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Why I’m Not Writing a “Mommy” Blog…

Although I’ve been meaning to revive my blog for many MANY months, I’ve got to admit that being pregnant and wanting to record my experiences is the main reason behind my new-found motivation to write. For a while I toyed with the idea of starting again. New life, new blog, new domain name. After all, wouldn’t it make more sense to write about this part of my life (our lives) on a blog created solely for pregnancy and parenting?

Well, yes, probably…but after much deliberation, that’s not the tack I’ve chosen to take.

You see, the thing is that this is my blog. When I started it it was supposed to be a place where I could talk about my life and my adventures. Along the way, Luke became part of my life, and although the name of the blog didn’t change, he became part of it too.

Like my husband, my pregnancy and my baby aren’t separate to my life as the girl with the camper van…they are part of it. When I got pregnant I didn’t stop being me, and I didn’t lose the will to do the things I’ve planned to do. I’m not abandoning my life and the vision I had for it, I’m simply enriching it with a new member of my family.

So that is why I won’t be writing a Mommy blog. It’s not that I have anything against the women who do (or, indeed, the men who write Daddy blogs), I just don’t see my pregnancy or my choices in parenting as being in their own little bubble, standing out from my life. My life is ALL the things I do, either alone, with my husband, or with our baby, and I want this blog to reflect my life as a whole, not just one facet of it.

I don’t want to give up this blog now that I’m expecting, just like I don’t want to give up on getting Old Red back on the road…and I can’t wait to start blogging about our adventures with him as a family. This is the happiest and most excited I have been in a very long time 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy, Random

 

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Serial Non-Poster…

Once again I find myself needing to apologise for the lack of content on this site…

Sorry!

And once again, my constant excuse is that life gets in the way…which is a shame considering life makes for pretty juicy blog fodder!

If you’ve read any of my three or four posts from the last, ooh, two years or so, you might have noticed that my ‘co-pilot’ became my hubby. This isn’t just an endearment, it’s actually a thing…

Mr and Mrs <3

Mr and Mrs ❤

Don’t we look pretty?

Not only have we managed to get married since my last significant posting (not including the short burst of posts last summer), but we have also had a wedding anniversary.

Oh, and I’m pregnant!…we’ve been busy…

As I enter my second trimester I’m making a vow to revive this blog – to document our life, rather than letting it get in the way of my writing. You can think of it more as one girl, her husband, their baby…and a camper van! I’m looking forward to the chance to catch up with myself, to post about our adventures and exploits, and to share the miracles of being ‘with child’. That is to say, I’ll be joyously uploading pictures of our holidays, days out, and our wedding, whilst writing horrifying accounts of my acne and flatulence.

Wish me luck…

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy, Random

 

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Fun with Style Sheets…

Today I went over to visit my good friend, Ste…

subjecting Ste to “water torture”

…and we spent most of the afternoon pimping this blog.

I’d really fallen in love with the Choco theme, but with no header image available it fell a little short of what I wanted. I had almost resigned myself to either a) a headerless page, or b) a plainer format that incorporated a header image, when Ste came to the rescue with his powers of awesomeness…

I used GIMP to design my image (it’s only an approximation of what I want, but changing that will be easy now that the CSS is written) and then Ste used his clever brain to make my blog title disappear into the background and my header image to sit pretty at the top of the screen.

Praise be to Ste!

At this precise moment, onegirlandacampervan.com looks like this…

Header by me, coding by Ste 🙂

We had to make the best of certain difficulties, like the navigation bar (at the top where you move between the ‘about’ pages), which insisted on being part of the header rather than sitting above it. At first this meant that there was a huge gap between the header and the body text, and then when we tried to move it, it ended up hovering around the top of the image. With a bit of extra padding in the CSS we could move it to a more acceptable place to hover, change the colour and add a border.

For those who’d like to know, the CSS is below. It changes the background colour, changes the colour of the post header font (and again when you hover your cursor over it), adds a 900×300 pixel image as a header (but we had to set the height at 240px because the original theme code adds 60px on for some reason, so we ended up with a gap between header and body if we set the height as 300px),  hides the visibility of the site title (so it doesn’t appear over the header image, but it does appear on the browser tab…if you just leave this blank – as I intended – then you end up with a nameless site), adds a border to the navigation bar, creates a margin above the nav bar to push it down the page a bit, changes the nav bar background colour and pads it out so the tabs are central to the box and border. *phew*

body {
background-color:#400;
}

.entry {
background-color:#FFF;
}

.post-title a {
color:#7f911a;
}

.post-title a:hover {
color:black;
}

div#header {
background-image:url(‘https://onegirlandacampervan.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/blogheader.png&#8217;);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
height:240px;
}

div#logo {
visibility:hidden;
height:250px;
}

div#nav {
border:4px solid black;
margin-top:190px;
background-color:#7f911a;
padding:6px 8px 0;
}

I’ll probably end up creating new headers and trying new themes, and I’ll save the style sheets to my laptop and alter them as each theme requires, but in the meantime this version of Choco, a la Lou and Ste will be the look I’m going with.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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