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Kindergarten (K)

The Joy of Kindergarten A few years ago we moved to Germany with my hubby’s job.  After being a stay…

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Jokes by a Three-year-old (J)

Jokes by a Three-year-old (J)

Ever wondered what a three-year-old finds funny?  Wonder no more, here are a selection of my monkey’s favourite jokes!

Warning… Not necessarily funny… Unless you are three of course, then it is hilarious!

Jokes - What is Brown and Sticky?  A Car.
Jokes - Why did the chicken cross the road?  Jokes - Why are pirates, pirates?  Because they ARRRRRR....

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I ❤️ these bloggers (I)

I ❤️ these bloggers (I)

So many Bloggers, so little time…

There are many bloggers that I love and follow religiously.  Some of which inspire me.  Some make me laugh  Some make me cry.  Some make me sit up and take notice.

For this post I wanted to share some blogging love, here are a selection of blogs that I love to read:

The Unmumsy Mum

This blog is pretty popular these days, I have followed it for years.

It is a very real account of motherhood, the good the bad and the ugly.  She doesnt gloss over the hard stuff.  She makes me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement.

Favourite posts:

I have just read her book too, which didn’t disappoint.

Jigsaw Parenting

Wow, this blog is incredibly inspiring and definitely fits into the ‘sit up and take notice’  category.  It covers topics that are sometimes hard to digest but important to pay attention to.

Emma says: “Let Me Shock, Amaze But Inspire You”.  This blog will certainly deliver that promise.

The incredibly thing about Emma who runs the blog is that, despite being through so much in her life, she started this blog to help others.  And, she has done just that.

Emma doesn’t stop at just normal blogging, she has guests write for her – sometimes anonymously – runs a Facebook Support Group for mothers and provides information for those that need it.  Inspiring lady that is for sure.

Favourite Blog Posts:

My Random Musings

I very much enjoy reading Debbie’s posts.  She provides some incredibly helpful guides on blogging, which I have found invaluable.  She doesn’t just stick to one niche and that is what I love about her.  Variety is the spice of life after all!

Debbie is also taking part in the #atozchallenge.  Her series of dark fiction posts are a must read.  I think she needs to write a book, if she did I would buy it!

Favourite Posts

She also runs a link-up every Monday for all you bloggers out there: #anythinggoes.

The Anxious Dragon

Tracey at the Anxious Dragon is another inspiring lady, who has been through an incredible amount in her life.  Her blog is a brilliant mix of funny, thought-provoking and inspiring.

Favourite posts

  • I’m (not) a survivor
  • Its Mine (Kids won’t share)
  • 5 things parents never stop doing

She runs a couple of link-ups #abitofeverything and #happydiaries.

And 1 more makes 3

Leah is another incredible writer, she does a wide variety of posts, covering her mental health issues, parenting, health and has also ventured into the scary world of Vlogging!

She started up the Facebook group Bloggers followers/friends which has been a bit of a lifeline for me as a new blogger.

Best post for me by far was her youtube video “what does mental health issues look like”  Inspiring and thought-provoking stuff.

Favourite posts

  • Internet Safety – keep your kids safe online
  • Social Media is not for the faint hearted
  • What does someone with mental health issues look like?

Leah runs a linky #iwouldlikeyouto

Life is Knutts

Gemma is such a witty writer, she makes me laugh daily and it has been known for me to spit out my coffee when reading her posts.

She has pretty much nailed Peppa Pig and how most parents feel about her!

Favourite Posts

Thinking out loud

Sassy at Thinking out loud is a disability blogger.  She is raising awareness and sharing her story about what it is like to live with a disability.

She has recently started a monthly Disability Q & A campaign.  She is raising awareness of the variety of visual impairments and disabilities, that there are in the world

Favourite Posts

Agent Spitback

I really enjoy reading this blog, which is a fictional narrative on all things woman/mother/wife/daughter/friend.  She says her blog is based loosely on events and people everyone talks about on Facebook.

Recently she posted a brilliant post about formulas feeders, which went onto be featured on the Huffington Post.

However, if you are going to check out any of her posts please read Cinder-Frecker!  Just do it, I cant explain it and do it justice!

Favourite Posts

She runs a link up with The Anxious Dragon #abitofeverything.

These are just a few of my favourite blogs at the moment!    There are so many more that I regularly read and it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.  I definitely plan to do another post like this to highlight some other blogs I love ! 

love heart on a beach. My favourite bloggers


HELLP – Do You Know? (H)

HELLP – Do You Know? (H)

When I was pregnant with my twin boys I developed HELLP syndrome.

I have written many posts about my journey.  I didn’t feel like I could do anything but HELLP for the letter H.

For those that are new to my blog, HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening pregnancy complication which usually occurs during the later stages of pregnancy, or sometimes after childbirth.  To find out more about this please see an earlier post.

To follow my journey with HELLP syndrome, please click here.

So far, I have documented right up until the boys’ first few hours.  This is just the start of my journey and the next stage is documenting what happened when I was incredibly ill in hospital.  This chapter will be coming up in May when I have completed the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  This is going to be pretty hard for me to write, but the thing that I always bear in mind is that I walked out of that hospital with two amazing little boys in my arms.  I was lucky.  I have spoken to many people who have not been able to say the same.

In January, I decided to start my Double the Monkey Business blog and I decided to start writing about my journey with HELLP.  Two things have happened since.  First, I have felt like it has been therapy to me, it has really helped me come to terms with everything that has happened.  Second, I have spoken to many other ladies that have also had HELLP syndrome.  As someone who had never heard of this before I was diagnosed with it, it is interesting to speak with others who have been in the same position.  I feel like this syndrome is far more common that I had first realised.

Ultimately, I hope to raise awareness of HELLP syndrome through my blog.  If I help just one person, then it will all be worthwhile.



Guest Series #parentingscoop (G)

Guest Series #parentingscoop (G)

#parentingscoop needs you!

Ever fancied taking part in a Guest Series?

Double the Monkey Business would love to have you on #parentingscoop.

Over the last few months I have been sharing my pregnancy, birth and parenting journey and now I want to hear from you!!  All Mums and Dads are welcome to take part, I would love to hear about your journey into parenthood!  If you have an important story to tell, then all the more reason to get in touch.

If you are interesting in taking part them please email: doublethemonkeybusiness@gmail.com answering the following questions.

  1. Please provide a little bio on you and your family
  2. Tell us about you when you are not in ‘mummy mode’
  3. Tell us about your pregnancy / pregnancies
  4. Where did you give birth? Did you have any complications?
  5. What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?
  6. Do you have any advice for new parents?
  7. What is your favourite thing about being a parent?
  8. What is your funniest parenting story
  9. Please send some pictures to go with the post

I look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to find out about your individual journey.  Every post will link back to your blog and social media accounts.

#parentingscoop guest series