A moment to myself (and a giveaway for you)

When I was pregnant I was fortunate enough to be sent some grown up colouring books to review.


I was so pleased whenMichael O’mara books asked me to review the 2014 editions of these grown up colouring booksphoto 2(4) – Vintage Patterns and Pretty Patterns.


Having two children under two means that my time to myself is a little restricted, and when I do have a few moments on my own I don’t always want to get out a book to read or my sewing – things that I need more than ten minutes to concentrate on.


These colouring books are great, I can colour when Daniel is drawing, or when I have few minutes to myself. I find it relaxing and doesn’t require a huge amount of thought.


When I recently posted a pic of my colouring to Instagram, it got a lot of comments and positive reaction… it seems that grown up colouring books are a big hit. And I can see why.


There are plenty fo brilliant pages and patterns in here… below are a few excerpts from both books:


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I like some of the bolder patterns, like that shown in the last picture, but I have enjoyed these two so far from the Vintage Patterns book


There really is something for everyone here – there are repeating patterns, or pictures like that of the bird above. There are bold thick solid line drawings and softer lighter lines. What I love about these books from Michael O’Mara is that the paper is such good quality. When using felt pens they don’t bleed through – so you can use both sides – without having to choose which design you want to do.


I think of the two, the Vintage Patterns book is my favourite. They are both priced at £9.99 and are available here and here on Amazon.



Michael o’Mara Books have kindly given me one extra copy of each book – to be in with a chance of winning one of them, please visit the Rafflecopter here


The competition will run until June 15th, and is open to UK residents only. Two winners will be selected and they will be sent a copy of either Pretty Patterns or Vintage Patterns.


*** I was sent one copy of each of these books to review. All words and opinions are my own***


A rare shopping trip

It is very rare that I go out to buy clothes for myself. Now I am not working (well in formal paid employment!) I find that I can make do with the jeans and bits and pieces I already own.

However, now that Daniel is almost six months, I have had a clear out of my wardrobe, as I didn’t buy cloths last year, unless they were maternity clothes, I had a lot of stuff that I just didn’t want anymore, either because it doesn’t fit or just isn’t a style I will wear now.

So, over the past couple of weeks I have been ebaying my old clothes. I raised over £50 so today, I went on a rare shopping trip for just me! That’s right, I banned myself from buying Daniel anymore clothes, he really doesn’t need any!

For just £23 I managed to b a pair of jeans and three props, I think I did well! I didn’t want to spend a lot as my days are spent on the floor with Daniel or being drooled over.





The jeans are just a plain blue bootcut and a bargain at just £10. I already have a pair of these and they’re the only jeans I have found that fit me well.

The blue top has a really pretty detail on the bottom, and was a steal at £4. The green top is an unusual choice as I don’t usually buy green. However I nearly bought it a few weeks back (when it was full price) but today it was just £5 so I thought I’d give it a try.

The final top, the grey and blue stripes is just a casual jersey top that I quite liked, again a bargain t £4.

As well as the clothes I couldn’t resist getting some books for Daniel…. Primarily as I saw this one…


At our baby sign class today the teacher said that we will be reading this book next week, so it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

I then saw these two, and liked the rhyming stories so much I just couldn’t resist.


Have you had any bargains recently?

BOOK REVIEW : My Humongous Hamster – Lorna Freytag

Today I received this book from the lovely people over at Piccadilly Press. Whilst I have been sent a free copy of this book, this is a fair and honest review.


This book is aimed very much at a young child, it is a picture book that follows a rather large hamster. Daniel and I have read this book and we rather liked it.

The accompanying press release says:

An imaginative story which grows! Lorna Freytag’s stunning photographs are surreal and comforting at the same time. It is certain to delight children and adults alike.

Now, the story itself isn’t one of the best I have read, I quite like stories that rhyme and I think rhyming stories hold my son’s attention better. But, that said, it is a lovely book and the pictures are brilliant. There is a lot of detail that, as Daniel grows, we will be able to highlight and talk about.

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As Daniel is just under 17 weeks old, he isn’t really enjoying books at the moment. I find that he often gets bored very quickly when we read. However, this book did hold his attention until the end, and he certainly enjoyed looking at the pictures, especially the brilliant one of the hamster nose up. It is rare that a book keeps him engaged for so long. It is 32 pages long so no mean feat for a small boy!

This book would make a lovely gift for any child, and I’m sure will be one that Daniel and I read time and time again. It will also be a good opportunity to talk about hamsters and how they are looked after etc.

My Humongous Hamster is due to be published on 25 April and is priced at £6.99 for the paperback version or £11.99 for the hardback version. There is more information on the publisher’s website here.


My Humongous Hamster is published by Piccadilly Press and is available to pre-order from amazon here.