Discovering Cork – Fitzgerald’s Park

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Ages ago now I had a post on my Facebook page where lots of other Mum’s suggested places to hit for with kids around Cork. Suggestions came for near and far, from model railways to beaches, parks to playgrounds. My aim this summer is to discover them all. When the big lady started school I think I had underestimated the commitment involved in a child going to primary school and really felt I hadn’t made the best of our free time last summer. Granted I was akin to a sweaty whale Continue reading

Holiday mode with Marks & Spencer

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Last summer I look back and think we didn’t make the best of the free days we had before the advent of big school. I suppose it’s fair to say that being pregnant probably didn’t help my energy levels but this year, with energy levels somewhat returned, I am making a commitment to myself and the ladies that we are going to explore more. The mornings are going to be filled with packing picnics, loading up the slow cooker with dinner and piling the kitchen sink necessary accoutrements that come with kids and adventures into the car. But before we hit off we had to get prepared, the weather was unseasonably mild this Easter and the big lady in particular was left peering into her wardrobe in search of a summer dress that would fit her!
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Baba Box – quirky gifts for Mums and babies alike

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I find with Instagram there are some accounts that you constantly go back to check on because their feed is not just aesthetically pleasing but the content is fantastic too. This I find with Sarah’s Baba Box account and when she kindly offered to send me the February box for a look see I was delighted. Baba Box is a brand that provides both a subscription service and a one off gifting option. The selection of products contained in the boxes Continue reading

Abosca – baby gift boxes and hampers

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The one thing about this blog that continues on a daily basis to provide me with such a feeling of content is the people I connect with. They are all facets of myself, Mums to be, Mums on maternity leave, Mums back at work and Mums working for themselves. So I can identify with them all and everyone of them, of you, that makes contact with me makes me smile. Continue reading

To the Mum who…

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To the Mum…

Who notices her concealer isn’t rubbed in AFTER the school run has been done…
Who doesn’t quite understand why the children love Mister Tumble so much…
Who always crawls into bed last after the day despairing at the mess that remains despite all the cleaning done…
Who realises in the car at the swimming pool that only one eye has had a lashing of liquid eye liner…
Whose heart drops a little when the children ask her when is she going back to work… Continue reading

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

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

The ultimate breastfeeding pillow

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I’ve used breastfeeding pillows before, mostly they serve one purpose, to make life easier when you’re breastfeeding a baby. Around our house since the smallest lady arrived you will often hear someone or other looking for ‘the hen’. The hen has become one of those unbelievably useful items that you don’t realise you need until you have it and then you wonder how you lived without it.  Continue reading