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Book review - The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

Well here's my first book review of the year, my 2020 reading challenge has got off to a great start and I am already motoring my way through my to be read list. I started January off with a book I had seen a fair few people chat about and say they enjoyed, so I got on that bandwagon and picked up The Hunting Party, here's my thoughts.................


The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I see a man coming through the falling snow. From a distance through the curtain of white he looks hardly human, like a shadow figure. - Lucy Foley

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness old friends gather for New Year.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The Victim
Not an accident a murder amongst friends.

With blurb like that, you cannot help but be drawn to The hunting party. The friends meet every New Year, it's a tradition they have done it since Oxford, well apart from one of the party, who came into the group later. This year the party arrive in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland, even on the journey, its obvious there are tensions in the group. Is this a tradition they should of grown out of years ago...

The book starts after the murder and goes back, to cover the days running up to the death, each chapter is written as a member of the party's point of view, as well as Heather the manager and Doug the gamekeeper. We start of knowing that a body has been found as yet we don't know the identity of the victim, let alone that of the murderer. The story is very cleverly written, and in short chapters that reel you in, and make you as the reader want to find out more.

Each character gives there account of how the holiday is going and there feelings towards other members of the party, it becomes clear that the dynamic of the group has changed over the years, and not everyone is showing there true feelings. Both Heather and Doug also have secrets that impact the narrative, and leave you guessing as to what's really happening.

Everyone is a suspect and anyone could be the victim, a really great thriller, that leaves you wanting more from Lucy Foley.



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Book review - The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

Book review - The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

Well here's my first book review of the year, my 2020 reading challenge has got off to a great start and I am already motoring my way through my to be read list. I started January off with a book I had seen a fair few people chat about and say they enjoyed, so I got on that bandwagon and picked up The Hunting Party, here's my thoughts.................


The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I see a man coming through the falling snow. From a distance through the curtain of white he looks hardly human, like a shadow figure. - Lucy Foley

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness old friends gather for New Year.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The Victim
Not an accident a murder amongst friends.

With blurb like that, you cannot help but be drawn to The hunting party. The friends meet every New Year, it's a tradition they have done it since Oxford, well apart from one of the party, who came into the group later. This year the party arrive in a remote hunting lodge in Scotland, even on the journey, its obvious there are tensions in the group. Is this a tradition they should of grown out of years ago...

The book starts after the murder and goes back, to cover the days running up to the death, each chapter is written as a member of the party's point of view, as well as Heather the manager and Doug the gamekeeper. We start of knowing that a body has been found as yet we don't know the identity of the victim, let alone that of the murderer. The story is very cleverly written, and in short chapters that reel you in, and make you as the reader want to find out more.

Each character gives there account of how the holiday is going and there feelings towards other members of the party, it becomes clear that the dynamic of the group has changed over the years, and not everyone is showing there true feelings. Both Heather and Doug also have secrets that impact the narrative, and leave you guessing as to what's really happening.

Everyone is a suspect and anyone could be the victim, a really great thriller, that leaves you wanting more from Lucy Foley.



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My top 5 beauty products of 2019

For this post I had the idea of sharing some of my favourite products. Products that have been game changers for me, that I use day in day out, and replenish without a second a thought when they run out. There is nothing fancy about any of these products, they are just honest and effective, and I use them everyday.
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My top 5 beauty products of 2019

  • Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel, is a must for blemish prone skin. This light gel cleanser has a clean fresh fragrance, that gently cleans and leaves skin super soft. It's great at clearing extra sebum and impurities, without drying skin out. My skin feels clean and fresh after use, and this along with the other products I use, I believe has really helped to keep my skin clear.

  • PMD clean has been a game changer for me, I have only been using it for a few months, but I honestly couldn't imagine not using it every morning along with my Vichy cleansing gel. This clever little cleansing brush, really helps to give my skin a deep clean.

  • Pixi glow tonic is for me the best toner, it gently exfoliates and purifies skin, leaving it looking fresh and radiant. You've all heard of it I'm sure, it's a pretty iconic product and for me, deservedly so.

  • La roche-posay effaclar duo is the perfect moisteriser for oily/blemish prone skin. It corrects and hydrates for clearer healthier skin. Its lightweight and hydrating, leaving skin smooth and soft and not weighed down with a heavy product. I have been using this since the beginning of 2019 and now I will not use any other moisteriser.  

  • Bare minerals foundation I discovered mineral foundation early last year and I haven't looked back, it's so much better than any liquid foundation I've tried at keeping the shine at bay. It's so quick to apply in the mornings, yet gives me a medium coverage that looks natural, and hides any imperfections I may have.  

Have you used any of these products?
Let me know in the comments if you have any product recommendations.


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My top 5 beauty products of 2019

My top 5 beauty products of 2019

For this post I had the idea of sharing some of my favourite products. Products that have been game changers for me, that I use day in day out, and replenish without a second a thought when they run out. There is nothing fancy about any of these products, they are just honest and effective, and I use them everyday.
(affiliate links)

My top 5 beauty products of 2019

  • Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel, is a must for blemish prone skin. This light gel cleanser has a clean fresh fragrance, that gently cleans and leaves skin super soft. It's great at clearing extra sebum and impurities, without drying skin out. My skin feels clean and fresh after use, and this along with the other products I use, I believe has really helped to keep my skin clear.

  • PMD clean has been a game changer for me, I have only been using it for a few months, but I honestly couldn't imagine not using it every morning along with my Vichy cleansing gel. This clever little cleansing brush, really helps to give my skin a deep clean.

  • Pixi glow tonic is for me the best toner, it gently exfoliates and purifies skin, leaving it looking fresh and radiant. You've all heard of it I'm sure, it's a pretty iconic product and for me, deservedly so.

  • La roche-posay effaclar duo is the perfect moisteriser for oily/blemish prone skin. It corrects and hydrates for clearer healthier skin. Its lightweight and hydrating, leaving skin smooth and soft and not weighed down with a heavy product. I have been using this since the beginning of 2019 and now I will not use any other moisteriser.  

  • Bare minerals foundation I discovered mineral foundation early last year and I haven't looked back, it's so much better than any liquid foundation I've tried at keeping the shine at bay. It's so quick to apply in the mornings, yet gives me a medium coverage that looks natural, and hides any imperfections I may have.  

Have you used any of these products?
Let me know in the comments if you have any product recommendations.


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5 ways to update your bedroom


New year often comes with new year plans. These are usually centred around travel, careers, health, family and home, and its home that I want to help you with today. I don’t know whether it is the darker mornings making me want to cosy up in bed, but my first thoughts for a project are around changing things up and restyling our bedroom. Bedrooms are often the last place that we work on in our home as guests do not tend to see them, so today I want to focus on them and share with you 5 ways to update your bedroom. 


Update the lighting 


Lighting it so often overlooked when you are planning interiors projects, so prioritise this one. You will find that just by updating the lighting in your bedroom it will give it a completely different feel.


Bedrooms should have some low lighting options, such as dimmer switches or lamps. They will help to create a warm and cosy ambience and are more conducive to going to sleep than bright, harsh lighting. 


You should also think about how much natural light your room gets. It might be that you would benefit from blackout blinds if the light keeps you awake or you might want to let the light flood into the room and need to change your curtains or blinds to allow it to do so. 


Update the furniture


You might be in need of new bedroom furniture, either for your comfort or practical reasons. Of course, buying new furniture will make the room look very different and it is also a good opportunity to make any changes to the flooring, whilst the old furniture is moving out. 


You might not need new furniture, but you can still update your room this way. I would suggest that you rearrange your existing furniture, a move round will freshen it up instantly. 


Update the walls


You can change the feel of your bedroom by repainting or wallpapering the walls. This is a room that few people will see, so be as creative and bold as you want with pattern and colour. 


Alternatively, you could create a gallery wall on one of your empty walls. It will add interest and provide you with pictures sure to make you smile whenever you enter the room. 


Update the soft furnishings


You can easily change the colours or accent of a room by updating the soft furnishings. It can be fun to do this at the start of each season. 


You could opt for Richard Haworth bed linen, add a big cosy throw to the bottom of your bed or treat yourself to a new deep pile rug to sink your feet into each morning. I love to switch up my bed linen seasonally, nothing signifies the start of Spring like some fresh new bedding, and ditching the heavy blankets of winter.


Update the contents


Some of us have bedrooms that just include a bed and wardrobes, and very little else. This might work, or it might feel too plain, in this case, maybe add some flowers, a plant or a bedside table filled with books. All of these are very inexpensive touches to add to a room and yet they will change its look and feel quickly and easily.

On the other hand, some of us use our bedrooms as something of a dumping ground, and it might benefit from less clutter and a good clear out. This is definitely more me, I find January is the perfect time to have a real purge and clear the clutter. I am planning on this myself before giving our bedroom a mini makeover, with some new curtains and carpet.

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5 ways to update your bedroom

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5 ways to update your bedroom


New year often comes with new year plans. These are usually centred around travel, careers, health, family and home, and its home that I want to help you with today. I don’t know whether it is the darker mornings making me want to cosy up in bed, but my first thoughts for a project are around changing things up and restyling our bedroom. Bedrooms are often the last place that we work on in our home as guests do not tend to see them, so today I want to focus on them and share with you 5 ways to update your bedroom. 


Update the lighting 


Lighting it so often overlooked when you are planning interiors projects, so prioritise this one. You will find that just by updating the lighting in your bedroom it will give it a completely different feel.


Bedrooms should have some low lighting options, such as dimmer switches or lamps. They will help to create a warm and cosy ambience and are more conducive to going to sleep than bright, harsh lighting. 


You should also think about how much natural light your room gets. It might be that you would benefit from blackout blinds if the light keeps you awake or you might want to let the light flood into the room and need to change your curtains or blinds to allow it to do so. 


Update the furniture


You might be in need of new bedroom furniture, either for your comfort or practical reasons. Of course, buying new furniture will make the room look very different and it is also a good opportunity to make any changes to the flooring, whilst the old furniture is moving out. 


You might not need new furniture, but you can still update your room this way. I would suggest that you rearrange your existing furniture, a move round will freshen it up instantly. 


Update the walls


You can change the feel of your bedroom by repainting or wallpapering the walls. This is a room that few people will see, so be as creative and bold as you want with pattern and colour. 


Alternatively, you could create a gallery wall on one of your empty walls. It will add interest and provide you with pictures sure to make you smile whenever you enter the room. 


Update the soft furnishings


You can easily change the colours or accent of a room by updating the soft furnishings. It can be fun to do this at the start of each season. 


You could opt for Richard Haworth bed linen, add a big cosy throw to the bottom of your bed or treat yourself to a new deep pile rug to sink your feet into each morning. I love to switch up my bed linen seasonally, nothing signifies the start of Spring like some fresh new bedding, and ditching the heavy blankets of winter.


Update the contents


Some of us have bedrooms that just include a bed and wardrobes, and very little else. This might work, or it might feel too plain, in this case, maybe add some flowers, a plant or a bedside table filled with books. All of these are very inexpensive touches to add to a room and yet they will change its look and feel quickly and easily.

On the other hand, some of us use our bedrooms as something of a dumping ground, and it might benefit from less clutter and a good clear out. This is definitely more me, I find January is the perfect time to have a real purge and clear the clutter. I am planning on this myself before giving our bedroom a mini makeover, with some new curtains and carpet.

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Best books of 2019

"Perhaps there is some sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that where true"
Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society 


My 2019 reading challenge is complete and I am so proud of myself for not only sticking to the challenge, but blowing my original target out the water, setting a new target and beating that too. I have really tried to push my boundaries with this challenge, and have read a real variety of books from different genres, some of which I have never delved into before. I've read so many amazing stories it's been hard to choose my favourite, but here are the stand out five of my year.

The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society - Mary Ann Shaffer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Its 1946 the war is finally over, and Juliet Ashton has a problem, she's a writer with writer's block. Out of the blue she receives a letter from a Dawsey Adams in Guernsey, who by chance found her name in a book that once belonged to her. They discover a mutual love for books and begin a correspondence. Juliet discovers all about the Literary and potato peel society, that Dawsey and his friends  formed while Guernsey was occupied by Germany, and  delves deeper into the lives of those friends and the goings on of the society, letters are soon flying back and forth between London and Guernsey.

The story is in two parts, the first part Juliet is in London, writing to Guernsey, the second part is her visiting Guernsey. The book is written in letter format, which I've never read before, but it works perfectly at setting the scene and bringing the individual characters to life. I love an historical novel, and learnt so much from this book. The occupation of Guernsey is something I have never read about before and the writer really brought that time in history to life. I adored this book and challenge anyone to not fall in love with it.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

The tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the very true story of Lale and Gita two Slovakian jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually ended up in Australia. In that terrible place an infallible bond develops between Lale, the man tasked with the job of tattooing identification numbers on the prisoners and Gita. Lale has a more freedom of movement than most in Auschwitz due to the privilege of that dreadful job, and uses this to trade jewels and money from dead Jews to buy food for his fellow inmates. A risk that could of got him killed but undoubtedly saved many people's lives.  

This is a book I think everyone should read, although harrowing at times, it really tackles the horrors of the holocaust in a personable way. We learn of the relationships formed when life really can't get any worse and the strength and courage of those incarcerated for know other reason other than their race or religion.    

The Flatshare - Beth O'leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


Best books of 2019

Tiffy needs a cheap flat and fast, Leon works the nightshift and needs cash. Their friends think they are crazy, but it works perfectly Leon occupies the flat during the day while Tiffy is at work, and Tiffy has the flat at night when Leon leaves for his nightshift. 
But with obsessive ex boyfriends, demanding clients, a brother in prison and the fact they still haven't actually met. They soon discover if you want the perfect home, you need to throw the rule book out the window. 

This book was hugely hyped but deservedly so in my opinion. The characters are likeable and relatable, and as the reader you soon empathise with them. A really great read that soon draws you in and has you rooting for your favourite characters. Beautifully written and a real pleasure to read. 

I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An anonymous woman is murdered in a run down motel, all identifiable characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in saudi Arabia. A notorious biotech expert found eyeless in Damascus. Smouldering human remains found in a mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against against humanity. One path links them all and only one man can walk it......Pilgrim.

This book is intense and describes in graphic detail horrendous scenes of violence, but also shows the very human consequences of invasions and war, and the hate that can grow from those actions. This book is out of my comfort zone by a mile, but I couldn't put it down, its truly gripping. 


The Lido - Libby Page ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐    

Rosemary has lived in Brixton her whole life, but everything is changing. Only the local Lido remained, where she swims everyday, a place where she remembers her beloved husband George.
Kate has just arrived in the city and feels lonely, she's working as a journalist on the very bottom rung of the ladder, but she's desperate to make a go of it.
When the Lido is threatened with closure, Kate thinks this is an opportunity to shine. But for Rosemary this could be the end of everything. Together they make a stand and fight for the Lido, it's more than just a pool it's the heart of the community.

I adored this book the characters are sensitively written, and the growing friendship between these unlikely pals is heartwarming. It's a story about friendship, community and about ordinary people fighting to make a difference.

What was your favourite book of 2019?
Let me know in the comments, your must read books.
Check out my goodreads account to keep upto date with what I'm reading.

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Best books of 2019

Best books of 2019

"Perhaps there is some sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that where true"
Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society 


My 2019 reading challenge is complete and I am so proud of myself for not only sticking to the challenge, but blowing my original target out the water, setting a new target and beating that too. I have really tried to push my boundaries with this challenge, and have read a real variety of books from different genres, some of which I have never delved into before. I've read so many amazing stories it's been hard to choose my favourite, but here are the stand out five of my year.

The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society - Mary Ann Shaffer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Its 1946 the war is finally over, and Juliet Ashton has a problem, she's a writer with writer's block. Out of the blue she receives a letter from a Dawsey Adams in Guernsey, who by chance found her name in a book that once belonged to her. They discover a mutual love for books and begin a correspondence. Juliet discovers all about the Literary and potato peel society, that Dawsey and his friends  formed while Guernsey was occupied by Germany, and  delves deeper into the lives of those friends and the goings on of the society, letters are soon flying back and forth between London and Guernsey.

The story is in two parts, the first part Juliet is in London, writing to Guernsey, the second part is her visiting Guernsey. The book is written in letter format, which I've never read before, but it works perfectly at setting the scene and bringing the individual characters to life. I love an historical novel, and learnt so much from this book. The occupation of Guernsey is something I have never read about before and the writer really brought that time in history to life. I adored this book and challenge anyone to not fall in love with it.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

The tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the very true story of Lale and Gita two Slovakian jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually ended up in Australia. In that terrible place an infallible bond develops between Lale, the man tasked with the job of tattooing identification numbers on the prisoners and Gita. Lale has a more freedom of movement than most in Auschwitz due to the privilege of that dreadful job, and uses this to trade jewels and money from dead Jews to buy food for his fellow inmates. A risk that could of got him killed but undoubtedly saved many people's lives.  

This is a book I think everyone should read, although harrowing at times, it really tackles the horrors of the holocaust in a personable way. We learn of the relationships formed when life really can't get any worse and the strength and courage of those incarcerated for know other reason other than their race or religion.    

The Flatshare - Beth O'leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


Best books of 2019

Tiffy needs a cheap flat and fast, Leon works the nightshift and needs cash. Their friends think they are crazy, but it works perfectly Leon occupies the flat during the day while Tiffy is at work, and Tiffy has the flat at night when Leon leaves for his nightshift. 
But with obsessive ex boyfriends, demanding clients, a brother in prison and the fact they still haven't actually met. They soon discover if you want the perfect home, you need to throw the rule book out the window. 

This book was hugely hyped but deservedly so in my opinion. The characters are likeable and relatable, and as the reader you soon empathise with them. A really great read that soon draws you in and has you rooting for your favourite characters. Beautifully written and a real pleasure to read. 

I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An anonymous woman is murdered in a run down motel, all identifiable characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in saudi Arabia. A notorious biotech expert found eyeless in Damascus. Smouldering human remains found in a mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against against humanity. One path links them all and only one man can walk it......Pilgrim.

This book is intense and describes in graphic detail horrendous scenes of violence, but also shows the very human consequences of invasions and war, and the hate that can grow from those actions. This book is out of my comfort zone by a mile, but I couldn't put it down, its truly gripping. 


The Lido - Libby Page ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐    

Rosemary has lived in Brixton her whole life, but everything is changing. Only the local Lido remained, where she swims everyday, a place where she remembers her beloved husband George.
Kate has just arrived in the city and feels lonely, she's working as a journalist on the very bottom rung of the ladder, but she's desperate to make a go of it.
When the Lido is threatened with closure, Kate thinks this is an opportunity to shine. But for Rosemary this could be the end of everything. Together they make a stand and fight for the Lido, it's more than just a pool it's the heart of the community.

I adored this book the characters are sensitively written, and the growing friendship between these unlikely pals is heartwarming. It's a story about friendship, community and about ordinary people fighting to make a difference.

What was your favourite book of 2019?
Let me know in the comments, your must read books.
Check out my goodreads account to keep upto date with what I'm reading.

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Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget


If you have been following me for a while you will know we have been slowly updating our home, this last year or two. We still have a way to go, but the latest room to be completed is in fact the smallest in the house the downstairs loo. This bathroom like the others in our home, was the original suite installed when the house was built in the 90's, and was crying out for a mahoosive face lift, and although the room needed gutting, we where and are always very aware of budget and keeping the cost down while still achieving a quality finish.

So here's how we kept the cost down..............



  • Completed the work ourselves, including help from my dad.
  • Bought the suite from a DIY store rather than a swanky showroom.
  • Used own brand paint rather than designer/expensive brand.
  • Shopped about for accessories, as well as using pieces I already had.
  • Planned the makeover carefully, and purchased items when special offers and discounts where running.

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

We have learnt so much on this project, which we plan to take forward into the work on our other bathrooms, and I'm busy planning, and mentally redesigning our family bathroom, which is the next big job on our list.

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget


Where we shopped...............


Toilet, vanity sink, tap, floor and wall tiles, shelves - Wickes
Blue and white paint - B&Q own brand
Shelf brackets - B&Q
Mirror, loo roll holder, towel hook, toilet brush, hand towel, soap dispenser - Ikea
Pink paint on door - Frenchic
Door handle - Amazon
Norfolk print - Etsy
Vases, faux plants, candles - Primark , Matalan, TKmaxx 
Blind - Make my blinds

Before

Before

Let me know what you think of our latest makeover in the comments.
Do you have renovation plans for 2020?



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Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget


If you have been following me for a while you will know we have been slowly updating our home, this last year or two. We still have a way to go, but the latest room to be completed is in fact the smallest in the house the downstairs loo. This bathroom like the others in our home, was the original suite installed when the house was built in the 90's, and was crying out for a mahoosive face lift, and although the room needed gutting, we where and are always very aware of budget and keeping the cost down while still achieving a quality finish.

So here's how we kept the cost down..............



  • Completed the work ourselves, including help from my dad.
  • Bought the suite from a DIY store rather than a swanky showroom.
  • Used own brand paint rather than designer/expensive brand.
  • Shopped about for accessories, as well as using pieces I already had.
  • Planned the makeover carefully, and purchased items when special offers and discounts where running.

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

We have learnt so much on this project, which we plan to take forward into the work on our other bathrooms, and I'm busy planning, and mentally redesigning our family bathroom, which is the next big job on our list.

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget

Downstairs cloakroom renovation on a budget


Where we shopped...............


Toilet, vanity sink, tap, floor and wall tiles, shelves - Wickes
Blue and white paint - B&Q own brand
Shelf brackets - B&Q
Mirror, loo roll holder, towel hook, toilet brush, hand towel, soap dispenser - Ikea
Pink paint on door - Frenchic
Door handle - Amazon
Norfolk print - Etsy
Vases, faux plants, candles - Primark , Matalan, TKmaxx 
Blind - Make my blinds

Before

Before

Let me know what you think of our latest makeover in the comments.
Do you have renovation plans for 2020?



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What I read in December

Well we have reached the last what I read in post of the year. December 2019 I have read four books, again this month I have kept my selection diverse as I continue trying to read a range of styles and genres, in a bid to keep my interest piqued, and to not slip into the dreaded reading slump.

So here's what I read in December.................


Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favourite film and now I've read the book, I love it even more. Harry starts his 3rd year at Hogwarts, this time with convicted murderer Sirius Black having escaped Azkaban, and allegedly trying to kill him, Harry finds himself watched closely. He becomes close to his defence against the dark arts teacher, who was friends with his late father, he turns out to have a secret. In fact everything is not what it first seems. I love the twists and turns in this book, and the continued strengthening of Harry, Ron and Hermione's friendships.

Rich people problems ( Crazy rich Asians #3) - Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Crazy rich Asians trilogy have to be some of my favourite books this year, purely for the utter escapism they offer.  Rich people problems is the last book in the series and concludes the story following some of Asia's mega rich families. There is an inheritance argument, and a crazy ex wife amongst other rich people's problems. If you fancy some light hearted escapism than I highly recommend Crazy rich Asians.

The Killings at badgers drift ( Chief inspector Barnaby #1) - Caroline Graham ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

I love British detective drama series Midsomer murders, so when I discovered the books that the program was adapted from, I new I had to read them. The killings at badgers drift introduce chief inspector Barnaby and sergeant Troy, as they investigate the death of Miss simpson, who it at first appears has died of natural causes. Her close friend believes foul play and reports her concerns to Barnaby, who soon discovers not everything is a tranquil as it seems in Badgers drift and many residents have secrets they will do anything to keep under wraps. I loved this first book in the series and can see them being a staple in next years reading schedule.

Death of a hollow man ( Chief inspector Barnaby #2 ) - Caroline Graham ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I loved Midsomer murders, after reading the first I had to download the second. Barnaby's wife helps out at the local am dram society and Barnaby finds himself at the theatre where he witnesses a murder on stage, in fact the whole audience does. Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man, where better to settle the score than on stage? 
This story was a little slower to start than the first, but once we got to the crux, the pace really picked up. 

I have loved all the books I've read this month, and I am looking forward to continuing my reading challenge in 2020. Will you be reading any of these books?

Look out for my round up of my favourite books of 2019 coming soon. 

What I read in December

What I read in December

Well we have reached the last what I read in post of the year. December 2019 I have read four books, again this month I have kept my selection diverse as I continue trying to read a range of styles and genres, in a bid to keep my interest piqued, and to not slip into the dreaded reading slump.

So here's what I read in December.................


Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favourite film and now I've read the book, I love it even more. Harry starts his 3rd year at Hogwarts, this time with convicted murderer Sirius Black having escaped Azkaban, and allegedly trying to kill him, Harry finds himself watched closely. He becomes close to his defence against the dark arts teacher, who was friends with his late father, he turns out to have a secret. In fact everything is not what it first seems. I love the twists and turns in this book, and the continued strengthening of Harry, Ron and Hermione's friendships.

Rich people problems ( Crazy rich Asians #3) - Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Crazy rich Asians trilogy have to be some of my favourite books this year, purely for the utter escapism they offer.  Rich people problems is the last book in the series and concludes the story following some of Asia's mega rich families. There is an inheritance argument, and a crazy ex wife amongst other rich people's problems. If you fancy some light hearted escapism than I highly recommend Crazy rich Asians.

The Killings at badgers drift ( Chief inspector Barnaby #1) - Caroline Graham ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

I love British detective drama series Midsomer murders, so when I discovered the books that the program was adapted from, I new I had to read them. The killings at badgers drift introduce chief inspector Barnaby and sergeant Troy, as they investigate the death of Miss simpson, who it at first appears has died of natural causes. Her close friend believes foul play and reports her concerns to Barnaby, who soon discovers not everything is a tranquil as it seems in Badgers drift and many residents have secrets they will do anything to keep under wraps. I loved this first book in the series and can see them being a staple in next years reading schedule.

Death of a hollow man ( Chief inspector Barnaby #2 ) - Caroline Graham ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I told you I loved Midsomer murders, after reading the first I had to download the second. Barnaby's wife helps out at the local am dram society and Barnaby finds himself at the theatre where he witnesses a murder on stage, in fact the whole audience does. Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man, where better to settle the score than on stage? 
This story was a little slower to start than the first, but once we got to the crux, the pace really picked up. 

I have loved all the books I've read this month, and I am looking forward to continuing my reading challenge in 2020. Will you be reading any of these books?

Look out for my round up of my favourite books of 2019 coming soon. 

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Before the Broken Star
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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
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