Looking back over February 2016- My Birth Story

I cannot believe March is here already. A lot has gone on in my life in the past few weeks so I haven’t really done any serious comping since the end of January. The big thing in my life was the arrival of my gorgeous baby girl on the 8th February. So these past few weeks I have been enjoying every precious moment with her.
I only now feel ready to get back to some kind of normality. My birth experience was everything I didn’t want it to be. As you all know from my end of January posts that baby girl was keeping us waiting – in fact she ended up being 14 days late by the time she arrived!

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#MySundayPhoto 07/02/2016

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Word of the Week 05/02/2016

Another Friday is here and still no baby! 
This week I have been taking it easy and resting up ready for the big day tomorrow. The day I’m going into hospital to be induced. I have never had to stay in hospital before so it’s going to be an experience for me. I have packed and repacked my bags in preparation to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. It’s been really nice relaxing and resting in the evenings with my husband knowing our exciting journey we have ahead for us.
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I have had lots of time this week to reflect back over the past couple of years and our struggle to have a baby and I still find it hard to believe we are nearly there. 
Today is going to be a restful day with plenty of sleep because I am sure I won’t be having much over the weekend!
So my one word that sums up my week is Resting
I hope you have all had a lovely week.
Thanks to The Reading Residence for hosting the Word of the Week linkup.

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January 2016 Competition Wins and Freebies

Now that February is here I wanted to update you on my competition wins and freebies that I received last month. I was planning to post this earlier in the week, but some how time has got away from me. I have worked very hard last month entering 100’s of competitions throughout the month as I know when my baby arrives at the weekend my time in the next few weeks is going to be limited.
I had 11 competition wins and freebies arriving through the post last week. I am grateful for each and every one of those as it is getting very hard to win anything lately. I am guessing because people are struggling with money in this time, lots of new people are taking up comping as their hobby. I really don’t blame them. It is a fantastic way of getting stuff that you could not necessary afford. I love to win things for my family and friends for Christmases and Birthdays.

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Book Review: First One Missing by Tammy Cohen

Here we are at the beginning of February, where did January go? and another #BookReviewMonday. January seemed to flyby this year it must be because I’m still waiting for my baby girl to arrive and I have had so much to organise and prepare ready for her arrival! She really is a little stubborn baby! I will be going in on Saturday to be induced if shes not here this week so I won’t be around for next weeks #BookReviewMonday, but hope to be back really soon.
On to my book review for today. This weeks book is called First One Missing by Tammy Cohen. I recieved this book by being selected to review it through Netgalley. I also have one of her other books callled When She Was Bad on my To-Read list.

Book Description:

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:
– You are haunted by her memory day and night
– Even close friends can’t understand what you are going through.
– Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.
But as the bereaved parents gather to offer support in the wake of another killing, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join.

My Review:
What drew me to this book was the the book description. It’s very fast paced, to the point with no waffle. It makes the book very intriging and part mystery as you don’t even get to know who the characters are.
The story is a very emotional, chilling and psychological thriller. It envolves the abduction and murder of young girls, and what this does to the families left behind. The mother of the first murdered girl, Helen Purvis set up a support group for the other mother’s called Megan’s Angels named after her murdered daughter.
I think it gives the reader lots of questions throughout, like how many killers are there? Why are some of the family members acting strangly? It will keep you on your toes while you are reading through.
The book is told through various points of view from the different character’s throughout the book, which does make it fairly hard to start with figuring out who is who. Once I got into it though it developed very quickly and was hard to put down near the end. Especially when I got right to the end to a really great twist that I never saw coming.
First One Missing is really well written by Tammy Cohen and I cannot wait to read more of her books.
Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK for the review ebook copy.
I have given First One Missing by Tammy Cohen 4 out of 5 stars.
Kindle Edition: 266 pages
Published 2nd July 2015 Random House UK

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Disclosure I am also a part of the Amazon Affiliate scheme so if you click on a link to Amazon and buy, I will recieve a little bit back, so thanks if you do.

#MySundayPhoto 31/01/2016

This beautiful engine house and chimney stack is at the back of the car park at my local supermarket. I have walked past it hundreds of times but never really stopped and looked at the beauty and history behind it.
The site of this engine house is called Taylor’s Shaft and was started in 1922, after flooding ocurred in nearby winding shafts. The 110ft tall chimney stack next to it was actually built for the engine’s boilers before the engine house was built itself. The letters EPAL built into the stack with white bricks stand for East Pool and Agar Limited.
The East Pool mine was first used to collect copper and later on tin from the early 18th century until 1945.
At the Taylor’s shaft site there is a National Trust discovery centre called Cornish Mines and Engines -it is currently closed due to still being in the Winter season. It will reopen on 22nd March 2016.
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