The most Instagrammable pool inflatables *

The ultimate pool party accessories are not what they used to be. Once a chic pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed straw hat, or a see-through sarong were the perfect summer pool accessories, but now another item has been added to the list: inflatable pool toys – and the bigger the better.

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25 Spring & Summer blog post ideas

It might feel like 2018 has only just started but we’re going to be well into Spring before we know it! Although my favourite season is Winter (I luuuuurve the cold), I do love Spring and all the little wonders that come with it. Hot Cross Buns for breakfast, baby animals, the smell in the air as the flowers start to bloom and of course that feeling of productivity and wanting to conquer the world that comes with a new season (tell me I’m not the only one who gets that?) I’ve done two season-themed blog post ideas lists before (Autumn & Winter/Christmas) which both went down well so I thought I’d complete the set and share some Spring and Summer related blog post ideas for you to use this year!

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GUEST POST: Planner or Panster? by Karen Aldous (& giveaway!)

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Blurb:
Escape to Tuscany this summer with Karen Aldous’s brilliantly uplifting read. Perfect for fans of Erica James and Cathy Kelly.

A summer she’ll never forget…

When Olivia Montague’s grandmother passes away, she decides it’s finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her ‘going nowhere’ boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna’s home in Tuscany.

Until now, Olivia has always believed that she’s incapable of love, after being abandoned by her parents as a baby. But with each day spent at the gorgeous villa nestled in the rolling Italian hills, she feels her heart begin to flutter…

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Tips on dealing with hay fever 

Whether summer has hit where you are right now or not, chances are, if you’re a hay fever sufferer like me, you’ve already started or are starting to think about what you’re going to do to make these summer months sneeze-free. I have been a chronic hay fever sufferer since I was little and whilst I am eternally grateful that that is where my ailments stop and whilst I’m fully aware it could be much, much worse, that doesn’t mean that I don’t suffer terribly during the summer. Because I do. Boy, I do. Think about my eyes so swollen I can barely see and not being able to breathe through my nose without the help of a nasal spray for months on end. What a pretty sight that is!

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Guest Post: Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Hi all! Continuing with my week of guest posts whilst I’m away on my holidays, today I have a post from Ashley at Blonde Fashion Happy with some tips and tricks on keeping your doggies cool when summer arrives! It’s super important to keep your dogs healthy when it’s super hot out and some of these are really great ideas!

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Guest Post: Top Five Places I Would Most Like to Visit and Why (& Giveaway!)

I’m not shy to a bit of wanderlust – spending hours on Pinterest lusting over the green forests, the crystal clear waters, the perfect beaches and the endless supply of ‘Places you must visit’ posts. Although chances are I’ll never actually make it to any of these places, a girl can still dream from afar right? Today I have Bella Osborne, author of A Family Holiday talking about 5 places she would most love to visit! And make sure you scroll down to the end of the post for a cheeky little giveaway!

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15 Reasons Why I Hate Summer

If you ever need to look for a real-life Elsa, you need look no further. I am the human equivalent in that I love the cold. Like seriously, love it. So naturally, I have a bit of a freak-out every time summer comes around and aside from all of the BBQ’s, there’s not a single thing I like about it. Here is my list of 15 reasons why I hate summer which you can read whilst I hibernate until October.

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August wrap-up: No Books But At Least There’s Bake Off!

Firstly, I’d just like to sincerely apologise for how boring this August wrap-up could potentially be. August has been a pretty good month but believe it or not, I haven’t received anything in the post nor have I actually bought anything that you might want to see! But, I did finally get to see my best friend again, make some progress on my WIP amongst other things so although there’s not much to show you, I can still waffle a bit about what I’ve been up to and what’s to come over the next month!

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Let’s get the important stuff out the way first; this month I was finally reunited with my best friend Lynsey James! She came to stay with me for the second time and we had a great time. We made cakes and cocktails, had takeaways and a gorgeous BBQ, spent all da relaxing in the garden and had a ride to the seaside one evening. Continue reading

June Wrap-up: Cute Gifts & Chick Lit

Hi guys! Welcome to yet another wrap-up post. I swear the last one is only up for a day before I have to start writing another one! Well, I hope you’ve all had a lovely June and the weather is warming up where you are. June has been pretty good for me too – bookish and otherwise! So lets get to it!

What I’ve Received, Bought and Won

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Publishers: The Dress by Kate Kerrigan (Head of Zeus), My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik  Backman (Bookbridgr) and Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (Head of Zeus) Won: Full Brazillian by Cintia Silva with Teena Lyons Bought: The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey (a childhood favourite of mine I’m desperate to read again!) I also received a lovely little wish bracelet from Lynsey James as a thank you for helping out with her book. Continue reading

Book Review: Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

25128834Title: Game of Scones
Author: Samantha Tonge
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads | Twitter


Blurb: A story of icing and flour…and how love doesn’t always go to plan!

Growing up, Pippa Pattinson’s summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. There she spent many long hazy days determinedly ignoring thoughts of the life her parents had mapped out for her (a dreary-but-secure banking job and obligatory sensible husband!) Instead she daydreamed of running her own tea shop – serving the perfect scones –with mocha-eyed childhood friend Niko by her side…

Arriving back in Taxos for the first time in years, with suave boyfriend Henrik, Pippa barely recognises the tired little town – but is relieved to catch glimpses of the quaint, charming village she’s always loved. Together Niko and Pippa put together a proposal to save Taxos from tourist-tastic ruin, and at the heart of their plan is Pippa’s dream project – The Tastiest Little Tea Shop in Taxos. It’s time for Pippa to leave her London life behind and dust off her scone recipe that’s guaranteed to win over both locals and visitors. And amidst the rolling pins and raisins, it seems romance is blossoming where she’s least expecting it… Continue reading