They Get That From Me

Do you partake in this activity regularly too? You know the one where you pick out things from your kids appearance or behaviour and attribute it to yourself of your partner? I think it’s a standard activity as a parent.

My husbands genes won out with our eldest three children. They all look like him and each other. Brown hair, brown eyes, they have some of my features but they  predominantly look like the husband and his family. Then the new one came along and she looks like me. It was a shock when her eyes didn’t turn to brown but stayed blue like mine and her hair is blonde and despite being the size of a mouse she has a double chin. All me. Continue reading


Vive la France

Have you ever heard of Paris Syndrome? It’s a temporary psychological condition that effects some people, it is most common with Japanese tourists, upon finding Paris is not what they expected it to be. It is considered an extreme form of culture shock caused by the realisation that Paris is in fact not full of happy stylish people wearing beret’s and cycling merrily on vintage bicycles.

I have never suffered from Paris Syndrome which is probably not that surprising but anytime I have visited France as an adult I have been generally left underwhelmed.I had never ventured further than French cities though and I as I recently discovered out of the cities, France, is a very different beast. Continue reading

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F&F – Clothing at Tesco,Back to School Shopping- Our Thoughts

Back to School COSTS

The Irish League of Credit Unions recently surveyed over 1000 parents on back to school costs. As a parent of three primary school going children, their findings didn’t shock me. Their results showed the cost of back to school has increased each year over the past four, over 30% of parents will get into debt for back to school costs and  one in ten parents will sacrifice spending on food to make up the costs. The research found that back to school costs ( including extra-curricular activities) now stands at €967 for primary school children and €1474 for secondary school children.  You can read their full findings here and their advice is “Avoid Money Lenders, Shop around and Plan a Budget” Continue reading


Summer Reads- 10 Books To Read in Summer 2016

I mentioned my summer reading list in my Summer Goals post yesterday and a couple of people asked me what was on it so I decided to add it here. I have lofty ambitions of holidaying with four children and getting loads of time to read. I know, deluded.  Fortunately, for this purpose only , I have regular bouts of  insomnia and a child who still wakes at night so I will get to read the following over the summer. Continue reading

16 Goals for Summer 2016

Achievable Summer Goals

Most Summer’s I write up a generally unattainable list of things to do over the Summer with the children. Some years, I hang this list on the fridge and it acts as a daily reminder of how high my hopes are at the beginning of each July and then as a tool to cover myself in extra mother guilt when we don’t get to the half of the things on the list. Continue reading

Helping a small girl get over her fear

Helping A Small Girl Get Over Her Fear.

My six year old isn’t scared of many things. She is mostly fearless. The only real thing that scares her is anything medical. She had minor surgery when she was a toddler. She doesn’t remember it but maybe this is the reason for her fears. Thankfully she is rarely sick .

A couple of years ago  I brought my children for an eye test. The eldest two had their eye tests quickly and easily as expected. My third child was I think four at the time. She informed me she wouldn’t be getting her eyes tested. When it was her turn to go into the optician , she repeated her refusal. I explained to the the very friendly optician that my child was a bit nervous and might not go ahead with the test, he assured me he had years of experience of children and it wouldn’t be a problem and he came out to meet her. She stopped him with one look. Continue reading