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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.

let the dead speak Jane Casey

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.

* I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a voucher in return for writing this post

Affordable Waterproofs From Dry Kids

Children love to play outdoors in all weather but if they don’t have the right clothing it’s not always convenient.  My children have never stayed in one size for long so I’ve always begrudged paying a lot of money for their outerwear only for it to be worn for a couple of weeks before we need the next size.  When you find a brand of clothing that is both affordable and excellent quality it’s very rare and that’s what I found in Dry Kids.

Dry Kids set

Dry Kids sell a range of outerwear, high visibility vests, t-shirts, fleeces and accessories which fit children from babies up to teenage years.  I understand that affordability means different things to different people, I personally do not see £50 for rain clothes affordable, £25-30 I can deal with but when you compare this to the product I’m about to show you I’m sure you will agree that it really is affordable.

Jacket and Trouser set Dry kids

The Dry Kids jacket and trouser set* costs £13.95.  What can you buy for £13.95? A couple of books from Waterstones, a t-shirt from Frugi, a pair of trousers from M&S, A pair of wellington boots.

The waterproof set starts at age 2 and goes up to age 14, we selected the set in age 3-4, I was aware that it might be a little on the large side especially on top but as Arthur wears most of his clothes in age 3-4 I knew it wouldn’t be long before it fit perfectly.

Dry Kids

The waterproof fabric has been tested to 3000mm of hydrostatic head which is a way of measuring how waterproof a piece of fabric is. The manufacturer will take a clear tube and clamp their material over the bottom end. They will then fill the tube slowly with water and watch to see how high the column of water can get before the material lets drips through.

Dry Kids poppers

There is an elastic waistband to the trousers for comfy snug fit and poppers at the ankle so that you can wear them inside or outside wellington boots.

The Jacket folds into front zip pocket for easy storage meaning you can keep the set at the bottom of a pushchair, in a changing bag or in the car.   There is reflective tape detail for those dark winter morning and nights and a vented back panel to the jacket with a mesh lining so your child doesn’t get too hot.

Unfortunately I can’t give an opinion on using the set as waterproofs as we have had very nice weather here in Warwickshire so I’ll have to update when we have had some rain or snow.

Have you bought anything from Dry Kids before?

*Press Sample

No More Dry Eyes Thanks Kiehl’s

Kiehls eye treatment


As an Eczema sufferer finding an eye cream to suit my skin is not an easy task, I was discussing my dry under eye problem with one of my friends and she suggested I try Kiehl’s rich and creamy Avocado Eye Treatment .


The 0.5oz tub cost me £20.00 from Space NK or you can purchase the 1oz tub direct from the Kiehl’s website for £33.00.  The green tinge to the cream does actually look like a mild guacamole but don’t let that put you off , there is a faint scent but I can’t actually put my finger on what it is, possibly the shea butter?


This cream is extremely rich and a little really does go  long way, my first couple of attempts to use this product resulting in me applying far too much product but I’ve now worked out that I only need as much as the nail on my little finger and that’s more than enough for both eyes.  I find that the cream is best applied when warmed so I gently warm between my fingers to loosen the cream up a little before application.


My dry skin means that I really do need to keep my eye area hydrated or I risk flaking which makes my makeup look very unsightly.   I have incorporated this cream into my night routine as well as my daytime routine, in the morning I apply to the orbital bone area in a patting motion rather than a rub and on an evening I use a little on my eyelids to combat any patches of Eczema.  I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the skin around my eyes since using this product and I will even go as far as to say that my fine lines have been reduced.

I’ve been using this cream daily for well over 3 months now and I can see this tiny pot lasting for at least another 3-5 months.

Fisher-Price Woodsy Friends Comfy Time Bouncer


Arthur was recently sent a Fisher-Price Woodsy Friends Comfy Time Bouncer to review, I was very excited for this to arrive to see how Arthur reacted to it as we already had a competitors bouncer which he just did not like to sit in (I have to admit that it did look uncomfortable).

When the bouncer arrived I decided not only would I do a written review but I would also include a video to show firstly how long it took to put the bouncer together and how easy it was to assemble and to show if Arthur liked it or not. For readers who prefer a visual review my vlog is available to view below.


The video features the full installation so you can see exactly how easy it is to put the bouncer together, the video also shows Arthur enjoying his new bouncer.

The bouncer took me around 9 mins to assemble, it probably would have taken less time but I tried to use the wrong screw to assemble the base.


Once assembled the benefits of this bouncer compared to the one we owned previously are very visible. The seat looks very comfy and the deep design of it looks almost cocoon like. Arthur likes to be held close and I this design is perfect for him as it will give him a secure feeling. The seat fabric is thick and feels nice and padded so I know when Arthur sits in it he will be very comfortable. The seat is machine washable which I’m really pleased about, Arthur isn’t a sickly baby but has been known to be sick a little when over excited.

The head hugger is moveable depending on the height of your baby and the restraint expands to suit your child.

The bouncer has a vibration option which is very soothing and calming, it hasn’t sent Arthur off to sleep yet but it does keep him quiet for a while. I use my foot to gently press on the side of the bouncer to rock it which Arthur likes. The vibration option requires 1 D battery.

The toy bar is like no other I have seen, there is a musical owl that hoots on the first pull and plays music on the second pull, The colours on the toys are bright and vibrant and really capture Arthurs attention. The other toys are removable teething toys, the red one is a clacker toy. The toy bar is very easy to remove and requires 1 AAA battery.

The bouncer can be used from birth until the baby is able to sit up unassisted. The maxium weight of child is 25 lbs. (11,3 kg)

I’m very impressed with this bouncer, the comfort factor definitely does it for me, as soon as I sat Arthur in I knew he was going to like it as it hugged his body and he was obviously very comfortable. The instructions were very easy to follow and I had no problems at all with the construction of the bouncer. My favourite feature is probably the toy bar, most musical baby toys have a horrible tinny sound to the music which can be quite annoying for parents but the music on this bouncer is actually quite enjoyable. I love the pattern as it is very unisex meaning it can be passed on to future siblings.

The Bouncer chair is available to purchase at: Mothercare, Tesco, Boots, Toys R Us and Argos (Prices vary in each retailer between £42.99 – £31.95)

*Disclaimer* I was sent this product for review purposes, this has in no way affected my opinion of this product and as always my review has been honest and impartial.*

Lanolips Herbal Treatment Body Oil – Stretchmarks, Be Gone!


Disclaimer: The following post contains an image of my heavily pregnant stomach, if you are easily offended or do not like looking at pictures containing naked flesh etc I would suggest you do not continue to read this blog post.  I do apologise to anyone who may be offended by my picture but I wanted to give an honest indication of how this treatment has worked for me and my body.

When I was pregnant with my daughter I went from a dress size 8-10 to a size 22 through a mixture of overeating and not enough excercise, I was only 20 years old at the time and I was horrified by the changes that had happened to my body especially the deep purple stretch marks that appeared over my breasts, stomach, bottom, back and thighs.  12 years ago the products available for stretch marks were not great, people suggested palmers body butter, vitamin e cream and a whole host of products that did nothing for my skin because the damage had already been done.

Over the next 12 years I managed to come to terms with the massive change my body had gone through, the stretch marks on my breasts had faded away to nothing, my thighs are tattooed and my bottom has a nice covering of cellulite to mask the silvery stretch marks.  The only evidence that I’ve given birth in the past are the faint silvery “tiger stripes” at the bottom of my stomach, when my stomach is toned up I don’t notice them at all if I’m honest.

When I found out last year that I was pregnant again I was rather anxious about how my body would react to the pregnancy, I yo-yo between a dress size 12 and 16 and I didn’t want to put on the same amount of weight on as I did previously.


I was sent a bottle of Lanolips Herbal Treatment Body Oil to try and after reading the accompanying press release I couldn’t wait to give this a go.   I previously trained in aromatherapy and have a strong belief in the power of essential oils, this treatment contains both Pine and Eucalyptus oils to help boost the skin’s elasticity, helping prevent the marks forming, as well as being perfect for tackling during and post pregnancy stretchmarks.

The oils used in Lanolips treatment oil have anti-inflammatory properties to help fade the redness, and Lanolin oil which is extremely moisturising and holds up to 200 times its weight in moisture.


Since receiving this product I’ve been using it in the morning before getting dressed and straight after my bath in the evening.  I find a little goes a really long way and use the amount shown above on each area.  I’m currently using the oil on my breasts, stomach, thighs, bottom and lower back.  I have also used the oil on a couple of irritated red patches of skin on my neck which vanished after a couple of days use so this oil is definitely not just great on stretchmarks it’s great to use on other problem areas


You can see from the picture above that with only 43 days left until I give birth I’ve not gained any new stretch marks, the silvery marks you can see are from my previous pregnancy. (My hand is covering a hideous tattoo I got when I was very young and not hiding new stretchmarks!)  I was very nervous about posting this picture but I wanted my readers to get an honest account of how this treatment oil has worked for me.  I will continue to use this oil for the remainder of my pregnancy and will report back if there are any changes.

You can purcahse this Treatment oil from Victoria Health for £9.95