Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review: Daughter by Jane Shemilt

I wasn't so much bothered by the title of this book, but it was the synopsis that grabbed me on this book, and begged me to read it - now.  I have never read a book by this author before, so I had nothing to compare it to, and I did not know what to expect.

Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Synopsis (taken from Amazon):

When a teenage girl goes missing her mother discovers she doesn't know her daughter as well as she thought in Jane Shemilt's haunting debut novel, Daughter.


She used to tell me everything.

They have a picture. It'll help.

But it doesn't show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.

She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.

She smells very faintly of lemons.

She bites her nails.

She never cries.

She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.



Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.

Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?

Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?

My review:

This book is really amazing, and was very well written.  I think it's a really great idea for a book - the subject background was a very 'emotional' but it was written very well, and I was very impressed with how well this was written about.

Jenny is the mother of a fifteen year old girl who goes missing, and the book itself is written in chapters marked either 'x days before' or 'x months after' the event of her daughter going missing.  It either details the days leading up to, or the months after the actual disappearance.

At some point you wonder if there will ever be closure on the story, but eventually the pieces come together and reach a rather unexpected conclusion.

I would highly recommend this book.  I would actually like to read further books from this author.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Poorly Bronte!

You might have noticed in yesterday's post that Bronte's face was a little puffy.

I collected her from school last night, and immediately noticed her face was a bit puffy.  In fact it looked like she was eating a big sweet.  I poked her cheek and asked what she had stuffed in there, but it wasn't anything?!  Upon closer inspection, her cheek was all puffy.

I was quite confused and didn't know if it was a doctor issue or a dentist issue.  I took her to the Pharmacist who said she would need to be looked at by either, and it was more than likely an abscess.  I called the doctors and it would be 2-3 hours just for a CALL BACK and still no guarantee that she would even be seen.  On the off chance, I called the dentist, who said if I could get there NOW then she would be seen before they close.

Luckily we left immediately and sure enough an abscess was diagnosed.  Antibiotics were prescribed, thank goodness.

Getting her to take the medicine was another matter as she doesn't like the taste, but hey, we will get there.  I am just thankful that she managed to get seen OK on the night she needed to.

Fingers crossed she is feeling better in a couple of days xx

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bronte's friendship bracelet!

Bronte came home from school today with a little loom band friendship bracelet given to her from a little boy in the year above.

He has personalised it with her name, although he ran out of N letters and so he improvised with an upside down U!  Bless him.

She really likes it, and I think it was incredibly sweet of him.  :o) xx

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Bronte loves SHOPKINS!

Bronte discovered Shopkins in around November of last year.  They are little collectable figures which come in 2 packs, 5 packs, 12 packs and also in collectable sets such as a supermarket, bakery and fruit and veg stall.

They depict things such as fruit, vegetables, bakery items and household items.

Admittedly, they really are quite cute.  :o)

Anyway, she is really in love with these little things!  They are improving her reading skills as she is checking their names on the checklist.

She does, however change her mind every now and then as to who are her favourite ones!

If you want to find more about them, you can have a look on Shopkins World.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

My Slimming World journey - AGAIN!

So...I re-joined Slimming World at the end of November last year, which at the time I thought was a rather silly idea, with it being nearly Christmas and all.  It turned out to be not such a silly idea after all.

I have detailed on my blog over the years how I have lost weight with both Slimming World, and also Weight Watchers in the past, and how I have successfully lost weight but it never kept off.  And I find myself once again being in a position where I have put the weight back on, and then more weight as well, which has been pretty disappointing.

Over the summer Phil made a big decision and he sold his motorcycle and with the money, he booked the two of us on a holiday of a lifetime in April to Las Vegas!

I am determined to lost two stone before then and be happy and healthy on the holiday!

In the run up to Christmas I had lost 10lb, but then I had a bit of a blip over Christmas where I had a great time, but I gained a whopping 5lb, but thankfully I have this week in my weigh in lost 4lb so I am well and truly back on track.

I hope that you will stop back as I share my journey with you, and share my favourite Slimming World recipes with you. :o) xx

The start of M's Cookery Club at home

At school, at the start of the Autumn term M was offered a place at an after school cookery club, which she signed up for eagerly.  There was a huge response and all children wanting to attend were given an date, obviously they could not all go at once!  M was given a date for after the February half term, and she was really looking forward to it.  It was going to cost £2 per week and she would need to bring some supplies and a tin to take her things home in.  It would have been for 1 hour and 45 minutes after school each week, for six weeks.

She tells me today that she thinks that cookery club has now been cancelled, due to lack of attendance from the first sessions.

I don't know if this is true or not, as I have not yet checked with the school however if it is, I am very disappointed, and I know M is too.  If children weren't attending, I know for a fact there were plenty of children who could have attended at short notice.

So regardless of what the situation at school is, I have decided to make my own cookery club for her!

But I need help.  Your help!  I am in search of simple easy recipes for a 9 year old to follow.  I don't really want cake recipes or biscuit recipes as she has helped make these before.  I am thinking things like: bread rolls and/or pizza, quiche, scones...and well, that's all I can think of right now.

Do you have any suggestions for me, or any cooking with kids posts that I can look at? I would love to hear your ideas.

I haven't been blogging much recently, but M is a huge fan of my blog and wanted to share the journey with you here on my blog. I hope you will come back to see what we have been up to.  xx

Monday, January 05, 2015

Poker cake

It was Phil's friend's birthday and I made him a cake.

He loves poker so I thought it was time for a POKER cake!

I searched on pinterest and got a few ideas of what kind of cakes would be easy enough to make.  Phil suggested that I make the cards represent the year he was born (1973 - A973).

When he came to collect it, the first thing he said was 'OMG that's a crap hand!'.  That was, until I pointed out it was the year he was born! LOL
All in all it was easy enough to make, and it made him happy.  It's not anywhere near perfect but I didn't have a lot of time, and I have also hurt my back this weekend, so I made it whilst in a lot of pain!
Happy birthday Peter xx

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Book Review: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I have decided to resume my book reviews, which I have not written for a while.  I went through a phase of not reading for a while, and now I am back enjoying reading.  A lot!

I usually choose my books by having a mooch on Amazon, I am not sure how I came across this book, but it's usually to do with titles that grab me and make me want to read the synopsis, and I am sorry to say it's the synopsis that either makes it or breaks it for me.  So here we go with a recent read.

This book is called The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Synopsis (taken from Amazon):

One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past.

Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own.

Since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island's annual celebration.

But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?

My review:
I have read a couple of books by Liane Moriarty before, which I really enjoyed.  I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I liked the theme of the book, and so I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.

I liked the storyline and the book was very interesting to read.  It was a little slow in places however overall, it was a really interesting read.

The story centred around an extended family, and it was slightly hard at times to remember who was who, but the book was really enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery - if this is not your type of book then you might not enjoy it.  You realise pretty much right from the start that you don't know the whole story of the Munro Baby Mystery, and snippets are revealed throughout the book.

A very enjoyable book.  Highly recommended.

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