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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At the start of the month, I shared a little post on what to do during the autumn season, things I had planned to do with the children and along with that I wanted to share just how many we managed to do.

Conkers, also called Horse chestnuts which after some googling I found out that they are part of the lychee family, and I guess looking at them, you can sort of see it. Last year we went conker collecting later in the year and unfortunately there wasn’t many left, so I made it my mission to do it sooner rather than later and enjoy the season a bit more.

This time Robin got to get out and collect them too which she enjoyed, however in her sweetness she would call them acorns rather than conkers but that didn’t take away any of the fun she had. We stayed local and made it into a fun little walk as a family as that doesn’t happen very often with Mr S away for many weekends so it was a lovely little family adventure full of beautiful red conkers. We took along a little plastic bag but because of the sheer amount that the children found it split and I sacrificed my big bag that I got from Next which soon began to fill up as well.

There was just so many and a lot of them had only just started to fall, considering that a few days prior the UK got hit by the ex tropical storm Helene (I promise I wont go all weather nerd on you!) and while we here in Essex didn’t get the full force of the storm, it was extremely windy, but I expected a lot more on the ground while exploring. Mr S knocked plenty off the trees and the children enjoyed throwing the ones still in their little casings into the ground.

We collected so many that they managed to fill up one of those 9kg tubs of bird food!

I of course took my camera out with me, I am trying to use my Nikon a lot more in hopes that it will help improve my photo skills, to much of everyone’s annoyance. Here are the photos I took

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We are hoping to be able to complete our little bucket list for the autumn season, there is just something so magical about this time of year that makes want to get out and explore, its a shame it only lasts for a little while.

Have you ticked anything off your autumn bucket list yet?

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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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I have been so poorly at the end of this week that all these posts I had planned just got forgotten but that’s all understandable!

This weeks photo is a little throwback to the time we went pumpkin picking, I am desperate for the cool days of autumn and we are now one week shy of the summer holidays so it will not be long before the weather changing and the leaves getting crisp.

I also found a cool new app for my phone called VSCO and lots of tips on how to use it on Pinterest so I’m excited to add more of a theme going forward on my instagram, yes I am that sad, but I will share all about that in a future post when I am little bit more awake and less under the weather.

Wishing you a happy weekend

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This week has been sort of a chilly one, and because of the days getting shorter and it being darker at the end of the day, sometimes we are treated to a beautiful sunset on the way back from the park.

These two shots were both taken with my iPhone 6plus and really feel wintery, the sky almost looks icy.

I can’t wait until we have frosts every morning and maybe some snow, summer might have flowers but nothing compares to a icy autumn sunset and the beautiful orange leaves.

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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