The books I read in February

AD | Post contains gifted items and affiliate links (marked with *) Since John bought me a new Kindle at Christmas I have been reading a lot more than I have done for quite some time. Every month I’m going to share a couple of my favourites so that you might find inspiration for your next read. Coming Home to Brightwater Bay* by Holly Hepburn On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social

The Books I Read In January

AD | Post contains gifted items and affiliate links (marked with *) Ever since I got my Kindle I haven’t been able to put it down and I’ve discovered some really wonderful books. Lately, I’ve been more used to reading children’s books but switching over to grown up books has been wonderful. Every month I’m going to share a couple of my favourites so that you might find inspiration for your next read. Much Ado About You by Samantha Young* At thirty-three-years old, Evie’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. When she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie

Books Perfect For Father’s Day

AD | Includes gifted item and affiliate links (marked with *)  Father’s Day is just over a week away now but there’s plenty of time to order a gift online! With everything going on at the minute it’s not really possible to go our shopping for Father’s Day like we would usually. Erin can’t come out with me and pick something for her Dad but what we can do is find something online together and talk about what he might like. I know that this is going to be the case for a lot of families this year so today

Pub Quiz Books Giveaway

AD | Includes gifted item and affiliate links (marked with *)  One of the highlights of our week at the moment is doing an online quiz run by Laura at Tired Mummy of Two. As we can’t go out at the moment it’s really good to be able to chat to others online in a Zoom meeting and do something a bit different on a weekend. Me, John and Mum all take part and I like to think we’re a pretty good team. However, we have come 3rd every week so far and it’s quite frustrating. There are areas that

Book Review: An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio

AD | Includes gifted item and affiliate links  Today I’m bringing you something a little bit different and this is definitely not a review for a children’s book. Instead, I’m reviewing and offering a giveaway of An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio. In 1939, the Italian writer Giuseppe Jorio (1902 – 1995) enjoyed great success with his debut novel, La Morte di un Uomo (Death of a Man), but, soon after the war, his career was ruined when he was prosecuted, subjected to five trials in six years, and found guilty of having written an obscene novel, Il Fuoco del

Book Review: The Starting School Book

AD | Contains gifted product and affiliate links I can’t quite believe that in a few months Erin will be going to school. She has been going to nursery since she turned 2 but school somehow feels like a much bigger step and there’s so much more to think about. We were recently sent The Starting School Book (AD) by Sarah Ockwell-Smith and I thought it would be great to get some hints and tips before September. Starting school is a huge important milestone for children and their parents. The best school years happen when everyone involved feels happy and

The Importance Of Reading Stories At Bedtime

AD | Paid collaboration Before Erin was even born I had a small collection of books for her. Reading was something we did on a daily basis and we did it often. Now, Erin is 3 and reading is still such a big part of our day. We generally try to stick to the same bedtime routine each evening. Erin will start off by having a fun bath before watching something on TV like Zog or Room on the Broom. After Erin has had time to relax and calm down during this time she then goes up to bed (mostly

Know Your Nature: British Wildlife Book Review

Disclaimer: We received this item for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.  Erin, from as soon as she could walk I think, wanted to be outside. She would be outside no matter if it was snowing, raining or if there was a massive storm outside. She is so interested in anything growing, the leaves on the ground and we are encouraging her to be friends with the bugs… no matter how scared I might be myself. As someone who grew up pretty much hating the outdoors and any kind of bug that could fly, I don’t