I have received an invitation on Facebook to celebrate the launch of Sheryl Browne’s new e-book, Learning To Love.

To celebrate the launch of Learning to Love in e-book, we are having a massive Promo Blitz on 21st and 22nd July! It will be a 2 day party with some Giveaways. The theme of the party is this……..If you had to reinvent yourself what name would you use? Would you change occupations and have a whole new identity? Or, whose identity would you steal? Where would you relocate to and why? Feel free to post pics! We are looking for the most imaginative ones! So, get your thinking caps on!

Now, re-inventing myself sounds like a good idea. Online it’s something I’ve done before, in fact when I was very first introduced to the Internet way back when (dial-up days) one of my favourite activities was role playing a character from one of my favourite authors Terry Pratchett. It’s not something I’ve tried in real life though, and I don’t think I would actually be up for stealing someone else’s identity. Crazy as my real life is, I couldn’t cope with anyone else’s!

So, to take part in this celebration I’m going to use a game character. This is one of been fond of for many years, the game was originally released in 2001 for the Playstation 2.
So let me introduce you to my new persona for the next couple of days.

Lulu, from Final Fantasy X

I grew up in the world of Spira on the tropical island Besaid.

Nice, isn’t it? Sadly, I was not to able to stay there as I was assigned to be the guardian of Yuna, a summoner on a journey to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat the evil Sin. ( A large whale like creature who causes mass destruction on Spira for many centuries)

I grew up with two brothers Chappu and Wakka. Chappu and I were together once but sadly he killed during a battle against Sin on the island of Djose.

“No matter how dark the night, morning always comes, and our journey begins anew.”


I’m known as a black mage, but even though I appear to have voodoo powers I am a good person. Kind hearted and intelligent and I care a lot about others. I like to wear black and have a passion for belts, but not around my waist. My hair is dark and very long, I wear it in a bun with long plaits at the back. My eyes are a kind of reddish brown.

As a guardian of Yuna I protested when she decided to become a summoner, but I was also determined to protect her and went along with her on her quest to defeat Sin. I left my lovely island of Besaid and travelled to Kilika with Yuna and her other guardians, Wakka, Tidus and Kimahri.

Eventually, I got it together with Wakka, I know, everyone was a bit shocked…the Goth and the Jock! ( He likes a good game of Blitzball)
We married an had a baby boy that Wakka named Vidina, which means ‘future’


Now that Sin has been defeated I live in peace with my husband and baby back on Besaid. Well, until the next time!

Let me leave you with my theme tune

My girls love to read, I think they get it from me although I don’t really have much time lately. I do remember as a little girl there was nothing I loved more than reading a good book. Of course, back then we didn’t have computers, or games consoles, so I am really pleased when my girls are happy to pick up a book rather than controller or a mouse.

Rosie and the Secret Friend on Amazon

Silver and the Fairy Ball on Amazon

I was sent two books to review aimed at 5 years plus. The Fairy Bell Sisters -Silver and the Fairy Ball and The Fairy Bell Sisters – Rosie and the Secret Friend. The Fairy Bell Sisters are the little sisters of the famous Tinker Bell whom all little girls know and love from the stories of Peter Pan. They live on Sheepskerry Island and are Clara Bell, Lily Bell, Rosie Bell, Silver Bell and Squeak.

In Silver and the Fairy Ball, little sister Silver is too young to go to the Fairy Ball and her secret plans end up in a terrible mess.

In Rosie and the Secret Friend, Rosie makes friends with a little human girl which is against fairy rules.

The books are easy to read and have cute line drawings to illustrate the stories.
Star, aged 7 years, read both books in one evening and said they were very good.
I had to read the books along with Boo, aged 5. She’s not yet a confident reader but was able to take turns with me in reading. She loved the stories too.

I believe any little girl who loves fairies will love these books.

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I was sent two books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s)


ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

This months Center Parcs Challenge is about going on a nature hunt. Make your list and go spotting birds, flowers and mini beasts. By taking part you could be in with a chance of winning a Center Parcs Break for your family.

We went to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest last month and had a fantastic time, you can read all about it here, and my review here. My highlight of the week was having breakfast with a red squirrel on my patio on the last morning.

Today it was another scorcher and to be honest I didn’t feel like going out anywhere. We went out in the sun last weekend and although we had a lovely time the heat took it’s toll and made us moody, in particular, Star who doesn’t like be too hot.

So we decided to do this challenge in our own back garden. It probably would have been better to do it last week as it looked more like a jungle, but Daddy has been hard at work and chopped everything down. So we had very little foliage to rummage through.

We didn’t make a list, we just went hunting and made our list up as we went along.

Here is our list of what we found:

  • Spiders: 6, many were really quick at running away so we only got photos of 3 of them.
  • Slugs: 1, it was really hot and the slugs were hiding well
  • Snails: loads, hiding under leaves, bricks and even our bin bag.
  • Lice: lots, hiding under stones and bricks
  • Bees: 2, very quick ones that wouldn’t stay still long enough to have their photo taken.
  • Hornet: 1
  • Plume Moth: 1, hiding in our wendy house.
spider web and spider

Hornet, Plume Moth and Lice

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

My kids, just like any others, come out with the funniest things. Boo is usually the best as she tends to hear things differently and gets her words mixed up. The Little Man is only just starting to talk properly but he still makes me laugh. He’s at that stage where it’s probably only mummy that understands what he’s saying.

I was looking back at some forums I’d posted on and found some gems that I’d written and forgotten about, so I will share them now.

First up, one from Star when she was just 5 yrs old.

 Star recognises David Cameron on the tv so I asked her who he was
 ‘he’s the Prime Minister’
 So I asked what he does and she replied
 ‘he tells Santa when you’ve been naughty.

A classic from Boo when she was only 2 years.

Mummy my feet hurt, will you take me to the dentist.

 One from Boo at 2, which shows how she hears things differently:

After watching the film Barbie and the Three muskateers Boo runs around weilding her ‘sword’ telling everyone she is a biscuit ear.

 This one is more something that Star did than said, but still funny. Here she was 4yrs old

Star lifted up my top while I was pregnant and sticks her toy camera on my tum. I ask her what she’s doing and she replies ‘taking a photo of the baby’

Here is another classic from Boo, this was last Christmas time.

Boo comes home from school with a letter and it’s obvious they’ve been through the contents with the teacher. She tells me they are going on a trip and they need trainers because it might be slippy, a coat in case it rains, a packed lunch and a jam sandwich. I ask why they need a jam sandwich and she says she doesn’t know. I say to her you don’t even like jam sandwiches and she starts crying, we have to take a jam sandwich the teacher said so.  

I read the letter and it says they need to take trainers, coat, packed lunch…but no money because it will be a jam packed day and they won’t have time to visit the shop!

Boo again, singing that well known song by Rihanna.

We found love in a homeless place

A conversation on the way home from school with Boo (again)

“Mummy, can we go out somewhere nice tomorrow? 

Me ” yes, where would you like to go?”

Boo “Africa” 

Boo, talking about her new class at school last September

 “there is a Lucy and a Ruby and we’ve got two Carlys, one called Carly and one called Grace” 

I’m entering this post into the Comedy Cycle Tots Competition and would like to nominate two other bloggers to join in:

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Wot So Funee?

Now, you may or may not know this, but I’m an older mum. My younger three were all born in my 40’s and while most don’t turn a hair at this some people are a little surprised. Take the phone call I’ve just had, after asking my age she asked the ages of my children. Then she asked for my age again as she thought she’d heard wrong! Luckily, only once have I been asked if I was one of the kid’s mum or grandma. I wasn’t offended, I am old enough to be her grandma and my eldest daughter is old enough to be her mum, no point in getting offended.

However, I do still feel young inside and I don’t want my kids thinking their mum is an oldie just yet, so I like to keep myself looking younger on the outside. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with fairly nice skin, not too many wrinkles just yet or age spots. Of course the first place to go is around the eyes so I was happy to review the Ageless Derma Eye Cream  with Retinol and Vitamin K.

Unfortunately, I have always had deep set eyes with dark circles, it’s hereditary, my mum had it and so has eldest daughter. Nothing I have ever tried has helped. When I was younger I’d cover up the dark circles with concealer but they were still there underneath. So when I saw that the Ageless Derma Eye Cream was specifically for dark circles I didn’t really expect much result.

The package arrived and I tried it out that very evening. The following morning I could already see a difference. My eyes looked brighter and I didn’t have my usual luggage (bags) I have been using the cream regularly now for two week and I am really pleased with the way it has improved the look of my eyes, almost completely eradicating the dark circles.

The cream also claims to tackle wrinkles and crows feet. Sadly, I’ve only seen a little improvement in these areas but I have only been using the cream for two weeks, maybe they need a little more time. I’m not disappointed, I’d be happy to purchase the cream purely for my dark circles, if it does eventually improve my wrinkles then it will be a bonus.

The cream comes packaged in a stylish black box and the container is black and silver. The cream comes out in a pump action but you really only need a very tiny amount. One blob on the end of your fingertip is enough to do both eyes without leaving any sensation. I apply a little more at night which looks and feels a little greasier, but I love the way it makes my eyes look and feel in the morning. I used the product every other day for the first week and then every day for the second, and will continue using every day morning and night. Although I do believe that I will get the same results just by using at night.

The Science Bit: Ageless Derma Eye cream comes in a 15 ml bottle and contains Retinol, the purest form of Vitamin A, with Vitamins C, E and K to soften the appearance of dark circles, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture around the delicate eye area. 

Disclosure: I was sent a bottle of Ageless Derma Eye cream for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as are my eyes which I tested the product on 😉