The pitter patter of tiny feet…

Yep in about *counts on fingers* six months time a beautiful baby will be born. My boyfriend and I would like to officially announce that I am pregnant! We went for our first scan today (that’s at 12 weeks here in the UK) and it was amazing to see the little mite wriggling around in there! He/she is doing well so far. *phew* I can’t tell you how happy we are and woohoo we can finally tell everyone!! Yay! I would like to introduce you all to baby Phillips! 

 I am exactly 12 weeks pregnant according to the baby’s measurements and the baby’s due date is 29th February 2016! Eek a leap year baby!

I have been dying to tell you guys for soooo long! It’s been torture having to wait but whew I can finally shout it from the rooftops! Figuratively speaking of course. 😝

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’re all having a fab day!

Pre-order the ‘City of Bones’ Collector’s Edition!

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When packing for my move to Wales, I had to be select in what I could bring as my life had to fit into a suitcase. Of course books *had* to be in there and I could not bare to leave without my well-loved copy of City of Bones. Which brings me to this post … I am dying to get my hands on a copy of this collectors edition!!

Originally posted on TMI Source:

New CoB coverWe have less than a month until Cassandra Clare’s worldwide bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices will be published with gorgeous new covers and some bonus content! Barnes & Noble is selling a Collector’s Edition of the book that started it all, City of Bones:

This edition of City of Bones features an exclusive poster and new scene, a brilliant new cover, a map of New York City, a new foreword, and a bonus story.

Cassie shared that this special edition will actually be a hardcover – the other books will be paperbacks – and that “[i]t contains the beginning of City of Bones, when Jace and Clary first meet, rewritten from Jace’s perspective.

Click here to pre-order the Collector’s Edition of City of Bones!

Edited to add:

Since some seem to have problems with the link, here it is again: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/city-of-bones-cassandra-clare/1100329400?ean=9781481456807

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CHANEL COLLECTION MÉDITERRANÉE STYLO EYESHADOW REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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Pop on over to Beauty Lifestyle Chicago and check out the fab giveaway! Good luck to you all!

Originally posted on BeautyLifestyleChicago:

Being a mom of a toddler on the brink of his terrible two’s is quite a challenge on it’s own. It leaves me with an entertaining but impatient audience as I get ready in the morning therefore I am always on the look out for quick and easy makeup products that are effortless to apply but look stunning and complex.

IMG_6857These Chanel Limited Edition Stylo Eyeshadow Sticks truly fill the brief. It is a twist-up, water-based eyeshadow that’s lightweight, long-wearing, and cooling when it touches the skin. Since the shadow is water based they do not grease up and slide around in a hot climate, instead they leave a minty cool sensation on the skin when applied. The formula remains creamy and easy to blend for about 5 minutes before it dries and become absolutely budgeproof for the next 8-10 hours. I love that these come in a convenient twist-up…

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Honest Reviewer. Always Am, Always Will Be!

Credit goes to the amazing illustrator, Quentin Blake.

 
I had a message on Goodreads waiting for me this morning. It was from an author offering me an incentive to basically hurry up and read and review her book. The incentive? $50 or books from my wish list on Amazon. Awesome, right? Not exactly. There’s a catch … She wants a 4-5 star rating and glowing review of her book. I would happily take the offer and give her that rating, and that review she so wants, IF I genuinely thought the book was that amazing but it’s not and I am not in the business of giving dishonest reviews just to earn a bit of cash. So, thank you, but no thank you.
I know we would all love to get paid for something we love doing but not like this! I would be potentially misleading someone into thinking it’s a great read only for them to be really disappointed and I’m not willing to do that. I have morals and I’ll stick by them, thank you very much! Now, if I’d been offered money to give an honest review then I would have happily obliged.

#TBT

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Ahh Of Mice and Men… Definitely an underrated book, I agree. I studied this back in secondary school and loved the movie too. It’s a book that will leave an imprint on your life forever. Or it did mine anyway. I always shed a tear (several times throughout ) whenever reading or watching it. Oh the feels! Poor Lennie was, at heart, a gentle giant who was misunderstood but sadly didn’t know his own strength (physically). *sniffs and wipes away a tear* A worthy read for sure. And I never knew it was on the banned book list untill I saw Jordan’s post! Wow!

Originally posted on I Will Never Own Enough Books:

So as a request from my husband my #tbt for this week is going to be Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I read this book in high school in the 11th grade. It’s funny because the copy I pulled off our bookshelf yesterday was one that my husband had refused to give back once he graduated high school, so now we have a copy for ourselves. I have loved many things that Steinbeck has written, but for some reason this story always pops back up into my life in some form.

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This story is one that I always thought was underrated. Yes it is a simple story of one that deals mostly with a world that has a hard time with mentally challenged people and that of a blossoming friendship within the Great Depression. I find it fascinating when I reread it that compared to our times…

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Book Review: Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend.

  
Title: Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend

Author: Cora Harrison

Published: 3rd February 2012

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Blurb:

“Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumours and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons…”

When I first started reading this book I felt neither here, nor there about it. It just wasn’t really pulling me in and I didn’t get that I-want-to-stay-up-til-the-wee-hours-reading kind of feeling from it. However, the further I got through the book, the more I warmed to it. Once I had gotten to the end, I had the warm fuzzy feels and wanted to clutch the book to my chest and sigh happily! It was a really lovely read. Having not read Cora Harrison’s previous book “I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend”, I didn’t know what to expect and for some reason had it in my head that it was going to be some kind of modernised story about Jane Austen so I was thrilled to discover that, no, it was in fact set in 1791 when Jane was a budding author-to-be. The story was centred around, and written from the point of view of, Jane’s cousin, Jenny (though her real name was also Jane). I loved that it was written like a diary – complete with cute little drawings – and was written in a style fitting of that era. I love how they spoke back then! Jenny writes about her family, her and Jane’s trip to Bath (which involved going to balls and wearing exquisite dresses) and also about her love, Thomas Williams, a Royal Navy captain, who wants to marry her but her brother (who is her guardian) and his wife won’t allow it. With the help of Jane and her childhood friend, Harry, Jenny and Thomas write to each other in secret (Not surprisingly, Jane saw this as very romantic) and Jane was determined that Jenny and Thomas would be married. It was great seeing it all unfold and I found myself worrying that Jenny and Thomas wouldn’t get their happy ever after. I really liked how Jane was portrayed. She was so witty and she was also a bit of a flirt! But you discover, that in spite of all that flirting, she’s fallen for a boy and wants to have her own happy ever after with him!
This book is a fabulous summer read; something to take on holiday with you to read whilst relaxing on the beach, maybe. If you love a bit of romance with a taste of the classics about it, then this is for you!
Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan for kindly sending me this book to review. It was truly a delight.

Currently Reading: Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend.

I really needed a break from a book I’m reading on my Kindle at the moment because, sadly, I’m just not enjoying it. 😔 It had quite a promising plot too but the writing leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. Sooo I looked to my overflowing bookcase to see what I had left to read and noticed I still needed to read Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend by Cora Harrison. The book was kindly sent to me by the lovely folk at Macmillan some time ago so I thought it time I picked it up and got stuck in.  
Blurb:

“Jane wants to meet a hero worthy of her extraordinary imagination: a gentleman who is dashing and daring and handsome and brave; who can dance like a viscount and duel like a king. Jane and Jenny are whiling away the season in Bath and there are plenty of dances, rumours and scandals to entertain them. But a good reputation, once lost, is gone forever; and Jane is in danger of becoming the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.”


I’m hoping that this is going to be an easy read, something that I can totally engross myself in. It’s also written like a diary so the writing style flows nicely and I should be finished in no time!

Changes are happening. Big, scary, life changing changes!

The past couple of weeks have been kind of emotional. I have now handed my notice in at work and shall officially be leaving on the 7th August! Why you ask? Well, it’s pretty awesome really … My boyfriend has asked me to move in with him! Yay! Eek! It’s such a big step and not just because I’m simply moving into another house in town, ohhhh no. Nope. It’s because I shall be moving away to “sunny” Pembrokeshire, Wales and leaving my friends and family behind in Lincolnshire, England. It’s gonna be real tough leaving them and, let me tell you, I have shed my fair share of tears already just thinking about it! BUT I need to follow my heart. – That sounds sooo corny but it’s true. This is why I’ve been so emotional. Lord knows what I’ll be like on moving day! It is the right thing to do, though. I love my boyfriend and I love Wales – Pembrokeshire is so beautiful! On the week of my move, my boyfriend will be spending the week with me, helping me pack (just the essentials for now as we’ll be living at his parents for a while first) and then he’ll help me haul everything on to the train to my new home! I’m excited and nervous all at the same time! I don’t have a job in Wales yet but I’ve been job hunting everyday and am anxiously waiting to hear back from a couple at the mo so fingers crossed I can secure a job BEFORE I actually move down there.

 

So, there  you go, that’s my big life changing news! Have any of you guys done the same and moved away to be with the one you love?

Giveaway Time: Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 & More

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The fabulous Rachael has an awesome giveaway. Go check it out!

Originally posted on Helpless Whilst Drying:

I am, a bit of a donut. If you remember back to my Makeup Revolution Haul at the start of last month, you’ll remember that I had a load of free items to giveaway that came free with my order. I placed, bar one item, the same order twice as I accidentally deleted something from my cart to qualify for all the free items when you spent over a certain amount, with the intention of sending them back. I just opened my drawer to discover, that I hadn’t sent these back – and it was now too late.

This however is good news for you.

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We’re 4 today!

  

When I popped on WordPress to post my review, I noticed there was this lovely notification from them. Woohoo! Happy birthday to us! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since we first started the blog … Just 4 friends writing about the things they love! Fun times! We’ve all gone our seperate ways since due to careers, uni etc but in 2013 (I think it was) I decided to pick the blog up again after going on haitus for over a year! And I am so glad I did! I’m enjoying every minute of it!

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