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Aloka Rocket Night Light – Review

Aloka Rocket Night Light – Review

As the clocks changed at the weekend, bedtime this week has been … challenging…

It is light and they have really struggled to get there head around going to bed early.  Unfortunately this has not translated to them giving me a long lie in the mornings, they seem to have adjusted to the mornings just fine!

However, there has been a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, we received this night light rocket and I have to say it has made the transition so much easier.  The night light is from the fab Kiddies Kingdom and the boys have been going mad for it!

aloka rocket night light

Aloka Rocket Night Light

Out of all the night lights we have used, this is definitely my favourite.  As with most parents we have managed to work our way through a few different ones, with projectors and music, colours and promises of a calm bedtime.

However this one has just struck a cord with both the kids and me.  It has 12 different colours that you can choose from and also has an option to cycle through the colours.  As the boys disagree on their favourite colour, changing colours is a must have to combat sibling ‘debates’.

There is a remote control that even the kids can use and you can set it on a timer, so it goes off after an hour.  Which is perfect, no needing to sneak into the room to switch it off.  For those that like a small light on all night, there is a dimer option as well.

This fab light also acts as a reading light, with a brighter option to choose from as well.

How much would you pay for a calm bedtime?

Well I would say that I would go all out for anything that made this tricky time of day easier.  However, this light comes in at £39.95 which I think is well worth it, especially considering how much it has helped this week.

These lamps are available in a range of shapes, including owls, bunny, bears and puppy’s.  So, really something to suit any taste or preference.

I would love to know in the comments what you use to calm your kids at bedtime?  

Do you have any good hints and tips to help with this difficult time of day?

Disclaimer: We were gifted this product in return for providing a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Vengeance – Character Spotlight

Vengeance – Character Spotlight
On the blog author Roger.A.Price puts the spotlight on Christine. A character from his new book Vengeance

Vengeance is a new book which is hitting the shelves this month.  We are fortunate to bring you a character spotlight on the blog today.  This book is written by Roger A. Price and we have asked him all about one of the characters from his new book, Christine.

So what is Vengeance about?

Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.

Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police.

He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.

Christine Jones is a TV reporter.

She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.

Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.

Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral.  As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?

Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.

Please introduce your character Christine. . .

Christine Jones is in her early thirties, single with no kids and lives in Manchester. She has a sister Lesley who also lives in Manchester whom she doesn’t see as much as she should. Lesley suffers from bouts of depression from time to time, and Christine is all she has when the chips are down.

Christine is a qualified journalist and started off working for the papers before making the move into investigative reporting. She now works for a regional TV station – NWTV – where she mainly works in the news room, but is spending more and more time on producing investigative documentaries and less presenting the news. Her first real breakthrough documentary came after her experiences in Nemesis (the first book in the series) which is where she met DI Vinnie Palmer – the other main character.

Did you write the book to accommodate Christine or Christine to accommodate the book?

I was starting a new series and wanted a male and a female lead characters. I was always intrigued re the relationships between the press and the police in real life and thought it would be fun to explore it. Each after the truth, but chasing it from differing agendas. I also thought it would make an original pairing in contemporary crime fiction.

I always create the main characters first and then give them some problems to deal with. This creates the story. Secondary or minor characters are often created to support and move the story along.

What do you like most about Christine?

She is a sassy, strong, alpha female who saves Vinnie on more than one occasion, but she is also very charming and funny too.

What do you like least about her?

She can be impulsive, especially when she smells a scoop, where she can jump in head first – which leads to drama, of course.

Did your early readers/editorial team like her immediately or did you have to alter her in anyway?

In both Nemesis and Vengeance, I have only been asked to do minor changes with a slight tweak to enhance Christine’s developing relationship with Vinnie, so fingers crossed this means they like them.

Does she have any similarities with anyone real?

All my characters are a composite of many real personas mixed up with a good dollop of imagination. I steer clear of caricaturing real people as it restricts what a writer can do with a character, plus if someone recognises themselves – or think they do – it can create problems.

What are your plans for Christine?

To enhance Christine’s relationship with Vinnie, both personally and professionally. To increase her success and standing at work and to see where they go.

Would you be friends in real life?

Definitely, she would have made a great detective.         

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#CraftyCorner | Month One | April

#CraftyCorner | Month One | April
#craftycorner is live!! Come and linkup all your crafty posts for April. This is monthly linkup which I run with Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

I am so excited to be starting out #craftycorner – a new link up – with Laura from Dear Bear and Beany!

Anyone that reads this blog will know that I am a bit craft mad and we are always doing activities.  Mainly to keep the kids out of trouble and stop them arguing !  You may also have seen a post earlier in the week talking about this exciting new linky.  If you missed it, you can see it here.

Laura is a Bostik Blogger as well, so every month she is doing a craft and showcasing it on her blog.

So, it makes sense to team up and run this new linky together.

I am so excited to launch this in April, with Easter just around the corner I am sure there are plenty of fun crafts that you are all showcasing on your blogs and I can’t wait to see them.

What is #CraftyCorner?

This is a place to link up all your creative posts and show us your creative flair! We love to see new ideas and to be inspired and cannot wait to see what you link up with.

Any posts with a craft theme is welcome, not just kiddies crafts!

Any posts with vertical images will be pinned as well to give you some extra exposure!

#CraftyCorner is a monthly linky, giving you plenty of time to join us.

#CraftyCorner Rules

Rules – We need to have some rules to make it fair for everyone…

  1. You can link up to 2 posts each month, new or old posts are welcome. Be sure to paste the #craftycorner badge on your post (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform)
  2. Please visit and comment on one of Laura’s post’s and one of my post’s.
  3. Comment on at least the post before yours please.
  4. Please use our hashtag #CraftyCorner when you comment so that we all know where you visited from
  5. If you would like us to retweet your posts via Twitter please mention us in your tweets (@dearbearandbean and @von_nee) and include the hashtag #CraftyCorner
  6. Once you link up we will add you to the monthly email reminder. We promise, no spam!

Of course it would be lovely if you commented on more posts, as that is what makes the blogging community so fabulous!

Each month Laura and I will choose our favourite post and feature it in our linky post the following month.

Our linky #CraftyCorner is live every month on 1st of each month at 6am and close’s on the 20th.

Please add this badge to your post:

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 Thank you so much for joining us, we can’t wait to see your creations!!!


Social Media Blast – Pinterest Week – Just Pin It!

Social Media Blast – Pinterest Week – Just Pin It!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media and Blogging

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps to grow our audience and hone our skills. It will put you in the position to be noticed by Brands. Brands who do business with bloggers.

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms.  The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

Social Media Blast Requirements

ONE Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

TWO Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

THREE Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST

This week we’re focusing on Pinterest.

This week, link up the URL to your Pinterest account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. This linkup will be open for the next week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back! This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

To find the URL to your Pinterest profile, open up Pinterest, sign in and go to your profile.

My URL is:    Yours should be similar!

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2016 a year for blogging community!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money for large, active Pinterest accounts? The larger and more involved your Pinterest Following the more money you can be paid. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket!