I Heart Cornwall

17th February 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 4 Comments

Watergate Bay Hotel, February 2018 Matt and I had a full and frank conversation about our holiday needs a few weeks ago. We put our cards on the table and admitted exactly what we wanted from our getaways in 2018. I’m often a bit agitated on holiday and feel the need to see and experience … Read More

Understanding The Ordinary

10th February 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Beauty 8 Comments

As I am browsing at Deciem’s Covent Garden store, I overhear another shopper complaining to staff that since Kim Kardashian revealed she uses her favourite skin emulsion, it has been sold out and she hasn’t been able to get hold of any. It is true, many of the shelves are empty. It is so busy … Read More

Learning to ski in your forties

8th February 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 8 Comments

I have set myself a challenge of trying twelve new things in 2018. I think it will be good for the soul, and give me some interesting experiences to write about. When I came up with the idea I knew exactly what the first adventure would be. Skiing with the girls in Morzine in the … Read More

Let’s admit our ambitions

30th January 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 22 Comments

When I was in my early thirties and working for BBC News, I wanted to be a newsreader on the radio. I know that you know what that is, but for the sake of total clarity, it’s the person who sits in the studio every hour on the hour and reads a short news bulletin. … Read More

In pictures: the colours of Thames Lido

21st January 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 2 Comments

“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” Oscar Wilde Mr Wilde is one of Reading’s famous sons, having spent time here in prison. Reading Gaol is just a stone’s throw from the newly reopened Thames Lido. Here are it’s colours. What is … Read More

Zero – 1000 followers on Instagram

18th January 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 23 Comments

Almost four months ago I opened the ‘Not About the Kids’ Instagram account. I did this with two aims in mind. Firstly, I wanted to understand how Instagram ‘works’ when you are fully engaged with the platform (I thought that I might like a career in social media management). Second, I wanted to launch a … Read More

Interview with a Travel Insider

14th January 2018By @not_about_the_kids2017Life 4 Comments

Booking a holiday, and getting the best deal while doing so, can seem like a dark and mysterious art. Personal Travel Consultant Paul Johnston has worked in the holiday industry for fifteen year’s and has visited more than 30 countries. He arranges getaways for the travel firm Destinology and has patiently helped me sort out … Read More