About Maria

lifestyle blog for midlife women
an english lifestyle blog for midlife women

Hi, my name is Maria, thank you for ‘popping in’ to find out a bit more about me!

I think it's bizarre that women beyond 40 are expected to gracefully bow out. At a time of life when women are juggling kids, grandchildren, pets, home, work and ageing parents. We do all this at a time when our hormones are all kinds of crazy! We really should be celebrating our fabulousness!

So, I got started on writing a lifestyle blog for women over 40 that concentrates on getting the best from our midlives.

Passion fruit, paws and peonies is an English lifestyle blog for midlife women

All posts are written in an honest, optimistic, compassionate way and sometimes my tongue is in my cheek.

This is really a family affair with all of us sharing photography and so many interests. My husband has become an enthusiastic fashion photographer who keeps his camera shy wife (yes, that's me) happy and confident. My grown kids are always finding great bars and restaurants. Their love and support is endless and priceless.

I hope you’ll find my blog to be inspirational, useful and that you come and visit here often, because life is too short to eat a bad meal, stay somewhere grim, wear something unflattering or feel alone when midlife shakes you up.


Passion fruit, paws and peonies the lifestyle blog for midlife women


As a woman over 40 I still want to feel gorgeous. I love clothes that are feminine, chic, contemporary and make me feel fabulous. Head over to Style for Women over 40 to see my recommendations!

We are all foodies. So, whether we find brilliant food at a swish Michelin restaurant in the city or the best gelato made from a secret family recipe deep in a mountain village, this is where we share it with you. Foodie is where I’ll share only the best restaurants, cafes and food markets we can find!

As a family we ALL love to cook. Some of the recipes become treasured and well used. Cook is where you can find these, along with new exciting favourites I simply have to share. I hope you give our much loved recipes a go!

Our small pack of dogs are at the heart of the family. Click over to Paws for huge amount of cuteness, laughs as well as great places to walk and dog friendly places to eat and visit.

We all adore being immersed in different cultures and Traveler is where I’ll share the highlights of everything we find. I want to see the best the world has to offer, is that too much to ask?! 

Sometimes, we are just Out and About loving what we see. So, here, you'll find museums, galleries and more. Everything not food or paw related!

Our Vlogs category is where we hope you'll enjoy lot's of our video adventures. They are mainly related to our 'travel', 'out and about' or 'paws' sections. We are having a blast with these! 

Our Let's Talk category, is where I let you in on my real life revelations and thing's get personal. I talk about issues concerning women around their midlife but have a laugh along with it!

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