Cinderella Train at Rathwood, Co. Carlow: Review

We were recently invited to review the Cinderella Train and Tea Party at Rathwood, just outside Tullow in County Carlow. The event is aimed at the under 9s and a fortunate clashing party invitation meant that my eight-going-on-twelve year old stayed home with Dad while I brought my six year…

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Struggling, Surviving and Seeing

I try to look on the bright side, I really do, but sometimes it’s well, hard. There’s the busy-ness. And the relentlessness. The always-on-ness and the how-do-you-do-it ness. This week somewhere between swimming lessons and GAA training but after that important conference call and around the time of that highly…

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Days Out: Cliffs of Moher Experience, Co. Clare

On the very last day of 2016  we found ourselves in Ennis. (It wasn’t a surprise, we’d travelled there the day before, crossing the country for a friend’s family-friendly 40th birthday party.) We stayed at a hotel that would be retro if it wasn’t all the original decor and enjoyed…

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Tantrums: How I Deal with Them Third Time Around

I have three children. Looking back at the early days of parenthood, eight long and sleep deprived years ago, I often reflect that really we were just practising on our  firstborn (sorry son, we didn’t know what we were doing). We were uber-cautious about some things, and over-sensitive too, and…

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The Dinner Files- Debbie from Saucepan Kids

This week on The Dinner Files it’s the turn of Sligo blogger Debbie from Saucepan Kids. Saucepan Kids is a great resource for getting the kids cooking and Debbie’s own three are amazing cooks. She’s passionate about teaching kids how to cook real food. You may have seen Debbie and…

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Snapshot

I’ll be frank, so far 2017 is not my favourite year ever. I’ve had a week off work sick, a busy midterm, a broken car, sick kids, lots of first world problems iike deciding to do some technical stuff with my blog and messing it up and needing my friend…

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How to Make Your Commute Easier (or More Bearable)

Commuting is hard. Whether you’ve chosen to commute so you can afford a bigger house or to be closer to family, or like me you lost your closer-to-home job and it was the only option, it takes its toll. These days in my new(ish) job I travel 80km each way…

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A 48-Hour City Break in Paris: Day 1

Sometimes, things happen for a reason. Other times, things happen and you wonder what the reason was. Back in February my friend who lives in the USA was visiting and told us that she  she would be attending a conference in Paris in October, and over a wine-fuelled dinner three…

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