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Thank you for being so welcoming as I join #DreamTeam with 3 Little Buttons and Navigating Baby as a permanent host, yay exciting!
Annette is better so we are back at full capacity this week!
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Oops, I joined the PTA!

School politics are a tricky business from the moment you start sizing people up on the playground at the start of Year R. I am sorry to admit that I am quite judgmental even though I try not to be, and have always considered the PTA to be saintly do-gooders, super mums who take everything in their stride!Craft items that a PTA could fund
Well, this term I have joined them! At both schools!
Due to my clerking experience (and 3 jobs doing so!) I felt that I had the relevant experience to take on the role of secretary for the infant and junior schools my children attend (plus I am already secretary to the local Scouts group).
I thought it was mostly committee and trustee legal stuff but before I knew it I was knee deep in hot chocolate at the junior reading evening and running a tombola stall at the infant Christmas fair.

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Now is not the time to get political (despite the imminent election), but our schools are brutally underfunded and the PTA provides a vital income and allow children who have limited opportunities to have great experiences.
I want to set a good example to my children, showing them that they can make a difference by spending time helping others. Anya helped me on the tombola stall this weekend. Little things and a small amount of time can be the difference between an event going ahead or not.
I am not a saint or a super mum but I try my best and offer what I can. So can you! and here are some ideas to help:
Biscuits that could support a PTA sale
Bake some homemade cakes of biscuits for school fair (they always sell better than shop-bought ones)
Offer to help on a stall for an hour or help set up.
Ask your employer to donate a raffle prize.
Simply buy raffle tickets or attend the fair/disco/event. Maybe even share the Christmas fair details on local social media to encourage people to come
Turn up to the AGM: this is really important as there are set numbers that are required and the PTA could close down if they don’t get enough bums on seats! You won’t be sucked into a role or commit to anything signed in blood (usually that has all be sorted weeks in advance 😀 )
If you have design skills then offer to make some posters to advertise events. If you are artistic offer to do face painting.
Many of these would only take an hour of your time but could make a big difference to your school and your children. Help your PTA now!

Accidental Secrets, by Dana Mason


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I had super high expectations of the latest book from Dana Mason having LOVED the previous one. Good news: it is just as good as the last one, yay!
As I stated in my review of Accidental Lies, I had judged that book by its cover and thought that the plot would be shallow and physical. Once again, this was completely wrong.
Fourteen years ago Rachel and Mike were devoted to each other, planning college together and a future in each other’s arms. But then Rachel became pregnant and her toxic mother threatened to destroy Mike’s life with lies. To protect the boy she loved and her unborn child, Rachel agreed to leave without speaking to him again.
In the present day, Raegan is desperate to discover the truth about her father. She searches through her mother’s belongings and finds a name then uses Google and social media to locate him in their own home town.
In the meantime, Rachel and Mike meet unexpectedly and the attraction is still instant, their love rekindled. Have too many years and secrets destroyed their potential for happiness…?
The narrative is split between the three perspectives of Rachel, Raegan and Mike. This allows us to gain insight into their actions and develop a personal association with each character.
The path to true love is often bumpy and Rachel and MIke’s relationship has certainly had its problems. Drama, romance and triumph against adversity are all wrapped up in Accidental Secrets, steamy but with a solid centre of love radiating throughout.

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Title: Accidental Secrets     
Author: Dana Mason   
Publication Day: 05/12/19
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She’s been hiding something from him. Until now…
He was my childhood sweetheart.
Then it all went wrong and my mom tore us apart.
Ever since then I’ve kept my secret.
I haven’t had a choice.
Fourteen years later, just thinking about him makes my stomach flip.
I still remember his citrus smell, the way he used to gently hold my hand.
And then… It turns out he’s living in the same damn town.
But he’s not the Mike I remember.
He’s dark and dangerous, covered in ink.
He’s completely and utterly mouth-watering.
His whiskey-colored eyes blaze as he catches sight of me.
And it’s just a matter of time before he finds out the truth…
The question is, will he forgive me?
She was my ride or die.
And she left without even saying goodbye.
Left me with nothing but a broken heart.
Since then, I’ve struggled to get close to anyone.
It’s pathetic – who else clings to their high-school love?
And then, all these years later, I see her.
But Rachel’s not how I remember.
Her wavy, raven hair frames her sexy sea-blue eyes.
Her perfect hourglass figure has curves in all the right places.
She’s pin-up girl hot. And I refuse to let her get away this time.
Next thing, we’re in suite 108.
I’m unbuttoning her blouse, tasting every inch of her.
She’s screaming in pleasure.
She’s begging for more.
Everything’s perfect.
Except for one thing…
She’s hiding one hell of a secret.
And when I find out what it is, do I have it in me to forgive her?
Or will I be the one walking away without a goodbye this time?
This is a full-length, standalone romance with some hot-under-the-collar action, no cheating and a guaranteed HEA. For fans of R.S Grey, Whitney G. and Vi Keeland, Accidental Secrets features a sexy, tattooed alpha and a steamy second-chance love story that will have you totally addicted!
Author Dana Mason
Author Bio:
Dana Mason started writing about ten years ago after being overwhelmed by a story that wouldn’t let her sleep until she wrote it down. The story, Dangerous Embrace, was published in 2012 and won Best Mystery/Suspense from eFestival of Words Best of Independent eBook Awards in 2014. Dangerous Embrace is the first book in her Embrace Series. The second book in the series, Precious Embrace, was Runner-Up for Best Hero from eFestival of Words Best of Independent eBook Awards that same year. Her third book, Broken Embrace, was awarded Best Indie Book in 2015 in the Romance Category.
Dana loves turning your worst nightmares into happy endings. She lives in Northern California with her husband, children, and her writing companion and mighty protector, Mia the Chihuahua.
Author Social Media Links:
Website: http://danamasonromance.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danamason06
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danamasonromance/

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#Project365 2019 week 49

Day 335: first day of December so Christmas is allowed to start!

Day 336: reliving my childhood with some games from the 80s (anyone able to tell what it is?)


Day 337: Mum and I went to a social event at Zach’s preschool to make our own wreaths: it was much trickier than I imagined!


Day 338: sorry for all the pictures of me this week! Chris and I had a day out alone in Winchester I lit a candle in the cathedral in remembrance of my grandmother who died last week. My thoughts were also with my other grandmother who set her coat on fire lighting a candle in the same cathedral in the early 1990s.

Day 339: my first PTA event since becoming secretary. Frantic refreshments for a reading evening!


Day 340: cheating with this pic as I convinced Chris to go out in the cold for the annual sleigh run with the Beavers so he took the photo


Day 341: another PTA event, for the infants this time. Anya and I ran the children’s tombola for an hour then it was tie for the Year 2s to sing on stage

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