Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Make It Happen This Summer #makeithappen

Back in March I worked with the Post-it Brand from 3M on their Make it Happen campaign.  We pondered on the meaning of happiness, making life happier with simple choices and acts every day, and using positive affirmations, written on Post-it Notes of course, to improve happiness and wellbeing.  As the face of the campaign, Katie Piper had much to say on the topic too.  You can read all about it here.  The Make It Happen competition continues until the end of the year, and summer is a great time to think about what you want to make happen this year, and beyond.

Monday, 6 July 2015

My Italian Wish List

Having visited every continent on this glorious planet of ours, except Antarctica, most of them more than once, it is to my shame and regret that I have yet to visit Italy.  For the art, yes; for the food, of course; for the scenery, naturally; but also because I am actually half-Italian!  Yep, but never been, how daft is that?!  It's so beautiful too.  Swoon...



Parenting Prompt


Let your family's song sing this summer -

make the most of every day!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Keeping Kids Cool Now the Heat Is ON

Phew it's hot!  And somehow that always comes as a surprise to us here in the UK, doesn't it?!  Everywhere you go there are people with fierce sunburn, bright red faces, shoulders, arms and backs, and they're still sitting out there in the sun!  Finding the balance between enjoying the sunshine and glorious weather and keeping safe in the sun is a difficult enough task for adults, let alone children.  Keeping out of the sun as much as possible is best for all little people, keeping cool, and drinking lots of water and eating hydrating foods is advised too.

Driving to Disaster!

I came quite late to the driving thing, not learning till I was well into my 30s.  Before that I had lived in London and Moscow for years, where driving was completely unnecessary - and where I really didn't want to learn anyway!  When I finally bit the bullet, I bought a car before I started my lessons (cart before horse) but a few months later was happily beedling about in my compact limousine, having passed my test first time.  My friend Andrea has not fared so well...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015: The Show Gardens and More

As a newbie gardener, I have looked on longingly at the coverage of Chelsea and Hampton Court the past few years.  This year I swooned over Chelsea thinking next year, next year, but then - be still my beating heart! - we were invited to the RHS Hampton Court Press Day on Monday.  Woohoo!!  We arrived as guests of Olivier Blanc (son of Raymond) and his Henri le Worm garden team, and enjoyed their wonderful fruit and vegetable-packed garden and lovely Raymond's cookery demonstration (more on that later), but got to explore the rest of the show too.  I parked Steve and the girls in the children's area and headed off to the show gardens, conceptual gardens, and world gardens for a swoon...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sponsored Video: The Vagisil Blush Index #EndEmbarrassment

Last weekend I attended a conference in London where one of the speakers was former TV presenter Carol Smillie.  She has recently entered the entrepreneurial arena making knickers with a waterproof lining, as she saw a gap in the market for young girls embarrassed by leaks during their period, or for post-natal mums, older mums, etc.  A great idea, but she has come up against a glass wall: no-one in the national media wants to talk about women's bits.

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