May 21st-27th Planner Decor

Hey everyone.

Today is just a quick post to share with you my weekly planner decor.

I’ve not been using a planner much over the last few months but I’ve decided to start using my gorgeous Galaxy Recollections planner to keep at home with all my stuff in.

This week I used the Unicorn Dreams kit from Your World Of Colour. I love it. It is summery and all pastels which are my fav.

As you can see the EC kits work well in other planners including horizontal ones like this.

If you fancy getting yourself this kit or any others then remember you can use my code for a discount.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: The Development by Jackie Kabler {Excerpt}

Hello, today I have an excerpt for you for the novel The Development by Jackie Kabler.

Blurb…

After a stressful week, TV reporter Cora Baxter is ready for a quiet weekend. But what she hadn’t counted on was witnessing the shocking death of a young woman on her way home. She discovers seventeen-year-old Leanne had been protesting against a new housing development, angering the powerful establishment. Leanne’s death is ruled a suicide, but when puzzling information comes to light, Cora decides to investigate further.

She doesn’t know what an unscrupulous businessman, a suspended police officer and hate-mail sending neighbours have to do with the case – but she knows there is a news story there.

With her eccentric camera crew on hand to help, can Cora tie the strands of Leanne’s case together – or will other forces interfere?

The Development is the third in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series.

Excerpt

At the start of the book, TV reporter Cora Baxter had a run-in with a particularly unpleasant police officer who was subsequently suspended from duty. And now DCI Gordon Gregory seems to have a strange interest in the death of a young woman, even attending her funeral…but why?

It was raining softly as Leanne Brimley’s coffin was lowered slowly into the grave, the light, steady kind of rain which appears innocuous at first but then seems to make you far, far wetter and colder than the pounding, driving kind ever does, seeping into your pores and chilling your very bones. A leaden sky glowered at the few dozen mourners who’d gathered at South Bristol Cemetery, the scattering of school friends – released from lessons early for the occasion on this Thursday afternoon – neighbours and relatives standing now with lowered heads as the vicar said his final prayers in a low monotone. Detective Constable James Jordan and Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Gregory stood at a respectful distance, watching as the committal service came to a close and the dead girl’s mother and brother, so like her with their red hair and pale skin, were led away, the mother sobbing quietly, the boy’s face tight and white despite the thick covering of freckles. As the graveyard emptied, Gregory turned to Jordan.

‘Thanks for coming, mate. I needed to see that. Things are shit at the moment – that little bitch being put in the ground has been the one bright spot in the past couple of weeks. Sorry if that sounds nasty, but it’s true.’

Jordan flinched a little, but nodded. ‘No problem, boss. I’m not on shift today anyway, so it was something to do. Fancy a pint, on the way home?’

Gregory smiled. ‘Definitely. I want to talk to you anyway. Something I need to tell you. Just give me a minute. I’ll meet you by the gate.’

He stood still for a moment as Jordan headed off across the muddy grass, then walked slowly to the graveside, where a cemetery worker was laying the last of the floral tributes on the mound of soil that now covered Leanne Brimley’s coffin. The man touched his forehead deferentially and moved away as Gregory approached, and the DCI gave him a nod, then stood in silence for a full minute, staring at the freshly piled earth. What a relief, he thought. What a bloody great relief. And when he finally turned away and went to join James Jordan, he was smiling.

You can get your copy from Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box (Mar, Apr, May)

Hey Everyone. I’ve been super slack on writing about these three boxes due to being ill however, the time has come to unleash all of this amazingness to the wonderful internet.

I am a big fan of The Village Witch, not just as a company but as people they are just amazing and so extremely kind hearted. It is such a lovely family run business that I am happy to support in any way that I can.

I have had 4 of these boxes so far since launch and not one of them has been disappointing. You always get far more value that what you pay for and everything is made with love.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what the contents were.

March

March saw the theme of Ostara/Rebirth. These boxes are made to suit both those who are Wiccan and Witch and Witch many crossover elements.

Included in this box was;

  • A Rebirth Spell
  • Eggcup
  • Wood Pencil
  • Daisy Tealight Candle And Glass Holder
  • Charmed Bookmark
  • Treatbag Full Of Various Goodies
  • Handmade Ostara Oil
  • Phoenix Ambient Salt Magic Mix
  • Handmade And Blessed Ostara Incense
  • Ostara Aura Spray
  • Handmade Phoenix Ink

April

April’s theme for the Hocus Pocus Box was Beltane/New Ideas.

Included in this box was;

  • A Treatbag Of Various Goodies
  • Beltane Spell
  • Maypole Kit
  • Greenman Keyring
  • Dream Magnet
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Offering Hands Ornament
  • Black and White Spell Candle
  • Pack Of Charcoal Disks
  • New Ideas Floorwash
  • Handmade and Blessed Green Man Lucky Rice
  • New Ideas Cleansing Salt Mix
  • Handmade Beltane Oil
  • Blessed Beltane Incense
  • New Ideas Magical Bonfire Burning Mix

May

May saw one of only two special themed Market Bazaar Box. Rather than having a specific theme as other boxes have this box was packed full of wonderfully random pieces to help build your stock and to give you some quirky witchy pieces.

May’s box included;

  • Themed Notebook
  • Greetings Card
  • Keyring
  • Witches Wall/Door Plaque
  • Bits and Bobs Tin
  • Incense Holder
  • Moon Scented Incense
  • Helping Hand Aura Spray
  • Protection and Prosperity Floor Wash
  • Handmade Practical Magic Oil
  • House Cleansing and Home Blessing Herb Mix
  • Treatbag Full Of Goodies

As always these boxes are packed with amazing quality items and the handmade ones smell absolutely unreal. If this looks like something that would suit you I would highly recommend subscribing.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer – These boxes were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions stated above are my own and are not influenced.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hey everyone. You may or may not have noticed my absence recently. Truth is I have been extremely unwell. In the last 6 weeks I have spent just over 4 in hospital having various operations and I am currently 10 days post op from a very major complex surgery.

As such my blog and life have been neglected and I’m just beginning to pick everything back up.

I’ve been re-evaluating things during this period, there is nothing like a quick glance at possible death to make you filter what’s important to you deep down and what isn’t and I’ve realised a few things.

I love my blog and it’s one thing I really want to continue writing, however, I will be adding the occasional ‘this is my life post’ rather than posts purely about books/writing/stationery. I hope you don’t mind, and those who do feel free to bypass.

It’s been a dark few weeks but things are looking brighter and I intend to share that with you. I’m chosing to make a Lemon Cheesecake with the lemons life has given me lately.

I’ll be back soon with a proper content post. Until then stay safe, enjoy life and grab yourself a slice of cake:)

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

Today I am sharing with you my review for A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe which is hosted by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours

Blurb…

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Review…

After reading Gemma’s first novel Trust Me I was really excited to get a copy of A Mother’s Sacrifice.

Gemma has an amazing way of writing that keeps you guessing, you may have a prediction but that can change multiple times as you read and that’s what draws me to her work.

I found myself drawn to the main character. I not only felt sorry for her but could see things unravelling. I don’t want to give any of the story away but I thought it was very well written.

However, I have to admit the ending did disappoint me. While I understand why it took the path it did I would have liked answers to questions wrapping up first. I felt like for such a build up of every thing it fell a bit flat even if it wasn’t a typical generic ending.

Saying this though I highly recommend it. The problem is more with me and my need to have somethings tightly wrapped in a bow rather than the book itself and as far as it goes this is a very worthy read.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Planner Girls Collective: Planner Meets – Pamper, Plan and Create 2018

Hey Everyone and welcome to another Planner Girls Collective post.

This week we have all picked our own topic and today I will be talking about planner meet-up’s, particularly Pamper, Plan and Create (PPC) which I was lucky enough to go to earlier this month.

PPC is organised by three beautiful ladies. Michelle Mills of Ugly Bug Plans, Leanne Snowball of The Geeky Planner and Kelly Bendelow of HazyDaysUK. The first PPC was last year (2017) and was in Newcastle. Unfortunely I couldn’t make that.

PPC was originally set up to provide a relaxing environment for people to get together and share a love for all things stationery. Set to be in the North of England to give those who couldn’t attend southern meet-up’s a chance to partake.

I got really lucky this year and my beautiful friend Debbie purchased a day ticket for me. The tickets are sold either as a day ticket or a weekend ticket which includes an overnight stay and meals.

I was really looking forward to going. I was 50% nervous and 50% excited. I was worried I wouldn’t make it due to either my illness or the horrendous snow that showed up the week of the event. However, I managed to make it and last the day.

I had an amazing time. I got to meet some amazing people and what’s more, I didn’t feel out of place for my hobby. I felt at home.

The day was so relaxed and easy going. Kelly held a travelling workshop on Brush Lettering which I loved and has helped a lot. There were stalls from shop owners which I got to meet and browse.

We also got the most fantastic goodie bags which were little craft totes. They were full of freebies and discount codes. We even got Erin Condren items and a gift certificate for a full price planner from Personal-Planner.

The best thing though…the table I was sat with. Table 3 was fantastic, what an amazing bunch of ladies I got lucky sitting with.

Honestly if anyone ever has doubts about attending a meet, don’t, you will really enjoy it. I’m going to save to attend PPC again next year as I really loved the atmosphere the girls worked so hard on achieving. All in all it was a massive success in my eyes.

Now here are some pictures:)

Please visit the other ladies taking part this week on the links below:)

Kerry-May discusses her Childhood Travel Journal over on her blog.

Alyson discusses her Planner Basics over on her blog

Michelle discusses her Top Bullet Journal supplies over on her blog.

Emma-Louise x

Planner Girls Collective: Best of February

Hey:) it has been a while since I’ve taken part in the Planner Girls Collective but today I’m back with my Best of February. I’ll be linking you two posts from each of the girls taking part and from myself. These are posts which we consider to be our favourites from our own blogs this month.

Let’s start with my own.

My favourite posts this month are;

Lucy Halls Social Media Planner this was a guest post written by the lovely Jennifer Gilmour.

Next I have My Everyday Planner Set-up and Overview which was a fun post to write and has loads of pretty pictures.

Now we are going to go over to Kerry-May at http://www.Kerrymaymakes.com.

The first post which was picked was Grey Scale Animal Watercolour. The giraffe is just so gorgeous.

The next post is a fantastic one Self Care and Mood Tracking Ideas in Your Bullet Journal. There are some really good ideas on this post.

Next we have Kelly from http://www.thescrapbookgirl.com.

The first post selected here is Power Words this is a great post for a little self empowerment.

The second post is Crafting With Mrs Brim which is an art journal style post and extremely inspiring.

Don’t forget to pop over to the other girls and pay their amazing blogs a visit.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

It’s A Family Thing: Jay-Jay And The Carnival by Sue Wickstead

Hey Everyone. Today Alexis and I have a review of another one of Sue Wickstead children’s books. This on is called Jay-Jay And The Carnival.

Alexis and I have been lucky enough to receive all the Jay-Jay books from Sue. Alexis really enjoys reading them and seeing the adventures that Jay-Jay goes on.

Jay-Jay and the Carnival was not any different, she really enjoyed it, particularly commenting on the fact that Jay-Jay had undergone a make over and was ‘bright orange’.

The story as always was entertaining and didn’t drag which held Alexis’s attention, something extremely difficult for any 3 year old to do.

We would highly recommend the Jay-Jay books for children. They are bright, colourful and fun. Great enjoyment. You can purchase a copy here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

My Everyday Planner {Set-up and Overview}

Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you the set-up for my everyday carry planner and what I use it for.

I’ve been in this beautiful Cinnamon Stick B6 Nayadori from Nayapaperie since it arrived in October. I love it just as much now as I did when it arrived and what’s even better is that it is working perfectly for me.

I have however, changed my main planning insert. I was previously using the bullet journal style inserts from The Punk Planner I had used them for months but found that I wasn’t utilising the tracker part of the insert. I then received an insert as part of my PR package from Queen Mabel and Doris which is working really well. I’m able to dress it up or down as I wish and it has a lot of space.

I’m not a huge decorator but I do like to add bits for colour and function. I do like little headers to split up sections I need.

I always have one my page a weekly to-do sections, notes, next week and blog schedule. Some weeks I may add a meal plan some I won’t.

The next insert I have is a standard month-on-two-page insert from The Punk Planner. This allows me to do any future planning, jot down reviews due, essays, studies, appointments. Pretty much anything. As I only prepare a week or two in advance in my weekly I use this to future plan everything else, along with sticky notes.

After this I have what is called my collections insert. This is a simple lined and decorated printable insert from Annie Plans Printables. I use this to track my weight loss, write my book TBR, favourite quotes and anything else that I want to keep track of that doesn’t require a a weekly tracker. I also have all my up-to-date medical info here for emergencies.

After this I have three more inserts. I have a To-Do list insert and Book Review insert both from The Punk Planner and another one of the Annie Plans decorated inserts for any notes and scribbles.

I also still have the Harry Potter cardwallet to store random letters and stickers I need to keep with me.

Throughout the planner I have changed my overall decor from the autumn/winter theme to a beautiful vintage celestial theme.

I use my planner for everything and it has to be practical more than pretty but I’m really happy with the balance I have found between the two.

I have recently set up one of my old ring planners purely for medical info as I’m less precious about it being in the hands of medical staff when I get taken to A&E which happens more regularly than I’d like.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to know what you use your planner for so feel free to drop me a comment below.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May

Hey Everyone.

Today I have a review for you, The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May.

Blurb…

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.
Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.
But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.
Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Review…

Love, love, love this book. I read through it in 2 days and devoured the pages.

Isabella has such a gorgeous writing style, the flow from page to page makes reading such a pure pleasure. When I wasn’t reading The Cocktail Bar I was thinking about it.

The story itself is fantastic, such a great magical twist on story that would be entertaining in it’s own right.

All of Isabella’s characters, from the nice to the naughty are incredibly well written. Even some of the background characters will become your favourite ones, like Hayley.

I really did enjoy this book. I think people of any preferred genre would also love this book.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. In fact get me a Frisky Bison cause I may have to sit down and read it again.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x