Another Sunday passes by with frantic Consumermas (the new name with Christmas being degraded significantly) shoppers working into a sweat- fretting, aching over the difficult decisions they have to make when buying for a second cousin on the other side of the country with a ten pound budget; or a baby not born yet with no knowledge of the sex.
From a monetary point of view, unwanted presents have to be the biggest waste at yuletide, and then add the stress of actually buying something 'possibly' desired, interesting, useful, etc. At least the excesses of food gluttony, the nuclear winner panic buying can be composted, most presents end up in a life-laundry-hide-and-seek-game; some may make it under the wire to a charity shop.
It's that time of year again: Christmas. Where everyone surrounds themselves with their loved ones to eat far too much, watch rubbish (but secretly great) telly, and fall asleep having expressed love through commercial items. The dream.
I looked at him with great pride that he had the ability to sing after so many years of him not being able to communicate in any way and I saw happiness but he was oblivious to what was going on and what any of it meant. I reflected on that sound piece of advice I had previously been furnished with.
Not sure when John Lewis's Christmas adverts took on the eager anticipation aura of Budweiser's US Clydesdale commercials, but Aldi's 'Kevin the Carro...
I will be taking to the streets and setting up camp outside Topshop's flagship store on Oxford Street, London, to make my point and speak on behalf of the BHS employees who have been wronged. I want to draw a crowd.
A few days ago, Amazon, the online marketplace, unwrapped a new advert featuring an Imam and a Vicar exchanging gifts ahead of Christmas. I tend not...
There's one month to go, and I cannot tell you how often I've heard "Christmas is all about the kids". I'm sorry, but it isn't. My toddlers will ruin Christmas. Maybe once they're older we'll get a bit closer to the magical day promised by all the TV ads, as joyful, clean and well-behaved children unwrap their presents
As any parent of a child with ADD / ADHD knows finding an activity or toy that can provide even 10 minutes of concentration is like liquid gold. Concentration problems, memory issues, frustration, lack of understanding, impulsiveness can all cause problems when it comes to play.
As we run up to Christmas every man and his dog will be talking about what they're 'going to do' in 2017, so I've thrown together some of my favourite hacks for creating change but more importantly, for making it stick! Hopefully some of them will be new to you, and remember that although they're mainly focused on changing your health for the better, these can be applied to all areas of your life.
So the Oxford English Dictionary's 2016 Word of the Year has been announced. Where last year the word was actually a pictogram, the 'crying laughing face emoji', this year the word is a two-word phrase: Post-Truth.
It's for this reason that the Dronecode was first developed. It's a set of rules laid out to ensure safe, responsible use of drones to maintain the UK's excellent air safety record. Over the last few months we've been conducting research into the first Code to see how well it has been adopted and recognised and on the back of this, we've created a new version to further ensure safety remains as important as fun.
Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.
If like me you're always busy (whatever than means!), you probably aren't aware that you spend a high percentage of your life in a hypnotic, trance-li...
With this Christmas gift guide, it is not my intent to lure you into joining the omnipresent shopping frenzy that also rules this season. I would rather like to encourage you to invest only in clothes and objects that you truly fall in love with, that light up your day (or years to come) and that you look forward to cherishing and having around you
I have played with my little sister loads, sharing my toys with her once I've finished with them and deciding of my own accord (like a big girl) that it's time to swap, before facilitating the change over swiftly and effectively.