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#GlobalBlogging 99

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Global Blogging!
Wherever you are in the world, come and join me and Heather at Shank You Very Much! You can link up any 2 posts then please comment on both host posts and the one in front of yours.
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So why should you use this linky? We have fascinating bloggers join us every week, Heather has an amazing sense of humour and every week we pick our favourite post so link up now to get the chance to earn our featured blogger badge and a precious backlink.
My favourite from last week’s posts was An Ordinary Mom’s Musings, a great post about making excuses not to do things in order to avoid failure. Heather has chosen Sensational Learning with Penguin about how to do a fun sensory activity at home. Please add your featured blogger badge! :
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As usual for a linky there are a few rules:
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Please follow the rules! Last week we had someone link up 4 posts and several had no badge or backlink so sadly had no comments or tweets 🙁
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#Project365 week 7

Day 41: Chris and I went out to lunch for our 6 month wedding anniversary (that long already!) but I was disappointed that Harvester refused to swap my peas for chips so I had to pay extra. This cost £12.98.
The salad bar wasn’t labelled, they had no wheat free bread and no pudding. It tasted good but the portion was stingy (especially considering the extra charge!) and I left still a bit hungry 🙁

 

Day 42: I am not a fan of the colour yellow but there is something special about daffodils!

 

Day 43: this boy has been sooooo clingy this week, he just won’t leave me alone for a second!

 

Day 44: quick shopping trip to Camberley with my mum and Zach

Day 45: Anya dressed as a queen for a banquet at school and then I went in to join her for a castle making workshop in the afternoon.

 

Day 46: blogging event at The Body Shop in Basingstoke. Lovely to meet up with Dawn from Dear Mummy Blog and Jenny from Ramblings of a Jaffa Cat again plus we learned so much!

 

Day 47: more signs of spring!

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Super easy vegan dessert

Although not a fan of Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t ignore the day completely so got experimental in the kitchen looking at making a sweet treat.
This super easy dessert only has 3 ingredients but can be used in two ways: as a mousse or as an ice cream!

 

Ingredients
5 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 can cocount milk
Love Hearts to serve.

Instructions
To make a mousse: place the can of coconut milk in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours.
Open the can of cocount milk and scoop out the thickened cream on top.
Whip for 5-7 minutes. Add a little of the remaining liquid milk if required.
Add the jam and whip for another minute to combine.
Pour into dishes and chill until ready to serve.
Top with Love Hearts and enjoy!

 

To make ice cream: whip the coconut milk (no need to chill) for a minute.
Add the jam and whip for a further minute to combine.
Pour into a dish and freeze until solid.
Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.
Top with Love Hearts and enjoy!

We all wolfed down this dessert and the kids couldn’t believe it was just a tin of coconut milk and jam!


Finding Grace, by K.L. Slater

OMG what a book!
This book struck a chord with me straight away. My eldest is nearly 9 and desperate for more independence including walking to and from his best friend’s house nearby, and we have also discussed him walking to my parents’ which is 2 roads away. I immediately identified with the main character Lucie whose daughter wants to walk home alone.
In this book, nine year old Grace is allowed to walk home for the first time ever. Her parents have agreed with the best friend’s parents that they will watch secretly to the corner at which point Blake, the dad, will watch her. But Blake gets distracted by his phone then slips over…
In that split second, Grace disappears.
Her mother Lucie is quite obviously frantic and the police are called immediately but their investigation leads to shocking revelations about more than one family member. Can Lucie trust her frinds or even her own husband…?
Events from Lucie’s past are gradually revealed through the book and we discover secrets which she thought had been hidden forever. Again I felt a real connection with Lucie as I recalled my own university days: the worry of meeting new people, homesickness, the self discipline of organising your own studies.
This is a fast paced intriguing read which is well written and emotive. We follow Lucie as she struggles to cope with the disappearance of Grace. We see and feel the pain and worry she suffers in the present day, whilst the events of the past are revealed in flashbacks. There are also other viewpoints shared with the reader and these serve to give a more broad understanding of events and show other secrets.
To be totally honest, I thought the ending was slightly OTT and therefore not very believable. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book at all. The rest of the book was absolutely superb and I would have no hesitation in recommending it!

 

Finding Grace by KL Slater
Buy Links:
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This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.
The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.
They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.
Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married.
But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …
And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.
The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.
 
About the author: 
Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. FINDING GRACE published 14th February 2019 is her eighth thriller.
Kim’s titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson
Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater Author
Instagram: KLSlaterAuthor

 


#StayClassyMama 18

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
Has all of your snow gone by now?
Please have a read of the rules and make sure you have my badge on your post or page!

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

THE RULES:
  • 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?
  • The linky will open at 6:00am on a Thursday and close at 11pm on a Friday
  • Please comment on the host post and any other 2. I am going to aim to do my commenting and sharing over the weekend (but, you know how it is with life and stuff!)
  • Please add the badge to the bottom of your page or post: I hope you like it!
  • To generate even more talk about your post, tweet me @musingstiredmum with the link you have posted using #StayClassyMama and I will retweet.
  • The same goes for Facebook: tag me on @loopyloulaura and I will share on my page
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