Mummykind’s December (and 2019) Top 5

Here it is! The final one of 2019! So as well as just a roundup for this month, we’ve done a roundup for the whole year.

Top 5 Blog Posts in December

Top 9 Blog Posts in 2019

  1. Planning a Moana themed party
  2. Getting your toddler through a cold
  3. Collecting colostrum during pregnancy
  4. Ideas for your paper anniversary
  5. Post-partum haemorrhage
  6. Sarah’s birth story
  7. I refuse to be ashamed about my miscarriage
  8. Recognising the signs of sepsis
  9. How I use my bullet journal to get my parenting shit together

Top 9 Instagram Posts of 2019

And, just because it’s easier and prettier, here are our Top 9 instagram posts of this year!

Personal Top 5s from 2019

As it’s the end of the year and it’s always good to focus on the positive things… here is a personal Top 5 from each of us!

Sarah

  1. Got pupillage!
  2. Managed Christmas alone with Olivia while Jamie is away in the Falklands
  3. Went to New York in April
  4. Got her first car after passing her driving test last year, OH THE FREEDOM!
  5. Went to see Frozen 2 with Olivia… 4 times…

Amy

  1. Went on holiday to New York
  2. Got Mummykind featured on BBC South East Today and inspired lots of mummies across Kent and East Sussex with her story about Postpartum Psychosis
  3. Oliver began interaction therapy for his ASD and is even saying some words now!
  4. Felt more empowered than ever as a single mum
  5. Started learning to drive

Paige

  1. Made an effort to be more present with friends and family, which meant spending less time on her phone or online
  2. Spent a long weekend camping with her church family
  3. Prioritised her mental health, especially avoiding eating disorder triggers
  4. Made more time to plan date nights with her husband!
  5. Finally got answers and diagnoses for lots of medical problems that have long been an issue

Charlie

  1. Had a beautiful baby boy!
  2. Went on holiday to Norway
  3. Got engaged!!
  4. Got promoted at work to a specialist vulnerable women’s worker
  5. Had a mini break at the New Forest

Maria

  1. Had a beautiful baby girl!
  2. Maria’s son started school this year
  3. Received an environmental award
  4. Started a new business – South East Reusables CIC

Harriet

  1. Started an Open University course in Psychology
  2. Got a 1st class mark in her first university assignment!
  3. Went on holiday to France with her family
  4. Celebrated 6 years suicide attempt and self-injury free
  5. Had her first plus size modelling gig

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Preemie Parents – Guilty as charged
  2. Advice from a Twenty Something – 7 ways to take care of you this holiday season
  3. Confessions of an Irish Mammy – When the bin truck comes early
  4. Counting to Ten – Christmas with my family
  5. Mama Castle Writes – Embrace the motherhood

Mummykind’s November Top 5

Wow – November is over already! Where has the year gone? It’s very nearly, dare I say it?, CHRISTMAS! I’m not sure whether we will continue our round up posts next year – what do you all think?

Top 5 Blog Posts

This post from Maria is number 1 this month!

I guess we know what everyone’s kids have been suffering with since the wintery weather came along!

This one from Sarah is still up there in the top 5! I guess it’s still Summer somewhere…

With the release of Frozen 2 we may need to plan a Frozen themed party to suit those winter birthdays!

We’d love to know if anyone has tried this during their pregnancy as recommended by Maria – get in touch!

This post is up at number 3 this month.

We must have had a few readers looking for gift ideas this month! I’m sure that many of these gift ideas for your paper anniversary could also be appropriate as Christmas gifts for your other half!

This one from Sarah is up at number 4 this month.

Last but not least, at number 5 we have Sarah’s birth story making a comeback!

Keep an eye out for Maria’s new birth story post all about baby no.2!

Top 5 Things we did

  1. Sarah took Kiera to see Little Mix at the O2 Arena in London! Coincidentally, Amy also went to see them the day before. Everyone had an amazing time and came away feeling so empowered. #GRLPWR anyone?
  2. Maria applied for funding to expand her nappy library – keep your eyes peeled for more developments!
  3. Harriet & Florence and Charlie, Immy & Leon all went to Little Street together and had a lovely time
  4. Harriet got a 1st in her first university assignment – we’re all so proud of her!
  5. Maria and her husband celebrated 8 years together – CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Tales From Mamaville – The importance of mental health as a mother
  2. Rainbows Are Too Beautiful – An Elf on the Shelf for our autistic kids
  3. Vikalinka – White Christmas Truffle Cake Recipe
  4. Easy Mommy Life – 10 phrases to use when your toddler doesn’t listen
  5. A Moment With Franca – 12 Family Movie Nights Advent Calendar

What have you been up to this month?

Mummykind’s October Top 5

Another late one! Whoops! We are still here (I promise), but all dealing with our lives and their respective complications!

I’ll try and be on time for November’s post!

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. The new Mummykind babies celebrated their first Halloweens!
  2. Paige celebrated her 3rd wedding anniversary
  3. Florence and Harriet stayed at the zoo! Read her review here
  4. Sarah celebrated her 2nd wedding anniversary
  5. Harriet started her degree with the Open Uni! Good luck Harriet, we are all behind you and know you are going to smash this!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Soldier’s Wife Crazy Life – The Independent Dependents
  2. Claire Justine – 17 Tasty Pumpkin Recipes
  3. Morgan’s Milieu – 9 Self Care Activities you can do in 10 Minutes
  4. Rainbows Are Too Beautiful – Autism is like a Courtesy Car
  5. Catholic Mom Journey – My NICU Story

Mummykind’s September Top 5

Sorry this is so late! It’s been a busy month for all of us and we’re all a combination of exhausted, delirious and happy at the same time!

So here it is… our Top 5 from September:

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. Charlie had her baby boy! Welcome to the world Baby Leon. Mummy and Baby are doing very well.
  2. Imogen not only became a big sister but also had her birthday this month! Lots of celebrations for Charlie and family.
  3. Amy had her tonsillectomy, and unfortunately managed to get an infection! She’s feeling much better now. Speaking of infections, Harriet and Paige also suffered a bit this month! They both had 2 kidney infections but are on the mend.
  4. Maria’s little boy started Reception in school (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!) He has settled in really well and his favourite lesson is Maths.
  5. Maria’s baby girl has been diagnosed with CMPA like her big brother. Maria has had to change her diet to carry on breastfeeding but it’s going well and the little one is so happy she did her first smiles!

Top 5 Photos this month

Maria’s little man in his awesome school uniform!
Sarah went on a trip to Hull to visit her grandparents with Olivia – here they are all smiling and happy at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!
Olivia and her friends at playgroup doing each other’s hair
Maria’s smiley baby girl!
Charlie and her new bundle of joy! Photo taken by new big sister, Immy!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Rainbows Are Too Beautiful – How Autism is Like a Courtesy Car
  2. Morgan’s Milieu – How to Play with Your Kids When You Don’t Like to Play
  3. This Glorious Life – Screen-Free Ideas to Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained
  4. The Desperate Housewife – Why I am the Mum who Wears Make-Up Every Day
  5. Confessions of an Irish Mammy – The 10 Stages of a Hangover with Kids

Mummykind’s July Top 5

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Wow, just typing July feels weird! And now we’re at the end of it and swinging straight into AUGUST!!! Here’s what we’ve been up to this month…

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. We launched our Wonderful Women Wednesday feature!
  2. Our interview with the BBC aired! You can check it out on BBC South East’s facebook/ twitter pages here
  3. Sarah and family have made the decision to adopt a cat! Stay tuned for awesome furry photos (@Sarah_mummykind on instagram!)
  4. Maria became officially MORE PREGNANT THAN SHE HAS EVER BEEN BEFORE! Due date is very soon and we are all so excited to welcome her little baby girl into the world!
  5. We passed 300 followers on instagram! And since then it’s kept climbing… We are so excited and want to thank everyone. If you don’t follow us already, you can find our instagram account here!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Imagine Forest – Look for inspiration in your kids’ creative writing
  2. Isablog UK – 8 months and we’re still not pregnant
  3. Young Mummy Survival Guide – Weaning Preparation
  4. Kate on Thin Ice – Tackling the Isolation of Infertility
  5. One Frazzled Mum – I Have Fibromyalgia

What have you been up to this month?

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Mummykind’s June Top 5!

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Top 5 Blog Posts

Sarah‘s post with tips on planning a Moana themed party is still top of this month’s roundup!

Up in second place is Maria‘s newest post all about how she is harvesting her colostrum at 35 weeks‘ pregnant, ready for baby number 2!

Our third best-performing post this month is Maria’s timeless tips on how to get your toddler through a cold – probably due to the high pollen count causing so much hayfever at the moment!

Next in fourth place is Amy‘s honest post about her fertility journey, a sequel to her post on having an ovary removed at 21 years old.

Last but not least, our fifth top post this month is a new one from Sarah about why she chose a common baby name for Olivia!

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. So, OBVIOUSLY, top of this list is our interview with the BBC! We are expecting to be live on TV this Wednesday (3 July) so keep your eye out on BBC South East for our lovely faces πŸ™‚
  2. Sarah turned 24, and is very upset about it!
  3. Our facebook page reached 600 likes! If you haven’t yet liked our social media pages please check out the links on our contact us page and give us some love
  4. Maria’s little boy has been making really good progress with his swimming lessons! Well done little monkey, show that pool noodle how it’s done!
  5. Paige‘s little girl has mastered 35 words and signs in makaton, and she’s only 17 months old!

Top 5 Photos this month

Our new logo for our brand new feature which will be going live next Wednesday! Get in touch if you have any nominations
Behind the scenes pictures of 3 of the beautiful Mummykind girlies from our day filming with the BBC!
Florence and Imogen having a great time on the see-saw at our mummies meet up!
Charlie absolutely glowing at 28 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 (and somehow negotiating 2 swings at once?! She’s already a pro!)
Little Oliver in his summer outfit making the most of the sunshine and playtime!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. The Little Giggles – Beginners Guide to Cloth Diapering
  2. It’s a Tink Thing – Painting with Paw Patrol
  3. This is Where it is at – How to Enjoy the Sun Safely
  4. Kate on Thin Ice – Supporting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes
  5. AutisMum – An Introduction (this is a new blog which we are very excited to see content from in the future!)

What’s been happening for you this month? Let us know in the comments!

Mummykind’s May Top 5!

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May has been such a busy month, and it has absolutely flown by (the whole year seems to have gone really quickly, to be honest!)

We are very nearly half way through 2019……HOW?! I hope 2019 is going well for you all so far!

Top 5 Blog Posts

In first place again we have Sarah’s Moana themed party inspiration! Worth re-visiting in time for Summer if you’re planning a Disney party for your children (and stay tuned for the next instalment of this being published in the coming weeks!!!)

In second place throughout May, this SHOCKING anecdote from Paige about what someone thought was acceptable to say to her while she enjoyed a lunch with her family…

Up next in third place is Maria’s post on getting toddlers through a nasty cold! It seems that lots of little ones have been under the weather recently 😦

In fourth place, Maria’s review of Chaffree Knickerboxers! This is the first review of these undergarments by a pregnant woman!

Last but not least, Sarah’s post about moving Olivia from a childminder to a nursery is in 5th place this month…

Top 5 Facebook Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. We had 2 Mummykind birthdays this month! Olivia turned 3 and Maria turned 25!
  2. We hit 200 blogposts that have been published on our site since we launched in July 2017 (that’s a lot of writing) – thank you all so much for supporting us in that time.
  3. Oliver has been learning makaton and is doing really well using his signs and learning new ones!
  4. Olivia and Maria’s little boy both came out with chickenpox! The poor babies are doing very well, though Olivia is probably going to have a few scars for a little while.
  5. Sarah has won a ‘Best Blog’ award courtesy of Army and You magazine! You can read her article that was featured in the magazine here.

Top 5 Photos this month

Harriet’s lovely picture of her daughter Florence with her Uncle Dominic on holiday in France!
Harriet and Florence enjoying their holiday abroad in France!
Florence and Paige’s daughter looking like they came straight out of a magazine! Could they get any more fashionable?
Maria won her Environmental Achievement Award! Congratulations Maria!
Olivia and her big sister Kiera went pottery painting for Olivia’s birthday. Look at those concentration faces!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. May is Mental Health Awareness Month – The MK Journey
  2. Military Spouse Appreciation Day – The Military Husband
  3. How to Make and Use Reusable Sanitary Pads – A Rose Tinted World
  4. Foster Care Awareness – Still Finding Sunshine
  5. #MaternalMentalHealth – Empower

Mummykind’s April Top 5

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We are back for another monthly round up of our stats and what an exciting month it has been!

April is possibly one of my favourite months – it’s definitely spring time and although sometimes you have an April heatwave, the weather isn’t too unbearable! (For someone like me, who can’t handle hot weather!!!) Plus April comes with the added bonus of 2 bank holidays, and 2 weeks of the kids being off school – every mum’s dream, eh?

So what have we been up to this month??

Top 5 Blog Posts

Some of our top posts from last month have reappeared here too! Up first we have…

In second place throughout April is…

In third place…

In fourth place…

And, last but not least, our fifth top post this month is…

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. Amy and Sarah went to New York for 5 days! Whilst there, we saw many sights including Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge!
  2. Olivia is now nappy-less all day AND all night! Well done, Olivia πŸ™‚
  3. Our brand new Facebook group ‘Mummykind – Chat and Support’ has 100 members already!
  4. Maria has been manning a reusable nappy pop up shop in Ashford over the last couple of weeks (if you’re local you should head over!)
  5. We probably all ate too much chocolate over Easter!

Top 5 Photos this month

Unsurprisingly, some of our favourite photos this month are all to do with the trip to NYC!

View of the Manhattan Skyline taken by Sarah Middleton on the Staten Island Ferry
Inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum at New York Cory. Photo taken by Sarah Middleton
The four musketeers in front of the Statue of Liberty. Photo taken by a kind American stranger who had visited Birmingham before and met her partner there!
Olivia enjoying the Easter weekend activities in the town centre
Oliver enjoying the summer sun!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. How to Make an Easter Tree in 5 Easy Steps – Confessions of a Crummy Mummy
  2. My Cervical Cancer Story – Morgan’s Milieu
  3. Do Our Daughters Really Need Rescuing? – The Desperate Housewife
  4. My Son’s Journey with Autism – The MK Journey
  5. You Are Worth Putting First – Soft Thistle Life

Mummykind’s March Top 5!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

I hope you’re all managing some sort of a break, wherever you are. Let us know what you’re getting up to today!

Meanwhile… here’s what we’ve been getting up to this month! We had a big change around recently and you may have noticed that our blog has changed slightly! So this was a very important month for us in working out what we needed to improve for our new and improved blog πŸ™‚ we hope you love the changes we’ve made so far!!!

As for the monthly round up… here goes!

Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. We moved our blog from Blogger to WordPress – thank you for bearing with us during our changes!
  2. We were in the top 3 biggest climbers in the Parent Blogger Club this week πŸ™‚
  3. We were named by the Tots100 in a list of 10 amazing young mum bloggers (in August but we hadn’t noticed until this month!) Check it out here
  4. Maria found out that her little bump will be a baby girl! CONGRATULATIONS Maria and Dave!!!
  5. Amy broke the single curse! She’s currently in a long distance relationship and is really happy, so of course we are all really happy for her too!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Why is Singing Three Blind Mice Making Your Baby Smarter? – Oliiki
  2. Make Learning Fun at Home – Me and B Make Tea
  3. Easter and Spring Activities for Kids – The Next Best Thing to Mummy
  4. My Fear of PND – Just Another Manic Mummy (Mums the Word)
  5. 7 Things That Make Me Proud of My Boys – Morgan’s Milieu

Mummykind’s February Top 5!

We’re back for another monthly roundup of amazing things we’ve gotten up to in short, sweet February!

Top 5 Blog Posts

Sarah’s Moana Party Ideas post is top again this month! Along with these other top-performing posts of ours… check them out by clicking the images below!

  

Top 5 Facebook Posts

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Top 5 Things we did

  1. We became a MyBump2Baby favourite blogger!
  2. We may be being featured in a documentary celebrating women’s diversity… WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
  3. Charlie got through to the next stage of her application for the Houses of Parliament’s grad scheme – best of luck Charlie!
  4. Olivia started her new nursery and is settling in really well πŸ™‚
  5. Paige’s little girl had 3 teeth come through!!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. Creating a Timeless Memory Quilt with Baby Clothing
  2. Why is contraception MY responsibility?
  3. My Labour Via Live WhatsApp
  4. Kids room DIY: easy ways to change up children’s bedrooms
  5. Five Sex Positive Answers to β€œWhere do babies come from?”