19 Jul

Choosing School Uniforms

I apologise for this post as I know that for some parents the thoughts of getting uniforms and organising back-to-school stuff waits until August. Having just bought some of the new uniform for the Autumn term I thought it might be worthwhile to explain what I learned last year and how it has affected my choices this year.

Just before the 5-year-old started school last year I blogged about the expenses of sending him to school and how much it was costing. At least I have a real account I can compare to!

The cost of school charges (including book rental) and books I have to buy pretty much remain the same which is a great credit to the school. However, when it comes to choosing school uniforms I’ve changed my outlook and that’s why I’m blogging about it again. Read More

17 Jul

Spiderman Comes To Town

While I was away a few weeks ago a parcel arrived for me from Lidl Ireland filled with items from their new “Too Cute” range which came into stores today.

Over the past fortnight the boys and I have put all the items inside to the test and here’s the verdict of Spiderman Comes To Town. Read More

15 Jul

Caravanning In Kerry

For the past 4 years we have organised one of the local Summer Projects instead of going on holiday. This year we knew that we needed to take a break, and decided to staycation around Ireland and in particular in the West. When the opportunity arose to go caravanning in Kerry, we decided to take the Irish Caravan and Camping Council up on their offer, packed the car, and travelled down the country.

The plan was to spend 3 nights in the Glenross Caravan & Camping Park in Glenbeigh, on the Ring of Kerry, then a further 2 nights at another location in the midlands. I’ll be back next week with our account of how we got on when we left Kerry but in the meantime, here’s what you need to know. Read More

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

02 Jul

Stokke Steps Review

A couple of weeks ago I took delivery of a Stokke Steps Chair for a review. Here’s how I got on and what I thought of the new system. Read More

13 Jun

Some News And Reviews

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’ve some news and reviews to share.  Including Lidl’s new Nespresso compatible pods, Bellarom; a pint mug I found for sale (you will want one too); Bloom 2014, toilet training essentials and more! 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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27 Feb

Netflix Countdown To The Oscars

There is a Netflix countdown to The Oscars over on their media streaming service. They provided me with a list of all the Oscar nominated movies and productions they have available, including their own documentary “The Square”.  I’ve gone through the list they sent and selected a few of my favourites in case you’re interested! Read More

17 Feb

Financial Stress

When I was pregnant with my first son, I had a terrible time with my hips and back. After he was born the pain didn’t go away, it got worse and worse. I had a searing pain down my leg and I struggled to walk. Read More

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

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