the Top Pudding for has to be @drmummykins with her amusing yet highly informative post about boobs and cabbages. A very witty post interspersed with a some brilliant advice. Please grab yourself the Top Pudding badge!

For my post this week I am linking the round up from #PuddingPoses there have been some great posts tagged on our new instagram community. If you want to join in don’t forget to tag you baby photos. Rachel is linking her June round up post.

Rachel and I will continue to retweet again when we have commented on your posts and pin them on the Pintrest board. If you don’t follow the board at the moment it would be great if you popped over and found us. Please don’t forget to pop our badge on which you can now find below with all the linky rules. Don’t for get to tweet @petite_pudding and @mrs_rachb when you link up for an extra retweet.

Right enough waffling on from me! Get yourselves linked up and I look forward to reading your posts.

Love Pudding’s Mum xx

 


Rules

1. Please put our lovely badge on your post – we don’t mind where you put it, but it took Mummy ages to make it so we would like to see it displayed! You can grab the code below.

Petite Pudding

2. Please only link one post, at the moment we are only accepting 40 posts as Mummy and I want to try and read and comment on all of them. Now I am not a fast typer so Mum’s got her work cut out!

3. We ask that you comment on at least one post and share that post on Twitter using #PuddingLove, it doesn’t have to be the Hosts’ post (obviously we would love it if you did). Remember you get what you give so if you comment on lots of posts, hopefully you will get lots of lovely comments back.

4. Posts do not have to be limited to parenting or children, variety is the spice of life, so link up what ever you choose!

5. Finally please share on Twitter using #PuddingLove and @petite_pudding for a retweet

The Link-Up will run from 7pm Sunday to 8pm Wednesday night, so that should give everyone plenty of time to get involved and link up their posts. We will aim to get all post comments done by the following Saturday. We will announce our #TopPudding on Twitter on Sunday when the link up goes live, if you are chosen feel free to grab the Top Pudding badge below and proudly show it off!

Petite Pudding