Recipes from an Indian Kitchen : Review

| December 4, 2013 | 6 Comments
Recipes from an Indian Kitchen : Review

You know when you find a new cookbook, one that you know you will turn to, time after time.  There is almost something familiar about it, and it quickly finds a place on you cookbook shelf.  Well this is just such a book.  I absolutely love it, I’ve tried a couple of recipes in it so far and there are so many more I can’t wait to try.

Recipes from an Indian Kitchen, is a book of 100 recipes from across the whole of India.  Each dish, is illustrated, some with the cooking stages photographed. Clear instructions and other beautiful bold images of India, a real delight for the eyes. Continue Reading


BritMumsLive : A Meeting of Minds?

| June 25, 2013 | 19 Comments
BritMumsLive : A Meeting of Minds?

Overall, I am really glad I went to Brit Mums Live. I got to be sponsored by a – who were very supportive, by paying for my hotel, ticket and train fair. Because of them, I stayed in a very cool hotel (The Montcalm) that was so close to the event, I even nipped back and changed my shoes, when I thought that I couldn’t stand any longer. Though, there was a moment of panic when I thought I was going to have to shower and use the loo in front of Molly and Liz who I was sharing a room with! The bathroom and shower had a glass wall separating it, thank goodness, it also had an electronic curtain divider too!

Meeting Friends

I loved that I met up with old friends, and with people who I have followed on twitter for many years, and finally managed to put a persons face to a name. I loved sharing more quiet moments, with some of my closest blogging friends.  I loved meeting new people, chatting about what they were all about, and why they had come to the event. The sponsors were always welcoming, when really they must have felt shattered, they were long and very busy days for them.  I think Brit Mums Live is slick, its professional, and as I was last year, I was very impressed!

So what did I learn?

I learnt that there are some amazing writers out there in the blogasphere.  Some great and innovative blogs, and very talented and gracious men and women.

Team Honk

I did pick up more that I imagined from the panels.  I am part of quite a close and active network, and we talk and share about lots of the topics related to blogging, so it was great to hear fresh voices on these subjects, and I loved hearing these discussions and Q and A’s.


I learnt that nerves can really make me say the most ridiculous things!

I learnt to get over my fear of birds, to get up close and personal with the real Hegwig!

Harry Potter, Hedwig

I learnt, that my voice, and my individuality on my blog needs to be stronger.  I need to be more confident in my abilities, and The Ana Mum Diary needs to be what I want it to be.

I learnt that sometimes, no matter how welcoming, or smiley you think you are, there will be people who will be rude, and that’s OK, as long as you can say you didn’t knowingly do the same.  Really that is exactly what life is like, we don’t have to get on with everyone, even if we share blogging as a passion. So yes this was a meeting of minds (but unfortunately in some instances) it actually showed how different we are too.

Thank you for reading


Wonderbook Book of Spells : The Launch Party

| November 8, 2012 | 16 Comments
Wonderbook Book of Spells : The Launch Party


PlayStation kindly invited me to the launch party of The Wonderbook Book of Spells, held at the Freemason Hall near Covent Garden.

WOW, what an event, it was filled with so many things, that I really want to share with you.  I am going to do a separate post that has more information about the game Wonderbook Book of Spells, but I wanted to do one more about our amazing day, so please indulge me.

We were greeted by a wizarding man, who heralded us in, and proclaimed that the wonders we were about to see were that of legendary proportions….he was not wrong! Continue Reading


BritMums Live (My weekend in photographs)

| June 25, 2012 | 14 Comments
BritMums Live (My weekend in photographs)

Well it’s the morning after the weekend before, and what a weekend!

BritMums Live (a blogging conference for parents in London)  was nothing like I expected. I’ll be honest, it’s been hard to know what to expect after Cybher.

Like Cybher I got the most out of it when I started to relax a little and actually listen to what people had to say. I again came away thinking blogging for me, is all about going my way.  It reaffirmed what type of blogger I am. Continue Reading