One Third Stories-The Great Francais Word Search

We were sent a French language learning book from One Third Stories!

 

Who are one third stories?

OneOneCreated by friends of 8 years, Alex (who loves languages) and Jonny (who loves stories), they’ve been thinking of ways for years, to combine their two passions into a business.   The first time they tried they were just 17 years old and ended up dressing as penguins and sleeping on boxes full of books. (We’re going to need photos of this right?) Continue reading “One Third Stories-The Great Francais Word Search”

Mills & Boon-Growing Old Disgracefully-Book Review

‘Growing Old Disgracefully-Ada Adverse’

Those who regularly read my book reviews, will know I’m a little in love with, not only Mills & Boon but also Ada Adverse.

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An incredible writer of some of the most hilarious “self help” books, I’ve ever read, Ada has done it again, with this absolute corker of a guide to “Growing Old Disgracefully”. Continue reading “Mills & Boon-Growing Old Disgracefully-Book Review”

Clever Tykes Storybooks-Supported By Lloyds Banking Group

Clever Tykes sent us the three storybooks they have published with the support of Lloyds Banking Group.

Earlier this year the co-founders of Clever Tykes secured sponsorship to gift the Clever Tykes storybooks into all primary schools in the UK–which will give 4 million children an enterprising role model no matter what their background.
Alongside the books, Clever Tykes have also made online teaching resources, free of charge, enabling schools to teach enterprising skills to their pupils.

The books are illustrated by Sam Moore, and are perfect for the 6-9 age group they were created for.

Continue reading “Clever Tykes Storybooks-Supported By Lloyds Banking Group”

Loving The Life Less Lived-Book Review

I was sent ‘Loving The Life Less Lived‘ by Gail Marie Mitchell to review to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

 

lovingGail suffers from anxiety and depression-and has done for many years.  After struggling to try and beat her mental illnesses, she finally decided to accept them instead, using her own tips and tools, culminating in her decision to write this book. Continue reading “Loving The Life Less Lived-Book Review”

James And The Amazing Gift-Book Review

 

jamesHere at Mayflower Blogs, we love a book or seven to read at bedtime!  The book we were sent from author Nicola J. Rowley didn’t actually make it to bedtime though, as Miss Olivia was waving it in my face to read to her, the second we walked through the door after picking it up from the post office.

James and the Amazing Gift is all about a little boy-called James funnily enough! Continue reading “James And The Amazing Gift-Book Review”

10 Things Girls Need Most-Book Review

As I’m writing this, the Department for Education is reporting that a third of all teenage girls in the UK suffer from depression or anxiety.

 

Starting out as a mental health blogger, means I’m privy to a large amount of statistics.  How many men suffer from one type of mental illness, how many women suffer with another.

What I’ve rarely seen are statistics for children, until I received best selling author, Steve Biddulph’s book.

10 Things Girls Need Most, to grow up strong and free, doesn’t just focus on younger girls mental health-but an entire range of methods, and interactive tips, to enable you to bring up your daughter to the best of your ability.

 

The NHS say that 20 percent of girls are self harming-three times as many as ten years ago.

As previously mentioned, I am a mental health blogger, who suffers from mental health issues.  To read in this book that not only are a large and increasing number of young girls are suffering from mental health issues, but that there are also a worrying amount self harming and suffering from PTSD, is enough to make me want to work hard on making sure my daughter is safe and secure.

During the content of the book, there are a large amount of interactive activities for the reader to take part in.  Enabling you to think about your own background and past experiences, it becomes clear how those influence our daughter’s present and future.

 

A father who is able to show his caring makes a huge difference to a girl.  It’s a learning curve, since her world is very different to yours.  there are some secrets to make it a lot easier.

 

There are sections for both parents to write in, which personally made me realise how much of a massive part Dad’s play in their daughters lives.  I’ve heard about underestimating the relationship between a father and daughter before, but the importance of their relationship is made evident throughout this book.

Regardless of the age of your daughter or your home situation, the entire book is helpful.  You learn not only what you may have missed previously in their lives, but also what you can currently do to help them, and what you can aim for in the future.

 

Taking one chapter at a time, you can create your own ongoing support group to help you care for all your daughters together.  That’s how girls were meant to be raised-by a tribe.

During my journey through the book, the interactive activities felt like a therapy to me.  The information I was given, didn’t come as a surprise, but knowing my daughter may suffer in some way because of my past, was especially hard hitting.

If anything, during the sections of this book, and once I’d finished working my way through, any concerns I do/did have about my daughter and her future, felt manageable.
Knowing I could refer back to the book whenever I needed to, knowing that these pages held more than just information-that they held help, nourishment and education for us as parents, alleviated those fears I have for my little girl.

This book can be read again and again.  It’s not a book about how to parent, it’s not a book about do’s and don’t’s.  It’s a guide-an aid if you will, to bringing up your daughter in the best way-enabling her to tackle the world and its stresses, with strength and freedom, whilst knowing they’re guided safely by you.

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This really is an incredible book-especially for those with daughter.  To buy your own copy, head over to Amazon here.

Life’s Little Bugs-T.Stubbs Book Series Review

We were sent seven books from Life’s Little Bugs.

Life’s Little Bugs are a company aiding children’s development, also providing a good support for SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural studies within schools) and Home Education Studies.

All written by T.Stubbs, the books allow children to learn about good habits, in a range of subjects, using the fun book content and illustrations.  With fun characters, and a professor explaining the moral of the story at the end of every book-these really are an excellent way to get your children to understand right from wrong, in a great way!

 

Let’s meet Life’s Little Bugs!!!!!

 

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Doodle Bug
Telling the story of ‘Doodle Bug’ who just loves being creative, he soon realises that drawing and painting on others property, isn’t appropriate.  Being given another outlet for his creativity, he teaches his young readers how to respect others and their belongings.

 

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Litter Bug

‘Litter Bug’ (and his friend ‘Fly’) absolutely love making mess.  They happily throw their rubbish around, until a few people explain to them that this isn’t acceptable.  A great lesson in how to keep things tidy, and the importance of disposing rubbish appropriately.

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Tummy Bug

‘Tummy Bug’ is probably my favourite out of the set of books we got sent.  Mainly because it’s the one life lesson I really preach about the most to my children.  No matter how clean we seem to be at home, they still end up with the tummy bugs from school and nursery!  This story explains how important hygiene is, not just on our bodies, but also in what we eat.


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Flu Bug

Another germ prevention story, this one tells us about ‘Flu Bug’, who just loves to share himself around, making others unwell with his germs.  The professor explains how resting, staying away from others and taking care of yourself, prevent ‘Flu Bug’ from spreading himself around!

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Gum Bug

‘Gum Bug’ tells us how much he likes to get into our teeth and make them feel bad!  The story explains to children, what they can do to prevent cavities and gum infections!


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Hum Bug

I loved this one!  As a mental health blogger-I notice more and more, rising statistics of children suffering from mental health issues.  This story explains how the power of positive thinking helps stop the negative thoughts taking over.  A really important message at the end from the professor which I think really aids children during many of the stresses they now find themselves going through during their school years.

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Fitness Bug
Kind of self explanatory from this bug’s title, this book explains how important not only keeping fit and exercised is for our health, but also how we should make sure we have a balanced diet.

I absolutely loved these books!  The characters were really engaging for both of my children (aged 7 and 3), and the message each story is trying to give, comes across really well-my children, after only reading each one once, were able to tell me exactly what each individual story was about.

I try and teach my children at home, using some Home Education resources, even though they both attend school and nursery.  Some resources I find really work for general life lessons-these books are included in those resources.  There is a free introductory story over on the website-so you can really see what you’re getting for your money!

You can buy each book for as little as £5.99 (small book 16.5cm x 15.0cm) or £17.99 ( big book – 31cm x 28.5cm).
You can also buy the entire set of 7 books (small size) for only £33.99 with free p&p!

There are plenty of other special offers over on the website-take a look HERE!!

The books were sent to me for free, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mothers Day Gift Review-Mills & Boon-Turning Into Your Mother

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This is just one of the hilarious exerts from Ada Adverse‘s new book-“Turning Into Your Mother“.  Another entry into the Mills & Boon Modern Girls Guide, Ada and her witticisms once again make this book an absolute joy to read.

Upon initial receipt of this book, I did assume I’d be using it as a self help guide of ways not to turn into my Mother!  However, with each turn of the page, I realised that actually, Ada has once again stolen the majority of not only mine, but quite possibly the worlds population of Mothers thoughts.

Stealing the “book crown” once again (there’s one of those yeah?) the additional pictures, are perfectly selected for each page’s content.

Personally I’ll be keeping this book for my daughter to read one day-to confirm to her it wasn’t just me that thought these things, and to show her how she’ll also think when she has her own children.
(I’d like to add I’ll be telling her that she should turn into me-I’m pretty awesome.)

 

Celebrate Mothers Day with Mills & Boon!

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With Mothers Day closely approaching, what better way to give your own Mum a giggle than with this awesome book!

An absolute steal at £6.99, you can buy this laugh a minute “Modern Girls Guide” at Amazon-just click HERE!

 

 

 

Please note I was sent this product for free in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Mills & Boon-“Modern Girls Guide” Series Book Review

Drunk Ebay; There was a point somewhere around 1 a.m. and the second bottle of gin, when it had suddenly seemed really important to Abi that she should order a hundred and fifteen identical Channing Tatum plastic figurines.

But now, in the cold light of day, with the postman giving her one of his looks, she couldn’t one hundred per cent remember why that had been the case.

From Happy Hour.

This is just one of many absolutely hilarious pieces from the four books Mills & Boon sent me recently.*

Alongside Ada Adverse, Mills & Boon have published four books for “modern girls“. Each book is an A-Z guide on four different subjects.

 

 

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Focusing on the work day, this hilarious A-Z guide to a “modern girls” daily work life had me in hysterics.

It gives a humorous feminine twist on surviving the office, and getting through a day at work.

Obviously no spoilers, but Deadlines  was one of my favourite pages, reminding me massively of my every day life!

 

 

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This book focuses on surviving your 21st century life, with the help of alcohol of course!

Again, absolutely hilarious, and once again, no spoilers, but one of my favourite pages in this one (aside from the above  quote from Drunken Ebay was Forgetting (once again, this is definitely me).

 

 

 

 

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This one is a guide to self improvement, to help you rid yourself of self doubt (and to stop you slouching).

One of my favourite parts in this one was Writers Block.  As a frequent blogger, this is something I have time and time again!

 

 

 

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HAPPY ENDINGS

The final book in the collection talks about relationships, love, and how to handle it when things don’t run quite as smoothly as you’d hoped.

One of my favourites in this one was In Laws.  For obvious reasons really, we all have them, and we can all relate!

 

Each time I picked another book up, I was sure it was going to be my favourite. But in truth, I can’t choose. Each one made me laugh out loud (much to my husband and children’s confusion). I related to each one individually and parts of each one reminded me of people I know!

The “Modern Girls Guide” books are absolutely brilliant. Sold at only £3.49 each on Amazon, these are perfect Christmas presents, stocking fillers, birthday presents (the list is pretty endless), and well worth every penny.

So what are you waiting for!  Go find your Happy Ending, by Helping Yourself, Working 9-5 and finishing the day with Happy Hour.

 

 

*Thanks to Mills & Boon for the books to review.

The Return Of The Prince

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Today’s blog is a review of the book The Return of the Prince-a sequel to the childhood story, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery.  This book is by Alejandro Roemmers originally written in Spanish, but translated by Oliver Brook into English.

Illustrations are by Pietari Posti, and in all honesty, they are what your eyes are continuously drawn to when you look at the book, or any pages with an illustration on.

My father owned The Little Prince, so I got to read it as a child, but I’d be lying if I said I remembered every detail now, 20 years on.  However, the detail in this book evoked so many memories for me of it, that it all came back to me as I read.

If you haven’t read the first book, well, go and read it now!  Then go and read this one too-its truly worth it!

Both books feel like they’re meant for the adult mind, but the plots, the characters, and the detail actually suit both children and adults!

The descriptions used for words the Prince needs explanation of, literally blew me away.  This book teaches us so much about love, friendship, challenges in life, the key to our own happiness, and most importantly, how we think we know all there is to know about ourselves, but a special stranger can change that opinion in a heartbeat.

A couple of the descriptive pieces of writing got to me so much, I was sat in a doctors waiting room taking photos of them so I didn’t forget them-they were just so truthful and inspiring I didn’t want to forget them!

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The book on first sight seemed smaller than  some I usually would read, but once opened, it can only be described as a literary tardisimg_6945

The content, packed full of the most beautiful imagery, precise terminology and thought provoking descriptions, made the book so effortless to work through, and so memorable once finished.

Obviously I wouldn’t divulge the ending (spoilers are such an unwanted addition)-but suffice to say, the ending in my opinion is perfect and I do believe the story could continue to run into other books should the author wish to.

To conclude, this book was a joy to read from beginning to end, and I would recommend to anyone, of any age!

 

 

 

 

Thanking One World Publishing and The Big Shot for the opportunity to review this book.