My Best Post of The Year – BritMums Carnival special

Venice-Carnival-1-iStock-540300It’s my turn to host the BritMums carnival and as I was booked in for the 31st December, for those readers who don’t know I edit the mums blog and part of my weekly duties is my column ‘My Best Post of The Week’ where bloggers turn up weekly and add their favourite post from the past week. It’s a great read with many varied posts on there.

Following on from that I themed my carnival and I asked bloggers to choose their Best Post of The Year. Some spectacular reading has come forward so sit back and enjoy this awesome carnival of blog posts from the cream of British blogging.

First up, Susanna Scott and Jen Howze, the founders of BritMums have chosen their favourite posts from 2013.

Susanna writes A Modern Mother, having spent half of her life growing up in America, and the other half in the UK, she reflects on why she feels safer in the UK.

Jen writes at Jenography and in her Returning to Taos post she reminisces over childhood holidays with her parents as she returns with kids in tow.


Michelle Garrett author of The American Resident writes a beautiful post that I so connect with The Little Grief – have you had those thoughts too?

Cat Parrot does a lot of positive thinking over at Yellow Days you’ll find a lot of inspiration, here’s her post Make a Plan not a Resolution, read it and start planning the best ever 2014 today.

Ruth Dawkins aka Dorky Mum reflects on how High School was the best days of our life and reminds us to keep those memories alive.

Kizzy Bass author of The Go To Mum is taking up the Pay it Forward challenge, what do you think? Leave a pair of old trainers for a homeless man or give the children’s old toys to charity to be passed on. I like this idea 

My guess is some of you haven’t come across Jayne yet at Mum’s the Word well you must read, she is not one to hold back when it comes to discussing the important and the non, this post takes on her opinion regarding Feminine Hygiene products (she doesn’t like them, or the companies) and boy does she let loose in her Ranty Friday here. Enjoy it, I love her writing.

Otilia Stocks aka Romanian Mum plays an excellent exercise in her post What I forgot which is really helpful on focusing on the now and here.

Joy aka Pinkoddy shares a VERY informative post on claiming benefits especially when you’re looking after a child who needs them in Trying to do the best for your child which after all is our communal goal right?


Travel and days out

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A huge area of interest amongst bloggers, travel and this is the time of year when we sit back and start to ponder on what to do this year with our family, some of my favourite bloggers share their best travel moments of 2013 – be inspired

Emma Raphael author of A Bavarian Sojourn had the trip of a lifetime when she visited Japan with her family, please read more, her photography is stunning and her words are beautiful. She chose Finding Fuji as her favourite.

Penny Alexander writes the Alexander Residence and was the lucky blogger chosen by Carnival Cruises to be their Fun Family for 2013, here she gives a fabulous account of FAQ about cruising with your family.

Nicola Burke says ‘Here’s the link to my best post of the year. Our crazy adventure of travelling overland on chinese overnight trains after our flight was cancelled due to a super typhoon!  Lots of fun in retrospect… Read more of their travels on Jetlag and Mayhem

Liz Burton author of Me and My Shadow, please check out her thrifty tips and upcycling, the woman is a genius. Here she writes about making the most of days out and making the most of little adventures this is something we can all do.

Jenny Pauline writes over at Mummy Mishaps, another lady who knows her cakes and is a very clever photographer too. She shares her Gruffalo Hunt with us and inspires us all to make a walk with the kids a little bit more exciting

Christine author of A Family Day Out, an excellent resource for ideas on what to do with the family shares a day trip to Herm


My lovely friend Karin Joyce author of Cafe Bebe shares her post A Gluten Free Christmas which is packed with fabulous ideas and recipes for all Gluten Free fans

Helen Jessup Author of The Crazy Kitchen shares with us her recipe for Malteaser Vodka, yep I knew you’d like that one but before you leave her blog, check out her Christmas pudding cheesecake. Phwoarrrr!

Malteaser Vodka - Crazy Kitchen 


Mary Key has written a beautiful post for her lovely blog Keynko I over heard what you said and it’s one that touched my heart and made me reflect, we all make comments about others but maybe it’s time to think before we speak. If that one made you think this one, Mother will make you cry and also remind us to cherish every moment 

Helen Wills author of Actually Mummy passes on some very sage advice to her daughter in Mean Girls helpful to children suffering bullying and to parents who are trying to help.

Health post on reflux in babies and Projectile vomiting, please pass on this vital information by Helen Neale at KiddyCharts


Mums are Amazing

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Mums are Amazing – don’t forget it says Anya Harris author of Older Single Mum with this great post that EVERYONE MUST READ and promise me in 2014 you’ll turn your thoughts into positive thinking.

Kelly Innes shares her experience of a photo shoot which turned her thinking around too. Check out Domestic Goddesque for some great cookie recipes, fabulous crafts with kids and brilliant photography too.

Nikki Thomas aka Stressy Mummy is stressing over ironing and is of the firm belief that Mums shouldn’t iron underpants 

More feel good tips here from Pampered Mummy with 5 beauty tips

Orli writes at Just Breath and says, This is my Positivity is Overrated post, which is my favourite (not that you’re supposed to have favourites right?) 

Vaidehi writes at Rambling through Parenthood and shares a beautiful poem entitled Guilt Tripping through Parenthood, are you guilty too? 
Cass Bailey is giving us some direction for 2014 and sharing her 50 ways to save money from her blog Frugal Family

Tear Jerkers – get your hanky ready

Lots of our bloggers write what their families are going through, Laura Seaton has a child with cancer and has been in and out of hospitals for over a year, she writes a gorgeous poem on her blog Tired Mummy of Two, Alison’s Idol written from the point of view of her younger daughter, it’s incredibly touching.

Sandy Calico also shares a post on Cancer and losing her Best Friend. She writes at Baby Baby but this post was part of the Mammasaurus Real Life Cancer Experience



Michelle Panelle, a fellow twin mum and author of Mummy from the Heart reflects on marriage and her beautiful post reminds us that no one ever said it would be easy, read on and be inspired.

Nell Heshram writes a family blog The Pigeon Pair and Me and by joining in a Link up called Magic Moments she writes a powerful memory that will surely make your heart smile, The Art of Seduction



Are you thinking of writing a blog in the new year? It’s a great way to keep a family diary, meet lots of incredibly inspiring people and cultivate new skills too, IT, photography, cooking, crochet? Anything is possible and bloggers will inspire you to have a go.

Aly Hodge writes a great blog Plus 2.4 you’ll find hundreds of slow cooker recipes and plenty of ingenious craft ideas too, here she shares her first time experience at BritMums Live if you do start blogging then you may want to join in the annual BritMums conference and meet up with bloggers, gain tips from the workshops and meet brands who want to work with you 

Gemma also made the move to self hosted this year and has documented her top tips for any others who want to follow in her Meek can be Geek post.

All of us hope that one day one of our posts will go viral, for Kelly Pietrangeli that’s exactly what happened with her post How to stop shouting at your kids she writes,

Last September I wrote a blog for my new site Project Me for Busy Mothers. The post was called How to Stop Shouting at Your Kids. I posted it on launch day and didn’t get much interest.

However… suddenly last Thursday Dr. Laura Markham of Aha Parenting tweeted a link to it as well as a post on her FB page and BAM!!!! It became a viral hit!! 24,000 hits in 24 hours! Crazy fantastic joyous early Christmas present. Now, a few days later and that figure is over 33,000! It certainly goes down as my best post of 2013.

I guess it serves as one of those inspirational stories every blogger dreams of. A seemingly small gesture by one person ends up having a hugely positive effect on another.


Crafts and fun things

Maggy Woodley, crafter extraordinaire over at Red Ted Art offers a fantastic post to bookmark for future use Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make
Rebecca English another twin mum, writes at Here Comes The Girls and shares an easy and fun craft to do with the kids Ladybug Letters

Humour – you gotta laugh!

Lulastic and the Hippyshake has a fantastic blog with all sorts of information on there but today she shares a brilliant post 8 things that people should never buy second hand  

Gemma is going to make you burst out laughing here as she tells the tale on Hello it’s Gemma of how her son dropped the tag Mummy and moved on to  ….

Helen Neale from Stickers, Stars and Smiles: shares tips on How NOT to prepare for a meeting as she learnt herself the hard way.

School Days

Have you a child who’s about to start school this year? It’s a heart wrenching moment for many mums as they realise their little ones are growing and gaining independence by the day.

Donna at Mummy Central explains her feelings in Real Gone Kid

There’s an awful lot of reading here but I really enjoyed each single post so bookmark it and go have yourself a brilliant read but most of all wishing you a very happy New Year,

May all your dreams come true

Mari x



  1. December 31, 2013 / 8:42 AM

    Wow, what an epic post this is! Must have taken you ages to read through all those! This will be my January reading list (although I have read lots of these, and wholeheartedly agree they are brilliant).
    Thanks so much for including mine

  2. December 31, 2013 / 8:53 AM

    Thank you so much for including me! I can see afternoon passing with lots of blog reading! Happy New Year one and all! x x

  3. December 31, 2013 / 9:23 AM

    Thanks for including me in this great round up of best blogs

  4. December 31, 2013 / 9:45 AM

    What an amazing year it has been and a great selection of reads including some I haven’t yet read. Thank you for including mine

  5. December 31, 2013 / 10:37 AM

    Crikey- that is an epic reading list which should see me through to next year! Thanks for including mine!

  6. December 31, 2013 / 11:48 AM

    Thank you for the mention Mari. Lots of lovely posts to fill my NYE with now. :)

  7. December 31, 2013 / 3:35 PM

    What a year it’s been! Thanks so much for including me! :) xx

  8. December 31, 2013 / 3:41 PM

    So many fantastic reads here! I’ve just scouted through a couple and am looking forward to reading the rest over the next few weeks. Thanks for presenting them all so well – and cheers for including me!

  9. December 31, 2013 / 6:54 PM

    Excellent! Thank you for including me.I’ve bookmarked this for reading on this weekend.

  10. December 31, 2013 / 8:12 PM

    I am looking forward to ploughing my way through these Mari, thank you. What a glorious list and brilliantly put together. Am honoured to be included, not to mention the EVERYONE MUST READ bit! Can’t see that have included your own – do share – would love to know?!

  11. January 1, 2014 / 1:26 AM

    thanks Marianne for hosting and for including me and being so lovely. what a wealth of amazing bloggers and posts here – this will keep me busy for a few days to come. happy new year x x x

  12. January 1, 2014 / 8:48 AM

    Wow what a great selection of posts. I’ve got my reading list sorted for 2014!

    Thanks for including mine

  13. January 1, 2014 / 10:55 PM

    What a spectacular end of year round-up. Thanks Mari. So much variety, just shows us parenting bloggers are not one trick ponies!

    Happy new year, Mich x

  14. January 2, 2014 / 2:56 PM

    Lovely round up Mari, there are some amazing posts on here and some I had missed but i am off to visit.

    Sending health and happiness to you all for 2014 x

  15. January 3, 2014 / 9:18 PM

    wonderful collection of posts – thank you so much for including me, twice!! Going to spend a lovely evening reading these.

  16. January 4, 2014 / 9:14 PM

    wow what a reading list! Best pull my bloggy-socks up and get stuck in! xx

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