Book Review: 2051 by L. Stanley

This past week I have been reading a new dystopian novel by L. Stanley, 2051: The Emancipated Synthetic. I haven’t read a dystopian book for while. The last ones being the The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but those books are more young adult designed. I did watch The Handmaid’s Tale last year on TV and really enjoyed it, that’s set in a scary world much like 2051.

Firstly here is a little bit more about 2051.

2051 by L. Stanley

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Photo Related Gift Ideas

If you are wondering what to buy a family member or friend for their birthday or other special celebration a photo-related gift could be the perfect answer. As you will see, there is a lot you can do with the photos you take or images you buy and download from the web.

Photo Related Gift Ideas

Order a nice canvas print

It is really easy to order a great piece of unique artwork from Hello Canvas. All you need to do is to go through your photos find a nice one, choose a frame and size and send the photo to the print firm. Within about a week, they will produce your canvas print and send it to either you or the person you are giving the gift to.

These make particularly good gifts for grandparents, especially if you have a nice photo of them and the grandchildren that can be blown up. However, for this type of print, the photo does need to be good-quality.

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Book Review and Giveaway: Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell

Today I’m on the blog tour for Behind her back by Jane Lythell. It’s the second book of the StoryWorld series, but I still found it easy enough to read without reading the first.

Behind her back by Jane Lythell

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Sexual Health and Romance on Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day where romancing your loved one is the supposed thing to do. If you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift I have the Ultimate Gift Guide right here. You do however need to keep in mind your sexual health and know how to protect yourself. March is the month where the most at home pregnancy tests are bought.

More than 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are bought at Valentine’s. Our favourite chocolate brand Cadbury made the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s and this tradition still carries on strong today.

In fact did you know that men account for 73% of flower sales for Valentine’s Day. I bet most of those men only buy flowers at this time of year! Of course it’s the red rose that is the most popular flower.

The Independent Pharmacy has a brief guide available to help you with your sexual health on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be advice on performance, birth control or STI’s. It also shares lots of Valentine’s facts and figures that are very interesting!

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#LuckyLinky Week 45

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky Week 45.

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So I want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 45

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.

 

Rachel Bustin

 

#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!


 

 

Do Home Improvements add Value to your Home, and to what Cost?

With Spring around the corner, it’s that time of year when you start thinking about home improvements. I have already been chatting to my husband about improvements we could make this year. I have always wondered, do they home improvements add value to your home? If so how much would they add? When we moved house last Summer, I spent ages tidying and cleaning up our old house ready for sale. Weekends were spent deweeding and decluttering the garden, but did it add value to our home? If I’m being honest no, but then it was only surface work and what you can see we carried out.

Did you know that data from the Office for National Statistics has predicted that those in the UK collectively spend almost £30 billion on home improvements annually? That works out at £43 million each week.

If you are looking to significantly add value to your house then maybe you need to check out these ideas. DM Design, a bespoke bedroom specialist, has carried out research to discover how much home improvements can add to your home’s value:

Fitting a new Kitchen

Everyone loves a kitchen, it is the focal point of a home. If you take Phil Spencer’s advice from Location, Location, Location he says that a new kitchen will typically add 4.6 percent onto the overall value of a home. He also points out that the kitchen must match the value of the home. For example it’s no good adding an expensive £25k kitchen to a house that’s only worth £175k. To really take your kitchen to a new level why not add some new Essex Worktops. New worktops can transform your kitchen as well as add value to the room.

How home improvements add value to your home

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