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7 July, 2015

England’s Football Lionesses are “going back to being mothers” – the FA’s own goal

If you blinked, you might have missed it.  Yesterday the FA welcomed the England Women’s Football Team on their return from the World Cup with the following tweet (which was rapidly deleted). Source: It read “Our #Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.” The author of the tweet, James Callow, Content Editor…

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6 July, 2015

6 Reasons To Take Your Child To The Optician

Ieuan has morphed seamlessly out of his Spiderman phase (at the point, obviously where we have just invested in a new costume for him) into his new alter ego of Harry Potter. We have just watched the entire box set of Harry Potter DVDs and we were all totally transfixed. Mind you, given the number of pairs of glasses Harry breaks during the series I…

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4 July, 2015

Review: Vionic Shoes With Orthotic Technology

GIFTED: I was sent a pair of Vionic trainers for the purpose of this review. Thanks to Fighting Fifty, the lifestyle website for those of us lucky enough to be embracing this fabulous decade, I was given the opportunity to road test these extremely colourful, and comfortable trainers from Vionic. My Venture Walker Vionic Trainers Now I’ve turned 50 (well, 51 actually) I’m finding that…

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3 July, 2015

Wedding Dresses For Mature Brides

This is the second in my series of features about bridal wear by  In this post, we’re considering the type of wedding dresses more mature brides may prefer. I know that when I married at 45 (for the first time!) in late September 2011, I didn’t want a ‘meringue’.  Hands up, I did try a few wedding dresses, but much as I wanted to…

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30 June, 2015

Review: ClaireaBella Medium Jute Bags for Girls

You may remember I recently posted about my lovely personalised jute bag made by ClaireaBella. Loved by celebs and previously featured on ITV’s This Morning, I bought my personalised bag during one of stockist Toxic Fox’s occasional discount offer periods and both Caitlin and I fell in love with it. Since then, the ClaireaBella range has exploded with a whole raft of girls’ accessories which can be…

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29 June, 2015

5 Things People With Tinnitus Want You To Know

My ears are buzzing. My tinnitus is back and it’s so ridiculous.  The trigger for this latest tinnitus spike?  A hand-drier in a toilet yesterday lunchtime.  Whether or not it affected the volume of my tinnitus cannot be proved;  what it did do was focus my attention on sounds I try hard to ignore on a daily basis. I put my hearing aids in today…

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27 June, 2015

My Boy Ieuan Is 6

So my Spiderman is now 6 years old and I, like many other parents, have no clue where the last six years went. Readers of this blog will know that I had Ieuan when I was 45 years old. Baby Ieuan  in 2009 Ieuan was born by elective caesarian at the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff at 9:48 am. His sister, Caitlin was born by…

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25 June, 2015

Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth, A Othitis

This is a lovely little book and is the second in an on-going travel series My First Travel Books, for children.  Author Anna Othitis, originally from Zimbabwe and now living in America, introduces us to her son, Captain Frankie of Angelic Airlines and the story sees him fly us around the World to visit our planet’s “seven natural wonders”. These span all four continents and…

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Save Me From The Shiny Happy People

I’m having one of those grumpy mornings when all my gripes and moans are amplified by the kind of mood which makes you find even gambolling kittens rather irritating. And nothing is worse during these times than a run-in with the terminally jolly.  If you’ve ever found yourself faking happiness in a relationship with these people just to keep the peace you’ll know exactly what…

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Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.

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