Maia Dunphy’s ‘The M Word’ Hits the Shelves

November 2nd, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

I first met Maia Dunphy a few weeks ago, at an event where 'Today's Mum' was celebrated and I was taken by her wit, charm and general loveliness. Of course I knew her from the

Millennial bridges Gap with midlifer Mum

October 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Today marks the launch of an unprecedented campaign called 'Bridging the Gap' where 100 Millennials and 100 Midlifers are coming together to blur boundaries and put an end to stereotypes.  This campaign is inclusive as

Bridging the gap – Millennials and Midlifers in unique campaign

October 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Bridging the GAP…What am I on about? What gap? The aim of this unique campaign is to bridge the gap between ‘old’ midlifers like me and millennials (young people in the prime of their lives)

Today’s Mum-Happier than Yesterday’s Mum?

September 27th, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

I could not believe my ears. Nothing had changed in the 33 years since I had my firstborn. In a survey entitled 'Today's Mum', sponsored by iconic Irish brand Sudocrem (who have just launched a

Wedded Bliss – a male perspective

August 23rd, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Some weeks ago, I wrote a blog post with some hints for a happy marriage. Now, in his second ‘Beside the Hilda’ contribution to overthehilda, GG has offered to put a male slant on the married

Marriage is not for the faint-hearted

July 26th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Disclosure! I have not kept all my marriage vows. Those who know me well will not be surprised and probably know which one I have broken already. In my defence, I tried my best to

Taking Risks with an Asymmetrical, Deconstructed Cold Shoulder!

July 12th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty|

I have been a fan of the cold shoulder for 18 months, ever since I bought a lovely grey sweater which I have worn almost to death. I fancied myself as quite daring; I certainly

4 Rules to Break after 50

June 28th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty|

This week, I am delighted to introduce you to my friend, the beautiful and fashionable Nina Bandoni from Florida. Nina and I were both part of the Fierce 50 Revolution launch way back in February

Beside the Hilda – confessions of an Instagram husband!

May 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

My husband Graham (a.k.a. GG) gives his take on living with a blogger. There was a time when dinner out with my beloved was a quiet, romantic outing over a pleasant meal, when clothes’ purchases

Avoiding ‘the morning-after-the-night-before’!

April 19th, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

The older I get, the less I am able to drink and the less I want to drink. Now, I am no saint and I have to say I am rather partial to a gin

Staying fierce with the Fierce 50 Movement

February 23rd, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

  Following on from the Fierce 50 Campaign launched by a group of bloggers (including overthehilda) worldwide on February 20th - the 50th day of the year - I am delighted to announce that the

50 fierce over-50 women collaborate to launch global campaign

February 19th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

Today, February 19th, I am honoured to be part of a movement with over 50 “over-50 bloggers” around the world to launch the first Fierce Over-50 Campaign on the 50th day of the year. Brainchild

‘Then Comes Marriage’ RTE 2 -my take!

February 2nd, 2017|Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

‘Then Comes Marriage’ I don’t know if many of you have been watching this programme on RTE 2. Three couples are brought together over a weekend and their relationships are analysed by psychologist Allison Keating

5 tips for staying happy and stress-free

January 11th, 2017|Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

  The pursuit of happiness can often lead to unhappiness, possibly because we all have some vague notion that happiness is bound up with material things and money and success. Nothing could be further from

Sixty is the new 40!

December 14th, 2016|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

I have been celebrating all year, celebrating turning 60. It started with a wonderful cruise of the Baltic with good friends, which I wrote about back in June. It  continued with a '60s and '70s

A special love affair like no other

December 7th, 2016|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

  I never thought I would be a besotted granny! I like babies (well, I had two of my own) but I was not the type that stops stranger mums with prams and gushes about