Don’t forget! Breastfeeding Challenge 2011

  Source: Don’t forget that Breastfeeding Challenge 2011 is taking place tomorrow, as part of National Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding Challenge 2011 is an international challenge that aims to have as many children as possible breastfeeding simultaneously. Friends of Breastfeeding is organising the Irish portion of the event.   When does it take... read more

App Review: Hipstamatic

Some of my favourite photos from the past year were taken with an app called Hipstamatic. This app is a throw back to the plastic cameras of the ’70s, allowing you to take photos with an instant nostalgic feel. We’ve captured many special moments with Little Man using the app, so I figure it’s about time I shared it with you! Hipstamatic is available from iTunes for EUR1.59. For this... read more

Wordless Wednesday: Say Cheeeeeeese!

Little Man and I had a great day on Monday for my last day off with him before I return to full time work. This is my favourite photo of the day. I asked him to say cheese and he obliged me with a big loud... read more

You can’t argue with that

A few days ago, Charlie and I took Little Man to the supermarket to pick up a few essentials – milk, bread, and the like. We had even promised Little Man some ice cream as a treat if he was good. A few minutes into our shopping expedition, it was clear it was going to be one of those evenings. The supermarket was busy and yet all Little Man wanted to do was run away from us. “Don’t run... read more

Today I am thankful…

This is my last week working part-time. From next week, I return to a five day week. It’s a financially motivated decision, but it wasn’t an easy decision to make. Yes, it means a 20% increase in my income to return to a full work week. But…my four day week has been wonderful since I returned to work 14 months ago . It has given me precious one-on-one time with my Little Man as he grew... read more

Amazing wooden toys

I think I spoke too soon when I wrote yesterday about the non-existent selection of dolls houses aimed at boys and dolls houses in any colour other than pink. Earlier today I stumbled across a beautiful selection of wooden dolls houses by a company called KidKraft. Now I have never seen these toys in real-life, so I’m just judging their quality by the photos on the website – but wow! I am... read more

Is it pink or nothing?

I get it, I get it! Pink is for girls. So say all the toy manufacturers and marketing companies and advertising agencies… And dolls houses are for girls. I know that. So they must be pink right? Apparently so. At least that’s what I discovered when I went looking for a reasonably priced dolls house this week. I wanted to get one for Little Man. He’s at the age where he loves to play... read more

App Review: Ladybird Classic Me Books

Little Man and I are loving a storybook app by Penguin Books called Ladybird Classic Me books. This great app gives you access to all your Ladybird childhood favourites. The basic app costs EUR0.79, and it comes with a book called The Zoo. The books are intuitive to use – and just in case you’re not sure what to do, there’s a lovely illustrated instruction page at the start of each book.... read more

Wordless Wednesday: Getting so big

All this talk of second birthdays has made me realise how big Little Man is getting. He’s walking (running!), talking (shouting!), and feeding himself (shoveling fistfuls of food into his mouth and onto the floor and occasionally waving a fork around the place!). He’s even managing to use the big toilet every now and again, and he’s sleeping through the night pretty consistently. My... read more

An early birthday bash

We had a fantastic time this weekend, visiting Charlie’s parents. Little Man’s 2nd birthday isn’t for another couple of weeks, but Charlie’s parents won’t see him on the day, so they threw him an early birthday celebration while we were visiting. The day couldn’t have been more perfect as far as Little Man was concerned. His grandparents, aunts and uncle, and his... read more

No more cough bottles for Under 6’s

Today, the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) recommended that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should no longer be sold for Under 6’s. You can read the full news bulletin here: IMB gives new advice for use of cough and cold medicines in children I was quite taken aback by the news, and even a little bit miffed by it when I heard it first. My initial reaction was “Well what are we supposed to... read more

Swine Flu Vaccine and Narcolepsy link

It has been officially confirmed that the Swine Flu vaccine, which was so strongly pushed on the general population in the past two years, is likely to have caused an increase in cases of the sleep disorder Narcolepsy in children. Here’s the RTÉ article on the story: Swine flu vaccine link with narcolepsy probed What I do not understand is why this piece of news seems to be being reported so calmly.... read more

Ideal gift for Toddlers

The way I see it, the ultimate present for a toddler should also be something their parents can enjoy. That’s why, this year, I’m proposing that all parents of toddlers give serious consideration to gifting their little ones Dustbusters. We all know toddlers love to pretend to clean up, just like Mammy and Daddy do. Hence the shelves full of toy vacuums and toy mops and toy sweeping brushes in... read more

A Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, there was a Little Man whose sleeping habits drove his parents to distraction and cost them many, many nights of sleep. Sleep became such a precious commodity to his parents, that his own mother devoted an entire section of her website to her obsession with it. And then, time passed, and things improved. There came a point where Little Man’s parents realised that sleep had returned... read more

It never rains…

…But it pours! Why is it never just one thing that breaks? Just a few days ago, our tumble dryer stopped working all of a sudden. One minute it was fine, and the next, it stopped. The lights were on, but it just stopped moving, stopped tumbling, and most annoyingly, stopped drying. We never had a tumble dryer before Little Man was born. Never needed it really. It was just the two of us, and we were... read more

Wordless Wednesday: Splashing in puddles!

It rains so often here in Ireland, that we get a lot of fine puddles. It would be a shame not to take advantage of them. So as soon as the heaviest rain has passed, it’s coats on, wellies on, and off outside on a mission to find the splishiest, splashiest puddle of them all! read more

You need the code…

Apologies in advance for my mini-rant this evening, but the RSA children’s road safety campaign is really starting to bug me. If you’ve watched any Irish TV lately, you may have seen it. “You need the code to cross the road. Go to to get the code.” Am I the only one imagining children on their phones, looking up while walking blindly into traffic? Yes, yes, I know... read more

Working and Mothering

So as it turns out, that photoshoot a few weeks back that caused me a very sleepless night didn’t turn out too badly. If you happened to pick up the Sunday Independent yesterday, you may have spotted me in Life magazine. I don’t think I’ll be getting any phonecalls about potential modelling contracts any time soon, but I’m happy enough with it. Phew. I guess the bigger question is... read more

HipBaby Giveaway Winner!

What a fantastic response to the giveaway this week. Not surprising of course when you consider the wonderful prize on offer – choosing between a Bear, a Puppy (Pink or Neutral) or a Chimp Harness Buddy! I’m very pleased to announce that the winner of the Giveaway is: Triona O’ Sullivan Arundel Congratulations Triona! Please email me to claim your prize: Lisa [at]... read more

Remembering, Ten Years On

I’m having a hard time accepting that it has actually been ten years since September 11th, 2001. There are things that happened last week, or last year, that I have difficulty recollecting, but ask me about that day, and the memory of it, the shock of it, is seared into my mind. The summer of 2001 was full of fun for us – a J1 summer, spent selling sunglasses in Provincetown, MA (a place... read more

Follow Friday: Sew Liberated

I quite enjoyed writing my review of Head Rambles blog last week, so I thought I might do another feature on a blog I love this week. Sew Liberated is the blog of Meg, sewing enthusiast, Montessori teacher, and mama to two small boys. In her blog, she lets her passions in life shine through, writing eloquently about the things that interest her, and illustrating her posts with beautifully composed,... read more

SARI Soccerfest – free fun family festival

I got an email this evening about a free family festival in the Phoenix Park this weekend, from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, the 10th and 11th of September. I thought I’d share the details here because it sounds like a great family day out! Although the Sports Against Racism Ireland (SARI) Soccerfest gets top billing, I have to be honest, my interest was piqued by the Concern Kitefest. I can... read more

Wordless Wednesday: My corn!

Eating out as a family has become even more fun since we discovered how much Little Man loves the corn-on-the-cob in Nandos. It doesn’t seem to phase him that the corn is almost too big for him to hold! He does like a challenge after all! Yum yum! read more

Routines and schedules are not the same!

Routines and schedules are not the same thing. There – I’ve said it! It’s something that’s been bugging me for a while. I constantly hear people use these terms interchangeably – but it drives me crazy! They are not the same! Routine: Noun: A sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program: “I settled down into a routine“. Schedule: Noun: A... read more

Our most unnecessary baby expense

Before Little Man was born we made quite a few expensive purchases. And during a recent clearout, we came across one that both Charlie and I agreed was our most expensive – and wasteful – pre-baby purchase. What was it? Well not one of the main baby purchases, but it was something we really thought we’d get great use out of with a baby in the house. It was a camcorder. We’d never... read more

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