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

Fun With Fur Style Challenge in ‘Style not Age’

February 26th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

You may recall that as a part of a blogger group called '5 over-50', I participated in a series of style challenges where we took it in turn to create a theme. Only recently, two

Kilronan Castle is the Perfect midweek Getaway

February 1st, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

Kilronan Castle stood proud as we drove up the long drive and first impressions did not disappoint. Lovingly restored by the Hanly Group to its 18th century splendour (it was a total ruin until 2004

3 Wonderful Books for Book Clubs

January 25th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

Here are short reviews of three books that I enjoyed reading, would be perfect for Book Clubs and generate a lot of debate and discussion. One is a biography of a young girl who fled

Top Tips to help improve your Memory

January 17th, 2018|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

I had a wonderful idea for a blog post when I was out on a walk last week, but by the time I returned home I had absolutely no memory of what it was about!

The Best of 2017 in Health and Beauty

January 3rd, 2018|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

I was not even sure if it came under Health and Wellbeing, when I wrote about my love affair with gin. The title ‘How to stay Healthy, drink Gin’ confused a few people and I

Best of 2017 Holidays in Ireland, France and Spain

January 1st, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

Good-bye 2017. ‘Another year over and a new one just begun’ and as well as anticipation, there is always some trepidation as to what that new year may hold. The end of the year is