Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A Gift From Woolworths: Blog Tour

A Gift From Woolworths
By Elaine Everest

 Will the war be over by Christmas?

As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.

Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?

Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.

Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.

Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?

Information about the book
Title:A Gift From Woolworths (Woolworths Girls #
Author: Elaine Everest
Release Date:31stAugust 2018
Genre: Historical Saga
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Author Information
Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworthswas born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women's magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.

When she isn't writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students. 

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Becoming Me, Formerly known as Discovering Charlotte.

I am honestly not sure how to start this post, or even where it is going but bear with me here I have some things I need to get off my chest.

I am lost.

A year ago I stopped posting on my blog Discovering Charlotte because I didn't want to focus on my health any more. What I meant by that is that I felt like I was labelling myself as the girl who had IBS, Depression, Anxiety and PCOS and naively I wanted to break free of those labels and just be me. These past few years I have made some big mistakes. I have been trying to be the person I thought I should be without really looking at the person I want to be.

I started a nursing degree in March and I know that is where I meant to be with my life. I cant explain how privileged I feel to be in a position of care like that. I currently work as a health care assistant and having had surgery myself 5 times now I know how much of a difference a Nurse can make. However my anxiety gets the better of me. I am constantly living with imposter syndrome. Thinking I am not good enough, not clever enough to get where I want to be. It means again I often hide away.

Its not been helped by the fact that in September, on the day I should have been sitting my anatomy and physiology exam (which I had revised really hard for) I was myself once again a patient. After 3 previous laporoscopies to remove cysts (In June 2012, October 2016 and October 2017) this time it was decided that as the cyst was so big they would have to perform an open surgery and remove my ovary and Fallopian tube as well.

My recovery has been slow and I had to take an interruption from uni which has bought with it all these feelings of guilt. I know I have to look after my body and yet its so hard when I feel like I am at constant war with it. I don't have the energy to keep on this way and know I need to practise more self care and this is where I feel like I am walking along a tightrope.

I want to exercise more but I cant go in all guns blazing as I am only 9 weeks post a pretty big abdominal surgery. So I have started with swimming and walking and we will up it from there.

I want to introduce gentle nutrition but I am constantly fighting my IBS and a lot of what is deemed healthy upsets my digestive system.

I want to be back working full time so I don't have to worry about money because I have been spending recently like its going out of fashion. I don't have solutions to any of these problems but I know I cant just keep going on the way I am.

For now I am just taking each day one step at a time, keep putting one foot in front of the other and see where I end up.


Thursday, 25 October 2018

Snacks On Trial: Nutreelife

Anyone that knows me well will now that I love a good snack. I spend a lot of time commuting between home, work and university and so anything that I can eat on the bus without getting strange looks from other passengers is a bonus. I am also a big believer in gentle nutrition so if my snacks can give something to my body that is also great (although sometimes you just need a doughnut from doughnuts and that is just fine by me)

I was gifted a box of these nutreelife bars to try. The bars are 100% vegan, natural, soya free and gluten free and can be purchased from here. The multipack comes in at £21.99 which works out at around £1.37 a bar which is on par with other snack bars I eat. They come in 4 different varieties, wellbeing, recovery, energy boost and detox. So what did I think?

Wellbeing is a toasted pistachio with cacao and chlorella which makes it bright green! I really enjoyed the taste of this one as one of my favourite flavours is pistachio. At first I thought the bar was going to be quite dry but as you chew it the texture changes and almost tastes cakey ... Im not sure I am describing this well!

Recovery is a spiced clementine with added turmeric and black pepper and this bar is just not for me. The clementine flavour was lost and the black pepper is the only taste that I could taste after.

Energy Boost is a pink guava flavour with beetroot and guarana. I really enjoyed this flavour as the guava was really refreshing and the guarana did seem to give me some energy! I would definitely take this one as a pre workout snack

Detox is a blueberry and charcoal flavour bar. I have to address the fact here that I hate that this is called detox. I am a big believer in evidence based practice and recently there have been so many detox claims that as soon as I hear the word I pull a face. To detox your body all you need is a working liver. The flavour was really nice, but it had these crunchy bits in which I really hated! Im not sure if that was the charcoal?

All in all I wasn't overly impressed with these snacks. I would pick up the wellbeing or energy boost flavours if I saw them being sold separately but its not something I would go out of my way to order online. What snacks are you loving?


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Beauty Under A Fiver: Nivea Body Mousse Wild Raspberry And White Tea

Bought From: Wilkos 
Cost: £4 (I paid £2 on offer) 

First Impressions: 

I bought this mousse on a bit of a whim despite having tonnes of body lotions.  I think the novelty of the mousse drew me in and also the scent is heavenly. Despite there being a scratch and sniff patch on the product I had to search to the back of the shelf at my local Wilkos to find one that hadn't been opened! It's easy to use, you merely shake the bottle and apply. My first application was a bit messy, it comes out like a shaving foam and so less is more, but I think I have got the hang of it! After the first application it has made my skin feel lovely and soft and the scent is subtle but lovely. It claims it has a 48h deep moisture and so I am going to put that to the test! I will be adding to this review once I have finished using the product (Either decided that it's not for me or have used it up!)

After a week:

So after a week of use I am really disappointed! After the first couple of applications the mousse no longer came out as moussey (Is that even a word?) and was a lot stickier. Yes it made my skin feel really soft once it had dried but it took a long time to dry. The scent, although gorgeous when it was first on the skin, didn't last and I think if the scent is going to be so gorgeous you'd want it to last.

Will I repurchase? 

Not a chance! Like I say its sticky, it doesn't last and its not cruelty free. Im not even going to finish this bottle, its going to be in this months empties and disappointments.