Tips for buying shoes for toddlers

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With the onset of age comes a new air of independence with the big lady. She has always been rather ‘headstrong’ for want of the most complimentary word. She learned how to speak quite early on because she had to get herself across unlike the small lady now whose rather passive and not too bothered about what she gets as long as it’s the same as her big sister. Anyway, what has this got to do with shoes I hear you ask?! Continue reading

Fuschia Makeup Face Kit

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Anyone that reads this space on the internet will realise that I’m a woman who likes a beauty product that earns its keep on my dresser. If it has multiple uses then it’s my friend. I don’t have time to be pulling out a pile of different pots and bottles in the mornings to pull together some sort of presentable face. When this highlight and contour palette from Fuschia Makeup landed in the door last week I literally gasped. I’ve mentioned Fuschia a couple of times before and I’m always impressed by the shades and tones used in products like the nude lipsticks and the foundation, they suit pale skintones really nicely. This facekit is a gem of a product. Continue reading

The first week as a stay at home mum

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I should preface this by saying I’m not going to update this every week with a low down on how thing as a stay at home mum are going. But for the fun of it I’ll do one update. I’m a week in, and it’s much like being on maternity leave BUT without a tiny baby and distinctly more sleep and sanity. It’s been a truly lovely week and it’s been so busy! It’s been the simple things I’ve enjoyed the most, showers at 10.30am, the quiet satisfaction of having a nice dinner on the table that I had the time to make using a cook book, the giggles, jumping in muddy puddles and being on top of the washing come Saturday morning.  Continue reading

Interior Inspiration

During the lull between Christmas and New Years celebrations we got busy organising and sorting out our home. We find ourselves at a funny stage at the moment because while we are looking to buy a house  and always looking for interior inspiration, we haven’t found anything yet despite looking for six months, which isn’t really long I know. But it does leave us in limbo – there are things we want to sort out in our current house but we hold back from buying things because we don’t know if it will suit the next place. 

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Handmade Irish bags

I was so thrilled to be contacted by Waterford based Claire Povey to see if I would like to try out one of her beautiful handmade bags. These bags are perfect for bringing to the beach, the pool, the gym or for using as a changing bag. Claire kindly gave me the Harbour beach bag which I started using as my changing bag since it’s not quite beach weather down Southjust yet! Continue reading

Personalised Cuff Links from Sally Clay Jewellery

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This is probably a post that is suitable all year round given that personalised gifts are great for both Christmas and birthday presents. I do love a special personalised gift, I love coming up with the ideas or creating them and I love getting them. I think there’s an added element of the effort involved that makes it all the nicer receiving a special gift that someone has put thought and effort into getting you. Continue reading

Useful tips for buying children’s clothes

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Our small lady absolutely hates getting dressed, so I try and move as deftly as I can. My speed and agility is, however, sometimes thwarted by irritating baby clothes. So I thought I’d put together a post that might be useful for new Mums, Mums-to-be or those who want to buy clothes for friends with babies or kids – here are some simple things to bear in mind to make life easier  for Mammy’s the world over. Continue reading

Concrete Jewellery

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I’m really excited about this latest DIY – I was lucky enough to be gifted (!) a bag of quick drying sand and cement by my every thoughtful husband. I had spotted a few cool DIY projects on Pinterest recently that used concrete as the medium for working with. Being a Civil Engineer by qualification I thought it only too fitting to put the practice we had mixing and testing concrete in the concrete lab in the old Civil Engineering building in NUI, Galway to use (those were the days right Laura!?). Continue reading

Contouring and Highlighting in 3 easy steps

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I went for a class with Sarah at Inglot in Mahon Point today and really enjoyed it. I decided to get her to give me some tips on the, ever daunting, topic of contouring and highlighting. She used their HD foundation (in 71) on me as a base and I have to say it gives incredible coverage but perhaps a little heavy for daytime wear for me.

The easiest way to show what she taught me on the topic of contouring is to show it in a series of steps – three in total – bronze, highlight and blush. The key to this entire process is to use tiny amounts of product and a light hand and to build up your product bit by bit until you’re happy with the look. Continue reading