Book releases I’m looking forward to

It feels like there are quite a few books coming out that I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on. So I thought I’d share some of them with you today πŸ™‚

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Illustrated Edition)


Coming out on 7th November, I can’t wait to get my hands on this. πŸ™‚ I’ll probably ask for it for my birthday or Christmas πŸ™‚

2. Some Kind of WonderfulΒ 

Fantastic Fiction

This is the next fiction bookΒ by Giovanna Fletcher. I’m really excited for it as I love Gi’s books! It comes out the day before my birthday (16th November) so I know what I’ll be getting! πŸ˜€


3. I Heart ForeverΒ 

Lindsey Kelk

I was sooooooo excited when Lindsey Kelk announced this book as I love the I Heart Series and the characters in it πŸ™‚ This book comes out really soon (7th September) now!


4. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights


I absolutely adored The Cake Shop in the Garden, so when I heard there was a Christmas based sequel coming out I was really excited πŸ™‚ I love a good Christmas book. This comes out on 19th October on Kindle and in Hardback with is a little sad. I’d rather get the paperback so it fits on my shelf with my other Carole Matthews books. No doubt I’ll end up buying it if it’s not too expensive though! πŸ™‚


5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition)


I know a lot of people argue that once you have one copy of Harry Potter you don’t need another as they’re all the same. But the illustrated editions are beautiful and I think they’re keepsakes for the future! πŸ™‚ The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition comes out on 3rd October πŸ™‚

Are there any books coming out soon that you’re looking forward to getting your hands on? πŸ™‚

What’s in my Bag – Handbag Edition

I’m finally getting round to doing this post! It’s been on my list of posts to write for ageeeesss and now I’ve finally done it πŸ™‚ So today I’m going to show you what’s in my handbag. I was going to do it as a vlog, but I chickened out!

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So starting with the bag. Yes, you guessed it. It’s from Cath Kidston! It is the Inky Spot Zipped Handbag. I got it quite recently as my old bag broke. 😦 It is a little bigger than my old bag, but I really like it πŸ™‚

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So what’s in my bag? Play spot the Cath Kidston things πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

Purse – This purse is from Cath Kidston. You have no idea how upset I was a few weeks ago when my milk split in my bag on the way home from the shops! Thankfully it cleaned off ok though! πŸ™‚

Carex Hand Wipes and hand gel – Because wipes and hand gel are always useful!

Pens, because you always need a pen and never have one! So I keep a couple in my handbag.


Shopping Bags – I keep a couple of little shopping bags in my handbag now since we now have to pay for carrier bags. Keeping a bag in my handbag means I’ll always have it with me! πŸ™‚

Sudocrem – I know it’s for babies, but it’s great to carry this around. I’m pretty clumsy so it’s useful to have.

Portable Charger – I don’t use this so often anymore, but it is always useful to carry in my bag just in case I need to re-charge my phone!

Umbrella – Because this is the UK! Although I never really have much luck with umbrellas! It’s always too windy to use them!

Hairbrush – I don’t know why this is in my bag because I never use it! I think it’s just found its way in there and I’ve never bothered taking it out XD

iPod and Headphones – I keep these in the little green zip pouch πŸ™‚

Medications – In the Winnie the Pooh pouch I keep medications and paracetamol and lip balm πŸ™‚ Stuff that’s useful to have but always gets lost right at the bottom of your bag.

Do you keep the same things in your bag? πŸ™‚


Camping Essentials

The majority of the holidays I’ve been on, until I was 16 have been camping holidays. Pretty much every year we’d go camping on one big summer holiday, usually to France or Germany, as well as camping most weekends through May to July. I’d never really experienced a holiday staying in a hotel until I went to New York!

I was away camping last weekend so today I’d thought I’d share with you some of my camping essentials! Firstly I’ll point out however that our camping has mostly always been in a folding camper/trailer tent so it’s a little more comfortable than “proper” camping!

1.Microfibre Towel

Mountain Warehouse

A Microfibre towel dries so much quicker than a normal towel and you can get them in different sizes. Plus they fold down really small πŸ™‚ OK they aren’t nice to snuggle in to once you’ve come out the shower, but they dry quickly and take up next to no space.

2. Blanket

Nights can get cold when you’re camping, so a blanket and extra layers for night can be a help if you want a good sleep!

3. Hand Gel

photo-23-07-2017-17-39-50.jpgCause you know, campsite toilets can be a bit… yeah! Also because camping can just feel a bit dirty! I’m using the Carex Moisture plus hand gel at the moment, I find it dries my hands out less.

4. Dry Shampoo!

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 40 35I forgot to take some with me last weekend though and I really really regretted it. My hair needed washing but the showers were cold. I just couldn’t bring myself to wash my hair in cold water! I use the original Batiste dry shampoo πŸ™‚ They also come in a travel mini size which may be more convenient for you! I want to try some of the Zerreau no wash shampoo (if anyone has tried it please do share your experience!) πŸ™‚

5. Flip Flops

I’m actually a Crocs kind of girl. Yes judge me all you want! But I adore my Crocs. They’re so comfy! Anyway, Crocs/flip flops = essential in campsite showers and are just easy to slide on and off!

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I mainly use these for cleaning my hands after putting sun cream on when I’m out and about. But wipes are very useful!

7. Sun Cream

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 41 32I’m ginger and have pale skin so I burn incredibly easily. Hence the factor 50+ kids stuff. I use the Boots Kids Play 8h protection sun cream, which really works. I’ve been using it for years and have never been burnt while using it. I also take a “normal” sun cream because although the 8h protection is great it is very thick and a bit of a pain to rub in. So I use the Nivea stuff as a top up cream or just something if I’m only out for a couple of hours. I honestly really do recommend the Boots Kids Play though!

8. Blister Plasters

photo-23-07-2017-17-41-10.jpgA selection of blister plasters won’t go amiss. I took the toe ones too and I’m glad I did as I had a huge blister on my toe last weekend!

9. Lip Balm

photo-23-07-2017-17-40-09.jpgI actually took the Carmex Cherry with SPF 15 in, but lip balm is definitely an essential. Especially if your lips get burnt!

10. Moisturiser

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 42 02Camping can dry your skin out. Especially if you’re like me and suffer from eczema. The grass at the campsite we were at dried my skin out a lot, and combined with being outside just made me appreciate moisturiser. Yes I know again this is a kids product, but it is great for people with eczema as it doesn’t irritate. Plus it smells wonderful!

Are any of these products in your holiday/travel bag? Did you forget anything last time you went away and regret it? Β πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ˜€



The Recruit (CHERUB 1)

I’m back with ANOTHER book review. Can you believe it?! 3 book reviews in a row! I told you I was doing lots of reading at the moment! πŸ˜€

This is another re-read of one of my favourite books. I first came across “The Recruit” when I was in year 9, when we read some of it in an English lesson. I don’t remember what we were studying about it, but I loved it! I then remember going to the library with my dad that week to go and borrow it. I read it so quickly and then started reading the rest of the series. I absolutely love it! πŸ˜€

I’m giving you the blurb for this book because I don’t want to ruin it too much!

The first title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James hits rock bottom before he’s offered a new start in an intriguing organisation …

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

This is a young adult book, but it is great! It’s such a little action and adventure book. I don’t think I’d usually pick up a book like this, but this series is an exception. The characters are so great and relatable (mostly) as well as having a really good plot line. The only thing I noticed this time round is that the mission at the end isn’t actually that long. But as we go through the series we do get some much longer missions, so I think this book is more of an introduction of what is to come.

I really love this book, and it is full of action and adventure! I really recommend it to anyone! πŸ™‚ Don’t let the fact that it is for young adults put you off! πŸ˜€

P.S. If you’ve read any of my other reviews of the CHERUB books or Henderson’s Boys stories this is the first one that was written that is linked to all of them! πŸ™‚

I Heart New York

I feel like I’m on a bit of a book spree at the moment πŸ™‚ I adore Lindsey Kelk’s books, and this was the first one of her’s that I read. In fact it was the first book I read when I finished my A-levels and was trying to get back in to reading!

With Lindsey Kelk’s new book (I Heart Forever) coming out in September and Lindsey Kelk having announced a little book club I couldn’t resist having a re-read.


Angela has been with Mark a long time. Until at her best friend Louisa’s wedding she walks in on Mark doing it with another girl, only to find out that he’s been having an affair for ages. And the worst thing is everyone already knew.Β Angela then runs off to New York, where she meets Jenny Lopez and begins to re-build her life.

I absolutely adore this book and it was great reading it again. I definitely loved it just as much this time as the first time I read it! πŸ™‚ There is something about Angela and Jenny that just grabs you. I think they’re both so incredibly different, yet they are both just thrown together and they just work!

I wouldn’t say the plot is that special in this book, but as a series it’s great. It’s very Sex and the City if that’s your thing. It is just a great summer holiday chick lit, romance read and you’ll probably fall in love with the characters just as I have. πŸ™‚


Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow

I love Carole Matthews’ books and when I saw this book come out I couldn’t resist. This is a collection of short stories written by Carole Matthews (which have never been released before) including the story “Sunshine, With a Chance of Snow” (which was previously released as an ebook).Β I initially wasn’t going to get this book so soon, but then I found out it was a limited edition print so the urgency to grab it was greater! πŸ˜€

I really enjoyed this little book and enjoyed reading all the little comments Carole Matthews had written about where the story came from. The title story “Sunshine, with a Chance of Snow” was such a lovely story too which I really enjoyed. In fact, I wish it was a full length book!

I’m sorry it’s only a short post today, I’m not too sure what else to say about this book except it is great and a lovely quick read. πŸ™‚

See you again soon πŸ™‚