13 Oct

Wholesome Weight Loss

This is the first ever time I’ve done this so please be gentle with me. I’ve video-blogged/vlogged a piece about improving my fitness levels and weight loss.

If you have any questions, just ask below and hopefully I’ll have another one for you very soon!


30 Sep

Make The Most Of Time

I wish I could just press a pause button.

I look at the boys and I think that this is the best age. The 2-year-old is so much fun. He’s great at getting what he wants, especially if it involves tickles or kisses. He’s transforming from my precious miracle into a little man; and while it fills me with so much pride to see him growing up, I want to bottle him up. I often say he has just two speeds: Awake and Asleep. Read More

25 Sep

Walking A Marathon A Week

I’ve set myself the challenge of walking a marathon a week. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, in fact walking is becoming easier the more I do it. Read More

14 Sep

Routine Is Great

My daily routine has changed since the 5-year-old went back to school. The arrangement that we had last year has altered and instead of me just whooshing him out the door by 8.30am, now all 3 of us (2 boys and myself) leave the house by this time.  Thanks to one of my sisters we have a lift to the school and after we’ve dropped the eldest boy off, I walk home with the small boy. It’s quite a distance and he’s not strong enough to walk it all by himself yet so I bring the buggy with me. Read More

05 Aug

Time For Reflection

Since January my life accelerated at a ‘Turbo-Fast’ pace.

You’ll excuse the kids’ film reference, I spend my days with 2 small boys after all.

It became hard to stand still, take stock, make time for reflection.

I’ve been feeling very tired and because I was so busy I became bogged down. The housework mounted.

What I’m saying is, I’m taking a break from my blog for a few days. Just a few. I need to get stuck into the house. Clear out the stuff that we’re suffocating under; make way for more light and air.

The aim is that when I’m done, I’ll have found the bottom of my wash-basket, consciously coupled hundreds of socks, cooked a few meals without recipe testing, drunk a mug of tea from start to finish without sitting in front of the computer. That kind of thing.

When I reach the end, if I’ve done things right; I’ll have a clearer house and, as a consequence, a clearer mind.

See you on the other side. In a few days.

Featured image is one I took at Bloom 2012. Just because.

09 Jul

The Two Best Words In The Irish Language

Nobody quite prepares you for the terrible twos. I’m convinced that as parents we are affected by some forgetful hormone. You know the one that makes you forget how bad labour/pregnancy actually was when you look at that blue line on a stick for the second time?

The week is young. So young in fact that it’s not even technically halfway through yet. The two year old is over-achieving in the terrible two stakes this week. While I’m sure that the older boy was just as bad, sometimes it seems like his brother is ten million times worse! Read More

01 May

What Will I Do When Things Get Better?

People keep on asking me what will I do when things start getting better. Will we have more money to spend on groceries?  I don’t think we will. Read More

09 Apr

It’s Not A Dream

I originally wrote this blogpost at the end of 2013 and it’s worth revisiting now as tomorrow I officially launch my first cookbook, “Wholesome”. Read More

06 Mar

5 Easy Ways To Use Irish With Your Children

It’s officially Seachtain na Gaeilge and it runs from 1st March to 17th March this year. I know, I know, if you’re an Irish speaker you’ll happily tell me that it’s not a week and it’s more than a fortnight. The idea is that use this time to make more of an effort to use Irish and to celebrate our native language.

As regular readers know, Irish is very much a living language in our house. So I asked my fellow Irish Parenting Blogger and all around expert on using the Irish language with children, Sadhbh Devlin for her thoughts and opinions for those who aren’t used to using it loads at home, if at all. Over to Sadhbh:

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15 Feb

Great Parenting Questions

Yesterday being Valentine’s Day I stuck up a quick update that read: “My love for you is as solid as a day old dish of Weetabix”

The solid state of dried Weetabix being one of life’s great parenting questions. Which got me to thinking about all the other ones….. Read More

30 Jan

Batch Cooking

The key to having your meals planned for the week ahead is organisation. That is why I prepare a pile of veg over the weekend and get batch cooking.  Don’t be under any illusions now, I’m no food preparation machine, but it is so easy to lash a dinner together during the week when I’ve put the time in at the weekend.

It goes a bit like this:  Read More

13 Jan

Just Read

When I was small I was the type of child that used to sit on my bed for hours on end and read. I had my parents thwarted, I’d hide my reading material under the covers and I knew how to open the door a crack so that the light would shine on my bed, just so, and I could see the print on the page. Read More

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