15th Affair: Book Club Finish

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We’ve officially finished our March book club read, 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, so let us tell you exactly what we thought of the thriller.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Chloe

OMG! I have literally loved this book from start to finish. Never was there a dull moment where I was counting down the words until the end of the chapter. I have not been able to put this book down and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Lindsay was the perfect character to tell this story, she’s strong, brave and has a whole load of courage. She went through some seriously tough times throughout the book like the disappearance of her husband, being beaten up, being shot at, all whilst trying to solve a quadruple homicide and be a single parent. There were some serious O.M.G. moments throughout the book particularly as we discovered Lindsay’s husband Joe was in fact a CIA agent. I did like the twist at the end, the shocking revelation that The Four Seasons’ security guard Liam Dugan was actually double agent, Alison Muller’s accomplice, but somehow I was expecting a little more.

None the less I still enjoyed this book and am seriously gutted I’ve missed all the other instalments in the series. It is wonderfully written with a number of underlying sub-plots, sometimes sub-plots can cause confusion for readers, but Patterson and Paetro told the story consistently and portrayed all of the characters perfectly, ensuring the story was easy to follow. Such a good read!

It’s safe to say I will definitely be reading the new one from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro called, 16th Seduction.

Sarah

Now we’re at the end, I can admit, I binge read the book in a weekend so when I wrote my halfway post I’d already finished (soz! lol) I really enjoyed this book, it’s definitely been one of my favourite book club picks, and I literally couldn’t put it down.

I agree with Chloe that the ending felt a tiny bit flat but I totally understand why this was the case as the writer has to finish the story and leave no plot holes so the book is self contained but still leave us wanting more so we read the next one so there is no way to leave us on an exciting cliffhanger. In fact I quite like this as there is nothing worse than having to wait ages to find out what happens!! The ending was well written and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one before going back to the beginning and starting from book one! I know that this book will stick in my mind and will definitely be one that I  recommend to people to grab a copy of!

We would love to know your thoughts of our latest book club read, get in touch by dropping us a comment below, tweet us or send us a message on Facebook.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

Last Minute Mother’s Day Card!

Eeeeek! it’s this weekend, but never fear, if you’ve left it too late to pop out and grab a card for your Mum, we have just the thing…

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Simply right click, resize to create an A5 or A6 card, print onto white card or watercolour card and colour in.

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You could even embellish this further if you liked with glitter, embellishments etc!

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We’d love to see what you do with yours.

Happy colouring!

Sarah x

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day fast approaching the rush to find the perfect gift for Mum is most definitely on. Think outside the box this Mother’s Day with some of our gorgeous, personalised gifts made especially for you wonderful Mummy!

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Treat your Cool Mum to something fabulous this Mother’s Day with our gorgeous Cool Mum collection. The collection features our lovely sweatshirt, personalised mug, keyring and apron. All of these wonderful products are personalised with your choice of name or even maybe your Mum’s special Pet Name. Make sure your Mum is a Cool Mum not a regular Mum this Mother’s Day!

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After showing you all our new fabulous Floral collection last week (in case you missed it you can catch it here), we decided to expand it slightly and create a new host of products for all of you.

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Make sure your Mum knows just how much she means to you with our heartfelt First My Mum Forever My Friend Collection. This gorgeous print can be personalised with your choice of name (Mum, Mummy, etc.) and your line of personal text. Not forgetting our lovely floral illustration work, the print is a lovely addition to your Mum’s home. The collection also contains a beautiful personalised keyring, cushion cover and mug. All made especially for your Mum!

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All of these collections are available now at www.SarahHurley.com – for today only receive 20% off all orders over £15 with the discount code HAPPY20, order yours now to make sure it arrives in time!

Thanks for reading.

Team Hurley

xo

 

Awkward Moment’s Day!

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Life is filled with some seriously, embarrassing awkward moments. Whether it be tripping up the stairs on your graduation day, having your skirt tucked into your knickers after popping to the loo, or getting stuck in the tube doors in rush hour, the shame of an awkward moment is something that can stay with us forever. So Sarah thought she would share one of her most memorable, awkward moments, which just so happened to be on live TV #Awks!

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‘The picture above was a seriously awkward moment that just so happened when I was presenting on Create & Craft TV a few years ago with Howard, it was a Christmas time show, we were having fun and he said something that tickled me and I just couldn’t stop laughing, I was crying and they cut to a break while I caught my breath but I had mascara all down my face like Alice Cooper for the rest of the show – hilarious!’

Let us know some of your seriously awkward moments by dropping us a comment below, getting in touch via Twitter or Facebook, we can’t wait to hear your stories.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Sarah and us at Team Hurley would like to wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy your celebrations where ever you are, may it be filled with joy and of course a little bit of Guinness…

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we all know the struggle of finding the perfect gift for your very special Mum. We have some fantastic new products made especially for your Mum this Mother’s Day!

The Floral Collection

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This year we are loving the floral print for your lovely Mummy. Our gorgeous floral print comes on a number of different products including our keyring, mug, tote bag and candle. All of the items can be personalised with your choice of name, i.e. Mum, Mummy etc. and can all be printed in either Teal or Pink. A lovely thoughtful way to say thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to your wonderful super Mum!

Check out our fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Guide here to see what other lovely products we have for your Mum!

Plus you can redeem 10% off all orders over £15.00 with the coupon code MOTHERSDAY1

All of the items shown are available now on www.SarahHurley.com!

Happy Shopping!

Team Hurley

xo

 

 

WHAT’S ON THE BOX?! NETFLIX EDITION

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This week I have some of my current Netflix faves for you! Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

Project Runway – I never really watched this when it was on TV but I started watching it during a bout of insomnia a couple of weeks ago and was instantly hooked, getting through a season in two days! The mix of creative, competition and fashion is just amazing and I love this, I’m totally hooked and halfway through the next season already! A bit like RuPaul;s Drag Race, one of my previous loves, It’s an entertaining easy watch and I’m so happy there are a few seasons here for me to get stuck into.

American Crime Story – The People vs O.J. Simpson – I was hooked on this story and trial in real life as it was happening. I was about 12 when this happened I remember that first car chase and later the court TV was broadcast late at night, my mum and I were hooked on it and would stay up will the early hours watching. This series was absolutely like reliving it, the tragedy of the lives lost, the courtroom drama playing out and the shock at the verdict. The cast were phenomenal (shout out to my fave Sarah Paulson who killed it as Marcia Clark, once again proving she can do no wrong!) it’s completely gripping, emotional,  thought provoking and a complete must watch.

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My last (but by no means least!) choice this week is The Santa Clarita Diet, this comedy / zombie horror / family drama is just the funniest, goriest thing I have seen in ages and I’m so happy I’m currently getting to watch it a second time as I managed to persuade B he needs to watch it (he’s not a fan of zombie / gory stuff usually) although this is gory though it has a very ‘normal’ element to it as it’s all set within a normal suburban family life. I laughed out loud even on the second run through. The characters are superb and it has zombies which is always a no brainer (ha!) for me. Fingers crossed for a second season of this one (please, Netflix!)

I’d love to know your fave Netflix picks, leave me a note in the comments and if you watch any of these, let me know what you think!

Sarah x

15th Affair: Book Club Update

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It’s already the 10th of March and we’re officially on our 3rd Book Club read of 2017! We were so excited to have 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro included in the Sarah Hurley Book Club, so let us tell you our thoughts so far…

Sarah

WOW! at the halfway point, I am LOVING this book! A perfect crime drama with plot twists aplenty, full of strong characters and a gripping storyline, this had me hooked from chapter two. Lindsay, the main character is an easily relatable woman, hard working, juggling family, work and friends, she could easily be you or someone you know. She’s drawn into a multiple murder which spills over into her personal life, leaving you on the edge of your seat as she fights to solve the mystery and get to the bottom of where her husband is and how he fits into the whole puzzle. Every character is written so well that even though I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series and there are a lot of people to get straight in the novel (multiple characters, victims and suspects) it’s really easy to keep them all clear in your mind.

I’m struggling to put this one down and sneaking a few pages whenever I can, I can’t wait to finish it! This was recommended to us by Chloe’s sister and we’ve since discovered it’s part of a series (although you don’t have to read them in order as i’ve found out, I’ve read this 15th one first and it’s easy to follow the story) I will definitely be going back to the beginning of this and reading from the start. I have that ‘box set’ high where you start watching something good and realising there are loads of episodes you haven’t seen. In this case there are 15 books for me to read in this series and I can’t wait!

Chloe

I have to say this could be my favourite book of the book club so far. I’ve never really been one to choose mystery crime books, but after reading this one I think I’ll definitely be looking for them more often. As Sarah mentioned the story is full of plot twists, and gripping storylines, I always tell myself I’ll only read until the end of the next chapter and end up reading another two. I’ve really warmed to the protagonist Lindsay, she is a normal woman living her life when work takes over her personal life and sends it ultimately into turmoil. She’s a woman who’s husband is missing and has a multiple murder case to solve as well as managing her family. I’m so intrigued and excited to see what happens next and how this one ends. I think it may even be time to invest in the rest of the book series…

Thank you for reading today! Let us know if you’ve read 15th Affair or if you’re reading along with us, we would love to know your thoughts. Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or just drop us a comment below.

Sarah & Team Hurley

xo

 

International Women’s Day 2017

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Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the successes of women from all over the world and in all areas of society. As a female leader, I have a responsibility to lend my voice to those who may feel they don’t have one, or who are still finding theirs. Speaking up creates a support network of female leaders, challenging inequality and gender bias.

Here at the company I founded,  Sarah Hurley Ltd, we encourage female talent, building a strong community of inclusiveness and support, encouraging everyone to work towards their goals while feeling valued for their ability and contribution. We are building a career path for our future leaders who will join me on the journey to build our company, and our voice, globally.

Your gender should never be a barrier to creating your own vision of success, it is our differences that make us. As a company director, public speaker, TV personality and board member of a trade association, I personally mentor and support women in achieving their ambitions and celebrating their achievements.

Here at Sarah Hurley, we pledge to:

  • Create New Opportunities for Women
  • Challenge Gender Bias & Inequality
  • Call out when women are excluded
  • Challenge Stereotypes
  • Recognise and celebrate female success – when you celebrate your success, it gives other women the courage to speak out about their own!
  • Encourage more girls to think about their own future success

Take some time today to celebrate your success and that of other strong women around you. All too often, women are pitted against each other as if we have to fight each other or step over each other to get what we want, that’s simply not the case. Stay true to your vision of success, support other strong women around you and build your female networks. The empowerment of women also doesn’t mean men are anything less. Strong men support strong women to create a better world for us all. The empowerment of women and the advancement of gender parity makes us all more successful – together we are stronger.

Thank you for dropping by this International Women’s Day!

Sarah & Team Hurley x