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Halloween – cute little cats and wizards no more.

Halloween in our house has been a long time coming this year. Our sitting room has been a dressing room for weeks. The excitement has been brewing and the creative juice buds have been flowing. Cute little cats and wizards no more…
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Turning 40 – could I have finally started to grow up?

So I turned 40 this week… copenhagen_40_co2

I am not sure where the last ten years went but I know they have been busy with motherhood, marriage, readjusting to a life outside Dublin, and did I mention motherhood? I have evolved from footloose and fancy free to no respite and responsibilities.

Here are a few things I have noticed about myself and my coming of age…. have I finally grown up?  (more…)

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Hosting a brunch – My Top Tips & Menu

Organising a charity brunch cheaply, simply and quickly.

It has been a longtime since I hosted anything in my house and one thing on my bucket list for 2015 was to do just that.

Coupled with my beautiful, little cousin recently diagnosed with cancer and learning about a lovely charity called Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, what better way to combine a simple gathering of the nearest and dearest ladies in my life than to have a Sunday brunch in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie. I invited my mum, mother-in-law, aunts, sisters, a few WAGS, neighbours, mums from school and cousins. images

Once the invite went out and 25 odd people said they would attend I realised it was going to be the same weekend that the boss would be away. Nooooooooooooooo! It was too late to back out. My monkeys had no choice but to be my waiters and any help I was offered I took.

We had a full house and raised a whopping €365 for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

Here are my top tips for organising a brunch, QUICKLY, CHEAPLY and SIMPLY.  (more…)

I broke a domestic goddess rule.

After a long week of rushing and running I love walking in the door to the fresh smell of a clean house, the hall tiles mopped and welcoming, the carpets hoovered, everything tidied and clean.

I walk straight into the kitchen and pop the shopping on the lovely clean counter. I stroll around the house peeping in every room, not inspecting, admiring. I smile at the shiny bathroom, the bedrooms at their finest and spot the little lady’s blanket all neatly folded. I am in love with our cleaner and I am indebted to her. (more…)

Jumping in the deep end, in the shallow end.

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I paid my 5 year old one Kinder Egg and one packet of Match Attax to get her into her swimsuit and sit by the edge of the pool with her toes in the water.

What followed was a heartbreaking, sad, red face staring at me from the other side of the pool with big, huge, pleading eyes. Is it right or wrong to put a young child through such angst? Was it right to put myself through such angst?

As I sat through the swimming lesson I had a moment of doubt. Was I being a pushy parent? Was I ‘making’ her do something she clearly didn’t want to do? Or was I being a good parent by not giving in but being understanding of her anxieties and gently encouraging her, despite the fact she was vividly upset. (more…)

A Fun AND free Mid-Term Activity: Kilmacurragh and Geocaching

Kilmacimage 4urragh is one of those beautiful oasis, just off the N11 near Wicklow Town, that few people know about. It is a sister of the National Botanical Gardens and is beautifully kept, never busy and big enough to enjoy without having to carry moaning kids back to the car.

It is most well known for its Rhododendrons that are a vision in April/May. Rhododendrons in Kilmacurragh

We have been going to Kilmacurragh since the monkeys were babies and it never bores them. This particular trip had a new twist though; our recent discovery of geocaching. (more…)