My Nana

She always carried me. When I was a baby, she carried me. She would sit me on the back step or the front step so I could watch the world go by. She brought me to the library and got me my own library card when I was a toddler and carried my books home. She carried me on the back of her bike all over the city. When I couldn’t walk the last few steps crossing the field in front of her house, even though she would be tired too, she would pick me up and carry me the rest of the way.  Continue reading


The Quest for Domestic Greatness – Bread Making

I didn’t really make any new years resolutions this year but I did decide I was going to stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on eating out/ takeaways and we were all going to eat better and I was finally going to get a grip on domesticity.

I dug out my slow cooker ( bought in 2011 and seal taken off plug in 2017), I reset my online shopping password and I bought all the vegetables and all the meat and I cooked and cooked and cooked. Litres of soup, decent lunches,  proper dinners  – every. single. day. Jesus its time-consuming, the eating well isn’t it? Continue reading


Dublin Herbalists Skincare Giveaway

Dublin Herbalists are an Irish skincare brand, who since launching three years ago, have now grown their  100% natural skincare collection to over 20 products and oh what lovely products they are.

Claire Gardiner is the creator and maker at Dublin Herbalists.  Claire is a qualified herbalist who has a deep understanding of the medicinal and therapeutic value of plants and used this knowledge to develop a moisturiser wholly from natural products in her kitchen at home. That moisturiser proved so popular with her friends and family that Dublin Herbalists was born. Continue reading


It’s Getting Kind Of Hectic

My head is not in the game at the minute. I keep feeling like I am going to miss something or forget to do something. Its been going on for months this feeling. I could say its baby brain but I don’t have a baby, I have a toddler and also is baby brain a bit of disservice to mothers? Or do all parents suffer  from the same? The husband has the same affliction. He needs reminding daily of which child is where and doing what most days. In fact over half of our conversations of late seem to be just one of us repeating the kids times of picks up and collections to the other one. It’s scintillating stuff. Continue reading


The Irish Fairy Door Company Worry Plaque Giveaway

The Irish Fairy Door Company are an Irish company who help fairies relocate in homes and gardens all over the world through their fairy doors. I have watched the rise of this company over the last three or so years and two fairy doors hang in two bedrooms upstairs. The provide a little bit of magic and I am all for a little bit of magic in a child’s life. The Irish Fairy Door Company don’t just sell the gorgeous fairy doors, they offer fairy registration, they send newsletters and their website provides fairy facts and activities.  I was always impressed by the full magical service they provide and from the fact they give a lot back to local communities too. As a company they seem a little bit magical themselves. Continue reading


Caffeine Enthusiasts – The Aeropress

I am always wary of people who don’t drink coffee. Especially parents of young children. How do they survive without it? Are they secret coke fiends? All questions I ask myself when I hear someone say “no thanks I don’t drink coffee“. I realise this says more about me than them.

Me?  I am a caffeine enthusiast. Some days I a made up of two parts human, two parts coffee. Its my fuel. Its drags me into  wide- awakeness. Continue reading


Shop Independent – 9 Irish Online Kids Stores

I am going to mention the C word. It’s a month to go, its acceptable now.  I have a couple of Christmas recommendation posts on the way. Not sponsored  just shops and brands I buy from or want to buy from. As much as I love  wildly discounted black friday bargains from gigantic retailers, you can’t beat a beautifully gift wrapped online shopping purchase arriving from a independent Irish shop.  Continue reading