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June 2018

Chocolate Orange Jelly – Slimming World Recipe

I never thought I’d be saying I liked jelly that had yogurt in it but here I am saying just that! This Slimming World chocolate orange jelly is a lovely dessert and doesn’t take much preparation.

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Apple & Cinnamon Strudel – Slimming World Recipe

We have an apple tree that always gives us far more apples than we can use. I’m always on the lookout for apple recipes that are also Slimming World friendly; apple and cinnamon strudel covered in custard is a total comfort food for me.

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Chicken & Cherry Tomato Pasta Bake – Slimming World Recipe

We’re all huge chicken and pasta fans so this chicken and cherry tomato pasta bake is perfect for all of us. Everyone loved it, especially KayCee who said it was the best thing she’d ever eaten!

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Bacon, Squash & Sweet Potato Stew – Slimming World Recipe

This bacon, squash and sweet potato stew is a dish I have to make when the children aren’t eating. They’re not keen on squash or sweet potato. The only thing I don’t like about squash is having to prepare it!

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Slimming World Style Fry-Up

One of the best things about Slimming World is not having to miss out on a big weekend fry-up! You can enjoy syn free sausages and bacon, have your eggs any way you like (as long as they’re cooked Slimming World style!) and fill your […]

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The Soul Collectors By Chris Mooney – Book Review #25

The Soul Collectors is the fourth book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Soul Collectors

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Charlie Rizzo has his family at gunpoint and when Darby arrives to defuse the scene, she finds him horrifically mutilated, with a mask of human skin sewn in place over his own face. Within minutes, a group of men disguised as SWAT officers bursts in and releases deadly Sarin gas, killing the Rizzo family outright and leaving Darby herself barely alive.

Where has Charlie Rizzo been held all these years? Who are The Twelve who have been executing this gruesome torture? And why are the FBI running scared in the face of this particular, chilling episode? Darby is facing the toughest case of her career…and, as the body count rises, one that will bring her into great personal danger and leave her in fear of losing her mind, if not her soul.

My Thoughts

The Soul Collectors left me wanting to immediately start the next book in the series but unfortunately, I don’t have it yet. I was very tempted to order the last three of the series from Amazon but I know if I do, they’ll turn up at the charity shop and I’ll be kicking myself!

I feel, after reading four books about Darby, one after the other, that I really know her now and I have to find out if she’s going to be ok!

My friend, Cheryl over at Madhouse Family Reviews is an avid reader, like me, and has also reviewed this book.

The Soul Collectors by Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 25 books read


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Ella Selfies Again! My Sunday Photo

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that Ella loves taking selfies and even though she has her own phone, she prefers to use mine! I found Ella selfies again when I checked my phone today 🙂

I have to admit that she knows how to do much more on my phone than I do. There are selfies with different frames such as pretty roses and ice creams. I have no idea how she did them!

Ella Selfies Again!

Ella selfies again!

I love this one I found today. I just wish she wouldn’t keep doing the pout! I know it’s what all the girls her age are doing but I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it soon!

Ella selfies again!


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All About The Blogger – Lauren From Sophie’s Nursery

Some of us bloggers decided to get to know each other better and we’re sharing some guest posts so you can get to know us better as well! Here are some things you might not know about Lauren from Sophie’s Nursery 🙂

All About The Blogger - Lauren from Sophie's Nursery

I’m Lauren & I blog over at Sophie’s Nursery! My blog is primarily aimed at parents of young children who want to help support their educational development at home. As a teacher, I plan & post lots of different activities parents can do with their children, starting from 0 months upwards. I also love writing general lifestyle & parenting posts!


Q1. How would your best friend describe you?  (not sure then ask them)

Apparently, I’m seen as a hard-working & very organised person! (I think being a teacher has made me this way – I cannot cope if I don’t have some sort of plan!). Also, without me paying them, they have said I genuinely care about others & am a great listener.


Q2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging has to be all the different opportunities it has given me. I have received some amazing items for myself & my family to try out, ranging from phonics toys to sleep monitors! I’ve also had the opportunity to attend press events, enjoyed wonderful family days out & even reviewed some children’s theatre productions. You just never know what opportunity is going to arise next


Q3. If you could change anything about blogging, what would it be?

How much time it takes! I love blogging & the opportunities it has given me, but there just isn’t enough time in the day. Being a mum, trying to live a bit of a life & then researching/writing/taking photos/editing/promoting/emailing all of my posts… I just wish everything didn’t have to take so long!


Q4. If you were invited to a Blogger’s Cocktail Party, which three bloggers would you invite and why?

I’m fairly new to blogging & haven’t had the opportunity to meet as many of the lovely bloggers out there as I would like! I guess if I were to choose though, it would have to be some of the big name bloggers that I follow. As a fellow Brummy, it would have to be Brummy Mummy of Two. I find her hilarious & so relatable. I’d also invite The Unmumsy Mum as I imagine she would keep me well & truly entertained! Finally, it would have to be Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from Making Sense of Cents – I would love to get inside her brain & get her top blogging tips!


Q5. What is the best blogging tip you have been given?

Liase with other bloggers! I have met so many people & had so much love on my blog posts through doing this. They’re not competition, they’re your main support.


Q6. When you aren’t blogging, where is your favourite place to visit for a day out?

It has to be any of the National Trust properties. There’s something for everyone – beautiful walks, stunning buildings to explore & of course the cream scones at the café!


Q7. Tell us about your guilty pleasure.  It could be food, drink, a TV programme or your favourite band.

I’m a bit of a sucker for reality TV programmes – I think it’s the ‘not having to think about it’ aspect of them. I do love a bit of Made in Chelsea or Geordie Shore…


Q8. If you knew you were going to be marooned on a desert island and could take 3 luxury items with you, what would they be?

A suitcase full of books – I love reading & this would be a great source of entertainment. A notebook & pen (I’m counting this as one :D) so I can draw & write. Finally, it would have to be some sort of computer that works on a desert island… preferably with wi-fi haha! I think I’ve cheated a bit here…


Q9. What was the last good book you read?

I know a good book when I physically cannot put it down! The last book I read like that was Asylum by Johan Theorin. It’s a Swedish psychological crime thriller. The protagonist, Jan, has just started working at a nursery. However, it’s no ordinary nursery as it’s actually linked to a high-security asylum containing some of the most dangerous people in the country. A totally gripping read, I would highly recommend it!


Q10. Describe your perfect date night?

AN EVENING WITH NO CHILDREN! Myself & my husband are real foodies so it would have to be a good restaurant that sells lots of different vegetarian meals. A bottle of wine to accompany our meal & then a nice walk in fresh, country air to finish.

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