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A to Z – O is for Online Shopping #blogtober

Online Shopping –

I will hold my hands up and say I am an online shopping addict! I guess if it means not needing to go into town, it makes me happy, plus when all the goodies arrive.. its.. its well like Christmas!

I wouldn’t say its a problem, I know when to stop and tend to only get something that I had planned to get for a while, my biggest shops have always been Next.. (apart from that time I accidentally brought two missoni bugaboo blankets…)

One of the blessings I find from doing most of my shopping online is that I don’t have to deal with people, I don’t need to go into town and worry about the looks I sometimes feel like I am getting PLUS I shop, when I do into town, I have a pram and sometimes I limit myself of what I need to grab because of the space under the pram, under baskets are not kind!

I used to run a series on my blog about eBay bargains and I am super tempted at bringing that back but expanding to not just eBay!

but then again… eBay is my favorite online store!

Whats yours? do you love a good bargain or are you a sucker for the finer things in life?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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‘Falling for Fall’ tag #Blogtober

Thank you to Britt from Alternatively Speaking for tagging me in this wonderful new tag from Megan Anne it fits perfectly into my blogtober content for this month so how could I resist, her original post is here if you fancy taking a look!

Now onto the questions –

  • What is your favorite Fall scent? – Just as the weather changes here in the UK, its almost time for Guy Fawkes night, when bonfires are lit and fireworks are set off, there is nothing more wonderful than the smell of a cold nights air with a distant bonfire burning away… just writing this I can imagine the sounds of the cracking fireworks.
  • Do you prefer apple stuff or pumpkin stuff? – Smell is more pumpkin, I recently got some vanilla and pumpkin hand cream from The Body Shop and its amazing! but the taste of apple is wonderful, so its hard for me to choose there!
  • What is one thing that you look forward to every single Fall? – My daughters birthday, she was born on the 28th October and will be turning 6 this year! when shes older I hope she asks for Halloween themed birthday parties! I am all up for that!!
  • How do you like to spend the more chilly/cloudy days in the Fall? -I am a massive home body, I live to be at home and wrapped up under a blanket with my favorite Options hot chocolate!
  • Which do you prefer: Halloween or Thanksgiving? – seeing as I am English I will choose Halloween, I think i’m the only one in the family who likes Halloween and to much of everyone’s annoyance am slowly growing my decorations each year!
  • What is one way you do to embrace the Fall season? – Arm warmers, as soon as the weather changes slightly its arm warmerfest in my house, last year I did a huge order of different ones during the summer.. I just couldn’t wait haha
  • What photos would you like to get this Fall season? – Last year we went pumpkin picking and I took a lovely photo of all three of my children in the patch, I really want to recreate that now that R is bigger!
  • Favorite childhood memory from this season? – Just returning to school after the holidays and the excitement of the build up to Christmas, getting the scarfs and gloves out and all huddling around the single radiator that works in the school.
  • What is your favorite trend (fashion/makeup/etc) so far this season? – ankle boots and dresses! I realize this is the basic bitch of fall/autumn fashion but i love it!
  • Describe what the Fall weather really looks like where you live. – Windy, bit wet at the moment, being in England where its pretty much always raining and a nice temperature, I have been so excited for these cooler temperatures since summer started, being a big girl I cannot stand the heat one bit, So I am super glad its finally cooler and fresher!

and thats it,

I tag –

Becca
Becky
Maisie
Sarah
Jasmin
Charlotte
and Michelle

Ive seperated out the questions for the next person so its easier to copy and past 🙂

  • What is your favorite Fall scent? 
  • Do you prefer apple stuff or pumpkin stuff?
  • What is one thing that you look forward to every single Fall?
  • How do you like to spend the more chilly/cloudy days in the Fall?
  • Which do you prefer: Halloween or Thanksgiving? 
  • What is one way you do to embrace the Fall season? 
  • What photos would you like to get this Fall season?
  • Favorite childhood memory from this season? 
  • What is your favorite trend (fashion/makeup/etc) so far this season? 
  • Describe what the Fall weather really looks like where you live. 

and with that I wish you a spooky day!

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Top 5 Horror Films #Blogtober

Films have always been the thing that made me happy, if I was in a terrible mood I would put a film and I am almost always in a better mood.. but with horror movies comes a different feeling, adrenaline!

That delightful buzz after watching a film that terrified you its a great feeling.. and here are my top five favorite buzz inducing movies!

5 – Event Horizon – BEST MOVIE EVER!! scary and amazing all rolled into one, Sam Neil is incredible as is the rest of the cast, directed by Paul W S Anderson, a British director who direct a few of the Resident Evil films.. I have seen Event Horizon more times than I can count and it still gives me the creeps!


4 – Dog Soldiers – Another fantastic movie, a slight dark comedy about a group of soldiers and… as you probably can guess, werewolves directed by British director Neil Marshall and is set and filmed in the Scottish highlands, its full of a wonderful British cast and while it has frights, its full of humor too, Neil Marshall also directed an all female cast for The Descent which is also a frightening but brilliant film!


3 – Wolf Creek – an Australian film directed by Greg McLean is once again set and filmed on site in the Australian outback, its ‘based’ of true events mainly that of the Backpacker Killer Ivan Milat and the more recent murders of Bradley Murdoch, this one is very much a real killer, where as the other two are more on the supernatural side, this one is frightening but utterly fascinating, if you love occasional ‘big bad’ killer this one is more for you!


2 – Shaun of the dead – directed and written by the wonderfully funny Edgar Wright and Simon Peg is the best of them all, a rom com with zoms! I don’t know anyone these days who doesn’t quote the famous ‘You’ve got red on you’ line. humor and horror works so well for me, its not taking it self seriously but is at the same time! if you haven’t seen it yet go watch it this Halloween!


and finally

1 – 28 Days Later… – Danny Boyle is my favorite director, I have seem most of his films now, just the newest ones I’ve not seen yet, mainly due to lack of time, but anyone who knows me knows hes my favorite, I gush endlessly about how amazing the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony is, as of course, my boy Danny directed it all and Sunshine is my favorite of his films…

but that’s enough of me heart farting over Mr Boyle…

28 Days Later is a film set in England during the time of an outbreak, we see the start of it and then we see life after 28 days, when Jim wakes up from a coma in an empty hospital… it plays on our basic fear of disease and my goodness its scary! its not zombies, they are infected with an almost rabies like virus that is so dangerous that just a single drop of blood causes another person to become infected!

The sequel 28 weeks later is also amazing, set obviously 28 weeks after infection and the US military has started clean up and of course.. infection happens again, there was talks of a further film but nothing got off the ground and there is a comic called ‘Aftermath’ which tells the story from the moment the virus is created up until america takes over..


I love it and if you fancy being scared for a week, go watch it!….

… just not after you watch Event Horizon.. that’s just to much!!

Look out behind you..

Mummy Cat

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Craft fun – pumpkin apple stamps – #Blogoween.

You can’t have Halloween without handmade decorations and today we have been making pumpkin stamps with apples, I guess you could use potatoes but I will be using apples for their shape..

 

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  • 4 regular sized apples
  • Black and White card
  • Knife to cut the apples
  • Orange and green paint
  • Paint brush

 

 

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You’ll need to cut some basic pumpkin shapes into the apple, be creative and make whatever you want, we also made a little bat too, either paint onto the apple with the orange and black paint OR pour the paint onto a plate..

Get your card and stamp stamp stamp!

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and they should hopefully look something like this!

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Until next time

Mummy Cat.

 

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Photograph Sunday

Friday after school we went for a walk, it was lovely, we don’t often go for walks on a Friday, we usually end up going to the park but it was a beautiful autumn day and I had itchy photographer fingers!

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The last of the seasons dandilions, I can’t hardly believe autumn is finally here after months of excitement and serious hatred for the summer months..

The sun was beautiful and it was the ‘golden hour’ when everything just looked that more special..

Hoping to get out more now that it’s not hot anymore.

Gosh I’m such a bore hah

Until next time

Mummy Cat 

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The Supermum Myth – Book Review. #blogtober


‘Ever had that feeling of ‘not being good enough’ as a modern mum its so easy to fall into negative way of thinking, feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure are all too common. Especially if you’re aiming for an unrealistic goal’ 

The Supermum Myth by Anya Hayes and Dr Rachel Andrew is a sort of ‘self help’ book to help and guide you through motherhood, its not all roses and sparkles and its important to know that its okay to not only feel bad about it, but know that you don’t NEED to be a supermum and that there is of course no such thing.

In the 8 chapters, it covers all things from emotions to expectations during pregnancy and beyond, as we are all a huge pot of hormones swelling around, my anxiety was through the roof with my third pregnancy and I honestly didn’t know how to cope with it.

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Throughout the chapters it has little activities to help cope with various problems you experience, for example writing yourself a pre-mum self and create a memory box ritual, I honestly wish I had this when I was pregnant with R, its got so many good tips and advice!

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I love the final few chapters where it talks about school and how to deal with teenagers, something that’s been sitting on my mind for a while now as K is racing towards 10 quicker than I like.

Would you recommend? – YES! if you deal with anxiety this is such a big help, it reminded me sort of those ‘For Dummies’ books you could get for technology.

Price? – You can pick up The Supermum Myth from amazon for a good price of £12.38 for paperback and £7.19 for a kindle, its average price and I would probably grab it if I saw it advertised to me

Anything Else? – Not much else, as I said it reminds me of those ‘For Dummies’ books, I was picking it up and looking through the book to find the advice I needed rather than sat down and read it from cover to cover.

If you would like to read The Supermum Myth yourself you can find it on amazon and any other book stores!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer – This was sent to me for review purposes only, all thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not paid for this review.

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Sweets!! #blogtober

You cant have Halloween without a large amount of sugary trouble! but what are your favorite sweets?

Personally I am a bit of a bore when it comes to sweets, chocolate is my go to, namely Malteasers, they are delightful little balls of crispy chocolate… unfortunately they no longer do the white chocolate versions which I was obsessed with when I was pregnant with K.

I think Halloween is one of the few times of the year that I gladly allow my children to have sweets, I remember during my childcare training days, my tutor really drilled it into me that children don’t need them, and to be fair I have stuck by my guns with this one for mine.. I was let loose on some chocolate when I was younger and frankly wish I hadn’t I wouldn’t have the taste for it so I avoided it with the children until they’re older..

I am not saying don’t give your own children sweets, purely that I personally wanted to avoid them as long as I could with mine.. now that they are 5 and 7 its harder to stop them, sweets are used as a reward at school and often other parents bring sweets in for birthdays so avoiding is harder…

I do let them at some occasionally, right now they are obsessed with smarties!! which is fair, smarties are pretty cool (not as nice as Malteasers mind…) and I do make some mean fudge which everyone likes..

Sweets every now and then isn’t as bad as say every day, the amount of times I see a child come running out of our local shop with a large Aero mint on every school run I’ve done.. but who’s to say that isn’t mummy’s favorite and the child just wanted to get her something nice!

I cannot wait until we have trick or treaters, we had one last year so I am determined to show to my neighbors that you can pop into flats for some treats!

So I ask again, whats you and your children’s favorite sweets?

Bright Blessings

Mummy Cat

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