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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I have completely forgotten to do these post for a while now, blame my exhaustion and possibly not going out much to take photos!

PHOTOGRAPH \\ SUNDAY

These photos had been taken on Friday, we had been stuck in all week waiting for packages and other exciting things and we made a deal to go out and find some autumn goodies that may have fallen off their trees.

We found a few ready to pick ones but lots of them had just been blown of the tree from the windy weather.

Still it was lovely to get out and explore the area without worrying about missing any mail!

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On the 23rd September, here in the UK it will officially be autumn, and while the sun was nice, I cannot wait for cooler weather and lots of rain. I look forward to those dark mornings waking up, looking out of the window and seeing fog settle on the ground, the changing colors of the trees and the fun that comes from it.

But on those good days that autumn brings, I want to head out and explore our beautiful world as it goes to sleep, preparing for autumn. So I have decided to share with you all the things I want to do during the most wonderful time of the year.

Go Pumpkin Picking – We try and go every year to our local farm that sells all sorts of wonderful fruit, I’ve talked about it here and here. This year I will make it my duty to get along to the beautiful Cammas Hall, The children love being able to run between the pumpkins and make the all important choice of which one will grace our windowsill.  While I am not Irish, the tradition of placing a candle in the window on Halloween or Samhain is to guide the spirits home and seek a blessing for the coming year. Its actually fascinating reading about the history of this magical time of year.

Collect Conkers

Being very much a child at heart, I very much enjoy heading out in search of those conkers. Last year we went along to my mums for the day, exploring the area and finding a huge haul of conkers. Its great fun for everyone.

Make Decorations

Last year I did blogtober, and while it as a big bundle of stress, I enjoyed creating spooky Halloween decorations with the children, one of my favorites was the sun catcher leaf decorations. I am so excited to continue making beautiful autumn decorations for my home, We’ve been out and collected plenty of pine cones and acorns for other fun crafts which I will of course share with you.

Autumn Walks

I don’t know if you are aware, but I hate summer with a passion. So once the weather turns cooler I come out of my cave and explore my surroundings. One of my favorite things to do and something I am so excited to start doing is heading out and going for walks.

Go Trick or Treating

This year I want to take the children out and experience their first trick or treat night. I have always put off doing it purely down to my own anxiety, but I have banded together with a few of the mums from school and we are all going out together. The children have planned what they want to dress up as, and I am excited about getting my witches hat on.

Go Apple Picking

Every year now, we go picking apples along one of our walks. The apples we mainly pick are crab apples, which my mum then turns into jelly. However last year we only managed to pick enough for one tiny jar but my goal for this year is to get bags full for her.

Visit Hatfield Forest

Just up the road from us here in Harlow is the beautiful and ancient Hatfield Forest, famed for its cows and many cow pats, I am so excited head there with the family and explore this amazing and local area. Some of the trees in the forest are over 1000 years old and its just a perfect place to let the children explore or let a photographer like me, snap away.

As you can see, we have lots of fun things planned for autumn, I just wish it would get here so we can start doing some of them. What things do you have on your autumn bucket list for this year?

 

 

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