Making Christmas special

Today’s Sun newspaper has a front page “revealing” that Nigella didn’t decorate her own Christmas tree and hired caterers. Did anyone actually think that she did? Shock horror, a successful, wealthy career woman paid people to help her do things she didn’t have time to do! I would too! This…

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Two Festive Jams.

Things are busy, crazy busy this Christmas, and I’m not sure why. (OK it might be the fact that I have a six month old baby and two small boys). Despite having started my shopping in early November I’m not yet finished. The only presents that have been wrapped are…

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Getting in the Christmas mood at Winterval

You know the feeling, it’s early December, the Christmas tunes are on every radio station, the shops are full and every business known to man tells you that they’ve “got the ideal gift this Christmas”. You’ve bought lots of presents, got the Wise Man costume for the five year old,…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

I’ve already done posts on gifts for Baby and for Toddlers so here’s the next in the series, for preschoolers (3 and 4 year olds). Here are my disclaimers first: Obviously different kids have different interests, some hate colouring, others have no love of board games. I haven’t mentioned any…

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Baby’s First Books

When my good friend had her first baby two years ago I knew exactly what gift I wanted to give her. Since we met we’ve shared a love of “a good book”. I take her book recommendations seriously and have enjoyed some great reads as a result (“Gillespie and I”…

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Happy Christmas to All

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also the busiest so if you were waiting for rakes of magical time saving tips from me to make your Christmas amazing, sorry. I’ve been too busy and too tired to post up all my Christmas recommendations but have lots for…

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Days Out: Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm

Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm It’s not that we are unoriginal or unimaginative or anything,  but the last three years we have gone to see Santa at Kia Ora Mini Farm. The first year we went because there was snow and it was nearby, plus we had a teeny…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas This time of year I just love spending time with the boys wandering around aisles full of toys and watching their reactions as they try them all out. Ciarán runs ahead, with Cathal in close pursuit, shouting “Mammy can we press the toys?”.…

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