Why Are the Canary Islands Still One of the Top Destinations for Winter Sun? — AD

This is a collaborative feature When it comes to looking for family holidays, the Canary Islands will pop up as an option time and time again.  But just why do 5 million of us Brits choose this destination every year?  From the glorious weather to the diverse activities on offer, here are just some of the reasons why:  You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune  According to WeSwap, travellers in

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My Monthly Binge — March

  I binge watch a lot of TV.  I can no longer be bothered to watch a TV programme and then have to wait a week for the next one (current cases in point: Baptiste and Mother, Father, Son.  Watched one of each and promptly forgot about them and when the next one came on I had forgotten half the plot) so I tend to binge a whole series in

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#WhatHomeIsToMe

What does home mean to you? Home to me is where I feel safest, and at my most comfortable, where I can relax.   Though I appreciate that my home is probably where a lot of other people would feel at their most comfortable and be able to relax.   My laid back approach to cleaning windows (ahem) would probably drive some people mad.  As would my obsession with cushions

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Supplements and the Menopause

  The menopause really is the gift that just keeps on giving.   I think people were shocked when I listed the recognised symptoms of the menopause in this recent post: My thoughts on the menopause. The idea that the menopause is about more than just periods and hot sweats, that this pesky hormone imbalance can lead to disruptions in so many of the body’s processes is an eyeopener to

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Caroline Hirons organised my face

Not even joking.   ACTUAL Caroline “possibly the most influential skincare blogger in the Western Hemisphere” (according to NewBeauty Magazine this month) Hirons has sorted out my face.  Okay so maybe right now I do have a spot the size of a small Mediterranean Island on my chin but I see that as proof that what I have been doing to my face, thanks to Caroline, over the past week

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Solo Cinema Trips

It may surprise you to know that the very idea of going to the cinema alone fills me with abject horror.   Buy a ticket for one and sit by myself?!  I might as well just get a sandwich board with “I HAVE NO FRIENDS” plastered on it and stand in the multi screen car park, surely? Apparently not. I spotted an article in Stylist magazine being shared online yesterday

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Toby Carvery do takeaway, who knew?

Not me that’s for sure. True fact, my first job was in a Toby Carvery.  Working on Sundays whilst at college it was my job to “man the rumbler”,  the massive machine that peeled sackfuls of potatoes so we could then chop them into roasties.   It was 1986 and I can’t hear Starship’s “We built this city” without being taken back to that kitchen in Peterborough.   Since the

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The Upside Down House

If somebody says to you they are off to the upside down house you would be forgiven for thinking they meant a house where the kitchen is downstairs, and the bedrooms are upstairs.   Or that there has been a disaster with somebody’s caravan falling off a cliff and landing on its roof on the beach below. In Bournemouth, however, this is an actual upside down house.  Well to be

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The 72 things I learned in 2018 — Part 2

  Welcome to part 2 of what I learned in 2018.  I didn’t mean for this to be in two parts but part one was pushing 3000 words so it was time to split it up before people started reading and feel asleep.  If you missed Part One, click here The world stopped for a while when the news broke that Kate, a mum of two, a daughter, a dear

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The seventy two things I learned in 2018 — Part 1

This is a  collaborative post For the most part 2018 was rubbish.   I certainly won’t be remembering it with any affection, that’s for sure.  But in amongst all the poop, there were some lovely moments.  Such as seeing Caity get married, it really was the most perfect day and she looked stunning.   Mr B and I celebrated ten years of marriage.   My granny had seventy people sing

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#Gifted

This might be a controversial one but here goes.   I don’t like the term #Gifted. To be fair it might not be something that is even on your radar, so let me explain. Us bloggers, or influencers as we are increasingly being referred to, are required by the ASA to mark anything that we have been paid for, or sent for inclusion in a blog social media, as an

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Dear Deborah Ross

Help me out here Deborah.  Why did you feel it necessary to pen a column in the Times this week where you said that influencers should be relabelled “Detestable Freeloaders”?   Well I know what brought it about, your watching the programme about Cliveden and the inclusion of two influencers called Katie and Ben, but why did you have to give them (and all other influencers) this new moniker and

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