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An Update: Finding My Blog Niche and Deciding Where To Take Things From Here

An Update: Finding My Blog Niche and Deciding Where To Take Things From Here

If you are an old friend, you’ll have noticed that things have changed in my little corner of the internet. After a year of writing, I’ve decided to lapse my ‘Flourish’ website, and bring everything over onto this, my original site. I hope you find […]

Variety Is The Spice Of Life: 57 Simple Pleasures To Take Me Through My Year

Variety Is The Spice Of Life: 57 Simple Pleasures To Take Me Through My Year

They say that variety is the spice of life. Now that I’m 57, I thought it would be fun to share with you my own 57 varieties of simple pleasures to take me through this next year. Some of these will feed into my 60/60 […]

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Details Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Publisher: Harper Collins (2018) Review There has already been a lot written about this Costa winner, but for what it’s worth, here is my review. As the title suggests, the eponymous heroine of Gail Honeyman’s […]

57 Reasons to be Grateful – or Having an Attitude of Gratitude

57 Reasons to be Grateful – or Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Reasons to be Grateful – 1, 2,3…57! Yesterday I celebrated by 57th birthday, so in honour of that auspicious occasion here are 57 reasons  to be grateful: A Fabulous Family: Reasons 1-7 I am ever grateful for having Matthew in my life. We’ve been married […]

Up Close & Personal – A Review of January

Up Close & Personal – A Review of January

Before we get too steeped into a new month I want to review January. It was a long and difficult month that left me feeling tired and ready for a holiday. Along the way there have been some nuggets of light, so it’s not all […]

Our Carbon Monoxide Alarm May Have Saved Our Lives

Our Carbon Monoxide Alarm May Have Saved Our Lives

Have you got a carbon monoxide alarm? Ours may have saved our lives. I had such a hygge day yesterday. It was pouring with rain in Chichester so we decided to take it easy. A late family brunch, followed by a bit of pottering, stew […]

Book Review: Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen

Book Review: Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen

I’ve just finished this book, which I was drawn to because of its Hygge theme. Told in 3 parts, Hygge & Kisses is the story of 26 year old Bo and the unravelling of her ‘life plan’. Why ‘Hygge and Kisses’ as a title? The […]

Hyggefest: Turning our House into a Home the Flylady Way

Hyggefest: Turning our House into a Home the Flylady Way

I really enjoyed the hyggefest of the Christmas season, and how our home looked – and felt – when it was dressed in all its finery. But how to follow that through once the tree has gone and the decorations have come down? Our home […]

New Year New Planning: The Tools

New Year New Planning: The Tools

So we’re four days into the new year and we still haven’t talked about planning! It’s time to put that right today, so if you’ve got a moment, sit back with a nice cup of gorgeousness, and get to it. You should know by now […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

New Year’s Day. The one day when a whole year spreads before us like the first page of a fresh notebook. This is a day full of hope. A day when a new chapter of our lives wait, expectantly, to be written. Today I challenge […]