Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain – Book Review

Poppy’s Recipe for Life – published by Simon & Suchuster Uk (30 May2019)

Poppy’s recipe for life invites readers back to Heidi Swain’s Nightingale Square.

Poppy’s dream is to live in Nightingale Square and share in the community garden where they grow and eat the fresh produce. Working for the local grocer, Poppy has already encouraged him to ditch the plastic. And with her home made recipe cards is helping the community to cook fresh.

Poppy’s dream is realised when owner Kate needs a reliable tenant for her cottage in the square. Despite meeting the Mr Grumpy neighbour Poppy feels she has found her happy home.

But will it last… thrown by the arrival of her insecure teenage brother who’s been abandoned by their neglectful selfish mother. This could prove to be the end of Poppy’s simple life.

Can sisterly love and a helping hand offered from Mr Grumpy help turn around a troubled teenager and give Poppy the life she craves.

This is another heartwarming story by Heidi Swain. Very topical with ditching plastic and the desire to eat what you grow. We catch up with characters from Sunshine & Sweetpeas as they come together again in the Square. Heartbreak and the effects of a neglectful parent bond the characters together and turn lives around. Wounds are healing and confidence growing but will they all find their happy ending?

A great summer read.  ☆☆☆☆☆


Red loafers for Spring and Summer

I love red loafers for Spring & Summer wear, the last ones I had I gave to my friend as the heel was a bit high for me. So I’ve been having a look around.

Now since I decided comfort was the key to my shoe purchases, I personally want a cushioned sole. 

Loafers are a practical staple as they look great with jeans and dresses and especially cool with beige trousers.

Here’s a selection of what’s out there, now my teen would say go Gucci all the way but he doesn’t have bills to pay and I’m not so sure about them for me. 

Firstly we have Boden, always ready with a Spring trend and usually great quality for the cost £90.


Marks and Spencer are usually good for comfort, price and these have the traditional metal trim. At £25 they’re a bargain.

The classic Gucci leather Jordaan loafer, £540 expensive but timeless.

A slightly pointed shape gives these from Very a look I prefer, I think this style is more me. At £32 and not leather and they’re not forever, but they will be good for this year.


I think all the Loafers look similar, they vary by fabric and quality which determines price. These inexpensive ones from JD Williams at £32 have a chunky sole to give them a bit of noticeable difference, I like these too.

I’m not going to try the Gucci I’ll leave that to the teenager, but I think Very and JD Williams have the ones for me. They are inexpensive but if they’re comfortable that’s enough. I’ll come back with my verdict.









New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles – Book Review

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle –  Published by Bookouture (12 Mar. 2019) Amazon 

When Callie Fulbright anxiously awaits the new owner of the bookshop where she works she has no idea what opportunities lie ahead.  She’s excited to discover her long dismissed dream of a cafe in the bookshop is to be realised when new owner gives her the go-ahead to revamp the dusty back room into the Cosy Kettle Cafe.

Just when things are looking up, the return of the man who broke her heart sets her emotions spinning. At the same time someone’s trying to ruin the cafe’s reputation. Is there a connection?

We follow Callie as she rediscovers Noah and finds out what really happened before he left.

This is a lovely story about caring Callie and how she welcomes people into the cafe and her life, helping them along the way. Will she welcome Noah back into her life too?

I really enjoyed this book, my first Liz Eeles and I know it won’t be my last. New starts and cherry tarts is a funny romantic story about friends and family, perfect for a spring read. The characters are likeable and Callie has her hands full with her thrill seeking grandfather who brings fun to the book. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face and a tug on the heartstrings.

Highly recommended ✫✫✫✫✫

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Dermaplaning facial and Trinny Make up

When I decided I needed a facial my lovely beautician friend suggested Dermaplaning. She’s so good at what she does I trust her suggestions, so although I’m a wimp I said yes.

What is dermaplaning?

It’s a skin care treatment that removes the dead skin cells and the peach like fuzz on your face. It’s done using a small sterile scalpel while holding the skin taut, and is absolutely painless. In fact I found the gentle scraping movements very relaxing.

Removing the fine fuzzy hair can be beneficial as the fine hairs trap debris and oils and give skin a dull look.  After the treatment I saw an instant improvement in skin texture and tone. This treatment is used on all skin types and ages.

My Beautician told me skin care products and treatments perform much more efficiently after this treatment. They can penetrate the skin more easily, makeup goes on smoother too.

Dermaplaning costs average around £45 and will finish with a cooling hyaluronic face mask included.

This leads me on to my next purchase, Trinny London Make-up

I’ve been looking at the Trinny range for a while, I’d matched up my colour on the Match2Me scale but I wasn’t really sure what products I would use.

I don’t love wearing make up so I wanted to keep it simple, I decided to try the BFF cream, it cost £35 and this is what the website says…


The cream is white and goes on clear and flipping heck it’s fab, it must be the light reflection or something. You can wear it on it’s own so you don’t need to buy all of the make-up range. It’s definitely given me a boost of confidence as its so easy to use.

I chose the lightest colour. My hair is grey now although I’ve always been the palest colour on any make up charts. Even in the 80’s when everyone wore Elizabeth Arden Toasty Beige!

I also bought Miracle Blur which has great reviews but I didn’t find it easy to use. It works on the fine lines, wrinkles and pores,  filling them in and blurring them out. You can wear this over the BFF cream, I think I didn’t use it properly, I need to give it another try.

Overall I’d recommend dermaplaning and Trinny make up, both feel really lovely. I’ll be having dermaplaning again and hopefully I will be better at applying the miracle blur by then.



Bring me Sunshine by Laura Kemp – Book Review

Bring me Sunshine, a book by Laura Kemp

Bring me sunshine by Laura Kemp

Charlotte Bold, Charlie to her friends, is the traffic reporter at a London radio station. She works in the background and that suits her fine. It wasn’t always like that for Charlie but that’s another story that she’s totally avoiding. When the radio station transfers her to Sunshine FM in Wales she treats it as a temporary step until she can get back to London.

Arriving at the radio station in Mumbles ready to take on the traffic and travel Charlie discovers she’s hired to host the evening show, and she’s not sure she can do it. Thrust into the limelight she must find her voice, but how.

She soon realises she’s not the only one who’s finding things hard, her colleagues, the listeners, there’s a lot of lonely people out there. Can Charlie overcome her fears, leave her old life behind and bring sunshine to the Mumbles.


Another heartwarming story from Laura Kemp. This is a story of friendships and finding out who your friends are, the good from the bad.  Laura has the skill of writing characters whose lives you want to be part of, be friends with. They are  flawed and emotional but loving and caring,  and have issues like the rest of us.

Everyone has a story behind the scenes. I especially love Delme, he steps up to save Charlie’s first broadcast but his crazy gung-ho way of life masks emotional trauma underneath.

Charlie uses her caring friendly ways to bring people together and she really does bring sunshine to the people of Mumbles.

This is definitely another good read from Laura Kemp, highly recommended.

Bring me Sunshine – Orion – 12 March 2019