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Books I Read In January

After the end of 2021 being a reading washout (turns out planning a wedding, writing a dissertation and launching a shop doesn’t leave much brainpower left for reading), I’m pleased to report I’m firmly back on the bookish bandwagon. I eased myself back into things with a few lighthearted romance reads, and by the end of the month I was bingeing fantasy, thank the gods, the world is righted again. The Falling In Love Montage – Ciara Smyth A contemporary,…

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Why I Did My Own Wedding Makeup (And How I Did It!)

Photo by Stephanie Dreams Photography. Nothing like a WEDDING to inspire the first beauty post on this blog in aeons. If you follow me on the gram you’ll know I got married at the end of last year (I know, finally, eleven years later), and perhaps the wedding decision I made that raised the most eyebrows (even more than not telling…

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What Blogging Looks Like for me in 2022

Blogging feels a little old school now doesn’t it! It doesn’t seem to matter how much time passes though, I always come back to this space. I’m reluctant to give it up entirely, despite my lacklustre commitment to it over the past few years, and even though it sometimes feels like a ‘hey, is this…

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Yorkshire Pudding Wraps at Home

Yorkshire Pudding Wraps appeared on the Christmas market scene a few years ago, and what’s not to love? All your festive roast dinner favourites wrapped up into a portable hot pocket. Except, in my experience, the reality is never quite as good as the idea. Usually it’s slightly dry meat, plain boiled veg and a…

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Review: Underbelly by Anna Whitehouse

I’ve been back on a contemporary fiction kick recently, so when Underbelly, a modern look at female friendships through the lens of social media, fell through my letterbox last month, I was all ears. Underbelly follows two women whose children attend the same primary school, and examines the darker side of social media, the less…

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Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

The press email for this release dropped into my inbox with the title Hot Fae Summer, and I knew instantly I was going to be hooked on this book. I love me a read based in faerie and fae folklore, the magic system of the fae makes my blood sing. So a sister stolen by the Unseelie…

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No More Excuses For Football

I’ve woken up this morning filled with an overwhelming, burning shame to be British. Last night’s football game is the perfect example of the deep seated issues England currently faces. I am nothing short of mortified by the behaviour I’ve seen demonstrated by ‘football fans’ in the last 24 hours, but sadly, not surprised. Over…

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Chronic Illness & The Coronavirus Pandemic

When lockdown landed in the UK, I’d been quarantined for three weeks. A surgery at the end of February, a battered immune system and a nervous consultant meant we made the decision to batten down the hatches early. But in reality, I’d been social distancing for the best part of four years already. Most of…

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