Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide

I always struggle to buy gifts on Father's day because my husbands birthday always ends up around the same time and he is difficult enough to buy for in the first place. So this year I thought I'd put together a little gift guide to help those who may have the same problems as I do.

For the gamer :

The newest Call of Duty might be on their list of wants.

For the beard grower (seems to be the latest trend which my hubby has latched onto) :

Dear Barber Beard Oil rrp £9.99 for a 30 ml bottle. This contains both almond and coconut oils and is said to nourish, soften and smooth out any beard, this may just be the perfect father's day gift for him.

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The Summer of Broken Stories Book Review and Giveaway

The Summer of Broken Stories is the latest novel from writer James Wilson and I was lucky enough to be given a copy to read and review from Alma books.

England 1950s. While out playing in the woods ten year old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard is captivating - an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark's fellow villagers and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make believe world, an in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing - a work of ominous science fiction.

As the meddling villagers plot to drive Aubrey out, Mark finds himself caught between two worlds - yet convinced that he must help Aubrey prevail at any cost. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Food Is Not The Enemy

Ok so a short but sweet update from me this week. I've come to realise over the past few weeks that food isn't the enemy, yes it can be fattening and far too tempting at times but the real enemy when it comes to my body, my weight and my appearance is me.

I am my own worst enemy. We are all in charge of ourselves and what we eat and drink and how we let that affect ourselves.

I mentioned recently that I've been weighing myself less, well I actually jumped on the scales yesterday and in 4 weeks I've put on one lb, this I'm more than happy with, I'm actually hoping that gain is down to my period being on the way, yes I said the word period!!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Read With Me #21

Hello you lovely lot. Welcome to this weeks Read With Me. Hope you've had a chance to either read something yourself or perhaps read a great book with your kids?

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I got my reading mojo back last week and got stuck into a good few books.

My favourite was a set of two books written by Amanda Maxlyn.

What's Left of Me and What's Left of Us tells the story of Aundrea and Parker. There relationship is by no means straight forward.

When Aundrea meets Parker she is battling cancer, something that she doesn't want him to know however what develops between them, neither could have imagined.

I love their relationship but I also enjoyed the story that was portrayed alongside their coupling.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Project 365 2015 Week 21

Another week of project 365 complete and I think it's been a rather lovely one if I do say so myself. I got a bit of much needed one on one time with the husband. I've managed to make a few little improvements to the house and the sun finally made an appearance!!!

Day 137

I made my first ever rhubarb crumble and I am happy to report it was liked by all.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Bring Letter Writing Back To Life

The internet has been a great invention, this I can't deny but sometimes I think the online world has taken over. Everything seems to be digitally done. Cards have become e-cards, less 'real' books bought,  I mean I love my kindle but nothing beats the smell of a good book or is that just me? And then there's the lost art of letter writing.

Emails are so quick to type and instant to receive that putting pen to paper seems to be a rare thing these days. I love following The Reading Residence and her idea of bringing back paper. More people should follow this concept, I mean even just writing out a simple list instead of popping a memo on your phone!!

I recently bought myself a lovely letter writing set from paperchase with the promise to myself that I would start writing more letters, especially to my nana who I get to see so rarely because of not living close by.

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