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BLOGGING

img_1181As many of you know I enjoy blogging for many reasons, it gives me an outlet for when I am stressed or don’t feel too good. I spend most of my time indoors on my own which is ok as I then get to do things my own way and at my own pace depending how I am feeling that day.

I have been doing some product reviews this year which has been really good and a bit different to all the book reviews I do, I am still doing those in fact I have read even more this year so far. I think books are getting better and better and raising the bar a lot which I guess is good but I really like to promote the new authors as well.

I have looked into the taking of photos a bit more and am really loving the flat lay type of pictures like this.

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This was my first attempt, simple but I think it captures what I was aiming for, a good bottle of wine for two. I have now compiled a list of things I need for these shots, like ribbon, lights (I have these) small china trinkets, wallpaper samples, artificial flowers, tiles, feathers, cactus’ so next time I go out I will be looking for these bits to aid my photography, I even have a nice wooden crate for these things to go in….I need to paint it though, roll on Spring. The other thing I need to learn how to do and it is probably very simple, is putting lots of things on a page on their own, like this.

They seem to always have a white background but how do you get rid of the back ground so you just have the item?

I think I will get one of the round reflectors of light as they are very reasonable on Ebay.

A lot of bloggers use the Olympus pen camera but when I looked for one there are so many different models I wasn’t sure where to start. It would be good to be able to upload a photo to my blog straight away.

So it is onwards and upwards with my blog, I will be doing a new web page next month, I am looking for a design I like at the moment. I will stay with WordPress as I think they are very good. Is there anyone in Kent that uses WordPress as I have a couple of queries please?

If you have any product reviews then please get in touch. K

 

 

VALENTINE GIFTS FOR THE LADY IN YOUR LIFE OR ME!

To be perfectly honest I really don’t like February, apart from the cold it is full of all the love, romance and happy stuff that single people like myself do not have in our lives. As much as I enjoy and embrace being single, to be able to do, go, eat, sleep and talk to myself when ever I want, there will always be that tiny bit that thinks why can’t someone love me enough to send me flowers or buy me a card and gifts. That feeling does not last long but it appears extremely often during February and why is there not a happy and single day?

I have therefore decided to give you a few ideas of what to buy that lady in your life and I am sure she would love any one of these presents, that is because they are all things that I would love to be given.

Here we have the lotions and potions for our faces, obviously the Estee Lauder I will be dreaming about for ever as it is a bit pricy but if you have the money to spoil the love of your life then go for this one.

We all love to have a soak in the bath and I think Bayliss and Harding and Jo Malone are the best and she also has the candle and diffuser to all match the bath scent. Just bring me a glass of champagne while I soak my gorgeous body.

A bit random here but I am loving the camera strap no more leather strap digging in your neck, why did I not think of this?

I love my cat so I thought the bag was cute as I do read a lot and write lots of reviews.

The trainer with sparkly bits on, they don’t do these in a 5 or I would have been very tempted.  What sort of trainers/sneakers does a 57-year-old woman wear when camping, cannot seem to find anything that I really like.

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Last but not least if you have no money then make her a card with your own poem inside about what she means to you. Find some wool and knit her this heart to always keep her hands warm round her favourite coffee mug.

So there we have some lovely ideas, if of course you would like to get me something then that’s great, let me know which restaurant to meet you at. lol

I must go and get on with some other writerly things…..after a quick look on Pinterest.

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THE VAULTS, SANDGATE

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Last Saturday was Freddie’s 4th birthday party, it was nice that Sam was home to celebrate with everyone as he works away a lot of the time.  I am not sure who had most fun, Freddie on the bouncy castle or the twins running about everywhere, also getting a cuddle from us all. Considering all that was there was the bouncy castle, a large connect four game and some wooden blocks for making towers it kept all of the children happy for two hours.

 

It’s so sweet the way Freddie follows Alfie and wants him to play, they are both so great with the twins.

After the party we made our way over the road to The Vaults, this is a new bar and restaurant that has been open a couple of months.  A super selection of gin and tonic’s, also wine. The area is divided up into small areas that make it all very cosy and intimate, I would say this is an ideal location for a valentine’s meal if you are still deciding where to go.

We had some hors d’oeuvre for the children, Freddie loved the whitebait and I am not sure if it was the little pot of mayonnaise or the chips that Lily liked a lot. A super time was had by everyone and another birthday over.

FEBRUARY 2018

DRY JANUARY

I have to say I found this very easy mainly because I didn’t go out socialising, in fact I only left the flat about four times as this vertigo keeps making me fall over. I did have one fail though with a glass of Prosecco but that was just because I was round my son’s house exchanging christmas presents at the beginning of the month. So I figure that should come under December though LOL.

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How about this for all of us on a diet, I have not tasted them but if you have then let us know what you think.

My plans for the month include reading these books:

Doing review posts for a lovely bottle of wine I received.

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I am also having some hypnotherapy today as he wants some exposure in our area, so that should be interesting.

I will also be doing some writing and more promoting of my blog.  I do have the lunch to celebrate Jackies 70th which I am sure will be a fun afternoon.

What have you got planned for february?

LUNCH AT BRICKFIELDS, FOLKESTONE

It seemed an awful long time since we had all met up for our monthly lunch so everyone was very eager for last Wednesday and what a lot of healthy dinners! What with dry January and the weight watching we should have been quiet, but no we all had a lot to say.

It was Liz’s 60th birthday so we had to have a good celebration with also a party on Saturday so this will be a birthday she remembers.

Jacket potatoes with prawns or beans and cheese was popular as was the gammon and pie. All cooked to perfection and very good value on their lunch club menu.

A few of us had the strawberry frozen yoghurt which was really nice with fresh strawberries in it, but I really do not know how I missed taking a photo of it!  So we have a sundae, crumble and sponge with custard.

I will try to do better next month when we celebrate Jackies birthday and that’s another special one as she will be 70 years young.

It was a great day with lots of laughs and a good catch up about our christmas’ and new year celebrations.

 

SHOPPING MISHAP!

I class myself as knowing my way around a computer and have never had any problems or mishaps with on-line shopping, I use Tesco as I have always had brilliant service.

BUT……I guess it had to happen sometime. I requested a piece of Ginger!

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I could not believe what I got.

What on earth am I going to do with all this ginger? At least it was only £1.90

 

MY FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY

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These two go back to school in the morning as their school had training days for the staff last week and as it has been raining here, well it feels likes weeks Billie didn’t want to take them to the yard so they came to stay at mine for a couple of days.  As the picture shows we had jama days with lots of story reading, colouring and them asking Alexa to sing, tell them stories and jokes.  Alexa is the Amazon dot and is great fun for me as much as the children. This is what I felt like after they left.

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It has taken me all weekend to recover which was good as I have been chilling just reading and doing my journal also planning these blog posts for the coming weeks.

The next couple of weeks are writing weeks so will be busy editing one and writing more of the other book.  I am still motivated but I guess I should be as we are only a week into the new year, for some reason it feels much longer than that. Won’t be long and it will be February and half-term.