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Michael Rosen – The Missing – review

I bought this book by Michael Rosen myself and have not been asked to review it. This post does however contain affiliate links. Thank you for taking the time to read and click if you wish.

We are big fans of Michael Rosen, what childhood would be complete without ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt?’ The kids current favourite is ‘No Breathing in Class’ and whenever I’m being strict with them I’ll tell them ‘no breathing’ just so they know I mean business. Or rather it makes them laugh and they actually listen to me.

The Missing – The True Story of my Family in World War II

book cover, michael rosen - missing

Author: Michael Rosen, available from Waterstones for £8.99 in hardback.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406386752
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

The Blurb

When I was growing up, stories often hung in the air about my great -uncles: they were there before the war, my Dad would say, but werent after.

That never used to make any sense to me…How could people just disappear? People with whole lives? People with families? So, over many years, I tried to find out exactly what happened. This book is the result: the true story of the missing Rosens.

Our Verdict

This book was written for children but holds a strong message for anyone. Both me and Star read it in one sitting it was so intriguing. Interspersed with Rosen’s poetry it shows how he searched for his missing relatives and the stories he found.

We don’t really think about the horror of the holocaust. It was something that happened, it was horrid, we wont let it happen again. Hopefully. Well, it’s actually happening now to some extent but as always we never know the real truth, the real horror of it all.

When it is something that happened to your own relatives it brings even more horror and sadness. Michael Rosen fully understands how lucky he is to be born shortly after the war rather than during it.

Here is a note from Michael Rosen on the first page.

This story is about the things that happened to my family a long time ago, back when photos and films where in black and white. But when I think about it, my relatives were refugees – a lot like the people you may have seen on the news recently.

Because of the events of the Second World War, they were forced to run:to flee and hide. When I turn on the TV now, eighty years later, I see thousands of families that have been forced to run from new wars, driven into hiding and sometimes losing their lives.

So I hope this book becomes part of a bigger conversations about the refugee crisis. About how to find fair and decent ways of helping people like my relatives

michael Rosen

A riveting and very sad story. One I would definitely recommend. We can’t keep our eyes closed forever.

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Mother’s Day Gift Sets from Avon

I am an Avon Representative and this post will include links to my Avon Store which you can shop from anywhere in the UK. Today, I am featuring some lovely Avon Gift sets for Mother’s Day. I appreciate all my customers and offer plenty of competitions and free gifts. Please check out my Avon Facebook page for lots more information.

Mother’s Day Pamper Pack Gift set from Avon

The Lily & Rose Mother’s Day Pamper Pack

Only £10 for all these treats

Pamper pack gift from Avon

Treat your leading lady to a selection of our bestselling body essentials for the head-to-toe pampering she deserves. 

Includes: 

  • Soft Musk Body Powder 40g. 
  • Lily & Gardenia Spritz 100ml.
  • White Lily Bubble Bath 500ml. 
  • Rosewater & Shea Butter Hand Cream 75ml. 
  • Lily & Apple Hand Soap 250ml. 
  • Rose Bath Oil 150ml. 
  • Lily & Apple Shower Creme 250ml.
  • Rosewater & Shea Butter Body Lotion 400ml.

Encanto Fascinating Gift Set

You can buy this gift for £22.50

encanto avon gift set

Enjoy the gorgeous perfume oils of bergamot, jade flower & cashmere wood which’ll leave your skin feeling soft and smelling gorgeous.

Comes in a beautifully giftable box.

Includes:

Hand Cream 30ml

Eau de Toilette 50ml

Body Spritz 100ml

Body Lotion 250ml

Bath Oil 100ml

Mother’s Day Fashion Gifts from Avon

Panda Pjs

Buy these lovely pjs for £14 from size 8 – 22

panda pjs

Meet the beary special PJs you need in your life. Our Panda PJs are the cutest kids on the block and guaranteed to help you snuggle in for a good night’s sleep! – 100% cotton – Cuffed leg – Glitter detail on top

How to wear me:

Get your PJs on, find your favourite slippers and drift off to he land of nod!

Chenille Slipper Mules

You can get these gorgeous soft slippers for just £8 in sizes 3 to 8

slipper mules

Kick off your heels and slide your feet into these super-soft Chenille Slipper Mules ready for the perfect night on the sofa. 

How to wear me:

Keep your toes toasty during the day or snuggle in with your favourite PJs during the evening.

Product info:

Chenille with faux-fur trim.

Accessory Gifts from Avon

This lovely Lipsy bag is just £18

lipsy bag

This goes-with-anything black Lipsy Chain Detail Tote Bag is tote-ally the one you’ve been searching for. With its sleek black style and luxury gold-tone chain detailing, it’s the perfect addition to your handbag collection.

• Approx. 33cm x 25cm x 13cm
• Made from PVC with a polyester lining and features grab handles and an adjustable cross body strap
• Has a main zip closure, and internal zipped and slip pockets for all your essentials

How to wear me:

Your latest wardrobe staple can be kept safely and stylishly attached to you with its cross body strap, which can be easily removed for an evening look.

Radley Rosabel Watch Gift Set

This is a real special treat, currently £60 reduced from £80.

Radely Rosabel set

Get your paws on this designer Radley Rosabel Watch Gift Set this Christmas, which comes ready to wrap in a gorgeous branded gift box.

How to wear me:

With its gorgeous navy design, silver-tone batons and hands, and adorable scotty dog charm, it makes the perfect gift… if you can bear to give it away!

Product info:

Stainless steel watch features an adjustable genuine leather strap (15-19.8cm) and a replaceable battery. Includes a white bronze-plated adjustable bracelet set with a cubic zirconia stone. Comes with a 2 year warranty for your peace of mind

Akantha Active Watch

A lovely blend of technology and fashion, this beautiful smart watch is only £27

Akantha watch gift

Smart meets style with our Active Watch, a perfect blend of technology and fashion.  Its touchscreen display can’t cook you a healthy dinner or force you to go to the gym but it can do all of this: count steps, track calories, monitor sleep, text alerts, call notifications – oh and tell the time!

How to wear me:

With black and blush straps to choose from we’ve got an active watch for everyone and it’s stylish enough to wear even if it’s not a gym day.

Product info:

Connects to your Apple or Android phone using Bluetooth, just download the App from the App Store or Google Play. Touchscreen with a silicone strap that adjusts between approx. 16.5cam and 21.5cm. Rechargeable lithium battery and USB cable.

Jewellery Gift from Avon

Natalie Charm Necklace

choose your charms! This silver plated necklace is only £6

natalie necklace

Feeling sentimental? Our gorgeous Natalie Charm Necklace makes the perfect gift for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself. The hardest decision is whether to choose the heart, star or moon charm. 

  • Heart – Family is the circle of strength and love.
  • Moon – I love you to the moon and back.
  • Star – Good friends are like stars – you don’t have to see them to know they are there.

How to wear me:

Add a touch of charming style to any outfit, Pair with the matching Natalie Charm Bracelet for the perfect sentimental duo. Product info: Silver-plated necklace with charm. For adult use only. Not intended for children.

Maribel Necklace

Such a pretty silver plated pave puppy necklace only £4.50

silver plated puppy necklace

This silver-plated cutie will make a charming companion! Longline silver-plated necklace with pavé moveable puppy pendant.

Product info:

Approx. 61cm + 9cm extension chain. Adults only, not suitable for children.

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to check out my Avon Store and Facebook page for more gift sets and so much more information and competitions.

Don’t forget to enter my Fabulous Beauty Box competition.

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Meal Planning – Another Birthday

This week we are on to the second birthday of the year, Graham, my husband. We won’t be going out anywhere so we’ll probably have a take out on Wednesday.

Last weeks meal plan went okay. We didn’t have a Brinner (fry up) we just had battered chicken we found in the freezer with chips. The pizza was replaced with my home made puff pastry pizza. The Chorizo and Mozzarella gnocchi bake was really delicious. Well definitely have it again sometime. Although the recipe said it was for 6 and it was barely enough for three of us (the others had pasta bake as they were not keen to try gnocchi.)

gnocchi bake

The Planner

The planner has taken it’s place on the fridge and it’s being used well. I’m getting more suggestions off family members for what they fancy, or if they wish to change something. It’s also good for remembering what we have planned for each day so we can make sure we have all the ingredients. I filled it in this week and then did the shopping. Then I remembered it was Graham’s birthday! So we will have to bake him a cake and swap Wednesdays meal for a take out of his choice (I bet it’s Indian curry!)

This weeks Menu + Birthday Meal

  • Monday – pizza
  • Tuesday – Fry up (Brinner)
  • Wednesday – Birthday Take Out
  • Thursday – spaghetti bolognese (or lasagne)
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – chicken pasta bake
  • Sunday – pie and mash

I will have to get the kids in the kitchen to make our favourite chocolate Cake for their Dad’s birthday…no idea what we’ll decorate it with yet though. Maybe my little chefs can come up with something.

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Avon Perfume, Buy one get one half Price!

Avon have a great offer on their perfume at the moment. But hurry it won’t last forever. You can shop anywhere in the UK using my shop https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

I’m always on the lookout for new online customers as I can’t get out to put out the brochures and have to work most of my business online. So if you do fancy something then you’ll be making me real happy as well as receiving some fabulous treats. At the moment postage is free if you order over £15, or £3 if you want it quicker. Take a look at these fabulous perfume offers.

Don’t forget to check out my competition for a fabulous Avon Beauty Box

Or check my Facebook page where I’m giving as I’m also giving away a lovely cross body handbag.

The New Maxima and Maxime Perfume

Maxime Perfume
Maxima for her £20
maxime perfume
Maxime for Him £20

With the offer you can buy both of these for £30!

Far Away

Far Away is my favourite perfume from Avon. It’s tough to pick one but I think Infinity is my current favourite. If you want to know more about each scent then please visit my shop.

Far Away Infinity perfume
Far Away Infinity £11
Far Away Glamour
far away glamour £11
Far away gold perfume
Far Away Gold £11
Far away rebel perfume
Far Away Rebel £11

You could try two of these for just £16.50!!

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress is a huge favourite and big seller.

Little Black Dress Party
Little Black Dress Party £11
Little black dress weekend perfume
Little Black Dress Weekend £11
Little black dress perfume
Little Black Dress £11

Again, you can buy two of these for just £16.50. Of course you can mix and match too, for example you could buy one of the Little Black Dress Perfumes and one of the Far Away perfumes for £16.50. Or even one of either Little Black Dress or Far Away and either a Maxima or Maxime for £21. It’s a great offer, don’t you think?

For Him

Avon do great scents for Him too. You can choose something for both of you if you wish.

Black Suede Leather
Black Suede Leather £10
Imari Him
Imari Elixir £7
Luck for him
Luck for Him £7.00
Mesmerize Black
Mesmerize Black £8

There are many more scents in the Avon Store and many of them are already reduced in price before you decide to buy a second one at half price.

Linking up to Mamabstylish

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Getting back on track with a new planner

Avon meal planner

I bought a planner…bit of a plug as I’m an Avon Rep and I got this lovely magnet planner from my Avon Store. It was just what we needed and it also comes with a magnetic pull off shopping list book.

We argue a lot about food in our house, it’s one of our biggest problems. It’s difficult finding food for four adults and three children. Life used to be so much simpler.

Anyway, now I can jot down the meals on this planner and if anyone has an issue they can rub it out and replace it. I don’t mind so long as everyone is happy.

Breakfast is pretty much the same every day, a choice of toast, crumpets, croissants or cereal. Whatever they fancy, they generally get it themselves. The lunch section on the planner will probably only be used when the kids are off school.

Then there is a snack section on the planner, which will be handy to keep a track of the goodies that can be all eaten in one day if I’m not careful. Seriously, I can have doughnuts, cakes, biscuits, crisps etc and they’ll all be eaten within a day, or maybe two.

Anyway, let’s get on to this weeks meal Plan.

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry (usually from a jar!)
  • Sunday – Lamb roast dinner
  • Monday – pies and mash (or roasters)
  • Tuesday – chorizo and Mozzarella Gnocchi Bake
  • Wednesday – fajitas
  • Thursday – Brinner (fry up)
  • Friday – Something light as we are going out (pizza maybe?)

With the option of wiping off and swapping around on the planner I’m sure this will be happening a lot. I always have a back up food in the freezer for those days. It’s generally chicken or fish and chips!

Linking up with Katy Kicker’s Meal planning linky.

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Book Worms Monthly – February

Finally, January is over!

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly February. Last month seemed to go on forever, it didn’t help that I was stuck with one book that I’d started in December. I did read through a couple of kid’s books for reviews, but reading 1Q84 by Haruki Mirakami had me both equally enthralled and exasperated. Have you ever read a book that made you feel like that? Anyway, on to this months linky.

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 book worms monthly is about. 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 January!

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 January book posts below.

Here’s a badge to share. No code, just copy and paste it on your blog and link the photo back to mine if you wish. Or please mention my blog 
https://athomealot.com/ with a link instead. That we we can encourage more to join in and share.

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