Bloggers and #ad – what does it all mean?

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When people ask me what I do of course the first thing I say is I parent, I am first and foremost Mother and Mammy to my three darlings and lets face it that in itself takes up a fair chunk of my time both day and night. But lately I’ve started to wave my hand flippantly around in the air and with the hint of a red face I mutter something about doing something online with social media. The title blogger seems to have 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

Tips for new bloggers

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This post on tips for bloggers is specifically related to blogging so apologies to those who have zero interest. I get a lot of questions from bloggers new and old on various areas from social media management to website design. I’ve also worked on a number of websites, from helping them set up their blog initially to streamlining and redesigning existing blogs and business websites. So if it is something you want a bit more advice or help on drop me an email. I have shared some of my tips here previously and will continue to do that as I got lots of advice from seasoned bloggers when I started and (not that I’m seasoned by any stretch of the imagination) I have put a lot of effort into the technical aspects of blogging and social media. So here are some tips I either found useful when they were given to me or tips that I figured out along the way. Continue reading

Cutting out the middle man

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This is the sort of post that has been on my mind for quite some time now but I wasn’t sure about posting it. As most will know from this blog I am a huge supporter of small businesses, women in business, Irish businesses, you get my drift. I also like a bargain and do not like getting ripped off. Just before Christmas I posted a picture of a watch I had ordered from an Irish based company that was cute and funny. However, the picture that was shown on said website was not the actual watch Continue reading

Rolling back the years with our pastimes

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I often find myself doing wardrobe clearouts – it makes space for new items (ha ha just don’t tell my husband!) and also makes me realize what I actually have in there. I find it so hard thought throwing out things I deem as having gone out of fashion because really, is there such a thing!? We thought big shoulders died in the 80’s along side perms and neon but hey presto when Balmain sent their models down the runway a couple of years back with pointy shoulders it sparked a major revival. Continue reading

The Fairytale Hairdresser and The Sugarplum Fairy book review

Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugarplum Fairy book review

The latest release in the Fairytale Hairdresser series came into our hands recently and we’ve been reading it at night with our 3 year old for about 2 weeks. This edition, The Fairytale Hairdresser and The Sugarplum Fairy, is aimed at the Christmas Market as the story revolves around Fairyland Villages Winter Ballet. Continue reading

Blogging Tips Useful Websites and Apps

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Apologies for this being such a blog-centric post but I find these posts on blogging tips and tricks  really useful so I’m paying it back/forward by publishing this. These blogging tips for beginners and pros alike is a list of four brilliant apps, apart from the obvious like Facebook, Twitter, that have literally taken my blogging to the next level. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still small fish but its nice to see the followers on Instagram go up and my blog itself look a little more professional. So without further ado, some of my ‘secrets’!

Canva.com – if you’re not already using this WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Continue reading

Book Review – The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid

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My big lady was absolutely ecstatic to receive this book in the post recently, The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid written by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard. It’s a really lovely colourful book with lots of really detailed pictures throughout.

The story tells the tale of a renowned hairdresser, Kittie and her friend, Coral, the Little Mermaid who is desperate to be turned into a human so that she can find love. She has a beautiful voice and her singing catches the attention of Prince Marino across a crowded beach, who goes in search of the source of the beautiful voice. However, the Little Mermaid turns to the magical Sea Witch who changes her into a human but tricks her and takes away her beautiful voice. The little mermaid is devastated to have lost her voice so enlists the help of her hairdresser friend and so they go in search of the witch to get the mermaids voice back. The tale tells a lovely story of female empowerment and friendship and of course ends in love like all good fairy-tales!

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My three year old adores this book and we’ve been reading it most nights since it arrived two weeks ago. If I’m honest, I tend to steer clear of fairy tales normally but that’s a very personal preference and perhaps not a fair one to push on a little girl who loves all things pink and sparkly. The story is quite long so maybe suited for a four year old and upwards, although we edited down the story downand referred to the pictures with our three year old and she still thoroughly enjoyed it. The book features ‘cameos’ from other fairy-tale characters which are fun to try and pick out, maybe it’s just me but I found some of them a little difficult to identify.

All in all a lovely book for any child mad about fairy tales and sparkly things! Have you read any other books from the series with your children? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

There are a large range of books in the series ‘The Fairytale Hairdresser’ available on Amazon.com and online in Ireland at Dubary Books retailing for approximately €11 (excluding postage). To find out more about the Author Abie Longstaff click here

We were lucky enough to receive this book for free in return for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own and are genuinely honest.

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