5 incredibly useful parenting products

First things first, I’ve been promising myself, when the time permits, I want to do more YouTube videos. I just find that, although there is of course recording and editing involved, it is a much easier medium to convey a good bit of information across on. Writing a blog post takes time and effort and while I enjoy it when it involves writing from the heart, writing and talking about products can get a little boring. Continue reading

A year as a stay at home mother

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I am now officially a stay at home mother for one year and eight days. Hard to believe when this time last year Lucy was merely a hope and a dream and didn’t exist in any way shape or form. What a year it’s been! I often get asked whether I miss work or not and my answer is always the same and always as enthusiastic; not for one single solitary second have I missed it, mainly because I haven’t had the time! Of course there are times when my husband comes home and talks about grass growth and milk prices, topics around which my days used to revolve, and I do genuinely listen with interest. And for a fleeting moment I will look at him and think about how different our careers have worked out despite both graduating with a PhD within months of each other. And quick as a flash the moment is dissipated with a Cork twanged ‘Mummy’, usually from a bathroom and always urgent. Continue reading

Dining with a different at Cork International Hotel

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One of the things we do enjoy as a family is eating out, one day in the weekend we go on an adventure and love to find somewhere new along the way to eat in. It can be at times a little stressful if I’m not having a particularly zen day but the girls enjoy it and we enjoy food so it’s worth a few frantic jumps across a table to catch a falling glass of milk.  Continue reading

Inspiring dolls for girls

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My ladies love playing with dolls, there is absolutely no doubt about that. And while I have no major problem with Barbie, part from the fact that her streamlined waist taunts me as I watch the girls with a cup of tea and a biscuit in hand, I would prefer they had dolls with a more realistic outlook in life. We all know that if Barbie were real she wouldn’t be able to support her own head and given the length of some of the dresses she comes with I do wonder as to her method of supporting herself financially too if you get my drift wink wink!  Continue reading

essence ‘little x-mas factory’ giveaway

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It’s no secret I love essence and to celebrate the festive season I have a lovely giveaway from essence. The following is what is included in this beautiful prize with more details of the products included further down. My pick is the palette which contains shades for the season that is in it in. To enter just leave a comment below! Irish entries only and winner will be picked Friday December 16th! 
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My first ever YouTube video

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This is something I have been thinking about and mulling over for the longest time and I’ve finally taken the plunge. Who knows, it might be the only video I ever post but I doubt it, I have lots of ideas and more importantly I really enjoyed the editing process. So it may be the start of something new and exciting for me. My first video is a beauty one, a really quick run through the makeup I use everyday to create some sort of illusion of looking alive. I won’t be sticking to beauty because a beauty guru I most certainly am not. So I’ll keep this post short and to the point in the hopes you might watch my first video below. I’m really nervous sharing it so be kind, as I know you all will be!  Continue reading

Nappies nappies everywhere!

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I would almost consider myself a nappy aficionado at this stage, three kids in and so far I’ve been changing nappies for four and a half years solid, and that is obviously set to continue for another couple of years now that Lucy has landed! I’ve tried every size, shape and brand of nappy over the years and one thing is always for sure, when gravity takes hold these nappies are bulky in the middle. So when Pampers approached me and appealed the scientist within me I  took on the challenge of testing this nappy to see just how much water it could hold (thankfully they didn’t ask me to test it with the real deal!).  Continue reading

Beauty gifts from Irish businesses #Wrap4Homeless

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I spotted a few bloggers heading to the Meaghers Pharmacy event the other day and when I heard what the cause was I just had to weigh in. I’ve seen Peter McVerry speak recently on the homeless crisis in Ireland and it’s just shocking, it’s people like you and me that fall on hard times, often due to circumstances outside of their control, and when I look at my three children and think about other children living in emergency accommodation it makes me genuinely sad. Meaghers Pharmacy are running a really worthy initiative in the lead up to Christmas, if you choose to get two gifts wrapped which will cost €4.50 they will donate that money to the Peter McVerry trust which will cover the cost of a bed for a night for a homeless person. You can donate instore or via text also.  Continue reading

Stocking fillers for kids from Irish businesses

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So this is the start of it! I love doing these sort of gift guides as early as possible because it gives busy people plenty of time to get their sh*t together. That said I’m usually the very one that leaves it until the last minute to sort out gifts but sure I love the stress of it all! So like always and like last years gift guides I will lean towards supporting small Irish brands and businesses. First up I want to share some gift ideas for kids, stocking fillers really as I guess most kids get their big gifts from parents or Santa so this is more a stocking filler type guide for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, friends etc!  Continue reading

5 breastfeeding tips from a mother that finally succeeded

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I had originally written this post in advance of the latest arrival but then I felt i had to hold off publishing it until I tried and tested my own advice! We’re five weeks into the journey this time round, and touch wood, all is going well, I’m out the far side of soreness, we’re settling into a lovely rhythm together, and most importantly the small lady is piling on the pounds, literally!! I think if you can survive the first couple of weeks you’re on the road to success. I’ve written before about my hit and misses with breastfeeding in the past, not through lack of wanting to do it did things not work out but for various reasons which have led me through a good journey of discovery! BUUUT, this is my time to shine. I really, really want to make a proper go of it this time round so I put together this list of breastfeeding tips I’ve learned to date, for other Mums that may want to try it out or that tried and failed but want to try again. Continue reading