Showcasing Robin LaMonte from ‘Hello I’m 50ish’

June 17th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

Robin LaMonte from Atlanta Georgia and I connected through the original Fierce 50 and I was drawn to her very early on. You see, we have a similar philosophy on life. ‘LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Travel Department trip to Salamanca

June 12th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|

When I was invited by Travel Department to go on a press trip to Salamanca in north-western Spain, I jumped at the chance. In the past, GG and I have travelled to South Africa, Beijing

The Return of the Trouser-Suit

June 5th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

I was obsessed with suits, particularly trouser-suits, when I was a teacher. When I first started teaching, there was quite a strict dress code in my school and that included no trousers. Gradually, dressy trousers

Homemade Eco Solutions for Cleaning your Home

June 4th, 2018|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

 I have a Guest Blogger this week, Alex Farley, who shares with us Eco solutions for cleaning. Commercial cleaning products are full of toxic and harmful substances aimed at making the household chores easier. Not

The Straw Hat ….perfect for Summer

May 24th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|

The straw hat is right on trend this season, but it never really goes out of fashion, being a staple item of the sun holiday wardrobe. Icons like Brigitte Bardot and Bianca Jagger made them

Mother of the Bride Dress Search continues in Harvey Nichols

May 19th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

I have to admit that I had never been into Harvey Nichols or Harvey Nicks until the stylist daughter sent me there on the ‘search for the dress’. WHY had I not ventured into the

How to find the right Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

May 14th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

Mother-of-the-bride dress hunting is much more difficult than I imagined it could be.  In 10 weeks' time, my daughter, Logan’s mum, will be getting married. The excitement is mounting, the venue is booked, Kirsty has

Newbridge Farm Donabate is Top Attraction

May 2nd, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

We hadn’t visited Newbridge Farm, part of Newbridge Demesne near Donabate, Co Dublin, since our two girls were little and here we were back to a new and improved farm with our 20-month old grandson,

Interview with Eugenia from ‘The Age of Grace’

April 27th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|

I am delighted to introduce you to Eugenia, one of my Fierce 50 sisters. Over a year ago, the Fierce 50 campaign was launched and through it I became friends online with Eugenia, who is

‘Style not Age’ Rainbow Challenge

April 23rd, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|

This month’s ‘Style Not Age’ challenge, where we are to be inspired by the colours of the rainbow, was set by Emma  from stylesplash. There is an often-used mnemonic to help you remember the colours of

Medical Micro Needling under the Spotlight

April 18th, 2018|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

Micro Needling is seemingly the latest and most effective treatment in the fight against lines and wrinkles. I laugh when I see the age of the testers. They need someone of more advanced years to

Shaws wows with Style and Prices!

April 11th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|

Shaws Department Store in Roscrea was where I spent my first wage packet. I had a summer job in a local chemist doing an inventory of the storeroom and stacking shelves, so I headed to

Visit to The Guinness Brewery and Storehouse

April 4th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|

Thanks to Guinness, Ireland’s winning of Rugby’s Grand Slam in England on St Patrick’s Day was even more special than my Graham could possibly have imagined. In his latest 'Beside the Hilda' guest blog post,

Make-up for the more Mature Skin

March 21st, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

I treat my make-up the same way I treat my man. If something serves me well, I tend to stick with it until I either find something I like better, or until it no longer

The Causeway Coast Northern Ireland

March 12th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

While enjoying our recent visit to the award-winning Galgorm Resort & Spa near Ballymena (see post HERE), GG and I took the opportunity to take the short drive to the north Antrim coast to explore

Galgorm Resort and Spa Experience

March 4th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

GG and I spent a wonderful few days in Galgorm Resort and Spa in blue skies and pleasant weather the week before the Beast from the East arrived. Recognised as Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel