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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Carols and Coincidence

As I walked through the carpark on the way to collect my small girl from playschool on Tuesday festive tunes hung on the air. I continued on my way and the music got louder. Voices, singing, piano accompaniment, coming from the church. I checked the time on my phone, I…

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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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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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Netflix November Update

Who needs an excuse to draw the curtains and curl up on the couch at this time of year? Grab the cosy blanket, reach around for the apple tv remote (try between the cushions on the couch) and get streaming on Netflix. Need inpsiration? Here are some shows that are…

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A Family Break in Galway – The Connacht Hotel Review 

Back when we had two children we used to go on hotel breaks with the kids every year. We’d  use our supermarket tokens to bag a bargain and visited Westport, Cork, Limerick, and Carlow among others. However, since Laoise was born three-and-a-half years ago we’ve gone twice, for a short summer…

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A Week in Dinners – November 2016

Week in Dinners is sort of the opposite of Meal Planning. You see, I’ve never been great at planning in advance for dinners,  as I either change my mind or I get delayed in work or traffic and I change what I had planned as time is too short, or…

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