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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, Mind, Reviews

BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

'Sally Denver Matthews', a humorous one-woman show written and performed by Gilly O'Shea on the anxieties of being a first-time mum, is taking place in Smock Alley Theatre from January 2nd to January 5th. It's all part of First Fortnight 2019, Europe's first mental health arts festival. It's hoped Sally's story will prompt conversations about… Continue reading BYOB to ‘Sally Denver Matthews: Sleep Deprived Mother’ #FirstFortnight

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This Mama’s Got Smartz… A Top Tip This Road Safety Week

Picture the scene... you're trying to haul a baby car seat while juggling a load of bags, a flighty toddler and a tween who needs some sort of screen intervention stat. In short, no one's listening to you and there're are cars zipping by – oh, and it's twilight for 70% of the time for… Continue reading This Mama’s Got Smartz… A Top Tip This Road Safety Week

Mind, Reviews

Still Feeling Physically Ill after Claire Byrne’s Referendum “Debate”? Some Practical Things You Can Do…

You'd be forgiven for thinking "Ah, there's Claire now, tentatively bidding adieu to anything resembling order and dignity". In fact, she was probably telling Dr. Peter Boylan that she'd be back to him in a minute, you know, once the horse had stopped bolting... Before we get to the practicalities in the aftermath of the… Continue reading Still Feeling Physically Ill after Claire Byrne’s Referendum “Debate”? Some Practical Things You Can Do…

Mind, Reviews

Corrie’s Suicide Storyline…

"What a waste. He had the world at his feet, really... And a big dark cloud hanging over his head that none of us could see." That face... That face right there. That's the face of someone who does not want to be here anymore. The face of someone who laughs, smiles, jokes when they're… Continue reading Corrie’s Suicide Storyline…

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To Get My F*€king Ducks in a Row…

For almost a year, I've been tinkering about on this blog, fitting it in whenever possible/the whim took hold. Lately, that's been approximately once a week, which – given this hack used to write approximately 10 posts a day on other websites – isn't quite up to scratch...

Mind, Reviews

Perpetual Winter Getting You Down? Some Must-See Netflix Documentaries To Keep You Going…

Listen, it's the Winter that just won't quit. Even the 5-year-old has taken to sporadically roaring "SUMMER?! HAS ANYONE SEEN SUMMER? I'M LOOKING FOR SUMMER." The long and the short of it is; if you have no money to go anywhere given the average night out costs in the region of €200 (no, really, it… Continue reading Perpetual Winter Getting You Down? Some Must-See Netflix Documentaries To Keep You Going…

Body, Reviews

We Gave RosehipPLUS a Whirl. Some Findings…

If like yours truly, the skin on your face has been reduced to sandpaper since the birth of your children, you may find this find handy. Plus, if you also have a couple of C Sections under your belt, this stuff kicks the arse off my previous MUST HAVE for post and prenatal care –… Continue reading We Gave RosehipPLUS a Whirl. Some Findings…