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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

Konmari One Year Later

Konmari – One Year Later

Spoiler:  The image above? That’s not my gaf.

So I am late with this one, the final chapter. You can read about my adventures in The Life Changing  Magic  of Tidying Up here, here and here.  I thought I would have finished the magic tidying a lot quicker than I did. This time last year I had 90% of it done but there were two things I never got around to konmari’ing a corner press in the kitchen and the playroom. They are done now and so I can finally write this and it’s probably good to review how it’s working a year later.  Continue reading

Gilmore Girls: Teaching My Daugher The Joy of the Binge Watch

Gilmore Girls: Teaching My Daughter The Joy of the Binge Watch

One of the things on my Summer goals list this Summer was for myself and the first-born to watch all seven series of Gilmore Girls. We didn’t make it by the time the Summer holidays ended despite our best efforts, we finished it a little over a month ago and there has been a Stars Hollow shaped gap in our lives since.

I watched Gilmore Girls when it was first released in 2000 but never properly. If I was bunking off college and it was on tv, I watched it. When I was on bed rest when pregnant with aforementioned first born in 2005, I watched some repeats and again when she was a newborn but never back to back in its entirety until this year. I loved it. It’s the box set equivalent of a hug. No violence, no stress, no anxiety, just proper feel good television. Continue reading

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My Favourite Five

 

My friend Kate of Kate Takes 5 is celebrating six years of blogging and 1 million views with a listography so I thought I would join in with a list of some of my favourite blog posts. 

This blog is five years old now and its views are a bit short of Kate’s. It continues to surprise me that people read my ramblings, it astounds me when I look at the analytics and see how many have read my posts over the years. I blog in fits and starts and I wonder regularly at the moment is this blog reaching its natural demise but its  by far and away the hobby I have stuck with the longest so its lives to fight another day, for now. Continue reading

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Masterbaker

The husband was 41 yesterday. I was going to write a blog post about Love and The Older Man – My year of living and loving a man in his 40s with a Daily Mail type headline but that would be fully leaping into oversharing wouldn’t it? So I will tell you about his birthday cake instead.

I am not a baker. However over the years my children have tried to make me be one. We make the odd cake. Sometimes they are edible, sometimes the are not. Sometimes they resemble an actual cake, sometimes they do not.  After years of reluctant attempts, I can manage a classic sponge. This is my limit. I follow the instructions it comes out nearly looking right and it tastes good. The sponge cake is my limit. It’s s my cake making zenith.  Continue reading

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Navigating Dyspraxia Without A Map

This week October 9th to 15th 2016, is Dyspraxia Awareness Week.

Dyspraxia Ireland defines DCD as

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia in the UK and Ireland, is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. This condition is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke. The range of intellectual ability is in line with the general population. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present; these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experience, and will persist into adulthood.

People who apparently  have ( or had)  DCD include Daniel Radcliffe, Florence Welsh , Cara Delevingne, Robin Williams, Richard Branson and one of my children.  Continue reading

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So Long September

Was September the most ridiculously long month for everyone or was it just me? I was so enthusiastic at the beginning of the month with back to school and summer ending and new routines and then it the enthusiasm died as the month went on and on.

Bar some initial exhaustion on the first week , back to school was seamless. My children love school in the most part.  I am grateful. For the last four years I have had two pick ups from school or the last six years if I include preschool years and now my big three are all finished  school at the same time. It’s a little bonus year in the middle of years of mayhem of various pick ups. It took a week or two to get used to.  It felt like they were off working full-time instead of at school they were gone so long.   Continue reading

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Two and A Bit

I was worried this week about the toddler as her siblings went back to school. She insisted on getting a new school bag. She kicked her boots off in a rage in a packed shoe shop last week to have her feet measured for school shoes too. She told anyone who would listen to her that she was going to school and then in typical unpredictable toddler fashion she waved off the other three, normal service resumed and apart from one request to “please just bring me to a little school Mam” she has been content to get back to routine of pottering around the house while the other’s are in school. Continue reading