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A to Z – L is for London.

London –

I used to love going into London, with friends or with family, There is always something so magical about the big city not to far from my home town..

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The weekend trips I took with friends to do typical touristy things, such as visit the London Dungeons or go to the London Eye.. Those days had me in stitches of laughter and its sad now that for some unknown reason I developed a fear of trains, which it turns out is more of a fear of tracks than trains themselves.

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yes that is me stealing the Queen’s jewels..

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London has always fascinated me, I love the history of the city, I have a memory from school sitting in a history lesson looking up in awe of London’s ‘first’ serial killer Jack the Ripper and just wanting to learn more.

London is a huge multicultural city, always busy, always full of life and it always amazes me at how unique our capital is, if you sit and watch the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies and you see all these people, of all different faiths standing proud and together and that’s what London means to me.

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September Glossybox – Round up.

September is one of my favorite times of year, I love the slightly cooler temperatures and I of course adore seeing the changing colors but also with another month arriving, thus arrives a new GlossyBox!
Here is whats inside…

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Cetaphil Mini Skincare Trio – Skin care is my latest big thing at the moment, I am using more creams and treatments on my skin than I have ever used, and I am glad to get something like this in this months box, with the change in seasons and change in temperature my skin gets really dry, and I have been using these before bed for the past week and I have noticed a big difference!

Inside the trio is a money off voucher for Boots, so I’m happy all round.

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Monu Firming Fuji Facial Oil – I have used facial oils before and loved what they did for my skin, so when I saw that this months box had some more in it I was so excited! this one is a more day and night oil where as the other one I had was a ‘put on before makeup’ kind of oil so I have not tried it on my face, I have been giving the other creams ago first, but it smells really nice! I will give you a little update when I start using it.

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Pixi By Petra Brow Tamer – Eyebrows are my least favorite things on my body, I have none, I tend to paint them on with a pencil and some left over mascara so finding fantastic new brow products is my new goal, I had a little play at the weekend and its difficult to get the hang of but does make my ghostbrows look good!

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Jeanne Arthes L’Eau de Rose – I am super picky when it comes to perfume, my go to one is Angel by Thierry Mugler so finding another one is often a long and annoying process and this one is really nice, its a middle scent, not to strong and I have had a few people ask what I was wearing, it sort of reminds me of french perfumes which is what the designer was going for.. I smell good haha

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Stylondon Siligel Blender – I have seen these ALL over Instagram and I was so curious as to what on earth these things are, they are silicone beauty blenders, and as a mother in a rush I tend to just use my hands when I ‘blend’ my makeup.. I did own a blender at one point but my children ended up commandeering it and using it as a paint blender.. so seeing this in my box I was excited! I think I’ve had more fun squishing it and playing with it than actually using it, I don’t like how heavy it leaves the makeup on the skin, its designed so that no foundation is left on the applicator and I can see it being good for someone who is off out and needs to look the best but its not for me on my rush to school in the mornings..

definitely fun to play with…

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Glossybox was also kind enough to leave a little tread in the box too, my husband got to munch on this for me as I sadly am not a fan of bueno’s but he is.. so it didn’t go to waste!

.. and there is the roundup of September’s Glossybox!

You should try it out too, next month you get to pick which box design you want to receive, either a unicorn or a mermaid, there needs to be a fairy one covered in holo glitter because we all know faeries are better!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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The Sunshine Blogger Award.


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I love doing these types of posts and I wanted to thank Young Mum Lifestyle for nominating me do do one!


The Rules

  • Thank the person that nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions from the person that nominated you
  • Nominate some other bloggers for this award and give them 10 questions to answer
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo

The questions..

  • What inspired you to start your blog? Another blogger actually, Bex over at Busy Bee Mummy Bex inspired me, I had always wanted to go back into blogging but reading through her posts kick started the spark inside me.
  • What’s your worst habbit? biting my nails and worrying to much about stupid things, trying to fix broken things and probably over reacting to things.
  • What’s your hidden talent? I make *the best* lamb stew!
  • What’s your biggest dream? I think my biggest dream would simply just be happy with myself, I have a lot of issues with self esteem and anxiety, Id like to one day feel okay being me for a change rather than be full of self doubt and self hatred.
  • If you could be a celeb for one day, who would you be? (dead or alive) Ooo um.. probably Goldie Hawn, I love her attitude and how she used being the ‘blond bimbo’ to her advantage, she is a smart woman!
  • How do you wind down after a long day? I play games on my xbox, some drink wine, others have baths.. me.. I kill zombies and explore new worlds!
  • What/ who is your biggest inspiration? is Instagram a person?… how about Pinterest? 😛
  • What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? Most exciting thing was probably going to Birmingham for the day and meeting a bunch of awesome ladies who I know from the internet and their wonderful babies, you can read about my day trip here.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully still blogging, in a bigger house with probably another baby on the way, I have very small hopes and dreams haha
  • What’s your favorite beauty product? The lovely Lush Sleepy body lotion, I love it, we all wear it at bed time now and everyone smells so lovely!

I would like to nominate..


Becca – My Girls and Me
Becky – Bringing up the Berneys
Maise – Love Maise
Sarah – Just Buttons

My questions to you…

  • What has been your favorite post to date that you have done?
  • What is your go to comfort food?
  • What is your favorite candle/wax melt scent
  • Weirdest celebrity crush?
  • You wake up in Ponyville, What would your cutie mark be?
  • What is your favorite Disney villan?
  • Its the zombie apocolypse, the item to your left is your weapon, what is it?
  • and finally, What is the single most important piece of advice anyone has given you?

Thank you for taking the time to read and of course thank you to my nominator! go check out her blog here

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Keep Toys Gender Neutral!!

The Big C is slowly coming up soon, and it wont be long before the shops are stocked full of goodies and toys, but the one thing I dread more than anything about The Big C..

.. is toys…

We live in a small two bedroom flat, it isn’t really small, but it currently houses 5 people plus a mainecoon so things do get a little bit cramped on occasion, and come Christmas and birthdays I dread the collection of new toys they get from family.. The one thing I ask for the most, besides keeping things on the small size, is make sure that nothing is PINK!!

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One of the biggest things I hate more than anything, is PINK toys for girls, why is it needed? we don’t buy toys in various shades of blue for boys so why do it for girls?.

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It used to be the other way around, boys had the pink clothes, but lately its turned around, I see it often even on pram selling groups on Facebook ‘Looking for a girl pram’ .. now call be crazy but, its a pram… there is no ‘gender’ specific prams out there, I get that you can have a certain color but not once did I ever think that prams needed to be gender categorized, I witnessed someone say she wanted to sell a brand new pram, all because she had a boy and the wheels had purple on them.

My children’s favorite toys are rainbow colors, they love the mega blocks bags and they seem to gain more and more of them each year, A loves My Little Pony and that’s fine, its her choice and K LOVES planes and cars, but they both will play with each other, at the moment they have been playing ‘Cars 3’ together which I think is wonderful.


I have always stood by the fact that toys do not need a gender, boys can play with dolls just as girls can play with mechanic stuff, I remember growing up wanting these awesome science toys you find in the back of the Argos catalog, but being told ‘I didn’t want those, that’s a boys toy’

We need to stop doing that… its a toy.. end of.

Whats your view on it all?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

 

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Photograph Sunday.

It’s been a crazy stormy week! Not only here in England but over in America with hurricane Irma,

Here we have had our first storm of the season, Storm Aileen, we are based in Essex and didn’t get the full force of it but my goodness it was windy!

Doors rattled and trees swayed but the sky once again proved stunning!

I need to write about why I love weather at some point.. the clouds seemed so dramatic last week, autumn is definitely here!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Lush Sleepy – Does it work?

We’ve all seen it, all over the newspapers and in the mum forums, Lush have this wonderful new body lotion which has a mix of lavender and oatmeal. its advertised as a ‘relaxing and dreamy’ lotion you put on after a bath. (you can find it here)

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But is it worth its weight in gold? did it actually work?

Lavender has been used in many baby products in the past, it as antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties and is also used to help calm anxiety suffers, I myself use a lavender oil roll on that I apply to my chest before I go to bed.

I ran a few tests, I tried her with a bath and the body lotion, just the body lotion itself with no bath and obviously a control of no bath, no body lotion and this is what I found

The nights that I bathed and used the body lotion she was asleep before 7 oclock, our bed time is around half 6 in the evening, I try and keep her up later but shes set in her ways haha, When I try just the body lotion, she sleeps a little later but you can kind of tell that shes relaxing and of course when I do neither she us up yelling at us until 7:30..

BUT… I am not sure if its the lotion doing it or just the fact i’m taking the time to sit down and rub her belly and her feet, making her relax, shes always sleepy after a bath anyway So I know the main factor in that is just her having a nice bath..

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I think its going to be a case of if it works for you, then it works, and I am still not sure if its worked for R, I know for me when I use it I am out for the count haha, but we are going to take any sleep she gets while using the body lotion as a good night, I will say however that the nights we use ‘Sleepy’ on R, she does go all the way through.

whether its the body lotion or her just growing up.. I don’t know.

Have you ever tried Sleepy? Would you try it knowing all the other stories from it.

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Back to school bugs!!

It always happens…

…The children go back to school and the bugs start creeping back into our lives, its more of an annoyance than anything, A came home from school with a slightly snotty nose and I honestly didn’t expect it to become the Snotpoclypse in my house!

By the evening she developed a temperature and refused her dinner…

Great, here we go again!! The last time A got a temperature after coming home from school she had a rigor convulsion, her little boy seized up and went into shut down mode to balance her body back to the correct temp, it was one of the most frightening experiences I have dealt with because she went blue.. 999 was called and she was taken to hospital and of course, like usual recovered within half an hour but it shows what can happen with something as small as a silly bug

I was half expecting the same thing to happen, as K had febrile convulsions up until he was 6 but thankfully a good nights sleep and a dose of the wonder drug Calpol and she woke up full of snot but a lot better..

R however, is another story, Tuesday night, she woke up around 12 and screamed from that point onward, she didn’t want cuddles but also didn’t want any milk or to lie down in her bed, I knew it was coming, a cold was on the way.. the next day both me and Mr S felt like zombies and I don’t think R felt much better, the snots arrived shortly after along with the temperature and as of Thursday, it developed into a little wheeze chest.. its safe to say I need to get her to the doctors tomorrow (Hopefully they have a space for her)

I swear, the school is this giant ball of viruses and once they go back to school the flood gates open up spreading all the snot monsters everywhere and it happens right after the summer holidays..

Lets just hope I don’t get it either!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Here is a little link which explains the convulsions better.