Book Birthday Blitz – Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Missing Scarab

And so to my second book review of the day – this time doing it’s first birthday tour before the sequel comes out in September!

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

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The Blurb

Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?

What I Thought

I think just seeing the author’s name got me excited for this one and oh how she delivered.  A quirky, imaginative and funny book which I thoroughly enjoyed!

The partnership of Barnabas and his sidekick, Wilfred is brilliant and although the plot is completely crazy, this is where the author shines.  The characters and settings were excellently described and came to life on the page.

For anyone looking for something a little different to read then do not look further than this!  The story was original and entertaining, with fantastic characters and a side of history thrown in (I do enjoy a bit of history!).  I am really looking forward to the next book out in September now.

The Author

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Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens.

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Where To Buy

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I love discovering something a little different that keeps me thoroughly entertained while reading it.  Let me know what you think about it in the comments if you have read this one too

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Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of his book in return for a review.  All opinions in this post are my own and honest

April Favourites

The end of April already – how time flies!  I have found myself saying that so much already this year but it’s true, it seems to be flying by.  Anyone else feel the same?  We are already a third of the way through 2018, that’s crazy!  Anyway, I didn’t get round to doing a favourites post last month but this month I have lots to share with you so enjoy.

The Client List
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I started watching this last month on Netflix and am loving it, I have about half of season two to go now.  It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt who I think is great, and tells her story of being abandoned by her husband and starting a new job as a masseuse at a place she soon finds out offers extras – and she really needs the money!  Lots of laughs, heartbreak and the anticipation of someone finding out what’s going on keeps you on your toes with this one, definitely recommend it!

Gold Rush

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My family all watch this show and I never really got into it – until Ste started me watching it!  Now I love it and have found the recent spin off following Parker and crew into the jungle really interesting too.  Even the boys have started watching it too, their little eyes light up when they see them measuring the gold at the end of the episodes!  I don’t watch a huge amount of TV and things I do watch, I mainly record and catch up when I can.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

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I have heard so much about this and decided last month to pop in and give it a try.  One of the lovely staff members (they all seem like the happiest people on Earth in there and are so friendly and helpful) asked if she could help and I told her what I was looking for.  She kindly found me a tub and explained where best to use it.  She explained it is a natural product and is designed to help aid sleep but obviously isn’t a miracle cure.  However, both me and Ste have been using it for around a month now and have found it works brilliantly!  Really helps aid relaxation at bedtime and is a good part of my night time routine.  It smells lovely and I love that the products from Lush are natural and not tested on animals.  If you struggle to wind down in the evening I would suggest giving it a try.  I put it on the pulse points of my wrist and neck and it rubs in really easily and doesn’t go greasy.

Bath Bomb by Saboa

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This bath bomb came in my March The Mummy Club box and it was AMAZING!  Smelled divine, looked pretty and my skin was so soft and smooth when I got out the bath that even Ste commented on it!  Heavenly, will be ordering from these again!

Find them on Instagram – Hello Saboa

Sunshine

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It has arrived and I couldn’t be happier to have spent my birthday week enjoying the warmer temperatures and lovely sunshine.  I am sure I have a little S.A.D. – I really do feel a whole lot better when the sun is out.

Horlicks

Another integral part of mine and Ste’s bedtime routine now.  It has been nice to start using more natural remedies rather than medication to aid sleep and a warm, milky Horlicks just hits the spot!

MakeUp Revolution Palette – Reloaded

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I finally found the palette I have been after for the last two or three months and treated myself to it with some of my birthday money.  It’s only £4 which is a bargain and is full of colours I adore!  Have used it a couple of times but can’t wait to keep trying different looks.  I really love the Make Up Revolution palettes and own a few now.  I find them good quality, inexpensive and they have great variety.

Peach Coca Cola

I thought the Mango was nice…but the peach one is even better!!!  I love peach flavoured pretty much anything anyway so no surprise I liked this really.  Have you tried it yet?

Dog Shampoo

I grabbed this dog shampoo as I knew we were almost out of our current bottle.  It was in one of the Aldi ‘random’ aisles and cost about £3 from memory.  We have only used it once so far, but it left Knox’s coat really smooth and shiny and smelled amazing.  This lasted a lot longer than the one we were using before too and his skin has been great with it.  Definitely keeping my eye out for it to appear again and will grab a few bottles to keep us stocked up.

Uno

This isn’t a new favourite for the month but we have played it a lot this month (Easter Holidays and all that) and we just love it!  We have Uno championships pretty much daily and whoever wins five games first is crowned Uno champion for the day.  It is a really simple game that even young children can enjoy (there is a Junior version too) and just lots of fun.  Some of the kid’s board games can get a bit boring, even when they love them, but this one always keeps us all entertained.

Chicken Korma Pot Noodle

Wow!  Pot Noodle have bought a few new flavours out but this one has to be the best ever!  Absolutely delicious and even Ste agrees!  I have also tried the Sausage Casserole one which is nice but nothing to rave about and have a BBQ Pulled Pork one in the cupboard to try so will let you know how that goes.

Horrible Histories Colouring Book

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I have loved the Horrible Histories books since being a child and now as an adult I love a good colouring book.  Finding the two combined in The Works made me slightly excited and I had to grab a copy.  I find colouring really therapeutic and a great non-screen time hobby

My Birthday

I did it, this month I turned 32.  I had an absolutely fab day.  Two friends came to stay and the four of us went for a prosecco breakfast.  Ste wasn’t feeling well at all but managed to make it out with us.  We then chilled at home in the garden in the beautiful sunshine before going to meet up with my family in the pub for an evening of drinks and laughs.  Was really relaxed, fun and I was thoroughly spoilt.  Thankyou for all the lovely messages I received, they all meant so much.

I am going to leave it there as could go on all day, especially as it has been two months since I last did a favourites post.  I hope you liked and will try some of my suggestions.  Please let me know what you have loved this month in the comments below

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Thirty Two Things I Want To Do In My Thirty Second Year

So tomorrow is my birthday and I am turning 32…urgh!  I decided for my birthday post I wanted to look ahead and make some goals, so I have created a list of 32 things I want to do in my 32nd year.  Hope you enjoy a read and fingers crossed I can complete them all by next year!

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  1. Complete my current degree module
  2. Make a solid start with my next module and stay on top of the workload
  3. Read at least 50 books by the end of the year
  4. Start a sign language course
  5. Blog to get 300 subscribers
  6. See more of friends in other cities
  7. Complete a craft project
  8. Attend the PW ball
  9. Do some fundraising for PW
  10. Work on bringing pilates into my daily routine
  11. Complete CBT
  12. Decorate the boy’s bedroom
  13. Go on a romantic break away with Ste
  14. Visit at least 3 places I haven’t before
  15. Start saving to take the kids to Disneyland Paris
  16. Pay off at least half of my current debts
  17. Volunteer work
  18. Get a laptop of my own
  19. Approach my hospital about training healthcare assisntants in stoma care
  20. Write a piece for a newspaper/magazine
  21. Get my divorce finaluised
  22. Attend/arrange some IBD/stoma meet ups
  23. Talk to Arthritis Care about providing support to children diagnosed with arthritis
  24. Begin posting regularly on my YouTube channel
  25. Visit a Christmas market
  26. Take the boys to – West Midlands Safari Park, The Deep, Blackpool, Cadbury’s World, Sealife Centre Birmingham, Legoland, Sherwood Forest, Eureka and more
  27. Twinning outfit with Layla
  28. Help potty train Layla
  29. Sort out my garden
  30. Take the boys for an impromptu day trip to the seaside
  31. See the Blackpool Illuminations
  32. New Year’s Eve party

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Let me know what you think of my list in the comments below and some things you are hoping to achieve and do.

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy