Friday 27/01/12 'Rain' (27/366)
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Wednesday 25/01/12 'New Toy' (25/366)
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Mix Tape Monday #11
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I've decided to go for a song by an artist I can't warm to at all. I don't like her voice, her image or her music. If she comes onto the radio when i'm listening to it I will switch over. So, which song to pick? This one I remember being around when I was pregnant and therefore often irritable, this song was a major source of irritation.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week and I'll be back to talking about the music I love, until then I, reluctantly, bring you Russian Roulette by Rihanna
Arte Ideas - Perfect Gift Suggestions
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- An item which is partially or 100% made from recycled or vintage materials.
- Made from Fair Trade principles in place, contributes to sustainable development for producers, workers and their communities. Ensuring that workers from growing raw materials to manufacturing finished products can earn a fare wage and not be exploited.
- Identifies fabrics or processes which are sustainable. Utilising more environmentally friendly materials.
- Working with organisations who actively seek tominimise environmental damage. Developing relationships around the world with artisans who are highly skilled.
- Simply, local sourced from up and coming designers in UK and Ireland.
Tuesday 17/01/2012 'Finally Up' (17/366)
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Mix Tape Monday #10
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Friday 13/01/2012 'The View' 13/366
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Mix Tape Monday #9
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This week we are asked for a song by our pop star first crush. We are asked who it was and, more importantly do they still make our knees weak today? Well, the recent series of Strictly Come Dancing has rekindled all kinds of buried deep feelings that I used to have for Jason Donovan and, yes, I'm afraid to admit, that I do still have the same crush on him! It's amazing what a good Argentinian Tango does for a woman!
The Highs and Lows of 2011
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2011 wasn't the best year for us but it was my first full year of motherhood and I've loved seeing my boy grow.
1. What was your happiest event?
We had many happy events but I think the best was Bud's first birthday. Watching him celebrate with everyone he loves and being able to reflect on his first year was lovely.
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
I was made redundant in July. I still miss the team that I worked with and I really wasn't expecting to become a stay at home mum just three months after returning to work.
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
Getting back into live music. At the start of the year I was really sure that it would be a struggle for me to see a gig but, a combination of rekindling a friendship with an old school friend and making a bit more time for myself means that I got to 7 gigs in 2011 and enjoyed that so much!
4. Who let you down?
Well, apart from the European Social Fund for not extending the contract I worked on? No-one really.
Obviously Red Rose Daddy has been my main source of support, he is wonderful. A great partner and daddy, I don't know what Bud and I would do without him. We are also blessed to have a great, supportive family and friends who we can rely on for help whenever we need it.
6. Tell us something you learned.
Not to blink! Bud is learning so quickly and he changes every day. I feel like if I blink I will miss out on something so I try to give him as much time as I can and share this exciting time with him.
7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh.
Certain bloggers and tweeters that I've met in the last few months can make me cry with laughter. Red Rose Daddy can often be seen raising his eyebrows at me as I snort at the computer.
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry.
Oh goodness, I cry all the time. I was never a crier before I had Bud. The most tears were shed when my parents had their lovely Bearded Collie put to sleep in October. She was a fantastic dog and is very much missed.
a) He took his first steps, which quickly progressed to running, standing on one leg and climbing on everything!
b) He has expanded his vocabulary immeasurably, I am always amazed by how many words he knows and understands. He is a real chatterbox and never stops talking. I love talking to him.
c) He has become a sunny, happy child who brings pleasure to so many people. He approaches people that he knows and chats to them, brings them a book to read or a toy to play with. I'm amazed to be raising such a confident, outgoing child and I'm proud of him every second.
10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
You're reading it! I've loved starting my blog and making it my own. I've already had some great opportunities as a result of it and I'm looking forward to growing it further in 2012.
11. Tell us one challenge you overcame.
I became a stay at home mum. I never intended to give up work. I thought I would return to work part-time, perhaps 3 days a week and enjoy the rest of the week with Bud. In the end my staying at home was the best option for us all and, though we are not as well off, I love spending every day with my boy.
12. Is there anything you would like to change about your life in 2012.
I've said before that we'd like another baby, so fingers crossed! Other than that, I'd just like to improve my confidence, continue with my blog and complete Project 366. Nothing significant but small, achievable targets.
So, who to tag?
The Titan Prophecy: Rise of the Dark One
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Those of you who are familiar with Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series will immediately feel at home in the world created by AM Crawford in her debut novel, The Titan Prophecy: Rise of the Dark One, however, instead of transposing the greek myths onto modern day, Crawford's heroes time travel back and forth between the present and Ancient Greece into the thick of the action.
The book opens with two best friends, Max and Charlie, playing on the moors when they are confronted by an unidentified threat (the 'Dark One'). It soon emerges that Charlie is the subject of a prophecy and, with Max and their mysterious protector Parseus, they are soon plunged into an adventure which takes them back in time to Ancient Greece where they meet many mythological figures, including Zeus, Hades, Hephaestus, Jason and the Argonauts and Medea. They travel alongside Jason on the Golden Fleece and befriend many of the Argonauts on their quest to save the world from a destructive new war between the Gods and Titans.
I was really impressed by this novel. As mentioned, it does have certain similarities to Rick Riordan's series but I really enjoyed that this book takes you into the actual events, rather than re-inventing them for the modern day. I love Greek mythology and really appreciated the research and accuracy that Crawford has put into her story. I think that this is a subject that many young people would find really interesting and this book is a great introduction into a whole world of stories that they could go forward and read from here onwards. The action capers along and is really fast moving. There are twists and turns around every corner and I quickly started to root for the boys on their quest.
I'd definitely recommend this novel for readers aged 11+, especially those who are fans of Rick Riordan and JK Rowling. There are echoes of Harry Potter in that Charlie is a chosen one and both series start with a prophecy concerning the main character. This book is billed as the first in a series and I will definitely be interested to read more in the future.
At the moment you can buy the book for your Kindle at just 77p which is an absolute steal. Definitely a good buy if your children have received a Kindle this Christmas and are looking for books to fill it. The paperback is priced at £7:99.
You can find The Titan Prophecy: Rise of the Dark One on Amazon and on Facebook
I received a review copy of this book free of charge but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I've Joined the Nokia Amazing Collective!
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I've mentioned before my antipathy towards my old phone, the Blackberry Curve 8250, it just didn't do anything it was supposed to. I've been thinking about a smartphone to replace this one but, as I wasn't due an upgrade until August, all I could do was look. I've long been a fan of Nokia phones. I used to have an N97 which was an amazing phone, I loved it but I upgraded to a Sony Ericcson and then the cursed Blackberry simply because Nokia didn't really seem to be competing with their range. All that has now changed. In February 2011 Nokia and Microsoft announced that they were going to team up to produce a new phone, to challenge the Apple iPhone and the various Google Android handsets available. The Lumia 800 is the result.
The camera is excellent. I've been using it to take photos quite a lot this week as I misplaced by digital camera. It has 8MP to play with and auto focus, great for taking photos out and about. There is also a dedicated camera button on the side of your phone which makes it easy to get snapping. I'm going to have a play around with the camera to see what I can actually achieve with it and will post again in the future.
Lots of smartphones have questionable quality when it comes to the basics - like making a phone call. I have a friend with an iPhone who, whenever he phones me on it, spends much of the time complaining about how irritating it is to make calls with. The Lumia 800 has none of this, the line is crystal clear and the options for your call are all visible on the screen when you are on a call so you can press hold, switch to loudspeaker or anything else you require with ease.
My Lumia 800 has lots of other apps pre-installed which I haven't had chance to play with yet. Nokia Drive is included and, as we have broken our Sat Nav unit I intend to try this out when we go away for the weekend at the end of the month. Again, I'll blog about it and let you know my thoughts. I'll also be making use of Local Scout and the Maps app then.
I plan to share my responses to some of the Amazing Collective challenges. So far, we have had challenges asking for photos of people sleeping, food-7 lookalikes, Christmas decorations, and dancing amongst others. Every time I complete a challenge I can upload my new album to Facebook for my friends to like. When I do so I win points for the leaderboard where overall prizes, and some challenge-based prizes, can be won.
I'm so excited to have my Nokia Lumia 800 and looking forward to sharing it's functions with you, and the fun I have with it through The Amazing Collective on Facebook.
I received the Nokia Lumia 800 free of charge from Nokia in return for promoting it through my blog and Facebook. The thoughts and opinions in this post are all my own.
Saturday 07/01/2012 Bookcase (7/366)
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Listography - Top 5 Photos of 2011
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- I've Joined the Nokia Amazing Collective!
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