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#Blogtober18 day 12: loving these right now and #Project365 week 41

It was only as I was writing my Blogtober and Project 365 posts that I realised they were both pretty much the same! So I decided to postpone publishing and combine the two!
We are all exhausted and have had a cold for weeks. So this post is a refreshing focus on the positives going on right now!
  • Cross stitch: I have discovered that I can now read on my phone and cross stitch at the same time, hurrah!
  • Lego cards: we finally finished out collection thanks to my wonderful friends!
  • The beautiful autumn colours
  • Lemons: I have had a bag of lemons sat in the kitchen and had no energy to bake but yesterday I forced myself to get on with it. Cue some delicious cakes and then pancakes for pudding (I am VERY popular in our house right now, plus hopefully the vitamin C in the lemons willl help to get rid of the cold germs!)
  • The Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie: bah humbug to all the grumpy naysayers and congratulations to the happy couple!
And now here are the photos of the week!
Day 280: I caved in and got my socks out (hate to think of the increase in laundry!)

Day 281: the gorgeous view as I step out of the door to do the school run . Love our tree!

Day 282: completely captivated by a documentary about T Rex (the dinosaur not the band!)

Day 283: I’ve only just got the socks out and now it is unbelievably warm! Don’t expect this is October!

Day 284: a bit of baking to use up the lemons I bought ages ago and also to try to get a vitamin C boost to try to stave off the cold germs that have been lurking for weeks.

Day 285: I enjoyed the second royal wedding of the year: congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack!

Day 286: apparently this is a comfortable way to watch the TV…

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A Love So Sweet by Addison Cole: review and giveaway

Being a fan of Addison’s Seaside and Bayside series of books, I was looking forward to this new series about the Braden family. These books are also Sweet with Heat so they are not explicit in terms of content or language.
I’ll be perfectly honest, it took me a while to get used to the main characters’ names being Treat and Max. I think it is an English thing!
Treat and Max had been getting on VERY well but then a misunderstanding has the potential to derail their whole relationship. Neither one can forget the other though…
Their relationship quickly gets back on track but both of them are dealing with issues from their pasts. Treat’s mother died whilst he and his siblings were still children and he has a strained relationship with some of his brothers. Max had a toxic ex-boyfriend and the way he treated her in quite unpleasant.
Thankfully their love overcomes their problems and the book sets us up for finding out about the rest of the Braden family’s love lives. All of the characters are likeable and distinctive so there is a lot to look forward to for sequels!

A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]
Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling.

A Love So Sweet is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a spicier romance, pick up the steamy edition, Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, written by New York Timesbestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name. 

In A Love So Sweet…

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.

A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.


About SWEET WITH HEAT novels… 
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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Book 2 of Sweet with Heat: The Bradens at Weston Series

Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling. 

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head.

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

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About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. the first book in Addison’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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#Blogtober18 day 11: kickass girls you adore for #InternationalDayoftheGirl

Let’s start off with family.  My daughter is brave, fun, individual, a princess, a tomboy. She is fierce, she is vulnerable. I can’t wait to see what she does next and what sort of person she will grow to be.

Next, my mum. She is always there for me and the children. She often drives me crazy and I’m sure she feels the same about me. We are soooo similar!

My sister: my lifelong best friend despite the endless bickering of our teeneage years. I remember the night she was born, the times we shared a bedroom as children and giggled rather than slept.


Historically I am fascinated by the women who challenged the partriarchal sociaety that sought to control them. If I could meet anyone in history, it would be Anne Boleyn, a woman who refused to be the mistress of a king and forced him to change the religion of the whole country for love, but in the end paid for her bravery in blood.
In popular culture, I admire women who use their intelligence to champion others. Emma Watson is not afraid to speak out on political issues and lived up to her Hermione character by postponing her acting career while she completed her university degree.
This may make me unpopular but I admire Theresa May. I do not approve of many of her policies but she has taken on a role seeing through a potentially devastating change for the UK that lots of her peers refused to despite their earlier support of Brexit.

Which girls and women do you adore?

#StayClassyMama: the reboot!

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been allowed to continue this fantastic linky. I have decided to make a couple of changes to be more representative of my character and parenting style so please have a read of the rules and change your badge to the new one!

Please let your blogging friends know about the link up and encourage them to join us!

The featured post this week is this brilliant post from Miller in the City. I love reminders about the amazing thing that motherhood is and how it changes us for the better.
  • Add 1 or 2 posts (old or new), any topics welcome but a focus on the highs and lows of parenting is preferable: what meals and recipes have worked or not? what new toys have you discovered? where have you taken the kids this week? have you done a craft and got glitter everywhere? what gorgeous item of clothing is covered in snot?
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  • Please comment on the host post and any other 2. I am going to aim to do my commenting and sharing over the weekend.
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  • To generate even more talk about your post, tweet me @musingstiredmum with the link you have posted using #StayClassyMama and I will retweet.
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#Blogtober18 day 10: Just Be Yourself for #WorldMentalHealthDay

If there is one thing I want for my children more than anything else, it is to be happy and comfortable in their own skin and in their own heads. I want them to be accepted by others but being accepted and loved by themselves is more important.

I know I set a bad example for them, pointing out my flaws all the time, not believing compliments. I try to bolster and encourage the children whilst keeping them grounded in reality (and a reasonable fashion sense!)
Life cannot always be happy but it important to have something to look forward to, someone to turn to and have the belief that there is good in the world. I hope the kids will have each other to rely upon and be a shoulder to cry on if they feel unable to talk to me.
Change can be scary but it is better to regret things you have done that the things you never even tried. Growing up is constant change so we have plenty of opportunities to make the changes we want in our lives in order to find our happiness. Look at the happiness the change of seasons can bring: gloves!

Being a mum changes a person. I am not the me I was 10 years ago, thank goodness! Suddenly you have a tiny person controlling your life and it is easy to feel lost: I know I did! But that is because I didn’t value myself so only focused on the kids.
I was plagued by phobias and worries, OCD and depression before I had my children but they pulled me out of it. I was lucky.
1 in 10 women get postnatal depression: that is a huge number of families affected. But mental health continues to be hidden and there is still a stigma about admitting to having a problem. This is teaching our children that it is something to be ashamed of and it needs to stop.

My children have seen me cry. They know I make mistakes. But most importantly they know I love them unconditionally and maybe one day they will love themselves like that too.