Introducing the baby to the toddler

When we had our second lady, the first lady was a few weeks past her second birthday. Her understanding of the impending situation was pretty good. I gathered advice and tips from friends and books on how best to go about introducing a toddler to a newborn. None of the below stopped me constantly worrying about how the whole thing would play out but it certainly did work when the second lady landed. To date, there has been little to no jealousy, apart from a little over zealous hugging and kissing, the girls are best of friends.  Continue reading

Dealing with hormonal spots

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For as long as I can remember I have had the ‘pleasure’ of dealing with hormonal spots, through the teenage years to pregnancies hormones have always impacted my skin. I have gone down the route of tablets and the pill to deal with particularly bad breakouts but the effects rarely lasted beyond the end of the course of treatment so it’s not really something I’m likely to bother with again in the near future. Drinking water isn’t going to clear up your skin alone Continue reading

Do you look after yourself?

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This is a question that to be honest I rarely ask myself mainly because the answer is usually no. On the face of I might pull my hair together on occasion or I like to do my tan but there is another kind of wellness that I think more of us need to pay attention to. When Kira Walton, co-founder of Voya, touched base with me regarding Global Wellness Day, a not for profit day that she is heading up here in Ireland, I was intrigued. Continue reading

10 tips for quick dinners

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While I was working I usually got in the door at about 5.30 and had dinner on the table for 6.10. Any later than that and it wouldn’t have been fair on the girls eating so close to bedtime. We did go through a phase of making dinner the evening before but to be honest it felt like there was no break from cooking, heating etc that we stopped bothering with that. And I know lots of people stock pile dinners at the weekends but I found time so precious at the weekends that I wasn’t interested in spending the weekend slaving over the cooker. So it came down to speed cooking in the evenings and it actually worked quite well. So here are some of the tips that worked for us. 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

Pamper yourself

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One of my favourite things to do at home is to steal away for a half hour, treat myself to a little indulgence and pamper myself. The bulk of this is basically spent by passing about 20 minutes in a roasting hot shower just enjoying the peace and quiet. But I also like to be productive so I try to do a hair mask once a week. I’m still struggling to get my hair and head back to normal after using the Aussie range of shampoos for far too long, they totally and utterly dried out both my hair and scalp. I’m using the Mane N Tail Deep Moisturising shampoo and conditioner now and have definitely seen a huge improvement.  Continue reading

How do you wash your face?

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It’s not often I would pass comment on skincare products mere weeks are buying them online but I’m so blown away by the three products I bought from Nip + Fab (or Nip and Fab) I feel compelled to comment. The change in weather temperatures coupled with the fact that I basically sit between a burning radiator and a drafty window my skin has gone so weird the past couple of weeks. Throw in some typically female hormones and a bit of ‘finishing up work’ stress and you’ve got a recipe for skincare disaster. Continue reading

Are you a safe driver?

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We drive in the car a lot. We try and visit family regularly who live either 4 hours away by car alone or 7 hours in the car plus a boat journey. And we drive a lot everyday of the week to the childminders and back so I’d like to think I’m a safe driver with all the practice I have. My husband commutes to work but he does this alone. To be honest sometimes I find myself half jealous of him heading off into an hour long commute that includes traffic. Why I hear you ask?! Because he gets to have some head space and just listen to the radio. And I’m not the only parent in the world to think that this driving time is his down time, a survey by Chill Insurance recently found that 25% of parents consider driving as their quiet time. Continue reading

Lottie Dolls

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When it comes to the small ladies we put every genre of toy in front of them, from farm animals to dolls they have a wide variety.The big lady loves her Barbie’s but jaypers, the clothes the Barbie’s come with leave LITTLE to the imagination. I restyled our Barbie’s by making some midi skirts and proper tops with my sewing machine so that she resembles an upstanding citizen. And then I discovered the Lottie Dolls and my interest was piqued. I especially LOVE the selection of Dolls that fall under the remit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We really encourage counting and maths in our house (we cant help it!) so much so that the big lady literally counted the teeth in my mouth last night as I put her to bed.
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