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A new week, a new link up!!! I wrote quite an emotional peice this week… Not really a mom fail on my part, but more of a dad fail on my father part. And when I see other men do the same… It makes my blood boil! I do hope you enjoy reading it, I will be hosting this week and I look forward to reading all your posts, over a hot cuppa tea! What’s this linky about? In a sentence, it’s about cutting ourselves some slack as parents. We’ve all been there – that place where we feel we’re not doing our best as mums or dads, that we aren’t giving our 100 percent day in and day out. Where mom-guilt shrouds us every time we bottle-feed instead of breastfeed or give our toddlers chicken nuggets instead of a home-cooked-from-scratch meal. Where we are constantly playing catch-up instead of enjoying our kids. We at the #itsok HQ want to change that. Want parents to feel less guilt and more joy in parenting. The linky is a safe place where you won’t be judged for not being perfect (perfection is relative, anyway), but appreciated for being the best parent YOU can be. For doing the best YOU can. For Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, which leaves you and your children happier! It aims to help, inspire and reassure parents that they are in fact doing just fine, and that #itsok to not be ok sometimes. Righto, now onto this week! I will be hosting this week and will comment on ALL your lovely posts. My co-hosts will comment on a couple each too (so you will all get comments from at least two of us, plus the regular comments). And of course, we will re-tweet your posts and share them on our Facebook page and Pinterest board as well. So much linky love… Featured Blogger from our previous link up is Josie from Me Them and The Others – Why holidays with kids are more work that staying home.   Grab our Featured Blogger Badge! One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid <g class=”gr_ gr_64 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace” id=”64″ data-gr-id=”64″>lightgrey</g>;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Itsok-2018-Featured-Blogger.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML The Rules 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. 1. Add ONE link to the link up below 2. Comment on the host’s post 3. Please comment on the post before yours as well as another of your choice. In terms of linky etiquette this is pretty much the golden rule. Remember the more you give, the more engagement (and bloglove) you get! I will be checking the comments this week, to make sure everyone is getting the comments they need. SO, please don’t forget! 4. The linky will run every Tuesday morning at 7 am until Thursday evening at 11.55 pm. Each of the five hosts will be taking it in turns to host the linky 5. Please add the linky badge to the bottom of your post or display it on your sidebar 6. Follow and tweet us with your post’s link to @MamavilleTales @TheMumConundrum @momof2lgs @twinstantrums @onemessymama4 using the hashtag #itsok and the five of us will retweet you! 7. The hosts will choose their favourite post which will be featured the following week and will also provide a back link to your site. If your post is featured as one of our favourites then you are very welcome to display our lovely ‘#itsok Featured Post’ badge on your sidebar. And here’s our swanky badge, to stick to your post or on your blog’s sidebar. One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/New-ITSOK-Button-.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

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I get that you might not want to be a dad right now, or ever. I understand that it might seem overwhelming. And that you might not love your son’s mother. That this is not the season for you to be a dad. I get it all, and I don’t judge you for it. However. Even though you don’t want to be a part of your son’s life, or that of his mother, I feel it imperative that I speak out. You see, being raised by a single mom, I believe that had my father paid a monthly contribution to my upbringing, I maybe could have been more, achieved more, believed more, and perhaps even dared to dream a little more. I never got to see my mom that much, she hardly ever made my weekly sports matches or attended my school functions, because while I was doing this, being a child, she was sitting behind a desk, working for a company that didn’t give much attention to families, or single moms. She was doing her best to raise her children, pay their school fees, buy their school clothes and trying, trying to get food on the table. There was so much that she missed out on. As a mother I am now able to understand, and respect, the sacrifices she made. So that we could have all that she was able to give. I remember having to be dropped off and picked up at school by other parents, the ones that seemed to have it altogether. I have no memory of my mom kissing me on the cheek as I walked into school. This was because she left home at 6:30 every morning and we were left to get ourselves going. Every afternoon I walked into an empty house, and from a young age I clearly remember washing the breakfast dishes, taking out the garbage, and trying as best I could to clean the house. Just so that she didn’t have to when she walked in every evening, tired, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Trying to perk up and give us a smile. Mustering up the energy to ask how our day was. I remember looking at my friends with envy. Listening to them talk about family holidays and days at the beach. Wondering why I wasn’t good enough, why my dad didn’t love me enough to somehow, even in a small way, contribute to my childhood. Why was it that I couldn’t spend a weekend camping, or a night at a restaurant pigging out on Pizza. I had to embrace “hand-me-downs” (even though I now love these), I never got to buy that dress that sparkled in the mall window. Having to endure going to birthday parties with the same clothes that I wore to every party. Watching the children snicker and the pitiful faces of the parents who knew just how my mom battled. I remember hearing the knock on the door and seeing the lady from church holding packages of food, just so that we could make it through the month. Oh, how far a few extra rands would go. There are probably so many reasons as to why you don’t want to be involved, and I am not questioning you on that. I just know what it feels like to lie in bed at night, crying because I missed a man I didn’t know. A man that had an opportunity to give more of himself but chose not to. I never knew what it was like to sit on my father’s lap, or to look into his eyes and have absolute trust that I was loved beyond measure. That I would be looked after, his priority. I don’t deny that it was probably difficult for him too. I’m past the blame. Now, I just feel pity. Pity for a man that could have experienced so much love, if he had just chosen to be a part of my life. So many moments spent wishing, wondering what it would feel like to not want. I didn’t care if he didn’t love my mom. I just wanted him to love me. I guess what I’m trying to say, not because I have a right to but because I feel compelled to, is that I don’t judge you, you obviously have your reasons. But from a young mom, who was once a child with dreams of being more, of being wanted, I implore you to be the hero that we all know you to be. Be the man that we as a country have watched, cheered for and believed in. Be that to your son, Herschelle, give him more. More than I had, more than so many other children will ever have. Trust me, your son will forever remember the sacrifices you make. This post was originaly published on Parenty

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I wanted to write this post for last years mothers day, but as we all know, life just gets so busy and I put it aside. Now, that I get to experience yet another Mothers Day, I thought it high time I put pen to paper. Yesterday (the 11th of May, 2019), as we celebrated my son’s 2nd birthday, I sat watching my children run around and explore… busy, adventurous and with a zest for life that, I must admit, I wish I had. I sat there thinking about what their lives would have turned out to be; if I had died (I know this sounds depressing, but stay with me). Two year’s ago on the 11th of May I was admitted to hospital ready for the birth of my son. An elective C-section, but that’s another day’s story. Just a few hours later, in what I can honestly say was the best birth experience I had ever had, this gorgeous chubby baby, with a head full of hair, was laid on my chest. I’m always amazed at how your heart just explodes with a love so undeniable when you meet your child. This was our 5th child and I have no doubt that a parent’s heart just enlarges with every birth. We spent 3 days in hospital figuring each other out, and happily waved goodbye to the nurses when we were on our way home. On my first night at home my husband had a meeting, luckily my mother had flown over to the States to help out (we were living in Michigan at the time). She helped me put the 4 older ones to bed, and then I went upstairs to feed the baby. I can’t recall exactly what happened, I do remember putting him down and laying my head back against the headboard. An hour later I woke with a start, I was in a haze, disorientated. Baby still fast asleep I staggered downstairs and told my mom I didn’t feel well. She immediately told me to sit down and went to check on the baby. This is when I messaged my husband and told him that something wasn’t quite right. In minutes he was flying through the front door and whisking me off to the hospital. I remember thinking how foolish this must all look. I’ve just had a baby, I’m probably just tired and overwhelmed. (We were moving back to South  Africa in just 4 short weeks) Nevertheless, I walked into the emergency room and explained what had happened. In the back of my mind I kept thinking about my baby, at home with my mom. What if he woke up? He would need to feed (even though I had expressed), all these thoughts swimming around in my head, whilst the nurse took my blood pressure… And there it was… My BP was 173 / 113 – I had postpartum preeclampsia. In seconds I was being plopped into a wheel chair and being rushed to another medical department. My husband trailing behind. Upstairs I was laid onto a bed, my husband stuck standing in a corner whilst 3 doctors barraged me with questions, poking and prodding away at my already sore body. And that’s when I heard the doctor say. “Ma’am, you’re at risk of having a maternal stroke any minute”. I had no idea what was going on, I hadn’t made the connection between high blood pressure and the possibility of having a stroke. I was dizzy, queasy, living outside of myself for a moment. We were taken to a room where I was asked to strip down, now, you can imagine 4 days postpartum, swollen belly, breasts leaking because I had not had an opportunity to express, mesh underwear needing to be changed, I surely looked a sight! Covered in a green gown I climbed onto the hospital bed. No-one had explained what was about to happen, we just sat there. The doctor came back and informed us that I needed to have a magnesium drip administered. I would be in hospital for 3 days, I would be incredibly weak and I would not be allowed to be alone with my son. It was at this moment that I just broke down in tears (I’d been trying to stay relatively calm all this time). Huge, uncontrollable sobs wracked my body. What the hell was going on? I didn’t have any BP issues when I was pregnant. As they were administering the drip, my body began to burn, there was this heat sensation that ran through me, my body was on fire. The nurse didn’t have a chance to get the catheter in before I urinated all over myself, not a proud moment and I sobbed even harder at my embarrassment. My husband had already left a few moments before this; to fetch our baby boy, pack their bags and prepare my mom (who had to watch the older kids and had no clue what was happening – they would simply wake up the next morning with mom, dad and baby not at home) for the next 3 days. Once back at the hospital, my hubby made sure I got to see our baby boy before anything else happened. But the nurse told him that I was not allowed to hold him without being helped. Because I simply didn’t have the strength, and she was right. I could barely lift my arm to brush my teeth (imagine trying to breastfeed with zero strength). I wasn’t allowed to drink or eat anything for 3 days (bar ice chips). It was a blur of seeing my husband sleeping on a cot, hearing my child cry and not being able to get up, and not seeing my other children for almost a week (having just been in hospital to give birth). In my emotional / drug induced state I didn’t fully understand what was going on. There were moments when I thought I was dying, trying to mentally prepare myself for the fact that I would never see my husband and children gain. I was suffering from extreme migraines (a side effect) and nothing they gave me would offer any relief, it got to the point where I was put on morphine. I’m sure this added to my delusional frame of mind. It was by far one of the most terrifying moments of my life. But 3 days later, I got to go home… again. This moment changed the way I now view Mothers’ Day. It’s not about being told I am special, or being given gifts. For me I am reminded of the fact that I am still a mother, I am alive and I am here, present. That’s my Mothers’ Day gift. The reminder that I am fortunate enough to watch my children grow. This post was originally published on Parenty.

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Imagine the possibility of taking a sneak peak through the looking glass of your little girl’s future… not to see what she might become, what career path she may choose to follow, or who she may choose to love and share life with… but to anticipate some of the struggles and challenges she will face, some of the criticism she will endure, some of the opposition she will confront. Now take that little girl, with all her fanciful dreams and unbridled aspirations, and tell her about these struggles, challenges, criticism and opposition you’ve seen (for these things will surely come!). But what would you want her to leave that conversation with? What would you as a parent tell your little girl at the end of such a conversation? In my opinion, one name: Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I would tell her about this beautiful and strong woman who grew up in a small Limpopo village and dreamed of becoming a soccer star, but discovered along the way that she was a good runner…a great runner! I would tell my little girl To Be Brave like Caster; who dared to challenge the position of the most powerful institution in her chosen world of athletics – the mighty IAAF. She stood her ground. Sure, Caster may have lost her most recent battle in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but she had the courage to face an opposition with much more political clout and financial resource than herself. And she’s still standing! I would tell my little girl To Be True To Herself  like Caster; who knows her identity, and claims it with grace, regardless of what others might tell her. Emerging from the clamouring noise of experts and scientists and lawyers arguing about what she is, Caster speaks with an unquivering voice of who she is. She is woman, beautiful and strong (and perhaps that’s what frightens some the most?). I would tell my little girl To Run Hard And Fast like Caster; who did not allow others to shame her into being a lesser version of herself. The louder the voices began to scream that she shouldn’t run, the faster she ran, and the further those voices fell behind. She has stood bravely at the starting line of every race and given 100 percent of herself. She has held her head high and continued to excel. When opposition comes, as it will, I want my little girls to learn from a woman who has faced opposition with courage and grace, stayed true to herself, and run as hard and fast as she could. Thank you, Caster, for showing my little girls how to face struggle and opposition. This post was originally published on Parenty.

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As parents there are many topics we just never discuss with our children, especially when they’re younger. Perhaps because we think they’re not ready for it, or that they wouldn’t understand it; perhaps because we just don’t have the energy to explain, or to face all the awkward questions that may follow. With the General Elections on May 8th just around the corner, here are 5 reasons why we should talk to our children about voting. We have a voice… One of the most powerful aspects of democracy is that the voice of the people matter – and that it matters because the voice of every person matters. It’s not just about the collective force of the popular voice, it’s about the intrinsic value of every individual voice. Our children should know that their voice matters (if to no one else, then at the very least, to us as their parents). The 2019 “X’sê” slogan captures this sentiment in a simple but beautiful way. Which we are free to use… Despite the relative infancy of democracy (in our case it’s only 25years old) there are many who are not fully aware of just how precious the gift of “freedom to vote” is, or how hard others had to fight so that we might have that freedom. We tend to use our voice, to proclaim opinion or pronounce judgment, in a manner that smacks of entitlement – like we have the right to speak because we’ve always had that right. When we teach our children about how hard some people had to work so that we can all vote together, we help them appreciate more fully that our voices matter (in part) because their grandparents and great-grandparents made sure that this could be true for them. We use our voice because we are free to do so, not because we have the right to. (And with freedom comes responsibility, so read on…) To speak up for others… To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to use our voice with all of its intrinsic value (and potential power to change things for the better) on behalf of those who are forgotten, neglected, marginalized and taken advantage of is a profound and life-giving thing. In the act of voting we have the opportunity to make our mark, to “X’sê”, not only in the name of what would make life better for us, but more especially in the name of what would make life better for the poor and the vulnerable. Our children could learn from our voting, and our conversations with them about voting, that they should use their voice to speak up for friends and classmates and strangers who are being bullied or ignored. That is when their voice is at its most powerful and beautiful. Because life is bigger than ‘self’… The act of casting our vote is about so much more than exercising our right to it; it’s about engaging our civic responsibility towards society at large. The process of voting is one of the many ways in which we commit ourselves to the social project of creating a better future for the country we call home. It calls us to reflect on issues that may not have a direct or immediate bearing on us, but will certainly impact the environment that future generations will face and grow up in. When we talk to our children about what it means to vote, we have the opportunity to help them see a picture of life that is far grander than ‘self’. Critical engagement is crucial… Electioneering and political rhetoric often plays on the emotions of past allegiances. But deep within each one of us there is a measure of awareness that “who we voted for last time”, or “who our parents voted for”, or “whoever appears to represent my culture, race, gender, etc. most closely” are not good enough reasons to vote for them again. We understand that we must engage the issues, ask the hard questions, and make informed choices. When we speak to our children not only about why we vote, but more deliberately about why we’re voting for whomever we’re voting, we are modelling critical thinking for them and showing them how important it is to ask questions. Of all the topics that we avoid discussing with our children, voting should not be one of them. When we talk to our children about why we vote, and why we’re voting for whoever we decide to vote, we teach them an extraordinarily powerful truth… That their voice matters because others worked very hard for it to be so, that they must think carefully about what really matters, and use their voice to speak up for others. This post was originally featured on Parenty.

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A new week, a new link up!!! Thank you to everyone that joined our little group of linkers last week! I have been so busy organising the launch of South Africa’s (Yup that’s where I am from) newest most brutal and honest parenting platform, along with my awesome partner Leigh Tayler of  The Ugly Truth Of Being A Mom. Parenty believes in a world with more than one story of parenthood. And we are here to offer a voice to them all. Parenty is a space for parents to escape to, to find comfort in, to share and listen, to seek and find, to laugh, cry and rage. I won’t be linking up one of my own pieces but actually one of hers. The whole idea of having a “virtual village” where we support each other when things are NOT ok, is exactly what we believe in. Just like the #itsok linky. It’s  a safe space where we encourage each other instead of judging one another Onto the Linky. What’s this linky about? In a sentence, it’s about cutting ourselves some slack as parents. We’ve all been there – that place where we feel we’re not doing our best as mums or dads, that we aren’t giving our 100 percent day in and day out. Where mom-guilt shrouds us every time we bottle-feed instead of breastfeed or give our toddlers chicken nuggets instead of a home-cooked-from-scratch meal. Where we are constantly playing catch-up instead of enjoying our kids. We at the #itsok HQ want to change that. Want parents to feel less guilt and more joy in parenting. The linky is a safe place where you won’t be judged for not being perfect (perfection is relative, anyway), but appreciated for being the best parent YOU can be. For doing the best YOU can. For Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, which leaves you and your children happier! It aims to help, inspire and reassure parents that they are in fact doing just fine, and that #itsok to not be ok sometimes. Let me just say. I LOVE the idea behind this linky. Learning to cut ourselves some slack, in this rollercoaster ride called parenting, is something that I am trying to learn. What if you are not a blogger! Trust me, you will find some very inspiring and NORMAL parents blog posts here, so why not have a read! Righto, now onto this week! I will be hosting this week and will comment on ALL your lovely posts. My co-hosts will comment on a couple each too (so you will all get comments from at least two of us, plus the regular comments). And of course, we will re-tweet your posts and share them on our Facebook page and Pinterest board as well. So much linky love… Featured Blogger from our previous link up is The Mulberry Bush with It’s none of  your business.   Grab our Featured Blogger Badge! One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid <g class=”gr_ gr_64 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace” id=”64″ data-gr-id=”64″>lightgrey</g>;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Itsok-2018-Featured-Blogger.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML The Rules 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. 1. Add ONE link to the link up below 2. Comment on the host’s post 3. Please comment on the post before yours as well as another of your choice. In terms of linky etiquette this is pretty much the golden rule. Remember the more you give, the more engagement (and bloglove) you get! 4. The linky will run every Tuesday morning at 7 am until Thursday evening at 11.55 pm. Each of the five hosts will be taking it in turns to host the linky 5. Please add the linky badge to the bottom of your post or display it on your sidebar 6. Follow and tweet us with your post’s link to @MamavilleTales @TheMumConundrum @momof2lgs @twinstantrums @onemessymama4 using the hashtag #itsok and the five of us will retweet you! 7. The hosts will choose their favourite post which will be featured the following week and will also provide a back link to your site. If your post is featured as one of our favourites then you are very welcome to display our lovely ‘#itsok Featured Post’ badge on your sidebar. And here’s our swanky badge, to stick to your post or on your blog’s sidebar. One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/New-ITSOK-Button-.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

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A new week, a new link up!!! Thank you to everyone that joined our little group of linkers last week! What’s this linky about? In a sentence, it’s about cutting ourselves some slack as parents. We’ve all been there – that place where we feel we’re not doing our best as mums or dads, that we aren’t giving our 100 percent day in and day out. Where mom-guilt shrouds us every time we bottle-feed instead of breastfeed or give our toddlers chicken nuggets instead of a home-cooked-from-scratch meal. Where we are constantly playing catch-up instead of enjoying our kids. We at the #itsok HQ want to change that. Want parents to feel less guilt and more joy in parenting. The linky is a safe place where you won’t be judged for not being perfect (perfection is relative, anyway), but appreciated for being the best parent YOU can be. For doing the best YOU can. For Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, which leaves you and your children happier! It aims to help, inspire and reassure parents that they are in fact doing just fine, and that #itsok to not be ok sometimes. Let me just say. I LOVE the idea behind this linky. Learning to cut ourselves some slack, in this rollercoaster ride called parenting, is something that I am trying to learn. What if you are not a blogger! Trust me, you will find some very inspiring and NORMAL parents blog posts here, so why not have a read! Righto, now onto this week! I will be hosting this week and will comment on ALL your lovely posts. My co-hosts will comment on a couple each too (so you will all get comments from at least two of us, plus the regular comments). And of course, we will re-tweet your posts and share them on our Facebook page and Pinterest board as well. So much linky love… Featured Blogger from our previous link up is Liberty On The Lighter Side – Hidden Perks Of Having A Teenager   Grab our Featured Blogger Badge! One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Itsok-2018-Featured-Blogger.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML The Rules 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. 1. Add ONE link to the link up below 2. Comment on the host’s post 3. Please comment on the post before yours as well as another of your choice. In terms of linky etiquette this is pretty much the golden rule. Remember the more you give, the more engagement (and bloglove) you get! 4. The linky will run every Tuesday morning at 7 am until Thursday evening at 11.55 pm. Each of the five hosts will be taking it in turns to host the linky 5. Please add the linky badge to the bottom of your post or display it on your sidebar 6. Follow and tweet us with your post’s link to @MamavilleTales @TheMumConundrum @momof2lgs @twinstantrums @onemessymama4 using the hashtag #itsok and the five of us will retweet you! 7. The hosts will choose their favourite post which will be featured the following week and will also provide a back link to your site. If your post is featured as one of our favourites then you are very welcome to display our lovely ‘#itsok Featured Post’ badge on your sidebar. And here’s our swanky badge, to stick to your post or on your blog’s sidebar. One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/New-ITSOK-Button-.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

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Think Pink. Be Unstoppable. Sports company PUMA and Barbie are back with an exciting capsule collection to celebrate 60 glorious years of the famed doll.  Bringing to life her love for sports, fashion and style, the collaboration includes a special edition NOVA x BARBIE sneaker pack. Barbie and her signature pink style have ruled over the fashion world since 1959. Today, this 11-inch icon is getting in touch with her street wear side. Introducing the PUMA x BARBIE take on the Nova, inspired by classic ’90’s gear. with retro logos, loud pops of colour, and throwback vibes, it’s a kick that draws from the past- and is ready for a future of empowered Barbie girls.   The collection also extends to on-trend apparel for a complete athletic fashion look. From the sporty PUMA x Barbie XTG Track Jacket with a full zip closure system, Tee in candy pink to sporty legging and short tights, the latest addition to her closet celebrates street wear in true Barbie style. The range will be available from Puma Select Stores, so keep your eyes peeled!

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A new week, a new link up!!! Thanks to everyone that joined our little group of linkers last week! Pop on over to Nicole of Tales from Mamaville to share your posts! What’s this linky about? In a sentence, it’s about cutting ourselves some slack as parents. We’ve all been there – that place where we feel we’re not doing our best as mums or dads, that we aren’t giving our 100 percent day in and day out. Where mom-guilt shrouds us every time we bottle-feed instead of breastfeed or give our toddlers chicken nuggets instead of a home-cooked-from-scratch meal. Where we are constantly playing catch-up instead of enjoying our kids. We at the #itsok HQ want to change that. Want parents to feel less guilt and more joy in parenting. The linky is a safe place where you won’t be judged for not being perfect (perfection is relative, anyway), but appreciated for being the best parent YOU can be. For doing the best YOU can. For Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, which leaves you and your children happier! It aims to help, inspire and reassure parents that they are in fact doing just fine, and that #itsok to not be ok sometimes. Let me just say. I LOVE the idea behind this linky. Learning to cut ourselves some slack, in this rollercoaster ride called parenting, is something that I am trying to learn. What if you are not a blogger! Trust me, you will find some very inspiring and NORMAL parents blog posts here, so why not have a read! Righto, now onto this week! I will be hosting this week and will comment on ALL your lovely posts. My co-hosts will comment on a couple each too (so you will all get comments from at least two of us, plus the regular comments). And of course, we will re-tweet your posts and share them on our Facebook page and Pinterest board as well. So much linky love… Featured Blogger from our previous link up is Ian – From Dad’s Delicious Dinners The Day Bingo Came Round For Tea. Grab our Featured Blogger Badge! One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Itsok-2018-Featured-Blogger.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML The Rules 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. 1. Add ONE link to the link up below 2. Comment on the host’s post 3. Please comment on the post before yours as well as another of your choice. In terms of linky etiquette this is pretty much the golden rule. Remember the more you give, the more engagement (and bloglove) you get! 4. The linky will run every Tuesday morning at 7 am until Thursday evening at 11.55 pm. Each of the five hosts will be taking it in turns to host the linky 5. Please add the linky badge to the bottom of your post or display it on your sidebar 6. Follow and tweet us with your post’s link to @MamavilleTales @TheMumConundrum @momof2lgs @twinstantrums @onemessymama4 using the hashtag #itsok and the five of us will retweet you! 7. The hosts will choose their favourite post which will be featured the following week and will also provide a back link to your site. If your post is featured as one of our favourites then you are very welcome to display our lovely ‘#itsok Featured Post’ badge on your sidebar. And here’s our swanky badge, to stick to your post or on your blog’s sidebar. One Messy Mama <div style=’width:100%;text-align:center;’><span style=’margin:5px;padding:5px;border-radius: 5px;border:1px solid lightgrey;display:inline-block;’><a rel=_nofollow href=’http://www.onemessymama.com’> <img style=’border: 1px solid gray;width:Squarepx;height:Squarepx;’ src=’https://onemessymama.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/New-ITSOK-Button-.jpg’> <p style=’align: center;’>One Messy Mama</p></a></span> Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML Nicole of Tales From Mamaville is hosting this week! You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

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