Playtime: an Icy Rescue Mission

I follow Happy Hooligans on Facebook and I’m forever saving cool activities that they do. I loved the look of this one – Ice Age Bin so a couple of weeks ago when the sun was shining brightly I filled a plastic box about the size of a shoebox with…

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Rainy Day Activity: Cheat's Art project

The boys love “getting creative” (honestly, they actually say that!) but the mess can get too much for me. It’s not every day that I can face glue and glitter. If this is how you feel too read on for a way to keep everyone happy! We picked up these…

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Beach Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes simple ideas are the best. We were going to the beach this morning and were talking about collecting shells when I had a blast from the past. I mentioned the words “scavenger hunt” and Ciarán started asking questions. So he got a piece of paper and wrote “Scavenger Hunt”…

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Once upon a time in parenting – things I’ll miss

“Once upon a time in parenting” – isn’t that just a lovely title? It conjures a  sense of the magical, the mystical, and the long ago. The title isn’t mine, it’s The Busy Mama’s. She’s been gathering lots of bloggers’ thoughts on “parenting moments past” over the last few weeks,…

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Reflections on our first school year

Tomorrow at midday our school year comes to an end. For our little family it’s been our first real school year, as Ciarán only started “big school” in September. This day last year we went to his playschool graduation, the small girl only three weeks old, and we wondered how…

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Some things Daddy just does better

Parents play different roles in their kids’ lives. I’m not talking about gender stereotyping, but more the way parents consciously or unconsciously adopt different “specialisms” or areas of expertise. Kids shop around, they know the best place to get what they’re looking for, so one parent ends up doing more…

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Our Bumble of Pink turns one.

Twelve months ago today our bumble of pink entered the world. Miss Laoise, Leeshy Lou, Elle, Lou-Lee, Leeshkins, Lou-Doo, Missy Lou Lou, Monkey Girl, Little Miss Divil, she answers to them all, or rather giggles and ignores, then crawls away at breakneck speed waiting for us to catch up, turning…

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Are we really doing things the wrong way around?

If you’ve been on social media at all today you’ll have noticed a bit of a furore around an interview with Kirstie Allsopp, presenter of Location, Location, Location. She’s not one for keeping quiet on issues that bother her and regularly takes to Twitter to protest about whatever’s on her…

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Watch what you say in front of the kids. Please.

Last Friday, due to a combination of pester power and working mammy guilt I found myself at a children’s show with my three children at 6pm after a long day in work. The promise had been made, the threat of not going used liberally all week, and then I remembered…

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