'It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes' - this is what sold the book to me, written in beautiful calligraphy on the cover page of Jodi Picoult's #1 New York Times bestseller. I actually found this book on the shelf of a Charity Shop whilst shopping around for the perfect book gift for my boyfriend who was just finishing…

A young father smiles and hugs into his young daughter, who is also smiling.

We’re far enough into lockdown now to know that no occasion we’d usually plan for will go as expected: but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative, think outside the box and celebrate Father’s Day (which is, incidentally, this Sunday, 21st June!) socially-distanced and safety-appropriate. Sure, this isn’t your typical Father’s Day, but it’s probably the most historical one…

The events of the past week have taught us many things - including the fact that many people only know the 'basics' of their history. I run a history blog and am passionate about helping people live in the past - its the only way you can truly understand the world we live in today. However, I also appreciate that…

I think it’s safe to say pretty much every aspect of life as we know it has been impacted by Covid-19 to one degree or another, and it is hard to imagine any sector coming through the other side completely unscathed. Of course, our primary focus has been on our unbelievable key workers: from the astonishing NHS staff and care…

I managed to crack this out by the skin of my teeth. I know we’re almost in June but I hope I can still inspire you with some of my favs from this month. So, what have I been reading this month? For the last week I’ve been dragging my heels with my current read, a Tess Gerritson book, but…

My 36th birthday was celebrated in lockdown on Sunday 17th May 2020. Instead of going for a bottomless brunch with the girls in Cardiff, followed by copious cocktails, it was spent all on my own. Want to know how I pushed the boat out?   What to do on a birthday in lockdown?   I live with my partner Michael,…

I don't know about you but I am a huge fan of documentaries & now we all have a little more time on our hands its the perfect time to add a few to your watched list. There's so much choice out there but I can't bombard you with them all so on that note here's 8 documentary recommendations to…

To say I’ve been burning the candle at both ends would be an understatement. I did think lockdown would be a time for taking a step back and easing off the accelerator slightly, but as my overheating laptop will attest, that really has not been the case at all. As the days have all but morphed into one continual time…

As we enter week five of lockdown, many of us have finally found the time to tackle the pile of must-reads collecting dust on our bedside tables. However, if you’re like me it can seem overwhelming where to start and you feel like you need a few easy-going reads under your belt to get yourself back into your usual reading…

Monday: Money Diaries I kick start the week with the Money Diaries podcast to refocus myself on work and shift my mental space back to professional matters as opposed to the (often pink gin fuelled) shenanigans that went down over the weekend. In each episode a listener – or ‘diarist’ as they’re called in line with the brand – submits…