Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recently Read - Gone Again by Doug Johnstone

Gone AgainGone Again by Doug Johnstone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

59p very well spent - very good page turner!

'It's just to say that no-one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?' As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry. With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is, until a shocking discovery..

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cat Teeth Cleaning Time

I dropped Freddie cat off to the vet today. He's having his teeth cleaned under general anaesthesia.

He was not a happy boy this morning, not at all amused that there was no breakfast and then the sight of the carrier sent him speeding off to hide under the bed.


I'm waiting for the call to go collect him this afternoon.

Then next week, the whole palaver to be repeated with Mabel.

I have been quoted £190 EACH! (dependant on how much they need to do)

And I thought it was expensive when I went to the hygienist!

I wish there was some way to regularly clean their teeth at home without them getting upset - anyone had any success?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Working Mums: #nigglefix is the answer to your prayers!

It’s not easy being a mum … especially if you’re planning to look stylish too. After you’ve washed, dressed and fed the kids, there’s often little time left to look after yours truly. In fact, if you’re going to make it into work before 9 then there’s usually just enough time to throw on yesterday’s outfit and a little lippy and hope for the best!

Of course, it’s also at these times that life’s little niggles start to creep up and ruin your day. First you miss the bus by a minute, even though you’re sure the driver saw you running down the road, and then you discover your new ‘must-have’ shoes are determined to restrict all circulation to your feet as you trudge uncomfortably down the road.

Finally, you arrive at work to find a stack of paperwork, back-to-back meetings and the Mount Everest of washing up in the kitchen (because office workers are far too busy posting selfies online to worry about the mould growing at the bottom of last week’s cup!)

These little niggles can really get you down – especially as they’re such common occurrences. As this video shows, women experience niggles practically everywhere they go:

You’ll see from the clip that one niggle has been well and truly fixed though – and that’s the one where you are forced to wear an uncomfortable bra all day. We’ve all been there: no matter how much you adjust its position, loosen or tighten the straps, it just never sits right.

Thankfully Triumph – who has launched a whole niggle fix campaign to rid women of all their pesky frustrations – has also come up with a simple solution to this common issue.

The Magic Wire Bra from Triumph offers all the support of an underwired bra but with a lot more comfort. A good bra like the Magic Wire will help to define your shape too so you’ll be able to banish a few wardrobe malfunctions at the same time (note: ‘double-breast’ is a term that should only be used when describing suit jackets and not something which describes the interplay between your bra and top).

Shaped with every woman in mind, the usual customary under wiring has been replaced with an ingenious piece of silicone in the Magic Wire. This provides an easy-to-wear, comfortable bra that actually looks good. The smart design means women have one less thing to worry about but Triumph hasn’t stopped their war against niggles here.

Truly believing that a niggle shared is a niggle halved, they are encouraging women all over the country to list their own niggles in the hope of finding answers and support from other ladies. Visit the company’s Twitter or Facebook page and post about your niggles using #nigglefix and see what happens.

You could find yourself with a whole series of easily solutions – like the Magic Wire bra – and the company has even partnered with The Huffington Post to offer some great content from comedians and other celebs so you never know who you might share a niggle with next!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Recently Read - One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus OneOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It was a journey that was easy to read and made me laugh many times

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recently Read - When I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly

When I Wasn't WatchingWhen I Wasn't Watching by Michelle Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the whole I really enjoyed this book, there was enough suspense to keep me wanting more.

However, at times I felt it was turning into a romance/erotica book and I was worried it was going to lose pace a bit. It soon picked up again and was a very good read.

Eight years ago, Lucy and Ethan Randall’s little boy, Jack, was abducted and murdered by teenager Terry Prince. A moment’s distraction had ripped a family apart – and with the loss of their son came the collapse of the Randalls’ marriage. Tortured by memories, Lucy was left to battle her grief while raising her remaining son alone.

Now, Jack’s killer has walked free, giving him the second chance at life that little Jack never had. Lucy’s wounds newly opened, her world is turned upside down a second time when another child goes missing – and she can’t shake the suspicion that Prince has struck again.

When DI Matt Winston, the same officer who found Jack’s body, is assigned to the case, the echoes of Lucy’s past grow ever more insistent. Bound by their tragic shared experiences, Matt and Lucy grow closer – and become fixated on bringing the culprit to justice. But now history has repeated itself, answers seem even further out of reach. And for Lucy, it’s time to face her ghosts, and ask the most terrible question of all: can she ever really forgive herself?

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Ways To Make Your Home Child Friendly

It isn’t easy raising a family, and whilst everyone seems to be an expert on baby-proofing your cupboards, sockets and tables, it seems no one is there to help when they outgrow the baby stage and the troublesome toddler emerges from the cot.

No matter how harsh extended family members can be, it is your home and raising your children in a house that they can call their own is a privilege they will never forget. So treasure those precious moments getting home contents insurance to make sure your families treasures can be protected for as long as your protect your family.

Cleaning products

Cleaning products and many chemicals that are kept in cupboards under the sink become a new fascination for the newly curious toddler. The low cupboard is accessible and the bottles are often bright and inviting. Prevent potentially dangerous accidents by keeping any hazardous cleaning products or chemicals in high cupboards out of reach from your troublesome toddler.


Your latest enemy with your toddler will be their newfound mobility; the excitement of a baby’s first steps will quickly wear off when the ease at which they can get around makes them hard to pin down.

Windows are a new issue you may have to face. With their curiosity and mobility, seeing outside and climbing around is a must, so keep your windows closed to prevent them from falling or closing on your child, and keep them locked to stop curiosity permitting a burglary.


Once again a toddler’s ability to move up and down stairs means your child will often be at risk of falling. Placing gates at the top and bottom of any long sets of stairs in your house will make sure you toddler doesn’t trip and hurt themselves; it also helps you keep an eye on your child and know where they are at all times.


Insuring your house from any potential child damage will not only help protect your home but it will also help your stress levels in those difficult toddler years. You’ll be protecting your home from damage whilst simultaneously protecting your own sanity.

Don’t let the trouble years get the better of you. Cherish time with your family and make your home a little safer with these tips.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tattoo Art Exhibition

I recently visited Somerset House Tattoo Art Exhibition...

An exhibition presenting original artworks from 70 of the world’s most influential tattoo artists including Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth, Rose Hardy, Chris Garver, Ami James and Mister Cartoon, curated by fellow tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe and publisher Miki Vialetto.

Each artist has been commissioned to create a completely new work for the exhibition on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface of skin.

The resulting collection ranges from oil painting, watercolours and traditional Japanese silk painting to paint layering on real skulls, airbrush and bronze sculpture. Time and all it infers (such as life and death) is a classic, common motif in tattoo art, expressed through a vast variety of iconographic combinations. For example, the popular inkings of butterflies, blossoms and the handled cross signify life, while memento moris such as skulls or the goddess Kali denote death. Many of these symbols are also present in the original pieces displayed.

I took photos of the pictures I liked the most:

Gran Canaria Holiday

Myself and one of my daughters spent a week in Peurto Mogan, Gran Canaria.

It was hot, sunny and very very pretty!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cuteness Aged 2 Years & 8 Months

I think my Grandson just gets cuter every week..

...I'm one very proud Granny!