Sometimes getting some inspiration from a book can really get the endorphin's going to make a change in your life.
This book is written by Linda Thomas who runs her own cleaning company. She talks about how cleaning can be more than seeing a clean kitchen surface, it can make a difference to how you think and feel in your work environment and your home.
There was a part of the book I didn't believe, where she is talking about how cleaning can change the atmosphere of a room and the particular example she used was when she had cleaned a school or college. In the example she explains about a youngster who was attending the college had an epileptic fit which then lead to there being complete and utter mayhem, but suddenly a lady walks into the room with a duster, begins to clean and then the atmosphere of the room changes. Probably being a bit skeptical but I suppose I had to be there but was a bit like, "I don't believe that" .
However most parts of the book were interesting and at the end of the book she gives some tips of how to get rid of different stains on carpet and fabrics and chemicals to use. I even wrote down parts and would buy to keep so I have it to hand for inspiration.
I give it a 8 out of 10.
Teaching you about Savings and Investments. How to create a portfolio if you want to create a passive income on shares, about mortgages and how to tidy up your finances. Really was informative and taught me a lot about shares and what to be careful of, the same with mortgages and savings. How to divide your money into different categories, to help see what is coming in and what is going out.
To have a better financial situation is to save to invest first before spending. I have found this book to really help me with money.
Easy to read through most of the book, but did find it a bit mind boggling at times.
I give this book 8/10
Book written by Barbara Stcherbatcheff it is from a column written in The London Paper. Suzana begins as an Internship inputting numbers. Suzana wants to be a trader, but as the city is dominated by men, it is a very difficult industry for a women to get into. However through networking and her persistence she gets her wish. She ends up in the heart of it all, Canary Wharf. She even meets the man of her dreams, but her life ends up being dictated by her passion for trading.
Really good read. If you are off on your holidays this is a book to take out of the library or is available via Kindle on Amazon. I did get a bit lost towards the end, when she talks about trading, but apart from that part it was a very empowering story.
Goes to show just because you are a woman doesn't mean we don't have the balls.
I give this book 9/10
A book with a bit of history and how times were so different back to when this guy, who tells his story of being a Secret Child, was when he was a young boy. Gordon Lewis whose first name was originally Francis is kept a secret by his mother for nine years. Cathleen, being a Catholic in Ireland, and having a child outside of wedlock knew this was a sin, and could have had her child taken away from her. She finds a Hostel, which is very welcoming to young women who have fallen pregnant outside marriage. A safe Haven for the ladies in Ireland so they can bring up their child. When she first arrives she does finds it hard to adjust, but working as many hours as she called as a Waitress, finally tries to make hens meat and get her and Gordon away to start a new life in England.
However the dream of a better life in England does not start off well. Gordon is relieved to have find out about his passed and remember more about it, as some of his memories had slipt away as he got older.
A really great read, and well written. Makes you feel grateful to life as it is now, even though there are still those living in poverty, least women don't have to hide away when they have a child when they aren't married or with the biological father.
I would rate this book 10 out of 10.
If you like a book that makes you laugh and is true to life, then this is the book to read.
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Author or any publisher for writing this review. I bought the book for my own personal use, to read.
It is the story about the Author Cari Rosen's who has become a mum at 43 and quarter and knows of the prejudice there is as an "Older mother". That she is selfish to want kids now at that age, why not have a child when you are younger. She is aware of the risks there are of having a child in your 40's. She just never met the right person back then when she was younger to have a child, and now she has met "Mr Right" she now has her dream of becoming a mum. She so happens to be in her 40's.
There was one part that really made me laugh out loud, not going to say which bit. Do not believe in being a spoiler. It just played back my own experience which was similar to her's the way she tells the story and her thoughts and fears at the time. I was like "Yes that is so true".
If you are a mum like me and two more years and I will be the big 4 0, then you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
So glad I found this in a Charity Shop Challenge and is available on Amazon too, to read.
I would give this book at 10 out of 10.
If you got a holiday coming up and want a good book to read, this one I would definitely recommend.
Just finished this book, it teaches you techniques of how to be mindful but when you are at work, travelling, queuing and even when drinking a cup of tea. Meditation does not have to be sitting down crossed legged, no. It can be done anywhere, and you don't have to change posture. It is all about listening to your breathing and being in the now.
Some of the content I found to be repetitive, I think it was to go over the techniques, but I think it was a bit too much in some parts. Give 8 out of 10.
So this book The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!!
Was one of the books I have been reading as I was reading a few at the same time. I found this book in the library.
I wish I had found this book when I was a teenager, because it gives an insight to usual feelings and emotions you feel when you are teenager and giving advice on how to deal with the emotions of feeling different compared to other people, feeling under pressure when it comes to sex and drugs, and not being body confident.
I think a lot of teenagers will find this helpful as it can be a weird time of life as you can be confused and I know myself I lacked a lot of self-esteem and just needed to know I wasn't the only one. At the time it doesn't always feel that way.
This book even inspired me to do a new Self confidence video talking about my teenage years and finding your voice (will be uploaded soon), because some girls seem to thrive in their teens others struggle like I did and reading information to help me like in this book would have helped with my emotions and dealing with wanting to be a certain size or look a certain way, would have been so helpful and how to address my body confidence issues earlier on.
It even has a forward by Zoella who many would know from Youtube.
I would recommend this book, it was so straight-forward and to the point, and honest. Marks out of 10 a total 10.
If you know of any similar books you would like to recommend to me to read then please comment below I would love to hear from you.
I found this book in my local library and even wrote about in a blog post. It caught my eye as I am always looking to improve my wellbeing and the one thing I have known that I need to do, is to focus on one thing at a time. I find this so tricky at times, as I have so much going on in my head.
This book is written by Arianna Huffington, who is the president and editor-in-chief for the Huffington Post. She realised after one evening after she collapsed after being exhausted from endless amount of hours working how she had to change the way she went about her working life and home life.
She talks about different metrics that she had discovered to redefine being a successful in today's world and taking time out to do volunteering as a way of balancing your life, as doing something for others can really help get a better perspective of life, taking time away from social media, no emails or any modern technology which is continuously filling our minds, but not giving ourselves a break. Following her different metrics can help that.
This did really help me and see that to be successful in whatever field you choose, you don't have to work yourself to exhaustion but getting the right balance so you look after yourself and make sure that the most important people in your lives are priority over work too.
So glad I pick this up, some parts I will admit did lose me a little, but most of it, was interesting and got me nodding a lot as it made me see that its not about rushing what you do, but taking your time, when cleaning something for example really embrace it and take the time to do it, and it is ok to put these things at the bottom of the pile of things to do, as it is about prioritising and balancing your life to stop being overwhelmed and working endless hours.
It isn't about doing 25 things at once but concentrating on one thing at a time.
I will give this 8 out of 10 and really was mindful.
This book is a definite one I would recommend it is a brilliant story, so easy to put down and pick up again, so you are never lost anywhere in the book.
It is about a family who are treated badly whilst on holiday in Disneyland and the father wants to find out about suing. Instead they find out that they can sew, but for wrongful birth instead. This means though that Charlotte and Sean will be testifying against one of Charlotte's bestfriend's.
Willow is their little girl she has OI,
Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which can be fatal and there are different types, as even sneezing can cause them to break a bone.
In this book they are all speaking to this little girl, Willow and telling their side of the story to her. It is a book that I would recommend to book clubs as the story does make a great debate. Do you think Caroline is wrong or do you choose Piper, Charlotte's bestfriend? If you choose to read this book then you'll know what I mean.
I'm not going to say anymore than that, as you do really need to read the book for the full story.
I would give a 10/10, one of Jodi Picoult's best books so far, that I have read and I will be reading more of her books. They are always so well written, and seen that there is a movie made so I will see if I can watch that too. see how good that is aswell.
This was the book I read over Christmas, and bought last year with some Christmas money.
Magda is left with her Aunt Bridget by her father who works at sea but promises to come back so her, her sisters and brother can all be together again as a family. However knowing that her father didn't always speak the truth began to realise this wasn't true and was treated with utter cruelty by her Aunt Bridget but then is given a choice of a new life with the lady who lives across the way.
However she knows Aunt Bridget has something of hers which has details of where her sisters and brother are and wants it so she can finally find them and be together with them again.
Great book, you will need your tissues for this one in some parts, but a great read.
I give the book 10/10.
Maddie, who is heartbroken after her boyfriend dumps her, is left to look after her parent, ex-pop bad from the 80's, Karaoke Bar whilst they make a revival on their pop career.
She signs her parents bar after realising what a big task it is to turn this run down bar around, to a reality show, but that turns out to be a big mistake aswell.
signs the bar up to take part in a reality show, but she soon realises that, that was a big mistake.
Took a while to read, I tried a few times, but once I did read on, it was a great comical story and great book to read. I would give 9/10
Phoebe opens up her Vintage Fashion shop, and thanks to Dan gets a good load of publicity and finds stranger with a mustache bidding against her at one of the auctions she goes to, to get supplies for her shop.
She meets a lady who wants to sell her clothes to Phoebes shop at which Phoebe finds a beautiful little girls blue coat. At first the lady tells Phoebe off, as she said not to touch anything on the side of that closet. However she decides to tell Phoebe about the history of her coat, it was for a friend she knew back when she was a little girl who was captured by the German Army back before World War 2, and blames herself for Monique's capture. She kept the coat all those years, in case she ever saw her friend ever again.
At first I thought the first part of the story was a bit corny, the dialogue did read smoothly, but as I read on it was a lovely great book, with a bit of vintage in itself, and would recommend a good read, especially for this time of the year.
I would rate 8/10.
I am a mum and work Part time. I am also an Author and love to share parts of my life that I know will help others too.