9th October 2017 by - No comments

We live in an era where technology leads most of our lives. It is an era where bloggers, you tubers and technological wizards can sway our thoughts and influence our opinions.

Just the other day we attended The Wembley Cup with my boys. A football match where the main players were football youtubers with a few football legends. You should have seen the thousands of kids, they went crazy over these youtubers, that my husband hardly knew. Yes we are getting old, but it is definately a sign of the times.

The Book –

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Why does breaking up make your heart hurt?

Why can’t horses vomit?

From YouTube superstar, TV presenter, model and fact-obsessive over-sharer Jim Chapman comes a hilarious user’s guide to the universe.
In 147 Things, Jim takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the best bits of everything, from the mind-blowing to the ridiculous. As with his videos, no subject is off-limits and he’ll lift the lid on his life and his relationships, sharing embarrassing stories and things he’s learned along the way.
If you’ve ever felt weirded out by the fact that we’re seven billion (mostly) hairless apes spinning around a giant ball of flaming gas, or that we all begin as tiny humans inside our mothers, or that many of us keep slightly less-dangerous forms of wolves in our homes, then you need this book in your life.
Jim will inspire you with his facts about the sheer unlikelihood of us all being here and equip you to feel just a little less overwhelmed by the small stuff.

Verdict –

I have found that it is very difficult to buy gifts for pre teen boys, so the ages of 10-16. They are slightly too old for regular toys, computer orientated games are very overpriced, clothes will not be cool enough as gifts, but books are a winner – the mums will be happy for sure, but to make the birthday boy happy you need to pick a topic that is hip & trendy, as well as appropriate.

Now a word of warning, this book will definately be loved by a boy 10-16 years of age, but there are some words which some may find inappropriate. For example, my ten year old son was very quick to point out the word ‘penis’ on the first page. But if you are like me, I feel kids need to learn things and not be overdramatised by them. This is life after all.

My sons favourite thing was “9 – Every other species is fine being naked, so why do we where clothes” 😃

So a very fun book! My 10year old enjoyed it and finds it super cool that one of his favourite youtubers has a book out! It is also educational! I found out lots of fun facts!

Interesting, cool, fun & definate to be a hit if given as a gift! Put it on your Christmas list if you are lost on what to buy your pre teens.

Available now to purchase on Amazon & all major bookshops! Was published on October 5th.

In the meantime find out more about the author Jim Chapman –

Jim Chapman’s channel –

https://www.youtube.com/user/j1mmyb0bba

Link to purchase the book –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/147-Things-users-universe-buttons/dp/1509854150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506953243&sr=8-1&keywords=jim+chapman

Link to audio book with exclusive Q&A with Jim –

Happy reading! xxx

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4th October 2017 by - No comments

This past weekend was my second visit to lovely Amsterdam! This time with my darling mother, who is a fantastic travel companion as she is always up for any adventure no matter how tiring.


So for this two day trip I had a few ‘must dos’ on my list – a visit to The Anne Frank House & The Van Loon Museum being the top two. Followed by a boat trip and walks by the beautiful canals. Rain was forecast in Amsterdam a few days before our visit but luckily the light winds blew away the rain clouds and we were left with bright blue skies.

The Anne Frank house and The Van Loon Museum did not disappoint, you can read up about these two tourist hotspots on my previous blog posts. Just make sure you definitely buy your Anne Frank house tickets well in advance, as the new rule is no tickets can be purchased on the door, so to avoid disappointment buy tickets well in advance.

So my two new finds on this visit were –

The Amsterdam Flea Market – The Noordermarkt 



A fantastic market dating back hundreds of years, first started in 1616. We were actually on our way to the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht when we stumbled upon these quirky fun market. Filled with second hand clothes, antique goodies and delicious delights too!

My mother was over the moon as she loves antique hunting. The Dutch porcelain has always been a favourite of mine, I love the rich blue on the background of white, and the flowery patterns are so pretty.

My mother bought a beautiful Dutch painting, we are hoping it’s a long lost Rembrandt!  I bought the prettiest antique Dutch soup bowls with a delicate blue flower design on the edges. I will treasure them forever and remember Amsterdam.
This market has been around for hundreds if years. Once a market where people sold pots, it then became a hat market, and today on the same site market goers meet up every Saturday & Monday to sell their goods and find treasures to take home.
Not to be missed!

Vinnie’s


Im not a huge fan of hotel breakfasts, I have always found that hotel breakfasts are the same wherever you go & it is so much better to venture out, find a local coffee shop or cafe and dine lile the locals.

In my past posts about Amsterdam I recommended Das Bakkerwinkel, a lovely little quaint cafe near Dam Square. I still love that place and visited it for brunch with my mother, but I also found another great place.


Vinnie’s is a lovely small cafe very near Central Station, it is perfect for those who want something healthy, and yet Dutch. It is not touristic and was filled was locals on our visit for breakfast there.

The menu is simple yet has everything you could want. We saw other diners ordering the poached eggs on toast, so decided to do the same.

But these were unlike other eggs on toast. They were super yummy. The toast was thick double toasted rye, topped with a thin slice of Dutch new Gouda cheese, the perfectly poached eggs went on top of the cheese, finally the eggs were topped with a handful of mixed fresh green salads – rocket, dill & curly lettuce. A fantastic combination which I will definately be making at home soon.


A great place to visit & a walking city so make sure you bring your walking shoes!

Im taking my boys on the next trip! So watch this space for tips on ‘Amsterdam with kids’…❤️

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2nd October 2017 by - No comments

Did you know that Audrey Hepburn was born into Dutch aristocracy?

Ever since I was a teenager I have adored Audrey Hepburn. It all started with ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – a movie classic that I could watch over and over and over again. What struck me most about Audrey Hepburn was her ability to be so feminine, elegant and yet so strong in character.

I have read a few biographies about the late Audrey Hepburn, but this has got to be one of my favourites.

The Book –

In this first major study of the captivating life of Audrey Hepburn. Ian Woodward uncovers the truly sensational story of one of Hollywood’s most enduring legends.

Born into the Dutch aristocracy, Audrey Hepburn lived a fairy-tale existence until the outbreak of World War ll when her father, a Nazi sympathiser, abondoned his wife and children. Having risked her life for the Dutch resistance movement, she fled to England to train as a dancer.

But success came later when she was discovered in France by the novelist Colette, who realised she would be perfect for the character Gigi, and indeed, Audrey stunned both the ruthless New York critics and the public in Gigi on Broadway. Then came Roman Holiday, the film which brought her an Oscar and launched her international career in a string of movie successes like Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady.

But even her illustrious film career paled against the outstanding work she did for UNICEF. Despite her personal fight against cancer, she dedicated the last years of her life to bringing help to the starving children of the world.

Audrey Hepburn became more than a movie star. She became a legend, first on screen – and then on the arid plains of Africa.

Verdict –

A definate must read for all Audrey fans! Not only do we find out about Audrey the actress, we learn so much about her as a person.

Just this week a selection Audrey Hepburn’s belongings were auctioned off at Christie’s auction house. Seeing her beautifully elegant shoes, scarves, bags and clothes made me want to read this book all over again.

Available on amazon & at all bookshops

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