Handmade Irish baby gifts

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When Siobhan the lady behind Monaghan based Bonnie & Bumble, and whose Instagram feed I literally drool over, got in touch and sent me this beautiful baby vest for the new arrival I was inspired to go back to some of the basics of this blog. I simply love to support Irish businesses, especially ones that develop from kitchen tables across the country, that are started by talented Mothers working hard to combine the jobs of parenting with creativity to produce unique and beautiful items. Continue reading

Next maternity clothes

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I really think that finally I’ve found my groove when it comes to dressing a bump. This is probably the one pregnancy where I’ve been a little bit courageous in what I wear while at the same time I always, always put comfort first. Previously I’ve been sat at a desk for the vast majority of my pregnancies so if you’re uncomfortable you only have yourself to worry about. However, what I’ve learned this time round if you’re uncomfortable and trying to control two unruly redheads you start to sweat from places you didn’t know possible. Continue reading

Nimue – skincare worth investing in

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Anyone who has read my blog for a while now will know I struggle with my skin having written previously about how to deal with hormonal skin and how to cover it all up. I have battled with bad skin pretty much all my life, I can barely remember a time where I haven’t had at least a couple of spots, that usually being a good skin day. A good few months ago now a group of us Continue reading

Bloggers guide to working with brands

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I attended a Blogging Event at the weekend and one of the topics was about bloggers working with brands or PR companies and with brands. I thought it was a really good topic to touch on and felt, even though my experience is relatively limited to date, I might have something to add. The first thing I would have to point out when it comes to this step as a blogger is that patience is paramount. Continue reading

MEGA essence giveaway

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I’m going to keep this post short a sweet because my new Tom Bow brush pens arrived and I’m obsessed! See I even had to create the Facebook message for this post myself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love essence as a brand. The quality it brilliant and obviously the price is even better. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram you’ll often see me chatting about this brand. Continue reading

#GeorgeMiniMe party dresses for everyone

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There are some things in life that you only get away with for a limited time, like eating sweets before it catches up on you and dressing your daughters in matching outfits. The time comes all too quickly where they are full of their own opinions and tastes which is a thing to be celebrated but also signals the passing of time from milestone to milestone. My two ladies are two years apart in age but my small lady is a four year old trapped in a two year old’s body. Continue reading

Downtime at the Essence Spa Clarion Cork

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I have always found pregnancy particularly tough on my nails. Over the past few years my nails have been weak and split regularly. I mean so weak that they bend even when I’d be doing up fiddly buttons on the girls dresses, which even thinking about makes me cringe, honestly I think there is no worse a sensation. I’ll be honest, I probably haven’t minded them as much as I should, I don’t take supplements to strengthen them and they are painted most days of the week.  Continue reading

Housework hacks

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Never one to shy away from a seemingly boring topic, for me there is however, no escaping this subject on a daily basis. The one thing I’ve noticed since being at home with the ladies is the sheer increase in the amount of housework that has to be done. I’m the first to admit I’m a bit anal about the house being kept relatively neat and tidy. The girls are great at helping to be fair, I hold pretty tight on the rule that if they are finished playing with one toy/puzzle etc they must tidy it up before tearing out the next pile of stuff. The bump is beginning to impede on daily tasks so I’ve been trying to come up with some handy tricks to make life easier for myself.  Continue reading

Introducing the baby to the toddler

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When we had our second lady, the first lady was a few weeks past her second birthday. Her understanding of the impending situation was pretty good. I gathered advice and tips from friends and books on how best to go about introducing a toddler to a newborn. None of the below stopped me constantly worrying about how the whole thing would play out but it certainly did work when the second lady landed. To date, there has been little to no jealousy, apart from a little over zealous hugging and kissing, the girls are best of friends.  Continue reading

5 beauty buys under €5

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We all love a bargain! Sometimes I find with expensive beauty buys I find I expect so much more out of them and am often left disappointed – case in point, I recently shelled out over €40 for the much revered Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and to be honest, if I’ve used it ten times that’s all, I nearly always reach for my good old Rimmel pressed powder. Same with nail polish, I always reach for essence over OPI although I do opt for an Essie top coat which works a dream.  Continue reading