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Audible half price for Four Months!

I’m a big Audible fan, just check out some of my book reviews like the ones on this page here. I’m really excited to tell you about Audible’s Special Black Friday offer, A whole four months at half price! Then it’s £7.99 per month afterwards but for that you get a brand new audiobook credit every month that you can use against a book no matter what the price. (read below for the full terms and conditions.)

If you want to learn more about Audible you can win my prize winning post Five Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audible. But if you haven’t got the time then here is a quick run down on why I love Audible so much.

  • You can get all the latest and greates books as well as old classics, and once downloaded they are yours to keep and listen to as often as you wish.
  • As well as books you l can listen to podcasts and often exclusive dramatisations (The Terry Pratchett ones are my favourites.
  • You can listen while doing other stuff, like cooking cleaning, or even crafts. I love to pop in my earpods while crocheting.
  • There is no dropping your book if you fall asleep while reading , you can always rewind the story if you nod off.
  • It’s great for long journeys or hospital stays or anywhere you would read a book, but you only need your phone or kindle or whatever device you can download Audible on.
  • You can switch devices and still access all of your library on Audible.

These are just a few reasons why I love Audible so much and I am happy to be an affiliate for them. Many of my book reviews I’ve done on this blog are Audible books.

I hope you conisder signing up for this latest special offer from Audible, please be aware that I am including affiliate links and may receive a little commission on any sales, but it won’t cost you any more.

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T&Cs:This offer is open from 18th November 00:00 to 13th December 23:59. Offer is by invitation only. Offer is not available to existing Audible members or those participating in an Audible free trial, or who have recently participated in an Audible free trial. For the first four
months of your Audible membership, you will be charged the discounted price of £3.99/mo. After the first four months, your Audible membership will automatically renew at £7.99/mo until cancelled. You will be billed monthly, and will receive one credit each month, good for any Audible audiobook. . The promotion applies only to items sold by audible.co.uk. The
same items sold by other sellers (e.g. audible.com, etc.) do not qualify. This promotion may not be combined with other offers. The Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn or amended without notice. The offer has no cash alternative. Limit one per customer
and account. Audible account required The Offer is non-transferable and may not be
resold.
Other terms and conditions apply, including those available at https://www.audible.co.uk/legal/conditions-of-use. Audible’s Conditions of Use apply. If your credit card is declined, the
offer will not apply. If you violate any of the terms or conditions, the promotion will be
invalid, and the discount will not apply. Terms prohibited by law shall be void without
prejudice to the remaining terms.

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Christmas with Avon – Decorations



Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with decorations. From less than £5 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Christmas Decorations

Place it on a shelf or hang it on a wall for a touch of starry magic.

decorations neon star
Neon Star £10

Light up your home with these truly magical silver-tone star string lights, which twirl and turn to capture every angle.

star string lights
Star string lights £8

Bring joy to your Christmas tree with the help of our set of 2 colour-changing glitter baubles.

glitter baubles
Set of 2 Glitter Baubles £4

Love unicorns AND Christmas? Then you’ll love our light-up, colour-changing unicorn tree decorations. 

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set of 2 unicorn light up decorations £5

These Nutcracker tealights make a de-light-fully traditional gifts, or why not treat yourself and brighten up your home this Christmas.

nutcracker tea lights
Nutcracker LED tea lights set £8

Light up your home this Christmas with this adorable pair of LED tealights. 

bear tea lights
ceramic LED tea lights set £8

There’s nothing more festive than the scent of orange, cranberry and cinnamon. And what better way to enjoy it than with our Winter Spice candle.

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Winter Spice glass candle £6

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads morehttps://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x

You can find my Stocking Filler guide here.

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Christmas with Avon – Stocking Fillers

Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with Stocking fillers. From less than £2 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Stocking Fillers

Avon do a selection of Llama related goodies like these gorgeous slipper socks.

Llama slipper socks £6

This Jolly Holly Berry Bauble is so cute, you can also get one in Merry Little Plum

Jolly Holly Berry Bath and body wash £1.50

How about a super glam initial necklace, This is the Tiarra necklace and it’s so sparkly. Of course you can choose with ever initial you would like for your recipient, or why not treat yourself for just £5?

tiarra necklace
tiarra necklace £5 each

Rose tone clutch case manicure set, so pretty, and we all like pretty nails.

Manicure set
Seasonal Manicure set £5

These lovely little bracelets come in shimmering gold, pretty blush and sparkling silver.

Peyton bracelet
Payton Bracelet £5 each

Get festive with this eco-friendly, bamboo coffee mug featuring Christmas print. It’s perfect for all of your pumpkin lattes and hot chocolates!

travel mug
travel mug £6

Make him laugh this Christmas with our Penguin Novelty Boxers. They’re the perfect stocking filler for the man in your life.

penguin boxers
Penguin Novelty boxers £5

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads more https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x


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Weekly Meal Plan -oops I did it again!

Oops I bought another take out. It happened on Friday, and simply because I felt lazy. Half of us had chip shop and the other half pizza. I rejected pizza because it gives me heartburn, but oops again, it looks like chip shop food gives me heartburn too. At this rate I won’t be eating anything.

So this week is starting from Saturday gone, but I’ve only just got around to writing it. I can safely say that Saturday and Sunday went to plan. I couldn’t believe my ears when everyone agreed to a Sunday roast, we’ve not had one in ages because nobody really likes it, apart from me apparently.

This Weeks Menu

This weeks meal plan with no oops involved, I hope
  • Saturday – curry and rice
  • Sunday – Chicken roast dinner
  • Monday – fajitas
  • Tuesday – Toad in the hole, or just sausages and mash
  • Wednesday – Pizza
  • Thursday – fish and chips/chicken and chips
  • Friday – slow cooked lamb roghan josh

Last week we had pasta bake down for Wednesday but my other half fancied bolognese, and this went down well with everyone, apart from Star who doesn’t eat any kind of pasta at all. I had to use quorn for my eldest daughter and didn’t realise just how long it had been in the freezer, so another oops moment as it was out of date and pretty rotten tasting (I thought it looked okay, who’d have thought that quorn went off!) So, she ended up having tinned meatballs with Star, who had hers with waffles instead of spaghetti. All’s well that ends well.

What are you eating this week? Linking up with Katy Kicker.

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Weekly Meal Plan – What’s on the Menu

Sometimes I could scream, planning a menu that pleases everyone is such a difficult task. Not only that, with so many people in the house it’s hard to find a single day when they want to eat what I’ve planned even though it’s generally something they like.

I get told that they are fed up of the meals on the menu, but then when I add something new they don’t want to try it. Each week I try and do my best by shopping carefully and working out a budget, then it all gets blown on take outs. I’m seriously fed up of food. In fact I’ve not been eating much myself, not that I think anyone else has noticed they are too busy arguing with me about what they have to eat.

Anyway, less moaning please, lets get on with this weeks menu and see how we do.

  • Saturday – Take Out…more about that below
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – paella because we didn’t have it last week, or Pizza if they don’t want it again.
  • TuesdayThai lamb chops and coriander salad
  • Wednesday – Pasta bake
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – fish or chicken and chips

I’ve had my chips

First of all, I didn’t want a take out on Saturday, we had plenty to eat in the fridge and the freezer. But, I wasn’t feeling too good and eldest daughter didn’t want anything I had to offer. She wanted KFC. I hate getting KFC because no matter how much I buy it always causes arguments of who’s eaten all the boneless or you’ve had enough leave some for everyone else. So, I agreed so long as it was just her and her sister and everyone else could have a take out from our favourite chip shop. I had this brilliant idea, our chip shop delivers, so husband and the girls went to KFC and I ordered our chips to be delivered…..2 flippin hours it took them. I phoned up twice. I even said my hubby would come and collect the order but apparently it was on it’s way already. I use them all the time and there is no excuse for an order to take 2 hours so I’ve put in a complaint and I won’t be using them again. Time to find a new chippie.

Just to add to my misery this week, my deep fat fryer decided it wasn’t going to heat up anymore. We have an air fryer, but guess what, only half the family like chips in there. The others will have oven chips, but not husband, last Thursday saw him cooking his chips in a wok full of hot fat.

Sorry for beign a moaning minnie this week. I’m sure this week is going to go perfectly well.

*crying inside*

You can read my previous meal plans here.

Katykicker
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The Binding – Bridget Collins, book review

The Binding, book cover
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (10 Jan. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008272115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008272111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.9 x 22.7 cm

You can buy this gorgeous hardback copy of the Binding on Amazon for just £8.53 Also available in paperback, kindle edition and Audible My links are affiliate links which will cost you no more to click through and purchase but may earn me some pennies.

I listened to The Binding on Audible narrated by Karl Prekopp.

The Blurb for The Binding

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

THE BINDING is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event.

My Verdict on The Binding

As I already stated, I listened to this book on Audible, but I’m a little envious of the beautiful cover and I may even be tempted to buy a hardback version. It’s quite a long book a whole fifteen and a half hours on Audible. But, I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator was gentle and lent himself perfectly to the story, but I have to admit, he did also send me to sleep a couple of times and I had to rewind.

The story itself is like nothing I’ve read before, it’s a world that is so like this one but more historical, but it’s a world were books are more like drugs than reading material. There are novels which are made up stories, but most books are peoples memories, stored away in pages. Some sell their memories for others to read. Others pay to have their memories removed. But once those memories are bound into books they no longer belong to the original owner.

The book is written in three parts. The first is a little strange and it’s hard to figure out if you are reading a normal story or some sci-fi novel. Nothing is made perfectly clear, but it’s understandable because the main character has already been to a book binder and had his memories erased. This, in turn, showed that he had the talent to bind himself and was taken on as an apprentice.

The Second part fills in all the missing pieces as the main character finds his book and remembers everything. But as soon as this part of the story is told we are taken back to the place where his book was found and the story is taken over by someone else. Then the two characters work together to find out the truth.

It’s a really interesting concept and shows what lengths people will go to to erase their memoires. It also shows how other people can be manipulated by having their memories erased. It also touches on social differences where the rich pay for memory erasal and for books of other’s memories, and where the poor sell their memories for cash.

It certainly has a philosopical edge as to how much of real life is put into books and how much people crave to read about a different life. It made me think of Jostien Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World.’

The main theme of this story though, is not the philosophical stanse, but a coming of age love story. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, it’s very unsual and the love story is not even conventional. Personally though, I enjoyed it thoroughly and would definitely like that hardbound copy for my ‘pretty’ book collection.

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Home, Matt Dunn – book review

This post contains affiliate links which will cost nothing if you decide to click but may earn me some money if you decide to purchase. This review is for Home by Matt Dunn.

book cover, Home, Matt Dunn
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (10 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503948390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503948396
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm

The Blurb

There’s no place like home—except when it’s a faded resort town like Derton-on-Sea. Which is why, eighteen years ago, Josh Peters couldn’t wait to escape the place he thinks of as ‘the last resort’ for the bright lights of London.

Now his dad is sick, and his mum needs him, so he’s back, living in his cramped teenage bedroom. But he’s promised himself he won’t be staying for long.

With simmering family tensions a little too close for comfort, and amongst the old friends, old enemies, and old flames he left behind, he’s worried that some things may never change.

But is Derton the same place he was desperate to leave back then, full of failures and bitter memories, or has it been doing just fine without him? As Josh revisits his past, will he find that the only one who hasn’t moved on is him?

His London life is calling him back. But sometimes, home is where the heart is…

My Verdict on ‘Home.’

Not that I need anymore books to read or listen to, I joined Amazon Unlimited for a while. I was intrigued that you could also loan audio books. This is the first one I borrowed.

I’m not really sure why I went for Home, by Matt Dunn. I guess I thought I needed a little romantic comedy in my life, I like to mix things up occasionally. I always listen a little first to see that I can get on with the narrator and decided to give this a go, despite him being a little ‘bland.’

Story wise, Home has got a fairly good plot, you have a fair amount of romance, sadness, embarresment that you would expect in a romantic comedy. You also have far too many ‘corny’ jokes. The storyline is pretty predictable, but I didn’t mind. Overall it was a nice easy read, and sometimes that’s all you need. I guess it even managed to normalise Cancer, which is often made out to be this real big baddie, which of course it is, but so many people face it daily, it is refreshing seeing it approached in this way.

You can buy the paperback on Amazon for £4.99, or get the audiobook for just £3.49

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My Weekly Meal Plan

Ok, I’ve been having some issues with my meal plan. I haven’t posted one for two weeks. I even took my eldest daughter, who is the most difficult to please, out to Morrisons but we still didn’t end up with any good meals. So, I’ve really been whinging it every day and we’ve had lots of take outs, tsk tsk.

It’s Christmas next month so I really need to hold on to those purse strings, buy better food and get myself sorted and reduce take outs.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Lamb curry
  • Sunday – Toad in the hole and mash
  • Monday – chicken and chorizo paella
  • Tuesday – steak or pasta bake
  • Wednesday – Enchiladas or fajitas
  • Thursday – pork dish
  • Friday – fish or chicken and chips

Only half the family like steak so it will be a two meal day on Tuesday, but I don’t mind, I already have the steak. I can make either enchiladas or fajitas on Wednesday depending on what the family fancies. The kids just tend to have chicken wraps with salad and nachos.

We had a lamb curry last week and although the lamb was lovely and tender, the sauce was not so tasty, it was a bit bland. So this week we’ll spice it up a bit more. One of the children has curry with us, the other two will have to have something from the freezer.

I’m hoping the chicken and chorizo paello is accepted because we’ve had it quite a lot lately (although not for a few weeks.) My family is so hard to please, when my older kids were little we would have the same meals on rotation over two weeks, but now they get bored of food so quickly. I get so frustrated with them, I really just want to tell them to eat up or go without, which I often do. The kids will eat then, but the older ones end up causing the most fuss. Does anyone else get bored of meals, I mean to the point that even if it’s something they really enjoy they don’t want to eat it anymore because they are sick of it? I am running out of ideas, and find it so difficult to please 7 people. I think I could do with some help.

Katykicker

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Book Worms Monthly November

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly November. As the weather turns colder I find reading becomes more of a cosy down on the settee

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly November!

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your Book Worm Monthly November book posts below.

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