Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

I can’t remember the last time I got to sit down and read a book from start to finish in 2 days, it just doesn’t happen anymore but last weekend I had the opportunity and I grabbed it with both hands.  I love a book that has me gripped from the start, I like to get lost in the plot and Jane Casey is a genius at allowing this to happen.

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When it comes to reading books I like a really wide range of genres. Crime and thrillers are not my first choice of genres but I do always enjoy them when I get the chance.  Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey is part of a series, it’s actually book 7 so I was a little worried that I would get a bit lost as I had no background of the characters but it’s a really good standalone book. The synopsis below had me gripped and I can’t wait to go back and read books 1-6

A murder without a body: Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

A girl too scared to talk: Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?

A detective with everything to prove: As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

Maeve Kerrigan is (I assume) the main character in all of the books, she has been promoted to Detective Sergeant so I assume the earlier books are maybe about her journey to this promotion and her experience and confidence is as a result.

Let the dead speak really did have me guessing all the way through. I always think I’m quite good at working out the answers but in reality I’m pretty rubbish.  Jane Casey’s writing held my attention completely and I couldn’t wait to put the book down.  I love how Jane made me think that so many of the characters had committed the murder and the twists written into the story were captivating .

Characters were realistic and the relationships did seem believable.  It’s obvious that a lot of research has gone into the story which had me wondering if Jane has a background in law or criminology.

This is the first book by Jane Casey that I’ve read and I loved the complex plot and well written story line, definitely an author to follow and hopefully the series will be picked up by the BBC for a new drama series.

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Red Nose Day 2017

It’s that time of the year again when you’re asked to dig deep for charity, this year you can support Red Nose Day by visiting TK Maxx or HomeSense and making a purchase from the Red Nose Day collection created and photographed by fashion photographer Rankin.

The limited edition range includes unisex, women’s, men’s and children’s t-shirts, there is also a Red Nose Day Homeware Collection which includes aprons, kids aprons and tea towels as well as leather journals & colouring books.

 

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You can purchase this apron for £12.99, at least £5 from each apron sale will go to Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The theme of Red Nose Day 2017 is “Make Your Laugh Matter, I used the LOL generator to get a personalised gag just for me in the form of a GIF tailored to my interests. It really did make me chuckle as I’m always the first person to tell people who are selling their home to make a loaf of bread so that prospective buyers get that “homely smell”

Have you purchased one of the limited edition Rankin items yet? Do let me know what the LOL generator generates for you in the comments below.

You can find out more about Red Nose Day by visiting Twitter @TKMaxx_UK / Facebook: www.facebook.com/tkmaxx / Instagram @tkmaxx

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Tea-riffic DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Like a lot of crafts and DIY cards, this Tea-riffic Valentine’s card is not restricted to your Valentine.  The card would probably make a pretty good birthday card or you could pop two tea bags on the front for a quirky anniversary card and write a witty slogan underneath (if the recipient is a fan of tea of course).  This card doesn’t require a lot of craft supplies or skills so it’s suitable for children and adults alike and great if you’ve forgotten to buy a card for someone special.

DIY Valentine Card

To make the Valentine’s card you will need the following items:

1 Teabag
1 Blank card & Envelope
1 set of eyes
1 Black felt tipped pen
1 piece of paper smaller than your card
Glue or Glue Dots

DIY Valentine Card

Start by preparing the card topper, A plain sheet of A4 white paper was used for this card and a ruler was used to cut it so the edges were not perfect, you could also use watercolour paper which rips really well or sugar paper.

DIY Valentine card Topper

The tea bag was glued to the paper using glue dots and the string and little heart label was stuck down using a small bit of PVA glue.  If the label is coloured you might want to use some washi tape or cut a small piece of plain paper.

Eyes were attached with some PVA glue and a sharpie was used to both draw a mouth directly on the tea bag, and to write the Valentine’s Day message “You’re Tea-riffic”.   If you have time and the skills a calligraphy message would look fantastic on this card. The teabag topper was stuck on to the card with glue dots and it was ready to be delivered to my Valentine.

If this card isn’t your cup of tea (excuse the pun) you might like this Valentine’s card from last year which was inspired by a danish weaving basket, it was a little tricky to make but the end result was worth it.

Don’t forget to pin this DIY Valentine’s card for later.

DIY Valentine card

 



Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion

Headlice are pesky little blighters, most parents with children will experience an outbreak of headlice at least once during the school years.  Both of my children have suffered from headlice and just the thought of them makes me feel incredibly itchy.

How do you get headlice? Head lice are spread by direct head to head contact. They climb from one person’s hair to another’s.  Headlice don’t have a preference for dirty, clean, long or short hair.

So how do you know if your child has headlice? The first sign is usually scratching of the head, the bite and saliva from the lice is what makes the scalp feel itchy.

What is the life cycle of a louse?  The life Cycle of a louse last for approximately 50 days.  Female lice lay between 5-10 eggs per day and after a week the egg hatches and reaches adulthood in 2 weeks.  Adult lice live for about 30 days on a person’s head so you must act quickly.

How do you get rid of lice? There are two solutions against lice, you can use treatments with repellents or products which act mechanically.  Lice do develop resistance to repellents which can actually be irritating to the scalp.

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Puressentiel is a 100% natural product that contains no synthetic chemicals meaning it’s incredibly gentle to hair and scalp. Over the past year I’ve been cutting down on products that contain synthetic ingredients so this product makes me really happy.

The new generation of anti-lice treatments act mechanically by asphyxiation, suffocating the lice.  The lice are unable to develop resistance to this type of product.

Arthur is almost 4 years old and the last thing he would want to do if he had headlice is to sit still for long periods of time with a lotion on his head, Puressentiel is effective in 10 minutes which is perfect for wriggly children.

After applying the product you can then use a nit comb to remove the eggs and lice from the head and hair.

Have you tried this product? What are your tried and tested methods for removing headlice?

Puressentiel is available at Boots, Amazon and Lloyds Pharmacy for a rrp of £6.49

* This post was written in Collaboration with Puressentiel


Children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge

We love books in our household, so when we were invited to participate in the Random House Children’s books Christmas present challenge it was a no brainer that we would accept.

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Some of the books that Arthur reads now belonged to Lucie and before that belonged to me, I still have a book on my bookshelf that I was given for Christmas 1987 (Alice through the looking glass) although I don’t let anyone touch it as it was a favourite of mine and in mint condition still.  I love to receive books as a gift although i don’t get a lot of spare time to read these days so I’m so thrilled that my children are both avid readers too.  I must add that Arthur isn’t a child genius so we read the books to him and ask him to describe the scene in the picture.

I can’t imagine a life without books, I find them so magical and my favourite story growing up and still as an adult has probably got to be Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood (The original with Jo, Bessie and Fanny not the reprint with Joe, Beth and Frannie?).  I’m thankful that I still have all 3 original Faraway Tree books and not the new versions.  I hope that when I’m old and have grandchildren of my own I can still read these stories to the next generations in their original format.

We were sent 3 fabulous children’s book which are age appropriate for Arthur who will be 4 in March 2017.  Two of them are new to us and one of them Arthur already owns so this will be gifted to my good friend Clare who i’m sure will enjoy reading it to her daughter.

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I’ve wrapped up The tale of Kitty-in-Boots for Arthur’s Christmas Eve stocking, I love Beatrix Potter books and I’m ashamed to say that this will be the first one that Arthur has owned but I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I love the Quentin Blake illustrations, they always transport me back to my childhood favourites by Roald Dahl but I digress.

Shirley Hughes is also a new author to Arthur and I know he will love not only the story of Alfie and his best friend but the lovely illustrations in the book.  Lucie used to enjoy reading Lucy & Tom’s Christmas by the same Author as one of her Christmas books, it was so well written and I’m looking forward to sharing Alfie’s adventures with Arthur on Christmas day when he opens this book.

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The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea is a book we purchased a couple of weeks ago for Arthur as I fell in love with the fun pictures in the book, it’s a really funny book with some very funky hairstyles and outfits and a great book for me to gift to my friend.

What was your favourite childhood book?

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