UniBox review – gift ideas for students without the hassle

Are you stuck for gift ideas for students? Do you still want to treat your young adult and make them smile even though they are living away from home? A lovely new company has come up with an amazing idea. There’s nothing new about sending food parcels and little treats to students living away from home but UniBox does it… Read more →

Are your New Year’s resolutions broken already?

By now the established family tradition of breaking New Year’s resolutions should be well underway. Or should I say ‘revolutions’ as my youngest daughter used to call them. This may not be too wide of the mark as it may actually be easier to stir up a minor political uprising than to stick to an overly ambitious exercise routine. Especially… Read more →

Students are home for Christmas

When students are home for Christmas – how things have changed

This week we collected our eldest daughter from university halls of residence to bring her home for the Christmas break. I also stumbled across some on-line advice aimed at students travelling home to spend the festive period with their families. It recommended that they should get essays finished before they returned home (obviously my daughter hadn’t read this bit) and… Read more →

School nativity plays – 10 things I now know!

As I am past the stage of attending school nativity plays, it may be safe (just) for me to reflect on this hectic and stressful, yet utterly wonderful, event in the primary school calendar.  I’ve put together my top 10, very tongue in cheek, observations of the school nativity play. 10 things I now know about school nativity plays 1.       Be… Read more →

Mascara 5 beauty tips

5 beauty tips for the woman who doesn’t do beauty – thanks to Dior

What happens when a blogger who knows very little about beauty attends a beauty bloggers event? Well, it could go either of two ways! This is how it went for me.     Why go at all? A very good question. The answer is a combination of curiosity and a desire to find out if I have been missing out… Read more →

Posting photos of kids on Instagram using a shot of shoes

Posting photos of kids on Instagram – 10 tricks that work for me

I have written before about the ways in which blogging about your teen and tween children differs from blogging about your pregnancy, babies and toddlers. I understand the dilemma that parents with young children face about using their images on-line. I do not want to enter the debate because I am so old and generally naïve when it comes to… Read more →