In celebration of yesterday’s Royal Wedding I’m sharing a wedding photo of my own.

Our wedding was really nothing in compared to Harry and Meghan’s but it doesn’t matter because each wedding day is a celebration of love and that’s all that matters.

Did you watch the wedding or did you turn off?

I was actually really excited for the event, it was promised to be different and it was. I love that they combined all the pomp of a royal wedding with the touches of a modern couple from different nations.

The dress was simply stunning. Not over the top or what you would really expect, but just beautiful. Meghan looked amazing. And her veil was 5 metres long! The little bridesmaids and page boys were just the cutest.

The music was diverse, appropriate and lovely, I loved that they had another choir to sing ‘Stand By Me,’ what an amazing touch to the ceremony.

Then there was Bishop Curry, who stole the show with his powerful sermon of love. It was truly an unexpected touch to royal wedding, but so passionate and so relevant. we could all heed his words, there is certainly not enough love in this world.

Most perfect of all was the way that Harry and Meghan looked at each other. This was a true marriage of love.

I wish the couple a happy future together.




Sunday Snap



Fly Me to the Moon and let me play among the stars,

Let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter or Mars.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if we could travel across the solar system? Well grab your towel because this is the ultimate hitch hikers guide to the galaxy!

Author: Jim Bell
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Sterling (7 May 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145492568X
ISBN-13: 978-1454925682
Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 1.8 x 28.4 cm

The Blurb

This book offers space enthusiasts an unparalleled visual experience of our solar system. Featuring eight removable NASA posters highlighting the wonders of space, gorgeous full-colour photography and stunning art, Bell’s travel guide takes you on a futuristic tour of the solar system and beyond. Informative summaries of every destination are based on knowledge gleaned from more than 50 years of space exploration.

My Verdict

Fly Me to the Moon –

The moon is close to home and is about a quarter the diameter of Earth. It’s surface area is less than the size of Asia. so how about a weekend on the moon? The moon has extreme temperatures so you have to make sure you are wearing the right kind of space suit. It also has low gravity so you’ll weigh only 16 per cent of what you weigh back home. It also has a rough terrain and spends a lot of the day in darkness. Places to visit include the first Apollo landing site, Luna Park and the lava tubes of Aristarchus Plateau.

A Must for Science Fiction fans and anyone who wants to learn more about our universe.

This large hardback book is jam packed with everything you need to know about our universe with a fun twist. It’s a futuristic journey through the cosmos. In some parts you have to suspend belief and imagine you are a hundred years in the future, so there is a lot of fantasy to enjoy. But, there are also many facts to be absorbed, for instance; what causes Jupiter’s auroras and why Titan provides a unique window into understanding the early history of our own world.

As well as all the facts, figures and fun the book has some fabulous artwork and fascinating photos. Including eight pull out posters

I think this book will appeal to all kinds of space fanatics and I know it will be well read by everyone in our house.

You can buy The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide from Amazon for £12.51


Disclosure: I was sent this book  in return for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



This week I’ve spent a lot of time indoors but I’ve been really busy.

Clear Out

I’ve managed to sort out the kid’s wardrobes. It took me about an hour to sort out the girl’s and ten minutes to sort out the Little Man’s. I think I might need to buy him some more clothes.

I was really fed up of all the clothes that no longer fitted them properly so I had a real good clear out, giving a huge bag to charity and saving some of the unworn or barely worn clothes to put on Ebay. Knowing me, these will be in charity bags soon too.

The clear out was quite satisfying but even more satisfying was getting to the bottom of my washing basket. As a family of seven this rarely happens. But I had two days  of regularly filling up the washing machine and making full use of the weather by hanging it out on the line so there was not waiting for the tumble dryer to finish. I bought myself a little washing trolly, it’s like a net bag on a wheeled frame which I can push into the garden and reach my rotary line (which is not far from my door.) It feels so good to be able to hang my washing out by myself.

Blogging and Social Media

Apart from that I’m getting through all those blog posts that I’ve had waiting in draft for far too long and my Pinterest schedule is full up until Sunday evening. I’m afraid that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are feeling a little unloved but I’ll catch up with them too I’m sure.


I’ve also been very crafty and I’ve crocheted two more squares for my CAL blanket as well as finishing Star’s fox soft toy. I did a couple of small projects too, like my tape measure Jammy Dodger.

I’ve made my first papercraft card and have been busy making the bits and pieces for my next projects. I seem to have loads of ideas but not enough time to put them together so I really need to arrange my time better to fit everything in.

Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness

Finally, I’ve been busy setting up a Twitter account for Stiff Person Syndrome Awareness. This is a collaborative venture between myself and some other sufferers over all social media channels. We are aiming to raise more awareness of Stiff Person Syndrome for lots of reasons, including letting people who are newly diagnosed that they are not alone, giving people an idea of what help they can get or should expect, explaining what treatment is available and hopefully raising awareness among the medical profession as well. I’m thinking there will be a lot more involved and I’m excited to be part of it, but we are still in the talking and planning stage at the moment.

So, that’s my week. What have you been up to?


The Reading Residence


Author: Kate Hannigan
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Highlights (7 Mar. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629794538
ISBN-13: 978-1629794532

The Blurb

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question: are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn’t let anyone stand in her way – not her father, her law school or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting non-fiction picture-book biography, award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.

First Impressions

This is a hardback book of 32 pages. My 10 year old daughter was instantly drawn to it. We agreed that the illustrations are really what makes this book jump out at you, they really are amazing and so original.

Our Thoughts

Boo has been learning in school all about the suffragettes here in Britain. And how the likes of strong minded women such Emmaline Pankhurst fought to give women a voice, and rights normally reserved for men alone.

This book is an American story of a suffragette Belva Lockwood. She was strong willed from the start and always prepared to do things that women did not normally do. She even ran for president. It’s an inspiring story of a woman who never gave up or gave in.

You can buy ‘A Lady Has the Floor’ on Amazon for £16.54



Disclosure: we were sent a copy of this book  for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.

photo of a woman smiling

photo credit Christina Rivers on Unsplash

In February I told you about Star’s latest on the list of health conditions, TMJ. It’s a jaw disorder and can be caused or aggravated by teeth grinding.

Today I wish to share with you six ways to help with teeth grinding.


Bruxism refers to clenching or grinding your teeth. Many people do it without even realising, and many do so in their sleep. It’s important to understand that bruxism can impact your dental health. While there is no real cure, there are several ways to treat bruxism.

Usually, you will work with along with your holistic dentist in Brisbane or in your local area to craft a care plan designed to help you reduce the symptoms as well as tooth damage that is often associated with the condition. An individualised plan may include some of the below treatments.

  1. Mouth Guard

A mouth guard is the most common treatment. Your dentist will order a custom-made mouth guard or splint, designed to keep the teeth separated and prevent further damage. While some people do find the mouth guard awkward and uncomfortable, it is an excellent way to protect your teeth.

  1. Correcting Alignment

If your bruxism is due to improper alignment of your teeth, it is important to correct the alignment before any more damage is done and this is an excellent long-term option. An orthodontist or dentist might recommend oral surgery, crowns, braces or reshaping your teeth’s chewing surface to get your teeth to properly align.

  1. Prescription Medication

If your bruxism is the result of anxiety, depression or stress, doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants. While the medication may be effective, it’s important to understand the potential side effects since some commonly prescribe medications may have a negative affect on your thyroid or live, while others could be addictive. Always listen to your doctor’s advice and avoid self-medication.

  1. Botox

If you don’t respond to the most convention treatments for bruxism, some dentists may suggest Botox injections. Researchers have stated that there is very little research on the efficacy and safety of Botox for bruxism sufferers, but it does seem that Botox could be useful when it comes to reducing myofascial pain associated with the teeth grinding condition.

  1. Managing Stress

Many of us grind our teeth when we are anxious and stressed, which means we need to learn how to manage and then release the stress. People can benefit from popular relaxation techniques such as meditation, physical exercise, essential oils and yoga. A healthy diet is also important, as is avoiding foods that could trigger allergic reactions.

  1. Vitamins and Minerals

As a complement to your stress management techniques, boosting vitamin C levels is another good way to stop bruxism. Vitamin C is used by the adrenal glands, which affect our response to anxiety and stress. Besides vitamin C supplements, you should aim to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C such as oranges, guava, broccoli, red peppers, black currents, kiwi, strawberries, green peppers, papaya and kale.

As for minerals, if you have a magnesium deficiency, you may experience restlessness, anxiety, hyperactivity, insomnia and irritability. It’s a good idea to take a high-quality magnesium supplement daily, just before bed to help improve the quality of your sleep.

Use these 6 treatments to help stop grinding your teeth today and get a better night’s sleep as well as to help you release stress and anxiety.


Disclosure: this is a collaborative post