When ‘The Beauty Spotlight Team’ asked me to join them in contributing to their weekly group posts, I initially declined. But then I read some of their posts and was impressed. We are so far behind the U.S.A. in both beauty and aesthetics. It would be lovely to learn about products and treatments before they

Menopause Speakers

Hello everyone. In my post this week, I am delighted to be able to share with you that The Menopause Success Summit, in partnership with Cleanmarine will be taking place virtually on Saturday September 25th 2021. I first wrote about THE MENOPAUSE in the early days of the blog way back in 2016. It was

Nicky Halliday A practical Guide to Healthy Eating

Nutrition therapist and  natural chef Nicky Halliday’s first book ‘A Practical Guide to Cooking for Health’ is more than a book full of delicious recipes. Yes, the recipes are delicious. And easy too. But let me start by telling you a little about the author. NICKY HALLIDAY Nicky has explored different careers. But her interest

I have given in. Finally, I am taking Statins to help lower my cholesterol. Since menopause, my cholesterol has been elevated. But now it has gone through the roof! Fifteen years ago, my then doctor tried to put me on statins. I resisted. But since giving up tennis (because of back-related problems), it has risen

TGA and the brain

I promised a follow-up post on my experience of having an episode of Transient Global Amnesia. Thank you to all those people who commented on the post and to the other twelve who sent me personal  emails. One of my readers also told me of a support group on Facebook so of course I asked

This post was one of my early posts  7 years ago, so I thought I would republish it, as I had some additional information. I still drink this every morning. But, now I use a straw to drink it on the advice of my dentist Dr Sarah Flannery at Seapoint Clinic. I had some wonderful

Ambulance Emergency

Have you heard of Transient Global Amnesia? Well, last Friday I had an episode of Transient Global Amnesia, or TGA as it is more commonly known. It lasted  approximately two hours. And it obviously terrified me and frightened my family. But I do not remember any of it. WHAT HAPPENED? Graham tells the story… Friday

Gin has had very bad press for years because it was considered to be a drink that made you sad or depressed, or maudlin. Now there’s a word that has gone out of use! I never found it so and, in fact, when I started drinking Gin in my early twenties, I found that it

Malahide Estuary

Goodbye 2020 I believe that most of us (probably everyone) are happy to see the back end of 2020. Personally, it has not been all bad as we welcomed our third grandson on my birthday on December 9th. And we managed to get through the various restrictions including the FIRST LOCKDOWN without too much difficulty.

Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that we have strong immune systems. There has been plenty of evidence to suggest that supplementation with Vitamin C and Vitamin D has an impact on keeping us healthy and in fighting Covid-19.  Regular readers know that I have been championing Vitamin D for years. Check

Skinician Skin Products

I have been using some new products from an Irish brand SKINICIAN for the past few weeks. The products were gifted and specifically chosen for my ageing skin. As my regular readers know, I like to try a new brand for at least a month before I write a review. Sometimes I do not make

This post was first published in 2017 and again last year,but there has been a lot of discussion about Vitamin D and the role it could play in helping fight the Covid-19 virus recently, so I have decided to give it another airing. I have provided more up-to-date links. In researching this post, I have

‘Teeth are always in style’. Dr. Seuss I have been smiling without showing my teeth recently (see below) because I have not been particularly happy with their condition. My top front teeth had become weakened and worn down, the edges were rough and the enamel was damaged. They had also lost length. Seemingly, this is

A cleanser is often seen as the least important part of one’s skincare regime. Sure, any old product will do is what I hear from many people of all ages. What you clean your face with is the basis of a good skincare regime. In fact, using the wrong cleanser can damage your skin’s barrier

When Lumity reached out to me and asked me if I would like to try their supplements, I accepted. I had done my homework and knew that they were popular with many celebrities, that they have won numerous awards and that they are backed by scientific research. They had done their homework too and knew

Unbelieva Brow

My Brows are Back with ‘Unbelieva Brow’  by L’Oreal (well temporarily back). Lockdown has played havoc with my brows. Usually I get them dyed and then all I have to fill them in with a pencil. And my go-to pencil is Charlotte Tilbury. I like many of Charlotte’s products. But they have been gradually disappearing in

Since I retired from teaching, I have more comfy casuals in my wardrobe than ever before. In winter, it means jeans and a top/jumper worn with boots. In summer, it is more likely to be a top and light trousers or skirt. VERY CASUAL EVERYDAY LOOK DURING LOCKDOWN For the first few weeks of lockdown,

Call the Midwife

Now is the time while in isolation/cocooning/quarantine/lockdown to watch some excellent series on Netflix that you might have missed in the past.  If you are not into watching telly, I posted plenty of other recommendations LAST WEEK.  But if you feel like some escapism through the box, read on. And  check out some other recommendations

When we look back on 2020 (the year of the coronavirus now known as Covoid 19), the words of the year will be self-isolating, physical distancing and lockdown. In Ireland, our Taoiseach (that’s Prime Minister for non-Irish readers!) Leo Varadkar refuses to call our restrictions ‘lockdown’. Instead, he uses the softer, more caring term: COCOONING.

it cosmetics cc cream

I am IN LOVE with IT CC cream. This is the BEST foundation/ make-up/ cc cream ever. I am not usually given to superlatives, I swear. Developed in conjunction with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, it has rapidly gained cult status. Yes, IT Cosmetics has produced the perfect CC+™ Cream with SPF 50. It is like

I am going RED for Women this February.  The Irish Heart Foundation launched its Go Red for Women national fundraising campaign which aims to empower Irish women to look after their heart health while also raising vital funds. So get ready for a deluge of red outfits throughout this post! According to the Irish Heart Foundation,

No, I have not had a facelift…Yes, I have had Ultherapy. It is a micro lift but without the surgery. Have you heard of Ultherapy? I knew very little about the actual process. But I did know that Jennifer Aniston is a fan and that Christie Brinkley is the face of it. And how wonderful

Happy Christmas my friends.  Is it really nearly the end of 2019?  And what’s more, another decade over and two since the millennium. I always move into each year with more than a little trepidation as to what it might bring. But my motto is to live each day, week, month and year to the

Skin Care is high up on my agenda when it comes to looking after myself at the age of 63. Well, if I do not look after myself, no one else will. We need to take care of our health, our fitness and also our faces. Yes, we do! Certainly many  women of my mother’s

I have to admit I was a little sceptical when I was sent a Shakti Mat to try out. For all intents and purposes, it looks a little bit like a torture device. 6,000 sharp spikes protrude from the mat, like a bed of nails which, believe it or not, have been used as a