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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.

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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.

Happy Birthday Mummy Cat Notes!!

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Support is a rare thing, sometime you find it everywhere and others I have noticed become nonexistent, I am now coming up to my second year of publicly sharing my posts online and actively posting and talking to a group of people on twitter and around the community known as blogging and there is one thing I have noticed above all else is how mean some people can be.

So I have decided to share some of my favorite bloggers that I have developed friendships and really enjoyed reading of the past two years.

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My Girls and Me – Becca is one of the loveliest people I have met so far in blogging, shes honest and compassionate and I am so grateful to have gotten to know, her beautiful family are wonderful and I love hearing all the silly things both Miyah and Rosie get up to daily, There is a little plan in place for a meet up in the summer holidays and I just cannot wait.

The Honest Father – Mark might be considered controversial by many but hes such a nice chap and if I am fair, he lives up to his blogging name, he truly is honest and isn’t scared of anyone bringing him down and speaks truthfully about the types of bullshit that can occur in the blogging world.

Lady Writes – I met Chloe in a comment pod, Yes I do use them but I have learnt one thing about being in comment pods is that you find some amazing bloggers that are actually enjoyable to sit and read daily, she has just started up a Youtube channel which you can find here, and she is honestly the most down to earth ‘bigger’ lifestyle blogger I have met and is just utterly beautiful!

Fizzy Peaches – Lyndsay is just wonderful, I have been really enjoying reading her blog, her little family are adorable and they have about to become an even bigger family soon! I couldn’t be more excited for her.

TippyTupps – Vicki reminds me very much of myself, shes funny and has such an adorable family, I love how her blog isn’t just one thing but its her life from food and crafting to books, I have really enjoyed getting to know Vicki over the year.

Bringing Up the Berneys – Becky’s blog is I think the first lot of mum bloggers I started following when I decided to blog more back in early 2017, she has an absolutely adorable family and has just welcomed the cutest little boy into her family and I love seeing him on instagram when she shares videos and is one of the few I personally take time out to sit down and read her blogs when they go live.

Boston Book Reader – Kris is from Boston (if it isn’t obvious) and blogs about books but she also shares vlogs and other little lifestyle videos on her youtube here, I just love having one of her vlogs open while I cook lunch for the children and her book reviews are great! plus if you need some advice about crystals then shes the girl for you.

Busy Bee Mummy Bex – I know Rebecca through Instagram and through the BCApril16 lot, she has a fantastic blog that she set up after having her second child Hugo who has Bilateral Talipes to bring awareness to it, and you can read all through her life dealing with it from doctors appointments and other things life throws at you, Bex is my blogging inspiration and her instagram is goals!

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That’s enough of me rabbiting on about my favorites, who are yours?

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