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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What's on TV this Christmas? (2015)

If you’re Irish one of the defining Christmas moments is buying the Christmas Bumper Edition of the RTE Guide and checking out what’s on TV over the holidays. This year I did it earlier than usual as I was asked to share my recommendations on the Marian Finucane Show on…

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What These Women REALLY Want For Christmas (2015)

My “What These Women Really Want For Christmas” feature was really popular last year so I thought I’d go back to the same wonder-mother bloggers who gave me their wish-lists last year and ask them what they’d like this year. The ruse must have worked on their loved ones last…

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Seven Toys That Kids Love to Play With

It’s all very well reading toy recommendations from people who received press releases, but really kids are the best judges of what toys kids like. I often think that my crew are blind to their own toys as they’re shoved into IKEA Trofast boxes in one end of the sunroom, but…

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Santa Visit at Kia-Ora Farm 2015

  It’s great to try new things, but it’s also lovely at this time of year to have little traditions. This tradition was one that started inadvertently, back in 2010 when we brought a two-year-old and three-month-old to see Santa at a local mini-farm. The following year our three-year-old and…

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Our Favourite Kids' Books: The Underwear Edition

When you are five years old  there are certain things that are beyond hilarious. The funniest things in the whole world, guaranteed to get a giggle. In our house, once of those things is the word “knickers”, and “underpants” comes a close second. (Farts, poos and wees feature high on…

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Christmas Day With Small Kids (In Numbers)

I’ve already confirmed that “The Perfect Family Christmas” doesn’t exist, but what about the perfect family Christmas Day? You know, the ones with the champagne and smoked salmon for breakfast, new outfits for all, beautifully wrapped gifts, carol singing, piano-playing, charades and board games, restaurant quality dinners eaten and enjoyed…

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This bit right now is the real "most wonderful time" of the year.

“I love Christmas”, I annually  proclaim when the shops are still full of pumpkins. “I can’t wait” I say, doing my child-present-recon for Santa in November, visiting toy shops for ideas and leafing through catalogues with small people. “I’m feeling decidedly Christmassy” I announce, with a glass of mulled wine…

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