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March 2017

St Patrick’s Day Book Display – Irish Authors

St Patrick’s Day Irish Authors

I collected all genres of books by Irish authors for our St Patrick’s Day book display. Here’s a little about St Patrick from Wiki:

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Some of the authors I collected were:

  • Marian Keyes
  • Frank McCourt
  • Roddy Doyle
  • Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Cathy Kelly
  • Maeve Binchy
  • Eoin Colfer

I have quite a few Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern and Maeve Binchy books but just lately I’ve been favouring thrillers.

St Patrick's Day Book Display Irish authors

St Patrick's Day Book Display

St Patrick's Day Book Display Irish authors

St Patrick's Day Book Display

St Patrick's Day Book Display Poster

Ultimate Chicken Casserole Slimming World Recipe

We love easy one pot meals and this ultimate chicken casserole is very tasty! If you’re doing a Slimming World Extra Easy SP day this is an excellent recipe. A big bowl of mashed potatoes goes well with this casserole if you’re doing a regular […]

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2-Pound Loss – Weekly Weigh In

2-Pound Loss

I was very happy with my 2-pound loss last week. I’ll be happy with a steady 2-pound a week loss if I can keep it up.
Ant made a delicious roast beef and Yorkshire pudding Sunday Lunch as it was Mother’s Day.
We invited Nanny for dinner and I made a wonderfully gooey chocolate caramel and Bailey’s trifle.

It wasn’t Slimming World friendly, at all! I plan to be on track until Sunday then cut right back on Monday and Tuesday to try and minimise the damage.

I’ll let you know if it works, next week!

Ant and I go on holiday on the 29th of April. It’s our 12th wedding anniversary on the 30th and we’ve got some lovely meals planned. I know I’m going to gain weight that week but I don’t mind. I’m going to enjoy spending time with my husband 🙂

I’ve got 5 weigh in days until we go so a steady 2 pounds a week weight loss will mean I’ll have my 7 and a half stone weight loss award back :oD

Sparkly Shell sigtag half pound gain didn't weigh 5lb Gain

Easter At HomeSense – Bunnies, chicks and chocolate

Easter At HomeSense

If going all out for Easter is your thing, making a trip to HomeSense would be a good idea. They have so many lovely decorations you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We don’t always celebrate this time of year. The kids are usually away visiting family but when we do, we like to have a big roast dinner and decorate the table.

Kaycee and Ella will be on holiday at Butlins over the bank holiday weekend. Ella asked if they can have their eggs and egg hunt early this year!
I’ve fallen in love with some of these decorations and if the kids weren’t away again this year, I’d have been buying lots of them!

I think this one is my favourite. It’s just so cute!

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense
Easter Holidays

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

Easter at HomeSense

5 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Home For The Summer

 Prepare Your Home For Summer

The summer season is a time for fun under the sun. The heat that it brings is welcoming along with beaches, vacation, camp, and sunscreen. But the summer heat could also mean sweltering temperatures and that is why it is important to be prepared and know how you can beat the heat. If you’re a homeowner you already know how hard it can get to be in the house without A/C, but if you’re a landlord, Penmar Management explains, you should know that your tenants are getting through the same. On top of that, it’s important to take care of your house and rental property during high summer temperatures. Here are five things that you can do to make sure that you and your home are ready for summer.


Invest in a portable air conditioner. For those who don’t have a window type air conditioning unit and would like to stay cool during summer, a portable air conditioner might work for you. It is portable in the sense that it doesn’t have to be fixed in one location and you can move it to a different part of the house. Just make sure that the plastic piece for the exhaust hose is in place so the hot exhaust has somewhere to go. A portable air conditioner is also suitable for those who have one-window rooms and would like to be able to open the window instead of having it occupied by an air conditioning unit.


Check for ventilation leaks. Cooling your home will be pointless if there are leaks. Make sure that you check the insulation in and around your home to keep the cool air inside and the hot summer air out. Check your windows and doors and seal them with caulk. This is also the time to pay a visit to your attic as well as your basement and check the insulation. Move any objects that are blocking the vents so that air flows naturally. You should also look around pipes and ductwork for any leaks and should there be one, have it repaired right away.

Bug Control

Bug control. Bugs and pests tend to come out during the summer time. To keep your home bug and pest free, make sure that everything is sealed properly, from windows to doors and other openings. Checking for leaks is required here to keep critters from coming inside. If you’re already done checking for ventilation leaks then you’re already covered for bug leaks. Spray pesticide on your outdoor perimeter once you’re sure that everything is sealed. Just make sure that you keep the pesticides away from pets and little children. If you don’t like to use a chemical spray, you can make your own natural repellants for bugs and pests. And to keep them from getting in your house, you can install a screen door or install screens on your windows.

Prevent Water Damage

Prevent water damage. The summer season can also bring hurricanes and flooding. To keep water from damaging your home, check that your roof is in good condition and make sure that there are no cracks or leaks in your basement. Check your gutters as well to see if there are any leaks. Keep your gutters free from any debris by removing any leaves and other objects on it.

Stay cool. Guard against dehydration and keep yourself and your pets hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep you refreshed.

Air Conditioning

Get your air conditioning unit ready for the summer. Clean and test it early in the season. This will give you enough time to have it repaired if it has a problem or buy a new one. You can also opt to go natural and let the air inside your home by opening windows and doors. Keep the sun out of your house so that it will be cool when you come back. Do this by closing the blinds, shades or curtains around your home.

Don’t let the summer heat beat you, it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors. Wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. By preparing yourself and your home early, you’ll surely have an enjoyable summer.

Girl Unknown By Karen Perry – Book Review Week 12

Girl Unknown

I really enjoyed Girl Unknown by Karen Perry.

The Boy Who Never Was, the first KP novel I read,  had a disappointing ending. Thankfully, this one didn’t, hence, it hooked me in and kept me reading when I should have been working!

The chapters are from different viewpoints, again; is this the new thing now?! I still liked it, though!
As with The Boy Who Never Was, there was a twist I didn’t see coming so I’ve made a note at the charity shop where I volunteer, to have any other books by Karen Perry, put to the side for me 🙂 I do like a book with a good twist at the end! It’s not so good when the twist comes too early or the twist is a bit rubbish!

I found myself feeling sorry for the daughter throughout most of the book because of the way her father treated her. It was easy to forget that she was quite young and all the upheaval of having an unknown sister move in must have been horrible for her.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read 🙂


Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads

‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family, particularly his wife Caroline, which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Goodreads reading challenge 12 books read


Jacky Ha-Ha By James Patterson – Sunday Photo

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson

Kaycee and Ella hosted a book club meeting last week. They read Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Everyone had a great time and now they want to have another book club meeting next month 🙂

They’ve started reading Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson. It’s a much shorter book than Jacky Ha-Ha so even the younger members should be able to finish it in time.

I now have to get in touch with some publishers to see if they want to sponsor the book club by sending books for them to read because I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to buy 7 new books every month!

Jacky Ha-Ha book by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

You can read about their first book club here 🙂

March 25th – Project As & When

March 25th

March 25th – It’s been a busy week for me, but unfortunately, I’ve not been busy taking photos! I’ve been working on a 5 day Pinterest course to help me use Pinterest more efficiently.

I’ve got lots of more Pinterest related work to do so it’s not looking good for next week’s project as and when, either!

I saw this book at the charity shop where I volunteer. Ant refers to our Prime Minister, Theresa May, as The Demon Headmaster. When I saw this book I just had to take a photo for him!

March 25th The Demon Headmaster book

I made 2 chocolate and caramel trifles today for our dessert tomorrow. One of them has Baileys in for the adults! We’ve got Nanny coming for Mother’s Day lunch 🙂

March 25th - Chocolate, caramel and Baileys trifle

I used Ant’s Kitchenaid to whip the cream for the trifles 🙂

March 25th - Kitchenaid whisking the cream for the trifle

I didn’t actually take this photo but I figured as it’s on my phone I was going to use it! Ella loves taking selfies and I particularly liked this one.

March 25th - Ella selfie

One Of Us Is Lying – Book Review Week 11

One Of Us Is Lying

Thanks to NetGalley for the free download. This is my honest review for One Of Us Is Lying.

Well, it kept me reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on! It was an enjoyable read and I’ll be looking out for more books by Karen McManus.

Young adult fiction isn’t my usual genre; I did go through a stage of reading YA but it’s been a while. The blurb reminded me of the show, Pretty Little Liars, which is about high school students. The show was great and I figured I’d like this book because I liked that show.

One Of Us Is Lying

The ending wasn’t easily worked out before I got there for which I’m glad; I don’t like it when that happens!

It did confuse me a bit with each chapter coming from a different character. However, it doesn’t take much to confuse me! Family stuff is going on all around me when I’m reading so it’s easy for me to get distracted.

I would have probably read this in one sitting if I’d had the time 🙂

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

One Of Us Is Lying


Speedy Chicken Jambalaya – Slimming World Recipe

This speedy chicken jambalaya is ready in 30 minutes. It’s great for the nights when one of the girls has to eat early due to Cubs or Guides commitments. It’s very filling and tasty; you can serve it with a side salad to make up […]

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