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A tribute to a curly haired girl

Twenty years ago today, a dear friend of mine was killed on our roads, together with her mother. I was 15 years old, and on that day, as the news reached us, my childhood came to an abrupt end. It took a long time to think of her and feel anything but pain. But it has been twenty years and the pain has faded, and today on her anniversary I just remember a curly haired girl with a twinkle in her eye and a... read more

Back at the bottom of the heap

Isn’t life funny? Just when you think you’ve made it and you’ve got it all figured out, everything changes. That’s never more obvious than when watching a child grow up. We watched our son start out in each room in the crèche, the smallest one there. Nervous, trying to learn how things worked in this new place. Gradually he’d grow in confidence (and height!), and then just... read more

Blink and he’s a schoolboy

Five minutes ago, or so it seems, we brought a baby home from the hospital. I remember the queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach as we walked out of the hospital doors. A mixture of joy at this newborn life, and sheer terror that we would break him. Blink. Five years went by. We didn’t break him. We did just fine. Somehow that little baby is starting school tomorrow. His brand new Skylanders... read more

Give us back our voices

Two weeks ago, I read a very powerful post from Mind the Baby about a woman who lost her case against the HSE: The High Court says we can’t say No. This case resonated with me so much. I could try to summarise the details of the case and the judgement but I wouldn’t do it justice compared to the post from Mind the Baby, so if you haven’t read it yet, pop over to her site and read that... read more

Win a Bepanthen® Baby Skin Protection Hamper!

Taking care of your baby’s delicate, soft skin is a priority – that’s why Bepanthen®’s range of baby skin care products should be at the top of any shopping list. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment is so gentle that it can be used at every nappy change, even on the highly sensitive skin of a premature baby, as it contains no fragrances, preservatives or colours. Bepanthen is giving away a... read more

He’s my big brother

The transition from only child to the new role of big brother has the potential to be a difficult one. Certainly before my daughter was born, I worried a lot about the impact her arrival would have on my son. And the truth is that for the first few months, although he was proud as punch to show off his baby sister to anyone and everyone, there really wasn’t much benefit to him when it came to this... read more

Just two more days!

I’m gutted. For weeks now I’ve had today’s date marked in my calendar. It was to be a special treat for me – an evening out with Charlie at home putting the kids to bed, and better still I was going to see the premiere of the first two episodes of Orange is the New Black when Netflix screened them in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. But I’ve been feeling unwell since the... read more

Potty Training Giveaway

Potty training was very much a toddler-led affair around here. When our son was about eighteen months old, we introduced a potty. In his own time, and without pressure from us, he started to use it – mostly before his bath. In his own time, he started looking to use the potty more and more, until, following his lead, we began potty training properly. Within a couple of days, we were almost... read more

One4All Women On Wheels

Are you a woman? Can you ride a bike? What would you think about taking part in a FEMALE ONLY 22km cycle in aid of Oxfam? The cycle route follows the official final leg of the Giro Cycle d’Italia 2014, arriving into Merrion square the day before the professionals will race in! This could be a great day out with friends, family, colleagues and fellow cyclists while also raising money for Oxfam. When you... read more

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

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