My 2019 Reading Challenge | Books 21-25

I was sent some of the books via Netgalley for free for the purpose of review. This post contains affiliate links.

It’s time for another reading round up and I am here today with books 21 to 25. You can read my other posts here: Books 1-5, Books 6-10Books 11-15 and Books 16-20.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): The Secret of Brimley Manor (Book 34) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

Yep, it is another Cherringham novel! I debated on the rating for this, between 3 and 4, because I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as the rest of the series until the very end. I much prefer the ones with the murders in which this one did not have. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

How To Make Time For Me by Fiona Perrin – 4/5

I was gifted a copy of this novel via Netgalley for the purpose of review. You can find my full review here but simply put, this was a light and impactful read and I really enjoyed it. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

The Single Mums Move On by Janet Hoggarth – 4/5

I was gifted a copy via Netgalley for the purpose of review. You can find my full review here but what I do want to say about this is the fact that I loved the characters, they are all fun and well rounded and that is the perfect beachside read. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams – 4/5

I have followed Laura on Instagram for quite some time so I was always going to buy her first novel when it came out. This is a fun read and perfect for summer. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg – 4/5

I was gifted a copy of this book from Aria Fiction for the purpose of review. A full review will be coming up on the blog in the next couple of weeks but what I can say is that the storyline was definitely unexpected and surprising. A great read if you are heading on holiday soon. You can buy the book on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

What books have you been reading lately?

Songmics Plastic Storage | Review

We were sent this product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I’ve mentioned before that we live in a two bedroom property with little to no storage. This means that Olivia is still in our room as Jack’s room isn’t big enough for the two of them but also means we struggle for storage for different things.

One such thing I struggle to store is Olivia’s clothes. We are lucky to have many friends and family with girls a little bit older than Olivia so we always end up with a ton of clothes every time she goes up a size but that does also mean we get a little overwhelmed, especially with nowhere to store it all. I’d been looking at the Songmics brand for a while so when offered the chance to review some of their plastic storage, I said yes – hoping it would be the answer to all our prayers. You can find the modular shelving unit here {affiliate link} for £25.99 – it does say shoe rack in the title but is perfect for a kids bedroom and can be used for clothes, toys or whatever you want. We’re using ours for her clothes.

Now I am not a big DIY-er so was hoping that this storage would be easy to put together. I needn’t have worried about it though as Jack and I put it together with ease. It comes with multiple plastic sheets, ABS plastic connectors and makes three cubes on the left and six on the right. Using the connectors, you snap the sheets into place and there are also some hooks for the right hand side to snap the sheets into place and divide three cubes into six instead.

I did worry that it may not be too sturdy but Songmics even provide you with a rubber mallet to tap on the connectors and ensure they are rigidly in place. I and Jack have both leaned on the storage to check it’s durability too and it seems very sturdy and not likely to buckle under pressure. Something I also appreciate is the fact that Songmics also provide you with the tools needed to attach your storage to the wall – safety first!

I am extremely impressed with the quality of the plastic storage – the price is very affordable so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it may be prone to breakage but this seems very durable indeed. It provides plenty of space for storage and I have been using the left hand side for her everyday dresses and thicker items such as jumpers etc whilst using the right hand side for her t-shirts and leggings, tights and trousers. I will still be using something else for her dresses that are more special as they need to be hung up.

I’m considering getting some other Songmics storage for when we move – perhaps for their toys or even for the hallway for shoes and stuff like that. With prices as good as this, I just can’t say no!

Would you like to own some Songmics storage? Well, fantastic! They’re holding a competition until the 31st of July which you can enter here. There is a chance to win 1 of 15 storage organizers, worth £510! Just fill in the form on the website to enter. Good luck!

Blog Tour & Review | The Single Mums Move On by Janet Hoggarth

I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

I am very happy to be on the blog tour for The Single Mums Move On today. Do check out the other stops on the tour.

About The Book

Can neighbours become more than good friends…

After her husband left her, Ali and her daughter Grace enjoyed living in what became known as ‘the Single Mums’ Mansion’. However, with her best friends Amanda and Jacqui moving on, it’s time for Ali and Grace to make their own way. Thankfully, a chance conversation leads to them moving into the infamous South London gated community known only as ‘The Mews’.

In ‘The Mews’ everyone lives in each other’s pockets and curtain twitching is an Olympic sport. The neighbours are an eclectic bunch – from Nick the alleged spy, Carl the gorgeous but clearly troubled Idris Elba lookalike, to Debbie who is about to face the hardest fight of her life, and TV agent Samantha who is not as in control as she likes to pretend.

Each day brings another drama, but along with the tears, real friendships grow. And her neighbours’ problems might unlock the key to something Ali has yearned for all along…

Based on a true story – you’ll never be able to look at your neighbours quite the same way again… 

Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Mhairi McFarlane and Helen Fielding.

My Review

I hadn’t read the previous book The Single Mum’s Mansion so I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I was worried in case I couldn’t gel with the characters or found some of the plot lines confusing but I needn’t have been worried – it was fine. The author did give a semi background of the characters so you could go into the book having not read the previous one but she didn’t go into it too much so that those who had read the previous book didn’t have their experience marred – sign of a good author there, giving just enough information needed.

I liked Ali as a character, she reminds me of many of my female friends, struggling to find themselves after the end of a long term relationship and kissing many frogs along the way. The story started well but when it really came into its own was when she and her daughter Grace moved to the Mews.

The Mews is so well described, I could just imagine it in my mind and all the characters were realistic and vibrant. We were dealt with some surprises about some of the characters along the way and they really helped the storyline along.

There is a love interest (or two) in the book and I did find myself rooting for one rather than the other. It did seem like I wasn’t going to get my wish but all came good in the end.

This was a really great read and perfect for by the beach or pool if you are going away this summer.

About The Author

Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children’s book editor and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children’s books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel The Single Mums’ Mansion, a huge bestseller, was based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.

You can find Janet on Twitter here and Facebook here.

You can buy the book here: Amazon {affiliate link} | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Degustabox | July

I was sent this box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is that time of month again for my Degustabox review. This month, the theme of the box was ‘Picnic’. The box retails at £12.99 but you can get your first box for just £7.99 with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

So what did we receive in this months box?

MONIN Butterscotch Coffee Syrup – £3

Now neither me or Steve drink coffee but love butterscotch. We haven’t tried this yet but may use it in other things instead of coffee such as porridge.

Ribena Frusion – £2

I have been seeing ads for this everywhere and had been meaning to pick a bottle up so was glad to see this in the box. Everyone is really enjoying this – it is deliciously refreshing and is low in calories with no sweeteners or preservatives. Yummy.

Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne – £1.50

Steve loves a hot sauce so was very happy to see this included in the box. It is very flavourful and great paired with some BBQ food!

Ravish Pineapple & Yuzu salsa – £1.50

Words cannot express just how much Steve and I like this – it is delicious! It was almost gone within an hour of opening, we had to restrain ourselves from eating it all. We will definitely be getting more of this…so good!

Kallo Belgian milk chocolate mini rice cake snack packs – £1.99

These were another item from the box that almost went straight away. My kids love rice cakes as a snack and these snack packs each contain six miniature rice cakes. Both my kids really enjoyed these so we will be buying more on our weekly shop.

Ape Snacks Coconut Bites Sesame Seed – £1.49

These were a delicious little snack that I wasn’t expecting the kids to like but they really liked them too! Very coconutty and super crunchy, these are a great snack to have in your bag on days out.

Deli Kitchen Greek Style Flatbreads – £1.35

We love flatbreads and these are soooo good. They’re fluffy, filling and great for making something different for dinner.

Mister Free’d Vegan Tortilla Chips with Beetroot – £1.99

Now these did something amazing – Steve doesn’t normally like beetroot but he really enjoyed these, especially dipped in the pineapple salsa. These were fully consumed by us all on the day the box arrived, they’re so tasty!

Rowntrees Randoms Squish’ems & Sours sharing bags – £1.29 each

We’ve had Randoms a few times in the boxes recently so it was nice to see two different items from the Randoms range rather than just the original pack. These were very popular with the whole family and tasted great.

Simply Cook Piri Piri Chicken 3 Step Meal Kit – £2.50

Steve and I love piri piri chicken so this is very handy. This is a chef’s authentic flavour blend and you pair it with your fresh ingredients for a tasty meal. We are yet to use it but it will definitely be used and enjoyed.

The boxes contents come to just under £19 which is great when you consider the box costs you just £12.99. That’s a saving of almost £6 and whilst other boxes have sometimes been over the £20 mark, it is still a great saving.

Getting Out And About With The Two Bare Feet Retro Cruiser Skateboard

We were sent a skateboard from Two Bare Feet for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I’ve mentioned before that Jack is quite sporty – he loves football, golf and running – and he is always trying to learn new things. He has been begging me for a skateboard so when Two Bare Feet got in contact and asked if we would like to review something from their range, I had to say yes. He was super excited to find out one was on its way to us!

Two Bare Feet date back to 1994 with their original high street store opening in Torquay. They have continually developed their range of products including watersports, extreme sports and recreation equipment. They sell wetsuits, skateboards, paddle boards, snow gear, scooters, baby swimming and accessories.

We were sent one of their retro cruiser skateboards. Ours is yellow in colour with yellow wheels but there are a variety of colours to choose from or you can even create your own custom build, selecting your own deck, trucks and wheels. There are classic designs and a number of blend options, or even printed retro skateboards.

The cruiser we were sent is 22″. Retailing at £29.99 usually, the products are actually on sale right now as of 17th July 2019 at £14.99!

Now Jack hasn’t ever really tried skateboarding before so despite the desperation for one, he was a little apprehensive about stepping on. He has been trying for a few weeks now since it arrived and he is slowly getting better! Even Olivia has attempted it!

Let’s talk about the board. At 22″, it is smaller than your average board but is perfect for someone starting out like Jack.

The colour is perfect for summer and I can see Jack using it a lot over the summer around our local common and in the park. The board is good quality, it seems quite durable. I hate when you buy items for children and they aren’t great quality and break easily, you can tell that this will last the distance.

Overall, we are very impressed with this skateboard. It is good quality, very affordable and great for those starting out on a skateboard. I can definitely see Jack using it a lot over the summer and I know Olivia is keen to be allowed on it more, she’s such an independent little daredevil!

Have you tried skateboarding? How did you get on?