What's your style

What’s Your Style?

I've done quite a few bloggie interviews where I've been asked , "What's your Style?" To tell you the truth I always draw a bit of a blank because at heart I think I'm a bit of a chameleon and adapt my style to suit different occasions. But I suppose deep down personal style is driven more by … [Read More...]

how I make money blogging

How I make money blogging

A lot of folks ask me -  How on earth do you make money blogging? My immediate reaction is to say, "Well, I don't make very much," and I never really set out to make money from blogging. I just wanted to write  about things which I was interested in and which might be helpful to others. I … [Read More...]

best mediterranean cruise deals

How to find the best Mediterranean cruise deals

This post is brought to you by MSC Cruises. We're in the deepest darkest midst of winter in Western Australia. Well, I shouldn't complain because it's hardly frosty but that doesn't mean that we don't wish to be somewhere else on a grey rainy day. My son (who took the lovely photos in this … [Read More...]

what to pack for a coach tour

What to pack for a coach tour in New Zealand in Springtime

I had an email from a lovely reader the other day asking for tips on what to pack for a trip to New Zealand in Springtime. The 12 day trip would include an 8 day coach tour and the brief was that she would be doing quite a bit of walking around various places, so comfortable clothing was a … [Read More...]

what to wear for a long haul flight

What to wear for a long haul flight

Hands up who's jetting off on holiday? Oooh, lucky you. I'm sitting here looking out at a very grey wintery day in Perth. Or perhaps you're not jetting off on a plane but getting ready for a long car drive instead? The look I've put together today could just as easily serve it's purpose for … [Read More...]

smart clothing

Love what you wear! Smart Clothing for a Lunch Date.

I was thinking the other day about how different it is buying clothes now that I'm in my 50's compared to when I was in my 20's. I don't mean from the point of view of body shape, because that has changed beyond recognition, but more from the view point of the expectations I have of my … [Read More...]

health and fitness expo

Giveaway! Fitness and Health Expo Tickets to be Won.

Are you bored with your fitness routine? Lost a bit of your 'Mojo' during the winter months? Do you need a bit of help with training or diet advice? Hands up? Yes, that would be little old winter woolly me too. So I'm booked and heading off to the Fitness & Health Expo at the Perth … [Read More...]

Farewell Cilla Black

Farewell Cilla Black

In my very dark and distant youth when I was a rookie entertainment columnist in Jersey, I had the good fortune to interview Cilla Black. Today I woke to the sad news that she has died at the age of 72, which is too young in the general scheme of things, and in writing about her here, my deepest … [Read More...]


5 Signs that you or your partner have hearing loss

This post is brought to you by Connect Hearing and is a little bit more serious than you'll normally find on Lifestyle Fifty, but it's about a health issue that I believe is really relevant to our age group. So hands-up all those of you who went to listen to The Rolling Stones, Status Quo, The … [Read More...]


Bring Back The Milkman I say

I don't know about you, but I sometime long for the days when we'd hear the rattle of milk bottles at around 4.30am in the morning. Of course we wouldn't get up, we'd just blissfully turn over to sleep for another couple of hours knowing that it was only the milkman delivering fresh, creamy milk … [Read More...]


How to prepare for blogging conferences

Waah! I can't believe I'm not going to Problogger this year! If you're anything like me, every time you think of the Problogger   training event coming up soon on the Gold Coast then you'll be getting a touch of the butterflies. Who knew that a training event could be so eagerly anticipated … [Read More...]

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Dr Google, Optus Mobile, and are Landlines out of fashion?

Sponsored Post. Okay, so here's the thing. My mobile data is just about to go Waaaayyy over the limit for this month, and Dave is always telling me to 'Get off that darn phone.' Meanwhile I know that his phone data is rattling around zero. I know. I've checked. But seriously, I can't help … [Read More...]

10 tips for London, heathrow and beyond

Money saving tips for London, Heathrow and Beyond.

Just the very mention of the word London sends shivers of anticipation down my spine. The history, those tall ancient buildings, the razzmatazz, the bustle and Royalty. London's got excitement and interest in spades, but it can also be very expensive. Most of us going to London on holiday … [Read More...]

healthy weight loss tips

Giveaway! And 5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips for your Wellbeing.

What is it about weight? At this stage in life as soon as I shed a bit of weight I only have to look at a yummy sandwich and I can feel my waist expanding again. It is so so hard to keep the weight from creeping on (and on) while living the lifestyle I really want to live! If I stop drinking … [Read More...]

optus family sharing benefits

Want more health and happiness? Stay connected socially.

I've been having a lovely time in England visiting family and friends. We've laughed, cried, chewed the proverbial cud, slurped ice creams, walked in beautiful national parks, visited old towns and stayed up way too late drinking wine in an attempt to chat about everything possible under the sun … [Read More...]

national trust walk dartmoor

Hello from England and a National Trust walk on Dartmoor

I've been doing a lot of 'When-We'ing' this week. As in "When we used to" or "When we went to" and I make no apologies. You see I'm in England where I was born, and where I grew up, staying with my Mum and visiting family in Devon. I'm really lucky to have my grown-up daughter with me too, … [Read More...]

boho chic

Boho Chic for the Weekend Hippy in You

There's nothing I like more than a little boho chic, and it goes back to my hippy youth I guess. In those days I had strange fashion sense, I can remember dyeing a sheet, cutting a hole in the top and stringing a piece of rope around my waist before trotting off to a disco. I must have looked like … [Read More...]

life insurance after 50

Why Women Over 50 still need Life Insurance

Sponsored Guest Post. I was chatting to some mates the other day about the morbid side of getting older and the topic of Life Insurance came up. "Well if my hubby has life insurance, why do I need it too?" asked one of my friends. If you’ve got no dependent children still living at home, a … [Read More...]

floral trousers

How to wear Floral Trousers

Continuing with the 'I'm not a fashion model series' I've been having a little fun with floral print trousers. Since I've got to the age where I feel that time is running out I no longer keep clothes in my wardrobe 'for best' in quite the same way as I used to. In my twenties I definitely had … [Read More...]

Why hanging out with young people is good for you

19 Reasons Why Hanging out with Young People is good for you

Last night I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on a Meet the Blogger panel at a Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) event at Murdoch University. To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement, and I was called as the first blogger to get up and talk which had my tummy … [Read More...]

perfect fit trench coat

A perfect fit trench coat to make all your worries disappear.

Today Don't sweat the small stuff Just be you. Do you have days when you just feel like you've given up on the will to live? It might be because of niggling worries that overtake you, or a big setback or just a fed-upness that won't go away. Lots of little things can put me into the 'oh crikey … [Read More...]

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Lucy in the sea with dolphins – and where to see dolphins in Australia

I love it when I get emails and photos from readers, especially when they're filled with the joys of living an active, healthy and engaged lifestyle. I met Lucy a few years ago, via the internet. Here's a post I wrote some time ago about online friendships. She lives in the United States, and I … [Read More...]