**Alert: there’s an O bag competition at the end of this post** With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl … [read more]
I wouldn’t call myself a music aficionado, but I do know the lyrics to every song that charted in the 1980s, as well as pretty much anything you could sing into a hairbrush from the ’70s and ’90s. Karaoke is my guilty pleasure, although I … [read more]
So far in this series about blogging, I’ve covered why it’s such a good idea to start a blog, and my personal reasons for hogging this tiny little corner of the internet. Let’s say you have ideas for your first few articles, but don’t know … [read more]
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, although the kids reminded me this morning that they don’t have advent calendars yet. Well, I’ve got mine, so there! It’s from Marks & Spencer and it’s quite spectacular.* Jam packed with sample size and full size beauty … [read more]
We have invested a lot of time and money over the last five years, to create a welcoming house from our slightly drab, pebble-dashed 1930s semi. The Hubster did NOT love this house when we bought it. I could see the potential to make it … [read more]
Too soon? Not according to the retailers and advertising executives. The Halloween costumes are barely back in the wardrobe before the Christmas countdown begins these days. And this year I’m hosting 13 people on Christmas Day, so I do have to start thinking through my … [read more]
I am not claiming to be, nor do I have any desire to become a fashion blogger. This post is taking me totally out of my comfort zone. I won’t bother you with my insecurities and I’m not fishing for compliments. This post was born … [read more]
Men, look away now, nothing to see here. We’re going to talk about feminine intimate health. I’m a Pushmepullyou mum. I have two children. One was pulled into the world via an emergency caesarian and the other was pushed out resulting in a third degree … [read more]
Here comes a rant and I’m afraid I’m going to come across as a bit of a hypocrite. I am a BIG fan of modern communication channels. I’m have four (yes, four!) Twitter accounts and tweet several times a day; I’ve got a Facebook page associated with my blog; … [read more]
Six months ago, almost to the day, a young lady knocked on my front door and changed the course of my life. Her name is Mel and, although I’d never met her before, our gardens back onto each other. She recognised me from my Twitter profile and … [read more]
Since my last post about sleep deprivation, some things have changed in the Lifestyle Maven bedroom. The most significant of these is that the hubster has almost stopped snoring. It’s now been several months since he had his head hollowed out (you’ll have to read … [read more]
I’ve always wanted to publish the kind of fashion photographs that ‘real’ bloggers post on their immaculate Pinterest pages (ie not those with Impostor Syndrome!). You know the ones: tall, leggy brunette with long hair flowing in the wind, striding across a crowded New York street, … [read more]
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