05 Jun

Brain Food For Exams

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

03 Jun

Bloom In The Park 2013

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

29 May

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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

24 May

Northern Lights in Dublin

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

20 May

Wonderful Piece Of Fantasy

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!

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10 May

Claiming Time For Myself

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

30 Apr

Keeping Calm Is Over Rated

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

24 Apr

World Meningitis Day

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

22 Apr

The Next Step

It’ll come as no surprise to some of my readers that I have been working on something bigger than this blog; the next step if you will. I’ve always said that if the blog made a difference to just 1 person then the website was worthwhile. When I started Wholesome Ireland just over a year ago that was my mantra. I repeated it to myself a lot in the early days. Read More

19 Apr

Grocery Budget Update

On Monday I blogged about what it was like living on a tight grocery budget. On Tuesday I told you how I was managing my meals with what I had bought, along with a recipe for Homemade Soft White Rolls. On Wednesday told you all how NOT to go shopping.

Today is Friday; a week since I last took out money for the shopping and I figure it’s about time I gave you a grocery budget update. Read More

17 Apr

How NOT To Go Shopping

If you were to go shopping, I’d recommend you bring a list with you.  Before you made that list, I’d tell you to do a stock take of your cupboards to see what you have.

I’d tell you not to go shopping on an empty stomach.  Then to go at a quiet time with no distractions.

Yesterday (Tuesday) was a shopping failure for me. If you want to know how not to go shopping, read on. Read More

15 Apr

Living On A Tight Grocery Budget

Yesterday the Sunday Independent in Ireland carried 2 pieces about how a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) would struggle living on a tight grocery budget of €175 per week for groceries. As you may know, our budget is far lower. Here’s how we have been getting on since Friday and I’ll update this post again later on on the week.

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