#AWARD: The Miranda Sings Award

I enjoy reading award posts on other people’s blogs and I’m always excited when I’m lucky enough to be nominated for one. This is a new one that I haven’t seen before so thanks to the lovely Claire at BrizzleLass Books  for the tag, do go and have a look at all her fabulous posts on her blog.


  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I Love About Myself

This is a lot harder than it looks when you actually have to stop and think about yourself! I’m usually worrying about other people so for once I will attempt to think of me! So in no particular order here goes …

1.  I’m kind, friendly and approachable .. I have always prided myself on being the one person that people feel they can turn to. I listen when they want to confide, give advice if it’s asked for and just generally supply tea, cake, hugs etc. I’m happy if I can help others.

2. I can bake .. I enjoy baking cakes, biscuits, deserts anything sweet really. It’s something I love doing and I am proud of some of my creations over the years. Give me something savoury to cook and it’s safe to say I don’t love that!

3. My scars .. It may sound crazy to some but I love my scars. My body is covered in them from the amount of surgery I have had but each one indicates that I’m stronger than the bastard cancer which is intent on destroying me. I never try to cover them up, each one has a story and if it helps somebody else when they ask about them then I consider that a bonus.

4. Being a mum .. Without a doubt the proudest moments in my life have been my children. I am determined to be as good as I can be for as long as possible. My inner strength comes from being a mother.

5. Being a blogger .. My world has been opened up by blogging. At a time when I physically couldn’t get out and about to socialise my little book blog started to become popular. Reading is one of my greatest passions, always has been so to be able to share my love of books and interact with some wonderful authors and bloggers has been amazing. I now consider so many of them to be my friends.

6. Overcoming mental health .. It is no secret that I have had numerous mental health issues in the past, anorexia, depression, self-harming, anxiety, panic attacks to name a few that I have been diagnosed with. So I am very proud that I’m maintaining a healthy approach at the moment. Yes, there are bad days and the odd wobble now and again but finally I feel comfortable with myself.

7. My smile .. It’s not so much my smile but the ability to smile that I love. Each day I wake up is a bonus, every little thing I do during the day is an achievement. When my cancer was diagnosed and I was given the prognosis life looked extremely grim. Well I have out-lived the life expectancy they gave me so I have to keep fighting, stay strong and smile. If today/tomorrow turns out to be my last at least I hope I will be remembered for remaining positive!

Thanks for reading if you have got this far .. much love to you all xx

My Nominees:

Sheila @ The Quiet Geordie

Joanna @  Over The Rainbow Book Blog

Drew @  The Tattooed Book Geek

Susan @  Books From Dusk Till Dawn

Lisa @  Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

Kaisha @  The Writing Garnet

Jenny @  Jenny In Neverland

Linda @  Linda’s Book Obsession

Donna @  Donna’s Book Blog

David @ David’s Book Blurg

Please don’t feel pressured if I have nominated you, I know how busy everyone is. If anyone I haven’t mentioned wants to join in feel free 🙂 xx

Cakes Through The Letterbox! @bakerdays #bakerdaysmoment

I’m going to make you all hungry today! I have been aware of letterbox cakes for quite a while but have always thought they would be a novelty and have never got around to ordering one. 

But I was reading a  post over on lovely Jenny in Neverland’s  blog where she was reviewing one from Bakerdays and I entered the competition to win .. luckily for me I was then given the choice of which cake I would like!

Well, there are literally dozens of designs to suit any occasion, considering we had recently moved house I opted for a New Home design as a treat. These can be personalised with an easy to use graphic online so you can see exactly how it will be displayed.

There is also a choice of flavourings .. which cake to choose!? Chocolate Chip, Traditional Sponge, Lemon Drizzle, Fruit they even do dairy and gluten free so there really is something for everyone. I opted for good old traditional 🙂

I was impressed with the ease of ordering, choose the flavour, design, when you would like it delivered, who to etc, you can pay via credit, debit card or Paypal. 

I was a little dubious about whether the parcel actually would  fit through the letterbox (mail slot) and if so whether the contents would be squidged .. I’m pleased to say my worries were unfounded on both counts.

Well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, with air pockets inside to prevent the cake sliding around. The cake itself was in a sealed covering to keep it fresh. 

The cake comes complete with a card, balloons, candles and a whistle blower to enhance celebrations. 

So how did the cake taste? Well, the consensus of opinion in this house was delicious, a real cakey taste, great texture and fondant icing which was very sweet. It comes on it’s own board so is entirely ready to cut and serve. It measures 5″ diameter and serves 3-4.

Would I buy one for myself or  send as a gift? Yes, I would, although at £14.99 it’s likely only to be a special occasion choice.




All the details can be found on the website Bakerdays  

My thanks to Lizzy Hawke for organising my delivery 🙂 x


Merry Christmas Everyone!


I just want to take a moment to thank you all for the support these last few months, whether that has been following here on the blog or facebook, twitter etc .. my visitor numbers have grown enormously & I’m amazed how far & wide my posts are viewed!

To all the tour hosts who have welcomed me onto their teams, the authors who have entrusted me with their books to read & review, the people who enter the competitions & help spread the word, the bloggers who are such a wonderful friendly bunch you have all played a part in keeping my morale high during some difficult medical procedures & worrying times. My cancer is not curable but with so many books to keep me entertained I’m learning to live with it & make the most of every day.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) & a peaceful holiday season .. here’s to a bigger, better, busier 2016 filled with love & happiness. A special mention to one blogger, my friend Rachel from Rachel’s Random Reads without her encouragement & support I would never have had the confidence to begin this!

Today is also a very special day personally not only is it Christmas but it’s my son’s birthday so there won’t be much interaction on social media from me today because it’s double celebrations!

Lots of love to all, Ali xxxx


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“World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy”.

This year is concentrating on & highlighting ‘Dignity in Mental Health‘.

As somebody who has struggled with my own mental health issues over the years & still try to deal with it on a daily basis I just want to raise some awareness today.

I have suffered crippling depression, bi-polar disorder, anorexia & self-harming. It is only as I have got older I have realised it is ok to admit these things & actively seek the help & support I needed. The stigma involved with mental health was often as damaging as the illness itself but once you begin to talk & confide in others you begin to slowly understand you are not alone.

I have a wonderful GP, the support of the mental health team & friends who stand by me & are always there if I need to vent or seek reassurance. I am coping at the moment so long as I take the medication, counselling is always available & in some ways having Cancer has made it easier to get the constant support .. silver linings & all that!

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Some useful links:

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Just reached 200 likes on my Facebook page .. that’s fabulous news. It’s only taken a week so thanks everyone for the support, you can find it here if you haven’t already seen it.


Here it is!

Hello 🙂

This is the beginning of my blog .. I have plenty of ideas about what to include but let’s see where my thoughts take me! Either enjoy my ramblings about the things that concern or interest me or give me feedback about what else to include!

Bear with me while I get the site established please!

Ali x