Monday, 30 March 2015

Oilatum Skincare | Giveaway

I've written about Oilatum previously and talked about how we got on with it within our family. We aren't that sensitive when it comes to skincare but Jack does have Keritosis Pilaris that flares up occasionally and Oilatum products are some of the only products that reduce the effect.

I think that Oilatum are a great brand to introduce into your family at an early age - everyone I know of has had really good things to say about the products. With that being said,  I think it would be great for someone to have the chance to win a selection of the products and a few extra products perfect for mum and baby.

We've been having great fun with the products within our gift box and some items have been put away for any future children we may have. The products we have tried have been great and the candle smells divine!

So what can you win? A selection of Oilatum products, some lovely toys for baby and a candle. To win, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form. This is a UK only giveaway - this will run until 23.59pm on the 7th of April and will be posted out after Easter. All entries will be moderated and verified.


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BOOK CORNER | Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell

I've reviewed books by Ellie Campbell in the past so when I was approached to read their latest book 'Million Dollar Question', I had to say yes.

Ellie Campbell is the pseudonym of sisters Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell. They collaborate across the Atlantic - Pam lives in London and Lorraine in Colorado. The previous books that I have read by the pair 'Looking For Lala' and its sequel 'To Catch A Creeper' both had a mystery element to them so I did go in with a slight expectation, only to find it was nothing like the others. Not that that's a bad thing!

Million Dollar Question tells the story of two women: high-flying Olivia Wheeler, back in the UK, fresh from a massive financial scandal in the US and Rosie Dixon, a down on her luck single mum to two boys. The story follows the two of them as they both go down their destined paths and find their paths intertwined on more than one occasion. Just what does destiny have in store for them?
With Olivia's luck running dry and Rosie scarcely believing her luck as the novel picks up pace, this is a great tale of finding out who and what truly matters. Why are they affecting each others destiny so much when they've never even met? What will happen when they finally do? That is the million dollar question.

Whilst this novel wasn't entirely what I was expecting having read previous Ellie Campbell books, I was pleasantly surprised with how engrossed I became in the novel and how involved I felt with the characters. At first I thought Olivia was horrible but as the story progressed, I grew to love her as I feel I was meant to do. I found Rosie quite a good character but found her a little whiny at times - it was great when she actually stood on her own two feet however. I did see what would happen with the ex - it was pretty predictable from the outset and I had an inkling that there was a deeper connection between the two main characters - but it took a long while for the penny to drop and the ending was written beautifully.

I would definitely recommend this to anybody looking for a heart warming tale. I would also suggest reading the other books by Ellie Campbell - I've still got a few on my TBR pile!

Check out the authors blog Chick Lit Sisters and don't forget to check out their Amazon and Goodreads. This novel was published globally on the 25th of April, why not pick up a copy for yourself?

I was kindly gifted the Kindle edition of this book to write this review.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Next Few Reads #1

I thought it would be nice to start a new bookish style series now that I've got back into reading again.    I have already posted about my most recent reads but I thought posting the next few books on my TBR list would be good too, so here goes:

MURDER BY THE BOOK - JENNIFER ROWE
I picked this up from my local Books For Free store. It's a cosy mystery and I love them so this should be a good read.

AGATHA RAISIN AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE/ AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WIZARD OF EVESHAM/ AGATHA RAISIN:HISS AND HERS - MC BEATON
I've really been getting into the Agatha Raisin books recently. They're cosy and quick to read.

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HOW TO FALL IN LOVE - CECELIA AHERN
I used to love Cecelia Ahern but seemed to stop reading her books a few years ago. This was recommended to me by a few people so I thought I would pick it up from the library.

THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES - ANNA MCPARTLIN
This was recommended to me as a great read but a total tearjerker.

BITTER FAME:A LIFE OF SYLVIA PLATH
Sylvia Plath fascinates me so this really interested me.

THE HISTORIAN - ELIZABETH KOSTOVA
Again, another recommended read. Not to sure if it will really be my cup of tea but we will see.

FRIENDS LIKE THESE - DANNY WALLACE
I've read and enjoyed Danny's other books so I'm sure I will like this one too.

LETTING IN LIGHT - EMMA DAVIES
I'm currently reviewing this for a book club I am in, it's good so far.

THERE'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU - LYNDA BELLINGHAM
When I saw this in my local Books For free store, I couldn't resist as its so new. I bet I need the tissues as there will be tears!

What's on your TBR PILE?


Monday, 23 March 2015

A Trip To The Park

Sometimes it truly is the little things that can make a whole weekend. Yesterday my Mum and I took Jack to the local park just so he could have some fun and Steve could get some things done at home without being harassed by a toddler. It was super busy and there were plenty of older children running around erratically and being quite boisterous so we didn't stay too long or take too many pictures but it was nice to just get out and spend some time down there in the fairly nice weather.



Jack wasn't too happy when we had to leave - toddler meltdown ensued - but that soon stopped when he saw my brother and his dog, Brody. Jack is a big dog lover so to see his uncle and a dog meant the tears and shrieking quickly stopped.

There isn't much to do around our village and buses are few and far between depending on your destination but we have a few favourite places and this just happens to be one of them - we can't wait to spend more time down there in the summer!

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