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Friday, 2 December 2016

T'was the Night Before Christmas, a Modern Tale

This poem was my entry to a recent competition, where you had to write a modern twist on the classic story; T'was the Night Before Christmas. I didn't win, so maybe it's terrible, but it took me ages, so I thought I would leave it here for posterity! There are a lot of people going without this Christmas, and I thought it would be good to highlight the fact that sometimes we don't see what is right in front of us. So, if you get an opportunity to help someone out, or make them smile this Christmas, have a go, it might make you smile too! 

Digital Detox with Time to Log Off and Punkt

Mobile phones and electronic devices have become a way of life for many people and are so embedded in most of our lives that we are barely aware we are even using them at all. Is this having a detrimental effect on family life, though, and are we losing out as a result? Last weekend I took part in a collaboration with Time to Log Off and Punkt, to investigate this very question. The idea of the project was to encourage families to put down their devices and spend more time taking part in activities together over Christmas. In order to prepare for this festive foray into unfettered family life, we were sent a special phone from Punkt, which looked like a really modern, funky version of what was common place for anyone who remembers the 90s. Yes, young people, there was actually a time before every meal was instagrammed and Facebook always knew where you were.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Magic of Bath Christmas Market

I have never been to Bath. I had an idea in my head that it was quite tricky to get to on public transport, so I've never got around to it. When I was invited to a blogger event with Visit Bath, to visit the Bath Christmas Market, however, I thought it was time to put on my big girl pants and have a go. How wrong I was! The city is really well served for buses and they run every half an hour from the town centre, and various other points around the surburbs, such as Parkway Station and Cribbs Causeway. The journey does take up to an hour and a half, but at £6.50 for a day rider, it's a very easy, low cost way to travel, with no concerns about parking, either. You can enjoy some lovely scenery, with no traffic worries and know there isn't a huge gap between buses if you miss one! 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Older Relatives

In the third of our Christmas Gift Guide series, I have been thinking about gifts for the older people in our families. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, perhaps even neighbours. This is such a difficult gift to get right, because you are talking about people who have lived for quite a long time and so will already have quite a lot of the things they want or need. However, if you are still buying gifts for these people, they are probably very important to you and have most likely been a part of your life for a long time, so choosing a gift that reflects that is not to be taken lightly. If you're completely stumped, hopefully these gift ideas for older relatives will get you out of trouble!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Living With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A Guest Post by Chloe

In our occasional series, Hidden Illnesses we invite guests to talk about the illnesses that effect them, particularly those that aren't obvious on the outside. We hope to help sufferers and their families learn about the conditions and what they can do to help. Today, Chloe, from Life Unexpected, talks about the little known condition THoracic Outlet Syndrome. 

Have you ever heard of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? I hadn’t either. All I knew, is that at some point, during the first few months of my daughter's life, my shoulder had started to persistently cause me grief and I had a feeling it had been caused during pregnancy. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

White Goods for a White Christmas, What this Woman Really Wants!

One thing I have never understood about Christmas, is why it is frowned upon to give anything remotely practical as a gift. If you don't have something useful, such as a food mixer, and you'd really love one, wouldn't that be better to receive as a present, instead of yet another scented candle, or more bath smellies?  Why can't people just have what they want, instead of having to pick from a set of generic 'approved' gift items? So, when Voerwerk asked me what I'd like for Christmas, I decided it was time to make a stand, with a rundown of all the best practical household items that I'd love to find in my stocking, and some of my friends came up with ideas too!
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