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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, 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

Mind

Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

This time last year, when the Government released their budget with a comparatively pithy "€35 million" dedicated solely for mental health purposes, I went on an almighty rant. Having had personal experience of the mental health "services" in this country, €35million wasn't even going to touch the sides. Now that yesterday's budget is allocating over… Continue reading Will The Additional €84million Change Our Mental Health System? #WorldMentalHealthDay #NowWereTalking

Baby, meals, Mealtimes

Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?

TheJournal.ie asked me to write a feature about breastfeeding, which is somewhat ironic considering it's something I've zero experience of. I sent over the below copy, which was exceedingly verbose; so, if you'd prefer to read the more succinct and balanced version, please make your way to TheJournal.ie's Family Magazine, otherwise, stay put for the… Continue reading Breastfeeding, Bottlefeeding, Can We All Just Support Each Other?