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Wednesday, 13 April 2016
I might not write as often as I would like to, but reading is a comfort of mine that I will hopefully never lose touch with. My handbag often has a book and if not, I have a kindle app jam packed with quick reads or the latest page turner. Which is why when I was offered the opportunity to review The 3rd woman by Jonathan Freedland, I couldn't wait to get stuck into a novel described as 'A strikingly fresh thriller...ingeniously realized'
In a United States that has yielded to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife, and the government dictates what the 'truth' is. Madison refuses to accept the official line that her sister Abigail's death was an isolated crime - but with her life on the line, she must give up her story or face the consequences.
Instantly, we are transported into the journalistic world of Madison Webb who reminds me of a British Stacy Dooley in the style of her undercover reporting. At first I assumed Freedland would make me work hard to understand the politics within the plot but as soon as Abigail's body is discovered the story picks up pace and we are thrown head first into a conspiracy theory, murder mystery and quest to discover who killed Abigail and who will be next.
The story is cleverly written and well thought out and had me gripped until the very last page and although I wasn't instantly sucked in, I am so so glad that I preserved because The 3rd Woman is a thoroughly gripping read.
Let me know if you have read or are reading The 3rd Woman.
Get your copy here: The 3rd Woman- Jonathan Freedland
Thank you to Mumsnet and Harper Collins publishers for providing me with a copy of the novel in return for an honest review.
Saturday, 20 February 2016
|Image credit: Unsplash|
- Being asked by a six year old if you had a television in the olden days
- Sitting with a mirror and tweezers and pulling 1000000 strands of grey from a head that resembles a silver rinse.
- Mid-morning, late afternoon, and early evening naps are mandatory and you look forward to it
- Netflix & Chill is just that--Netflix on, chill mode fully switched on with a side of too many snacks and a series marathon that will leave you questioning your sanity and self motivation.
- Buying sensible items, ie: sensible shoes for work ditching the trendy converses, sensible underwear and nightwear, just in case you God forbid trip in the street and bang your head resulting in flashing your knickers and having to get rushed to hospital-Yes,you are turning into your grandmother
- You dream of retirement....#saynomore
- The word plans has become your middle name, no longer do you just wing it and hope for the best. Whatever the venture you now know how long it takes to get to your destination if you drive, walk or run.Opening and closing times and whether or not the chef caters to those with allergies and intolerances
- Your new Mantra is 'life is for living' so with your plans you write a 'before 30' list and tick off colour greys regularly
- Noise irritates you, the unplanned, unannounced noise that usually comes from screeching children and toys , a television with the volume set high or that lady in the supermarket shouting across the mix veg to her husband in the biscuit aisle who couldn't care less, if he wants broccoli or peas....he shouts back " Carrots" and you-almost-lose-the-plot
- A forever age has been decided so for the next twenty years you will always be thirty
Are you feeling old before your time?
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Get ready to start living a better life for you
The resolutions usually start on the eve of New years day, the day when the guilt over the extra helping of christmas pudding or that awful nail biting habit you been meaning to quit starts to kick in. But like so many, by the second week of January as the store sale items dwell down to just odd socks and hair bobbles, the resolutions that were followed so religiously now don't quite have a look in.
The problem I think is that the new year brings hopes for a new beginning and a new start and instead of choosing small tasks we all tend to go big or go home! This is why The Book of YOU offers a different take on resolutions, offering not just one or two changes but 365 micro actions for a happier, healthier you.
Food, Mind, Move and Love are the categories covered, with each sub category giving a useful tip for the day, these are a few of the actions mentioned:
Food: Fill your fruit bowl- I love having fresh fruit in my bowl and love to have a variety especially for after-school so Lei can reach for fruit rather than the biscuits
Mind: Enjoy Silence- I am known to enjoy my own company and whenever I do, I often like to be quiet,letting my mind be free to be creative with my writing or ideas for my blog.
Move: Explore the neighbourhood: This year I plan to travel more and discover new places, cultures and traditions.
Love: Find kindness around you:An act of kindness can melt even the coldest of hearts and this action can make you realise just how many people are willing to be kind if you just stop and have a look. It doesn't have to be big, just something as simple as holding a door open or helping someone with a difficult task can spread positivity
There is no set way to read the book which is one of the things I loved as anything too restricting will cause me to lose interest so instead I chose a random action each day, something I will continue to do throughout the year.
One of the mind actions called for going to bed early, a real struggle of mine as I often leave everything until the last minute, resulting in late bedtimes and early rises. This action suggested getting everything ready early so that instead of fighting the need to sleep I can just fall into a peaceful well rested slumber.
The book of you has now taken pride of place on my dressing table and is my go-to for daily prompts and to help me feel positive and ready to tackle the day ahead-especially if it is a Monday!
*I was sent The book of You in return for an honest review
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
My best friend is called procrastination.
Our relationship is like no other, she will knock on my door at anytime of the day, no matter how busy I am or tired and I just can't find the will to turn her away, so before I know it I have lost all sense of date and time with Procrastination reassuring me that it doesn't matter-we have each other and that is all that matters.
The laundry basket is full, I sort it into darks, colours and lights choosing the heaviest pile to be washed first and just as I am about to put the soap in the drawer, Procrastination is humming this tune in my ear, she's humming and I am trying to work out what it is, my feet are tapping, fingers clicking as I put the soap back on the counter and head straight to the computer, I NEED-TO-KNOW WHAT-THAT-SONG IS.....
Procrastination is of course useless at helping me, she is just hum, hum,humming away, urging me to google search snippets of the lyrics, then play it on Spotify and watch the video on YouTube.
Result: five music videos, make-up tutorial, cupcake tutorial and a vlog later, Procrastination has left, leaving me with my bone dry dirty laundry.
Procrastination and I are curled up on the sofa, the television is on, but we are not watching it, it is merely a bit of back ground noise as we get stuck into a book. A book which has been on the to-read pile for a few months now. Then just as the protagonist is going to reveal her deepest secret, procrastination whispers in my ear : "Read it later..." and as if by magic, the page is bookmarked and the remote is in my hand, last weeks unread magazine in my lap and after a hour of reality television I decide enough is enough and that I should really sort out the over flowing toy box but with the disguise of a good friend, procrastination takes me by the hand pats the sofa and in that ever so convincing voice she says: "Do it tomorrow...."
Procrastination has invited herself for a sleepover, it's a school night so a bit inconvenient, especially as she is in the mood for staying up all night and I am ready to go to bed. She vies for my attention, coaxing and urging me to just reach for my phone. I ignore her by switching off the lights, but somehow, Procrastination has put the phone in my hand and together we are opening Facebook...scroll...scroll..like...scroll past the Facebook rants filled with indirects...engagement announcements...like..birth of babies...like....
Now, onto instagram,I switch on the light to get a better look....oh no! 52 weeks deep into an insta-stalk and I have liked a random picture of a cactus- I AM MORTIFIED, procrastination is finding this amusing.
"Don't worry, we won't sleep...Netflix and chill?" she suggests and I am considering her offer despite my body yearning for sleep.
Result: Six episodes, ten retweets and half a blog post later and Procrastination has decided she no longer wants to stay the night....
On my Christmas list to Santa I asked to procrastinate less and I think he misunderstood what I meant because instead I have gained a best friend who doesn't deal with the ethos of : GETTING ON WITH IT!
Does anyone want a new friend?
Location: Next to Jade Priscilla who desperately wants to shake her off, so any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
Thursday, 7 January 2016
|Birthday cake made by Babycakes &Bakes for my mum's birthday in November|
Christmas is over and a new countdown has officially started...
As soon as the last dish was cleared away and we all clambered onto the sofa to watch Christmas television and pick out our favourites from the chocolate tin, a little princess gave us all a reminder that is wouldn't be very long until we celebrated her 7th birthday!
Yesterday she declared that it is 11 days until her birthday and I feigned surprise by opening my eyes wide and saying: "No waaayy, I thought it was my birthday!"
And I watched as her little face lit up with excitement, her eyes twinkling as she laughed and said: "Nooo Mummy, it's MY birthday!"
I opened my eyes wide and mocked fake surprise: "Are you sure Lei? I thought it was my birthday!" I say and she giggled as she shouted nooooo!
Of course, I haven't forgotten, especially as I like to be well prepared considering the special day is right after Christmas.
Here is how I plan for Lei's birthday
I shop for Christmas and birthday presents at the same time and like an elf or the birthday fairy, I hide gifts around the house hoping that they will keep well hidden until the big day. I find that by buying presents at the same time, it eases any mad panic shopping and also helps in getting presents that she will actually want. So far I have brought us tickets to see Wicked in Theatre, some classic books which I can't wait to read with her and some other surprises.
January is an awkward month for birthday parties as most places get booked up quickly. This year we are not having a party but if I was I would have planned way ahead, perhaps late November, early December. Pinterest is full of ideas for decorations and invitations
Having a January birthday has it's perks as usually for Christmas Lei will get a few lovely outfits which she will wear over the holiday season and for her birthday. The boxing day sales are also perfect for finding something affordable but perfect for your little prince or princess.
Birthdays do not have to be extravagant or expensive and a day out at a play centre, or to a museum can be just as fun. One year I organised a party for Lei and forecast of snow threatened to postpone everything, which is why a small outing can quickly be changed to suit the weather and won't lead to any disappoint if Mother Nature decides to be a party pooper!
Food and Birthday Cake
Dinner or lunch in a nice restaurant is one of mine and Lei's favourites thing to do and of course you have to have a birthday cake! I have ordered mine from Babycakes& Bakes whose cakes taste as fantastic as they look. Again, booking early is the key as most companies have late Christmas parties in January.
So that is how I plan for my January baby's birthday, I will be sharing pictures from the day and of our trip to Wicked on the blog but also on instagram, so be sure to follow along.
Do you celebrate a birthday before christmas or just after? How do you prepare?
Friday, 1 January 2016
|Thank you to Shaneika for always capturing me at my best|
As the clock struck 12 across the land friends raised their glasses as the fireworks exploded above their heads, excited for the year ahead with its plans and promises
Families would have call loved ones across the sea over a fuzzy line connection to shout: HAAAAPPYY NEWWWWYEAR!
Babies fell asleep leaving milky dribbles on mother's shoulders, whilst some children wade off sleep just to join in with the celebrations and drink fizzy pop way past the usual bedtime.
2015 served me with sadness, as we said good bye to my Granddad who was greatly missed this Christmas and New year. Despite having spent many a holiday apart, he would have always be on the other end of the phone, taking the time to wish each of us a Merry Christmas. Always in Peace Granddad.
2015 encouraged me to write again and it has been amazing to be able to share my thoughts and musings and also the opportunity to be a campaign ambassador for The Children's Society
2015 gave me confidence, I have amazing friends who make me laugh until I cry and who are so talented and creative that I am always inspired but most of all they are true friends who haven proven that they will be there for me not just in the good times but also when the going gets tough. I love them alot.
2015 my Lei, always and forever my brightest star who amazes me everyday and who makes each day and everything that I do worthwhile. She is my reason.
I look forward to 2016, I look forward to achieving some of my writing goals and to also sharing alot more pictures and snippets of my world.
Happy New Year everyone, lets have the best year ever!!
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