Tuesday, 19 July 2016

KonMari The Life changing magic of tidying up, My journey

I can't even remember where I first heard about the book, I just remember reading it and thinking that it may well just change my life. Not to mislead you, I like stuff. I've never been a minimalist show home kind of girl, but having now lived in the same house for 22 years the stuff was kind of getting out of hand.
The book has some really good points, and then there's the stuff you just know would never happen. I do not walk in my front door and greet my house, I don't take my shoes off straight away, I only ever empty my handbag if I'm changing to another one (in the book you will learn that Marie empties her hand bag completely every night, putting everything away in it's place, and then re fills it the next day)
But I did get a lot out of the book. I have managed to condense my clothes down a lot, and my husband loves his t shirts folded in such a way that he can see them all at a glance.
So far I have tackled the under stairs cupboard, where I managed to persuade Mr D to get rid of a very heavy bin bag of jackets and boots that he previously clung on to but never wore. My wardrobe and Mr D's wardrobe has been organised and folded the KonMarie way, which released another bin bag for charity and one for rag, so last night I took a deep breath and KM'd my dressing table and top drawer.
Lately I've been a bit obsessed with the Boots App for collecting Advantage card points, my aim is to save them all to buy Christmas presents with, but as you can see it means I had a bit of a collection of products. After clearing out I have now given a soap bag full of products to my Niece and I have another small bag to give to a friend tomorrow. The products I've gotten rid of are either things I wouldn't use and have gotten free with other offers, or things I've tried and don't like/don't suit me. And actually mini mascaras are all well and good but I don't need 7 of them.
Even after giving these things away I shouldn't have to buy anymore for at least a couple of months, maybe even more.
I feel lighter, I have more space around me, I know where everything is, and what I have, I don't feel like I need to go and buy stuff don't need.
Have you read the book? I've passed mine on to a friend but I'm thinking of buying the second one 'Sparks Joy', who knows maybe one day I will be living in a show home (I hope not)


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Death at the Lily Cafe Book Review

Back to the book reviews which I have missed even if you haven't, so here you go.
I received an ARC of this to my Kindle from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review, so here goes.
I'm not going to lie, on searching on Netgalley for titles to request, I totally judged this book by it's cover. Because you all know I love a nice little tea room, or a book about a tea room, and if there's a picture of a tea room on the cover? Well you got me.
I didn't realise at the time that this is the second title in the Rosalie Hart series, but not having read the first one did not affect my enjoyment.
Rosalie is living her dream. And mine. Opening up a cosy café to serve the towns residents organic fare.
Then comes the mystery, when Doris Bird, Rosalie's friend, asks for help to help clear her little sister Lori of the first degree murder charge of her own husband.
I enjoyed this story, Rosalie and her friend her friend Glenn are likable as are most of the characters with the exception of  the sheriff.
Series based around the residents of small towns always appeal to me, getting to know the people, the friendships and what makes people tick, I always feel like I'm right there with them, having never read one with a mystery thrown in I did really enjoy snuggling under a blanket on a chilly summers evening reading this.
 Would I read a third novel? Yes I think I would.