Book Review – The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. Jenny Colgan

Blurb

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As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work, mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.

It’s a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England.  But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime – to work in Paris with her former sweetheart Thierry, a master chocolatier.

With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate – and herself – than she ever dreamed.

 

What I thought

This has been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read for probably about 2 years, if not longer, so I figured it was high time I gave it a read.  I’ve never been to Paris but I love to read books that are set/about there plus I love chocolate so I was pretty sure I was on to a winner before I even started!  Thankfully I was right!

The book starts with quite a serious situation although it’s written in such a way that it never drags the story down – the tone always remains light hearted and relatively positive, definitely a hard thing to do!  I loved following the journey of the lead character Anna and watching her grow as the book progressed, this was another page turner – I finished it in a matter of hours!  The contrast between the stories of Anna and her high school French teacher, Claire was a nice touch.  There were a few striking similarities but Anna’s ending was very different to Claires.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris deals with some hard hitting issues which could be quite difficult to read but thankfully Jenny Colgan writes about them in such a way that they don’t affect the overall feel of the book.   I really enjoyed this book and am now looking forward to working my way through the rest of my Jenny Colgan collection!

Next on my list

I haven’t quite decided yet.  I’m trying to work my way through my bookshelf and clear out before baby number 2 arrives – we badly need the space!!  I may just start at the beginning and work my way down!  Watch this space!

V xx

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Book Review – Then. Now. Always. Isabelle Broom

Blurb

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Are you ready for an adventure?

Hannah Hodges certainly is.  And so when she is offered the opportunity to spend a month filming in a magical Andalusian village on the south-east coast of Spain, she grabs it.  Andalusia was where she spent a large part of her youth; made so many of her memories, and her mistakes.

But this time it is going to be perfect.  Because she is not only going with her best friend, Tom, but also with her gorgeous boss, Theo.  And this unforgettable place is the perfect location to make Theo finally fall under her spell.

Except Hannah’s past is everywhere she looks, Tom is acting increasingly distant, and her half-sister appears determined to ruin everything.  Again.

Hannah has just a month in paradise to secure the happy future she knows is waiting for her.  Will Andalusia work its magic?  And will that future look exactly as she always thought it would?

What I thought.

Having previously read A Year and A Day by Isabelle Broom and absolutely loved it, I knew I had to pick Then. Now. Always. up when I saw it in a local charity shop.  I’m so glad I did, I’ve been out of the habit of reading for a few months now but this has definitely reminded me why I love books.  Similar to A Year and A Day the setting plays a huge part in the story and I have now added Mojácar to my list of places to visit, it sounds absolutely magical.

The central character of Hannah is so relatable and I found myself to be completely in her corner when it came to certain moments throughout the story.  I felt as if I was actually Hannah’s’ friend and was completely aghast at the actions of other characters; as ridiculous as that may sound I was totally involved in the story.  This is a love story at it’s core but not necessarily the one you might imagine.  There are a few twists and turns along the way; the course of true love never did run smooth after all, but all the little pieces of the story link up so perfectly that the book just wouldn’t be the same without them.  I found my self so eager to find out what happened that I finished the book in a matter of hours, I literally devoured it!  However,  I can’t say that the book ended in the way that I would have liked – I’m a romantic at heart – but I’m also a big sister so I’m not against it either, to be honest I quite liked that Isabelle Broom didn’t opt for the generic ending.

 

Next on my list

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris – Jenny Colgan

This has been sat on my bookshelf, along with a few other Jenny Colgan books for a while now so it’s about time I got around to reading it.  I’ve read a few books by Jenny Colgan in the past so if they’re anything to go by then this should be a great read!

V xx

 

Bedtime Routine

I’ve seen a few posts recently about bedtime routines and I thought I would add ours to the mix.  We have had basically the same routine since Connor was born with a few add ons as he has gotten older.

To be fair, he always has been a relatively good sleeper – I’m convinced this means the next one is going to be an insomniac!  I do think, however, that having some kind of routine also helps settle your little one at night.

The bedtime routine here starts at roughly 6pm, this is when I start to run the bath.  He does get bathed at my Mum & Dads quite often so depending on whether we are at home or there this time can vary by 15-20 mins.  Bath time usually lasts about 20 minutes, give or take, unless my Dad is bathing him in which case the pair of them can be in there for nearer an hour playing with dinosaurs.

After bath its jammies on, sometimes I put a body lotion on Connor – particularly in the colder months, I like to use the Dove Baby range as it’s so lovely!  Then if he’s hungry he has some supper, usually a slice of toast and some milk; to be honest, he eats that much during the day that he rarely asks for anything!

By this point it’s around 7pm so we head upstairs to his room where he will pick his books for the night.  If David is home Connor usually drags him upstairs to play tennis or some random made up game involving rolls of cellotape but if it’s just the two of us we go straight for the books – I’m clearly not as fun as Daddy!  Most nights we read 2 books but if they are particularly short or we happen to be in bed earlier than planned then we might add another one on!  His favourites at the moment are the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks collection by Kristina Stephenson or any dinosaur related book that catches his eye!

After the books it’s time to brush his teeth, I usually do it first much to his disgust & then he finishes them off by himself. I tuck him into bed and sometimes he asks me to sing him a song – the most requested number is Little Bunny Foo Foo but every now and again he lets me choose!  A kiss and a cuddle follow and then it’s lights out & I head downstairs for some peace (and usually my dinner!)  Most of the time that’s him out for the night but if he does shout on one of us we go into his room, sort the problem and leave again.  Lately we’ve actually taken to just staying outside the room and telling him it’s time to sleep as we discovered that he was just shouting on us for a chat!  As if he doesn’t talk enough during the day haha!

On a good night I’m downstairs for 7.30pm at the latest and he sleeps through until 7am most mornings.  We follow the same routine for his nap during the day, he’ll usually sleep for about an hour and a half after nursery.  We’re so lucky that at 3 he will still nap, I know a lot of his wee friends have refused it for a while now.

So that’s our bedtime routine.  When number 2 comes along we’ll do the same with them and fingers crossed it’ll work as well second time around!

What’s your bedtime routine with your little one?

 

V xx

 

The Scottish Tag

I feel like I’m lacking any kind of writing inspiration these days, baby brain has arrived early second time around! So I thought I would do a little tag and hopefully get my blogging mojo back.  What better tag to do than ‘The Scottish Tag’, I saw this over on a couple of  You Tube Channels – Mrs Meldrum and Mama Reid so being Scottish, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon!

 

The Scottish Tag

Question 1: Whereabouts in Scotland are you from?

I’m from a wee village about 20mins outside Glasgow.

Question 2: Where’s your favourite place you’ve been in Scotland?

I love Edinburgh.  We don’t go often as David used to work there & it lost it’s charm for him but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in Scotland.  The buildings are absolutely gorgeous; I could spend hours just walking around looking at them.  There’s so much history there as well and the people watching is fab!

Question 3: Where would you like to visit in Scotland?
I’d love to do some of the Islands.  The Fairy Pools in Skye are on my bucket list – they look unbelievable!
 
Question 4: What is your favourite Scottish film?
I don’t really have one.  I’ve seen Trainspotting but I didn’t find it up to much.  I would probably have to say Braveheart – I mean the acting is pretty awful but there’s just something about it.
 
Question 5: Do you match up to any Scottish stereotypes?
Well apart from the obvious one – I’m ginger!  I don’t wear a kilt or play bagpipes and I’m rarely drunk.  Also, I hate haggis.  Irn Bru is great though as are deep fried Mars Bars.
 
Question 6: What is your favourite Scottish food?
 
Tablet?  Is that Scottish?  It’s more of a sweet than a proper food I suppose.  Like I said before, I hate haggis.  I’m not sure what else is classed as a ‘Scottish food’  tottie scones, square sausage?  STEAK PIE!! That’s definitely Scottish, everybody loves steak pie & if you don’t you just haven’t eaten a good one!
Question 7: Do you follow any Scottish traditions?
At school we always used to have a singing and poetry competition for Burns Night and a ceilidh for St Andrews Day.  Since I’m clearly not of school age anymore the only thing we really do is Hogmanay (New Years Eve) which apparently is only really a thing here in Scotland.
 
Question 8: What is your favourite Scottish word?
I probably say loads but they’re just words to me so it’s difficult to pick just one.  I say aye (yes) and crabbit (grumpy) a lot.
 
Question 9: What is your favourite Scottish song?
I love Loch Lomond.  I’ve always wondered how people from other countries know that a party is over if Loch Lomond isn’t played!  I also love Dignity by Deacon Blue and obviously Flower of Scotland.  Auld Lang Syne is a Hogmanay favourite too.
 
Question 10: Can you recommend any Scottish you tubers?
Like I said I found this tag through watching Mrs Meldrum and Mama Reid – I love both their channels so definitely go give them a watch!
I tag Kirsty from Honest K – I think you’ll love this one!
V xx

3 become 4

I know I said in my last post that I’d been AWOL for a while but that I had a good reason and then I disappeared again.  But now I’m really back and I promise it was/is a really good reason!

I’m having a baby!!

 

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Baby number 2 to be exact and it’s kicking my ass!  I’m currently 17 weeks along and man am I feeling it.  I got slightly worried in the beginning as I didn’t have any symptoms til about 7/8 weeks whereas in my pregnancy with Connor I feel like I was nauseous from the minute I pee’d on the stick (sorry tmi!).  But not to worry the sickness finally arrived and it was worse than last time, so well worth the wait ha!  It even seemed to go up a notch when I hit 12 weeks.  At a time when many women’s sickness is slowly edging away mine decided that I hadn’t had enough yet and I started to be physically sick as opposed to only feeling it.  Entirely different from last time; I think I threw up a grand total of about 5 times during my pregnancy with Connor, I’ve well surpassed that now!

All is going well, baby is due in February and we are all very excited – Connor especially.  He loves to talk to the baby and sing songs with his guitar- it’s all very cute, I can’t wait to see them together.

I’m classed as high risk this pregnancy due to having pre-eclampsia with Connor so I have to have my blood pressure checked regularly – it’s behaving itself so far, fingers crossed that continues.  I also have to take an aspirin a day to try and avoid a repeat of last time, I must admit it found this quite hard to get my head around – I literally won’t even take a paracetamol for a headache when I’m pregnant, no idea why, my brain just won’t even consider it.  From what I’ve been told it can help with placenta development and function, which in turn can prevent pre-eclampsia from starting.  No idea if it works or not, but I’ll do what I’m told!

I was thinking I might do some regular updates on here about the pregnancy but I’ll wait until this yucky stage passes – sooner rather than later I hope – I don’t want to be all doom and gloom.

I’ve started feeling the baby move a little bit here and there which is all very exciting but it hasn’t half made everything a lot more real.  How the hell am I going to cope with 2 kids?   We definitely won’t be finding out the sex of this baby; as you all probably know we went for a private gender scan at 25 weeks with Connor and were told that we were having a little girl.  Imagine our surprise 12 weeks later when out came our beautiful little boy!  Obviously we wouldn’t change a thing but good God was that a shock to the system!

Have any of you suffered with pre-eclampsia previously and gone on to have a completely normal pregnancy?  Any tips for dealing with 2 kids?

V xx

 

Book Review – A Year and A Day Isabelle Broom

Blurb

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.

 

What I thought

I had never read anything by Isabelle Broom before but I had seen this book posted all over Instagram, so when I saw it in my local charity shop I picked it up & stuck it in my case for our trip to Turkey.  I’m so glad I did.  I absolutely loved this book, so much so that once I’d finished it I gave it to my sister in law to read and totally forgot to take any pictures of it!  I started reading thinking that it would just be like every other chick-lit book I’ve ever read but I was wrong.  A Year and A Day is so much deeper than that, there are twists and turns throughout that you just don’t see coming.  Although there are 3 separate stories running through the book, they blend together so seamlessly that you don’t have to think about which tale belongs to who – you can just sit back and watch it all unfold before your eyes.  I’ve never had a book make me want to visit a city more – I cannot wait to go to Prague; it really is a character all of it’s own in this book and the descriptions of the city really do bring the story to life – you really feel like you could be there.  I have recommended this book to so many people since coming back from Turkey and will continue to do so.  I have now added all of Isabelle Brooms other books to my “to be read” list and can’t wait to see what those have in store.

 

Next on my list

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you will know that I adore Paige Toon.  I have read everything she has written and love them all equally.  I always finish one of her books and wonder how she will be able to top it with her next release but she always does.  I’m very excited to see if The Last Piece of My Heart lives up to my expectations, I’m sure it will.

What are you reading this week?

V xx

#RockingMotherhood Challenge

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Since I’ve been out of action since like May, I’ve just been catching up with some of my favourite blogs.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been tagged to complete a couple of “challenges” so I guess I’d better get my arse in gear & get them done!

The first one is the #RockingMotherhood Challenge – thanks to Kirsty from HonestK for the nomination!  I love Kirstys’ blog, it’s so honest and hilarious – I actually find myself nodding my way through most of her posts, we could definitely be the same person!  Get yourselves over & give her a follow – I promise you won’t regret it.

I’m supposed to nominate other Mums to complete this challenge but I really don’t know many people on here so please feel free to play along & let me know you’ve done it – I’m really nosy haha!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to her blog.
  2. List 10 (or more) things that make you a good mother.
  3. Grab the #RockingMotherhood image and add it to your post or sidebar.
  4. Tag three to five bloggers to join the #RockingMotherhood tag.

 

Okay so here goes!  Ten things that make me a good mother, I don’t know if I can even think of 1 never mind 10!!

1.  I’ve kept Connor alive for almost 3 years – that’s good right?!  I think I deserve credit for that ha!

2.  I only work 2 half days & 1 full day a week because I hate being away from him.  Don’t know if that makes me a good Mum or the worlds clingiest Mum – either way that’s the way it is.  Not that the extra money wouldn’t be handy, of course it would, but I just don’t like to part with him for longer than is completely necessary!

3. I don’t know how this goes with being a good mother but I suffered from PND and made it out the other side.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have my off days but they are few and far between compared to how I used to be.  It’s a part of my life that although it holds horrible memories, the fact that I’ve “survived” it means that I am definitely a far stronger person now than I was before.  I’m proud of that (and myself) and I think Connor would be too.

4. I will do anything to make Connor happy – be that painting wooden spoons to look like the three little pigs (I actually did this) or reading endless amounts of dinosaur fact books – yes I said fact books, my 2 year old knows more dinosaur names than most adults! – when it’s already waaaay past bedtime.  I really don’t think there’s much – if anything- that I wouldn’t do for him.

5. We’re always being told how Connor is a joy to look after, how funny/clever he is, how polite he is etc etc – we must be doing something right?!  I definitely pride myself on having a very polite child.  I make remind him to say please and thank you for every tiny little thing & although he sometimes needs a lot of reminding when it’s just us apparently when he’s with other people he’s a little charmer.

6. Connor will literally chat away to anybody and everybody.  He’s not what Scottish people would class as a “strange wean” – basically means wary of people, doesn’t talk much etc.  Connor could and regularly does talk for Scotland,  I love that he’s so confident in every situation – we could walk into a room full of strangers and he will work his way round speaking to everyone.  At parties/softplay he dives right in without so much as a “bye Mum” and I’m usually left in a trail of dust as he runs off to explore.

7. He loves everybody and considers everybody to be his friend.  Even if in actual fact it’s one of his Grampas’ friends who has only spoken 2 words to Connor in his entire life.  He has such a warm, friendly, caring nature and I would like to think I’ve we’ve had something to do with that.

8. I’m dressed like a tramp 99.9% of the time while Connor swans around in brand new clothes.  I think the same can be said for most Mums and their kids but I’d just rather buy for him than for myself.  He’s way cuter than me and his outfits always look better anyway.

9.  Connor fights me most nights for bedtime.  He always wants one more cuddle – it drives me insane because by this point I just want my dinner and a seat on the couch.  This can sometimes go on for nearly an hour but if David goes puts him to bed he’s out like a light first time.  David says it’s because he takes the piss out of me, I say I clearly give better cuddles.

10.  My son is just amazing.  I can’t believe that we actually managed to make something as clever, funny and caring as he is – especially when he came from us two weirdos.  We definitely must be doing something right.

 

That was so bloody difficult.  I don’t even think half of those points answer the question but it’s the best I’ve got!

 

Please feel free to complete this & tag me so I can be nosy and read all your answers!

 

V xx

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while, sorry!  I promise I do have a really good excuse, ha!  Anyway I thought I’d do one of these tag posts to ease me back into writing since I haven’t done it for nearly 2 months!  It’s a long one, there’s 50 questions so I’d better get started!

 

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

It’s called Prosecco & Berries by Candelle & Co – it smells divine!

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

I love Jennifer Lawrence, she’s nuts.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head.  I wouldn’t know what to do with a brother!

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I was 22 🙂

5. Do you know a hoarder?

My Mum would say I’m a hoarder, but I disagree, so no!

6. Can you do a split?

Nope, I can barely touch my toes.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

Only little, I’d say like 4 probably.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

4 I think?

9. How many countries have you been to?

6 – England, America, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain & Bulgaria

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

No, my Uncle used to be in the RAF though.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I really don’t know, I struggle with girls names.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

We called him Connor 🙂 I have no idea what we would call another one, it took us til Connor was 3 days old to agree on his name!

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

A fail?

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I have no clue.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

All of them.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

I’d rather keep my Scottish accent I think.

18. Did your mother go to college?

Nope she did not.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

Technically, 1 of each set of grandparents has passed away.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Of course!

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

One of the ones in Florida I think.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

I’d love to speak Spanish.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

Grey.

25. Is your father bald?

Not yet!

26. Do you know triplets?

I did when I was younger.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

Titanic all day every day.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yep, most of it is too spicy for me though!

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

I haven’t been to a restaurant at home in so long so I’ll say Charcoal Palace which was an amazing restaurant we found on holiday in Turkey.

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

I think I have actually.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Nope.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

Dayle, Dean or Darren.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Toria, Toes.

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

My son, Connor.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

Suburbs, country life would be too quiet for me I think.

36. Can you whistle?

Not properly.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Nope.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Most mornings.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

No.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Asthma and a history of depression.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

Too many to count.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

I have indeed.

43. Where did you buy your jeans?

A shop called LC Waikiki in Turkey,

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

That I had a nice smile 🙂

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Sometimes but not always.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

I’m not a big tea drinker.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

For everyday use – only about 3 for going out – I’ve lost count.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

None, I’m not religious & neither is David so we will leave it up to them to decide if religion is something they want to follow.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I don’t think I was ever officially told that he wasn’t real.  My sister is 4 years younger than me so as long as I can remember Santa has been real in our family.

50. Why do you have a tumblr?

I don’t.

 

Thanks for reading if you made it all the way to the end 🙂  I tag Kirsty from HonestK and Roxy from Roxanne Starr if you ladies would like to give it a go.

 

V xx

Review : Perfect Glasses

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at PerfectGlasses.co.uk  to choose and review a pair of glasses from their extensive range.  I opted for a pair from the Jorgio collection which you can find here.   Perfect Glasses also offer prescription sunglasses but as my old specs haven’t really withstood the pressures of living with a toddler I opted for a new pair of standard glasses.

I was given £50 to spend and found that surprisingly there was plenty of choice (over 1000 options) – I would go as far as to say I had too much choice, I was looking at frame options for at least 3 days!  I kept sending screenshots to my Mum & sister, I’m sure they were fed up hearing me talk about it!  Luckily Perfect Glasses has the ideal solution for people like me; on the website you can upload a picture of yourself & it allows you to ‘try on’ whichever pair you fancy!  Once I uploaded a picture I was able to narrow it down to 2 options almost instantly & finally settled on the Jorgio frame.  I emailed over my prescription and delivery address and waited for them to be delivered – easy peasy!  You can also receive text updates to track your order, such a useful option – there’s nothing worse than having to wait in all day for a parcel, am I right?

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My new glasses arrived within the week and they are great.  I love the look of them, I haven’t tried a tortoiseshell frame before as I wasn’t sure if I would suit them but I was pleasantly surprised.  The glasses I ordered are metal frames which is different to my usual plastic frames; when they arrived I was a bit concerned as they didn’t feel as sturdy as I was used to but that is due to the materials used and not the quality.

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Perfect Glasses is running a sale at the moment which means that prices start from as little as £9 and that is complete with lenses – how about that for bargain prices?  They also offer a wide range of designer glasses from brands such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Dior and Marc Jacobs all at competitive prices.  Once you complete your order your glasses will be delivered to you within 7 working days and if you’re not happy you can simply return them free of charge, no questions asked.

I’ve never bought prescription glasses online before but Perfect Glasses made this experience so easy and straightforward that I will definitely be doing this again in future.  I would definitely recommend having a look at PerfectGlasses.co.uk if you are in the market for a new pair of specs, they really do have something for every budget.

V x

The Happy Book Club – Review

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The Happy Book Club is a monthly subscription service for children’s books, not your run of the mill children’s books – these are gorgeous, high quality books that are not necessarily found in supermarkets.  You all know how much I love a good book, why didn’t I know about this service sooner?!

A 1 month package costs just £15.99 and there are 3 age categories 0-1, 2-4 and 5-7, you then have the option to send a gift certificate and add a personalised message if you choose to gift it to someone else.  Each month there is a theme which is a secret until you open your parcel, this months theme was Colour.  In each package you receive 2 beautiful books and activity suggestions depending on the age group.   A donation is made to a charity which relates to the theme and delivery is absolutely free.  The package comes wrapped in brown paper & tied with a bow inside a sturdy cardboard mailing envelope so your books are in perfect condition when they arrive.

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One off packages are available too, they currently have a Bedtime Package and a Dinosaur Package which are both £15.99 each.  I wonder if you can guess which one I’m thinking about getting for Connors hand luggage?

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In our Colour-themed parcel which we were kindly sent this month we received The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo about Zot who lives in a world without colour; he sees Earth full of colour and decides to steal some of it for himself.  We also got The game of red, yellow and blue by Hervé Tullet which helps children see what happens when you mix certain colours together and also introduces them to shapes.

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Connor is loving learning his shapes at the moment, he’s known his colours for a while but shapes are the new thing so I’m sure he’ll just love putting the two together.  The illustrations in The Colour Thief are just gorgeous and the story is so, so sweet and thought provoking, even for a toddler.  He was very excited when he woke from his nap to find that someone had sent him books and was desperate to read them.

All in all I would highly recommend purchasing a package from The Happy Book Club, whether it be a one off or the full subscription.  They are high quality, beautifully presented and by giving you activity suggestions it means that you can carry on the story even when the book is finished.  It’s perfect for helping little minds grow and developing their love of reading.

I will definitely be recommending The Happy Book Club to everyone I know.

V xx