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Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Beauty
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

Week In Pictures #6

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As you can see this week has moved at a glacial pace and my photo taking seems to have hooked on with a vengeance. As usual it is work that has taken up the majority of my time as well as being über busy on my days off. This week ahead however will hopefully be packed with pictures and things that I am either reading or trying to get done.

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What have you been snapping?

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again :D

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

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Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!

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Week In Pictures #5

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On return from our weekend away in the country this was waiting for me.
So exciting!

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Being a nurse I have to endure sets of night shifts that can be annoying but I get through it.
Red bull does help!

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Breakfast after the final shift in a set of three is always a bonus especially when it is as scrummy as this!

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When rooting through my mothers wardrobe for a bag we came across these bad boys in a tin.

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So a week at home and despite being deep in the country with no reception I kind of miss it. Just so peaceful even when loud hunts like this trundle through town.

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On Saturday late morning we started dinner as we were heading out that night. We had a delicious pork roast with these yummy vegetables.

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The first stop on our night out was Fontaine’s bar in Stoke Newington it was a nice little place to chill for a couple of drinks before starting your night. 

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After Fontaine’s we headed to Shoreditch Grind as they not only serve the most amazing coffee but some tasty food and delicious cocktails. The vibe of the place was relaxing and energetic all at the same time.

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This was the lovely Matteo – he is the bar manager at Shoreditch Grind and was an absolute delight to every customer that came through the door. We will definitely be back!

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After a great night out because we are staying at the mans place we came back to this delightful face. Can’t grumble at the welcome we received at the door :D

What have you been snapping this week?

REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

REVIEW: Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

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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.

Rating

rating2* Grainy Blend

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 15

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Blogmas Day 15 – can you believe it?! December is one of those months that always flies by for me. With all the festivities under way and planning for the actual day this month is one that is maximum stress (on the wallet also!) coupled with enjoyment – the line is fine my friends!

How are you getting on with your December so far?

Reading

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Still listening and I have to say the book has taken a turn for the better. To start with I was slightly irritated but it was my wrapping companion the other night and I really am enjoying the story despite it being über girly – but that is chick lit from Kinsella for you.

This week is the works Christmas party and there are so many options whirring around in my head. Do I wear a skirt and top, dress, trousers? First choice at the moment is skirt and top as there are a few options to choose from. Check out some items that are on the list.

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Queens Shell Top – £35 – Coast

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Coast, Fashion, Winter, Skirts, Cannizaro Skirt, Black, White, Monochrome, ChristmasCannizaro Skirt – £75 – Coast

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Magna Trousers – £75 – Coast

All of the items are truly amazing but I just cannot choose! HELP!

Beauty

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As the cold weather sets in my skin seems to have an attack of the crazies and go back to the times of when I was an infant. It is never fun being lathered in cream in the bath but I am starting to appreciate the cool sensation as an adult. Aqueous cream seems to be the only thing that helps and I got a great deal at Superdrug so bought two big tubs. At £2.99 per tub and buy one get one half price I figured it was silly not to buy two considering the amount I use daily.

Life

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Date night this week was at home this week watching Lord of the Rings – I am eager to watch the films and finish them with thought of understanding a bit more of the Hobbit film number 2. The first Hobbit film was wonderful however I felt a little bit out of the LOTR’s loop! Despite watching them all a couple of times I have never really paid attention. Time to concentrate!

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After sleeping with the heating off for the past couple of months there seems to be a build up of mildew by my window so after scrubbing like crazy and warming the place up the room was moved around the sheets changed. In love with these sheets right now – lights went up too but pictures will be up on Instagram this week.

What have you been up to this week?

REVIEW: The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts – Blogmas Day 3

 

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Back of the Book

‘When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don’t believe it. But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.’

My Thoughts

Romance, festive cheer and a good dash of hope on the side. Sheila Roberts surely does know how to get you in the Christmas spirit. Kiley and her two friends Suzanne and Alison are like a triangle with extremely pointy edges when it comes to personalities. The three friends are out shopping when Kiley recently out of work finds that she really does need a miracle right about now. Whilst perusing an antique (Junk – in Suzanne’s words!) shop she comes across the delightfully festive snow globe and can’t take her eyes off of it. Despite being way out of her ‘budget’ after speaking to the shop owner and listening to the story there is no question that she simply ‘has to have it’. The deal done and snow globe in hand Kiley and her girlfriends continue with their day. Kiley has told her friends the beguiling story and despite the women having their own issues that we find out later in the book one remains incredibly sceptical about the back story of the stunning ornament. Surely a snow globe cannot make miracles happen? Well think again and read on my learned friend.

Let’s dissect a little more . . .

Kiley – completely obsessed with her ex boyfriend however after not fully getting over her current obsession she bumps into a hot hunky stranger who appears in her snow globe and falls madly in love and marries him. Now I am not saying that it is not possible to fall for someone and get married extremely quickly but I would make sure that I was over my ex first – would you not?

Allison – Losing a relative that you are close to is definitely one of the most upsetting things you can go through. After losing her grandmother – the lynch-pin in her messed up family – Allison meets a random old lady (that she saw in the snow globe!) and seems to get over her bereavement for her dear relative pretty quickly. Once again not staying fully on the negative side of things – it is wonderful to find someone out there that reminds you of the good traits of loved ones but after such a long grieving process being instantly attached to an elderly individual because you saw her in a snow globe is a bit far-fetched.

Suzanne – This character did it for me – where there is a thin line between like/dislike Suzanne was pulling on the ropes for me. Her home life suffered because she cared so much what others thought of her and she worked herself into an early grave to provide unnecessary trinkets for an already spoilt child. Her husband was beginning to resent her but only after breaking her ankle/leg did she slow down and look at her life. Not really a near death experience but whatever floats your boat. Suzanne’s story out of all three saw me thinking that Sheila Roberts really did want to link this to reality but had a very loose grip.

Despite many negative issues this book is definitely full of the fluffy goodness you want out of a festive romantic fiction read. For those sickly romantic christmas lovers out there this book is most definitely for you. That being said and sounding quite negative I would like to find out what happens next as the book was definitely left with room for continuation.

Overall an incredibly relatable read as the problems the friends face were those that every day people go through on a daily basis. This made the book readable however I became slightly sick of this reality – this may just be me as when I read a book I like to completely get lost in the fictional world created not take a long hard look at reality.

Rating

rating2*Grainy Blend

Thank you to Little Brown for sending me this book to review.

#IMWAYR

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Yet another Monday has rolled around and more pages have been read. This week has been quite slow on the reading front but as far as events go things have been quite colourful. As usual work is busy but my personal life has also picked up and I am extremely happy at the moment.

Books

Reviewed

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Check out my REVIEW here.

Finished

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Review will be up soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Currently Reading

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I am between reading and listening to this thanks to Audible & Gollancz

Fashion

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One of the events over the past couple of weeks was the Coast Spring/Summer 15 show and it was truly spectacular. My post about the event will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

For now however – this skirt is just gorgeous right!

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This week the Debenhams new S/S 15 line of clothes and homewares stole the show.
Once again my post will be up later in the week so keep those peepers open!

Life

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Homemade Fish Pie was had whilst snuggling up watching TV.

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Of course we couldn’t leave without a minion being won.
And just FYI I got it right in the centre of the game – #WINNING!

Now it is DECEMBER (Finally!) let’s start the Christmas countdown!

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So, What have you been up to?