Jess 8th Birthday Theme

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Jess turned 8 last month and I have always asked what kind of birthday she would like (she has had frozen, trolls, LOL) and this time she chose ROBLOX!

So while I’m prepping for Williams birthday (Tamatoa theme) I thought I would show you what I done for Jess birthday where she wanted a Roblox Themed birthday 🙂

She loves Molly and Daisy from YouTube so I created big versions of them to go on the wall and then drew Jess Roblox character to go on the other wall 🙂

Her favourite games are obbys, would you rather, adopt me and capture the flag so I combined all this into the theme. I made her Meep and got an adopt me toy cat.

I done a “would you rather” question and added throughout the day.

Her bedroom had floor is lava theme obby and used paper for stepping stones, the stairs had tape and I made two checkpoints 🙂

The presents are with the flag and so once all presents got open the flag fell 😉

My friend made the banner!

So that was a Roblox themed birthday- was very tricky to do!

It was also the first time that I didn’t bake a cake due to lockdown and both not at school was hard to try and hide it 😦

Right time to get back to the cardboard Tamatoa prop!

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Charity of the Month- The Little Princess Trust

Hello everyone thanks for popping over to my blog!

Last month I decided that after lockdown and when hairdressers reopen not to go and have a cut as my hair was already long – why not donate it to charity?? So I researched what to do and found out that I nearly had the length they want (7 inches) but they really would like 12 inches plus as that can make more longer wigs – so will get it cut once get to that length!

The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. They use hair donations and fundraising monies sent to manufacture and fit real hair wigs. Established in 2006 they have supplied over 8000 wigs to children and young people. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-booker1

It costs around £500 to make a wig so fundraising is just as important so they can continue to give them out for free.

Here was my hair at the start of the challenge-

Nearly 7 inches

Here it is a few weeks ago 🙂

7 inches!

If you would like to find out more about how to send the hair please visit there website https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair/

If would like to sponsor me here is my fundraising page- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-booker1

Will update till it’s cut and sent off!

Many thanks in advance if donate 🙂

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Silent Sunday

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What Am I Reading- July

Hello everyone and welcome back!

Also welcome back to this post (last one was February) but have finished most on that list and have started some new books!

Still reading The Little Flower Shop by the Sea – taking abit longer as not sure I’m liking the main character! But I am halfway now so want to finish it.

The Wish List by Ruby Hummingbird

Murder in the Choir by Liz Hedgecock – loves the first one so already on chapter 2 and got it today!

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya- I’m on chapter 3 😉

A Country Escape by Katie Fforde – have nearly finished it and love it!

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan – again halfway through and love the Neil Gaiman feel to this.

Red by D.Wells

Some will take longer (Fruits Basket definitely) to read but all these atm are either on my bedside table or coffee table 🙂

I love to multi read 😉

What are you reading? Do you multi read?

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Jess Favourite Books (8 years old)

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Last month I featured all the books that William is enjoying so far and now its Jessica’s turn!

Unipiggle

Welcome to Twinkleland Kingdom, where everything is 100% perfect. Except Princess Pea – she loves getting muddy and having fun and she’s not keen on choosing her own perfect unicorn at the Royal Unicorn Parade. Until the final unicorn turns out to be a podgy, pongy, proud, magic-horned…pig? And so the adventures of Princess Pea and Unipiggle begin!

Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules, and her Royal Unicorn who happens to be a pig… or, rather, a Unipiggle!

Pinky Spinks

Pinky Spinks keeps a sweet shop in a small village. She is very popular because her sweets are so delicious but unknown to most people she uses magic to solve all sorts of problems. From naughty children to cruel people, Pinky cures them all. And how does she practice her magic? Why mostly with magic sweets of course!

Matilda


Matilda is the world’s most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.
Her father thinks she’s a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.
And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?
She’s the worst of all.
She’s a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.
Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.

And she’s had enough.
So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she’s going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget!

Tabby Mctat

Tabby McTat loves singing along with Fred the busker, as people throw coins in their hat. But when Fred has an accident, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again?
“Me, you and the old guitar,
How perfectly, perfectly happy we are.
Meee-Ew and the old guitar.
How perfectly happy we are!”

James and the Giant Peach

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out…

Meet the Twitches

Meet the Twitches, four tiny rabbits who live inside a Teacup House.

They belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them. But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn’t looking!

Open up the Teacup House – and meet four little rabbit heroes with big ideas!

🙂 We are currently waiting for the second unipiggle book and think it will also be added to the list!

What books are your favourites? Kids favourites?

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July Goals

Hello everyone- how is it July already!! 100 days of lockdown too!!! How are we all doing??

So it’s been a while since I set some goals! I didn’t set any for June and so I don’t feel as if I have been productive 😦 I love lists!

But I have now come up with an idea – instead of a short story collection to now turn it into a series!!! How things develop! 😀 So I guess June was productive? 😉

Happy Camp Nano for anyone joining in btw 🙂 How has the time flown since last Camp?!

It’s given me a kick to write down goals again so here it is:

– Sort our the main characters and pick one main for the series – do character profile etc

– Edit Phobia for magazine

– Focus on one WIP and write, write, write!

– Read 2 chapters of manga

– x4 blog posts

– Start second draft of Dino Will

And of course finish Camp! 😀

Let’s see what gets done…..

What are your goals for the month?

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Happy Publication Day!!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

Happy publication day!!!

So today is the release of the sci fi two volume anthology books where two of my stories are featured in. 😀

It’s such a buzz seeing them go from idea to print! 🙂 I am slowly learning how to edit and still feels surreal seeing my name on the back.

It is now available on Amazon (on kindle- Paperback to follow shortly).

Happy dance 😀 I loved working on the two stories and I’m so happy to be a part of these books and featuring alongside amazing authors!

The journey from an idea to print is amazing (also the mix of emotions that go with it) make it so worth it- hard work, stress, relief, anxiety but also the smile when someone has read your story and liked it or it gets accepted to be published- it really is a mix bag of emotions!

“The universe—vast, unknown, mysterious, existing as a playground of imagination. From aliens older than time itself, an archaeological dig that portends the fate of Earth, a sentient planet, developing races, colonization, a world fighting for its existence, these and more stories await you within the Dimensions of Science Fiction. Join the authors from Writers Unite! as they take you on a voyage across the universe.”

If you read it and enjoyed it please leave a review 🙂

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Book Review- Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Book Description-

Be the best version of you that YOU can be.

How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness? 

In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to: 

– practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing 
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation 
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life 
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques 
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe 
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others 

In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.

Book Review-

What can I say- this book is amazing and has definitely made an impact! This self help (or personal development) book was a gem- never have I folded so many pages (yes I’m one of them!) of inspiring quotes and reflections that truly make you think.

It’s the best guide for self care and positive mindset I have ever read and it’s one that I can keep re-reading whenever I need it 🙂

I’m now following him on Instagram to see more great content! This book I DEFIANTLY recommend and is now in my top books 🙂 I’m so happy I found it and will always be on my bedside table. If you want to change your anxiety or fear or want to learn more about positive techniques then this is your book!

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Silent Sunday

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Garden Diary- June 2020

Hello and welcome to the blog!

Some big changes this month! First of all after 3 years my blackberry plant is blooming!!!

Then the Xmas cactus after sooooo many years bloomed a flower!

The tomato’s and cucumbers are doing well and we finally got some peas!!!

Tiny cucumber

Jess lavender is growing well

We have raspberries!!!

Ladybird visiting

The geranium cuttings are doing well!

So here is a pic of what it was like when we moved in over 3 years ago

And on the 14th June 2020

Loving the slow transformation 🙂

Since my geranium cuttings have gone well I thought I would try rose cuttings next!

I also took some sage cuttings 😉

So I got a bunch of roses that were reduced to 90p and then added some of our purple erysimums from our garden to add more pop! 🙂

I was so happy to look around my local garden centre the other day- felt back to normal and of course I brought some plants 😉

I have also started to sell some spare plants 🙂 first up are tomatoes and peppers

The buddlejas are blooming!

Beautiful purples 😀

I can’t believe this blog section is now over a year old! I love documenting the garden and looking forward to seeing more changes and blooms!

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Manga

Hello welcome back to my blog!

So many years ago I was introduced to manga- I loved watching them and went to a few expos up London. I drew some but never attempted to read any.

Until recently! I have rediscovered my love of manga and attempted to read the one book I got from an expo and it was easy to read once I followed the pattern!

Reading

Started with Fruits Basket

How pretty are they! Maybe one day I will do a story manga style??

So how do you read them? You start backward! The spine should be on the right side not left!

Read panels from right to left and in an up to down sequence. Like the pages of manga, individual panels should be read in a right to left sequence. Start reading each page by beginning with the panel that is in the upper right hand corner of the page. Read right to left and when you reach the edge of the page, go to the panel in the far-right of the following row of panels

Drawing

So I then started to redraw chibis (good starting point to anime)

I drew manga back before I had Jess, then I stopped 😦 I will try and find my old drawings to share and see progress over time.

Looking forward to drawing more 🙂

Do you read/draw/watch manga? What anime styles do you like??

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Book Review- Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain

Book Description:

Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriendJake suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn’t quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it. 

Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined – it’s cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling. 

But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?

Book Review:

This was such a lovely read 🙂 some of the plot I knew before it happened but still enjoyed reading it.

I liked the main character and the side characters too- and even though this was a follow on book from the cherry tree cafe (not read yet) it didn’t matter. The surroundings were described wonderfully and how the main character settles into country life was realistic.

An exciting easy summer read.

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