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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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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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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What's in my bag? Yes, I was surprised too

I’m known for being honest, for baring all and being open. I’ve shown you my make-up free face, my untidy car, vignettes of a far from picture-perfect life. Today, thanks to a linky I’m going to share the contents of my handbag. (Don’t worry, I won’t make you touch them.) I’ve two…

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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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A Mumble about Bumbles

Wondering where the name for the blog came from? Here’s a mumble about the bumbles. “Is it Chinese night?” In August last year I went back to work with a five-day working week and a long commute. In those early weeks, when we were finding our feet and gradually filling…

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