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!

~ 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

~ Read 20 books

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

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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


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:

~ 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!

~ 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.

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!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Deliveries: W/C 4th August 2014

I've been too busy to update deliveries this week, so here they are:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Deciding what to read next...

I have lots of books on my TBR (To Be Read) pile and it gets harder to choose what to read next, especially when my time is more limited these days. So when I saw a picture of a lucky dip system choosing a piece of paper from a jam jar, I decided to adopt the same system. 
It's how I've selected the last two books I've read. It's rather nice having a surprise each time!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Deliveries: 4th August 2014

I received this book from Goodreads. The premise sounds like a bad dream I had once and will be an interesting read. I have a new way of deciding which book to read next which I will blog about soon. 

I've spent a bit of time today chasing some deliveries that haven't arrived. Far too many parcels go missing in the hands of a Royal Mail with not much hope of ever being able to do anything about it, other than report it to the companies who've sent prizes out. Hopefully the ones being resent will arrive safely. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Deliveries: 25th July 2014

Today I received this beautiful proof copy of Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb. It's the first proof I've ever had that's numbered.
There's something rather wonderful about having number 100. I can't wait to have a careful read!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deliveries: 19th July 2014

I won this book from 4th Estate Books over on twitter when they gave out lots of books with a RT competition. From the blurb the book sounds great so I look forward to reading it. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Deliveries: 8th July 2014

I had two lovely parcels yesterday. The first is from F&F after winning their summer hamper competition. They also sent me a £50 voucher as part of the prize. For some reason I thought it was £50 off £100 shop, but when I looked I realised I'd misread it and in fact was a £50 voucher! So .i quickly did a shop ready to prepare for the RNA conference I'm going to this weekend. I'm surprised how much I got for my £50 and am really pleased with all the items. 
The second parcel was a press goody bag from B&Q. They were sharing some of their new items for Autumn/Winter on twitter and they have some lovely things out. They had a competition on twitter, Facebook & Pinterest, which I entered as I fell in love with their penguin cushion. I was lucky enough to be picked as a winner on Pinterest (the first time I've won on there) and the goody bag arrived very quickly. 
So I have the fab penguin cushion, along with Christmas bunting & lights, an apron & a funky lamp. Oh, and a cookie, which has disappeared! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Deliveries: 4th July 2014

This arrived last Friday whilst we were out & we picked it up today. I win this on twitter from a RT competition. They are still running and they were giving 50 away at a time so worth entering. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deliveries: 2nd July 2014

Today this parcel arrived from Organix after winning on their FB page. The cup will be great for the girls, as will the food. Some red pepper hearts and strawberry & banana porridge, both products they've not tried before, and I'm sure they'll love them. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Deliveries: 28th June 2014

I won this baby food pouch from Hipp over on twitter. The girls love the fruit purée and often have some for dessert. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Deliveries: 26th June 2014

This lovely dribble bib came from ZippySuit after winning on their Friday RT competition. The girls dribble a fair bit when there are teeth coming through so this will be very handy!
I also received a Dry Like Me sample, which I requested when they put something up on Facebook. I can't believe we're at a stage when potty training doesn't seem so far away. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Deliveries: Whilst we were on holiday!

We've been for a lovely week away on the Isle of Wight for the girls' first holiday. We had a fab time and are already making plans for next year. We had three parcels waiting at the post office.
I won this in a Father's Day competition on twitter from Octupus Books. I sent them a picture of one of the meals my husband had cooked for the twins. He's a big foodie and massive cookbook fan so he's really pleased with this. 
I also won this cookbook on twitter from SPAM. 
This final book was from Goodreads. 

I officially need bigger bookshelves!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Deliveries: 6th June 2014 & May Update

This has to be the best delivery of 2014 so far. A beautiful shiny washer-dryer that I won from They run a fortnightly live stream on You Tube which is great fun and I've watched it a few times. You normally can do a few things to participate, and for this week you had to submit a photo of your dirty washing. This was my effort:
I explained that we have twins and our laundry is never ending. The picture was selected and because I was watching, I rang in and spoke to them whilst on the live stream! They offered the washer-dryer to review and keep and I'm so delighted for lots of reasons, one of them being the space we will gain with not having the tumble dryer. I will do my review soon and might even add a link here. 
This also arrived from GoodReads. I love the cover and it's on the TBR pile. 

May has been so busy, I'm going to do a mini update here:

Total for the year: 30,000 words typed up, roughly 35,000 with handwritten remaining work.
3/12 - need to catch up!
Weight loss at 13 1/2 lbs, I keep yo-yoing at the moment, but should be able to give it some proper effort again soon. 
Still need to do some more good food recipes
The above washer-dryer crosses off one of my in my wildest dreams wins as it creates extra space in the house. Not much, but enough to make a difference with twins and needing two lots of most things!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Deliveries: 3rd, 4th & 5th June 2014

I've had a few technical issues with my iPhone & iPad sharing photos so I'm posting these a little late! As I said in the last post, I'm having a run of good luck so don't normally get parcels daily!

On June 3rd this lovely prize arrived from Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine:
They'd asked for your best parenting tip on Facebook. I told them about podee bottles and how helpful I'd found them with the twins. They selected my comment as the winner and asked to publish it in the magazine, I said yes and I also sent some pictures so they sent these lovely books as a thank you as well as the prize!
BizzieBaby over on a twitter ran a RT competition and I was lucky enough to win a light switch cover which arrived yesterday. They are a great company to follow on twitter and Becky was very helpful.
Also arriving yesterday was another great gift for the girls from Ashton & Parsons after a Rzt competition. A Sophie the giraffe teether. I did take a picture of it in on my phone whilst still in the box, but it's not transferring so here it is out if the box, already having been chewed. Safe to say the girls love it. 
Lastly, arriving today, a lovely treat for me and a friend from Liz Earle. They're celebrating 100 awards for their Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and they gave 100 of these kits away. It's really nice to be able to treat yourself and a friend. This mummy's skin is in need of some TLC. And I know my friend Chrissie will enjoy hers as well.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Deliveries: The Red Card Collection

There were eight parcels waiting for me at the post office when we got back from Kent. I've had a run of good luck so I've been fortunate in various competitions. My post doesn't always look like this:

One of them is a present I ordered, but here are the rest:
From StudioCanal after winning a twitter comp.

Another win from twitter from Dead Good books. I think my brother will read this before me.
I won this book after seeing the info on Facebook and entering to win a preview book. It sounds good and I hope to read it soon.
I won this cool little book from Walker Books on twitter. It'll be great to help teach the girls the alphabet and I think I'll wrap this up for their birthday. 

And the big box is a Summer Hamper from Tesco F&F after winning their Facebook competition. I had no idea what it would contain and it has to be the loveliest, well-dressed prize I've had for some time with a handwritten card and ribbons:
It contained a lovely selection of goodies including a towel, bag, sunglasses, scarf, and nail varnish:
They've also emailed me a £50 off a £50 spend voucher so I can update my summer wardrobe and I think I might just have to take advantage of that. 

And for my husband and mum... STOP reading now as below are going to be presents for you both. 

This was a twitter win from Cico books and is destined for my mum's craft room.
I won this book from Organix when they were celebrating their birthday. It completes our River Cottage cookbook collection and will be wrapped up for my husband's birthday. This will be great when cooking for the girls. 

I don't think I'll be getting that many parcels in one go again in a hurry!