Books

Another man’s child by Anne Bennett

I’m back with another book review and one that I have literally just finished reading.

Set in Ireland in 1920, “another man’s child” starts off telling the tale of what life was like for a farmers daughter growing up at that time. The character Celia is so sweet and innocent that I instantly felt like I wanted to both be her friend and protect her. She soon finds a bit of happiness that due to her fathers stubbornness, she is about to loose forever. Encouraged by her sister Nora, she has a decision to make about whether to loose the man she loved or leave the country that had always been home.

The story then takes a unexpected twist and Celia and her love Andy are soon separated. It is a separation that due to misunderstandings and male pride, take longer than necessary to rectify. Through sadness, becomes happiness but only after a few truths have been told and in the end, things work out just fine.

I would love to see a sequel to this story because it feels like it isnt quite finished and that there is another chapter to the story. I’d love to know what happens next to the two sisters and have felt so connected with them, that I feel like I’m alongside them every step of the way. For me, that is something that I have always found Anne Bennett has a gift for, drawing the reader into the story.

It is not until the end of the book that I realised that the story was based on a true one and that Anne had basically just given the story a much different ending. To think that people had actually gone through this makes me appreciate even more the morale of the story and that is that you should choose your own happiness and love, for nobody can choose that for you.

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Lifestyle

Brinley Williams Personalised Pillar Candle

*Ad – Gifted

For much of my adult life, I have loved candles and as I’m always burning them, I’m always buying more. I do however have a couple of sentimental candles that i use as decoration and will most likely never burn.

I was recently asked if I would like to try a pillar candle from Brinley Williams. I must admit I had never heard of them before but I thought I’d take a look at their website before I made a decision. As soon as I saw the variety of products on offer, I knew I wanted to try one.

There are so many candles to choose from on their website but I was particularly interested in their personalised candle range as this is a bit more unique. In the personalised section there are so many styles to choose from – wedding favours, anniversaries, new baby and Christmas to name a few and some options even come with a metallic foil design. I chose the personalised photo Christmas candle. It was easy to navigate around the website as well as to upload the photo that I wanted on the candle as well as the text I wanted too.

When it arrived, I was surprised at how quickly it arrived as well as how well packaged it was. The candle even comes wrapped in cellophane complete with a ribbon tie, which personally I think is great because I have no intention of burning this candle and can instead dust the candle off easily.

Overall, the whole website & service from Brinley Williams was excellent and I was kept up to date with my order throughout the process. The candles available on their website would make the perfect gift for so many occasions that you should check them out and let me know what you think.

*Whilst this product was given to me on a gifted basis, all views stated are my honest own opinions.

Books

Hinch Yourself Happy book Review

Firstly, if you don’t know who Mrs Hinch is, where have you been hiding? Her name is everywhere at the moment and even more so since her book came out. Even my partner Andy knows who Mrs Hinch is and can recognise her voice instantly.

I asked my mum to pre-order the book as a birthday present and once the book arrived, I read the whole book in less than a week, which is something I haven’t done in years.

The book itself is split down into five key sections – The first section is “Home is where my heart is”, the second is “welcome to my Hinching world”, the third is “a bit about me”, the fourth is “grab your Minkeh we’re going on a cleaning adventure” and lastly is “let’s de-clutter our lives”. Each section is easy to read and also had at least one page called diary where you can answer some questions such as what is your favourite tunes to clean to. At the back of the book, there is also some check list pages where you can right down the things you want to clean.

One of the main things I loved about reading the book was the fact that Mrs Hinch spoke about herself more than on her Instagram account, where she talks about how to clean things and also about what eBay bargains she has bought, so we were able to get to know her.

Rather than just seeing the face of a great Instagram account, you can read about her childhood, health struggles, meeting and marrying Jamie and a whole lot of other things in between. I particularly loved reading about her reaction to reaching 1 million Instagram followers because it was just so normal and exactly how I would probably feel too.

As much as I love watching Mrs Hinch on Instagram stories, there were some parts of her cleaning that I just didn’t understand but this is where the Hinchionary part of the book is perfect because it tells you the names of the cloths she uses and also the story behind her favourite words and sayings, for examples.

Further on past this section is all about the “Hinching family” and her favourite products to use. Rather than just naming a load of products, Mrs Hinch has written her tips, tricks and routines to follow to make cleaning less of a chore and more manageable. I have since bought a few products that I previously hadn’t tried but now I love such as the Pink Stuff and Elbow Grease.

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean quickly but efficiently, this book is for you. You can try various methods such as just room by room, Hinch half hour, the clockwise clean or fresh’n up Friday, all of which are explained in the book.

Overall I’m absolutely obsessed with this book and if I forget anything, I can refer back to the book when I’m cleaning. I’m also more productive at cleaning because I now target certain areas at a time rather than trying to do it all at once.

Lifestyle

Professional footcare with Dr Anders Podiatrist

For people like me, who spends a lot of the day walking around at work or stood up, can often find that their feet become aching and sore, with complaints of dry, cracked or hard skin. There are so many different products on the market (many of which I have tried over the years) that claim to solve these issues. However, past experiences have taught me that a lot of these products are only a quick fix and that is because it usually just leaves a layer of grease on your skin, which doesn’t last all that long.

What I wanted was something that I could use daily, that would not make my feet slippery (especially during sandal weather!) but would care for them and bring my feet back to looking how they did when I was a teenager. Its not too much to ask or is it?

When I saw Dr Judith Anders advertising some of her products on Twitter and portraying the benefits she felt they gave, I was interested to find out more. As soon as I found out she was an professional podiatrist with over 20 years experience, I felt that her products would have some scientific research behind them than the average drugstore brand, at least you get to see the ingredients used and there benefits unlike other brands who just list ingredients because its a legal requirement. When Dr Judith asked if I would like to try a couple of her products, I jumped at the chance and started trying the products as soon as they arrived.

I was very kindly sent three products, two of which I have tried and one which I will be gifting to a member of my family which I will explain which product and why I didn’t want to use it.

The Conditioning nail treatment, which I didn’t use has a formula which contains sodium thiosulphate which are said to help combat nail hardness whilst the oils that are also in the product are said to help improve the overall condition of the nails. Dr Judith believes that with regular use, this product should improve the appearance of your nails as well as reduce the thickness, making them softer and easier to manage. This is why I haven’t tried this product, because my nails are already very soft and quite flexible and so I don’t think this is the product for me. However, as I mentioned above, there is a family member that I know would benefit from this product.

I’ll start with my first impressions of the packaging which looked professional, the design was kept throughout each product and the product size itself was a generous amount. Meanwhile the white packaging of the products gave it a more high end, polished look.

Dr Judith claims that the products contain “the purest naturally derived ingredients and are free from harmful toxic chemicals. The range has been expertly formulated to feel luxurious and to deliver exceptional benefits and is suitable for all skin types including people with diabetes” Dr Judith also stated that none of her products have been tested on animals.

The first product I tried was the “Intensive rescue balm” because I thought this would be a great way to start my testing and to see if it gets my feet to a healthier condition. The aim of the balm is to hydrate the skin whilst absorbing quickly so that it is non-greasy. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to wait 30 minutes after applying the balm for it to soak into your feet. Up to 10% of the formula of the balm contains urea which is said to both nourish and break down hardened, callused skin whilst also eliminating cracks. The balm also contains ingredients that has antifungal and antiviral properties which is exactly what our hard working feet need.

The second product I tried was the nourishing daily therapy which comes in a spray bottle. The formula is made up of coconut, olus and tamanu oils which are said to be highly effective at hydrating your skin and leaves it soft and supple. As with the balm, this spray also contains anitfungal and antiviral properties. Unlike other brands on the market, this spray has been designed to be used at any angle, so its perfect for anyone older or who just can’t reach their feet easily. I found when I used this product, it took about five minutes so soak into my feet. However, I tried it on my partner Andy and he found it took much longer and also his socks kept slipping down.

Overall I would say that I really like both of the products I have tried so far this week. I’ve been using the balm after getting out of the bath and the spray daily before going to work. I personally think the balm should be used no more than a couple of times a week. The fragrance is absolutely amazing and is suitable for both male and female. It was nice to use a foot product that didn’t smell of mint which so many other brands do. They feel really luxurious on my skin however, unfortunately, Andy wasn’t keen of the feel on his skin.

Alongside the product range, Dr Judith has launched a forum on her website (see link below) which she hopes will “drive change and encourage conversations to transform the attitudes we have towards our feet, so people no longer feel worried or ashamed about their feet”.

For more information and to purchase any of the products mentioned, visit Dr Judith using the following Feel Your Feet

*Some products mentioned above may have been gifted to me, however any opinions I have given have been what I honestly think.

Lifestyle

Andy strikes again

So if you don’t already know, Andy is my partner. I’ve featured him on here a few times now, from The Boyfriend Tag to not one but two posts where Andy has conned me (I Was Conned & Andy Cons Me Again)

In the latter two posts I vowed to get my own back but whilst I have a couple ideas up my sleeve, I’m biding my time until he least expects it. Having said this I did unfortunately fall for another one of his tricks and I had a huge blonde moment.

We were enjoying a day out with my family at the beach and were walking through the boat yard when Andy pointed up to a post with a white box on the top of it and what looked like a camera. He asked me what it was to which I replied I didn’t know. He told me it was a speed camera for boats and I fell for it hook, line and sinker, replying really? I never knew they did that. Morale of the story, think about what Andy says before you say your reply.