I’m in the supermarket, my toddler is complaining that this is the wrong shop, kicking, shouting, making herself heard. I’m on the school run, one child runs ahead purposefully, not wanting to be seen with the littler ones, another wants to balance on every kerb along the way. I’m at home in the morning, one child cannot find… More Whinging, Whining and Wishful Thinking?
This is called Pizza Pasta Bake because it’s a pasta bake that smells and tastes like pizza, or so the kids tell me. That’s probably because the fillings we use happen to be the kids’ favourite pizza toppings, but once a dish is named in our house there’s no changing it. You can use your… More Easy Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe
This time three years ago we thought that we were as ready as we could possibly be for our precious firstborn starting school. We’d done all the stuff you’re supposed to do, the stuff that’s covered in the letter that you get from the school and in the back to school advertising campaigns. The uniforms… More What’s It Like When Your Firstborn Starts School?
It was 7.45pm. We were driving back from a hurling match 25 minutes’ drive from our house. I’d left the house just after 7 that morning, had worked 8-4 then left work, called to the house to collect my five-year-old’s football gear and the sandwiches (that my husband had made the night before) and drink… More Whose Job Is The Most Important?
When someone else offers to cook dinner I always accept, so when my five-and-a-half year old asked if he could I thought it would be giving a bad example not to let him. Together we chose a recipe that (a) he would eat and (b) he would be able to cook without too much intervention,… More Cathal’s Creamy Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake
As back-to-school looms I find myself giving unsolicited advice about school supplies to anyone who will listen. As is often the case, this advice tends to take the negative turn, with words like “crap” and “not worth a shite” cropping up. I call it cautionary advice, or helping others learn from my mistakes. So, to… More The Ultimate Back-to-School Shopping Recommendations List
Travel and adventure starts at home, so last week I brought the boys (in fact, the extended family) to visit the main attraction in my home village, a place I worked for a month on a student job scheme in the 1990’s. Duncannon Fort is tucked in a prime position in the village, between the… More Bumbles Family Travels: Duncannon Fort