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Pink Parcel August Subscription Box.

Six months have gone by since having Willow, my body and hormones seem to have gone back to normal and unfortunately that means the ghastly and horrid return of the period! Dum! Dum! Dum! Can’t say I was particularly thrilled about that but at least it’s a sign that all is A-ok down there so I suppose I’ll forgive it. This also meant I got to re-subscribe to Pink Parcel! Yay! Receiving something like this once a month when your periods are just making you feel pooey, is just what you need to brighten your day. I highly recommend it! So, without further a do…

Look what goodies were in my Pink Parcel box this month! Other than the usual monthly “necessities”, I got: 
❣Tea pigs sachet of Matcha Green Tea (which is lovely by the way! I’m drinking a cup as we speak!)

❣Jealous Sweets – £2.50 

❣Estella Bartlett bracelet – £12.99

❣Sunkissed Shimmer Dust Brush (bronzer) – £4.99

❣So Susan Haute Light Pencil (highlighter) -£14.95

❣Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick – £15.00

❣Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate (helps to prevent ingrown hairs and reduce hair regrowth) – sample but normally £12 for 100ml

❣Emily Fruit Crisps, Crunchy Apple. These are actually quite nice. Very sweet tasting. £1.49
If you’re interested in subscribing to Pink Parcel each month (or maybe for your daughter? Which I think is a lovely idea), it’s £6.99 for the first box then £9.95 thereafter. Plus p&p.

Are any of you subscribed to Pink Parcel? Tell me what you think in the comments below. 😃
Take care,
Dayna.

Sleep tight my beautiful kitties.

It’s not often that I will post about my personal life. At least not a post like this…
When I moved away to Pembrokeshire, leaving my cats (albeit with my parents as 5 of the 6 were the whole family’s cats) was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. In some ways, it was the hardest. I spent countless days crying and missing them. Particularly Felix as she was my little fur baby. I wanted to take her with me, but as grumpy as she was to the other cats, I wasn’t sure how she’d react to living with me on her own. It got even harder once Willow was born as I knew I couldn’t see them anywhere near as much as I had been but I was excited for the day when they’d finally meet her.
Yesterday I’d heard from my mum that Tessa was really poorly. Not just that, but Felix was also missing! Terra, our other cat, kept going out to look for her. In the early hours of this morning, cuddled up with my mum and dad on the sofa, Tessa sadly passed away from suspected poisoning.

Tessa lazing in the garden.

Felix still hasn’t come home and Terra is now also missing. We suspect they have both been poisoned, too.

Felix was always the crazy one.


Completely and utterly heartbroken over the news. Hurting so bad and I have cried so much my head hurts as well as my heart. I’m still holding onto a glimmer of hope that Felix and Terra will be found and that they’re OK but it doesn’t look good. 😭

Terra always dreamed big and saw himself as a panther in the making.


Such an incredibly sad day. I’m hating the world and hating the people who think it’s ok to poison cats and other pets. 😿 How can we have lost 3 beautiful cats in the space of 24 hours?! It’s just not fair!

Now Felix won’t be waiting in the garden when I come home from Wales for a visit. Looking at me all shocked when I call her name then happy purring and meowing when she realises it’s me. No longer will she laze on my bed, having some down time from the other cats, and no longer will I be able to have cuddles with our three fur babies.
Sorry for such a gloomy post. I just wanted to write about it and get all my feelings out. Completely devastated right now.

The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(please excuse the poor photo quality)

Beatrix Potter is one of my fave children’s authors. I love her stories but I think I love her illustrations even more. – They’re so beautiful. Tonight, when my little girl couldn’t sleep, I decided to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit to her for the first time. She’s now falling asleep. 💤
 

Even after all these years, I still enjoyed reading it and really felt for poor, naughty, Peter.

It gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling to be so lucky as to have my very own daughter that I can read books to and pass down my childhood favourites to. I really do hope she becomes a book lover just like me.
My apologies for such a short review tonight. Brain is getting sleepy so has given up for the night lol!

Take care, guys,

Dayna.

My Summer Book Stack.

Woohoo the Summer has officially arrived! Happy belated Summer Solstice everyone! Living in Pembrokeshire now means I get to go to the beach a fair bit during the Summer as we have several near by. That is on the few occasions that we actually get to see a bit of sun lol! I’m not one for the hot weather, but I do love bright sunny days where the sky is a beautiful shade of blue with a few fluffy clouds floating by. The perfect opportunity to sit on the beach and do a spot of reading. This brings me to my post. I’ve decided to put together a few books that I’d like to read over the Summer. My Summer book stack! Now, whether I’ll be able to get through them all, I don’t know but I shall certainly try. The books I’ve chosen are:


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Life and Death Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

I’ve had some of these books for quite some time but hadn’t got around to reading them. Hopefully I’ll get through them all this Summer! I am particularly excited about reading Lady Midnight as I adore Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Have you read any of these? Do you have a Summer TBR list? What will you be reading? Let me know in the comments below! 😃
Oh, and if you don’t already know, we’re on Facebook! Stop on by and say hi!

Take care,

Dayna.

Serial Reader – An app for book lovers!

This morning I’d noticed on Litsy that people were talking about an app called Serial Reader. Being a book lover, I thought I’d check it out!


I know it’s my first day of using it but so far I’m loving it! It’s  an app for people who love to read the classics. Your book of choice is split up into manageable bite size pieces called issues (like a comic/graphic novel). 


Each day, at a time of your choosing, an issue is sent to you and you’re also given an estimated reading time. – I thought it might also calculate your actual reading time but it doesn’t which is shame. In my opinion, it would be great if they could update it to do that. Once you’ve read an issue, you have the option of waiting until the next day or, if you’re the impatient type and the book is just too exciting to wait, you can read on ahead to the next issue. However, to do that, you have to upgrade which costs £2.99. This unlocks the option to read ahead, sync with iCloud, make highlights and notes, pause & read later, and add more fonts. I love the concept of this app and with the upgrade, it reminds me a lot of the Kindle app. I think maybe £2.99 for the upgrade is a little steep, though, and I’m not in the habit of paying for upgrades in apps anyway but that aside, the app is still  definitely worth downloading and gets a thumbs up from me as I love the idea of looking forward to an issue to read each day.

Have a lovely day, guys!

Dayna.

My Proofreading Door Is Open!

Well, folks, it’s that time again where my proofreading door is open to you guys. Especially now that I have a little one and have a bit more free time on my hands (when she’s lets me, of course 😝). So, if you need a second pair of eyes to go over your work, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can! You can email me at: secretlivesoffictionlovers@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you. 😊

Happy Friday everyone!

Take care,

Dayna.

Next On My TBR List: And I Darken by Kiersten White.


A few weeks back the lovely Harriet at Penguin sent me a copy of the soon-to-be released And I Darken by Kiersten White. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet BUT this weekend will be THE weekend that I can finally get engrossed in it! I am so excited to be reading this book! Here’s the blurb:

AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

Published 7th July 2016

 

“The phenomenal first book in an epic feminist trilogy set in the bloody Ottoman Empire, by the New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

 

Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and The Queen of the Tearling, this is the ultimate, gripping, ‘can’t-stop-reading!’ novel to get stuck into on your summer holiday. Anti-princess Lada Dracul is destined to be the next feminist heroine, following in the footsteps of recent strong, gritty female characters Arya Stark, Jessica Jones and Star Wars’ Rey.

 

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. 
Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. 
Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.”

Look out for my review in the coming weeks! 😃

Have a lovely weekend, all!

Come Join Me on Litsy!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all keeping well and enjoying the Summer so far! It’s been a while and I do apologise for that. Having a cute little baby girl seems to be taking up a lot of my time now, but I’m still here, I promise. 😀


Have any of you heard of an app called Litsy? No? Neither had I until recently when my fiancé’s mum introduced me to it. It’s a book community where book lovers go to chat about, well, books! Basically it is a simplified version of Goodreads. At least that’s how I see it. It’s the only thing I can think to compare it to.

When you sign up, they ask if you want to follow their suggested users. I chose to do that but you don’t have to. One of them is a Litsy book club which I thought was a fab idea and will hopefully be joining in the fun next month myself. 😀 

Here is what your profile layout will look like:


When you want to post something, just click on the cross symbol. You can then choose to write a review, write a blurb (or a general comment), or quote something from the book. Once you’ve chosen what you would like to do, you select your book and then you can write about it! It really is a nice little app. I think if I was to suggest any improvements, it would be to maybe have hashtags (or simply search for words) so that you can find other people who are reading the same book as you, like the same genre, are bloggers etc. So, if you love books like I do then come join me: SecretLivesOfFictionLovers

Enjoy your evening, guys! Oh and I thought I’d share a photo of Willow:


She’s wearing an Alice in Wonderland bow that I had made for her. I hope she loves books when she’s older!

Baby Update – Week 30!

Wow! It’s week 30 already (and it’s Christmas week too)! I feel like the time is just flying by and that at any moment now, Willow will be here! Eek! We’re nearly getting there, though, with all the baby bits that we need. She’s doing really well and is moving so much! I still find it creepy, yet fascinating, that there is some little person growing inside of me. Especially as she’s now visibly moving around in my tummy! I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it lol!

   

This was at week 27. Thought I’d share as I’m wearing my Christmas tee.

And this is today at week 30. I don’t think my bump has noticeably grown in the last couple of weeks.

 
 I’m mostly feeling ok in myself. Suffering the usual exhaustion, aches and pains, and uncomfortable night’s sleep. I’m getting a fair bit of heartburn/acid reflux which I’m trying to combat with Rennies and Papaya Enzyme tablets (a natural remedy). I still can’t walk as much as I’d like but am doing the best I can. I just have to rest a lot and not wear my artificial leg so much (unfortunately this can last for several days before I can wear it again). I’m beginning to notice a few stretch marks making their way through now. Eek! I really must get into the habit of using my stretch mark lotion. I’m also noticing very fine hair on my tummy! So strange but I hear it’s normal.
This year we’re having two Christmases. The first was spent with my family in England the other weekend. We had Christmas Day on the sunday, opening presents and having a Christmas dinner. I’ve saved some of my presents for Christmas Day as I like to have something to open on the actual day. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without me and my sister getting up early, opening our presents and chuckling at each other’s reaction when we open something that’s a little odd so this year we’ll be Skypeing or FaceTiming each other. It makes me feel so sad that I can’t physically be there and continue the tradition but, now that Willow is coming along, we have to make a new tradition. I expect we’ll be alternating where we spend our Christmases each year so maybe next year we’ll spend Christmas Day with my family. we did have a lovely early Christmas with them and it really did feel Christmassy! There was also a special moment when Willow kicked and my mum felt it for the first time! Because we live so far apart, my mum hasn’t been able to be with me throughout my pregnancy so it meant a lot that she got to witness that.
As well as us getting presents, Willow got a few from my parents too! Here’s just a few of them:

  
They are so cute! My sister is also putting a box of things together for Willow but we won’t be getting them until she’s been born. I can’t believe that this time next year Willow will be spending her first christmas with us! It’s going to be so magical!
I really should go and get some lunch but I just wanted to pop on and let you all know how things are going and to say I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA of late. Exhaustion and lack of motivation is really getting to me at the mo but I’ll try to post a bit more regularly. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas.
Take care,
Dayna.

Currently Reading: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

A perfect Saturday spent enjoying a cuppa whilst reading a good book!

I know, I know, I’m real slow on the book wagon when it comes to reading If I Stay. BUT I finally am and can honestly say I’m loving it so far. Before picking up If I Stay, I was already a fan of Gayle Forman. I love her writing style. It makes reading her books a breeze and, before you know it, you’ve gotten to the end and find yourself wondering how the heck you got there so quick! This book is turning out to be no different which I’m thrilled about.
I’ve yet to see the movie adaptation so have no idea how it compares to the book. Have any of you guys read the book or seen the movie? What did you think?
I hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday; whatever you may be getting up to.
Take care,
Dayna.

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