Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Stick To Stigu Planner Review

Since the beginning of the year I have been looking for the perfect planner/diary. I'm quite fussy in what I want from a planner. It had to be perfect for me. I had heard about the Stick To Stigu planners from other bloggers and I really wanted to try one out to see if it's the "one" for me. 


The kind people at Stick To Stigu gave one of their planners for a review. I know we are already 5 months into 2016 and so obviously those first pages of those months are not going to get used now, but that doesn't matter. I've still got months left of use to get out of it. Besides there are still the useful activities to do when you read back over. 


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Mummy Tag

Thanks to Jenni from Chillingwithlucas for tagging me in the Mummy Tag

Below are my answers to the Mummy Tag questions. 

Mummy tag


1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

I am currently on maternity leave. I worked fully time before baby girl was born, and I plan to go back to work in October. 

2. Would you have it any other way?

We are unfortunately not in the financial position for me not to go back to work. As much as I would like to stay home.


3. Do you co-sleep?

No we don't co-sleep. I am such a heavy sleeper when I can get some sleep and would be too scared to try it.  

Monday, 23 May 2016

Book Review: Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder

This week's book for Book Review Monday's is a little out of the ordinary for my usual type of read. It really is a strange little read!

So I was asked if I would like to review Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder. Now I normally read crime/thrillers with some chick lit and YA thrown in. I have never read a cross genre type of book before like this one. Its a mix of comedy and thriller. A bit different I know, but one I'd like to give a go and pleased I did. My review is found below.



 Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder


Book Description

Leder's black comic caper tells the tall tale of estranged brothers Mike and Dan Miller—accountant and con-man talent agent respectively—up to their necks in the virtual quicksand of LA's San Fernando Valley during the hottest summer in Southern California history.

The root cause of their problems could be the missing seventy-five thousand dollars, or the sadistic, loan shark dwarf and his vicious giant, or the psycho comedian cop on the case, or the coke-snorting dentist, or the deranged zombie real estate developer. Or perhaps it’s the poodle—the poodle is suspect, no doubt. Or maybe it's the grocery store checker who breathes life into death. Oh yes, it could be her too.

And so to repair the head-on collision the Millers have made of their personal and professional lives, the brothers summon their mother back from the dead to clean up the wreckage. But what the Miller men discover is that screwing with the laws of nature is forever and always a violent, bloody, hysterical, and hilarious idea.

My Review

Rich Leder is a great comedy thriller writer. He just draws you into the story. I am not sure how he does it though. 

The first page had me hooked. I love thrillers but this is the first time I have ever read a dark comedy thriller. That's exactly what this book is - dark and very much twisted, and will make you laugh like never before!

Leder describes the characters with much enthusiasm and makes them unforgettable to the reader. You can tell he cares about each and every one of them. I love the way that all the characters intertwine with each other. You will be laughing!

There is some adult language in this book, so just be warned if that is something you are not too keen on reading. 

It must have been a hard book to write with the mount of comedy included alongside the thriller element. Leder deserves a lot of credit for this.


I have given Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder 5 out of 5 stars.

ibooks Edition 



What do you think of this book? 

Is it something you would love to try?




 You can pre-order Let There Be Linda Today. It is released on July 1st 2016.



Disclosure: I was  given this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a part of the Amazon Affiliates scheme so if you click the link and order, I will receive a little back, at no extra cost to you. Thanks if you do. x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My Sunday Photo 22/05/2016

Hello, this is My Sunday Photo. On Friday I recieved a lovely package from Canada from my sister. It ws full of baby clothes for baby girl ( which i will show you later in the week! ) and all these chocolate eggs for my husband and I. Unlike the eggs here in the UK which are foil wrapped, these eggs are in little plastic cases which split in half to open. Such a genius idea!

I don't like Cadbury Creme Eggs, so my husband had them. Canadian Cadbury chocolate tastes different from the UK chocolate, in my opinion it's not as nice. I would go as far to say it's more of an atificial flavour.

The Fudgee eggs were the best. A superb fudgy centre, very chocolately and similar to a ganache. I got to have the Oreo one as well. That was very yummy. 


My Sunday Photo - Canadian Chocolate Eggs


Have you tried American or Canadian chocolate before? 

What did you think of the taste?



Photalife

Friday, 20 May 2016

Fussy Baby - Word of the Week

The word that sums up my week is Fussy. I have one little fussy 14 week old baby on my hands this week. Bless her she doesn't cry just fusses. Her bottom lip comes out and it's so cute. 


Word of the Week - Fussy

She has begun her teething journey. We have been going through numerous bibs a day covered in drool. She chews like crazy on her hands and Sophie the Teething Giraffe. She is just little miss fussy pants this week. We have been having lots of cuddles so I haven't been able to get a lot done at all this week. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Who Loves Cake? - Cake-Cetera Brand Ambassador

Who Loves Cake? Meeeeeeeee! I love all types of cake. From Victoria sponges, fruit cakes, carrot cakes, coffee cakes, french fancies, Madeira cakes all types of cake, to the king of all cakes - the chocolate cake. I suppose you could call me a cakeaholic.....

So when I got accepted to be a brand ambassador for Cake Cetera well you can probably imagine my reaction! It's such a fantastic opportunity for me and of course you, my fabulous readers. I will let you in on a little secret ... at the bottom of this post there is a code for 20% off Cake-Cetera for you lovely lot. 20% off cake - glorious! There is always time for cake with a cup of tea. So go on and treat yourselves, you know you deserve it!

What does being a brand ambassador involve? Well there will be a mix of all sorts of posts on here, like competitions, guides, reviews, recipes and lots of other cakey goodness! 


Cake Cetera Brand Ambassador


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Japanese Moony Nappies Review

I had never heard of Japanese Moony nappies before being asked to review them. They were packaged like normal nappies but that's where the similarities to our normal nappies ends. I was sent the large size which is for 9-14kg. Unfortunately they were a size to big for baby girl. But we did try them on her to see how they worked. 


Japanese Moony Nappies Review


The nappies have a wetness indicator that changes from blue to yellow when wet. I think this is a great little feature as in the UK we only have that on newborn nappies. I don't know how to read Japanese! but I could get the idea of the features of the nappy by the pictures on the back.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Book Review: Six Tudor Queens - Katherine of Aragon by Alison Weir

I was ecstatic to receive a hardback copy of Katherine of Aragon The True Queen by Alison Weir in the post the other week from Bookbridgr. I am a huge fan of British history especially the Tudor era. I get my love of history from my mum. She has hundreds of history books and I'm definitely going to pass this book onto her. 

I have never heard of the author Alison Weir before I came upon this book. I am more familiar with Philippa Gregory's series of books. I am so glad I discovered  the first book of The Six Tudor Queen series. That's right, this book is the first of six, detailing the lives of all Henry VIII's six wives. 

Do you remember the rhyme from school to remember how they all died? It's one of the things I still remember from history class funnily enough. 

Katherine of Aragon - Divorced
Anne Boleyn - Beheaded
Jane Seymour - Died
Anne of Cleves - Divorced
Catherine Howard - Beheaded
Catherine Parr - Survived


Six Tudor Queens - Katherine of Aragon The True Queen by Alison Weir