Uncommon Goods: a gem of a gift catalogue

If you’re like me, you’re probably going through a season where every birthday celebration is a ‘special’ one.  Up until recently, what was code for 40th is now beginning to be replaced by the unspeakable “50th” (hushed voice).  And then there’s the wedding anniversaries, with the odd actual wedding too.   At times like these, you really need something a bit different, something that little bit special.  If your friends are arty, like to recycle and love good quality craftmanship, then head over to Uncommon Goods. Continue reading

Child Mental Health: time for action is overdue

You may have picked up in the press that this week is Child Mental Health week.  It’s a subject close to my heart.  This isn’t because my children are suffering from serious mental ill health.  I admit that my daughter has been struggling with anxiety since starting secondary school but she isn’t mentally ill or in need of medical assistance –  yet.

No, it’s because I see the increasing pressure placed on children these days – in school and society – to be older than their years as a direct threat to their mental health.  Long term stress has been shown to be damaging to adults’ mental and physical health. The harm to children is expected to be even greater because childhood is meant to be a time for learning through play, fun, exploration and gradual learning of responsibility (see Save Childhood Movement‘s site for statistics and research). Continue reading

The time I mistook a bath bomb for a bon-bon….

Um, well, yes.  It’s true, I did.  It was actually back in November but life was so busy at the time I didn’t get a chance to blog about it.  Enough laughs were being had about it on Facebook amongst my friends to keep my feed very funny indeed.

But the event was so stomach-hurtingly funny, I just have to blog about it.  And what better day to write about it than a day when we all need something to make us smile: the day Mr Trump is inaugurated as President of the US.  As if mid-January wasn’t bad enough, we have the world’s most disrespectful, brash, divisive quasi-politician becoming the most powerful man in the world. I actually feel mildly sick, tempered with some vague hope that it won’t be as bad as we all fear….(that optimist in me will always win out).

But forget all that.  Ready for a laugh?  Then I’ll begin. Continue reading

Mobicip: Parental control app review

If you’re anything like me, one of the most used phrases that trips off your tongue at this time of year is “Will you please get off that screen?!” expressed with varying degrees of patience or frustration. During the Christmas holidays when the kids are off school enjoying some well earned downtime and its cold outside (baby!) it’s even harder to limit their screen time.  Many of you reading this will have no doubt bought your kids an iPad or other such device.  So a post about parental control apps is most likely timely.  Continue reading

20 December, 1926: a good year to be born…..

My father would have been 90 today.  Sadly he died 12 years ago, 20 years after the fateful day he suffered a terrible head injury.  But I don’t want to focus on that. I want to focus on his life, and more particularly, his birth year.

Throughout the year, certain men and women of distinction have been celebrated for turning 90.  And it dawned on me that my father shared a birth year with some truly amazing people of extraordinary talent. Some are, incredibly, still alive, others not. Continue reading