Book Challenge Update

Book Challenge Update
I don’t like to admit failure but I can’t help but feel that I am destined to fail with this challenge. I have just over three months to read just under 100 books – it just isn’t going to happen, right?
Still, I shall carry on and see just how far I can get in that time…

28. The Humorist by Russell Kane*
(GoodReads/Amazon)
I recently helped Ellie from Curiosity Killed The Bookworm with her Review Cleanup challenge – she wanted a few guest reviewers, I wanted a new read, so I picked this and the book below.
It was a strange book, this one, Kane definitely surprises you. The scenes are often macabre and a little OTT but the premise of the book is interesting.  However, it fell a little short, in my opinion. A full review will be on Ellie’s blog soon.

29. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill*

(GoodReads/Amazon)
Full review here.
This was the other book I picked from Ellie’s review pile – and the better of the two. Although this book is the eighth in the series, it works perfectly well as a stand alone too – which to me, always marks out a good book! Dr Siri Palboun isn’t your stereotypical investigator – he’s nearing eighty and looking for an easy life but life in Laos just doesn’t work that way. Fantastic book, definitely worth a read.

30. The Girl On The Stairs by Louise Welsh* 
(Full review coming soon)

(GoodReads/Amazon)
This book was creepy, haunting and kept you guessing throughout. I was offered the chance to review this & I only had to take a brief glance at the synopsis before I knew it was one for me. Serious subject matters such as mental illness, child abuse and murder are brought into play here but are handled sensitively by the author. One to add to your to-read pile.

Three books. That is all I managed this month. Its hard enough trying to read with a 9 month old but three books is distinctly unimpressive compared to last months total..

What are your must-reads of the summer?

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My Mocktail: Woo Woo & Pina Colada

My Mocktail: Woo Woo & Pina Colada
Back in March, I had the opportunity of reviewing some lush cocktails from the My Cocktail range (review here). I was recently contacted and asked if I’d like to now try the non-alcoholic alternative My Mocktail*.

These can be enjoyed alcohol free or you can add the alcohol you usually find in each cocktail to the mix too. We decided to enjoy these as they were and we loved them! We had a few friends around to try them and the majority felt that they could taste no difference to the alcoholic cocktails they had tried over the years.

The Woo Woo definitely has a strong hint of cranberries, just like the alcoholic version and I truly enjoyed this. Steve was a little unsure himself, not being a cranberry fan – yet he still managed to drain his glass. 

The Pina Colada is just as tasty – as a mum, I can’t drink cocktails whenever I feel like it and Pina Colada happens to be one of my favourites, so offer me a non-alcoholic alternative and I will be chomping your hand off at the bit to get to it! It also tasted just like the alcoholic version, as did the Woo Woo and I had to be quick, else Steve would have drank it all! Of course, it tastes primarily of pineapple but it doesn’t overpower and leaves you with a pleasant aftertaste.

I love the functionality of these mocktails. You can enjoy them alcohol free or with your favourite tipple, they are easy to store, great packaging and can be bought for as low as £1.97 at Asda. You can check out their Facebook page here

Are you a fan of non alcoholic cocktails or do you need a bit of alcohol in your tipple of choice?

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures
1. TASTY FINGERS// 2,. YUMMY TEXAN BBQ PIZZA FROM PIZZA HUT// 3. FOTD// 4. WKD WITH MY GIRL KAYLEY
5. PRESENTS FROM MY BROTHER// 6. PRESENTS FROM MY AUNT// 7. HOMEMADE SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN// 8. FUNNY HOW A BABY CAN BE AMUSED BY JUST A BOTTLE AND A TIN
9. CHARITY BRACELETS – THEY SEEM TO BE TAKING UP MY ARM!// 10. COLLECTING MY EMPTY BABY WIPE PACKETS FOR CHARITY: ELLIE’S FUND// 11. EVEN MORE BOOKS FROM MY COLLECTION// 12. CHIPPIE DINNER
13. MUMMY&BABY PICTURE – BLURRY BABY// 14. COLD MEAT SALAD WITH VEG AND SALAD CREAM// 15. CURRENT READ – THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS BY LOUISE WELSH// 16. LOTD – MUA SHADE 15

This week has been relatively normal when compared to the previous couple of weeks. We’ve been mostly staying at home, apart from going to visit my Dad in hospital and going to a staff meal on Thursday. Everyone seems to be giving me books this week; its not as if I haven’t already got an extensive to-read pile! I also ate a few takeaways, bad me – and had a few drinks when my friend Kayley came round before she goes off to Canada for eight months!

For the next week, I actually seem to have a free week ALL WEEK! I am seriously looking forward to it, it will be a mix of chilling out and decluttering the house – but I can handle that! 
On the blog this week, there were the usual suspects: Like, Love, Loathe linkup, a very special A Picture Tells A Thousand Words and Friday Letters. I had a couple of days off from the blog this week, lacking motivation and inspiration but did find time to post my MUA haul, complete with reviews & swatches.
This coming week, I shall be updating you on my book and project 10 pan challenges, showing you my August Empties and much more!

I’m now off to list some things on Ebay – what are you up to for the rest of the week?

Friday Letters

Friday Letters

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Dear Dad,
Please come out of hospital soon! I miss you!
Dear John,
I can’t believe I’ll never see your face again. Mum is devastated, as you can expect. Now you’re in a better place.
Dear Kayley,
Don’t go to Canada! Or at least take me! I’m going to miss you so,so much especially after our catchup the other day!
Dear work people,
Thanks for a great night last night, even if the service was shoddy! Love you all.
Dear Vicki & Adam,
Congratulations, I’m so happy for you.
Dear readers,
Wow, 562 of you? Thanks so much!
Dear Jack,
You are such a cheeky little monkey…you’ve learnt to clap this week which is quite funny and I’m sorry for laughing when you decided banging the tin like a drum with your hands wasn’t quite enough and you decided to use your head instead…Love you munchkin!
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Who are your Friday Letters to this week?

MUA Haul: Reviews & Swatches

MUA Haul: Reviews & Swatches
The other week, I noticed that the lovely Liloo had tweeted about a fantastic MUA offer for reaching a certain number of likes on Facebook. Although money is a little tight right now, I felt I deserved a treat and bought a few things for myself and a few things for my 500 follower giveaway (items not shown here).
So what did I get?

MUA lipstick in shade 15 ‘Juicy‘ £1 – link

 FROM L-R: lipstick, gloss, the two together

 Just the lipstick

 Just the gloss

The two together

MUA Lip Boom in ‘Cheeky‘ £3 – link

 Above: the top row
Below: the bottom row

MUA Going For Gold palette (£4, at £3 right now) – link

I had been wanting the Going For Gold palette for quite a while after seeing it on various other blogs. When the special offer came up, I couldn’t resist adding it to my basket – and I’m super impressed. For the price, I don’t expect the world but these eyeshadows are pretty impressive for the affordable price. Although most of the colours are best suited to a night time look, I have found myself reaching for the palette on more than one occasion for my daytime look, using the silver colours for a fresh look.

The Lip Boom I will admit was an impulse purchase. Having seen an array of reviews differing wildly in opinion, I knew it was a gamble. I don’t think its too bad, I love the lipstick & the look the two give together but I’m not mad over the large chunks of glitter within the gloss.

I continue to buy MUA lipsticks for the simple reason that they are cheap and cheerful and they get the job done. They may not have the wear time of a MAC lipstick, but for the bargain price of £1, can you really complain?

What are your thoughts on MUA? Have you tried any of their products recently?