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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Book Review: The Truth About Melody Browne

Ever since I finished the I Heart and Shopoholic series I have been on the lookout for books I can't put down. I didn't hold out much hope for this simply because I hadn't heard of the author before, and because it was on offer in Sainsbury's- two for £3. However, I found this book absolutely amazing and finished it in a day because it was literally impossible to put down. The story centres around its main character Melody Browne, a single mum living in Covent Garden in a council flat with her teenage son. She was in a house fire when she was just nine years old and lost all of her childhood memories from before that night meaning she has always felt like she was missing something. A chance meeting with a hypnotist leads to her starting to regain her memory piece by piece and she begins to uncover some disturbing truths about her life before the fire that slowly makes her life make sense. You totally feel for Melody throughout the story and the author writes the book from the childhood Melody's perspective which is really interesting. I was almost in tears throughout parts of the book but it definitely has a happy ending. I would recommend to anyone!

5/5 Amazing, very well written and captivating storyline, will be looking out for other titles by this author!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Finding a Way Back into Blogging....

For someone who has been blogging for over a year and finds it a huge escape, I have actually found it really upsetting that I have gotten out of it. I really miss blogging, updating you all on what is going on in my life, venting about things that make me angry, and generally having somewhere where I am able to pour my real emotions out. The thing is, I don't think I have really been doing that for a long time on the blog.

I started reading a new blog a couple of months ago and I couldn't believe this person found the time to write such throught provoking and insightful posts daily when they too had a child around the same age as Cameron. I will admit that it made me pretty jealous that she was able to write things I hadn't thought of covering but felt strongly about as well. It did play somewhat a part I think in my slow decline of posting. I looked at my blog in a new light and realised that actually, I haven't written something I have actually been proud of in months.

I looked back at some of my first posts and saw what I was seeing in this other mum's blog. I saw passion. I lost passion for blogging, for writing in general and this really showed in my posts. I started using things such as Project 365 and 30 day challenges to hide the fact that actually, I had not much of interest to say anymore.

I want that to change, but I am still not sure whether it will be that easy. I am going through some pretty big changes in my life at the moment, but these things are not something I am willing to open up about at present which makes blogging as honestly as I have in the past somewhat impossible. I think one of my problems was that I was trying to force myself to blog daily, something I used to find a lot easier when Cameron was much easier to entertain, napped more in the day and I didn't have a boyfriend.

In the last few months I found myself constantly apologising for not blogging as often and at the end of the day, although I am hugely grateful for all my followers and readers, I started this blog for myself and I think I lost sight of this when so many people I know started blogging and it became harder to not view it all as a competition. I know everyone says that they write for themselves and don't mind how many followers and comments they receive, but being a competitive person by nature, this became harder the less I blogged and the less interest I received in what I was writing about. I guess you could say I had become jaded as a blogger.

I want to get back into blogging but I am going to do it gradually. I will be writing posts when inspiration comes to me and I actually have something interesting to say and update you all on rather than forcing myself to blog for the sake of blogging. I hope those of you who do follow me and read what I have to say will continue to do so. I do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my rambles, however random they may be. I hope that I will regain my blogging mojo and begin to write posts I am truly proud of again.

Thank you once again, as always, for reading,

Emma-Louise aka Yummy Mummy


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

My Easter Update!

Yes, I know. I am an awful blogger....

I honestly don't know if I will be back to blogging reguarly just yet or not but I will fill you in on a few things that have been going on in my World.

I had a fantastic holiday in Cornwall last week. I went with my nan, my mum and Cameron and we all really needed the break away. The weather wasn't amazing (why could we not have had the weather from the week before with the heatwave and sunny cloudless days?!) but it was still nice to have a change of scenery and Cameron had an amazing time as we went to lots of kid orientated places. I also managed to relax away from the stresses I was facing back home and it really helped put everything into perspective and I felt so much better for the time away. Cornwall is a lovely place and I really enjoyed my holiday. It may not be somewhere exotic, but it is fine by me.

Our room

Yummy Oreo Ice Cream

Cameron loved playing in the cars

and on the kiddy theme park rides!

Since getting back on Saturday afternoon I have been a busy bee. I went straight round to my cousin's new flat to have a look and I am very jealous as it is so nice! I wasn't feeling to great by the evening but a curry and cuddles with the boyfriend, who I had missed whilst being away, in front of Take Me Out was a fantastic cure! Sunday was spent vegging out and stuffing myself with chocolate as it was Easter and I wasn't feeling very happy.

On Monday my friend Katie came to stay for a few days and we did a bit of shopping and a lot of DVD watching as the weather was so rubbish (last night it hailed so heavily it actually settled and looked like snow!). We went out for dinner with my friends from school last night which was really nice and we had a great time. It was good to catch up with everyone. Katie went home this morning and I am having a lazy day whilst Cameron is with his dad. This afternoon will be spent food shopping as my mum and I are finally having a bit of a housewarming Friday night now everything is sorted with the house.

Oh, and my best friend had her baby, a boy called Max who is so gorgeous!

I hope everyone has had a great Easter and you don't feel too stuffed with chocolate!

Hope to be back blogging reguarly very soon, thanks for sticking with me!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Away on Holiday

Sorry everyone, I am on holiday in Cornwall this week and have actually no Internet or phone service where I am staying whatsoever (nooooooooo!). I'll write a post when I get back to let you know what I've been up to. Hope you're enjoying the gorgeous weather!

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