It’s been a while since I wrote a gift guide but I’m truly stumped this year as to what to get my Mum, Step Mum and Mother in Law, so I thought you could join me as I research some of the best Mother’s Day gifts available in 2022…
It’s a sweltering August in the Bay of Naples in AD 79. The Aqua Augusta, the greatest aqueduct in the world, mysteriously fails along the coastline. Newly appointed engineer Marcus Attilius must travel to Pompeii to locate and clear the blockage in the shadow of Vesuvius and get the water flowing. But instinct tells him there is more to the story... what could have caused this mysterious blockage, and could be it be a sign of a bigger disaster yet to come?
'I'll see you in court!' could be heard across the concourse of Waterloo station as I greeted one of my oldest friends last weekend to see a play I've been dying to see for ages - Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution live in a courtroom setting in the heart of London. It doesn't get much more exciting than that!
Yes it finally happened. I caught the dreaded COVID and I'm currently in isolation in the spare bedroom. It has been really tough not being able to hug the girls and spend time with Husnband but I have just a couple of days left to go. I thought i'd fill you in on what I've been watching to help fill the long hours alone!
Sylvie hasn't been back to her French family home in years, not since her eldest daughter, Elodie, died some years earlier. Upon returning to sell the run down farmhouse every corner holds memories of Elodie, and they aren't good ones. As forest fires burn nearby a secret tries to break free, a secret Sylvie has been hiding from her youngest daughter, Emma. A secret which tells the truth of what happened that summer. A secret that could change everything.
It's been a busy few months with the kids firmly back at school and life starting to inch towards normality. There has been a little less TV watching overall but still working my way through my long Netflix and Amazon Prime 'to watch' list. Here's my roundup...
Family dramas aren't usually my preferred genre but coming off the back of a traumatising thriller I needed a lighter read to lift my spirits (and stop the nightmares). Enter When We Believed in Mermaids, a tale of family complexity, addiction and secrets, well in some cases lies.
I was very lucky to be surprised this year with my very own advent calendar! It's been years since I had my own Christmas countdown and Husband knows I am trying to avoid chocolate so instead he opted for a beauty advent calendar. And because we are Amazon addicts (how else can you shop in lockdown???) he chose the Amazon Beauty calendar.
Over the past couple of years beauty and grooming advent calendars have flooded the markets with everything from bath bombs to male grooming versions. I was very intrigued to see what my Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar had in store each day leading up to Christmas Day. Let's take a look inside and see what surprises this £60 beauty advent calendar has in store...
Christmas is just around the corner and this year I have decided to do a round up of the little gifts which make perfect Christmas stocking fillers for kids! I love the stockings more than the big presents. They are super fun to open and you never know what you are going to get (although it is essential mine includes a chocolate orange). Everything is available to buy online so you don't need to worry about the crowds during this very unusual year.
I've got a full six months to update you on so hold tight for a bumper roundup of the best Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Now TV (starting to think I have too many subscriptions...) I've been enjoying while we all spend a bit more time indoors!
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.