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My Favourite Blogs

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Well for those of you who have children, you’ll be in the midst of the summer holidays … how are you feeling?

On the first day, I turned to the wine! As did many other parents I know, but luckily things have got much better since then. In fact, I can’t believe they have been off over a week already. However, although I’m enjoying my time with them, and extremely grateful I can spend the holidays with them, I’m struggling to get any writing done, including my blog (which I love doing!) I’m also working on building my online wedding boutique, so I have been very busy focusing on this every evening (when I can finally get the girls in bed).

So today, instead of writing a blog about what is going on in my world, as I said I love writing my blog but I also like reading blogs too, I thought I’d share with you some of the blogs I love … hopefully you might find them interesting too:

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photo credit: – Dawn Crooks is a fab book reviewer. Some excellent books if you need a summer read. – Shaz Goodwin is a fab book reviewer and organiser of book tours. – You can find a range of fab blogs on here. I love  ‘a beautiful mess’ which is the guys who set-up bloglovin. I have a daily email come through,  and everyday I find something I really want to read – from cooking to decorating, they are full of ideas.

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the holidays and hope we can continue to have some great weather.

Happy reading xx







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Review of Hit Girls

Hit Girls - Dreda MitchellI listened to Hit Girls by Dreda Mitchell through my Audible which I have on my phone. You can read more here about audible on an earlier blog I did.

Anyway, I downloaded Hit Girls when it came within a ‘2 for 1’ offer, unsure whether it was my type of thing. But I’m so pleased I did. The dramatic start to the story sets the scene for the rest of the novel. When two innocent girls are run down outside school by a 4×4, and a young boy is left seriously ill in hospital, you can’t help but want to know more! As I listened to the heart-wrenching description, I realised I’d stopped breathing. This not-so accidental incident leads to individual characters seeking revenge and finding out the culprit of this horrific crime.

I was taken in straight away by Jackie and the other ladies. I loved Jackie and Schoolboy. In fact, I practically fell in love with Schoolboy. The Lewis family had me intrigued from the beginning, I was desperate to know what was going on behind that family, without giving away any spoilers, there were a few shockers! I’m not usually into ‘gangster’ type films or books, but I can honestly say I loved this. Every chapter had me hanging on for more information. The action was on-going.

In their attempt to find out the killer, they turnover a few stones that many wished were left. I think Dreda Mitchell has done a fantastic job of making all the characters interesting, a busy intertwining plot that is structured so you don’t lose who has done what, and a great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you fancy delving into a story about loyalty, justice and trust this is a book I would definitely recommend.

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Enjoying the hols … whatever the weather!

primary times logoUnfortunately predicting the weather is not something we are blessed with in Britain. With the summer hols approaching who girls n craftsknows what the weather will be like! We may have some scorching hot days (which many of us can’t cope with!) or we may have a downpour of rain, and often with the odd bit of thunder and lightening, and when those mini storms occur you’ll hear people saying, ‘We needed that!’.

Anyway, here in the ‘The Browns Household’ we’ve got a few things planned for the summer hols, but we won’t be going abroad this year, so when it came to writing my Primary Times editorial this month, I went with the few ideas that I had about what we could be doing on those rainy days. I’ll be honest, I don’t venture to soft plays on rainy days when the kids are off. Why? Because everyone and their dog make their way there! A room full of screaming kids is not my idea of fun! So I need to be prepared to entertain my girls within the confides of four walls!!

Anyway, between the craft days, dressing-up and performing mini-plays (that haven’t been rehearsed very well), I’ve included the link to the editorial I’ve written for the Primary Times. Hope it helps you decide on activities for the summer hols 🙂


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Make Someone’s Day with a Thank You!

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On Saturday I received a lovely card from a lovely friend who was thanking me for being so positive and supportive. I was really overwhelmed as I didn’t even realise I had helped this friend so much. She’s going through a particularly hard time at the moment, but I know she has the strength to pull through it. I also know she has so much potential and sometimes when we are going through these complicated times we forget to believe in ourselves.

So why am I telling you this? To boast that I’m an amazingly supportive person 😉 Because I’m not sure that’s even true. I do give as much love, help and support to my friends as I can possibly give. But with this particular friend all my support has been through text messages! Yes, I hear you say. How on earth have you been there for her? Which has been my thinking! But we all lead very busy lives and it’s hard to squeeze everyone in. It’s hard to be there for everyone and take care of yourself and your family. But I realised when I received this card that my friend knew I was thinking about her, that she knew I wanted her to stay strong and get through this difficult time. I text her every day or every other day, and give the advice I think she needs to hear. Sometimes I think I’m a bit harsh … not in a nasty way (well, I hope not!) but I know what her dreams are, and I know that she will reach these dreams. I just want to encourage her to keep believing in herself and get through this messy patch.

So again, have I written this blog post just to boast? Of course not, (well maybe a little 😉 as it was a lovely gesture that made me feel all warm inside), I wanted you to think about people who are there for you. Who supports, encourages or helps you? Even from afar. Now think about sending them a little card to brighten their day. A thank you can go such a long way. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my friend, as her card meant so much. I totally didn’t expect it and I don’t send her messages because I want her thanks, I send her messages because I care. Just like those who are supporting you, they care, they don’t expect your thanks. But I can’t say enough how lovely it was to open that card. Being a huge believer in the Law of Attraction, gratitude is definitely the way forward! (You can read my post here about gratitude).

What about those around you who could do with a little support? How about a little text to see how they are doing? Show them you are thinking about them. Everyone needs some loving … EVERYONE!

So do it now, send a text to someone who you feel needs a bit of support at the moment. Someone who is finding this beautiful world a dark place to be. Take five minutes out of your busy life and think about someone else.

The quote I have on my bathroom wall:

After the verb ‘to love’,

‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world

Have an amazing day


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