Friday, 4 August 2017

Book Blog Tour: She Be Damned by M.J.TJIA

Welcome to day two of the She Be Damned Book Blog Tour.  She Be Damned is the new novel from M.J.Tjia and is full of suspense and drama.



The blurb:

London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. 

The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey, to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again.

I love a good crime story and I am rather fond of a historical novel so when you put the two genres together you get a winner from me! 

I often find I can work out the ending half way through a book but this one kept me guessing right to the end. I read it in 24 hours as I couldn't wait to find out who the killer was. 

I really enjoyed the character of Heloise Chancey, a strong independent women who suffers no fools. However its Amah that's the really interesting one! I am looking forward to new mysteries from them.

If you are looking for a great read for your holidays then She Be Damned is one for your list.

She Be Damned is available now in paperback and ebook formats.

You can find M.J.Tjia on twitter @mjtjia

Check out the rest of the book blog tour.





Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I'm Not Ready to Embrace Grey

I'm going grey, in fact I have going grey for quite sometime. If I stripped out the colour from hair I reckon I am a good 60 or 70% grey.

Grey hair do care


I know we are supposed to be embracing our natural self and loving our bodies etc but I am not ready to be grey. It may be fashionable but I feel I am too old to pull off the fashionable grey and too young (I'm only 37 for god sake) to pull off the graceful grey). 

There are many parts of my body I have made peace with like my stretch marks, bingo wings and hairy chin (I pluck it but don't get too close) but I a nit ready to go grey!!

I'll keep slapping on that red dye for as long as I can get away with it and then I will probably still dye it. 



Do you embrace your grey or cover it up?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

My Summer Bucket List

The summer holidays are fast approaching and the girls are making their list of things they want to do this summer and it's long and if we did everything on it I would be bankrupt! If you are stuck for ideas there are plenty of bucket lists on pinterest. 

The only problem with these buckets lists is that no one asked me what I wanted to do this summer so I thought I would make my own 'Mummy' bucket list:



What's on yours?

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

In February I Have Mostly Been .........

To Butlins

February half term is so wet and miserable so for the last few year we have spent it at Butlins in Skegness. It's only an hour from us and has everything we need. The girls love it and this year has been brilliant as Little Miss is older has a bit more patience so we were able to see more shows and do more activities. We manged to squeeze in some bowling and a trip to the cinema to see Sing which is brilliant.



























Reading

Flesh Wounds by Christopher Brookmyre
Betrayal by Martina Cole
The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan


Baking


Me and the girls have been baking this month. We made banana bread last weekend and two loaf cakes this week, one had blueberries in which we ate warm with lemon curd. So good.


























Crocheting

Chunky necklaces which I am completely obsessed with and they really jazz up a boring outfit. I have also made Little Miss a Mermaid tail blanket and have just started one for BG.



























Playing with New Make Up

My friend is a Avon lady and gave me some samples of lipstick to play with and then I couldn't resist some new make up. I try to support my friends where I can whether its buying from their Etsy store or a few bits from Avon. By the way have you tried their makeup lately? Their new lipsticks are amazing and I haven't found a mascara I don't like it. 




























Looking for Signs of Spring

The girls and I have been on the search for signs off spring and have seen a flowers popping up and blossom on the trees. Spring is almost here!

























What you been up to?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Slowing Down and Keeping It Simple

Well its been a while since I have blogged, I meant to do a 2016 roundup at the end of last year but I just never got around to it. Last year was a real mix bag, there were parts that were incredibly difficult and others that were a complete delight.

It was a big year of change for me personally both physically and mentally. I started last year with very high blood glucose and a vitamin d deficiency and a cupboard full of medication. I have now lost 3 stone, my vitamin d is fine and I have half the amount of diabetes medication that I need and my blood sugars are consistently under control.  Its not been an easy ride, there have weeks when my bad habits slipped back into my life and I worried that I could get back.Thankfully my willpower is stronger than I thought and I am 3lbs down this year already. I still have weight to lose but this year it will be a slower journey, the urgency to lose the weight and get my health back on track has lessened as I am in a good place and I can now focus on mental well being as well and my physical health. 


Start of 2106

End of 2016


Last year I had to take on quite a bit of extra work and OH was unemployed for a period of time, thankfully he found work towards the end of the Summer. However I still had the extra clients and had several months of working all the hours. Towards the end of last year a few clients dropped away and even though the extra money was nice, I am enjoying the work load much better. Little Miss is at nursery two and a half days a week and I can get the bulk of my work done then which means no more evenings and no weekend work. 

With the slight drop in income I have had to cut back on a few treats and actually that feels good. I got the point where I have several subscription boxes and they were just pilling up. I am just two from next month and that's good for me. This month has been tight due to Little Miss's birthday next week and I have resisted the sales which is actually quite satisfying, I have some Christmas money but I am saving it for when I need something or see something I REALLY want. 

We have gone back to meal planning and only buying what we need and this simpler life is much calmer for me. At Christmas for the 2nd year running we simplified our gift giving at home with something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Not only does this save money (though its not the main reason for this) it means that we don't fill the house with tat.  The girls really took time to think about what they really wanted and were not disappointed that they only got a few gifts. They did also get a stocking from Santa and a gazillion gifts from the rest of the family. 

I also started a bullet journal which as been a revelation and I now use that for everything rather than have several planners and notebooks on the good.  

This year I am hoping to carry on in the same way with slower and simpler life or at least less drama than last year!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Blog Tour for Lilly’s House by Cassandra Parkin

Today it’s my turn to host the blog tour for Lilly’s House by Cassandra Parkin. I have to say I completely and utterly love this book. It’s one of those that drags in you from the very first chapter and you just have to keep going.



When Jen goes to her grandmother’s house for the last time, she’s determined not to dwell on the past. As a child, Jen adored Lily and suspected she might be a witch; but the spell was broken long ago, and now her death means there won’t be any reconciliation.

Lily’s gone, but the enchantments she wove and the secrets she kept still remain. In Lily’s house, Jen and her daughter Marianne reluctantly confront the secrets of the past and present - and discover how dangerous we become when we’re trying to protect the ones we love.

I love a twisty, turny book and you definitely get that with this novel. The trips back to past are not jarring like in some books, it’s seamless.   

I was hooked all the way through.

It’s a great read and perfect this autumn snuggled up under a blanket with a big mug of something hot.

Lilly's House is available to buy now. 


Do checkout the other book tour blogs. 


Monday, 15 August 2016

Corner to Corner Summer Shawl #whaticrochet

I haven't blogged about any of my crochet projects for ages. The last few months have been super busy and I have crocheted loads including what feels like a gazillion baby blankets for family and customers. I decided I needed to make something for myself for the cool summer evenings (and days) so I made myself this gorgeous shawl.






Its just a corner to corner pattern that is easy to crochet once you understand the pattern. Its essentially boxes of triple stitch. I have been making my current blankets in this stitch and thought it would make a great shawl. I just kept going until it was big enough for me.

The yarn it Patons 4ply mercerised cotton which I got from a charity shop. I got a huge bag of the mint green colour,  in fact I have several balls left. The purple came from the same charity shop haul and I still have some of it left as well. I used 3 balls of the green and then did the final two rows in the purple. 

It was so quick to work up and drapes like a dream. Its perfect for when I am sitting n the garden at night and will make a great scarf in the spring.

The corner to corner pattern is super simple and you can find loads of patterns online. The Crochet Crowd have a great corner to corner video tutorial if you google it. 

I am currently working on a stunning beaded shawl which I put aside until I have the time to focus on it as its a bit fiddly.  Next up I am working on several blankets for Christmas gifts and I have a commission for two picnic baskets of food which I will blog about one day!

What are you working on?