What These Real Women Want for Christmas 2018

Welcome to the FIFTH annual essential gift guide for real women. I’ve been publishing this list of what to buy women, as written by real women, not by people who are trying to sell you something or who have been sent something to try out. Every wish is real and…

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What These REAL Women Want for Christmas 2017

Welcome back to the 4th annual Bumbles of Rice What These Real Women Want for Christmas, the antidote to the Christmas Gift Guides in glossy magazines which recommend cashmere scrunchies  for £350 and other frivolous luxuries that nobody either wants nor can afford. This gift guide is brought to you…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for GAA Mad Kids and Teens

Gaelic Games are popular as ever, and if you’ve a kid who’s into it, living and breathing GAA like I do you’ll know that there’s not much room for other interests!  With that in mind, and for my own personal research too, I’ve put together this list of Christmas gift…

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When Christmas Doesn't Quite Go According to Plan.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” Fingers crossed. “‘Tis the season to be jolly” What if I’m not? Or the teething toddler isn’t? The whole perfectly happy Christmas thing is what we’re all striving for. Everyone together. Perfect food. All delighted.  Photos of smiling families in matching outfits…

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What's on TV this Christmas ? (2016)

I admit it, this year’s Christmas TV schedule doesn’t dazzle, there’s the usual formula of films, documentaries and Christmas Specials. I shared some of my choices for Christmas 2016 on the Marian Finucane Show radio programme last Saturday, but here are all my selections in detail.  For the Kids  We’re…

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Mincemeat and Custard Parcels 

I love pastry. I’ve loved custard even longer. Mince pies took a while to grow on me, but I’m a fan for about a decade. Add the three together in the easiest Christmas dessert ever and you’ve got a winner. I made these last year as part of the Craft…

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Santa Visit at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey. 

As a family we are sometimes are stuck in our ways. If we like something, we don’t see any need to change it, and then, well it sort of becomes a “thing” and then we can’t change it. Take Santa visits for example. Last year (well, every year since 2010…

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What's on TV this Christmas? (2015)

If you’re Irish one of the defining Christmas moments is buying the Christmas Bumper Edition of the RTE Guide and checking out what’s on TV over the holidays. This year I did it earlier than usual as I was asked to share my recommendations on the Marian Finucane Show on…

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What These Women REALLY Want For Christmas (2015)

My “What These Women Really Want For Christmas” feature was really popular last year so I thought I’d go back to the same wonder-mother bloggers who gave me their wish-lists last year and ask them what they’d like this year. The ruse must have worked on their loved ones last…

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