This week’s best blogs – 1 April 2016

As part of the #5for5 Challenge I committed to taking part in at least 5 link ups a week and reading / commenting on at least 5 posts a day.  Through doing this I have found brilliant writers and lots of support, encouragement and kindred spirits.

By way of a progress update to make sure I am meeting my charity (and personal) challenge I thought I’d share some of the great blogs I’ve read over the week.

Five Little Doves

You may have seen that I nominated this blog for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.  This post is one of the reasons why.

Terrible Minds

Love his blog and he has some brilliant post on the process of writing and inspiration.  This week he posted the sweariest recipe I have ever read.  Not safe for work but some fantastic imagery.

Get an onion. One onion. Sweet. Medium-sized, which is to say, roughly the size of a baseball and not a softball. You are going to slice it thin, and then you’re gonna put it in a hot pan with a generous dollop (1-2 TBsp) of unsalted butter. Sprinkle a little salt on that bad boy. Cook the onions till they are soft and weak and pliable. Cook the onions till they unfailingly do what you ask them to do even if what you ask them to do is against their moral code.

Admissisions of a Working Mum

Another nominee for the awards, this blogger writes explaining (“not complaining”) about her need for silence.

The fact that there feels like there should be a need to apologise for taking time off speaks volumes about the expectations around parenting.

Kathleen B Duncan – My journey through grief into grace

Readers of Something Better will be aware of my complicated feelings around religion and grief.  Her blog is an emotional insight that applies to all bereaved parents and for non-believers like me offers a perspective of how belief shapes grief.

The Speedbump

Best opening paragraph I’ve read this week!

I feel like I’ve been lied to all my life.

I’m a woman. I’ve got my vagina to prove it and everything. I’ve been fed this lie since I was a youngster; apparently we’re good at multitasking.

I call bullshit.

Brilliant post about unrealstic expectations and some good recommendations for other parenting blogs.


This post on the challenges of parenting a pre-teen and the tentative boundary testing with wanting to play ‘adult’ video games  is an interesting one.  I can see it from different perspectives and there’s lively debate in the comment sections.

To Maternity and Beyond

A really touching post about the bittersweet plans for ‘one last day‘ with her late father and taking pleasure from the little memories as well as the big ones.

And you?

If you have read any amazing posts please share them in the comments.  If you are the writer of an amazing post please link to it here so others can see it too!

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. ljdove23 says:

    Wow thank you so much for including me in this, and inparticular this post that I know you understand was so hard to write. I had such an amazing response to it that as a result I refuse to hide away my son and will continue to share his photos along with my other children. Thanks so much. Xx

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      I’m pleased you had a good response. It’s not an easy decision. I have pictures on the blog here and and but I don’t haven’t actively promote those in the same way as the others because I’ve been wary of the reaction but as with you I don’t want to hide them.

      I saw a bizarre reaction to someone who had been asked to speak about maternity care and awareness raising being told she should take the pictures of her child out of the presentation to avoid upset!


      1. ljdove23 says:

        I read these posts earlier and shed a tear for your beautiful boys. They really are perfect, it saddens me that we have felt that these babies of ours shouldn’t be shared in the same way as our living children when we are equally as proud. That’s absolutely disgusting to be told that about raising awareness and the photos, surely these images raise the most awareness of all? Thank you for sharing these. 💙💙


  2. There are some great posts and bloggers here – some I didn’t know so thanks! Also kind of you to include me, cheers #fabfridaypost

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      You’ll probably enjoy the sweary recipe!


  3. Thank you again for including me alongside some truly fantastic bloggers, I feel quite honoured. I’ve discovered some that I hadn’t read before too which is great. #PicknMix

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  4. Emily says:

    Great roundup! Off to read the speedbumps post. That opening paragraph has intrigued me! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  5. Some great blogs out there. Thank you very much for sharing and I am so glad that our pal Sarah @ Admissions Of A Working Mother is on your list too! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up your lovely post with us. #FabFridayPost

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  6. Nige says:

    Some great bloggers there and some for me to check out I have to say I love Laura at five little doves I can’t wait to read her next post a brilliant writer I’m a huge fan but I think she knows that lol Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

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  7. Mrs Tubbs says:

    Some lovely picks there. It’s always interesting to see round ups like this as you get to find new, great posts to read 🙂

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  8. Silly Mummy says:

    Great challenge! Brilliant bloggers on this list. I haven’t read that post by the speed bump yet – will check it out! I have read the Five Little Doves post – it’s very beautiful and moving. I love Laura’s blog.

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  9. wendy says:

    Some great bloggers here and some I haven’t heard of so thanks for sharing. Love the idea of the 5for5 challenge. I am off now to check out that post from The Speed bump, don’t know how I missed that one xx #mg

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  10. mackenzieglanville says:

    I will have to check some of these out, thanks for letting me know about them and for linking up #mg

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    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      I’m commenting and reading so many blogs now I thought it would be good to collect some of the best to give them a wider audience or point people to specific posts they may not have read from people they already follow. My email is full of updates from the bloggers I follow I don’t always get a chance to catch them before the next updates!


  11. This is a great challenge. Thanks for sharing your 5 and linking up with us #FabFridayPost

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  12. A great roundup and some I haven’t heard of so I’m off to have a read of them. Thanks for linking to #PicknMix

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