11th December 2017 by - No comments

I find life far too serious at times. Especially around this time of the year when we are so busy trying to get everything done. I find myself thinking far too much about things that are really out of my control.

The best way to let all those negative thoughts go and to just sit back and enjoy the ride is to read a good book that makes you laugh, think and appreciate life! After all laughter is the best medicine for anything in life. Laughter, love and understanding. Sometimes even when the subject matter of books is serious, a little laughter here and there can make it all bearable.

You can always count of Sophie Kinsella to make you laugh out loud, and ever since reading the Shopaholic series of books, I have been a mega fan of her books!

The Book –

Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly orange-slice smile, and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do things she’d thought were too scary.

Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you think you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

Verdict –

Now, this book is a little different from Sophie Kinsella’s normal novels, but different in a good and enlightening sort of way. It is not just about the fun things in life, but about a family who have issues and problems, which can be overcome.

It is a book aimed towards the ‘Young Adult’ market, so teenagers and above. The storyline touches all realms of subject matters in the subtle lovely way only a fantastic author like Sophie Kinsella could do – bullying, mental health. I am not a teenager but enjoyed it very much.

Audrey is such a lovable character, although she has problems, the story takes us through how things can change and we watch her blossom. She suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder, has been bullied, which has driven her to stay at home all the time. But with the help of Linus she learns to break free.

I think this book would be a perfect gift for those with teenage girls or preteen daughters. It is a wonderful story of getting better.

Available on Amazon uk and in all bookstores Nationwide. Find out more on Sophie Kinsella’s lovely website –


6th December 2017 by - No comments

I still cannot believe it is December, in a few weeks when all the Christmas festivities are over we will be ringing in the new year. I do very much hope that 2018 is a fresh start for the world we live in, and I very much hope this beautiful world looks forward to days of peace and happiness.

As you may know this year was a big year in our household, now my living room as a beautifully enlarged living room and my home is complete. We have the space we so wanted and a lovely large dining table to dine around.

But I think it is true to say that once you start decorating or building your home, you start getting ideas. How can I add more to my home? What little changes can make my home even nicer?

I attended Crown Paints press event a few weeks ago, and they have some wonderful ideas and colours for those of you wishing to add something new to your homes in 2018!

Crown Paints – Spring/Summer Colour Influences – 

Crown Paints has been manufactured in Britain since 1777, starting out in a small independent print shop in Darwen, Lancashire, where its headquarters remains.

A lot has happened over the last 200years, but it is still their mission to empower homeowners to realise the potential of colour. Paint is not just about home decoration, it’s about using colour to turn an ordinary space into something personal.

Crown Paints has a fantastic team of colour influencers who have put together the trends for 2018. Consultants, specialists and designers who have colour at the heart of everything they do and inspire people to decorate their homes with colour.

Crown Paints Trends for Spring/Summer 2018 – 

Linear – 

“This trend is about working with the simplicity of straight lines, keeping to slim black outlines in furniture and lighting as well as on walls gives a new and sophisticated look, a modern elegance.” Judy Smith (Crown Colour Consultant)

Provocative – 

“Brave, bold and provocative. With big blocks of colours and strong geometry that’s breaking free from the restriction of the walls.”  Justyna Korczynska (Crown Design Studio)


Bloom is the romantic token of nature at its most magnificent, with fresh floral tones on a long spectrum from lively greens to deep seated pinks and purples. This artistic interpretation picks out the wide brush strokes on an abstract canvas, combining all the fresh colours of a beautiful English garden.

Verdict – 

I found the Crown Paints Spring/Summer colour influences absolutely inspiring and refreshing. I could see so many possibilities, so many ways to transform rooms in our homes beyond just floral wallpaper, or champagne coloured paint.

If you are looking for fresh ways to brighten up your homes, or a specific room, have a look at what Crown Paints has to offer.


4th December 2017 by - No comments

As the nights grow longer and the weather grows colder, there is nothing I enjoy more than snuggling on the sofa with a cosy blanket to watch the latest period drama mini series on the television.

I don’t know what it is I love most about period dramas, but for me they are just pure indulgent pleasure. They take me back to an era where there was no technology; no televisions, iPads and wifi. To a time where great big homes were filled with the sounds of piano music and chatter.

I love seeing the costumes, the ladies dressed in there long petticoated dresses, the gentlemen dressed as smartly as all gentlemen of that era should be, in top hats and formal wear.

Downton Abbey has always been a favourite of mine. The grand home filled with traditional customs and formalities. The amazing costumes and the storylines are always so entertaining, you are at the edge of your seat waiting to see whatever happens next.

Howard End –

The current favourite period drama is Howards End, a dramatisation of the famous book by E.M. Forester. A story about how different classes can become intertwined in love, lies and death. The rich Wilcoxes, the gentle Schlegels, and the lower middle class Basts.

It is wonderful to see how stories are weaved together and how the characters are formed by very famous authors to form an unforgettable story which works wonderfully on the pages of a book, and is just as attractive on the television screen.

Howards End is frequently said to be E. M. Forester’s finest work. I have not seen the previous dramatisations of the book, but this one is very good.

Matthew Macfadyen, who you may remember from the series Spooks, makes a fine Mr. Wilcox, extremely manly and head of his family. After the death of his beloved wife, he falls for the beautiful and very fair Miss Schlegel.

I love movies of course, but there is such a fun anticipation in awaiting these mini dramas.

Howard End ended with its final episode yesterday on BBC1. It was a four part drama, each episode took us through the lives of these three families whose stories intertwined as one.

If you have missed it I strongly recommend watching it soon, maybe get it on catch up tv, or on iTunes, and devour it all in one sitting with a big steaming cup of hot chocolate.