Review & Giveaway: The Poppy Pym Series by Laura Wood

I had never heard of the Poppy Pym series before I was contacted. A good blurb on the book sold me I’m afraid in the email. So here I am reviewing this great series for kids, and also on day 1 of the Poppy Pym Blog Tour!

Oh and to host a little giveaway of the two books for you. I think they will make an excellent Christmas gift for kids.

Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx

Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx book cover

Book Description

From the Winner of the Scholastic Montegrappa Prize for New Children’s Writing It’s Halloween at Saint Smithen’s. When the Brimwell town hall burns down, the amateur production of Macbeth is moved to the school and it’s all hands on deck. But when the play is struck by a series of mysterious attacks, it’s up to Poppy, her friends and her circus family to save the play and unmask the culprit.

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Taking Care Of Your Health After Having a Baby

I’m nearly 7 months down the line now after having a baby. I do wish I knew some of these important tips on taking care of yourself at the start.

Once you’ve had your baby, all of your focus will of course be on them. However it’s important not to neglect your own health too. To stay energized, happy and productive you’ll need to take good care of yourself.

Here are some of the things to consider after you have just had a baby.

Taking care of your health after having a baby - Rachel Bustin

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Get Plenty of Rest

This might seem like an impossible task when you have a newborn baby. But ensuring you get enough rest is an essential part of healing, and being able to cope with this brand new situation. You could lean on your partner or friends and family at this time. Even if they can help with cooking and cleaning, it leaves you free to focus on recovery and looking after your baby. Having too much to do could easily leave you feeling overwhelmed, and so accept help from loved ones if they’re willing to give it. This will give you more time to rest in preparation for everything you have ahead of you.

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August Roundup and September Bucket List

The Summer holidays are all but over now.  I don’t know why but I love September because it never seems that long until Christmas! My roundup and bucket list this month will be showcasing my favourite post from August, and my to-do list for September.

August Roundup and July Bucket List - Rachel Bustin

August Roundup

August has been about preparing baby girl for the dreaded return to work. I return at the start of October. It’s all be confirmed now as I have been in to have a chat with my manager. I worked out a little back to work plan for myself as well. To help ease us into the process. For 8 weeks I will be working only 3 days a week and taking the other 2 as holiday, which I have accumulated while being off. That will take me up to the start of December.

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Chambers & Co Skin Care Review

A few weeks back I was asked if I would like to review some products from Chambers & CoI had a little browse over their website and discovered that they produce quite a few different products across their range.

I chose to review 3 products from the skin care range. They also have a leather and pet care range.

Chambers & Co the business started in 2015 by an ordinary family who discovered that their toddler had tolerances to a number of food groups and additives when he was small in 2005. This gave them an interest in everyday products like skin care and cleaning. So over the years in between they researched and learned that by using fresh, natural ingredients and by formulating they came up with the products they sell today.

Chambers & Co - Skin Care products review - Rachel Bustin

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Tips on a Healthy Kids Lunch with Hartley’s Your Lunchbox

Although baby girl is not old enough for her kids lunch just yet, I have been thinking up tips on a healthy kids lunch for my nephew who will be heading into year 1 in September to pass over to my sister. He is a picky eater and loves cheese!

With back to school is on the horizon  Hartley’s set us on a challenge to come up with healthy tips and ideas for kid’s lunch boxes. 

Tips on a Healthy Kids Lunch with Hartleys Your Lunch Challenge - Rachel Bustin

Hartley’s jelly pots are championing a campaign called Hartley’s Your Lunchbox. It’s all about helping parents create brilliant lunches and collecting an exclusive lunchbox through its collector scheme.

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Book Review: What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird

I’m a big kid at times and love to read young adult books. I found the front cover fascinating on What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird. It’s compelling, dark and mysterious. Totally right up my street!

So when I was asked to join the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers to read and review What I couldn’t tell  you, I couldn’t say no.

What I Couldn't Tell You by Faye Bird front cover

Book Description

When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…

Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?

Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.

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