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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time to start vlogging!

I wrote an update in April, got distracted and never managed to post it, so from now on I'm hoping to do short video updates talking about how I'm getting on with the goals I set out at the beginning of the year!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recipe #2 - #5 & more good writing news!

Recipe #2 Pasta Meatball Bake from the Slimming World calendar. It was nice, girls enjoyed it, but produced way too much washing up to do to often.
Recipe #3 These were supposed to be cookies to do with cookie cutters, but recipe was too dry, added some milk, but too much! Still, result was pretty tasty!

Recipe #4 Diet Coke Chicken from the Slimming World website
Recipe #5 Pork burgers. Made with low fat pork mince, red onions chopped, one egg and some tomato purée. They were pretty good & nice and easy to make. 

Finished reading Elephant Girl by Henri Gyland & started on Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen.

Still aiming to write The End by my birthday, which gives me about six weeks. It's in sight so hope I manage it, although poorly toddlers have slowed progress. 

I received some more tremendous writing news in January. Katie Fforde contacted me as she's selected me as the 2015 Katie Fforde bursary winner. This is for someone on the RNA NWS who is nearly there, and just needs a push. It's a tremendous boost, and I do hope I can follow the recent success rate. On that note, I'm getting back to writing! 







Monday, January 12, 2015

Recipe #1 & first writing success of 2015!

Flapjacks for the girls! They weren't too shabby.
A tremendous piece of news from the Accent Press & Woman magazine writing competition on Friday. Edging ever closer to The End and this has put some wind in my sails for certain! 


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 goals!

I set goals for myself every year and I find it helps me keep focused. So here are my 2015 goals:

Family life
~ Take the girls out on adventures
~ Start collages of their names
~ Make them a dress each for their birthday
~ Smile with them everyday and appreciate all the small things 
~ Declutter
~ Make the garden more child friendly. 
~ Check Facebook less frequently!

Writing
~ Finish first draft of Baby Number Two by end of March
~ Give it a polish
~ Get feedback and polish again
~ Send Baby Number Two off to publishers & agents
~ Rewrite Miles Between Us
~ Enter writing competitions
~ Update my website

Reading
~ Read 20 books

Health
~ Lose another stone and reach two stone award
~ Try at least thirty new recipes

Competitions
Attempt to win:
~ TV
~ Holiday 
~ Wii U 
~ Spa Day 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 HAS DISAPPEARED!!

Honestly, how is it that I haven't blogged since August? My intentions to take pictures of all my post went out the window when my babies turned into toddlers, meaning that any parcels or letters got filed away somewhere safe. I've been doing all my writing blogs over on The Romaniacs so this blog looks sadly neglected. I have, however, been working on the goals I set out this time last year and I've done pretty well all things considered. Tomorrow, I'll do a new set for 2015 and I'll post updates here when I achieve them.

Here's this year's progress:

Writing 
~ Complete my work in progress I've reached 50K, which is 43K more than the beginning of the year. Not bad for a mum of twins!
  • Enter 5 writing competitions - I added this in March and I have been brave and entered a few! I was lucky enough to win the November Masterpiece Competition and the first three chapters of Miles Between Us is now published on the Just Write Website.

Reading (I normally read lots but I've found little time to do so. This will make me find time!)
~ To read a book a month - I've managed 15, I think!

Health
~ Weigh a stone less by this time next year - I've lost a stone and managed to keep it off!
~ Cook at least one recipe from every good food magazine this year - Erm, cooked lots of recipes, just not from the magazines.

Competitions
Realistic things to try and win:
~ A family day out
A cookbook
A fiction book
Something for the girls
A board game 

Added March 2014:
  • An evening out for Dan and me
  • An item of clothing
  • A beauty product
In our wildest dreams:
~ iPad Air
~ Kindle Paperwhite
~ Some way of making more room in our house
~ New TV
~ Spa Day
Along with all the hugs and giggles from my little girls, 2014 has been a pretty awesome year!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Deliveries

Totally got behind with this! So here are my deliveries during August and part of September. 

There were also a couple of Miffy books that I've already put away for Christmas for the girls and a present for my husband. 











Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Deliveries: 13th August & red card pick-up

This makeup is from a glamour magazine twitter competition. This will keep me going for a while, so much so my sister-in-law has some items as well.
These books were also from twitter competitions. One for the girls and one for me!