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Blogging Hiatus

Hello my lovely followers,

I’ve been putting off making the decision to take a break from blogging but I can’t put it off any longer.

Hubby lost his job again last month for the second time in twelve months and although I’m now on HRT, as you know, my symptoms are playing havoc. I’m trying to stay me but I can’t cope and rather than helping see me through this tricky period, blogging and going to Slimming World group have become demands that stresses me out.

I need to take a break.

My SW consultant, Carol, has been brilliant and has agreed to set my PAT to whatever I weigh on Wednesday. This means that as a target member I no longer pay the weekly fee and am not obligated to attend group.

I REALLY appreciate your support and I hope to be back in a few months. X


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My Heart Is Breaking.

Hello Lovely Followers,

I’m sorry but today I just had to share this upsetting article that I found on TES while looking for resources for our next topic at school.

I can’t believe how widespread this issue is – teachers report an increasing number of children are coming to school hungry – but I know that in both the primary schools I’ve worked in, I’ve given food (fruit or toast) to pupils who haven’t had breakfast, I’ve even sorted out a lunch for a KS1 child (7yrs old) who came into school with an unwashed lunch-box that had mould growing in the compartments and a mouldy mini sausage roll in the bottom section!

Suffice to say, in every case, procedures are followed and incidents like this are always recorded.

 

Exclusive: ‘Mum didn’t have any food’ – the rise of pupil hunger

Schools increasingly stepping in to provide food for children and families

Boy sad hungry

They are heartbreaking but all too obvious tell tale signs – grey-faced children and pupils rummaging through the school bins for scraps of food.

Teachers are warning that more and more children are coming to school ill-equipped for learning because they are not getting enough to eat at home.

Celia Dignan, senior policy adviser at the NEU teaching union, told Tes: “Teachers are telling us that they are increasingly seeing children coming to school hungry because they haven’t been able to have a nutritious breakfast.

The trend is confirmed by the results of a snap Tes online poll of teachers this week in which 88 per cent of respondents said that they had noticed a rise in the number of pupils coming to their school hungry. More than 90 per cent said had provided food for undernourished pupils.

Benefit changes were the most commonly cited reason, closely followed by parental neglect.

Caroline Rodgers, headteacher of Brockley Primary School in Chesterfield, said: “Sometimes the kid will say, ‘I have tummy ache’.

“You ask what they had for their breakfast – sometimes they’ll say, ‘Mum didn’t have any food.’ Other times you just get that stare, and they don’t need to say it.

Nathan Atkinson, the former head of Richmond Hill Primary in inner-city Leeds, knew there was a problem at his school when he realised his pupils were scavenging food from the rubbish.

You’d find that when you put fruit out, there were children who were putting three or four pieces of fruit in their pocket,” he said. “Or somebody had discarded a half-eaten apple, and another child had taken it from the bin and was eating that apple – what was left of it.”

After introducing successful initiatives in his school, from buying a toaster for every classroom to hosting a café on two days a week for pupils’ families, he founded Fuel for School, a not-for-profit company that sends unwanted food to schools to sell through their own market stalls via voluntary donations from parents.

The scheme’s success led to Mr Atkinson being shortlisted for the 2017 Global Teacher Prize.

At Medina Primary in Portsmouth headteacher, Howard Payne, has seen a sharp increase in the number of children arriving for school at the start of the week looking visibly hungry.

It’s a very sensitive issue,” he said. “You have to look for clues, one of which is children will look withdrawn and grey in pallor. The school tries to help families as much as it can, and as subtly as possible. For some families, we put food into a plastic bag and the children take it home,” Mr Payne said.“We’ve sent a letter to their parents, saying ‘This is available, if you feel you don’t want to accept it, please let me know.’ All of them have accepted it.”

This is an edited article from the 20 April edition of Tes. Subscribers can read the full article here. To subscribe, click here. This week’s Tes magazine is available in all good newsagents. To download the digital edition, Android users can click here and iOS users can click here

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Source: Exclusive: ‘Mum didn’t have any food’ – the rise of pupil hunger | Tes News


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Menopause Monday – Trying To See The Funny Side

Hello Lovely Followers,

If you are one of my nice new followers Hello! I would like to take a moment to explain to you what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – we’re back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal; my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

So on to this weeks post.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had an appointment with my GP to discuss all these symptoms I’ve been having – read about it here. He booked some blood tests and scheduled an ECG which I have now had and tomorrow I find out my results and his diagnosis.

In the grand scheme of thing, I suppose I haven’t had to wait long but we all know that when you’re in that position, a couple of weeks feels like years! So tonight, to help pass the time, I thought I’d just share some funny memes that I’ve found…

That’s better, I’ve actually got a smile on my face now. 🙂 I’ll let you know next week how my discussion with my doctor went as well as what he and I have agreed to do next.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your experiences; I’m continuing to feel less of a freak after joining the Facebook group for women in the UK going through the menopause and it certainly helps to talk to others in the same boat or to just vent.

Hope you have a good week.


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Menopause Monday – Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Hello Lovely Followers,

Here we are again, another Menopause Monday post and the last one of March! Where did that month go?!

If you are one of my nice new followers Hello! I would like to take a moment to explain to you what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – we’re back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal; my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday is at the end of this week on 31st March. Is it coincidental that the clocks Spring forward an hour that weekend too? Loosing an hour of sleep doesn’t fill me with joy considering the night sweats, hot flushes, headaches and insomnia that being perimenopausal is causing. Plus it’s Mother’s Day FFS that’s just completely unfair! I want more time in bed, not less!

I don’t know if you remember my post a couple of weeks ago – Relief In A Box – I ordered a beautiful set from the lovely Karen at Wish U Well and fell in love with her products because the water spritzers and linseed eye pillow have helped with my symptoms. Well, Karen is also happy to make up custom orders too, which I thought would be perfect for a post about the menopause and Mothering Sunday; a beautiful gift box filled with goodies that would be perfect for any Mums out there plagued with menopausal (or perimenopausal) symptoms. *hint*hint*

The Menopause R&R gift box below, was a popular choice on the run up to Christmas – I wish that I’d seen it and added it to my wish list – but I thought I’d share it with you anyway to give you some inspiration for buying that perfect thank you gift for the Mum in your life as we’re all loosing an hour of sleep. A gift like the one below would go a long way to making me feel happier about the loss of sleeping time. 😉 Sorry, I just can’t let that go, can I?! Lol! Just blame it on my irrational mood swings.

Restore and Relax with this blissful Menopause kit.

Everything you need give yourself some TLC during the times you most need it.

The essential oils are carefully selected to support you through your menopausal symptoms. The Avacado Oil included is a perfect base oil for adding your favourite essential oil to use in massage.

Use the essential oils in burners, or for massage, or even add to a warm bath. The addition of infused Epsom Salts to help detox and cleanse works wonders alongside your essential oils.

This Menopause R & R kit includes a gorgeous smelling lavender heat pack to soothe aching joints and muscles, or just provide comfort in tense areas.

An eye pillow infused with Chamomile and Lemon to de-stress your eyes, meditate, or simply block out the world and melt into a blissful sleep.

Lavender and Ylang Ylang have been added to our Menopause candle to ensure the benefits of the essential oils are experienced by all your senses.

Comes beautifully packaged. A truly gorgeous gift for yourself, or to treat a friend who needs some TLC.

Contents:

1 Natural Lavender Wheat Pack.
1 Eye Pillow infused with Chamomile and Lemon.
350g 100% Pure Organic Epsom Salts infused with Lavender flowers.
I Lavender and Ylang Ylang Candle.
50ml Avacado Base Oil.
10ml Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
10ml Lavender Essential Oil.
10ml Clary Sage Essential Oil.
10ml Orange Essential Oil.
10ml Peppermint Essential Oil.
1 Information leaflet detailing menopause symptoms and Essential Oil properties.

Some key properties of the specifically selected Essential Oils are detailed below:

Clary Sage:
Clary sage is an excellent essential oil for hormonal balancing. Its properties are known to reduce the intensity of hot flushes and night sweats, whilst aiding relaxation for better sleep. It helps to lift mood and improve mental clarity, so helping to fight the low moods caused by the menopause. The addition of improving digestion, lowering blood pressure and its estrogenic compounds make this an all round must have oil for menopause relief.

Peppermint:
Peppermint oil is a very versatile essential oil. It improves energy levels and increases concentration. It’s great for soothing aches and pains and combating headaches. Peppermint oil tops the list for easing hot flushes and night sweats due to the menthol it contains. When applied on your body the menthol kick starts your brain into telling it its cooling down.

Lavender:
Lavender is renowned for its relaxation qualities and is ideal to promote feelings of calm and uplifts mood. With its blissful aroma and the belief that it aids better sleep it is the perfect accompaniment to any bedtime routine.

Ylang Ylang:
For its uplifting smell Ylang Ylang deserves to be in every women’s wellness regime. The properties of Ylang Ylang help to relieve depressive moods, reduce stress, lift mood, induce feelings of joy and activates sensual emotions and so benefits women experiencing loss of libido. An impressive range of benfits from one oil.

Orange:
Alongside Ylang Ylang, Orange has mild aphrodisiac properties and is grouped within the citrus oils which benefit mood and muscle aches. Its smell evokes happiness and its mood lifting qualities make this an ideal oil for menopausal relief.

All Essential Oils are 100% pure unless otherwise stated.

 

If you have the time, click on any of the links above to check out Wish U Well for yourself, I’m sure that you’ll be able to find something to show the Mum in your life how much you appreciate her or be tempted to get a little something for yourself as a much needed treat!

As I’ve already said, although this amazing Menopause R&R set is no longer available – having sold out far too quickly – Karen is happy to accept custom orders. I found her really lovely and only too happy to help.

I hope you have a wonderful week and find some time for yourself in the chaos around you. 😉


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Menopause Monday – Relief In A Box

Hello Lovely Followers,

Here we are again, another Menopause Monday post.

If you are one of my nice new followers, (hello) I would like to take a moment to explain what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal – my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

This week, rather than ranting or complaining about being perimenopausal, I wanted to share with you a wonderful little set that I bought from EtsyUK. It’s it a beautiful little Menopause set, sold by Wish U Well – a Southampton based company owned by wellness consultant, Karen Debra Lendon – that is supposed to help relieve those most common menopause symptoms; Hot Flushes and Mood Swings.

I have certainly been enjoying the benefits of using the sprays and oils that came in my box. The sprays give me an instant cool down that I need during a hot flush and the aromas help to keep my mood calm and relaxed; I keep the Peppermint Water Spritz next to my bed while the Camomile Water Spritz comes with me to work in my handbag and then sits next to me each evening in the lounge while I watch telly.

The beautifully scented linseed eye pillow not only helps to calm my mood as soon as I place it over my eyes but when I put it in the freezer and then use it, it’s coolness also works miracles at easing my headaches too.

Karen’s philosophy of looking at the whole picture rather than just the symptoms is something close to my heart which is what drew me to her Etsy shop in the first place. This is how Karen explains what Wellness means to her on her website;

Wellness is the positive union of mind, body and soul.

Hi and welcome to Wish U Well.

I am Karen, a wellness coach, teacher, mentor and founder of Wish U Well.

Wellbeing is at the heart of my personal and professional life and I believe that physical and mental wellness go hand in hand.

Through workshops and seminars I began sharing my knowledge and expertise with others. Realising that there is a wealth of practices and products that others are keen to benefit from I felt inspired to create a wellness brand.

Interest grew and with the encouragement and support of my family Wish U Well was born.

I am passionate about health and a firm believer in the mind, body connection. I am continually researching and developing products to support the needs of modern life and specifically targets common health concerns, such as anxiety and stress.

Self-development, an open mind and a holistic lifestyle has taught me the power of self healing and consciously creating better health.

Meditation, exercise and positive practices have had an immense impact on my wellbeing.

I bring my mind into focus with Peppermint Oil and relax to the smell of Ylang Ylang.

Positive energy combined with loving self-care is the best recipe for improved well-being.

Wishing you well.
Karen 🙂

 

If you have the time, click on any of the links above to check out Wish U Well for yourself and give one of her delicious products a go for yourself! Although my little set is no longer available – having sold out – Karen is happy to accept custom orders. I found her really lovely and only too happy to help.

I hope you have a stress-free week and find peace in the chaos. 😉


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Slimming World vs The Menopause

Hello Lovely Followers,

If you are one of my nice new followers, I should explain that I publish two regular posts a week. Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – back to work after the weekend, the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening I shared a post about being perimenopausal – my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (read it here). Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born.

Back in August 2017 I was persuaded to join Slimming World by my mum (read my post here). I have done really well and decided to start sharing my weight loss journey with you, my lovely followers. I attend my local group on Wednesday evenings to get weighed and get inspired, so when I get back home I post how I’ve got on, any tips and what my loss or gain is for the week using the Weight Loss Wednesday tag.

Last week I was overjoyed to come in with a fabulous 2.5 lbs loss! My focus has been rewarded again this week with a 1.5lbs loss!

I have struggled with emotional eating and cravings this week; imagine my surprise and joy at finding this article on Slimming World about weight loss while going through the menopause! I just had to share it.

Many of you have been in touch with us to ask how the menopause might affect your weight loss journey – we’ve taken a look below.

The good news is that there’s little evidence that the menopause should be a direct cause of weight gain or inability to lose weight. Some people see an increase in weight particularly during middle age – this is thought to be primarily due to change in lifestyle and a gradual decrease in the amount of physical activity we do. So a healthy diet (Food Optimising!) and exercise (Body Magic!) will help you reach your ideal weight.

Staying on your weight loss journey

Increasing your level of physical activity can not only help weight loss by helping you expend more energy whilst active but it also helps preserve muscle tissue, and with maintaining your metabolic rate.

As at any time during your weight loss journey including plenty of Free Foods and Speed Free Foods in your daily Food Optimising will help satisfy your appetite and give your weight loss a boost.

You are what you eat

Eating a varied, well balanced diet during the menopause is beneficial to overall health, as it is at any time of life, but there are also some specific nutritional issues that are worth considering at this time.

Calcium

During the menopause, a good calcium intake along with a physically active lifestyle is considered important to help ensure that bones remain as strong as possible. Bones become weaker as we age due to the loss of calcium. Large losses can result in osteoporosis whereby bones become so weak and brittle they easily break. Women lose bone at a faster rate during the menopause due to changes in hormone levels, particularly oestrogen. Oestrogen normally helps maintain bone strength by preventing the loss of calcium but levels of oestrogen fall during menopause. The importance of calcium in bone health, particularly in maintaining bone strength as we age, has been the subject of much research. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) recommends that women ensure a good dietary intake of calcium during the menopause.

The main sources of calcium are dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurts. Low fat dairy products such as skimmed milk still contain plenty of calcium.

Extra calcium from supplements has not been shown to have much effect on bone loss during the menopause. However, supplements may be of more benefit in later stages – some studies found that calcium supplements slowed the loss of bone in women five years post-menopause. If you’re considering taking calcium supplements we’d suggest you discuss this with your GP first.

Vitamin D

This vitamin is also important for bone health as it is needed for calcium to be absorbed from food. Most of our vitamin D is made in the skin when exposed to sunlight. Dietary sources include fortified spreads, meat and oily fish and are important for those whose exposure to sunlight is limited. However, as sunlight is mainly relied on to produce vitamin D, and there are few dietary sources, many individuals may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency. As such everyone aged one year and over has a recommended dietary intake of 10 micrograms per day of vitamin D. Public Health England recommends that:

  • All individuals aged 5+ should consider taking a 10 micrograms supplement to ensure their intake is adequate between October and March when the skin is unable to produce vitamin D from sunlight
  • People with limited exposure to sunshine (i.e. those seldom outdoors, or who cover their skin when outdoors) or those from minority ethnic groups with dark skin, such as those from African, African-Caribbean or South Asian backgrounds, should consider a daily 10 micrograms supplement throughout the year.

Iron

Women’s iron requirements decrease at the time of menopause when periods stop. Requirements are then reduced to the same level as men (8.7 micrograms/day). Therefore, although there is a reduction in requirements, it is still important to include a variety of sources of iron in the diet. The best sources of iron are lean red meat, poultry and fish. Iron can also be obtained from plant foods such as dark green vegetables, pulses and nuts but is not absorbed as well as that from meat. Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron from plant foods so it helps to include vitamin C containing foods (such as fruits, salad and green vegetables) within a meal.

Physical activity

It’s recommended that we should all aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 times a week to stay fit and healthy and help control our weight. This can include activities such as walking, swimming or gardening and doesn’t have to mean taking part in strenuous sports. Any activity that makes you feel warmer and speeds up your breathing and heart rate, while still being able to hold a conversation, counts as moderate activity. Including more activity into daily routines all counts, for example:

  • taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • walking short distances instead of taking the car
  • getting on the bus one stop further away

You’ll find lots of Body Magic inspiration in our activity section, including Building your steps to activity, Easy exercises at home and Choosing the right fitness class.

Phyto-oestrogens

Many women experience a range of symptoms during the menopause such as hot flushes, night sweats, dry skin, poor concentration and mood swings. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) often helps relieve these symptoms and has been shown to help prevent the development of osteoporosis.

There has been recent interest in the role of phyto-oestrogens as a more natural alternative to HRT to help alleviate some menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. The idea arose due to the fact that women in Japan tend to have a much higher intake of phyto-oestrogens in their diet and a much lower prevalence of menopausal symptoms than women in Western countries. Phyto-oestrogens are a group of substances found in plant foods, such as soya beans, and resemble oestrogen hormones. They have been found to act in a similar way to oestrogen hormones but have a weaker effect.

The potential benefits of phyto-oestrogens are currently being investigated in a number of studies. However, at present the effects are not clear – while a number of studies have shown a beneficial effect, others have not. The British Nutrition Foundation suggests that further studies are needed before firm recommendations can be made and appropriate advice given. They advise that anyone suffering from menopausal symptoms consult their GP to discuss the most appropriate treatment. However, those wishing to try increasing their intake of phyto-oestrogens could include more of the following foods in their diet:

  • soya beans (Free and also an F symbol)

  • tofu (plain or naturally smoked tofu is Free)

  • soya milk (calcium-enriched soya drink can be used as a Healthy Extra choice)

  • linseed (4 Syns per level tablespoon, 6½ Syns per 25g or 2 level tablespoons can be used as a Healthy Extra choice)


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Menopause Monday – Someone Turn Down The Heat!

Hello Lovely Followers,

I can’t believe that we’re in March already. I must confess that, like many of you, the brighter days are having a positive influence on my mood. I feel happier. Well when I’m not suffering from mood swings, that is! 😉

Mood swings aren’t the only menopausal symptoms I have to contend with, I’ve been having hot flushes and night sweats over the past few years too.

Hot flushes

Hot Flushes usually come on very suddenly and spread throughout the body, chest, neck and face and can vary in length from a few minutes to much longer. I never know when I’m gonna get hit but I feel less of a freak knowing hot flushes are the most common symptom of the menopause and occur in around 3 out of 4 women. Some of my friends also experience other symptoms along with the sweating including dizziness and light-headedness, I’ve been getting brief heart palpitations which can be a bit scary.

My lovely Mum warned me that hot flushes can happen more than once during the day and some women can keep getting them for years – some even experiencing hot flushes in their 80s! Really? Thanks Mum! I’ve read and spoken to my friends trying to find any patterns and although they usually occur spontaneously, they can come on after eating certain types of food or drinking alcohol, especially wine but I haven’t noticed any correlation to particular foods or drinks for me – yet.

Night sweats

My darling Hubby used to complain rather loudly about my cold hands and feet at night –  I used to be on the chilly side. Not so much any more.

For about a year now, I have had nights where I’ve been waking up several times a night “drenched” with sweat. It’s horrible! It got so bad a while back that we put the kids’ old “bed wetting” sheet under my half of the fitted sheet! I mean, they’re not the most comfortable to sleep on – have any of you had to spend the night on one?

I have read that some women really do suffer horrendously with night sweats but luckily, I don’t get them to the degree where it’s too disruptive to my Hubby – I have been putting up with his raucous snoring for the last 25 years, after all, so I feel the scales are still in my favour. 😉

But,  I still want to ease my symptoms somewhat, especially as the weather is getting warmer now. I’ve ordered this little trio from WishUWellByKaren a British company based in Southampton, hoping that the cooling properties of mint and the balancing properties of Clary-sage will help. I’ll let you know how I get on.

I will be visiting my GP next week to talk about all my symptoms; the heart flutters, forgetfulness, dithering, tearfulness and the fact that, although I have a IUD I’m still getting the odd period. It’s been 7 years since my last health MOT and I think I need another one. I’ll let you know what he says. 😉

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you’ve got any menopause experiences or if you’ve tried any natural remedies (whether they worked or not); I’d love to hear from you.

I hope you have a good week.

 

 

 

 


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Sharing The Love – Book Stores Around The World

Hello Lovely Followers,

I know I don’t post many book reviews on this blog but reading is one of my hobbies (read all about it here). So when I came across this post from Kiersten on her blog – Once Upon A Spine – all about the wonderful oasis’ around the world that are book shops, I just had to share it.

Wanderlusting: Bookstores Around the World (Part 1)

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a wanderlust post. Don’t worry, it’s not because I’m losing my sense of adventure or desire to travel. I’ve actually been planning and researching for the upcoming trips I’ll be going on this year.

There are two things I look for first when considering a place to visit: the culinary scene and how many bookstores they have. As a proclaimed foodie and bibliophile, these are the things that speak most to me. They call me late in the evening and whisper in my ear whilst I’m asleep. “Come to me!” they say. And I listen.

Perhaps I will do a future series of posts about all the foodie destinations I plan to visit someday, but for now, since this is primarily a book blog, I’ll focus on the bookstores.

Eliot Bay Books (Seattle, Washington) – There isn’t much history to this one, but I’ve heard it’s the best bookstore in Seattle.

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Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France) – This one has been around since 1919. The apartment upstairs housed several famous authors over the years, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Boyfriend and I will definitely be visiting this one when we visit Paris in the Fall.

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Livraia Lello (Porto, Portugal) – One of the most stunning bookstores in the world, the neo-Gothic building was said to have been the source of inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s depiction of Hogwarts.

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The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California) – Lots of quirky character packed into this store, in addition to a quarter-million new and used titles. I can’t even imagine how many people go here every year just to take pictures under the tunnel of books.

Source: Wanderlusting: Bookstores Around the World (Part 1) – Once Upon a Spine

Have you visited any of these gorgeous shops? I haven’t – yet. 😉 Although I get most of my books from Amazon these days, I do visit my local Waterstones. I love the smell. Am I weird? 😉

I think I might add a board – “Amazing Book Shops” or something – to my Pinterest account. These will be added first, of course. I wonder which amazing book shops Kiersten will share with us next. I can’t wait.


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Joe Brown’s Spring Collection Best-sellers

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I was sat here, recuperating from this morning’s Parkrun 😉 when I got a lovely e-mail from Joe Brown’s. I do love their clothes – I love wearing my latest purchases (read all about them here) and I want to add a few new items to freshen up my spring wardrobe. I know that some of you also like their style,  so I thought I’d share with you a few of the current best sellers in their women’s department that caught my eye.

You can check any of them out yourself by clicking the pictures (a new window will open to make it easier for you). Let’s start with…

Best Selling Dresses

Perfect Polka Dot Jersey Dress

Perfect Polka Dot Jersey Dress

Reversible Mid Length Dress

Reversible Mid-Length Dress

Coconut Palm Dress

Coconut Palm Dress

I really like the reversible mid length dress; the diagonal pattern is very flattering for my shape. You can check out more dresses here.

Best Selling Jackets

Joe's New Favourite Jacket

Joe’s New Favourite Jacket

Summer Days Jacket

Summer Days Jacket

Step In To Spring Jacket

Step In To Spring Jacket

The step into spring jacket really appeals to me. I love getting away from black and navy by adding a splash of colour. You can check all their wonderful jackets here.

Grab a cup of tea (wine or even coffee if you must) and browse the whole Womenswear range. Did you know they also do Gifts & Books that are full of uniquly Joe Brown quirkiness? I didn’t. Check them out for yourself (I love the odd socks) or go to Joe Brown’s Home page to access the whole kit and caboodle from the very first page.

Don’t forget that shopping online with Joe Browns you get free returns on UK orders and of course secure online payments.

It couldn’t be simpler.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! x




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January Sales – Grab Those Bargains!

Hello Everyone,

I got an e-mail reminding me that there’s only a week left in the Joe Browns sale (ends 24th January) and they’ve reduced some of their stuff by 70%.

Look what I’ve found!

You can check it all out yourself by clicking the pictures or the links I’ve included.

Charming Circle Wrap Dress

Was £39.95 Now £11.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+charming-circle-wrap-dress+wd570

Charming Circle Wrap Dress

Humming Laurels Dress

Was £44.95 Now £26.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+humming-laurels-dress+wd531

Humming Laurels Dress

Your Darling Dress

Was £49.95 Now £14.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+your-darling-dress+wd530

Your Darling Dress

*available in two colourways!

Night Owl Coat

Was £89.95 Now £35.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+night-owl-coat+wj223

Night Owl Coat

Undeniably Striking Top

Was £34.95 Now £16.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+undeniably-striking-top+wt261

Undeniably Striking Top

Cheeky Check Hem Tunic

Was £44.95 Now £12.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+cheeky-check-hem-tunic+wc337

Cheeky Check Hem Tunic

Men’s Up To 70% Off

Check Out My Ride Shirt

Was £34.95 Now £16.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+check-out-my-ride-shirt+sm077

Check Out My Ride Shirt

Fabulous In Floral Shirt

Was £34.95 Now £9.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+fabulous-in-floral-shirt+sm096

Fabulous In Floral Shirt

Action Packed Jacket

Was £84.95 Now £41.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+action-packed-jacket+ja347

Action Packed Jacket

Don’t Horn Me T-Shirt

Was £17.95 Now £4.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+dont-horn-me-t-shirt+mt122

Don't Horn Me T-Shirt

Festival T-Shirt

Was £17.95 Now £10.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+festival-t-shirt+mt129

Festival T-Shirt

Distressed To Pefection Leather Boots

Was £74.95 Now £49.95

https://www.joebrowns.co.uk/sp+distressed-to-perfection-leather-boots+fw244?coloursel=A

Distressed To Perfection Leather Boots

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Don’t forget that the Sale ends on 24th January 2019.