16 from '16

It’s good to look back before looking forward, to see what the year gave us. In going through old posts for this review of the year, inspired by Where Wishes Comes From’s ’16 from 16, I really was reminded what a positive year 2016 was for us.  It’ll go down as…

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A Trick to Help Make Resolutions That You Can Stick To 

I always say that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I definitely use the time off over Christmas to re-evaluate things. It’s the same as the “back-to-school” resolution, or the “back from holidays” ones. Plans to improve myself, my health, my home and my work life balance. My non-resolutions…

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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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Focus on Christmas – You Can Help

It’s December now, and the to-do lists abound. So much to do and only how many sleeps? Does Christmas stress you out? All the decorating and shopping, all the buying and getting and giving? It can get overwhelming can’t it? Need a dose of perspective? 6,847 people are homeless in Ireland…

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My Favourite Five

I’ve been blogging now for 4-and-a-half years, and in that time I have written 428 posts including this one. That’s a lot of time spent writing. Of those 428 there are 90 that contain recipes and 70 reviews. There are attempts at humour and lists, hints and advice. The posts I…

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Award Winning Blogger 

I’ve had this blog on the go since June 2012, and over the years I’ve entered various blog awards competitions. My success in some of these competitions has been dependent on you the reader voting for me. I hate begging for votes, I do know that it’s irritating and I…

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We've Lost Sight of What Beautiful Really Means

Eat yourself beautiful. Decorate beautifully. Feeling the pressure to be beautiful? To have a beautiful home? To live a beautiful life? To wear beautiful clothes? To buy beautiful things? When I was a child beautiful was a word used that was used to describe princesses and film stars, real people…

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A Love Letter to Gorey

I moved where I live ten years ago last week. We bought a house off the plans, the cumulative result of a few pints of cider, the post-honeymoon blues, a late night email to an estate agent and a strong desire to leave Dublin. We’re country people. The kind that…

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Our Summer 2016

And just like that the summer is over and we’re flung headways into wet and windy weather. Except now it’s warm. Sandals or boots? With the reintroduction of homework the holidays are well and truly over, so to mark the end of it all decided to do a little recap…

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