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    Books I Read in December: Mini Book Reviews

    Jess January 1, 2021

    If November was something of a disappointment to me in terms of the number of books I read, December was an absolute joy. I have no doubt that it had plenty to do with the two weeks off I had; in the run up to Christmas and the following week but I am still feeling pretty impressed with myself. Not only did I manage to read a decent number of…

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  • An Easy Hawaiaan Luau Party (with Hot Tub!)

    Jess December 17, 2020

    *Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.* This post should probably come with a warning that I am obsessed with party and event…

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  • AD – Festive Food with Jack’s Supermarket

    Jess December 14, 2020

    AD – this post has been created in conjunction with Jack’s Supermarket. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Every year we have what we call our ‘festive day’; usually the first weekend in December when we go out and buy a new bauble, decorate…

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  • 5 Cosy Books to Read this Winter

    Jess December 11, 2020

    Although not my favourite season (that would be you…wonderful autumn), I do enjoy certain aspects of the winter months. Namely the fact that it allows plenty of opportunity for snuggling under a blanket and getting lost in a good book; and there are certain books…

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  • Books I Read in November: Mini Book Reviews

    Jess December 8, 2020

    I’m actually quite disappointed with the number of books I read in November. I don’t know what happened; up until last month I was killing it with the amount of books I was managing to read each month and I was actually pretty close to…

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  • Reading Retreat – March 2020

    Jess November 27, 2020

    It is crazy to think that at the start of March I headed off on my much planned out and looked forward to reading retreat at Kirkfield Guest House. At the time, COVID-19 was something we were aware of, certainly, and myself (as host) and…

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  • Life in Lockdown: A Little Update #2

    Jess November 24, 2020

    It boggles the mind somewhat that my first life in lockdown post was back in April. I shared the pressures we felt, the frustration and the worry, and the bright moments. Who would have thought that eight months later we would be in a pretty…

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  • Books I Read in October: Mini Book Reviews

    Jess November 19, 2020

    October was a busy month for me; lots going on with my day job at the charity (although I did get to enjoy a whole week off with the kids which was fantastic and a much needed breather from work). I was actually pretty surprised…

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  • Books I Read in September: Mini Book Reviews

    Jess October 3, 2020

    It goes without saying that autumn is my absolute favourite season. The perfect blend of unexpected warm days and the crisp mornings; lots of opportunities to cosy up means lots of opportunities for reading and I think that was certainly reflected in how much I…

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  • Exploring The Lakes – Buttermere Valley and Lamplugh

    Jess October 1, 2020

    AD – we were gifted our cottage stay by Sally’s Cottages. All thoughts and opinions remain our own. You can’t beat a weekend escaping to The Lakes and our trip to Buttermere and Lamplugh was the exact break we needed. Despite the random mixed weather…

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  • 6 Things to Do at Home for Yourself

    Jess September 15, 2020

    I have written before about being an introverted parent, and how that can sometimes be a struggle; particularly when you have younger children who require more attention. But the truth is that self care is important for every single one of us. No matter how…

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