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To Do Tuesday

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Going back to work after time off is never a nice thing to have to do. It is even weirder when you go back to work and it feels like you have been gone for even longer as so much has changed. I am sure that I am not the only one that has things that really grind on me at work that I would love to change. Isn’t it funny that those little niggly things have a way of sorting themselves out and when you are not even there – like elves have been in! There are a couple of things that I will be carrying over to this week but that is purely because I want to perfect things rather than leaving them half done.

Last Weeks List

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

This Weeks List

- More Pinterest organisation

- Revise for work

- Make template for Monday posts

- Ideas for new blog button

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.


Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Next Up

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible

In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.

Written Review


Check out my review HERE.


Lime Tree Blossom Shower Scrub, Shower, Scrub, Lime Tree Blossom, Douche, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Skin Care, Fay

€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.

Hair Care, Hair, Serum, Beauty, Hema, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

€4.50 – 30ml

Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!


Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.

Amsterdam, Couple, Love, Relationship, Travel, Photo, Instagram

What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?

Week in Pictures #1

In an attempt to keep track of 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collection of photos that I have taken over the previous week. There are so many of you out there that are taking numerous photos and putting them up for different challenges. Instead of taking part in a challenge (they tend to never get finished!) I thought it would be a nice way without the commitment of a challenge to share my photos.

Amsterdam, Teddy's, Cafe, Food, Drink, Breakfast, Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon, Lights

This was definitely the place to go when it came to breakfast in Dam.
Those pancakes you can just about see didn’t last too long!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little bit of spongebob goes a long way! And he made it to Dam!

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

One of many coffees had in Dam – cannot tell you how good they were!

Kiss, Kisses, Love, Romance, Relationships, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Quotes

Very true.

coffee, screaming beans, caffeine, espresso, latte, cafe au lait, coffee addict, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

In a proper coffee shop if you know what I mean!

R, Letters, Art, Street Art, Amsterdam, Shops, Books, Walking, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After walking through London and seeing all of the beautifully decorated chairs etc it was nice to see this  painted letter in Dam.

Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Cafe Au Lait, Latte, Barney's, Amsterdam, Football, West Ham, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself just had to find somewhere to watch the football and luckily for him Barney’s obliged. I was happy as I had coffee and wifi – plus for him West Ham did win!

What have you been photographing this week?

5 Favourite Instragrammers

Instagram is something that I use little and often, there will be a period of days where you will not see me for dust and then other days where I just cannot stop finding things to photograph and want to share with everyone. Some may disagree with the concept of instagram as they may find it unnecessarily intrusive but people only post things on there that they want to share. There are some taboo topics on there but the majority of posts are harmless. Through my blog I have found a number of lovely people to follow and have highlighted five of my favourites below. I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I do and if you have never heard of them then head on over and check out what they have to share. Most have blogs so there are links to those also.

Monday, How To, Blackboard, Chalkboard, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Christine @ The Happily Ever After

The Book Witch, Instagram, Books, Reading, Photos

E @ The Book Witch

Paris in Four Months, Photos, Instagram, Not the Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham, Books, Reading, Sunglasses

Carin @ Paris in Four Months

MelinWonderland, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Melina @ Melin Wonderland or Serendipity

River City Reading, Reading, Book Blogger, Blogger, Books, Fiction, Photos, Instagram

Shannon @ River City Reading

Great right!

REVIEW: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella


The Back of the Book 

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars…or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing.

There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown.

Luckily her best friend, Suze, comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped.

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

My Thoughts

Becky’s imagination is running wild again and without a second thought for her actual surroundings she is out in search for the perfect hollywood celebrity lifestyle. Despite not being a celebrity she seems prepared to do almost anything to be one. The transition for any one person from UK ordinary life to high profile Hollywood celebrity is a complete life change but when you have a husband and child to think about as well things are a lot more difficult.

With the dream of mingling with the stars and becoming best friends with just about every celebrity out there Becky seems unstoppable in her efforts to ‘make it’. With her family falling at the wayside and her friends life on the edge of a break down Becky really should be getting her head out of her backside and putting her family first.

This book really did not sit well with me, not only was it even more unrealistic than it usually is but it was bordering on ridiculously annoying. Do not mistake that for a very poor read but it wasn’t the usual Kinsella read – it felt like she has just got to the end of her tether with this series and just wants it to end.

Every other Shopaholic book I have wanted to read and have been eager to know what has happened next. However, with this book much like it seemed with Kinsella’s writing I just wanted it to end. If there is another book I will give it a chance in hope that it will be much better.


rating2* Grainy Blend

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayAfter being away for most of last week my to do list both personal and on the blog side of things has grown extensively. Whilst away I was unable to take part in the mini bloggiesta so I will be organising myself over the next couple of days (hopefully!). As I have already changed my theme and other little things on the blog there isn’t too much to do but there are the little things.

So . . .

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.


January Sale: Dot Com Gift Shop

Dot Com Gift Shop January Sale

With all of the sales in full flow and every last store trying to eek out those few pennies we have left in our pockets I urge you to head over to Dot Com Gift Shop where you can pick up some beautiful gifts for rock bottom prices in their January sale. For as little as £1.50 you can pick up a coffee mug for those early morning pick ups or those midday blues. The image above is just a selection of a few items they have on offer. Check out the Dot Com Gift Shop now and grab yourself some of their FABULOUS items.

My two favourite items of the bunch are

Paisley Park Deluxe Sewing KitPaisley Park Deluxe Sewing Kit – £5.95 (Down from
I am always on the look out to add bits to my sewing kit (a beautiful Cath Kidston sewing basket that I picked up in the sale only two years ago!) in the hope that it will encourage me to create something soon!
Rambling Rose Baking Set | DotComGiftShop

Rambling Rose Baking Set – £1.95 (Down from £5.95)

This is one item that I am most definitely without a doubt going to us. I love to bake but these days my time is limited between work and actually having a life! I am thinking Banana Nut Muffins with a pot of tea and a chat with the girls – what do you think?

Go on save yourself some cash and get shopping

Friday Night in Amsterdam

This is just a scheduled note to say I am currently spending my Friday night in Amsterdam with himself. It is his birthday this week and we are celebrating together. Check out my instagram for updates as I am not taking my laptop but have my camera on hand! Of course I had to have some means of capturing the beautiful sites!

Have a great weekend my lovelies and see you when I am back!

Alcohol, Drinks, Cocktails, New Year Cocktails, Harrisons Bar & Brasserie, Harrisons, Balham, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Have a drink for me!

What are you up to this weekend?

10 Travel Essentials in Travel Size

There are always those essential items that you MUST pack to see you through a short trip away. Not being a girl guide I am most definitely not always prepared but organised – YES I am!
Check out the collection of products that I like to take with me.

I will be in Amsterdam for a couple of days so thought this would be a great time to list the items that I actually need to pack. No matter where I am my camera or phone are always with me to capture the little moments that make memories. There have been days that I wish I had more than just my phone but sometimes the iPhone really does do the trick – dark shots especially!

As you can see I have put in a couple of toiletries like the lip balm (so tasty I could eat it!) and Dove roll on. The main reason behind packing a roll on is that when you are only taking hand luggage you cannot take aerosol so this solves the problem. With regards to shower gel and other such items as they are so easy to pick up whilst away it is quite pointless to pack them don’t you think!? Unless of course you have overly sensitive skin and need certain products.

Office Kwik Step Slipper Black Suede

Having a pair of black pumps is always a good idea as no matter what you wear a pair of these bad boys go with pretty much anything. I tend to go for a pair of black leather converse personally as I usually wear jeans but this lovely pair can go with jeans and skirts so win win! The one thing that I did forget which technically makes it 11 products is something to listen to my audiobooks and music with!

Dr Dre, Dre, Beats by Dre, Beats, Blue, Eminem

What are your go to products for travelling?

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do Tuesday


There is not a list from last week as it was the week that Christmas had finished and most things were done. Lists went out of the window and mindless shopping ensued.

Let us get back to a shred of organisation shall we!

This Weeks List

- Organise posts for the week whilst away

- Clear out finished beauty products

- Take at least one outfit post

- Pack for trip next week

- Make a doctors appointment for my skin and bowels! Nice right?!

As usual I will be on Twitter & Instagram so keep in touch :D

What is on your to-do list this week?