Christmas Gift Guide 2020

A festive background with the words Christmas Gift Guide 2020 superimposed.

Disclosure: I received the following items to feature in my Christmas Gift Guide 2020 and keep. We’re into the last few weeks of the year so it’s time to think about the festive season. There’s no getting away from the fact that Christmas will be different this year. With Covid-induced uncertainty and job losses – …

Introducing The Phoenix

Two young boys reading copies of The Phoenix.

Disclosure: We received a year’s subscription to The Phoenix. My kids absolutely love comics. More often than not, they spend their pocket money on them. They’re forever drawing and writing their own too. So, when we were offered the opportunity to review The Phoenix, they were delighted! Aimed at boys and girls aged 7-14, The …

Middle age dread

An egg timer to symbolise my 'middle age dread'.

As far as perceptions of age are concerned, I’m officially over the hill. I turned 40 last year and, despite some claims that it’s the new 30, I’m yet to feel it. Particularly of late. I don’t know whether it’s because of lockdown fatigue creeping in, the cumulative stress of seven years trying to move …