While the title of this post might not seem like the most positive thing ever, but I feel it is always best to get things off your chest when they’ve been bothering you for a while.

So here I am, admitting that sometimes I really hate blogging!

There are of course some amazingly wonderful things about blogging, one being the community and the friendships I have gained and rekindled, there is a large amount of supportive people out there but also some really god horrid meanies too.

I hate the stress, I hate the fact that sometimes it’s expected of you to be ‘picture perfect’ and squeaky clean, it bothers me how my inbox is full of people begging for a link to be included into a post I’ve written, I’ve even had someone ask me to include a breastfeeding link and info into a really personal post about why I decided not to and why I’m pro fed is best.

Then there is a certain group online who make it their duty to be unbelievable mean for no other good reason besides to cause damage, I hate how judgmental some bloggers can be and when you dare have a slightly different opinion to the crowd suddenly you yourself are the ‘troll’.

It annoys me that good honest people who work hard every day of their blogging life just get completely shit on and get nowhere while others who put in the bare minimum, buy their followers and get all those deals which so many are desperate for. I hate how some brands won’t even touch you just because of a pathetic little domain number and don’t even look at the content you produce over the number of followers you have.

I dislike how much time it takes away from spending time with my children, and how I’ve now trained myself into thinking about ‘instagramable’ photos when I’m out and about, which is probably part of the reason why I’m refusing to vlog because I know it will take any time away from spending time with them and as a family.

Of course as I said there are some wonderful things about blogging, without blogging I wouldn’t have met my friend Becca who I actually met in person in the summer. I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I’ve had without blogging and I know my photography skills wouldn’t have improved as much as they have.

I’m grateful for what I’ve experienced with blogging but my goodness there’s so much that I dislike about it, I’ve contemplated quitting and switching off Mummy Cat altogether during my low days but realistically I feel that due to my dislikes, I should change things up a bit and just post when I feel like it and not let myself get lower because I’ve left it for a little longer than I anticipated.

Perhaps the small break away from my blog did me good? Who knows…

Either way.. happy November everyone!

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September was such a weirdo old month, we got out and about a lot of it but it was a quiet one with Mr S away for a lot of it, all the parenting duties landed on me. but as I said, we still got out.

We went conker collecting, visited my mum many times and even went to Epping Forest which is just up the road from us. it is now officially autumn but the leaves have been dropping since the beginning of September with the combination of the ex tropical storm Helene and two British storms within 24 hours of each other.

We have explored, collected many beautiful things that you would find in autumn and enjoyed seeing the season change once again.

The children themselves are back at school so it means time with the smallest of the family, who has been happy to deal with my walks around my local area collecting as many sticks as she can find.

I think like everyone else who hated the heat of summer, we are so glad to finally see the beauty that is the autumn months!

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The ‘Sightings from’ Linky is run by the beautiful Caitlyis over on her blog at the start of every month, I love this linky as it gets my trigger finger snapping and makes me get out and take my camera with me, you can find her post here if you fancy joining up.

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I had the worst September with blogging, I pretty much abandoned my blog and just moaned about it all on social media, the reason why is what I can gather is my brain was rebelling as this time last year I was stressing about Blogtober. Which thankfully I am not doing it this year but try telling my head that!

None of my goals had been met, my views had been the worst since I started and I just didn’t feel motivated to write anything, which is pretty shitty when you have a collection of review posts that need to be posted. But I sat down at the weekend and decided enough was enough and somehow got myself out of this little self doubt bubble.

Complete our Autumn Bucket List –

So far we’ve managed to do one of the things on the list, which is to go collect pumpkins, you can have a little read here if you are interested, we’ve already managed to get one out of the way with our little adventure collecting conkers which you can read here, I am already planning our Pumpkin picking and autumn crafts as I type this!

Be More Positive –

Naturally a worrier, I’ve been dealing with some mental health issues this past few months, its really shown via my blogging or lack there of, I am going to try and be more positive with things, of course this is better said than done. Trying is always important with this, I give up far to easily so hopefully because now its no longer steaming hot and I feel comfortable in my body again, I should start feeling comfortable in my mind.

Continue Reaching Out –

Reaching out to brands is one goal I am continuing throughout the year, I am in the process of updating my email and making it more professional, say goodbye to Mummy_cat86 and hello to Sarah@mummycat, of course I am getting Mr S to help me out with the final tweaks as I am dumb as a post it seems and cannot figure out how to fix things on my own. Give me a parenting problem or photography issue and I can fix it in a flash, technology and blogging, Nope! so watch this space for new emails and more wonderful content.

Prepare for the C Word –

It is literally right around the corner, of course we have Amelia’s birthday to get through first and Memorial day, but I want to get as organised as I possibly can before Mr S and I do our big shop in November. We pick a day, usually the first Monday of November, head to the shops and get things sorted for the children. This year something is very different, we have a car, which we didn’t have last year so we wont be limited in what we can get.  Cant wait!

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Pretty simple goals, I don’t have any social media or blog goals for this month, I just want to get through it and be happy at the end of it. whatever views I get, I am happy.

I just wish my DA would go up a bit more!

Do you have any goals for this month? are you hoping to achieve them?

 

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Children and snacks often come hand in hand, and that’s no different in my house with three very hungry little kittens to feed. We are a very anti sweet family, during my time studying childcare one of the things my tutor said was that children didn’t need sweets or chocolate. her motto was always ‘If you do not give it, they do not crave it’ and I have stuck by that.

However one thing happened above everything else, my first and second child suffered with both a lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy, which after fighting tooth and nail with a doctor to get it diagnosed, Opened up a whole new world of struggle to get healthy snacks into them. This was a time when having a child with a milk issue was an unknown thing, these days its been given an actual name and children are being diagnosed with it more and more so there for the snacks are following suit and becoming more allergy friendly!

These snacks have all served us well over they years, so I wanted to share with you and hopefully inspire you to introduce them into your finger food list.

It goes in as it comes out, when Kai was 2 his favorite snack of all was dried bananas. I was always to scared to have actual bananas in the house thanks to all the spider scares but the dried variety was enjoyed very much. We then found that Holland and Barrett did dried blueberries and suddenly the world was changed. I always found that they are the perfect snack to pop into a lunch box and they always are enjoyed by everyone.

Not for an every day sort of snack but perfect to pop into the nappy bag for emergencies, these are from our local tesco and are similar to Pom Bears, but in the shape of a cute little bunny. They come in plain and cheese, which is Robins favorite and there isn’t much bad in them, I find them so handy for when the older two pick some god horrible thing from the shops at the weekend and their little sister, wanting to be just like her older siblings wants something too, Bunny Bites to the rescue!

I have raved many times about how much I love Ella’s Kitchen, the pouches often get a bad rep for being considered ‘lazy’ food but they are a great convenience if you are rushing off your feet with everything else. The fruit smoothies go down such a treat with Robin, she will often replace her yogurt with them and we always have a stock of them in the fridge. You can find them in a box of five and come in all sorts of different flavors, Robins favorite is the red one and of course, she turns her nose up if we offer her anything different.

Rhythm 108 kindly send some of their amazing products to us through the mail, these are much more of an older child snack so of course my older two were all over these the minute I showed them. we got a lovely selection of different bars and biscuits and its honestly safe to say the popular one has been the lemon cake. I take them with me when I go collect them from school and its been a big distraction from our ‘little shop’ which is just outside the school gates and a magnet for hungry after school children.

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I am sure there are probably many more snacks that tickle everyone’s fancy but these are the top lot that are asked every day when they come home from school, I am also being asked to make sure I buy more of the Rhythm 101 ‘cakes’ as they call them.

What snacks make the grade in your home?

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Hello and welcome back to another Sightings from roundup post. This month has been a long one, with the mix of Mr S being away for the majority of it, we didn’t get out very often and my camera and I didn’t get a chance to explore. But surprisingly there was some photos that I had stored in my phone, so here is what we got up to in the month of august in photos.

Building and Exploring

We have had a lot happen in my home at the moment, I have been stuck in a little DIY cleaning mood so Mr S and I have put together various pieces of furniture. We took a little trip to Ikea while my mum had the older two children for the bank holiday weekend, It is safe to say my front room is slowly turning into the image I have in my head.

It also rained, it hasn’t rained in what felt like months. Robin is obsessed with the rain now and will climb up onto the window to stick her hands out, but because its been cooler, we have managed to get out and explore the world around us. We found conkers and plenty of acorns, We are all excited for when the threes change color.

Despite the lack of photos, I am glad we had such a good month, Its been a very ‘in the moment’ month so anything fun we did, I never took the camera.

Here is to another fun month of photographs.

Sightings from linky is hosted by the beautiful Caitylis over on her blog, you can view her post and join in by following here.

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