3 essentials for your summer baby hospital bag to make the heat more bearable

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I find myself in Cork University Maternity Hospital unexpectedly in June, while the country experiences the longest bout of insanely good weather I find myself literally baking alive inside a newish building that was built without air conditioning….firstly I think that’s insane because honestly I cannot describe how hot and uncomfortable it is here on the plasticy beds with windows that only open a crack into a courtyard thus leaving me without even a whisper of a breeze….anyway, can you tell I’m waiting a long time to be seen so I’m getting cranky!? Continue reading

The Slow Cooker; revolutionising dinner for busy parents

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I bought a slow cooker probably about a year ago now in anticipation of going back to work. For some reason it sat gathering dust until recently but it’s use has become something of a revelation to us. We have used it a good few times over the past couple of weeks and are totally sold on the idea of its use. To contextualise things, we always make dinner the night before so that it simply needs to be heated and the accompanying starch (rice, noodles, spaghetti, pasta etc) needs to be cooked from scratch. I need to have dinner on the table in about a half hour after getting in the door otherwise the girls would literally be eating their spuds in the bath. Continue reading

First week Slimming World

It would possible be remiss of me not to make comment on my first week at Slimming World during which I lost 7.5 lbs or a half a stone. This isn’t going to be a blog that becomes inundated with pictures of healthy food or that I’m going to start exercising like crazy or become a vegan. I have to manage my expectations around work, kids, family and life. But I do understand the obvious importance of eating well and being healthy. So what did I do to loose a half a stone in my first week at Slimming World I hear you ask….well wonder no further. Continue reading