Saturday, 26 November 2011

Book Review No. 26!!

I’m seriously on a roll with the books at the moment, which is a good thing as my house is sometimes in danger of becoming televised ala ‘the secret hoarder’ or some such programme meant to embarrass you (i?) into having a book/teacup/whatever you’re guilty of hoarding cull.

So. I digress.

Here’s what I read lately. Actually..I read this a while ago I’m just a bit behind in the reviews…..

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When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

First five sentences… I’m sixteen and pregnant, the most important person on the planet.  According to the Babies R Us ad, anyway.  ‘Your knocked up’ sings the girlie chorus.  ‘Ready to pop, due to drop.’  The sixty second jingle loops continuously in the dressing room. 

Where I got my hands on it..  This came with my stash from The Book People. But I actually first heard about it over on Krysten's Blog.  Krysten  has quite similar reading tastes to me and so I always like her reviews!

The cover.. I liked the cover of this book, it’s quite futuristic looking.

Made me want to…  I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen a second book to this. Am I right or did I dream it? Anyone seen it? Let me know what it’s called as I would love to read it!

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. Hmm haven’t really decided, probably my niece? Not sure if she will like it…

I read this book a while ago, it didn’t take me long, being the YA easy reading type…and at the time of reading I really enjoyed it. Now that I’m thinking back on it though, I’m not sure that it’s as good as I was thinking at the time? When I think back on it it comes across as very young, and I’m not sure why that is..and dare I say it….a lot of it dosn’t stick in my mind.. I reemeber the basic story but I don’t remember the characters in any depth.

I’d still like to read the next book if indeed it exists, the story is different and quite entertaining.

One to look out for if you would like a fast easy read.

Hope all my American readers are having a wonderful long weekend. I have work all weekend which is pretty pants..but there ya go life can’t be all Sloe Gin and fruit pastilles.  Although now I come to mention it..Mr D’s home made Sloe Gin is pretty darn drinkable this year!

SmileX

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thanks

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A perfect sister I am not, but thankful for the one I've got.”

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?" 

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Gratitude is the best attitude

Happy Thanks giving to all my American friends & family

While you are all eating Turkey & Pumpkin Pie, and dashing out at midnight for the Black Friday Sales….(i really want someone to explain Black Friday…what is it all about? And why is it called Black Friday?!) I am stuck in the house all day waiting for a parcel collection.

This would be worse if I didn’t have a roaring log fire, blogs to entertain, and a box of fruit pastilles.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. 

SmileX

Sunday, 20 November 2011

A Vintage Giveaway

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You know how they say that nothing in life comes free?

Well I have come to realise that this is never truer than in Blog Land.

When I see those three words in the title of a blog post ‘It’s a Giveaway!’ I can pretty much tell what the format is going to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people make money from their blogs, and in order to keep sponsors paying their way they need something in return.

I just like people to find a balance. Is that wrong?

So. Back to this post. I have never asked anyone to do this before. For past giveaways all I’ve asked for is for you to leave a comment.

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But, people. Now's payback time.

In order to win my November giveaway you have to go and show my Niece some love.

Kirstin has a couple of shows on a local radio station. Her Saturday show is a Vintage Mix, where she plays old songs, and covers of old songs by new artists.

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She would love for you to go and ‘like’ her face book page

Click here to show Kirstin some Love

When you have done that, leave a comment on this post telling me you have, and you will be entered into the giveaway.

If you fancy a bit of a Vintage mixture on a Saturday evening you can log on to

www.felixstoweradio.org.uk

and click on the Listen Live button. Saturdays from 5-6. (UK Time!)

Go on. You know you want to.

What is the prize? I hear you thinking. Well It’s a surprise. But surprises are always good. All I will tell you is that it will be of a Vintage Feel.

Oh, and if you go along to my Other Blog and leave a comment on there too, you will have two entries! I KNOW!! How cool is THAT!!

(Is there some kind of un written rule about posting of the same thing on both ones blogs? ) I never did care much for rules.

Here’s to a happy week for everyone!!

SmileX

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Church’s

You may or may not know this, but I was brought up a good Catholic girl.  I attended Catholic schools, where ever we lived (dad was in the Army) and I took my Holy Communion and made my Confession.

At high school age, we (sis & i) had moved to a new town where the nearest Catholic School was about 10 miles away, so we attended the local high school. I suddenly didn’t have to go to confession every week. Wow. Did that mean I could be bad?

I fell off the wagon and fell in love with Mr D.

Mr D is not religious in any way, & I can take it or leave it.

We had a civil ceremony for our wedding, in a hotel..not a church.

But. We both love Church buildings.

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These photos are of St Mary’s Church, near Chester. I went to Chester a couple of weeks ago with my mum, sister and a friend for a girlie trip.

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Mr D loves buildings in general, and Church’s are always so beautiful.

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It’s always nice to find a church open, to go in and look around, as some are closed up now due to vandals and thieves. (spit…go-and-get-a-job)

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The other thing we like is walking around the graveyard and reading the Grave stones, all the history of the village is there.

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The light is always nice too.

Do you visit the church when you find yourself in a new town?

SmileX

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Twinings Love

Adverts. Just when you’re getting into your favourite TV programme the blinking adverts come on so we moan, get uup and go to the loo..check Facebook, blog, or…if you’re lucky enough o have Sky Plus, you just forward them….

But, then, sometimes, once in a blue moon, some bright spark comes up with an advert that makes you want to sit and watch it.

Someone definitely needs a pay rise.

Mr D and I Googled the song, Which is by The Calling. The CD is on it’s way to our letter box as i type

Have you got a favourite advert?

SmileX

Friday, 11 November 2011

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It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.  ~Author unknown,

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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

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Freedom is never free

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The London Eye

Remember when we went to London Town?

We decided to go on The London Eye, as it really is a bit daft when you live so close and haven't been on. We have tried to go on in the past. The first time our coach we booked was cancelled…and the second time it was closed for maintenance would you believe.

So third time lucky it was indeed!

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The view from the Embankment. You can see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the distance

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Top Tip. It was half term the day we went and we hadn’t booked on line as we were unsure of the good old British weather, so we went early…as soon as we had stuffed down breakfast at the B&B.

It seemed we got there just in time, as the minute we joined the queue to get our tickets, the ticket hall filled up with families.

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The queue to get on The Eye only took about 15mins, it was very organised, I was pretty impressed at how they got us all on there.

This is the point where I could share the story about the security men checking the bags and finding my Teddy Bear, which unfortunately for Mr D he was carrying in his bag at the time Smile

But we wont go into that, or you may think we’re all a bit odd.

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Lets admire the lovely view instead.

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Forgive the slight roughness in our faces. We had been rocking and rolling the night before.

If you ever find yourself in London, this is a must do.

SmileX

Monday, 7 November 2011

Book Review No. 25!!

Remember when I went on holiday? seems like many moons ago..



Well here’s what I read.



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Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by.



Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...



First five sentences… Family legend has it that on the day that I was born, when my elder sisters, Ruth and Louise, came tiptoeing in hand-in-hand to see me for the very first time, my mum said to them, ‘This is your new baby sister. What do you think we should call her?’ Ruth, the oldest twin, thought hard, with all the wisdom she’d gained in her mighty three years of life. ‘We should call her….Baby Jesus’, she pronounced eventually, no doubt with a lisping piety. Ruth had taken the Goody Two-Shoes role to heart from an early age. Either that or she was angling for extra Christmas presents.



Where I got my hands on it.. WHS buy one get one half price. I have a thing where if I’m going on holiday I’m allowed to buy a book. The same as when I buy myself something on holiday it seems like it’s different as we’re not really in the real world where such items would be deemed too expensive. This holiday I bought some new walking boots…



The cover.. Loved it. It did it’s job and jumped out at me from the shelves full of books. That’s what a book cover should do right? Loved the colour, they style, well just loved it really!



Made me want to… Open up a beach cafe and have the locals come in for regular meetings…craft nights..book clubs…Yeah. As if I didn’t want that enough already!



Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. This is going in the bag for a friend



I loved this, it’s just the kind of book you can curl up with on holiday with a cup of tea. I was transported to the beach cafe by the sea, and could just picture myself making scones, getting to know the locals…in theory this is what I do anyway (as well as ice cream!) but for some reason it all seemed much more romantic in the novel Smile



I don’t think I’ve ever read Lucy Diamond before but will look out for other novels!



SmileX



PS. The Murder Mystery weekend was fabulous! And wouldn’t you know we won! We were the only team to guess both murderers correctly. The town we stayed in was really great, more on that to come! Hope you all had a fab weekend…it was sunny where we were but I hear it rained a lot in most parts of the UK!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Mail Love

So, I took part in a Keep Warm Look Snazzy Scarf  swap organised by the wonderful Krysten at Why Girls are Weird.

I was paired up with the lovely Mrs Pancakes at Adventures of Team Pancakes.

My parcel came, which excited me as you know how I love mail..

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The scarf is lovely and Autumnal.. and the label said Scotland! Which made me smile..what also made me smile were the lovely soft fluffy socks which were included in the parcel…

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The cute wooden sign, and the book of cookie recipes!

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I also need to show you the fab mail I’ve received through being part in The Happy Mail Project. If you don’t know about this, then you should go and see Gracie as she is the wonderful organiser of the group.

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One of the projects was to make an ‘about me’ booklet and send it to your partner. I was paired with Karina and i received the most wonderful note book stuffed full of ‘about me’

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She included pictures of her family, little bits and pieces like chewing gum, (still wrapped I hasten to type lol) (did I just type lol on here? I think one doth text too much…)

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My favourite thing was a CD of music she made up for me..I’ve been listening to it, while doing the housework.

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Thank you Karina I love it all Smile

The latest Happy Mail project consists of posting a total of 4 postcards to you partner, we are just in the middle of it, and I have a new fab partner so I will post pics of all the cards when we come to the end.

If you love mail like I do, get your ass over to Gracie.

Or..if you fancy a Christmas ornament Swap, Micaela as she is organising..

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I cant wait for that one, I am such.a.child. when it comes to Christmas.

I’m off on a Murder Mystery Weekend in the morning, my dear mummy paid for me and my sis to go, and another friend is coming too.  Two nights in a hotel with a bit of murder mystery thrown in. I’m intrigued as I really don’t know what to expect!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend…

SmileX

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Didn’t We Have A Luverrrly Time

The day we went to London!

We caught the National Express Coach which is by far the cheapest way of getting to London from our home, 6.40am saw us waiting at the bus stop with our rucksacks and Scooby snacks & happy smiley faces Smile

We arrived in London by 10am having made several stops on the way to pick up more passengers.

The area we were heading for, Shepherds Bush is somewhere we have never explored, and we had a lovely walk through Hyde Park, up Kensington High Street, along Notting Hill, Portobello Road, and to our little B&B.

Mr D was the photographer..

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A funny little tree in Hyde park..

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It was drizzly that day, hence the hat!  We saw the Diana Memorial Fountain, which I will show you another day..

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The graffiti is everywhere, but it is so pretty!! This one was on Portobello. Unfortunately, the market wasn’t on that day, but all the shops had lots of treasures outside on the pavements.

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Heard of The Hummingbird Bakery? There’s a book….This is the shop on Portobello…

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I’m thinking the book may be on my Christmas list..

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This was our nice little ‘local’ Where we had eats, and waited for the gig to start across the road.

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Inside The Shepherds Bush Empire. A venue we will definitely go to again.

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We went for a ‘night cap’ at our local before heading off to bed.

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The next morning after a big breakfast, we headed off on the tube to the Embankment, we have tried to go on The London Eye several times but for various reasons it’s never worked out. This time we did it! There are lots of pic so I’ll save them for another post.

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Of course I have to check out the competition. This ice cream parlour in Covent garden is well worth a look. The ice creams are gi-nor-mous.

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Just a tad top heavy…no?

We came away thinking we should definitely do that more often.

SmileX