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This is Ruby. Ruby is a 10-year-old Boxer dog who is my family dog and recently stayed with me for 2 weeks whilst they went on holiday. Dogs need for exercise is just as important as it is to us human beings. It keeps your Dog healthy and happy but maybe like me, you're unaware of whether your family pet is getting the right amount of exercise it needs on a daily basis. Or maybe when you're not around you wonder what they're up to. 

PitPat* is the fun and simple way to find all of this information out. The PitPat activity monitor is a small, lightweight device that attaches securely to your dog's collar. It will fit any collar you need it to, coming with an extension of fabric should you need to use it. The device comes complete with a quick start guide that will get you and your device linked up to your mobile device and dog collar within 10 minutes. I was so impressed with how quick it was to get it all set up, especially when your dog acknowledges their about to go on a walk and you need to organise yourself in a quick manner. 
I don't know a blogger who doesn't look forward to the dawn of Autumn; whether it's because they genuinely love the season or because they're planning the best of the best Autumnal content for their Instagram and blog as possible. I'm one of those bloggers which totally embrace the season, so much so that I'm currently writing this post with a Pumpkin Latte in hand. If a Starbucks PSL can't come to you, then just buy Pumpkin Latte ground coffee and your an instant winner. 

I wrote a blog post entitled 10 Things I Love About Autumn which is two years old now. I've been trying to figure out for a while how to create a new post combining the season and blogging, what's more fitting than The Blogger's Guide To Autumn
September 17, 2017

I've Quit My Job.


This week is the last week that I'll be working in education as a Teaching Assistant, acknowledging the fact that as of next week I will be a Social Media and Content Editor for a company is bonkers. I feel extremely lucky that I'm able to pursue a professional career from writing a blog, without taking the risk of becoming freelance to get to where I'd like to be. 
I'm not a beauty blogger. I can imagine that most of my audience are going to be surprised that I've put together a beauty styled post, am I ok? I may not know all of the specific terms that beauty bloggers do, therefore don't expect me to come across as an expert. I won't be able to tell the difference between good and bad products well but I know there's things I enjoy and some that I don't. During this year I have tried to pay more attention to the products I use and have enjoyed, it's good fun to chat amongst my friends about the products I'm really loving, but probably not so with my man who has little knowledge of products. I wanted to share those products with you. 

I've pulled together the products I have enjoyed the most during the year so far to tell you why I like them; from perfumes to the makeup products.  
September 10, 2017

Summer Reads.

I say this a lot but I'm not sure where the summer or 2017 has gone? I'm quite glad it's September, only because it's a step closer to my favourite times of the year; Halloween and Christmas. I'm going to admit that my motivation with reading has deflated slightly, I've found the summer has ran away with itself and left me reading less than I had hoped I would during the 6 weeks off work. Of the books I have read over the summer, I'm delighted that most have been books on my bookshelf on my while that I've finally had the chance to read. I've also came to the decision that my bookshelf needs an almighty clear out before the end of the year, even some books which I've had for ages and probably won't ever read. I'll be donating them to charity in the hope that someone finds them and gives them the love they deserve, not just gathering dust on the bookshelf.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling ★ 
I don't know any other fellow Harry Potter fan who doesn't enjoy rereading the entire series over and over again. I am slowly buying new editions of the books to replace the ones I already have, mine are originals and have wear and tear from over the years. After reading this first book in the series again, I find myself drawing on elements of the story I hadn't before. I really enjoyed visiting this book again, not my favourite of the series but an enjoyable read still. 

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood 
I decided to read this book after the hype surrounding the new TV show that aired on Channel 4 around the same time in the UK. It's context really drew me in and I was determined not to watch the entire series before I read the book first. Despite beginning with a shaky start and struggling to get engaged into it I thought the book overall was great. It's plot is slightly disturbing in areas, set in the near future and as those history is repeating, the government is overthrown and women are stripped of their human rights in everyday society. There is some relevance to events across the world, it is slightly nerve wracking but Atwood's writing style and idea of a world not so far away draws you in. I would definitely like to revisit this book sometime in the future.  

*A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters 
I was kindly sent this book quite a while back now and after finally finding the time to sit down and read it, I wasn't blew away by it but it was still a decent read. The biographical detective story set around notebooks being discovered in a skip sets you up for an interesting plot. However, I'd agree that the narrative around the diaries was a lot more engaging them maybe the whole mystery surrounding the owner of the diaries. I got through the book relatively quicker than a lot of the books during the summer, I wanted to figure out the conclusion quicker than the book was going to allow me too.  

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore 
I've wanted to read Drew Barrymore's memoir Wildflower since it's release, I just haven't been able to get my hands on it. I absolutely loved reading on Drew's stories in short story styled chapters, not all of which are the same length in words that look back on the adventures, challenging and incredible experiences in her earlier career. One chapter about the relationship with two dogs she had and when they passed away definitely pulled on my heartstrings on the commute home. If you like short quick accounts into someone's life than Drew Barrymore's Wildflower definitely provides you with that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a new found admiration for Drew. 

What did you read and enjoy during the summer? 


thanks for reading,
Products marked with a * is a product sample which was sent from a PR company. The opinions and words which follow aren't influenced by the company, all are my own words. 
You can't stop the beat with the incredible, full of life new stage production of smash-hit musical Hairspray which is currently touring venues across the UK. With many adaptations both on screen with such likes of the 2007 film that starred Zac Efron and John Travolta in it as well as many stage productions in the past, there was even a Hairspray Live show late last year. It's no surprise then that audiences still love the story of Tracy Turnblad, an enthusiastic teenager who isn't ashamed of who she is and determined to make the change that is desperately needed in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Her lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. Tracy soon becomes an overnight sensation, then launching a campaign to integrate the show. Set in the 1960's when the Civil Rights Movement was very much alive, Hairspray sits amongst all of the racism and is a real snippet of understanding the need for equality. 

Photo Darren Bell
Whilst it's political message is beneath the surface and very much there, the UK Tour production is choreographically one of the best shows making its way around the country right now. Expect lots of wow factor, dancing on your feet and singing along to the show's iconic soundtrack. 

@carpediememmie