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Win six months free of Netflix

Remember Turbo and his friends? Turbo Fast launched on Netflix just before Christmas. And now today, April 4th, new episodes from the first season are available on Netflix. To celebrate the launch of these new episodes of Turbo Fast, Netflix have provided a fantastic prize of a 6 month Netflix subscription and a Turbo FAST goody bag for one lucky reader to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway... read more

Check out

What a week! In case you missed my announcements on Facebook, and Twitter, and over coffee, and everywhere else I’ve been this week, I’ve been involved in the very exciting launch of a new website called Yet one more reason for me to love the Irish Parenting Bloggers group. Through that group, I have made wonderful friends – virtually and in real life – and now some of... read more

Kids TV on Netflix

We finally did it. We cancelled our Sky package. So we are making do with the free to air channels and Netflix. It’s been four days since our Sky subscription ended and I must admit, I’ve hardly noticed. I was a bit worried about losing all the kids TV channels. But cBeebies is still available and that has most of the cartoons that would be watched in this house on it. And for everything else,... read more

Babytalk panel discussion

On Sunday, I took part in a panel discussion at the Babytalk Festival in UCD. The panel was chaired by Niamh Healy from Cuidiu, and there were four panelists – Emily Manning (Editor with, fellow Irish Parenting Blogger, Sylda Dwyer of, and Krysia Lynch from AIMSI, and HBA. I spent the morning wondering if I was going to be hopelessly out of my depth on such a... read more

Babytalk Festival

Have you heard of the Babytalk Festival? It’s a different kind of parenting and baby fair, and it’s taking place in O’Reilly Hall in UCD, Dublin next weekend, running from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of February 2014. The organisers of the Babytalk Festival are hoping to create a parenting fair with a difference – one that is ethical and honest and provides parents... read more

A quiet revolution

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear whispers in the wind tonight. Voices quietly telling their stories. Here a story of hurt. There a story of pain. Another of fear. And many, so many, of betrayal by those to whom we entrust ourselves. Every day, women of Ireland are asked to put their fates in the hands of our maternity hospitals. And every day, another woman finds herself let down by a... read more

Ten months old

Ten months old! We’re on the home stretch of the first year and our baby girl is changing rapidly week by week. Shortly after Christmas she started crawling. None of this commando crawling to start off with for her. One day she was rolling to get around, and the next she was crawling properly. Or at least that’s how it seemed. She’s full of fun these days, constantly babbling and... read more

My other baby

My blog is taking a backseat at the moment because I’m busy with another baby. Well a website to be precise. Over a year ago, I set up a website for Irish Parenting Bloggers and during the year, I managed a few updates here and there. But months went by and really I got very little done. In the run up to Christmas I decided that unless I prioritized it, the site would never be finished. So... read more

2013: What a year!

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m in full-on nostalgia mode, reminiscing on the year that was. There aren’t many years where you can look back and say “Wow that was a truly great year” but 2013 was one for me. My brother got married in February, on Valentine’s Day no less. And it was a beautiful day, and a great week with family. I met my baby nephew for the first time... read more


Christmas is hectic this year. Four weeks since I went back to work and we’re still trying to figure out where to fit in our lives around our new routine. We were pretty organized for Christmas with most presents bought as far back as last August. (I should note that this level of Christmas organization is totally out of character. It was motivated purely by the fact that my last pay cheque came in... read more

Back to the real world

I went for dinner with friends last night and left my baby girl at home with her daddy and her brother. On my way home 3.5 hours later, I realised that it was the longest I have ever been apart from her since she was born. Three and a half hours. And yet tomorrow, I’ll be saying goodbye to her in the morning and not seeing her again for eleven hours. I can hardly get my head around it. Back to... read more

Share in the Magic

Last week we were delighted to be invited along to the launch of Disney’s annual “Share in the Magic” campaign at their Dublin Grafton Street store. Much to the four year old’s delight, I decided that the two kids and I would get the train in and Charlie could join us in the city after he finished work. It’s not often these days that we’re in the city centre, so it was... read more

Finding room for creativity

Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce.  Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a... read more

A milestone of sorts

My baby girl was seven months old last week. A significant milestone for us in two ways. The first is that we are now in the month in which she will start crèche. I don’t really want to think about that (though it’s on my mind all day long). And the second is a milestone my sister-in-law asked me about tonight. I am now breastfeeding for longer than I ever have before. Each day is a new... read more

Approaching the end

I’ve been quiet lately I know. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. Life has been busy and full and there’s lots I could write about. It’s just… Every time I start to compose a post, I get distracted by something. A calendar date. The last week of November looms. My return to work. That makes it sound like it’s the work I’m dreading, which... read more

A pox on our house

I knew it was coming. After all, we spent hours with not one but two separate children who subsequently came down with chicken pox two weeks ago. So when my almost four year old was thrown down on the couch and lethargic on Friday and Saturday, I thought he might be coming down with something. After all, as anyone who is familiar with three year olds knows, one thing they generally do not lack for is... read more

Toys for life

One of the things I love about taking the kids to visit my parents is the excitement when they pull something new out for them to play with. It’s exciting for the kids because it’s a new toy they haven’t played with before. And it’s exciting for me because it’s an old toy, something they’ve kept from my childhood that I now have the pleasure of watching my children play... read more

Review: Online shopping with Tesco

It’s been a rough week here. My baby girl has been unwell and sleep has gone by the wayside at night. (Earlier in the week I suspected she had chicken pox, but as the days go by and the spots fail to materialise I think it may have just been a virus. Anyway, that virus combined with some teething and a big old developmental leap has meant that she’s been really unsettled at night, and my energy... read more

First day of preschool

I had a lovely nostalgic blog post planned for this evening, to reminisce on the past four years and ponder how my Little Man is now a preschooler. “I’m a preschooler,” he’s been proudly proclaiming to anyone who will listen all summer, delighted with his new role. And today was a special day in the life of a preschooler. His first day in the classroom as an official preschooler. He... read more

And then the lights went out

I was watching an episode of Being Erica tonight, when the main character is sent back in time to August 2003. The show is set in Toronto, and anyone who lived in that wonderful city in August 2003 will remember the context for the show well – because the lights went out. In fact, the blackout extended across most of the East Coast. I remember it well because Charlie and I were living in Toronto at... read more

Summer camp for everyone!

When I was a kid, I remember attending summer camp each year and LOVING it! Getting to hang out with my friends, play games, and do activities I wouldn’t normally get to do. I never thought that as an adult I’d find a whole new appreciation for them. But this week, I sent the almost four year old off to his first summer camp in one of the local Montessori’s. I had been worrying how I... read more

Eighteen Weeks Old

It’s official. We have a new bedtime. It’s been over a week now and our little girl has been going down for the night around 8pm. I don’t know myself having my evenings back. It’s been so long! And milestone of milestones, we even managed a night out. My parents babysat and Charlie and I went for dinner. I’ve noticed Little Man is playing a lot more with his sister now that... read more

Seventeen weeks old

Seventeen weeks. I feel like we have just jumped from twelve weeks to here. I honestly don’t know where the weeks have gone. My baby is getting bigger by the day. Her personality is emerging and one thing is for certain, she has left the newborn days far behind. Her days are full of laughter and activity. Grabbing, rolling, shouting, watching. Because I’m busier than I was with Little Man, she... read more

Sixteen weeks old

I’m very late with this baby journal entry! It’s almost time for the next one. In my defense though, the sun was shining and as anyone who has ever “summered” in Ireland knows, that’s a rare event, and one that must be taken advantage of for as long as it lasts. Alas the sun is gone again now, so I’m far less distracted this week. The week leading up to turning... read more

Fifteen weeks old

Fifteen weeks old and another milestone this week. All week Little Woman was trying her best to roll from her back to her front. Even if we put her down on her front, she rolled straight on to her back, and then the struggles started again as she tried to get from there to her front again. She is determined, I’ll give her that. Her pesky shoulder kept getting in the way. Then on Thursday night we... read more

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