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dinsdag 29 juli 2014

Glamping With Six Children!

I recently bought these wonderful sunflower dungarees from Asos. I decided to bring them when I went glamping with Gina during the weekend. I thought it would be a great idea to bring Marcy, Robert and Phoebe, so they could have a holiday. Gina took Brenda, Audrey and Iva. The two of us needed to look after the six of them. We did challenge ourselves, but I still think it was a great idea. Fortunately Robert didn't mind spending a long weekend with five girls. He found friends to play soccer and netball with soon enough and he liked being the wise big brother. We went to a beach town so we could build sandcastles and swim in the sea. It was great to spend time with Gina again. After all she's been through lately I was glad to see she could relax. We behaved like two little girls every now and then. It was wonderful to be young and carefree again. 
We made two kites and tried to make them fly. Most of the time we all got tangled in the ropes and laughed until our stomachs hurt. There was a food festival that lasted from Friday until Sunday, so meals were very easy. We got ourselves a lot of tickets and tasted a bit of everything three days in a row. We allowed the girls to have several deserts, those kind of things should be possible when you're on a holiday. Robert felt like he was too old for that, but I sneaked him some treats as well, because I know how much he actually likes them.
Sleeping was a bit of a nightmare. The days were fabulous, but the nights were awful. We all slept in the same huge tent. There were several beds, but there was just one sleeping area. Robert and Iva snore and I'm a light sleeper, so that didn't work very well. Gina and I had to share the queen sized bed, but found Brenda, Iva and Marcy between us every night. I hardly had any space to sleep and turning or changing position was out of the question. Fortunately I brought books, so I could tell a lot of stories. We also played a running game with them before going to bed, to make them all tired. Exhausted kids can still be too excited to go to sleep though. We heard a lot of chatting, giggling and snorting. Audrey and Phoebe couldn't stop talking and they never seemed to tire. I was so happy to see my own bed again on Monday night. I think I need to sleep for a week before I'll be able to function properly again.
All in all the holiday was a huge success. It was exactly what we needed. For Gina and me it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time together and after so many difficult weeks, the kids could use a bit of fun. I never thought it would be so hard to keep an eye on six enthusiastic and active children. We did a great job though, we brought them home in one piece. There were a few tears, but we didn't have any major crisis situations. We only needed two bandages and those were for minor scrapes. Maybe we should do this again in a few weeks...

More Book Shopping!

 I've done some more book shopping this week. I've got such a great kindle library now, I can't stop looking at it!

maandag 28 juli 2014

Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

If you keep looking back, you might miss what’s standing right in front of you …
Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth’s finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She’s even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles.

So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth’s arms, she’s totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn’t the man she thought he was … Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there’s more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who’s meant to love and protect her.

Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon’s placid surface before he destroys everything she’s worked for, both inside and outside the lab?


 Beth has been miserable because her boyfriend Gordon has left her to work abroad. He went away six months ago and hasn't contacted her since. Fortunately Beth has nice colleagues who are cheering her up. Beth sees her work friends as just friends, but there might be something more going on between Beth and Hibs, who is her lab partner. Hibs is helping Beth to regain her confidence, but he doesn't dare to tell her how much he likes her. Beth thinks he's a player and she doesn't see how much she means to him. When Gordon comes back Beth and Hibs might have missed their chance. Gordon is dictating Beth's life again, the question is if she will see through him and stand up for herself. Is Beth going to lose everything she loves because of one man?
Doctor January is a love story with depth. Beth doesn't have a lot of confidence and there are good reasons for it. Hibs is helping Beth to see how great she really is. It's a mission that takes time and patience. I really liked that. What made this book really special is the main characters. They are generous, good looking and kind nerds. I think it's cool that they work in a lab. The chemistry between the two main characters is there from the start, only one of them has no idea about it. That makes Doctor January such a great love story. It takes Beth a long time to understand her own feelings, which has been described in a logical and interesting way. All the characters have strong personalities that stand out. I loved reading about them. So much that I think this is one of the best chick lit novels I've read this year.

Hand Cream and Hair Products

It happens to me a lot, when I like a product and have been using it for months or sometimes even years with great results, suddenly it has been sold out. Or even worse, production has stopped entirely. Today I wanted to buy conditioner, but the one I wanted to get wasn't available. I shopped at Lookfantastic and bought three different conditioners. I'm going to try them all and will review the products I like.
It's no secret that I love hand creams. I've purchased two tubes on Asos and one on Lookfantastic. I use so many different kinds, but there's always room for more. If I like them reviews of these products will follow soon as well. I can't wait to receive my packages. Beauty mail is great, somehow it feels like such a luxury to open the packages.

Facts About Lavender

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1) I love rose bud tea. I love the way it looks and the taste is great. I think it's a romantic drink and that is probably why it suits me so well.


2) I love browsing crafts books. It's inspiring to watch someone else's creative projects. Maybe one day I will find the time to make my own mail art book as well.

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3) I have an owl pillow family. I like these Sass & Belle cushions so much. The owls all have been given their own name by the manufacturer and somehow that makes them even more special.

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4) I make to do lists, because I need them. I'm not organized and keep forgetting about things. Unfortunately I also forget about my cute piece of paper with reminders, so it doesn't really work.


5) I love looking at engagement rings. They are so special and pretty. I can't wait to have my own, but it will take a while because Calvin and I have only officially been together for three months. It isn't forbidden to dream though...

zondag 27 juli 2014

Lavender's Book Holidays 1

It's been a few weeks since I've posted my last summer holiday post and it's time for a fresh start. During the next five weeks I'll be dreaming about the most amazing book holidays. I loved Escape for the Summer. It's such a wonderful holiday read. I've recommended this book so many times already and I've given it away to friends and blog readers. Today I want to put a spotlight on it once more. In Escape for the summer two sisters and their friend go to Rock, a coastal town in Cornwall. I want to join them and watch the rich and famous. Maybe someone will take me to a great restaurant for a delicious lobster dinner, accompanied of course by many glasses of delicious champagne. I'd love to go sailing and spend my days on the water. Shopping on the boulevard is fun as well. I will certainly be able to spend a fantastic book week in Rock. The weather has been great this summer, so I can work on my tan. While I'm lounging on the beach with a cocktail in my hand I can think about where I should go next, if I want to leave at all of course...

Sunday Book Buying!

 I normally start my weeks with buying books on Monday morning. Usually I have some restraint, but that immediately vanishes when there are sales. I'm sure I'm going to buy some new books again tomorrow as well, but I just had to have these!

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