The Shoehorn Review

The Shoehorn Review

Never mind reaching for the feather duster to clear away the cobwebs, it’s more likely that I need to bust out some WD40 to crank up the internal gears of the keyboard.

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It’s been a while! Over four months, apparently (WordPress helpfully pointed out my lack of writing achievement a few days ago. But at the time, consuming mince pies was more of a priority).

And I can’t say I have much of an excuse for my absence, except an acute case of ‘Couldnotbebothereditis‘. It’s fair to say I’ve experienced one of my most intense terms at school since qualifying, which has left me drained at times. However, I’ve still managed to do other things, just that picking up the lappy hasn’t floated my boat.

So, I thought I would do a quick round-up of what I’ve been up to since August – because I suspect you’re all falling over yourselves to know… 😉 Also commonly known as ‘shoehorning a post in before the end of the year‘!

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To ‘Finity Bond!’

To ‘Finity Bond!’

Back in the day, when I was starting out in childcare, I was a nanny for three boys all under the age of five. At the time, Elsa was but an imagined icicle and the closest we had to Minions were the insides of Kinder Surprise eggs!

Instead, the animated heroes for the two oldest boys were a cowboy and an astronaut, with the middle child frequently leaping off sofas to the cries of ‘Finity Bond!’


So as we head light-speed towards the end of the year, what’s in store for 2016 and ‘finity bond’ for Aloada Bobbins? Well, I’ve consulted the crystals, sloshed around some tea leaves and shuffled the decks and they all point to one thing: Nobody knows!

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Virtually a social butterfly: Meet and Greet round-up.

Virtually a social butterfly: Meet and Greet round-up.

Happy weekend everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that my monthly, foodie meet and greet, Munchie Tea Party will be happening this Monday (26th October). It’s a round-up of all my favourite recipes, collected from other bloggers, over the past month. This month, there is a topically spooky taste to most of the menu – just in time for you to learn some tricks to whizz up some treats!

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It doesn’t matter if you’re not a food blogger, I encourage you to check out the links and make connections with the recipe originators. You can also leave links to your own recipes, a specific post or simply to your blog’s main page in the comments – just please keep it clean so that everyone can enjoy. 🙂

Elsewhere in my little corner of the blogging community, Michael, of Michael’s Origins has created a directory that lists other blogs, from a very diverse group, in one easy to find section. I’ve seen a huge increase in my follows and overall stats since he launched it (thanks to everyone who’s new to Aloada Bobbins!) so it’s a great way to network. Check out the Follow to Follow link here.


Danny, of Dream Big, Dream Often is hosting his fortnightly Meet and Greet that is incredibly successful for connecting new (and seasoned) bloggers. Leave a link, reblog the post and get chatting! It runs until Sunday night, but if you miss it this time, remember to look out for it again in two weeks.

Finally, Jason, the Opinionated Man living in a Harsh Reality has started a new feature of blog reviews. Giving a super helpful synopsis of each site, it helps you network with a little more background knowledge of the entire blog’s theme. He may even be nice enough to review your blog, if feedback is what you’re looking for.

So remember to check back on Monday for the Munchie Tea Party but until then, have a happy networking weekend! 🙂

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