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We, I have been dreaming of renovations to our house for years, but actively planning for months, we are hoping to do some pretty major jobs in the house this year/next year depending on finances. But one job that will be going ahead in the next few months is our family bathroom. The room is soooo dated, we still have the original suite that was fitted when the house was built in the 90's, and let me tell you it's long over do a renovation job. Being a fairly new build house the rooms are not particularly spacious and the bathroom has shall we say petite proportions, nevertheless I have big plans for the space.


Family bathroom mood board

I'm planning a nature inspired scheme, with the green floral blind, and muted green towels, along with a neutral backdrop of dulux Egyption cotton on the walls. The suite and the tiles will be a crisp white, along with a white mirrored door unit, for storage and to help give the illusion of space. I plan on adding black and wood accessories to stop the space becoming to wishy washy.

I cannot wait to get started on this project and will keep you up to date once we get going.


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Family bathroom mood board


We, I have been dreaming of renovations to our house for years, but actively planning for months, we are hoping to do some pretty major jobs in the house this year/next year depending on finances. But one job that will be going ahead in the next few months is our family bathroom. The room is soooo dated, we still have the original suite that was fitted when the house was built in the 90's, and let me tell you it's long over do a renovation job. Being a fairly new build house the rooms are not particularly spacious and the bathroom has shall we say petite proportions, nevertheless I have big plans for the space.


Family bathroom mood board

I'm planning a nature inspired scheme, with the green floral blind, and muted green towels, along with a neutral backdrop of dulux Egyption cotton on the walls. The suite and the tiles will be a crisp white, along with a white mirrored door unit, for storage and to help give the illusion of space. I plan on adding black and wood accessories to stop the space becoming to wishy washy.

I cannot wait to get started on this project and will keep you up to date once we get going.


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Are you planning any home projects this year?

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February has been a great reading month for me, as I have read some amazing books, as well as discovering a new author, whom I am mildly obsessed with. 

What I read in February

So far my reading challenge of 50 books this year, is on target as I added 5 books this month taking my total so far to 12 books this year, which I am happy with.


What I read in February


All the Rage - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the 4th book in Hunter's DI Fawley series, but my introduction to the characters. The story works well as a stand alone read, without the need to of read the earlier read books. The story follows Di Fawley and his team and their investigation, after a teenage girl is found wandering dazed and confused on the outskirts of Oxford, it appears she's been subject of a vicious attack! yet she refuses to press charges, why? what's she hiding? and why does DI Fawley feel like he's seen this crime before?
OMG I loved this book, it had twists and turns right from the start, with things turning out to not be all they seem. If you love detective thrillers you will love this book. In fact I loved it so much, I have gone back to the start of the series, as I was so thirsty for more.

The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Some of my favourite ever books are historical novels set during WW2, The Orphan's Tale has been added to that list. Although it's a difficult subject, the stories of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi's are important stories to be heard. The book follows two extraordinary women, both for different reasons find themselves hidden amongst the men and women of a German travelling circus. Right under the nose of the Nazi's but if found face certain death.
This book is very powerful and beautifully written. Everytime I read a novel set during the war I learn new aspects of the stories of ordinary people trying to stay alive against the odds.

When the Music's over - Peter Robinson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another police detective story, this time Superintendent Alan Banks, alongside DI Annie Cabbot and the rest of the squad investigate a brutal murder of a 15 year old girl, found beaten to death on a country lane, as well as an historical claim of child sex abuse by a well  known TV personality. Both investigations run alongside each other, dipping between the two crimes and the investigations. I really enjoyed this book and will know doubt visit more of the Alan Banks stories.

Close to Home - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I had become obsessed with an author, well that author is Cara Hunter, after reading All the Rage, I decided to start with the first book in the DI Fawley series, and it is another belter, I read this book in a day, as I just had to know what was going to happen next. 

How can a child go missing without a trace?
Daisy Mason has disappeared from a family party, right under the nose of her family and neighbours, and know one saw a thing, or so they say. There's not much to go on and Daisy's time is running out, someone has to be lying!

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have wanted to read this book since watching the TV adaption His Dark Materials that was on TV before Christmas.

Lyra and her animal daemon Pan, live amongst the Oxford scholars, charged with caring for her in the absence of any parents. She lives half wild always playing and getting into trouble with the local children, that is until her destiny unfolds and takes her away from Oxford on an adventure to the frozen north, where she meets gyptions, bears and witches on a journey, that unbeknown to Lyra every human depends on her to complete.

For me this book was a little slow to start with and took a while to get into, but once you immerse yourself in Lyra's world, this book is magical.


*All links are affiliate, meaning I will earn a few pennies from a sale through the link at know cost to yourself.

What have you been reading this month? I'm always looking for recommendations. 

Check out what I read last month - What I read in January

*Click to follow on bloglovin

What I read in February


February has been a great reading month for me, as I have read some amazing books, as well as discovering a new author, whom I am mildly obsessed with. 

What I read in February

So far my reading challenge of 50 books this year, is on target as I added 5 books this month taking my total so far to 12 books this year, which I am happy with.


What I read in February


All the Rage - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the 4th book in Hunter's DI Fawley series, but my introduction to the characters. The story works well as a stand alone read, without the need to of read the earlier read books. The story follows Di Fawley and his team and their investigation, after a teenage girl is found wandering dazed and confused on the outskirts of Oxford, it appears she's been subject of a vicious attack! yet she refuses to press charges, why? what's she hiding? and why does DI Fawley feel like he's seen this crime before?
OMG I loved this book, it had twists and turns right from the start, with things turning out to not be all they seem. If you love detective thrillers you will love this book. In fact I loved it so much, I have gone back to the start of the series, as I was so thirsty for more.

The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Some of my favourite ever books are historical novels set during WW2, The Orphan's Tale has been added to that list. Although it's a difficult subject, the stories of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi's are important stories to be heard. The book follows two extraordinary women, both for different reasons find themselves hidden amongst the men and women of a German travelling circus. Right under the nose of the Nazi's but if found face certain death.
This book is very powerful and beautifully written. Everytime I read a novel set during the war I learn new aspects of the stories of ordinary people trying to stay alive against the odds.

When the Music's over - Peter Robinson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another police detective story, this time Superintendent Alan Banks, alongside DI Annie Cabbot and the rest of the squad investigate a brutal murder of a 15 year old girl, found beaten to death on a country lane, as well as an historical claim of child sex abuse by a well  known TV personality. Both investigations run alongside each other, dipping between the two crimes and the investigations. I really enjoyed this book and will know doubt visit more of the Alan Banks stories.

Close to Home - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I had become obsessed with an author, well that author is Cara Hunter, after reading All the Rage, I decided to start with the first book in the DI Fawley series, and it is another belter, I read this book in a day, as I just had to know what was going to happen next. 

How can a child go missing without a trace?
Daisy Mason has disappeared from a family party, right under the nose of her family and neighbours, and know one saw a thing, or so they say. There's not much to go on and Daisy's time is running out, someone has to be lying!

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have wanted to read this book since watching the TV adaption His Dark Materials that was on TV before Christmas.

Lyra and her animal daemon Pan, live amongst the Oxford scholars, charged with caring for her in the absence of any parents. She lives half wild always playing and getting into trouble with the local children, that is until her destiny unfolds and takes her away from Oxford on an adventure to the frozen north, where she meets gyptions, bears and witches on a journey, that unbeknown to Lyra every human depends on her to complete.

For me this book was a little slow to start with and took a while to get into, but once you immerse yourself in Lyra's world, this book is magical.


*All links are affiliate, meaning I will earn a few pennies from a sale through the link at know cost to yourself.

What have you been reading this month? I'm always looking for recommendations. 

Check out what I read last month - What I read in January

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I've had a funny old few weeks, with lots of stuff going on in the background, but I guess life is like that, here's hoping things will get on track soon. Anyway I've still found time to enjoy some things and I thought I would share with you what I've been loving lately. This time there's everything from a TV show, homewares and beauty bits, so carry on reading to find out more.


Dunelm nova dark blue blackout curtains

First up our new blackout curtains from Dunelm, recently I took to Twitter to ask for recommendations for bedroom curtains, and the overwhelming response was Dunelm. So I took the advice on board opened my laptop and found the Nova dark blue blackout curtains for £30 they were just what we where after. We decorated the bedroom over a year ago now, recently I decided to add a bit of navy to the room to to tie in with the headboard, and to block out the sun in the mornings. I am not a morning person and I DO NOT want the sun waking me up, before my allotted beauty sleep has elapsed. I'm after a bed throw or bedspread next in Navy, so if you know of any, let me know in the comments if you would be so kind.

Next up in a TV show, we loved and binged watched in a weekend and that's THE STRANGER on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, this weekend's crappy weather is the perfect opportunity to get stuck in. Its quite intense and had us gripped, totally recommend.


YSL black opium

Lastly a couple of beauty bits I have been enjoying. YSL black opium is my go to winter scent and I have repurchased several times. The classic dark sensual perfume, just makes me feel sophisticated and like I've got my Sh*t together, I haven't actually got anything together but it sets that illusion, you know ?!? 

When it comes to sugar scrubs you do not get zestier than the coconut and lime one from Somerset toiletry company. I was gifted it a few weeks ago along with a few other bits and OMG I am obsessed. It smells so zingy and fresh and really works to leave my skin smooth and get rid of dead, dry skin. It works great all over the body, but I have found it particularly effective on my feet, helping to eliminate that crocodile effect I had going on !   

Check out my thoughts on Somerset toiletry company, and let me know if you like the sound of their products.


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What I've been loving lately


I've had a funny old few weeks, with lots of stuff going on in the background, but I guess life is like that, here's hoping things will get on track soon. Anyway I've still found time to enjoy some things and I thought I would share with you what I've been loving lately. This time there's everything from a TV show, homewares and beauty bits, so carry on reading to find out more.


Dunelm nova dark blue blackout curtains

First up our new blackout curtains from Dunelm, recently I took to Twitter to ask for recommendations for bedroom curtains, and the overwhelming response was Dunelm. So I took the advice on board opened my laptop and found the Nova dark blue blackout curtains for £30 they were just what we where after. We decorated the bedroom over a year ago now, recently I decided to add a bit of navy to the room to to tie in with the headboard, and to block out the sun in the mornings. I am not a morning person and I DO NOT want the sun waking me up, before my allotted beauty sleep has elapsed. I'm after a bed throw or bedspread next in Navy, so if you know of any, let me know in the comments if you would be so kind.

Next up in a TV show, we loved and binged watched in a weekend and that's THE STRANGER on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, this weekend's crappy weather is the perfect opportunity to get stuck in. Its quite intense and had us gripped, totally recommend.


YSL black opium

Lastly a couple of beauty bits I have been enjoying. YSL black opium is my go to winter scent and I have repurchased several times. The classic dark sensual perfume, just makes me feel sophisticated and like I've got my Sh*t together, I haven't actually got anything together but it sets that illusion, you know ?!? 

When it comes to sugar scrubs you do not get zestier than the coconut and lime one from Somerset toiletry company. I was gifted it a few weeks ago along with a few other bits and OMG I am obsessed. It smells so zingy and fresh and really works to leave my skin smooth and get rid of dead, dry skin. It works great all over the body, but I have found it particularly effective on my feet, helping to eliminate that crocodile effect I had going on !   

Check out my thoughts on Somerset toiletry company, and let me know if you like the sound of their products.


* Click to follow on bloglovin

The days have started getting longer, which means Spring is on its way, I for one can't wait to see the back of Winter. After Summer Spring is my favourite, I always feel it spells such promise, for warmer brighter days, being able to have the windows open, letting in some fresh air, and being able to venture out into the garden.


Getting my home ready for spring

Spring is the perfect time for a little refresh at home, to start stripping back the winter accessories for a lighter feel. I always like to switch things up a bit seasonally whether its swapping out fluffy blankets for lighter throws, or adding greenery or flowers, these things all help to lift your home for Spring.


Getting my home ready for spring

Getting my home ready for spring

This Spring we are actually planning quite a big project, our main bathroom renovation, something that has been a long time coming, I can tell you. So as well as looking for pieces to lighten my rooms, I am looking for accessories for a new bathroom.

Here is getting my getting my home ready for Spring wishlist.
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Rattan/ wicker is everywhere and is becoming a huge trend for 2020.  I already own a wicker chest of drawers, that I've had for over 20 years and still love, so I will most definitely be adding more to my home in the coming months. That H&M plant stand is number one on my list as soon as I saw it appearing on instagram in people's homes I knew I needed one, now just to decide where to put it. My plans for the bathroom will be shared in a post at a later date, but those pale green towels are a hint at the theme I'm planning.

Do you update your home seasonally?
Let me know in the comments your home plans this Spring.


* This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you buy through the link I will earn a tiny commision at know cost to yourself.
*Click to follow on bloglovin

Getting my home ready for spring


The days have started getting longer, which means Spring is on its way, I for one can't wait to see the back of Winter. After Summer Spring is my favourite, I always feel it spells such promise, for warmer brighter days, being able to have the windows open, letting in some fresh air, and being able to venture out into the garden.


Getting my home ready for spring

Spring is the perfect time for a little refresh at home, to start stripping back the winter accessories for a lighter feel. I always like to switch things up a bit seasonally whether its swapping out fluffy blankets for lighter throws, or adding greenery or flowers, these things all help to lift your home for Spring.


Getting my home ready for spring

Getting my home ready for spring

This Spring we are actually planning quite a big project, our main bathroom renovation, something that has been a long time coming, I can tell you. So as well as looking for pieces to lighten my rooms, I am looking for accessories for a new bathroom.

Here is getting my getting my home ready for Spring wishlist.
(affiliate links)




Rattan/ wicker is everywhere and is becoming a huge trend for 2020.  I already own a wicker chest of drawers, that I've had for over 20 years and still love, so I will most definitely be adding more to my home in the coming months. That H&M plant stand is number one on my list as soon as I saw it appearing on instagram in people's homes I knew I needed one, now just to decide where to put it. My plans for the bathroom will be shared in a post at a later date, but those pale green towels are a hint at the theme I'm planning.

Do you update your home seasonally?
Let me know in the comments your home plans this Spring.


* This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you buy through the link I will earn a tiny commision at know cost to yourself.
*Click to follow on bloglovin


When it comes to reading and enjoying stories this past year, I have been on a journey of self discovery. I have learnt so much from the books I've read, but the biggest shock for me was my new found love for thrilling detective based stories. Stories about crimes written from the perspective of the detectives trying to unravel what happened, how it happened, why it happened and who is to blame. I am surprised because you will not meet a bigger wus then me, but it seems my desire to learn and understand what goes on behind the police appeals and the cordoned off tape is bigger.


All the rage - Cara Hunter review


All the Rage - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


That's where All the Rage by Cara Hunter comes in, this is a book that sparked my imagination and had me dying to know what happened, and why. The story has twists and turns at every corner, but not in an unbelievable way, and when it finally unravels the sense of closure I felt for the characters was amazing I had almost been holding my breath.

A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

Di Fawley investigates but with the girl refusing to cooperate what can he do? there's something uncomfortably familiar about this case, so when a girl disappears he forced to face up to his past, or this girl might not be so lucky, she might not come home.

What I loved about this book was how we see a crime through that of the investigating officers, we start to understand how they think, and how previous investigations can leave their mark. How people who often appear to be one thing upon closer inspection are someone else completely, the clues are they you just have to look hard enough.

This is book four in the DI Fawley series and was my first introduction to the character, although part of a series it works as a stand alone book. For me it has sparked an interest, and I have already started reading the previous books.

If you love thrillers, police detective or crime novels you are gonna love ALL THE RAGE.

Check out what I've been reading lately.





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All the rage - Cara Hunter review



When it comes to reading and enjoying stories this past year, I have been on a journey of self discovery. I have learnt so much from the books I've read, but the biggest shock for me was my new found love for thrilling detective based stories. Stories about crimes written from the perspective of the detectives trying to unravel what happened, how it happened, why it happened and who is to blame. I am surprised because you will not meet a bigger wus then me, but it seems my desire to learn and understand what goes on behind the police appeals and the cordoned off tape is bigger.


All the rage - Cara Hunter review


All the Rage - Cara Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


That's where All the Rage by Cara Hunter comes in, this is a book that sparked my imagination and had me dying to know what happened, and why. The story has twists and turns at every corner, but not in an unbelievable way, and when it finally unravels the sense of closure I felt for the characters was amazing I had almost been holding my breath.

A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

Di Fawley investigates but with the girl refusing to cooperate what can he do? there's something uncomfortably familiar about this case, so when a girl disappears he forced to face up to his past, or this girl might not be so lucky, she might not come home.

What I loved about this book was how we see a crime through that of the investigating officers, we start to understand how they think, and how previous investigations can leave their mark. How people who often appear to be one thing upon closer inspection are someone else completely, the clues are they you just have to look hard enough.

This is book four in the DI Fawley series and was my first introduction to the character, although part of a series it works as a stand alone book. For me it has sparked an interest, and I have already started reading the previous books.

If you love thrillers, police detective or crime novels you are gonna love ALL THE RAGE.

Check out what I've been reading lately.





* Links are affiliate, meaning if you purchase I earn a tiny commision at know cost to yourself
* click to follow on bloglovin
Gifted products
Being a blogger means I am lucky enough to be able to try quite a few products, some of which don't really do it for me and some of which do. I always like to do a bit of research about the brand, so I can give you my honest opinion on not only the products I received but on the brand itself.

The Somerset toiletry company

The Somerset toiletry company kindly offered to send me some of their scented body and home products to try out. I hadn't heard of them before, but upon checking out the website, I learnt they create products using natural ingredients, that are very reasonably priced unlike other brands in the sector. They are also cruelty free and are working towards making their packaging more sustainable, with an on going pledge to reduce plastic and increase packaging that can be recycled and or is biodegradable. They also have a vegan range.

The Somerset toiletry company makes beautiful looking products making them a great choice when choosing a gift, or of course as a treat to yourself. They spend a lot of time creating attractive packaging as well as beautifully scented products.

The Somerset toiletry company ginger and lime candle

I love fruity, fresh scents and was so pleased with the products I received. the scents are really natural and vibrant. The Ginger and Lime naturally scented candle is my new favourite, it fills the house with a zingy fragrance when lit, and even when it's not its scent still lingers in the room.

I also have a hand wash and lip balm in the same Ginger and Lime scent and a coconut and lime scented sugar body scrub, which smells incredible in the shower. Everything I have tried, I really like, the handwash looks stylish in my downstairs loo, and leaves hands smelling incredible, and as for that scrub, I am obsessed, my skin feels so soft after use and I smell pretty damn good, if I say so  myself.

“We are on a path to ensure we become as environmentally sustainable as quickly as we can, as innovative new materials emerge.”

Sakina Buoy – Chairman

I have been really impressed with the products I have tried, and I like the companies honesty about their pledge to do their bit in reducing plastic waste. They are currently transitioning into using new packaging while still doing on going research in order to do as much as they can to reduce the impact of their products on the environment.

Candle - £12.95
Hand wash - £7.95
Lip balm - £4.95
Sugar scrub - £7.45

This is a brand worth checking out, if you like naturally scented products, they have a large range including bath, body, and hand products as well as scented products for your home.

*Click to follow on bloglovin
* These products where gifted to me, but with no obligation to post.

The Somerset toiletry company

Gifted products
Being a blogger means I am lucky enough to be able to try quite a few products, some of which don't really do it for me and some of which do. I always like to do a bit of research about the brand, so I can give you my honest opinion on not only the products I received but on the brand itself.

The Somerset toiletry company

The Somerset toiletry company kindly offered to send me some of their scented body and home products to try out. I hadn't heard of them before, but upon checking out the website, I learnt they create products using natural ingredients, that are very reasonably priced unlike other brands in the sector. They are also cruelty free and are working towards making their packaging more sustainable, with an on going pledge to reduce plastic and increase packaging that can be recycled and or is biodegradable. They also have a vegan range.

The Somerset toiletry company makes beautiful looking products making them a great choice when choosing a gift, or of course as a treat to yourself. They spend a lot of time creating attractive packaging as well as beautifully scented products.

The Somerset toiletry company ginger and lime candle

I love fruity, fresh scents and was so pleased with the products I received. the scents are really natural and vibrant. The Ginger and Lime naturally scented candle is my new favourite, it fills the house with a zingy fragrance when lit, and even when it's not its scent still lingers in the room.

I also have a hand wash and lip balm in the same Ginger and Lime scent and a coconut and lime scented sugar body scrub, which smells incredible in the shower. Everything I have tried, I really like, the handwash looks stylish in my downstairs loo, and leaves hands smelling incredible, and as for that scrub, I am obsessed, my skin feels so soft after use and I smell pretty damn good, if I say so  myself.

“We are on a path to ensure we become as environmentally sustainable as quickly as we can, as innovative new materials emerge.”

Sakina Buoy – Chairman

I have been really impressed with the products I have tried, and I like the companies honesty about their pledge to do their bit in reducing plastic waste. They are currently transitioning into using new packaging while still doing on going research in order to do as much as they can to reduce the impact of their products on the environment.

Candle - £12.95
Hand wash - £7.95
Lip balm - £4.95
Sugar scrub - £7.45

This is a brand worth checking out, if you like naturally scented products, they have a large range including bath, body, and hand products as well as scented products for your home.

*Click to follow on bloglovin
* These products where gifted to me, but with no obligation to post.

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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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