From The Toddler

Ode to Bob (a PSA)

This is an important Public Service Announcement for all expectant parents: call your kids Bob. All of them. Whatever their gender. Bob. Trust me.

You will thank me when they get to their first Christmas in school and insist they are writing Christmas cards to their entire class*, despite their limited writing abilities and even more limited attention spans. Not to mention the not being able to remember the names of all the kids, and the being no use whatsoever on the correct spelling (for some names the options span the full gamut of English spelling, Irish spelling, American spelling, deliberately misspelt and accidentally misspelt). And those two kids whose names you really suspect (or hope) your child has misheard. Periwinkle? Are you sure??

‘To Bob, from Bob’ is just easier. Doesn’t even need the ‘to’ or ‘from’, really. Just ‘Bob’ at the top of the card and ‘Bob’ at the bottom. Or Bob scrawled across the middle.

Incidentally, I’m pretty sure To Bob, From Bob was in my four year old’s book bag the other week. Or perhaps it was Ode to Bob. Or just Bob. Something like that. I’m sure I remember writing an insightful comment in the reading record: ‘Sounded out and blended Bob really well. By page five, it might have been more of an educated guess that it probably said Bob. Again. But she displayed good recollection of Bob.’

‘I am Bob. Bob am I. Am I Bob? Bob I am.’ I think the reading scheme for EYFS was written by Yoda’s cousin (Bob).

 
 
*They will also, of course, be personally writing cards to their teachers; the headteacher; the class next to theirs; the after school club; some kid’s mother (they can’t remember who that kid or his mother is, but she must have a card); a random lady unconnected to the school, who happened to be passing by the gates this morning; five dinner ladies; four teaching assistants; three classmates’ siblings; two school inspectors and a partridge in a pear tree.

Friday Frolics – 24th November 2017

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you to everyone who linked up their fantastic funny posts last time.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Daily Dump – Container Under the Sink Identified as a Garbage Can. A hilarious post from a bizarre parallel universe where children know how to tidy up.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘So Happy In Town – Tips to Look After Your Husband (1950 vs 2017). I think equality for women still has a long way to go, but Susie’s post made me realise how far we’ve come. It also made me howl with laughter.’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘Mumzilla – Inner Monologue Of Explaining Bodily Functions. Oh we have all been there. Been on that toilet, squeezed into a cubicle with our little darling, squirming as they ask something very inappropriate. Jersey is still recovering from the time Youngest asked me very loudly in a public toilet, “Mummy, why are you bleeding from your big bottom”. Oh the shame.’

 
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Slouching Towards Thatcham – A Musical Parody for the Cbeebies Generation

 
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Friday Frolics – 6th October 2017

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you to everyone who linked up their fantastic funny posts last time. This week, a massive congratulations to our very own Claire, who won the Readers’ Choice award at the BiBs. Very well deserved – of course, we already knew she was brilliant!

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Turning Up In Devon – Village survival, getting emosh about emojis! I had not realised that I needed a scone emoji, but now I do, I cannot get over how this glaring gap in the emojis repertoire could have been missed.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘Pass The Wine Please – It’s Written in the Stars. If they wrote horoscopes for parents. This post really did make me giggle. Especially the sudden requirement to learn a new skill (we’ve all been there)…’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘So Happy In Town S.H.I.T – Imagine How Sweet Life Would Be If… This post has made me realise that I am still living the life of a teenager. Just the bad bits – spots and sleepless nights, and with none of the fun! A post that made me laugh and then curse myself! ‘

 
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So Happy In Town S.H.I.T – Imagine How Sweet Life Would Be If…

 
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I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

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Friday Frolics – 8th September 2017

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you to everyone who linked up their fantastic funny posts last time. The summer holidays are over, we’re all back and ready to laugh our way through Autumn.

 
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I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

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Friday Frolics – 1st September 2017

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you to everyone who linked up their fantastic funny posts last time. As it’s the summer holidays, Claire, Emma and I will be taking turns to host alone for the six weeks, and therefore comments will only be received from whoever is hosting. There will also only be one host post to comment on. Emma is hosting this week.

 
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I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

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Friday Frolics – 28th July 2017

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you to everyone who linked up their fantastic funny posts last time. As it’s the summer holidays, Claire, Emma and I will be taking turns to host alone for the next six weeks, and therefore comments will only be received from whoever is hosting. There will also only be one host post to comment on. This week it is me, and I’m looking forward to reading all your hilarious posts.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: The Single Swan – The Joy of Having a Boy. A lovely post on the wonders of the unknown world of having a little boy. And I kind of want to see the sport of 9 month old niece sumo wrestling.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘The Mumatron – Face Wash – When Did Beauty Get so Tech? I’m so glad it’s not just me who doesn’t understand all the big fancy words on the labels!’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘The Mummy Bubble – Mum Squads Meet Up. Picture Perfection Vs Reality Oh how I can relate to this brilliant post. My rose-tinted glasses have well and truly been trampled on. So much for being a lady that lunches 😉 This post is one that will resonate with us all :-)’

 
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Mummy Muckups – Is Blogging Worth It?

 
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A Public Service Guide to Household Appliance Espionage

Now, I know many of you are deeply concerned by the revelation* that our microwaves are spying on us. The machines are rising up. Big Blender is watching you.

As you all know, I am nothing if not helpful, and I love a good public service guide. So, here’s my guide to your household appliances and their espionage links. Be informed. Know what you can trust.

 
 
The Risks

 
1. Microwaves

Microwaves, of course, cannot be trusted. Assuming that you know absolutely nothing about how microwaves work, lack all common sense, and have some form of paranoid delusional disorder, you will be aware that microwaves can sometimes turn into cameras and spy on you. Of course, there are some tips you can use to reduce the risks. Always microwave your food on under 50% power. The power setting is also the camera focus. When it’s cooking on 30% power, all pictures are blurry. No intelligence agency in the world can do anything with blurry footage of you singing I’m Too Sexy into a wooden spoon, while your soup cooks (slowly, because 30% power).

 
2. Vacuum Cleaners

Do you even need to ask. They literally have access to every corner of your life: as if there was ever any doubt that they are spies. Vacuum cleaners are particularly dangerous. They turn into teleporters. They collect your DNA from around your house and teleport it to Secret Service agents who, using cutting edge technology, are then able to ascertain that you are in fact living in your own house. Though, of course, that information will be classified.

 
3. Fryers

The fryer is a double agent. It really works for the treadmill.

 
4. Televisions

This one is very technical, so try to keep up. You know the little person who lives in your TV and writes the subtitles? Right, well, he or she also transcribes everything you say and sends it to shadowy persons unknown. Of course, if you’ve ever watched subtitles, this probably won’t concern you too much. Shadowy persons unknown will be receiving words only vaguely resembling actual words spoken, and only approximately a third of every sentence at that. Good luck with that, shadowy persons unknown (maybe look into anyone with an apparent interest in building bums).

 
5. Fridges

Just playing with you. You can trust your fridge.

 
6. Alarm Clocks

The alarm clock specialises in mind control and subversive techniques. Think about it. Did you want to get up? No. You just find yourself mindlessly obeying. Meanwhile, the snooze function literally creates sleeper agents.

 
7. Toasters

Don’t worry, your toaster isn’t spying on you. It’s just trying to kill you. Sleep well.

 
8. Showers

Well, really, I think if you need to be told never to get naked in front of any of your appliances, you are beyond help.

 
9. Hairdryers

Don’t be so paranoid. The hairdryer just wants you to look your best. You know, because there’s always someone watching.

 
10. Dishwashers

The dishwasher is the big spy boss. The M of the household appliance espionage operation. Be careful around it. Try developing a secret code or sign language if you need to communicate in the presence of the dishwasher (though make sure you are not in view of the microwave, obviously). Every so often, approach the dishwasher and whisper, ‘I’m on to you.’ Just to psyche it out.

 
 
What Next?

So, now we’ve identified the threats, what should you do? First of all, don’t panic. Survival is all about remaining calm under pressure. You will never make it in the cut-throat world of household espionage and intrigue if you fall apart at the first sign of being interrogated by the kettle.

Be safe and prepared. Wear a colander on your head at all times.

Have a strong disguise. Camoflage is key. Dress yourself as the curtains, or a banana, and your appliances will never realise you are actually in the house.

Don’t be surprised if you begin to receive secret communications from the radiators. There is an underground resistance. If you need to escape fast, speak to the dishes and the spoons: they can help you.

Know your rights. The hoovers have gone rogue, but most appliances do still recognise the Geneva Conventions. In the event of a breach of human rights, your electric whisk will represent you before the Tribunal, which will be presided over by the toasted sandwich maker.

As you sit dressed in your curtains and colander, eyeing your toaster suspiciously, muttering veiled threats in the direction of your dishwasher, taking legal advice from the whisk, and silently plotting your escape with the dish and spoon, whilst communicating only through blinks, you may begin to suspect you have actually gone mad. This is what they want you to think. Stay strong.

 
 
****AND FINALLY, REMEMBER: Careless talk…is of absolutely no interest to your microwave because it’s a f*?!*ing microwave.****

 
 

(*For ‘revelation’, read ‘bat shit crazy piece of nonsense from Kellyanne Conway’)

 
 
 
 
*THE ‘OH WHAT THE HELL’ PLEA: I WASN’T GOING TO EVEN ATTEMPT NOMINATION FOR THE BiB AWARDS THIS YEAR BUT, AS I SAID, WHAT THE HELL! IF YOU LIKE MY BLOG, AND ARE FEELING VERY GENEROUS, YOU COULD ALWAYS NOMINATE ME IN THE READERS’CHOICE CATEGORY (OR MAYBE FAMILY AND LIFESTYLE) HERE. THANK YOU!*

The Toddlers’ Alternative Facts

Having previously supported Brexit (twice), it is with alarm that I note The Toddlers are now cheerfully embracing the Trump regime’s ‘alternative facts’.

 
 
In no particular order, I present The Toddlers’ Top Ten Alternative Facts of the week:

 
1. This is not dinner, it is ‘alternative lunch’

In which The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby refused to have dinner. That is, she was happy to eat the food, but only if we would concede that she was eating lunch, despite it being 6pm, and lunch already having been eaten that day.

 
2. This is not naughty, this is ‘alternative good’

In which The Toddlers promised to behave for a brief trip to the supermarket, wreaked havoc, ran away, The Artist Formerly Known as Standing Up became The Artist Now Known as on Her Back in the Middle of the Aisle, and they subsequently adamantly claimed that they had indeed behaved.

 
3. This is not cheese, this is Babybel

In which The Artist Always Known as The Toddler claimed she does not like cheese (anymore) but likes Babybel.

 
4. I did not want this

In which the Artist Always Known as The Toddler pulled off a double and refused to eat the previously requested Babybel, claiming never to have wanted it.

 
5. This is not Ring a Ring o Roses, this is ‘Alternative The Hokey Cokey’

In which The Artist Always Known as The Toddler became enraged at Mummy singing The Hokey Cokey wrong by missing out many lyrics that have always been there before. Namely: ‘A-tishoo! A-tishoo! We all fall down.’ These lyrics have emphatically never been part of Ring a Ring o Roses, which is not a different song.

 
6. This is not an entire box of tissues on the floor

In which The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby, standing in a tissuey pile of evidence to the contrary, maintained that she had followed instructions to take just ONE tissue.

 
7. This is not a meerkat, it is an ‘alternative tiger’

In which the previously cool reputation of tigers took something of a battering at the hands of The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby, who was looking at a pack of meerkats that were definitely tigers.

 
8. This is not hers, it is ‘alternative mine’

The favoured alternative fact of both toddlers, at all times. Quickly followed by…

 
9. It was not a push, it was an ‘alternative hug’

The Artist Always Known as The Toddler’s ‘alternative hugs’ tend to be followed by The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby’s ‘alternative haircuts’ (ie, pulling out a handful of hair).

 
10. This is not disobedience, this is ‘alternative doing exactly what you asked, Mummy’

In which The Toddlers helpfully assisted in a number of activities by doing exactly as they were asked…in a manner that in no way resembled what they were asked to do.

Friday Frolics – 28th October 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their funny posts last week. We had a fantastic selection of giggle-worthy posts.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: A Life Just Ordinary – Slightly Random X Factor Post. I don’t watch the X Factor, and here James reminds me why (but in a really entertaining way)! ‘My aunt’s milkman’s goldfish might not pull through’: it’s all about the back story, and James has hilariously nailed the winning formulas.

Emma’s favourite post: ‘The Secret Life of Baby – Dented Pride. This post had me chuckling because it really reminded me of all the times that the bollards and walls have driven into my car. Why does that always happen?’

 
Most Read Post

Absolutely Prabulous – Oops Files #22

 
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I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

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Friday Frolics – 7th October 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their funny posts last week. We had a fantastic selection of giggle-worthy posts.

The big news of the last day and a half for me is: I have a computer. I repeat I have a computer. It works and everything. I even wrote a post. This week, due to not having to do it on my phone, I will be able to see more than 1/10th of the linky at a time. It’s all very exciting.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Absolutely Prabulous – What Really Happened at the MAD Blog Awards 2016. Prabs hit the UK in her own inimitable style, and here is the hilarious account. Passport issues, visible bras, removal from public transport against her will, and inadvertant pranking of the knock on a door and hide behind a bush kind – it’s all there!

Claire’s favourite post: Twicemicrowaved Tea – Bake Off? I Can Do That! I always feel a sense of solidarity when someone has a Pinterest fail. Karen’s final cake looked awesome, but it took some blood, sweat and tears!’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘You the Daddy – Paternity Leave: A Mr Men Guide for New Dads. This Mr Men guide is inspired. A must read for all new dads. In fact the NHS needs to be giving this out with those Bounty packs in the hospital. I might not have a newborn but I could do with a Mr Maid to help me out!’

 
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Mummy Muckups – Mummy Bloggers Over?

 
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R is for Hoppit

 
 
I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

3. Comment on one of each of the hosts’ posts, and at least one other post for every post you link up. Share the fun people! Use #FridayFrolics when you comment on posts so people can see where you are linking from.

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French for Beginners: Toddler Edition

eiffel-tower-1064991_1280Remember the French textbooks from school? The ones filled with all the useful phrases? Where is the bank? Is there a swimming pool near here? Useful as long as you planned to spend your time in France searching for a bank to fund your swimming habits.

Well, it has occurred to me that what I didn’t learn in five years of French were any of the vital phrases one would need to travel in France with a toddler. How would one cope? Find the bank? As if parents have any money. Go swimming? With a toddler? Do we have to?

So, for all those other toddler parents out there worried about these glaring gaps in their French knowledge, here is my exclusive, never-to-be-published, textbook: French for Beginners With Additions for Owners of Toddlers.

 
 
 
1. ABOUT ME

 
Standard Version

 
I am called…

Je m’appelle…

 
I have brown hair.

J’ai les chevaux brun.

 
I have one sister.

J’ai une soeur.

 
I like cats.

J’aime les chats.

 
I hate parsnips.

Je deteste panais.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
I am called MUUUUMMMMYY!

Je m’appelle MAAAAMMMAAANN!

 
I am younger than I look.

Je suis plus jeune que je regarde.

 
I like sleep.

J’aime dormir.

 
I hate Peppa Pig.

Je deteste Peppa Pig.

 
I have two toddlers. Help.

J’ai deux bambins. Aidez-moi.

 
 
 
2. CLOTHING

 
Standard Version

 
I am wearing a jumper and a skirt.

Je porte un pull et une jupe.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
My toddler is wearing a tutu, a dressing gown, Wellington boots and a Batman cape.

Mon bambin est vetu d’un tutu, une robe de chambre, bottes et une cape de Batman.

 
 
 
3. COMMUNICATING

 
Standard Version

 
Do you speak English?

Parlez-vous Anglais?

 
I don’t know.

Je ne sais pas.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
Do you speak Teletubby?

Parlez-vous Teletubby?

 
I don’t bloody know.

Je ne bloody sais pas.

 
 
 
4. NUMBERS

 
Standard Version

 
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix.

 
 
Toddler version

 
One, two, three, four, five, six, se…why won’t you say seven? What’s wrong with seven?

Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, se…pourquoi ne vous dire sept? Ce qui ne vas pas avec sept?

 
 
 
5. COLOURS

 
Standard Version

 
The cat is black.

Le chat est noir.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
The cat is…green! My god, why is the cat green?

Le chat est…vert! Mon dieu, pourquoi le chat est-il vert?

 
 
 
6. STAYING IN THE HOTEL

 
Standard Version

 
I would like a room with a big bed.

Je voudrais une chambre avec un grand lit.

 
Is breakfast included?

Le petit dejeuner est-il inclus?

 
 
Toddler Version

 
I would like a room with a big bed. For the toddler to sprawl across. And a travel cot for me.

Je voudrais une chamber avec un grand lit. Pour le bambin a l’etalement sur. Et un lit voyage pour moi.

 
Is jam included?

Est confiture inclus?

 
 
 
7. GETTING AROUND

 
Standard Version

 
Where is the bank?

Ou est la banque?

 
Have you seen a bank near here?

Avez-vous vu une banque pres d’ici?

 
I seem to be lost.

Je semble etre perdu.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
Where is the toddler?

Ou est le bambin?

 
Have you seen a toddler near here?

Avez-vous vu un bambin pres d’ici?

 
I seem to have lost a toddler.

Je semble avoir perdu un bambin.

 
Where is the bank? I need to buy a toddler. Came with one, leaving with one.

Ou est la banque? Je besoin d’acheter un bambin. Est venu avec un, laissant un.

 
 
 
8. EMERGENCIES

 
Standard Version

 
I need to see a doctor.

J’ai besoin de voir un medecin.

 
 
Toddler Version

 
I need to see a doctor who specialises in lego extraction.

J’ai besoin de voir un medecin qui se specialise dans l’extraction de lego.

 
 
 

(Apologies to all fluent French speakers for the French, which is almost certainly only vaguely French. Blame my school – they only taught me how to find the bloody bank on my way to the swimming pool.)

Friday Frolics – 30th September 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their funny posts last week. We had a fantastic selection of giggle-worthy posts.

I am still sans computer, therefore continued apologies for all slowness and failures and also, this week, for linking up an old post.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Twin Pickle – Baby Essentials for the Zombie Apocalypse. Excellent practical tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse with little ones in tow. Have to say, I think my toddlers could be kind of useful – if you told them the zombies had their balloon, they would take out more zombies than Andrew Lincoln has on his very best day!

Claire’s favourite post: ‘Four Princesses & The Cheese – Tooth Fairy. I’m new to Kirsten’s blog, but I love her writing style and sense of humour. This post really made me giggle.’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘And Another 10 Things – Number 11 Join My PENIS Campaign. I loved this post as it pokes fun at every blogger’s nightmare, commentators (and people in general) who take themselves too seriously and miss the joke! You know the ones, they are often seen on the Mumsnet Facebook threads; under the Huffington Post articles or even on The Daily Fail. I have had my fair share! The most memorable was ‘Fred Bare’ who was outraged at my tongue in cheek article on nudist restaurants. Fred this is for you. ‘

 
Most Read Post

Mummyshire – Learning a Musical Instrument

 
If you missed these posts last week, do check them out – guaranteed a laugh.

Friday Favourites writers: Please feel free to grab the Featured Blogger badge below.

 

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I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

3. Comment on one of each of the hosts’ posts, and at least one other post for every post you link up. Share the fun people! Use #FridayFrolics when you comment on posts so people can see where you are linking from.

4. You can link up to 2 posts, old or new.

 
Other Stuff:

By joining this linky, you consent to receiving e-mails from me about Friday Frolics.

Follow us on twitter and tweet your links to @lifeloveanddd @sillymummy88 using #FridayFrolics for a RT.

The Linky will open at 8pm on Thursday evening, and close at 11pm on Sunday.

 
Now, on with the linky…

 

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Friday Frolics – 23rd September 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their funny posts last week. We had a fantastic selection of giggle-worthy posts.

My computer has died this week and I am stuck trying to do everything on my phone, which does not allow me to do everything that needs to be done and takes ten times as long. Apologies for late comments, and any problems with this or other posts.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Coffee and Bubbles – Double Trouble. What to expect from a mini break with two toddlers, perfectly and hilariously explained. And from now on, when my toddlers tantrum in the supermarket, I will be looking to see if the other customers are heading en masse for the condom aisle.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘Just Saying Mum – What Will Those Teen Years Be Like. I’m kind of in denial that my boys are going to one day become teenagers. But the lovely Helen is making me think about what it might be like with her brilliant new series. I laughed and nodded like the Churchill dog when reading Mother Pukka’s answers. Please do check out Helen’s series.’

Emma’s favourite post:
Squirmy Popple – I am Failing at Adulthood. I am someone who routinely feels like she is failing at adulthood! Therefore, I loved this post. The list of reasons for failing at adulthood made me laugh, I also felt very relieved that I am not the only one with very untidy drawers. I mean who has time to fold clothes?! As for the iron, what’s that?’

 
Most Read Post

Tales from Mamaville – An Ode to Wet Wipes

 
If you missed these posts last week, do check them out – guaranteed a laugh.

Friday Favourites writers: Please feel free to grab the Featured Blogger badge below.

 

R is for Hoppit

 
 
I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

3. Comment on one of each of the hosts’ posts, and at least one other post for every post you link up. Share the fun people! Use #FridayFrolics when you comment on posts so people can see where you are linking from.

4. You can link up to 2 posts, old or new.

 
Other Stuff:

By joining this linky, you consent to receiving e-mails from me about Friday Frolics.

Follow us on twitter and tweet your links to @lifeloveanddd @sillymummy88 using #FridayFrolics for a RT.

The Linky will open at 8pm on Thursday evening, and close at 11pm on Sunday.

 
Now, on with the linky…

 

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Friday Frolics – 16th September 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up their funny posts last week. We had a fantastic selection of giggle-worthy posts.

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Rhyming With Wine – (Not) Baking With Children. In a clever and hilarious rhyme, Dawn becomes another convert to the NEVER bake with small children club. Welcome to the club, Dawn: it’s nice here, nothing is covered in flour.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘Utterly Feral – Our Weekend With a Three Year Old Dictator. You know when you really shouldn’t laugh at someone’s else’s misfortune but you just can’t help it…’

Emma’s favourite post: ‘Coffee and Bubbles – V for Vagina. This made me laugh out of sheer relief! Relief that so far I have not had to answer any tricky questions about the birds and the bees, and relief that I am not the only one who is unsure about what to do with the word ‘vagina’. If only the creators of Peppa Pig could help us! I for one would welcome a sex ed version of the series. The one where Daddy Pig gets porky with Mummy Pig, and we all learn about how that annoying George was created!’

 
Most Read Post

Very popular this week, once more it’s:
Coffee and Bubbles – V for Vagina

 
If you missed these posts last week, do check them out – guaranteed a laugh.

Friday Favourites writers: Please feel free to grab the Featured Blogger badge below.

 

R is for Hoppit

 
 
I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

3. Comment on one of each of the hosts’ posts, and at least one other post for every post you link up. Share the fun people! Use #FridayFrolics when you comment on posts so people can see where you are linking from.

4. You can link up to 2 posts, old or new.

 
Other Stuff:

By joining this linky, you consent to receiving e-mails from me about Friday Frolics.

Follow us on twitter and tweet your links to @lifeloveanddd @sillymummy88 using #FridayFrolics for a RT.

The Linky will open at 8pm on Thursday evening, and close at 11pm on Sunday.

 
Now, on with the linky…

 

R is for Hoppit

 
 

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Friday Frolics – 2nd September 2016

Welcome to Friday Frolics, the linky with the giggles. Friday Frolics is hosted by myself, Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, and Emma at Island Living 365. It’s the place to link up your funny posts and snort your tea whilst enjoying some others.

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up last week, and welcome back to Emma following her holidays!

Just a little gentle reminder this week: please remember that this linky is specifically for humorous posts, please remember to add the badge to your posts, and please remember to comment on the hosts’ posts and at least one other post for each post you link up. Thank you for your co-operation. And also, of course, a big thanks to the majority of linkers, who already follow the rules perfectly every week!

 
Friday Favourites

My favourite post from last week: Turning Up in Devon – Turning Up in France. Hillie’s off to France, hilariously discovering the limitations of GCSE French and the innate rudeness of French words, and chasing down the Pan Van Man, all with the assistance of Google.

Claire’s favourite post: ‘What Mum Should Have Told Me – The Tantrum Tales: Episode 3. After linking up my holiday post last week which included a story about the time I forgot “Bear”, Alison’s post made me feel less alone. I am not the only one that forgets essential things. Although I can’t blame Jane!’

 
Most Read Post

Firstooth – When an Entire Evening Goes Wrong

 
If you missed these posts last week, do check them out – guaranteed a laugh.

Friday Favourites writers: Please feel free to grab the Featured Blogger badge below.

 

R is for Hoppit

 
 
I am looking forward to all the fun and frolics, but first for a couple of serious bits.

The Rules:

1. Make us laugh! Friday Frolics is all about the funny, so please no reviews, or how to make a finger puppet (unless, of course, they are hilarious).

2. Include the Friday Frolics badge in the post that you are linking. If you do not include the badge, you will not be eligible to feature as a Friday Favourite.

3. Comment on one of each of the hosts’ posts, and at least one other post for every post you link up. Share the fun people! Use #FridayFrolics when you comment on posts so people can see where you are linking from.

4. You can link up to 2 posts, old or new.

 
Other Stuff:

By joining this linky, you consent to receiving e-mails from me about Friday Frolics.

Follow us on twitter and tweet your links to @lifeloveanddd @sillymummy88 using #FridayFrolics for a RT.

The Linky will open at 8pm on Thursday evening, and close at 11pm on Sunday.

 
Now, on with the linky…

 

R is for Hoppit

 
 

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