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#Project365 2019 week 12

Day 76: a fun night out at Lush’s Spring Party and an early Mother’s Day treat for my mum and Anya


Day 77: more early Mother’s Day actvities: cooking over a campfire at Beavers


Day 78: even more time with Anya as I joined her class trip to the common

Day 79: Matthew was away on a school trip to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. His big smile tells me he loved it! Plus he sent his first ever text from Chris’ phone to say he’d got back safely.


Day 80: I spotted the first tulips of the year outside the kids’ school: love the colours!

Day 81: eating crisps to taste test them, apparently this is why Chris loves me 🙂

Day 82: a vegan day out for us at Vegfest UK then relaxing on Brighton beach

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The Woman I Was Before, by Kerry Fisher


This book had me captivated throughout!
The Woman I Was Before is the story of 3 women and their families who move into a new housing development and become neighbours. It is a wonderful reminder not to judge or make assumptions about other people. Each chapter is told through the perspective of one of the women and we discover that their lives are not as perfect as they appear on social media.
Kate is a paramedic and very private. She doesn’t have any social network profiles and is frantic that her teenage daughter wants to post online.  But why, what is she hiding?
Gisela’s days are spent drinking champagne and spending almost indecent amounts of money. She is a social butterfly, welcoming to all but friends with few.  In reality she is struggling to deal with her children’s choices and her life is far from prefect.
Sally is child free and care free. Except she is desperate for a child and her husband refuses. Will her desire for a family ruin her marriage?
I was utterly absorbed by the lives of these women and the book is so clever for showing that our Insta-perfect world is a false representation, often hiding a painful truth. It has such a powerful message about the dangers of judging others. The book is so well written that I felt like I knew these women and really cared about the heartbreak they all experience during the course of the book.

The Woman I Was Before by Kerry Fisher
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A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…

Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. While she can’t help but envy their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help her leave her guilt behind.

Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves.

Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?

From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife, The Woman I Was Before is a book about the things we hide from those closest to us – and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

About the author
Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenage children and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy.

#StayClassyMama 23

Hello and welcome to the #StayClassyMama linky.
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Let your blogging friends know about the link up and encourage them to join us!

  • 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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Lush’s Spring Party and a Mother’s Day treat

On Sunday, I took my mum and Anya along to Lush in Basingstoke for their Spring Party.It was a great excuse to have some girly family time and to treat them both before Mother’s Day. (I last visited Lush with my sister before Christmas)
There were plenty of new products created for spring and I loved the cute bunny and sheep shapes.
Mum and Anya adored looking at the entire range and I think they sniffed everything in the store! Anya enjoyed the bright pink Mamma Mia scrub and also had an arm massage with a glittery massage bar.

Mum and Anya got creative with the Rainbow (which has sooooo many uses!) then they had the opportunity to make their own bath bombs.

It was a really lovely party plus it gave Anya something to write about with the Billy the Beaver (I had been panicking back on #Project365!)

*I was invited to attend the party. I then invited my mum and Anya 🙂