Review of A Forged Affair by MaryAnn Clark

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I started reading this book aware that it is part of a series, but it is easy to read as a standalone book. To begin with I found the pace of the storyline quite slow, the author’s illuminative writing allowed me to picture the area of France that the book is set in, but at first I felt swamped by this.

Sticking with the story I found that after I had the first chapter under my belt the storyline opened up a lot more, the characters started to flow a lot more freely and I began to get a feel for them.

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked the protagonist, she came across as cocky. I soon learnt that this showing off that Niki was doing was a mask to hide her pain, and that warmed me to her.

Niki’s relationship with Didier was uncomplicated at first, her desire to help him out was really endearing. Her need to stand up to the bullies on his behalf really won me over. Her relationship with Luc was really complicated and this had me very frustrated right the way through the book. That said, the complications were as a result of her pain and therefore quite understandable.

During the first chapter, when I felt the story was slow, I was really certain I was not going to enjoy this book. After about the third or fourth chapter I found that the emotions of all concerned had got me gripped, I have to admit that this did surprise me.

The author has carefully woven a rather surprising story of love, friendships, heartache and an utterly independent woman who you will find endearing but frustratingly stubborn at the same time.

Her descriptive account of the area really helps to set the scene for this story. The characters are both likeable and believable, although some of the background characters lacked dimension at times. That said, this did not take anything away from the storyline, nor did it interfere with the flow of the story.

I found this book enjoyable and thought provoking. Niki’s character caused me to ponder what it would be like for a young female to be travelling around France and then to dive headfirst into a friendship with a man she has just met.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style, her knowledge about the area of France that the book is set in and the activities that the characters are involved in comes across very well. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends.

Review of Roar.

This book appealed to me as soon as I saw the title. Thirty short stories by thirty women who were sharing their stories, their voice with the world. I have seen some fairly negative reviews on this book and did wonder if I had maybe picked a book that was not as good as I had initially thought.

The stories in this book are all inspiring, not really in a “grab em by the balls” sort of way, but in a way that shows there is always someone out there who is having issues in their life too.

Having read through the book I found I was disagreeing with the critics, but that doesn’t make their opinion any less valid, on the contrary, it allows us to see that this book is dividing opinions, and therefore it makes it worthy of a read.

I didn’t have a clear favourite story, each time I read one I would think about how much I felt what that particular woman was going through. Then I would move onto the next story and the same feelings were evoked again.

Each story is thought-provoking. Each story touches you somewhere deep inside and stirs up a whole host of emotions. From the story about the woman who feels invisible to the story about the refugee mother who feels fear each time she takes her children to school.

This book gives a voice to all women who feel alienated in one way or another. This book champions women the world over, giving the female population a voice to be heard, allowing our struggles to come forth and challenge them.

It may not be to everyone’s taste, and that’s perfectly fine. My opinion is that I found it very thought-provoking and humbling. I felt a deep sense of respect for these women who shared their stories, albeit through the author.

I would definitely recommend this book.

Essential Oil Diffuser Review.

As a lover of essential oils and all things scent related I was very happy to review this product for Organic Aromas; you can find them here.

As soon as the product arrived I knew it was going to be something special.  Gone was the image I had created in my mind – think a ceramic vase shaped item with reeds with essential oils added, and you have conjured up the image I had.  Now replace with the image of a gorgeous, polished wooden base with a custom blown glass diffuser.  The contrasts are striking.  To help aid your visualisations you can view the diffusers here – Essential Oil Diffuser.

Included in the box was a bottle of their Signature essential oil blend.  After reading the instructions and carefully setting the diffuser up I was good to go.  Once I had plugged the diffuser in and turned the dial on I was blown away by the gorgeous array of colours that unfolded before my eyes.

 

This delightful diffuser is so easy to use, it really is as simple as adding the essential oil, plugging it in and allowing the gorgeous scents to permeate your home, or office, relaxing your mind and spirit.  A full explanation of how the diffusers work can be found here.

Essential oils have healing properties in them and can be beneficial to our health and wellbeing.  Using them in a diffuser is an excellent way of incorporating them into your life, especially if you are concerned about using them directly onto your skin.  There are so many oils you can choose from, but if you are not sure what to use in your very own diffuser then Organic Aromas have some suggestions – Essential Oils.

Some questions you may want answers to:

What is a nebulizing diffuser?

A nebulizing diffuser is a specific type of diffuser that uses the process of nebulization to achieve evaporation.  This means that the essential oil is broken down into tiny particles and then released into the air as a very fine mist.  So, the diffuser releases the essential oil into the air as a fine mist.

 

What are the benefits of using a nebulizing oil diffuser?

The benefits of using this type of oil diffuser are that the dispersal of the essential oil into the room, or office, with the scent and healing properties of whichever oil you have used in it.  Not only do you feel the positive effects that the essential oil has, but you can smell it too, and that, for me at least, is always a positive.  Whenever I feel low, stressed, ill, or even just tired the uplifting aromas of essential oils always have a positive effect on me.  For a long time now I have used an oil burner when I am working, not just to give my home a lovely smell, but also to help keep me in a positive frame of mind too.  The drawback to the oil burner is that you have to keep checking up on the level of oil and water and ensure your candle stays lit.  With this type of oil diffuser, you simply add your oil, plug it in and  can go about your day without the need to constantly check up on it.  Unlike other electric diffusers, these diffusers are quiet, there is absolutely no noise from them, so no distracting buzzing or humming in the background.  Included in the box that your nebulizing diffuser comes in are two pipettes for adding the essential oils to the glass bowl, ruling out fiddly and messy setting up.

View Nebulizing Diffusers for yourself to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these products.

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I have used my diffuser every day since it arrived and it has become a firm favourite already.  I am still trying out different oils and blends, so have yet to decide on a favourite scent, but the possibilities are endless.  Overall this product is a fabulous addition to any home or office and is beneficial to the health and well-being of those who use it.  Pricewise it is a little higher than your average diffuser, but, when you consider the craftsmanship that has gone into producing such an excellent product you feel like the price fairly reflects the quality.  So far I am very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it.

Overall Rating  5 stars. *****

Review of Keep Me Strong Cereal

I was asked to review this cereal a little while back.  Taste wise, I found it very similar to the other Keep Me cereal, not sure if that is supposed to be the case, that’s just maybe my taste buds, anyway, I find that it tastes quite pleasant (reminds me a little of Special K or similar).

As with the Keep Me Going cereal, I found that a normal sized bowl (25g – 30g) was sufficient to keep hunger at bay until lunchtime.  The product is made from whole grain brown rice so is easy to digest – info can be found here and here.

All in all, Keep Me Strong cereal is a fantastic alternative to the usual offerings on the market.  Both this cereal and the Keep Me Going cereal are low in sugar, low in salt and low in fat, making them both a healthy option for children and adults alike.  Both cereals can be purchased from Ocado.

 

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Review of Domestos Bleach.

 

When I received the free product to try it had been some time since I had last used Domestos for cleaning around my home. Before trying this product out I had been using other cleaning products, like kitchen and bathroom cleaners, for cleaning those areas.

I had forgotten just how thick Domestos Bleach actually is and I feel that this makes it good value, you use less than you would a similar product that is thinner. I used it on my kitchen and bathroom surfaces – all the usual places in those areas, sinks, toilet, shower, bath and tiles, and was pleasantly surprised at how easily it cut through the filmy residue that builds up in the bath and sink.

I also had a surface that looked really grubby, no amount of cleaning products had been able to shift the marks, but this product cut through the marks and dirt and left it looking like new. Overall I am really happy with how well this product has made my bathroom and kitchen shiny and sparkling clean. I will definitely be using this product again.

 

Younique 3D+ Mascara.

The first thing I want to say about these products is that I have not tried any of them myself, but that said, I know quite a few people who have tried these products and have said that they are much better than their usual make up products.

Today I want to focus on the launch of the the Younique 3D+ mascara.  When we use mascara we are doing so to achieve long, sexy looking lashes.  As one of the most commonly used make up items mascara comes in many varieties, whether that be your normal run-of-the-mill dry mascara or one of the waterproof varieties.  Whatever variety you choose you are most likely aiming to have long, luscious lashes.  We wear mascara because we know that it will make our lashes darker, longer and thicker, drawing attention to our eyes and giving us the confidence to be who we want to be.

Younique’s new 3D+ mascara claims to plump your lashes up to 400% thicker, compared to bare lashes and after three applications they claim your lashes will look 2000% thicker.  As this a new product launching today I cannot personally vouch for any authenticity, but my friend Jody sells these products and I trust her judgement when it comes to such matters as beauty and make-up.

The products Younique offer are good for you too.  Paraben free, carcinogen free, chemical free, hypoallergenic, not tested on animals and even gluten free.  When it comes to buying make-up these things really make a difference to so many of us and it’s good to know that the products offered here are ticking all of the right boxes.

I hear many good things about Younique and I hear some bad things too.  The negative things tend to be about how you can buy similar products at your local beauty shop and I guess that will be true to a certain extent.  But what if you don’t get out much to go shop for beauty products?  What if you online shop?  A company like Younique would be perfect for all of your beauty needs and you know you are getting a reliable product that is free from all of the harmful chemicals some of the much cheaper products still contain.  Again, I have never used these products so I am not speaking from experience, which is a shame, but I do know people who have bought products from Younique and have never had any issues and have loved the products they sell.  I have to confess, I do not wear a lot of make-up and that is the main reason why I have yet to try this product range, but I am definitely going to be trying out some of these products in the near future.

For all things Younique, including the new mascara range, you can check out Jody’s online shop here.  You can also read about Jody’s Younique business here.  Jody also has a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with the latest product news and any events that are being held, follow this link to be redirected to her Facebook page.  Jody’s make-up range can also be found on Pinterest and G+.