How to Save Money by buying on Gumtree

I'm all for saving money where I can, and I do quite a lot of shopping over the internet.But it wasn't until my daughter and her boyfriend bought a camper van, and my son  bought a camper trailer from Gumtree that I realised what a great site it is for finding both new and second hand goods … [Read more...]

Personalised Mothers Day Gift Ideas

This post contains affiliate links.Remember the days of burnt toast and runny eggs, when your small children would bring you breakfast in bed when they were little? So special! Talk about personalised mothers day gift ideas - that one was personalised - in many ways.After that came the … [Read more...]

Going in Style and A Giveaway.

Sponsored post and prize in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.Going in Style is an American heist comedy. I can't wait to see it because I'm sure it's going to tickle my funny bone.Lifestyle Fifty is all about the art of ageing and living the good life, so the concept of Going in … [Read more...]

When One Door Closes: Reinvent Your Life

One of the great things about blogging is the lovely people you get to meet. People who very often have the same outlook on life as you do, and are into the same sort of things. I've known Jo Williams for a few years online, and then met her in person at the Problogger Conference on the Gold Coast … [Read more...]

To Do Lists or Not To Do Lists?

I’m a big lists person. I make lists all the time. The sad thing is making to do lists doesn’t seem to make me more organised.Far from it. Rather it seems to have the opposite effect because I have lists scrawled on scraps of paper in my handbag, a list of things to do in my desk diary, … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Stress Less and Spend Less on Housekeeping.

The lead up to Christmas isn't always bright lights, champagne and laughter, is it? Do you often find yourself asking: "How can I spend less on housekeeping?" and "How can I do more but stress less?"I know I do.Too often the lead up to Christmas sees me in a spin and money disappearing from … [Read more...]

What to give the woman who has everything

 It's all to easy to lapse into default at Christmas isn't it? When you're wondering what to give the woman who has everything, or who appears to have everything, it's really hard not to slip into gifting 'the smellies' option. Er, know what I mean?To tell you the truth, I've seen … [Read more...]

17 Reasons Why Camping is Good For You

We’ve just had a lovely weekend away down south. Not in five star luxury, not in three star convenience ... but under canvas in a tent. And it was brilliant. Which has led me to think about the reasons why camping is good for you. Really good for you. Honest!Dave and I didn’t fall out … [Read more...]

Downsizing. To downsize or not, that is the question.

For most of my adult life I’ve been searching for dream homes. Gulp. Now I'm facing the idea of downsizing.I love houses, and have to admit to being very lucky, having lived in a couple of (what I consider) dream houses which for various reasons at various times we had to leave when we moved to … [Read more...]

What age is elderly? What age is Mature?

Here's the thing. I was an expat wife and a stay at home mum for around 20 years. When the day came and our house was empty except for Dave and myself I felt completely at a loss. I also, overnight, felt quite a lot older.I spoke about the empty nest syndrome and all that it entails on radio the … [Read more...]