Friday, 21 October 2016

Life's a Beach

I often find myself moaning about where I live but there are moments that I spend with my family that I'll remember that I'm actually quite lucky to live by the sea, being able to visit the beach whenever we want. With Autumn definitely settling in I've been looking back at our Summer photos, reminising about days/evenings spent enjoying the sea air.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

October Book of the Month - Small Great Things

As authors go Jodi Picoult has to be one of my favourites, her stories are always thought provoking and emotional which is something I love in a book. I was kindly provided a copy of her latest release, Small Great Things by Hodder & Stoughton via Netgalley and  I could give it nothing less than 5 out of 5 stars.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Obi Worldphone MV1 Review

Mobile phones, there aren't many people that don't have them, even my kids are reaching the stage of wanting their own phones, we are in the day and age that is Instagram and Snapchat now aren't we. The trouble is that all this modern technology can be more than a little expensive and for parents like myself, it can be hard to afford the most up to date mobiles, this is where the Obi Worldphone MV1 can lend a helping hand.

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum Book Review

Last year my eldest daughter was lucky enough to review a book called Alistair Grim's Odditorium, she described it as 'crazy cool' and was really looking forward to the sequel and now it's here. Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum and we have a copy to review.

When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel’s strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as the whole of London is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain bent on mass destruction. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium’s power source for himself.

With the evil prince hot on their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium's crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade's magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin, sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

WOW Toys Advent Calendar Review & Giveaway


I know a lot of people don't like to hear the C word in October but Christmas is coming and this means it is time to think about things like gifts and of course advent calendars. I'm personally eyeing up a Yankee Candle one for myself but I have the kids to think about too and WOW Toys have kindly sent one of their their range of advent calendars for my girls to enjoy.