Lifestyle

The Beauty of Upcycling

It has often been said that we are a proud nation of shoppers. We love to spend our money and be in the possession of beautiful, material things. There is certainly nothing wrong in being house proud, or wanting an expensive wardrobe or nice car, why shouldn’t we if we...
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Autumn Ready

  As I sit and type this, the wind is raging and blustering outside my bedroom window. The trees are swaying frantically from side to side as the wind whistles and rustles through them. What’s more, it is almost dark, the sun has set, and it’s only half past six....
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An Era of Over-sharing


  Over the last 10-15 years we have seen an exponential advance in technology, which is only set to rise further with the introduction of driverless cars and robotic systems in our homes. I got my first mobile phone when I was 13. It was a Nokia 3210 and I...
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Fall for something sweet

As the nights draw in, the trees leaves begin to rust and crispy, bright days turn to cold, cosy nights, there is no mistaking that fall is in the air. Ah October, a time of year that favours evenings in around a fire, bundled under blankets with loved ones, all...
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Time to Read

It was revealed in a recent study that adults now spend more time glued to their laptops, phones and emails, than reading to their own children at bedtime. Growing up, it was a much-anticipated night time routine that my mum would read me The Secret Seven while my brother would...
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Amazing Graze Platters

No one could ever say that us Brits don’t know how to throw a good soiree. From nostalgic wartime street parties to classic social club shindigs – not to mention more dance routines than you can shake a stick at – having a good time will forever be up there...
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Spending Ban

  I discovered a new blog the other day. It is penned by a financial journalist who decided to go a whole year without spending a penny, barring the necessities of course – food, mortgage etc., – but it got me thinking about our culture of consumerism. I’ve spoken before...
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Dear Son

Some of you might remember that a few years ago I wrote a letter to my future daughter. Well today I was thinking about how often we see pieces of writing like this amongst women, yet there is little addressed to our sons. Journals and life lessons written for her,...
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