Frugal Living,  Musing,  Parenting

Things I’m Loving This Week

Not a review, not sponsored, not requested. In fact I’m going to try not to mention any brands where possible.  There are certain things I’m loving this week that may give you a clue into the mayhem I live in.

Popper Vests

The great preserver of toddler decency. He has not yet learned how to undo them, it is probably not long until he does. I forgot to put a vest on him the other day and within seconds of putting him in the playpen I heard a dull thud as his nappy hit the floor. I will therefore be putting him in vests for as long as he is in nappies. Counting my lucky stars that he hadn’t soiled it before disrobing.

Stacking Blocks

Great for playing games with, encouraging manual dexterity and problem solving processes for both the boys.  They are also an excellent early detection method as part of your home security systems. This does rely on your burglar removing their shoes before entering your living areas, however they are equally as effective for finding out when your husband is home after a night out.

Odd Socks

What do you do with yours? Sock puppets, spare dusters or clothes? Well take it from me there is no more effective way to ensure your vacuum cleaner is in tip top condition than if you suck up at least one a day.  Make sure your children leave them in hard to reach places so that you get a decent workout.

My Apron

It stops splashes and stains from getting on my clothes, it also sort of stops me from melting from standing in front of the oven/hob all day because it acts as an extra layer of insulation.

The biggest benefit of wearing an apron however is the uncanny ability it gives me to stand with my arms on my hip and look intimidating. Some kids got in the garden the other day while I was making jam, and I ran out with the wooden spoon in my hand (to stop it getting hot in the pan you understand), I’ve never seen children run so fast away in all my life. I wonder if they didn’t recognise me because I had my hair wrapped up in a scarf?


It’s for hygiene purposes.

I swear.

As usual it’s busy around here so do subscribe or fan the blog if you want to keep up to date.  A very lovely friend will be guestposting here in the next day or so (and it’s a real treat), a trip to the O2 to see RTÉ’s “The Hit” to see my Brother In Law, and then I’ll be in Dublin on Saturday to give my Demo with Glenisk.

I'm an Irish mother to 2 boys, born & bred in Dublin, Ireland. I like to cook simple & fresh food for the family, with the family on a budget.


  • Maud

    My babies were always in a popper vest (or onesie, as they’re called here). Perfect first layer and nappy-remover-preventer.

    Maybe I need an apron to help with my (sadly lacking) air of authority.

  • Jazzygal

    You should add a rolling pin to complete the initimidating look 😉 Although it might frighten your baby!
    I’m really liking ‘The Hit’….

    xx Jazzy

    • Wholesome Ireland

      So am I actually and I thought I wouldn’t be that pushed. Can’t wait to report from behind the scenes on Friday! The rolling pin is in a high up place to stop the lads lamping one another with it!

  • Amanda Tarrant

    Oh my goodness you sound just like me!!A friend of mine calls my aprons my coat of armor as it is put on every day.All your missing is the rollers under the head scarf!I love reading your blog I think it is wonderful,you are an inspiration to all mums well done+keep up the excellent work.

  • jenna @ thehoneymoonkitchen

    haha! I love what you said about your apron. I don’t have kids yet, but I do stand with my hands on my hips when my husband steals a cookie/ brownie/ insert baked good here when he shouldn’t!

  • Joanna

    My children think it’s normal to wear odd socks, I can’t ever find a matching pair. But I have a plan! I’m going to throw out every single child’s sock and buy 30 pairs of the exact same ones!

  • Dr Hows Science Wows

    Lovely post… so glad I am not the only one with the odd sock issue. I have a basket full of them… some strange phenomenon akin to a black hole or something I think. Trying to get the family to just wear odd ones but they not all that keen… which does not fit their general “throw anything on” attitude to rest of their wardrobe.

    Love the idea of buying identical ones!

    Enjoy your busy week! Looking forward to hearing all about it in future blogs ;0)

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