Welcome back to my music series where I reveal some of my favourite ever music tracks in no particular order. This project has started in an attempt to banish the Paw Patrol soundtrack from my mind as I am going slowly insane. I need some real music in my life! If you missed part one don't fear you can catch up here
People often tell me my music taste is eclectic and I agree because I really do like a bit of everything! I love the shuffle setting on my ipod, you take it for granted but things have moved on a bit since my 1980's Walkman days when the best thing ever was the auto-rewind, and it is great to be surprised with a track from your collection you haven't heard for ages.
Having the kids means I spend more time listening to the theme tune from Balamory than my own tracks, so I have decided to start a blog series cataloguing my favourite tunes to re-awaken my music soul. There are songs which remind me of music my parents used to play when I was growing up, boy bands I loved as a teenager, club tunes I danced to in my twenties and everything in between. Here's the first 10 in no particular order - I hope you find some gems in there which will become your favourites too!
When Selena Cole vanishes, apparently abandoning her children in the park, the police and her family fear for her safety. But when Selena appears 20hours later safe but with no memory of what happened during those lost hours suspicions being to stir. And the discovery of a dead body nearby raises even more questions. Is Selina's amnesia genuine or a clever deception?
Regular readers of my blog will know I am a big Emma Kavanagh fan. I first reviewed her debut novel Falling back in 2014 and Emma has also writtenguest posts for my blog as part of her book launch tours. So this book had big shoes to fill...
Previously published as Burnt Paper Sky, this debut novel tells the story of a Mother's desperate search for her lost son.
After allowing her 8yr old son, Ben, to run on ahead during their walk, Rachel Jenner looses her son in the woods. A frantic search ensues but all the Police can find are Ben's discarded clothes and trainers. After a press conference goes wrong, Rachel finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy painting her as a 'Bad Mother' and suggesting her involvement in Ben's disappearance is deeper than she claims. Even the Police begin to doubt her story. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust Rachel begins to unravel as she realises the greatest threat may not be from strangers but the people she loves the most.
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Have you seen the new Beauty & the Beast film yet? Belle is certainly the Princess of the moment and to celebrate the new movie Hallmark has launched a range of stunning Beauty & the Beast cards at Tesco - the perfect choice for a Birthday Princess! We held our own Princess Party at home to bring some Disney magic to tea time!
When Amy's daughter, Lily, spots an old mirror in a local antiques shop she immediately falls in love with it. Seeing her daughter so infatuated Amy can't resist buying it for her, esspecially as it is such a bargain price for a beautiful antique.
But once they get the home Amy starts to feel uneasy about the mirror. She can't quite put her finger on it but something is off. Lily clearly loves it so she pushes the thoughts aside. But as Lily's behaviour starts to dramatically change and tension in their once happy home rises, Amy wonders if it is just coincidence, or if the mirror really was such a good deal after all.
Taking kids to eat at decent restaurants strikes fear into the hearts most parents and we are no exception. On a good day we may survive the three courses unscathed but to minimise the risk of social and gastronomic carnage we tend to stick to family friendly restaurants where the food is rather uninspiring (garlic bread and spag bol for two please waiter) but you can almost guarantee the kids will eat it without making a fuss. Plus there will always be another child acting worse that your own.
Giggling Squid in the heart of Reigate town centre is the kind of restaurant we would usually avoid with the kids. It's elegant, minimalist decor and wonderful Thai menu make it perfect for a child free date but, let's be honest, we get about two of those a year so the thought of sampling their culinary delights with the kids in tow was appealing. The launch of their new kids menu sealed the deal. We visited on a Sunday late lunchtime which was surprisingly quiet.
I do pretty much all of my shopping online these days and I love a discount code. So much so I begrudge buying anything full price! But it's incredibly annoying when you find a code get all excited, shop away then get to the checkout to find the code expired last week. Enter Dealspotr.
Dealspotr is a new social site which brings you the best discount codes and deals. The genius element of the site is that most of the discount and coupon codes actually work because the community is continually reviewing and editing them. Straight away a massive thumbs up from me. And to top it all off, if you add or review codes and offers you earn money. Yes, really. The more you add and edit the more you earn. Double thumbs up.
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Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.