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Beach House Summer - Sarah Morgan Book Review *gifted

Hi everyone, I am slowly getting back into blogging after a break, my nan passed away a few months ago and work has been really busy, but it's good to get back into posting, and there's much more going on around here to hopefully see, photograph and share with you all. I was lucky enough to be invited to join the blog tour for Beach House Summer, the latest release by Sarah Morgan recently, although too much screen time and late arrival of my review copy mean I am a little behind posting, so I am sorry for that, but let's get into the review. Beach House Summer follows the story of Joanna Whitman, the ex of celebrity chef Cliff Whitman. When Cliff passes away she discovers another secret from a marriage full of secrets and lies; he left behind a daughter. The story follows Joanna connecting with Ashley, Cliff's daughter, and a pregnant, vulnerable young lady. Joanna takes Ashley under her wing and whisks her off for a 'Beach House Summer' that neither of them wi

Birthday Present Card Project

Hey Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. I've been meaning to post some more papercraft projects and ideas on my blog for a while now, but I couldn't decide what to do or write about. I recently bought some gift tags from Doodle Bugs Handmade at a small business & craft market where I live, and I thought whatever use I have for them would be a good blog. For some reason, I've always struggled a bit using gift tags in the past, and I'm not quite sure why. I just end up laying them out in so many different positions and am never happy with how they look. With this project, I decided to make a card to look like a birthday present, with a tag and bow as if you are looking at something wrapped up. It's quite a simple idea, but I love the end result, and the easier use of a gift tag - no procrastinating with this card! I'll put the instructions below so you can try it out for yourself. I'm already planning on trying it out again, this time for

Pastel Pom Pom Christmas Tree Project By Jolly Festive

Happy December everybody, how have we got here this fast? My city centre has their Christmas tree lights on, my xmas shopping is in full swing, and I’ve watched a few cheesy Christmas movies already. There’s still plenty of time to make some decorations though, and I have a great guest post here all about pom poms, which I hope will inspire you. Over to the lovely Hannah at Jolly Festive to chat about her beautiful Pom Pom Christmas Tree Project. You can find my post all about kid’s Christmas books here . Pom-pom craft projects are brilliant.  To be honest, that’s not a sentence I ever expected to find myself writing. Years of making pom poms with those cardboard circles, alongside our Guiding volunteer Mum, traumatised me.  Not because they were hard to make. But because they seemed to take an eternity and the constant feeding of yarn through that central hole made my eyes go squiggly!  Fast forward a decade (or maybe three) and I decided to brave the world of pom-poms once more. 

The Christmas Escape By Sarah Morgan - Review

It's that time of year again when the shop shelves are tempting me with all the Christmas reads, how does anyone resist, it's so hard! I recently had to pause mid-read when I was given the chance to read and review The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan for the blog tour. This is the third of Sarah's Christmas novels I've read and I'm sure it won't be the last! The Christmas Escape follows best friends Christie and Alix as they prepare for a trip of a lifetime to Lapland and the Northern Lights to meet Christie's long lost aunt for the first time. But the path of true love and true friendship doesn't always run smooth, and there is some emotional drama along the way that threatens to de-rail the trip before anyone has even set foot on the plane. The plot follows Christie, husband Seb, and daughter Holly, along with Alix, and family friend Zac before and during their trip to Lapland. There are secrets and burdens to be revealed, long-held fears, and a lack

Clearly Besotted Make A Splash Dolphin Stamps - Projects And Review

Clearly Besotted are fast becoming my new stamp company of choice, month after month they release teasers of their stamp sets to tempt me, and they are all so inventive, and so cute, it's been hard not to buy each time. But while I can't purchase each month I do have a few sets now and have been impressed on every score. The designs are really cute and usable in several different ways, the quality is there, and I love their little customer service touches. Each stamp set has arrived in a colourful pink bag, with an invoice and a little handwritten thank you on it. It's those touches that really go a long way to making you trust a brand, and feeling like you are getting value for money because although they are reused over and over, some stamp sets are not cheap. At the time of writing this Dolphin-themed 'Make A Splash' stamp set is still available on the website for £2.48. I chose this one because Dolphins are one of my favourite animals, but I also liked how they

The Summer Seekers By Sarah Morgan - Book Review

May, what are you doing to us in the UK? It feels like we are getting all the April showers (and more) a month late. What better way to inject some cheer into the blog than my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Morgan's latest novel The Summer Seekers. It's published by HQ who kindly gifted me access to read the book on Net Galley, and it's turned out to be the perfect way to add some sunshine into these gloomy days.  As I'm writing this I've yet to see 'The Summer Seekers' on the shop shelves, but it will definitely stand out for shoppers, I don't think I've ever seen a front cover so bright and bold, and yellow! 'The Summer Seekers' follows the story of Kathleen, her daughter Liza, and Martha, three women seeking adventure and change in their lives, and I think it's safe to say they got it. Kathleen is a former travel TV presenter seeking a new adventure after the passing of her husband, Liza is fed up with being the dutiful wife and mothe