REVIEW: LOTIL SKINCARE RANGE

Ad -  I was gifted these products by Lotil for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

Dry skin is something the three of us have been dealing with recently. I've been finding it tricky to find products that would work for us, that is until I came across Lotil. 

For 100 years LOTIL has been regarded as a super cream and given 10/10 by everyone that uses it. Lotil contains powerful emollients that repair and moisturise the most sensitive of skin types. The brand's USP is it combines a variety of properties to prevent infections and the rich, non-greasy and deeply hydrating formula penetrates quickly for practical use.


REVIEW: BETTERYOU PRODUCTS

Ad -  I was gifted these products by BetterYou for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

BetterYou are a brand known for their health products, especially their Magnesium range. I recently got sent some of their products to try out. Magnesium luckily can be applied to the skin and easily absorbs.


LITTLE MOMENTS: SUNGLASSES | 19 /52

Last month I purchased some sunglasses for Blake from B&M. It wasn't much of a surprise when I first got them,  that he had  zero interest. Blake in general can be sensitive to how things feel. An example of this is that he doesn't like when his clothing gets wet. He also hates wearing headphones and ear defenders.


This past week though Blake has taken an interest in wearing the sunglasses. He likes to wear them before bed at the moment. They are avengers ones and Blake has been showing his friends them today. 


I'd like to hope that in the future Blake won't need actual glasses. However considering that both Stuart and I do, I have a feeling that he may do eventually. 

HOME TESTING FOR ALLERGIES

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Did you know that allergies run in the family? So if you know someone in your family who has an allergy such eczema, asthma or hay-fever it is likely that you may have  it as well. Also you may not even know you have an allergy until you have an allergy test done.


Hay-fever is a common allergy during the spring/summer season with the pollen count being high. I get hay-fever every year and my symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and an itchy throat. Depending on the pollen count these symptoms vary.



LITTLE MOMENTS: ISOLATION|18 /52

 From last Saturday up until Friday we have been in Isolation. We were about to head out for the day on Saturday and a text from Blake's school came through. Blake had been in close contact with a Covid positive case and we had to isolate. 


This past week has been extremely hard having to stay home. Blake loves being outside and being around his friends so he has really struggled with the change. Every morning he has been asking "school today?" So I know he will be relieved to be back on Tuesday. 


LIKES & LOVES| APRIL 2021

Some of the items featured in this post were provided for us to feature. I’ve added a * next to those items for reference.


 April has been a mixed month for us. We've had lovely weather and been able to get outside more. Unfortunately Blake was in close contact with a covid positive case so we have been in Isolation this week which is incredibly hard. But there have been some things we have really been liking and loving this month so read on to find out all about them.

Prime:

I purchased a few films this month on digital download that we have been really enjoying. First was the first 3 toy story films (we have the 4th on DVD). I also got The good dinosaur which we really enjoyed especially Blake.

DVD:

Blake got a new DVD as an Easter gift from Granny and Jim called Soul we really enjoyed this one.

Netflix

Marriage vs Mortgage 
A wedding planner and a real estate agent compete to win the hearts and budgets of couples who must choose between a fairytale wedding and a dream home.

Invisible City 
While investigating a murder, a detective is drawn into a battle between the visible world and an underground realm inhabited by magical creatures.

Bigfoot Family
Father Bigfoot has become world famous and wants to use his fame to change the world. He agrees to help an environmental organization protect a nature reserve from being destroyed, but then he suddenly disappears without a trace.

Secret magic control agency
Hansel and Gretel of fairy-tale fame -- now acting as secret agents -- must use magic, clever thinking and teamwork on a mission to find a missing king.

Small Foot
Migo, a friendly yeti, faces banishment from his home after he claims that humans exist. However, he embarks on a mission to prove himself and earn the respect of the villagers.

We can be heroes
When alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.

Yes day
Always feeling like they have to say "no" to their kids, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a "Yes Day," during which the kids have 24 hours to make the rules.




Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stick
I came across this diamond cleaning stick on amazon and it works really well with my engagement and eternity rings. I'll be trying in on my earrings next. 

2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN APRIL

This month I managed to get through five books. I'm hoping to pick up the pace next month and try and do it that I read 6/7 books each month so that I can meet my goal of 75 for the year.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
As a child I enjoyed the film and always thought the idea of a secret garden being so magical. I'd never read the book before until now. The story tells of Mary Lenox a 10 year old girl who is sent to live in Yorkshire, with an uncle she has never met after the death of her parents. Initially Mary is seen as a rude, aggressive and selfish child. She dislikes her new home and the people living in it.In exploring the grounds Mary finds the key to the locked garden which is neglected and overrun with weeds. She sets her mind to bringing it back to life. In doing so, Mary finds a purpose and an excitement in her lonely existence. However, apart from the garden, there are other secrets to be revealed at Misselthwaite Manor such as the strange cries in the night and the identity of Colin, a disabled boy, whom she discovers in the hidden bedroom.


MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE WITH RAZZLE AND DAZZLE STORE

Ad -  We were gifted the 2 person movie box for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

We are currently in Isolation due to Blake being in contact with a covid positive case at school. So the movie night box we received from Razzle and Dazzle store came at a great time.


When having to stay home it's incredibly hard with Blake to keep him occupied. This is especially so as he prefers being outside so other than playing in the garden, we have to come up with fun things for him to do. 


A movie afternoon with Blake was a big hit, especially as we had treats to enjoy too.  Blake has got into enjoying movies over the last year and now will sit through a movie start to finish with us. We've yet to take him to the cinema but I wanted to give him the chance to have a bit of the cinema experience at home. 

TIPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT WEDDING SUIT

When it comes to your special day the focus maybe on the bride and her dress but don't let that stop you from finding a special suit for your wedding. It's important to find one that not only is comfortable but makes you look and feel good in.


Suits come in a range of colours and fabrics. It's not just about the suit either - there are accessories such as shirts, ties, waistcoats and cufflinks to consider.



LITTLE MOMENTS: WASHING MACHINES |17 /52

Blake has had an obsession with washing machines from a young age. He loves to help us out putting the washing on but also likes to sit and watch it spinning round and round. For Christmas last year Blake got his own toy washing machine from Granny and Jim and he has been obsessed with it ever since. 


He loves filling it with small clothing items such as flannels and socks. He then will pretend to fill up the draw with washing powder and then turn it on. Sometimes instead of turning it on he will spin the drum himself and makes the noises.



This past week we have had such gorgeous weather which has meant being able to get outside after school. Blake had enjoyed getting toys out and playing with friends. I'm sure you can guess that he got his toy washing machine out to play with as well.  I must admit his toy washing machine actually keeps him occupied for quite awhile. 

 

I GOT MY NOSE PIERCED

On Wednesday I did it, I went and got my nose pierced! I've been umming and ahhing over it since last year and to be fair I've been wanting it for much longer. It wasn't a decision I took lightly and it wasn't a spur of the moment decision. I made sure that I did a lot of research, especially on how to clean the area to prevent infection, different types of nose studs and rings etc as I wanted to be fully informed before going ahead with it.


In general I take awhile to make decisions like this as I don't want to do something that I end up regretting. The tattoos I have are a great example as I have always chosen something that means something to me and not just because it looks pretty. Once I know what I want I tend to wait months before getting it as I want to make sure I still like the idea before going ahead.


LITTLE MOMENTS: EASTER HOLIDAYS |15 & 16 /52

The past two weeks have been the Easter holidays. We have been blessed with some days where the weather has been beautiful and we've got outside. It's not been all plain sailing though as Blake has had quite a few meltdowns. Yesterday's meltdown was the worst so far during this holiday period. We aren't too sure what set him off but he was constantly asking to go to school. I think the main thing at the moment is that he is missing his friends and the school routine. 



The ice cream van has been out now that the weather has been warmer and Blake has managed to have some a good few times now. We've also treated him to McDonald's twice as it's his favourite place for chips. 

We have the insect lore butterfly garden and it's been so interesting watching them grow the past two weeks. They are much bigger than the photo below now and are actually getting ready to build a chrysalis. 


Looking for a Floor That Lasts longer

One of the biggest frustrations when it comes to laying a new floor is that we just don’t know how long we are going to go until it needs replacing once again. This has been one of the deciding factors of why luxury wood effect vinyl flooring is among most preferred and recommended options by interior designers and industry critics.


Vinyl flooring over the last decade has advanced into areas of low maintenance, authentic look and ease in installation to the point where it now pushes ahead of other flooring options, but are the benefits as good as they are presented or is it just a quick sales pitch?



ANTI BACTERIAL SLIME FROM CANAL TOYS

Ad -  We were gifted some antibacterial slime for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

Slime is popular in our house especially as it's very sensory for Blake. I always make sure that when Blake plays with the stuff he uses it in a tub to keep mess to a minimum. Canal Toys have released a new type of slime to the market - antibacterial slime. 






LITTLE MOMENTS: BALL GAMES |14/52

How wonderful is it that we have been lucky enough to have a few days of sunshine recently. Blake broke up for the Easter holidays on Wednesday so Thursday-Sunday have been spent outdoors as much as we could. I'm so looking forward to easing of restrictions I'm missing be able to eat out and have a drink in a pub. Not going to lie I'm also missing charity shops and having a rummage for some bargains. 

LIKES & LOVES| MARCH 2021

 March has been an OK month. We have managed to get some bits sorted out around the home that we have been meaning to do. I had a lovely Mothers Day and we are now preparing for Easter. I'll be glad when we can travel again though as we are in much need of a change of scene. Here are some of the things that I have been liking/loving this month. 



Netflix:


Ginny and Georgia 

Georgia Miller arrives in the quaint New England Town of Wellsbury with her daughter Ginny and son Austin and quickly makes a big impression.


The One 

Love -- and lies -- spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service. Based on the book by John Marrs.


Life of the party

When her husband divorces her, Deanne, a middle-aged mother, decides to complete her college education, much to the dismay of her daughter, Maddie, with whom she shares her classes.


Blended

After a terrible blind date, Jim and Lauren find themselves stranded at a resort together with their respective children. However, the two soon start developing feelings for each other.


Escape Room

Six people from different walks of life participate in an escape room competition to win ten thousand dollars. Things change when they find themselves in horrifying circumstances.


Moxie

Inspired by her mum's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy teenager publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school.


Automatic Soap Dispenser 
An item in the home I never thought we would need but couldn't resist buying.  It's actually a great product especially for encouraging kids to wash there hands. We love that you dilute your usual liquid soap and it comes out like foam automatically when you put your hands under. It does need batteries but it's definitely a nifty little thing.

2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN MARCH

This month I've managed six books, four of those are Thrillers/Crime which of course is my favourite genre and two are non fiction which I have found really interesting.  


The Rumour by Lesley Kara
One of us is capable of murder. One of us has killed before
When Joanna passes on a rumour she heard at the school gates, she is desperate to integrate herself with the Mothers at her son's new school. Rumour has it that a notorious child killer has moved to their sleepy little town under a new identity. So who is the reformed killer, who now lives among them? I found this thriller slow starter but it did pick up. 




Beneath The Surface  by Fiona Neill
Grace who had a chaotic childhood and wants her daughters to fulfil the dreams denined to her. Older daughter Lily is the golden girl who is popular and clever. When out of the blue Lily mysteriously collapses in class, Grace's would begins to unravel. Dark rumours swirl around the tight community, with everyone having their own theories about what happened. Left to her own devices younger daughter Mia has her own theories that have unseen and devastating consequences for the people she loves the most. Again this was a slow start which then picked up.


Lockdown by Peter May 
London is in quarantine and the epicentre of a global pandemic, no one is safe from the deadly virus. Meanwhile construction workers find a bag of bones of a murdered child. There is a remorseless killer  unleashed on the city with a mission to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified. DI Jack MacNeil who is counting down his last hours on his final day at the Met, is sent to investigate. Which will stop him first the virus or the killers? I really enjoyed this read I would've liked there to be more about the virus but overall it was a great crime story.


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan 
Can you trust her with your child?
Seven year old Jocelyn loves her Nanny more than her mother. When she dissappears one night she never gets over the loss. How could her Nanny go without saying goodbye? Thirty years on Jo is forced to come back to the family home and confront her troubled relationship with her Mum. Human remains are found on the grounds of her family home making her question everything. An unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo's world is destroyed once again, as she discovers her childhood memories aren't what they seemed. What secrets was her Nanny hiding? What was she running away from? Sometimes the truth hurts so much you would rather hear the lie. I absolutely loved this one! A great read that was gripping and kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next.



The Body by Bill Bryson 
Bill Bryson explores the human body, how it functions and it's remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body is a brilliant attempt for helping us to understand the human body. I've learnt alot from this book and found it so interesting. It's definitely a book that is different from what I would usually pick up.



This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. I honestly found this such an interesting read there were definitely some laugh out loud bits which I ended up reading to my husband. There is definitely heartbreaking and horrifying accounts within this book but I like Adam Kays honesty of his experience.


 

LITTLE MOMENTS: UPDATING OUR FRONT GARDEN |13/52

While the weather has been nice this week we thought it was a good time to start getting our front garden ready for the summer months.

Originally our front garden was concrete and we decided to lay faux grass. We have also ordered a new bench which should be arriving tomorrow all  being well. 


The idea is that hopefully during the summer we can be out the front and Blake can play outside with his best friend. We do have a back yard that's also a good size space but it's great to have this space as well. 

REVIEW| CRAZE SENSATIONS: FOUR PACK COMPOUND KIT

Ad -  We was Gifted the Craze Sensations Four Pack Compound Kit for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

Sensory toys are a must in our household. Sensory toys are great for children to help them to relax and feel calm. This is especially true with autistic children like Blake as they can really struggle with sensory processing. Blake is a huge fan of slime, play doh, play foam etc. We were excited to be able to receive the new ASMR range from Craze Sensations to try out.

Craze Sensations are a fabulous new collectable ASMR range that taps into the sensory trend.  Open and discover a world of sounds and textures! Mix the decorations with the special compound to create unique satisfying sensations.





The 4 piece compound kit has inside each of the 4 pots a new sensation to enjoy. Open the pot, discover the exciting compound and then mix it with the textured decorations and let the fun begin! Listen and feel that AMSR satisfying sound as you squish, smoosh or crunch the decorations together with the unique Craze Sensations compound.

LITTLE MOMENTS: GOING WITH THE FLOW| 12/52

I love weeks like this past one where you just embrace it and go with the flow. We've not actually done anything that exciting this past week. Other than the school run each day and a trip to the post office I've not really been out. 

Blake lost another tooth this week which he made little fuss about. He's also become obsessed with daffodils and loves spotting them after school. I've been struggling with trying to stop him from picking them. 

We have started some craft bits to send out to Blake's grandmothers in the next week or so. We have also started a grow our own crystal which I'm hoping works. I'm sure that I'll share that with you over on my Facebook and Instagram pages. 


HOPPY EASTER TREATS WITH SWIZZELS

*AD - Hoppy Easter Treats is a paid post in collaboration with Swizzels.


With Easter only a few weeks away I decided to get organised early. It's likely we will still be in some kind of lockdown like last Easter but it doesn't mean we can't have fun. Instead of focusing on the things we are missing out on I'm coming up with things we can still enjoy like getting Blake involved in making nest cakes, an egg hunt in the garden, fun games and activities.

Each year I do an Easter basket for Blake filled with things to keep him busy over the Easter weekend. This year I've opted for a gift bag as I can fit more bits in for him and add some sweets too.



LITTLE MOMENTS: MOTHERS DAY | 11/52

Mothers Day this year has been a lovely one. We may not have been able to have a  meal out as usual,  but it was still an enjoyable day together. Blake was being very cuddly and we watched some of his favourite TV shows whilst all cuddled up together. I had some time to relax and enjoy the book I was reading and a Chinese for dinner in the evening. 

LOVE LOX THE MEANINGFUL MOTHER’S DAY GIFT

Ad -  I was Gifted the personalised locket for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

When it comes to Mothers Day I prefer thoughtful gifts over expensive items. I've always been like that though when it comes to gifts in general. If you are wanting to get a special gift for Mum this year I recommend checking out Love Lox Lockets. Love Lox believe that the precious memories that we capture should be celebrated.


Love Lox has a wide range of beautiful lockets in a range of styles and precious metals. You can choose from Silver, Gold and Rose Gold and opt for the locket to be engraved and insert two photos.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS YOUR MUM WILL LOVE

Ad -  I was sent the items featured for the purpose of this gift guide. 

Most of us wont be able to see our Mum's this Mother’s Day due to lockdown restrictions. However it doesn't mean you can't send out a gift in the post to show them you care. Here are some ideas that I'm sure your Mum would love to receive this mother's day.

LITTLE MOMENTS: WORLD BOOK DAY| 10/52

 This week was world book day and I found myself looking on Pinterest for ideas that I could pull off using items we already had at home for Blake's costume. 

In general Blake isn't a fan of dressing up so I thought it was best to find a character we could do with him wearing normal clothing so we went for Peter Rabbit.




We already had a white top, blue shirt and some beige trousers so all we had to do is sort out bunny ears and a tail. I was originally going to order some off amazon but they wouldn't arrive in time so I ended up making some. 

LIKES & LOVES| FEBRUARY 2021

February hasn't really been an interesting month for us to be honest. Although I can safely say it has flown by compared to January. We had a few things to look forward to this month which has really helped with my mental health compared to last month. I've not actually brought many new things this month to share with you but even so here are some of the things I've liked and loved in February.


Netflix:

Firefly Lane                                                              

Based on the book by Kristin Hannah the series is about best friends Tully and Kate and their friendship over 30 years sharing the ups and downs. If you have read the book like I have you will notice that there are definitely alot of differences. 


Crime scene: The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel

Los Angeles' notorious Cecil Hotel grows in infamy after the disappearance of guest Elisa Lam. It's a true life crime series which I found really spooky but gripping and very sad too.


Behind her eyes

Behind her eyes is also based on a book. I've yet to read the book but definitely plan to. It's about a single mother who enters a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while secretly befriending his mysterious wife. The ending was certainly crazy in my opinion and not what I had at all expected.



Roses 
Our wedding anniversary was on the 4th. Due to lockdown we couldn't really do anything but Stuart did however get me some red roses which are lasting well and are only just starting to die. He also got me a forever rose which is a rose that has been preserved in a special way and plated in gold so it will never die.

LITTLE MOMENTS | SPRING HAS SPRUNG| 9/52

This week Blake was back at school and Spring seems to have sprung up on us. Let's hope the warmer weather is here to stay! One of Blake's favourite things about spring is that the daisies are out. It means our walk home from school takes a bit longer as Blake likes picking as many as he can.


I love the blue skies they definitely make me feel so much happier and content. We've been able to put washing out on the line for the first time this year instead of having clothes drying on the radiators. In fact I'm glad its been warm enough this week we have had no need to have the heating on.



We've been able to get out to the park, letting Blake burn off some steam with a good run around and going on the slide. We can hopefully make a start on getting our garden ready for the warmer months soon. I love having an outdoors space for Blake to play in and looking forward to the arrival of summer so we can enjoy bbqs, picnics, etc outside together.


We are also undertaking a bit of a clear out at the moment and have thrown quite a bit out from the attic as well as being able to give some bits away we no longer want/need. It's been such a refreshing feeling to get rid of stuff. 


Today we even managed to get McDonald's as they have now opened up for walk in collection. Blake has been wanting one for ages and been asking most mornings for chippys. Blake was absolutely thrilled with his treat. I feel that things are more on the up now especially thanks for the beautiful weather making us feel much better than the colder and darker days.

BOOK TOUR | ONE NIGHT IN BEARTOWN | NICK JONES

Ad – review. We were sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.

Today I am on a book tour sharing a review of a children's book suitable for ages 4-8 years. One Night in Beartown is Nick Jones second children's book. Nick Jones is an award-winning children's author based in Congleton, Cheshire. His first children's picture book, Sarah's Shadow, was published in December 2017.


2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN FEBRUARY

For some reason I've really struggled with reading this month. I've been distracted and just not been able to concentrate for long. Instead I found myself watching a few series on Netflix in my spare time. I looked back on my posts  and February last year I had read 6 books but this February I've read 4 which isn't actually that bad really. 

The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins 
The Puritan Princess is a historical fiction set during the reign of Oliver Cromwell. This was a book that I was involved in a book tour for and you can read my little review here. I loved that it is a different era of historical fiction for me to read as alot of books I've read within that genre are around WW1/WW2 so it was interesting to read something different. I liked that it was told through the eyes of his youngest daughter and what it was like to live in them times especially with the pressure of not being able to choose her own husband as she wanted to marry for love. 

LITTLE MOMENTS | HALF TERM | 8/52

I'm not at all sure where the half term week decided to go. It's flown by unlike the weeks when Blake is in school. Despite not being able to do much due to lockdown i think Blake still managed to enjoy himself. So here is a little round up on some of our favourite things we got up to.


Tuesday was pancake day so we all had some for dessert Blake had sugar on his, Stuart had the traditional sugar and lemon and i decided to try biscoff pancakes inspired by Pinch of Nom.

GIVEAWAY | LOVE CORN THE DELICIOUS CRUNCHY SNACK

Yesterday I shared with you about Love Corn a delicious and crunchy snack that is suitable for the whole family. They are a healthier alternative to crisps, crackers or pretzels so an ideal swap.

Today I am able to giveaway a Love Care Package which includes 12 bags of the 4 fab flavours and smokin' Love Merch. 

Don't forget If you can't wait to find out if you have won and fancy getting on the Love Corn bandwagon shop now as  I have a discount code to get 20% off all you have to do is use code CRUNCH20 at the checkout.


To enter all you have to do is  complete the rafflecopter below.


Terms and conditions

-To enter you must be 16 and over

- UK Entries Only 

- This competition will close on 23rd February 2021 at 12.00am GMT

- The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email, twitter or facebook

- If the winner doesn't reply within 30 days another winner will be drawn.

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REVIEW | LOVE CORN THE DELICIOUS CRUNCHY SNACK

 Ad – review. We were sent Love Corn for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.

Staying at home during lockdown has certainly meant keeping the cupboards stocked with snacks, especially if you have kids. If you are wanting to opt for a healthier alternative to crisps, crackers or pretzels than Love Corn is the perfect swap.


Love Corn are delicious corn kernels packed with flavour. The ingredients are simple just roasted corn that’s then seasoned. They are also plant based, vegan, gluten free, verified kosher and non GMO.

LITTLE MOMENTS | SNOWBALL FIGHTS & WINTER SUN | 7/52

This week on Monday morning we woke to snow and text message from Blake's school saying they would be closed for the day. We were glad to stay in the warm most of the day as it was pretty cold out there.

Blake even though he doesn't normally like snow really wanted to be outside. So after lunch we wrapped up warm in coats, hats and gloves plus wellies and went into the garden.

BOOK TOUR | BENEATH THE FEAR | SHEILA RAWLINGS

 Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.


Today is another book tour that I am involved in. Beneath the fear by Sheila Rawlings is a physiological thriller which is my go to genre.


About the Author:
After graduating from Medway Collage of Art and Design (now the University of creative arts), Sheila enjoyed a long career with a magazine publisher,  where she was responsible for the production of the weekly issue and various other publications. An avid reader since childhood, working with journalists rekindled Sheila's love of the written word, prompting her to write her debut novel Truth and Revenge.



BOOK TOUR| THE PURITAN PRINCESS | MIRANDA MALINS

Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.

Happy Friday, today I am involved in the book tour for the historical fiction The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins. 


About the Author:

Miranda is a writer and historian specialising in the history of Oliver Cromwell, his family and the politics of the Interregnum period following the Civil Wars. She studied at Cambridge University, leaving with a PhD, and continues to speak at conferences and publish journal articles and book reviews. She is also a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. Alongside this, Miranda works as a commercial solicitor in the City and began writing historical novels on maternity leave. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, young son and cat Keats. 





LITTLE MOMENTS | ROSES | 6/52

 This week was mine and Stuart's 9th wedding anniversary. Due to lockdown it felt pretty much like a normal day. We usually try and go out for our anniversary for a meal but instead we ordered in a Chinese that was about it.


We did swap gifts although I did find it hard to know what to get Stuart this year. I ended up getting him a salt and pepper mill set,  that was finished in copper. Stuart likes being in the kitchen and experimenting so was happy with his gift. Turns out he had considered getting a set like the ones I had purchased him anyway so that's a win. 



Stuart knows me well and got me my favourite flowers red roses. I had both red and white roses in my wedding bouquet and it was lovely to receive some as part of my gift. His other gift to me is a forever rose  which I've now got up on display in our bedroom as he also put up a new shelf for me.

I've loved roses since I was little girl and my Grandad would cut me one from his and my nan's garden. Whenever I think of roses they make me think of him which was another reason for having them in my wedding bouquet. 

The forever rose is a rose that has been preserved in a special way and  plated in gold so it will never die. It comes in a beautiful box which you can keep it in or there is an acrylic stand in the box so you can have it on display like I have done. 


I actually have got quite a few other rose themed items around the home and of course there is my tattoo I had done a few years ago. 


PERSONALISED GIFTS WITH ASDA PHOTO + GIVEAWAY

Ad – Review. I was gifted the photo products below for review purposes, all thoughts are my own.

We love having photos and personalised gifts around our home. Asda Photo have a range of unique gift ideas, where you can add custom text, messages and photos - perfect for adding that personalised touch. 


Personalised gifts are a great way to encapsulate favourite memories spent together. Asda Photo's range  has everything from Photo Books, Prints, Photo Canvases, right through to Slate Photos, Cushions, Mugs and more. They offer something for all budgets and occasions meaning you don't have to spend the earth to find that perfect personalised gift. 


REVIEW| TIME FOR PHONICS

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If you have a primary school child you will most likely have heard of phonics. Phonics to those of you that may not know, is a way of teaching children to read. It's definitely a different way of learning from when I was Blake's age. In fact I find the whole thing really confusing. Instead of learning by sight and looking at the shape and word as a whole, phonics encourages children to break down the individual sounds in a word. This is in order to decode them and work out what they are.


If you are currently having to homeschool or even if you aren't, you may want to help encourage your child/ren to practice phonics. After all reading is such an important skill to have. Time for Phonics is an online educational games website that helps to encourage children to practise phonics in a fun way.

LITTLE MOMENTS| DINO LAB | 5/52

This week we've been doing dinosaur related activities. You may have seen that we joined in with Dino Escape Week with Wonder Adventures which you can read about here. The event gave us something to do after school. We loved the wide range of activities to do.


I decided to keep the theme going by getting out Blake's Galt Dino Lab kit that he got from his auntie, uncle and cousins for Christmas. So yesterday Blake put on his goggles that come in the kit and we got to work on the 3 fun but simple activities that were in the kit.




Starting off we did the Excavation which was very messy. You get the the Excavation stone and tools for digging and are advised to use newspaper as it gets very messy and dusty. We actually used our tuff tray to keep the dust and mess contained. The dinosaur fossil we got was of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The next activity we used air dry clay, vegetable oil (not included) and the plastic mould to make dinosaur tracks. It was simple to do and we have left it out overnight to dry out.


The last activity is Amber slime. The photo seems to make it look green but the slime is a lovely bright orange. Blake loves slime and he managed to get his little dinosaur figure, of a triceratops out pretty fast. The set also comes with a 16 page  book which had lots of interesting information, along with the instructions for each activity in the set.