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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

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(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
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Colorimetry | Futures
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings


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Top 5 Tips For Weaning Plus Our Thoughts On Hipp Organic Jars

Hipp Organic

We were sent the Hipp Organic jars for the purpose of review.

It seems like we forgot everything when it came to weaning Olivia. We weaned Jack five years ago so all the information had completely flown out of our minds. So we refreshed ourselves on what we needed to know and knew that we would be doing a mixture – we’d occasionally let Olivia have purees but would really encourage her eating finger foods too.

Hipp Organic

Now Olivia loves her finger foods but is likely to turn her nose up at a jar in favour of something she can hold herself. However she does still love the occasional puree so read on to think of what we thought of the Hipp Organic jars. But first of all, here are our top five tips for weaning:


Let your child have fun with food. Don’t get stressed with them exploring – let them find out what they like and discover new flavours.

Offer two different flavours

Offer a savoury and a sweet if you can. It provides variety and keeps it interesting.

Let them tell you when they’re full

Don’t try and make them finish it off – they will know when they are full and will let you know with certain signs

Try, try again

Just because they don’t like it the first time doesn’t mean they won’t the next time. It can take up to five attempts before a baby will learn to like a new food.

Continue their milk feeds

Whether they are formula fed or breastfed, continue their milk feeds around the weaning process. As their food intake increases, their milk intake will decrease.

Hipp Organic

With that in mind, what did we think of the Hipp Organic jars we were sent?

Hipp Organic
Hipp Organic

We were sent two different flavours. Mashed potato with beef and green vegetables with couscous and turkey. We tried the mashed potato and beef first and Olivia tried a couple of mouthfuls but kept pushing it away. I tried again the next day after refrigerating the rest of the pot. Then we tried the other pot a few days later and she still wasn’t a fan. As I mentioned before it can take babies up to five attempts to like a new food so I will definitely purchase some more and try again but for now, Olivia isn’t a big fan.

Hipp Organic

However the green vegetables with couscous went down a treat. Olivia couldn’t gobble it up quick enough – she was very annoyed when she realised she had finished. I’ve never known her to eat a savoury pot with such gusto – that’s usually reserved for the sweet pots so I will definitely be picking some more of these up as I know she really enjoys them.

What we love about Hipp Organic is that their pots are free from sugar and all pots are portioned specifically to align with the total recommended energy requirements for each stage of weaning. We will definitely be picking up some more of the range especially as they are the only brand stocked in our small local Sainsburys – Olivia is a big fan of one flavour and we will definitely try her again on the other and hopefully the same will be able to be said for that.

Have your little ones tried Hipp Organic? Read more about them here.

Britmums #EcoverLaundry Challenge

Up until January, our laundry routine was quite simple. But then Olivia was a whirlwind that appeared in our lives, making our laundry pile even higher than before and making sure we searched for the right product for all of our skin.

With Jack recently starting football training and golf lessons, it feels like my washing machine is always on so its important I find the right product to suit us all. Our typical laundry routine is throwing in whatever is dirty, splitting colours and whites. We use certain products normally but when sent some Ecover Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Detergent, we thought we would give it a go on even the toughest washing pile.

Claiming to be something that works on everything from delicate clothing to a baby’s first baby gro, we were intrigued to see whether our full size (875ml) detergent could hit expectations. I hate my usual routine so was quite happy to give something else a try. My laundry load consists of pretty much everything – school clothes, baby clothes, Jack’s sports kits, Steve’s golf stuff, my stuff. I never really know what is in which load and it can get quite stressful trying to sort it out.

When I look for a detergent, I want something that will be suitable for the skin of the whole family – babies skin can be quite sensitive so I don’t want anything that will irritate it. Steve and Jack also have quite sensitive skin too so its something of the utmost important to us. There’s just something so great about freshly washed items – just slipping into bed when you’ve put on clean bedding is an absolute dream!

Around since 1979, Ecover’s new Non-Bio formula is now said to be even tougher on stains, but just as kind on sensitive skin and is now Mumsnet rated* with 89% of Mumsnet raters saying they would recommend to a friend. I put it to the test on a variety of the kids items – baby clothes with food stains, football kit with flecks of mud, school uniform that was looking a little worse for wear. Not only does the new formula smell great – just as you would expect a laundry detergent to smell – but my stains came out well and there was no rewashing or bleaching of items needed- there wasn’t even the need for an extra stain removal product as I have found to sometimes be the case when using other detergents.

My child is super sporty now and needs items thrown in the wash constantly. I was very impressed with how well the Ecover laundry detergent cleaned the clothes and how well it got rid of even the more stubborn stains. I’m definitely going to be using this with our laundry loads for the future – not only is it good for my kids skin but it gets rid of those stains your child always manages to get down them! Have you given it a try?

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover.

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.”


Available to buy from….
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


Other books by the author…

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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Every Moment Counts Challenge – The Winner

Families Online recently ran a fantastic Every Moment Counts Challenge and the challenge was to follow the themes each day and snap a photo you felt really captured the theme.

I was kindly asked to judge the winner of the challenge this time around and whilst there were some fantastic entries, my trusty helper Jack and I finally came to agreement on who we believed should be the overall winner.

The person we felt captured the essence of each day’s theme best was Eilidh from Mummy and Monkeys – you can see her fabulous photos here. There were so many fantastic entries but there could only be one winner, much as Jack was very keen to choose everyone! We just really felt that Eilidh’s pictures and words fitted the themes well and her photos are absolutely stunning!

Well done Eilidh and well done to everyone else involved – you were fantastic and if we could have chosen you all, we would have done!