Welcome to this brand new tag, I love tags, I find them fantastic for getting to know other bloggers and learning new things about each other and this one is for the parent bloggers of the world, because lets face it, there aren’t many of these floating about that are for us lonely parent bloggers trying to make some waves in the world..

The tag has been created by The Mulberry Bush which is a fantastic little shop full of wonderful wooden toys and who support and love parent bloggers too.. but enough of my ramblings..

~ QUESTIONS ~

1. What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?– I honestly wasn’t expecting just how exhausted I was going to be, you are always told that its hard work and that you will be tired but I have been in tears over how tired I have felt and also just how lonely and isolated it can be.

2. What is your main piece of advice for new parents? – Just to not listen to anyone elses advice, parenting is a journey that you must make your own mistakes and paths and should never listen to what anyone says regardless of how good their intentions are.

3. How do you encourage family time at home? – I don’t think I do encourage it, it just sort of happens.. I feel like making them do something only causes arguments.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties? – I manage to fit it around nap times and quiet times which is few and far between haha.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up? – I had this stuffed cat called Twinkle that I won at a country fayre thing when I was 7, she came with me everywhere

6. Have you kept any of your toys from childhood? – I have kept two actually, one is a blanket that I have had since birth and the other is this bunny that has been stitched up more times than I can count.

7. What are your children’s favourite toys? – Amelia loves anything to do with my little pony, Kai is addicted to cars and planes and Robin just likes anything, although she does have a cute cuddly toy robin called Bob that goes everywhere with her.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have? – At the end of a school day I do let them veg in front of the tv for a bit but at weekends I do try and limit their time watching anything.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? – Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.? – this is one of the hardest things to do, because there simply is so much of it, we try and reuse any bottles we buy.

10. What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging? – Dont do it if you are only out to get money and be popular, make sure you are blogging for YOU and no one else!

~ I TAG ~

Becca

Vicki

Maria

Clare

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I have been tagged in a wonderful little get to know you kind of tag, I love tags as they just give you an opportunity to take time out with prepping and planning and simply slow down. I want to thank the wonderful Angela who tagged me, you can find her blog here and her Sunshine Blogger post here and seeing that I have been pretty much sick with a bad cold and chest infection for the past week and haven’t really had the time or the energy to sit down and write anything besides ‘ugghh i’m sick’ on my twitter.

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// RULES //

  1. Thank the blogger/s who have nominated you in your post and also link their sunshine blogger post to.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger has left for you.
  3.  Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award.
  4. Write them 11 questions
  5. Include the rules and display the logo within your post.

// Questions & Answers //

  1. Why did you start blogging? – I used to blog years and years ago but in private, I had started reading a few blogs here and there on twitter and was inspired to start it up again, it felt like it would be a wonderful way to document days out other things to look back on in future.
  2. What has been your most successful post? – A silly post I did about this game called Skyrim.. I put it onto Stumbleupon and it just took off. you can give it a read here
  3. Describe yourself in three words. – Mummy, Gamer, Nerd
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go (and why) ? – I would love to visit more of england if I am honest, I dont like flying and I am scared of everything so I’d love to see more of my homeland.
  5. What was the last thing that made you laugh? – Robin saying to Kai ‘Alright Kai?’ when I met them from school.
  6. What is the last thing you watched and why? – The Grand Tour and why because I tend to watch them before I let my children watch them to make sure there aren’t many bad words and frankly I love those three idiots!
  7. If you had a theme song to your life what would it be?– U2 Stuck in a Moment
  8. Are you a morning or night person? – It depends on what night ive had before, some days I can get up and get going and others are just hard work haha
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve? – People who talk and eat at the same time, pisses me off completely, cant you just wait to finish eating before you talk to me?
  10. Which would you give up: Your car or your phone? – Honestly.. I am going to say neither haha
  11. Tell us your most embarrassing moment!– There are far to many to mention haha I am sorry

// QUESTIONS FOR YOU //

  1. What is your Starbucks order?
  2. Who has been your biggest inspiration?
  3. Where is the one place you would love to visit?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  5. Tea or Coffee?
  6. One game that you can waste hours playing?
  7. Favorite film?
  8. Funniest childhood memory?
  9. Biggest blogging goal?
  10. One meal that you would gladly eat every day?
  11. Favorite curse word?

// SUNSHINE BLOGGER NOMINATION //

Becca
Britt
Vicki
Kris

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Welcome to the 100 Truths tag!! its where you learn a little bit more about me and some opinions along the way, I was tagged by the wonderful Ruth from Mummy and the Mexicans and I hope you enjoy my answers.

The Basics.

1 What’s your name?
Sarah, boring name if you ask me.
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
I am known as iLemmy on many other places on the internet, which is also my xbox gamertag.
 3 Your gender?
Female
4 Your star sign?
 Aries!
5 How old are you?
I am the ripe ol’ age of 31
6 Your relationship status?
 Currently married, almost for 5 years now, Im honestly surprised hes lasted this long hah
7 Any children?
 I have three beautiful, if demonic children.
8 Any pets?
Just the one, Loki my Mainecoon.
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
 Just piercings in the ears, three in each lobes and one daith piercing which you can read about here
if you fancy.
10 What do you like about yourself?
 I like my sense of humor, my husband claims I lost it when I had Kai but its just observational and kinda dark, which has to be honest caused some issues in the past haha!
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
Oh god, do you have a week? I self doubt, I hate most things about myself, Sometimes I will look in the mirror and honestly hate the image looking back at me, I hate that I trust people far to easily and I hate that I say sorry as well..I say that far to much.
Generally I just hate me.
 12 Righty or lefty?
Righty.

 Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:
A cup of English Breakfast
14 The last thing you ate:
 A Galaxy Ripple.. and it was GOOOD!!
15 Your last phone call:
 My mum, shes pretty much the only person I call and answer the phone too
16 Your last text message:
 Once again, my mum.

17 Your last email:
Nothing exciting, my emails aren’t as fun and personal as they once was, just some emails from WordPress and a notification telling me I have a twitter DM.

 18 The last song you listened to:
 According to my iTunes, the last song I listened to was Togo Te Pate from the Moana soundtrack, its Robins favorite song and its often will be repeated daily.
19 The last book you read:
 Currently reading The Rook, not finished it yet.
20 The last time you cried:
 The other day, Not sure what I cried about.. sometimes the wind blows and I cry
21 The last blog you read:
This one by Becca
22 The last person you spoke to:
 My mum, on the phone
23 The last place you visited:
 We all went to Keddington with the family to visit Mr S’s nan for the day
24 Your last holiday abroad:
 Not to sure if this counts but I went to Dublin for my 16th birthday, that was the last time I went somewhere that wasn’t inside England.

Your beliefs and opinions

49 Do you believe in aliens?
 Yes I do, the truth is out there of course.
50 Do you believe in miracles?
 I believe in good luck
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
 Yes! While it can be hard to think positive sometimes it can really help when you have tough days and the anxiety is slowly creeping in.
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
 I am not completely sure on this one, people can fall in love quickly but on looks (because thats biological nature to find an ‘attractive’ mate in the terms of health etc) but to truly fall in love requires trust and getting to know the person.
53 Can money make you happy?
 Yes and No, it cannot bring you love or joy but if you can afford to remove any dept that is causing stress then that can make you happier.
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
 I believe people should be equal.. and from what I’ve seen of feminist is some don’t believe that all should be equal, just that men shouldn’t have a voice.. everyone should have a voice and an opinion.
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
 Pro Choice BUT.. personally I couldn’t do it.
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
 Only that we shouldn’t judge others for what they believe in.
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
 Not really, I have been reading a lot lately on pagan beliefs but I don’t have any strong beliefs
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
 love and guidance, you are their teacher in this world and of course their boss, you need to guide them to make the right choices (within their opinions).

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
 I am about to eat some lunch, which is a nice mini cheese pizza!
60 Are you drinking anything right now?
 Water
61 What are you listening to right now?
 I am currently watching some Youtube videos while my smallest naps, so I can hear the wonderful Achievement Hunter.
62 What are you thinking about right now?
 Not a lot, I never know what to say when I am asked this because its like… well now I am just thinking of this question now haha
63 What are you waiting for right now?
 The weekend, I feel like this week is taking such a long time. I hate weeks like this
64 What are you most excited about right now?
 Sunday, all my family are meeting up for a meal as my aunt and her family went to Australia for Christmas plus its my mums birthday on the 24th so its going to be a great get together
65 What’s your pet hate right now?
 People who eat food and then talk to you, either don’t eat and talk or wait until you are finished before opening your mouth.
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
 My camera.
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
 Probably writing posts and taking photos, its nap time and I use my time with Robin being down in her bed to get photos done for post.

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:
 Her name was Bianca, she moved to another city and this was the time when social media wasnt a thing so I never spoke to her again. I wish I could find her and see how her life is but there are a lot of people with the same name as her and it was over 20 years ago.
74 Your first job:
 I was a cleaner in a local hospital, I worked weekends and in the evenings, it was great and good pay as it was unsociable hours.
75: Your first childhood memory: 
 My mums dog Shandy biting my ear, she didn’t mean to, I think I annoyed her and it wasn’t like a bad bite, more like a nip

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
Love
77 Twitter or Facebook?
 I like them both, I have met so many wonderful people on twitter and I am in some fantastic groups on facebook.. hard to choose.
78 Hook up or relationship?
 Relationship.
79 Dogs or cats?
 100% Cats!
80 Coffee or tea?
 tea of course 🙂
81 Beer or wine?
 I dont really drink but if I had to choose id pick beer
82 Sweet or savoury?
 I cant pick, I like them both depending on the mood
83 Introvert or extrovert?
 Introvert
84 Vampires or werewolves?
 I cant choose! sorry haha
85 Seaside or countryside?
 Once again I cannot choose, I love both locations
86 Summer or winter?
 Autumn 😉
87 Books or movies?
 Probably books, I do enjoy films but nothing beats the smell of a book
88 Horror or comedy
 Probably horror

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
 Sometimes, but I feel like I wouldn’t be the person I am today without things from my past.
90 What’s your dream job?
 Being a mother I think its a pretty good job so far, exhausting, underpaid but its so rewarding.
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
 Top Gear/The Grand Tour – those three idiots can bring a smile on my face in dark days and make me forget my anxiety when it gets to much.
92 What are you afraid of?
 Trains and train tracks, I did go on a train but it was hard going and I panicked when we didn’t go according to schedule and almost missed our return journey… couldn’t get me on one again mind
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
 I don’t think I ever knew what I wanted to be, I don’t think I wanted to grow up and deal with adulthood.. still don’t haha
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
 Invisibility, it would be wonderful if people didnt see me for a few days, I could go hide..
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
 There are lots, I wish i wasn’t so anxious and apologetic
96 Would you want immortality?
 I am not sure, Id love to see what the future holds and I don’t like the idea of dying but living forever would be pretty sad while everyone around me dies.. I couldn’t do it
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
 Judy Garland, However I wouldn’t know what I would say to her.
98 Would you say you are happy?
 I guess I am, tired.. but happy.
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
 Be careful of who you trust.
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Still married, probably in a new home and I’d like to hope another baby on the way, working and earning a living from my blog too.
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There is always something special about a brand new year drawing, perhaps its the idea of a new start on things and setting yourself goals for that year ahead.. I want to quickly thank Sarah over at The Parenting Trials for tagging me in the 18 Goals for 2018 post.

  1. Be more positive – I think this just goes without saying really, I mentioned this in my January goals post but it is something I truly want to do in the year ahead.. no more sad down me, no more letting others bring me down and onto a happier person.
  2. Get out more – The plan is to go out as a family more often at the weekends, I know Mr S works on his site during the weekends but it would be wonderful, more so in the spring months to get out and visit local area’s we couldn’t before because of a lack of a car.
  3. Take more photos – Photography is a big part of me, I got my Nikon D60 in 2008 for Christmas and since then I haven’t stopped taking photos ‘Tom’ used to come everywhere with me but I kept hearing people complain about me bringing it places and I stopped taking photos with it, not anymore! Tom is going everywhere with me!
  4. Read more books – I sometimes find it hard to have the time to read, but I want to start again, a good blogger friend of mine has started a monthly challenge and I am going to take part in it – here’s a little link to The 2018 Book Challenge if you fancy giving it a go yourself.
  5. Eat less meat – I am a meat eater, I love a good BBQ pulled pork or a yummy chicken burger but I want to limit my meat intake, not so much go back to being a vegetarian but cut out beef/lamb and just have chicken and have a lot more vegetable only meals.
  6. Contact brands – When I started this blog, it was just a place I could go to, to moan basically, but I have always wanted to work with some of my favorite indie brands in the baby scene, not that blogging is about brands, but its a little goal of mine this year to not be a wuss and send out some emails.
  7. Meet Becca – She has been such an amazing friend, through a lot of rubbish, shes always there if I need to talk to someone, just like how I am there for her, I am so blessed to have met such a wonderful lady and I want to make this year the year I meet her.
  8. Try new things – I am a very fussy person, it takes a lot for me to try different food or drink and I want to come out of my comfort zone a little more
  9. Start a Bullet Journal – In my baby group on Facebook, we have all started a bullet journal group and I have one on order, I want to keep it up throughout the year, its going to be more of a blogging journal rather than a usual bullet journal but I am excited to start it.
  10. Write more – more blogging and more writing in general, I used to write all the time but since having children its sort of gone out the window.
  11. Reach 2,000 followers on twitter – Pretty basic simple goal, I might even sort out a competition for when I reach it.
  12. Move – We are on a little waiting list for houses at the minute, each week we ‘bid’ on one and hope that we are selected and I truly hope that this year we will get a new place and move in.
  13. Go to RTXLondon – I have talked a little about Rooster Teeth (well Achievement Hunter) but they came to London for their expo last year and I honestly want to attempt to go to this years expo, its always lovely to meet people in the same fan group as you.
  14. Spend Less – I like shopping, who doesn’t? but I really want to be able to save up money each week and not ever be in the minus in my bank anymore.
  15. Be a better friend – No longer will I be sad in the corner feeling lonely, I am going to be more active and supportive to my friends online and in real life.
  16. De-clutter – Tiny flat, five people plus a cat, means only one thing and thats just lots of stuff and I want it all gone, sick of things sitting in corners, a de-clutter will make my mind less fuzzy too.
  17. Go to gaming events with Mr S – He has a website with a bunch of other awesome writers and creators and often he goes to events alone and to be honest, hes terrible at social media and I want to help him out a little with taking photos of him and others at events.
  18. Lower my sugar intake – I have to much sugar, in my tea or sweets and I want to cut it in half.. part of my better diet etc I want to limit the sugar that goes into my body.

And there are my goals, I hope that I do manage to achieve them, what are you main goals this year?

I tag SarahBecca and Ash

Until next time

mummy cat

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Welcome to the Winter Tag! I want to thank the wonderful Ash over at For The Love of Books – you can read her tag answers here and don’t forget to give her post a like too!

THE RULES:

  1. Share 12 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 12 questions.
  3. Tag 12 Bloggers (if you can).

RANDOM FACTS:

  1. I met Princess Ann.
  2. I cannot keep plants alive and tend to just get fake ones because I love flowers.. but I just end up murdering them.
  3. Spiders scare me, apart from one, Penny the bathroom spider, shes doesn’t move from her spot and has kept my bathroom free of flies!
  4. I write fanfiction.
  5. I met my husband when I worked on a hot food counter, I refused to give him three free sausages as he didn’t want the hot chicken in the part of our deal that day.. the rest is history!
  6. My favorite game is Skyrim, closely followed by Bioshock and The Division.
  7. I can get extremely reminiscent about the past and often try to recreate things for my children to have the same wonderful memories.
  8. I trust to easy.
  9. I also forgive to easily, I am usually the first person to reach out to someone if there has been a disagreement.
  10. I am proud of my right to vote and I intend on making sure my children are equally proud of it too
  11. My most played song on iTunes is Shine by Take That
  12. My first stupid crush was Elton John when I was about 10! His songs are just wonderful!

THE QUESTIONS:

  • What are your favourite things about Winter?

The temperature, I cannot deal with the heat so once winter appears I am in my happy place.

  • What is your favorite Winter outfit?

A nice skirt and some cozy boots or a big hoodie and skinny jeans.

  • What is your favorite Winter Food?

Lamb Stew.. but then again that’s my favorite for any other time of year so…

  • What is your favorite Winter Drink?

I am an avid tea drinker, summer or winter its a tea all around, and it HAS to be English Breakfast!

  • What is your dream way to spend a Winters Day?

Hiding inside, movie on, cuddled under a cozy blanket.

  • How do you like to do your makeup in the Winter?

Simple and easy, I had to stop wearing eyeliner because of my eyes watering all the time so its basic mascara, eyebrows and foundation.. boring but practical for me.

  • What are you hoping Santa brings you?(if after Christmas what did you get)

Anything Pusheen related!

  • What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?

The smell of a frosty morning, Roasting vegetables and just the dark

  • What is your favorite Winter Song?

I am going to assume that this means Christmas Song, then its Shaken Steven’s Merry Christmas Everyone.

  • What is your favorite Winter Memory?

Probably my sons first Christmas, which was a white one.. couldn’t have been a better one.

  • What is your favorite Winter Scent?

Winter Spice from Next and Candy Cane Forrest from Yankee Candle

  • Finish this sentence… If I could have anything this Christmas, it would be…

To have my whole family together.

I TAG :

Becca – My Girls and Me
Kim – Brummie Gal in Cardiff
Karina – Mums the Nerd
Lynette – Reclusive Fox
Jennie – Edspire
Kirsty – Life With Boys
Laura – Dear Bear and Beany

and thats it, I cant wait to read everyone answers!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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