How brilliant is this, it can keep your coffee warm for at least an hour because it is double insulated. Some of the smaller glass ones I always end up with half a cup of cold coffee. Plus you can have more than one, so I thought this was ideal to take to my desk so I can top up my coffee as I drink it.

These filters are mesh screens and so much better, there is nothing worse than a bit of coffee in your mouth. This is all stainless steel and dishwasher proof, ideal for me and making it so easy and unbreakable!

I think this is the best one I have seen, I’m so pleased with it.



I thought this was a superb product to review as my son-in-law has a motorbike so would be ideal for him plus he knew a bit about them. Good strong fixing points are a must in the gales we are getting now due to climate change.

I did not realise that you could get different sizes as to me all bikes look the same size, this one I was sorry to see that it did not fit his bike but there was a good outcome. My daughter did not have a cover for her pushbike and this cover was a super fit and worked very well in protecting it from the weather. Everyone was happy plus it is very easy to put on and off.




When I was asked to review this new line of make-up I knew it would be ideal for one of my granddaughters to try it out, say hello to Izzy.

I liked the fact that it was cruelty-free and vegan, which I feel you have to be aware of now because it is very cruel to test things on animals. Their packaging is thought about plus you can get refill bags for the foundations, excellent idea.

What I thought was a huge bonus was the size of the pots that it came in, so handy for popping in your bag and let’s face it some handbags are getting smaller and smaller. The small brush was ideal for the pots also giving everything a smooth finish.


Izzy thought the foundation made her skin look very even, I think the small pots and little brush work well together but you have to get used to using a powder and not getting it over the table. I love the way it looks so natural.








The bronzer was super for contour, working well and enhancing cheekbone. The small brush was excellent for doing that. Gold eyeshadow, very pigmented was Izzy’s favourite part. I thought the green liner went very well, making her eyes stand out.

Gorgeous lip colour.





The final look was brilliant, thank you Izzy for assisting in this review.


Advantages of Mineral makeup

Small containers that will fit in your bag

The small brush that fits all pots

Very natural

Powder lasts longer



Lipstick that stays on


Good range

Hope you can try this new selection of makeup, maybe send this review to Santa!




This is one of the most important things if you are going to succeed next month. The outline, characters and research must be all done so you can then just concentrate on the writing so you get your word total up each day. I will be providing you with a calendar towards the end of the month.

Here are some ideas for the things to think about plus if you have a family, do a big shop for the month so you can concentrate on your writing. Let someone else cook dinner for a change, let them know that this is your time. Make a calendar with the family about meals and who is cooking them so that they all know what they are doing to help you.

If your writing has a theme that goes with music then have some ready to play for when you drift away with your thoughts. I like to look at pictures so I have my ipad on the desk ready on Pinterest with the boards I have made about my writing. If you want actual pictures then get a collection of post cards or magazine cuttings ready to use.

Good preparation makes it so much easier, try and think about all what you will need for the month.

Good luck




If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?

Ben usually loves the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?

He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?


What did I think?

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish, wouldn’t it be so good if you could see how your life would have been if you had made a different decision years before. Written with different scenarios about the two women in his life at university, following the highs and lows of each relationship. Did he make the right choice, although is love a choice? Characters are great, while all working well together so you can feel what they are each like. What will he do if he had made the wrong choice and will he confess to his secrets that are troubling him? This would make a great Christmas present for the bookworm in the family or friends.


Tom is an author and journalist from London, England. He is the co-writer of three critically acclaimed Young Adult novels: LOBSTERS (which was shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize), NEVER EVERS and FRESHERS. His solo adult debut novel is the romantic comedy ALL ABOUT US (HQ/HarperCollins, published October 2020). His books have been widely translated and are published in 20 countries. He is a regular contributor to Viz magazine and has also written for Cosmopolitan, Empire, Evening Standard Magazine, The Daily Mash, Glamour, NME, ESPN, ShortList, Time Out London, Vice, Stylist and many more.

The book is available on AMAZON

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I feel that this is talked about a great deal now but after reading this book, actually, I am 80% through it this has made me realise that if mental health does not come into your orbit then you actually do not know anything about it. I was shocked!

Amanda Prowse is an excellent author who I have read and reviewed many of her books. They are very down to earth, about things and events that could happen to any of us. So to then read this and realise that actually some people have no idea about mental health and the huge range that it covers. This is a true story of events they went through when her son Josh started suffering from depression but they did not realise what it was and how devastating the condition could be. The emotions in this book are shocking because they are all real! Please reach out, don’t suffer in silence.

The numbers of students that suffer from some sort of mental health are really staggering but I have come to realise that they may not know what is wrong with them. It could just be that they are in a new place, with no friends or family, the first time they have lived away from home or even just scared of the work and what it all entails. How do we reach them? So many people do not ask for help for several reasons, so if you don’t know what’s wrong how can anyone help you? Can you look at your friend and see they are suffering? Not all the time as people hide it well or just do not want to admit to anything.

Please do not suffer in silence.

No matter what age you are, if you don’t feel right then please talk to someone as it is far easier to get a hold off at the beginning. Check up on your friends old and young, they might live alone or with a large family, there are no criteria that it can’t reach.

I have been taking anti-depressants for 12 years now, yes I feel 90% better than I did so maybe I could wean myself off them but I know I won’t as I am terrified of feeling like that again. During this pandemic many people are suffering the effects of no work, less work, loneliness, money problems and many other things but the worse thing that is happening in a lot of areas are that you can only talk to your GP over the phone. Please make that step, even if it is just to say I’m feeling really anxious about things.

Mental Health is in some ways a silent killer that is spreading rapidly, let’s do all we can to slow it down, you can be old, young, male or female it can get anyone at any time in their life. Be aware for yourself, your friends and your family. The suicide rate is going up, let’s get a grip on this and stop it before it happens to someone you know, be kind everyone.


Getting Your Garden Ready For Autumn/Winter With These Top Tips

Hopefully, many of us have made good use of our outside space this summer and during the lockdown when a lot of us might have been grateful to have some outside space. Getting out in the garden can feel like a real treat. But now the autumn is here and winter is on its way and with that comes the responsibility of getting our gardens ready for colder months. A bit of preparation in advance can go a long way for making more use out of it sooner next summer. With that in mind, here are some tips to get your garden ready. 

Image source – pixabay – cco license 

Clear out old trees and bushes

It’s always worth having a good clear out just before the colder months set in. Not much grows during the fall and winter season, meaning your garden will be much better come spring. The last thing you will want to do is spend a lot of time on it in Spring. A great tip is to cut back the trees or bushes and to make the garden space much clearer. This is when speaking to a tree removal expert could be advisable. It is something you could do yourself but you need to ensure you take great care if you do. However, once this job is done you will notice a real difference to your garden during the next few months. 

Neaten up your lawns and condition

As we have mentioned already, not much grows during the colder months. Which is why it’s worth keeping tabs on your grass. This means getting it mowed regularly and neatened up the edges. It would also be recommended to give your lawn a treatment before winter sets in. This ensures that your grass gets vital nutrients. It helps with the condition but will also strengthen its chances of surviving a cold winter. 

Tidy up the flowerbeds 

While at this stage it wouldn’t be advisable to plant new flowers, through fear of them not surviving the cold. It is essential to tidy up the flowerbeds. This means getting rid of unwanted weeds and freshening up the flowerbeds. It helps to keep things tidy in time for spring once more. 

Consider garden storage ready for winter

Garden storage can be essential to making sure that your garden remains tidy for the fall and winter months. This could be a shed or some of the storage boxes. It’s a great place to store the garden furniture like tables and chairs you will no longer need. Or the electrical tools like your lawnmower or chainsaw. They can also be a real feature of the garden. If you have a bigger garden, a shed can also be a lovely design feature. May be painted in a colour or decorated to give your garden that extra wow factor. 

Steam clean patios and decked areas

Finally, this is the perfect time to steam clean those patios and decked areas. They can get grubby without you even realising it. But during the winter months that dirt can get a lot worse, making it a harder job to clean off come springtime. Get ahead of yourself and get them cleaned up. 

Let’s hope this has highlighted a few ways you can prepare your garden for fall and winter. 




It made a nice change to go out for brunch on Saturday with Megan and the children plus Jodie. We decided on Market Square as it is pretty big and good space between the tables. The menu has vegan and vegetarian so it would suit most people, plus it is very varied with none of your usual basic meals. I thought the prices were very good, I had the salmon & scrambled egg bagel which was only £5 they don’t skimp on the salmon either.

The pancakes looked good and the twins shared a cooked breakfast. I was surprised how filling it all was, so set’s you up for the day.

The prosecco is a bit pricy at £25 a bottle but was a very nice one. The kids were good and ate well plus doing a bit of drawing before and after their food.

I did think that management would have told one of the waitresses that your mask is supposed to be over your nose as well as your mouth!  Social distancing and taking information plus the NHS app was adhered to but up to you as you walked in.

It is a big place so ideal in today’s circumstances but as there are no soft furnishings i.e. all wooden or metal furniture it is very echoey and loud from everyone talking.




We all enjoyed ourselves, the children were good so they got ice cream for dessert.

Hope you are having a great weekend.



I must say I have taken my eye off the ball as not been blogging as much as I normally do. I feel it is for several reasons, one this flipping pandemic which is just getting worse again. Which coincides with the children going back to school, I have always wondered if it is the children who are the carriers with no symptoms. How on earth did they think that having students in universities was going to work I have no idea. Especially as they said that a lot of the lectures etc would be on-line, just send them back home if they want to go and have everything online until they get this under control. Plus I think not being able to see your doctor is utterly ludicrous.

Everything in the garden has grown so much my friend came over to help me get it all cutback, I still have more to do out there but the rain is coming again.

I love my new Ipad cover but it doesn’t stand up now like my old one so that is a bit annoying, I didn’t think about that when ordering it.

I read some good books which take my total to 50 this year so far so I only have 20 left to reach my target of 70 books read for 2020.

The Christmas killer was an excellent read so I recommend that for your Christmas read. The author corner at the Hythe food fair was great, lots of stalls selling all sorts of goodies.

I had a fantastic afternoon with Jade, one of my older granddaughters who is 18. We went to the Marco Pierre White restaurant in Folkestone. Recommend this, the ambience, food and service were all excellent. We had a nice afternoon and finished off with a drink in The Radnor Arms. We were amazed that they make their gin, we tried one of each which were delicious. I love the set up behind the bar so you can see it all, it doesn’t last very long when he makes it. It has spurred me on to make my rhubarb gin as I have lots growing in the garden. I think I must have a later growing type as when others were picking their’s mine looked dead but it’s doing great now.

The beginning of the month the children went back to school with some of them not being there since March but I am pleased to say they all loved it. Even the twins and it was their first day of school, I love the way kids just get on with it. It was a bit different with the new rules but they just carry on happily. It was nice having a big brother there as well.

So that was September and now it’s October, how fast does this year appear to be going and considering we were in lockdown for weeks what did we do with the time?  I know I could have done a lot more but I have not had hardly any incentive this year but I am going to try to do better for the last 3 months. We have NaNoWriMo during November so I am going to try and get my book finished as it was on my list of things to get out the way this year. Are you doing National Novel Writing Month?

Stay safe




I do love a good word, especially if it is one I have not heard of before, I saw this one on FaceBook this morning and felt like sharing it as I think it’s a great word. I feel that authors do a lot of that ‘Meraki’ as we do put absolutely everything into the books we write. I guess the same could be said of any creative person, it’s like a little bit of yourself is left in each thing.  I always say I am going to remember all these words but then never think of them when I am writing something. Have you got any favourite words you like to use?

I was amazed at how many people are going on Pinterest now, I have always loved it and was so pleased when I saw the number of people looking at my pictures!

Authors book boards

I love it when an author makes a board about their book, it gives you a real insight into what they are thinking and seeing in their own head. I have used many photos of my life when I have written about parts of it. When I see a picture of something from my childhood it takes you right back there, I’m sure I can remember more about the past than what I did yesterday or even what I’m doing tomorrow!


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