Blog Update – Who I’m working with.

It’s been a while since I last posted a blog and I think the universe has been signposting me back to it. I randomly bumped into another local mummy blogger at my son’s swimming lesson this week – more on that in a minute – and I have had work offers drop into my inbox, two things that rarely happen. For them both to happen in one week, well I’m taking it as a kick up the bum to sit down and write something.

So, while I was resting my sore muscles in a lovely bubble bath, admiring how fluffy the bubbles were, the gentle smell of lavender wafting under my nostrils, accented by an underlying yet distinct smell of my husband’s faeces, I was inspired to write a little update. Things that have been going on in my personal life and in my blog life.

Blog Stuff

The blog has been stagnant for nearly 2 months. This is really unusual for me; I just haven’t been inspired to write anything. I’m still hanging out on social (mostly Instagram lately) and keeping up with all my favourite accounts and posting updates on my channels too. I have posted a couple of vlogs on my YouTube channel in that time, one of the Easter holidays break when Rapunzel came to our house for my daughter’s birthday and one of our family holiday to Spain (check out my 2-year-old chilling with his feet up on the plane!).

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Me and Rich in Spain

Who I’m Working With

I have linked up with Ace cleaning for a second time which I’m really pleased about because I genuinely love their cleaning stuff and they sent me a bottle of their multi-purpose spray which smells lush. I have some snacks on the way from Organix to try and this really cute family in New Zealand who run Lily Bee wraps kindly sent me some reusable food wraps to try. They are coated in bee’s wax and they mould around food and containers so well, a fab alternative to one use plastic clingfilm.

This week I’m co-hosting the bloggers linky KCACOLS which stands for Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday. I love this linky it is definitely my favourite, hosted and run by A Moment With Franca; I’ve hosted it once before and loved it. Franca gives me two juicy back links and I get to discover lots of new blogs I might not have read otherwise. Lastly but not leastly, I also have a Lottie Dolls Insta take over coming up next week. I’ve never done an Insta takeover before so wish me luck!

What I’m watching

Westworld is absolutely my most favourite TV programme ever made. It’s got it all for me, AI, alternate reality, futuristic, amazing score, all wrapped up in a strong female lead. Love. It. On Netflix Rich and I have got into Happy which is about this hard nut fella who can see his daughter’s imaginary friend. There is a lot of fighting, and there are scenes about kidnap of children which is difficult to watch and very tense but overall it’s so well done I’m really enjoying it. Then when I’m downstairs first from kids’ bedtimes or waiting for him to finish puffing his electric fag in the kitchen I’ve been watching bare knuckle fighting uk. It’s great because they’ve followed one particular guy and we’re getting a bit of an insight into him and his life and past experiences. Have you found anything good on Netflix lately? Suggestions welcome in the comments.  I am also totally addicted to the Michalaks on YouTube (standard) and I’ve reignited my Daily Bumps guilty pleasure. Who am I kidding it never went away. I love Daily Bumps!

What I’m Reading

Not a lot lately as it goes although I did have a little nosey at Helen’s blog Welsh Mum Writing. Helen is the mummy blogger I met at swimming lessons. We had a lovely convo in the showers while simultaneously wrestling our toddlers, as you do as a mum, and as soon I got home I had a little trawl through her blog. Go check it out for a kid friendly chilli recipe among other things.

Who I’m Admiring

Kate Middleton has faced a lot of flack in the media after her recent post birth pics. She can’t do right for doing wrong (is that a Welshim? I know what I mean anyway). I’m admiring her because she probably knew she would face criticism in some way or another but she still had those pics taken with the baby right after because it’s a tradition and there’s something nice about that. I know after having prince George she wore a very similar dress to one Diana wore after having one of her boys. I think honouring family traditions is really admirable. I couldn’t imagine being obligated to share those precious first moments with the whole world. Kudos to her.

Personal Life

I’ve been OBSESSED with my own health this week. I started a new fitness programme called 80 day obsession. It’s through BeachBody UK. I’ve paid less than £10 a month and I get workouts I can stream on my iPad (which I won – check out my insta for more info on that) and do them at home. It includes timed nutrition and so most of my free time has been spent meal planning.

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice

One nice treat this week was Disney On Ice at Cardiff Motorpoint arena. I had booked tickets for this months ago and managed to keep it quiet so it was a total surprise for my 8 year old daughter on the day. We went on the Sunday night which was the last date in Cardiff I think. The show was fantastic! Amazing costumes and choreography and some brilliant lifts and jumps it was really awe inspiring. I would definitely recommend going if you were thinking about getting tickets.

Looking Forward

I have Blogtacular coming up in June in London. Give me a wave in the comments if you are going to Blogtacular too! It’s my first blog conference and my first night away from my 2yr/old also. After months of umming and ahhing I eventually booked a hotel in London for the night before. I think it will be so strange staying in a hotel by myself. I am hoping to join in with some of the planned activities taking place in the afternoon before the conference, and hopefully meet some other bloggers too. Blogtacular welcomes business owners and creators and crafters too so I am really looking forward to seeing what stuff they make and just chatting creativity all weekend. Oh, and don’t forget the SEO & marketing chat too – equally essential.

 

Let me know some of the projects you are working on or things you have coming up that you are looking forward to. I really would love to read about it. Did you see Disney on Ice this year – World of Enchantment?

 

 

 

23 Comments

  1. 2nd May 2018 / 5:00 am

    Thanks for the mention Kate! I have to admit I was a bit inspired to write something too so I just find some time for that this week.

    I am totally obsessed with Westworld, although I usually end up having to read the Guardian’s post on each episode the next day so I can sense check I’ve got my timelines right. I’ve just finished The Path on Prime which was fab, but I’m disappointed that it’s been cancelled. I like Netflix for trash – Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale – that sort of thing. If you haven’t watched Save Me yet on Sky that’s worth a look.

    Sounds like you have a lot of great stuff coming up!

    • Kate Lili
      Author
      2nd May 2018 / 8:51 am

      Thanks Helen, lovely to meet you too. I’d love to do a blogger meet up I will have to get on and organise one! Thanks for Netflix suggestions, I’ve never watched pretty little liars but heard it’s good.

  2. 2nd May 2018 / 5:03 am

    Thanks for the shout out Kate! It was lovely to meet you and I must admit I do feel like another post from me is overdue now.

    I love Westworld, although I rely on The Guardian to help me figure out the timeline the following day!

  3. 2nd May 2018 / 9:24 am

    I really need to catch up with you now I have my new website properly up and running.

    I’m half tempted to come with you to London.

    • Kate Lili
      Author
      2nd May 2018 / 9:34 am

      Ah that would be awesome! Have a look at the conference online, it’s June 15th. Let me know before you book a ticket though, I have a special link 😉 x

      • 2nd May 2018 / 10:43 am

        I’ll be at FaerieFest! what a shame I would have loved to

        • Kate Lili
          Author
          2nd May 2018 / 11:27 am

          I want to come to a camp with you too but probably not until next year

  4. 7th May 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Can’t do right for doing wrong is definitely more common in Wales, lol. Glad you were inspired to blog again. #kcacols

  5. 8th May 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Sometimes, you need a little break (intentional or not) to get you back into things don’t you?! I find my creativity and writing flows much better when I take the pace down a notch or two. I’m opposite to you – was watching Game of Thrones but got back into reading now and got a book on the go that I can’t put down (unless I’m blogging!). The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. try it! #kcacols

  6. 9th May 2018 / 10:20 am

    Sounds like you have been busy and it’s ok to take a step back for a little while and concentrate on other things like your health etc. #KCACOLS

  7. 9th May 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I am still plodding along with my blog. I like your videos, they are really good.
    #Kcacols

    • Kate Lili
      Author
      9th May 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks Ali that’s really kind to say 🙂

  8. 10th May 2018 / 11:07 am

    Happy you have found your muse again! And you have been busy aside from that, too! #KCACOLS xox

  9. 10th May 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Oh it sounds like you’ve been doing really well! Big fan of Kate Middleton here! You can’t do right for doing wrong! #kcacols

  10. 10th May 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Sometimes a break is necessary to recharge the creativity. How lucky you can bump into fellow bloggers in real life! That never happens to me – maybe I need to try and find some bloggers in my local area, there must be some! You have some exciting collaborations coming up, good luck with those! #kcacols

  11. You seem to be back in full swing, sounds great! Although the absolute highlight of this post, for me, was this bit: “underlying yet distinct smell of my husband’s faeces” 😆😅 I so know what you mean haha xx
    #KCACOLS

    • Kate Lili
      Author
      10th May 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Haha I knew someone would be able to relate to that! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  12. 10th May 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Oh I just love Kate, I think she is totally inspirational. I’m yet to go to a Blog conference, mainly as I am a little too nervous, but I hope you have a great time #KCACOLS

  13. 10th May 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Sometimes life gets in the way and blogging slips for a bit. Sounds like you have some fun things coming up though 🙂 #KCACOLS

  14. 10th May 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I also thought Kate was crazy and brave all at the same time having those photos done just hours after he was born! Put me to shame that’s for certain #KCACOLS

  15. 11th May 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Happy you found the motivation to start writing again! I love reading updates like this. #KCACOLS

  16. 12th May 2018 / 10:51 am

    The Duchess of Cambridge actually gave me inspiration for two blog post post-birth so I’m not complaining! #KCACOLS

  17. 12th May 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I love Kate Middleton so she can do no wrong in my eyes! Fab round up of what you are working on! #kcacols

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