Banana Loaf With Chocolate Chips

I’ve been wanting to bake a banana loaf for a few months.

So when the May Bank Holiday came along and I had an hour or so to myself, I decided to use up our over ripe bananas.

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Someone We Know - Shari Lapena

Published: 25th July 2019
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 320


In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses: ‘I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.’ Who is this boy and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.

When a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling and how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?

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How I Practice Self Care

It is currently a Sunday afternoon when I’m writing this and it has been one of those days where I’ve switched myself off from the world, done my own thing and my body is extremely grateful for that.

I may have woken up at 6am, this may be the fifth blog post that I’ve written, I may have done a full food shop at ASDA and read a few chapters of my book but everything that I’ve done, I’ve done it because I wanted to.

Doing what you want to do is very important.

Self care is very important.

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A Mental Health Update And How You Can Donate

I am so pleased that discussing mental health is no longer a stigma.

Around six years ago, I suffered heavily with panic attacks and anxiety due to a traumatic previous relationship during University as well as my Mum being diagnosed with Cancer. It was a lot to deal with in a very short space of time.

I didn’t know what panic attacks were. I honestly thought I had extremely bad indigestion which was making me feel dizzy and suffer from a mouth that had been transformed into a dessert.

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My Goals For The Rest Of 2019

At the beginning of each year, I tend not to set myself any resolutions for the simple reason that I tend to either break them after two weeks or I’m not motivated enough.

But for a number of years, I’ve had goals for the first part of the year and once we hit the middle of June, I tend to set myself some more until the end of December.

During January to June, I told myself to continue working out weekly, read more books, find a career I truly want and to focus on my mental health.

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If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

PaigeToon - Book

Published: 16th May 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416


Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy. As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?

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Learning To Dress My Body Shape

Before I began loosing weight almost a year ago, I would do anything to hide my body shape. I was at my heaviest, I’d always size up and the thought of having any part of me on show would give me the worst slice of anxiety.

Now that I am reaching my end weight goal and being the toning up section begins, I’ve learnt how to dress my new body shape.

To my surprise, it has allowed me to feel so much better about the skin that I’m in.

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A Little Luxury With Radley

To me, owning a Radley handbag is a piece of luxury, one in which I ought to save for and I can vividly remember being seventeen years old, standing in the Liverpool store, knowing that I’d earned enough money from my weekend pub job to treat myself.

Fast forward twelve years later and I’m still in love with the brand.

It was just over a month or so ago that the Mr and I were in Cheshire Oaks, with the exciting news of my new job in the air, I decided to treat myself to a new Radley bag – the one I’d had my eye on since Christmas.

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages: 384


This is a story about a married couple. They met, fell in love, had two beautiful children. So far, so ordinary. But they have a very dark secret. It’s a story with a twist and then another and another. You might think you’ve read stories like this before. You’d be wrong. By the end of the first chapter you’ll be hooked. At page fifty you might not sleep until you finish and when you turn the last page, you’ll ask yourself one question: How well do you really know the person you love most?

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