After last months break from watching series on TV, I have dived head first into an addiction with Pretty Little Liars. It’s great, terrible, rubbish and moreish all at the same time. I’ve watched the complete first two series on Netflix, and I’m currently making my way through the third series. All to find out who one killer is. Yes, three series in and I’m still none the wiser and yet desperate to find out.
It’s a show about four high school friends connected by the murder of a joint friend- who wasn’t all that nice a friend anyway it seems. They’re trying to find out more about her death and trying to solve the mystery that surrounds her disappearance. That’s what makes it so watchable. Little clues keep popping up, a bit more of the mystery is solved, and a bigger web of lies and deceit is uncovered.
There’s a teacher/high school student relationship, that has me a bit sick to my stomach even though the show tries to justify it. But ultimately in my head I’m thinking about the girls age, and the issues the teacher must have if he thinks the relationship is ok! But then again if I was watching this through the eyes of “Donna at high school” I think I’d find it ‘romantic.’
I already know what I have planned for tonight. Yes it’s that compulsive a show!
I managed to complete another book this month.
It was one I picked up from my local coffee shop bookshelf and was by Daisy Goodwin. The Fortune Hunter was a really entertaining read. It’s a novel based upon historical figures and events that supposedly happened, however it is a work of fiction. But knowing that these characters actually existed is what makes the book even more delicious.
The novel is about Sisi, the Empress of Austria whose life is actually quite paralleled by our own Princess Diana’s. She married the Emperor of Austria and found that she wasn’t marrying a man but rather a country, which she found hard to accept. Seeking something exciting she moves to England to enjoy the hunting season and meets the rather handsome Captain Bay. Being a natural-born womaniser he finds it hard to resist the renowned beauty of the Empress, even though he himself is devoted and in love with Charlotte- his down to earth, spirited fiancée. It’s a great juicy love triangle.
One of my favourite products was a lovely treat for my dogs. I currently share my dogs with my parents, in the winter they come to me as I like my heating on at all times and they love to cosy up and take long walks with Little London. And during the Summer when the weather is nice they get the expanse of my parents back garden- something I can’t give them while we renovate this flat.
Barkbeats* is a no commitment, month to month subscription box for your dog/s. They are filled with wonderful goodies for your pets to enjoy, including big brand name toys, grooming products, artisan treats and healthy snacks.
Before Little London came along, it was easy to lavish all my spare time and attention on my dogs, but when another human being requires that attention my pets took a bit of a backseat- particularly at the beginning. And my God did that make me feel guilty!
I loved this box because it was just easy and simple to suddenly have something new and exciting for my dogs and I to do. It didn’t involve me having to search for things to occupy them, or look for new treats for them to try- it just landed on the doorstep. It’s a great concept and certainly something you should consider if you do have dogs.
With the days getting wetter and colder, it’s quite nice to have some great indoor children’s products to hand.
We were sent the Play-Doh Cupcake Celebration Playset,* which has made the OCD side of me go slightly insane, but my Son has throughly loved.
It’s beautifully bright and colourful and is a great way for getting our child to become a bit inventive- even if that means just mixing play-doh colours right now (it’s recommended for children above the age of 3, so he hasn’t quite got the hang of it).
With a cupcake holder ferris wheel, little hands can make their own play doh cakes using the variety of tools included. There’s no part of the set really that can’t be used to add some extra pizazz and decor to the play doh cakes, there’s even a sprinkle machine!
Our latest book from Parragon is the Disney Mickey Mouse Board Book Library*.
It’s a collection six board books that are illustrated with the great characters of Disney, such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck.
The stories are short in length with simple sentences, so great for children learning to read. But also great for reading to a toddler with a very short attention span!
The collection of books can also be turned over to become individual jigsaw pieces, so they have that added excitement.
I thought it would be a great collection to buy and give to your child slowly over the course of advent, so when they receive the final book they could complete the puzzle. Plus it saves you looking for at least six different advent gifts 😉
(Disclosure: Items marked with a * are PR samples. I am not obliged to mention them however)