Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be 

Well, I can’t quite believe it: I’m just weeks away from meeting my BABY! I’ve come to know so many lovely expectant and new mums over the last while, and our chats inspired me to put together a gift guide for pregnant mums and those in the newborn bubble who might just need a treat!Continue reading “Gift guide for new mums and mamas-to-be “

On the longest night of the year

On the longest night of the year for a friend As you hold your vigil in the wee hours, as you mourn the loss of day, let the tears roll down your cheeks. See them, acknowledge them, set them free. They may become the fertile soil the poets once praised, or they may simply soak yourContinue reading “On the longest night of the year”

DIY Christmas: Hot Chocolate Spoons

Monday 21st December…here we are! Hope you had a great weekend filled with Christmas cheer (and maybe some fudge making?!) Thank you for your welcome of my Advent piece about when Christmas is hard. I’ve been stunned at the honesty and courage in your response. I’m back with the last of my DIY Christmas tutorials, justContinue reading “DIY Christmas: Hot Chocolate Spoons”

An Advent Reflection: Home

I sat on the bathroom floor, hoping the cold tiles would relieve the warmth I felt in my tears that were erasing the effort I had made to at least look sparkly in the absence of feeling even remotely joyous. It was my first Christmas in Northern Ireland since I was two. We had justContinue reading “An Advent Reflection: Home”

Love Languages at Christmas

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO! Are you all set for Christmas? One of the funnest things about the season is, I think, picking out gifts for people. And this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different kinds of gifts we give. Ready to get creative? Here we go… I first became awareContinue reading “Love Languages at Christmas”

Christmas at The Lyric: Putting It Together

It’s no secret that The Lyric is one of my favourite places to be. Even more so when I’m there to enjoy some musical theatre from Blunt Fringe. I knew that we were in for a treat if tonight was to be anything like The Last Five Years, and goodness…I was right. First produced byContinue reading “Christmas at The Lyric: Putting It Together”

The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping

Confession: I used to positively recoil at the thought of “ethical clothing”. I was sure that the deadly term meant itchy hemp, year-long autumnal hues and baggy linen trousers that were doomed to fray at the seems. Well, I’m glad to report that my fears were unfounded and that because activism is no longer aContinue reading “The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping”

A Christmas Poem

My friend Thomas who edits Threads knows I really like Christmas (like, a lot.) He asked me to write about that, and I decided that instead of an academic defence of Christmas cheer, I would write a poem. ‘Twas a month before Christmas And all through the land… Read the rest here.

Thanksgiving 2014

Having grown up in a multicultural environment with a lot of American influence, Thanksgiving has always been something I’ve enjoyed dipping into – some years it meant a full-blown celebration, others (and more enduringly) it meant practising thankfulness that little bit more than comes naturally. It really doesn’t come naturally. I’m good at working outContinue reading “Thanksgiving 2014”

THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

My favourite place in Belfast is a little, warm, underground, shiny-surfaced, haven of chocolate delight. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…I love to celebrate them at Co Couture. And one of my pals just proposed to his lovely (now) fiancee with a ring enclosed in a chocolate egg from here, too! So it felt like Christmas whenContinue reading “THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD”