BOOK REVIEW: A Winter’s Wish Come True by Lynsey James (& Giveaway!)

Format: ARC, eCopy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she?

Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other.

Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!


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25 Winter & Christmas blog post ideas

Back in July (goodness me that seems like ages ago now, doesn’t it? Where has this year gone?) I wrote a “25 Autumn blog post ideas” post which went down really well and I really enjoyed writing and brainstorming for. Sooooo… Now we’re in arguably the prettiest and most magical season (Winter, for those who aren’t aware…) I thought I’d do a Winter / Christmas themed post of the same nature!

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What I Got For Christmas

On a whole, I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. And this year it was pretty similar to every other year I can accurately remember; same old routine and equally as stressful and ultimately underwhelming. Our family aren’t particularly close, we’ve never really done anything special or celebrated Christmas particularly elaborately. But… I am always incredibly grateful for the presents I recieve and buying gifts for other people is actually one of my favourite things to do. Yes, Christmas has become a materialistic spectacle but I got some lovely gifts and want to share them with you! Albeit, almost a month too late.

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Celebrating Christmas in Style With Boohoo

This year, I’m trying extra hard to enjoy Christmas. After such a rubbish year, I’m going into the Christmas period with the mentality that it’s the last stretch of 2016 and I might as well at least try and enjoy it because it marks the end of what was a truly dire year. I’ve already got almost all my Christmas presents – and wrapped them – the decorations are up and I even bought myself a little glittering Christmas tree for my room – aww! I’ve also already blogged about some gorgeous Christmasssy candles and actually rather enjoyed it. So when I got an email from Boohoo – yes, Boohoo, I couldn’t quite believe it either – asking if my dog and I wanted to take part in their Christmas jumper campaign, I said yes, obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post.

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The Smell of Christmas With United Candles*

Now, y’all know I’m probably not the best advocate for Christmas. Not a huge fan, it has to be said. But… You know what I am a huge fan of? Candles. As a 20 something basic female and your average blogger, candles do not go amiss with me. And not just for blog photo purposes – I do actually, you know, light them. Sometimes. Today I’m teaming up with United Candles to review two beautiful Christmassy candles. Like when will someone invent something that lets you smell things through a computer because I actually feel guilty that I get to smell these candles and you don’t. Ah well, c’est la vie!

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Guest Post: Snowflakes, the Lakes and Christmas Baking Fun by Lindsey Paley (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m sharing a guest post from author, Lindsey Paley, to celebrate her new book, Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes. I absolutely adore the cover of this book and I love this guest post because we’re talking about two things I love, 1) cakes and 2) the Lake District, which I visited last year! So enjoy and don’t forget to check out the book information and a giveaway at the bottom of the post.

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Starting the New Year on a Positive

I’m not talking about New Years Eve, dressing up, having amazing plans and getting ridiculously drunk – in fact, I’m not one for bothering with New Years Eve plans anymore now I don’t drink or go clubbing – I’m talking about the scary prospect of a whole new year ahead of you. When you can leave the trials and tribulations of the previous year behind and, as cliché as it honestly does sound, have a fresh start. I’ve always found this transitioning period from one year to the next an important time and here’s some things that I’ve done – and still do – to help me get the New Year off to a positive start.

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Prairie Charms #StockingStuffers Christmas Campaign!

If you’re a blogger, there’s probably a 99.9% chance that you’ve heard of Prairie Charms – a small, handmade accessories and gifts company that sell the cutest jewellery, nail and hair bits and lots of other adorbs gifts. I signed up for their Christmas Campaign, where by for just £5, you receive 4 of their products. I received mine last week and am so thrilled with everything from the products to the customer service so here’s a wee little post about what goodies I got and why I’d recommend Prairie Charms!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Her

It’s that time of year again and although I may not be the biggest Christmas enthusiast in the world, there’s one thing I do love and that’s buying gifts for loved ones. Parting with your well earned money can be difficult but I just love searching for the perfect gift for someone – something a bit different and something a bit more personal than your average ‘smellies and sock’s. I came across Impossible to Buy For – a gift site with a whole range of gifts for him or her and a whole range of price options too. I’ve put together a gift guide for the ladies of unique gifts from Impossible to Buy For!

One-Line-a-Day-A-Five-Year-Memory-Book-05 Year Memory Diary – £9.59

Oh I absolutely love this book! The idea of the 5 Year Memory Diary is for you to document events, big or small, that have happened on that particular day and it allows you to look back over the last 5 years with ease and not only reminisce but see how far you’ve come in 5 short years! I think it would make a really nice gift, especially for friends who do a lot of stuff together anyway | Buy!

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Chapter Two of ‘My Big Fat Christmas Wedding’ by Samantha Tonge

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Samantha Tonge’s new book, ‘My Big Fat Christmas Wedding’. I absolutely adored ‘Game of Scones’ so I’m delighted that I can help out with this and I hope ‘My Big Fat Christmas Wedding’ is as much of a success! So, below you’ll find chapter 2. Enjoy!

My Big Fat Christmas Wedding coverThings don’t always run smoothly in the game of love…

As her Christmas wedding approaches, a trip back to snowy England for her ex’s engagement party makes her wonder if those are wedding bells she’s hearing in her mind, or warning bells. She longs for the excitement of her old London life – the glamour, the regular pedicures. Can she really give that all up to be… a fishwife?

There’s nothing for it but to throw herself into bringing a little Christmas magic to the struggling village in the form of a Christmas fair. Somewhere in amidst the sparkly bauble cakes and stollen scones, she’s sure she’ll come to the right decision about where she belongs…hopefully in time for the wedding…

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