Welcome to the Best of the British Mummy Bloggers Carnival. This is a collection of the best posts from the last month submitted by members of BMB. If you would like to know more about this blogging carnival, or even offer to host one yourself, check out the schedule at A Modern Mother.
I hope you see something you like, if you do why don't you leave them a comment to let them know? You may find some new favourites in amongst some old favourites. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the entries and I hope you do too.
Baby Baby is delighted to be your host, so grab yourself a margarita or a cup of tea (if that's your cup of tea) and settle down to watch the parade!
The first float is for carnival virgins! This is their first time so please welcome them with open arms.
First up is Eggs Cream and Honey with her guilty pleasures. She thinks we shouldn't put a price on pleasure and as such gives us a recipe for toasted coconut custard tart to prove her point. Yum.
Wendy at No More Excuses writes about how little control we have over labour and what happens when your birth doesn't go to plan.
In Fantastic Fiction for Kids - Babysitting, Zoe at Playing by the Book gives us her usual brilliant ideas for themed crafts and activities for children based on books.
Nova from Cherished By Me stands up (very well) for the reluctant single mother in there's a chip on my shoulder.
I hope you're not too hungry because The Alice gives us her perfect pork belly recipe. Yum, again!
Chic Mama discusses the important subject of stress levels in children and the consequences.
Vic from Glowstars writes about getting back into a routine when you have a (gorgeous) new baby.
Finally, who knew that Gigi from MumsRock was a carnival virgin?! She writes about *whispers* Mumsnet, Janet Street Porter and pigeon-holes in for those of us that don't wear Boden.
Jumbly Mummy at Mellow Mummy has some great advice for new parents to be, in particular her list of things to do while there's still two of you in passing on parenting tips.
Is there a plan B? writes a letter of resignation, telling her three children why mummy is no longer doing a proper job.
Liz at Living With Kids writes about the fear inside, about what we can and can not control as parents.
Do you believe in smacking? Joanne at Parentdish sparked a heated debate in the comments with this post.
There's more controversy from Carly at Wives and Daughters when she asks the question swine flu: to vaccinate or not?
Karin from Cafebebe has started a get fit campaign called mummy tummy begone and she's looking for support and advice.
In transitions: starting nursery, Cartside from Mummy Do That! writes about moving her daughter from a childminder to a nursery.
Nicola from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em tells us about her day and her son's version of events in selective memory syndrome.
Aqueela from Aqueela's House writes at Have a Lovely Time about her first holiday as a parent. This is something I've got to face sooner or later! There is some excellent advice in the comments on a first holiday with your baby isn't always great, what's your advice?
To find out how The Moiderer met her husband you have to read we got together because of bouncing potatoes
You may need to get the tissues out, if you haven't already, as Sarah the Suburbanite talks about World Book Day, the first since her husband was killed in a bike accident.
Linda from You've Got Your Hands Full wrote a guest post on Mummy Limited where she asks the question you don't have to say you love me... or do you?
You can read some really sweet powims written by Anna's six year old daughter, Ella, at Part Mummy Part Me.
You know this is going to be more than vaguely amusing, More Than Just a Mother takes her children supermarket shopping in self-service
You'll never believe what you can buy from the supermarket in Lapland. Heather from Notes From Lapland reveals all in supermarket sex toys!
Miss Leslieanne at Life With a Little Dude tells us about the (delicious) dark side of baby-led weaning!
It's also dinnertime at A Place of My Own. Kelly has filmed her gorgeous baby Piran eating and blowing raspberries. :-)
Fraught Mummy from Brits in Bosnia turns her real day into an uber mummy day in the mistress of spin. This made me laugh and grimace in recognition. I do this!
This post will bring tears to your eyes, 20 Something Mum tells us why she'll never go on Masterchef!
Tattie Weasle is feeling neglected and wonders why her husband can't be more like the leader of the free world?
Mummy Limited guest posts at You've Got Your Hands Full, or rather Mini Mick takes over as mummy wimps out with a parents' progress report.
The Cat Herder from Balancing Books and Herding Cats regales us with her tale of fatties, flights and infestations.
In they blinded me with science, Emma from Mommy Has a Headache releases her 'inner old git' in a rant against technology.
Our final chuckle comes from Laura at Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? She's a nervous flyer, as she explains in clenching one's buttocks in the air.
Diney from Older Mums Are Fun wrote a bitter-sweet guest post over at Flying Start Magazine called role reversal about the child becoming the parent when their parent has dementia.
Nickie from Typecast writes eloquently on the mental health blog Breaking The Silence in a carer's cry for help: the reality of living with someone in mental distress.
In her moving post, Susie from New Day New Lesson asks that you document your parents' and grandparents' life story before it is too late.
Insomniac Mummy shares with us in Fight or flight? Learning to live with panic attacks. There is some excellent advice in the comments to this post.
Andrea from The Accidental BusinessMum, writing in the Coventry Telegraph blog, From Dawn till Rusk, writes openly about her 8 year old son's bedwetting issues and how they have tackled them.
Sally from Who's the Mummy? writes a touching post about the two sides of adoption/fostering in Happy Mother's Day.
Did you hear about the shocking incident where a charity shop manager sprayed a breastfeeding mum with air-freshener? Emma from Me, The Man & The Baby responds brilliantly in breastfeeding.
Jo from Slummy Single Mummy ponders a difficult subject in showing your vulnerable side - should you cry in front of your children?
Notes To Self, Plus Two (And The Need For Red Shoes) tells us why she'll be going back to work after her baby is born in me, my job and a little baby: just to be clear.
Also on a creative theme, GeekyMummy from The Hair Dog Chronicles becomes VetMummy in a different life.
Rachel from Retro-Wife writes her own six-month appraisal, with help from her two children, and she's not doing a bad job at all.
Maggy has two blogs, on Red Ted Art she tells us if you feel you have too much to do, do more and on The Good Life Blog she shows us her shameful 8 year old jeans in a new pair!
Nadine from Time Management Mum shows us what's in my bag? Inside the bag of a mummy blogger!
In Young and Younger, the Young Mummy of six month old twins talks about ideas of motherhood before and after children in a slave to routine.
Of course it wouldn't be a carnival without a carnival queen and it wouldn't be a BMB carnival without a mention of poo, so I bring you Queen Susanna from A Modern Mother with Is it just me? Do your kids flush?
Thank you for reading through to the end. I hope you have enjoyed this, my first carnival. Here is the entry from Baby Baby, called Angels and Demons.
If there are any errors or omissions please let me know and I'll correct them. I'm only human and 71 (count 'em, yes 71) entries is a lot of links to get right!