I have a new pet-hate phrase, actually it’s not new and I don’t just pet-hate it I REALLY hate it: “first-world problem”. It’s become the de rigueur thing to say on social media about everything and is usually usually delivered scathingly. And I feel like starting a petition to have it stopped. BECAUSE ALL MY PROBLEMS ARE FIRST WORLD. I can’t really have third-world ones now can I?
The latest example was when I asked on Facebook what people’s must-take-on-a-plane items were and I had the hide (the hide!) to say Evian spray was one of mine. Yep, I was accused of having a “first-world” problem. It seems I must only take water sprays in cheap plastic refillable bottles if I am to be a worthwhile member of society. Actually, maybe I should skip the water altogether, because that’s a pretty first-world thing to have as well.
FARK! You have been warned.
In happier news …
>> I noted that the cycle of life played out in Hollywood over the weekend as pregnancy news was shared, new bubs were paraded, an amazing journalist died and a middling actress got married. Click here for the lowdown.
>> I fretted about what to bake for the school fete … which threw me into a total frenzy yesterday just hours before leaving on a jet plane for some shopping in LA baby. Read about it here.
>> It ain’t easy being a redhead. You’re pale, you’re freckly, your hair is a weird colour and people make fun of it. So it fills my heart with joy when I see photos of Roodharigendag, a yearly festival in the Netherlands for people with naturally red hair. Read about it here (and my own miserable ginger moments).
>> I noted I wasn’t pregnant, just fat, after being offered a seat on the bus during the week. Read the sorry tale here.
>> And Small World Syndrome struck again with the news that an old friend and I would be sipping cocktails at this hotel (in Los Angeles!) last night.
And then, over at iVillage:
The stuff that made me think …
>> Why I tried to stop my son marrying his boyfriend >>http://bit.ly/17ArXAL
>> A dad reveals: Why Father’s Day filled me with joy – but broke my heart at the same time >> http://bit.ly/19ZMi4r
>> An Aussie woman who had her ovaries removed during cancer treatment is pregnant with twins. Read about the world-first procedure here: http://bit.ly/1fvJZ9W
>> Why do people always say this when they find out I’m having twins? >> http://bit.ly/17wgTSR
>> A divorced mum reveals the hardest thing about joint custody >>http://bit.ly/15rwLMF
>> The scary thing that can happen when you share photos of your kids on social media >> http://bit.ly/14sdKnb
>> How I fell back in love with my husband >> http://bit.ly/19nuOOE
>> This mum wants your daughter to stop corrupting her sons. But is she being a hypocrite? Make your mind up here >>http://bit.ly/1ekcHgb
The fun stuff …
>> A day in the life of a working mum… as told in GIFs. Brilliant and oh-so relatable >> http://bit.ly/17BNBs8
>> Introducing: the cupcake that’ll cost you more than a flight to Bali >> http://bit.ly/19dCHpH
>> Robert Pattinson’s sultry Dior ad has finally been released – and, trust us, it lives up to the hype. Click here to watch Rob sprinting on rooftops, cavorting with models and lounging around in sharp suits – you know, the usual >> http://bit.ly/1dJBMDB
>> Imagine reliving all the romance, laughter and silliness of your wedding… in sloooow motion. Click here to check out the coolest new wedding trend >> http://bit.ly/14hF8JL
>> Share this post with every redhead you know – go the gingers! – Alana xxxx >> http://bit.ly/1cHW0tp
How was your week?
From my friend Jodie in Jordan: Hooked on cupcakes? Meet the 66-year-old who just ate her first one… http://bit.ly/1fxFMTk
Forget Kevin vs Tony… My dilemma is what to bake for the election cake stall at my kids’ school tomorrow – here are five cupcakes I reckon will walk off the table – Alana x >>http://bit.ly/15HL2xW