DIY Cricut Acrylic Wipeable Board

I made this really simple but useful board for the kitchen recently and it has been so handy as a spot to dump the thoughts and tasks I need to remember but keep forgetting. I know myself when you are starting out the whole idea of Cricut can seem dauting so I have put together this step by step Cricut tutorial that should hopefully guide you through some terms and functions. I love creating video content but sometimes it’s nice to read a tutorial so that you can go between it and Design Space and figure things out at your own speed.

I got the blank, clear acrylic A4 sheet from Crafty Cuts Ireland. I used my Cricut Explore 3 and Smart Vinyl to create the design.

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Branding with Limelight Media, Cork

A few months back I got a notion that I wanted to streamline my presence, or my brand, online. I was in the middle of running my small business and I had my social media and the whole lot of it just felt a bit jumbled up. I had seen a few friends online, Cliona and Niamh, get the most beautiful branding done for their websites and social media so I touched base with Limelight Media in Cork to see what might work for me.

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Tips for an organized evening

It feels like in the blink of eye we went from willing the days to pass by at the start of the year and now we are right back to hectic schedules and I just think it’s the most fantastic thing. I help out with Camogie and coach athletics in our village and honestly to see the energy and excitement from children, coaches and parents alike it would do you good. The girls are busy too back to their various activities and for the first time in so long I feel like I need to get back to being really organised. I spent the first week when everything started back again totally flustered trying to remember all the different times for pickups and drop offs and then trying to get dinner and homework slotted in around it all it was a bit manic. I am back on track though this week so here are a few tips that might help you take the hassle out of trying to juggle dinners with everything else you have going on.

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Summer Water Safety – tips and advice

I think possibly one of my biggest worries this summer is the water, in truth I worry about a lot of things but that’s probably a discussion for another day! My two oldest girls went back to swimming lessons in the last couple of weeks and we as a family were able to get back into the pool, all six of us, by appointment, recently too. And that is fantastic considering we had not been in a pool in almost 16 months. My main concern is that my girls are confident in the water but they lack the actual skill to back it up. It is a shame but given how many months of lessons they have missed out on and the practise outside of that that we would normally do, it is only natural they have probably gone backwards rather than forwards with their swimming.

The Summer Garden

We haven’t really made any plans for the summer, we will try and get home to my parents Sligo for a while but specific plans seem like such a fickle thing this year. I am nervous of organising any great escapes and telling the children because it feels like I have made various plans over the last year or so and they have changed for one reason or another (ok one reason – Covid!).

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Winter wardrobe essentials – investing in quality pieces that last

I have spoken about it more and more lately that I’m eager to move away from trends and fast fashion and to start investing in decent, hardworking, classic pieces of clothes. I don’t have the energy to style outfits in the morning and I find myself gravitating towards the same pieces over and over. So I want to make sure these pieces are really good quality, they need to wash and wear well and they need to look smart. I don’t always get my hair done or any makeup on but if my outfit is smart at least I feel like I’m somewhat presentable. Next year for me will be about focusing on buying less but buying better, and that won’t be just when it comes to clothes. Continue reading

5 incredibly useful parenting products

First things first, I’ve been promising myself, when the time permits, I want to do more YouTube videos. I just find that, although there is of course recording and editing involved, it is a much easier medium to convey a good bit of information across on. Writing a blog post takes time and effort and while I enjoy it when it involves writing from the heart, writing and talking about products can get a little boring. Continue reading

Maternity Dresses Asos

This time round I’ve found myself wearing dresses far more than anything else. I wonder why on earth I didn’t wear them more the last two times especially given I was sitting at a desk for the vast majority of the nine months. The maternity dresses on Asos have really impressed me – one brand in particular includes the dress in this post from Mamalicious. The minute I put it on I felt good. I’m not usually one for a bodycon dress, my tummy after two babies simply doesn’t allow, but sure there’s no hiding this belly now so I’m rolling with it!     Continue reading

When a one year old thinks she’s three

This time of year is a nice time to reflect. Considering the blog turns one year old in a couple of weeks I’ll save a reflect of my first blogging year until then. So today I’ll focus on the ladies, who constantly provide me with inspiration. With the small ladies I love looking back at previous Christmas’s and comparing them with the current to get a real feel for how life has changed in the space of 12 short months. This year was the first Christmas when Santa really came, there was no fear just sheer excitement which was a joy and a pleasure to witness and be part of. The small lady unfortunately came down with something that we never really figured out but it passed nonetheless but not without many sleepless nights, worry and endless comforting.  Continue reading