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…

Jumping in the deep end, in the shallow end.


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…)

Week 1 – Beginnings: 52 Week Photography Challenge

As part of Mummy B‘s 52 Week Photography Challenge here is my photo for Week 1: Beginnings.

Monkeys at the Skatepark Week 1 - 52 Week Photography Challenge: "Beginning"

Monkeys at the Skatepark
Week 1 – 52 Week Photography Challenge: “Beginning”

Last Sunday, the day before we all went back to our routines, we went for a scoot down the promenade and a look at the skate park. The monkeys have been begging for ages to go with their scooters (fortunately the BMX doesn’t fit in the car!). (more…)

Living the old me the new way.


The other night I danced and laughed late into the night like I hadn’t a care in the world. I was a touch rough around the edges the following day but it was worth it. I felt great. 6 months previously I had taken a call from an old colleague asking me to come back to work on a big job with her. (more…)

Some Fairy Magic

The infamous fairy doors appeared in our house quite some time ago but have only recently become permanent features and artifacts of awe. Awe for the kids and awwwwwwwwww for the parents. Aside from being able to deliver life messages through the little notes that the fairies leave for the kids, we also get to watch the amazement  and wonder in their little faces as they unravel them and study them.


Easter Sunday morning

Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy are wonderful, magical memories in childhood, being a child and being a parent. Yet by the time a toddler really understands Christmas there is only a handful of Christmas’s left until a child in the playground lets the truth slip or the child themselves outgrow the wonder.

Christmas Eve excitement

Easter Bunny  has even less time and the Tooth Fairy brings its own magic in for the older child but also brings a competitiveness when it comes to “how much money did the Tooth Fairy leave?”

The Fairy Door is different. It is a regular wonder, not too regular to get bored of and not too infrequent to fall off the kid’s radar. In our house with a Summer of fighting and squabbling the fairy hadn’t left notes for the Troublesome Twosome for quite sometime, much to their dismay.

However, with the onset of returning to school, one little lady starting school and the little man being noticeably kinder and happier,  it was time for the fairies to pay a visit.

I snuck into their rooms and stuck new name plaques beside their fairy doors, a little note for each of them and off I went to bed.

The excitement this morning from both monkeys when they saw the plaques and could read their fairies name was magical. The impact and expressions of earnest as they heard what was in their letters was more effective than any “chat” I have ever had with them. “Shouting makes the fairies sad”,  “Whisper in my door if you ever feel sad and I will come sprinkle happy dust to make you feel better”, “Leave me little notes to tell me your news about school” …

By 7.30am, dressed and fed and good as gold the two monkeys were sitting up at the kitchen table writing notes to their fairies. Mum and dad were having a peaceful cup of tea. Life’s a peach.Thank you fairies for coming to visit.