Book Review – First Rhyme Mum

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I was recently contacted by the author Leanne Stoneley on Twitter (@MomRhyme) and asked to review her new book, First Rhyme Mom. Poetry is not one of my favorite genres but I took a look at her profile and website and really liked the sound of it, so agreed!

First Rhyme Mom

The Blurb

HUMOROUS, HONEST, HEARTFELT: A poetic journey through pregnancy and the first six months of motherhood. Split into two sections – one for pregnancy and the other for the first six months of motherhood – this collection of 40 poems covers topics, such as: announcing a pregnancy, giving birth, the lack of sleep, the highest and lowest emotions felt, the mommy social world, weaning, the funny bits, having ‘me time’, as well as a whole host of other things pregnancy and early motherhood thrust upon us! Written in a thought-provoking, original and relatable way, this collection is the perfect companion and keepsake for every parent and those soon to be. This is the first book in the ‘First Rhyme Mom’ series.

What I Thought

Well, I am so glad I moved out of my reading comfort zone to give this one a try – I loved it!

Leanne’s poems were a fab mix of the relatable (‘Fine’), to the funny (OMG! (Ode To Having A Wee)), to the beautiful (Sunbeam) and pretty much everything in between. It was modern, with current parenting ‘trends’ addressed within it’s covers, as well as with some of the feelings that mother’s to be and new mum’s have been experiencing for years.

This would make an ideal baby shower, new mum or mother’s day gift and I highly recommend a read by all mummies!

Extract From ‘…For Doing Wrong’

“What do I do? I’m a first time mom,

and all these feelings have me in a daze.”

“You need to do what’s right for you both;

we all have our own little ways.

By all means take on board what you need,

but don’t be swayed because opinion is strong,

as then you’ll feel pulled in different directions

and that you can’t do right for doing wrong.”

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Leanne Stoneley ‘ …For Doing Wrong’

Buy now on Amazon UK – Paperback or Kindle

The Author – Leanne Stoneley

Leanne has worked as an English Language teacher for fifteen years and spent the majority of her twenties living in Japan and Spain, as well as in London, Birmingham and Leeds, UK. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Now in her mid-thirties, motherhood has taken her on a whole new adventure and is one she absolutely had to write about.
Leanne now lives back in her home region of the West Midlands, UK, with her husband and daughter.

Check out the First Rhyme Mom website

Giveaway

Leanne has kindly gifted me an extra copy of the book to giveaway. I have added some goodies as well, so to be in with a chance of winning a little Mummy care gift parcel please head over to my Instagram page to find the giveaway post going live today (Monday 18th March 2019).


Thank you for reading this review and I hope it has left you wanting to read more of this fab little book. What books have you read recently that have been a step out of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments below, and how you found it! Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram page and enter the giveaway which will run till Friday – good luck!

I was gifted this book in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. Clicking on an affiliate link will; not affect your purchase in any way but may earn me some extra pennies!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Hump Day!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far?  Please excuse my absence.  I was extremely busy getting my examination assignment finished for uni last week and I have not been too well over the weekend so took Monday as a rest day.

Today I am back with lots of great ideas for your lovely Dad’s, Grandads and whoever else you may be celebrating this Father’s Day.  I hope you like  my ideas and are filled with inspiration.

GIFTPUP.COM*

Giftpup offer some amazing personalised gifts for those special men in your life.  We received this personalised pint glass from them and the boys gave it to Ste a little early as they wanted to cheer him up when he wasn’t feeling very well.  It arrived quickly and was well packaged so it was not damaged.  The personalisation is really good and Ste loved it.

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I love the fact that Giftpup has a wide selection and also offers Step-Dad gifts as they aren’t available everywhere.  I really liked this cushion from them which can be personalised in so many different ways, including with photographs.  And which Dad or Grandad doesn’t have their own spot on the sofa where other people aren’t allowed to sit?!

 

 

MAINLAND MENSWEAR*

Mainland Menswear is a leading menswear retailer offering a huge range of brands, including designer ones.  I ordered this gorgeous wallet set for my own Dad (I hope he isn’t reading this!) as I liked the tartan detail which I think he will love due to his Scottish roots.  Delivery was really quick and the customer service I received was fab.

 

 

Order your wallet set by clicking here

ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPS

Do you have a geography loving Dad or a place that is special to you both or to him?  Ordnance Survey offers the opportunity to order custom made, traditional OS maps.  Prices start from £16.95 and can also include photo personalisation.  Maybe choose a memorable holiday destination or his favourite fishing spot for a really unique gift which can be treasured.

The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps

A great gift for the Dad who thinks he knows everything!  Five star rated and full of information for the technology ‘geek’ who will adore this low-cost gift full of great ideas.

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Find out more about then book and it’s author by clicking here

DOBELL*

Dobell is ‘The Smart Man’s choice’ and offers a fantastic and unique range of ties and cuff-links among other things at fantastic prices.  I ordered these amazing PS4 controller cuff-links for Ste as it is a great gift which he can keep and it is something that he and the boys love to do together.  I was really impressed with the speedy delivery and the fab packaging.  Ste is going to love them!

 

 

You can order these cuff-links here and TODAY ONLY they have a 20% sale offer with the discount code DAD20 so it is the perfect time to pick up a gift while saving money!

SPECK

Speck has a fab range of phone cases and are all about a slim design with maximum protection.  Their cases are able to withstand a drop of up to 3 metres.  If your Dad is anything like Ste, this is a must have!

 

 

GIFTSONLINE4U*

GiftsOnline4U offer a huge range of personalised Father’s Day gifts..  They have a fantastic range of watches for both the wrist and some gorgeous pocket watches.  These can be made that bit more special by having the back engraved with a message of your choice.  I have ordered this watch for Ste from the kids and have had a message put on the back from them.  Even with personalisation I was really impressed with the delivery time.  When it arrived I was stunned, it is even better in real life than the website pictures show.  I can’t wait for him to see it as I think he will love it and be really touched.  He is a huge watch fan but the additional engraving will mean such a lot to him.

See more of the range –  ‘Engraved Watches’

Other great gift ideas on the website include personalised alcohol gift sets for fans of everything from gin to whisky to even a home brew kit for the Dad fancying a try of beer brewing for himself!  They also have some fab little tools which can also be personalised for the handy, DIY Dads and Grandads out there.  Free delivery is available on all their products and next day delivery is also available on 98% of their personalised products – perfect for the last minute shopper!

WILKINSON SWORD HYDRO 5 SENSE RAZOR*

Perfect for the Dad’s who like to stay trim and dapper, Wilkinson Sword have bought out a new razor just in time for Father’s Day.  The Hydro 5 Sense razor will be perfect with a great range of features including shock absorbing technology which helps adjust the pressure on the face for the ultimate close shave.

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VORREI FATHER’S DAY HAMPERS & GIFTS

Perfect for the foodie Dad, these amazing Italian food hampers contain a great selection of food and drink sourced direct from Italy.  The photos on here literally made my mouth water – never mind the men, I would love a bit of this!  Many of the hampers are organic and there are vegetarian and vegan options available.

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thortful.com*

I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by this website as I had a real giggle viewing their cards!  Me and my brothers often like to find our parent’s the funniest cards we can and thortful had lots of fab potential cards for my Dad.  I eventually selected this one and love the special options you could select to make your card that extra bit special.  I went for this chocolate sampler idea but there are a few different ones.

 

They have also offered a discount code for my wonderful readers.  To get a 20% discount use the code SPOONIEMUMMY at checkout

T&Cs apply – valid until 08.06.18, new customers only, does not include postage

MINIMASTER FOOTBALL GAME

A great game for Dad’s and kid’s alike.  Perfect for football fan’s to recreate the ‘beautiful’ game.  The footballer figures can also be painted so they can be designed to wear Dad’s favourite team colours.

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NEIL MARTIN BOXMAKER

Neil Martin is a Scottish, bespoke, wooden box maker.  They are crafted from sustainable sourced timber, predominately Scottish hardwoods.  They can be lined with your choice from a wide range of materials.  A gorgeous present for the Dad who has everything but needs somewhere to keep it!

 

 

 

 

You can also visit their Etsy store here

BEST DAD…EVER

Last but not least I picked Ste up this t-shirt to wear on Father’s Day from Peacocks.  It was just £6 and I thought it would be perfect for the day!

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I hope you like my selections, let me know in the comments below which is your favourite and if you order any.  And to all the Dad readers out there, I hope you have a fantastic day and get thoroughly spoilt in a couple of weeks!

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Those marked with a star may have sent a product in return for being included.  This has not affected my views in any way and all opinions are my own

 

The Spoonie Mummy Reviews – bakerdays

I was super excited to com across this lovely company who offered to send me one of their cakes to try.  Who could say no to cake?

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As it was Stanley Stoma’s birthday coming up I decided it would be nice to order the cake for him and was really happy with all the options I could choose from.  Not only do they offer different flavours of cake – chocolate, lemon drizzle and victoria sponge – there are four different sizes, including one designed to fit through your letterbox AND gluten or dairy free options.

The ordering process on the website is super easy, the delivery is quick and you are kept up to date on your order at all times.  There is a massive choice of designs available for all different occasions.

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They also offer photo personalisation, cupcakes and personalised balloons.

I chose my design and placed my order.  I asked for delivery as soon as possible when ordering on the Wednesday evening and it was arranged for the following Tuesday so about a week’s lead time is what you need to be aware of.  Everything worked like clockwork and my cake arrived on Tuesday as planned.

I was really impressed with the way the cake was packaged.  It came in a lovely tin which I have kept (since the cake disappeared pretty quickly).  There are even little touches like a tab to enable you to lift the cake out without tipping it over which is great.

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And finally…the taste test.  For saying this cake was sent in the mail, you wouldn’t have known it!  I chose a chocolate cake and it wasn’t too dry and the icing was perfect.  Stanley was also very grateful and loved the design…just a bit of fun!

This is definitely a company I would recommend – excellent products and customer service.  Perfect for sending a little gift to someone and well priced.  I will be using them again, I am sure!  Check out their website here.

They have also offered a generous 15% off for all you lovely readers of mine – just use the code SPOONIEMUMMY15 when checking out!

Thanks to bakerdays for mine (and Stanley’s) cake – it was delicious!  Let me know in the comments below what your favourite cake is and we shall see if there is a favourite amongst you!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy