For my mother with love, almost on the anniversary of the day I stopped eating strawberries. Thank you for teaching me about Subh Milis (sweet jam). Read More
The husband hurt his back yesterday digging in the allotments. It wasn’t even our allotment he was digging. So when I started writing my blogpost this evening he jokingly suggested I talk about man flu and the like. He’s gonna regret it. Read More
It seems like such a simple meal, tea and toast, it’s meagre almost. So why on earth would I even consider it a meal? Recently I was asked if I could eat in any restaurant, anywhere in the world, what would I have? Read More
I’m a stay at home mother.
The home is my workplace.
Does that make me any less of a working mother than those who have to go to paid employment? I don’t think so. Read More
Today is the first day of the State Examinations here in Ireland. We have 2 sets of these exams. The second set, which we sit at the end of our time at second level school are the more important because for most ultimately they determine third level choices.
So in honour of the exams I’m going to share with you a little secret and I’m writing this down now in the hopes that I remember my mother’s sage advice when the 13 year old starts her State Examinations this time next year.
PS. I feel old! Read More
If you’re into gardening and the UK is just a little bit too far for you to travel to see the big flower shows then Bloom In The Park is for you. While it might be the Irish version of the more popular events like Chelsea Flower Show, it is in fact far more as Bloom also hosts a vibrant food festival. Read More
You’re forgiven for thinking I’m talking about the quiz show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. I’m not. I’m of course referring to that wonderful song from “High Society” that runs through my head everytime I see a lottery ticket. Read More
This is a super quick post, I literally just took this shot only 10 minutes ago and I want to go to bed! Read More
During an interview last week I was asked if I would go back to my old job if the opportunity presented itself. I got to daydreaming about this wonderful piece of fantasy:
It’s 7.30am and I’m sitting at my desk, suited, heeled, make up in all the right places, hot cup of tea just finished and I’m running through all the emails that have come in overnight.
I’ve been up since 5.30 but in that time I’ve had a hot shower in peace, blow dried my hair commuted over 60km, enjoyed my favourite radio shows and even had a sneaky 40 winks on the train.
Yes, a wonderful piece of fantasy indeed!
One of the things that I really struggle with is claiming time for myself. The good, no great, news is that I’ve got some wonderful friends that I can turn to for advice. One of these is fellow Irish Parenting Blogger and writer Kate Takes 5.
I’m only at the beginning of the journey to find out how to do it and she has some great gems of advice for those of us who are struggling with the guilt and finding time for ourselves. I’ve started to go one evening a fortnight to our local Toastmasters group and I have to say it is a brilliant way to shed the worries of the day and immerse myself in an adult activity.
So I’m going to hand things over to the sage one and here’s what she has to say: Read More
Keeping calm is over rated. I assure you.
As a parent, I spend most of my day keeping calm.
The baby wakes at 5am, I keep calm. I find toothpaste squirted into the overflow of the sink, I keep calm. I walk 4km in the sun only for it to rain on the return and I discover I’ve no raincover for the buggy, I keep calm. I take the baby down from the table for the 17th time before 10am and, yep you’ve guessed it, I keep calm. Read More
Today is World Meningitis Day and as part of the lovely group of Irish Parenting Bloggers, I’m participating in one of our (now legendary) blogmarches to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Read More