NOTHING delights me more, I don’t think, than the fact that my three year old daughter adores books just as much as I do.
As a total and utter bookworm, it was something that I had hoped would happen. The very fact that it has, makes me want to punch in the air and mum dance across the kitchen.
AS a total bookworm, I cannot get enough of the little devils.
Books, that is.
I dream of my house, one day, being some kind of gigantic library. So far I’ve still got some way to go with this, but I’m getting there. A woman on an important mission, I’m sure you’ll agree.
In my house there are bookcases and piles of books in every room. Some books I could probably do with passing on or ditching, others are sentimental and then? Then there are the other ones.
The golden ones. The ones most sacred.
TODAY I’m co-hosting The List with my good friend Aby for one week only.
Stepping in for my buddy Hannah who normally co-hosts as she’s currently on holiday, sunning herself, taking a well deserved break and drinking a Pina Colada or something. (Hopefully.)
The idea behind the list is really simple. Blogger pals – all you need to do is link up any post that is in a list format – get it?!
So for example you might have a top ten list or something similar which you think should be shared with a wider audience. Posts can be old or new and of course, it goes without saying, anyone is welcome!
(The more, the merrier in fact. What can I say these gals know how to throw a link party! *winks*)
Not a blogger? Fret not! You can still join in all the lovely fun by browsing through the cracking posts that will be linked up below. I promise you, you’ll find some brilliant reads.
The wonderful Amy co-hosted last week and here’s her favourite top three posts from last week:
Snowing Indoors –Which Camera Should I Buy
Essex Barn – How To Breathe New Life Into Old Oak
Budding Smiles – My Top Ten Ways To Reduce Stress
This week I’m linking up my Top Ten Techie Things For The Summer and A Thank You To My Mum whilst Aby is linking up 6 Bloggers That Have Rocked My 2 Blogging Years and SEO for Bloggers – What you need to know.
And here’s another wee list from me…
IT’S all the rage you know…
Colouring books for adults. And if you’re now looking agog and thinking “what on earth!”, well folks, all I can say is, don’t mock it until you’ve tried them.
I first came across adult colouring books just before Christmas time after I did a little search for one on Amazon. I’d been doing lots of ‘colouring in’ with Elsie and was quite astonished at how much I really enjoyed it.
And, how much it helped me to relax.
Anyway I must have been a very good girl last year, because Father Christmas did bring me one in my stocking. And I’ve loved it ever since.
And so, well, now it’s my turn to play Santa! (kind of) and offer not one but THREE (!) lucky Pouting In Heels readers the chance to win a divine collection of adult colouring books from Phoenix Yard Books -that have just been released – plus colouring pencils.
There are five books in ‘The One and Only Colouring Book’ series which are aimed at adults and older children and after receiving the collection myself to try out, I can tell you this, you are going to love them.
They are brilliant to enjoy on your own, share with your children or even your mates! Trust me, this is THE big thing folks – this Dutch series has sold over 500,000 copies already!
Fancy winning a set? Super!
Just enter below using Rafflecopter and good luck!
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READING is one of those great pleasures in life that sends me giddy with total and utter joy.
I‘ve always been a bookworm and although I don’t get nowhere near as much time as I’d like these days (who does?!) to sit down and curl up with a good read, over Christmas and New Year I did manage to work my way through a few belters.
These books are so good that I thought I’d share them with you.
Well, because they could change your life for the better this year. If you let them.
Here are five fabulous reads that I have loved recently that I highly recommend.
Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes.
Don’t think a book on beauty can change your life? Then think again.
Most of you will probably have come across a rave review on this book already but for those who haven’t, let me tell you, all the amazing things you’ve heard about it, are totally well deserved.
Sali (whom I adore – a bit of a girl crush right here) has done what is practically impossible and written an informative and inspiring book about beauty that is far from dull and leaves you feeling brilliant.
I devoured this book in a couple of reading sessions and will be keeping this book on a bookshelf not too far away, where I can reach it easily and dip into time to time for some more beauty-full wisdom. Buy it. First for yourself and then for every woman you know.
How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret & Sophie Mas
Ok, this one is tricky because I have a love / hate thing going on with this book. Clearly I adore it because I wouldn’t be recommending it to you otherwise however part of me hates it because, well, it could have been a hell of a lot better.
There are some real gems of wisdom in this book and so much of what is said, really resonated with me. Without ruining it for you, there are some powerful statements about the importance of being happy in your own skin, why we should embrace ageing and how to really enjoy life.
However, there just isn’t enough of this kind of stuff in my humble opinion and often it feels a little self indulgent. You have to dig quite deep to find a jewel or two of inspiration in this book, but when you do find one, well, it’s worth the effort.
The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin
Damn, this book is good folks. In fact, scrap that, it’s brilliant.
I haven’t finished this book yet (I’m about two thirds through) but it’s already got me thinking about so much in my life. Changes I could make, and quite possibly should make, to make me happier.
If you’re a mum, I urge you to buy it for the parenting section alone.
How To Be A Hip Mama Without Losing Your Cool by Jenny Scott
An excellent read for all mums – new to parenting or not- that is jam packed with advice, motherhood tales and a big ol’ dash of glamour.
I haven’t had the chance to read it from cover to cover yet but I have managed to flick through and read odd pieces here and there when Elsie is having her nap.
And I can tell you that, it’s brilliant, honest and uplifting. I particularly love that even though it acknowledges that motherhood is the hardest job of all, it also recognises that there is much more to us mums than being someone’s parent.
With a title like this, it’s perhaps no surprise that I couldn’t wait to read this book, as this is the kind of thing I’m always harping on about on here. (I hope)
It’s also written by a very lovely and talented blogger friend of mine, the lovely Renee from Mummy Tries which meant I was very excited to get stuck in.
In the book, Renee shares her personal stories, low moments and triumphs to provide insightful advice and comfort. I love it, not only because I admire her bravery (it’s no mean feat sharing your soul with the world) but because it exudes warmth (the kind I definitely would have expected from Renee) and honesty.
Half memoirs, half self help, it’s a book anyone can relate to and learn from. Renee, I am in awe. x
Pssst – My super pal Christina also recommends Thrive by Adriana Huffington (and she knows a thing or two about good reads too!)
QUITE a statement to make ey?
But seriously, this book, that I am about to share with you, is an absolute belter. A stonker of an interior design book that I just know you are going to adore.
My life currently – besides juggling a demanding freelancing career with toddler parenting – is all about interiors, as I attempt to make our lovely house, which needs LOTS of work, into a beautiful, comfortable and stylish home.
Built in the 1920s, our house has many original features and heaps of potential, but hadn’t seen much TLC, until we moved in just under two years ago when Elsie was still a newborn. (Yep, I still shudder at this memory!)
As I type, my husband is currently cursing whilst trying to remove wood chip from our hallway. I can’t blame him, wood chip is an absolute bugger to get off walls!
Anyway, you get the picture. We have much work to do with our home, which is why when I came across ‘Making A House Your Home’ in my local TK Maxx, I immediately grabbed it and plopped it in my basket with glee.
This book is brilliant. A real cracker. Written by Clare Nolan, the Lifestyle Editor of YOU magazine, it really is beautiful, packed with over 300 inspiring, vibrant images and many, many tips. There are even step by step projects for the most adventurous.
‘Making A House Your Home’ covers everything you can think of when it comes to transforming your home. Every single room is catered for, from how to decorate your hallway (I’ve been devouring these pages recently) to creating a bedroom for your teenage daughter.
There is brilliant advice in spades; on how to maximise your space, beautify your quarters and get more organised. But the thing that makes this book really stand out, and what makes me love it so much, is the fact that it encourages you to work with what you already have and to find your own unique style so that your house becomes a true, stunning reflection of you and your family.
It isn’t just about creating a show stopping house, it is about helping and encouraging you to build a HOME.
And I’m not the only one to love it. Interior guru Kelly Hoppen is also a fan;
What is different to many is the emphasis on styling as it is such an amazing way to reinvent, refresh and re-energise your interiors without having to redecorate your entire home. This book exceeds any I have seen before.”
So, if like me, you can’t stand houses that are ‘matchy matchy’ and lacking in personality, trust me, you will love this. If, like me, you prefer and have more of an eclectic style, you will adore it.
And if, like me, you’re desperate for inspiration as you have so much work to do in your home, then honestly, you need to buy this book.
It looks great, it’s fascinating and will certainly get your creative juices flowing, but beyond all of this, I have a feeling it may just well change your life.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of this book? Have you come across any fabulous interior design books?
With love (and pouts!),
Now then, I am very nervous about this. Very nervous indeed.
*takes a deep breath*
Because for today’s post, I have decided to be daring and tackle a personal fear of mine by doing my very first Vlog! Eeek!
After being inspired by the talented Zaz at Mama and More, I thought I’d get to grips with something I’ve wanted to try out for ages and say hi to you all on camera! (Get ready to be dazzled, amused or god forbid irritated by my dulcet Northern tones!)
To make my video debut, I couldn’t think of anything better to talk to you all about than my love for a book that helped me do one of the boldest things I’ve ever done. A book that really did change my life.
It’s a little longer than I intended (I was hoping for 5 mins but what can I say, I’m a gal who can natter!) so you may want to grab a cuppa before you settle down.
Right, are you ready! (I’m not sure I am, but what the hell!). Here we go! *runs and hides*
(Please do let me know what you think! Just be kind, I beg of you! )
Are you still with me?! What do you think? Should I quit while I’m ahead or would you like to hear more of my Rochdale twang in the future?!
Have a sensational weekend!
With love and pouts,
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x