Newbridge Farm Donabate is Top Attraction

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’

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

April 27th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|16 Comments

‘Style not Age’ Rainbow Challenge

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

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!

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

April 11th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|12 Comments

Visit to The Guinness Brewery and Storehouse

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,

April 4th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|8 Comments

We have gone dotty in our ‘Style Not Age’ Polka-Dots March Challenge

It is time for our 'Style not Age' challenge again and this month we have gone dotty with polka-dots, set by Jacqui from mummabstylish. There were plenty of options in the shops (spots/dots are in)

March 26th, 2018|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|26 Comments

Make-up for the more Mature Skin

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

March 21st, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|14 Comments

The Causeway Coast Northern Ireland

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

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

Galgorm Resort and Spa Experience

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

March 4th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|12 Comments

Fun With Fur Style Challenge in ‘Style not Age’

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

5 Irish Women share what it means to be Fierce in Midlife

A year ago, I was one of fifty over-50 bloggers (and the only Irish one) to launch The Fierce 50 Movement worldwide. This has now evolved into Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution, embracing all women

An angry, fierce and heartbroken Jennifer Halliday speaks out

 Jennifer Halliday is fierce. Jennifer is angry. Last week, I shared Marie Carberry's story HERE; this week, you can read how the disease Alzheimer's impacts family members, but Jennifer is angry about more than that.

World Cancer Day Guest Blogger Marie – Life is for Living.

On World Cancer Day, it is my pleasure to introduce guest blogger, Marie Carberry, 56, married and mum of two, worked in the bank for years and then became a freelance journalist. Marie is one

February 4th, 2018|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Uncategorized|15 Comments

Kilronan Castle is the Perfect midweek Getaway

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

February 1st, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|9 Comments

3 Wonderful Books for Book Clubs

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

January 25th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|12 Comments