World Enviroment Day is on June 5th, such an important day to really raise awareness for the fact that we are causing so much damage to our beautiful world, I was tagged by the wonderful Katie over at her blog Living Life Our Way to do this tag, here is also a handy little link to the UN website which gives plenty of information regarding the day itself.
How to Play
The major issue of plastic pollution has been gaining much awareness lately, thanks to numerous documentaries and high profile campaigns. As we wake up to the level of destruction to our planet caused by single- use plastics, people are increasingly switching to reusables. Hooray! Join us in this global game of tag by sharing photos of your reusables to help #beatplasticpollution Let’s play!
All games have rules These ones are very simple…
1. Take a photo of between 1- 3 reusable items that you personally have switched to, in order to help tackle plastic pollution.
2. Caption your photo with a short message to raise awareness.
3. Also include your top tip for beating plastic pollution.
4. Share your photo and caption, along with your top tip, tagging at least three other people.
5. Please also link back to me in your blog post and tag me on social media, thank you!
My Top Tip –
Keep all your reusable shopping bags in the boot of the car so you aren’t then forced to get another one when out shopping.
I only really have two things at the moment, I am looking at getting new wooden tooth brushes but for now we have changed to using metal reusable straws which I keep in my nappy bag and reusable water bottles, while they are plastic, I don’t throw them away after use.
I know I say this every month but another month gone before we know it, This time I am going to share you with some of my favorite mummy products as well as children’s products that I have used throughout the month of May. its been a heretic month, no different than the last if I am honest but with the amount of days off the children have had from school and the breaking of the blog (which I explain here) I haven’t had much time to do anything besides parent and online shop (shush).
but enough of me rambling, here are my ‘Mummy’ Favorites from May..
Teapigs Everyday Tea – These are so expensive but they are my morning cup of tea, the one that I feel upset that I miss or when the milk goes off and cant have it, I will have one of these a day and they taste lovely, TeaPigs the brand have other more fancy tears as well as the bog standard ‘Everyday’ tea but because I am super picky and such a fussy eater I settled with the boring one and I love having it as part of my morning mummy routine.
Treacle Moon Bath Gel and Body Butter – I found this product during our weekly shop in Tescos, and while once again this is another thing thats a bit more expensive than the usual bath and body care I had to have it, I got the Coconut scented one but the other scents are delightful! if you ever see them around grab the body butter as its just delightful and always fantastic when you are having your much needed Mummy alone time which as we know are few and far between haha.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Ive probably mentioned this product before in one of my monthy favorites, because frankly what mother doent have this one in their arsenal of hair products! I wish I had known of this when I was a greasy teenager because its been such a life saver when it comes to having presentable hair during the school runs, when you simply havent had the time to jump into the shower and wash your hair, they come in a collection of scents, I have the Blush one and its such a sweet scent! I believe I got this from Home Bargains for a pretty good price as they rarely go on deal in the shops.
Lush Gorgeous Moisturizer (sample pot) – When I did my last next order I decided to ask for a few samples and one of them was this, while they didnt give me much and I am running out now this is so wonderful, its a little expensive so I can see why they only gave me a small amount but what I got has lasted for so long, I am going back to a Lush store on the 3rd of June so I may grab myself a much bigger tub of this lovely scented cream.
Ugly Betty – Mr S was away for most of the end of May, he was in sweden and I spent literally all night while he was gone watching the wonderful and completely ahead of its time with the subjects it covers, from transgender siblings to a young boy growing up and discovering his sexuality and this show was released in 2006! it was such a shame that it was cancelled due to low ratings but those who love it still appreciate this show, while it did have its stereotypical moments its one of those shows that I couldn’t get bored of and always made me laugh
Here is a little clip of it.
Amanda has to be my favorite character, next to Betty’s sister Hilda, but all of them have such wonderful stories and I just wish it lasted a bit longer so it could’ve been explored better than the rush job that is the final four episodes of season four..
Sweet Hearts Hair Design Hair Detangler – We was sent this product after answering a call out on I believe facebook, this lovely Instagram store was offering samples of their own made detangler and I was so excited to give it a try, so far it works wonders, I use it on Amelia’s hair after her hair was or sometimes before school when her hair just wont knotout, I have also used it on Robins mess of hair because of how she sleeps it gets all tangled up at the back, and we love it, it smells lovely and does the job just fine without leaving any sticky residue on the hair and I love how its made from all organic ingredients, its something I wish I had when Amelia was smaller as she hated having her hair brushed because of how much it got tangled up, not a sales pitch I promise but you must go and get yourself some if your children’s hair can get a little wild like mine haha.
And there we have my monthly favorites in May, I might make that a little theme for the next months products, seeing as I am a mummy blogger, I wonder what exciting things we have in Junes Monthly Favorites…
Today marks the second birthday of Mummy Cat Notes, I still remember the day I made it, it was raining and I had my tiny baby resting on my chest while I sat up at the computer reading other blogs and wanting to start one myself.. I had the name planned but I of course started over on Blogger and made the switch to WordPress early last year, because Mr S also uses WordPress for his website and I wanted to be able to get help when I needed it from him if things went wrong.
How has year two been compared to year one, well frankly and honestly, its been hard.. on fathers day last year I was told what I said on twitter had upset someone, all I said was that I was proud of my husband working hard and how we didn’t need to rely so much on the government, I probably worded it wrong and like anything on the internet, it doesn’t matter how you say something, someone will take offence to it, I felt insulted and upset and that I was being made out to be a bad person when I honestly do not think that I am, it escalated into being accused of copying another blogger and then finally resting on me being accused of being bully to then end up being bullied myself by those who believe this other person over me, without even asking me for the other side of the story.. thankfully there is the amazing thing known as the block button and I made it my goal to completely block out anyone who associated with those who accuse me and compared to how I was back when it all happened, I don’t care anymore, I have come out of the other side with a smile on my face and know that while some may think I am a horrible person, I have many friends online and in real life and I realize now that those people who seek to make me feel like I am worth nothing shouldn’t even be on my radar and in the words of King Theoden from the Lord of the Rings trilogy..
‘You have no power here’
..but enough about that, I wanted this post to be a positive one because despite the bad times, there has been some amazing times in year two, I FINALLY plucked up the courage and started contacting brands, I was always so fearful of doing it but I made it my goal for 2018 to start doing it and I have done some really fun reviews and posts, and of course have plenty yet to come for year three! its really boost my confidence and I feel like I am stepping in the right direction with my blogging, I still want to keep everything personal, I always wanted to just use it as more of a journal to document days out and silly events along with products that I purchase and want to share, I always find it odd when everyone is obsessed with the selling part of blogging, cant you just enjoy telling your story as well as selling? I get that others want to make this a job but for me, right now and as always, blogging is a hobby that I have always loved, even back when I use to write in my little green notebook… however theses days its more about my children than which celebrity I have a crush on that week/month (Richard Hammond) but blogging now has helped me feel more creative than I have ever been, I am taking more photos and investing more and more time with writing not only here but I have even dabbled in some stories too, none will see the light of day of course but its been so wonderful just being able to stretch my braincells and maybe make me feel a little less of a mombie! I honestly had forgotten how much I love photography until I started my Photograph Sunday series, I make it my mission each week to take a photo of something so that I can add it to the post and its made me really learn how to use my camera and lenses properly and for the first time ever save up to buy my own lens rather than having to rely on my wonderful uncle for his help in that department.
I have a mad year three ahead of me, with meeting the amazing Becca from My Girls and Me in the summer holidays and even going to The London Baby Show in the autumn which I cannot wait to go and meet some wonderful brands and maybe even bump into more bloggers, Year Three is going to be my best year yet, and I am so excited to continue my journal as a blogger, sharing my world with those who want to read it and because I have been watching a LOT of Ugly Betty lately inspire others to create their own little space on the internet to rant and to connect with others.
Summer is finally (almost) here and what better than to share with you some of the beautiful dresses that are on offer in Next at the moment..
I am usually very much a leggings and tshirt kind of person when it comes to dressing Robin, so actually branching out and getting her some pretty summer dresses is a big leap for me, I am always worried her beautiful skin would get burnt in the sun but in the long run its better to be cool with a nice flowy dress than be stuck in a skin tight pair of sparkly leggings..
Some of the dresses I got for Robin are just simply beautiful, I think my favorite of the lot of them has to be the Lemon Print dress, its just so pretty and can work so well for a wedding outfit, its got this adorable little collar which when Robin wears it with a cardigan sits over the top of it and just looks so adorable.
I can see many of these looking so pretty in the autumn and winter too, with some jeans or tights layered with long sleeve vests, the only one I cant seem to love is the flamingo shirt one, the legs are far to short for my liking and I prefer a much longer leg, and of course with the fact that Robin is tiny enough as it is, it doesn’t sit in the right spot on her body to make it look right, but I know we will make plenty use of the thin shirt that came with the set.
The little sandals are perfect, Its really hard to find shoes that I 1, like on Robin and 2, fit her properly, I do like the look of the jelly shoes but you need to wear them with socks or the rubber, rubs onto the skin and can cause cuts but I do think they are really cute.
I have seen to many more wonderful cute dresses I want to get Robin for when we go away and for the summer in general, her wardrobe is mainly autumn/winter stuff as she is still very much a tiny girl and I didn’t feel the need to get anything new as everything still fits her perfectly fine in the 12 -18 size but the weather changes everything.
What exciting things have you seen in the shops lately for the little ones? or perhaps for yourself?
I feel that I need to share with you what happened to my blog at the start of the week..
…basically I am an idiot…
Sunday was like any other day, I had spent the whole week before being really careful with money because I wanted to make sure I had the max amount possible for when we go away in July so I didn’t spend much.. a few snacks here and of course my gas and electric needed doing but I felt confident that on sunday, I was going into Monday without any money issues what so ever!
During that week I had an unexpected weird transaction on my paypal account, it was a lot for me so I signed into my paypal, put in a claim and thankfully got the money back so when Sunday rolled around, I had £79 taken out of my account without me saying yes to it, I naturally panicked because that’s a lot of money and repeated the same again, I claimed it back but because it was a sunday I didn’t expect anything to go in or go out etc so when someone told me that my site wasn’t there.
Only me, Only I could break things, and amazingly I decided to break my blog a few days before Mr S went away to Sweden for a gaming event so there was this tiny window in which we could fix it, but thankfully, it was sorted.. I had to buy a new scheme with WordPress and hope that everything would go back to how it was before.. it did come back, mainly my old theme at first and some older posts that were dated back to January before I switched over to self hosted.. but thankfully its back and back in time for a important post that needed to go live on the 22nd..
Basically I had cancelled an important payment that broke my own blog, I mean who else could be that stupid haha! but its all fixed and I managed to get that post up in time and I can sit back and relax for the time being.
so let that be a little warning, don’t panic and do something stupid.. read first and always try to laugh at yourself!