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My Top 24 Christmas Tunes

My Top 24 Christmas Tunes

1. ‘Last Christmas’ – Wham 2. ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 3. ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ – Chris Rea 4. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid 5. ‘I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa’ – Jackson 5 6. ‘Something Stupid’ – Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman  7. ‘Step Into Christmas’ – Elton John 8. ‘Baby Its Cold Outside’ – Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews 9.  ‘That’s what Christmas Means to Me’ – Stevie Wonder 10….

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SKYTrekking Across the Colin Glen!

SKYTrekking Across the Colin Glen!

We were kindly invited along to Colin Glen Forest Park to try out the amazing SKYTrek Outdoor Facility. What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and as if that wasn’t sufficient fun for a bright autumn day, we then got the opportunity to try out the very high-tech Toptracer golf facility. Colin Glen Forest Park’s existing facilities include 200 acres of scenic woodland, a Gruffalo adventure trail, Toptracer driving range, 9-hole golf course, outdoor pitches, gym, archery, laser tag…

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Choosing the Best Sun Protection for You and Your Family

Choosing the Best Sun Protection for You and Your Family

Summer’s here… well in theory it is! We’re off to quite a rainy start here in Northern Ireland but there’s always hope that it will pick up. Summer is a time for making the most of the weather and spending more time outdoors. It is important however to ensure that our skin is protected. I have recently written a guest blog for mumsni.org on the subject of protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Cancer Focus Northern…

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A Wonderful Weekend in Wroclaw

A Wonderful Weekend in Wroclaw

I have just spent 3 fantastic days in this wonderful city. The most difficult thing about visiting Wroclaw is pronouncing it, once you’ve nailed that, the rest is a breeze.. Vro-tz-wav. We stayed in the very modern Puro Hotel. It was conveniently located near the centre of Wroclaw and in close proximity to some of the best bars and restaurants that the city has to offer. The hotel décor was contemporary and stylish. Rooms were small but extremely comfortable, clean…

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Afternoon Tea at Beech Hill Country House

Afternoon Tea at Beech Hill Country House

I can’t think of many better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. I was kindly invited to try out Beech Hill Country House’s new Lady Isabella’s Afternoon Tea. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of this truly genteel experience. Lady Isabella was a former resident at Beech Hill and found herself in a somewhat unhappy marriage with Alexander Skipton. As a result of this she spent 7 years of her marriage in complete…

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The Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk

The Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk

Matt and I had the privilege to stay at the 4 star Ballymascanlon hotel just outside Dundalk for 2 nights. Upon arrival we were met with a very warm welcome from the reception staff. We arrived earlier than our anticipated check in time and our room wasn’t ready. The reception staff switched us to a room that was ready without hesitation and without us asking. First impressions were that of a very relaxed ambience throughout the hotel. The hotel has…

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Hashtag Authentic Review

Hashtag Authentic Review

This stunning publication by the very talented Sara Tasker is truly a must read. From the captivating imagery to priceless advice that is offered. Sara is the creative genius behind the huge Instagram success story that is @me_and_orla she also has an amazing podcast Hashtag Authentic… If you haven’t already subscribed, you really should. The introduction instantly draws you in and once you’ve reached the end of the first two pages you will believe that anyone can achieve the same…

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The Morning Routine

The Morning Routine

I wake up each morning to the subtle sound of the birds in singing in the trees as the sunlight gently touches my cheek. I do 30 minutes of yoga, meditation and relaxation before eating my breakfast of chia seeds and organic, homemade granola followed by a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate and lychee juice. I then hop onto my vintage bicycle with a basket of fresh flowers and off I cycle to my studio…. had you there for a…

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