Mind

Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

AS IRELAND EMERGES from lockdown, I’m nowhere near ready to cast off my cocoon quite yet. Does that sound self-indulgent, especially in light of all the horrendous situations people have been subjected to since lockdown kicked off in March? Homeless families existing in hotel rooms. Some people forced to isolate alone, deprived of human contact… Continue reading Dreading The Return to ‘Normal’?’ Some Tips To Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

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

Mind, Seasonal

Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

In an age of information bombardment, it's tricky keeping abreast of facts that matter. At this time of year, that's anything Santa related. Such is the proliferation of info, personalised Santa Apps, and festive films centring on the exploits of Old Saint Nick, how do you know what is real and what isn't? Below are… Continue reading Santa Science Can Explain The Trickiest of Questions…

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?

Baby, Mind

10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

The ironic thing about attempting to manage a parenting blog is that you're too busy parenting to manage said parenting blog... On the upside, I've also been busy getting actual work off the back of this blog, so I need to (try to) keep on top of it #ParentingMantra101 Below is an article I wrote… Continue reading 10 Things Nobody Tells You About… Being a Parent

Mind, Seasonal

Working at Home With Kids? Summink Mammy Wrote for TheJournal.ie

For over four years, I've been struggling to work from home with first one and now two kids. On the upside, a few tips have been picked up along with way... ‘SO, HAVE YOU any summer camps booked?’ was the question doing the rounds on the last day of school. When I told my fellow… Continue reading Working at Home With Kids? Summink Mammy Wrote for TheJournal.ie