World Book Day 2015

What I’m reading now….


Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James – I know, I know, not the best start but it’s the truth. I missed out on the craze back in 2011 when EVERYONE was reading it, including my husband. I’d heard it wasn’t great and I was not interested in joining the masses posting about it on Facebook.  Since I heard Jamie Dornan was going to be in the film, it piqued my interest somewhat, so I thought I’d better read the book. Big mistake. It’s taken me forever, and I’m still not done. It’s not well written (I actually want to physically maim her inner goddess), and isn’t even that steamy, but I’ll soldier on and get it finished.

Sherlock Homes – The Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle – these stories are soooooooooo good! The Collection is ace, as it’s just loads of short stories which are really easy to pick up and put down. I downloaded it for free from the Kindle store too! The tales are very complex and obscure, as you would expect with Mr Holmes, and considering it was written such a long time ago, it’s timeless writing.  I’m probably about two thirds of the way through.

What I’m reading next…


The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding – I read this when I was younger, and my husband read it recently so I thought I’d give it another read. I’m hoping I don’t remember much the second time round!

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham – I got this for Christmas, and I’m really looking forward to reading it, although I’m sure in some ways it will be very similar to Girls (the TV show) in that it will make me feel uncomfortable, and I won’t empathise much with her. Which is something I don’t usually experience when reading, I wonder how I’ll get on with that.

What I love to read….


Forensic psychological crime thrillers – a la Patricia Cornwell. I LOVE this type of writing. Love, love, love. Any kind of books in this genre I devour easily, even though some can be pretty gruesome. The pathology, forensic & anthropological elements are what I enjoy the most in this type of stories. Other authors from this genre who I like are Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Jeffrey Deaver. I’ve read most of the novels written by these authors.

Stephen King – Up until the last 10 years, I’d read all of his books and novellas, including The Stand (one of my favourites, is 823 pages long) and my favourite, Rose Madder is just plain bizarre. But that’s what I’ve always enjoyed – horror written in the most unexpected way. 

Judy Blume – when I was a kid, it was like she was writing on behalf of me. Her books, meant so much to me growing up, and I read, and re-read them over and over. My sister must have passed them down to me, I can’t remember buying them, but as a young girl, I really felt she helped me understand the way of the world, without feeling lectured by an adult.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this while I was travelling, thanks to a book exchange in a hostel. That same book is now in our house and is tatty and falling apart, and this reflects the story told within. An emotional tale, told from the point of view of Death, and is well worth the read. 

What I hate to read….

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller  – Sorry, couldn’t finish this one, and I really tried. It’s a celebrated novel, and it is written in non chronological order, which may be why I struggled with it. I should really give it another go…I suppose!

What are your favourite books? What are you reading at the moment?

Suzy xx


Oscars Style 2015

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Wow! What an Oscars! With empowering, inspirational acceptance speeches and the #askhermore movement, the focus was on the talent on the red carpet, but of course I LOVED the glam at this years awards. My top three dresses this year go … Continue reading

Snap Happy!

My husband tends to go all out on a new hobby and will buy and request as presents all of the bits and bobs required to kit himself out for said new hobby. I admit, I do chew his ear off a bit about how much money he is spending, and roll my eyes whilst doing so because he soon moves on to another hobby! I didn’t roll my eyes when he said he needed a good camera so he could learn more about photography though. He bought a Canon 60D and over the years has collected a nice bundle of accessories to go with it. I’ve always loved taking photos and I have been dying to get my hands on this camera but haven’t had any technical know-how to do so……until NOW!

Gary, The Husband, gave me a whistle stop tour of his camera as I signed up for the Makelight Workshops. It’s an online course delivered by the lovely Emily Quinton and I’m so grateful to Franky, of Love Audrey, for recommending her and the course.

I must say I am loving it! I have learnt so much in almost four short weeks and my head is brimming with inspiration. All I need to do now is find some time when I’m not working or chasing after a toddler to grab the camera and take some more photos!

Here is one of the favourite images I have captured so far. I have so much still to learn but I am proud of my progress. Please feel free to follow me on Instagram @clare_gcphotography (a company name invented by my husband some time ago for our pipe-dream photography studio!) to see my other photos and how I’m getting on.

Let me know what you think.

Clare xx





We’ve Been Nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!


We were over the moon to be nominated for this by the lovely Nazeeha over on – she’s an organised beautiful mummy with a passion for all things beauty – please, please do go and check out her blog!

This is a real achievement for us after only a short time blogging!

The rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog
2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
6. Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

7 things about Suzy

I lick Oxo cubes. Weird, yes. Disgusting? Most certainly. Tasty? Damn straight.

One day I want to run my own business. I have a ton of ideas floating around in my head, and when the circumstances are better, I’m gonna go for it – 100%.

I travelled the world with my husband in 2009/2010 after being made redundant. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, but the best thing was it made our relationship stronger than ever!

I’m a fiercely loyal friend. My oldest friends I’ve known since I was 4 and there’s a reason we’ve stuck together over the years…they just can’t get rid of me!

I never in a million years thought I’d ever want to get involved in writing a blog, and when we decided to do this, I had soooo many reservations. But I’m thrilled with how well I’ve taken to it and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

I have webbed toes. They are the cutest thing you will ever see, and if you ask me, all your toes are weird and not mine!

My sister and her family live in Australia, they moved there in 2008. I have a nephew who I’ve not met, but I face time them constantly, miss them like mad and can’t wait to see them soon.

7 things about Clare

I’m a vegetarian which was a natural decision for me after spending a lot of time in a Butcher’s Shop when I was young (Dad was a butcher – put me off for life!)

As an animal lover, I’ve had the pleasure of living with 7 dogs, 10 hamsters, 3 fish, 2 cockatiels, 1 budgie, 1 stick insect, a rabbit and a guinea pig although not all at the same time.

I’m a complete nerd. I really love listening to intelligent people using clever words & good grammar and I wish I could speak and write as eloquently as they do.

I am 33 but I love Disney – watching films, listening to Disney songs and shopping at The Disney Store. I’m off to Disneyland in August with my husband, daughter & in-laws and cannot wait!

I am most definitely Team Apple.

My daughter is the light of my life.

I’m married to a man I met when I was 12. He is kind, ambitious and caring. I never thought I’d get to marry someone like him. Good guys do exist.

And so to our nominations: – Andrea’s recipes are such and inspiration and are to die for. A must read. – Rachel’s blog is so interesting and varied, from market trips, to beauty tips and baking with all her posts reflecting her chatty personality. – Gluten free recipes in abundance, all delivered with a personal touch. – Beverley is super cute and super small – and her blog (especially hair tips) is a pleasure to read. – Connie mixes her love of food with her love of travel! Recommendations ahoy in this blog. – This mummy loves sharing her life with the kids, and posts great photos too! – Tashi is a breath of fresh air, and blogs about love, food, travel, fashion & beauty and health & fitness. – if you want a beauty product review, this is the place to find it! – this is a wonderfully designed blog on the best of life’s adventures – children! – AKA the world of nails. Informative reviews covering all aspects of nail polish. – Sharon posts all her beauty tips with a delightfully personal style. Love her product shots too.

There’s not quite 15 here, but a lot the blogs we follow had already been nominated, so please so make sure you check out our selection, we adore these blogs!

Clare & Suzy xx