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Book review - Beyond the Moon - Catherine Taylor

I had been in a bit of a reading slump until catherine sent me her book Beyond the Moon, as soon as I got started, I knew I was going to Love it and read the book in three days flat, something I haven't done for a while. 


Beyond the Moon - Catherine Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


What if love could last more than just one lifetime.....?


Beyond the moon is set in both 1916 and 2017. Coldbrook hall an old Victorian hospital used as a convalescent home for soldiers injured in the great war, is in 2017, a psychiatric unit, a place that Louisa Casson finds herself after the death of her grandmother, and subsequent drunken fall off the cliffs, believed by doctors to have been an attempt on her own life. The treatment in the unit is shocking, and Louisa starts to believe she will never be believed or let out. One day after sneaking into a deserted derelict wing of the hospital, Louisa answers a call for help and somehow finds herself in the room of lieutenant Robert Lovett, a soldier who's at Coldbrook hall, to recover from his injuries sustained in the battle of the Somme, but how could she that was a hundred years ago?  

The story follows both Robert and Louisa in there lives a hundred years apart, Robert in the war and Louisa in a different battle of her own. 

Will Robert and Louisa every be together or are they destined to forever meet in a time and place that can't be real, or can it? 

If you like a love story with a difference, definitely read Beyond the Moon. I've not read anything like it before. 100% recommend.




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Book review - Beyond the Moon - Catherine Taylor

Book review - Beyond the Moon - Catherine Taylor

I had been in a bit of a reading slump until catherine sent me her book Beyond the Moon, as soon as I got started, I knew I was going to Love it and read the book in three days flat, something I haven't done for a while. 


Beyond the Moon - Catherine Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


What if love could last more than just one lifetime.....?


Beyond the moon is set in both 1916 and 2017. Coldbrook hall an old Victorian hospital used as a convalescent home for soldiers injured in the great war, is in 2017, a psychiatric unit, a place that Louisa Casson finds herself after the death of her grandmother, and subsequent drunken fall off the cliffs, believed by doctors to have been an attempt on her own life. The treatment in the unit is shocking, and Louisa starts to believe she will never be believed or let out. One day after sneaking into a deserted derelict wing of the hospital, Louisa answers a call for help and somehow finds herself in the room of lieutenant Robert Lovett, a soldier who's at Coldbrook hall, to recover from his injuries sustained in the battle of the Somme, but how could she that was a hundred years ago?  

The story follows both Robert and Louisa in there lives a hundred years apart, Robert in the war and Louisa in a different battle of her own. 

Will Robert and Louisa every be together or are they destined to forever meet in a time and place that can't be real, or can it? 

If you like a love story with a difference, definitely read Beyond the Moon. I've not read anything like it before. 100% recommend.




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Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask
Gifted product

I'm a bit of a skincare addict, I would rather spend my money on skincare than new makeup, if the plaster is in good order, the paint will look good, and it's the same for skin. Saying that I do keep my routine pretty simple, I have tried and tested many products and know a simple routine works best for my skin.


When it comes to a bit of "ME" time, like most people I like to pop on a facemask and relax for quarter of an hour, but just lately I've had a lot going on, I've been feeling quite stressed and just haven't really been looking after myself. So it was perfect timing that this Kathleen mask came through my letter box and gave me the opportunity to take a few minutes for me, and give my skin a little boost.
Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask

Kathleen Natural has brought out a new range of face masks covering four skin concerns, Deep pore treatment mask, Dead sea clay mask, Collagen mask and Bright mask. Having oily/combination skin with enlarged pores that was looking quite dull, I choose the Deep pore treatment mask, as I really wanted to give my face a deep clean.

The Deep pore treatment mask, is an antibacterial deep cleansing mask, designed to give your face a deep down clean, minimize pores, and treat spots and blackheads, while reducing any redness. The active ingredients include kaolin clay, tea tree essential oil, Chamomile, Vitamin E, spinach, Rose water and Lavender. 

Kathleen natural make high performance skincare from natural and organic ingredients here in the UK, they combine science and nature to bring us effective yet kind skincare, with none of the nasty chemicals found in other products.
Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask

So what did I think of the mask? The mask comes in a generous 60ml jar, so this product will last ages as only a thin layer is needed per application. I used a makeup brush to apply to freshly washed skin, the mask itself has quite a strong antibacterial smell when you initially open the jar, but this does ware off once its on your face. Oh and it's also green so I did look a bit like the hulk, but it's also deeply satisfying as it dries it starts to crack and you get that tight feeling when you can't move your face. I love masks that do that, as it always feel like they are really doing something. Leave on for 10/15 minutes then remove with warm water, despite all the drying and cracking the mask removes easily with a wet flannel. After drying my face, I immediately noticed how smooth my skin felt, and how much brighter my complexion looked. No drying or tightness here, oh no just really smooth soft skin, that looked brighter even after the first use. I also found it kept the oiliness at bay throughout the day when used in the morning, meaning even my makeup looked better.

I have now used the mask a few times and continue to be impressed. Kathleen is a brand I would love to try more from.

Do you love a facemask? If so I recommend you check out this new range from Kathleen.

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The perfect deep cleansing face mask


Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask
Gifted product

I'm a bit of a skincare addict, I would rather spend my money on skincare than new makeup, if the plaster is in good order, the paint will look good, and it's the same for skin. Saying that I do keep my routine pretty simple, I have tried and tested many products and know a simple routine works best for my skin.


When it comes to a bit of "ME" time, like most people I like to pop on a facemask and relax for quarter of an hour, but just lately I've had a lot going on, I've been feeling quite stressed and just haven't really been looking after myself. So it was perfect timing that this Kathleen mask came through my letter box and gave me the opportunity to take a few minutes for me, and give my skin a little boost.
Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask

Kathleen Natural has brought out a new range of face masks covering four skin concerns, Deep pore treatment mask, Dead sea clay mask, Collagen mask and Bright mask. Having oily/combination skin with enlarged pores that was looking quite dull, I choose the Deep pore treatment mask, as I really wanted to give my face a deep clean.

The Deep pore treatment mask, is an antibacterial deep cleansing mask, designed to give your face a deep down clean, minimize pores, and treat spots and blackheads, while reducing any redness. The active ingredients include kaolin clay, tea tree essential oil, Chamomile, Vitamin E, spinach, Rose water and Lavender. 

Kathleen natural make high performance skincare from natural and organic ingredients here in the UK, they combine science and nature to bring us effective yet kind skincare, with none of the nasty chemicals found in other products.
Kathleen deep pore cleansing mask

So what did I think of the mask? The mask comes in a generous 60ml jar, so this product will last ages as only a thin layer is needed per application. I used a makeup brush to apply to freshly washed skin, the mask itself has quite a strong antibacterial smell when you initially open the jar, but this does ware off once its on your face. Oh and it's also green so I did look a bit like the hulk, but it's also deeply satisfying as it dries it starts to crack and you get that tight feeling when you can't move your face. I love masks that do that, as it always feel like they are really doing something. Leave on for 10/15 minutes then remove with warm water, despite all the drying and cracking the mask removes easily with a wet flannel. After drying my face, I immediately noticed how smooth my skin felt, and how much brighter my complexion looked. No drying or tightness here, oh no just really smooth soft skin, that looked brighter even after the first use. I also found it kept the oiliness at bay throughout the day when used in the morning, meaning even my makeup looked better.

I have now used the mask a few times and continue to be impressed. Kathleen is a brand I would love to try more from.

Do you love a facemask? If so I recommend you check out this new range from Kathleen.

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What I read in October

This is gonna be another fairly short what I read in post, because I really have been in a bit of a reading slump this last couple of months. I dunno what it is but I've been really struggling to lose myself in a book, I think I need to be inspired so if you have read something really great recently, please let me know in the comments, and share the love.


The Lido - Libby Page ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido,where she swims everyday, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has recently moved to Brixton and works on the local newspaper covering the sort of stories that have a tiny feature on page 15. She is racked with anxiety, doubts her ability and in fact doubts if anyone would notice if she was there at all, including her colleagues and the people she lives with in a house share.

That is until she's assigned the story of the possible Lido closure, and meets Rosemary who at 86 has lived her entire life in Brixton and swims at the Lido everyday. Kate decides to help fight for the Lido and for Rosemary, the rest of the community that use and love the Lido, and for the memories of those past. Kate and Rosemary become friends, and Kate starts to at last become part of the community and starts to believe she can really make a change. The two women help each other in different ways and are just what the other needs despite the age difference. 

This story is really heart warming and uplifting and often emotional, well worth a read. 

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman ⭐⭐⭐

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded- the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, infact. Just after tea.....

Armageddon only happens once you know, and you have to get it right. People have been predicting the end of the world forever but this time it seems the forces of good and evil really are planning on Judgement day, and use an Angel and Demon living on Earth to make the arrangements, except these two have known each other several thousand years and actually quite like each other and have grown a fondness for Earth and the humans they pretend to be. They try to follow the instructions from up above and down below but things go wrong, and it seems good and evil might not get the war they are after, after all.

I liked the concept of this book more than the execution, although at times it was enjoyable and even amusing, I often found it difficult to follow, as it jumped from different times and characters and often left me wondering what was going on. Maybe it's just me as many of the reviews I read rave about it!!



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What I read in October

What I read in October

This is gonna be another fairly short what I read in post, because I really have been in a bit of a reading slump this last couple of months. I dunno what it is but I've been really struggling to lose myself in a book, I think I need to be inspired so if you have read something really great recently, please let me know in the comments, and share the love.


The Lido - Libby Page ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido,where she swims everyday, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has recently moved to Brixton and works on the local newspaper covering the sort of stories that have a tiny feature on page 15. She is racked with anxiety, doubts her ability and in fact doubts if anyone would notice if she was there at all, including her colleagues and the people she lives with in a house share.

That is until she's assigned the story of the possible Lido closure, and meets Rosemary who at 86 has lived her entire life in Brixton and swims at the Lido everyday. Kate decides to help fight for the Lido and for Rosemary, the rest of the community that use and love the Lido, and for the memories of those past. Kate and Rosemary become friends, and Kate starts to at last become part of the community and starts to believe she can really make a change. The two women help each other in different ways and are just what the other needs despite the age difference. 

This story is really heart warming and uplifting and often emotional, well worth a read. 

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman ⭐⭐⭐

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded- the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, infact. Just after tea.....

Armageddon only happens once you know, and you have to get it right. People have been predicting the end of the world forever but this time it seems the forces of good and evil really are planning on Judgement day, and use an Angel and Demon living on Earth to make the arrangements, except these two have known each other several thousand years and actually quite like each other and have grown a fondness for Earth and the humans they pretend to be. They try to follow the instructions from up above and down below but things go wrong, and it seems good and evil might not get the war they are after, after all.

I liked the concept of this book more than the execution, although at times it was enjoyable and even amusing, I often found it difficult to follow, as it jumped from different times and characters and often left me wondering what was going on. Maybe it's just me as many of the reviews I read rave about it!!



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My tips for creating a gallery wall

The gallery wall has been a thing for a while now, and I for one can't see it going anywhere soon. For me the gallery wall adds not only interest to a bare wall but injects personality and style to your room, taking it from drab to fab in a matter of moments.

Gallery walls look great in any room in the house, living room, dining room like mine, or even up the stairs. So here's my tips for creating your very own in your home.
My tips for creating a gallery wall

Finding the right prints

Desenio, is always my first port of call when looking for new art for my home, they have thousands of designs, a tonne of different styles and genres, and even a handy design tool, so you can see how your chosen prints might work in your home. They offer most prints in a variety of sizes and the prices are reasonable. You can even buy frames from them to if you wish.

Making a cohesive display

To make your gallery wall work, a theme is a good idea, it doesn't have to be restrictive, it can be anything from a colour scheme, like my black and white prints, or the use of a colour that ties in with your decor like pink or blue. You could also choose a genre like Typography or graphical or maybe you like floral or fashion. As long as there is something that ties the prints together, in my opinion it works. Desenio make choosing a doddle as you can choose a genre to search or even a room for ideas what will work in say a kitchen or hallway.

Sizing 

Your room size and the wall space you have will dictate not only how many prints you have, but the sizes you choose. I for one like a variety of sizes as I think it adds interest, but you also need to think about not dominating a small space with to many large prints, or making a large space look bitty by having to many really small prints. A good tip is to cut out paper templates of the sizes you are thinking about ordering and stick them to the wall to get a feel for how the finished design will work.

Your style

Another thing to think about when choosing art for your gallery wall, and that's your style, and what will work with your decor. Do you want bold pieces to add interest to a white room, or do you prefer simple line drawings to add subtly to your space. If your room is dark, do you want art that brightens the space, or prints that add a moody feel. Maybe you like seasonal prints that you can switch up throughout the year. The world really is your oyster, but stick to your style rather than going for a theme that's in fashion but not really you. A gallery wall really should be a personal reflection of your style and taste and unique to your home.
My tips for creating a gallery wall
My tips for creating a gallery wall


* This post is sponsored by Desenio, prints previously purchased on Desenio


* Here's my personal discount code that will give you £5 off  your first order over £30
    https://desenio.mention-me.com/m/ode/bc6yx-kate-mitchell 

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My tips for creating a gallery wall

The gallery wall has been a thing for a while now, and I for one can't see it going anywhere soon. For me the gallery wall adds not only interest to a bare wall but injects personality and style to your room, taking it from drab to fab in a matter of moments.

Gallery walls look great in any room in the house, living room, dining room like mine, or even up the stairs. So here's my tips for creating your very own in your home.
My tips for creating a gallery wall

Finding the right prints

Desenio, is always my first port of call when looking for new art for my home, they have thousands of designs, a tonne of different styles and genres, and even a handy design tool, so you can see how your chosen prints might work in your home. They offer most prints in a variety of sizes and the prices are reasonable. You can even buy frames from them to if you wish.

Making a cohesive display

To make your gallery wall work, a theme is a good idea, it doesn't have to be restrictive, it can be anything from a colour scheme, like my black and white prints, or the use of a colour that ties in with your decor like pink or blue. You could also choose a genre like Typography or graphical or maybe you like floral or fashion. As long as there is something that ties the prints together, in my opinion it works. Desenio make choosing a doddle as you can choose a genre to search or even a room for ideas what will work in say a kitchen or hallway.

Sizing 

Your room size and the wall space you have will dictate not only how many prints you have, but the sizes you choose. I for one like a variety of sizes as I think it adds interest, but you also need to think about not dominating a small space with to many large prints, or making a large space look bitty by having to many really small prints. A good tip is to cut out paper templates of the sizes you are thinking about ordering and stick them to the wall to get a feel for how the finished design will work.

Your style

Another thing to think about when choosing art for your gallery wall, and that's your style, and what will work with your decor. Do you want bold pieces to add interest to a white room, or do you prefer simple line drawings to add subtly to your space. If your room is dark, do you want art that brightens the space, or prints that add a moody feel. Maybe you like seasonal prints that you can switch up throughout the year. The world really is your oyster, but stick to your style rather than going for a theme that's in fashion but not really you. A gallery wall really should be a personal reflection of your style and taste and unique to your home.
My tips for creating a gallery wall
My tips for creating a gallery wall


* This post is sponsored by Desenio, prints previously purchased on Desenio


* Here's my personal discount code that will give you £5 off  your first order over £30
    https://desenio.mention-me.com/m/ode/bc6yx-kate-mitchell 

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Yankee candle sweet maple chai

October has been the most miserable wet month ever, hasn't it? I must admit I can just about get on board with Autumn weather but not all this rain, it's doing my head in, hopefully November will be dryer.

My favourite thing to do on wet days is stay in! the days when the sun forgets to get up, I like to turn on my fairy lights, and light some candles. I have a few favourite candles at the moment, Sweet maple chai from Yankee candle, along with Cherry vanilla also from Yankee and my fav TKmaxx candle Salted Pumpkin.

The next thing I've been loving this month is an odd one, but it's my new windows, not only do they look so much nicer, but the house is warmer and the road noise a lot quieter. 

One thing I do love this time of year, is the reruns of the Harry Potter films on a Sunday, they are the perfect cold Sunday afternoon movies to loose yourself in. We have also watched The Rocky horror picture show, which is the campest fun, Autumn/Halloween film, I also love to watch Hocus Pocus and plan on watching Beetlejuice.

Clothing wise I recently invested in some Jeggings from Next, they actually featured in my Autumn fashion wishlist, and I'm so glad I ordered them they are really comfy, yet look like skinny jeans and don't go baggy on the knees like some jeggings can. I highly recommend. I've linked them in case you are tempted (affiliate)


I never thought I would be someone to say, I enjoy exercise, but I have been loving working out at the gym this month. I have really been able to notice some progress in my ability these last few weeks and have been able to add more exercises to my plan. I also love punching the punch bag, great for letting out some aggression as well as a fun cardio workout.

I hope you had a great October, let me know what you have been loving this month.



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What I loved in October

Yankee candle sweet maple chai

October has been the most miserable wet month ever, hasn't it? I must admit I can just about get on board with Autumn weather but not all this rain, it's doing my head in, hopefully November will be dryer.

My favourite thing to do on wet days is stay in! the days when the sun forgets to get up, I like to turn on my fairy lights, and light some candles. I have a few favourite candles at the moment, Sweet maple chai from Yankee candle, along with Cherry vanilla also from Yankee and my fav TKmaxx candle Salted Pumpkin.

The next thing I've been loving this month is an odd one, but it's my new windows, not only do they look so much nicer, but the house is warmer and the road noise a lot quieter. 

One thing I do love this time of year, is the reruns of the Harry Potter films on a Sunday, they are the perfect cold Sunday afternoon movies to loose yourself in. We have also watched The Rocky horror picture show, which is the campest fun, Autumn/Halloween film, I also love to watch Hocus Pocus and plan on watching Beetlejuice.

Clothing wise I recently invested in some Jeggings from Next, they actually featured in my Autumn fashion wishlist, and I'm so glad I ordered them they are really comfy, yet look like skinny jeans and don't go baggy on the knees like some jeggings can. I highly recommend. I've linked them in case you are tempted (affiliate)


I never thought I would be someone to say, I enjoy exercise, but I have been loving working out at the gym this month. I have really been able to notice some progress in my ability these last few weeks and have been able to add more exercises to my plan. I also love punching the punch bag, great for letting out some aggression as well as a fun cardio workout.

I hope you had a great October, let me know what you have been loving this month.



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My plans and goals for the rest of 2019

2019 has had its ups n downs for me and my family, like many of you I'm sure, but I intend to try and make the rest of this year the best it can be, and I have a few goals I would like to complete.

House

This year has seen quite a few changes in our home, with some decorating, new furniture and windows, but I still have more, I would like to get done before the year is out.
  • Downstairs loo renovation, we have this all planned just waiting on my dad to help us with the work.
  • Decorating my eldest sons room, including buying a new bed, we know what we want to do, just got to pull my finger out and get started.

Fitness

You may of read my post about starting my fitness journey, if so you will know, me and my husband have started training three times a week at the gym. I'm trying to not only feel fitter and healthier but I want to get leaner and stronger. I'm improving every time, and have gone up weights on the machines and worked hard to perfect my technique. But there are things I'm not strong enough to do yet, such as bench press or deadlift and I hope to be able to by the end of the year.

Family

I really want to fit in more quality family time, over the next couple of months, it's difficult with everyone's schedule and commitments but I'm determined, whether its a bowling evening, or Sunday lunch, just more time to be together, talk, and have fun.

Christmas

I always make a big effort at Christmas, as both the boys are home and it's an opportunity for quality family time. This year I want to make it extra special, as like I said we have had some tough times recently.

I hope the rest of 2019 is good to you.
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My plans and goals for the rest of 2019

My plans and goals for the rest of 2019

2019 has had its ups n downs for me and my family, like many of you I'm sure, but I intend to try and make the rest of this year the best it can be, and I have a few goals I would like to complete.

House

This year has seen quite a few changes in our home, with some decorating, new furniture and windows, but I still have more, I would like to get done before the year is out.
  • Downstairs loo renovation, we have this all planned just waiting on my dad to help us with the work.
  • Decorating my eldest sons room, including buying a new bed, we know what we want to do, just got to pull my finger out and get started.

Fitness

You may of read my post about starting my fitness journey, if so you will know, me and my husband have started training three times a week at the gym. I'm trying to not only feel fitter and healthier but I want to get leaner and stronger. I'm improving every time, and have gone up weights on the machines and worked hard to perfect my technique. But there are things I'm not strong enough to do yet, such as bench press or deadlift and I hope to be able to by the end of the year.

Family

I really want to fit in more quality family time, over the next couple of months, it's difficult with everyone's schedule and commitments but I'm determined, whether its a bowling evening, or Sunday lunch, just more time to be together, talk, and have fun.

Christmas

I always make a big effort at Christmas, as both the boys are home and it's an opportunity for quality family time. This year I want to make it extra special, as like I said we have had some tough times recently.

I hope the rest of 2019 is good to you.
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favourite books

Kate's books

Before the Broken Star
The Beekeeper's Promise
Days of Blood & Starlight
The Foyles Bookshop Girls
The Light Keeper
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Beautiful Broken Things
Nobody's Girl
The Flatshare
The Mitford Murders
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It Felt Like a Kiss
The Muse
The Humans
Call Me By Your Name
Believe Me


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