I have written before in my best proud mum style about the beautiful girl’s art, and not so long ago a friend suggested that we look at getting her work some exposure. This new website was suggested, where we could show her drawings and paintings, but also create some lovely unique greetings cards for the public to purchase.
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Hubby and I talked about Unique Selling Points, the lovely girl just felt embarrassed and didn’t want her name on anything, so using the emblem for our genetic condition, Zebra Girl was born. We are really hoping that alongside creating art, we might be able to fundraise for The Ehlers Danlos Support UK through selling some greetings cards. I have just created a facebook page and would appreciate some likes and shares to get the word out there! Art by Zebra Girl facebook page
I know I am a hopeless salesperson and even worse at marketing, so that is why I am sharing a review from Debbie of Mum’s The Boss Blog. She reviewed the We All Send Cards site, looking at it from an artist’s, business builder and customer perspective. I hope you enjoy the review and take a look at the site by going direct to Zebra Girl or to the WASC site, – both links will help fundraise for EDSUK.
“Today I’m taking a look at WeAllSendCards a new UK website for sending personalised printed cards, which also offers a fantastic business opportunity. There is also a giveaway at the end of the page so please read on…
How many cards do you send in a year? Even excluding the Christmas card marathon, how many do you send?
If you are anything like me, you probably don’t send as many as you would like to. I’d love to send more birthday cards, thank you cards, and cards to celebrate all kinds of things. I love receiving cards and I think it is lovely to send them too. But the occasions creep up on me and I find I don’t have the right card at the right time and I can’t be bothered to go out and buy a stamp and post them…..does this sound familiar?
I sent myself a Thank you card just to test out the concept – it was lovely to receive. This would be great if you were in business – you could put company relevant images inside the card and thank your customers and suppliers. you could also put a coupon or QR code in there if you wanted to. But it’s also nice for your personal occasions.
You have two options for delivery with these cards. Firstly you can have them totally printed and just send them directly to your recipient. Alternatively (and this is great), you can part-personalise them and then have them sent to you in cellophane – you can then hand write a bit on the card and send them on. They tend to arrive at the first destination about 4-6 business days after you order them (more if you are posting abroad) but as long as you leave yourself a week or more of notice then this is a great service…….continued”
Debbie goes on to explain that as an artist or designer there are both business and creator opportunities at We All Send Cards. For Debbie’s complete article please visit Mum’s The Boss.
Good morning – just about at the time of writing – and welcome to February. It is a freezing morning here and we have even had a few flakes of snow – yours truly plans to stay indoors for the day. It must be cold as the lovely girl actually put on a coat when she went out to do her paper round this morning, and believe me this is unheard of!. Then it took hubby nearly 10 minutes to defrost the car windscreen, which was just as well as the student engineer and his other half wanted a lift to the station, but they were both still in bed 10 minutes before hubby needed to leave to get the girl to school!! I have never seen two young men get out of the house so fast!!
Never a dull moment in our house this week with umpteen trips to see different doctors. Gastroscopy on Monday – “would you like sedation, Claire?” “err…do I look stupid? Of course I want sedation!!! I’m a nurse and I have seen these….” – orthopaedics on Tuesday,(will write a proper post), GP on Wednesday. Dad was really disappointed that I couldn’t arrange anything for Thursday and Friday!! But of course there was the Blue Moon to distract everyone…or not in our case as it was too cloudy to see….and for me it really didn’t matter as fatigue and brain fog as dense as those clouds took over. Well that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
I wouldn’t want to leave out the middle child – particularly as we did receive contact from our politics student that wasn’t football related. At 11pm Saturday night the ipad pinged and a message popped onto the screen – words to the effect “I have flu, I’ve thrown up everything I’ve eaten…what do I do?”. Isn’t it amazing how these young, independent adults suddenly want their mummy & daddy for advice? I mean what does he really think we are going to do from 300 miles away? That makes me sound awful, and I’m not, honest – it just amused me. “Keep drinking….no, not alcohol, water! Paracetamol….well ask a friend to go buy you some…..and don’t exceed the 24 hour limit!!” We did speak to him yesterday and half his halls have flu, but I think he will survive. I mean, I have had a shoulder hanging out again all weekend – what is he complaining about?? (This is tongue in cheek for those of you now wondering about my sense of humour – believe me, the son in question has the driest, darkest sense of humour around!)
In England the 1st February was #TimetoTalk Day – recognising and talking about mental health and illness. I hope that opening up about this health issue is not confined to one day only, and I have found some great blog posts that focus on different aspects of mental health. There is also a cosmetics review, some tips for all us bloggers to help our writing, and tips to juggle a busy life. Two posts that really jumped out at me this week: one is published on a new blog, Chronic Pain India – please read the story of Namrata, A Hashi Warrior; the second is something close to my heart as an ex NHS nurse – the decision of The Ealing Mummy to leave the NHS.
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So give yourself that break from whatever you are doing, grab a cuppa, sit down and explore some fantastic blog posts!
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Have a great week,
Disclaimer: I was fortunate to be given an advance copy of this book by the author and publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
I wonder if you remember my previous review of Laura Trentham’s book Leave The Night On in which we met the Abbott brothers? Well this new contemporary romance in her Cottonbloom series follows the brothers again, focusing particularly on Jackson, twin of Wyatt who we met before. The Abbott garage is in trouble, not least because eldest brother Ford has announced that he plans to sell his share and he has now disappeared. The remaining three, Jackson, Wyatt and Mack have now idea where he is and no idea who the mystery buyer could be.
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Still employed at the garage is mechanic Willa, quietly and diligently working under the bonnets of cars and trucks, but hugging a multitude of secrets about her life and loves to her heart. She doesn’t think that anyone notices her, with her home cut hair, charity shop clothes and beat up old car – and this is how she wants it. She certainly doesn’t want Jackson to know how she feels about him. But Willa hasn’t factored in that the Abbott boys are a close-knit family and do notice when someone they care about is in need. Wyatt has had a few rough edges knocked off him since falling for Sutton Mize (see my last review!), and Mack has always looked out for Willa. But it is Jackson who has started to notice Willa as a living and breathing woman, rather than just a mechanic and he wonders why she is living in a cold, damp caravan, driving a clapped out old car and failing to eat properly. Don’t they pay her enough and why does she want cash only?
“I’ll have a pork plate and sweet tea to go.” Willa did a mental calculation for tax and
pulled out two fives. More than she should spend, but her stomach vetoed any protest. Now not only was she saving to fix her car, but she needed a cushion. If she had to move, money was a necessity. Any decent place required a deposit for rent. Not to mention utilities. And how long would it take her to find another job that didn’t require her Social Security number or real name? The thought made her stomach hurt from something other than hunger.
“Make that two for here, Rufus, and I’m buying.”
Willa spun around. Jackson Abbott’s chest filled her vision. The animal like noises her stomach was making must have drowned out his approach.
“Sure thing, Jackson.” Rufus favored them with a grin and turned to dole out barbeque, baked beans, and slaw. She tucked her hair behind her ear, feeling intensely vulnerable without her steel-toed work boots, coveralls, and ball cap. Her flip-flops, worn-out jeans with a rip at one knee, and a black T-shirt with the emblem of a band she’d never listened to were from the thrift shop down
“You don’t have to pay.” When she found her voice, it was breathy.
“I want to.” His words were low and rumbly and sexy, and she resisted the urge to lay her cheek against his chest, desperate to have someone, anyone, to lean on, even for a moment. Obviously, hunger was impeding her mental faculties.
In the two years she’d lived in Cottonbloom, she’d never run into Jackson outside of the garage. Her forays to secretly watch him race didn’t count since he’d never noticed her. The only place she was a regular was at the library, because it offered free Internet and entertainment—two things she couldn’t afford to waste money on.
Her mental faculties slipped further away as she allowed her gaze to wander over his shoulders before rising. He’d showered, his damp hair darker than its usual rich brown, but hadn’t shaved, his stubble even more pronounced from the afternoon. The scent of soap and clean laundry was mouthwatering in a different way than the barbeque was. The butterflies in her stomach did a slow bump and grind. God, she was hungry for so many things.
So begins the romance that forms the bedrock of the story, but it is by no means plain sailing. Willa is a determined young lady who trusts no one and is living a life on the run – but what or whom is she running from? Her back-story winds through the book allowing us to watch a veneer of self-preservation to be chipped away as her confidence in those around her begins to grow. She allows herself to form an attachment to a stray dog and this is when her true nature starts to shine through and little by little we learn just what Willa is running from and how much of this is herself.
Jackson has his own demons to tackle, in the form of his absent brother and his estranged mother, who abandoned the family as children. But we see him mellow as his feelings for Willa deepen and he realises that he can have what he sees his twin enjoying – that is a loving relationship.
This would not be a good contemporary romance if there were not some glamour and an opportunity for the hero to be dazzled by the hidden beauties of his new love. Ms Trentham does not fail us, and with the help and friendship of Sutton, Willa allows herself to once again feel feminine and become the lovely young woman that is hiding beneath her greasy overalls.
I think that if you enjoy a good romance, with some intrigue and some great characters then you will enjoy When The Stars Come Out. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but I personally enjoy a series that is set around a town and which interlinks characters and plots from book to book – like large chapters of an overall novel. This is an easy to read, light story that will brighten these cold, wet months at the start of the new year. I am now looking forward to the next instalment – surely, we need a tale about the other Abbott brother, Mack! Please, Laura Trentham!! Four stars from me.
Published: January 30th 2018 by St Martin’s Paperbacks
An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in
Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an
English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical
Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.
She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS
ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR.
When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to
soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be- read pile of books on her nightstand.
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I came upon this review from Zec at Sat on My Butt blog and just knew that I had to share it with you – particularly those in the UK chronic illness community. You might remember that I reviewed a CBD oil last year and I have been interested in trying something but was unsure what might be comparable (the oil that I reviewed was sent from the States)….this could be it! Unfortunately we are currently funding our old dog’s
drug habit pain medication, and of course the family will vote that he comes before mum!! But this has been added to my list for Santa!
For the past three weeks I have been using the Medipen.
Medipen aren’t allowed to make any medical claims about their product, but fortunately. nothing stops me from doing that!
So what is a Medipen?
A Medipen is a Cannabinoid delivery device that vaporises the Cannabinoids that are in coconut oil, I am and have always been a non smoker and I have no problem using the Medipen.
The vapour is very smooth and doesn’t make you cough and splutter.
The cartridges contain 1ml of Cannabinoids suspended in a pharmaceutical grade Coconut oil.
What are Cannabinoids?
The Cannabis plant is made up from 114 different compounds, the THC is the compound that gives the psychoactive or high sensation people get when smoking cannabis.
The Medipen cartridges contain CBD, CBDV & CBG which do not give those sensations but they have been proven to help people with a wide ranges of health conditions.
Inside our bodies we have cannabinoid receptors, they are part of the endocannabinoid system.
It is now believed that originally humans would have gathered wild growing cannabis to use as food and our bodies use it to help combat many ills and conditions.
Cannabis has now been bred to contain more and more THC to give people a high and that has led to Cannabis getting a bad reputation and becoming illegal.
I received the Medipen starter kit that comes in a tin and contains The base of the pen that contains the battery and the brains and also a rubber tip on the end that works with touch screen devices.
It also contains a USB charger and a Medipen cartridge containing the Cannabinoids.
It really is foolproof, you screw on the cartridge, place the tip in your mouth and suck and that’s it,no on or off button or settings, it is ready to go at any time.
To read Zec’s verdict on the Medipen for his anxiety and chronic pain read the full post here: http://www.satonmybutt.co.uk/review-medipen/
I was fortunate to be given an ARC via The Book Club on Facebook in return for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I must be honest with you. When I asked to review this book by author Eva Jordan I had not read the first book in the series, “183 Times A Year”, so my first stop was to do just that. I read the books back to back so it is possible I may muddle some events, BUT the first thing that I would recommend is that you do read the first novel before embarking on “All the Colours In Between” for both maximum background and enjoyment. I will try my best not to give any spoilers for the second book!
The modern blended, extended family. Marriage, divorce, teenagers, love, deceit, 3 generations, ex partners, friends, illness, flying the nest – this list is the tip of the iceberg of the life topics to be found in “All the Colours In Between”. Lizzie is the mum, step mum, lover, daughter, ex-wife, friend and mentor driving the story of her family and the individual members life journeys. She lives with her daughter, step daughter and son – all young adults by this book – and her partner Simon. Her parents play a huge role in the family, along with her brother and his family and not forgetting the rollercoaster that is best friend Ruby. The relationship with her ex, the father of Cassie and Connor, is strained at best. But at this point Lizzie has become an author against all the odds – selling real books and featuring in the best sellers list – whilst in the first book she dreamed of this whilst working with books as a librarian.
In this book Lizzie’s daughters Cassie and Maisie have grown up, ditched their teen disguises, spread their wings and left home. Her son Connor has evolved from a lovely pre-teen into a grunting, hoody wearing, sullen sixteen year old. I normally write a bit more about the plot in my reviews, but I really don’t want to give too much away. Reading both of Eva Jordan’s novels gave me the same feeling that I had when I first saw the BBC comedy Outnumbered. I was certain that someone had planted cameras in my household! Of course as mum I identify with Lizzie – so much. When she describes her conversations with her children and her own parents, I was shouting “Yes!” The feelings of exasperation trying to get through to a teenage boy who looks like a man, is the size of a man, sounds like a man, and thinks he is a man yet is really a man boy – these could have been penned by yours truly! The descriptions of her forays onto Social Media mirrored my own – my young adult kids shake their heads and ask themselves why they introduced me to it!
But Ms Jordan shakes up the commentary by writing different chapters with the voices of different family members. In the first book she writes as Lizzie and Cassie for the majority of the time, and in this book Connor features to a greater extent too. The Cassie of “All the Colours In Between” is older, slightly wiser, but still hilarious in her ability to use completely the wrong phrase or to misunderstand a saying. Whilst her story is extremely dark in places, her love for her family shines through from start to finish. Her description of a particularly stressful car journey with Maisy toward the end of the book is just hilarious – no spoilers, so no more! Connor is that teen who feels misunderstood by all adults, is just experiencing sexual attractions, the pull of alcohol, spliffs and parties, yet is still damaged from the rejection by his father as a young child. Maisy has moved across the world as true love struck, but when life took an unexpected turn (including a meeting with biological mum) it is her family who she returns to.
I really could write an essay about this book, but needless to say I LOVED IT! There is no sugar coating life here – relationships fail, family life is hard work to maintain, good things happen and shit happens. Eva Jordan gives us it all in a way that had me laughing out loud one minute – particularly with Salocin, the grandfather – and then crying the next. But no matter what life throws at them, this family will continue to grow and love each other….with some hiccoughs along the way. I cannot wait for the next instalment…..please, Eva Jordan!
Five golden stars from me.
Another week, time for another Magic Monday! The events in our household really pale into insignificance compared to the natural disasters taking over so many parts of America at the moment. The majority of us, thankfully, will never have to encounter the devastation that these natural phenomena wreak, but I want to send support and good wishes to all our American blogging pals who are living through this. There is an additional blog post this week that my pal Cheryl at Chronic Mom blog wrote last week about what no one tells you about surviving a natural disaster with chronic illness – but I think that there are probably aspects that apply to everyone!
We had an unexpected trip over the weekend – hence no blog post – and as it was a long trip for this chronic bird to make in a day, we paid an impromptu visit to old friends to beg a bed for the night. Panic not other old friends, we gave them 24 hours notice!! We haven’t seen each other for about 5 years, yet we have known each other for nearly 30 years – we “girls” did our nurse training together and the blokes have always been hifi and gadget buddies. Not forgetting that this fellow hifi nut was hubby’s best man 25 years ago! With just a few precious friendships the years roll away and it is possible to appreciate the long and deep connections that you have with each other. As two couples, we have had our fair share of traumas over the past couple of years – we decided we should form the “Happy Pill” brigade as we must have shares in antidepressant companies between us – but we have survived and it is testament to our friendship that we can come together as if it was yesterday! How many people in your life can you call on and truly rely upon to be there for you no matter what? Quick shout out here for our fab friends’ facebook page – check it out (chocolate brownies to die for) Keeley House Bakery
I have found some great blog reads for you this week including becoming a real mermaid (just read it!), a fab book review, and using your imagination when putting pen to paper. There is also a piece about the scandal currently coming to light about the use of mesh implants in surgical procedures. So grab a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy some fabulous writing in these inspiring blog posts!
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Have a great week!
I was fortunate to be given an ARC copy of this book by the author and her publishers, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Imagine that you are the daughter of a legendary rock star, the lead singer of one of the biggest rock bands to come out of the USA. The same legendary rock star who gave you half siblings by different mothers, a dysfunctional yet privileged upbringing and his own brand of love. An upbringing on an island that, since your father’s untimely death and the subsequent breakup of the band, has become the place of pilgrimage for fans wanting to visit a pivotal place in the band’s history – an island that is your home.
Imagine that you are a tennis player, at the top of your game with sponsors and adoring fans following your every tournament. But following shoulder surgery, it is becoming harder and harder to remain in those top rankings and you have announced your unexpected retirement during a press conference. Now said press, management and fans are desperate to change your mind and you need somewhere to just be incognito and happy in your decision.
Faith Harper is the daughter of Blacklight frontman Grey Harper, and she continues to be the face of the Harper clan in Cloud Bay on Lansing Island as she is the organiser of one of the country’s most popular music festivals, CloudFest. Caleb White has gone to ground since announcing his departure from the tennis circuit until his friend Liam invites him to a music festival, CloudFest, with exclusive use of the home of a Blacklight bandmember. Neither is looking for a relationship, much less love…..
This is an easy to read, romantic fiction novel that doesn’t always follow the path that the reader expects. There is a rapport between Faith and Caleb from the moment that they first lay eyes on each other, but they each come with huge amounts of baggage and Ms Douglas does not give us a story where the course of true love runs simply! Throw in a complicated family that encompasses blood relatives and band members, the attention of the world’s paparazzi and a festival full of music lovers, bands, not to mention surprise acts that fail to show, what could possibly go wrong?!
The characters are easy to warm to and I felt that they developed into three dimensional people over the course of the story. It is light – so not for those of you looking for deep literature – but not written in a saccharine or overly sentimental way. Great for a weekend away on a sun lounger or curled up at home for an autumn evening or two. I enjoyed Need You Now and I think that if you are a fan of romantic, contemporary fiction you will too. This gets 4 stars from me and I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Published by St Martin’s Press, 29 August 2017. Macmillan
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Welcome Pain Pals!
I have had various personal posts floating around my head, but am struggling with the key board as am on day 6 of a shoulder dislocation! Fellow bendies will understand…..everything in my shoulder is so stretched that it just keeps slipping out! Avoiding A&E as I know how hard they pulled it last time to relocate it and I think it just makes it worse in EDS as this stretches already stretched ligaments & muscles!! So a sling and rest it is….must say my neck, shoulder and arm feel pretty tired, in fact I do.
Enough of that now as I just want to acknowledge that 2 fellow bloggers have nominated me for awards recently and I haven’t followed through..yet! The wonderful Bipolar Cat at High Risk blog has nominated me for The Mystery Blogger Award and the equally wonderful Terri at Reclaiming Hope has nominated me for the Sunshine blogger award – thank you ladies so much and I promise that I will post properly! I think that being recognised for the little that I do in such a massive blogging community is quite overwhelming and humbling.
You all know that I love connecting with other bloggers, meeting a making new friends, and there is no better way than linking with new posts. So for our usual Monday slot – sit back, relax and enjoy some inspiring posts – varying from a review for beautiful eyshadows to organising ourselves as bloggers to a medical text about proprioception!
Please like, comment and follow these great bloggers – make someone’s day!
Welcome back, pain pals, for another week and that means another Monday of inspiring blog posts that I have found for you.
I’m not going to write about the ups and downs of life in the Pain Pals house here this week – I still need to write a proper post about genetics, my lovely girl and i can now include our new family handbook….more of this later, I promise!
The dislocations have been fast, furious and very regular over the last week and severe gut pains after every meal have both left me fatigued and sofa bound……but the good news is that I have spent time finding and reading some great new blogs. I have picked some posts here and they range from chronic illness depicted as sweets, to body image, to a review, to some delicious looking frozen treats – perfect for the summer holidays (if only the sun would come back!!). If you are a mum of a daughter, or indeed an adolescent daughter, you must read Dear Little Girl With the Smart Mouth – it made me laugh and cry….and read it to my teen girl!
So….grab a cuppa, sit down and unwind with these great, inspiring blog posts. Please, please make someone’s day with a like, a follow, a share or even better a comment!