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Counterfeit Hula Hoops and random sports equipment? Aldi, I love you

Initially hesitant, Hurrah for Gin is now an Aldi convert - here, she waxes lyrical on her supermarket of choice


"With Aldi there are things you need to get used to. It's not all pretty and full of olives, stuff doesn't look quite so appealing on pallet-based displays, and the checkout process can feel a bit violent at times. Maybe we've become somewhat institutionalised though because now, I sort of love all of those things." 

Thursday's blog of the day: 7 signs that you've become worryingly domesticated 

Do you take secret pleasure in mundane chores? Do you get a cheap thrill in the cleaning aisle? You could be turning into one of the <gasp> Worryingly Domesticated, writes Wry Mummy


"I used to think ‘domestic’ was a word that only applied to cats. Now I love the smell of bleach in the morning. What is happening to me? I fear I am becoming worryingly domesticated.

The Worryingly Domesticated (WD) is a breed that used to dry clothes over the door, and now counts the tumble dryer as his or her most prized possession..." 

Wednesday's blog of the day: Are you the sort of mother you thought you'd be? 

Eeh Bah Mum used to fantasise about how she'd bring up her children, but - two kids down - she's realised that motherhood is never perfect, and that's fine

perfect mother"Instead of boring my 16-year-old self to death I decided to write to a version of me who would be interested in what I have to say. Me 5 years ago. Me before children. 

Mainly because I’ll be stoked to find out that I did eventually get to be a mum, just not the mum I thought I’d be. Remember her? The mum you imagined yourself being before the reality of parenting kicked in? The mum who had all her babies firsts saved in a special box, instead of the mum who screams every time she opens her jewellery box to find two shrivelled umbilical cords slowly disintegrating amongst the earrings."

Tuesday's blog of the day: Daddy's princess? On fatherhood and misogyny

Fathers shouldn't assume that having daughters makes them 'less sexist', and must push against gender stereotypes, argues Squeamish Bikini 

dad and daughter

"I'm lucky that I have a great relationship with my father. He never expressed hope that I'd be beautiful or a diva, instead praising me when I was clever, or brave. Nor did he blame any bad behaviour, such as bitchery, on my being a girl. He has also not claimed to have a fantastic insight into the struggles of being female in today's society, which is simply a way of silencing women 'because dammit I'm a FATHER of a girl and I don't need to hear your lived experience'."

Monday's blog of the day: 'All my son wants is a sibling - but it's not that simple'

The best present we could give our child would be a baby brother or sister, but sadly things don't always go to plan, writes Chocolate is not the only fruit 

lone boy"I feel sad for my boy because he would dearly love not to be an only child. He has no cousins and is always around adults - apart from at school of course. His speech is amazing, he is entertaining and amusing, but he really wants some company from his own peer group. I wish there was a simple way to make this all better. To say 'yes son, you will have a sister and she will be here soon.' It may not happen, but I do hope it does."


Last updated: 19-Sep-2014 at 3:07 PM