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The Things I wish I’d Known – Dear 18 Year Old Me



Dear 18 year old me,

I know you love babies, I know you can't wait to be a mum some day, but have you thought about life after baby, your body changing and theres things people never talk about, so you wont have the information.

Lets talk aout sex baby.Let’s talk about you and me.  Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be… Okay, those are obviously Salt-n-Pepa lyrics, but I have found postpartum sex to be one of the least talked about (and trickiest!) parts about returning to life as you knew it after a baby.  If you feel uncomfortable talking about sex, or if it’s just an unsavory topic to you, please stop reading! It’s totally fine. 

Sex After Baby is a topic that most mums, especially first time mums don't think about very much for those 9/10 months of pregnancy.  Then, baby arrives, the sleepless nights, the sleeping in seperaate bedrooms, just so someone can get a few hours solid sleep, add other children to the mix, and well…..suddenly the topic of another baby is coming up (from other people) and you are thinking, how will that even happen??


Can Everyday Items Look Extraordinary?

If you’ve worked hard to make your home look great it can be frustrating when everyday items get in the way of your vision. Whilst you may have been going for a country cottage look in the living room, a huge modern tv puts and end to that. Or perhaps you wanted to create a minimalist office space with clean lines and abstract prints, but the wifi box is ruining the overall look. The reality is some everyday items are essential but don’t exactly scream elegance or design.  Here’s how to incorporate some essential items into your scheme…


Beauty Tips ~ For Busy Mums

If there’s one thing moms are short on, it’s time. Whether you’re a working mom or one who stays at home, you want to look your best and you don’t have much time to do it. Try these tips to get gorgeous with little effort, no matter who your audience is.


Get a good haircut

Ask your stylist to give you an easy 'do. Specify that you want something you can let air-dry that looks good if you don't have time to style. For the most mommy-friendly cut, look for something that falls between your chin and shoulders, so it's not too long to manage, but you can still put it back in a ponytail. Keep in mind that easy doesn't have to mean boring. Encourage your stylist to put some sass and fun into your look.


Being Mummy ~ Does It Define Me?


I recently saw a picture Eimear Varian Barry had tagged on her Instagram page of another mums' post Susie Verril who said that "she was happy to let motherhood define who she was". It's something I had a little think about. Before being "mummy" I was Triona, then I became a nurse and I was "nurse", it was who I was, then I met my husband and became his wife, often being referred to as "Pauls wife or being introduced as Paul's wife.I've never had an issue with any of these titles or it defining who I was, because, I worked hard to become the best nurse I could be, so being defined as nurse was something I was proud of. Meeting my husband and getting married was something I had dreamed of all my life, I wanted the happily ever after, so again I was totally fine and proud to be called and defined as his wife, I didn't feel I'd lost my identity, I had just gained another part of who I was! Now I'm a mother, mum,mom,mommy,mummy, Mammy whatever you call it,and it 100% defines who I am right now in my life. And that's absolutely ok. I love it, I love that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to gain that title and I'm happy that it's who people see me as when I'm with my children. When at work, my patients just see me as the nurse looking after them, once I get talking to them, I always let them know about my two smallies….because it's actually who I really am.Their mum, Pauls wife, the ED nurse that looks after you and then Triona.



Mums: Simple Tweaks To Make Your Kitchen Safer

As mums, we are always looking into ways to make our home safer for our kids. And one room which can be particularly dangerous for our little ones is the kitchen. After all, there are so many things in the kitchen which can prove a nightmare for your family. But it doesn’t have to be a hub of fear for mums. In fact, here are some simple tweaks you can make, so your kitchen is safer for your family.


Be Energy Conscious Around Your Home

It pays to be energy conscious for a myriad of reasons. You can save money for a start, but also because it is good for the environment. There are many ways in which you can promote and share good practice around your home and it all makes such a big difference. Do your bit and you’ll feel proud while also saving some money. It is just giving nature a helpful hand and cutting down on the energy you use whilst trying to spend it in less damaging ways. You may have already considered being more energy conscious, and these tips can help you see that desire through to its proper conclusion.



Joie Trillo 2/3 Ix Car Seat Age 4 – 12 years ~ Review



A few weeks ago we moved Amelia from her "toddler car seat" which she was in since her 1st birthday to a "big girl" booster seat. I was aprehensive about her wearing just a seat belt, rather than a 5 point harness, and worried that she would open it while on the move, but its been great. She loves that she is the same as Mummy and Daddy and I think we probably should have moved her sooner, she looks far more comfortable now. We chose the Joie Trillo 2/3 Ix Car Seat in Inkwell is designed for children from four to 12 years old, or 15kg to 36kg. It's installed using the seat belt, and Isofix connectors help keep the seat in place when it's not in use. The LX features 'head-to-hips side-impact protection' plus air pockets for 'extra protection'.Joie is a UK company that makes car seats, travel system, pushchairs, high chairs and travel cots. The company, a “group of friends and parents” claims to make products that are, “better, safer and sronger". We have previously worked with Joie, and have two of their car seats in our second car and cannot fault them. The Joie Stages Group 0+ 1-2 Car Seat (suitable from 0 – 7 years) and the Joie Spin 360 Car Seat –( Birth to 4 Years)



Top 10 Ways to Save on Your Household Budget


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There’s no two ways about it, having kids is darn expensive. In fact, studies have found that the average cost of raising a child up to the age of 21 (okay, by then they’re not really a kid anymore but they can still be costly!) is over £230,000. That’s a huge amount of money to be spending by anyone’s standards. Therefore, anything that you can do to save some extra cash can only be a positive thing.


A lot of the time, you don’t really need to make huge lifestyle changes. Instead, there are a range of simpler things that you can do. Here are just a few ideas to get you up and running.


Free Entertainment


We all know how costly a day out with the kids can be, so finding free forms of entertainment is a real help. Living in London can be expensive, but a major advantage is that a huge number of the museums are totally free. If your kids aren’t quite old enough to appreciate them yet, there are plenty of free outdoor events that start popping up all over the place during the warmer months.


3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do online

From booking a family holiday, to doing your weekly food shop, to updating your Facebook status, there are a number of reasons why you might use the internet. The world wide web is a pretty big place, and it’s more than likely there are a plethora of activities you can do on it that you’re not even aware of. Keep reading to discover corners of the web you might not have visited yet.
1. Take out a personal loan
When it comes to managing your money, the internet can come in very handy. Between looking up your current account balance, to transferring funds to other people, to paying bills, online banking is a tool that many of us use on a regular basis. But, did you know it’s possible to borrow money online too? Whether you’re keen to buy a new car or you want to plan the wedding of your dreams, you can apply for a personal loan from the comfort of your own home at the click of a button, cutting out the need to visit a bank in person. Applying for a loan online is straightforward, and you may be able to access the money quicker than you think. For example, personal loan provider chillmoney.ie can approve applications within minutes, with the funds being in your account the next working day.

2. Order prescription medicines
Let’s be honest – arranging to see your doctor can be difficult. Whether you simply don’t have enough time or you’re struggling to book an appointment, did you know you could save yourself the hassle and order your medicines via the internet instead? There are a number of trusted and reputable pharmacies online that offer a wide range of treatments, meaning you don’t necessarily need to see your GP for a prescription.
Usually, you’ll be required to complete an online consultation first and, once it’s been approved, you should receive your requested treatment, eliminating the need for you to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
3. Design something and have it printed in 3D
If you’ve always assumed that 3D printing is a futuristic technology only accessible to scientists in laboratories, you can think again. It’s now available to you online. This innovative manufacturing process allows you to take a digital file of just about anything you want and turn it into a three-dimensional solid object. Using a combination of different gadgets, it’s achieved by using additive processes – the addition of multiple thinly sliced, horizontal layers of material until the desired object is created.

Sounds complicatedly cool, right? Well now you can design your own masterpiece via the web and have it posted straight to you. So whether you’re after a totally unique gift or you’re just curious to see how your design turns out, 3D printing is a bandwagon you can jump on without leaving your computer.

There’s no denying that the internet is an extremely useful resource, and although you may reckon you’ve explored all corners of the world wide web, there’s so much more to it than you think.



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Cinderella Tea Party ~ Rathwood




Yesterday we ventured off to the Carlow/Wicklow border, a short 35 minute drive from Kilkenny to the beautiful Rathwood Home and Garden World. We had been invited to Rathwood to experience their Cinderella Tea Party.


Rathwood have being hosting children's events for many years and there's an adventure for children of all ages and adults alike. The popular Rathwood events are filled with fun and entertainment for all the family to enjoy all year round, with the seasonal holiday events being very poplular on board the Rathwood Express Train. Experience the magic of Christmas, the spooky fun of Halloween (we did this last year, both kids loved picking their own pumpkin and carving it afterwards), or"egg"citing Easter adventure (next on our list, who doesn't love an Easter egg hunt). In the summer period they host a Teddy Bear's Picnic and I think it's something that needs to be added to the bucket list of "things to do" this coming summer. What child wouldn't love to join Goldilocks and the three bears for a day.


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