Have more famous people died in 2016?

Professor Severus Snape

It has become a running joke in our family that when the news app sounds on the phone I always ask “Who has died now?” The question is, has 2016 taken more celebrities than normal, or is it just my age and the rise of social media that immediate reporting that has made it seem so much worse. I read a really interesting news article from the BBC Obituaries Editor on whether more famous people have died in 2016 which stated… Continue Reading “Have more famous people died in 2016?”

How to host the perfect arts and crafts evening

Craft Party

Hosting the perfect arts and crafts evening takes a fine blend of preparation, baked goods and patience. A combination which, you’ll know if you’ve ever hosted a party before doesn’t always come easy. Still the great thing with arts and crafts evenings is that it’s up to you how structured or laid-back your night is. It can be an evening of creating Tate-worthy paintings or a simple catch up among friends with a side of jewellery making. As the host,… Continue Reading “How to host the perfect arts and crafts evening”

How to dedicate a small amount of family time to charity


Time with family is sacred to you. Despite a busy work schedule and your kids’ school commitments, you spend time together so your children know that you are there for them. Time spent together is how you pass on your love and teach your children about values. It’s where you build their sense of security and self-esteem and prepare them for their lives as adults. It is great when the time that you spend with your family includes activities that… Continue Reading “How to dedicate a small amount of family time to charity”

6 Inspirational Women Who Changed the Face of Cinema


When we think of cinema, we tend to think of strong male figures: Eastwood, Scorsese, Spielberg and Tarantino… but what about the women shaping the films you’re watching? Whether they’re directing, writing, producing, editing or designing, women have changed the face of cinema – and you probably didn’t even know it. So, next time you’re searching through the Sky Planner for something to watch, or flicking through the films listed in your favourite magazine subscriptions, why don’t you consider watching… Continue Reading “6 Inspirational Women Who Changed the Face of Cinema”

The Great Big Blog On Ice Breaker Linky

Last year I helped organise and run my first ever Blog On conference and it was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed (apart from running up and down my mum’s stairs ferrying goody bags to mine and Laura’s cars). Blog conferences are great and I have to say Blog On is the most relaxed one I have been to and everyone was so friendly, however, I did spend a lot of time trying to put names / twitter handles to faces… Continue Reading “The Great Big Blog On Ice Breaker Linky”