12 February 2015

Happy Host of Digital Parents Blog Carnival

I have always loved this quote by Steve Martin -

“Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way.”

I kind of feel it sums up the blogging process.

Some days when you write, the words just flow out of you and you can almost feel the shape of the words in your mouth as you pound them out on the keyboard. Then, when they tumble onto the screen, they have a flavour which is almost visceral and the world is a good and beautiful place.

And then there are the days where an idea or a notion will not be articulated no matter the effort you put in to trying to shape it and the world is bleak and mean.

With that in mind, this month I am hosting the Digital Parents Blog Carnival which is an array of 'Best of' blogs from last month as chosen by the writers themselves.

It's kind of a degustation for the mind - where you get to dip into an assortment of posts and get a taste of what is on offer.

That said, without further fuss or bother - go feast.


Becci's Domestic Bliss           
Tucker Tuesday: Recipe ~ Lemon MeringueCheesecake                        
The perfect accompaniment for Australia Day. Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. So easy and so yummy!                     
Follow Becci on Facebook

Sustaining Community         
When is it OK for kids to walk home alone?                  
Some parents are being investigated for letting their children (aged 10 and 6) to walk a mile home from a park. Has the "stranger danger" message gone too far?            
Follow Graeme on Twitter     

Finding Myself Young  
The reason why I'm determined to leave a footprint on this world.                    
Follow Toni on Facebook 

Gift Grapevine           
What scared you as a kid?               
I share 4 things that scared the bejesus out of me. Can you relate to any of these or am I just a weirdo?!            
Follow Tash on Facebook and Twitter   

Wish U.S Were Here 
U.S Online shopping from Down Under!                
Follow Wish U.S Were here on Facebook 

Where the Wild Things Were         
Conversations with Teenagers                   
How motherhood changes as your child grows up 
Follow Lydia on Twitter      

Adventure, Baby!     
Parenthood comes with a full load of self doubt.  
Follow Christine on Twitter and Facebook             

emhawkerblog          
Did you hear about this new singer, Paul Mac-something or other? Apparently he's some old English guy. Anyway, Kanye has given him a leg up in the music industry. Gotta love that humble megalomaniac.           
Follow Em on Twitter and Facebook 

Food, Glorious Friendly Food  
40 Friendly Food Lunchbox Fillers                  
40 recipes for filling those lunchboxes with REAL food!  All free from wheat, dairy, sugar and additives, and most are nut free too. 
Follow Karen on Twitter and Facebook 
            
Have A Laugh On Me  
Amessage for parents with shy kids              
Being a shy child is very hard and not just on the child.   
Follow Emily on Twitter and Facebook 
      
GoodFoodWeek         
Uncle Phil is a bit of a fixer-upper               
Maybe I've gone a little Frozen mad {or maybe my husband has}. Maybe he is a bit of a fixer-upper or maybe it's true love! 
Follow Shari on Twitter    
   
My Brown Paper Packages 
One Word                
Kicking the year off with a declaration of how I hope my year plays out, followed by 17 posts for January, including everything from recipes, special guests, travel, craft and more! 
Follow Malinda on Twitter and Facebook      

Leonie Percy Blog     
This post is about creating mindful moments in your day and how to practice mindfulness with your kids.       
Follow Leonie on Twitter and Facebook           

Betty and the Beast  
Infestation and Home Sweet Home              
"HOUSE ATTACKED BY NITS. Also we manage to set up our home. Hilarity ensues."                
Follow Matt on Facebook 

Pinky Poinker          
Although most of you are squinting at this in the far distance: BEWARE!         
Follow Michelle on Twitter and Facebook
           
Barbie Bieber and Beyond 
Quick Pass Me A Paper Bag!                  
The moment when you realise that your daughter is all grown up. This being her final year of high school, I reflect and wonder where the time has gone. Wonder if she has the tools to be successful in life and question my own mortality....     
Follow Mandy on Twitter and Facebook 

Calm to Conniption   
TheBreast Offence       
The prep work has started early. I am all about putting my best breast forward when it comes to feeding time for my new bub.            
Follow Karin on Twitter and Facebook 
      
my2morrows 
The Stay-cation                    
Remember when you were a kid and the most vivid summer memories were always about simple fun under the sun with your friends and family. Here's our stay-cation in pictures.      
Follow Shannon on Twitter and Facebook

Dadinating the Countryside 
We went to a sleep school recently, this post is a bit of an intro on what they are, and why dads should go. 
Follow Seamus on Twitter and Facebook
        
Mumma McD Blogs 
Whatthe hell is the Paleo diet anyway?             
A newbies guide to 'going Paleo' - and what I learnt over a month of living Paleo.           
Follow Rachel on Twitter and Facebook 
      
The Urban Ma           
January - My life in pictures in the first month of 2015. From family time and work to places we ate and played in Melbourne, get to know us and our little adventures in life :)   
Follow Jacqui on Twitter and Facebook
                
Kid Magazine 
Olivia'sFirst Birthday Party            
Our spotty dotty first birthday party complete with "Bikkie Bar", gorgeous fresh flowers and lots of colourful decorations.            
Follow Sara on Twitter and Facebook
          
Big Kid Little Kid       
HowTo Survive When Your Child Is In Hospital      
A Survival Guide for Parents who have a child in hospital. Demos K shares insights from his family's own experiences. 
Follow David on Twitter and Facebook
    
Two Little Humans and Me 
Q&A with Steve Worland, creator ofPaper Planes                
A one on one interview with Steve Worland, creator of the great new Aussie flick, Paper Planes
Follow Melissa on Facebook
                 
The Mummy and the Minx   
The School Parent's Creed                       
A creed for parents as we enter the school year. More kind. Less Competition. More Grace. Less Judgement. More good examples for our kids.        
Follow Robyna on Twitter and Facebook

Simplify Create Inspire 
11 tips for surviving summer pregnancy              
Pregnancy during summer can be tough but there are ways to ease the discomfort          
Follow Holly on Twitter and Facebook

Pretty Wee Things    
DIY Vitamin Water               
In the heat of Summer, staying hydrated is important.  instead of reaching for fizzy, processed juice or store bought vitamin water for hydration, try making this DIY vitamin water.      
Follow Krissy on Twitter and Facebook 

Our Parallel Connection   
Making friends at high school                 
Going to high school can be scary and hard to make new friends ... Tips on ways to make friends from a teenagers perspective    
Follow Natalie on Twitter and Facebook

laurentaylorloves       
Book love: January             
Attempting 12 books this year. This month is an audiobook we all listen to in the car. It means I don't have to listen to Frozen on repeat. Win win!     
Follow Lauren on Twitter 
      
A Rear Facing Family            
DearMr. Derek Bavaird of Jan Stewart Prams    
A far better realistic representation of what exactly Extended Rear Facing really is!!          
Follow Therese on Twitter and Facebook

Six Little Hearts      
A Weekend in Melbourne - Adara Collins Review             
Our weekend spent at the beautiful Adara Collins hotel and a guide to some family fun in the heart of Melbourne. Plus a special accommodation offer.        
Follow Jody on Twitter and Facebook 
   
Sweet Words Pretty Pictures   
OOTD Cowgirl Relic Rose              
An outfit post showcasing the beautiful handmade jewellery by Cowgirl Relic Designs. 
Follow Amber on Twitter and Facebook
         
Zamamabakes          
Lamington Ice Cream Slice      
The perfect summer treat that’s quick, simple, icy cool and delicious…… a ‘Lamington Ice Cream Slice’.   
Follow Dannielle on Twitter and Facebook 
    
Melanie Greenhalgh 
FFF......Fitness Fanatic Failure              
I'm a 38 year old woman and I know the ins and outs of weight loss, getting fit and staying healthy and yet I struggle! Read on to find what I've done to try to overcome my aversions to fitness!            
Follow Melanie on Twitter and Facebook
  
A Litte Part of the World  
Creating a boys bedroom             
Transitioning my Son out of a cot into a bed meant changing his room from a nursery to a little boys bedroom. Here are the finished photos of the room and what I used to create the look. 
Follow Jess on Twitter and Facebook
     
Jewelry Making @ CraftGossip       
Jewelry Packagaing For Valentine's Day                   
Great things come in small packages but what if the packaging was great too? Amazingly easy and fun ways to package your Valentin's day gifts.                       
Follow Shellie on Facebook

Ever-changing Life of a Mum         
The school yard journey                
With Miss 5 heading off for her first day at school, I'm wondering where those years have gone. It also brings back memories of my eldest starting school.   
Follow Erika on Twitter and Facebook 
                  
Checks and Spots    
Which Order Should I Apply My Skincare Products In?             
Eye cream before or after moisturiser? When do I put on SPF? And what about a serum? Find out how to apply your skin care products in the right order.          
Follow Clare on Twitter and Facebook
      
The Climbing Tree    
ThingsI've learnt from my first year of videography                
2014 was my first year of Project Life scrapbooking. I learnt heaps, and it's changing the way I'm using the project this year! These are some of my tips.        
Follow Talia on Twitter and Facebook

The Laney Files 
What It's like to have 4 children: Part 2: Why It's Brilliant                     
I wrote this as a part 2 to a post about how having four kids can be 'crazy-making'. It's also pretty great!                
Follow Karina on Facebook


The Mama Minute    
Frombaby to boy        
Mourning the fact my little baby is turning into a little man. 
Follow Joy on Twitter and Facebook



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