Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

I was sent this copy of Siblings by Linda Blair for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I knew that having another child would never be easy, especially five years after Jack. I knew sometimes things would be difficult and that they would be poles apart in interests and also that sometimes Jack would feel jealous but I didn’t know what to truly expect.

I was sent a copy of Siblings by Linda Blair to review and this has been very interesting to say the least. Whilst Olivia is still quite young (so I’ve still got plenty of mileage to get of this book as she and her brother grow up), it has definitely made me think about a few things.

Linda Blair talks about the makeup (size) of your family, gender and spacing, temperament, how being an older child, middle child, younger child can have certain actions. With Jack being the older child, I was interested to see what she had to say about this – and she couldn’t have been more right.

Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

The author states that first borns love to act as teachers and carers and this couldn’t be more true of Jack. He loves to try to teach Olivia different things. He loves to take complete charge. However he sometimes can take this too far and try to be the ‘parent’ and of course, Olivia will resist to this – if she doesn’t want to do something, she won’t do it and Jack seemingly is yet to realise this.

The author does say that, with a similar age gap to Jack and Olivia, the older sibling should understand more that you aren’t excluding them and is more interested than jealous. Sometimes I would agree with this but sometimes Jack does make mention to the fact he thinks he is being left out and you can definitely tell when he is jealous – his actions speak so loud! She says that girls rely on words more to instruct whereas boys use their actions – this is definitely true of Jack!

This was an interesting read and I will definitely be dipping in and out as my children get older. You can buy your own copy from Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book Review

Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book Review

We were sent a copy of the book by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Bearing in mind that Olivia is almost one, you would probably say that I came in quite late to this book and had already passed by a lot of the stages some of the information was for. Called essential reading for all new mothers by Zita West, this book is a handy resource to get to know your baby from the day they are born until they hit their first baby.

Written by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, a midwife with over 30 years experience, she says to learn to trust your babies instincts in the first year. The book covers plenty of different topics such as birth, feeding, care, weaning, sleeping, moving and talking and growing up. As Rachel says, a baby’s instincts are not learned so therefore can never be wrong. She helps to understand your baby and why they act or react the way they do, giving you confidence in your parenting.

Your Baby Skin To Skin by Rachel Fitz-Desorgher | Book ReviewAs I mentioned before, I came into this book having passed some of the stages already – but this didn’t stop me reading what Rachel had to say on the matter. She speaks in an informative way without being patronising about pretty much everything a new parent could want to know during those early days. As we progress throughout the year, this tone continues which is comforting – I hate when books talk down to you and Rachel certainly doesn’t do this.

When we hit the sleeping section, I took plenty of notice. Olivia’s sleeping pattern can be a little strange, to say the least. Sometimes she will be up way into the early hours, other times she’s out for the count at 6.30pm until morning apart from one small feed. No matter what we do, bath, milk, bed etc – if she doesn’t want to sleep, she won’t. Rachel Fitz-Desorgher covers absolutely everything you could think of when it comes to this topic and I will certainly be trying some of her tips to see if it helps.

It has also been a revelation to see what insight Rachel has. Olivia has been showing her temper a lot more recently and it is like the author was describing Olivia to a tee, I couldn’t believe it.

All in all, this has been a very interesting read and there are some things that I will definitely implement. Once I have passed the one year mark, I will pass this onto a pregnant friend, ready for them to get to know their baby a little better.

You can buy a copy of Your Baby Skin To Skin here from Amazon {affiliate link}.

Review | My Golden Ticket Book

My Golden Ticket

We were sent a copy of My Golden Ticket for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We have previously reviewed a few different titles from Wonderbly. We reviewed the Little Boy Who Lost His Name book, the Kingdom of You and The Birthday Thief and we have noticed that they’ve added even more titles to their product range. With Jack really getting into Roald Dahl books right now, we jumped at the chance to review a copy of My Golden Ticket.

My Golden TicketAvailable in softcover for £19.99 or hardcover for £25.99, My Golden Ticket is a new personalised book that takes any child to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The book is completely personalised with your child’s name – so of course we chose Jack to receive a copy.

At the end, your child even gets to discover something special – a one of a kind Wonka bar inspired by their name. Unfortunately it is just a picture though it would be cool if it was a real Wonka bar, wouldn’t it? It even includes a personalised Oompa Loompa song too!

my golden ticket

As always, you can dedicate the book to whoever you are buying it for so we got Jack’s name put in the dedication section. The book, as I have come to expect from Wonderbly, is impeccably designed with beautiful illustrations. The story, as always, is creative and keeps kids interested until the final page. Jack loves reading Wonderbly books as he never quite knows what to expect. Although the titles give a little something away, he never quite knows how the story will go.

My Golden Ticket My Golden TicketYou see all about products you have read about in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory such as Hair Toffee. I think I enjoyed reading it almost as much as Jack as it really harked back to my childhood, reading Roald Dahl books.

Jack really enjoyed reading his copy of My Golden Ticket and has been showing it to friends and family that come to the house. He has always said he would love to visit a chocolate factory and this book enables him to use his imagination to go there. Yet again, this is a Wonderbly product that we love – they have such fab books in the range and look like they have included some more fabulous titles in recent weeks too.

Would your child love a book like this?


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Book Tour | Writing For Bliss by Diana Raab

A Seven-Step Plan For Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life

Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, it will lead you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing.

Poet and memoirist Raab (Lust) credits her lifelong love of writing and its therapeutic effects with inspiring her to write this thoughtful and detailed primer that targets pretty much anyone interested in writing a memoir. Most compelling here is Raab’s willingness to share her intimate stories (e.g., the loss of a relative, ongoing struggles with cancer, a difficult relationship with her mother). Her revelations are encouraging to writers who feel they need “permission to take… a voyage of self-discovery.” The book’s seven-step plan includes plenty of guidance, including on learning to “read like a writer,” and on addressing readers as if “seated across the table .” Raab covers big topics such as the “art and power of storytelling” and small details such as choosing pens and notebooks that you enjoy using. She also helps readers with the important step of “finding your form.”


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From Loving Healing Press
“Writing for Bliss is about the profound ways in which we may be transformed in and through the act of writing. I am grateful to Diana Raab for sharing it, and I trust that you will feel the same as you read on. May you savor the journey.”
–from the foreword by MARK FREEMAN, PhD 
“By listening to ourselves and being aware of what we are saying and feeling, the true story of our life’s past experience is revealed. Diana Raab’s book gives us the insights by which we can achieve this through her life-coaching wisdom and our writing.”
–BERNIE SIEGEL, MD, author of The Art of Healing 
“Only a talented writer who has fought hard to overcome life’s many obstacles could take her readers by the hand and lead them through
the writing process with such enormous compassion, amazing insight, and kindness. Diana Raab is a powerful, wise, intelligent guide
well worth our following.”

–JAMES BROWN, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and The River 
“Writing for Bliss is far more than a ‘how-to manual’; it enlightens the creative process with wisdom and a delightful sense of adventure.
Bravo to Bliss!”
–LINDA GRAY SEXTON, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton 
“Uniquely blending inspiring insights with practical advice, Diana guides you on a path to discover the story that is truly inside you and yearning to be told.”
–PATRICK SWEENEY, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Succeed on Your Own Terms


“Through my writing, mentoring and workshops, I guide others to discover and tell their own unique stories and abiding truths. The craft and practice of writing can be transformative and empowering—a cornerstone for emotional and psychological well-being, and a way to tap into one’s true inner voice and passions.” — Diana Raab


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About the author
Diana Raab, PhD is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, workshop leader and speaker. Her passion is writing for healing and transformation.

She’s the author of eight books and over 500 articles and poems, and editor of two anthologies, WRITERS ON THE EDGE: 22 WRITERS SPEAK ABOUT ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCY and WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS. Raab’s two memoirs are REGINA’S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER’S SECRET JOURNAL and HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER’S CANCER JOURNEY. Her fourth and most recent poetry collection is called LUST.

Raab has been writing since the age of 10, when her mother gave her a Khalil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother suicide. Since then, she has been using writing as a way of healing and transformation and inspiring others to do the same.

She is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandmother to two. She lives in Southern California.

She blogs for for Psychology Today, PsychAlive, and Boomer Cafe.

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My Review

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve finally got to do my dream job. Whilst I still haven’t written the novel I’m desperate to write, I’m slowly getting there and this book is a great book for both the seasoned or novice writer.

This book really helped me to listen to myself and to be aware of my feelings. Not only is it fantastic at helping you discover who you are but the book gives you a variety of prompts to help you.

This book is also a great collection of memories from Raab’s own life – whether they be sad (the start of her writing career really pushed by the suicide of her grandmother) and other anecdotal comments throughout the book. As a writer it is always nice to read about other writers and their journeys into writing and their own writing process.

I’ll be keeping this book to hand for when I need some prompting and reaffirming about my writing. If writing is something you are passionate about, I would certainly recommend it.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.


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