Mind

How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

I'll never forget my bleary-eyed brother-in-law grabbing me by the shoulders at last orders, saying "Have another one, for me. I'm up with the kids in the morning. Enjoy your nights out while you still can." Wise words. If only kids-free me had listened...   Whether it's after a massive wedding or binging on beer and… Continue reading How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

Baby, Body, Mind

Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

There's a multitude of ways to prepare for a baby's arrival. In fact, some would wager too many...  In the run up, there are the practical things to prep for a baby, such as washing a million teeny onesies in your preferred brand of non-bio. Then deliberating which ones to bring to the hospital, while… Continue reading Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

Baby, Travel

Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…

TRAVELLING WITH BABIES and young kids can be a mammoth task. On top of juggling small humans, you must also manage buggies, boarding passes, repeated toilet requests and endless begging for snacks. But fear not. As a mum of two, I’ve been through my fair share of family holidays and have come out the other… Continue reading Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…

Baby, Mind

‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Hats off to anyone who has endured the relentlessness of a colicky baby... Things are trundling along nicely, complete with the expected proliferation of leakages and broken sleep, and then it happens. Approximately four weeks in and your little bundle of joy starts crying. Incessantly. Just as I was getting used to my second born… Continue reading ‘Put her in the sling and start walking’: 7 practical tips for surviving the dreaded colic, from real parents…

Baby, Body

Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

YOU LIVE WITH your body, from the extremities to the intimates, every day of your life. Most likely you take it and its glorious functionality for granted – especially the bits you aren’t fully cognisant of. Then you get pregnant, and suddenly you’re hyper-aware of parts of your body you barely gave a thought to… Continue reading Bellybutton, ankles and pelvic floor: 10 body parts that take on new significance when you’re pregnant…

Home, Mealtimes, Reviews

How to throw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget – from the invites to the goody bags…

MUM? CAN I HAVE a magician at my party? Rachel is getting one!” Costing an average of €150 an hour, the answer to that request from my daughter, three weeks out from her birthday, was NO CHANCE. Along with the entertainer, we’d still have to provide food, goodie bags and more. Perhaps a play zone,… Continue reading How to throw a birthday party with 15 kids on a shoestring budget – from the invites to the goody bags…

Baby, Body

7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

Leaving the GP's office six years ago, she took my hand, focussed her gaze and said: "Promise me one thing – ENJOY your first pregnancy; it's very different the second time around when you're running after a toddler." She wasn't the first or the last person to say that. "Enjoy your pregnancy." It should've have… Continue reading 7 ‘joys’ of pregnancy that most definitely weren’t joyful for me…

Baby, Body, Mind

‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine

I was was 11 weeks into my pregnancy when I saw the spotting. It was August 2015. During the scan that followed shortly after, the nurse told me she could see “something resembling a six-week-old foetus”. Did I have the dates wrong? At that point, it was hard to tell. “There is usually no detectable… Continue reading ‘No detectable heartbeat’: Miscarriage is devastating – here’s the advice I wish I was given after mine